Opinion: Someone Has To Take The First Step To Halt Festering Political Hostilities

It is very clear that the arrest of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has not gone well with certain quarters of the Zambian community. People have been hurting and they have no outlet to pour out … Continued

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It is very clear that the arrest of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has not gone well with certain quarters of the Zambian community. People have been hurting and they have no outlet to pour out their anger. The police and Patriotic Front top leadership have been hard on the threat that they will deal with any acts of protest over the arrest and detention of Hichilema. Naturally some people have been hesitant to take up to the streets given the promise of the full wrath of police action. But the absence of widespread protests should not fool anyone that everything is well. There have been sporadic incidences of protests that the police and intelligence system have quelled. But there has been a quiet beef up of security in Southern Province for example and people are quietly irritated and not sure how to react to these developments. They have been watching and quietly complaining but they are jittery about the promise of high handedness. Even educated discourse in the community has been very guarded; people are not sure of one another and are not expressing their true emotions. Only the freer well known political social media political fundamentalists and propagandists have been the only ones freely and to some extent recklessly talking about Hichilema’s treason cross. President Edgar Lungu on his part has done his best to push a business as usual stunt which politically may be reasonable but our prayer is that he does acknowledge that the country is sitting on a landmine. Someone has to be bold enough and acknowledge the deep seated anger that sits with a certain corner of our country and not take the fragile serenity currently going on as a sign that everything is tucked under control. While Patriotic Front cadres were allowed to march freely and render solidarity to their leaders allegedly given death threats, the same cannot be done for the opposition to render solidarity with their incarcerated leader. They have twice have met police force to scatter their planned political gatherings and to imagine that they are quietly soaking it all in is being politically naive. Do not forget the hundreds of people still arrested in post election violence which is hardly an environment for peace building in any country seeking peace. Someone has to take up the baton of dialogue although we are not sure who given that even our churches are deeply divided based on political loyalties. For now we can only hope for the best in our beautiful country. The post Opinion: Someone Has To Take The First Step To Halt Festering Political Hostilities appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Frank Bwalya Mocks Hichilema; “He’s Drinking Water From Jail”

Frank Bwalya, the Patriotic Front spokesperson, has mocked the incanceration of leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema saying he spent the Easter Holiday drinking water behind bars. An excited Bwalya was addressing Patriotic Front members during a rally in Mbala. a … Continued

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Frank Bwalya, the Patriotic Front spokesperson, has mocked the incanceration of leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema saying he spent the Easter Holiday drinking water behind bars. An excited Bwalya was addressing Patriotic Front members during a rally in Mbala. a meeting which the Head of State also addressed. Bwalya, who spoke in his native Bemba, launched his speech with a narration of how three UPND cadres who he said were Hichilema’s bodyguards were serving jail sentence for inflicting physical harm on him when he toured Southern Province. He named the trio as Kelvin Conhill, Lawrence Sakala and Ackson Kambani Miyoba. Bwalya said now that the trio were in jail, their master was equally behind bars for allegedly agitating political violence. “Lelo alinwina amenshi ku buukwi..[today, he [Hichilema] is drinking water behind bars,” the former Misa Zambia chairperson said moments before handing over the microphone to President Lungu. Bwalya is also a victim of political persecution having crossed paths with PF founder late Michael Sata who he once referred to as chumbu munshololwa. Meanwhile, police have maintained that Hichilema is well despite an outcry about his deteriorating health. “We would like to dispute the statement circulating on social media attributed to UPND Spokesperson Mr Charles Kakoma that the health of Mr Hakainde Hichilema is deteriorating in detention and that police have denied him medical attention. “The truth of the matter is that from the time Mr Hichilema was detained, the police have been allowing Mr Hakainde Hichilema’s personal doctor to visit him and conduct routine medical checks on him. Statements such as the one attributed to Mr Charles Kakoma are misleading and bent on inciting members of the public and should be dismissed. “We do realise as police that even those people who may be in detention who do not have personal doctors or Lawyers are taken for medical attention in instances where they become unwell whilst in detention because it is their constitutional right. “One wonders why we could deny Mr Hichilema medical attention when he is just a suspect because even people who are convicted have got a right to medical attention. “As police we will not take such unjustified statements lightly because they are aimed at disturbilising the security of the nation,” says Esther Mwaata Katongo, the Zambia Police spokesperson. The post Frank Bwalya Mocks Hichilema; “He’s Drinking Water From Jail” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘Nat’l Budget Is Being Compromised’

[Observer] Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General (AG) Benedict Sannoh says Liberia needs a thorough soul cleansing–with stringent measures and the introduction of good laws to achieve the country’s development goals.

[Observer] Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General (AG) Benedict Sannoh says Liberia needs a thorough soul cleansing--with stringent measures and the introduction of good laws to achieve the country's development goals.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

FC Fassel Maintain Top Spot, Liscr Share Points Again

[Observer] FC Fassel (Soccer Missionaries) during the weekend maintained the top spot in the ongoing Liberia Football Association’s first division league after humiliating Watanga FC 3-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to extend their lead to 10 point…

[Observer] FC Fassel (Soccer Missionaries) during the weekend maintained the top spot in the ongoing Liberia Football Association's first division league after humiliating Watanga FC 3-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium to extend their lead to 10 points on the league table.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Teachers in Gbarpolu to Receive Salary Via Mobile Money

[Observer] Over two hundred teachers of the Ministry of Education (MoE) assigned in Gbarpolu County, will as of this April, receive their monthly salary allotment through mobile money, the Daily Observer has gathered.

[Observer] Over two hundred teachers of the Ministry of Education (MoE) assigned in Gbarpolu County, will as of this April, receive their monthly salary allotment through mobile money, the Daily Observer has gathered.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia