CJ Maraga Appoints Three Judges in Itare Dam Case

[Nation] Chief Justice David Maraga has finally appointed a three-judge bench to hear a case seeking to block the construction of the controversial multi-billion Itare dam in Nakuru County.

[Nation] Chief Justice David Maraga has finally appointed a three-judge bench to hear a case seeking to block the construction of the controversial multi-billion Itare dam in Nakuru County.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

See You in Nairobi CBD, Nasa MPs Tell Fred Matiang’i

[Nation] National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs have accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i of usurping the Constitution as their Jubilee Party counterparts welcomed his decision to bar anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi’s central business district.

[Nation] National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs have accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i of usurping the Constitution as their Jubilee Party counterparts welcomed his decision to bar anti-IEBC demos in Nairobi's central business district.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Opinion: First Step To Solving Zambia’s Quagmire Of Financial Indebtedness

Blessings Kafwanka (Business & Financial Analyst) Acceptance is the starting point to finding a solution to any problem you may encounter in life. If you refuse to accept that a problem exists, it becomes virtually impossible to find a solution. … Continued

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Blessings Kafwanka (Business & Financial Analyst) Acceptance is the starting point to finding a solution to any problem you may encounter in life. If you refuse to accept that a problem exists, it becomes virtually impossible to find a solution. The next step is generating or identifying possible solutions. More often than not, there’s always someone who has gone through the challenges you are going through right now. They say “a problem shared is a problem half solved” You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Learning from the experiences of others will save you the trouble of spending time, energy and resources before you can figure out how to get out of that predicament. After that, you need to take decisive action to address that problem and bear the pain (side effects) that might arise. That said, it takes a lot of courage for political leaders to accept the consequences of their actions. In the last 6 years, Zambia’s debt has ‘ballooned’ by well over 1,000% from about US$500 million in 2011 to US$12.5 billion in 2017 representing 47% of GDP. The worst in the history of our Zambia. Additionally, there’s no clear strategy of how this debt will be dismantled, especially the Eurobonds that will fall due starting from 2022 onwards. It’s great that Hon. Felix Mutati has finally accepted that Zambia’s debt risk has moved from moderate to high. But does this government have the tenacity to take decisive action to correct this position? There are a lot of lessons that can be taken from our history. Not so long ago, late president Levy Patrick Mwanawasa’s government was faced with a quagmire of financial indebtedness similar to the one we are experiencing now. The intensity of the problem may differ, but surely, we can learn something from the way he engaged the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and endured side effects of the conditions given such as wage freeze, employment freeze, zero tolerance to corruption, prosecuting erring officers in public institutions, both past & incumbent office bearers regardless of political affiliation. Late president Patrick Mwanawasa was uncompromising in his fight against corruption to an extent of allowing the prosecution of the man that played a major role in his ascendance to political power. During his tenure, we witnessed several corrupt leaders that were prosecuted and convicted without fear or favor. Today, our leaders have chosen to embrace and work with the very leaders they accused of being corrupt and mismanaging the country’s resources when they were in the opposition. The international Monetary Fund (IMF) only makes loans if deflationary policies are followed. From the inception of the current talks between the IMF and the Zambian government, a number of deflationary policies were proposed by the IMF which include: • Ban on unnecessary travel. This should be restricted to essential travel only • Reduction in government expenditure • Plans to start a new national airline should be will be differed • New infrastructure projects should be halted. The old projects may continue • Review the subsidies on agriculture and electricity tariffs – gradually shift to higher and cost reflective tariffs If receiving the US$1.3 billion concessionary loan from the IMF depends on government’s adherence to the above pre-conditions, what are the chances that the loan will be granted? How have we fared in terms of restricting unnecessary travel, reduction in government expenditure and halting new infrastructure projects? How have we fared in terms of promoting fiscal discipline in public institutions and genuinely fighting corruption? Today, the prospect of clinching a deal with the IMF looks bleak due to the high and unsustainable debt position were are in. Hon. Felix Mutati is right to accept that Zambia’s debt risk is high. But, in as much as acceptance could be the starting point to getting out of this quandary, decisive action must be taken. This might involve political leaders making tough decisions that might not resonate well with the electorate in the short term. But in the long-term, the benefits will certainly be overwhelming. ‘Long-term perspective’ is what differentiates good leaders from bad ones. “Politicians think of the next election, leaders think of the next generationâ€. The post Opinion: First Step To Solving Zambia’s Quagmire Of Financial Indebtedness appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ethiopia Takes Over Leadership of Nile Basin Initiative

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Ethiopia has assumed leadership of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), taking over from Uganda. Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the NBI for the next one y…

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Ethiopia has assumed leadership of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), taking over from Uganda. Ethiopia will chair both the Nile Council of Ministers and the Nile Technical Advisory Committee of the NBI for the next one year.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Tortured Kaweesi Murder Suspects to Get 80 Million Shillings

[Independent (Kampala)] The High court in Kampala has ordered that the 22 tortured suspects in the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, be compensated 80m shillings each, with an interest of 20percent.

[Independent (Kampala)] The High court in Kampala has ordered that the 22 tortured suspects in the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, be compensated 80m shillings each, with an interest of 20percent.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Letter: It’s Fantasy To Think You Can Use Sata’s Name To Be President

We all aspire to be great in life & leave a legacy that will inspire others. But this is not an easy task as it requires hardwork,dedication,hard work,tolerance,self denial,patience and knowing what you really want in life. God ordains what … Continued

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We all aspire to be great in life & leave a legacy that will inspire others. But this is not an easy task as it requires hardwork,dedication,hard work,tolerance,self denial,patience and knowing what you really want in life. God ordains what he wants one to be in life,and not money,wealth,authority,or ones status in society otherwise everyone would have been the president of America. It is not bad to admire or be inspired by someone,but its a taboo to think and believe that you can do things exactly the same like the person who inspired you. We are made differently & our abilities are also different. As human beings,we have our own strengths & weaknesses which are different from one person to the other. Today we have people in the political arena who think that they can be Presidents of Zambia by using Sata’s name. They play the copy and paste type of politics. They cant bring new ideas,no convincing message to the Zambians apart from politics of character assassination. Sata was able to touch an ordinary Zambian youth with the message of hope. He was sarcastic sometimes,that was his weakness. He made scandals and at some point called those who called for the quick enactment of the constitution as yapping. What i mean here is that Sata was human who was prone to error. Mr Sata was a real politician. He was fearless, experienced & principled man. Today he is no more & some people want to capitalize on his demise to gain cheap political mileage. Even those who called him names like Ukwa, Chimbwi no Plan want to use his name to seek sympathy vote from Zambians. President Sata knew what to say & how to say it,to convince Zambians unlike some of we are seeing now who make noise for the sake of impression. It was not easy for Sata to become president & so people should not waste their time thinking that a mere mention of Sata’s name will take them to plot one,otherwise they maybe living in a world of fantasy. Convince Zambians with the message of hope not bitterness & jealous,hatred & bullishness. Be humble & realize that money wont buy presidency. God is the one who appoints leaders and at his own time. Sata is gone,he ran his race & left a legacy. Mwanawasa had his time just like Chiluba. No one will ever be Sata,so create your own way of doing politics otherwise you will die wishing to be Michael Sata. With hard work Sata died a sitting president. His quote, ‘If talking was an industry,Zambia would have prospered’ MC The post Letter: It’s Fantasy To Think You Can Use Sata’s Name To Be President appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Tagbo’s Death – Davido Releases Official Statement, CCTV Footages

[Premium Times] Embattled singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has released an official statement denying claims by the police that he instructed his driver and friends to “dump” Tagbo’s body at the General Hospital in Lagos.

[Premium Times] Embattled singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has released an official statement denying claims by the police that he instructed his driver and friends to "dump" Tagbo's body at the General Hospital in Lagos.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria