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Indeni workers and their families threaten to protest over their unpaid redundancy packages



INDENI Petroleum Refinery workers  in Ndola have threatened to protest if government does not pay them their benefits by today.

Speaking to Mwebantu, the workers who spoke on condition of being anonymous said they will have no choice but to protest if government does not pay them their redundancy packages by today.

“According to the labour laws of Zambia,when somone is declared redundant the maximum period on which he or she is supposed to be paid their dued is 60 days and for us it matures today. Anything outside that date triggers mass demonstrations,one former employee said.

“We are prepared to go to the street as of August 31st ,if government delays more on paying us and we are not joking about this because all is set, accordingly and within the confines of the Zambian Law” they said.

The workers have also blamed Indeni management and  their national union leadership highly for not being proactive to sort out their matters but doing contrally.

“Management does not know how to communicate with its employees for updates and we even stopped getting paid but no word from managing director  updating on the current status” other workers said .

“So we hear that Mr Evance Mauta The managing director is in Texas USA leaving us in Limbo not knowing the fate to our redundancy pay  and this deepens our feeling of being negleted by this MD the national union leadership and the Goverment at large,” they said.

The workers further said government has been changing goal posts on the ssue.

“We heard and watched when the supplementaly budget was approved as  Bwana Mukubwa member of Parliament Warren Mwambazi who boasted and said ‘ Indeni Go to sleep its deal done and your money will be ready 1st week  August,” they said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, August 30th, 2022)


FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tours Zambia. As MultiChoice hosts the prized trophy



THE FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy has touched down in Zambia as part of the global tour by FIFA as a build-up to the Women’s World Cup games.

The spellbinding journey – which, for the first time, is offering all 32 qualified nations the chance to see Women’s football’s biggest prize up close before the football show kicks off in Australia and New Zealand from 20th July 2023 to 20th August 2023. Zambia is one of the 32 nations that have qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The event to welcome the celebrated trophy was held at MultiChoice Zambia and speaking at the occasion Leah Kooma, Managing Director at MultiChoice Zambia said, “The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy tour is in many ways a great initiative for everyone who loves football. It has provided a great chance for football fans, particularly in Zambia, to be close to one of the most iconic symbols in Women’s football”.

She added, “We have the world cup right here, the girls have qualified and just this means the girls stand a chance to bring the cup back to Zambia.”

MultiChoice will carry live all the games of the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament on your World of Champions, SuperSport both on DStv and GOtv platforms. The live broadcast of the World Cup games will avail many Zambian fans and the rest of the continent an opportunity to watch and follow their favorite game in the comfort of their space.

The trophy tour gives football fans around the participating countries the opportunity to get ready to taste the feeling of the most anticipated sporting event – the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour kicked off in Morocco before heading to South Africa and then Zambia. The trophy will conclude its African tour on 26th March in Nigeria before heading to South America.

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IMF mission jets in Zambia for first review discussions



AN International Monetary Fund(IMF) mission has arrived in Lusaka to commence the first review of Zambia’s IMF Program under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement, and Article IV consultations.

The discussions come after Zambia received Executive Board approval for an IMF programme in August 2022.

The IMF programme supports the government’s reform plan to restore debt sustainability, create fiscal space for much-needed social spending, and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

The IMF delegation which is in the country is being led by Allison Holland, Mission Chief for Zambia, and will be in Zambia from March 22–5 April to undertake the first review and Article IV consultation.

This is contained in a statement issue by Secretary to the Treasury Felix Nkulukusa.

As part of the programme, the IMF will be undertaking scheduled regular reviews to assess Zambia’s progress in implementation of the ECF programme.

During this first review and Article IV Consultation, the IMF will collect economic and financial information, and discuss the country’s economic developments and policies.

“The Fund will be assessing performance in areas such as restoration of fiscal and debt sustainability; improving debt management and transparency; strengthening governance and financial sector stability; and strengthening financial management,” statement reads.

Mr Nkulukusa said the Ministry of Finance and National Planning is pleased to welcome the IMF Mission Team back to Lusaka and to have the opportunity to discuss Zambia’s positive reform progress and next steps in the program implementation.

He said government remains committed to delivering positive economic impacts for the country and improving the livelihoods of the Zambian people with the support of IMF.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 23rd March, 2023)

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Preeta Law takes office as UNHCR’s new Representative in Zambia



NEWLY appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Zambia Preeta Law says she looks forward to continuing the strong collaboration between UNHCR and the Zambian Government and other stakeholders.

Ms Law who has assumed her official duties in the country served as UNHCR Representative in South Africa and as Special Adviser in the Division of International Protection in UNHCR Headquarters prior to her appointment.

She was deployed in complex humanitarian situations in Myanmar and the former Yugoslavia and has held other senior positions in UNHCR, including Deputy Director in the Division of International Protection in UNHCR Headquarters.

Prior to UNHCR ,Ms Law worked with women’s civil society organizations in India.

She holds a B.A. in political science and anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College in the United States.

“I am honored to assume my role as representative in this beautiful and generous country, which has a long history of providing refuge and protection to those forced to flee war and persecution and finding solutions for them,I forward to continuing the strong collaboration that has long characterized UNHCR’s partnership with the Government of Zambia, members of the diplomatic community, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society and other stakeholders in the refugee programme in Zambia,”said Ms Law.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo says Government remains committed to offer an open door to those seeking asylum and freedom from war and persecution.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 22nd March, 2023)

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