Quarantined! – ‘Expired Food’ Abi Jaoudi Supermarket Faces Shutdown

[New Democrat] Abi Jaoudi Supermarket’s warehouses across Monrovia have been shut down after Commerce Ministry officials discovered the company had on sale large quantity of expired goods including food commodities.

[New Democrat] Abi Jaoudi Supermarket's warehouses across Monrovia have been shut down after Commerce Ministry officials discovered the company had on sale large quantity of expired goods including food commodities.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

More Than 2 Million Malnourished Children at Risk – UN

[VOA] The United Nations warns more than two million severely acutely malnourished children in Democratic Republic of Congo are at risk of dying unless they receive urgently needed therapeutic aid.

[VOA] The United Nations warns more than two million severely acutely malnourished children in Democratic Republic of Congo are at risk of dying unless they receive urgently needed therapeutic aid.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Tillerson: Political Reconciliation in Kenya a ‘Very Positive Step’

[VOA] US.. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the political reconciliation between Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga is “a very positive step,” adding the United States supports the country’s political inc…

[VOA] US.. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday the political reconciliation between Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga is "a very positive step," adding the United States supports the country's political inclusion and democracy.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Hichilema Dates Kasama

Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his team this weekend head to Kasama in Northern Province. Hichilema is hoping the Kasama trip invokes the same positivity that his Eastern province tour elicited recently. The UPND leader is accompanied by his … Continued

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Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his team this weekend head to Kasama in Northern Province. Hichilema is hoping the Kasama trip invokes the same positivity that his Eastern province tour elicited recently. The UPND leader is accompanied by his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Richard Kachingwe, Patrick Mucheleka among others. Hichilema is leading card renewal exercises and party mobilization activities countrywide as his party hopes for better fortunes in 2021 on his sixth attempt at the Presidency. The post Hichilema Dates Kasama appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Muvi TV Problems Deepen with Employ Mass Exodus; Owner Blames PF Over Dip In Fortunes

The chaos at privately owned Muvi Television is daily wriggling its way in the public domain with an informed anonymous person detailing in-house issues at the media house. Steve Nyirenda’s Muvi TV has suffered mass exodus of employees following poor … Continued

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The chaos at privately owned Muvi Television is daily wriggling its way in the public domain with an informed anonymous person detailing in-house issues at the media house. Steve Nyirenda’s Muvi TV has suffered mass exodus of employees following poor working conditions and also political bias by the proprietor. Nyirenda is fast losing the plot with half the newsroom exiting the station citing poor pay and dehumanizing labour conditions. BELOW IS THE FULL POST: MUVI TELEVISION DRAMA…STEVE NYIRENDA…MASTER OF HIS OWN DESTRUCTION Dear Editor For a long time now, outsiders have been given a wrong impression of Muvi television. Those outside has an impression that all is well when infact not. To start with, the owner of the company Mr Steve Nyirenda is a failed manager himself and depends on the advise given to him by his equally failed managers who are not even qualified to hold the positions they are holding. Mr Nyirenda does not respect any labour law in this country. He makes decisions based on his own conviction without considering whether it will hurt the workers or not. For him whatever he dreams about, no matter how wrong, should be implemented at the company. For Example, at one point Nyirenda just woke up and decided that all employees should be removing shoes, leave them at the entrance and walk bare footed in offices for the rest of the day. This went on for almost one year in 2014 before he could reverse the decision.(Whatever that meant no one knows todate) This is Nyirenda who would just wake up and decide to abrogate the labour laws with impunity. For example in the meeting he addressed towards the end of 2017, Nyirenda openly challenged those who were hurt to report him to the Ministry of labour if they so wished while boasting that “THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR DOES NOT FEED ME. I FEED THEM BECAUSE I PAY TAX†END OF QUOTE. Just in November 2017, Nyirenda just woke up and called for departmental meetings where he told the workers to start operating at 25 percent, meaning One week in a month (SEVEN DAYS TO BE SPECIFIC) with the salary strictly being based on SEVEN DAYS. Now , there are workers at MUVI Television who get as low as K1,500 as salaries and the decision by Nyirenda now meant these people, especially drivers have had to get K 375 as a salary based on the 25 percent. It does not bother Nyirenda whether these people have school going children or stay in rented houses so long him is comfortable. This is not the first time that Nyirenda is doing this…Early in 2015, Nyirenda held a general meeting at which he told the workers that he had K19 million debt and that workers should help him clear. He then decided to reduce our salaries by 50 percent and we were subjected to work two weeks in a month for three months. He promised to increase salaries for the workers afterwards but to date nothing has happened. Getting back to the 25 percent work schedule. It should be made known that Nyirenda had been evading tax…In October 2017, ZRA Inspection officers in the company of Armed police officers stormed MUVI Television for an impromptu check on the files and it was discovered that the company owed ZRA about K2.5 Million. ZRA gave MUVI TV Two weeks in which to clear the bill or face the law. At that time, Nyirenda was not around as he was busy enjoying his life with one of his many concubines at his Fresh view homes lodge in Siavonga. Upon seeing the uncompromising ZRA officers storm the TV station, all of Nyirenda’s unqualified managers who are totally blank about management skills, fled the offices and camped on a lawn outside the office building where they alarmingly took turns in making one phone call after another to Nyirenda, telling him that ZRA officers had stormed the offices. This prompted Nyirenda to cut short his enjoyment and rushed back to Lusaka to make the decision of paying ZRA using the 75 percent of workers’ salaries. And in as much as we are aware that the man might have managed to settle something at ZRA by now, Nyirenda has taken advantage of the docile workers at the institution and has now issued a memo stating that we should get back to 100 percent operations without explaining anything on whether the salaries will also get back to 100 percent or not. Bust according to our impeccable sources in the accounts department, Nyirenda is planning to start paying us 45 percent salaries. As most of the people know, 95 percent workers at MUVI are Nirenda’s relatives , most of them Grade seven and nine drop-outs who are equally totally blank about the labour laws and can not even do anything when such decisions are made. NOTE:NYIRENDA IS BLAMING HIS CURRENT PREDICAMENT, INCLUDING HIS RECENT MARITAL PROBLEMS ON THE RULING PATRIOTIC FRONT. HOW? NO ONE KNOWS. The post Muvi TV Problems Deepen with Employ Mass Exodus; Owner Blames PF Over Dip In Fortunes appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Tribute: Fare Thee Well Chanda Chimba III

There is just that feeling that other people may have delighted at news of the death of Chanda Chimba III. A seasoned journalist with a traceable record, Chanda Chimba III invoked different emotions in different people. To others he was … Continued

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There is just that feeling that other people may have delighted at news of the death of Chanda Chimba III. A seasoned journalist with a traceable record, Chanda Chimba III invoked different emotions in different people. To others he was a disgrace, one who deserved whatever misfortune that befell him in the final stages of his life. To others he was the embodiment of fearlessness, one who opted to take on the might of a certain class of politicians. Chimba fearlessly expressed his political opinions and also anointed himself as a vessel of churning out the unspoken truth about certain unholy alliances in the run up to the 2011 presidential and general election. Like many a man so confident about his convictions he took a risk by making himself a vessel for speaking unpleasant truths that became part of the Zambian political folklore in the run up to the 2011 general elections that President Michael Sata won. Chanda’s works remain a visible part of the Zambian political fabric set up with some of the things that he said prophetically coming to pass. He forewarned against the unholy alliance between the Patriotic Front and the now defunct Post Newspapers that eventually led to the paper’s downfall. Other things are perhaps left to posterity to have the final say. Chimba stood stoically and welcomed whatever consequence befell him out of the works of his hands. Even those that never liked him agree to the depth of his research and sense of history. Some of his documentaries may have been scathing depending on the side of the coin one stood but were admittedly works of great research. He dug out files from the archives that many an average and lazy journalist may not have given another look. Even when he found himself on the other side of the law, Chimba took it all in his stride and never complained. He was never one to whine about his circumstances. An average mind will only remember Chanda Chimba III for Stand Up for Zambia. Yet he has a traceable journalistic record. He also spent a good portion of his time practicing journalism at ZNBC. At the height of the re-birth of multi-party politics in Zambia, Chimba was one of the many personalities at the national broadcaster bringing to us the news. Chimba later formed PBJ Productions practising freelance journalism. Post 2011, Chimba earned a role as Voice of America correspondent but his contract was cut short when President Sata’s media team allegedly protested against his contribution on an international scale. It was an honour for us to also receive contributions from Chimba on his journalistic thoughts which and were published on this platform. Befittingly towards the end, he took on nobler causes as founding a cancer trust that seemed to give him a lot of satisfaction. He encouraged men to go for cancer screening and openly talked about his prostate cancer condition that eventually claimed his life. Somehow as Chimba went about his final days, there was just that feeling around a man who had run his race and willing to just wind down his life on nobler causes. In his death the comrade may not have had the chance to tell his full side of the story on the public condemnation that he suffered as he stood up for Zambia. Whatever the case Chimba’s legacy will loom large beyond his grave as his Stand Up for Zambia works are still available even on Youtube should anyone desire a lecture in modern day Zambian political history. A wife and five children survive Chanda Chimba III. Fare thee well Chanda Chimba III. The post Tribute: Fare Thee Well Chanda Chimba III appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President to Resign Amid Credit Card Spending Scandal

[Deutsche Welle] Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is Africa’s only female head of state. She is accused of using a credit card provided by an international non governmental organization to buy clothes and jewelry.

[Deutsche Welle] Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is Africa's only female head of state. She is accused of using a credit card provided by an international non governmental organization to buy clothes and jewelry.

source: AllAfrica News: Mauritius

Kenyatta, Odinga Truce Puts Spotlight On Role of Diplomats

[Nation] Friday’s truce between political arch-rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga has rekindled the role of the international community, which has in the past midwifed political deals.

[Nation] Friday's truce between political arch-rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga has rekindled the role of the international community, which has in the past midwifed political deals.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya