In His Final Report As President, ‘Humble’ Zuma Fires Salvos At Critics, Blames Everyone but Himself

[Daily Maverick] President Jacob Zuma took a turn at the humble trough as he delivered his last official address to the ANC, saying: “I tried my best.” The response was a rare moment of soliciting more than polite tepid applause: the provinces aligned …

[Daily Maverick] President Jacob Zuma took a turn at the humble trough as he delivered his last official address to the ANC, saying: "I tried my best." The response was a rare moment of soliciting more than polite tepid applause: the provinces aligned to the party presidency bid of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma - KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West - were on their feet. And then Zuma, who pretty much slammed anyone inside and outside the governing party who ever criticised him, issued the conference its marching orders: ther

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Ghost Companies Lift U.S.$3.5 Billion Crude Oil

[Daily Trust] Some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigerian crude oil grades valued at U.S.$3.5 billion (about N1.1 trillion) in the last 10 months, an investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has…

[Daily Trust] Some indigenous companies not registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) have lifted Nigerian crude oil grades valued at U.S.$3.5 billion (about N1.1 trillion) in the last 10 months, an investigation by Daily Trust on Sunday has shown.

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Delegate Z – a Voice, Long Silent, Hovering in the Wings At Nasrec

[Daily Maverick] Delegate Z must be watching in the wings at Nasrec, steaming, fuming, and wishing she still had a voice in South African politics. Knowing that if she did, she surely would be heard. Somewhere in the rafters of the expo centre where th…

[Daily Maverick] Delegate Z must be watching in the wings at Nasrec, steaming, fuming, and wishing she still had a voice in South African politics. Knowing that if she did, she surely would be heard. Somewhere in the rafters of the expo centre where the ANC of 2017 is deciding on the ANC's, the country's, and our future, I imagine she hovers and seethes, helpless to intervene.

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#ANCDecides2017 – Expect More Delays As Horse-Trading and Questions Over Swollen Voting Delegate Numbers Stall Path to Choosing a New Leader

[Daily Maverick] ANC conferences are supposed to be a festival of ideas, but for any presidential contender to win the party’s 54th national conference, they also need the numbers. The fact that the official start of this gathering had already been pus…

[Daily Maverick] ANC conferences are supposed to be a festival of ideas, but for any presidential contender to win the party's 54th national conference, they also need the numbers. The fact that the official start of this gathering had already been pushed back by a day shows exactly how closely contested this election will be. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.

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Speech Analyst: What Really Transpired At 5fm?

Different versions of what happened at 5fm when suspected Patriotic Front cadres launched an attack on opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials led by Mwenya Musenge have been told. Journalist Max Sichula who writes on Social Media as the Speech … Continued

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Different versions of what happened at 5fm when suspected Patriotic Front cadres launched an attack on opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials led by Mwenya Musenge have been told. Journalist Max Sichula who writes on Social Media as the Speech Analyst shares his experience having been caught up in the thick of things. The PF have denied it was their members on the attack. READ BELOW KENNEDY Kambas TOO MUCH ======================= When we say politicians don’t mean what they say, at times people begin to create conclusions of their own understanding. This is what we mean. Today, Mr. Kennedy Kamba, the Patriotic front Lusaka province youth chairman, out of pressure and embarrassment of what their unruly cadres did at 5FM Radio on Thursday this week, he issues a very uncoordinated statement. We say pressure because those cadres who thrown stones at 5FM Radio Station had an express directive to do that and they managed to disrupt the program. What Mr. Kamba doesn’t know is that there is evidence to that effect which he is not aware of. Our team picked this sentence below…. Take a read… Mr. Kamba said “We know that Chishimba Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge’s party the NDC, they have continued to insult or demean the office of the President. And that is very provocative. They are saying we destroyed NDC vehicles, that is a blue lie!” When the cadres stormed Interchem Buildings, I had just reached the main entrance to the Station, where I saw a group of about 15 cadres some with PF branded regalia charging towards the main entrance armed with stones. I was one of the persons who closed the grill gate which was stoned more than three times. That was when the cadres vented their anger on four vehicles parked in the premises. So when Mr. Kamba, says the vehicles were not damaged, we don’t only get surprised but we lose trust in him as a youth Leader. Sometimes it is honourable to say sorry than trying to justify a wrong caused by members of your party whether they are sympathizers or not. See below a damaged vehicle belonging to Mr. Musenge, the former Copper belt province Minister. Mr. Kamba says the people who attacked NDC officials at 5FM Radio on Thursday are not PF members but just party sympathisers. In a democracy, people should not be attacked or worse still intimidated for speaking strongly against those in Leadership. Our Team is reliably informed that the attack on 5FM Radio did not go down well with Senior members of the ruling party. They big wigs are disappointed that it was happening when visitors are in Zambia. In case you are not aware, Commonwealth Special Envoy Professor Ibrahim Gambari, is in town and if you recall, issues to do with victimization of the media is a big agenda of the dialogue process underway. Political players have over and above complained of intimidation from the ruling party and that incident at 5FM was another free evidence to the Commonwealth team to take home. If you ask our Team about the PF, it is a violent political party that is scared to afraid of their opponents, in fact they create giants out of anything that stands in front of them. Even if Mr. Kamba says he is not a violent person, it doesn’t mean he cannot issue violent directives to those under his charge. 16-12-2017 The Speech Analyst The post Speech Analyst: What Really Transpired At 5fm? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Sampa’s ‘Coming Back Home’

Miles Sampa was back from his political wanderings on Thursday and was welcomed back into the Patriotic Front family by secretary general Davies Mwila. Sampa reminded everyone of how remorseful he was having broken ranks with the Patriotic Front. All … Continued

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Miles Sampa was back from his political wanderings on Thursday and was welcomed back into the Patriotic Front family by secretary general Davies Mwila. Sampa reminded everyone of how remorseful he was having broken ranks with the Patriotic Front. All was well as he kissed and made up with the Patriotic Front at the secretariat. Nothing wrong with Sampa going miles into wanting to be welcomed back into the PF. Sampa is not a poor man and can by no means fail to survive outside politics. He has also adequate university education to easily find a job and live happily ever after if he wanted. But why was it so important for Sampa to want to be back in the PF family? Not so long ago he was all over the country telling everyone how bad the PF was and why they so desperately needed to be kicked out of power? Did we not almost believe him? How is the public expected to treat Sampa? Is it how desperately our politics have become that the only politics one can enjoy are ruling party politics? How can a not so hungry, fairly educated and perhaps handsome young man be so lost in politics? Where does it leave young aspiring politicians that are looking to a new brand of politics? Surely are we to embrace the RB apt description of “Yamunyokola njalaâ€. Maybe we should be wary of the shed of politicians that are today running around telling us how bad the PF is when they were just yesterday its fiercest defenders. The post OPINION: Sampa’s ‘Coming Back Home’ appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NDC, PF Stay at Each Other’s Throat

The National Democratic Congress and the Patriotic Front have stayed at each other’s throats with the latter’s national youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba saying that Mwenya Musenge’s party is lying about being attacked by the ruling party. Kamba held a press … Continued

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The National Democratic Congress and the Patriotic Front have stayed at each other’s throats with the latter’s national youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba saying that Mwenya Musenge’s party is lying about being attacked by the ruling party. Kamba held a press briefing to dress down NDC officials saying they are a bunch of failures. “We know who Mwenya Musenge is, he is a constituency failure. He stood as a member of parliament under our party ticket and he was beaten pants down by our constituency chairperson Mwila Mutale who is today an independent MP. Can they lead a country when they failed at constituency level?†Kamba said. Kamba also distanced the Patriotic from the attack of NDC officials and damage to their property during an appearance on 5FM radio. He alleged that the PF was holding a welcome briefing for the prodigal Miles Sampa at the time the NDC were being attacked at 5FM radio. Kamba said the attackers were not PF members but sympathizers of the ruling party. He said that they may have been incensed by the incessant attacks on President Edgar Lungu. “The people who are attacking them, of course they are sympathisers of the party but they are not members of the party,†he said. “Remember this party, this government was not only voted for by PF members, they were voted by people who are not even members of the party so when they continue to insult, when they continue to demean the person they voted for, would they be happy? They should stop demeaning the presidentâ€. The NDC has been tapping into the PF base for support which has not sat well with the latter. The post NDC, PF Stay at Each Other’s Throat appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Appoints Mucheleka as Deputy GS

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has touched up its National Executive Committee elevating former Lubansenshi Member of Parliament Patrick Mucheleka to deputy secretary general. Mazabuka lawmaker Garry Nkombo has been appointed as chairperson for elections and campaigns. … Continued

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The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has touched up its National Executive Committee elevating former Lubansenshi Member of Parliament Patrick Mucheleka to deputy secretary general. Mazabuka lawmaker Garry Nkombo has been appointed as chairperson for elections and campaigns. There has been no hint of a shakeup at the top where Hakainde Hichilema remains unchallenged since his succeeding Anderson Mazoka in 2006. FULL STATEMENT UPND MAKES APPOINTMENTS. UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (UPND) The President’s Office United Party for National Development National Headquarters No. 83A Provident Street Lusaka, Zambia Fax. No. 21-1-238626 Tel. No. 21-1-238625 16th December 2017 PRESS BRIEFING ADDRESSED BY UPND NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON ===================================================== Members of the press, Senior Party officials present and all the members of the party, May I say all protocols observed. I wish to take this opportunity to inform the general membership across the country through this press briefing that the National Management Committee through the National Executive Committee has made necessary appointments and transfers at national and provincial level to enhance leadership efficiency. The following persons have with immediate effect been appointed to serve in the following positions: 1 Vice President (P) Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba 2 Deputy Secretary General (P) Mr Patrick Mucheleka 3 Deputy Secretary General (A) Hon Gertrude Imenda 4 Deputy National Women Affairs Ms Gladys Lundwe 5 Deputy Treasurer General (Res Mob) Mr Felix Ngoma 6 Deputy National Youth Chairman Ms Subeta Mutelo Mr Gilbert Liswaniso 7 Chairman, Health & Nutrition Hon Dr Christopher Kalila 8 Chairman, Education Mr Peter Mumba 9 Chairman, Agric., Food & Water Dev. Mr Levy Ngoma 10 Chairman, Mines & Min Dev. Mr Percy Chanda 11 Chairman, Commerce & Trade Hon Ambrose Lufuma 12 Chairman, Livestock & Fisheries Mr Raphael Muyanda 13 Chairman, Religious Affairs Pastor Kelly Mukonka 14 Chairman, Industrial Development Mr Bernard Mpundu 15 Chairman, Labour & Social Security Mr Gabriel Namulambe 16 Chairman, Elections & Campaign Hon Gary Nkombo 17 Chairman, Energy Mr Charles Kaisala 18 Chairman, Finance & Economic Dev Hon Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane 19 Deputy Inform & Publicity Chair Hon Patricia Mwashingwele 20 Deputy Chairman, Fin & Econ Dev Mrs Grace Chibwa 21 Deputy Chairman, Local Govt Mr Brian Ndumba 22 Deputy Chairman, Tech Education Mr Sibote Sibote 23 Deputy Chairman, Religious Educ Mr Pastor Kangwa Chileshe 24 Deputy Chairman, International Reltns Mrs Rose Sakala 25 Chairman, Lusaka Province Mr Obvious Mwaliteta 26 Trustee Mr Andrew Banda 27 Trustee Hon Sarah Sayifwanda 28 29 30 Nominated NEC Member: 28 Mr William Banda 29 Mr Ackson Sejani 30 Hon Elijah Muchima Further, I wish to advise all members across the country to support all the new appointees for the party to make progress. Those with concerns on particular appointees must follow the laid down party structures to air their concerns. UPND shall continue to promote an all-inclusive and constitutional process in appointing party officials. The newly appointed officials will hold office until the next UPND General Assembly . The General Assembly will be held after elections at lower organs of the Party have been concluded. May God bless the new appointees as they endeavour to serve in their various positions. I thank you. Issued by: *Mrs Mutale Nalumango* *UPND National Chairman* . ===================================================== CLAUSES IN THE UPND CONSTITUTION RELIED UPON FOR THE APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS Article 56: There shall be a National Management Committee Management which shall consist of the following members and Chairpersons of Committee Specialised Committees; (p) Nine nominees of the President (to consider region, gender and disability). Article 57: National The functions of the National Management Committee shall be to; Management Committee 1 (f) To be the highest organ of Authority between conventions; Functions 3 Committee members nominated by the President subject to ratification by the National Management Committee. Article 62: Vacancies In the case of any vacancy in the membership of The post UPND Appoints Mucheleka as Deputy GS appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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