Investigations on Child Rights Activist’s Murder Still ‘Incomplete’

[Monitor] Kampala -More than a month after the killing of child rights activist, Kenneth Akena Watmon, investigations into his suspected murder are incomplete, the State told court yesterday.

[Monitor] Kampala -More than a month after the killing of child rights activist, Kenneth Akena Watmon, investigations into his suspected murder are incomplete, the State told court yesterday.

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Uganda’s KCCA, Vipers to Discover CAF Opponents

[Monitor] Kampala -Having spent the better part of pre-season making recruitments for continental football, Uganda’s Caf representatives KCCA and Vipers will keenly follow proceedings in Egypt to know their opponents in the preliminary stage.

[Monitor] Kampala -Having spent the better part of pre-season making recruitments for continental football, Uganda's Caf representatives KCCA and Vipers will keenly follow proceedings in Egypt to know their opponents in the preliminary stage.

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Kabila’s Armed Forces Kill 20 Civilians In Clashes

The United Nations is reporting that about 20 civilians have been killed by Joseph Kabila’s security forces trying to quash citizen protests. This follows the end of Kabila’s legal mandate which expired on December 19, 2016. Congolese are protesting Kabila’s … Continued

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The United Nations is reporting that about 20 civilians have been killed by Joseph Kabila’s security forces trying to quash citizen protests. This follows the end of Kabila’s legal mandate which expired on December 19, 2016. Congolese are protesting Kabila’s continued stay in power. “On the issue of deaths, it looks bad,” Jose Maria Aranaz told Reuters by telephone. “We are reviewing allegations of up to 20 civilians killed, but it (the information) is pretty solid.” There reports that thousands of people are not following the direction of Mr. Kabila, whose lawful tenure as president has ended, and are taking to the streets in peaceful protest against the Kabila regime. Meanwhile, the French have come out with a statement condemning the violence and calls on the EU to re-examine its relationship with the DRC; the Belgium government has said that its relations with the DRC “will be re-examined, with the greatest circumspectionâ€; and Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce said “By remaining in power, President Kabila is violating the DRC’s constitution and the will of the Congolese people.†The head of the United Nations unit in the DRC also expressed his “grave concernâ€. “I am gravely concerned by the arrests of those who seek to express their political views. I urge the national authorities to strictly adhere to their international human rights obligations, to create a climate of political tolerance and respect at this important juncture in the DRC’s history…†The post Kabila’s Armed Forces Kill 20 Civilians In Clashes appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘Disgruntled’ Backs Racist Horse Shoe Restaurant Owners

Labour Minister Joyce Simukoko may have courted controversy by giving upmarket joint Horse Shoe the all clear on racism allegations. Simukoko who had a meeting with the management and employees said that her findings had revealed that the allegation that … Continued

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Labour Minister Joyce Simukoko may have courted controversy by giving upmarket joint Horse Shoe the all clear on racism allegations. Simukoko who had a meeting with the management and employees said that her findings had revealed that the allegation that there was racism practiced against black clients at the Horse Shoe. She has instead called for the arrest of the member of the public identified as Mika Mwambazi who blew the whistle after having allegedly being on the receiving end of a racist act. Simukoko said that various investigative teams had been sent to the joint whose owners are of Greek descent and nothing of a racist nature had been established. “Whatever you have been hearing about racism at this institution is not true. The workers, in our discussion with them have denied that this racism issue did not come from them but from an outsider,†said Simukoko. “What they have are problems as in a normal working environment. As far as management and workers are concerned there is no racism at this place. It is conducive for everyone.†The Horse Shoe was on the receiving end of a social media storm over the alleged racial remarks but from the business end it was business as usual. In November Mwambazi reportedly attempted to make a reservation for her birthday gig at the Horse Shoe in Lusaka’s Rhodespark area. But she was allegedly met with a horrific scene in which a black Zambian employee was being hurled with insults and racist comments by the place’s owners who are believed to be of Greek origin. Mwambazi, disgusted by the ordeal later took them on but was instead called “a foolish black woman†by Nikki Ioannou believed to be part of the proprietors. She was also told to “shut the f***** up†as she tried to defend the miserable and tormented Zambian worker who referred to at some point as a “good for nothing dogâ€. The post ‘Disgruntled’ Backs Racist Horse Shoe Restaurant Owners appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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30 More Riotous UPND Cadres Granted Bail

Thirty more UPND cadres have been granted bail in the case they are charged with riotous behaviour. The 30 join 11 others who were yesterday released on K2, 000 bail plus two working sureties. Last Thursday all hell broke loose … Continued

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Thirty more UPND cadres have been granted bail in the case they are charged with riotous behaviour. The 30 join 11 others who were yesterday released on K2, 000 bail plus two working sureties. Last Thursday all hell broke loose at the High Court when UPND cadres clashed with police leading to the arrest of over 45 cadres. The UPND cadres are being represented by Lusaka lawyer Martha Mushipe. High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo has suspended the hearing the UPND pursuit of their right to be heard in the presidential petition following the riots. The cadres have been in custody from last Thursday awaiting their court appearance. The post 30 More Riotous UPND Cadres Granted Bail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Insists On PF Election; Eyes Presidency

Roan lawmaker Chishimba Kamwbwili is eyeing the Patriotic Party presidency so he can contest the country’s presidential election on the ruling party ticket in 2021. Kambwili, a PF founder member, is galvanising disgruntled PF members to join his call and … Continued

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Roan lawmaker Chishimba Kamwbwili is eyeing the Patriotic Party presidency so he can contest the country’s presidential election on the ruling party ticket in 2021. Kambwili, a PF founder member, is galvanising disgruntled PF members to join his call and put up a revolution that will start on the Copperbelt. Majority of Kamwbili’s support base is being drawn from the Bemba speaking grouping in the ruling party that feel hard done by President Edgar Lungu. Kambwili has already managed to woo the likes of controversial lawyer Kelvin Fube Bwalya to his side and those on the Copperbelt dissatissified with President Lungu are leaning his way. “Make no mistake, Kambwili will cause a havoc in PF. People never thought Sata will become president and the more you underrate Kambwili the more shock you will get,” he says. Kambwili was fired as information minister and is now only an ordinary member of the ruling party. The post Kambwili Insists On PF Election; Eyes Presidency appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Citizen’s View: UPND Convention And KBF Call For PF Elections

Many colleagues from the media have been asking me about my view on the stance by the UPND not to hold their convention and also on the recent filing of KBF as Deputy Chair for elections. I am very reluctant … Continued

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Many colleagues from the media have been asking me about my view on the stance by the UPND not to hold their convention and also on the recent filing of KBF as Deputy Chair for elections. I am very reluctant to comment on both of these stories because we have repeatedly called on political parties in Zambia to realise that they are not just mere clubs as it were before January 5 when His Excellency the President of Zambia assented to the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act No 2. Political parties are are now creatures of the Constitution established by Article 60 of the Republican Constitution. Being the creature of the Constitution, political parties are required to abide by provisions of the Constitution which demand of parties to promote intra – party democracy, respect their members’ constitutional rights including the right to expression and the right of its members to participate in the affairs of the political party. There is general feeling though, amongst some colleagues, that political parties being clubs will set rules and issue decrees which every member is required to abide by or face the wrath of the party when they abrogate such rules and decrees. For instance, the argument is that UPND has decreed that they will not hold a convention to elect leaders and that members who go against this position may face disciplinary measures. Another example is that the PF Secretary General issued a decree that no councillor is allowed to ask if the State will pay them emoluments as provided for in the Constitution. In the face of such decrees, it is said that civil society and non – members of these parties should concern themselves when members who exercise their constitutional right begin to get harassed for either calling for a convention within the UPND or discussing emoluments for councillors by PF members, because members have an undertaking to respect internal rules, regulations, and decrees from their mother party. This argument is flawed to say the least and would make democracy a laughing stock as well as well render the role of civil society useless and irrelevant because civil society is meant to be a forum for strengthening democratic practices at all levels with the ultimate goal of strengthening democracy at national levels. Democracy doesn’t begin when people register to vote and ending when elections are over. It covers moments when a political party is formed, how it recruits it’s members and chooses it’s leaders, how it treats its members, what rules and decision it makes and how those impact on constitutional values in a democratic State, and whether the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the country’s Constitution can be respected even when political parties issue decrees or makes rules, regulations and decision. Civil society must therefore demand and have a say on how political parties behave in the promotion of multi – party participatory democracy. If a political party is seen to be violating the Republican Constitution through the rules, regulations, decrees and decisions it makes, the duty of civil society is to remind them and to stand up in defense of a Country’s Constitution over respect for dictatorial internal Party practices. My personal opinion is that the decision by the UPND not to hold a convention was made in bad taste and cannot be said to have been made by a Party which seeks to take over power through democratic means. HH and his team must seek another mandate from their members if they are to be seen as Champions of Democracy. UPND, the largest opposition party in Zambia, cannot be seen to have leaders who operate on an expired mandate. UPND has has been reduced to a party where all its leaders are appointed by one powerful man who himself does not want to subject himself to an internal democratic process. GBM may never know whether he has the blessings and support of the party to be Vice President if leaders like him cannot be subjected to an internal election. I am on record as having asked Edgar Lungu in 2014 to subject himself to to a democratic process as opposed to being hand-picked by PF MPS and MCCs. Edgar must be grateful that he went through the democratic process even though, at that moment, it may have not been appealing to him because if had allowed himself to be anointed by a few and elected by the PF electoral college, today he he would have been held hostage by a few MCCs and MPs and he would not have the 5 year mandate which he now has as PF President. KBF was simply stating the same facts I am saying to UPND here. Jean Kapata and the rest of MCCs who were not subject of elections by the last PF Convention must seek the mandate of the electoral college for how will they condemn the UPND when they themselves have not gotten a fresh mandate? How is Jean Kapata, for instance, different from GBM or former Vice President Cannius Banda for they are all not elected through a democratic process as was the case with Edgar? Lastly, although not connected to the topic above, I have said this before that the PF SG and his directives on election of Lusaka Deputy Mayor, councillors’ emoluments debate, the Bowman Lusambo land issue and collaboration with Independent MPS are making the man appear not to be a CEO of a party that ought to promote the rule of law and constitutionalism. This is what President Lungu needs to have checked in his CEO and that he should be told to separate the operation of government from the party. The first step towards that is for the President to undo what late Micheal Sata did by placing the Party SG third in line of salutation. This practice makes power go to the head of serving PF SGs, which led to the downfall of Wynter Kabimba. Article by Isaac Mwanza Political Commentator The post Citizen’s View: UPND Convention And KBF Call For PF Elections appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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KBF Says Jean Kapata Acted Under Pressure

Dismissed Patriotic Front Deputy Chairperson of elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube is not going down with a fight accusing superior Jean Kapata of being pressured to fire him. Fube, better known as KBF, was dropped as PF chairperson of elections for … Continued

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Dismissed Patriotic Front Deputy Chairperson of elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube is not going down with a fight accusing superior Jean Kapata of being pressured to fire him. Fube, better known as KBF, was dropped as PF chairperson of elections for having issued media statements without the blessing of the party. KBF came down heavily in opposing the contracting of a South African company Parkrite to man all the public parking spaces in the City of Lusaka. He argued that the contract would deprive youth feeding off income in bus stations of income. However, Kapata has come out strongly showing KBF the door. While accepting his dismissal KBF said that Kapata had initially been in agreement with him but backtracked after being pressure by ‘higher forces’. The tricky natured lawyer has however been linked with an undercover operation working league with Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili to destabilize the party. The post KBF Says Jean Kapata Acted Under Pressure appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Govt Faces Black Mountain and Jerabo Reality

The government is slowly moving to the reality that something must be done about the infamous Black Mountain in Kitwe. Some youths publicly known as jerabos that has traditionally fed off the Black Mountain staged a demonstration with some of … Continued

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The government is slowly moving to the reality that something must be done about the infamous Black Mountain in Kitwe. Some youths publicly known as jerabos that has traditionally fed off the Black Mountain staged a demonstration with some of them arrested. The Black Mountain is one of the old heaps of waste rock which piled in Kitwe’s Wusakile Township by the ZCCM before privatisation. In 2011 information has surfaced that the PF Government had decided to sell the dump site to Chinese investors who extract copper from the waste. Ownership of the mine has been a subject of controversy with the matter having been taken to court. Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma said that government is awaiting the opinion of the Attorney General. The youth reckon they have a right to be formally bequeathed ownership and control of the copper laced mountain. Government has previously toyed with the idea of leasing it out but the presence of illegal beneficiaries makes the subject highly sensitive. The post PF Govt Faces Black Mountain and Jerabo Reality appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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