Togo – President Gnassingbe Under Pressure

[Deutsche Welle] In Togo, protesters are calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. The opposition is confident that it will be successful in forcing a change in government. But will the president go voluntarily?

[Deutsche Welle] In Togo, protesters are calling for the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. The opposition is confident that it will be successful in forcing a change in government. But will the president go voluntarily?

source: AllAfrica News: Togo

Papa Ajasco – I Am Happy Changing Lives With Comedy

[This Day] Abiodun Ayoyinka, popularly known as Papa Ajasco, is a major player in the comedy genre. In this interview with Tosin Clegg, he talks about how his character and lifestyle

[This Day] Abiodun Ayoyinka, popularly known as Papa Ajasco, is a major player in the comedy genre. In this interview with Tosin Clegg, he talks about how his character and lifestyle

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Guinean Couple in Germany Helps African Migrants Integrate

[Deutsche Welle] She is a tailor and he is actively involved in helping African migrants, particularly those from Guinea. The Toure family, in Cologne, is committed to assisting African migrants integrate into the German society.

[Deutsche Welle] She is a tailor and he is actively involved in helping African migrants, particularly those from Guinea. The Toure family, in Cologne, is committed to assisting African migrants integrate into the German society.

source: AllAfrica News: Guinea

A Stateless Statesman: The Plight Of Mumba Yachi

Local singer Mumba Yachi’s predicament continues to win him more friends than foes. Whatever the case is with the Zambia immigration authorities, a talented young artiste in the form of Mumba Yachi does not deserve the punishment he is enduring. … Continued

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Local singer Mumba Yachi’s predicament continues to win him more friends than foes. Whatever the case is with the Zambia immigration authorities, a talented young artiste in the form of Mumba Yachi does not deserve the punishment he is enduring. A good number of Lebanese businessmen and women, Indians and Somalians are roaming the streets of Zambia masquerading as Zambians. They have never received the type of punishment Mumba Yachi is subjected to. This is all because they have enough resources to bribe immigration officers. By saying so, we are not promoting lawlessness. We are only calling on authorities to be fair and justice in handling Mumba Yachi’s case. Mumba Yachi cannot even be granted bail. How? The magistrate claims he will be re-arrested. This is total rubbish! The court can issue lawful instructions to the immigration not to re-arrest Mumba Yachi until the matter is disposed off. This is why apart from parliament, the Supreme Court, which of course receives matters from subordinate courts is one of our democratic institutions that can make laws. And we see no reason why a subordinate court cannot issue a waiver in a matter that clearly is not in public interest. If Mumba Yachi was of Indian origin or some Lebanese that had enough money to bribe the system, his 2-year-old daughter would not suffer the psychological torture of missing her first love – her father. This is the worst form of treatment you can subject a poor human being to who is only trying to survive using his God given talent. It’s morally wrong and legally incomprehensible that Mumba Yachi should suffer in this manner. The case he faces is very flimsy and most of such cases have gone against the immigration thereby costing taxpayers millions in unnecessary litigation. If Mumba Yachi has some traces of Congolese in him, it does not mean he is Congolese. The geographical location of Zambia is what has made most of its inhabitants connect to other tribes from Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia, the DRC and Botswana. The Lambas, Ushis, Lalas, Kaondes, Lundas from Luapula and Lundas from North Western have relatives across the border. This is not a secret. For instance the senior most Chief of the Lunda in Zambia is Mwata Yav who is based in some place called Kapanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We join those that are calling on authorities to demand Mumba Yachi’s release unconditionally and allow him to regularize his documentation if they think he is not Zambian. After all, this is a talent you want to build rather than destroy. READ BELOW A WRITE UP BY SENIOR JOURNALIST MABVUTO PHIRI WHO SHARES HIS PAIN FOR MUMBA YACHI’S PREDICAMENT FROM A FATHER’S POINT OF VIEW. BOMA IYANGANEPO TAPAPATA!!!! I am currently in tears, as l write this because of one person, Mumba Yachi. I might not have known the musician personally but l have had a connection with his music several times. Why am l crying?His interview outside court after today’s [yesterday] court appearance to the journalists is heart breaking and too heavy to digest or comprehend. The feeling and reality of knowing that you are ‘stateless’ in two countries simply put no proper documentation to back your claim that you are a citizen of one of the countries. The court has delayed to give him bail until he gets a temporal permit to stay within the boundaries of Zambia, the question is where will he get the documentation to validate his Congolese nationality? How can such a talented young man be stateless? is he being a victim of his talent? What will he tell prospective generations about the imaginary boundaries that the Europeans created to separate our people? It is seven days without seeing his daughter because the walls of prison has dictated so. I being a father like him, it is painful: the absence of family is one of the worst experiences considering bonds that we create especially with a girl child. I feel your pain away from our beloved ones. My earnest appeal is to the leadership of the country to cherish and embrace Mumba Yachi, as our own brother making a difference in a society littered with scandals such as sex parties. Admittedly, he might have been wrong in his presentation of documents to law enforcement agencies but it is time to look beyond his citizenship and focus on his contribution. What if he used the same documents to vote in previous elections for his preferred candidates? Will we still treat him the same? This could be an opportunity for Zambia to consolidate a constitutional provision that provides for dual citizenship and fully integrate him into our society. I am optimistic that soon the son of the soil will walk to freedom and sing proud and free like an noble eagle. Mumba Yachi is noble and society should be just to him. Mumba Yachi you are not stateless but a statesman, a noble one for that matter. Thoughts of my father…. The post A Stateless Statesman: The Plight Of Mumba Yachi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Launches Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway

PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu today attended the grand ground breaking ceremony of Lusaka- Ndola Dual Carriageway Project. The 1.2 billion dollar project expected to be completed in the next 48 months will stand as a legacy project for the Patriotic … Continued

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PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu today attended the grand ground breaking ceremony of Lusaka- Ndola Dual Carriageway Project. The 1.2 billion dollar project expected to be completed in the next 48 months will stand as a legacy project for the Patriotic Front government. The Lusaka -Ndola carriageway is the atery of Zambia’s economic development as it opens to the mining hub as well as connects Zambia to the SADC region and COMESA. Officiating at this auspicious event, President Lungu reiterated that his role now was to fulfil his campaign promises and not talk. He added that time for this generation to create a history of its own and leave behind a legacy like our fathers did. “President Chairman Mao and President Kenneth Kaunda left the TAZARA a legacy and now its time this generation created its own history President JinPing and Edgar Lungu will leave the dual carriageway,” President Lungu said. He noted that the dual carriageway was not only a wealth seeking investment but also a life-saving venture by guaranteeing road safety. Meanwhile, President Lungu has asked the contractor China Jiangxi Corporation to enusure that local Zambian firms comprising small and medium scale contractors are engaged on the project as sub- contractors in line with the 20 percent sub- contracting policy. The head of state has also asked the contractor to ensure that the 3000 jobs to be created will be given to residents within the area where the road construction is being undertaken. Source: Smart Eagles The post Pres. Lungu Launches Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mumba Yachi Shipped Back to Prison on Bail Technicality

Popular musician Mumba Yachi’s dream of a quick way out of prison suffered a setback after his bail application was frozen pending his acquiring a temporal work permit. Yachi, whose real name is Shadreck Mukenge is facing a charge of … Continued

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Popular musician Mumba Yachi’s dream of a quick way out of prison suffered a setback after his bail application was frozen pending his acquiring a temporal work permit. Yachi, whose real name is Shadreck Mukenge is facing a charge of making false representation to obtain a passport, illegal stay in Zambia and also giving false information to obtain a National Registration Card. When the matter came up today, Magistrate Ruth Kapulo said that even if she gave Yachi bail he would immediately be arrested by immigration officers as his stay in the country was the crux of his court matter. Yachi will remain in custody until his lawyers secure a temporal work permit for him. Magistrate Kapulo explained that since the first charge hinges on unlawful stay in Zambia, Yachi could be arrested again if walks out of court without the said permit until the matter is disposed of. Yachi is being represented by Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) vice president Eddie Mwitwa. The post Mumba Yachi Shipped Back to Prison on Bail Technicality appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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FAZ Abandons Bogus Kit Supplier Mafro

FAZ has announced it is terminating the contract with kit supplier Mafro. Mafro, a Singaporean firm, has embarrassingly failed to honour its pledge to dress the national team and meet other obligations. The pretence by the Football Association of Zambia … Continued

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FAZ has announced it is terminating the contract with kit supplier Mafro. Mafro, a Singaporean firm, has embarrassingly failed to honour its pledge to dress the national team and meet other obligations. The pretence by the Football Association of Zambia around the Mafro shirt deal came to an end with the contract terminated. Since the launch of the deal with the Singapore based firm in May, FAZ has been putting up a false sense of serenity when the deal has proved mediocre with national teams not properly kitted. In June there was a deal signed for supply of replica jerseys but to date nothing has been delivered. BELOW IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT FAZ TERMINATES MAFRO DEAL Football Association of Zambia PRESS STATEMENT (For Immediate Release) Football House, Lusaka 8th September, 2017 FAZ terminates MAFRO deal Following the agreement between the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and kit supplier MAFRO signed in 2017, FAZ wishes to announce a review of the partnership The contract between FAZ and MAFRO was based on the premise that either parties would meet their obligations to the other. Despite agreement for the provision of playing kit and replica jerseys, MAFRO has only partially fulfilled its obligation with regard to playing kit and similarly not been able to meet their delivery schedule for replica kits. MAFRO is therefore in breach of contract by their failure to meet these and several other conditions set out. These matters have been brought to their attention and they have been given several opportunities to redress the situation to no avail. In view of the current status, FAZ has begun discussions with other potential partners. This decision by FAZ to discontinue the partnership with MAFRO will be followed by a claim for loss of business due to MAFRO’s inability to adhere to the contract and FAZ will be seeking legal redress. FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA Desmond Katongo COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER The post FAZ Abandons Bogus Kit Supplier Mafro appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Antonio Mwanza Queries Speaker Matibini Over $200 Million Loan

Speaker Patrick Matibini must explain to the Zambian people whether or not Parliament authorised the contraction of the latest loan of $200 million by the PF Government from the World Bank in accordance with the Constitution. Articles 63 and 207 … Continued

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Speaker Patrick Matibini must explain to the Zambian people whether or not Parliament authorised the contraction of the latest loan of $200 million by the PF Government from the World Bank in accordance with the Constitution. Articles 63 and 207 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia clearly states that Government can not contract any loan or debt without the express approval of the National Assembly. And in line with these provisions of the law, we as a Party beseech Mr. Matibini to provide proof to the nation showing when the National Assembly approved the contraction of the said loan. The PF is killing the future of our children with the enormous debt burden and the general mismanagement of the country’s economy. What is worrying about this whole thing is not just the ballooning debt levels we are witnessing but the imprudent use of the debt money, unbelievable fiscal indiscipline and the sheer incompetence of the government to effectively manage the economy, eradicate poverty, create decent jobs and business opportunities for our people, especially the women and youths. This Government cannot account for the huge debt that they have accrued since coming io office in 2011. It is clear that the bulk of the debt money has been squandered through corruption, over-pricing of projects, plain theft and sheer incompetence on the part of the state to effectively and efficiently apply national resources to the productive sectors of our economy in order to spur growth and deal with the excruciating and dehumanising levels of poverty and destitution among our people. The full ramifications of the debt-trap the PF has plunged this country into are yet to be felt since most of these debts have not yet matured. The impact of these debts will be devastating as government shall be forced to cut down on social and economic expenditure to finance the debt most of which was contracted at very high interest rates. And if the long-term fiscal challenges remain unaddressed, our economic environment will weaken further as confidence will continue to suffer, access to capital will continue to shrink, the interest costs will continue crowding out key investments in our future, leading to conditions for growth to deteriorate, hence putting our nation at greater risk of economic crisis. If our long-term fiscal imbalance is not addressed, our future economy will be diminished, with fewer economic opportunities for individuals and families, and less fiscal flexibility to respond to future crises. The following summarizes several of the negative ramifications of our growing debt: Reduced Public Investment. As the national debt increases, the government will spend more of its budget on interest costs, increasingly crowding out public investments. And the more that resources are diverted to interest payments, the less that will be available for the government to invest in areas such as education, agriculture, energy, processing and manufacturing that are important to economic growth. This will eventually lead to more joblessness, more energy deficits, more youths forced out of the education system owing to high tuition fees, more sick children due to malnutrition, high mortality rates and generally high poverty levels across the country. Reduced government expenditure in key economic areas is stifling innovation and slowing the advancement of new breakthroughs that could improve our lives. Investors are beginning to doubt the government’s ability to repay debt and could demand even higher interest rates, further raising the cost of borrowing for businesses and households. Over time, lower confidence and reduced investment would slow the growth of productivity and wages of our workers. Growing long-term debt also has a direct, real world effect on the economic opportunities available to every Zambian. In short, the PF has mortgaged our country to shylocks due to incompetence, theft of public resources, corruption and general mismanagement of our country’s economy. Mutatinomics is not working and Zambians must brace themselves for harder economic times. As the economy continue to slide and people’s lives become harder, the PF will resort to more oppressive tactics to silence the opposition, dissenting voices, the church as well as independent media in order to stifle debate and send terror in citizens, gagging them from voicing their discontent at regime that has failed to manage our country’s economy. Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson. The post Antonio Mwanza Queries Speaker Matibini Over $200 Million Loan appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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