Magufuli Intensifies Anti-Drug Campaign

[Daily News] President John Magufuli yesterday tasked Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, the Chairperson of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), to spearhead the crackdown on illicit drugs in the country.

[Daily News] President John Magufuli yesterday tasked Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, the Chairperson of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), to spearhead the crackdown on illicit drugs in the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Grevazio Roasts Mukwita On Sunday Interview “Against All Odds”

ZNBC’s Sunday Interview presenter Gravazio Zulu put media happy Deputy Ambassador to Sweden Anthony Mukwita to the sword over his authorship of President Edgar Lungu’s biography Against All Odds on his time as a serving diplomat. Mukwita’s blurred role as … Continued

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ZNBC’s Sunday Interview presenter Gravazio Zulu put media happy Deputy Ambassador to Sweden Anthony Mukwita to the sword over his authorship of President Edgar Lungu’s biography Against All Odds on his time as a serving diplomat. Mukwita’s blurred role as either a diplomat or political apparatchik has usually raised questions in some quarters and his having anointed himself as master story teller of President Lungu’s rise to the Presidency does not help clarify the situation. In the heat of the PF wrangling, Mukwita was not exactly at the centre as he had been in the pocket of Miles Sampa and only ran along with the Lungu camp once the way was clear in the ruling party. Zulu did justice to his audience by questioning Mukwita whether he did not see his book as a lopsided tale that was calculated at winning favour from the Head of State. He also wondered whether as a serving diplomat he was in order to author a book that was pro establishment. Mukwita said that there could not be a better way to put the Zambian case before a global audience than reading his book. He described his book as the ultimate diplomatic coup that will sell the Zambian cause before a global audience. “I feel I have now broken out in the ranks of not only selling Zambia, a country of 15 million Zambians. We have now put Edgar Lungu, the President of 15 million people, on the largest bookshelf of the world on Amazon.com, we have now put Edgar Lungu on Barnes and Nobel the largest American bookstore that does about 17 million copies, Book Depository UK and USA…,†he said. “Now when the people want to read something about Zambia on internationally recognized institutions they can key in Anthony Mukwita Against All Odds, the history of Zambia from 1964 at Independence the fact that Zambia has never been at war in 52 years, Zambia has had six presidents they will find, the fact that Zambia has had two presidents dying in office without going to war. To me there can never be a major diplomatic coup like that.†The interviewer pushed Mukwita to respond why he had “painted Guy Scott Black†in the succession wrangles that ensued in the PF. He was referring to the wittily packaged chapter going “The Guy not Scott Freeâ€. He said that Scott showed contempt to President Lungu throughout the wrangling and could not have been fair. Mukwita said that he was merely putting events as he saw them and other people that saw them differently would fill in the gaps. He said that to accuse him of being bias would be off the mark. Mukwita said that were things that were removed by the publishers that were part of the critical mass in the book showing how objective he was. He said that objectivity should not be construed for insulting and insisted his was a chronicle of the odds an outsider in the race for the Presidency had to beat to get to the top. Mukwita carries himself in the plot as being at the heart of the PF ins and outs although the better enlightened know he opportunistically jumped on board at the last minute to claim an insider’s perspective. Biographies have become trendy with personalities associated with the high office as is everywhere else in the world but worryingly on the Zambian side they are becoming notorious for there more fiction than fact account. It is not the first time a biography is put through a stringent literary test with now Zambian Ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba in 2008 having a field’s day dissecting an Amos Malupenga written biography on late Levy Mwanawasa “An Incentive for Posterityâ€. Author Reginald Ntomba last week peppered Richard Sakala’s A President Betrayed that seeks to re-contextualize late President Frederick Chiluba’s rein. The post Grevazio Roasts Mukwita On Sunday Interview “Against All Odds” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hurdles parties face as they discuss IPOD future

[Monitor] When leaders of political parties with representation in Parliament met recently, one thing was clear, there was need to dialogue for the good of the country. The elephant in the room, however, seemed to be how to go about it and what results…

[Monitor] When leaders of political parties with representation in Parliament met recently, one thing was clear, there was need to dialogue for the good of the country. The elephant in the room, however, seemed to be how to go about it and what results, if any, such dialogue would bring in future.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Low Income Earners to Access Insurance Services

[Monitor] Kampala -Ordinary Ugandans will now be able to enjoy insurance services following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) and the Ugandan Insurers Association (UIA).

[Monitor] Kampala -Ordinary Ugandans will now be able to enjoy insurance services following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Financial Sector Deepening Uganda (FSDU) and the Ugandan Insurers Association (UIA).

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Uganda’s First Female Legislator Recounts Life in Corridors of Power

[Monitor] Near a sprawling swamp in the suburbs of Kisubi, 400 metres off the Entebbe-Kampala road towards Nakawuka road, is where 99-year-old Florence Alice Lubega is taking refuge.

[Monitor] Near a sprawling swamp in the suburbs of Kisubi, 400 metres off the Entebbe-Kampala road towards Nakawuka road, is where 99-year-old Florence Alice Lubega is taking refuge.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Showdown Looms as State, ODM Face Off Over Gambling Bills

[Nation] A showdown looms in Parliament between the opposition and the government over control of the multi-billion shilling gambling industry, with each side seeking to have its Bill adopted by the House.

[Nation] A showdown looms in Parliament between the opposition and the government over control of the multi-billion shilling gambling industry, with each side seeking to have its Bill adopted by the House.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Money, Politics Tear Apart Diaspora Associations

[Monitor] A $100,000 (Shs350m) government annual contribution towards the activities of the Ugandan North America Association (UNAA) has sparked debate among diaspora associations on the rational and relevance of the money.

[Monitor] A $100,000 (Shs350m) government annual contribution towards the activities of the Ugandan North America Association (UNAA) has sparked debate among diaspora associations on the rational and relevance of the money.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Senate to Hold Public Hearing On 2017 Budget

[Premium Times] The Nigerian Senate will on Monday hold a public hearing to enable citizen-participation in the approval of the N7.28 trillion proposed 2017 budget – presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last year.

[Premium Times] The Nigerian Senate will on Monday hold a public hearing to enable citizen-participation in the approval of the N7.28 trillion proposed 2017 budget - presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last year.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

APC Wins Plateau By-Election

[Premium Times] The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared Jackson Nimmwang, APC candidate, the winner of Saturday’s Langtang South State Constituency by-election in Plateau.

[Premium Times] The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared Jackson Nimmwang, APC candidate, the winner of Saturday's Langtang South State Constituency by-election in Plateau.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria