Friday, 30 September 2011
Thursday, 29 September 2011
1. Office of the President Michael Sata
Deputy Minister Edgar C. Lungu
3. Ministry of Justice
a) Cabinet Minister Sebastian S. Zulu
b) Deputy Minister Ngosa Simbyakula
4. Ministry of Defence
a) Cabinet Minister Geofrey B. Mwamba
b) Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
The Electoral Commission of Zambia has released the final count of elected Members of Parliament following the September 20th tripartite elections.
The Patriotic Front (PF) has taken 60 seats from the 148 seats. Of the 60, 8 are females.
MMD was second with 55 seats. Of the 55, 6 are female.
28 seats have gone to the UPND with 2 female MPs.
Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) together with the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has 1 seat each. 3 seats have been taken up by independent members of parliament.
So, it's a minority government proper. As we (and Mr Milupi) predicted before the elections no one got beyond 60 seats.
Full detailed constituencies with MP names can be found here.
Saturday, 24 September 2011
We have pulled together a few maps to give you a sense where the results published by the constituency results released by ECZ here are located.
Friday, 23 September 2011
We shall post below the electoral picture has it emerge for each province. Please let us know of results as you have them. The page will be regularly updated.
PRESIDENTIAL (Update : Friday 16:00hrs, GMT)
Zambia has a new political leadership. Mr Michael C Sata (Patriotic Front) is the Fifth Republican President of Zambia. He was sworn in earlier today and pledged to fight corruption and deliver a more efficient government.
DETAILED PARLIAMENTARY RESULTS (Update : Ongoing)
We are now 132 seats :
PF - 61 seats
MMD - 43 seats
UPND - 26 seats
Others - 2 seats.
16 seats remaining (2 have been deferred).
We will keep you updated.
Recent updates in red.
Areas of contention (disputed by readers) in blue (we are verifying again).
Monday, 19 September 2011
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
An interesting editorial comment from Tanzania's The Citizen on curbing begging :
Images of children leading blind adults are now commonplace in most urban areas. There are two issues here: one, exploitation of children and, two, the indignity to those who have taken up begging as a career. It is a very crude form of child exploitation when we make a child as young as six lead an adult in a begging mission. That child should be in school, for pity's sake. Much as we sympathise with the situation of a person who has, say, lost his sight, we still believe there are ways such as person can be self-reliant. As the adage goes, disability in not inability: The late Mzee Morris Nyunyusa, blind since childhood, remains easily the best traditional drummer the country has ever produced. By the time of he died, aged 82, Mzee Morris could play 17 drums at a go. The point we are making is: Let society look into ways of helping the disadvantaged to be self-reliant. Giving them alms only demeans them.."
Thursday, 15 September 2011
"For instance, Zambia currently subsidises maize exports in regional markets, I feel that is not sustainable for a developing country like Zambia whose larger portion of the budget is donor funded...It is unsustainable and it can just lead to the government rushing to banks and other lending institutions to borrow more money to sustain such a venture. And if caution is not taken this could be the case for Zambia. The country could fall into serious debt...."
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Judicial Reforms Building Investors' Confidence in Africa, Emilienne Macauley, Trade Invest Africa, Commentary :Confidence in the justice system has a real and direct impact on the investment climate of any country. Assurance on contract enforcement builds on investors' confidence and without it, investors will go elsewhere.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
If our rural economies are going to change we must promote the production, diffusion and application of new technologies. Similarly, if the Namibian economy is going to be transformed we must build technological capabilities.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
As we get closer to the general elections, one of the topical issues we ought to be pondering is our country's current record on good governance. Zambians nationwide expect their national government to apply the elements of good governance in both word and deed, that is: transparency, accountability, rule of law, citizen participation in governmental decision making, and freedom of the press.
Let us briefly examine what each of these elements of good governance entails, as well as determine whether our country can be said to be fostering any of the elements of good governance.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Monday, 5 September 2011
Senegal’s people are deeply disenchanted. In 2000, they enthusiastically went to the polls to elect Abdoulaye Wade as their president. Wade had campaigned as an agent of change, but change never came to Senegal throughout his decade in power. Now the only change he wants to make is to the constitution, so that he can retain his hold on power. Unfortunately, Wade turned out to be almost a caricature of the dozy African potentate for whom power, nepotism, and embezzlement become indistinguishable. So deeply has he identified his and his family’s interests with the state that he appointed his son, Karim Wade, to head four different ministries – international cooperation, air travel, infrastructure, and energy – simultaneously.