‘I Was the First to See Peace As Solution to SLPP’

[Concord] After some media reports yesterday claimed that former Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) refused to append his signature to a peace communique’ drafted by all flagbearer aspirants of the party, John …

[Concord] After some media reports yesterday claimed that former Chairman and Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) refused to append his signature to a peace communique' drafted by all flagbearer aspirants of the party, John Oponjo Benjamin has told Concord Times in a mobile phone interview that, "I was the first to see peace as a solution to the party, when they never realised that. I told them that without peace, the party would be in pieces.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Trump Invites Buhari to Washington, Promises New Military Deal Against Boko Haram

[Vanguard] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari Monday afternoon spoke to President Donald Trump of the United States of America on telephone from London, United Kingdom.

[Vanguard] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari Monday afternoon spoke to President Donald Trump of the United States of America on telephone from London, United Kingdom.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Water Crisis Hits UTH

The University Teaching Hospital has been hit by water blues following damage to one its supply lines on Shaft 5. A garbage trailer reportedly hit into the pole lines on Shaft 5 cutting supply to some parts of UTH and … Continued

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The University Teaching Hospital has been hit by water blues following damage to one its supply lines on Shaft 5. A garbage trailer reportedly hit into the pole lines on Shaft 5 cutting supply to some parts of UTH and some surrounding areas like Chilenje, Libala and Kabwata. The country’s largest referral hospital has had to make short term measures getting supply from the Kafue line. Lusaka Water and Sewerage Managing Director Dr Sylvester Mashamba said that supply would be restored by Wednesday. Dr Mashamba said that the damage had been so extensive that they had to outsource an electricity contractor to rectify the problem. The post Water Crisis Hits UTH appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF’s Lifwekelo Takes On Judge Siavwapa

Former UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has reported High Court judge Mwiinde Siavwapa to the Judicial Service Complaints Commission for alleged professional misconduct. Lifwekelo who is now a PF member said that judge Siavwapa failed to declare interest in the … Continued

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Former UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has reported High Court judge Mwiinde Siavwapa to the Judicial Service Complaints Commission for alleged professional misconduct. Lifwekelo who is now a PF member said that judge Siavwapa failed to declare interest in the matter he presided over the liquidation threatened Post Newspapers against the Zambia Revenue Authority. He alleges that Siavwapa had given advice from the bench over a matter a party had applied to join the case as an interested party. However, the move has been construed to have been instigated by the judge’s nullification of seats for Lusaka Central held by Margaret Mwanakatwe and Nkandu Luo of Munali constituencies. Judges have recently been opened up to question by parties for whom they pass unfavourable decisions. Another High Court judge Sunday Nkonde is under a barrage of attacks by the Mast the successor to The Post following his being the adjudicator in the liquidation case of The Post Newspapers. Nkonde appointed the paper’s nightmare liquidator Lewis Mosho after some former employees filed a motion to wind down proceedings of the publication. The post PF’s Lifwekelo Takes On Judge Siavwapa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Moving Beyond Emmanuel Mwamba’s “Pile Of Manure” On Joe Chibangu

The death of Zambian musician Joe “The Ambassador” Chibangu (41) has left a constriction in my throat, or to put it simply, a lump. Of course, because I was not only a fan, but also a friend of a friend, … Continued

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The death of Zambian musician Joe “The Ambassador†Chibangu (41) has left a constriction in my throat, or to put it simply, a lump. Of course, because I was not only a fan, but also a friend of a friend, having met him through my childhood buddy Desh Desh with whom he shared the stage as The Rap Prophets alongside Sailee Nyondo. But the lump in my throat has lingered, worsened by the flurry of Facebook eulogies showering him with accolades that were never said to his face while he still walked among the living. Suddenly he is being bolstered as the man who helped usher a new era of contemporary Zambian music through his work as a producer at Mondo Music and rightfully so. Reading the eulogies, the one entitled “JOE CHIBANGU THE AMBASSADOR- A TRAILBLAZER†attributed to His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to South Africa. — as passionate as it is — aggravated the lump in my neck to the point of stifling. Concluding the enlightening piece he writes: “Being a background hand with artists, I cry for the music and artist industry in Zambia. At least a fresh step was taken by President Edgar Lungu who created the Ministry of Tourism and Arts with the arm of Art, with a specific mandate to develop and accommodate artists, and make their creative industry attractive and beneficial both to the country and the artist.†In my opinion this statement by the ambassador is the verbal equivalent of a smouldering pile of manure because as far as I know, correct me if I’m wrong, the Zambian Ministry of Tourism and Arts has done NOTHING tangible beyond its “mandate†to improve the playing field or lives of artists, beyond perhaps paying singers to play music at political rallies, if at all those monies are paid through the ministry. In short, government still cannot grasp the notion of a “Creative Economyâ€. It is almost 5 years since the late President Michael Sata realigned the Ministry of Tourism and Arts and appointed Sylvia Masebo as minister, but clearly, nothing has really happened. Zambia is still the only country in the region without an International Arts Fair, National theatres, galleries, recording studios and schools arts competitions that one can write home about. In this ministry, the arts are still overshadowed by “tourismâ€, again tourism that does not focus beyond the so-called Victoria Falls as a tourist attraction, but perhaps if we had a stand-alone Ministry of Arts and Culture things would be different, who knows? I commend the efforts of Petersen Mukubesa Mundia I and Njoya Tembo for their lobbying that may culminate in a road being named after the late Chibangu. What artistes should be doing right now is to embark on the merciless lobbying for progress with regards the arts Bill that seems to be in limbo. Using their creative leverage, they should put all their petty rivalries and political differences aside and pursue government 24/7 until the Bill is implemented, make noise for the Bill. Having roads named after artistes will not improve the living standards of the creative community. As for the much needed international exposure, Zambian artistes hustle through their own efforts to get it. His Excellency ambassador Mwamba has openly declared he is a friend of the arts, this is an opportunity for artistes to take him on and use the manure in his statement to fertilize a relationship with him, if you are a comedian, singer, drama group ask him to host you at his official home so that you can showcase Zambian talent. Visual artists, approach him to host an exhibition for his fellow ambassadors and important connections. Perhaps by example, Mwamba’s fellow Zambian envoys across the globe will imitate him and become true ambassadors by showcasing the abundant artistic talent that Zambia has. #Ripjoechibangu Source: Andrew Mulenga Facebook The post Opinion: Moving Beyond Emmanuel Mwamba’s “Pile Of Manure” On Joe Chibangu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Cosafa Deny Kalu FIFA Vote, Back Madagascar FA Boss To Replace Hayatou

Cosafa has resolved not to support the candidature of any of its member who is not a sitting national association president, potentially denying Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya 13 votes in the race for a FIFA Council post at next month’s African … Continued

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Cosafa has resolved not to support the candidature of any of its member who is not a sitting national association president, potentially denying Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya 13 votes in the race for a FIFA Council post at next month’s African football congress. The Confederations of African Football will hold elections next month at which its long-serving president Issa Hayatou will be challenged by Madagascar’s Ahmed. Hayatou is 12 months shy of clocking 30 years at the helm of CAF. At the weekend, COSAFA heads who included Andrew Kamanga of Zambia met in South Africa and resolved to reject any candidate who was not a sitting FA president. Kalusha is seeking to contest the FIFA slot and is competing with Ghana’s Kwesi Nyanteki. The Zambian is a current CAF Executive Committee Memeber. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM COSAFA Press Release 1 12 Feb 2017 The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) held a productive meeting of all member presidents in Johannesburg on Saturday 11 Feb. The meeting produced a number of resolutions, including the full endorsement of the Madagascar Football Association president, known simply as Ahmed, as he seeks the position of president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the governing body’s elections in Ethiopia next month. COSAFA has resolved to only support sitting presidents of the various FAs when individuals vie for CAF or FIFA elections. COSAFA also supports equal representation within both CAF and FIFA positions, as well as the different language category representation as articulated in recent CAF statutes. New COSAFA president Dr Phillip Chiyangwa said he was pleased with the clarity provided by the Council and the decisions made. “This was our first meeting since the new executive was voted into office and we are happy with the resolutions taken by the Council, which I think will change the face of the region,†Dr Chiyangwa said. The post Cosafa Deny Kalu FIFA Vote, Back Madagascar FA Boss To Replace Hayatou appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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U.S. President Trump Calls Zuma

[SA Govt] President Jacob Zuma and President Donald Trump of the United States of America held a telephone conversation this afternoon, 13 February 2017 at the request of President Trump.

[SA Govt] President Jacob Zuma and President Donald Trump of the United States of America held a telephone conversation this afternoon, 13 February 2017 at the request of President Trump.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Kitty Accident Victims Get D150,000

[The Point] Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson for the coalition government, has said the Gambia government has given D150,000 to the families of the 30 victims who were involved in car accident in the village of Kitty.

[The Point] Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson for the coalition government, has said the Gambia government has given D150,000 to the families of the 30 victims who were involved in car accident in the village of Kitty.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia