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Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe plan to form a regional bloc for tobacco producing nations in the SADC region.

Local trade and agriculture authorities have been meeting these other tobacco producing countries to enhance their regional block agenda.

This is in the hope of ensuring that they are able to speak with one strong voice, to avoiding being ripped off by international buyers.

Issues of pricing have been a shared problem in most of the tobacco producing countries, as international buyers tend to offer low prices for good leaf.

Director of Trade in the Ministry Christina Chatima discloses that the anti-smoking lobby is still their main challenge and they believe the coming together of the countries will help in voicing out concerns on the matter.

She adds that discussions on the union are progressing well and that they were to meet at the end of May.

Meanwhile Trade Spokesperson Wiskesi Mkombezi confirms the meeting has taken place.

Mkombezi however points out that the delegation that attended the talks is yet to furnish them with details of what has transpired at the meeting.

The Football Association of Zambia has announced that national coach Wedson Nyirenda has resigned.

He will be replaced on an interim basis by Beston Chambeshi, who will lead the team at Africa's southern regional championship the Cosafa Cup.

The tournament begins on Sunday but Zambia have a bye into the quarter-finals and will play Namibia on 2 June.

"The process to fill the vacancy of head coach will begin and the association will conclude the process in the shortest possible time to meet upcoming engagements," Faz general secretary Ponga Liwewe said.

Nyirenda, who was appointed in September 2016, is reportedly going to join Baroka FC in the South African Premiership.

One of Zambia's top universities has urged female students to stop visiting the library "half-naked" because it distracts male counterparts.

The University of Zambia - in the capital, Lusaka - has stuck up notices around its library telling them to dress more modestly.

The southern African country is culturally conservative.

But students at the university tend to dress more fashionably, says the BBC's Kennedy Gondwe in Zambia.

"It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students," the notice in the library reads.

"We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities. Modest is the way to go!"

Some female students disagreed with the directive.

"If your mission of going to the library is to study, why should you start looking at other things like a female's legs?" third-year student Dikina Muzeya told the BBC.

"Just concentrate on your books, that's all," she said.

However, male student Killion Phiri was in favour of the move.

"You know how attractive women bodies are," he told the BBC.

"How can you concentrate on studying when someone walks in a mini-skirt or a tight dress? You'll start thinking about other things and you won't concentrate."

Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has closed the maizegate case, having failed to establish alleged abuse of office by Malawian and Zambian officials.

The findings in Zambia corroborate those of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which almost cleared management of the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc).

Civil Society Organisations have been pushing for the ACB to complete investigations so that Malawians know the truth of what exactly happened during the maize purchase.

One of the CSO’s which was in the forefront commenting on the matter was the Civil Society Platform for Constructive Dialogue (CSPCD).

The organisation pushed for the Admarc board to step down to pave way for investigations to be carried out smoothly.

Oliver Nakoma who Chairperson for the CSPCD, told Capital FM that they were satisfied that the Zambian commission had cleared Admarc.

“Now that the case has been closed we are demanding that ADMARCS top management be reinstated because the laws have been followed

The natural justice we asked for has been done, and to continue the trend, the officials be given back their positions,” Nakoma added.

Forster Mulumbe who is ADMARC’s CEO is currently on suspension and Margret Loka Mauwa is heading the parastatal in his absence.

Apart from Mlumbe, former agriculture minister George Chaponda and Director of grain trader Transglobe Produce Export, Rashid Tayub and business person, Grace Mijiga are facing charges over their involvement in the dubious maize purchase from Zambia.

Last year, the parastatal bought 100,000 metric tonnes of maize worth MK26 billion from the neighbouring country’s Corporative Federation Limited.

Hosts Zimbabwe have been drawn alongside old rivals Zambia in the first round of the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship as the draw on Wednesday threw up some mouth-watering clashes.

Madagascar and Malawi will join Zimbabwe and Zambia in Group A in what is sure to be a tightly-contested pool.

East African guest nation Kenya head up Group B, where they will face Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland in another pool that will be tough to predict.   Three-time winners South Africa are in Group C along with neighbours Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana.

The competition will be played across two venues in Bulawayo, the Barbourfields Stadium and Luveve Stadium, and will get underway on September 13.   The opening match will see Namibia take on Botswana (kick-off 10h30), before two clashes in Group A as Zambia take on Malawi (14h00) and Zimbabwe clash with Madagascar (16h30).

All of the matches in Group A will take place at Barbourfields Stadium, while all Group B games will be at Luveve Stadium. The matches in Group C will be evenly split between the two venues.

The teams play each other in a round-robin format with the pool winners and best-placed runner-up advancing to the semifinals, which will be played on September 21. The final will be played three days later on September 24, with the bronze-medal game played the day before.

With 12 teams competing this year, it is the biggest ever field assembled for the COSAFA Women’s Championship and shows the tremendous growth in women’s football in the last decade.

Zimbabwe will be the defending championships having won the last tournament played on home soil in 2011, while South Africa claimed victory in the three tournaments before that played in 2002, 2006 and 2008.

2017 COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP POOL STAGE FIXTURES

September 13 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30              Namibia vs Botswana
14h00              Zambia vs Malawi
16h30              Zimbabwe vs Madagascar
September 14 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30              Mauritius vs Swaziland
14h00              Kenya vs Mozambique
16h30              South Africa vs Lesotho

September 15 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30              Madagascar vs Malawi
14h00              South Africa vs Namibia
16h30              Zimbabwe vs Zambia

September 16 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30              Kenya vs Mauritius
14h00              Lesotho vs Botswana
16h30              Mozambique vs Swaziland

September 17 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30              Zambia vs Madagascar
14h00              Zimbabwe vs Malawi
16h30              South Africa vs Botswana

September 18 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30              Namibia vs Lesotho
14h00              Mauritius vs Mozambique
16h30              Kenya vs Swaziland

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