President Hichilema commissions power generation at Kafue Gorge in Chikankata district
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has implored Zambians not to demonise and shy away from exporting of resources such as energy in the country.
He said export of resources such as energy will help generate foreign investment and exchange, and thus it should be embraced.
The Head of State said Government is determined to make energy exportation second from mining in terms of generating foreign exchange for country for sustainable development.
Speaking when he commissioned the 750 Megawatts plus 12 Megawatts of hydro power generation at the Kafue Gorge lower hydro power plant in Chikankata district, President Hichilema said energy should be a source to help grow the country in terms of foreign exchange.
“Let us generate more and export. Zambians have demonised exports. Let us not listen to the propaganda. We want energy to be second from mining in generating Foreign exchange in the country,” he said.
He has since assured the neighboring Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana that as Zambia grows it’s energy generation, it will support the needs of the said countries in order to skyrocket trade.
President Hichilema further stated that commissioning of power generation at Kafue Gorge will help out an end to load shedding which has been like a traditional ceremony in the past.
The Head of State also reiterated that Government is determined and working hard in ensuring that the country is brought back to life with completion of such projects such like the commissioning of the power generation at Kafue Gorge.
“I assure Zambians that we are working day and night to take back Zambia into a decent economy to help generate investment, thereby creating more job opportunities,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Head of State has re-echoed the revival of Zambia’s relationship with China stating that the restored partnership has helped kickstart many projects such as the commissioning of the Kafue Gorge.
“Opposition are saying that Zambia and China have no close ties, but we have restored the China Zambia relationship. We have reset our relationship and this engagement marks the beginning of projects that we will work on together to benefit Zambia. We will further reset the relationship and partnership including a financial partnership,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 24th March, 2023)
Mwembeshi Resources Limited ordered to cease mining works in Lower Zambezi National park
GOVERNMENT has ordered Mwembeshi Resources Limited to cease all mining works in Lower Zambezi National park with immediate effect.
This is due to non-compliance by the company which violated a number of conditions of the May ,7 2021 Environmental Impact Assessment for proposed Large-Scale mining activities.
In the recent past, there has been heightened interest in the proposed large-scale mining project in the Lower Zambezi National Park by Mwembeshi Resources Limited, because of alleged commencement of mining operations in the area.
However, it has been established that the company has not adhered to the conditions as stipulated by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) and has since been ordered to cease works.
Minister of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu said to the effect, all works should immediately cease.
“I have received numerous queries from many Zambians, seeking clarification from me and my Government, on the way forward on this matter. However, it must be understood that ZEMA is the designated Government Agency responsible for issuing environmental permits and carrying out compliance monitoring to all mining entities in the country,” he said.
He stated that the permits are issued with specific conditions in the Decision Letter, which must be religiously adhered to by all permit holders, failure to which specific penalties as provided for in the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011, are meted out.
“I have been informed that multiple inspections and legal reviews by ZEMA, have established beyond reasonable doubt, that Mwembeshi Resources Limited has violated a number of conditions of the May 7, 2021 Environmental Impact Assessment Decision letter for the proposed Large-Scale mining activities under Licence No. 15547-HQ-LML in Lower Zambezi National Park of Luangwa District,” he said.
He noted that consequently, ZEMA under his Ministry, in accordance with Section 106 of the Environmental Management Act number 12 of 2011, served a Compliance Order on Mwembeshi Resources Limited of Lot number 397 a/2/C off Chipwenupwenu Road Makeni, in Lusaka District, in Lusaka.
“ZEMA has further Ordered Mwembeshi Resources Limited to immediately; cease the construction of roads in the National Park which includes excavations, hauling of materials, dumping of laterite and other construction material, clearing of vegetation and all related activities, cease the mining of gravel and other road construction materials from the two borrow pits and any other sources within the National Park.”
“Cease the construction of foundations for buildings and any other project activities and submit a site environmental restoration plan for the degraded environment at the borrow pits and any other areas in the National Park. The degraded environment shall be restored to its former or better state as required by the Environmental Management Act No. 12 of 2011. ZEMA shall ensure full compliance to the Compliance Order by Mwembeshi Resources Limited,” Mr Nzovu said
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 1st June, 2023)
Max acquitted of unlawful wounding charges
THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has set at liberty Patriotic Front sympathizer Maxwell Chongu alias Max in a case he was facing two charges of unlawful wounding.
Lusaka Magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli acquitted Chongu after finding him with no case to answer.
“I find that a premafacie case has not been made out against the accused person sufficiently to require him to make out a defence, the case against him is hereby dismissed,” Magistrate Mwamfuli said this morning.
She also ruled that the prospection’s evidence, including a medical report, had been discredited by the defence during cross examination.
And speaking to journalists after his discharge, Mr Chongu thanked God for the outcome in the December 2021 case and that he has faith in the Judiciary.
“I never went to social media to complain, I never called anyone names, any administration names, because I believe in the judiciary and with the judgment that has come from there it clearly shows that the picture that was portrayed out there about the name Maxwell Chongu is not the actual person,” he said.
Mr Chongu also commended his lawyers for ably representing him in the matter.
“I am overwhelmed with joy and I cannot say much, it’s not easy telling your wife I may go two or three years but I will come back. I was having sleepless nights preparing for the toughest situation and coming here and being told you have been acquitted.
“I want to thank God and I want to thank my lawyers, Jonas Zimba, Francis Daka, Makebi Zulu and I want to thank my wife who has been with me,” he said.
But he was unhappy with the conduct of law enforcers who investigated the issues and manufacturered charges against him without substantiative evidence.
“I only appeal to the law enforcement agencies that let us not rush in bringing cases to court without sufficient evidence because you are making the courts look biased when they are not, you are making the judiciary look like they are protecting certain individuals when they are not”
This is a matter in which Chongu was accused of wounding Richard Sinonge and Innocent Nyambe.
It was alleged that on March 4, 2017, Chongu allegedly unlawfully wounded Sinonge aged 37 by inflicting a deep cut on his left ankle and Nyambe aged 32 a deep cut on the stomach whilst using a machete.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
NGOCC protests security protocol that bar women from entering State House with handbags
NON-Governmental Gender Organisation’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has protested State House Security protocols that bar women from entering with their handbags.
NGOCC Chairperson Grace Sinkamba revealed in a statement that some women were barred from accessing State House during the commemoration of African Freedom Day because they had nowhere to leave their handbags.
Ms Sinkamba said this amounts to a human rights infringement on women and the girl child.
“Women carry essentials in such bags that form part of their being based on their biological makeup, including items that are necessary for personal hygiene. It is therefore a gross infringement of their rights for the event security to deny women entry into State House with their bags during the last commemoration of African Freedom Day,” she said.
“We noted several women who were denied entry because they had nowhere to leave their handbags. The invitation did not indicate that women were not to enter with their handbags, nor was there any provision for women to leave their handbags in a safe place at the entrance. This disadvantaged women, some of whom were not able to attend the event at all,” she said.
She said it must be emphasised that handbags are part of a woman’s dress, which forms an integral part of their rights to expression and privacy.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)