Commonwealth Joins List of August 8 Election Observers

[Nation] The Commonwealth will send a team to be among the 67 observers in the August 8 General Election accredited by the electoral body, signalling the huge global attention to the polls.

[Nation] The Commonwealth will send a team to be among the 67 observers in the August 8 General Election accredited by the electoral body, signalling the huge global attention to the polls.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

African Union Troops Killed in Al Shabaab Ambush

[Al Jazeera] At least 23 African Union peacekeeping troops and a Somalian soldier have been killed in an ambush carried out by armed group al-Shabab in the country’s south, according to a senior regional official.

[Al Jazeera] At least 23 African Union peacekeeping troops and a Somalian soldier have been killed in an ambush carried out by armed group al-Shabab in the country's south, according to a senior regional official.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Digital Migration Financial Scam: Kambwili’s Lies As Big As His Body Size

By Tilyenji Mwanza Being an African child and worse a girl it is extremely difficult to tell your father he is lying but I can not help it. For the past few days I have heard Dr Chishimba Kambwili on … Continued

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By Tilyenji Mwanza Being an African child and worse a girl it is extremely difficult to tell your father he is lying but I can not help it. For the past few days I have heard Dr Chishimba Kambwili on several media models trying to claim political persecution for him being booted out of PF and him trying to justify how he carries a halo on his head as his character in office is as clean as Dr Kenneth Kaunda’s handkerchief. It was this insistence of him trying to justify that he was not a thief even when not asked that made me analyse his motor mouth statements that to me have lassoed his neck and if our investigative wings can be alert the Doc has given information that potentially reinvites Anti Corruption Commission to his door step. The English would say ‘he has dug his own grave.’ The loudest noise that was made by Hon Doc was the digital migration were he alleges corrupt activities with his main point being that phase 1 cost 9 million dollars whilst phase 2 will cost 273 million dollars as being ridiculous. Now lets see how absurd Kambwili is being and equally those supporting this thesis. When you are building a house your phase one is most likely the foundation but will erecting the walls, which is phase two, putting the roof and electrifying it cost the same? Or when vehicles are being assembled the manufacturing cost for the body will not be the same as phase two which involves electrical material and mechanical fittings. So it is quite nonsensical to state funds are being misapplied. Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga actually clarifies to the nation facts you would have expected Kambwili to know. I quote; “The nation may wish to know that the digital migration project is being implemented under two separate contracts…Phase one of the project was contracted at a sum of 9.554,124.49 United States Dollars,” she states. “On the amount involved in phase one, Government has made only two payments. A down payment amounting to 955,412.45 United States dollars was paid in August, 2014 and a second payment amounting to 1.060,969.94 was made to the contractor StarTimes Software Technologies Company Limited of China, in March, 2016.” Meaning the contractor is still owed 7.549,096.65 United States Dollars. So now my question to the Doc is how much has been stolen or is it misappropriated? And most importantly by who? From Chishimba Kambwili’s rantings here is a headline I infer. PRESIDENT SATA AND HIS ADVISORS SQUANDERED DIGITAL MIGRATION FUNDS Yep this is what Kambwili is telling the nation. Phase 1 was authorised by the Late President Michael Sata, may his soul rest in peace. And well Kambwili has come with this strong assertion that State House was involved so who is he accusing if not President Sata when he says state house was involved? Phase 2 and 3 of the project which has been pegged at $273 million has just been launched and the China Exim bank has not released a single cent yet. So where is the theft, misappropriation the Doc is claiming or well since we know he was quite popular with the Chinese community and he was heading information maybe they paid money to him under the door. After all a little birdie did mention that the Doc used to make weekly deposits in his FNB account of about K500 000 so well kaya. Let him tell us when the misappropriated funds were released. And now my advice to the Doc is sit down papa, your motor mouth will run you down. You are currently acting based on emotion and throwing punches whilst emotionally charged, Papa you will just bruise your knuckles. #PFDiva out The post Digital Migration Financial Scam: Kambwili’s Lies As Big As His Body Size appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Is Not A Dictator – Miles Sampa

The ‘reformed’ Patriotic Front renegade Mile Sampa has said President Edgar Lungu is not a dictator as is widely suggested by his opponents. Sampa, whose political career nose dived after his attempt to contest the Patriotic Front presidency flopped, says … Continued

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The ‘reformed’ Patriotic Front renegade Mile Sampa has said President Edgar Lungu is not a dictator as is widely suggested by his opponents. Sampa, whose political career nose dived after his attempt to contest the Patriotic Front presidency flopped, says interacting with President Lungu gives him the reason to vouch for the Head of State. The former Matero MP says while he is concentrating on his PHD programme, he felt compelled to share some wisdom with Chishimba Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge. Sampa is defending President Lungu in the wake of the expulsion of Roan MP Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge. “My first central committe meeting under President Lungu as chairman took over 8 hours as he allowed everyone to talk and express their opinion before taking a consesus position on a matter. My immediate impression then and still now is that he is a democrat and not a dictator. His decisions are a summation of the majority in a group of authority,” Sampa narrates. After leaving PF, Sampa formed the defunct United Democratic Front which went under in less than two years. At its height, the UDF partnered with the UPND to challenge President Lungu and the Patriotic Front in the 2016 general elections. READ MILES SAMPA’S RECENT POLITICAL STATEMENT Have had a few queries or distortions lately on my political standing and wish to clarify and make my position firmed. I am PF now but serving a 3 years suspension. This means I am collectively supportive of all decisions made by the Party and by the President. At the moment I am busy with personal errands and school as I seek my PHD (opted for non honorary). My first central committe meeting under President Lungu as chairman took over 8 hours as he allowed everyone to talk and express their opinion before taking a consesus position on a matter. My immediate impression then and still now is that he is a democrat and not a dictator. His decisions are a summation of the majority in a group of authority. My take on the unfortunate subject of my brothers Hon Chishimba Kambwili and Hon Mwenya Musenge is that they should pause, take time and reflect. As history may have it, the two were about the most vicious advising me a few years ago to remain in PF after I hade made some emotional and irrational decisions aginst the Party. Armed with their couseling then, I genuinely wish to reciprocate and give them similar advice. I submit to them that they be remorseful, meek and seek reconciliation with PF and President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Chances are that they too may be given a 3 years leave of absence in which there is much to learn from once in isolation. The alternative routes they may wish to embark on are hardly ideal and not worth venturing into. I speak from experience and as they say “ukushusha ilungu; kwendamo” elo ” ukwali insoke takwafwile bantu”. I have also come to learn that in politics, there is no accounting terms such FIFO( First In First Out) or LIFO (Last In, First Out) and LILO ( Last In Last Out). It’s the best player of the moment according to the coach that makes the team but that does not mean those on the bench or those substituted cannot play on another day. As CK has loudly proclaimed, ‘loyalty defines a man’, I have come to learn further that ‘ patience defines a man’ as well. Your loyalty and patience should be with PF and President Lungu both in your good or rough times. In short, politics at whatever level is therefore all about loyalty, patience and discipline. As for me and anyone that so believed or still believes in me, let’s build loyalty towards PF and President Edgar Changwa Lungu now and for however many years to come. I have also come to learn from experience that President Lungu is a loving, forgiving man and is the President of PF and Zambia because of his historic Loyalty, Patience and Discipline. Miles Sampa Former Matero MP and former UDF. The post Pres. Lungu Is Not A Dictator – Miles Sampa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Dr Canisius Banda Disputes Article Suggesting He Wants Hichilema To “Rot” In Jail

Former UPND vice-president Dr. Canisius Banda has disputed an article published by the Daily Nation claiming he wants incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilmea to remain in prison where he is facing a non-bailable charge of treason. The Daily Nation quotes … Continued

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Former UPND vice-president Dr. Canisius Banda has disputed an article published by the Daily Nation claiming he wants incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilmea to remain in prison where he is facing a non-bailable charge of treason. The Daily Nation quotes Dr Banda in an article published on Saturday encouraging authorities to continue with the detention of Hichilema which has received local and international condemnation. In a Facebook post responding to the article, Dr Banda writes, “Nilekeni neka imwe banthu [Leave me alone you people]. Canisius this, Canisius that! Simungakambeko vina [Is there nothing else to talk about?} sure? “My position on this matter is very clear. I was the very first person in the whole world to officially call for my brother’s release, Hichilema. Check your records. Olo nikunikonda mwati ni so? [Even though this means loving me, is this the way it should be? Nicani kansi? [What is it really?].” BELOW IS THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY THE DAILY NATION Don’t release HH-Canisius Banda. Local News – July 30, 2017 030 By AARON CHIYANZO RECONCILIATION should not warrant the release of incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema while overlooking the feeling of the other 20,000 plus inmates as there are no special prisoners, says former UPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda. Dr Banda said in an interview with the Daily Nation in as much as the reconciliation the Catholics Bishops were pursuing was noble, they ought to understand that there were over 20,000 other inmates equally important. He said that the reconciliation process should not warrant the release of HH while overlooking the feeling of the other 20,000 plus inmates as there were no special prisoners. Dr Banda said that Mr Hichilema was a prisoner just like any other and that he was bound to be treated no different from the others. He said that Zambia had laws, which must be obeyed by all citizens and that using the same laws, all people who broke them should be appropriately dealt with. Dr Banda warned that under the guise of reconciliation, dangerous criminals might be set free, an act that society might live to regret. “We must be careful that as we seek reconciliation we do not abet or condone or promote the very vices and evils that endanger society. “There are no special prisoners. All prisoners have one thing in common, and that is their loss of liberty through their own aberrant conduct, which conduct is at variance with the acceptable morals of society†he said. “It is hard for darkness to reconcile with light. What the Catholics are pursuing is noble. Though noble, it is not complete. Their goal must be societal and not merely individual,†said Dr Banda. Dr Banda explained that the reason reconciliation occurred in the world over was to re-set those involved. He however warned that when one sought the downfall of the other, and those positions were maintained by the two parties, reconciliation was questionable. And Dr Banda said that the parties that were being reconciled must each first acknowledge the folly of their positions and that barring this, the whole reconciliation process becomes an empty charade, an endeavuor in pretense and deception. The post Dr Canisius Banda Disputes Article Suggesting He Wants Hichilema To “Rot” In Jail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Malema Riles PF Media Boss: He Is A Charlatan ‘Oiled’ By Imperialists

South Africa’s opposition leader Julius Malema’s attacks at President Edgar Lungu have been met with the same force with ruling Patriotic Front media director Sunday Chanda describing the EFF boss an imperialist’s rabid lap dog. In an emotionally charged statement … Continued

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South Africa’s opposition leader Julius Malema’s attacks at President Edgar Lungu have been met with the same force with ruling Patriotic Front media director Sunday Chanda describing the EFF boss an imperialist’s rabid lap dog. In an emotionally charged statement issued on Sunday after social media was dominated by reports Malema had called President Lungu “a coward”, Chanda said Malema was an ignorant political operative. Malema had alleged that President Lungu had declared a State of Emergency and jailed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in a bid to kill the opposition. The youthful leader likened President Lungu to South Africa’s fallen apartheid leaders like FW De Klerk. But Chanda said Malema, who runs the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance, enjoyed financial support for their political activities from one source and was therefore parroting an agenda of imperialists. “The perfect definition of Malema and which we agree with in its entirety is the one provided by Zimbabwe’s information minister, Chris Mushohwe who described the EFF leader as a *“puny,†a “Gucci revolutionary…a shrunken, talkative joke, a charlatan who fancies himself big and cute enough to pass comment and judgment on developments elsewhere on the continent. “What an embarrassment… We pity and dismiss him as an ignorant youth…†Chanda also said Malema was alien to the laws of Zambia the reason he exposed his ignorance on a political podium to claim the current was operating under a State of Emergency. READ THE PF FULL STATEMENT PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *AN IMPERIALIST’S RABID LAP DOG RUNNING ERRANDS FOR HIS MASTERS* Lusaka, Zambia, 30th July 2017 – We have noted the irritating and insulting remarks against His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu who is also Leader of the Patriotic Front by the ‘shrunken’ Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema who attempts to project himself as the Spokesperson of the Opposition in the Region. In case others did not know, Malema’s EFF and Mmusi Maimane have one paymaster and the two are nothing but puppets of those who seek to control Zambia’s mineral rights. Malema is a coward otherwise he could have jumped on the first plane, fly into Zambia and utter those remarks on the Zambian soil and later observe reactions from Zambians immediately thereafter. Today, Malema cannot travel to a number of countries in the Region, including Botswana because he is a political sell-out who has no right to poke his nose into Zambia’s business! Malema’s ignorance is appalling because there is no State of Emergency in Zambia. The difference between Article 31 and 30 of the Zambian Constitution is very clear. On another end, Malema is a victim of lies told by his paymasters, including UPND National Chairperson Mrs Mutale Nalumango and Douglas Siyakalima during their visit to him earlier this month. Malema and his EFF must be told that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was not arrested by President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema is a criminal suspect under the laws of Zambia which Malema and his minority party must respect. We know that Malema and his EFF have drawn a blank on their effort to politicise a criminal matter. The perfect definition of Malema and which we agree with in its entirety is the one provided by Zimbabwe’s information minister, Chris Mushohwe who described the EFF leader as a *“puny,†a “Gucci revolutionary…a shrunken, talkative joke, a charlatan who fancies himself big and cute enough to pass comment and judgment on developments elsewhere on the continent. What an embarrassment… We pity and dismiss him as an ignorant youth…â€* While we understand that Malema has sold out to forces of capital and paraded himself as an imperialist’s rabid lap dog busy running errands for his masters, he has no business in meddling in Zambia. Issued by Sunday Chanda Media Director Patriot Front Secretariat, Lusaka, Zambia The post Malema Riles PF Media Boss: He Is A Charlatan ‘Oiled’ By Imperialists appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kaizar Zulu Accuses Kambwili Of Abusing Campaign Material In 2016

President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizar Zulu has sent a veiled attack at expelled PF Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili accusing him of abusing party campaign material during the 2016 general elections. Kambwili was recently expelled from the ruling … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizar Zulu has sent a veiled attack at expelled PF Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili accusing him of abusing party campaign material during the 2016 general elections. Kambwili was recently expelled from the ruling party for harbouring presidential ambitions which he intended to put in full drive ahead of the 2021 polls. The PF was already propping Pres. Lungu and provided no room for the likes of Kambwili to challenge the top post. The outspoken lawmaker has gone in high gear attacking the ruling party officials some of whom he has accused of corruption. But Kaizar Zulu, a top State House aide, is not taking the pot shots easily and responded suggesting the Luanshya native was allegedly dropped from the PF campaign team after he used a helicopter to move from his residence to a campaign rally. “Zulu Siera Papa Yankee Echo – was withdrawn from the field due to ABUSE. You can’t fly a helicopter from home in Roan to Mpatamato market in the name of campaigning for Edgar C Lungu when you know You didn’t pay for the helicopter nor the fuel. “DON’T CLAIM WHAT YOU DID NOT DO. Period!,” Kaizar writes. The State House official is not new to controversy and has often clashed with other operatives for his aggressive and sometimes pompous demeanor. The post Kaizar Zulu Accuses Kambwili Of Abusing Campaign Material In 2016 appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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What You Need to Know About the Presidential Poll

[The Conversation Africa] On 4 August 2017, Rwandans head to the polls to elect a president. They will choose between Frank Habineza, Philippe Mpayimana and the incumbent Paul Kagame.

[The Conversation Africa] On 4 August 2017, Rwandans head to the polls to elect a president. They will choose between Frank Habineza, Philippe Mpayimana and the incumbent Paul Kagame.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda