— More than 1,000 former miners will next week receive offer letters to allow them own smallholding farmlands after they lost their jobs.

The former miners, from Chingola town in the Copperbelt Province, lost their jobs when mining firms were forced to embark on cost-cutting measures following a slump in copper prices and a crippling power deficit which affected production. Over 10, 000 miners lost their jobs last year.

Last week, Zambian President Edgar Lungu authorized the issuance of offer letters to 1, 600 former miners to enable them build houses and start farming. Chingola District Commissioner Mary Chibesa said about 4, 000 hectares of land had been identified by the council where the former miners will be allocated plots. (Times of Zambia)

— Lecturers from Zambia’s second biggest public university have threatened to withdraw their labor following delayed salaries.

The lecturers from the Copperbelt University situated in Kitwe city in the Copperbelt Province complained that they were suffering at the hands of the university management and government due to their failure to pay salaries on time, adding that the trend of delayed salaries at the institution had become a norm. (The Post)

— Former head of Zambia’s central bank has advised the country to partner with other African countries to fight illicit financial outflows in the banking sector.

Former Bank of Zambia governor Caleb Fundanga said Africa was losing a lot of money through illicit outflows and that the money being lost was even bigger compared to the aid the continent receives. (Daily Nation) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh


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