AfDB Supports ’50 Million Women Speak’ Initiative

[Guardian] The African Development Bank (AfDB) is spearheading the development of an innovative networking platform called ’50 Million Women Speak (50MWS)’, developed within the framework of the programme on Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Afri…

[Guardian] The African Development Bank (AfDB) is spearheading the development of an innovative networking platform called '50 Million Women Speak (50MWS)', developed within the framework of the programme on Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA).

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Meets With Kachikwu

[This Day] The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, On Tuesday held a meeting with the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, Mr. Rick Perry, on the sidelines of the 24th Africa Oil Week currently holding …

[This Day] The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, On Tuesday held a meeting with the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, Mr. Rick Perry, on the sidelines of the 24th Africa Oil Week currently holding in Cape Town, South Africa as part of his ongoing investment focused on international oil and gas engagements.

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Naira Scarcity Hits Interbank Market As Overnight Lending Rises to 120%

[This Day] There was naira scarcity on the interbank market Tuesday, leading the overnight tenor of the Nigerian Interbank Offered Rate (NIBOR) to close at 120.08 per cent.

[This Day] There was naira scarcity on the interbank market Tuesday, leading the overnight tenor of the Nigerian Interbank Offered Rate (NIBOR) to close at 120.08 per cent.

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Importers Given Deadline to Clear Pending Taxation Issues

[New Times] Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has given importers of products from China and United Arab Emirates up to December to clear issues related to tax compliance or face punitive measures.

[New Times] Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has given importers of products from China and United Arab Emirates up to December to clear issues related to tax compliance or face punitive measures.

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Reps Investigate Maina’s Reinstatement Into Service

[Leadership] Abuja -The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the resurfacing, reabsorbtion and subsequent elevation of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions Regime, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina into the federal civil …

[Leadership] Abuja -The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the resurfacing, reabsorbtion and subsequent elevation of the former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions Regime, Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina into the federal civil service as an acting director in the Ministry of Interior despite being indicted for mismanaging over N100 billion pension fund.

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PDP Governors Express Disappointment Over Allegations Against Govt

[Guardian] The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has expressed disappointment over what it called series of scandal allegations rocking the administration of President Buhari.

[Guardian] The People's Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has expressed disappointment over what it called series of scandal allegations rocking the administration of President Buhari.

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OPINION: Pres. Lungu and Hichilema Need to Walk the Dialogue Path

The political situation in Zambia is much improved in the aftermath of the release of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on August 16 from prison on charges of treason. The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland had left the country after having … Continued

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The political situation in Zambia is much improved in the aftermath of the release of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on August 16 from prison on charges of treason. The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland had left the country after having met President Edgar Lungu and Hichilema setting out clear guidelines on the dialogue process. Three months later the two leaders have yet to come to a round table. Two key moments have passed in the country that could have provided the opportunity for the two to come face to face. The National Day of Prayer and fasting, whatever the issues around its declaration, may have been a window to make a firm statement on the need for healing and reconciliation. If not the less contentious Independence Day provides enough credence for national leaders to come together and bridge the differences mired in politics. Both leaders did make a commitment to dialogue before the Commonwealth delegation. The two leaders have continued side stepping each other with innuendos about each other beginning to resurface in a less than conciliatory tone. The UPND have been all over town demonizing President Lungu in one breath while on the other seek dialogue with the Head of State. We seem to be back to the weekly trend of UPND press conferences vilifying the system in very invasive language. For dialogue to commence there has to be a commitment to give up something. It could help that the tone is less offensive but more conciliatory. After all President Lungu seems to have gone some measure in setting steps for dialogue. Many of the politically inclined cases before the courts of law have been out rightly thrown out or ended up in nolle prosequis. That has been healthy in the spirit of diluting political tension and many could agree that President Lungu has been less combative in his political language. Under the current atmosphere there has to be more from both parties if the promised dialogue is to take place. Something has to give after both parties would have to learn something in the words of John F Kennedy that is condensed in his famous line, “The test for courage comes when you are in the minority while the test for tolerance comes when you are in the majority.†It is not for us to state who is in the majority or minority but our prayer is that this dialogue turns out to be more than just a promise. The post OPINION: Pres. Lungu and Hichilema Need to Walk the Dialogue Path appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mulusa Stays Put Amidst Pressure to Resign

Under fire National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa is staying put despite being asked to exercise the option of resigning by President Edgar Lungu in the aftermath of his fire tender remarks. Mulusa hit headlines when he was captured … Continued

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Under fire National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa is staying put despite being asked to exercise the option of resigning by President Edgar Lungu in the aftermath of his fire tender remarks. Mulusa hit headlines when he was captured likening the 42 fire tenders worth US$42 million to wheelbarrows. On Friday Vice president Inonge Wina said that Mulusa’s case would be dealt with under the Ministerial Code of Conduct. Mulusa has since met with President Lungu with the Head of State asking the minister of exculpate himself. President Lungu has asked Mulusa to resign if he does not feel responsible for decisions taken collectively by government. State House press aide Amos Chanda confirmed that Mulusa and President Lungu had met over the fire tender remark. “The meeting took place and that matter was discussed, so in the light of what Her Honour the Vice-President said in Parliament, we would not want to make any comments that may be prejudicial to that process if it takes place. The Vice President said the case will be subjected to the ministerial code of conduct,†he said. “But given what I know about presidential discussions between the President and his ministers, I am now just assuming that was discussed, if a request was made for him to resign, and he did not resign, I can only presume two issues.†Chanda added: “Either he regrets what he said, or the matter was resolved amicably, and therefore it may have ended there. But if it goes to the media, Honourable Mulusa has two options, to stick to his words, which makes his position extremely difficult. “The burden is on him to do what he was asked to do. All those options are in his hands. He is the one in the video and he discussed with the President. I do not know the terms under which this issue was discussed; whether it was in confidence, whether he was allowed to speak out in public.†The Mulusa case provides a test case on the Ministerial Code of Conduct that has been often sparingly used. The post Mulusa Stays Put Amidst Pressure to Resign appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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