LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia is ready to access 1.3 billion U.S. dollars interest free financing from
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from ongoing negotiations to help its
economic recovery program, state media reported on Sunday.
from the IMF is in Zambia to hold talks with the government on a financing
agreement, which is expected to be concluded in June. Initial talks commenced in
March last year.
Finance Felix Mutati told the Zambia Daily Mail that the country needs half a
billion U.S. dollars of external borrowing this year to meet the budget
requirement in order to ensure smooth running of the economy.
said the country has come up with its own economic recovery program and that the
IMF will not dictate anything, adding that there was no need for apprehension by
stakeholders on the financing program.
The money, he
said, was expected to maintain spending on priority social protection and
infrastructure programs, a move that will enhance the country’s economic
Zambia receives 3,382 asylum seekers: UNHCR
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- The
United Nations refugee agency said on Friday that it has registered more than
3,000 asylum seekers who have entered Zambia in the first two months of 2017.
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the asylum seekers from
neighboring countries were registered as of February 2017.
have since been taken for resettlement in refugee camps, it added in a
Zambia has in
recent months seen an influx of asylum seekers mostly from the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Burundi fleeing from unrest.
The UNHCR is
currently working with the Zambia Red Cross in assisting the authorities to
enhance reception capacities for new arrivals.
the refugee agency, Zambia currently has a total of 56,051 persons-of-concern as
of February 28.
Zambia fines 5 foreign firms for illegal
electronic communication services
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambia’s communication and technology regulator said on Friday that it has fined
five foreign firms and the country’s power utility for illegally offering
electronic communication services.
Information and Communications Technology (ZICTA) said the five firms,
international data transit operators, have been fined after investigations
revealed that they were illegally offering electronic communication services to
Internet Service Providers (IPSs) within the country using the power utility’s
firms include PCCWL Global, Telecom Namibia Limited, Wananchi Telecom Limited (WTL),
West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) and Gilat Satcom Global Communications,
according to a statement released by the regulator.
the regulator, it was an offense for any firm or individual to operate an
electronic communications network or provide an electronic communications
service without obtaining a license.
utility has since been directed to cut access to the same unlicensed
international data transit operators.
important to note that companies engaging in such conducts deprive government of
the much needed revenue as they do not pay tax since they are not registered
entities in Zambia,” the regulator said.
have since been advised to legalize and normalize their operations and follow
laid down procedures.
Zambian leader warns against indiscriminate
issuance of land to foreigners
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Friday expressed concern over the
indiscriminate issuance of land to foreigners, saying this threatens the
heritage for the country’s future generation.
I am equally concerned about the way in which land is being sold to foreigners.
At the rate we are selling our land to foreigners there is a potential for
danger that we might end up with children who are landless,” Lungu said when he
leader expressed concern that land was being sold cheaply to foreigners, adding
that this threatens the future of children who may end up as “squatters in their
Lungu said it
was disheartening that the unpatriotic behavior of some citizens to cheaply sell
land to foreigners has even affected traditional leaders who were exchanging
land with cheap second-hand vehicles with impunity and sometimes disregarding
existing settlements like graveyards and grazing sites for livestock.
leader has since directed the minister in charge of land to come up with a new
law and policy that will guarantee the sovereignty of the country’s land as a
“The lack of
patriotism regarding land management shames the selfless deeds of our
forefathers who fought and died to ensure that we could fully be independent and
be a sovereign state,” he added.
He has since
warned that his government will not “sit idle” while the unpatriotic behavior of
selling land cheaply to foreigners goes on and threatened to repossess any land
that will be given out at the expense of national interest.
addressed parliament following an amendment to the country’s constitution which
demands that he address the House twice in a year.
addressed lawmakers on September 2016 when he officially opened the new
lawmakers from the main opposition party boycotted his address as the party has
not recognized him as duly elected leader after last year’s disputed elections,
the second time they are doing it having shunned the official opening.
Zambian opposition seeks DRC apology for
likening leader to fugitive
LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- Youth
wing of Zambia’s leading opposition on Friday gave the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC) a 48-hour ultimatum to apologize for likening the party’s leader
to a fugitive.
the DRC embassy in Zambia issued a protest letter to the Zambian government
expressing displeasure over the presence of former Katanga Province Governor
Moise Katumbi at an Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between
Zambia and South Africa in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.
wondered why Zambia granted a visa to Katumbi who was facing charges before
judicial authorities in the DRC.
asked how Zambian authorities would react if Hakainde Hichilema, leader of
Zambia’s United Party for National Development (UPND), was received by high
political authorities in DRC.
party’s youth wing has demanded an apology from the embassy for likening their
leader to a fugitive.
the letter we are in receipt of and sent to State House by the Congolese embassy
likening our president to a fugitive like they are calling Mr. Moise Katumbi and
his presence in our country is detrimental and divisive,” Gilbert Liswaniso,
spokesperson of the party’s young wing said in a statement.
He added that
it was unprofessional for the DRC embassy to write a letter maligning citizens
of a sovereign state.
is currently in exile in Belgium and was a prudential hopeful in that country’s
elections, was last year sentenced to 36 months in absentia.