Flashback: Fathers of Democracy & Security Detail

A few days ago, MMD co-founder, Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, commonly known as AKA, shared a photo on his Facebook page from the archives. In the photo, AKA is seen speaking at a campaign rally. Standing next to him is the late … Continued

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A few days ago, MMD co-founder, Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, commonly known as AKA, shared a photo on his Facebook page from the archives. In the photo, AKA is seen speaking at a campaign rally. Standing next to him is the late Baldwin Nkumbula while Frederick Chiluba and Mufaya Mumbuna (both long gone, I guess) are seated listening. This was in Mongu, Western province in 1990 as the wind of change that would dislodge Kenneth Kaunda from power and usher in Chiluba continued to blow countrywide. There’s something particularly interesting about this picture that has drawn my undivided attention and I’d encourage others to equally do the same as well. Now contrast this with the security detail seen crowding and not surrounding the leadership of two of our foremost political parties, the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) especially during the previous elections. What do we make of this? We see muscle men – nay, menacing images of hulking individuals with barrel-chests and well developed muscles in berets, hiding behind dark glasses! According to Wikipedia, a muscle man can best be described as a henchman employed by a gangster to intimidate or use violence upon victims. Why should our political leaders allow these goons near them? Isn’t for a purpose of reigning terror and violence? In 1990s as our country braced herself for the new beginning in our political dispensation, many of us were still in school. However, we chose to be part of this revolution by sneaking out of school to attend political rallies and listen to this new crop of leaders poised to bring about total liberation and economic prosperity! Although there was always the risk of being lifted “by air†by a few uncouth and misguided UNIP vigilantes, it cannot be compared to the scale of violence the country is witnessing today. During the run up to elections, it has now become common practice to hear or read spine-chilling stories of cadres hacking limbs, gorging out eyes, setting houses ablaze and in certain instances killing opponents. Where’s all this violence……..Satanic behavior emanating from? Why should politics be a matter of life and death today? Although politics is generally said to be a dirty game; in our country unfortunately, we’ve taken a step further and made it a violent activity! Politics is supposed to be a battle of wits……….contestation of ideas and not the other way round! Our modern day politicians have continued to SIN before God by fraternizing with individuals who are better off in the gym growing their muscles or in the ring belting it out with their peers. Without mincing our words, these are the individuals blemishing the image of what should otherwise be a noble profession. Bill M. Kapinga Freelance Writer The post Flashback: Fathers of Democracy & Security Detail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Koroma Receives Annual Reports From Financial Intelligence Unit

[Sierra Leone Government] President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday 8 August received the 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports from the Financial Intelligence Unit at State House in Freetown.

[Sierra Leone Government] President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday 8 August received the 2013 and 2014 Annual Reports from the Financial Intelligence Unit at State House in Freetown.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Annual Internal Audit Conference Opens in Accra

[Ghana Govt.] The conference aims to provide a platform for discussions by managers of public institutions and other stakeholders to help craft a roadmap towards addressing the challenges of internal auditors in their quest to safeguard national resour…

[Ghana Govt.] The conference aims to provide a platform for discussions by managers of public institutions and other stakeholders to help craft a roadmap towards addressing the challenges of internal auditors in their quest to safeguard national resources.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Senate Moves to Reduce Political Parties

[The Capitol Times] A bill that seeks to bar political parties that attain 5% of the votes cast in any elections from participation for eight years was yesterday submitted and endorsed by the Plenary of the Liberian Senate by Grand Cape Mount County Se…

[The Capitol Times] A bill that seeks to bar political parties that attain 5% of the votes cast in any elections from participation for eight years was yesterday submitted and endorsed by the Plenary of the Liberian Senate by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney G. N. Sherman.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

LNP Train in Electoral Security

[The Capitol Times] Ahead of the October 10 2017 general elections, security personnel are participating in a series of training sessions in electoral security with support of the multi-donor basket fund in cooperation with the Liberia National Police …

[The Capitol Times] Ahead of the October 10 2017 general elections, security personnel are participating in a series of training sessions in electoral security with support of the multi-donor basket fund in cooperation with the Liberia National Police and the National Elections Commission.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Judicial Impeachment Halted Featured

[The Capitol Times] The Honorable Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia has initiated judicial proceedings to determine the constitutionality and legality of the actions by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, seeking to impeach …

[The Capitol Times] The Honorable Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia has initiated judicial proceedings to determine the constitutionality and legality of the actions by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives, seeking to impeach three members of the Supreme Court on account of opinions rendered by the Court.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

34 COC Cases On NEC Docket

[The Capitol Times] The National Elections Commissions (NEC) Chairman has revealed to press men that the Commission received 34 cases bordering on the Code of Conduct since the end of nomination.

[The Capitol Times] The National Elections Commissions (NEC) Chairman has revealed to press men that the Commission received 34 cases bordering on the Code of Conduct since the end of nomination.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia