Who Are Kenya’s Financially Excluded?

[IPS] Washington DC -The recent 2017 Finscope Tanzania report shows that while mobile money use in Tanzania continues to grow, the percentage of financially excluded adults has risen in parallel — from 27 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2017.

[IPS] Washington DC -The recent 2017 Finscope Tanzania report shows that while mobile money use in Tanzania continues to grow, the percentage of financially excluded adults has risen in parallel -- from 27 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2017.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Mugabe’s Rambling 20-Minute Speech in Full

[This is Africa] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was expected to announce his resignation on Sunday night’ but he rather made a long speech in which he said the ongoing military operation has not threatened the “constitutional order” and called for un…

[This is Africa] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was expected to announce his resignation on Sunday night' but he rather made a long speech in which he said the ongoing military operation has not threatened the "constitutional order" and called for unity.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Graft Report On Zambia Denting The Country’s Image – Finnish Envoy

Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen says the continued reports of misapplication of funds are denting Zambia’s image internationally. Olkkonen has expressed concern that some Civil Society Organizations have been cited of misapplication of donor funds. He says the funding … Continued

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Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen says the continued reports of misapplication of funds are denting Zambia’s image internationally. Olkkonen has expressed concern that some Civil Society Organizations have been cited of misapplication of donor funds. He says the funding appetite by donors will be reduced if the vice is not addressed. Olkkonnen says revelations of misappropriation of funds and corruption are bad for Zambia as they are tarnishing the country’s image, adding that this is also hurting not only donors, but investors perceptions as well. He says such cases have the potential to make it difficult for the country to ask for financial assistance. Olkkonnen says there is need for Zambia to curb the misapplication of funds so that investors and donors do not lose confidence in investing in Zambia. The post Graft Report On Zambia Denting The Country’s Image – Finnish Envoy appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Almolaytah – Food, Beverage and Medicine All in One Parcel

[SudaNow] The use of al-molaytah herb varies from one region to another in Sudan. But all Sudanese agree on the consumption of al-molaytah as a food and a medicine for certain ailments.

[SudaNow] The use of al-molaytah herb varies from one region to another in Sudan. But all Sudanese agree on the consumption of al-molaytah as a food and a medicine for certain ailments.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Sudanese Athletics Is Mine of Gold, Regional Expert

[SudaNow] An athletics regional expert has rated very high the Sudanese athletics potential which he said promises a good future. Abdelraheem Hamdy, Director of the Regional Athletics Center in Cairo cum International Lecturer on Athletics, said Sudane…

[SudaNow] An athletics regional expert has rated very high the Sudanese athletics potential which he said promises a good future. Abdelraheem Hamdy, Director of the Regional Athletics Center in Cairo cum International Lecturer on Athletics, said Sudanese athletics "is a mine of gold, a pride and honor for the Arabs on international and regional forums."

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

OPINION: ConCourt Ruling on Ministers Progressive

While everyone is going on blabbering about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe the Zambian mass has not stopped to reflect on one of the monumental rulings to have come out of the Zambian judiciary. It is monumental in the sense that … Continued

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While everyone is going on blabbering about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe the Zambian mass has not stopped to reflect on one of the monumental rulings to have come out of the Zambian judiciary. It is monumental in the sense that should it be applied it could set a template on which government leaders will abide by. The landmark decision was initially delivered on August 8, 2016 that the ministers vacate office and refund the treasury what they used during the period they served illegally in office after parliament had been dissolved. Just in case anyone has forgotten the Constitutional Court had ruled that the ministers and their deputies vacate office with immediate effect and repay all the monies such as allowances and salaries they had been getting since Parliament was dissolved. Two months earlier the Constitutional Court had refused to grant the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) an interlocutory injunction restraining Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers from continuing in office and receiving their emoluments. However the former ministers had the Attorney General back them by challenging the decision. But the Constitutional Court has stood its ground and maintained that the 64 ministers who stayed on in office after the dissolution of Parliament in 2016 must pay back the money they received during the period they illegally occupied their positions. Attorney General Likando Kalaluka was reminded that since the said officials were no longer government ministers he had no right to represent them as it was now a private matter. A panel of five Constitutional Court Judges made the ruling which was delivered by Judge Margaret Munalula and dismissed Kalaluka’s application saying it was against public interest that he was seeking to represent the ministers. So what with such a landmark ruling that Zambians should be at the top of queue fuelling the unfolding Zimbabwe soap opera. Surely these are matters that should rile the Zambian public enough to demand refunds from former cabinet ministers. Here is a case that could provide a reference point for current and future cabinet ministers to learn never to use public resources for politics. Imagine how much the country could recoup if this money is repaid by 64 former ministers and their deputies? How many times have the public complained about government ministers using public resources during campaigns? Could this not be an opportunity to bury this matter once and for all? Why can’t people be so angry about the manner their money is abused instead of priding in idle gossip about what Mugabe is going to do next? Why not follow through progressive judicial landmark that should make every Zambian proud and instigate a sense of demanding justice from politics for once? The post OPINION: ConCourt Ruling on Ministers Progressive appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Top Journalist Urges Local Scribes to Sharpen their Noses

Veteran journalist Edem Djokotoe has shown his impatience with Zambian scribes for running along with rumours rather than verifying stories. The veteran scribe Djokotoe who also doubles as a media trainer took issue with the manner the rumour about former … Continued

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Veteran journalist Edem Djokotoe has shown his impatience with Zambian scribes for running along with rumours rather than verifying stories. The veteran scribe Djokotoe who also doubles as a media trainer took issue with the manner the rumour about former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda being sent to Zimbabwe as a special for President Edgar Lungu to persuade Robert Mugabe to step down. Djokotoe wondered why the mainstream media had not stepped in with facts to halt the rumour. The former Post Newspapers columnist (Soul to Soul and Mind Over Matter columns) and Evelyn Hone College Journalism lecturer has been critical of the manner the local media handles news business. Djokotoe is one of a dying breed of scribes that are particular about how news should be reported. BELOW IS WHAT DJOKOTOE POSTED: I don’t get it. The minute the fake news that KK was in Zimbabwe started doing the rounds online and in the international press, government should have issued a statement dismissing the story as a hoax. State TV should have gone to KKs home and filed a report in real time showing the old man very much in Zambia taking it easy and having no time or appetite for shuttle diplomacy. That simple, really. News is an expensive business–whether it involves leaving the metropole and heading out into the hinterland to see at first hand the devastation caused by army worms, the influx of refugees from Congo DR or a coup in a neighbouring country you once shared an umbilical cord with. You won’t know the facts until you spend money to get boots on the ground. You can’t reduce reality to a studio discussion programme. That’s not how you give people a sense of what is going on, which is what news should be. And you can’t spend your whole life monitoring other stations, which is something we can do easily and without your help. No! And there should be no place or toleration for apologetics. When I say media–and that goes for TV, radio, newspapers etc–have become the most expensive toys around, this is what I mean. What’s the point of investing mucho dinero in digital equipment if content is going to remain in a permanent state of rigor mortis? The post Top Journalist Urges Local Scribes to Sharpen their Noses appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports