THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Choma Town Clerk, Davies Musenge, for corrupt practices involving K953, 887.50.
Musenge, has been arrested on three counts of Willful Failure to comply with applicable law and procedure contrary to Section 34(2)(b) as read with Section 41 of the Anti – Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said the offences are alleged to have been committed when Musenge served as Town Clerk for Chipata Municipal Council.
“Details of the offence in count one are that, between 1st January, 2014 and 31st August, 2014 at Chipata, Musenge being Town Clerk at Chipata Municipal Council willfully failed to follow applicable procedure and guidelines in the manner he executed a contract tender No.
PPC/EP/5/2013 dated 16th August, 2014 between Chipata Municipal Council and Micro-Pro Innovations Limited for the supply and delivery of 2 Skip Trucks and 11 bins without the approval of the Attorney General and without obtaining Performance Security for the said contract as provided for under the Public Procurement Act No. 12 of 2018,” he said.
Mr Moono said in count two, details are that between 1st January, 2014 and 30th November 2014 at Chipata, Musenge being the Town Clerk at Chipata Municipal Council, willfully failed to follow applicable procedure and guidelines in the manner he executed a contract tender No. PPC/EP/10/2014 dated 28th October, 2014 between Chipata Municipal Council and Marygold Investments Limited for the supply and delivery of one drilling rig with drill accessories and portable air compressor at a contract sum of K1,127,850 without the approval of the Attorney General and without obtaining Performance Security for the said contract.
He said further in three are that Musenge and Ford Tembo, between 1st January, 2014 and 31st December 2015 at Chipata, being a public officers namely Town Clerk at Chipata Municipal Council and Chairperson for Chipangali Constituency in Chipata, respectively, willfully failed to
follow applicable procedure and guidelines in the manner they authorized an advance payment to Marygold Investments Limited totaling K 953, 887.50 translating to 75% of the contract sum without seeking authority from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority as prescribed by law.
He said Musenge has been released on Bond and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, the Commission has also arrested a Choma Businessman for theft of 16 FISP Packs of groundnuts valued at K17,841.71.
Ezra Mabbalani, of Sibanyati Village in Choma has been arrested for one count of theft by agent contrary to Section 280(b) as read with Section 265 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
“Details of the offence are that, between 1st January 2023 and 31st January 2023, Ezra Mabbalani did steal the said 16 packs of groundnut seed, property of Notuceya Women’s Club which was entrusted to him by Kamano Seed Company Limited.
Mabbalani has been released on Bond and will appear in court soon,” Mr Moono said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 4th 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.”