Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina has appealed to the corporate world and relevant organisations to fund research projects that are aimed at preserving the Zambian culture. Ms. Wina said it was important for them to help fund research projects such as the Encyclopedia of Zambian names project, as it would help in the preservation of the Zambian culture.
Government has warned of stern action against erring officers alleged to have been forming fake cooperatives. Agriculture and Cooperatives Deputy Minister Maxas N’gonga said government will not allow any officer to form fake cooperatives. Mr. N’gonga noted that forming counterfeit cooperatives would disadvantage vulnerable but viable farmers who should receive the required amount of farming inputs.
The Zambia National Marketeers Credit Association (ZANAMACA) has appealed to government to work on the roads around the New Soweto Market. In an interview with the Lusaka star, ZANAMACA President, Mupila Kameya, bemoaned the poor state of the road network around the New Soweto Market, which is one of the country’s major trade centers. "government should focus on road rehabilitation instead of just focusing on residential areas, but also large business areas too,” he said.
The University of Zambia(UNZA) management has vowed to tighten security at the institution following a series of attacks on students, especially female students. On Tuesday last week, a named second year student in the School of Natural Sciences was attacked on her way from the library to her boarding house outside campus. The unknown attackers got away with the victim’s bag and purse while she escaped unhurt.
Government says young people are the key in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country. Speaking during this year’s World Aids Day commemorations in Lusaka’s Matero Township, Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale said the positive power that young people possess could enable the country to yield the desired benefits and improve the fight against HIV.
THE Grand Coalition on a people-driven constitution has maintained its stance against the piece-meal enactment of the final draft constitution. Coalition chairperson Leonard Chiti told the Lusaka Star in an interview that his organisation would soon regroup and re-strategise on how it could persuade parliamentarians vote against piece-meal enactment of the constitution.
The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has called on to members of the public to take an active role in garbage disposal. In an interview with the Lusaka star, LCC Public Relations Manager Haabenzu Mulunda said members of various communities should ensure their surroundings are clean to avoid outbreak of diseases at the onset of the rain season.
THE Private Sector Development Association of Zambia (PSDA) has implored Government to secure credible investment for the mining sector in the wake of threatened closures.
PSDA Chairperson Yusouf Dodia said with the dwindling of the economy, Zambia could take a leaf from similar investment in South America’s portfolios like Chile and Brazil.
Mr. Dodia also urged government to be firmly positioned when addressing investor pullout.
SOME Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) have commended the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on the manner in which it has conducted the ongoing voter education and registration exercise. The Operation Young Vote (OYV) executive director Guess Nyirenda said his organisation was happy with the manner in which the ECZ had handled the voter registration exercise through the various media.
THE Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) has recorded an increase in the number of imported used motor vehicles in the third quarter of 2015. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, ZABS Marketing and Public Relations Manager Hazel Zulu said the organisation inspected a total of 4,724 imported used motor vehicles in the third quarter of 2015. Ms Zulu said there has been an increase of 402 in the number recorded in the second quarter of 2015.