AGRICULTURE and Livestock minister Given Lubinda says changing climate is a threat to the agriculture sector and general household livelihood. Mr. Lubinda said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock permanent secretary David Shamulenge during the official opening of a three day Climate Smart Agriculture Regional Policy Dialogue at Intercontinental Hotel to discuss adaptation and mitigation strategy to a changing climate.
TRANSPARENCY International Zambia (TIZ) has condemned the continued release and pardoning of former ministers from Zambian prisons. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, TIZ director Goodwill Lungu said TIZ had received with great dismay the release of former labour minister Austin Liato. He said government’s tendency of pardoning convicted former ministers serving prison sentences on the context of being sick is a form of political manipulation and an obstruction of justice.
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PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu has re-affirmed Zambia’s position on the implementation and realisation of all Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocols and programs in order to enhance development in the region. Speaking in Botswana Gaborone during the 35th SADC summit for heads of state and governments, president Lungu said the Zambian government supports the initiative aimed at broadening the markets under the free trade areas.
RESIDENTS of kalingalinga compound have expressed concern over the limited burial space at Chingwele and Leopards Hill burial sites. In an interview, a resident of the said compound, Enock Kaunda said it is sad that bereaved family members have to bear the pain of not being able to give their loved ones a decent burial because of shortage of burial spaces.
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) says Western province has recorded 25 cases of Konzo disease. MoH spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe has confirmed the development in a press statement and made available to the Lusaka Star this morning. Dr. Mbewe revealed that the disease is characterized by weakness in the lower limbs and pelvic pain.
After sweeping the people of Zambia off their feet with a performance at his father’s funeral, 16 year old Gerald Sata has decided to join the Zambian music scene.
THE United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will foot 85 Percent of the USD 6 milion new National Registration Card project budget. In an interview with the Lusaka Star National Registration, Passport and Citizenship registrar general Mathews Nyirongo said 85 percent will be financed by UNDP while 15 percent will be funded by the Zambian government.
Illegal drug trafficking is a clear obstacle to development that requires robust and coordinated law enforcement response among countries says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ahead of the Drug abuse and illicit trafficking international day Mr Ki-Moon said illegal drug trafficking and use could only be tackled with shared responsibility among countries.
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Ngosa Simbyakula says the District Attorneys’ office will enhance the human rights of suspects and bring about speedy dispensation of justice. Speaking in an interview, Dr. Simbyakula said suspects would only be arrested once the district attorney was satisfied that the evidence against the suspect was enough to go to court.