Why ‘Outsiders’ Control Niger Delta Oil Blocks – Olu of Warri

[Guardian] The Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, has explained why those he called outsiders control the oil blocks in the Niger Delta region, particularly in Delta State.He attributed the development to lack of unity among the various ethnic …

[Guardian] The Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, has explained why those he called outsiders control the oil blocks in the Niger Delta region, particularly in Delta State.He attributed the development to lack of unity among the various ethnic groups inhabiting the region, which emboldened outsiders to take over their resources.

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Pres. Lungu in New York for UN Assembly

President Edgar Lungu is in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly joining other global leaders. The general debate of the 72nd General Assembly will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on … Continued

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ZambiaH.E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa LunguPresidentGeneral Assembly Seventy-first session: Opening of the General Debate 71 United Nations, New York President Edgar Lungu is in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly joining other global leaders. The general debate of the 72nd General Assembly will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’ President Lungu will hold side meetings with other world leaders. The Head of State will get his chance to address the assembly on Tuesday. President Lungu will on Tuesday evening be among world leaders at a reception to be hosted United States President Donald Trump. He will also attend an African Union meeting on Wednesday as part of the continental engagements. The post Pres. Lungu in New York for UN Assembly appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Rich Harare Churches Among the Top Rates Cheaters

[New Zimbabwe] Harare churches are among the biggest rates and bill defaulters with reports saying the municipality is now owed about $700 million by residents, companies and organisations.

[New Zimbabwe] Harare churches are among the biggest rates and bill defaulters with reports saying the municipality is now owed about $700 million by residents, companies and organisations.

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Buhari, Jonathan, Tinubu, Others Make Most Influential Nigerians List

[Vanguard] Nigeria’s number one tracker on the self-made, Most Influential Nigerians, MIN, has released the list of influential Nigerians, with President Muhammadu Buhari, Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, National Leader of the All Progressives Co…

[Vanguard] Nigeria's number one tracker on the self-made, Most Influential Nigerians, MIN, has released the list of influential Nigerians, with President Muhammadu Buhari, Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu coming on the forefront amongst other boldfaced names enlisted.

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Artists Live On the Border Between Chaos and Order – Jimmy Nwanne

[Vanguard] Born in Kaduna, Jimmy Nwanne studied fine arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, with a major in painting. He currently lives and works in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Nwanne’s works have been exhibited in Denmark, Germany and Nig…

[Vanguard] Born in Kaduna, Jimmy Nwanne studied fine arts at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, with a major in painting. He currently lives and works in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Nwanne's works have been exhibited in Denmark, Germany and Nigeria.

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Group Dares Army, Says Will Continue Agitation for Biafra’s Freedom

[Vanguard] The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described as illegal and unconstitutional the alleged declaration by the Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.

[Vanguard] The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and its leadership worldwide under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has described as illegal and unconstitutional the alleged declaration by the Nigerian Army that it is a terrorist group.

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Chipenzi Gives Insight Into Tribal Voting Pattern

The recent round of by-elections that saw the Patriotic Front win nine out of 12 by-elections has got social commentator MacDonald Chipenzi reflecting on the cancer of tribal voting in Zambia. Chipenzi notes that the two leading political parties the … Continued

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The recent round of by-elections that saw the Patriotic Front win nine out of 12 by-elections has got social commentator MacDonald Chipenzi reflecting on the cancer of tribal voting in Zambia. Chipenzi notes that the two leading political parties the PF and UPND have held firm to their strongholds. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT: LESSONS FROM THE JUST ENDED BY-ELECTIONS The just ended four district Council Chairpersons and 9 wards by-elections are the second set of by-elections since the 2016 General Elections and display the same voting patterns as was exhibited during the 2016 General Elections. The first set of by-elections being the Masaiti District Council Chairperson plus other ward by-elections held around April this year. In both sets, the ruling PF seemed to have won the majority seats, congratulations, and followed by opposition UPND in far distant second. Other parties such as the FDD, MMD (Mutati), PeP, RRP, NRP, and ZDDM etal have been reduced to mere paper political parties who have resigned from participating in any election for various reasons. For FDD, since 2016 general elections, it has remained only active in the media like other new formed political parties. But what lessons can the two political parties still holding high our electoral democracy learn from the sets of by-elections so far held? What about the Zambian general citizenry? Indeed, these by-elections still point to the deeply reinforced regional voting in the country. This can be evidenced by the fact that the ruling party is failing to grab seats from the opposition UPND’s region while the UPND is also failing to grab seats from the PF regions. The two electoral positions are well defined and cemented. This is dangerously dangerous for the promotion of national unity and electoral democracy. It points to the fact that, if nothing happens and done from now up to 2021, the voting patterns will remain the same. This will entail that the two political parties will not waste time campaigning in regions, save for Lusaka and somewhat Copperbelt, where they are not popular as it would be regarded as a waste of time and resources. The two parties are also likely to pump in their resources in regions where they are popular and likely to get more votes and seats as evidenced during the just ended by-elections. UPND president only campaigned in Itezhi-Tezhi as his first outing after the Mukobeko-Chimbokaila Correctional Facilities fiasco where he spent 127 days while President Edgar Lungu never set foot or visited Itezhi-Tezhi, a UPND stronghold, but sent his Vice-President, Inonge Wina and Central Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kabwe to lead the campaigns. But even with the sending of the carrier of Presidential Marketeers Empowerment Fund and the head of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to Itezhi-Tezhi, the ruling party lost the seat while UPND despite the spirited fight in Chilanga over a ward seat, it still failed to win. The party attributed its loss in Chilanga to eruption of electoral violence . However, President Lungu and several other ministers made numerous “working†visits on the Copperbelt, Muchinga, Luapula and Northern commissioning projects, suspiciously so, aimed at soliciting votes from those regions ahead of the by-elections. Perhaps the coming of Chishimba Kambwili-Mwenya Musenge political pair on the political scene would help awake the two political parties that seemingly comfortably cocooned in their winnable zones or regions than exploring new electoral frontiers. This main dilute this comfort and force them penetrate other regions to enable them survive the 50% +1 come 2021 presidential election. Therefore, instead of commissioning another Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns after the 2021 elections, political parties must dismantle the current regional electoral outlook otherwise, the electoral future is not promising any good news. The electoral dynamics and future for anyone to occupy Plot One will largely depend on who wins Lusaka and Copperbelt urban districts either smartly or either by hook or crook, in addition to their regional electoral strengths. Failure to dismantling the current electoral outlook, I see another Choma Declaration of June 1972 aimed at bringing unity in this country which was deeply divided on regional lines, being eminently possible once again during our time. The post Chipenzi Gives Insight Into Tribal Voting Pattern appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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