Activists Ask Govt to Arrest Al-Bashir Hours After Start of State Visit

[Monitor] Kampala -Human rights activists have asked Ugandan government to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where he’s wanted for crimes against humanity.

[Monitor] Kampala -Human rights activists have asked Ugandan government to arrest Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) where he's wanted for crimes against humanity.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Somaliland Vote Has Local and International Significance

[Deutsche Welle] Voters in Somalia’s semi autonomous state of Somaliland went to the polls on Monday in a presidential election. The state has been seeking international recognition for 26 years without success.

[Deutsche Welle] Voters in Somalia's semi autonomous state of Somaliland went to the polls on Monday in a presidential election. The state has been seeking international recognition for 26 years without success.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Kazungula Pontoon Succumbs To Overloaded Truck

  The Kazungula Pontoon, a popular mode of border transport between Zambia and Botswana, on Monday morning succumbed to what appeared to be an overloaded freight-liner. According to eyewitness, the pontoon failed to sustain the weight of the truck which … Continued

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  The Kazungula Pontoon, a popular mode of border transport between Zambia and Botswana, on Monday morning succumbed to what appeared to be an overloaded freight-liner. According to eyewitness, the pontoon failed to sustain the weight of the truck which was reportedly overloaded with assorted goods. There was no fatality recorded, but it feared that the pontoon may be out of service for a long period. The post Kazungula Pontoon Succumbs To Overloaded Truck appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Copperbelt PF Official Urges Members To Remain Focused

A Patriotic Front official in Kitwe district is disappointed that the provincial executive is giving so much attention to the newly launched National Democratic Congress party as opposed to addressing real issues. He said it was disappointing the entire provincial … Continued

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A Patriotic Front official in Kitwe district is disappointed that the provincial executive is giving so much attention to the newly launched National Democratic Congress party as opposed to addressing real issues. He said it was disappointing the entire provincial executive went to disturb the National Democratic Congress party in Mufulira when it was well known that they had been given a permit. He added that the party needed to check itself and begin to discuss real issues affecting the people than resort to fighting the National Democratic Congress party. “It is embarrassing to say the least, how do we have the Provincial Chairman alongside the provincial minister going to disrupt an NDC meeting? How do you explain that? I don’t get it, it shows you we have no programs for our people,†he complained. The official said there was no need to start following the NDC when the Patriotic Front needed to put its house in order. “We have now given them publicity because of our reasoning, look at what is being reported in the media. Does that tell you we did a good job? No we need to get serious and divert our attention to other important issues,” he advised but would only speak on condition of anonymity for fear of victimization. Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo, Copperbelt PF Chairman Stephen Kainga and his secretary among other officials disrupted the NDC meeting in Mufulira which led to the arrest of seven PF cadres. The post Copperbelt PF Official Urges Members To Remain Focused appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Archbishop Mpundu Retains Catholic Bishops’ Top Position

The Zambia Catholic Bishops in Zambia have re-elected Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu as President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Mpundu was re-elected during the ZCCB Plenary Meeting held from 6th to 11th November 2017 at Kapingila ZCCB … Continued

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The Zambia Catholic Bishops in Zambia have re-elected Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu as President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Mpundu was re-elected during the ZCCB Plenary Meeting held from 6th to 11th November 2017 at Kapingila ZCCB House in Lusaka. Rt Rev. George Lungu of Chipata Diocese is the new ZCCB Vice President taking over from Bishop Alick Banda of Ndola Diocese. Other Bishops elected to the ZCCB Executive Board are: Most Rev. Ignatius Chama of Kasama Archdiocese, Rt Rev. Alick Banda of Ndola Diocese, Rt Rev. Evans Chinyama Chinyemba, OMI, of Mongu Diocese, while Rt Rev. Charles Kasonde of Solwezi Diocese is the alternative member. The ZCCB Conference consists of 11 Diocesan Bishops and one Auxiliary Bishop who are in charge of all catholic dioceses in Zambia. On behalf of the ZCCB Secretary General, the clergy and religious as well as all the Catholic lay faithful, I wish to congratulate the new ZCCB leadership and wish them God’s abundant wisdom as they direct the affairs of the Church in Zambia. Signed Rev. Fr. Winfield Kunda ZCCB Communications Director The post Archbishop Mpundu Retains Catholic Bishops’ Top Position appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Calls To Impeach Pres. Lungu Useless – Antonio Mwanza

Opposition FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says calls to impeach President Edgar Lungu are useless and should not be entertained. Mwanza has urged those calling for the impeachment of President Lungu to stop wasting their time. BELOW IS ANTONIO MWANZA’S STATEMENT … Continued

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Opposition FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says calls to impeach President Edgar Lungu are useless and should not be entertained. Mwanza has urged those calling for the impeachment of President Lungu to stop wasting their time. BELOW IS ANTONIO MWANZA’S STATEMENT CALLS TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU ARE FRIVOLOUS Calls by certain individuals to impeach President Edgar Lungu over his utterances on the judiciary are frivolous and unmeritorious as they fall short of the Constitutional ingredients for the impeachment of a Republican President. Article 108 of the Constitution of Zambia prescribes the grounds under which the President of Zambia can be impeached. According to the Constitution, there are ONLY THREE grounds underwhich a Head of State can be impeached. A President can only be impeached on the following grounds: 1. If he has violated the provisions of the Republican Constitution or other law 2. If he has committed a crime under international law and 3. If he has committed gross misconduct. The Constitution further demands that the motion to impeach the President MUST SPECIFY the PARTICULAR allegations that the President is said to have committed. As can clearly be deduced from the exegesis above, the utterances of President Edgar Lungu on the judiciary as much as they may be in bad taste cannot warrant his impeachment because they do not violate the three prescribed grounds for impeachment as stipulated by the Constitution of Zambia. In fact the callers of the impeachment have failed to give SPECIFIC allegations in accordance with the Constitution other than saying that the President must be impeached for his “attacks” on the judiciary. Thus, while we do not agree with the President’s sentiments on the judiciary we find the calls for his impeachment frivolous and vexatious. While the calls for his impeachment may have some merit, politically, they are totally unmeritorious at law. (1) A Member of Parliament, supported by at least one third of the Members of Parliament, may move a motion for the impeachment of the President alleging that the President has committed— (a) a violation of a provision of this Constitution or other law; (b) a crime under international law; or (c) gross misconduct. (2) The motion, moved in accordance with clause (1), shall specify the particulars of the allegation. (3) Where a motion, moved in accordance with clause (1), is supported, in the National Assembly, by a resolution of two-thirds of the Members of Parliament— (a) the Speaker shall, within forty-eight hours of the adoption of the resolution, inform the Chief Justice of the resolution; and (b) the Chief Justice shall immediately inform the President of the resolution, whereupon the President shall cease to perform the executive functions and the Vice President shall perform the executive functions, except the power to— (i) make an appointment; or (ii) dissolve the National Assembly. (4) The Chief Justice shall, within seven days of being informed of the resolution of the National Assembly, appoint a tribunal, in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, which shall consist of a chairperson and not less than two other members from among persons who hold, have held or qualify to hold, the office of judge. (5) The tribunal appointed under clause (4) shall, within thirty days of its appointment (a) investigate the matter relating to the impeachment of the President; and (b) report to the Chief Justice as to whether or not the particulars of the allegations specified in the motion have been substantiated. (6) The President has the right to appear and be represented before the tribunal during its investigation. (7) The Chief Justice shall, on receipt of the report referred to in clause (5) (b), immediately submit the report to the National Assembly. (8) Where the tribunal reports that the particulars of an allegation against the President— (a) is not substantiated, the National Assembly shall, on a motion supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament, taken by secret ballot, resolve that— (i) the President did not commit the violations specified in the motion; and (ii) further proceedings shall not be taken with respect to the allegation; or (b) is substantiated, the National Assembly shall, on a motion supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of the Members of Parliament, taken by secret ballot, resolve that the President has committed the violations specified in the motion and that the President should cease to hold office forthwith. (9) The President shall, on the passing of a resolution in accordance with— (a) clause (7)(a), resume to perform the executive functions; or (b) clause (7) (b), cease to hold office and be amenable to prosecution without the need to lift the immunity under Article 98. (10) Where a motion is moved in accordance with clause (1), the President shall not dissolve Parliament. (11) This Article applies to the Vice-President. Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson. The post Calls To Impeach Pres. Lungu Useless – Antonio Mwanza appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Good Morning Mr President – Sports – the Way Forward

[The Point] Mr. President, your government in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports should take a look at the sports sector of the country. Sports is no longer leisure but business that can bring foreign exchange to the nation and without…

[The Point] Mr. President, your government in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports should take a look at the sports sector of the country. Sports is no longer leisure but business that can bring foreign exchange to the nation and without proper investment, there will not be good results.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

GFF Remains Resolute Against the NSC

[The Point] The Gambia Football Federation has said that its position on the proposed investigation of its internal matters initiated by the National Sports Council remains unchanged.

[The Point] The Gambia Football Federation has said that its position on the proposed investigation of its internal matters initiated by the National Sports Council remains unchanged.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia