Tendai Biti: Pres. Lungu Can Do Better Than Admiring President Mugabe

Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti says President Edgar Lungu can do more than admire dictators like Robert Mugabe. Biti who is in the country to witness the treason trial of incarcerated United Party for National Development president Hakaide Hichilema told … Continued

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Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti says President Edgar Lungu can do more than admire dictators like Robert Mugabe. Biti who is in the country to witness the treason trial of incarcerated United Party for National Development president Hakaide Hichilema told a media briefing that the image of Zambia was being soiled on the international community by political events happening at the moment. The former finance minister and leader of the People’s Democratic Party said that the crippling of the media as demonstrated by the closure of The Post Newspaper was a dent on Zambia’s democratic credentials. “President Lungu can do better than admiring president Mugabe. He should stay away from Mugabe and build a strong democratic state not to copy all the bad things from these little people like Robert Mugabe.” He said. Biti said that for a country that had been a symbol of smooth transition of power the emerging trend of dictatorship under President Lungu needed to be re-thought. “We find recent events in Zambia very retrogressive and a reversal of the progressive gains that Zambia has made over the years. We now find it regrettable that Zambia is now known for the wrong reasons, the banning of political newspapers, the incarceration of opposition political leaders, the imposition of a threatened state of emergency, the ejection of African leaders and visitors in your country,†he said. “We think that is unacceptable and we pray that Zambians go back to their natural DNA which is a DNA of love, a DNA of solidarity.†Biti was joined at the table by South Africa’s Democratic Alliance representative Stevens Mokgalapa who is a Member of Parliament. Hichilema who has been in jail from April 10 has pleaded not guilty to a charge of treason with his case coming up for trial on Wednesday. The post Tendai Biti: Pres. Lungu Can Do Better Than Admiring President Mugabe appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu to Attend Kagame’s Inauguration

President Edgar Lungu will fraternize with another of Africa’s big men when he attends the inauguration ceremony of the re-elected Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Friday. The Head of State will join in celebrations of Kagame’s re-election who won the … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu will fraternize with another of Africa’s big men when he attends the inauguration ceremony of the re-elected Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Friday. The Head of State will join in celebrations of Kagame’s re-election who won the vote by about 99% of the vote. With the victory Kagame extended his rule over the tiny African country to 17 years. Kagame, 59, has won international praise for the stability and economic development he has brought Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, when an estimated 800,000 people were killed, but he has also been accused of running an authoritarian, one-party state. The election came on the back of a constitutional amendment, which ended a two-term limit for presidents and theoretically permits Kagame to remain in power until 2034. The amendment was approved by 98% of voters. The post Pres. Lungu to Attend Kagame’s Inauguration appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Economic Devt – Emir Sanusi Leads Kano Govt Delegation to China

[Leadership] Kano -Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has lead the Kano State government delegation to China in pursuance of beneficial trade and economic development deals with Chinese trading partners.

[Leadership] Kano -Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has lead the Kano State government delegation to China in pursuance of beneficial trade and economic development deals with Chinese trading partners.

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Merge Senate, Reps to Save Cost – Lawyers

[Leadership] With the rising cost of governance, lean revenue earnings and little or no funds for infrastructural development, legal experts in the country have advocated the merging of the Senate and the House of Representatives to form a unicameral l…

[Leadership] With the rising cost of governance, lean revenue earnings and little or no funds for infrastructural development, legal experts in the country have advocated the merging of the Senate and the House of Representatives to form a unicameral legislature.

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Nightmare Wedding Leaves 31 In Hospital

Over 30 people including a newly-wed couple and a two-year-old child have been admitted to Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu after they consumed suspected poisonous food during a wedding ceremony. The hospital has quarantined all the 31 victims in its … Continued

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Over 30 people including a newly-wed couple and a two-year-old child have been admitted to Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu after they consumed suspected poisonous food during a wedding ceremony. The hospital has quarantined all the 31 victims in its eye department, and no visitors are being allowed in. A check at the hospital yesterday established that the number of victims had risen from the initial 13 admitted to the health institution on Saturday evening to 31. Most of the affected people are in their late 40s while the groom and bride are in their 30s. The hospital has taken stool samples from the victims which will be sent to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka for microscopic culture and sensitivity test, to establish what transpired. Speaking from her hospital bed, the bride, Virginia Kasonda, said everything went on well until some people from the groom Sikota Ngenda’s side started complaining of stomach upsets just after the ceremony that was held at Mandanga Primary School on Friday. Virginia said the affected people only sought medical attention the following day (Saturday) when the situation worsened. “We were all happy until people started vomiting. The whole thing is confusing and I really don’t know what transpired,†she said. And speaking when he visited the victims on Saturday night, Western Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu commended the hospital staff for bringing the situation under control. Mr Mubukwanu has urged people holding public functions to observe hygiene when preparing food to avoid such occurrences. “This could have been a disaster, but thanks to the hospital staff for the commitment they have shown to prevent deaths. This is very commendable,†he said. Lewanika General Hospital clinical care officer-in-charge Subhash Chand Soni said the situation is now under control and everyone is responding well to treatment. He said all the victims have diarrhoea and they are still vomiting. “From the received cases, five were very critically ill but they are now stable,†he said. And Dr Soni said the affected people have been quarantined in the eye department to avoid infecting patients admitted to the main hospital. He said visits to the victims have been restricted until the medical personnel establish the cause of the infections. Source: ZANIS The post Nightmare Wedding Leaves 31 In Hospital appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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London Was Tough, Says Kirwa

[Nation] Team Kenya head coach Julius Kirwa described the just-concluded World Championships in Athletics in London as the toughest competition he has ever attended.

[Nation] Team Kenya head coach Julius Kirwa described the just-concluded World Championships in Athletics in London as the toughest competition he has ever attended.

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Govt Approves N39 Billion Loan for Supply of Electricity Meters – Fashola

[Leadership] Abuja -The federal government has approved N39 billion loan to Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) for the supply of meters, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed.

[Leadership] Abuja -The federal government has approved N39 billion loan to Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) for the supply of meters, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed.

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