Blog entries from: Zambian Economist

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August 21 2014

From Zambian Economist Thu Aug 21 2014, 20:33:00

We are currently kindling 'Journey toward Justice : Personal Encounters in the Global South' by Nicholas P. Wolterstorff. The greatest moral philosopher alive today. What he observes about injustice in Honduras is fascinating:

"..It is commonly said that the failure of Honduran officials to deal with crime against the poor is due to corruption--graft and bribery...Though there are indeed corrupt officials, the fundamental problem is not corruption but fear and a pervasive lack of trust. Poor people do not trust the police, the judicial system, or the bureaucracy. The police do not trust the prosecutors; the prosecutors do not trust the police. The result is that the poor are afraid to take action when they are the victims of crime or illegal treatment; they fear that if they ...

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August 20 2014

From Zambian Economist Wed Aug 20 2014, 18:13:00

Zambia Is  A Loser Country 

By Anonymous

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August 18 2014

From Zambian Economist Mon Aug 18 2014, 18:11:00

Editor's note: A recent article from Albert Halwampa (ZIPAR) on the costs and benefits of external borrowing through Eurobonds. It argues for a comprehensive legal and institutional framework to address the risks associated with this form of debt instrument. 

There has been recent media speculation about the government issuing another Eurobond - the third in two years. Earlier this month, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock talked about the possibility of floating a bond to plug the US$400 million financing gap in agriculture. This has resulted in apprehension in some quarters of the economy regarding the risks associated with this seemingly allure of Eurobonds. I therefore attempt to weigh some of these risks.

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August 16 2014

From Zambian Economist Sat Aug 16 2014, 15:37:00

"Members of parliament go through difficulties and I know the distances because I travel across the country myself, if we want MPs to serve the people to the degree that we expect them and promote democracy and interact with the people we should facilitate...How do we facilitate that, we facilitate that through emoluments. If you want to curb corruption, to ensure that our MPs do not fall in category of people who do not have the interest of people at heart then we should look at the issue of emoluments. You can justify the demands [for a pay rise]."


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August 14 2014

From Zambian Economist Thu Aug 14 2014, 18:55:00

When former Msanzala MP Joseph Lungu resigned and joined the PF in 2012 his only reason was that he wanted to "ensure development of Msanzala which had lagged behind for some time". Mr Lungu said he felt he could not take development to his area as an independent parliamentarian.

A year or so later Howard Sikwela became the the first parliamentarian to abandon UPND in this parliament. He said, "One asks a question, where would an MP get resources to develop his constituency? Of course it is from the Government of the day. An MP must think development, talk development and dream development. It is with a heavy heart that today I have to announce my resignation as area MP and as a member of UPND".

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August 11 2014

From Zambian Economist Mon Aug 11 2014, 19:32:00

By Henry Kyambalesa

With a Human Development Index (HDI) score of 0.561, Zambia is currently ranked 141st out of 187 countries - a rank that falls within the 'medium human development' category. And while there was a declining trend in the country's HDI between 1980 and 1990, there has been a rising trend in the Index between 1990 to date. This is certainly a good trajectory!

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August 9 2014

From Zambian Economist Sat Aug 9 2014, 09:52:00

We feel like foreigners in our own country and this makes us very sad. We are very peaceful people with no intention of promoting anarchy

Susanne Matale revealing that the church is facing unprecedented intimidation in its quest for freedom of assembly and praying for the country.

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August 7 2014

From Zambian Economist Thu Aug 7 2014, 03:24:00

Editor's note: an important recent ministerial statement on the 'Road Rehabilitation and Construction in Zambia' by the Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga MP. This is an helpful and unfiltered statement on where road construction is at present. We have made some minor editorial changes to enhance readability. 

The Road Development Agency (RDA) was established by the Public Roads Act No.12 of 2002 with the following specific functions: "To provide for the care, maintenance and construction of public roads in Zambia; to regulate maximum weights permissible for transport on roads; and to provide for matters connected with and incidental to the foregoing"

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August 5 2014

From Zambian Economist Tue Aug 5 2014, 07:26:00

Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.

The app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel, more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.

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August 3 2014

From Zambian Economist Sun Aug 3 2014, 07:38:00

KLM is pulling out of Zambia effective 29 October 2014 in a move described by the Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) as "devastating and bad for tourism in Zambia". According to a KLM statement :

The recent optimisations in the airline's network portfolio in East Africa means connections to Europe and the United States [will be] in combination with KLM's strategic and long-term partner Kenya Airways via Nairobi. From Nairobi, passengers can choose from services to London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle in Kenya Airways' newest equipment including the Dreamliner and with KLM's recently updated World Business Class.

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