THE Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has implored citizens to be ambassadors of keeping the country clean, green and healthy and avoid littering.
The Ministry has since commended the move by stanbic Bank for the launch of a Keep Zambia Clean and Green Campaign.
Minister Of Local Government and Rural Development Garry Nkombo says it is sad that people have seen it as normal to litter the environment despite the sensitization and provisions of waste receptacles by the local authority.
Mr Nkombo was speaking during the launch of the Stanbic Bank keep Zambia Clean and Green which is being done in collaboration with the Ministry, Lusaka City Council (LCC) and Chilanga Cement eco unit.
“The Keep Zambia Clean, Green and Healthy campaign is an important inititiave to encourage every citizen to take ownership of the cleanliness of our private and shared public spaces for a healthy environment as it is an integral part of enjoyment of basic human rights that includes rights to life, health, food, water and sanitation,” he said.
He said that the country could do better in keeping Lusaka and Zambia as a whole clean as individuals by adopting waste management habits of using bins and subscribing to waste collection companies.
Mr Nkombo further impored other companies to emulate the gesture by stanbic bank to see to a better and healthy country.
Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mwindwa Siakalima said it was important to link the clean up campaign to public health.
“It is a pleausrre to share with you our passion as stanbic bank for the keep Zambia clean and green inititive which strongly aligns with stanbic goals. This is not a sprint , but a maratahon that we carry on to make Zambia a clean environment ,” he said.
And Lusaka Mayor Chilando Chitangala expressed worry over people littering and damaging receptacles when they have been put in strategic points.
“Keeping the city clean requires concerted efforts and it should not be left to the local authority alone,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, July, 11th, 2022)
ERB lowers fuel prices amid Kwacha appreciation
THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has announced a downward adjustment in the prices of petrol, diesel, and jet A-I, bringing relief to consumers.
Effective midnight, petrol will be priced at K31.12 per litre, diesel at K28.78 per litre, and jet A-I at K28.23 per litre.
However, the price of kerosene will remain unchanged at K20.44 per litre.
The reduction in the prices have been attributed to the appreciation of the Kwacha which outweighed the increase in international oil prices therefore warranting a reduction in the domestic wholesale and pump prices of petroleum products.
ERB Board chairperson Reynolds Bowa said the price of kerosene has been maintained, adding that the decision on kerosene pricing will be reviewed consistent with the national supply and demand situation.
In a statement, Mr Bowa said over the review period, the Kwacha significantly appreciated against the United States Dollar.
“On average the exchange rate appreciated 14.4 percent. The appreciation was mainly attributed to interest rate hike by the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) and the directive that commercial banks hold back more funds in reserve. Furthermore, BoZ made available additional United States Dollars to the market,” he said.
Mr Bowa said the prices will come into effect at midnight and shall remain in effect until revised by the ERB.
He however said during the month of February the prices of oil on the international market increased.
Mr Bowa said the increase was mainly attributed to supply disruptions arising from geopolitical tensions in the Middle East which led to tightened supply of the commodity.
Meanwhile, the ERB in line with the Energy Policy has developed a bio-fuels pricing framework that will be used on blended fuel.
Mr Bowa said the growth of the biofuel industry will foster security of supply of petroleum products.
“Currently, a pilot phase for bio-ethanol trading has commenced and ERB will give periodic updates on how this programme is unfolding.” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
ACC nab senior accountant, businessman
A LUSAKA based senior accountant has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside a business man for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kasemuka Chiteta, a senior accountant stationed at police headquarters has since been charged with one count of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
ACC head of corporate communications Timothy Moono said in a statement that Kasemuka Chiteta on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12th February 2024 in Lusaka District, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under the ownership of Chimuka Chibawe a Lusaka based businessman.
“In a similar development, the ACC has arrested and charged a Lusaka based businessman, Chimuka Chibawe of plot No. 136 C Kalomo road Chilenje” Mr Moono said.
He said Mr Chibawe has been charged with one count of Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“Details of the offence are that, Chimuka Chibawe on dates unknown but between 7th April, 2023 and 12thFebruary 2024 in Lusaka, concealed possession of a motor vehicle namely Toyota Landcruiser BAD4360 registered under his names when the beneficial owner is Mr. Kasemuka Chiteta a Senior Accountant at Police Service Headquarters,” he said.
The pair has since been released on bond pending court appearance.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
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