PREPARATIONS for the forth coming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly have intensified as the council in the tourist capital receives moneys for various developmental projects. Livingstone City Council (LCC) Acting Public Relations Manager Emmanuel Sikanyika said in an interview with the Lusaka Star that LCC has received K118 Billion from the government to rehabilitate and construct about 20 roads in Livingstone.
KITWE Central Hospital Consultant Gynecologist, Tashbekov Djuraber has urged expecting mothers to refrain from consuming soil in order to prevent delivery related complications. Dr. Tashbekov said in an interview that pregnant women who practice geophagy (eating of dirt) should stop because some soil types contain unhealthy material that have no nutritional benefits thereby putting the lives of both the mother and the unborn baby at risk.
Women in Zambia have challenged Government to rigidly punish perpetrators of Gender Based Violence (GBV) saying it is the only way to stop would-be- offenders. Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star, Mary Chipango a Lukulu resident said it is unfair for someone to serve a minimal jail term or be fined when victims of GBV are tormented their entire lives. “Government should ensure that no one should be fined for a GBV related case”, she said.
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.