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Airlink reconnects Zambia and South Africa with flights serving Lusaka and Ndola

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Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, has reconnected Zambia and South Africa with the resumption of scheduled passenger services between Lusaka and Ndola and Johannesburg.

This follows the lifting of travel restrictions that curtailed travel between the neighboring countries while they both worked to successfully contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

“Airlink is delighted to have re-established these vital air services that sustain the all-important trade, business, tourism and family ties between two intrinsically connected markets,” said Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster.

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The University of Zambia (UNZA) commences construction of 3km perimeter wall fence

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THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has commenced the construction of the three (3) kilometres perimeter wall fence aimed at securing the institution from vandals and theft activities.

Speaking during the official ground-breaking and laying of the foundation stone ceremony, University of Zambia Vice Chancellor, Prof. Luke Evuta Mumba says that, once completed, the wall fence will enhance the outlook of the university but also improve the security of its infrastructure as well as the community living and working within the institution.

The Vice Chancellor has thanked the government of the Republic of Zambia, in particular the Ministry of Local Government for funding the construction process. The Vice Chancellor adds that, the funds for the construction of the wall fence have been derived from a compensation arising from the land affected by the construction of the new road connecting Nangwenya and Kamloops roads.

The University of Zambia has in the recent past embarked on a massive infrastructure development program, demonstrated by a number of projects at both the Great East Road and Ridgeway campuses. Of note, is the East Park Mall developed by Graduare Property Development Limited, the construction of student hostels which are yet to be completed, the construction of the road connecting Nangwenya and Kamloops roads and most recently the completion of the Teaching and Learning Complex commissioned by the Republican President, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

While the University of Zambia notes with pride, that these developments have changed the outlook of the university, it also notes that the developments have exposed the institution to a number of entrances into its premises. This exposure has in turn brought about challenges in effectively providing security to the university and its important installations.

To secure the university from vandals and theft activities, Management of the institution has embarked on a project of constructing a perimeter wall fence around the university which is expected to be completed within three (3) months.

This is according to a press statement issued by Dr. Brenda Bukowa, A/Head – Comm. & Marketing at the University of Zambia (UNZA).

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Minister was wrong to declare CEC’s transmission and distribution lines as a common carrier, Court rules

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THE Lusaka High Court has quashed Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa’s decision to declare the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC’s) transmission and distribution lines as a common carrier.

In her judgement delivered on Friday judge Elita Mwikisa noted that there was a failure on the part of the Minister to act with procedural fairness towards CEC.

She said Minister’s decision to declare CEC’s transmission and distribution lines as common carrier through the passing of S.I No.57 of 2020, had taken away CEC’s rights to negotiate terms and conditions of use of its infrastructure in view of the fact that any enterprise can use CEC’s infractructure at the wheeling charge that ERB has set, which CEC had argued was not cost effective.

“In fact, KCM has abrogated its contractual obligations under the Power Supply Agreement (PSA) to pay the debt owed to CEC amounting to USD 144 million. I agree with CEC that S.I No. 57 of 2020 is too wide in its application in that it affects all the applicant’s transmission and distribution lines instead of only affecting lines supplying power to KCM,” judge Mwikisa said.

She found that the minister’s decision to declare CEC’s distribution and transmission lines as a common carrier was not for purposes of the Act but was intended to assist KCM avoid the effect of section 43 of the Electricity Act.

Judge Mwikisa agreed with CEC that the Minister’s decision was meant to ensure continous supply of electricity power to KCM, despite being indebted to CEC.

“The Minister’s decision is ultra vires the provisions of section 15 (2) of the Act and therefore illegal. KCM failed to pay the debt of USD144 million and CEC has the right under section 43 (1) to discontinue the supply of power,” she further said.

She further said CEC was not fairly treated by the Minister who arbitrarily used his powers to declare its transmission and distribution lines as common carrier without giving CEC a chance to negotiate terms and conditions for the use of its infrastructure.

“All in all, I find that the applicant has succeeded on all grounds under order 53 rule 3 of the Rules of the Supreme Court. I accordingly quash the decision of the Minister of May 29, 2020, to declare the applicant’s transmission and distribution lines as a common carrier. Costs follow the event,” ruled judge Mwikisa.

In this matter, CEC which cited the Attorney General and the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) as respondents, was seeking a declaration that Nkhuwa’s decision dated May 29, 2020, to declare its transmission and distribution lines as common carrier was unlawful.

CEC wanted a declaration that the decision of the Minister of Energy to direct it to provide a wheeling path for Zesco Limited to supply power to KCM on terms directed by the Energy Regulation Board was illegal and therefore null and void.

It also wanted a declaration that the decision by the Director General of the Energy Regulation Board of May 31, 2020 to direct it to charge a wheeling tariff of US$5.84/kw/per month was illegal and therefore null and void.

CEC further wanted among others, an order to quash the said decisions and a further order to stop Nkhuwa from enforcing SI no.57 of 2020 as it is illegal.

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The 2020 elective AGM will proceed as planned, FAZ says

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FOLLOWING guidance from the world soccer governing body FIFA, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has informed its members and stakeholders that the delayed 2020 elective Annual General Meeting (AGM) will proceed as planned.

FIFA has guided FAZ on the way forward in respect of the elections and sternly warned that sanctions would follow if elections were not held as directed.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the association has also taken note of the letter from the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) that was widely circulated on social media platforms and received via whatsupp only that offered guidance on the electoral process.

He said FAZ received guidance from FIFA on the electoral process and will adhere to the directive.

“FAZ is compelled by FIFA and the consent order signed by all football parties on July 10, 2020 to end squabbles in Zambian football to proceed with elections after guidance from FIFA,” Kashala said.

He said all parties are bound by the consent order signed between the parties in the presence of the minister of sports Emmanuel Mulenga, National Sports Council of Zambia, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga and lawyers for the aggrieved parties to the effect that FIFA’s decision is final.

FIFA has written to FAZ considering their meeting with the National Sports Council of Zambia on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

“We trust that FAZ is now in a position to carry out the last step of its electoral process which we understand regards holding of FAZ elective general assembly on 27th February 2021. To this end, we would like to kindly recall on FAZ’s obligation to hold elections in line with the requirements of its statutes and regulations and without undue governmental or third-party interference as provided in FIFA Statutes (cf art. 14 par. 1of FIFA Statutes. In any event FIFA will monitor closely the elective general assembly virtually,” reads FIFA’s letter dated February 26, in part.

This is according to a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Sydney Mungala.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

03 Mar 2021, 7:18 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

80,090 Total Cases
1,108 Deaths
76,299 Recovered

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