Auto Repair Shop Jump-Starts Ugandan Child Soldiers Into New Lives

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Awach, Uganda -As a young boy chasing chickens on his parents’ farm in northern Uganda, Louis Lakor dreamed of becoming a teacher. But when he finally set foot in a local primary school, aged seven, it was as an armed killer.

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Awach, Uganda -As a young boy chasing chickens on his parents' farm in northern Uganda, Louis Lakor dreamed of becoming a teacher. But when he finally set foot in a local primary school, aged seven, it was as an armed killer.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Behind the Smoke Screen – an Authoritarian New President

[Maka] After the 2017 elections, the hopes ordinary Angolans placed on President João Lourenço were so high that many regarded him as a gift from God. Next September, his predecessor, José Eduardo dos Santos, will finally step down from the leadership of the ruling MPLA, after 39 years. The combined imperial powers of the country’s presidency and of the MPLA will make João Lourenço the absolute ruler of Angola, and it does not bode well for the country.

[Maka] After the 2017 elections, the hopes ordinary Angolans placed on President João Lourenço were so high that many regarded him as a gift from God. Next September, his predecessor, José Eduardo dos Santos, will finally step down from the leadership of the ruling MPLA, after 39 years. The combined imperial powers of the country's presidency and of the MPLA will make João Lourenço the absolute ruler of Angola, and it does not bode well for the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Angola

Historic Silicosis Class Action – Why the Settlement Matters

[The Conversation Africa] The lawyers for miners who either fell sick or died after contracting silicosis and tuberculosis on South Africa’s gold mines, have reached a historic class action settlement with the industry. The R5 billion (US$400 million) …

[The Conversation Africa] The lawyers for miners who either fell sick or died after contracting silicosis and tuberculosis on South Africa's gold mines, have reached a historic class action settlement with the industry. The R5 billion (US$400 million) settlement becomes the country's second class action resolution and therefore very much a precedent setter.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Ebola Outbreak – WHO Puts 10 Countries On ‘High Alert’

[Deutsche Welle] WHO officials have described the affected area as “one of the most difficult terrains on earth,” making it difficult to access. The UN health agency is hoping to avert an epidemic like the West Africa outbreak in 2014.

[Deutsche Welle] WHO officials have described the affected area as "one of the most difficult terrains on earth," making it difficult to access. The UN health agency is hoping to avert an epidemic like the West Africa outbreak in 2014.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Zambia’s U-20 AfCON Journey Begins

The Zambia Under-20 journey to Niger 2019 begins today on foreign soil when they face Rwanda away in Kigali in the second round first leg encounter. Assistant coach Charles Bwale and his technical bench seem to have done enough work … Continued

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The Zambia Under-20 journey to Niger 2019 begins today on foreign soil when they face Rwanda away in Kigali in the second round first leg encounter. Assistant coach Charles Bwale and his technical bench seem to have done enough work to be confident of a positive result. Bwale and his bench will be hoping to reap the rewards of consistency after having bonded as a team from the 2017 Cosafa U17 project that reaped gold in Mauritius. Most of the outstanding players from that crop form the fulcrum of the current U20 which should give the African champions a winning mentality. Zambia played some friendly matches prior to heading to Kigali with a 1-0 win over Malawi and a 3-1 win over Silver Youth Sports Club. Bwale is likely to line up Prince Bwalya in goal with Justin Mwanza and Benson Kolala taking up the full back positions while the central defence will have Kingsley Hakwiya and Christopher Katongo. In the engine room Thomas Zulu will be the man to do the mop up while Muma Mumba should add some fluidity. Skipper Prince Mumba could be the man to link play with a potent looking attack that may have Francisco Mwepu, Martin Njobvu and Lameck Banda. Bwale could give the England based duo of Mwiya Malumo and Lifumpa Mwandwe a chance to test action. Kickoff for the match is 15:00 hours with the two sides meeting next weekend in the return leg. Winner over two legs will meet either Sudan or Burundi. Zambia are the defending champions of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations after having won it on home soil in 2017. The post Zambia’s U-20 AfCON Journey Begins appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kalaba Confirms 2021 Bid

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has opened up on his 2021 presidential ambitions saying he has been approached to be the candidate for the newly registered Democratic Party. Kalaba joins the list of former ministers that want to cling … Continued

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Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has opened up on his 2021 presidential ambitions saying he has been approached to be the candidate for the newly registered Democratic Party. Kalaba joins the list of former ministers that want to cling on to the Patriotic Front but are openly campaigning against the ruling party. The Bahati constituency Patriotic Front Member of Parliament insists on still being a PF member but has been traversing the country discrediting the ruling party. Kalaba has been a radio and facebook campaigner with a yet to be established support base. He is currently in Eastern Province trying to build his support base before breaking one of the worst guarded secrets of standing for presidential elections. The bulk of PF members that stood against President Edgar Lungu within the party have been politically volatile with their wish of seeing the Head of State on the ballot in 2021 still a subject of legal interpretation. The post Kalaba Confirms 2021 Bid appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF/UPND Bigwigs Show Some Love

Patriotic Front media director Sunday has continued reaching out to some of the sworn Patriotic Front critics with UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka his latest in the love one another zone. Chanda whose defence of the ruling party sometimes borders … Continued

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Patriotic Front media director Sunday has continued reaching out to some of the sworn Patriotic Front critics with UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka his latest in the love one another zone. Chanda whose defence of the ruling party sometimes borders on the annoying has equally reached out to his opposite preaching some love. The PF and UPND regularly cross political swords and nervously push the traditionally peaceful Zambian people to the edge. The post PF/UPND Bigwigs Show Some Love appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Presidential Dance: EL Goes Down, Again

President Edgar Lungu occasionally dazzles his audience with some dancing skills. But here he seems to have outdone himself with yet another ‘I am just like you’ dance. Enjoy the moment.

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President Edgar Lungu occasionally dazzles his audience with some dancing skills. But here he seems to have outdone himself with yet another ‘I am just like you’ dance. Enjoy the moment. The post Presidential Dance: EL Goes Down, Again appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Saccord Welcomes Move To Halt Reforms

SACCORD has welcomed the directive by the Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to the Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda to move the constitution amendment process to September to allow for the dialogue process. Reacting to the directive by the … Continued

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SACCORD has welcomed the directive by the Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to the Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda to move the constitution amendment process to September to allow for the dialogue process. Reacting to the directive by the president to have the amendments to the constitution halted so as not to undermine the dialogue process Executive Director Boniface Chembe said the directive was welcome as some stakeholders had raised concerns over the timing of constitutional reforms. Cheembe observed that the directive by the President’s is an indication that there are efforts being made to take on boars concerns from various stakeholders. “This directive comes against a background where some stakeholders in the national dialogue process had raised some concerns over the timing of the constitution amendment. The President directive is an indication that there are efforts being made to take on board concerns arising from various stakeholders on the national dialogue process. “In addition, the directive also gives stakeholders extra time for them to consider making additional suggestions on that which needs to be done to perfect the amended constitution,” he said. He also expressed gratitude that the President was committing to dialogue without any conditions. “It is also encouraging to note that the President has committed himself to unconditional dialogue which is important as this will assist stakeholders to plan accordingly on how to address the matters of concern to the nation. The national dialogue process is now on course and it is important that all stakeholders continue to be engaged whether foreign or domestic,” Cheembe said. Cheembe also expressed happiness at the President’s insistence for dialogue to be led by local institutions. He said stakeholders with issues as regards to ZCID capacity should open up and identify their areas of concern so that they can be worked on to ensure that the process is accepted by all stakeholders. President Lungu on Thursday directed Justice Minister Given Lubinda to halt the constitution amendments process so as not undermine the dialogue process. The post Saccord Welcomes Move To Halt Reforms appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Teacher’s Union Boss Chides Journalists

Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) General Secretary Newman Bubala has accused journalists of blowing small issues out of proportion. In reference to Teaching Service Commission Chairperson Stanley Mhango that “some teachers could neither read nor write”, Bubala blasted journalists … Continued

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Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) General Secretary Newman Bubala has accused journalists of blowing small issues out of proportion. In reference to Teaching Service Commission Chairperson Stanley Mhango that “some teachers could neither read nor writeâ€, Bubala blasted journalists that covered the ZNUT quadrennial conference in Kitwe of sensationalism. He reminded journalists that they were once taught by a teacher and it was important that the teaching profession is regarded with respect and not with ridicule. Bubala accused journalists of being excited whenever a teacher misbehaves without realising that it was the same teacher that taught them to write and read. He said it is unfair to centre debates on the incompetence of one teacher in an effort to tarnish the image of the entire profession. “I also want to appeal to journalists, am glad we have press men here, we have a situation where every single thing a teacher does it becomes news, surely you have no news? Have you ever seen a teacher who can’t read? You are a product of us, you speak English who taught you? What is this excitement about a teacher? Let us respect teachers, we have taught the world, Presidents, they came and didn’t know A and B,” the visibly angry Bubala lashed out. He has further sounded a warning to teachers that are in the habit of tarnishing the teaching profession by engaging in bad activities 0f stern warning. “I also want to appeal to you dear Teachers, because we have Teachers who want to bring us disrespect, let us not engage in these issues of molesting school girls and being drunk, let us protect this profession,” Bulala added. The post Teacher’s Union Boss Chides Journalists appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports