Katumbi Warns DR Congo Is On The Brink Of Turmoil; Mourns Veteran Opposition Leader

Opposition leader Moise Katumbi has issued a fresh warning saying the Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of civil strife if President Joseph Kabila fails to respect an agreement to hold free and fair elections later this year. … Continued

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Opposition leader Moise Katumbi has issued a fresh warning saying the Democratic Republic of Congo is on the brink of civil strife if President Joseph Kabila fails to respect an agreement to hold free and fair elections later this year. Katumbi issued a statement following the death of opposition leader President Etienne Tshisekedi whose death he describes as devastating to finding a peaceful and lasting solution to DR Congo woes. “There is growing concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo that the New Year’s Eve agreement to among the political parties to hold free, fair, and transparent democratic elections – as required by the Constitution – is on very shaky ground. “The prospects for the agreement were already shaky. Last week, Catholic bishops warned that the accord risks collapsing unless the concerned parties show “commitment to reach compromises,†Katumbi says. Under the deal, political parties were supposed to nominate a prime minister to head a transitional government that would organize elections before the end of the year. But after more than a month since the accord was signed, the government and opposition are yet to agree on either the appointment of a prime minister or a timetable for elections. The opposition has nominated Mr. Tshisekedi’s son, Felix Tshisekedi, for prime minister, but Mr. Kabila’s government insists that five names should be put forward to allow the president to choose one. BELOW IS KATUMBI’S AND MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES TO TSHISEKEDI’S FAMILY Brussels, 1 February 2017 We have just lost one of the most important figures of our country’s History. A deep feeling of sadness fills the heart of all Congolese. Personally, I lost a model in the fight for Democracy and the Rule of Law. Together with my fellow countrymen, I would like to express my sincere condolences to President Tshisekedi’s family, and pray that his soul may rest in peace. Father of the Congolese Democracy, President Tshisekedi devoted his life to working peacefully towards the establishment of Democracy and the Rule of Law in the DR Congo. Until his last breath, the “Sphinx of Limete†fought against the dictatorship that plagues our country, he fought for the first democratic change in 2016, and he stood up against the wrongdoings of which our compatriots are victims. He gave his life for the greater good, and he will never be thanked enough for that. Our country is a great Nation that deserves great men such as President Tshisekedi. We have the important duty to honor his memory, and to continue in his footsteps, without bending, in order to ensure the triumph of Peace and Democracy in our country. The post Katumbi Warns DR Congo Is On The Brink Of Turmoil; Mourns Veteran Opposition Leader appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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SA-Based Entertainment Guru Mourns Joe “The Ambassador” Chibangu

Zambians across the globe have taken to social media to mourn talented singer Joe “The Ambassador” Chibangu after the shock news of his demise borke yesterday. The 41-year-old entertainer was pronounced BID [brought-in-dead] when rushed to Coptic Hospital in Lusaka’s … Continued

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Zambians across the globe have taken to social media to mourn talented singer Joe “The Ambassador” Chibangu after the shock news of his demise borke yesterday. The 41-year-old entertainer was pronounced BID [brought-in-dead] when rushed to Coptic Hospital in Lusaka’s Northmead area. Chilu Lemba, a giant in Zambian music who also worked with Chibangu, is as distraught as many Zambians. CHILU LEMBA WRITES “When I first met Joe Chibangu, he and I were probably around 19 years old – single with no kids and both with ‘interesting’ hairstyles. Fast forward to the most recent time we hung out, at his daughters birthday party in Lusaka; he was telling me about a product that would stop my hair from thinning. Yes, we were both beginning to lose hair 20 or so years later. You’re not likely to notice looking at me because his recommendation was solid. Over time, we recorded 7 songs together. He featured on 6. The most well known was Shibuka (Kamale) off Mondo Music’s ‘The Rhythm Nation Project’ in 2000. I recall once doing a recording session with him which began at 8pm. It ended around 5am. At some point while he arranged the songs and mixed them, I took a nap. He worked right through the night and into the morning. His work ethic was insane. Joe was an incredibly gifted guy; a singer, producer, songwriter and stage performer. He had a great sense of humor too. I sat on both sides of the fence when it came to Joe: I was a friend and a fan. This is a great loss not only to the music industry but to humanity #RIPJoeChibangu #TheAmbassador The post SA-Based Entertainment Guru Mourns Joe “The Ambassador” Chibangu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Sunzu Spoils Wife With Classy Valentines Present

Valentines has come dreamingly too early for Gift Sunzu, wife to Chipolopolo defender Stoppila who go a dream present. Gifted was gifted with a brand new Mercedes Benz GLE 350. The gesture has created a buzz on social media with … Continued

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Valentines has come dreamingly too early for Gift Sunzu, wife to Chipolopolo defender Stoppila who go a dream present. Gifted was gifted with a brand new Mercedes Benz GLE 350. The gesture has created a buzz on social media with ladies rubbing it on the average man of the local scene as part of the debate stirred by ‘Sunzu’ love. The French Ligue1 side Lille defender has proved as effective off the pitch as he is on it having been the man that will be remembered for scoring the winning penalty at the 2012 Africa Cup. What can anyone say! The post Sunzu Spoils Wife With Classy Valentines Present appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Jan Sikazwe Becomes Second Zambian Ref To Officiate AfCON Final

Top Zambian referee Jan Sikazwe will add another milestone to his career after being named to handle the Africa Cup final between Cameroun and Egypt on Sunday. Sikazwe made the nation proud in December when he handled FIFA Club World … Continued

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Top Zambian referee Jan Sikazwe will add another milestone to his career after being named to handle the Africa Cup final between Cameroun and Egypt on Sunday. Sikazwe made the nation proud in December when he handled FIFA Club World Cup final featuring Christiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid and Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers which the former won 4-2. Cameroun and Egypt will square off on Sunday in the final that kicksoff at 21:00 hours Zambian time. With the Chipolopolo not making it to the Africa Cup some modicum of representation has come through Sikazwe and former Zambia coach Herve Renard whose Morocco side was dumped out of the tournament in the quarter finals. The post Jan Sikazwe Becomes Second Zambian Ref To Officiate AfCON Final appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Soldiers, Locals Ambushed – Four Dead in North Darfur

[Radio Dabanga] Korma -Militiamen killed four people and injured three in an ambush on a rescue team consisting of soldiers, policemen and civilians in Korma in El Fasher locality on Thursday.

[Radio Dabanga] Korma -Militiamen killed four people and injured three in an ambush on a rescue team consisting of soldiers, policemen and civilians in Korma in El Fasher locality on Thursday.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Cholera Deaths in Sudan’s Red Sea

[Radio Dabanga] Port Sudan / Khartoum -Three people reportedly died from cholera and dozens of new cases have been hospitalised in Red Sea state on Thursday, medical sources in eastern Sudan reported.

[Radio Dabanga] Port Sudan / Khartoum -Three people reportedly died from cholera and dozens of new cases have been hospitalised in Red Sea state on Thursday, medical sources in eastern Sudan reported.

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Chief Justice Race Plunges Into Chaos

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE race to succeed Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was plunged into chaos this week after Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said one of the three aspiring candidates had failed, while there is behind-the-scenes specu…

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE race to succeed Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was plunged into chaos this week after Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday said one of the three aspiring candidates had failed, while there is behind-the-scenes speculation that six Supreme Court judges might not be available for the appeal hearing soon under unclear circumstances.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Somali Refugees Stranded in Kenya After Trump Ban

[RFI] Somali refugees living in camps in Kenya are in limbo because of US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. Among them is Ahmed who has been waiting with his wife and 10 children to be resettled in the United States.

[RFI] Somali refugees living in camps in Kenya are in limbo because of US President Donald Trump's immigration ban. Among them is Ahmed who has been waiting with his wife and 10 children to be resettled in the United States.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

DRC Mourns the Death of Preeminent Opposition Leader Etienne Tshisekedi

[This is Africa] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, has died in Brussels at the age of 84, the country’s embassy in Brussels, Belgium has revealed.

[This is Africa] The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) main opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, has died in Brussels at the age of 84, the country's embassy in Brussels, Belgium has revealed.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Mugabe Ponders Cabinet Reshuffle

[Zimbabwe Independent] PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who effectively started work on Wednesday this week when he chaired a cabinet meeting, is mulling a reshuffle that might see Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa losing control of the Ministry of Justice and…

[Zimbabwe Independent] PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who effectively started work on Wednesday this week when he chaired a cabinet meeting, is mulling a reshuffle that might see Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa losing control of the Ministry of Justice and several ministers shunted around or removed.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe