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MwebantuTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 5:01pm
ABOUT 4,700 miners are about to lose their jobs from Mopani Mine on the Copperbelt, because it is closing some sections of the mine. This comes in the wake of Mopani refusing to pay more for power which is supplied by the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC).
In a statement, Mopani says it has become necessary to curtail some areas of its operations due to the restriction of power.
“We are operating under a Power Supply Agreement dated the 31st March 2000, that was most recently amended on the 6th March 2015, and is valid until 2040. The PSA strictly sets out the agreed tariff and increases during the contract period. The contract provides that a tariff may be increased on agreement by both parties. This was the case in 2008 when Mopani agreed to a tariff increase of 33% over and above the contractual tariff,” Mopani said.
“These dispute resolution steps have unfortunately not been followed by CEC, which instead chose to resolve the impasse by a unilateral restriction of power supply. Efforts to compel CEC to abide by the Power Supply Agreement have unfortunately been ignored,” Mopani added.
Source: Lusaka Times
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MwebantuTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 2:56pm
FORMER City of Chipata Mayor Jealous Phiri is dead. It has been alleged that Mr. Phiri,66, drunk a named pesticide to end his life.

Eastern Province Police Chief Alex Chilufya confirmed the death of Mr. Phiri to the media today.

“I can confirm that a case of suicide was reported to police this morning on phone by a passer-by whose names are not known that as he was jogging today at around 05:00 hours at Chipata Primary School football ground. He found a male person whom he suspected to be dead in a car parked in the said ground. Police rushed to the scene where the deceased was identified as Jealous Phiri aged 66 of Maliferendum and also a former Mayor of Chipata Municipality from Nyalugwe village in Nyimba District,” Mr. Alex Chilufya said.

He added that the Former Mayor had cases of obtaining money by false pretences before the Courts of law.

Mr. Alex Chilufya said the body of the late Mr. Phiri was in Chipata General Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.
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MwebantuTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 12:49pm
ZAMBIA has not u-turned on the recently cabinet-approved HIV universal routine, testing, counseling and treatment policy (HTCT).
Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has said that government has implemented a major shift from the earlier passive policy of Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT).
Speaking in Pretoria when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr. Chilufya said it was misleading for the media to report that the newly approved policy was amended or abandoned.
He said the new policy was within the approved World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) treatment guidelines.
He urged Zambians to support the political will demonstrated from the highest level of government which has provided an opportunity for the country to reduce new HIV infections.
He said the universal routine testing, counseling, and treatment (HTCT), will help drive down new infection and improve the health and life of those living with HIV/AIDS.
He also announced that government would provide self-testing kits to schools, colleges, work places and other public places to encourage people to know their status.
He said that the health provider-initiated testing, counseling and treatment (PITT) and diagnostic counseling testing provided the basis for the new policy and were approved by WHO and international guidelines.
He said for those persons who will self-test, health facilities will be on hand to offer counseling, confirmatory testing and treatment after persons have found out their HIV status.
He also dispelled allegations that the new policy infringed on human rights insisting that the right to life was fundamental and the universal routine testing,counselling and treatment (HTCT) complied with new approaches and new international treatment guidelines approved WHO and UNAIDS.
He said that it was imperative that Zambia continued to fight the HIV/AIDS endemic as the country had lost to the disease, one million people since 1984.
He said the prevalence rate was 11.6% with 1.2million people living with HIV.
He said government was extremely concerned at the rate of new infection that’s stood at 46,000 per year.

He said although this was a reduction from the 71,000 new infection from a few year ago, there was an urgent call to action as the highest number of people being infected were ranging from the age 15-24yrs, as revealed by a survey of the Zambia Population-base HIV and AIDS Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA).
He also disclosed that up to 81% of deaths at the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) were HIV related.
The new guidelines will avert and protect from progressing from HIV to AIDS thereby reducing hospital admission, mortality and reduce the burden and costs on the health system.
He said that government was concerned that such a critical and active component of the population, remained vulnerable and posed a risk to escalating new infections.
He said universal routine testing counseling and treatment has worked well in pregnant mothers were the uptake was 100% and the infection rate to newly born babies had dropped from over 10% to less than 3% almost eliminating the mother -to-child transmissions.
He says this similar policy had worked well in Tuberclosis treatment regime and children’s hospital.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by first secretary for press at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Naomi Nyawali.
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MwebantuTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 12:40pm
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MwebantuTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 9:43am
COPPERBELT based musician Chama Fumba popularly known as Pilato says President Edgar Lungu needs to reconstruct his team by employing the skilled youths and not the loudest Lungu fans for key government jobs.

And Fumba in a statement said those who have been given jobs by President Lungu should use the opportunity to show great youthful ideas to the world.

He said youthful ministers, mayors, councilors, District commissioners, ambassadors, permanent secretaries etc should have been examples of what youths can do once given the power.

“President Lungu has given jobs to a good number of young men and women which in itself is a very good thing. For so many years the youths cried and called for such to happen and it came to pass. Personally i have friends and family that have received jobs as ministers and other things. This move by president Lungu should have been an opportunity for young people to show great youthful ideas to the world. Am afraid this is yet to happen,”Fumba said.

“President Lungu deserves better. I think the first step is to reconstruct his team but instead of picking the loudest Lungu fans for key government jobs he should pick from the skilled players.”

Fumba said as long as the president remains with his fans as ministers, ambassadors, advisors etc, he will continue being exposed to ridicule from all corners.

“Zambia has enough qualified men and women who can help the president deliver development effectively but most of them are not good dancers at campaign rallies so they cannot be given jobs. Great minds that can design world class systems for a better Zambia but they were not good liars during the campaign so they have no chance. This is the cancer that will kill our great country because the dancers have taken jobs from the most intelligent. The most violent have taken up ministerial jobs and this is happening when governance is becoming more sophisticated,” he added.

And Fumba said President Lungu constructed his government using ‘campaign material’ which is the reason why everything he is sewing now is designed to defeat or silence the opposition and not to deliver development.
“The elections may be gone but the campaign material is still active that is why 2021 elections are topical today. The team that wins you an election may not be the best team to deliver the development they promised in dances.

I do not say this to disrespect the president or his government but this is the truth that must be appreciated,” said Fumba.

“President Lungu must decide to keep his fans in the terraces and allow himself to pick a team of qualified Zambians whilst my uncle ba Davis Mwila and my own mother Ba Mumbi Phiri should be serving the party and the “campaign material.”
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