— Zambian President has defended the government’s decision to remove subsidies, saying this will benefit the poor.
Lungu said money realized from the removal of consumption subsidies will be channeled to productive sectors of the economy, a move that will benefit the vulnerable in society. Stakeholders have reacted angrily to government’s decision to increase fuel prices by almost 40 percent after the removal of subsidies. (Zambia Daily Mail)
— Corruption watchdog, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has hailed President Edgar Lungu on his calls for the arrest of public officers cited in the Auditor-General’s report of involvement in financial misappropriation.
Goodwell Lungu, TIZ executive director said erring officers cited in the report should not only be arrested but dismissed from work immediately. (Times of Zambia)
— An opposition party that wants to legalize marijuana if it comes into power has revealed that about 5,000 Zambians were languishing in prisons for either possessing or smoking cannabis.
Green Party president Peter Sinkamba said the authorities should find better ways of dealing with people found with marijuana because the cases were only causing congestion in the prisons, adding that instead of imprisoning them such people should just be fined. (Daily Nation) Enditem