OPINION: President Lungu’s Reshuffles – Hits and Misses

President Edgar Lungu has shaken up his cabinet with some radical switches announced while others have been long overdue. The motivation behind some of the changes is unclear while some of them could be read as a direct response from … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has shaken up his cabinet with some radical switches announced while others have been long overdue. The motivation behind some of the changes is unclear while some of them could be read as a direct response from a public outcry. The flamboyant Dora Siliya has been a highly controversial choice for the agriculture portfolio with majority of the chaos in the Ministry of Agriculture laid on her laps. Others have been so unkind to Siliya to even lay the poor rainfall pattern that has affected agriculture on her doorstep. In truth Siliya has tried given her misplacement in the Ministry of Agriculture and what better place to take her than the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Siliya will certainly be at home in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting given her impeccable credentials as a journalist who served ZNBC as an employee. Given the at times clueless demeanour her predecessor Mulenga Kampamba exuded sometimes Siliya’s appointment could mark a welcome upgrade for the ministry. It could appear Felix Mutati has run his thread having been demoted from the financial portfolio. Anything but finance for Mutati was always going to be a downgrade and given that he has served in the commerce ministry under fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda. Not sure how much of a help the appointment of Kampamba as Fisheries minister will help the department but given that she will just be giving policy guidance there could be some positives to look out for. There can be no skipping the switch of former Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo to the Lusaka. Lusambo has made friends and foes on the Copperbelt but may have stepped on too many toes to squeeze himself out of the Copperbelt that is traditionally a political landmine. The Kabushi lawmaker will be at home in Lusaka as the terrain is hugely familiar for him having honed his die hard youth antics in the region. Margaret Mwanakatwe may be the lady to inject some life in the many financial challenges the country is undergoing and maybe more grateful to being named the second female Finance Minister after Edith Nawakwi. CABINET RESHUFFLES Dora Siliya – Minister of Information Richard Musukwa- Mines and Mineral Development Margaret Mwanakatwe – Minister of Finance Felix Mutati – Minister of Works and Supply Christopher Yaluma- Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry Dennis Wanchinga – Minister of Water Development David Mabumba – Minister of General Education Matthew Nkhuwa – Minister of Energy Kampamba Mulenga – Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo – Minister of Agriculture Bowman Lusambo – Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe – Copperbelt Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu – North-Western Province Minister Richard Kapata – Western Province Minister The post OPINION: President Lungu’s Reshuffles – Hits and Misses appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Dora Siliya Should Change – Comedian

Top Zambian comedian Thomas Sipalo a.k.a Prof. Difikoti has advised newly appointed information minister Dora Siliya to take extra precaution as she fits into her new role. Sipalo says Siliya is a good public orator, but a bad political nightmare … Continued

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Top Zambian comedian Thomas Sipalo a.k.a Prof. Difikoti has advised newly appointed information minister Dora Siliya to take extra precaution as she fits into her new role. Sipalo says Siliya is a good public orator, but a bad political nightmare to the real PF. “She will bring alot of the last days of MMD night mares… She needs to change the style of communication or people wont notice the difference between what they fought and what they have,” he writes on his social media page. President Edgar Lungu yesterday made changes to his cabinet demoting MMD president Felix Mutati from the position of finance minister to works and supply and promoted hardworking Margarate Mwanakatwe to the third most powerful Cabinet position. The post Dora Siliya Should Change – Comedian appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NYC to Rulindo – How Rwandan Artisans Partnered With a Global Fashion Giant

[New Times] “Why would a global luxury brand choose to build a factory on the side of a hill, in a landlocked country, thousands of miles from its primary markets?” quipped Sean Gilley of Karisimbi Business Partners, an investment and strategy firm bas…

[New Times] "Why would a global luxury brand choose to build a factory on the side of a hill, in a landlocked country, thousands of miles from its primary markets?" quipped Sean Gilley of Karisimbi Business Partners, an investment and strategy firm based in Kigali, at a panel held on Tuesday at Ubumwe Grande Hotel.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Telkom Grows Customer Base By 1 Million in Six Months

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Six months after Telkom ditched the Orange brand and took a new strategic direction, the telco has grown its customer base by one million to hit 3.85 million subscribers.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Six months after Telkom ditched the Orange brand and took a new strategic direction, the telco has grown its customer base by one million to hit 3.85 million subscribers.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Chaos Erupt at Wajir County Assembly

[Nation] There was drama at the Wajir County Assembly on Wednesday evening after a section of the members engaged in a fight when they failed to agree on the choice of the representative of the County Assembly Service Board.

[Nation] There was drama at the Wajir County Assembly on Wednesday evening after a section of the members engaged in a fight when they failed to agree on the choice of the representative of the County Assembly Service Board.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Why I Am Leaving AIT, Raypower FM – Austin Agbonsuremi

[Premium Times] Austin Agbonsuremi, a top official of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower FM, is an influential and widely known voice and face across the country.

[Premium Times] Austin Agbonsuremi, a top official of DAAR Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower FM, is an influential and widely known voice and face across the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Sonko Plays Down Talk of His ‘New Deputy’ Simon Mbugua

[Nairobi News] Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has refuted claims by some Ward Representatives on the increasing powers of East Africa Legislative Assembly (Eala) MP Simon Mbugua at City Hall.

[Nairobi News] Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has refuted claims by some Ward Representatives on the increasing powers of East Africa Legislative Assembly (Eala) MP Simon Mbugua at City Hall.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya