Fighting Students Disrupt Civil Society Bid to Help Them

[News24Wire] The Higher Education National Convention in Midrand was cancelled after chaos erupted on Saturday when students dressed in EFF regalia refused to give Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande an opportunity to speak.

[News24Wire] The Higher Education National Convention in Midrand was cancelled after chaos erupted on Saturday when students dressed in EFF regalia refused to give Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande an opportunity to speak.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Hopes High As Tobacco Selling Starts

[Deutsche Welle] The selling of this year’s tobacco harvest in Zimbabwe started this week. Farmers and government officials alike are hoping for a banner year but obstacles remain.

[Deutsche Welle] The selling of this year's tobacco harvest in Zimbabwe started this week. Farmers and government officials alike are hoping for a banner year but obstacles remain.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Mbeki Meets Legislators Over South African Attacks

[Premium Times] As part of efforts to bring lasting solution to recurring xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, a delegation from the House of Representatives has met a former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.

[Premium Times] As part of efforts to bring lasting solution to recurring xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, a delegation from the House of Representatives has met a former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Wedson Nyirenda Threatens To Quit Chipolopolo; Cites Interference From FAZ ExCo Members

Chipolopolo national team coach Wedson Nyirenda is reportedly threatening to quit his position citing interference from some Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee members. Nyirenda, who was also technical advisor to the Zambia Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations winning … Continued

The post Wedson Nyirenda Threatens To Quit Chipolopolo; Cites Interference From FAZ ExCo Members appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Chipolopolo national team coach Wedson Nyirenda is reportedly threatening to quit his position citing interference from some Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee members. Nyirenda, who was also technical advisor to the Zambia Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations winning team last week, has told his close confidants some FAZ executive committee members were attempting to impose backroom staff. Since arriving to take over Chipolopolo, Nyirenda has operated without his own team and is now in the process of reconstituting the technical bench. The former Zesco United and Zanaco championship winner is frustrated that some FAZ executive committee member who are allegedly working with outside forces are rejecting the reshuffles he has made to the technical bench. According to the Zambia Daily Mail, Nyirenda has constituted a background staff that includes Dabid Chilufya as assistant coach, Stephen Mwansa as goalkeeper coach, Chris Chibuye as team manager and Gerald Sakala as logistics and equipment manager. The ExCo members in the forefront of rejecting Nyiremda’s reshuffles include Dr Christopher Mulenga and Elijah ‘Shenko’ Chileshe. “The biggest problem now is that FAZ executive members don’t feel they have a say in team selection like the case in the past. They all want to be consulted even on the players being called to the national team. “All the national team coaches are infact very happy that they are no longer under pressure from FAZ executive committee members to selecte their prefered players. So, they want to bring back the old mentality of picking players and making decisions for coaches,” a source close to the technical staff has said. Nyirenda has a history of frowning at attempts to interfere with his selection. He once was national team assistant coach and during an international friendly when Zambia played Chile, he was made stand in coach due to the absence of the senior coach at the time. When attempts were made to select a team for him for the said match, he abandoned the technical bench and sat in the stands the entire match. The post Wedson Nyirenda Threatens To Quit Chipolopolo; Cites Interference From FAZ ExCo Members appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Katumbi Calls Regional Leaders To Help End Kabila’s Dictatorial Rule In Congo

Exiled Congolese opposition politician Moïse Katumbi wants regional leaders to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to implement the country’s political agreement, he told RFI in an interview. Katumbi says he wants to travel back to the Democratic Republic of … Continued

The post Katumbi Calls Regional Leaders To Help End Kabila’s Dictatorial Rule In Congo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Exiled Congolese opposition politician Moïse Katumbi wants regional leaders to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to implement the country’s political agreement, he told RFI in an interview. Katumbi says he wants to travel back to the Democratic Republic of Congo as soon as possible and accompany the body of deceased veteran opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi which remains in Belgium. “It’s for them to put pressure for the agreement, not to have instability in the Congo because it’s going to bring instability in plenty [of] countries,†said Katumbi, in reference to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) bloc which includes neighbouring countries such as Angola, Rwanda and Uganda. Katumbi has been in exile since May last year when he was sentenced in absentia to 36 months in prison for illegally selling a property in Lubumbashi. The Congolese authorities also issued an arrest warrant for him on separate charges of hiring mercenaries. “My place is not in Europe, my place is in my country in the Congo,†Katumbi said during an interview on Thursday in Paris. “I want these issues first to get resolved because there are bogus charges against me, fake charges. I wanted to go back with the body of President Étienne Tshisekedi which is still in Europe at the moment,†he said. Tshisekedi passed away in Belgium at the start of February. However, his body has not yet been repatriated and there have been arguments over his burial site. The 84-year-old veteran opposition leader had led his Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) since 1980 making it the first organised opposition platform. “It’s sad for me as Congolese because President Kabila is blocking the body of Étienne Tshisekedi,†said Katumbi of the delays to the burial. “The family and the people of Congo want a decent place. They’re asking just for a place, they’re not asking for money, they’re not asking for anything, just a place to bury him properly.†Tshisekedi’s son Felix has been named as successor to his father taking over leadership of the Rassemblement, an opposition coalition which includes the UDPS. Felix Tshisekedi is also expected to become prime minister in place of his father as had been previously agreed in a deal between the government and opposition. Katumbi, who is also a member of the Rassemblement, said he considers Felix Tshisekedi “a friendâ€, somebody who’s “got potential and he’s going really to defend the people of Congoâ€. He also dismissed suggestions that not everybody was happy with the selection of Felix as leader. “All the Rassemblement is happy about Felix,†said Katumbi. “The Rassemblement is strong, the platform remains still strong.†However, the political agreement between the government and opposition, which is intended to bring about delayed elections, has still not been implemented. Katumbi wants to see the opposition impose a deadline. “The Rassemblement is going to give a deadline to say, ‘Mr president, enough is enough,’†he said. “We need to organise the elections which President Kabila doesn’t want to hear about,†Katumbi added. Kabila’s mandate ended in December. The political agreement is supposed to pave the way for a transitional government headed by Kabila with elections later in 2017. The post Katumbi Calls Regional Leaders To Help End Kabila’s Dictatorial Rule In Congo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Chipolopolo Team Manager Stan Kaseko Fired For Using FAZ To Evade Tax

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has dropped Chipolopolo team manager Stan Kaseko after he was implicated in a tax evasion scandal brewing at Football House, sources have informed Zambia Reports. Kaseko, who took over from Lusekelo Kamwambi, in liaison … Continued

The post Chipolopolo Team Manager Stan Kaseko Fired For Using FAZ To Evade Tax appeared first on Zambia Reports.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has dropped Chipolopolo team manager Stan Kaseko after he was implicated in a tax evasion scandal brewing at Football House, sources have informed Zambia Reports. Kaseko, who took over from Lusekelo Kamwambi, in liaison with a named FAZ executive committee member procured sports kit from South Africa which they allegedly claimed belonged to the national sports body. A check with ZRA officers at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka has revealed that its alert officers impounded sports kit imported by Kaseko and demanded an explanation from Football House. “Apparently, this man was assigned by FAZ to bring sports attire from South Africa for the Under-20. We noticed some suspcious cargo in the consignment so we raised a query,” a ZRA official who spoke in confidence with Zambia Reports says. “We decided to hold back part of that consignment and told FAZ to verify everything that was brought in so we realised that some of cargo could not be identified. “This has been happening a lot and as officers we are fed up with football officials brining in sports equipment claiming it belongs to FAZ when in fact not.” The ZRA officials says it has for a long time raised numerous queries but the FAZ secretariat had not acted on the matter. FAZ enjoys tax exemption for various supplies predominately sports equipment. A list of individuals suspected to be behind the syndicate most of whom served in the previous executive has since been given to Zambia Reports. Football sources have further disclosed that after being dropped as team manager, Kaseko supplied his dismissal letter to local media. According to reports Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda has shaken up his backroom staff bringing in individuals he hopes will inspire his vision at senior national team level. Former Chipolopolo defencer Chintu Kampamba who is also Kabwe Warriors coach has been replaced by Zanaco assistant coach Dabid Chilufya while Kaseko’s position has been filled by Chris Chibuye. Chibuye is former Kabwe Warriors, Nkana and Roan United coach. Goalkeeper coach Davies Phiri has been replaced by former international goalkeeper Stephen Mwansa while equipment and logistics manager Goodson Mboozi has been dropped and replaced by Gerald Sakala. FAZ deputy general secretary Lombe Mbalashi, however, said there are are no changes to the technical bench. Mbalashi is parroting the message of individuals that are frustrating FAZ president Andrew Kamanga while undermining his boss Ponga Liwewe. Some executive committee members who are also involved in corrupt activities at Football House have questioned the reshuffles which decisions are ordinarily a preserve of the senior national team coach, the technical committee and secretariat. The post Chipolopolo Team Manager Stan Kaseko Fired For Using FAZ To Evade Tax appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Court Tells Nigerian Health Workers to Suspend Strike

[Premium Times] The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has restrained health workers under the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals from continuing or embarking on any strike action.

[Premium Times] The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has restrained health workers under the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals from continuing or embarking on any strike action.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Why Killers Find It Easy Using Boda Boda in Murders

[Monitor] Kampala -For the last seven years, at least 12 killings have been carried out by killers riding motorcycles commonly referred to as boda boda, who escape from the crime scenes and are never traced in spite of police efforts.

[Monitor] Kampala -For the last seven years, at least 12 killings have been carried out by killers riding motorcycles commonly referred to as boda boda, who escape from the crime scenes and are never traced in spite of police efforts.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda