Following is a roundup of the top stories from Botswana and Zambia sources on 14 - 18 July 2008: Botswana President's office warns public officials to be accountable; Minister expresses satisfaction over Botswana's role in global peace, security; Botswana official says maternal deaths declining in country; Japanese envoy says Botswana to achieve greater socio-economic success in future; Defense minister tours army camps, advocates for budgetary allocation; Political parties begin preparation for 2009 general elections; BNF party invites RSA Communist Party leader to address conference; Botswana to assess 215 Zimbabwean political asylum seekers; Botswana reportedly agrees not to hang convicted RSA citizens; Botswana, UK optimistic about trade agreements between EU, African region; BNF party confirms suspending International Socialist Botswana; BNF leader invites BCP party for revival of opposition talks; BCP party to host 4th congress in Bobonong to elect leader; Mmamabula power project to install 'carbon capture and storage' technology in Botswana; Civil society condemns 'undemocratic' media practitioners bill; Zambia's MMD Chairman says talk about Mwanawasa's successor 'ill timed'; Rising oil prices threaten common market for Eastern, Southern Africa regions; UK-based oil firm in Zambia gives assurances on availability of fuel; Constitutional Conference Committee Proposes Article Prescribing 50 Percent Plus 1 Vote for President Election be retained; African trade organization COMESA prays for Mwanawasa's quick recovery; Vice President faults party leader for politicizing Mwanawasa's illness; MMD Spokesperson accuses leader of using Mwanawasa's illness for political purposes; Constitutional Conference agrees on clause on re-run in case of Presidential race tie; Central Bank says Government has enough foreign reserves; MMD party charge leader Tetamashimba of giving false information; Court dismisses defamation case against PF party leaders Sata, Scott; British high commissioner to Zambia hails government's fight against corruption; Minister says governing country without Mwanawasa 'big challenge'; Economics association welcomes proposal to increase electricity tariffs;  French envoy assures Zambian Government of best treatment for Mwanawasa; Minister urges France to increase aid for social, economic emancipation; EU delegation appeals to Zambia to take advantage of approved new credit line; Vice President says Mwanawasa's health continues to improve slowly; Vice president delivers speech at Commonwealth conference on Mwanawasa's behalf; Central bank expects assessment of credit rating in 4th quarter; Commonwealth Association calls on African nations to address climate change; Government spokesperson says Mwanawasa 'responding well to treatment'; Opposition UPND against appointment of medical board to ascertain Mwanawasa's Health.
     BOTSWANA
     President's Office Warns Public Officials To Be Accountable -- "The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President, has warned senior public officers against leaking as well as giving ministers wrong information. Mr Mothusi Palai called on officers to be mindful of the consequences of not doing their work competently and fairly when opening a seminar on 'Managing Discipline in the Public Service'. He told the attendants during the seminar organised for senior public officers in Gaborone yesterday, that they did not have much choice as their work required them to perform to very high standards," reports 15 July GaboroneDaily News. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/index.php ]
     Minister Expresses Satisfaction Over Botswana's Role in Global Peace, Security - "'If Botswana had all what it takes to become a world super power it would have long been voted as one of the permanent members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council with veto power. Information reaching BOPA suggests that many countries have been clamouring for Botswana to take up a seat at the world's body which is responsible for maintaining global peace and security. 'It is because of our principled stand on democracy that many countries feel Botswana has a high moral ground to influence a positive world outlook hence calls that we should be part of the Security Council,' the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani, said in an interview," reports 15 July GaboroneDaily News. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9441 ]
     Botswana Official Says Maternal Deaths Declining in Country-- "Maternal deaths have declined from over 300 per 100 000 live births in the early 1970s to the current estimate of 140, says the acting deputy secretary for Socio Economic policy Mr Monnanyana Bingana," reports 15 July GaboroneDaily News. "Mr Bingana said that prevalence of contraception has increased significantly over the years from 16 percent in 1984 before stagnating at the current 44 percent since 1996. He further said that fertility has declined over the years from an estimated 6.5 children per woman of reproductive age in 1971 to only 3.3 in 2001," adds the report. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9433 ]
     Japanese Envoy Says Botswana To Achieve Greater Socio-Economic Success in Future -- "Japan's Ambassador, Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, says Botswana has potential to achieve greater socio-economic success in the coming years. 'Botswana is like a rough diamond, once it is cut and polished it can become sparkling.' he said at the opening of his country's embassy, which is temporarily housed at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, on Monday," reports 16 July GaboroneDaily News. "He said Japan would help Botswana address problems such as youth unemployment, economic diversification and agricultural growth. He noted that Africa needed the private sector to develop. He called for more investment missions such as the one he took part in, which came and met Batswana entrepreneurs in June," adds the report. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9456 ]
     Defense Minister Tours Army Camps, Advocates for Budgetary Allocation -- "The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Dikgakgamatso Seretse says army camps should be well equipped to serve the communities well. Speaking in an interview at the end of his familiarisation tour of all the army camps in the Chobe District, Mr Seretse said: 'I was here to familiarise myself with the staff and the military so as to best advocate for budgets compliments,' he said." reports 16 July GaboroneDaily News. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9454 ]
     Political Parties Begin Preparations for 2009 General Elections -- "It is that time of the year again when political parties hold conferences to take stock and map the way forward. With the exception of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), opposition political parties will head to Francistown, Bobonong, Jwaneng and Tonota for their conferences," reports 17 July GaboroneDaily News. "The president of Botswana Alliance Movement (BAM), Mr Lepetu Setshwaelo told BOPA that they would hold their conference at Leseding Hall in Francistown over the President's Day holidays. He said the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) president, Mr Gilson Saleshando will officially open the BAM conference on Sunday, while Mr Setshwaelo will open the BCP's congress in Bobonong on Sunday," adds the report. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9480 ]
     BNF Party Invites RSA Communist Party Leader To Address Conference -- "The Secretary General of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Mr Jeremy Cronin is expected to address a BNF conference in Jwaneng during the President's Day holidays where the state of unity within the party will be put to a test. According to media reports some regions are lobbying to change the conference into a congress, which could provide an opportunity for the election of the new party leadership," reports 17 July GaboroneDaily News. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9473 ]
     Botswana To Assess 215 Zimbabwean Political Asylum Seekers-- "Area District Commissioner, Mr Richard Oaitse says about 215 Zimbabwean political asylum seekers are awaiting assessment at the centre for illegal immigrants in Francistown. He said the number covers those Zimbabweans who arrived after the June 27 Zimbabwe presidential run-offs. He said the assessment would be done next week Thursday and Friday, adding that those who qualify for the refugee status would be taken to Dukwi refugee camp. He said so far in their past assessments, almost all those from Zimbabwe had qualified for refugee status but under normal circumstances those who do not qualify are remanded at the centre awaiting arrangements for repatriation to their respective countries," reports 18 July GaboroneDaily News. [Gaborone Daily News (Internet Version-WWW) in English; http://www.mcst.gov.bw/dailynews/newsdetails.php?id=9494 ]
     Botswana Reportedly Agrees Not To Hang Convicted RSA Citizens -- "A South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio station reported on Friday that Botswana has agreed with South Africa that its citizens will not be hanged here. It said that SA citizens facing serious offences such as murder, which carries the death penalty may not be hanged. The report came at a time when three South African citizens are scheduled to appear before the High Court in Lobatse facing charges of murder and armed robbery. The three - Benson Keganne, Kagiso William Sebi, and Amos Suna Moloi, are accused of murdering Gloria Mahoe at Maisane lands near Molapowabojang on March 10, 2001. According to police records, the woman gave the three men a ride and on the way they robbed and shot her," reports 14 July Gaborone MMEGI. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=9&dir=2008/July/Monday14 ]
     Botswana, UK Optimistic About Trade Agreements Between EU, African Region --"Botswana and Britain wish to see the successful conclusion of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) currently being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and regional blocks in the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region. Neo Moroka, Botswana's Trade Minister and his UK counterpart, Gareth Thomas, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Consumer Affairs in the UK, said at a joint press conference last Thursday that they are optimistic that a deal will be reached," reports 14 July Gaborone MMEGI. "Thomas noted that the UK is so committed to EPAs that it has helped Botswana with over 100, 000 pounds or P1.3 million [pula] to help in capacity building. The assistance, he said, was used by the country for workshops, to sponsor visits to Brussels and to help Botswana in the analysis of the EPAs," adds the report. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=4&aid=21&dir=2008/July/Monday14 ]
     BNF Party Confirms Suspending International Socialist Botswana- "The Botswana National Front [BNF] has suspended another group member, the International Socialist Botswana following a meeting of the party's leadership over the weekend. Informed sources say the party's executive met over the weekend to discuss the matter and decided to expel one of its small group members. BNF spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa, confirmed that the ISB has been dismissed from the organisation following the last few days' meetings among executive members of the BNF and ISB leadership," reports 15 July Gaborone MMEGI. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=42&dir=2008/July/Tuesday15 ]
     BNF Leader Invites BCP Party to Revival of Opposition Talks-- "Although details are sketchy, Mmegi can reveal that the main opposition, Botswana National Front (BNF), has formally written the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) calling for the revival of the opposition talks. BCP has confirmed that after an invitation by the Leader of Opposition and BNF president, Otsweletse Moupo in Gaborone last month, he has now formalised the invitation. Moupo last month invited BCP president, Gilson Saleshando and his deputy, Dr Kesitegile Gobotswang whereupon he reportedly laid the foundation for fresh negotiations," reports 16 July Gaborone MMEGI. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=4&dir=2008/July/Wednesday16 ]
     BCP Party To Host 4th Congress in Bobonong To Elect Leader -- "The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) heads for Bobonong this weekend where its fourth congress will be held. A new leadership may be elected. For the first time in its short history of about 10 years, the BCP goes to a congress and elections without the euphoria that often charaterised previous party kgotla," reports 16 July Gaborone MMEGI."The party gatherings avail party faithfuls of the opportunity to bring all sorts of issues to the table and accuse the party leadership of this and that in its last term of office. Most importantly, it is during congresses and elections where party faithful often square up in search of a new leadership," adds the report. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=5&dir=2008/July/Wednesday16 ]
     Mmamabula Power Project To Install 'Carbon Capture and Storage' Technology in Botswana -- "Although carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology is still some way from commercial implementation on a large scale, Toronto- and Botswana-listed CIC Energy, which plans to build a coal mine and power station at its Mmamabula project in Botswana, is taking steps to ensure that the plant will be 'capture ready' when the time comes. As its name suggests, CCS, or sequestration, aims to reduce carbon emissions from large emitters, such as coal-fired power plants, by capturing the carbon-dioxide produced by the facility and storing it somewhere secure," reports 16 July Gaborone MMEGI. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=4&aid=13&dir=2008/July/Wednesday16 ]
     Civil Society Condemns 'Undemocratic' Media Practitioners Bill -- "Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi seems to be the only who admires President Mugabe's undemocratic tendencies. Venson-Moitoi wants to outshine Mugabe by bringing a bill that gives her political office control over the press. Other than allowing the press to function under a self regulated mechanism as it is done in the democratic world. Venson-Moitoi wants to bring a piece of legislation that compares to Mugabe 's Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), an act that outlawed most foreign and local journalists to practice in Zimbabwe.  We urge the public, parliament, and civic society to stop Venson-Moitoi' s Media Practitioners bill," reports 17 July Gaborone MMEGI. [Gaborone MMEGI (Internet Version-WWW) in English; Internet: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?sid=1&aid=14&dir=2008/July/Thursday17 ]
     ZAMBIA
     MMD Chairman Says Talk on Mwanawasa's Successor 'Ill Timed' --"MMD [Movement for Multiparty Democracy] national chairman, Michael Mabenga, as described as a mistake calls for a discussion on President Mwanawasa's successor when he is still admitted to hospital in France. And the New Generation Party (NGP) says MMD chairman for information and publicity, Benny Tetamashimba's remarks that the ruling party should discuss President Mwanawasa's successor when he returns were ill timed and have the potential of creating tension in the nation. Mr Mabenga said calls for the discussion on President Mwanawasa's successor when he was still ill were a mistake that would soon be corrected. He also said squabbles that have emerged in the ruling party on the succession process would soon die down," reports 14 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=3&id=1216016991 ]
     UK-Based Oil Firm in Zambia Gives Assurance on Availability of Fuel --"British Petroleum (BP) has assured the nation that it has enough fuel stock to last for some time. But Government has sent officials to check on whether oil marketing companies (OMCs) have complied with the law to have at least 15 days stock of fuel. BP managing director, Cremion Mapfumba, said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the company had more than the government recommended 15 days stock of fuel.Mr Mapfumba said his company had put in place measures to ensure that there was no disruption in the supply of fuel. He, however, said the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) was in charge of inspecting levels of fuel kept in stock by OMCs," reports 15 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=2&id=1216102264 ]
     Lusaka Court Grants Bail to Businessman of Indian Origin--"The Lusaka Magistrate's Court has granted a K50 million [kwacha] cash bail to a businessman of Indian origin charged with allegedly possessing counterfeit Johnson and Johnson products.Principal Resident Magistrate Charles Kafunda granted Asif Patel the bail with two working sureties who should be Zambians in the sum of K25 million each.Mr Kafunda ordered Patel to surrender his passport to the senior clerk of courts and that the sureties should avail him to the Zambia Police Service's anti-piracy unit every Monday and Thursday of each week.Mr Kafunda further ordered Patel to cease dealing in any product related to those over which he was arrested.Trial is expected to start on August 5, 2008, before Magistrate Joshua Banda," reports 15 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet:  http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=13&id=1216104123 ]
     Constitutional COnference Committee Proposes that Article Prescribing 50 Percent Plus 1 Vote for President ElectionBe Retained--"The committee on good governance of the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) has resolved to maintain Article 95(1) of the Mungo'mba Draft Constitution which prescribes that a presidential candidate should win the election with a 50 per cent plus one vote. Committee chairperson Stanley Mhango said yesterday in Lusaka after a lengthy debate that from the submissions made by the members and in accordance with Article 2(iii) of the NCC Act, it was clear that consensus had been reached that Article 95(1) should be adopted as it stood in the draft. In proposing to maintain the clause, committee member, Charles Mwape, said the Article would give respect and recognition to the President as he would have been elected by a majority vote. The proposal was seconded by Japhet Muwowo. Reverend Foston Sakala said the recommendation as contained in the draft constitution was the best for the Zambia`n situation,"reports 15 July LusakaZambia Daily Mail.[Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=8&id=1216102586 ]
     African Trade Organization COMESA Prays for Mwanawasa's Quick Recovery --"The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has joined the nation in praying for President Mwanawasa who is recuperating at Percy Military Hospital in Paris, France.COMESA secretary general Sindiso Ngwenya said this in Lusaka yesterday.'As a secretariat, we are with Government and the people of Zambia in praying for President Mwanawasa who is recuperating in Paris,' Mr Ngwenya said.And members of the Ministers' Spouses Club have sent a message of quick recovery to President Mwanawasa.Chairperson of the club and wife of Vice-President Rupiah Banda, Thandiwe, said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the club joined the people of Zambia in praying for the President's quick and full recovery,"reports 15 JulyLusakaZambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=3&id=1216102352 ]
     Vice President Faults Party Leader for Politicizing Mwanawasa's Illness --"Vice-President Rupiah Banda has taken a swipe at MMD [Movement for Multiparty Democracy] party presidential hopeful, Professor Clive Chirwa, for allegedly politicising President Mwanawasa's illness and said the country is not mourning because the President is alive and responding to treatment. Speaking on arrival at the Livingstone International Airport yesterday, Mr Banda said it was regrettable that some people are twisting facts about Dr Mwanawasa's condition. He said Government could not lie about the President's condition and that the nation would be given the correct update on how he was progressing,"reports 15 JulyLusakaZambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=2&id=1216189471 ]
     MMD Spokesperson Accuses Leader of Using Mwanawasa's Illness for Political Gain --"MMD spokesperson Benny Tetamashimba has said it was an oversight for the party to have removed the position of vice-president. He said the MMD did not anticipate that this would create a vacuum in a situation where the party president was not able to perform his duties due to illness.'We thought that not having a vice-president was a good thing but this is not the case. Right now, according to the party constitution, the national chairman Michael Mabenga is in charge of the party,' he said. And Mr Tetamashimba has accused party national secretary Katele Kalumba of using President Mwanawasa's illness to gain political mileage. At a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Tetamashimba claimed that Dr Kalumba had twisted the former's concern that Dr Mwanawasa had been overworked to benefit himself," reports 16 JulyLusakaZambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=3&id=1216189573 ]
     Constitutional Conference Agrees on Re-Run in Case of Presidential Race Tie --"The committee on good governance of the National Constitutional Conference yesterday unanimously resolved that a re-run of a Presidential tie should be held within 30 days after results are announced. Committee chairperson Stanley Mhango said after a lengthy debate that members had resolved that a re-run should be held within 30 days. The committee also resolved to maintain the proposed article in the Mungo' mba draft constitution that Speaker of the National Assembly should summon Parliament to vote in a secret ballot should the re-run result into another tie. 'We have all agreed that 30 days are enough for our electorate to cast the vote for a re-run. It seems all members have the same submissions on this article,' Mr Mhango said. In proposing the 30 days, committee member Besa Chimbaka said the proposed period was enough for a country to have a re-run because people would still be in the mood for voting reports 16 JulyLusakaZambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=10&id=1216191916 ]
     Central Bank Says Government Has Enough Foreign Reserves --"Bank of Zambia (BOZ) governor, Caleb Fundanga has said Zambia's economy cannot be destabilised in the event that some investors decide to withdraw their money because there is about US$2.4 billion international reserves in the banks. This is amid speculations that some investors are considering withdrawing their money in view of President Mwanawasa's illness.'There is no need to panic about the stability of the economy because of the President's illness. We have enough foreign reserves. Investors' ratios from our reserves only accounts for a fifth of what we have,' Dr Fundanga said. He said this at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday. Dr Fundanga said Zambia could even pay those with foreign reserves in the country five times over because BOZ alone had US$1 billion while commercial banks had US$1.4 billion as of yesterday," reports 16 JulyLusakaZambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet:  http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=9&id=1216191544 ]
     MMD Party Charges Leader Tetamashimba for Giving False Information --"The MMD [Movement for Multiparty Democracy] has charged its chairman for information and publicity Benny Tetamashimba with conduct likely to bring the name of the party into ridicule and contempt. MMD deputy national secretary, Jeff Kaande, said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Tetamashimba was charged with conduct likely to bring ridicule and contempt to the party and giving false information. 'The party has charged Mr Tetamashimba with some offences and he has to answer to them in the shortest possible time,' Mr Kaande said. Mr Kaande, however, admitted that according to the standing orders of the party, the national executive committee (NEC) could only suspend a cabinet or deputy minister with the approval of the President," reports 17 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=2&id=1216275978 ]
     Court Dismisses Defamation Case Against PF Party Leaders Sata, Scott --"The Lusaka Magistrates Court has discharged Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata and two others after the State entered a nolle prosequi in a case in which they were charged with defamation of the President. But Mr Sata has described the nolle prosequi as total abuse of justice by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga. Principal Resident Magistrate Charles Kafunda yesterday discharged Mr Sata, PF vice-president Guy Scott and a police officer Clement Andeleki in the case of defaming the President. This was after Lusaka Division prosecution officer Frank Mumbuna informed Mr Kafunda that the State had failed to secure potential witnesses," ," reports 17 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=9&id=1216281997 ]
     British High Commissioner to Zambia Hails Government's Fight Against Corruption --"Out-Going British High Commissioner to Zambia, Alistair Harrison, says he does not believe that President Mwanawasa's crusade against corruption has been selective as reported by some non-governmental organisations. Mr Harrison said in Lusaka yesterday that the fight against corruption is a challenging task and that the Zambian government has recorded positive strides as evidenced by the London High Court judgement whose outcome favoured Government. He said this during a press briefing after a farewell meeting with Minister of Finance and National Planning, Ng'andu Magande, at the latter's office. 'What I have learnt is that the fight against corruption is not very easy, but Zambia has done something positive. This is evident enough by the London High Court judgement. That was a breakthrough. The fight has to go ahead,' he said," reports 18 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=8&id=1216364472 ]
     Minister Says Governing Country Without Mwanawasa 'Big Challenge' --"Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Mike Mulongoti says governing the country at a time when President Mwanawasa is sick has been a big challenge, especially in view of statements that updates on his condition were false. And Mr Mulongoti said the First Lady, Maureen Mwanawasa called him yesterday to assure him that things were moving well with the President and that he should not worry. Mr Mulongoti said this during the official opening of the new office block for Christian Vision Communications (CVC), the proprietors of Radio Christian Voice in Lusaka yesterday. 'The illness of the President has made it very difficult for us and for me in particular as chief government spokesperson.'It is very painful to be accused of lying especially when you are telling the truth. The sickness of President Mwanawasa is indeed a big challenge,' he said," said reports 18 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=2&id=1216364220 ]
     Economics Association Welcomes Proposal to Increase Electricity Tariffs -- "The Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ) has strongly welcomed proposals to hike Zesco [Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Ltd] tariffs while the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) says while hikes were inevitable, administrative issues needed to be sorted out first. However, the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has opposed the suggestions. ZACA says the current lower electricity tariffs give Zambia a competitive advantage to attract investors as opposed to high charges. But EAZ has strongly supported the move to adjust the tariffs upwards to avoid electricity deficits," reports 18 July Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail. [Lusaka Zambia Daily Mail (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=5&id=1216366628 ]
     French Envoy Assures Zambian Government of Best Treatment for Mwanawasa --"French ambassador to Zambia, Francois Le Bihan, has assured the Government that President Mwanawasa is receiving best medical treatment in Paris.Ms Le Bihan said in Lusaka yesterday that doctors at Percy Military Hospital were attending to the president with due care. She said during the celebration of her country's national day that the doctors were giving Dr Mwanawasa the best medical care at the medical institution of high standards. Meanwhile, the Ministers' Spouses Club yesterday sent a message of goodwill and quick recovery to President Mwanawasa and the first family. Chairperson of the club, Thandiwe Banda, said in Lusaka yesterday that the club was praying for the quick and full recovery of the president," reports 15 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=4&id=1216099870 ]
     Minister Urges France To Increase Aid for Social, Economic Emancipation -"Finance and National Planning Minister, Ng'andu Magande, has urged the French government to increase efforts towards social and economic emancipation of Zambia. Mr Magande said there was need for the French government to continue assisting Zambia economically to improve the living standards of her people.The minister was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when he officiated at the French national day celebrations.He said the French government should contribute to uplifting the well-being of Zambians in areas of socio-economic development that included the health and education sectors.Mr Magande thanked the French government for the crucial role it had continued to play in providing Zambia with the much-needed professional human resource.He said the French government's sending of more human resource to Zambia was a clear testimony of that country's commitment to assisting the country to meet its targeted human resource. And French ambassador to Zambia, Francoise Le Bihan, pledged her country's continued support to Zambia's social and economic development," reports 15 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=6&id=1216100564 ]
     EU Delegation Appeals to Zambia To Take Advantage of Approved New Credit Line --"European Commission (EU) head of delegation in Zambia, Derek Fee, has appealed to Zambians to take advantage of the approved 50 million euros new credit line for agro processing industries to improve their lives and contribute to Zambia's development. Dr Fee said in Lusaka yesterday that the European Investment Bank (EIB) had approved a new credit line of 50 million. Zambians should make use of the funds to uplift their standards of living by taking part in agricultural development projects. He said a team of officials from the Commission was recently in the country to hold discussions with banking institutions that had been tasked to disburse the EIB funds. He described the discussions held with Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Finance Bank, among others, as fruitful and that the banks would also facilitate the issuance of guidelines on how to access the funds," reports 15 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=6&id=1216100501 ]
     Vice President Says Mwanawasa Continues To Make Slow Progress --"Vice-President, Rupiah Banda, has assured the nation that his updates on President Mwanawasa's health are accurate and that he has continued to make slow progress. Mr Banda said every citizen was aware that the President was ill, but that his condition had not worsened from the time he was evacuated to France. Mr Banda was addressing journalists at City Airport in Lusaka yesterday shortly before departure for Livingstone to attend the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference. 'His condition has not worsened from the time he was flown to France. His condition is stable,' he said. Dr Mwanawasa recently underwent a minor surgery to improve his breathing at Percy Military Hospital in Paris," reports 16 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=4&id=1216186290 ]
     Vice President Delivers Speech at Commonwealth Conference on Mwanawasa's Behalf --"President Mwanawasa has implored African governments to strongly fight corruption to attract more investment and develop the continent. The President, who is in Paris receiving treatment after he suffered a stroke, said this yesterday in a speech delivered on his behalf by Vice-President, Rupiah Banda, to the 39th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa regional conference in Livingstone. The conference opened with about 300 delegates from 16 branches or national assemblies. Dr Mwanawasa said corruption should be eradicated because it deprives people of the scarce resources needed for producing goods and delivery of services," reports 16 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=4&id=1216186098 ]
     Central Bank Expects Assessment of Credit Rating in 4th Quarter -"Zambia is expected to have a sovereign credit rating either by the end of the current quarter or early in the fourth quarter, Bank of Zambia (BoZ) governor, Caleb Fundanga, has said. A sovereign rating is an assessment of the risk and credit worthness of a country and it is used as a reference point by would-be investors.  Dr Fundanga said the Zambia National Tender Board (ZNTB) was soon expected to choose an agency that would rate the country.  In an interview in Lusaka, Dr Fundanga said the first phase of employing the rating advisor had already been done adding that the next move would be to choose the agency," reports 17 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=12&id=1216273545 ]
     Commonwealth Association Calls on African Nations To Address Climate Change - "The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has called on African countries to urgently address problems of climate change to reduce poverty and ensure development on the continent. CPA Zambia branch first vice-president, Michael Mabenga, said at the ongoing Africa region conference in Livingstone that climate change was a cross-cutting issue which posed serious challenges to the development of any given country. 'It is important for us to create an effective partnership and create a coordinated response to mitigate and adapt to challenges of climate change,' Mr Mabenga said," reports 17 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=6&id=1216273130 ]
     Government Spokesperson Says Mwanawasa 'Responding Well to Treatment' --"President Mwanawasa who is admitted to Percy Military Hospital in France has continued responding well to treatment, Chief Government spokesperson, Mike Mulongoti, has said. In a related development, Vice-President, Rupiah Banda, said God had continued to intercede in the prayers of many Zambians over the illness of the Republican President. Mr Mulongoti said in Lusaka yesterday that the First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa, who is at the President's bedside phoned him yesterday to confirm that President Mwanawasa was getting better. 'Just this morning (yesterday), I received a phone call directly from the First Lady in France and she told me that our President is responding well to treatment and advised me to inform the nation. The most painful thing is to be called a liar when you are saying the truth about our President's health condition. What the Government is saying regarding our President's health condition is true and not falsehood,' Mr Mulongoti said," reports 18 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=2&id=1216358940 ]
     Opposition UPND Against Appointment of Medical Board To Ascertain Mwanawasa's Health -- "United Party for National Development (UPND) president, Hakainde Hichilema, has dismissed suggestions for the appointment of a medical board to ascertain the health of President Mwanawasa who is currently admitted to a French hospital. Mr Hichilema said at a Press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that those calling for the appointment of a medical board were being insensitive to the illness of the President. He said Dr Mwanawasa had only been away from Zambia for two weeks and it was highly immoral for any leader to suggest that a board of doctors be appointed to investigate whether he was still able hold the office of presidency. 'This call for the formation of the medical board to go to France and examine the President has come too early. It is untimely and rather insensitive. The nation is at the moment engulfed in a prayerful mood for President Mwanawasa and wishing him a quick recovery,' he said," reports 18 July Lusaka Times of Zambia. [Lusaka Times of Zambia (Internet Version-WWW) in English -- Government-owned daily; Internet: http://www.times.co.zm/news/viewnews.cgi?category=4&id=1216359187 ]
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