Mwebantu Reporter

June 28, 2017

LAST MINUTE SPECIALS at Chaminuka Lodge and Nature Reserve for the Heroes and Unity Holiday:

  • K1500 per person per night meals + activities included
  • K535 per person per day Lunch & Activities
  • Villas at K900 per person Full board

Chaminuka is a synopsis of Africa. From the concept, to the design, to the execution to its collections of African Art and Wildlife, to its way of life, it is the creation of Andrew and Danae Sardanis, who made Chaminuka their home since 1978.

Chaminuka is a village on a hill overlooking Lake Chitoka; it is some 10,000 acres of pristine Miombo woodland and savannah; it is the roar of the lion and the laughter of the hyena; it is the elephant and the giraffe and the zebra and the eland and the sable and all the other animals of the Zambian bush; and it is the fish eagle and the kingfisher and the ibis and the egrets and the storks and the ducks and the geese and the other migratory birds that visit its lakes for rest and recuperation during their long annual sojourns from the Antarctic to the Russian steppes and back.

And it is the huge private collection of contemporary African paintings and sculpture as well as traditional artefacts – more than one thousand pieces – acquired from all over Africa over a period of 50 years. The collection spreads throughout the house, the guest suites and the gardens and highlights the African culture and way of life over the centuries.

And above all it is the people – a microcosm of Zambia, a mixture from all the tribes with many kids of all ages, and churches and schools and its own soccer team that competes with those of the farms in the area.

Today this luxurious intimate Lodge welcomes discerning travellers from around the world, who seek excellence and style and an extraordinary chance to commune with Real Africa in all its magnificence.

For more information visit or call +26 0965 790 800 / 0965 790 801 / 0965 790 576


June 27, 2017

A new Digital Agency in Lusaka is looking for creative individual(s) to deliver digital content to support a wide range of campaigns including website pages and banners, marketing e-mails, social media, display advertising and support the development of dynamic campaign strategies, ensuring brand guidelines are consistently adhered to.

* Create and maintain web pages using WordPress CMS to meet all marketing campaign and content project requirements
* Working with the CRM Manager, Brand Manager and Content Manager to create bespoke content to support multiple dynamic campaigns
* Day to day management of CMS content ensuring the customer experience is the main consideration applied to all content delivery
* Delivery of banner creative for the website, retargeting, display and affiliate campaigns
* Delivery of engaging and shareable creative for Social Media Campaigns
* Delivery of e-mail creative and html to meet campaign timings and briefs
* Support the team with additional creative for offline campaigns in retail, press & overseas where required
* Graphic design qualification and/or a strong design portfolio to support application
* A demonstrable history of creative flair working to brand guidelines and an ability to demonstrate a consistency in adherence to a brand identity
* Creative skills to find engaging ways of presenting information and to generate new ideas with an outstanding eye for design and detail
* Excellent knowledge of the Adobe software suite including Photoshop, In Design and all other design associated software
* A drive to keep abreast of all new functionalities and techniques made available through new software upgrades and advancing technology capabilities
* A good understanding of HTML, CSS and similar website specific elements
* Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks to achieve deadlines
* Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
* Great team working skills
* Competent using Microsoft Office suite


Job Offer
A competitive salary

Should you feel you have the necessary skills and experience for the job, please email your CV and cover letter to

June 16, 2017

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency has granted a partial re-instatement of the Road Service Licence (RSL) for Mazhandu Family Bus Services. The partial re-instatement of the RSL is with effect from Monday, 19th June, 2017.   The partial re-instatement of the operator’s Licence has been arrived at after Mazhandu Family Bus Services met part of the agreed actions from the Consent Judgement.

The partial re-instatement of the Road Service Licence is only in respect of the fourteen (14) buses that have so far passed the roadworthiness inspection tests and installed with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and as well as the nineteen drivers who have passed the driving re-tests.  Thus, the company will not be permitted to use any vehicle or driver that is not authorized.

The RTSA has also notified Mazhandu Family Bus Services that their RSL will be revoked should they be found using an unauthorized vehicle or driver on the road.   Further, the Agency has advised the company to change the policy on the reporting time for the drivers from 02:00 hours to 04:30 hours in order for the drivers to have adequate rest before starting off on their journeys.  On 1st February 2017, the RTSA suspended the Road Service Licence for Mazhandu Family Bus Services following a poor road safety record.

On 21st March 2017, the two parties entered into a consent judgement executed by the Road Service Appeal Tribunal as a means of addressing the findings from the accident investigations in relation to the occurrence of the road traffic accident involving Mazhandu Family Bus Services on 30th January 2017 along the Kabwe – Kapiri Mposhi Road.

June 16, 2017

PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu arrived in Maseru, Lesotho to attend the swearing-in and inauguration ceremony of the Prime Minister-elect, Thomas Thabane of the Kingdom of Lesotho.  The inauguration of Thabane follows an election that was held on 3rd June 2017 in which he defeated incumbent Pakalitha Mosisili.  The inauguration ceremony hang in a balance on Thursday, when media reports filtered through that Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife Lipolelo, 58, was shot dead on Wednesday night.

She was shot in the Ha Masana village, 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of the capital Maseru where she lives, as she was driving with a friend on Wednesday.  The couple has lived apart since 2014.  However Lesotho government issued a statement that the Ceremony would go ahead.  President Lungu’s visit follows an invitation he received from His Majesty, King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho.  Lesotho’s Chief of State Protocal Humphrey Leteka, and Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with extra accreditation to Lesotho and Madagascar, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba, received President Edgar Lungu whose plane touched down at Moshoeshoe International Airport at 17hrs on Thursday President Lungu was accorded full military guard of honours.

President Lungu is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba, Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Chris Mvunga, and Special Assistant to the President for Politics, Kaizer Zulu.  President Lungu will attend Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane inauguration ceremony and will join other regional leaders to witness the ascension of the new Prime Minister.  The ceremony is being held at Setsotso Stadium in the Capital City,Maseru on Friday 16th June 2017.  On 3rd June 2017,the Kingdom of Lesotho held a snap election following the success of a vote-of-no-confidence against the government of Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili’s coalition government.

Consequently Parliament was dissolved and elections were called to be held in 90days.  After the elections that were held on Saturday 3rd June 2017, the Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) declared the All Basotho Convention party (ABC) led by former prime minister, Dr. Thomas Thabane, to have won the majority seats totaling 48 out of the 120 seats in the National Assembly.  However, to form government, a party requires a minimum of 61 majority seats.

Dr. Thabane has since marshaled a coalition of parties comprising three other parties securing a total of 63 seats in the National Assembly.  Observer Missions led by former President Rupiah Banda of Zambia(Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy(EISA)), former President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique (African Union(AU)), Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Augustin Mahiga (Southern African Development Community(SADC)), and Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba (Commonwealth Observer Mission) all affirmed that the elections were credible, free and fair.

Thabane is due to replace Pakalitha Mosisili, prime minister since 2015, after forming a coalition with three other parties following elections earlier this month that handed his party most seats in parliament.  This is the third election in 5 years.  SADC has been instrumental to ensure that the Kingdom stabilizes and its democratic space is uninterrupted.  The Kingdom suffered a military Coup detat in 2015 when Thabane was Prime Minister. SADC reinstated the democratically elected government.  Subsequent election saw Thabane win majority seats but his rival Mosisili and other parties form government.

Two years later, Thabane now in Opposition sponsored a vote-of no-confidence succeeded which has seen his re-election.  It is for this reason for purposes of stability that despite the shooting of his estranged wife, all parties and stakeholders including the African Union were keen to see the ceremony proceed to forestall instability.  His estranged wife(Lipolelo) are understood to have been embroiled in a bitter divorce dispute.  Lipolelo reportedly won a court case against Thabane during his first stint as prime minister affirming her position as Lesotho’s first lady instead of Thabane’s youngest wife, Liabiloe Thabane.

June 5, 2017
Zambia's Fashipon Sakala

PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu has commended the Zambia Under-20 Soccer team for putting up a gallant fight at the ongoing Under-20 FIFA World Cup in South Korea which saw them reach the quarter finals.

The President says although the Junior Chipolopolo lost Mondays quarter final encounter against Italy, played at Suwon World Cup stadium, they are still heroes because of their extraordinary enduring spirit and unity of purpose they exhibited throughout the tournament, which is a great inspiration to the entire nation.

The President has said the young team has taught the entire nation a myriad of lessons and particularly the importance of rising above self and embracing unity of purpose in every aspect.

President Lungu says the Junior Chipolopolo has made the entire nation proud by putting Zambia on the World map and representing Africa very well hence the need for the entire nation to rally behind the team.

The President says the Under-20 should be nurtured into a formidable senior team because they have a bright future ahead of them.

Well done boys. You have done us proud. There are moments like this when you have done everything to win but the fortunes just favour your opponent. I have hope that we are on course towards the creation of a formidable senior national team from this crop of young players.

“The genius of this young team lies in their extraordinary fighting spirit and unity of purpose. Their extraordinary enduring spirit is a great inspiration to the entire nation. We salute their achievements at the World Cup. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia, and indeed on my own behalf, l wish them the very best in future assignments, said the President

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(Images by FIFA)

June 5, 2017

THE Zambia U-20 Men’s Football Nation Team world cup dream faces a stern test today when they face Italy in a quarterfinal clash at the ongoing FIFA world cup.

Having already swept aside top sides along the way, expectations are high back home that the ‘Dream Team’ will march on in the tournament.

Coach Beston Chambeshi has kept his feet on the ground despite the dream run that the African champions have put up on the global stage.

Chambeshi will hope to get the best out of his free scoring side that has hit the net 10 times so far and conceded seven times.

The onus will fall on Spartak Moscow striker Fashion Sakala, Red Bull Salzburg goal getter Patson Daka and the industrious Enock Mwepu to conjure something against the Azurrini.
Skipper Solomon Sakala will be expected to marshal his troops at the back if they have to fend off the threat posed by Azurrini danger man Riccardo Orsolini and his partner Andrea Favilli.

On Wednesday Zambia beat Germany 4-3 to make a historic qualification to the quarterfinal which marked a debut appearance.
Defender Shemmy Mayembe popped up with the winner in extra time after the two sides ended 3-all in normal time.

The match against Italy has been sentimentally dubbed a grudge match following Zambia beating the European side 4-0 in 1988 at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

But 29 years is by any standards a long time to base chances of winning a football contest on so Zambia will have to forget that part of history to win today’s match.

Kickoff for the match is at 10:00 hours Zambian time.

Venezuela and Uruguay have already qualified to the semi finals.

Source: FAZ Football

May 31, 2017

ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba has disclosed that 27 Zambian nationals are in prison there.

Amb Mwamba stated that 15 Zambians have already been convicted and are serving various sentences while 12 Zambians are remanded in different prison facilities across the country awaiting conclusion of their court cases.

The development came to light after the Mission engaged the Department of International Relations and Corporation of the Republic of South Africa (DIRCO)on the status of Zambian Nationals in conflict with the law in the country.

“Among the prisoners is Peter Saveka, 34, who is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder; Thembo Sadik, 45, Kennedy Ngulube, 40, and Christopher Ngando, 32 all convicted of Rape cases and serving jail terms ranging from 7 to 20 years,” disclosed Mwamba.

Mwamba named others as Louis Banda, 28, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attempted murder; and that those awaiting conclusion of their trials include Eric Muladuba 28, Patricia Kazembe, 45 ,Watson Kahona 32 ,Daniel Phiri 37, Andrew Nawa 33, Owen Ndlovu 40, and Joseph Mwape Phiri,30.

The High Commissioner has since advised the Zambian Community living in South Africa to refrain from activities that would find them in conflict with the law.

“I was however proud that an estimated number of 11,000 Zambians that live in South Africa, have maintained good behavior and are law abiding citizens. I want to urge all of them to continue to be good citizens as they represent Zambia,” Mwamba said.

He also called on family members to come forward and identify the people serving jail sentences in South Africa.

Mwamba further pledged to engage authorities on a possible prisoner exchange program so that nationals serving sentences can complete their sentences in Zambia.

This was contained in a statement released to Mwebantu by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission to South Africa Naomi Nyawali.

May 31, 2017

UNAIDS has appointed Luyando Haangala-Wood, a media personality and partner Dagon Media, as a Goodwill Ambassador for Zambia. The announcement was made by Dr Medhin Tsehaiu, UNAIDS Country Director at a special event which took place at Protea Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia yesterday.

“I am very happy to be a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Zambia,” said Mrs Luyando Wood.

“I was much honored to receive the proposal of becoming UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, and I can tell that the next two years will not only be a time of speeches and events: I want to take this opportunity to grow professionally, to learn, to listen to the people and help them share their messages. I think that as a Zambian woman in this position I have the privilege of standing in between the two worlds: the people of my country and the knowledge and experience that will be shared with me by an organization that has more than 20 years’ experience in the fight against AIDS. I want to be a bridge. I will do the best I can to bring these two worlds together: because ending AIDS is an effort that can only succeed if we are all on board. I look at you, former colleagues and future partners. I will use my voice for this cause.”

In her new role, Mrs Luyando Wood will work on the 90-90-90 strategy and the Fast Track initiative to end AIDS by 2030. She is expected to raise awareness on HIV testing, access to all prevention services, to adhere to treatment if they are HIV positive (especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding)

Mrs Luyando Haangala-Wood, has been actively involved in humanitarian work, in 2008, she started the #WeKeepMoving foundation inspiring youth to build meaningful lives and careers. Her commitment to this cause caught the attention of the US Embassy, culminating to her selection for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which sent her to the White House to meet Former US President Barack Obama and 40 other global leaders. In 2015, she has also been a moderator at the Global Magna Carter Forum in Washington, where she spoke on Gender equality, meeting Prince Charles and thought leaders on global issues.

Luyando is married to William Lubinda Wood and is the mother of two children.

(Pictures by Kwitu Photography)

May 31, 2017

THE Lusaka High Court on Monday, May,29th 2017 ruled that Gotv’s case has shown sufficient grounds to proceed to trial despite Top Star’s attempt to apply for the court to dismiss it.

This is in a matter where GOtv sued ZNBC and Topstar for disconnecting their services and continuing to encrypt the signal transmitted by the free-to-air content providers.

High Court judge Gertrude Chawatama in her ruling stated that GOtv’s case had shown sufficient grounds to proceed to trial despite Topstar Communications’s application that the matter be dismissed.

This ensures that the matter proceeds to trial where the public will be able to demonstrate the need for them to be able to select the operator that best meets their viewing needs and preferences while ensuring that the digital signals of the Free to Air channels are free from disruption.

The court battle between GOtv and ZNBC and TopStar started when Top Star and ZNBC attempted to block all of Zambia’s free-to-air channels from GOtv customers.

It is a victory for television consumers and will pave the way to for a future which ensures a fair and competitive pay TV market in Zambia.

Both TopStar Communications and GOtv Zambia have joint-venture partnerships with ZNBC and are thus supporting Zambia’s digital migration.

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