Congo Confirm Last Eight Spot

[CAF] Second half goals from defender Carof Bakoua and substitute Kader Bidimbou inspired Congo to a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Saturday in Agadir and confirm their place at the knockout stage.

[CAF] Second half goals from defender Carof Bakoua and substitute Kader Bidimbou inspired Congo to a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Saturday in Agadir and confirm their place at the knockout stage.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Ellis Expects Third Time Lucky for Banyana Banyana Against Sweden

[SAFA] Interim coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, is hoping it will be third time lucky for the South Africans when they face Sweden in an international friendly match on Sunday, 21 January 2018 at the Cape Town Stadium.

[SAFA] Interim coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, Desiree Ellis, is hoping it will be third time lucky for the South Africans when they face Sweden in an international friendly match on Sunday, 21 January 2018 at the Cape Town Stadium.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Africa Union Wants Reproductive Health Protocol Fully Domesticated

[CSJNews] The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highli…

[CSJNews] The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent's commitment to gender equality.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi

Opinion: Chipenzi Says It Takes Courage To Join A Party With Dwindling Fortunes

The decision by Cde Antonio M. Mwanza to join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) from the third positioned opposition political party, FDD, at the point when the ruling party is less attractive, riddled with allegations of corruption, maladministration, disrespect of … Continued

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The decision by Cde Antonio M. Mwanza to join the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) from the third positioned opposition political party, FDD, at the point when the ruling party is less attractive, riddled with allegations of corruption, maladministration, disrespect of the rule of law, constitutionalism and shrinking the democratic space and when some founder members are leaving it, is sign of courage to confront political challenges in one’s political life. It may not be an easy and a popular decision for him but may be a necessary step for now for him. In any case, politicians believe in the principle of “no permanent enemies but interestsâ€. If he finds hostility in PF, he may come back to FDD or UPND or join another party existing or form his own and then form alliances with existing parties. That is the beauty of multiparty democracy. However, Antonio’s decision may be unpopular in eyes of those who wanted him join them and many other citizens who felt he was a good ally in raising critical issues of governance including myself. But I have known Antonio as a young student at UNZA when he was UNZASU president who demonstrated rare courage in the face of intimidation from the authorities and was a very good newsource of mine, just like young Cde Cornelius Mweetwa, when I was a reporter at the Post Newspaper and later on befriended Rashid Quengela who is also in one of the committee in PF now while I was Director at FODEP. These three young men were and still are courageous in their activeness in politics. Both Cornelius and Antonio supported the opposition UPND in 2006 before and even after the breakaway that rocked the party after the party convention of the same year. The Convention saw the resignation or walk aways of a number of big and senior party figures from the party. At that time, it was unfashionable to support the UPND lest you were accused of being tribal because of it was smeared with a lot of allegations of tribalism. There was a fierce and vicious political war that was waged against it both by the media and other political opponents within and outside the party. But Antonio and his colleagues such as Stanford Kabwata, Cornelius Mweetwa et al as young fresh UNZA graduates, viciously supported the party to the end even when they had no party positions. After the 2006 elections, most of these young Turks withdrew from their active involvement in political activities save for Cornelius who was elected at the convention as UPND national deputy party spokesperson and later on elected MP for Choma Central while Antonio warmed himself with NGOs before joining FDD. When Antonio joined FDD after 2011 elections, again, the FDD was in the political wilderness as it had lost its political and electoral steam and juicy. Antonio managed to pump in life to the party to the extent that the party gained some level of national recognition and popularity in the country, though little was made in terms of increasing its electoral fortunes which as it stands today, remains characterised by a single MP since 2011. Therefore, I find Antonio’s move to join PF at a point when it is less attractive and has been unfashionable by many to do so, other than being his political and democratic right and freedom, as a sign of courage and a demonstration of the inherent character of his characteristics. However, the difference perhaps this time around in the new party will be that, the party seems to be a little bit cleverer and craft to young critical politicians like Antonio than these other parties he had joined previously. There has been an observable political trend in the ruling party where most of these critical young defectors are deposited in the party’s media committee to defend what they condemned when on the other side such as corruption, maladministration and collective irresponsibility. For instance, some of the active and promising young politicians like Brian Hapunda (ex-UPND), Frank Bwalya (ex-NGO/ABZ), Jevan Kamanga (ex-Narep), Thabo Kawana (ex-MMD), Sunday Chanda (ex-MMD) and now Antonio Mwanza (ex-UPND/FDD) to mention by a few who were and have been fiercest critics of the ruling Party are now deposited in this Committee and have and/or will have to defend the sprawling allegations of corruption, bribery, maladministration inherent in the PF which they alleged to be rampant not too long ago when on the other side. After they have done their duties and cleansed the party of such allegations, they may be rendered politically irrelevant and impotent like what has happened to my young man Brian Hapunda and now the visible mute Frank Bwalya who, not too long ago, was outspoken in PF as a Deputy Media Committee Chairperson. Therefore, my advice to my good Cde and friend Antonio Mwanza is to set his eyes and read the political campus always and make decisions that should not take away his relevance in the noble calling of defending the common good of the poor Zambians and creation of a sound statecraft. Many will condemn Antonio but I think it will be good to give him space to demonstrate his worth in a ruling party which he has never been since the creation of the world. He must also not allow himself to be used to smear dirty political campaigns against his former political parties because there is saying that “be good to people you have left behind so that your future where you go is made good too.†I wish you, Antonio Mwanza in the PF and be ready now as deputy media director to defend these allegations of corruption, maladministration et al to make a grade otherwise, you stay may be shorter and unceremonious than the celebrations and welcome media briefing in the Party. I submit!!! McDonald Chipenzi Political Commentator The post Opinion: Chipenzi Says It Takes Courage To Join A Party With Dwindling Fortunes appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Presidential Donation Stolen In Solwezi

Sixteen solar panels that supply power to a solar hammer mill under the Presidential Empowerment Initiative in Kapijimpanga area in Solwezi district have been stolen by unknown people. North-Western Province Commissioner of Police Auxensio Daka has confirmed the incident stating … Continued

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Sixteen solar panels that supply power to a solar hammer mill under the Presidential Empowerment Initiative in Kapijimpanga area in Solwezi district have been stolen by unknown people. North-Western Province Commissioner of Police Auxensio Daka has confirmed the incident stating that a security guard, Davy Muntanga, manning the hammer mill reported that the panels were stolen yesterday at 02:30 hours in Kimbwi village. Daka said police picked up one panel in the nearby bush about 300 metres away from the hammer mill. He said no arrest has been made so far but a docket on the theft has since been opened. The post Presidential Donation Stolen In Solwezi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Arrest Two Namwala Murderers

Police in Southern Province have arrested two criminals in connection with the murder of two people identified as Joe Malembe aged 23 of Linda Compound in Lusaka and Andrew Mutendema aged 36 of Chilanga District. Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has … Continued

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Police in Southern Province have arrested two criminals in connection with the murder of two people identified as Joe Malembe aged 23 of Linda Compound in Lusaka and Andrew Mutendema aged 36 of Chilanga District. Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has identified those arrested as Kelvin Mwambwa, 30, of Habinji village Chief Mungaila and Munangandu Mwachibinda Chris for the murder of two people in December last year. She said in December, 2017, Adrian Mulenga of Chilanga District sent the two victims and Peter Musole aged 36 to Namwala District in Southern Province to sale his Toyota Hiace Minibus registration number ALP 9259, white in colour. “When they reached Namwala, they proceeded to Maala where they met two people who are the suspects, who pretended to have been interested in buying the said mini bus. Mwambwa and Munangandu [the suspects] negotiated with the sellers to exchange the motor vehicle with heads of cattle as they did not have money in cash form and told the sellers that the animals were at a farm along Namwala – Pemba road. The suspects then carried a shotgun on pretext that they intended to hunt some birds at the farm. “When they reached a place between Namwala and Pemba, the suspects stopped and told the victims to follow them in the bush so that they could be shown the animals. As they were walking on a small path, one of the suspects cocked the gun and fired at Mutendema and Malembe while Peter Musole managed to escape,†Katongo explained. She added that the suspects got into the minibus and drove away while Musole reported the matter to Police. Katongo said Police launched investigations and managed to arrest the suspects and recover the motor vehicle on 18th January, 2018 from Lukulu in Western Province while the suspects are currently detained in Police custody. The post Police Arrest Two Namwala Murderers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Industrial Unrest Looms At Airtel

Industrial unrest is looming at one of Zambia’s largest mobile telecommunication company, Airtel. According to a letter to Zambia Reports by one of the employees, efforts to find a solution to the increasing poor conditions of service have fallen on … Continued

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Industrial unrest is looming at one of Zambia’s largest mobile telecommunication company, Airtel. According to a letter to Zambia Reports by one of the employees, efforts to find a solution to the increasing poor conditions of service have fallen on deaf ears BELOW IS THE LETTER EXPLAINING CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AT AIRTEL Nokia is a multinational company that is in charge of the Networks /Technical department for Airtel after Airtel outsourced this function and transferred all its employees in Networks department to Nokia. This Company has been failing and struggling to meet its salary obligations to its employees since inception yet Airtel is making Huge profits year in and year out. Conditions also keep worsening by each passing year while AIRTEL employees’ conditions keep improving. Yet Airtel when outsourcing and transferring employees to Nokia, promised the Zambian government through the Ministry of Labor that it was not meant to destroy conditions of service to affected/transferred employees. The story which has been there from inception in 2011. The last (2017) salary negotiations ended in a dead lock and while the Union under National Union of communication Works (NUCW) engaged The Ministry of Labor, which granted the Union a go ahead for a strike ballot before proceeding for a strike, Airtel Management and Nokia have defied the government directive by taking the matter to court knowing that the court process will take long. Nokia Management have boastfully said there is nothing that the Government through the ministry of Labor can do as Labor Laws are weak in this Country. They even boast of giving non-unionized more money so as to entice weak Souls thereby destroying the labor movement. Find attached the Letter allowing the strike ballot. This is how multi nationals have reduced and violated workers’ rights through outsourcing. This is despite the fact that Nokia employees in other countries are better remunerated including foreigners working in Zambia under Nokia. May the Government of the Republic Of Zambia intervene and rescue the works who are suffering. Anonymous employee The post Industrial Unrest Looms At Airtel appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Our Political System Is A Fraud; Don’t Blame Antonio – Chailr

To some extent I don’t blame comrade Antonio Mwanza for his defection to ruling party. Our political system is [a] fraud. It does not support youths in the political hierarchy. There is no democracy in political parties. We have allowed … Continued

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To some extent I don’t blame comrade Antonio Mwanza for his defection to ruling party. Our political system is [a] fraud. It does not support youths in the political hierarchy. There is no democracy in political parties. We have allowed too much mediocrity [in] our country. Whoever stand[s/contests] on a certain political party is assured of victory no matter how dull someone can be. Our people vote on party lines and not quality. One would even wonder how [the] Lusaka mayor won despite missing all debates on national television. Our comrade Antonio Mwanza has realised that riding on a pf ticket in 2021 is a quick way to get to parliament which is a correct decision politically. In Munali me and comrade Mwanza were the best candidates but alas people voted on party lines. We learnt it a [the] hard way. Again elders don’t want [to] retire and become statesmen. They have monopolised key positions. The only way we can survive as youths in politics is to throw away our principles and morals and become boolikers. Chilufya tayali is a perfect example. Vincent Chaile President Radical Revolutionary Party The post Opinion: Our Political System Is A Fraud; Don’t Blame Antonio – Chailr appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: The Potholes On Shantumbu Road

I have 2 issues I would like you to publicise 1. The potholes on Shantumbu Road Lusaka. Who is responsible for maintenance because it has taken forever and no one is working on them but yet we have a lot … Continued

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I have 2 issues I would like you to publicise 1. The potholes on Shantumbu Road Lusaka. Who is responsible for maintenance because it has taken forever and no one is working on them but yet we have a lot of government officials living in that area. 2. Road tax management why can’t we buying it on our cell phones like we do electricity and Dstv. And when you are buying road tax 2 days before the next quarter you are forced to buy for the quarter ending as well I think this is not fair. TM The post Letter: The Potholes On Shantumbu Road appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Prolonged Electoral Period and Drought to Dim East Africa’s Growth

[East African] The confidence in the region’s three largest economies — Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda — will be determined by how they dust off the effects of two years of elections that brought about uncertainties and inflationary pressures.

[East African] The confidence in the region's three largest economies -- Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda -- will be determined by how they dust off the effects of two years of elections that brought about uncertainties and inflationary pressures.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya