High Court Chamber for International Crimes to Be Moved to Nyanza This Month

[New Times] The Specialised Chamber for International Crimes of the High Court will mid this month be relocated to its new premises in Nyanza District, according to the Judiciary.

[New Times] The Specialised Chamber for International Crimes of the High Court will mid this month be relocated to its new premises in Nyanza District, according to the Judiciary.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Junior Wasps Hold Kenya U20

[New Times] The National U20 team, ‘Junior Wasps’, held Kenya’s U20 to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier yesterday at Machakos Stadium in Kenya.

[New Times] The National U20 team, 'Junior Wasps', held Kenya's U20 to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier yesterday at Machakos Stadium in Kenya.

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Detectives Nab Extortionist Targeting MPs in Tanzania

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The extortionist suspect targeting Members of Parliament and other high profile individuals has been arrested in Tanzania after a week-long search that took Directorate of Criminal Investigation officers to the neighbouring country.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -The extortionist suspect targeting Members of Parliament and other high profile individuals has been arrested in Tanzania after a week-long search that took Directorate of Criminal Investigation officers to the neighbouring country.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Brainwashed Cut Followers Return to Burundi After Rejecting Food Relief, Medical Treatment

[New Times] Holding two vacuum flasks with a rosary around his neck and another in one in his hands, Lesticus Ntamagendo was determined to cross back to Burundi, where he fled three years ago, rather than eat processed food, undergo a biometric numerat…

[New Times] Holding two vacuum flasks with a rosary around his neck and another in one in his hands, Lesticus Ntamagendo was determined to cross back to Burundi, where he fled three years ago, rather than eat processed food, undergo a biometric numeration and take vaccination against tuberculosis.

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Nakumatt’s Lifestyle Branch Evicted From Hazina Trading Centre

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Nakumatt Lifestyle Supermarket was last night forcefully evicted from NSSF owned Hazina Trading Centre and property of an estimated value of Sh200mn was later dumped at the retailer’s headquarters.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Nakumatt Lifestyle Supermarket was last night forcefully evicted from NSSF owned Hazina Trading Centre and property of an estimated value of Sh200mn was later dumped at the retailer's headquarters.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

President Kenyatta Congratulates Incoming President Masisi of Botswana

[Kenya Presidency] President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated incoming President Mokgweetsi Masisi following his assumption of office as the President of the Republic of Botswana.

[Kenya Presidency] President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated incoming President Mokgweetsi Masisi following his assumption of office as the President of the Republic of Botswana.

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Opinion: Pres. Lungu’s Impeachment; What Is Wrong With The Motion?

I have keenly followed the augments regarding the impeachment motion with interest. As usual many commentators have given divergent views over the same. Most arguments are coming from numbers in parliament whether the UPND is able to get the numbers … Continued

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I have keenly followed the augments regarding the impeachment motion with interest. As usual many commentators have given divergent views over the same. Most arguments are coming from numbers in parliament whether the UPND is able to get the numbers required to succeed with such an ambitious motion. to discuss the current impeachment I first want us to look at history briefly. In 2003 Zambian lawmakers were to begin debate on a controversial motion to impeach President Levy Mwanawasa for violating the Constitution by appointing a vice president they said was unqualified. Fifty-three (53) lawmakers signed a petition calling for Mwanawasa’s impeachment, citing a constitutional stipulation that a person must have served as a member of Parliament before being appointed vice president. The Constitution also bared a person from holding the second highest office in the land if they lost in a general election. Mwanawasa appointed opposition leader Mr. Nevers Mumba vice president in May 2003 replacing Enoch Kavindele, even though Mr. Mumba had never been a lawmaker and lost in the December 2001 presidential vote won by Mwanawasa. The impeachment motion was being moved by UPND lawmaker Hon. Sakwiba Sikota. Before the impeachment motion came to parliament, the opposition FDD had already mounted a court challenge, to be heard in October, arguing that the appointment was unconstitutional. On another interesting note, an opposition legislator Dipak Patel – a Mwanawasa supporter recently appointed as trade and industry minister – said the motion was an act of “vindictiveness by the opposition.” The motion was put to a vote on the government’s request and parliament members voted 92-57 against it. Sakwiba Sikota, a senior member of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) that sponsored the motion, argued that the president was guilty of misconduct and it was the task of the parliamentarians to do the right thing and impeach Mwanawasa and get Zambia back on track. The motion did not succeed to go far. This was happening when the country’s ballooning budget deficit had prompted international lenders who supported 40 percent of Zambia’s annual budget to withhold aid and the government had said it expected no foreign debt relief that year. President Mwanawasa was very calm about the development and encouraged his lawmakers to debate intelligently in parliament emphasising that there was a bigger challenge which required his attention. I bring in this history because without history we may not know how to deal with matters and where we are going. It should not be surprising today that the UPND has moved a motion again to impeach a different president this time around. It is in the DNA of UPND to make sure they use every provision in the constitution. They are good at this and this is the reason why UPND is the only party in Zambia that has pushed motions of impeachment in recent history. So is the ‘IMPEACHMENT MOTION’ going anywhere? The answer is NO and those pushing for it know too well that what they are fighting for is a game of football in water. But this is not to say the UPND MP’s are wrong in moving the motion, they have every right under the constitution to do so. The UPND is doing this to also maintain their relevance in the political space of Zambia. it is such as important thing for them to do. However, this is where the UPND lose it sometimes, if the same energy they are putting on pushing this motion could be channelled to strengthening their party structures and also come up with a mechanism that can put them in power come 2021 they can archive more than what they will gain from this impeachment motion. Because the impeachment is going nowhere, I think president Lungu and the entire PF should concentrate on working on improving the lives of the Zambian people and pay less attention to the motion. Let me also mention that because the UPND is simply exercising it’s rights as a party, the motion should in no way affect the talks regarding reconciliation. As I conclude, I would urge the UPND to concentrate on preparing for 2021 and forget about this impeachment and also the case of presidential petition. There shall be no shortcut to removing president Lungu from power. Let us all just accept that we are stuck with him until 2021. Anyone thinking we shall have another president before 2021 is day dreaming. By the way why do they want to remove a president who does not exist? Isn’t that hypocritical in nature? May God Bless Zambia. The post Opinion: Pres. Lungu’s Impeachment; What Is Wrong With The Motion? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: M’membe Is More Effective As A Private Citizen

My good friend, my advise to you is to remain a citizen like myself. You are a more organised and effective opposition to government, than some of these family parties. You come from along way, you have an illustrious past … Continued

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My good friend, my advise to you is to remain a citizen like myself. You are a more organised and effective opposition to government, than some of these family parties. You come from along way, you have an illustrious past and no one will take it away from you. We know that this country has presidents in every house because ECL seemed to have taken it easily and is losing popularity. Do not be fooled, the people know about your tax woes and will be saying, if he could steal from his company. Ngecha bonse? Government? My friend just chew what you’re left with. The post Letter: M’membe Is More Effective As A Private Citizen appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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VJ Says Expulsion Of Cuban Envoy A Joke

Veteran politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga has described the expulsion of Cuban ambassador Nelson Pages Vilas as an extreme reaction which first struck him as a joke. Mwaanga says the decision was ill advised, extreme and inconsistent with what happened in … Continued

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Veteran politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga has described the expulsion of Cuban ambassador Nelson Pages Vilas as an extreme reaction which first struck him as a joke. Mwaanga says the decision was ill advised, extreme and inconsistent with what happened in the past. “Just in case memories have conveniently faded, in 2011 when PF held its Convention at Mulungushi Rock, they formally invited the then American Ambassador to Zambia, Mark Storella to attend, accompanied by a political affairs officer from the US embassy and while there, he announced that the United States of America, supports democratic developments, when ever they occur. “I was then a member of the MMD government of then President Rupiah Banda and no issue was made of Ambassador Storella’s attendance or remarks he made there,” said Mwaanga. BELOW IS A FULL STATEMENT Expulsion of the Cuban Ambassador to Zambia is an extreme over reaction. Statement by Dr Vernon J Mwaanga. When i first heard about the expulsion from the country of the Cuban Ambassador, for attending the launch of the Socialist Party and for the general public remarks of support, attributed to him, i thought it was a 1st April fools day joke. It has now turned out to be true and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been directed to work out the diplomatic channels to put this Presidential decision into effect. I hold no brief for what may have happened or said at the launch of the Socialist Party on Saturday 31st March and my views on Socialism in Zambia, are a matter of public record. This decision is ill advised, extreme and inconsistent with what happened in the Past. Just in case memories have conveniently faded, in 2011 when PF held its Convention at Mulungushi Rock, they formally invited the then American Ambassador to Zambia, Mark Storella to attend, accompanied by a political affairs officer from the US embassy and while there, he announced that the United States of America, supports democratic developments, when ever they occur. I was then a member of the MMD government of then President Rupiah Banda and no issue was made of Ambassador Storella’s attendance or remarks he made there. This decision to expel the Cuban Ambassador is extreme and uncalled for. At the most, he should have been summoned to the Foreign Ministry and given a demarche. It does not augur well for our relations with Cuba, a country which has been supportive of Zambia in good and bad times. The post VJ Says Expulsion Of Cuban Envoy A Joke appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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It’s A Malicious Social Media Campaign, Claims FAZ As Colossal Bonuses Raise Dust

FAZ has issued a statement claiming that the leaked financial documents showing irregular payments to executive committee committee members was a malicious social media campaign. FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo has advised Zambians to ignore the financial documents circulating claiming they … Continued

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FAZ has issued a statement claiming that the leaked financial documents showing irregular payments to executive committee committee members was a malicious social media campaign. FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo has advised Zambians to ignore the financial documents circulating claiming they are aimed at damaging the image of the association. Financial statements widely circulated online show FAZ officials benefiting in excess of K1.4 million in bonuses for work allegedly carried out to host the 2017 under-20 Africa Cup and the 2017 Cosafa under-17 tournaments. FAZ announced it will hold a press briefing tomorrow. BELOW IS THE FAZ STATEMENT FROM FAZ Press Statement (For Immediate Release) Football Association of Zambia Football House, Lusaka 01 April, 2018 FAZ REGRETS SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACKS, PROMOTES UNITY & FOCUS ON THE GAME, DEVELOPMENT We have noted with regret the deliberately propagated and malicious social media campaign to smear FAZ aimed at derailing the operations of Football House. We wish to advise the football fraternity and nation as a whole to ignore all manner of attacks aimed at the Football Association of Zambia with the contempt they deserve. In the immediate aftermath of the 31st March 2018 AGM, some known individuals resorted to publishing documents which they hoped could damage FAZ and ultimately put the name of Association and its entire executive under ridicule. The Association is aware of a sustained smear social media campaign by known individuals aimed at drawing Football House into endless mudslinging. We further wish to inform our members and the public that FAZ will not succumb to these malicious attacks. FAZ will in the course of this week hold a press briefing to offer some clarity on several issues. We wish to reiterate our commitment to the development of football and attaining the best and highest honours possible for Zambia. This we remain steadfast to do with the entire football family and people of Zambia in mind. This we remain resolute to undertake anchored on the platform of constructive consultations, accountability and transparency. These principles were demonstrable in our AGM on Saturday and going forward they remain a part of our day to day operations. In encouraging all members of the football family to embrace one another, love one another and work hard together as one large family, we invite all our members and every Zambian to focus their energies on supporting the enormous amount of work ahead of us in 2018/19 which include: • Running successful AFCON 2019 Qualifiers and competing at the finals tournament in Cameroon • Operationalizing FAZ offices across all 10 provinces • Rolling out a robust programme of technical development and capacity development programmes for the training and retraining of our administrators across the provinces, coaches and other technical stakeholders • Enhancing the competitiveness of our various football leagues and subsequently all national teams by entrenching club licensing in our football system which will secure the future of our game • Continuing with our engagement of various partners and stakeholders to bring more sponsors into the game • Rolling out provincial cup championships across the 10 provinces • Running successful qualifiers for the youth, junior as well as women national teams • Work to ensure provinces hold their assemblies at which they elect their representatives • Continuously pursue and undertake programmes that would enhance the financial standing of our football • Sustain the open door policy at Football House and continuously engage every member including those with any grievances so that whatever differences and opinions members and other stakeholders may have, these may be addressed and resolved amicably. For and on behalf of: FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA Desmond Katongo COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER The post It’s A Malicious Social Media Campaign, Claims FAZ As Colossal Bonuses Raise Dust appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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