CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
THE Chinese government has donated 200 books to Lusaka City Council (LCC) to help the local authority to restock its libraries.
And Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming says China wants to strengthen cooperation with Zambia in the fields of finance, trade, education and culture.
Mr Yang said President Lunguâ€™s visit to China was fruitful and that Zambians should expect more investment and cooperation between the two countries.
He was speaking yesterday during the official handover of books to LCC donated by a delegation from Nanjing city of China to LCC in Lusaka yesterday.
â€œChina and Zambia enjoy excellent relations and fruitful cooperation in all sectors. With President Lunguâ€™s recent visit to China, there will be more investment and donations coming to Zambia,â€ he said.
Acting Lusaka mayor Potipher Tembo told the delegation that libraries in Lusaka are poorly stocked and full of outdated books.
Mr Tembo said despite the advent of computers and information communication technologies (ICTs), books still remain the most popular source of information and knowledge for scholars.
â€œI want to commend Your Excellency and your team for this donation, which, I am convinced, will make a valuable addition to the existing library stocks.
â€œThese books will be distributed between the city library and the branches in Chilenje, Matero and Mtendere, which are run by the council,â€ he said.
Mr Tembo also told the delegation that it has become difficult for the council to purchase suitable and sufficient library stocks because the cost of requisites such as books, magazines, tables, chairs and shelves has become prohibitive.
And Nanjing city deputy director general Zhang Lingling said the donation is aimed at creating good relations between her city and Lusaka.
Ms Zhang invited Mr Tembo to visit Nanjing to strengthen relations between the two cities.
South African nabbed for graft
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a South African for alleged corrupt practices involving US$9,100.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in a statement yesterday that Suman Panday, 38, of Umhlanga Rocks in Durban, South Africa, has been arrested for alleged corruption.
Mr Moono said Panday was arrested in Lusaka and has been charged with corrupt transactions with a private body, contrary to Section 20((2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No . 3 of 2012.
Details of the matter are that Panday, between February 1 and April 16 this year in Lusaka, allegedly corruptly offered and actually gave US$1,000 to Himainza Kayamba, a central buyer at Parmalat Zambia Limited, which is equivalent to K6,881.66.
Mr Moono said the transaction was done through MoneyGram Telegraphic Transfer service.
Panday allegedly offered and actually gave US$8,100 to Mr Kayamba.
Both payments were allegedly meant to be inducements for Flexibles for Africa, a South African company, to secure business from Parmalat Zambia Limited, a matter or transaction that concerns a private body.
Mr Moono said Panday has been released on bond and will appear in court soon. ZANIS
CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka