THE Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) has called on the organising committee of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly to consider local artists to perform during the event. ZAM Southern Province Chairperson Chisenga Chashi told the Lusaka Star that local artists could use the UNWTO General Assembly as a platform for international recognition.
ZAMBIA has successfully handed over the Kavango Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) Chairpersonship to Zimbabwe as a coordinating country for KAZA TFCA programmes for the next two years commencing January 2013. Chairing the KAZA TFCA Ministerial Committee meeting held at Court Yard Hotel in Livingstone, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said KAZA TFCA was a joint initiative among five governments namely Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
ZAMBIA Network Against the Harmful use of Alcohol (ZNAHA) says the current Statutory Instrument (SI) on alcohol trading hours is weak and needs further revision. According to ZNAHA spokesperson Jonas Ngulube, the SI is not strong enough to protect citizens from alcohol abuse. The new SI No 64 signed by Minister of Local Government and Housing Emerine Kabanshi on September 25, 2012, states that the permitted hours of trading for bars and bottle stores is from 10:00 hours to 22:00 hours.
THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has called on the public to report any incidences of corruption as it lowers the quality of service delivery in the country. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, ACC Education Officer, Salome Zulu said all forms of corruption should be reported to the ACC if the fight against corruption is to be successful. Ms. Zulu said a corrupt society would never develop because corruption scares away investors who may wish to invest in the country.
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.
Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZANUT) General Secretary, Newman Bubala has called on Zambians to keep away from consumption based borrowing as it is uneconomic. Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka star, Bubala said there was need for people to invest whenever they borrowed as opposed to consuming the money.
The Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PTUZ) has snubbed calls by the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) for it to merge with the other three teachers unions. PTUZ General Secretary Kangwa Musenga said that there was no need for PTUZ to merge with the Basic Education Teachers Union (BETUZ), the Zambia National Trade Union of Teachers (ZNUT) and the Secondary School Teachers Union (SESTUZ), as its representation cuts across all sectors in education.