Zambia: A True Football-Crazy Nation?

In many ways, the correct answer to this is both yes & no – Zambia is crazy about football, but at the same time it’s a topic that can feel lethargic to speak about. It’s a strange paradox, but with … Continued

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In many ways, the correct answer to this is both yes & no – Zambia is crazy about football, but at the same time it’s a topic that can feel lethargic to speak about. It’s a strange paradox, but with the Under-20 African Cup of Nations coming up, it’s definitely one worth delving into. Football is the one sport Zambia is passionate about, from our lowest moment being the fatal air crash in 1993, to the greatest moment – lifting the AFCON title in 2012. It’s not everyone’s favourite sport, but it definitely brings the people together. So we have the Under-20 African Cup of Nations coming up this weekend, and well, from what I’ve seen, it looks like there’s a divide between excitement and it being just another weekend. I wouldn’t say it’s a thin line, but it is evident. This is understandable, people have things to do, it’s not everyone’s sport and so on, but I see it as an opportunity to express a sense of national pride. Of course I’m not saying you’re unpatriotic for not supporting the cause, but it doesn’t hurt to get behind it. I’ll use myself as an example. As you can guess, I’m a football fan, Arsenal gunner all day everyday through good and the bad. When I had first heard about this tournament, I initially brushed it off as just another tournament, “oh you know, it’s just the U20’s†– that was my kind of attitude. But then I thought to myself, this is probably the biggest footballing event to ever grace the nation. Under-17 World Cups and things like that are given TONS of hype in other places, so I thought to myself, “why can’t we also hype our Under-20’s?†My conclusion was that ultimately, it is a twofold “dilemmaâ€, for lack of a better term. Firstly, on behalf of the organization committee, it’s a matter of spreading the message. I don’t know what the budget was, but from a little survey I ran on my social media, a majority (54% of respondents) didn’t even know Zambia was hosting the tournament. Sure, it’s a small margin, but if this is the biggest tournament we’ve ever organized, it would be better to have the pendulum swinging the other way. I’m not going to criticize FAZ (Football Association of Zambia) though, I changed my mind about that when I found out that we had a mascot & even a song for the tournament. Which brings me to the second part of the aforementioned “dilemmaâ€, the Zambian public. As much as I’ve said that people may not know, people who do don’t seem to care. You don’t have to, but I don’t think that gives people the right to criticize, or so heavily at least. Reading through the comments of FAZ unveiling the mascot and the theme song, they were predominantly negative. And while the mascot may not be the best looking or the song the most captivating, I think the Association deserves some credit. I didn’t even think they would go to such measures to promote the tournament, but they have, so they tick the boxes for me. It’s an effort, at the very least, and one I think deserves being commended. Besides, negativity does nothing, this is OUR tournament, let’s make it memorable. I’m planning on going to a few games myself, hopefully both the opening and final games, and you can bet I’ll share the experience with you guys. These aren’t just any Under-20’s, they are OUR Under-20’s, let’s get behind the young men. David de Gea gained major fame after captaining the Spain Under-21’s to the European Championships in 2011, he is now regarded one of the best keepers on the planet. You never know how far one of these men could go. If we truly are a football-loving nation, we’ll stand by them. I’m with the Zambia U20 national team. Who are you with? Written by Wenguss Khan The post Zambia: A True Football-Crazy Nation? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hubby Killer Goes To High Court

Another of the red hot lady induced murder cases made some step when the Lusaka Magistrate Court committed Jacqueline Ng’andwe to the High Court over her having murdered her husband Koffi Milumbe by running over him with a car. Magistrate … Continued

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Another of the red hot lady induced murder cases made some step when the Lusaka Magistrate Court committed Jacqueline Ng’andwe to the High Court over her having murdered her husband Koffi Milumbe by running over him with a car. Magistrate Humphrey Chitalu committed Ng’andwe to the High Court is the matter could only be tried at the higher court. Ng’andwe is one of the now infamous band of women in the love hate murders that have sent chills in the public domain. The matters have become notorious for the brutality with which they are executed with another more famous being Precious Longwe having shot her husband five times while another woman of Kabangwe area axed her husband to death. Recently Auto Force proprietor Reeves Malambo was murdered by his girlfriend Shaibu Benos through being stabbed. The post Hubby Killer Goes To High Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Won 2016 Polls, Nevers Tells Court

Opposition MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba has opened his defence in the Lusaka Magistrate Court over his unlawful entry of ZNBC charge and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. The UPND aligned opposition leader told the court that … Continued

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Opposition MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba has opened his defence in the Lusaka Magistrate Court over his unlawful entry of ZNBC charge and giving false information to a law enforcement officer. The UPND aligned opposition leader told the court that the opposition party’s Hakainde Hichilema won the August 11, 2016 elections. Mumba finally took the stand after repeated adjournments on the matter with the accused telling the court that the law enforcement officers waved him through the entrance of ZNBC and cordially interacted with journalists when he went to the newsroom to lodge a complaint. He had gone to ZNBC to protest over a story that aired on September 8 2016 that said that the inauguration of President Edgar Lungu would go ahead despite his election being challenged in the Constitutional Court. Mumba claimed that the UPND won the election and that is why he was aggrieved enough to go and protest at ZNBC. The post UPND Won 2016 Polls, Nevers Tells Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers

Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for … Continued

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Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for poor performance. He said that the ministers would not take the Head of State seriously if he did not act on his pronouncements. President Lungu has on more than one occasion warned that he would fire corrupt ministers but has yet to act on his word. “Up to now he has not fired anyone even in the house if as a parent you keep telling a child that you will discipline them and you do nothing they will know that you are a coward,†Changala said. In the aftermath of the August 11 2016 elections only the outspoken Chishimba Kambwili has been fired. The post Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Legal Ailment for Doctors’ Talks After Revelations By Ex-PS

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors’ strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial …

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors' strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) after he had already left office in June 2013.

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Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case

Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with … Continued

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Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with a search warrant but met some resistance from Mutinta who allegedly tore the warrant. Police officers bundled Mutinta away and detained her for 48 hours before taking her to court. The law enforcement officers also attempted carry the printer from the M’membe residence that was allegedly used to print the Mast newspaper on account that it belonged to the Post Newspaper in liquidation. Appearing before Magistrate Ireen Washimanga Mutinta pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to March 20 for mention and April 3 for commencement of trial. M’membe is variance with the law following a longstanding tax dispute that has led to the closure of The Post Newspapers. Liquidator Lewis Mosho has been compiling a list of all Post Newspapers properties but has received little cooperation from M’membe. The post Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded

Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges … Continued

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Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges that anything beyond the requisite mandate will be illegal. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 23, 2017 President Edgar Lungu must, with immediate effect, disband the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence because its mandate has expired. According to the Statutory Instrument No. 72 of 2016 that birthed the Commission of Inquiry late last year, its lifespan was for 120 days which have since expired. It was expected within these 120 days to complete its work and handover the report to the President. It will be illegal and against the dictates of the Statutory Instrument for the Commission of Inquiry and its commissioners to exist beyond the stipulated timeframe in the Instrument. President Lungu is therefore challenged to tell the nation whether he has issued another Statutory Instrument to extend the life of the Commission of Inquiry and at what cost to the country. On what basis would the Inquiry exist beyond its lifespan and how credible would its work be which would be done after the expiry of its mandated? The credibility of the findings and the entire report would be rendered illegal, questionable and an academic exercise in the public court. It is clear that the Inquiry has lamentably failed to attract enough witnesses as it is fact that people have resisted to be wooed to support a Commission of Inquiry bent at violating their constitutional right to vote, associate and the right to a secret of the vote. It is, therefore, reasonable that the money being spent on the 15 commissioners who are currently gallivanting around the country and spending huge sums of taxpayers’ money on lodging in expensive hotels and fuel be channeled to needy areas such as uplifting the lives of persons with disability and also stocking hospitals and health centres with necessary drugs and essentials. Further, President Lungu would better learn from his Malawian counterpart who only appointed a 3 member Commission of Inquiry on the maize-gate scandal involving Zambia and that country, gave it less days than ours to finish its work and submit its report which it has since done and the Malawian president has acted upon it based on its recommendations. In our case, 15 member commission of inquiry which was given 120 days has failed to conclude its work on time. Where is efficiency and the prudence in the utilization of the country’s meagre financial resources? McDonald Chipenzi Electoral Expert The post Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Court Freezes 21 Accounts Linked to Stella Oduah

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

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