Main Opposition Agree to Field Single Presidential Candidate

[Focac] Nairobi -Kenya’s main opposition leaders agreed on Wednesday to field a single presidential candidate for the August general elections, amid calls for all parties forming the opposition coalition to remain vigilant against pre-election machinat…

[Focac] Nairobi -Kenya's main opposition leaders agreed on Wednesday to field a single presidential candidate for the August general elections, amid calls for all parties forming the opposition coalition to remain vigilant against pre-election machinations to rig the polls.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Program Launched in Ethiopia to Assist Refugees, Host Communities

[Focac] Addis Ababa -A 30-million-euro program was launched in Ethiopia on Wednesday to address protection and development challenges facing refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa nation.

[Focac] Addis Ababa -A 30-million-euro program was launched in Ethiopia on Wednesday to address protection and development challenges facing refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Zambia: A True Football-Crazy Nation?

In many ways, the correct answer to this is both yes & no – Zambia is crazy about football, but at the same time it’s a topic that can feel lethargic to speak about. It’s a strange paradox, but with … Continued

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In many ways, the correct answer to this is both yes & no – Zambia is crazy about football, but at the same time it’s a topic that can feel lethargic to speak about. It’s a strange paradox, but with the Under-20 African Cup of Nations coming up, it’s definitely one worth delving into. Football is the one sport Zambia is passionate about, from our lowest moment being the fatal air crash in 1993, to the greatest moment – lifting the AFCON title in 2012. It’s not everyone’s favourite sport, but it definitely brings the people together. So we have the Under-20 African Cup of Nations coming up this weekend, and well, from what I’ve seen, it looks like there’s a divide between excitement and it being just another weekend. I wouldn’t say it’s a thin line, but it is evident. This is understandable, people have things to do, it’s not everyone’s sport and so on, but I see it as an opportunity to express a sense of national pride. Of course I’m not saying you’re unpatriotic for not supporting the cause, but it doesn’t hurt to get behind it. I’ll use myself as an example. As you can guess, I’m a football fan, Arsenal gunner all day everyday through good and the bad. When I had first heard about this tournament, I initially brushed it off as just another tournament, “oh you know, it’s just the U20’s†– that was my kind of attitude. But then I thought to myself, this is probably the biggest footballing event to ever grace the nation. Under-17 World Cups and things like that are given TONS of hype in other places, so I thought to myself, “why can’t we also hype our Under-20’s?†My conclusion was that ultimately, it is a twofold “dilemmaâ€, for lack of a better term. Firstly, on behalf of the organization committee, it’s a matter of spreading the message. I don’t know what the budget was, but from a little survey I ran on my social media, a majority (54% of respondents) didn’t even know Zambia was hosting the tournament. Sure, it’s a small margin, but if this is the biggest tournament we’ve ever organized, it would be better to have the pendulum swinging the other way. I’m not going to criticize FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) though, I changed my mind about that when I found out that we had a mascot & even a song for the tournament. Which brings me to the second part of the aforementioned “dilemmaâ€, the Zambian public. As much as I’ve said that people may not know, people who do don’t seem to care. You don’t have to, but I don’t think that gives people the right to criticize, or so heavily at least. Reading through the comments of FAZ unveiling the mascot and the theme song, they were predominantly negative. And while the mascot may not be the best looking or the song the most captivating, I think the Association deserves some credit. I didn’t even think they would go to such measures to promote the tournament, but they have, so they tick the boxes for me. It’s an effort, at the very least, and one I think deserves being commended. Besides, negativity does nothing, this is OUR tournament, let’s make it memorable. I’m planning on going to a few games myself, hopefully both the opening and final games, and you can bet I’ll share the experience with you guys. These aren’t just any Under-20’s, they are OUR Under-20’s, let’s get behind the young men. David de Gea gained major fame after captaining the Spain Under-21’s to the European Championships in 2011, he is now regarded one of the best keepers on the planet. You never know how far one of these men could go. If we truly are a football-loving nation, we’ll stand by them. I’m with the Zambia U20 national team. Who are you with? Written by Wenguss Khan The post Zambia: A True Football-Crazy Nation? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hubby Killer Goes To High Court

Another of the red hot lady induced murder cases made some step when the Lusaka Magistrate Court committed Jacqueline Ng’andwe to the High Court over her having murdered her husband Koffi Milumbe by running over him with a car. Magistrate … Continued

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Another of the red hot lady induced murder cases made some step when the Lusaka Magistrate Court committed Jacqueline Ng’andwe to the High Court over her having murdered her husband Koffi Milumbe by running over him with a car. Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu committed Ng’andwe to the High Court is the matter could only be tried at the higher court. Ng’andwe is one of the now infamous band of women in the love hate murders that have sent chills in the public domain. The matters have become notorious for the brutality with which they are executed with another more famous being Precious Longwe having shot her husband five times while another woman of Kabangwe area axed her husband to death. Recently Auto Force proprietor Reeves Malambo was murdered by his girlfriend Shaibu Benos through being stabbed. The post Hubby Killer Goes To High Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Won 2016 Polls, Nevers Tells Court

Opposition MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba has opened his defence in the Lusaka Magistrate Court over his unlawful entry of ZNBC charge and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. The UPND aligned opposition leader told the court that … Continued

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Opposition MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba has opened his defence in the Lusaka Magistrate Court over his unlawful entry of ZNBC charge and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. The UPND aligned opposition leader told the court that the opposition party’s Hakainde Hichilema won the August 11, 2016 elections. Mumba finally took the stand after repeated adjournments on the matter with the accused telling the court that the law enforcement officers waved him through the entrance of ZNBC and cordially interacted with journalists when he went to the newsroom to lodge a complaint. He had gone to ZNBC to protest over a story that aired on September 8 2016 that said that the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu would go ahead despite his election being challenged in the Constitutional Court. Mumba claimed that the UPND won the election and that is why he was aggrieved enough to go and protest at ZNBC. The post UPND Won 2016 Polls, Nevers Tells Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers

Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for … Continued

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Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for poor performance. He said that the ministers would not take the Head of State seriously if he did not act on his pronouncements. President Lungu has on more than one occasion warned that he would fire corrupt ministers but has yet to act on his word. “Up to now he has not fired anyone even in the house if as a parent you keep telling a child that you will discipline them and you do nothing they will know that you are a coward,†Changala said. In the aftermath of the August 11 2016 elections only the outspoken Chishimba Kambwili has been fired. The post Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Legal Ailment for Doctors’ Talks After Revelations By Ex-PS

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors’ strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial …

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors' strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) after he had already left office in June 2013.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case

Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with … Continued

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Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with a search warrant but met some resistance from Mutinta who allegedly tore the warrant. Police officers bundled Mutinta away and detained her for 48 hours before taking her to court. The law enforcement officers also attempted carry the printer from the M’membe residence that was allegedly used to print the Mast newspaper on account that it belonged to the Post Newspaper in liquidation. Appearing before Magistrate Ireen Washimanga Mutinta pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to March 20 for mention and April 3 for commencement of trial. M’membe is variance with the law following a longstanding tax dispute that has led to the closure of The Post Newspapers. Liquidator Lewis Mosho has been compiling a list of all Post Newspapers properties but has received little cooperation from M’membe. The post Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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