The following are news highlights in Zambia’s major media outlets on Thursday.

— Zambian President Edgar Lungu and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa have agreed to urgently consult other Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to come up with a position in ensuring a peaceful outcome of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The two leaders made the decision after a meeting held in South Africa on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Zambian leader’s office. (Zambia Daily Mail)

— The Zambian government has asked Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), a unit of India’s Vedanta Resources, to honor its pledge to invest in two mining operations in order to ramp up production.

Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Richard Musukwa said KCM should have been the last company to complain about the new mining tax measures as it has not honored its investment pledges in the Konkola Deep Mine and Nchanga Underground Mine projects. (Times of Zambia)

— The Zambian government should develop a mechanism to ensure that all export earnings from the mining sector are accounted for in local banks.

Yusuf Dodia, chairperson of the Private Sector Development Association (PSDA), said a law should be passed to compel mining houses to account for export earnings in the local banks. (Daily Nation)

— Army worms have invaded six districts on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, posing a serious challenge to farmers, authorities have revealed.
Copperbelt Agriculture Coordinator Obvious Kabinda said however measures were being put in place to address the spread of the pests. (The Mast) Enditem


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