Tutwa Warns Max: “I’ll Sort You Out”

Out of favour Kabwe Central Patriotic Front Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has come down heavily on controversial ruling party cadre Maxwell Chongu for alleging that the lawmaker swindled him in 2014. Ngulube who has thrown all caution to the … Continued

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Out of favour Kabwe Central Patriotic Front Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube has come down heavily on controversial ruling party cadre Maxwell Chongu for alleging that the lawmaker swindled him in 2014. Ngulube who has thrown all caution to the wind in his war against his party has dressed down Chongu labelling him a former ‘hungry youth’ being used by State House. The Kabwe lawmaker said that he picked Chongu from the streets in 2015 and lifted him from his car dealer business. Ngulube said that Chongu should not pretend that he was a PF member as he had only jumped on the ruling party ship once the fierce battle to install President Lungu as party presidential candidate had almost been won. He warned Chongu that he would sort him out if the ruling party cadre continues being using him. In his anger Ngulube may have gone some miles in admitting some of the unsavoury acts he engaged in sustaining Chongu’s cadre activities. Ngulube is on the verge of being expelled from the ruling Patriotic Front but has chosen not to go down quietly. He has gone all over town blowing the trumpet of what role he played in the installation of President Lungu as the PF presidential candidate after President Michael Sata died. The post Tutwa Warns Max: “I’ll Sort You Out” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kazala, Siwale Have The Right To Be Heard; FAZ Must Honour CAS Judgment

Football Association of Zambia general secretary Ponga Liwewe’s statement on the decision by the Court of Arbitration in Sport to refer the case of expelled vice-president Richard Kazala back to the body’s supreme decision-making organ also known as the FAZ … Continued

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Football Association of Zambia general secretary Ponga Liwewe’s statement on the decision by the Court of Arbitration in Sport to refer the case of expelled vice-president Richard Kazala back to the body’s supreme decision-making organ also known as the FAZ council should ordinarilly pass without comment, but not when the explanation attracts more questions than answers. It’s difficult to believe that such statements would be attributed to the office of the General Secretary at Football House. Equally difficult is taking a silent posture in the wake of such irregularities hence my attempt to give an alternative perspective. Just in case we missed out, here’s what Liwewe said as published by the Zambia Daily Mail of January 10, 2017 “Right now we are very busy dealing with CHAN [African Nations Championship]. Once the team leaves, we will sit to deal with all these issues. All I can say for now is that the legal committee will study the matter.†Liwewe’s statement follows the decision of CAS in a Consent Judgment delivered on October 30, 2017. CAS set Kazala’s expulsion aside and gave him an opportunity to be heard by the FAZ council. FAZ president Andrew Kamanga, Liwewe and the head of the legal committee were party to the CAS settlement. CAS under the auspices of an arbitrator identified as Mark Hovell established that FAZ neglected to apply the principles of natural justice in arriving at the decision to suspend and expel Kazala and Blackwell Siwale from the Executive Committee. Consequently, CAS determined that case be referred back to the FAZ council to give the appellant a fair hearing. In addition to affording Kazala an opportunity to respond to the written charges, FAZ consented to instructions for the former sports deputy minister to be heard at the March 2018 annual general meeting as outlined in parts 5 & 6 of the judgment. Yet the impression created by the FAZ GS is that Kazala is at the mercy of the FAZ legal committee. This is contrary to the directive by CAS. In fact, the judgment indicates that any dispute arising from the arbitration remains under the jurisdiction of CAS. Part 11 states of the judgment states, “in the event of breach of this agreement, the parties agree that the CAS shall retain jurisdiction to deal with any such dispute.†The express instruction referring the case the FAZ council is in part 6 provided both parties fulfill part 4 & 5. In part 5, Kazala was instructed to respond to the charges within 28 days (that’s assuming the FAZ president/secretariat provided him copies of the charges per part 4 within 14 days of the judgment) and was expected to reply using courier to the GS. Further, part 5 of the judgment places a duty on the GS to assign Kazala’s slot a place on the agenda for the AGM and a portion of it reads, “…..in furtherance of his right to speak in his own defence, produce his response to the charges and any supporting evidence by courier to the General Secretary of the Respondent, who in turn, shall include the same with the AGM agenda.†Part 6 of the judgment is could not have provided any more clarity than stating, “the Council shall consider the motion to dismiss the Appellant from the Executive Committee of the Respondent at the March 2018 AGM.†So, why should a decision of an appellant body be subjected to an administrative organ of FAZ such as the legal committee? At any rate, the FAZ GS should know that a decision of CAS cannot be subjected to the legal committee unless there is an expresses instruction to do so. And the express instruction has been given in part 8 to apply to Siwale’s case. Note that Siwale appeared before CAS as Kazala’s witness – the more reason his situation is left to the discretion of the FAZ executive committee in consultation with the legal committee. But has FAZ met the pre-condition of the Consent Judgment in addressing Siwale’s matter? The answer is no. Here is why. Part 8 reads, “The Executive Committee of the Respondent shall within 21 days consider with its Legal Committee it is able to afford a like right to be heard in his own dismissal case under Article 37 of its Constitution to Mr. Blackwell Siwale.†Going by Liwewe’s recent sentiment, the FAZ executive and legal committee did not address Siwale’s issue within the stipulated period. If the FAZ Executive Committee and the legal committee did not consider Siwale’s case within 21 days, they are in default of the judgment. What the CAS decision has shown is that Kazala, no matter how one likes or dislikes him, was not fairly treated and retains his right to be heard. So, dragging the issue through the legal committee is not in the best interest of justice. In any case, the legal committee chairperson Sokwani Chilembo was part of the proceedings that have now resulted into the intervention of the CAS. Put mildly, Chilembo misdirected himself and misled the council as a lawyer when he looked elsewhere as the rules of natural justice were butchered. What justice can Kazala and Siwale expect to get from the same legal committee that was party to creating this confusion? Does Liwewe actually realise that what CAS has done is to overrule the decision of the very legal committee he is now trying refer this to? What new things would he and his committee bring to the table if not wasting time and resources? The FAZ GS will do well to consult article 65 (2) of the FAZ constitution which demands full compliance of any decision passed by CAS. Therefore, any attempt to disregard or circumvent the instructions of the judgment by the secretariat is contemptuous. The right thing to do for FAZ is submit the judgment before a properly constituted FAZ council to hear the appellant. The post Kazala, Siwale Have The Right To Be Heard; FAZ Must Honour CAS Judgment appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa’s Foreign Policy?

[ISS] Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country’s lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and ideologically clouded policies – domestic and foreign.

[ISS] Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and ideologically clouded policies - domestic and foreign.

source: AllAfrica News: Western Sahara

Africa’s Generational War

[Democracy Works] In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta finally secured a second term on Nov. 28 after two flawed elections, outbreaks of violence, and a series of court battles.

[Democracy Works] In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta finally secured a second term on Nov. 28 after two flawed elections, outbreaks of violence, and a series of court battles.

source: AllAfrica News: Zambia

Opinion: Kanyama Riots And The Call For Early Elections

I find the riots in KANYAMA CONSTITUENCY deliberately consistent with the language of those calling for cadres and the nation to prepare for early elections and subsequent impeachment of President Lungu. It is no hidden fact that some people have … Continued

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I find the riots in KANYAMA CONSTITUENCY deliberately consistent with the language of those calling for cadres and the nation to prepare for early elections and subsequent impeachment of President Lungu. It is no hidden fact that some people have been very consistent on their alarmist message and it can only be hoped they have no visible hand in all this thereby taking advantage to tailor the riots with their selfish power hungry talks about early elections. It is immoral to use the people’s suffering to score political goals by sponsoring anarchy. Only the guilty will answer? It is undeniable that the cholera epidemic has caused devastating effects to the livelihood of vendors and traders. But it also true that government just like any reasonable government would do has a justifiable cause to prevent the loss of lives in whatever circumstances. Any govt owes it’s people the duty and sacrifice to save lives from preventable deaths. As a young person like many others we would expect we all join hands in combating this epidemic regardless of our political affiliations by abiding by the measures set by government and where necessary providing actionable and viable solutions and ideas to the national cholera combating team. Moving forward I feel this country needs to genuinely introspect on what it really needs in terms of consistency on the question of vending. We urgently need a realistic policy towards vending and one that will not carry a partisan political face. Zambians must objectively answer the question of vending and deal with it with the sobriety it deserves. I feel it’s time we practice smart politics. We cannot continue as a country to promote lawlessness in order to gain political mileage and election votes. These are the results of promoting lawlessness in order to gain votes at the expense of sanity. We allowed street vending and it has become normal but now it’s a time bomb. As a growing population Zambia needs to address these things such as unregistered taxis, cadres grabbing land and selling plots, cadres collecting levies at markets and bus stations. All these are wrongs that all of us must stop tolerating especially those in government. Otherwise we are creating a breed of criminals who have approval from govt to do wrong things and stopping them in future won’t be easy because they feed their families through those activities. It’s time we brought sanity to ourselves and afforded the traders as well the human decency of proper and serene designated trading places. If Mayor Christopher Kangombe can manage to ban street vending and pirate taxis in Kitwe it can be done everywhere if we are willing. Kangombe must be a shining example to the rest of the councils in the country. I say so because there is serious growing mistrust among the Zambian people. It is no surprise that even when the government means well, people are finding it difficult to trust govt because of lack of proper information. It is because of a lack of trust that we have this Mukula Issue and now people are becoming impatient with government on the cholera situation thereby resorting to riots. Government must restore hope in the hearts of the Zambians. In conclusion as a new breed of young politicians I feel its time we started smart politics that promote those that make decisions which have positive economic impact in the interest of the country. Not politics that cost us the loss of revenue from closed and empty shops and markets and from pirate taxis including foregone levies collected by cadres from markets and bus stations. Prince Ndoyi MMD Youth The post Opinion: Kanyama Riots And The Call For Early Elections appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kumushi Restaurant Re-Opens Its Doors; Offers Authentic Traditional Meals

The popular Kumushi Restaurant has re-opened its doors to the general public after closing for routine hygiene works.  Located in the Showgrounds in Lusaka, Kumushi offers a menu of delicious authentic  Zambian meals. Over the years, Kumushi has grown into … Continued

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The popular Kumushi Restaurant has re-opened its doors to the general public after closing for routine hygiene works.  Located in the Showgrounds in Lusaka, Kumushi offers a menu of delicious authentic  Zambian meals. Over the years, Kumushi has grown into a popular destination for many working class Zambians and tourists who find the appetizing cuisine unique. The neat environment that meets stringent health standards distinguishes Kumushi from your ordinary eating placing. And its central location makes the restaurant a favorite destination catering for a variety of customers. Some of its popular meals served with nshima include well prepared village chicken, ifisashi, ifikubala and the sumptuous tilapia. Join Kumushi restaurant for some great meals and place emphasis on promoting a green economy. The post Kumushi Restaurant Re-Opens Its Doors; Offers Authentic Traditional Meals appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kitwe Records 2 New Cases Of Cholera

Two more cases of Cholera have been recorded in Kitwe bring the total to five cases since the epidemic broke out in the district. The two cases have been recorded in Kitwe’s Ndeke township where a 9 month old baby … Continued

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Two more cases of Cholera have been recorded in Kitwe bring the total to five cases since the epidemic broke out in the district. The two cases have been recorded in Kitwe’s Ndeke township where a 9 month old baby tested positive while the other is aged 7 from the same area. However, Kitwe District commissioner Binwell Mpundu who confirmed the new cases said the 9 months old was brought in dead at Kitwe Teaching Hospital in which medical officers suspect was cholera. He said the medical officers were still carrying out tests of the deceased whose twin tested positive to cholera. “The circumstances around this child are a bit tricky because they were twins that were taken to the hospital one was a BID case; the other twin tested positive to cholera, but we are not certain if the other child died out of cholera. They have to do tests on the child that was brought in dead,†Mpundu said. He said members of the family where the cholera case was recorded and a funeral have been asked to disperse to avoid further outbreaks of the disease. Mpundu has further asked parents to take precautionary measures because most reports recorded in the district included children. The post Kitwe Records 2 New Cases Of Cholera appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Are Political Time Wasters – Kalaluka

Losing Mongu Central parliamentary candidate Mwala Kalaluka has branded the opposition UPND as political time wasters. Kalaluka who is a journalist by profession and one of the products of the now defunct Post Newspapers said the UPND stance on the … Continued

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Losing Mongu Central parliamentary candidate Mwala Kalaluka has branded the opposition UPND as political time wasters. Kalaluka who is a journalist by profession and one of the products of the now defunct Post Newspapers said the UPND stance on the Kanyama riots was opportunistic and devoid of substance. The journalist turned socialist by proclamation and contested elections under the failed Rainbow Party project said that the UPND should not delight in the riots. BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING: Following the riots that have erupted in Lusaka over the PF government’s measures to address the deadly cholera outbreak, which situation could have been avoided had we a serious leadership in place, I have observed our colleagues who support Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND taking a swipe at those who are aggrieved by these restrictive measures. They’re laughing at the irate members that they are the ones who voted for Edgar Lungu instead of HH. This is being heartless because you cannot blame someone you have not taught how to be conscious of their struggles. Stop lying to the people that the problems they’re facing will evaporate once they vote for your HH as president. The UPND has several members of parliament, mayors and councillors who were voted for in 2016 on the basis of the party, yet have these individuals delivered on their campaign mandate? No. Now they’re busy fighting for 2021 adoptions, strongly believing that if HH is the presidential candidate again, they will use his name to bounce back into leadership. Sorry, that approach will not work for you this time round, you political time-wasters. Whilst you are laughing at the people of Kanyama, who you only consider in terms of votes, we will socialise with them around their struggles and teach them to wage their own liberation from your likes. We shall see who will laugh last in 2021. The post UPND Are Political Time Wasters – Kalaluka appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Oromo Refugees Face Bribes, Harassment in Kenya

[IRIN] Nairobi -Ethiopian Oromo refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape persecution say they are finding life on the streets of Nairobi no better than the insecurity they left behind, as they are targeted by bribes and harassment and forced into vast camps…

[IRIN] Nairobi -Ethiopian Oromo refugees fleeing to Kenya to escape persecution say they are finding life on the streets of Nairobi no better than the insecurity they left behind, as they are targeted by bribes and harassment and forced into vast camps with few prospects or protections.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia