Artists Live On the Border Between Chaos and Order – Jimmy Nwanne

[Vanguard] Born in Kaduna, Jimmy Nwanne studied fine arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, with a major in painting. He currently lives and works in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Nwanne’s works have been exhibited in Denmark, Germany and Nig…

[Vanguard] Born in Kaduna, Jimmy Nwanne studied fine arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, with a major in painting. He currently lives and works in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Nwanne's works have been exhibited in Denmark, Germany and Nigeria.

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Group Dares Army, Says Will Continue Agitation for Biafra’s Freedom

[Vanguard] The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described as illegal and unconstitutional the alleged declaration by the Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.

[Vanguard] The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described as illegal and unconstitutional the alleged declaration by the Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.

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Chipenzi Gives Insight Into Tribal Voting Pattern

The recent round of by-elections that saw the Patriotic Front win nine out of 12 by-elections has got social commentator MacDonald Chipenzi reflecting on the cancer of tribal voting in Zambia. Chipenzi notes that the two leading political parties the … Continued

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The recent round of by-elections that saw the Patriotic Front win nine out of 12 by-elections has got social commentator MacDonald Chipenzi reflecting on the cancer of tribal voting in Zambia. Chipenzi notes that the two leading political parties the PF and UPND have held firm to their strongholds. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT: LESSONS FROM THE JUST ENDED BY-ELECTIONS The just ended four district Council Chairpersons and 9 wards by-elections are the second set of by-elections since the 2016 General Elections and display the same voting patterns as was exhibited during the 2016 General Elections. The first set of by-elections being the Masaiti District Council Chairperson plus other ward by-elections held around April this year. In both sets, the ruling PF seemed to have won the majority seats, congratulations, and followed by opposition UPND in far distant second. Other parties such as the FDD, MMD (Mutati), PeP, RRP, NRP, and ZDDM etal have been reduced to mere paper political parties who have resigned from participating in any election for various reasons. For FDD, since 2016 general elections, it has remained only active in the media like other new formed political parties. But what lessons can the two political parties still holding high our electoral democracy learn from the sets of by-elections so far held? What about the Zambian general citizenry? Indeed, these by-elections still point to the deeply reinforced regional voting in the country. This can be evidenced by the fact that the ruling party is failing to grab seats from the opposition UPND’s region while the UPND is also failing to grab seats from the PF regions. The two electoral positions are well defined and cemented. This is dangerously dangerous for the promotion of national unity and electoral democracy. It points to the fact that, if nothing happens and done from now up to 2021, the voting patterns will remain the same. This will entail that the two political parties will not waste time campaigning in regions, save for Lusaka and somewhat Copperbelt, where they are not popular as it would be regarded as a waste of time and resources. The two parties are also likely to pump in their resources in regions where they are popular and likely to get more votes and seats as evidenced during the just ended by-elections. UPND president only campaigned in Itezhi-Tezhi as his first outing after the Mukobeko-Chimbokaila Correctional Facilities fiasco where he spent 127 days while President Edgar Lungu never set foot or visited Itezhi-Tezhi, a UPND stronghold, but sent his Vice-President, Inonge Wina and Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe to lead the campaigns. But even with the sending of the carrier of Presidential Marketeers Empowerment Fund and the head of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to Itezhi-Tezhi, the ruling party lost the seat while UPND despite the spirited fight in Chilanga over a ward seat, it still failed to win. The party attributed its loss in Chilanga to eruption of electoral violence . However, President Lungu and several other ministers made numerous “working†visits on the Copperbelt, Muchinga, Luapula and Northern commissioning projects, suspiciously so, aimed at soliciting votes from those regions ahead of the by-elections. Perhaps the coming of Chishimba Kambwili-Mwenya Musenge political pair on the political scene would help awake the two political parties that seemingly comfortably cocooned in their winnable zones or regions than exploring new electoral frontiers. This main dilute this comfort and force them penetrate other regions to enable them survive the 50% +1 come 2021 presidential election. Therefore, instead of commissioning another Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns after the 2021 elections, political parties must dismantle the current regional electoral outlook otherwise, the electoral future is not promising any good news. The electoral dynamics and future for anyone to occupy Plot One will largely depend on who wins Lusaka and Copperbelt urban districts either smartly or either by hook or crook, in addition to their regional electoral strengths. Failure to dismantling the current electoral outlook, I see another Choma Declaration of June 1972 aimed at bringing unity in this country which was deeply divided on regional lines, being eminently possible once again during our time. The post Chipenzi Gives Insight Into Tribal Voting Pattern appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Why We Deported 50 Foreigners From Nigeria – Immigration Boss

[Premium Times] In this second part of an interview with the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, he tells PREMIUM TIMES the challenges faced by the service in managing the country’s vast border, and what the Immigration…

[Premium Times] In this second part of an interview with the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, he tells PREMIUM TIMES the challenges faced by the service in managing the country's vast border, and what the Immigration Service is doing in tackling irregular migration and abuse of permits by expatriates. He also speaks on the ongoing recruitment exercise into the Immigration.

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Ohanaeze Faults Military, Says IPOB Not a Terrorist Organisation

[Premium Times] The highest decision-making organ of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Imeobi Ohanaeze, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military.

[Premium Times] The highest decision-making organ of the Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Imeobi Ohanaeze, has faulted the declaration of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist group by the Nigerian military.

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State Has Endless Flow of Talents, Cannot Fail – Osinbajo

[Premium Times] The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has described Nigeria as a country with an endless flow of talents, which he was proud of and hoped would become a great nation.

[Premium Times] The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has described Nigeria as a country with an endless flow of talents, which he was proud of and hoped would become a great nation.

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Police Confirm Officer Killed, 59 IPOB Members Arrested

[Premium Times] At least one person, a police officer, has been confirmed dead after an attack by suspected members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, in Abia State, the police have said.

[Premium Times] At least one person, a police officer, has been confirmed dead after an attack by suspected members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, in Abia State, the police have said.

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Turkey Denies Supporting Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB

[Premium Times] Turkey has denied supporting the secessionist agitations in Nigeria and disowned a Turkish citizen, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who has expressed support for the Biafran agitation.

[Premium Times] Turkey has denied supporting the secessionist agitations in Nigeria and disowned a Turkish citizen, Abdülkadir Erkahraman, who has expressed support for the Biafran agitation.

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