Chiefs Must Not Wear Party T-Shirts

[New Dawn] The head for the Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, is cautioning chiefs and elders across the country to remain neutral and avoid wearing campaign T-shirts for political parties, stressing that the goal of chiefs is to hel…

[New Dawn] The head for the Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, is cautioning chiefs and elders across the country to remain neutral and avoid wearing campaign T-shirts for political parties, stressing that the goal of chiefs is to help promote peace.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

How Much Ellen Worths?

[New Dawn] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday 13, June released her latest assets information to the public putting her net worth (assets minus liability) at USD1, 707, 279.64 (one million, seven hundred and seven thousand, two hundred seventy …

[New Dawn] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday 13, June released her latest assets information to the public putting her net worth (assets minus liability) at USD1, 707, 279.64 (one million, seven hundred and seven thousand, two hundred seventy -nine and sixty-four cent). The president's income and assets declaration includes her gross annual salary of LRD1, 684, 500.00 and an annual allowance of USD72, 000.

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Police Install Street Security Cameras

[New Dawn] Authorities at the Liberian National Police or LNP have begun installing security cameras on the streets, as way a of creating a safe city. Liberia’s Police Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman told the New Dawn in an exclusive interview T…

[New Dawn] Authorities at the Liberian National Police or LNP have begun installing security cameras on the streets, as way a of creating a safe city. Liberia's Police Inspector General Col. Gregory Coleman told the New Dawn in an exclusive interview Tuesday 13, June that the security cameras which are currently being tested will be rolled out probably within the next two weeks, and that over 60 percent of Monrovia will be monitored by camera in the initial stages.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Matero Residents Protest Poor Drainage, Woodlands & Chilenje Residents Demand City Indaba, Kalulushi Suspends Land Licence Agency

Residents of Matero’s Maiteneke ward protesting the poor drainage system in the area which they say has gone unattended for close to a decade now. The residents say they are tired of living with a blocked sewage for the past … Continued

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Residents of Matero’s Maiteneke ward protesting the poor drainage system in the area which they say has gone unattended for close to a decade now. The residents say they are tired of living with a blocked sewage for the past 10 years. According to residents, even attempts to report the blockages to the Lusaka Water and Sewerage have not yielded any success. The residents say the company has failed to do a good job as any attempts to clear the blockage only last a day before the situation recedes. Area councillor Annie Chinyanta has been involved to help find a solution and engaged a number of companies but all in vain. Parents are also worried that their school going children risk contracting communicable diseases through the contaminated water. And residents of Woodlands and Chilenje townships have called a meeting with other stakeholders to understand the lease City of Lusaka has entered with a local contractor. The developer has already moved on site and clearing the land. The clubhouse is earmarked for demolition. The community is worried because of lack of communication between the club and residents. Zambia Environmental Agency has yet to approve the plan for a construction of a shopping mall. In Kalulushi, the Municipal Council has followed the path of Ndola and Kabwe councils where the government have suspended the land agent license. It’s understood lack of transparency when issuing land has given rise to numerous cases of corruption in the land acquisition process. Officials like Counselors and Council officers are allegedly among the major beneficiaries. The post Matero Residents Protest Poor Drainage, Woodlands & Chilenje Residents Demand City Indaba, Kalulushi Suspends Land Licence Agency appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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This is how Dictatorships Begin – Gary Nkombo

UPND Parliamentary Chief Whip Garry Nkombo says the suspension of the 48 opposition lawmakers was part of a calculated scheme that had started with the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason. Nkombo said that the Speaker … Continued

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UPND Parliamentary Chief Whip Garry Nkombo says the suspension of the 48 opposition lawmakers was part of a calculated scheme that had started with the arrest of Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason. Nkombo said that the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini had used his emotions in arriving at the decision to suspend UPND lawmakers for boycotting President Edgar Lungu’s address to parliament on March 17. Addressing a press briefing at the party secretariat Nkombo said that the PF was preoccupied with the recognition of President Edgar Lungu with the Speaker falling into a political trap to save partisan interests. “We are convinced that the incarceration of our leader was all planned because they knew there would be sparks there and so the easier way was to do what has happened and also we know that now we are sitting without the opposition,†he said. “The function of the opposition political party is to provide checks and balances; the country has heard from time to time how the PF want to re-make the world. They have been advocating change to the Constitution over and over again.†Nkombo warned that the PF would use the one month without opposition in parliament to completely make changes to the constitution. “They want to manipulate the Constitution, just a year ago they were celebrating in the stadium that they have produced a document that is going to stand a test of time and no sooner as we settled in the 12th National Assembly they started tinkering around with the articles of the same Constitution they were actually praising,†he said. “Zambians beware they want to manipulate your document so that at the end of it all, it will not be a recognizable document.†Speaker of the National Assembly slapped a one month ban from parliament for 48 UPND members and warned that their leader Hakainde Hichilema would face possible arrest over his continuous remarks against Matibini. “This is how dictatorship begins; this is how the dictatorship asserts itself,†he said. The post This is how Dictatorships Begin – Gary Nkombo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Being Treated Fairly, Prisons Service Authority

Zambia Correctional Service has issued a statement stating that opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema condition at Mukobeko Maximum Prison is not as bad as is being portrayed. Hichilema, whose incarceration on treason related charges has widely been condemned, is entering … Continued

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Zambia Correctional Service has issued a statement stating that opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema condition at Mukobeko Maximum Prison is not as bad as is being portrayed. Hichilema, whose incarceration on treason related charges has widely been condemned, is entering his third month behind bars. The leading opposition leader was first held in Lilayi before being transfered to Chimbokaila in Lusaka and is now held at Mukobeko. UPND officials have decried conditions in which Hichilema is held describing them as “pathetic” and unfit for human habitation. But the prisons service has issued a statement clarifying the position. “HH is being treated fairly like any other remand prisoner in accordance with the available facilities at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center. It is unrealistic for the UPND to demand that HH must be given ‘special treatment or special cell.’,” part of the statement by public relations officer Margaret Nawa reads. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT FROM THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE PRESS STATEMENT Wednesday 14th June 2017 ALLEDGED MISTREATMENT OF HH AT MUKOBEKO MAXIMUM CORRECTIONAL CENTER The Zambia Correctional Service is disappointed with the continued propaganda by the UPND over its incarcerated leader Mr Hakainde Hichilema. In its latest propaganda, the UPND through its spokesperson Charles Kakoma has alledged that Mr Hichilema is being dehumanized in his cell at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center in Kabwe. Contrary to the allegations by Mr Kakoma, the facts on the ground are that: HH is being treated fairly like any other remand prisoner in accordance with the available facilities at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Center. It is unrealistic for the UPND to demand that HH must be given ‘special treatment or special cell.’ It is also important for the UPND and the members of the public at large to know that there are no special cells in prison as all prisoners are treated equally The Service does not discriminate persons detained in its facilities based on their social class, religion, tribe or any other identification. Therefore, there is nothing unlawful by giving HH the same facilities available to other prisoners. But the UPND as well as those concerned must be assured that Mr Hichilema, just like any other prisoner incarcerated at Mukobeko Maximum Security Correctional Center, is in safe custody as he waits for trial before the High Court. It is also cardinal for members of the public or the UPND community to know that a prison cannot be compared to a home and this is a fact. Therefore expecting that someone will live in a prison like he or she does at home is unrealistic. We should work hard as a country to improve prisons conditions to make them better and the UPND MPs as law makers are better placed to be among the advocates of increased funding to the Zambia Correctional Service in that regard. HH’S MOVEMENT TO MUKOBEKO MAXIMUM CORRECTIONAL CENTER It is disturbing that the UPND has continued to questioning the Service’s move to transfer Mr Hichilema from Lusaka Central Correctional Center to Mukobeko Maximum Security Correctional Center in Kabwe. The Services wishes to reiterate that the move was done in accordance with the Law. Section 68 of the Prisons Act Cap 97 of the Laws of Zambia states that “The Commissioner (Commissioner General in this case) may by any general or special order , direct that any prisoner shall be removed to any prison other than that in which he is confined or to which he had been committed.†There are many reasons why this could be done and in this case, the move is based on security reasons. VISITATIONS TO HH Again, the Service is compelled to repeat itself on this matter to make the UPND understand. Regarding visitations to a prison, the prisons rules, in section 132 part 1 and 2 are clear on this one as it states that “no prisoner shall be allowed more than three visits at any one time and all visits to a prisoner shall take place during such hours as the officer-in charge may direct.†A prison is a security institution that cannot be visited anyhow like a “tavern†or “pubâ€. We are a Service that operates professionally and within the confines of the law. We are also a Service that respects the inherent dignity of a human person in accordance with the International Human Rights and this does not exclude Mr Hichilema. In conclusion, the Service wishes to appeal to the UPND and other interested persons in this matter to familiarize themselves with the provisions in the Prisons Act and the Prisons subsidiary legislation. Margaret Nawa Superintendent HEAD- PUBLIC RELATIONS The post Hichilema Being Treated Fairly, Prisons Service Authority appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nation Is Making Progress Against Its Most Deadly Disease

[GroundUp] South Africa is making progress against tuberculosis (TB) but much more needs to be done. This was the message presented by Dr Nazir Ismail, the head of the Centre for Tuberculosis at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). H…

[GroundUp] South Africa is making progress against tuberculosis (TB) but much more needs to be done. This was the message presented by Dr Nazir Ismail, the head of the Centre for Tuberculosis at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD). He was speaking at the South African Aids Conference in Durban on Wednesday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa