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.
GET Involved Zambia (GIZ) has called on government to scrutinize mushrooming churches following recent developments implicating clergy men in dubious activities. Speaking to the Lusaka Star, GIZ Executive Director, Fr Frank Bwalya said government should scrutinise mushrooming churches as some of them have become platforms for criminal activity.
THE Lusaka City Council has challenged members of the public to take keen interest in the implementation of the 'Keep Zambia Clean Campaign' to ensure its success. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, LCC Assistant Public Relations Manager, Habeenzu Mulunda said the campaign has not achieved its intended objectives because most people in the community were not taking the campaign seriously.
THE Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) says the promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can be used to create decent employment. COMESA SME Toolkit Programme Coordinator, Edwin Zulu said SMEs worldwide are the engine of the economy through which the benefits of the country’s economic gains could be distributed. Mr. Zulu said SMEs can create self employment by providing formal employment or by basically engaging in their own business activities.
THE University of Zambia, in conjunction with Airtel Zambia and a number of vendors, is planing to introduce a scheme project that will enable students and members of staff to purchase assorted electronic devices such as Laptops, Smart phones, modems or wireless gadgets of their choice.
GOVERNMENT says it will continue supporting women’s organisations in its bid to improve entrepreneurship skills and reduce poverty. Speaking during the launch of this year's “Month of the Woman Entrepreneur”, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honourable Bob Sichinga challenged financial institutions in the country to consider funding women entrepreneurs in order to reduce unemployment.