President Gets Ready to Present Papers to Election Body

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta is this morning scheduled to start his journey to City Hall, where he will present his papers as he seeks to be cleared to vie for a second term, at Pipeline Estate in Embakasi, Nairobi.

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta is this morning scheduled to start his journey to City Hall, where he will present his papers as he seeks to be cleared to vie for a second term, at Pipeline Estate in Embakasi, Nairobi.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Zuma Escapes Again

[allAfrica] Cape Town -President Jacob Zuma has survived the latest attempt from within the ruling African National Congress to force him to step down.

[allAfrica] Cape Town -President Jacob Zuma has survived the latest attempt from within the ruling African National Congress to force him to step down.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Zuma Forges Ahead With Presidential Programme

[News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma will forge ahead with his presidential programme on Monday in the safe embrace of traditional leaders at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Gauteng.

[News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma will forge ahead with his presidential programme on Monday in the safe embrace of traditional leaders at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Gauteng.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Those Damning Gupta Emails…

[News24Wire] A cache of damning e-mails between members of the Gupta family, some of their trusted lieutenants and President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, has brought forward fresh details on the mechanics of the Guptas’ dubious state capture strategies.

[News24Wire] A cache of damning e-mails between members of the Gupta family, some of their trusted lieutenants and President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, has brought forward fresh details on the mechanics of the Guptas' dubious state capture strategies.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

‘Humble’ Pres. Lungu Spends Night In Chilubi Ramshackle

President Edgar Lungu at the weekend spent a night at a rather worn-out guest house on Chilubi Island in his continued tour of the northern parts of the country. There is no history of a Head of State spending nights … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu at the weekend spent a night at a rather worn-out guest house on Chilubi Island in his continued tour of the northern parts of the country. There is no history of a Head of State spending nights on the poorly developed island, but President Lungu beat the odds. He seemed to have enjoyed the outing and his supporters believe spending the night at a ramshackle of a guest house is a mark of the ‘humble’ leader he is. President Lungu writes, “I decided to break the tradition of flying in and out of Chilubi Island so I spent a night here at Kambros Guest House. “I must say that the time spent with the people of Chilubi helped me understand more the challenges they face and the expectations they have.” President Lungu has pledged to speed up development on the island. “I assured them of my government’s commitment to work together with the local leaders to better the lives of our people through rehabilitating Santa Maria hospital, providing vehicles and boats to different government departments, commencing of the works at Luwingu-Nsombo and Chaba-Chilubi roads and economic growth of the island through fishing projects,” said President Lungu. The post ‘Humble’ Pres. Lungu Spends Night In Chilubi Ramshackle appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NAPSA PAYS K500 Million In Benefits

THE National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) last year collected over K2.9 billion in contributions and paid out over K500 million in benefits to its members. This is in comparison to 2015 when the authority recorded a reduction of contributions of … Continued

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THE National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) last year collected over K2.9 billion in contributions and paid out over K500 million in benefits to its members. This is in comparison to 2015 when the authority recorded a reduction of contributions of over K2.5 billion and paid out benefits of over K4.3 million, which reflects a reduction. NAPSA contribution manager Arthur Msusa attributed the increase to efforts made by the authority to extend coverage of social security to all workers. Msusa said in an interview on Wednesday shortly after the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI)-NAPSA employer sensitisation workshop “Last year, we collected contributions worth K2,934,587,755.25 and paid out benefits worth K508,000,668.04 in comparison to 2015 when we collected contributions worth K2,538,654,794 and paid out benefits amounting to K435,879,916,†he said. Earlier, Mr Msusa urged employers to take advantage of the electronic-NAPSA, which was introduced in January, by registering their employees as it is a statutory obligation. He also urged employees to use e-NAPSA, which is an integrated web-based e-service portal, to check personal and beneficiary details and to keep track of their contributions. Msusa said the introduction of e-NAPSA has received overwhelming response from employers and that by the end of the quarter, over 90 percent registered to use the system. The e-NAPSA has lessened compliance burden for employers and once details are submitted online, it is guaranteed that information is safe. Msusa, however, said that the system has experienced some challenges with internet connectivity in some areas. “Although we have 26 offices countrywide, there are places like Siavonga district where we do not have offices and our members there experience connectivity challenges. “To collect contributions, NAPSA travels monthly to Siavonga to set up temporary offices with portable internet devices to also allow members have access to online services,†he said. Similarly, ZACCI board member Laurian Haangala said the countrywide eNAPSA sensitisation workshops will give an opportunity for businesses in far-flung areas to use the system. “It will also help in extending social security coverage to domestic workers by making it easy for households to register and remit statutory contributions for their domestic workers,†he said. Source: Zambia Daily Mail The post NAPSA PAYS K500 Million In Benefits appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Come Back Home, You’re Suffering In America, Mubita Nawa Tells Zambians

Motivational speaker Mubita Nawa spent nine years in the United States of America. His attempts to become a close associate of influential pastor TD Jakes did not yield much success. He returned to Zambia on some visit, but because he … Continued

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Motivational speaker Mubita Nawa spent nine years in the United States of America. His attempts to become a close associate of influential pastor TD Jakes did not yield much success. He returned to Zambia on some visit, but because he had overstayed his initial visa, he was denied a second visa by the US Embassy in Lusaka. Fortunate for him, he re-discovered his form through motivation speaking and earned some capital to invest in some businesses, which have so far flourished. He took some time to advise Zambians he cleverly tells are suffering in the United States of America and should therefore come back. 10 Reasons Why You Must NOT GO to America This is not an anti – America campaign. This is a pro – Africa inspiration. Some will accuse me of being unfair because I lived in the USA for nearly nine years. I believe with all my heart I am the right person to advise you because I have seen both worlds. 1. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AMERICA Many people think America is cheap and easy. On the contrary American lifestyle is so stressful. If you are broke in America you are doomed. If you are broke in Africa you can get help from friends and family. 2. LEGAL BOTTLENECKS Since September 11th 2001 the legal environment in the USA is hostile to foreigners. The luckiest people in America are those who went there before 2001. 3. IT’S EXPENSIVE It costs $100 to apply for a visitors visa. I know a person who applies every six months. He has spent over $3,000 in visa applications money which he could use to start a business. The air tickets to America are high for a reason; they don’t want poor people there. In Africa you are celebrated. In America you are tolerated. 4. IT’S BETTER HERE There are some successful Africans in America. Nigerians in particular are doing well. But many Africans in the USA are not doing too well. Mexicans are earning more now than even the African Americans. In the nine years I lived in the USA I never had a maid. I couldn’t afford one. In the nine years I have lived in a Zambia even my maids have maids. My garderners have gardens. My drivers will soon own cars. In America we seek empowerment. In Zambia we empower others. What we seek in America can be found in great books. What we have in Africa waits for no one. 5. A FAILURE IN AFRICA MAY STILL FAIL IN THE USA Indeed expectations can change results. Some people are going to America because they think it’s easier there. It’s not. If you are unemployed in Africa you will be unemployed in the USA. I would like to invite all Americans to come and live in Africa in particular in Zambia. Health care is cheap here. You don’t have to see a doctor just to get medication for a headache. Here you live on a big yard with a stream demarcating your plot from your neighbours. Your two years salary can buy you a beautiful house here. You don’t need 30 years to buy a house that will fall apart after you pay off your mortgage. 6. TIME IS MONEY It used to hurt me everytime I visited Zambia. My friends had built houses (fully paid for), were now managers and more settled than me who was still in an apartment. It was so discouraging. In fact there was never a flight back to America that I was not depressed. I was famous in Zambia but a ‘no body’ in the USA. When I returned to Zambia nine years ago I didn’t even have a car nor a house. All I had was an American accent. 7. IT’S FASTER HERE TO GET RICH If you start a business here in Africa with $1,000 your money will double and quadruple quicker than the person in the USA who will invest the same money at the same time as you. 8. GO TO AMERICA ON HOLIDAY America is better when you are a tourist. Go visit Florida, New York or any other place as a visitor. You will enjoy America most. Bishop Joe Imakando visited me in Dallas in 2006. He slept at one of the best hotels in Dallas. A hotel I had never even eaten lunch from. It hit me then. I was in the wrong country; a country I could brag about but couldn’t afford to live in. 9. FOLLOW YOUR BLESSING Your blessing is in Africa. Africa needs you. Joseph went to Egypt as a slave, then a prime minister and still went back to Israel. 10. FIND A WAY TO WIN HERE This is not an easy place. It’s dusty at times, corruption can be discouraging and so on. Politics here sucks. But it is the best place to be in the world. Ask Dangote. Ask MTN. Ask Supersport. These are African companies doing well in Africa. Africa is like a tortoise; slow at times but always sure. CONCLUSION If you want to go to the USA please do. When you get there and discover I was wrong then pray for me. If you discover I was right then pray for me still. It is your life and it is my opinion. But it is our wisdom together. If you love American life and you are currently in America but want to come home and don’t know where to start from please come. Home is home. Come home where you are free to move around, to travel and to be at family events. Nine years ago I had nothing. I started with on $130 and I have built some amazing enterprises with my wife. I was ashamed at first but I am ok now. Come home where you belong. Come home we eat Ziwaya together. Come home we drive on our narrow roads with full tanks in cars paid for by cash. Come home we attend family weddings we sing “namonga” together. You are welcome here now. Come home we live in our Chalala homes without aircondition and without a mortgage. Come home where we only have debit cards and no credit cards. Come home where we can all rebuild our lives, communities and economies. God bless and thank you. Feel free to share this with a friend or two. The post Opinion: Come Back Home, You’re Suffering In America, Mubita Nawa Tells Zambians appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Maimane Circus Was Unnecessary

The drama that the visit of South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane generated was very unnecessary. It could appear that we as a country are so hell bent on embarrassing ourselves even on straight forward matters. Even when there is … Continued

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The drama that the visit of South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane generated was very unnecessary. It could appear that we as a country are so hell bent on embarrassing ourselves even on straight forward matters. Even when there is no need to be comical about a situation we all too often choose the most dramatic and embarrassing route to solve our problems. Maimane may have easily come and gone without any drama had we been more prudent as a country in handling our own situations. There was no need to get worked up over the Democratic Alliance leader’s visit to attend opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s court session. Police mobilized an entire battalion to man the airport and also spread themselves across the city to quell a possible circus. To imagine these are the same police officers that are unavailable to provide security of issues of public order is shameful. As if by design, Maimane came and went receiving the attention that he may have craved for. Had the authorities been more prudent there could have been no drama instead what we had was the international media feasting on the story of an opposition leader from South Africa harassed and beaten up by Zambian law enforcement agencies. The comrade had all the attention to himself discrediting the country as a dictatorship. How President Edgar Lungu’s handlers may not have anticipated that scenario is simply mind boggling. No wonder we have entire state machinery descending on a self proclaimed prophet when we could very easily ignore some clowns and get on with our lives. The arrest and continued detention of Hichilema on laughable treason charges is a circus enough and the country does not need any more drama. President Lungu and his lieutenants should watch their reputation because the publicity they’re getting in the international media is damaging to the country, unless they enjoy being referred to as a dictatorship. Sooner or later the international media may start mentioning us in the same breath with well known dictatorships across the continent. The post Opinion: Maimane Circus Was Unnecessary appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema’s Lawyers Abandon Judicial Review Pursuit

Incarcerated opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s lawyers have decided against challenging the legality of the certificate of committal to High Court. After having raised objection to the veracity of the treason charge and also questioning … Continued

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Incarcerated opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s lawyers have decided against challenging the legality of the certificate of committal to High Court. After having raised objection to the veracity of the treason charge and also questioning the legality of the certificate of committal that was not signed by the Director of Public Prosecution. However, the lawyers have now agreed with their client that they will now flow with the state’s wishes to have the case challenged in court on its merits. The decision opens the way for the case to commence in the High Court where treason is triable. On Friday Magistrate David Simusamba allowed Hichilema’s lawyers to seek judicial review of the manner certificate of committal to the High Court was issued. This subsequently meant the matter was frozen out until the preliminary matters were exhausted. The High Court will now have to proceed with the treason charge on its own schedule. Hichilema has been locked up since April 10 and is facing the possibility of a death sentence. The post Hichilema’s Lawyers Abandon Judicial Review Pursuit appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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