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Predictions of Election Result In Nigeria Confusing?

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is leading in most key states across the country, with APC currently having 69% of the vote and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) having 30%. These numbers have not been publicly confirmed by the Independent National Election Comission (INEC), but offer the first national picture of voting trends.

The figures published by SaharaReporters of what it claims are the most current preliminary national presidential election results show the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his PDP party trailing badly.

The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation had claimed that based on the current tally of results by the party, the incumbent and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are leading the presidential elections.

“As we speak now, we are winning in 23 states and we have 64 per cent while the APC is winning in14 states and has 36 per cent,” Femi Fani-Kayode said in a press statement sent to media houses on Sunday evening.

He did not provide figures or any documentary evidence to back claims. Neither did he list the states in which his party is leading.

The spokesperson also accused the media of spreading false results about a loss for the president in the ongoing elections.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, has dismissed the claim by Femi Fani-Kayode that President Goodluck Jonathan is leading in Saturday’s election in 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

“Only INEC can declare winners,” he said.

INEC is yet to officially announce the final results although collated results from various state INEC officials show the major candidates winning in different parts of the country.

Earlier, supporters of the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), called for an election rerun in the oil-producing southern Rivers state, alleging that the vote on Saturday, March 28, had been rigged. Thousands marched through the state’s capital, Port Harcourt, to the regional offices of the electoral commission INEC on Sunday, March 29.

INEC acknowledged receipt of a letter by APC asking for the vote to be annulled and said it would investigate the matter.

Source SaharaReporters, Paul Awoyesuku

100 Reasons Why Zambia is Poor

Niza Phiri for Munali in 2016 2

Niza Phiri one of the youngest aspiring Members of Parliament candidates. He intends to contest for Munali Constituency in 2016. He has embarked on explaining why Zambia is poor in 100 points. Below is are the first 4 reasons as he takes you on this discourse.

By Niza Phiri

#100 Zambian Government Ministries.

How can a small country with a population of only 13.5 million have 21 ministries? When russia with over 10 times zambias population and over 22 times the land size, have a smaller government with 19 ministries? And much less people under the ministry? Why are we spending so much on government ministries that do not bring in any money into our economy? Take the Ministry of chiefs, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of lands and water. Do we really need a whole ministry for this? Aren’t these just supposed to be departments under other ministries? Gender can be under Education, we just need to sensitize the population. Ministry of lands should be a department under the ministry of local government. And so on . We need to also Establish a Ministry of Employment Creation, in place of one of the redundant ministries. Further, The bureaucratic tendencies we have adopted in these ministries has made it seem as if we need so many employees like two deputy ministers in each ministry. In short . We need to replace redundant ministries, close the ones we do not need and make them departments. Simplify processes, and cut down the size of ministries.

#99 Donor Aid- this aid we receive creates a dependency, in my research I have seen that Aid from the developed nations does more harm than good. Its like the saying goes, give a man a fish? He will come back tomorrow, teach him how to fish? He will make a lively hood. Aid should go to projects that will self finance after a while. We need to have a policy that makes sure aid , once received should be used in money generating ventures

#98 Lack of Autonomy of the Councils:

it is very surprising that councillors can be allowed to contest on party tickets. This has made it very difficult for them to provide guidance , checks and balances to the government because most likely the party in power will have the most number of councillors and these councillors, who are at the grass roots can not question or bite the hand that feeds them. Hence government does not implement people oriented projects as proposed by councils.

#97 Poor Education system

The education system in zambia is not tailored to suit the zambian way of life. The core of the education system designed for us by the british has basically stayed the same. For example a high school student will do 9 different subjects that are of a very varied nature from grade 8 to 12, Most countries are now starting to specialize at 8th or 9th grade this will make the student take 3 or 4 subjects and therefore can learn more of their chosen field. A student who prefers to take business studies should take English, commerce, accounts and mathematics in high school. He does not have to suffer with physics , biology, technical drawing, woodwork and so on. Further we need to tailor the syllabus to the local market. Eg entrepreneurship.

#96 Nepotism

Simple as it may be, and as much as we do not like to admit it. The productive industrial Zambia of the 60’s and 70’s met its downfall because people where employed based on relationship with government officials and so on. This continues to kill this country because the best people to run the government owned companies are cast aside in preference to people who are known to “important people”. Eg Zesco, Napsa, ERB,RDA etc CEO’s and Board members are appointed based on allegiance as opposed to merit. Eg what qualification does willie Nsanda posses to be where he is. This has run this country into the ground.

Continued in next issue

Niza Phiri, Munali 2016

PRESIDENT LUNGU CHEERS UP THE CHAMBER OF MINES

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Zambian Mining Sector welcomes directive by Republican President to change the 2015 Mining Fiscal Regime

The Zambia Chamber of Mines, a body representing mining and allied industries in Zambia has welcomed the directive by the Republican President, His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu to the Ministers of Finance and Mines, Energy and Water Development to effect changes to the 2015 Mining Tax Regime by 8th April 2015.

The Zambia Chamber of Mines and its members are committed to working with the Government to finding solutions that will allow them to sustain operations, protect jobs, support local communities and contribute to Government revenue.

We note that from inception the Republican President has been committed to fostering the sustainable operations of the mining companies, as seen through his resolve to guide the line ministries, including the Zambia Revenue Authority on the issue of Value Added Tax

Rule 18(b).This will surely help to continue contributing to job creation and poverty alleviation.The mining industry represents more than 86 per cent of Zambia’s Foreign Direct Investment. This investment is critical for increased capacity and production levels in the mining industry, and is fundamental to the development of growing economies such as Zambia.

It must be emphasised that the Zambia Chamber of Mines has met with Ministry of Mines,Ministry of Finance and Zambia Revenue Authority on a number of occasions both this year and last year. These positive meetings have served to produce a useful dataset which allows both industry participants and Government to benchmark the current state of the Zambian mining sector.

The Zambia Chamber of Mines is committed to working with all stakeholders to put in place a tax system that will:

1. Increase revenue to the Government coffers for social and economic development on a sustainable basis,

2. Encourage investment in the Mining sector for sustainability of the industry and security of direct, indirect and induced jobs,

3. Be predictable and stable to enable long term planning by the mine operators and potential new entrants into the industry,

4. Encourage efficiency in the Mines by optimising cost profiles

To this effect The Zambia Chamber of Mines and its members maintain their recommendation that the 2015 fiscal regime is deferred and the 2014 fiscal regime is reinstated whilst a more amicable regime is negotiated with all relevant stakeholders.

Issued by:
Zambia Chamber of Mines

PRESIDENT LUNGU MAKES CHANGES TO RETIREMENT AGE LAW

Edgar Lungu as servant

Shanghai, China (FRIDAY, 27th March 2015) — In line with his campaign promise during the run up to the January 20 presidential election, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia has directed the Ministry of Justice to immediately revise the law on retirement age to provide for three options an employee can exercise to retire.

The President has directed that the following changes be effected through an amendment to Statutory Instrument No.63 of 2014 to introduce a graduated arrangement that will afford employees the following options:

(a) Early Retirement – 55 years
(b) Normal Retirement – 60 years
(c) Late Retirement – 65 years

Accordingly, the Secretary to the Cabinet has since informed the Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Mrs. Patricia Jere to prepare the Statutory Instrument and to liaise with the ministries of Local Government and Housing and Labour and Social Security to amend the LASF Act and NAPSA Act respectively to reflect the revised retirement ages.

“The revised Statutory Instruments should clearly indicate that those who were employed before the effective date of the new Statutory Instruments will have the option of proceeding on either early retirement, normal retirement or late retirement as a way of securing their accrued rights,” directed the Head of State.

Those employed in the public service after the issuance of the said Statutory Instruments will only qualify for normal retirement at the age of 65.

The President’s order therefore necessitates the urgent need for the passage of the Social Security Bill into law.

Issued by:
Amos Chanda
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS)

JUDGE CHIKOPA TRIBUNAL DISSOLVED JUDGE KAJIMANGA, JUDGE MUTUNA REINSTATED

The Tribunal headed by Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa set up to investigate Judges, Nigel Mutuna, and Charles Kajimanga has been dissolved.

The Tribunal was set up in April 2012 by President Michael Sata following the complaint by Post Newspaper proprietor Fred Mmembe and Mutembo Nchito when they alleged that Judges Nigel Mutuna, Judge Charles Kajimanga and Supreme Court Justice, Philip Musonda, misconducted themselves over the handling of the Zambian Airways court case (where they are shareholders).

The Tribunal was dissolved by President Edgar Lungu following a Consent Judgement entered into by the Attorney General and the Judges.

President Edgar Lungu has since revoked the suspensions and reinstated the Judges and has allowed them to work as puisine judges of the High Court.

The Tribunal failed to sit when it was frustrated by numerous court applications and injunctions.

And Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima has appointed Judge Charles Kajimanga as Judge-in-Charge.

This matter has infuriated Fred Mmembe who has written a new letter of complaint letter to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima claiming that it would be difficult for him and his colleagues to obtain Justice from the Judiciary “since the judges were intent or appointed to fix them”.

President Edgar Lungu’s recent actions have been hailed and interpreted by many observers who feel that President Lungu is on a path to dismantle the hold and control of public institutions by the group famously known as the “Cartel” who were accused of holding individuals and public institutions captive to their whims..

Edgar Lungu Discerns On Ministry Of Finance And Mines On Mineral Royalty – “Its About Time!!”

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President Edgar Lungu has directed the Ministers of Finance and Mines and Minerals Development to effect changes to the 2015 mineral royalty tax by 8th April,2015.
In letters to the two Ministers today, President Lungu stated that after receiving submissions from individual mining companies and the Chamber of Mines, he has noted that the new tax regime poses a challenge to some mining houses.
President Lungu also noted that some mines are high-cost while others are low-cost operations.
He says the mining industry has affected by copper prices on the international market, and that it is clear that this unfavorable economic trend globally has been mainly on account of weak global demand for copper.
President Lungu has emphasized that government will always be amenable to progressive ideas that will assist in addressing challenges in the mining sector.
Among the options the president has asked the two ministers to consider as the effect changes to the mining tax regime are the status quo but negotiate interim fiscal arrangements for operations that are most affected on a case by case basis,identifying potential legal or regulatory modifications to the existing 2015 fiscal regime that could be readily passed and implemented, deter implementation of the 2015 fiscal regime and temporary reinstate the 2014 fiscal regime as a more amicable regime is negotiated.
President Lungu has also directed that the ministers should also use the current legislation and administrative procedures to ensure that mines that are facing severe challenges are assisted.
This is contained in a statement issued by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda.
This is good move by the President because the impasse between Government and the Mine companies has caused some economics damages on the Country.

Which Statement Should Zambians Carry Home? Board Chair or President of the Bank (PTA)?

THE PTA Bank has refuted media reports that it intends to withdraw the oil facility that it holds with the Zambian Government.
PTA Bank board of directors chairperson Oliver Saasa says the bank is also currently considering financing new projects around Zambia which are fully supported by the board and its international funding partners in Europe, the Middle East and China.
Prof Saasa said the board of directors of the PTA Bank has been taken aback by the Press statements associated with a leaked communication between the President of the bank and the Ministry of Finance in Zambia pertaining to the outstanding payment from the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
“As chairperson of the board of directors and the representative on the board of Zambia and two other member countries, I wish to allay fears regarding the relationship between the Zambian government and the bank,” he said.

This statement by Prof Saasa need reconciliation with that of the bank (PTA)

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