OPINION: Mukubesa Could the Neutrals Choice in Mayoral Race

Mundia Mukubesa, better known as Petersen has been running a smart campaign for the mayoral seat in Lusaka. It had seemed like a joke when Petersen showed up at the Lusaka Civic Centre to file his nomination as a candidate. … Continued

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Mundia Mukubesa, better known as Petersen has been running a smart campaign for the mayoral seat in Lusaka. It had seemed like a joke when Petersen showed up at the Lusaka Civic Centre to file his nomination as a candidate. It had almost seemed like one of those wishy-washy undertakings that were just an egoistic fulfilment of infant dreams. But Zagaman or is it Zagaze has clicked with some mass of prospective voters. One has got to admire the sincerity of Petersen in evaluating his chances in the mayoral race. Petersen has conducted an honest appraisal of his chances which is accurately reflected in his campaign song “Tikosesa†which translates in we would make it difficult. Petersen knows very well how hard it would be for him to win the Lusaka mayoral seat given his credentials that may beyond the enthusiasm of youth just has him dismissed as an entertainer. He has not been so outright about winning but making a mark on this campaign. The better enlightened could classify his pursuit in the league of the “strike a blow and dieâ€. Strike a blow and die in script of Malawian independence hero William Chilembwe. Enough about history lessons! Petersen is not only coming up against a campaign that is heavily viewed as a two horse race between the Patriotic Front and the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). He is standing on the nondescript People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) that is rather seeming like just fulfilling an electoral obligation to field a candidate. But Petersen who will appear on the ballot as Mundia Mukubesa has not let the negative vibe weigh him down and has gone about his campaign business alongside his youthful president Andyford Mayele Banda. It is very clear that Petersen has emerged as the neutrals’ choice. Petersen could very easily cause an upset on July 26 if his vibe continues resonating with the Lusaka voters. Of course winning may be a tad too far but Zagaze may have come of age to finally practice what he has preached over the years. He has made the right political and societal commentaries in his music over the years. His voice has resonated with the downtrodden of society making him a rare moral voice in music circles. His trademark songs like Anyandule, Bufi (collaboration with Pilato) and now Spartacus are some of the social commentaries that set him apart from the crowd. He may not win the mayoral race but Zagaman deserves some respect. He is a man simply living his dream. It may not come to fruition this time given the dominance the ruling Patriotic Front enjoys in Lusaka but surely Zagaman may just be happy to live his word.   The post OPINION: Mukubesa Could the Neutrals Choice in Mayoral Race appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Barack Obama Jets in to Jomo Kenyatta Airport

[Nation] Former US President Barack Obama arrived in the country on Sunday for a two-day visit whose key highlight is the launch of the Sauti Kuu Foundation in Kogelo on Monday.

[Nation] Former US President Barack Obama arrived in the country on Sunday for a two-day visit whose key highlight is the launch of the Sauti Kuu Foundation in Kogelo on Monday.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Kitwe Businessmen Fund Kamfinsa Correctional Facility Facelift

A team of businessmen in Kitwe led by Power Tools and Bus Services proprietor Mbachi Nkwazi has successfully funded the construction of 8 dormitories at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility to accommodate about 600 inmates. Late last year after visiting Kamfinsa Correctional … Continued

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A team of businessmen in Kitwe led by Power Tools and Bus Services proprietor Mbachi Nkwazi has successfully funded the construction of 8 dormitories at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility to accommodate about 600 inmates. Late last year after visiting Kamfinsa Correctional facility, Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu engaged businessmen in the district to help realise the change from prisons to correctional facility at Kamfinsa. The facility has for a long time been faced with congestion because of the initial holding capacity that cannot sustain the current number of inmates going beyond 2,300. As a way of completing government efforts to make correctional facilities, the business community in Kitwe district responded positively through corporate social responsibility to fund the construction of the 8 dormitories and about two boreholes. Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has commissioned the dormitories during the International Day of Prayer and Action for Inmates in Zambia. Kampyongo further announced that government has procured 18 motor vehicles for the correctional facility to address transport challenges. The Shiwang’andu Parliamentarian has since commended the gesture exhibited by the business community in Kitwe on the construction of the 8 dormitories to supplement government efforts in improving infrastructure in correction facilities. The post Kitwe Businessmen Fund Kamfinsa Correctional Facility Facelift appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Decomposed Body of Missing Police Officer Found

Police in Kitwe on Friday picked up a decomposed body of a police officer, reported to have gone missing on 28th May, 2018. The decomposed body was discovered by football players near Kamfinsa Market opposite Kamfinsa football ground who later … Continued

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Police in Kitwe on Friday picked up a decomposed body of a police officer, reported to have gone missing on 28th May, 2018. The decomposed body was discovered by football players near Kamfinsa Market opposite Kamfinsa football ground who later reported to police. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga who confirmed the development identified the deceased as Raphael Chama, a Sergeant of Kamfinsa Mobile Unit. Katanga said the Police Officer was reported missing after knocking off from night duties on 28th May, 2018 adding that the search for his whereabouts had been going on until the body was discovered. She said an AK47 rifle and a mobile phone were found besides the decomposed body. Katanga added family members have identified the body and post-mortem has been conduct while investigations have been instituted. The decomposed body is currently in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital Mortuary. The post Decomposed Body of Missing Police Officer Found appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Sinkamba Presses on Judges Probe

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says an investigation of judges’ alleged incompetence and gross misconduct is a constitutional issue which can only be done through means stipulated in the Constitution of Zambia. He has charged that any other means to … Continued

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Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says an investigation of judges’ alleged incompetence and gross misconduct is a constitutional issue which can only be done through means stipulated in the Constitution of Zambia. He has charged that any other means to probe judges is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. Responding to a press query on the call by some NGOs for government to constitute a commission of inquiry to investigate judges who had their judgments questioned by the public, Sinkamba said the constitution provides for such an investigation.  He said the institution delegated to do so is the Judicial Complaints Commission and the procedure for doing so is prescribed through the Judicial Code of Conduct Act. It relates to a legal battle between Savenda and Stanbic bank, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the bank pays Savenda a sum of 192.5 million kwacha for loss of business and vital contracts after Stanbic wrongly reported Savenda to the credit reference bureau for defaulting. However in March this year, three Supreme Court judges dismissed the appeal filed in the court by Savenda and ordered Savenda to pay Stanbic costs for all expenses the bank incurred from the high court to Supreme Court. “The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It provides that judges should be probed through JCC. It is therefore unconstitutional and thereby illegal to come up with another commission of inquiry to investigate the judges besides through the means provided for in the constitution. Not only that. It also does not make logic to come up with a commission when there is already a commission,” Sinkamba charged. He also said coming up with another commission would be a waste of meager public resources. He advised persons with complaints against judges to submit such complaints to the Judicial Complaints Commission and not merely complain to the media. “Coming up with another commission would not only be a waste of public resources but also illogical logic. Let those who have complaints against the judges file their complaints to the appropriate institution delegated by the constitution to deal with such matters,” he said. He added that is people are dissatisfied with the JCC outcomes, only then can make proposals to parliament to make amendments to the Constitution to change the mode of such probes. “If the JCC fails to deal with reported cases satisfactorily, only then can the nation consider reviewing the constitution through parliament to come up with another way of dealing with complaints against the judges,” he said. “And until the constitution is amended to provide for another way of dealing with the judges complaint, the existing arrangement with continue as the only means by which complaints against judges will be dealt with,” he added. He charged that as a constitutional democracy, Zambians must always strive to deal with all matters confronting the nation in the manner provided for in the constitution. “We should avoid unconstitutional and illegal short-cuts to deal with constitutional matters. Let us all protect and defend the constitution. We should abhor repugnant act and ideas that border on short-circuiting the constitutional provisions,” he said. The post Sinkamba Presses on Judges Probe appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘New’ Zanu-PF Shows Itself Ahead of Zimbabwe’s Elections

[New Zimbabwe] Harare -This past week it was surprising for some journalists to be invited to attend a press conference at national police headquarters, not far from Zimbabwe’s old and elegant State House.

[New Zimbabwe] Harare -This past week it was surprising for some journalists to be invited to attend a press conference at national police headquarters, not far from Zimbabwe's old and elegant State House.

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Angola’s Ambassador to Portugal Calls for Greater Control of Citizens

[ANGOP] Lisbon -Angolan Consulate in Lisbon must continue to identify the whereabouts of Angolan citizens residing in Portugal to improve their needs and bring them closer to state institutions, said Ambassador Carlos Alberto Fonseca.

[ANGOP] Lisbon -Angolan Consulate in Lisbon must continue to identify the whereabouts of Angolan citizens residing in Portugal to improve their needs and bring them closer to state institutions, said Ambassador Carlos Alberto Fonseca.

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Govt Launches Coastal Defense Project

[New Republic] President George Weah on Friday launched the Liberian Coastal Defense Project to prevent sea erosion in the Monrovia suburb of New Kru Town. Hundreds of houses have over the years been washed away by the sea due to coastal erosion that a…

[New Republic] President George Weah on Friday launched the Liberian Coastal Defense Project to prevent sea erosion in the Monrovia suburb of New Kru Town. Hundreds of houses have over the years been washed away by the sea due to coastal erosion that affected the township, displacing thousands of residents.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia