Chipolopolo Coach Wada Quits; Cites “Many Personal Problems”

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 … Continued

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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 outgoing general secretary Ponga Liwewe said. In his letter of resignation, Nyirenda says the resignation will take effect one month from today. The former Kaizer Chiefs striker cites “many personal problems” as part of the reason to his decision. He thanked Republican president Edgar Lungu and supporters for helping him successfully execute his duties. Nyirenda, who was appointed in September 2016, is reportedly going to join Baroka FC in the South African Premiership. Below is a Full Statement: Press Statement(For Immediate Release)Football Association of ZambiaFootball House, Lusaka 24th May, 2018 FAZ, NYIRENDA PART WAYS The Football Association of Zambia wishes to announce the resignation of Mr. Wedson Nyirenda as Head Coach of the Zambia national team with immediate effect. He served as national coach from September 2016 to May 2018.The association wishes to thank Mr. Nyirenda for his contribution towards the national team and for the sterling work he put into his job. 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. For and on behalf of:FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIAPasipononga LiweweGENERAL SECRETARY The post Chipolopolo Coach Wada Quits; Cites “Many Personal Problems” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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US Senate Doubles Effort To Compel DRC Leader Kabila To Leave Office

American lawmakers are stepping up the push to compel Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to respect his country’s constitution by leaving office as the constitution dictates and overseeing a free, fair and democratic transfer of power. Leading the … Continued

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Cory Booker American lawmakers are stepping up the push to compel Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to respect his country’s constitution by leaving office as the constitution dictates and overseeing a free, fair and democratic transfer of power. Leading the US mission is influential senator Cory Booker and his counterpart Jeff Flake. Booker and Flake has since succeeded in securing the support of both Democrats and Republics to secure legislation that will give the US legitimate ground to push for President Kabila’s exit. President Kabila is insisting on continuing in office after the expiry of his two terms in December 2016. The leader of the world’s largest cobalt producer has served a disputed two years that has escalated civil unrest. “President Kabila’s decision to remain in office beyond his constitutional mandate has resulted in dire humanitarian conditions and a protracted political crisis,” Booker states. “Over 4.5 million people have been displaced within the country, and over 735,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries. “This resolution sends a clear message to President Kabila, the DRC government, and the Congolese people that the United States is not only watching closely, but is prepared to significantly raise the stakes for those who continue to obstruct a free and fair electoral process. “I urge Leader McConnell to move swiftly to bring this resolution up for a vote on the floor of the Senate.” BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT ISSUED BY BOOKER AFTER A LANDMARK STEP IN SEEKING THE PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER IN DRC WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan resolution written by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today passed the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote. The resolution, introduced in January, urges the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to take concrete steps to ensure the peaceful transfer of power by holding free and fair elections before the end of the year. DRC President Joseph Kabila has refused to abide by an agreement brokered in 2016 to hold elections in 2017, leading to unacceptable political repression with security forces acting with impunity, and a deepening a humanitarian crisis. The Resolution also calls on the Government of the DRC to enable a credible and independent investigation to the killing of Zaida Catalan and American Michael Sharp, both United Nations investigators working in the DRC. Senator Booker issued the following statement after passage in Committee: “President Kabila’s decision to remain in office beyond his constitutional mandate has resulted in dire humanitarian conditions and a protracted political crisis. Over 4.5 million people have been displaced within the country, and over 735,000 refugees have fled to neighboring countries. This resolution sends a clear message to President Kabila, the DRC government, and the Congolese people that the United States is not only watching closely, but is prepared to significantly raise the stakes for those who continue to obstruct a free and fair electoral process. I urge Leader McConnell to move swiftly to bring this resolution up for a vote on the floor of the Senate.†As the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, Booker has been an outspoken voice for addressing the turmoil in the DRC. Earlier this year, he led a bipartisan letter to DRC President Joseph Kabila urging him to hold free and fair elections. In October 2017, he led a letter to President Trump urging the President to address the political and humanitarian crises in the region. In July 2017, he led a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, to work with the UN Secretary-General to pursue an independent special investigation into the suspicious deaths of the two UN investigators killed in DRC in March. And in April 2017, he led a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pushing the agency to keep in place key parts of the bipartisan Conflict Minerals Rule, which addresses the illicit mineral extraction that has helped fund armed groups in DRC. The post US Senate Doubles Effort To Compel DRC Leader Kabila To Leave Office appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kabila’s Third Term Bid Comes Alive; Court Judges To Confirm Move

Democratic Republic of Congo leader Joseph Kabila is certain to manipulate the country’s constitution and run for a third term when the elections are held in December. President Kabila is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election but has no intensions of … Continued

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Democratic Republic of Congo leader Joseph Kabila is certain to manipulate the country’s constitution and run for a third term when the elections are held in December. President Kabila is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election but has no intensions of leaving power after illegally extending his stay in office for two years. The DRC, the vast impoverished African nation that sits on some of the world’s major natural resources, was due to hold elections in December 2016 to end President Kabila’s rule. However, even after the delay, the incumbent is still manouvering to change the constitution and prolong his stay – which started in 2001 when his father Laurent – was killed. According to Bloomberg, changes at the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitutional Court could clear the way for President Kabila to run for a third term, a situation that deepens the central African nation’s political crisis. Kabila, in power since 2001 and constitutionally barred from seeking another term, a week ago announced the appointment of three new judges to the court. Two are well-known allies, fueling concern among the president’s critics that his supporters could press for rulings permitting him to run in elections scheduled for December. “The Kabila clan will now do everything to push big decisions and big questions to the Constitutional Court and the court will respond in favor of Kabila’s political family,†opposition lawmaker Martin Fayulu said by phone from the capital, Kinshasa. The Presidential Majority, Kabila’s ruling coalition, said the nominations were “completely normal and legal.†Congo, Africa’s largest copper producer, has never had a peaceful transfer of power and any attempt to further extend Kabila’s rule would outrage his opponents, most of whom say he should have stepped down when his second term finished in late 2016. Elections weren’t organized in time and Kabila remained in office, sparking sporadic protests in which security forces killed dozens of people. The electoral commission, known by its French acronym CENI, has scheduled polls for Dec. 23. Kabila’s refusal to indicate who’ll be the candidate for the Presidential Majority has spurred speculation he’ll seek to change or reinterpret the constitution to run again — or even delay the vote. The president, parliament and the High Council of the Judiciary each appoint three judges to the nine-member Constitutional Court. Kabila chose Norbert Nkulu Kilombo, ambassador to Rwanda and a member of his People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy, while parliament named Francois Bokona, who’s also a lawmaker for the party. The High Council nominated Jean Ubulu Pungu, one of its former heads. “The judges don’t work for Joseph Kabila or his Majority,†said his coalition’s spokesman, Andre-Alain Atundu. “They work for the interest of all.†Bokono declined to comment on his appointment when contacted by phone. “Everyone has his own perceptions and convictions,†Nkulu said, declining to comment on criticism of his appointment. “In all the countries of the world it’s the head of state who names all those who fill our position,†he said. While the court had lost its independence years ago, some judges have continued to push back, said Stephanie Wolters, head of the peace and security research program at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa. “Now Kabila seems intent on locking it down completely in his favor, surely because he anticipates that he will need it to rubber stamp his plans to hold on to power,†she said. Opponents see several scenarios by which Kabila could extend his rule. Ahead of Congo’s last vote in 2011, a constitutional amendment changed the presidential election from a two-bout contest to a single round. Kabila’s supporters may argue he’s only served one term under this revised constitution and seek a court ruling backing that claim, according to Georges Kapiamba, president of the Congolese Association for Access to Justice, a local non-governmental organization. An attempt by Kabila’s backers to file his candidacy at CENI would likely be rejected, but that decision could be appealed at the Constitutional Court. That chamber could then rule he’d been wrongly rejected him because the 2011 amendment “equated to a change of regime,†according to Kapiamba. Alternatively, he said, pro-Kabila parliamentarians could petition the court to seek an interpretation that would let him run again. Fayulu said he’s concerned over the role the court will have in resolving any electoral disputes, or that it could allow CENI to again delay the polls. The president’s adversaries claim the two judges who resigned in April following the death of a colleague were pressured into the move. Kabila’s allies saw them as “recalcitrant,†Fayulu said, and both were notably absent from an October 2016 hearing where the court authorized the CENI to postpone elections. “There is an intention to take actions at the Constitutional Court which are outside the popular will and outside the constitution,†said Eve Bazaiba, secretary-general of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo, a major opposition party. “It’s one of Kabila’s strategies because he doesn’t want to leave and he hasn’t selected his dauphin.†The post Kabila’s Third Term Bid Comes Alive; Court Judges To Confirm Move appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: Should Zambia Legalize Marijuana?

ZAMBIA MUST LEGALISE THE GROWING OF MARIJUANA IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT Why is the government delaying to legalize marijuana when it is such a huge money spinner and Zambia needs the money? Zambia has good arable Land – mostly flat which … Continued

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ZAMBIA MUST LEGALISE THE GROWING OF MARIJUANA IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT Why is the government delaying to legalize marijuana when it is such a huge money spinner and Zambia needs the money? Zambia has good arable Land – mostly flat which can allow for Mechanised farming and irrigation – and it has the best climate for marijuana it doesn’t need green houses. Further security is not an issue because there are many secure farms in Zambia. I think the PF government will be making a mistake not to take advantage of what other countries are doing to make money out of the herb. This is no longer a quest by one green revolutionist cum politician Sinkamba Peter. This is about making our economy tick. Disclaimer: I do not smoke anything, nor take any psychotropic drug, nor drink any beer or liquor nor have I ever planted herb. I am SDA. I have many friends who smoke it and I find some of them normal compared to those who don’t smoke the weed. Shalala Oliver Sepiso The post Letter: Should Zambia Legalize Marijuana? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Command Promotes ‘Wet’ Cop

The lady cop who got social media buzzing with her rain sodden body as she directed traffic on the Lumumba/Ben Bella junction in Lusaka has been promoted. Constable Charity Nanyangwe has been promoted to sergeant by the police command for … Continued

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The lady cop who got social media buzzing with her rain sodden body as she directed traffic on the Lumumba/Ben Bella junction in Lusaka has been promoted. Constable Charity Nanyangwe has been promoted to sergeant by the police command for her heroic act. Zambia Police Director of Administration Lombe Kamukoshi decorated Nanyangwe. It was one rare moment that Zambians used the power of social media for a just cause. The post Police Command Promotes ‘Wet’ Cop appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lady Cop Wins Admiration for her Wet Job

Pictures of a lady police officer have gone viral after she went on with her duties controlling traffic despite the heavy rain. The lady police officer who was not even in protective clothing took charge of proceedings on the junction … Continued

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Pictures of a lady police officer have gone viral after she went on with her duties controlling traffic despite the heavy rain. The lady police officer who was not even in protective clothing took charge of proceedings on the junction of Lumumba and Ben Bella road in Lusaka. An online call for her promotion has gained momentum. The post Lady Cop Wins Admiration for her Wet Job appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kitwe Cop Arrested For Aiding Notorious Tokota Gang

Police in Kitwe have arrested a member of the anti-robbery squad for allegedly aiding members of a notorious gang called the Tokota boys. The officers have allegedly been tipping members of the gang to evade police pursuits. Copperbelt Police Chief … Continued

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Charity Katanga Police in Kitwe have arrested a member of the anti-robbery squad for allegedly aiding members of a notorious gang called the Tokota boys. The officers have allegedly been tipping members of the gang to evade police pursuits. Copperbelt Police Chief Charity Katanga has confirmed that the police officer whose name has been withheld has been tipping off members of the notorious gang. Katanga said the strategy used by the named cop has made it difficult for her officers to corner members of the gang on the wanted list. She said the police are still looking for more members of the gang to put a close to gangs in Kitwe and other parts of the Copperbelt. Katanga said the police officer is alleged to have been working with the gang for reasons yet to be established. “We have arrested a police officer under the anti robbery squad for suspected tipping off members of a notorious gang Tokota boys. You are aware that we are still searching for more members of this gang and as police we are not leaving anything to chance,” she said. So far 19 members of the gang are in police custody including a driver who took them to some place where they beat up one of their own members. Tokota boys have been terrorising residents of Ndeke township in Kitwe but their activities have gone beyond the township in the recent past. The post Kitwe Cop Arrested For Aiding Notorious Tokota Gang appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Citizen’s View: Did Zambians Aggravate Mayor Kalumba’s Condition?

I never mocked this man. In fact I never mock people by playing practical jokes on or about them. Sleeping challenge, what what. I only joke with my personal friends and behbaikl know it’s about a friendship. And I won’t … Continued

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I never mocked this man. In fact I never mock people by playing practical jokes on or about them. Sleeping challenge, what what. I only joke with my personal friends and behbaikl know it’s about a friendship. And I won’t condemn those who found it funny to mock the man. He was a very educated man more educated than me and he was accomplished. I never gave him a chance to win the mayoral election despite being on the PF ticket. But today am really touched. I can imagine all that calmness when people laughed at him and mocked him was his way or avoiding to fight back because he had a bigger battle to fight. Condolences to his family to the PF and all Lusaka residents. May his loss leave each one of us better people and may his battles not be in vain. Let’s name a motor rally after him since his last policy announcement was about motor racing. Written by Oliver Shalala The post Citizen’s View: Did Zambians Aggravate Mayor Kalumba’s Condition? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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RB Counsels Hichilema To Concede & Remain Open To Dialogue

Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda has pleaded with opposition United Party for National Development to acknowledge that President Edgar Lungu is the Head of State as a first step toward dialogue. President Banda who is a living testimony of shaking … Continued

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Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda has pleaded with opposition United Party for National Development to acknowledge that President Edgar Lungu is the Head of State as a first step toward dialogue. President Banda who is a living testimony of shaking off election defeat said he had communicated to Hichilema even through his son Andrew (Banda) that there is no harm in meeting at the table with President Lungu. The former President met with the board members of the Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue and thanked them for keeping the dialogue agenda going. He said that the Commonwealth should indicate whether they were in support of locally championed dialogue or not. Banda said that there was no doubt that Zambia had a President in office and that everyone should get used to that fact. He said that acknowledging that fact would help President Lungu accommodate everyone in the dialogue process. The ZCID board has been meeting key national figures among them President Lungu, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Banda as a prelude to implementing the national dialogue process. The post RB Counsels Hichilema To Concede & Remain Open To Dialogue appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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U20 Shine In Kigali

The Zambia Under-20 made good on their credentials with a 2-0 win over Rwanda away in Kigali. Kafue Celtic striker Francisco Mwepu did justice to his family name by fallowing in his elder brother’s footsteps Enock with a virtuoso performance … Continued

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The Zambia Under-20 made good on their credentials with a 2-0 win over Rwanda away in Kigali. Kafue Celtic striker Francisco Mwepu did justice to his family name by fallowing in his elder brother’s footsteps Enock with a virtuoso performance that saw him net a brace. Rwanda who swept past Kenya in the last round could not find answers from a probing Zambia side that dealt them a blow before their home fans. The African champions are fighting to earn the right to defend their title in Niger next year but have to negotiate their way through a difficult qualification process. Zambia has to go past Rwanda before facing either Sudan or Burundi in the final qualifying round. The Rwandese will be in Lusaka next Saturday in the second leg hoping to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Assistant coach Charles Bwale had the luxury of two England based players with Wigan Athletics’ Mwiya Malumo making a cameo appearance in the dying minutes of the tie in Kigali while Lifumpa Mwandwe of Shrewsbury Town did not even make the line-up. The post U20 Shine In Kigali appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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