Academic Union Denies Plan to Call Off Strike

[Guardian] Abuja -THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has described as speculative reports that the strike embarked by the union over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement it willingly entered with the uni…

[Guardian] Abuja -THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has described as speculative reports that the strike embarked by the union over the inability of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement it willingly entered with the union would be called off today.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Inside the Elite Team Risking Their Lives to Save Elephants

[Citizen] On Wednesday, South Africa national Wayne Lotter, who lived and worked in Tanzania for many years, was shot dead at Masaki in Dar es Salaam. He died on the spot.

[Citizen] On Wednesday, South Africa national Wayne Lotter, who lived and worked in Tanzania for many years, was shot dead at Masaki in Dar es Salaam. He died on the spot.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

How Anti-Poaching Hero Was Shot Dead

[Citizen] Details have emerged on how an anti-poaching campaigner was gunned down in Dar es Salaam, to send conservationists into shock over the killing of one of its prominent members.

[Citizen] Details have emerged on how an anti-poaching campaigner was gunned down in Dar es Salaam, to send conservationists into shock over the killing of one of its prominent members.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

OPINION: Laura Miti Weighs In On Pres. Lungu’s Diplomatic Lapse In Malema, Maimane Summons

Yesterday [Friday], Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa announced that President Lungu had summoned SA opposition leaders, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema, to meet him while he was at the SADC summit in Johannesburg. It was something about the President wanting … Continued

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Yesterday [Friday], Zambia’s Ambassador to South Africa announced that President Lungu had summoned SA opposition leaders, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema, to meet him while he was at the SADC summit in Johannesburg. It was something about the President wanting to speak to them about their interference in our sovereign matters when they called for HH’s release. Like most people, I was shocked at that report. Why would anyone go looking for trouble for the President like that? Well, predictably, the two SA politicians rejected the invitation to meet the President. And again, predictably, the two jumped at the opportunity provided them by the President’s own diplomatic team to insult him for imagining he could summon them. Maimane and Malema of course did not fail to also say what they thought about the President generally. As if that debacle was not enough, by end of day, videos of PF cadres in full party regalia clashing with protestors from other countries, were doing the rounds. The protestors who had listed President Lungu among the presidents whose “dictatorial tendencies†they were calling for an end to also took their chance to hurl insults at the president as they demanded that the PF cadres leave. In short, Emmanuel Mwamba managed to turn the SADC Summit into a veritable dog’s dinner as a diplomatic context. He seems to have totally lost the plot and is repeatedly calling unflattering attention to the President whose image it is his job to build. As for the President himself, surely he knows that Emmanuel is no diplomat. Emmanuel’s real interest seems to be in hard knuckle party politics. So why keep him in the diplomatic service? I honestly think Emmanuel should lose his job for the disaster he created yesterday but then I know that this President does not fire people who beg to be fired. In fact he promotes them. But that is his presidential mandate. What the President can do with Emmanuel if he can’t bear to be without his ability to rubble rouse for him, is move him back home into a position in which he can engage in that acrimonious politics he seems to enjoy. Then there is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba. I have to ask, how did he allow all that yesterday to be even thought of, forget implemented? How did having cadres protesting their support for the President at an International summit in a foreign country seem even mildly rational? How could Emmanuel be allowed to provoke someone with as little restraint as Julius Malema? Simply, is the Minister of Foreign Affairs even in control of what is happening in the SA mission? Did Emmanuel run his little plan by Harry and he said yes, that is clever? Let me just end by advising President Lungu – you need to take a step back and critically look at your presidency. You are President of Zambia and not a candidate in an unending contestation for power. Your obsession with 2021, is allowing you to be led by people like Emmanuel who themselves are thinking of nothing but how they can get themselves into the political positions they really want. My sense is you need to completely change your inner team. They are driving you so off track we can all see you heading into a mighty crash over the abyss. Look at it this way, everything awkward that is happening around your presidency is well predicted by all neutral observers well before it does. It seems everybody knows which puddle you are about to step into except your advisors. In short, they are not earning their cushy salaries. Worse than that, they are turning you into a laughing stock. Change them – for your own good. SOURCE: LAURA MITI FACEBOOK PAGE The post OPINION: Laura Miti Weighs In On Pres. Lungu’s Diplomatic Lapse In Malema, Maimane Summons appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Ready To Dialogue With Anyone

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is set to engage in a meaningful dialogue with all political players. UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma says there are a lot of things that need to be ironed out. Kakoma … Continued

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The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is set to engage in a meaningful dialogue with all political players. UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma says there are a lot of things that need to be ironed out. Kakoma points out the Public Order Act, the need to have a new and independent Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) board, and other challenges in the electoral process. Kakoma says following the release of UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema, the party is set to engage in a meaningful dialogue in order to promote democracy and the rule of law in Zambia. The post UPND Ready To Dialogue With Anyone appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mutati Tells Commercial Banks To Take Advantage Of Reserve Ratio

Finance minister Felix Mutati has advised commercial banks to respond aggressively towards the reduction of the reserve ratio. Mutati says the reduction in policy rates has already started bearing fruits, but the struggle remains on how banks will respond towards … Continued

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Finance minister Felix Mutati has advised commercial banks to respond aggressively towards the reduction of the reserve ratio. Mutati says the reduction in policy rates has already started bearing fruits, but the struggle remains on how banks will respond towards it. He says banks should now be able to bring down the cost of money because they have enough liquidity with the reduced policy rates. Mutati says the reduction, coupled with the tax amnesty is slowly creating the revival of activities in the private sector. He has since described the country’s economy as cheerful as such measures will create jobs and business opportunities. Source: Qfm The post Mutati Tells Commercial Banks To Take Advantage Of Reserve Ratio appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Two-Year-Old Survives, Seven Die in Car Accident

[News24Wire] A two-year old child survived but seven other people were killed in a car accident along the N1 near Mookgopong on Sunday when two cars collided, the transport authority in Limpopo said.

[News24Wire] A two-year old child survived but seven other people were killed in a car accident along the N1 near Mookgopong on Sunday when two cars collided, the transport authority in Limpopo said.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Opposition’s Election Case Lodged with Court

[Nation] Lawyers for opposition leader Raila Odinga have served their 25,000-page presidential election petition papers on President Uhuru Kenyatta and the electoral commission, paving the way for the start of a rigorous legal battle for the country’s …

[Nation] Lawyers for opposition leader Raila Odinga have served their 25,000-page presidential election petition papers on President Uhuru Kenyatta and the electoral commission, paving the way for the start of a rigorous legal battle for the country's highest office.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Will Grace Mugabe Ever Return to South Africa?

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The scene has been set for a protracted legal battle between the South African Government and Gabriella Engels, the alleged victim of an assault by Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The scene has been set for a protracted legal battle between the South African Government and Gabriella Engels, the alleged victim of an assault by Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe