We received 11 cases involving $80m, K53m from FIC in 2020 – DECTHE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) says it received 11 cases involving K53 million and US$ 80 million from the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) in 2020. Responding to a query, DEC Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga said of these cases, investigations had been concluded and an arrest effected in one. “DEC received a total of eleven cases from the Financial Intelligence Centre during the year 2020 with a combined amount of ZMW53,944,372.13 and US$80,764,598.86. A breakdown of the 11 cases is as follows: investigations concluded and arrests made, one. Referred to other Law Enforcement Agencies, three. Being jointly investigated with other.......
PF can still win August pollsIF someone called from abroad to ask what are the key campaign issues being discussed among political candidates ahead of the August election, it would be hard to explain. The reason is simple, there are no campaigns in the first place and there are no messages. In a normal country and at this stage of the election calendar, we would be saying “corruption is the key issue, and among the candidates, party X has come up with a more viable plan than the rest”. Or we would be saying “national debt is the main campaign issue and candidate Y is.......
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Democracy and Accountability ahead of August 12 pollsWhat is a democracy? You may ask. If the term ‘democracy’ is even regarded in this country, is a conundrum. For years, African governments have strived to stand on their own feet, leading a people who fought to see a change never anticipated prior to independence, a change they could only dream of in colonial times. Over fifty years from colonial liberation, the struggle for good governance and democracy seems to still hang in the balance. In simple terms, democracy…….
Strategies for enhancing the contribution of the Gemstone Mining Sector to Zambia’s economyIn last week’s Monday Opinion, I undertook a review of Zambia’s Gemstone mining sector particularly drawing your attention to its historical background and technical status. In this Monday Opinion I escalate the conversation further by explicating how the gemstone mining sector can meaningfully contribute to Zambia’s economy. Before delving into this, I will highlight some of the constraints that the sector faces and how policy can be employed to resolve them. 1.0 Preamble In Zambia’s mining context, most of the....