Ex-President Ndayizeye – ‘I’m Not Ready for Exile’

[Deutsche Welle] Former Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye has said that he was threatened by the coordinator of the ruling party youth wing, the Imbonerakure, but has vowed not to flee the country.

[Deutsche Welle] Former Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye has said that he was threatened by the coordinator of the ruling party youth wing, the Imbonerakure, but has vowed not to flee the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Burundi

German Army Helicopter Crashes On UN Mission, Two Dead

[Deutsche Welle] Two German army pilots have died after their helicopter crashed near Gao, eastern Mali. At the time of the crash, the helicopter was monitoring “confrontations.”

[Deutsche Welle] Two German army pilots have died after their helicopter crashed near Gao, eastern Mali. At the time of the crash, the helicopter was monitoring "confrontations."

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Opinion: Insults, Politics And Law

By Dickson Jere What a coincidence! I was just finalizing my thesis on seditious laws in Zambia, which also touched on the archaic law of defamation of the President. Then bang! A student has been arrested for defaming the President. … Continued

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By Dickson Jere What a coincidence! I was just finalizing my thesis on seditious laws in Zambia, which also touched on the archaic law of defamation of the President. Then bang! A student has been arrested for defaming the President. In my thesis, I endeavored to trace the historical background of these laws that found themselves in our Penal Code. For every intent and purposes, these “insult” laws have become moribund worldwide and represents the old-school of thought – that a King cannot err! That the crown is infallible! The long and short of it is that even countries that gave birth to these laws like Britain and Australia, have now completely abandoned them as they are no longer justifiable in a democratic state and at most against the principles of human rights. In my literature review, I tracked the genesis of these laws to the Statute of Westminster of 1275 and the Star Chamber cases of 1606 involving De Libellis Famosis in the U.K. The reasoning was that the monarchy was divine and therefore cannot be subjected to public ridicule. This is why it is still a criminal offense in Zambia to insult the Queen! Did you know that? But then, the police needs to reflect on this. I do not think the President would tolerate the arrest of a citizen for having called him names. He has been scandalized in worse terms before and never ever resorted to taking legal action even in civil jurisdiction. That has been his strength all along. In any case, what would one achieve by such act? Disgruntled people and rogues will always insult. Just check on how US President Donald Trump get insulted on his own tweeter. He has been caricatured as a pig and called unprintable stuff. It comes with the territory! This reminds me of my time in State House. The police had arrested and successfully prosecuted a Ndola man, Darius Mukuka, who had insulted President Rupiah Banda. All this happened without our knowledge. And so when the President read in the newspaper that a man was jailed for having insulted him in a bar, he was furious! “Why should someone be sent to jail for insulting me? If he can’t insult me, who else will he insult?” the President asked before he ordered the immediate release from jail. And a directive was given to the police that people should never be arrested for such. With hindsight, we should have gone further and amended the law. In brief, the police, most times, are just overzealous. These laws, which we call “insult laws” have now fallen into disuse worldwide. And so no need to give Zambia a bad name on such straight-forward issues. If someone has been defamed, best available option is to sue in a civil case! You cannot imprison thoughts. Thoughts are free! Wonder why BBC is running the student story on Zambia continuously? By the way, I do not think President Edgar Lungu supports such. I say so because when I served as MISA-Zambia President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Esquire, who was then rejoicing under the name and style of Andrea Masiye and Company, was among the lawyers that we retained to fight the abuse of “insult laws” in Zambia. And he was passionate about it. And I believe he still shares that passion. Seditious and criminal libel laws like defamation of the President are things of the past worldwide. And in my thesis, I recommend for the thorough repeal of these laws! It is global after all! And so parliament must take heed. Repeal insult laws! The post Opinion: Insults, Politics And Law appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Politics Of Emotions, Stupid and Clueless Followers – Part 1

By Joe Mwansa Lombe Kaluba l think our politics as a country are going backwards as opposed to taking steps in the future. In my opinion this is due to the fact that well can’t distinguish what l may call … Continued

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By Joe Mwansa Lombe Kaluba l think our politics as a country are going backwards as opposed to taking steps in the future. In my opinion this is due to the fact that well can’t distinguish what l may call political ignorance from real politics. People take politics like a game or buying something from the street. There is no smartness or political intelligence. Politics have become more emotional than reflective. Political parties have become dull than reading between the lines. Apart from that supporters have become more foolish and clueless than helping to provide checks and balances. In line with this l would like to give my opinion on what is happening in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and other political organisations. As the party in power President Edgar Lungu and PF must make sure they lead by example both as a government and a party. Politics of amapulukutu should not be exhibit. Politics of Chikubabe should not be entertained.. I believe contemporary politics especially in Africa must be based on intelligence and smartness. Many politicians make mistakes because of luck of this. Political parties and individuals should have real political analysts who will in turn help them to read between the lines. As the party in power l don’t think PF has this to the fullest. This is evident with what is happening in the party. I am no follower of individuals but party ideology and objectives. In this line l want to make the following observations and comments concerning a number of things happening in our politics. Firsty l would like to start with the case surrounding the PF- Chishimba Kambwili drama. l want to categorically state that both PF and Kambwili exhibited what l may call stone age politics. No offence to anyone I am just stating what l have seen. 1. Chishimba Kambwili. It is without doubt that this man helped PF and President Lungu win elections both in 2015 and 2016. He used his personality and as he claimed his resources. But l want to highlight that in modern politics you give what you have. That’s what he did. But this doesn’t mean you are more important than others. In this regard CK and probably his followers may have thought that he is more PF than others. He may have started to dream big. PRESIDENT one day. Which according to me it’s not wrong. But the timing might have been wrong. You can’t tell me today that some of the people surrounding President Lungu are not ambitious. It is all about timing. They saw that in CK then might have said this guy!!! Rewind!! President Sata as Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Secretary General helped to prevent others from attending the MMD convention before the 2001 General Elections. Tell me Sata was not aiming for that top post. He was. He was removing those close to President Chiluba. But in my opinion Chiluba played the big man. Political intelligence which President Sata learnt and it helped him become President 10 years later. So you see politics need not only timing but intelligence. CK lucks that. If l where him I would have just concentrated on constituency work. Alas! Emotions clouded his head. The other problem see in this is that if not handled with caution the so call Prince cobra’s political career might come to an end..He is a man of action yes but can he match that with political intelligence? I don’t think so. He is too emotional. In Part Two I talk about PF and how they would have saved themselves from this mess. The author is a PhD candidate-Political, Gender and Transnational Studies at the International Postgraduate Centre (IPC), Faculty of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt The post Opinion: Politics Of Emotions, Stupid and Clueless Followers – Part 1 appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Antonio Mwanza: Maize Floor Price Killing The Farmer

The floor price of K60 per 50kg bag of maize as announced yesterday by the Food Reserve agency is a devastating blow to farmers, and yet, another testament that PF is indeed Paya Farmer. The flow price has been reduced … Continued

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The floor price of K60 per 50kg bag of maize as announced yesterday by the Food Reserve agency is a devastating blow to farmers, and yet, another testament that PF is indeed Paya Farmer. The flow price has been reduced from K85 to K60 per 50kg bag of maize when the cost of production has actually skyrocketed beyond the reach of many farmers owing to the escalating costs of farming inputs such as fertilizer, chemicals, seed and equipment. The cost of transport, packaging, storage, loading and offloading have equally hit the roof, making it more expensive for farmers to market their produce. With the rising cost of production it is only prudent for any decent and caring Government to peg the floor price at a rate that takes into full consideration of the production and marketing fundamentals. Today, a farmer is making losses of K25 and K1000 per every 50kg bag or one tonne of maize sold, respectively. The price of maize per tonne has fallen from K3400 last year to K2400 this year despite the fact that the cost of producing this same tonne has risen to over K3200 per tonne. Equally, the flow price of Soya beans has plummeted from K5 in the last marketing season to K1.50n this season. In short, the announced flow price will worsen the poverty situation in the country which is already hovering at alarming levels of over 75% among our rural population. Agriculture being a high labour intensity venture is the only sure solution to massive job creation and poverty eradication. And any serious government would invest heavily in Agriculture to combat the current high unemployment and poverty levels through improved production and marketing. When it comes to singing, the PF Government has been so good. They have spent 5 years now singing about agriculture and diversification but they have lamentably failed to invest in the sector and implement policies that would make their song of Agriculture and diversification a reality. Moving forward we propose the following: 1. That 20% of the next 5 national budgets must be allocated to Agriculture to ensure the following: a) Mordenised methods of production to improve yields b) Supply of adequate farming inputs on time c) Value addition through agro-processing to increase forex and create jobs d) Serious investment in extenstion activities and information sharing to equip farmers with the knowledge concerning their preferred agro activities e) Increased investment in Irrigation f)Increased investment in fish and animal farming g) Increased investment in other high value cash crops. 2. Government must seriously work on reducing the cost of production by subsidising production and stabilising the general macro fundamentals to ensure low cost of goods and services. If we subsidise production, we will make it cheaper and profitable for farmers to engage in Agriculture. 3. Government must work with other stakeholders to help farmers access markets and make it cheaper and easier for them to trade. Issued by Antonio Mwanza FDD Deputy National Secretary The post Antonio Mwanza: Maize Floor Price Killing The Farmer appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Today’s Photo: Groin Injury? A Female Medical Personnel Attends To An Injured Player

An unidentified female medical personnel attends to an injured player during one of the league matches in the Zambian Super Division League. Source: Unknown

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An unidentified female medical personnel attends to an injured player during one of the league matches in the Zambian Super Division League. Source: Unknown The post Today’s Photo: Groin Injury? A Female Medical Personnel Attends To An Injured Player appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Dlodlo Pays Tribute to ‘Dedicated Freedom Fighter’ Mamoepa

[News24Wire] Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo on Wednesday paid tribute to government communicator and struggle veteran Ronnie Mamoepa, describing him as an enraptured, exuberant, humorous and invigorating person.

[News24Wire] Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo on Wednesday paid tribute to government communicator and struggle veteran Ronnie Mamoepa, describing him as an enraptured, exuberant, humorous and invigorating person.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Five Suspects Apprehended During Crime Prevention Operations Conducted in Woodstock

[SAPS] In order to fulfil the mission of the SAPS by preventing and combatting crime that may threaten the safety and security of their community, scheduled crime prevention stop and search operations were conducted in Woodstock during which five suspe…

[SAPS] In order to fulfil the mission of the SAPS by preventing and combatting crime that may threaten the safety and security of their community, scheduled crime prevention stop and search operations were conducted in Woodstock during which five suspects were arrested. On Monday 2017-07-24, at Devon Street police members from SAPS Woodstock noticed a suspicious looking man at 19:00 and approached him. The man attempted to run away but was shortly apprehended. Five plastic bags filled with dagga were confiscated

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa