AN attempt to cash in on the Chipolopolo fever ahead of next year’s AfCON has landed a Lusaka businessman in trouble after being found selling counterfeit Chipolopolo replicas.
After eight fruitless years, Zambia will be returning to the AfCON next thanks to the magic worked by Israeli coach Avram Grant in helping the team earn qualification.
As a result of Zambia’s qualification, there is a Chipolopolo fever with many fans getting themselves replicas. This situation has seen a rise of counterfeit jerseys on the market.
In a joint statement with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), the Zambia police have announced that Mike Bwalya Chibale of Tich ‘B’ Investments has been nabbed with 89 fake KoPa jerseys.
FAZ are the rightful holder of the Replica Jerseys branded KoPa which is legally registered.
“The IPU seized 89 suspected counterfeit Replica Jerseys valued at K40,050. Police have since arrested and charged Mike Bwalya Chibale aged 45 for the offence of Make, import or have in his possession an Covering, labels reels or any Reproduction, Replica or Representation of a trade mark or mark as to be likely to Deceive for the purpose of applying them to goods contrary to Section (1) (g) of the Merchandise Marks Act Chapter 405 of the laws of Zambia,” the joint statement read in part.
Bwalya awaits his day in court.
Zambia police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has warned against trading in counterfeits.
“May I take this opportunity to warn all traders, who are deceiving the public by selling counterfeit products to desist from this vice as the law will soon visit them,” Hamoonga said.
Meanwhile, FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga has thanked the Zambia Police for having continuously conducted operations to clean up fake replicas.
“In February 2018 we had a Chinese national sentenced to nine months with hard labour for selling fake replicas and we were hoping that the precedent would deter members of the public from dealing in fake replicas,” Kamanga said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 3rd 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.”