26 February 2013

Zambia: Marooned Sugar - What Next?

ZAMBIAN and Kenyan authorities need to get to the bottom of the issue surrounding sugar exports to that East African country.

It is puzzling to learn that more than 10 trucks laden with the product from Zambia Sugar Plc in Mazabuka destined for that country's market, has been denied entry because authorities there, are not sure whether the sugar in question is produced in Zambia or not.

What is more vexing is that, despite Zambia sugar meeting all the export requirements including documentation, authorities are still adamant and in addition, the product is being denied entry even within the context of the Comesa Free Trade Area. There is need for a way forward otherwise trade within Comesa will be very tricky.

More to MHA suppliers scam

The suppliers scam which was recently unearthed at the Ministry of Home Affairs is just a tip of the ice berg.

This particular scandal, which has been going on for a long time is deep-rooted and appears to be allegedly perpetrated by some corrupt officers within the ministry.

Since the latest Auditor-general's report has already highlighted this scandal, the ministry's tender committee should expedite the screening process of all suppliers and ensure that the matter does not die a natural death but bring all culprits to book.

Gomes road contract welcome

Awarding of the Ndola road rehabilitation contract to a local firm Gomes Haulage is welcome, especially that it will create employment opportunities to a number of unemployed youths in the city.

Briefcase hopes that the project will extend to key roads such as Macha and Fitente among them, to help decongest Kwacha and Kabelenga for, example, which are always clogged during peak hours.

This project is long overdue and should not be delayed at any cost as doing so, will have a heavy toll on the already overused roads.

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