Ezekwesili Urges ASUU, Govt to Return to Negotiating Table

[Guardian] Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table.

[Guardian] Former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has appealed to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to return to the negotiating table.

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Miners’ Union to Commemorate Marikana Massacre

[News24Wire] The deaths of 34 miners during the Marikana massacre in 2012 will be commemorated by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday at the hillside where the massacre occurred.

[News24Wire] The deaths of 34 miners during the Marikana massacre in 2012 will be commemorated by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday at the hillside where the massacre occurred.

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President Asks for Urgent Support for Flood Victims

[Al Jazeera] The president of Sierra Leone says his country needs “urgent support now” for thousands of people affected by flash flooding and mudslides in and around the capital Freetown.

[Al Jazeera] The president of Sierra Leone says his country needs "urgent support now" for thousands of people affected by flash flooding and mudslides in and around the capital Freetown.

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Baby Injured After Riots Dies

[Nation] A six-month old infant, who had slipped into a coma after sustaining head injuries after being allegedly hit by a police officer in Kisumu County has died.

[Nation] A six-month old infant, who had slipped into a coma after sustaining head injuries after being allegedly hit by a police officer in Kisumu County has died.

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Opinion: Compulsory HIV Testing Will Attract More Stigma & Discrimination

By Joe Mwansa Lombe Kaluba I am yet to read the full statement on the issue of making the testing for HIV mandatory. From what l am seeing on social media it seems people are very excited and some making … Continued

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By Joe Mwansa Lombe Kaluba I am yet to read the full statement on the issue of making the testing for HIV mandatory. From what l am seeing on social media it seems people are very excited and some making foolish jokes about it. The problem in Zambia is that we make jokes about everything. Yes humor is food for the soul. However believe me some of it is just childish and stupid. People make fun of people who face different challenges. The poor, physically challenged, mentally challenged and people who have HIV. My heart bleeds when l see this. Some people use jokes as a new face of stigma. In social media people have found a way of getting at others. This is not wise but foolishness and lack of reasoning. When the news about making HIV testing compulsory broke Instead of seeing a real debate about the pros and cons. All l could see were childish jokes. To me stigmatisation has already started. I know it is important for one to know not only their HIV status just like any health status. But l think the first things we need to do is to work on the mindsets of everyone. Making or forcing people means we have failed on the part of education. Making it mandatory means we have no capacity to teach our young people about preventive methods. You can’t force people to go for HIV testing. It should come from them. Then as l said education. Putting fear in people is Do a good preventive methodology. It will just make people fear to go to the hospital even when they have a simple toothache. We should put all our energies in dealing with issues of stigma and discrimination. We should put more effort in research and help find the cure. We should try to seek to deal with preventive measures like the control of drinking places which are probably the breeding places for HIV. Further more we should seek to create decent jobs for our young people. Night Clubs, bars will put our young girls at risk. These are the things we should be talking about. Not programs which are just copied and pasted in our country. Some of these foreign programs don’t have anything good for our people. So we ought to be careful. In some of these countries a referendum would be called to determine something like the issue at hand. But here it is just copy and paste. What next after this mandatory HIV and testing? Stigma and discrimination as people will be required to go with test certificate when looking for a job or school place. All this is happening in a number of countries. So for me it is a shame and lack of reasoning by those who are in the fore front of this law or whatever you wanna call it. Families will be torn apart, society will be full of stigma and the country will be a big Court which will sentence people to death. Policies and rules are nothing. Therapy, education and not putting fear in people are more important. And those of you using jokes and social media as a way of getting at people with different challenges or HIV status. Shame on you. The author is a PhD candidate-Political, Gender and Transnational Studies at the International Postgraduate Centre (IPC), Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt The post Opinion: Compulsory HIV Testing Will Attract More Stigma & Discrimination appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Will Hichilema Finally Concede Electoral Defeat?

As incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema returns to court today, a general consensus is seemingly on the table he should concede defeat to President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema has disputed the August 2016 election with his party challenging the decision in … Continued

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As incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema returns to court today, a general consensus is seemingly on the table he should concede defeat to President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema has disputed the August 2016 election with his party challenging the decision in the courts of law. From the time Hichilema was arrested on April 11 after a brutal raid at his residence the night earlier, high profile international personalities have made their way to Zambia to broker a peace deal between the ruling party and the opposition. Most recent visit included former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo and Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland. Scotland is believed to have brokered a peace deal that could see Hichilema walk to freedom. The same deal expects Hichilema to concede defeat and move on to prepare his party for the 2021 elections. The opposition leader has also insisted that measures be put in place with both parties respecting the terms of the reforms. Obasanjo also shared similar sentiments urging Hichilema to concede. BELOW IS AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY THE SOUTHERN TIMES QUOTING OBASANJO URGING HICHILEMA TO CONCEDE DEFEAT By Jeff Kapembwa Lusaka – Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s opposition leader detained on treason charges, needs to accept the results of the presidential elections held last year and respect the will of the people who elected President Edgar Lungu, said former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Hichilema, 56, who has been in detention since April 10 following allegations of obstructing the presidential motorcade in western Zambia during a traditional ceremony, has been asked to reconsider his stance on the outcome of the 11 August poll and focus on the future. Obasanjo, who earlier criticised the Zambian government following the detention of Hichilema, has now, after visiting the detained opposition leader, taken a different stance on the matter stating the need for dialogue and reconciliation between the two people to accelerate Zambia’s democracy. The former Nigerian leader held a two-hour one-to-one discussion with Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe about 150km north of Lusaka. Following the visit, Obasanjo told reporters that it was time to pacify the impasse and facilitate peace in the country as the deserved leader was already in place. “There can only be one president. I have looked at some of the videos regarding the presidential motorcade and that of the opposition leader, they are quite overboard. I think it should not be like that,†said Obasanjo. It was the view of the African Union to ensure the continent remained peaceful and where political differences arose, emissaries, including himself, will always prevail to ensure peace and tranquility continues to prevail and foster economic growth for the continent. “As an elderly African statesman, I remain fully committed to ensuring that peace and stability continue to exist, not just in Zambia, but in all the 53 countries in Africa,†added Obasanjo, who hinted he and the AU have closely followed political developments in Zambia and all want the country to continue being a beacon of peace in Africa. During the meeting, Obasanjo said he reminded Hakainde to always uphold peace, unity and stability of the country. The AU, through him, was obliged to advance efforts aimed at promoting peace and stability in all African countries through constructive engagement with various political players to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Earlier, President Lungu maintained during an interview with journalists in Lusaka that he was the rightful president and has the mandate of the people, having garnered 50 +1 percent of the total votes cast against his rival Hichilema who got 47 percent. He argued that if Hichilema had reservations, he should seek redress in the courts of law and prove his arguments of stolen votes. But Obasanjo said following his meeting with Hichilema, the 2016 elections are no longer an issue for him and is hopeful with dialogue and reconciliation, the gap or rift between Lungu and Hichilema could easily be closed up. “I see that the gap between the opposition leader and His Excellency the President [Lungu] is narrowing, and I think that we can move the country forward and put the issues of 2016 behind us,†he said. Losing candidates in elections should respect electoral laws and follow the legal process when aggrieved while giving respect to winners, added the former Nigeria strongman. Meanwhile, the gesture extended to Obasanjo, which comes on the heels of the Catholic Priests that visited Hichilema to discuss the need for peace, has been welcomed by various opposition and clergymen in the country as it will seek to promote dialogue and reconciliation. Several commentators called upon Hichilema to accept the outcome of last year’s general elections as the stand-off between him and President Lungu has potential to give room for negative elements to destabilise our beloved nation. Another opposition leader, Wynter Kabimba, a former leader in the ruling Patriotic Front and now head of Rainbow Party, said Hichilema needs encouragement as prison is a lonely place and the over 100 days he has remained in custody needs consideration to facilitate his release. “In the situation he is in, he needs encouragement from those of us that are outside because we don’t know the conditions and prison conditions in this country are deplorable that’s why I don’t agree with this new terminology that they are correctional facilities,†said Kabimba. Hichilema has been behind bars since April 11 after his house was raided by state police on the night of April 10. The post Will Hichilema Finally Concede Electoral Defeat? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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