Rwanda, Sao Tome and Príncipe Ink Five Bilateral Agreements

[New Times] Rwanda and the São Tomé and Príncipe have signed five bilateral agreements during an official visit to Kigali by the country’s minister for foreign affairs and communities, Urbino Botelho.

[New Times] Rwanda and the São Tomé and Príncipe have signed five bilateral agreements during an official visit to Kigali by the country's minister for foreign affairs and communities, Urbino Botelho.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Kenya to Compensate Drought-Stricken Pastoralists

[East African] President Uhuru Kenyatta will this week formally launch cash payouts to support Kenyan pastoralists to purchase animal feed for their stock until the current drought ends.

[East African] President Uhuru Kenyatta will this week formally launch cash payouts to support Kenyan pastoralists to purchase animal feed for their stock until the current drought ends.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Women’s Basketball Team Suffers Heavy Defeat in Mozambique

[The Herald] THE Zimbabwe senior women’s basketball team missed out on the opportunity to qualify for the AfroBasket Championships when they lost heavily to Mozambique in the qualifiers held in Maputo recently.

[The Herald] THE Zimbabwe senior women's basketball team missed out on the opportunity to qualify for the AfroBasket Championships when they lost heavily to Mozambique in the qualifiers held in Maputo recently.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Coalition of Rejects Doomed – Minister Chombo

[The Herald] Zanu-PF already has a solid coalition with the people of Zimbabwe ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections and a mooted alliance between Western-sponsored political parties is certain to lose, the revolutionary party’s senior members have said.

[The Herald] Zanu-PF already has a solid coalition with the people of Zimbabwe ahead of the 2018 harmonised elections and a mooted alliance between Western-sponsored political parties is certain to lose, the revolutionary party's senior members have said.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

City Reviews Salary Policy

[The Herald] Harare City Council has rescinded a decision by the Kurasha Commission of 2005 and 2008 that empowered the town clerk to review allowances for executive managers.

[The Herald] Harare City Council has rescinded a decision by the Kurasha Commission of 2005 and 2008 that empowered the town clerk to review allowances for executive managers.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Unbeaten Junior Chipolopolo Lifts U20 AFCON Title

[Zambia Reports] President Edgar Lungu has congratulated FAZ president Andrew Kamanga for showing leadership in guiding Zambia to her first Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations title.

[Zambia Reports] President Edgar Lungu has congratulated FAZ president Andrew Kamanga for showing leadership in guiding Zambia to her first Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations title.

source: AllAfrica News: Zambia

Juju Is Not Illegal In Zambia; Senegal Within Their Right To Practice Their Religion – Chipenzi

Zambian civil rights activist MacDonald Chipenzi has broken away from the unison chorus condemning Senegalese players captured on camera practising witchcraft saying it was within their legal right to practice their religion. Chipenzi says there is nothing illegal by the … Continued

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A bark-clad mystical figure, known as a Konkoran, stands with his entourage during a circumcision ceremony in Ziguinchor in Southern Senegal September 11, 2005. During the August-November rainy season, young boys are circumcised during elaborate three-week ceremonies celebrated by the Manding people of Casamance. Celebrants dressed as the Konkoran play a key role in these rites. In local superstition, the Konkoran is feared by humans but the Manding believe the figure wards off evil spirits called “djinn” that threaten the boys during their passage to manhood. Photo taken on September 11, 2005. To match feature Senegal-Konkoran REUTERS/Rose Skelton Zambian civil rights activist MacDonald Chipenzi has broken away from the unison chorus condemning Senegalese players captured on camera practising witchcraft saying it was within their legal right to practice their religion. Chipenzi says there is nothing illegal by the Senegalese practice because they were within their right to practice their religion. A Senegalese player was seen removing what looked like a black fetish from his socks which he threw in the net. It was the second time this had happened. A similar incident occured in the match against Guinea which the Senegalese won. However, their belief did not win them the title last night BELOW IS CHIPENZI’S STATEMENT The Practice and uses of JUJU and the Constitution of Zambia As a student of religious studies and civic education and also human rights activist, I will be failing my duties not to give light on the happenings at Heroes Stadium with the use of Juju. I hope my views will not generate enough controversies to the extent of diluting the context of my argument. Juju has been and is an ingredient of African tradition religion anywhere on the African continent and is not an illegal practice even here in Zambia to practice publicly. Zambia has even created a Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs and not a Ministry of Christianity which is a custodian of all religious affairs and matters including the African tradition religion that uses Juju just like some Christians put rosaries and crosses around their necks or arm as necklaces and wrist bracelets respectively. In tradition religion, men and women of this religion also put fibre strings, strips of cloth around their waist, necks, arms or ankles for protection from evil and this is done publicly in accordance to the constitution. Just like Chipolopolo lads publicly manifested their Christian beliefs through the offering of prayers on the pitch by raising their hands in prayer and were not vilifying but instead joined in prayer by majority fans, it was wrong for anyone to vilify the Senegalese lads for proudly manifesting their African tradition religion in juju as it is not illegal in the land the game was played. What was important and key to me was to see whose religion was superior to the other. No wonder CAF and match officials, perhaps agreed with me the reason they did not rule the Senegalese practice out of order or disqualify the lads for practice their juju publicly. According to Article 19 (1) of our Republican Constitution “except with his own consent, a person shall not be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, and for the purpose of this Article the said freedom includes freedom of thought and religion, freedom of change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.†There was also nothing wrong for the Senegalese lads to have manifested their belief in the African Traditional religion style through juju. As a way forward, instead in verifying the Senegalese for using juju, the ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs must in future guide visiting players or traders on how to practice their religion in this country to avoid religious intolerance exhibited at the Heroes Stadium. I hope my fellow religious studies at UNZA and other universities. Lecturers of religious studies at UNZA and other universities such as Prof Chiyeke, Dr. Joseph Hachintu my childhood friend would among others such add their opinions. Enjoy your holiday. The post Juju Is Not Illegal In Zambia; Senegal Within Their Right To Practice Their Religion – Chipenzi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Masekela and Katumwa Raise Money for Charity

[East African] To mark 60 years of Rotary in Uganda and 100 years of the Rotary Foundation, legendary South African music icon Hugh Masekela and Ugandan saxophonist Katumwa headlined a concert at the Kampala Serena Hotel to raise money for the construc…

[East African] To mark 60 years of Rotary in Uganda and 100 years of the Rotary Foundation, legendary South African music icon Hugh Masekela and Ugandan saxophonist Katumwa headlined a concert at the Kampala Serena Hotel to raise money for the construction of a blood bank at Mengo Hospital in Kampala and a trauma centre at the Rotary Hospital in Ngandu, Mukono district.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda