UN Agrees to Cut Down Darfur Peacekeeping Force

[Al Jazeera] UN Security Council has agreed to a major reduction of peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region after US pressure led to a $600m cut in the UN budget for peace operations.

[Al Jazeera] UN Security Council has agreed to a major reduction of peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region after US pressure led to a $600m cut in the UN budget for peace operations.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

I Was Madly In Love With Kalusha – Maureen Nkandu

After launching her book titled Tried and Tested, former broadcaster and communications expert Maureen Nkandu is taking time to sign copies being sold. Maureen, daughter of a famed journalist Fackson, has posted on her Facebook Page that she will be … Continued

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After launching her book titled Tried and Tested, former broadcaster and communications expert Maureen Nkandu is taking time to sign copies being sold. Maureen, daughter of a famed journalist Fackson, has posted on her Facebook Page that she will be in Ndola tomorrow to sign some copies. BELOW IS MAUREEN NKANDU’S PROMOTIONAL MESSAGE Kalusha and I were young, famous and madly in love. When I was seven months pregnant rumours started flying that I had given birth to a coloured-Indian baby. Ours was a very public break-up and I was humiliated. Get a copy of my Book -Tried and Tested – to find out my story. I’ll be signing copies at Bookworld Ndola on June 30 from 12:00 to 14:00hrs. I’ll also be at Bookworld Manda Hill on 1st July from 11:00 to 14:00hrs The post I Was Madly In Love With Kalusha – Maureen Nkandu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Tilyenji Calls Tayali Sexist; Challenges Opposition Leader

TAYALI, to me you are just another sexist commentator; like many men when dataless, you base the arguments I raise on prejudicial, stereotypical discrimination of a woman and choose to discourse with me at that level. Before I dive into … Continued

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TAYALI, to me you are just another sexist commentator; like many men when dataless, you base the arguments I raise on prejudicial, stereotypical discrimination of a woman and choose to discourse with me at that level. Before I dive into your poor analogy of the economic state of the nation in relation to it’s debt let me correct you. Darling it’s called Mac Powder and not Mark Powder as you remarked in your sexist comment towards me? That clarified let me introduce you to an intellectual discourse based on facts and referencing. *THE ZAMBIAN ECONOMY* *_By Tilyenji Mwanza_* Against all odds politically President Edgar Chagwa Lungu became republican president of this great nation. He came in with a vision to accomplish something started by his predecessor and clearly this is not easy as can be seen from the many abandoned projects by previous regimes. However, when he took over the reigns of power he also inherited for lack of better terms a bankrupt government; Inflation was high at around 20%, the copper prices had hit there lowest world over, an El Nino induced lower harvest a weak currency trading at K13 against the US dollar. Power crisis characterised our days as the word load shedding became our daily verb, this hampered production in all economic sectors. Fast track to date 29th June, 2017 inflation as of May release by the Central Statistic Office was at 6.5%, the Kwacha has strengthened and as of close of business today was at a buying rate of K9.27 and selling rate of K9.35. And yes let’s blame this on ba Lungu too he has caused this to happen. Making reference to the economic brief by the World Bank Group, June 2017, the economic growth which had fallen to 2.9% in 2015 has increased to 3.4% in 2016 and further the World Bank projects it to increase to 4.1% in 2017 coupled with a stable Kwacha. Our debt levels remain elevated not because of President Lungu this is due to large persistent fiscal deficits between 2012 and 2016 and a currency shock. But why did I decide to talk about the inflation and all, when you are talking about debt simple; The better the economy the more able you are to repay your debt. We already have a much stable economy and a higher GDP projection and an increase in domestic revenue collection ZRA for example already announced that it had exceeded their operational target, soon we will check with RTSA, NRFA, and Land Tax. I wonder what economics you applied to calculate the K10 000 but I will apply English, simple mathematics and something called knowledge and understanding. When government contracts loans the repayment of the debt is not a once off payment, the payments are done over a period of time what we call grace periods. As noted these amounts are not paid as a lump sum, after my inquisition with ministry of finance for example this year government is required to make a payment of less than $300 million to it’s debt accumulation. Our GDP is standing at just over $26 billion so how is it that government will fail to service a loan repayment of $300 million. As you make your debt analysis repayments, dear brother take into consideration two important facets look at the repayment per annum and secondly the currencies which the debts are in. And Tayali do not join the band wagon of creating false alarm and panic in people knowing very well that you are an opinion leader just to gain some political relevance or expedience. And Tayali darling I ain’t just a pretty face best recognise, and correction look at me I do not need Mac Powder to slay am just not your average Diva. I wine and dine books and thrive on knowledge, I do not seek to balance my information coverage but I look for the truth and that you need to know. That’s why I laugh at nincompoops who choose to call me dull and fail to even spell the word dull or uneducated they intend reduce to sexiest discourse of insults, ‘Am so over that.’ Before I forget let me attempt to educate you on the importance of the regional integration and diplomacy as that you also chose to belittle, something that President Lungu has revived in the country and rekindled. Zambia has a strategic geographic location that needs to be exploited as was observed in the 1970s the location of Zambia during that period was for me ‘regional super power’ so why not regain this position. Secondly it has been observed by Intratex Africa trade that Africa trades over 88% with the World and only 12% with itself a position that the continent has agreed to strive to change and this can only be achieved by enhanced bilateral relationships. And really I fail to understand Zambians you had been hell bent on criticising President Lungu for visiting other states with complaints that he had not witnessed reciprocal visits, now that the country is having such you want to complain, come on guys. And for me it puts one thing clear, this perception of tension in the country to rest. The post Tilyenji Calls Tayali Sexist; Challenges Opposition Leader appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kula Fofana Hails Newly Minted UN Youth Envoy

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Assistant Minister for Youth Services at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kula Fofana, has extended congratulatory message to Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayeke of Sri Lanka as the newly announced UN Youth Envoy.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Assistant Minister for Youth Services at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kula Fofana, has extended congratulatory message to Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayeke of Sri Lanka as the newly announced UN Youth Envoy.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

University of Liberia Students Union Wants Instructor Dismiss Over Sex Tape

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The University of Monrovia – Liberia Student Union is calling for the dismissal of Mohammed Sambolah, an instructor of the school, for his alleged link to a sex video involving him and a female radio personality.

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The University of Monrovia - Liberia Student Union is calling for the dismissal of Mohammed Sambolah, an instructor of the school, for his alleged link to a sex video involving him and a female radio personality.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Cummings Africa Foundation Completes Medical Distribution in Liberia

[FrontPageAfrica] Harper -The Cummings Africa Foundation has completed the distribution of assorted medical supplies and equipment worth US$565,000 to six hospitals in six counties across Liberia.

[FrontPageAfrica] Harper -The Cummings Africa Foundation has completed the distribution of assorted medical supplies and equipment worth US$565,000 to six hospitals in six counties across Liberia.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Liberia’s Ministry of Justice Invites PSDI Loan Users

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -At least five persons named in the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) report has been invited by the Ministry of Justice for investigation.According to the Ministry in a release, the invitation is an initial step i…

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -At least five persons named in the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) report has been invited by the Ministry of Justice for investigation.According to the Ministry in a release, the invitation is an initial step in the investigative process.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Defense Minister Says U.S.$20 Million Paid to Disgruntle Ex-Liberian Soldiers, Widows

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Ex-soldiers, disbanded security officers and the widows of their fallen counterparts are once again beating war drums in demand of their severance benefit – this time with a very stern warning that the government would serio…

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Ex-soldiers, disbanded security officers and the widows of their fallen counterparts are once again beating war drums in demand of their severance benefit - this time with a very stern warning that the government would seriously regret their action if it fails to meet their demand.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia