THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says voting for the council chairperson in Kaoma is underway and that the situation is calm.
ECZ Spokesperson Margaret Chimanse in a statement said the situation in the district is calm as voters started queuing up before 06:00 hours at various polling stations.
Chimanse said spot checks at most polling stations revealed that there were long queues after 06:00 in the morning.
She also stated that Kaoma District which has two constituencies has a total of 47, 789 registered voters with 66 polling stations and 87 polling streams.
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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government
MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.
In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.
Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.
He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.
“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.
Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.
“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.
“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.
He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.
He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.
“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.
“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.
The constitution will be refined before the next elections, says Veep, Mrs W.K. Mutale Nalumango
VICE President says the current constitution will be refined before the next elections.
Speaking during the Vice President question and answer session, Mrs. W.K. Mutale Nalumango said the country will not go into the next elections with the same kind constitution, because certain things in the document have to be made better.
Mrs Nalumango added that refining the constitution has been the commitment of the UPND administration, from the beginning, during the campaigns and even when the PF government was in power.
“Let me assure the Member of Parliament that the constitution shall be refined with new proposals. We are going to look at other pieces of legislation that include the Public Order Act,” she said.
Mrs. Nalumango has since encouraged law makers to make laws aimed at bettering the country than targeting individuals and opposition political parties.
She was responding to Bwacha Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga who wanted to know when government will begin the refinement of the constitution and the Public Order Act.