State Oil Firm Bosses Kachikwu, Baru Meet With VP

[Premium Times] The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in hi…

[Premium Times] The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his office at the presidential Villa, Abuja.

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President Kenyatta – I Won’t Hold Talks with Anyone

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have ruled out talks with the opposition on the repeat presidential election, saying Jubilee is ready for next week’s poll.

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have ruled out talks with the opposition on the repeat presidential election, saying Jubilee is ready for next week's poll.

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Election Boss Reads Riot Act to President and Opposition Leader

[Nation] Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections next week, blaming it on a sharply divided commission and a creepy political class.

[Nation] Electoral commission chief Wafula Chebukati on Wednesday cast doubts on the possibility of holding credible elections next week, blaming it on a sharply divided commission and a creepy political class.

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Protests Against President Gnassingbe’s Continued Rule Turn Deadly

[Deutsche Welle] The deaths came amid anti-government protests against planned constitutional reforms that would allow President Faure Gnassingbe to remain in office until 2030. His family has ruled the West African nation since 1968.

[Deutsche Welle] The deaths came amid anti-government protests against planned constitutional reforms that would allow President Faure Gnassingbe to remain in office until 2030. His family has ruled the West African nation since 1968.

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Claims of Foul Play Make Parties Hesitant to Choose Sides in Runoff Poll

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The barrage of suspected electoral fraud and irregularities has made political parties who did not make it to the runoff elections hesitant to endorse any of the two parties contesting in the November runoff election.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The barrage of suspected electoral fraud and irregularities has made political parties who did not make it to the runoff elections hesitant to endorse any of the two parties contesting in the November runoff election.

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NDC Founder Attends National Day Of Prayer

Opposition Political Parties that speak strongly on abuse of public resources should not be perceived as enemies of progress, National Democratic Congress Founder Mwenya Musenge has charged. Addressing the media in Kitwe, Musenge charged that people that have been entrusted … Continued

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Opposition Political Parties that speak strongly on abuse of public resources should not be perceived as enemies of progress, National Democratic Congress Founder Mwenya Musenge has charged. Addressing the media in Kitwe, Musenge charged that people that have been entrusted with authority must always uphold their offices with integrity. He said the NDC will continue to speak for the poor in Zambia but that does not make them enemies of progress in the country. “There is a misconception being created, why should there by reconciliation? Are we enemies? We are just providing what is known as an oversight role in the governance system of this country,†Musenge stated. “For bringing out issues that we feel are pertinent, that does not make you an enemy with those in government, all we are demanding is that let the resource of this country be utilised in a prudent manner and every Zambian should able to be satisfied period.†Musenge said this year’s 18th October, 2017 commemorations had nothing to do with reconciliation but prayer and fasting. The post NDC Founder Attends National Day Of Prayer appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Demands Fuel Price Cut; Feasts With The Poor On Day Of Fast

Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to immediately rescind its decision to increase fuel pump prices. Kambwili is disappointed that despite the increased cost of living, ERB has decided to add more problems … Continued

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Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to immediately rescind its decision to increase fuel pump prices. Kambwili is disappointed that despite the increased cost of living, ERB has decided to add more problems to poor Zambians by increasing fuel prices. He has accused government of failing to protect its citizens. Kambwili said “what kind of people are they? Who don’t think for the poor, this price of fuel must be rescinded, if they don’t rescind then the best thing they can do is go back and re-negotiate salary increment†He charged that government has duped the poor Zambian people with a 7% salary increment yet they knew the prices of fuel were going to be increased. “Give the people of Zambia a break, they have had enough, atleast give them better salary increments atleast 40-50% to cushion the challenges they will come with increase in fuel price,” Kambwili stated. “They increased tariffs on Zesco and this has led to an increase in the cost of living,” he added. Meanwhile, Kambwili announced yesterday that he spent the Day of National Prayer and Fasting feasting with the poor in his Roan constituency. “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. … But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish,” he posted on his Facebook page. “Today [yesterday,] I spent my Day attending to the poor and needy in my constituency, we shared food, drinks, laughter and wisdom such that I learnt so much about the undying love of God.” Kambwili’s political partner Mwenya Musenge, however, pitched up at the prayer session in Kitwe. The post Kambwili Demands Fuel Price Cut; Feasts With The Poor On Day Of Fast appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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MUZ Look For Private Negotiator In Disagreement With KCM

The Mine Unions in the country have indicated that they have been left with no choice but to engage an independent body to negotiate in the disagreements involving Konkola Copper Mines. Speaking at a joint press briefing in Kitwe, three … Continued

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The Mine Unions in the country have indicated that they have been left with no choice but to engage an independent body to negotiate in the disagreements involving Konkola Copper Mines. Speaking at a joint press briefing in Kitwe, three mine unions, Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ), United Mine Workers Union of Zambia (UMUZ) and National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) have resolved to engage an independent body to mediate after Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) declared a dispute in the matter. MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe who spoke on behalf of the three unions said the Mine Union have rejected the proposed secondment to contractors. He said the three unions will strive to protect its members from being seconded to contractors. “The Unions refused to accept KCM proposed model of secondment to protect worker’s jobs, we want to urge our members to remain calm and productive during the period that KCM declared a dispute until the time of a resolution,†Chewe stated. Meanwhile, UMUZ President Wisdom Ngwira the current happenings are clear indication that the parties have failed to reach a conclusion hence the resolve to involve a mediator in the matter. “what is currently happening is we have failed to get along so we have reached a deadlock between management and the union, now that there is deadlock we have decided to look for an independent person to bring the parties together†Ngwira added. The post MUZ Look For Private Negotiator In Disagreement With KCM appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Comment: UPND Needs Leadership Not Arrogance – MMD

We want to comment on the continued refusal by Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND to attend the Day Of National Prayer & Fasting as they have done in the past. Where did we go wrong? Zambians what has God not … Continued

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We want to comment on the continued refusal by Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND to attend the Day Of National Prayer & Fasting as they have done in the past. Where did we go wrong? Zambians what has God not done for us? Last time we made a statement reprimanding Hakainde Hichilema when he held a Thanksgiving Celebration for himself after his release during National Mourning of Late Dr. Joseph Kasonde. Yet again this time during the observance of National Prayers & Fasting, Hakainde Hichilema has announced that he will be on Sun Fm Radio attacking and discrediting the day of national prayers including the scores of Zambians gathered to pray. They have chosen to be on radio in Ndola deliberately as a provocation because President Lungu will be gracing the National Prayers on the Copperbelt. A day of national prayer and fasting presents an opportunity to unite Zambians in prayer and supplication. It gives the Zambians a collective opportunity to celebrate and testify of God’s goodness and faithfulness to this country. Today must diminish all our partisan interests for the common good of our country. But alas for Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND it presents an opportunity to gain political mileage. The froth has come to the top: Zambia’s broth of deceit and opportunism masquerading as politicians has triggered a diarrhoea with dire consequences for the public space. In their actions,UPND does nothing except to concede that we are a cursed nation, it is difficult to fathom how we could have ended up where we are now, a nation in a permanent stupor and always unable to celebrate its own victories neither to talk of avoiding its sorrows. In all honesty, we want to urge Hakainde Hichilema that he risks portraying himself and his party as an egoistic and testosterone driven, angry and erratic party who are predictably unpredictable, who have access to authority but are abusing their members. Indeed, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Leadership is not positions as many would think. It is an influence. Indeed not just an influence to say, but also having ability to lead others in order to achieve collective goals and objectives. When the ability of a leader is less than their subordinates, it becomes so hard to manage the affairs of any institution. The Leadership in UPND is not just heart breaking, it also entails how dangerously our democracy is positioned in the hands of self acclaimed defiants who would some day wish to rule this country. Why is it proper for UPND to justify the wrong doing of its Leadership? Is it true surely, that there is no one to stand up against these type of decisions being made single handedly by Hakainde Hichilema. Is HH an exception to question and reason by his followers. Where is GBM in all this? We are meant to believe that the UPND Constitution provides that if the President continuously violates his authority, an Emergency Convention can be called for by Two Thirds of the National Management Committee / NMC before the end of 5 Years. To members of UPND, you must know the line of Politics for Zambia, Zambia is predominantly Christian and such decisions to shun prayers will hurt UPND when they least expect. Open your eyes and see how slowly the UPND is being destroyed by its current leadership led by HH. This is time for GBM to question the credibility of HH over his style of leadership. Time is now to amend the democratic leadership culture within UPND. Time is now to tell HH to be democratic. As usual, UPND leaders are doing what they do best: making themselves the laughing stock of the rest of the world, behaving like spoilt brats of a rich but irresponsible father, or like players in a game with no rules and no referee, a game in a field of moral free fall. Perhaps by way of a metaphor, that is really a summary of their condition. They are a class of those who have held the nation to ransom, non-state actors constituting themselves into a calumnious conspiratorial tag team of sorcerers’ apprentices who believe that what they cannot have, no one can have. They are prepared to drag the nation down with them even if they do not know where they are going. As Zambians we are forced to ask ourselves the timeless question, how did we get here and indeed, where are we? How did we leave so many doors open that a small coterie of nondescript individuals with neither known leadership experience suddenly took centre stage in our political opposition? A first time visitor to our country in the last few weeks would think they have crashed into a party organised by drunken criminals who, in their bouts of raucous inebriation have resorted to a serious brawl with self injuries while overturning tables and food, destroying both glasses and plates. Given the huge opportunities and resources, is this where we should be? Zambians what has God not done for us? Suddenly, the nation seems to have come unhinged. Across the country, sounds of very irresponsible and provocative utterances fill the air. The media laps it all up by giving these adult urchins publicity, creating an impression that the end of our nation had arrived. And yet, the late Levy Mwanawasa warned the people of Zambia of the consequences of the men with ideas leaving the stage to the money-men, men and women with no records of service or indeed national achievement and sacrifice, men and women doing what they know best, creating a maelstrom, ratcheting up the volume of vitriol and creating a discordant orchestra of artistic chaos. Zambians what has God not done for us, for us not to pray together? In conclusion we want to state here that Zambians in this period do not want any threat from any leader whatsoever. We need leaders who can accommodate our national rascality, invest their experience to calm any storm that would want to blow off the nation and accept and encourage negotiation and any alternative way of resolving conflicts. Like an adage says that a woman who has no patience, cannot drag a he-goat to the market. We as a nation, in a time like this do not want any leader whose language and/or temperament would be threatening our existence as a people or who would, by whatever mean show his loyalty, identity and/or respect to a particular partisan stance against the will of others. Zambians want leaders who are willing to pacify and manage carefully their political ambitions without arrogance in the interest of national building. We advise that UPND should trade with caution, and in their struggle should not be in a hurry because they have to convince the people they are already membered with, of why they deserve leadership of our great nation with their level of arrogance towards dialogue and reconciliation. Prince J. Ndoyi (MMD Youth) The post Comment: UPND Needs Leadership Not Arrogance – MMD appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Leads Hundreds in National Day of Prayer

President Edgar Lungu led hundreds of congregants at Nkana Stadium during the National Day of Prayer and Fasting commemoration. And National Democratic Congress party founder Mwenya Musenge was among the attendees at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting in … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu led hundreds of congregants at Nkana Stadium during the National Day of Prayer and Fasting commemoration. And National Democratic Congress party founder Mwenya Musenge was among the attendees at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting in Kitwe. Meanwhile, the National House of Prayer will auction autographed football jerseys for Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo at their October 27 fundraising venture. President Lungu told the gathering that he had planned not to speak at the event to take away the political flavour at the event but backtracked at short notice. He said that he had told his advisors that he was not going to speak so that the event is not seen in political light but surprised himself by opting to speak. “I have to start with a confession that I did not intend to speak here today to avoid the event being labelled political. I had a long discussion last night with my supervisors and I prevailed upon them that I was not going to speak but I am surprised that I am here,†he said. President Lungu thanked the members of the opposition political parties that had attended the gathering. He reiterated that Zambia will remain a Christian Nation under his stewardship. And Bishop Joshua Banda who is the National House of Prayer Board chairperson said that a high level fundraising dinner will be hosted on October 27 where top Barcelona officials will be present with Messi and Real Madrid’s Christiano Ronaldo’s autographed jerseys going to be auctioned. This year’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting was hosted under the theme Repentance, Promoting Peace and Reconciliation, Consolidating National Unity and Diversity. All provincial centres commemorated the day with government officials leading the celebrations. In 2015 President Lungu declared the day an annual event listed as a national holiday. The opposition United Party for National Development shunned the event alleging that it is a political exhibition of the ruling Patriotic Front. Political pariah Miles Sampa was also part of the National Day of Prayer and Fasting in Kitwe. The post Pres. Lungu Leads Hundreds in National Day of Prayer appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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