Ex-Presidential Aide Turned Lawyer Lawyer, Dickson Jere, Backs New US $20 Million State House

Dickson Jere, former press aide to fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda, has added hos voice to the announcement a new State House is to be built. Jere, now a lawyer, says the current structure is not only dilapidated but was … Continued

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Dickson Jere, former press aide to fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda, has added hos voice to the announcement a new State House is to be built. Jere, now a lawyer, says the current structure is not only dilapidated but was first constructed as residence for governor of Lusaka during colonial era. BELOW IS DICKSON JERE CONTRIBUTION To build or not to build? By Dickson Jere Before I was appointed as a senior staff at State House, I had been there several times as a reporter to cover various presidential functions. But reporters were restricted to specific rooms. Not until when I worked there, I thought the place was lofty. For starters, what we call State House today was in fact a residence of the British Governor. And so the design and all the accompaniment was that of a house and not offices. The offices were supposed to be where Cabinet Office is but our first President Kenneth David Kaunda, in his wisdom, decided that the Presidential residence and offices should be in one place – the decision I actually support. Managing presidential assignments in that building is a nightmare. The place is just too small. By way of example, where the President conducts swearing-in ceremonies and receives credentials from newly accredited diplomats is a staff dining room not designed or planned for such solemn events. Each time there is such an event (at least in my time) staff will need to eat from their offices since the place would be turned around for the event of the day. We started using the dining room for such events during our time. Previously, cabinet room, which was in fact a banquet hall for the Governor, was the Multi-purpose hall for State House until they fixed a non-movable conference-table attached with desktop computers for cabinet meetings. So that hall can no longer be used for other meetings except for cabinet and other conference-like events. In my time, I had difficulties in dealing with VVIP guests. The only toilets available for use were the ones at the entrance of the house, which were meant for all and sundry. In case we have a visiting President, one would take them inside the Presidential office if they were to use the bathroom – a very embarrassing situation! I and chief of protocol then, Bob Samakai, had to push for the construction of the VVIP toilets attached to the main building. We managed but as a temporal measure as the guests had to pass through offices-before getting to them. Further, no one wants to go to State House to see the President and is totally exposed. But ours, we do not have waiting rooms. Everyone is put on the foyer as they wait to be called in to see the President. Sometimes VVIP mixes with ordinary people on the foyer. There is need to at least have three separate meeting rooms where guests can be put while they wait for their turn to see the Principal. President Michael Sata, as he then was, had to turn one of the offices downstairs into a waiting room for that very reason. When the President wants to address the press, he either has to do it outside or on the foyer or indeed in the dining room. We do not have a press room for such. Outside events attracts events management companies that need to set up and we pay. Every good State House has a press room where press conferences take place. The room is specifically designed for the press with multi power points and sound system for the quality of voice… need say more on that? Each successful President, with an exception of President Sata, uses the small library downstairs as an official office. This means that State House has no official library for staff and policy analysts. The top office has been avoided for many reasons, including that the staircase is stiff. Current State House has no lift and so not convenient for the disabled who equally needs access to the President. Ever visited State House during rainy season? I was shocked when I saw buckets in the corridors! The entire house is terribly leaking and the upper floor shakes when one is walking on it. Disaster in waiting! Lastly, the place is just too tiny. Not all presidential staff can fit with comfort to work. In my time, some very senior officers shared office space while others kept shuttling offices depending on the assignment they had. Even where the President meets his counterpart, that room is designated as the First Lady’s Room. It was a second living-room for the Governors wife and her guests – so I was told. There is no quiet room for the President to meet his visiting counterpart on a one-on-one set up except that room. And that State House cannot host a full state banquet that goes with a state-visit and hence most such events are held at hotels! A guest list for the state visit is usually 500 and above and that State House cannot accommodate such numbers except when a marquee is mounted outside at another expense. So, think again when you debate the question – to build or not to build a new State House! The post Ex-Presidential Aide Turned Lawyer Lawyer, Dickson Jere, Backs New US $20 Million State House appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Evans – We’re Not Under Pressure – Police

[Vanguard] The Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, said they were not under pressure in the handling of the case of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans. The Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said this while featuring on a talk …

[Vanguard] The Nigeria Police Force, yesterday, said they were not under pressure in the handling of the case of suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans. The Police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said this while featuring on a talk show on African Independent Television, AIT.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

May Bobi Not End Up Being the New Wine in the Old Wine Skins

[Monitor] Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, a popular musician who associates himself with the lowly unwashed and dubs himself the ‘Ghetto president’, is now in the news.

[Monitor] Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, a popular musician who associates himself with the lowly unwashed and dubs himself the 'Ghetto president', is now in the news.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Seaweed Trade Booms Amid Concern About Falling Prices

[Citizen] Mtwara -Seaweed farming is gathering momentum in Mtwara, thanks to its comparative economic advantages. However, not all farmers have benefited from the booming business for various reasons.

[Citizen] Mtwara -Seaweed farming is gathering momentum in Mtwara, thanks to its comparative economic advantages. However, not all farmers have benefited from the booming business for various reasons.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Odinga Faults Electoral Agency Over Voter Roll Clean-Up

[Nation] Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has once again faulted the electoral commission as having failed to effectively respond to concerns being raised regarding the integrity of the audited voter register.

[Nation] Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has once again faulted the electoral commission as having failed to effectively respond to concerns being raised regarding the integrity of the audited voter register.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Success As Sagcot Initiative Expands

[Citizen] The government plans to roll out the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (Sagcot) initiative countrywide to ensure agriculture plays a pivotal role in the country’s industrialisation process, a senior government official has said.

[Citizen] The government plans to roll out the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (Sagcot) initiative countrywide to ensure agriculture plays a pivotal role in the country's industrialisation process, a senior government official has said.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Five-Year Strategic Scheme Launched to Support SMEs

[Citizen] Arusha -A technology innovation enterprise based here has launched a five-year strategic plan aimed to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in enhancing their innovations for commercialisation.

[Citizen] Arusha -A technology innovation enterprise based here has launched a five-year strategic plan aimed to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in enhancing their innovations for commercialisation.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Scores of Nomadic Families Impacted

[Citizen] Arusha -Hundreds of families of nomadic pastoralists living in the lowland areas of Arumeru District are among scores of herdsmen heavily impacted by climate change, a phenomenon associated with drought conditions.

[Citizen] Arusha -Hundreds of families of nomadic pastoralists living in the lowland areas of Arumeru District are among scores of herdsmen heavily impacted by climate change, a phenomenon associated with drought conditions.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Does Police Have Powers to Act On Auditor-General’s Report?

[The Herald] Police have powers to arrest officials implicated in the Auditor-General’s Office audit reports once they are tabled in Parliament, since there is nothing in the Constitution stopping them from taking such action on the reported criminal a…

[The Herald] Police have powers to arrest officials implicated in the Auditor-General's Office audit reports once they are tabled in Parliament, since there is nothing in the Constitution stopping them from taking such action on the reported criminal activities, law experts have said.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Women Must Be Protected From Preventable Deaths

[Citizen] All the various types of this deadly disease can be devastating for the individuals and their families, but it is breast cancer that appears to be the biggest problem in this country. According to available statistics, about 600,000 women die…

[Citizen] All the various types of this deadly disease can be devastating for the individuals and their families, but it is breast cancer that appears to be the biggest problem in this country. According to available statistics, about 600,000 women die annually from the disease.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania