THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) continues its mission to combat corruption throughout the country, with a new office set to open in Muchinga.
Minister of Muchinga Province Henry Sikazwe has emphasised his commitment to ensuring a corruption-free Zambia and expressed optimism about the ACC’s presence in the province contributing to the restoration of integrity.
Mr Sikazwe pointed out the numerous developmental projects underway in the province, highlighting that the ACC’s presence would help ensure resources are utilized efficiently.
Speaking during a courtesy call by an ACC team, Mr Sikazwe stressed the importance of having the commission in the province.
“A few years ago, accessing the ACC office required traveling to Kasama, which was cumbersome. However, with the dawn of a new era, credit goes to President Hakainde Hichilema. Having the commission’s presence here is crucial. Muchinga is a developing province with a multitude of activities, making your presence necessary,” he explained.
Mr Sikazwe said the ACC’s presence is particularly needed in government institutions to restore integrity and promote accountability.
He underscored the importance of teaching people to be accountable and safeguarding the integrity and resources of the country through collaborative efforts.
Mr Sikazwe also requested the ACC to establish programs in the province to raise awareness and sensitize the people.
He acknowledged that the ACC’s presence might be perceived as adversarial by some, making sensitization programs vital.
“If we actively engage with all eight districts, especially in schools, we can make significant progress. As a government, we pledge our full support to your efforts here. Muchinga is committed to the fight against corruption,” he affirmed.
And ACC vice chairperson Ireen Lamba expressed gratitude to the Minister for providing the Commission with an audience.
She shared the ACC’s goal to expand its presence across the country and educate communities about the effects and dangers of corruption, along with preventive measures to seal loopholes.
Ms Lamba also emphasised the importance of the new ACC office in Muchinga in fulfilling the commission’s core duties.
“We must collaborate as government entities to prevent corruption and move forward,” she she said.
Meanwhile, ACC Commissioner Dr Henry Mbushi noted that the commission’s presence in the province aims to facilitate the fight against corruption.”
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 7th November, 2023)
Zambia recalls metformin tablets due to non-compliance
THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has taken action to recall metformin tablets, a diabetes medication, after tests revealed non-compliance.
The Authority has since written to the director of Yash Pharmaceuticals Limited following the development.
In a letter written to the pharmaceutical company, the Authority has directed it to recall metformin tablets 500 milligrams batch number KBTO18 manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma PVT limited of India.
“Following routine post marketing surveillance of medicines by the Authority, the above-mentioned product manufactured by Bliss GVS Pharma Limited, India was analysed at the National Drug Quality Control Laboratory.The product was found non-compliant with respect to Assay test,” reads the letter in parts.
The Authority said the pharmaceutical company should initiate a recall within 14 days of the receipt of the letter.
ZMRA further advised that the company is required to submit a detailed report of the recall process which should include all the relevant information.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
ZICTA directs Airtel to compensate subscribers for poor service
FOLLOWING the recent poor Airtel service experienced, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has directed the company to compensate it’s subscribers within five days.
The Authority has also directed the network provider to immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution.
In a statement, ZICTA Manager Corporate Communications Hanford Chaaba said the Authority is closely monitoring the service provider.
He said ZICTA is deeply concerned with the recent intermittent network and service outages on Airtel network.
“To this effect, the Authority has directed Airtel Networks Zambia Plc to compensate all subscribers in line with the approved compensation policy within five days from today December 8, 2023. The Authority has also directed the network provider to, using all available platforms, immediately engage the public regarding the recent network outages and provide assurance of their resolution,” he said.
Mr Chaaba said the network provider has further been directed to urgently put in place measures that will ensure that such outages are averted, and submit to the Authority a long- term plan to improve network resilience.
He added that the Authority will actively monitor network performances of all services providers to ensure that the Quality of Service (QoS) guidelines are strictly adhered to.
“We encourage members of the public to continue reporting any issues related to unavailability and quality of network or service,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)
Trade Kings Foundation donates over Two million kwacha to local farmers
As the year draws to a close the Trade Kings Foundation not only looks at the year that was, but also looks to the future by donating over two million Kwacha, in the form of seed and fertilizers to 500 local farmers from the Nampundwe and Chaminuka communities.
The Trade Kings Foundation recognises the crucial role that small-scale farmers play in Zambia’s agricultural sector. In strengthening their capacity, one significantly contributes to food security in and around these communities. With this in mind, the Trade Kings Foundation continuously strives to support the sector, whether in the form of building structures, laying irrigation for water reticulation, drilling of boreholes and now – the donation of seeds and fertilizers.
As part of the donation, the farmers will attend several workshops to upskill them on topics such as soil health, crop rotation, water management, and pest and disease. The program will also focus on crop ustilisation: how to sell, give back to the local community and plan for the next crop.
During the handover of the donation, Trade Kings Group’s Public Relations Manager, Bridget Kambobe, said, “Small-scale and family farmers play a major role in food production of Zambia. Faced with numerous challenges that include everchanging weather patterns, competition from large industrial farms and a lack of access to reliable, up-to-date information and farming inputs, the drive to support local farmers forms part of the Trade Kings Foundation’s ethos of “Improving Lives” and in so doing we assist in ensuring much-needed food security.”
She concluded, “Our role as Trade Kings Group and Trade Kings Foundation is not only to serve our customers, but to instill hope during the economically uncertain times that we find ourselves in.”