Government reviewing business regulations

Government says it is reviewing a number of regulations which affect the business community in the country.

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe says the country will continue creating a conducive business regulatory environment, which support the diversification of the country’s economy.

Ms. Mwanakatwe says Zambia is among the top 10 economies, globally, showing the most notable improvement in implementing business reforms and that it is ranked 85th of the World Bank ease of doing business from 2017 to 2018.

She says this means that the country has improved in the implementation of its business regulation frame work.

Ms. Mwanakatwe said this during the official launch of the Chipata Regulatory Services Centre and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MoU between PACRA and BRRA, Business Regulatory Review Agency this morning.

The Minister says the establishment of the Regulatory Services Center in the province will improve the business environment, as it will help reduce the procedure, it takes to complete the business registration process.

She says that government wants to ensure that Regulatory Service Centers are established in every provincial center by the end of this year.

Ms. Mwanakatwe says the Chipata RSC launched this morning will be offering services such as business main registration, consumer protection, among other services.

And Business Regulatory Review Agency Director Sharon Sichilongo says the RSC’s which are currently operational in Lusaka, Livingstone and Kitwe are important as they improve service delivery to the business community.

Ms. Sichilongo has asked Chipata City Mayor Sinoya Mwale, who was present during the launch, to extend the local authority’s services to the Chipata RSC.

Taxi drivers in Chadiza refuse to relocate

Taxi drivers in Chadiza district have refused to follow a directive from the council to operate from the New Bus Station.

Taxi drivers, who had a meeting with Council management and the District Commissioner on Monday refused to operate from the new bus station alleging that the station is meant for buses and not taxis.

Misheck Phiri and Kaliza Soko told Breeze News in Chadiza that the station is not conducive for taxis adding that it is a bit far from the market where they can easily get customers.

Mr. Soko says that taxi drivers will continue operating from the Old Market and that the station should be reserved for buses only.

He says that the station should be fully completed for it to start operating.

Chadiza District Council earlier this month ordered all the taxi drivers to move away from the taxi rank at the old market and start operating from the new bus station.

 

lightning kills a Malawian in Chipata

A Malawian national is reported to have died after being struck by lightning in Chief Chanje’s area in Chipata district.

Chief Chanje told Breeze News that 67 year old Wintala Banda met his fate yesterday around 15:30 hours at Kapasa Trading Centre.

He says that the incident happened when Mr. Banda, was trying to cross the Chipata-Lundazi road after the rains started.

Chief Chanje says that medical staff in the area confirmed that Mr. Banda, who was married to a Zambia in Kamampina Village had died.

He says that Mr. Banda is originally from Mbuna Village, Dzoole area of Dowa district in Malawi.

He will be buried today.

Valley FM employee dies after falling from 30 meter tower

A Valley FM Radio employee in Nyimba district has died after falling off from a 30 meter tower.

Eastern Province Divisional Criminal Investigation Officer, Patson Mukomongo has confirmed the incident to Breeze News.

Mr. Mukomongo who is Acting Eastern Province Police Commissioner, says the incident happened on Sunday around 16 hours at Valley FM in Nyimba district.

He says the incident occurred when two employees  at Valley FM Radio, Fackson Kalunga, aged 22 years old, of Old Council Compound and Joseph Daka, aged 25 years old , of Sunga village in Chief Ndake’s area, fell off from a 30 meter tower, as they were repairing the tower.

Mr. Mukomongo says Fackson Kalunga died on the spot while Joseph Daka is admitted at Nyimba District Hospital.

He says on the material day, the two were repairing an FM valley tower that broke down at 10 meters from the ground, causing the deceased to fall on the roof of the radio station.

He says the iron sheet of the roof cut his body when he penetrated into the room and fell on the floor.

Mr. Mukomongo says the condition of Joseph Daka who sustained a cut on his right hand and bruises on his back is reported to be stable.

Confusion ensures over demolition of houses

Government has maintained that it will continue demolishing illegal structures built on top of underground installed water pipe lines, in order to protect people’s lives.

Provincial Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo says government will not entertain any illegality.

He says that what Chipata City Mayor Sinoya Mwale and some of his councilors are doing is uncalled for, as they are against the directive by the head of state.

On Monday, Chipata City Mayor Sinoya Mwale said he is against the decision by the Provincial Administration to demolish buildings allegedly built on top of the underground water utility pipe lines.

Mr. Kasolo says the council is responsible for administering land to developers, stating that this means that the council allowed illegal structures to be built.

The Permanent Secretary says that it is surprising to note that Mr. Mwale who was the mayor before, from 2008 to 2010 has turned around and started condemning things that are being done properly.

Mr. Kasolo said this during a press briefing yesterday.

He says the provincial administration has been working well with technocrats from the council, who have been directing officials in the demolition exercise.

Mr. Kasolo added that individuals whose illegal structures were demolished are unhappy over the exercise and are now telling lies to the general public.

He says the council has failed in their duties, stating that the provincial administration is trying to put things in order.