Taxi drivers not too happy with fuel price drop

Motorists in Chipata district say that the reduction of fuel prices by ERB, the Energy Regulation Board will not make impact to the economic sector.

Kingsley Chulu, a taxi driver says the reduction would have made an impact if ERB had reduced fuel prices by more than three kwacha.

Mr. Chulu says taxi drivers will not be forced to reduce taxi fares because the reduction is minimal, as it is less than one kwacha.

And Andrew Ngoma says taxi drivers can only reduce fares if ERB reduce the prices further.

The motorists told Breeze News that prices of fuel should be reduced to as low as ten kwacha per liter, in order for prices of commodities to be reduced.

And filling stations in Chipata have affected the new prices.

A check by Breeze News at some filling stations this morning found motorists buying fuel using the new prices.

The ERB yesterday announced the reduction of fuel prices with

Petrol now selling at 11 Kwacha 67 ngwee from 12 Kwacha 50 while diesel has been reduced from 10 Kwacha 72 ngwee to 9 Kwacha 87 ngwee.

Government told to upgrade qualified teachers

Government has been called upon to expedite the process of upgrading the teachers that have attained higher qualifications.

Zambia National Union of Teachers, ZNUT Chipata District Chairperson Isaac Ngoma says that there are still teachers who graduated as far back as 2013 that have not yet been upgraded.

Mr. Ngoma says that this process is important as it will impact positively on service delivery and also enhance worker confidence towards government’s commitment in improving the conditions of service for the teachers.

And ZNUT has commended the government for putting in place measures that have facilitated the reduction of fuel prices.

He says that this reduction is as a result of sound fiscal policies that the government has embarked on.

Mr. Ngoma says that ZNUT is hopeful that if government continues on this path the financial pressures experienced by ZNUT members will be eased.

He says that this is also coupled with the fact that the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Kwacha has remained stable for some time.

Chief warns parents against marrying off young girls

Residents of Chief Maguya’s area in Chipata District have been warned against marrying off their girl children at a tender age.

Chief Maguya of the Ngoni people says, all headmen in his area have been directed to report parents, found marrying off their children.

He says cases of early marriages can be eliminated in communities if traditional leaders put in place stringent measures.

He says if left uncontrolled, levels of illiteracy among people especially girls will be high.

The chief says that headmen, who fail to report cases of early marriages at his palace, will be punished.

He has encouraged people to prioritize education if they are to develop and become self- reliant.

CSPR welcomes fuel price reduction

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has welcomed the decision by ERB, the Energy Regulation Board to reduce the fuel pump price.

CSPR Provincial Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma says the move taken by ERB must be commended as it will go a long way in reducing the cost of doing business, a situation which will benefit consumers.

Mr. Nkhoma says that CSPR hopes the reduced fuel price will be sustained for a long time, owing to the drop of crude oil prices on the international market.

And Mr. Nkhoma says that CSPR expects that the prices of goods and services will also respond accordingly following the reduction of fuel, which is one of the key price determinants.

He further says that CSPR anticipates a strong and resilient economy in the third and fourth quarter of 2017, following positive growth of commodity prices on the international market such as copper, which has seen the Zambian kwacha gaining strength against major convertible currencies such as the US dollar.

Mr. Nkhoma states that this coupled with reduction of crude oil on the international market, is likely to increase the economic growth rate than was earlier projected by the government.

He however, says that CSPR hopes that the government will not get carried away with the global economic fundamentals but continue to implement economic recovery plans ,while adhering to financial austerity measures as announced by President Edgar Lungu last year.

The ERB yesterday announced the reduction of fuel prices with

Petrol now selling at 11 Kwacha 67 ngwee from 12 Kwacha 50 while diesel has been reduced from 10 Kwacha 72 ngwee to 9 Kwacha 87 ngwee.

 

Paraffin will now be selling at 6 Kwacha 50 ngwee from 6 Kwacha 81 ngwee.