Youngsters Impress At 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament

[New Times] Rwandan youngsters made an impression at the 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament (GMCT) which concluded Sunday night in Kigali even though members of the Ugandan delegation, as expected, dominated the medals podium.

[New Times] Rwandan youngsters made an impression at the 2018 Genocide Memorial Chess Tournament (GMCT) which concluded Sunday night in Kigali even though members of the Ugandan delegation, as expected, dominated the medals podium.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Discrimination Reports At Local Hangout Provoke Angry Reactions

[New Times] Over the weekend, a Zimbabwean national who is currently visiting Rwanda took to Twitter to accuse a popular Kigali nightclub of denying her entry because she is albino.

[New Times] Over the weekend, a Zimbabwean national who is currently visiting Rwanda took to Twitter to accuse a popular Kigali nightclub of denying her entry because she is albino.

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Impactful Interventions – Brazzaville Foundation Plans To Bring Renewed Hope To Libya

The Brazzaville Foundation aims to bring renewed hope to one of Africa’s largest oil producers, with efforts for peace serving as a precedent in positive interventions for the rest of the continent. Since the fall of Muammar Ghadaffi in 2011, … Continued

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The Brazzaville Foundation aims to bring renewed hope to one of Africa’s largest oil producers, with efforts for peace serving as a precedent in positive interventions for the rest of the continent. Since the fall of Muammar Ghadaffi in 2011, Libya, similarly to much of North Africa, is a nation unstable, one which has not known lasting peace since this undeniable regime change. It is the Brazzaville Foundation (http://brazzavillefoundation.org/en), among others, that has sought to achieve some semblance of stability by bringing nearly 21 formerly and staunchly opposing groups together. After the first meeting concerning efforts to stabilize Libya, held in Dakar, Senegal and dubbed ‘Dakar 1’, the Brazzaville Foundation has emboldened confidence behind its future success. Brazzaville Foundation Chairman Jean-Yves Ollivier tells us that he believes its subsequent convention, ‘Dakar 2’, will bring value in the tangible application of the previous Summit’s commitments. “It’s important that as we work towards establishing peace in Libya and we continue to openly engage with all parties involved in the process of its renewed struggle for prosperity, that the group formed look to equally exchange information and ideas in the hopes of playing a respective, prominent role in the process taking place in Senegal,†he stated. An independent, non-profit organization working to meet the key challenges facing the African continent by developing cross-border economic, environmental and conflict prevention initiatives, the Brazzaville Foundation has won the hearts of key partners such as Senegal President Macky Sall and Republic of Congo leader Denis Sassou N’guess. “We are very excited to have leaders of the African continent on board. Senegal, for instance, shares a lot in common geo-commercially with Libya and is therefore a strategic partner to this dialogue,†continued Mr. Ollivier. The fact that the first attempt under the Brazzaville Foundation was successful to bring parties in Libya to the roundtable fortifies Mr. Ollivier’s future promise that Dakar 2 will record great success, further highlighted in that the number of participants will have increased from 17 to 21. “It’s very important that these parties meet and continue to dialogue without intermediaries or outside interference; key for us to create a conducive, welcome and comfortable environment. These talks help break down any former walls of mistrust, those that have in years past stifled relationships between our brothers and sisters in Libya. By meeting to dialogue in this controlled format, we believe we bring a valuable restart to the process of rapprochement which is ultimately essential to creating lasting change,†Mr. Ollivier adds. He noted that efforts to bring the United Nations, the African Union and others to the foray are at an advanced stage, because these international bodies were also key in ensuring the ‘Dakar 1’ dialogue succeeded. Mr. Ollivier remains confident that the approach being taken by his organization is singularly a critical intervention, one needed to help restore stability not only in Libya, but perhaps beyond. The post Impactful Interventions – Brazzaville Foundation Plans To Bring Renewed Hope To Libya appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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IG Sets Camp in Kitwe to Dismantle Criminal Gangs

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has taken personal interest in the emerging culture of criminal gangs on the Copperbelt and set camp in Kitwe to help dismantle the criminal empires. Kitwe has in the recent past recorded an increase … Continued

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Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has taken personal interest in the emerging culture of criminal gangs on the Copperbelt and set camp in Kitwe to help dismantle the criminal empires. Kitwe has in the recent past recorded an increase in criminal gangs with notorious names that have been spreading terror among the residents. Among the fearsome gangs are the 90 Ninjas, Tokota Boys and Sons of the Devil (SOS). Gangsterism has acquired some notoriety on the Copperbelt with citizens and law enforcement agencies seemingly powerless. Kanganja has already sounded a warning when he paid courtesy call on Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu stating that police will not spare the gangs once found. “My aim of coming here is that we smoke them out, that’s I have with a big team, will go round where these gangs are reported to be, I will conduct patrols in the day and night, we cannot allow such activities to continue. I want to personally be on the ground and talk to our people in these areas, we need to assure our people that we are here to protect them,” Kanganja said. Meanwhile Mpundu has appealed to the Police Command to establish the root cause of gangs in Kitwe and other towns on the Copperbelt. He alleged that there is a possibility the gangs are being funded by some individuals who said should be found and dealt with. “The issue of gangs dates far back, sometime times back we had other groupings that I will not mention and then these gangs terrorising our residents, for me we need to be looking at the root cause of these and especially with reports that there could some members of the community that may be sponsoring these, in my view those are the people that we must deal with ruthlessly,” Mpundu said. Some members belonging to different gangs are appearing in courts facing different charges. The post IG Sets Camp in Kitwe to Dismantle Criminal Gangs appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Early Marriages Worry Senior Chief Kalindawalo

Senior Chief Kalindawalo of the Nsenga people in Petauke said it is shameful that Zambia is among the 20 leading countries with high early child marriages in the world. Chief Kalindawalo said a lot still needs to be done to … Continued

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Senior Chief Kalindawalo of the Nsenga people in Petauke said it is shameful that Zambia is among the 20 leading countries with high early child marriages in the world. Chief Kalindawalo said a lot still needs to be done to stop early marriages. “It is very shameful for a country like Zambia to be among the 20 leading countries that have a high prevalence of early marriages.Where have we gone wrong?†he asked. Chief Kalindawalo said this in a speech read for him by chief Mumbi at the end of a one day stakeholders consultative meeting on early child marriages organized by Plan Zambia in Chipata. He said there was need for both government and traditional leaders to create an enabling environment which could assist the girl child to learn and remove illiteracy in them through education. Earlier Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo who was represented by Chadiza District Commissioner George Phiri said Zambia had a high rate of early child marriages. “Zambia is among the top twenty countries with the highest prevalence rate of child marriage in the world. The 2013-2014 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey found that child marriage was more common among girls than boys: 17% of girls aged 15-19 are married compared to only 1% of boys of the same age group. The practice disproportionally affects, and has affected Zambian females, as 42% of women aged 20-49 report having married before age 18, compared to 4.2% of men,†Kasolo said.   The post Early Marriages Worry Senior Chief Kalindawalo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipata Driver Gets 2 Years for Deliberately Driver into a Tree Protesting Regular Impounding

The Chipata High Court has sentenced a Sinda taxi driver 2 years imprisonment with hard labour for deliberately hitting into a tree with passengers and a traffic police officer on board after he complained that he was fed up of … Continued

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The Chipata High Court has sentenced a Sinda taxi driver 2 years imprisonment with hard labour for deliberately hitting into a tree with passengers and a traffic police officer on board after he complained that he was fed up of being impounded by the police. Leonard Davis Mwale was charged with five counts of acts to cause grievous harm. Facts of the matter where that on 23 November 2017 around 06:00 hours, Mwale who was driving on Kambauwa road was impounded by the police for overloading. The convict who had seven passengers on board was asked by the police to remove some of the passengers and one traffic officer Christabel Chibesa jumped on the same vehicle so that they go to the police station to charge him. On the way to the police station, Mwale complained that his vehicle was impounded several times and told everyone on board that it was their time to die. It was at that point that he sped off and rammed the vehicle into a tree. The passengers and the police officer sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital. Lusaka Judge Gertrude Chawatama sentenced Mwale to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour in each of the five counts that would run concurrently.   The post Chipata Driver Gets 2 Years for Deliberately Driver into a Tree Protesting Regular Impounding appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Green Party Threatens Legal Action over FIC Boss Controversy

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba insists that neither Section 5 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2010 nor any other law bars the executive director of the FIC from disseminating the findings of the agency to the public and … Continued

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Green Party President Peter Sinkamba insists that neither Section 5 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2010 nor any other law bars the executive director of the FIC from disseminating the findings of the agency to the public and has warned that if the Patriotic Front members coerce their leaders to fire her and the Board, his party will have no option but petition the Constitutional Court to order a referendum on the issue. Reacting to the call by senior PF members who have demanded for the removal of Tshumba and the board for disseminating the 2017 Trends Report on anti-money laundering, terrorism financing and other financial crimes, Sinkamba said the demand by PF is uncalled for and may prove costly as the country at the moment lacks financial resources to run a referendum. Speaking to the press in Kitwe this morning, Sinkamba appealed to President Edgar Lungu not to entertain the demand by senior PF members. “We have looked at Section 5 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2010, as well as other laws and we have not found any provision that stops FIC from disseminating its findings to the public.  So it goes without saying that if the Act does not bar FIC from disseminating its findings, then it is not an offence for centre to do so. We have also looked at Article 5 of the Constitution of Zambia which provides that all sovereign power is vested into the people which is exercised through their elected representatives and appointed officials and that if no power is delegated to any elected or appointed official then that power is retained by the people and exercised by the people themselves through the referendum,†he said. “Now in this instance, we have PF saying FIC exercised our power wrongly and we are saying they exercised it rightfully. Then per Article 5 of the Constitution, this stalemate can only be resolved through the referendum. If President Lungu agrees with his members and proceeds to terminate the services of Tshumba and the Board, without following the due process which in this instance is holding a referendum on this question, then we will challenge the President’s decision in the Constitutional Court and petition the Court to order a referendum. This may be costly, and for this reason, we appeal to the President to exercise maximum restraint,†Sinkamba warned. The post Green Party Threatens Legal Action over FIC Boss Controversy appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipata Trades Students Riot

Angry students at Chipata Trades Training Institute have rioted destroying the administration block, a vehicle and vice-principal’s house in protest against some school rules. Chipata Trades Training Institute principal Miriam Mwale told journalists that the students ran amok in the … Continued

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Angry students at Chipata Trades Training Institute have rioted destroying the administration block, a vehicle and vice-principal’s house in protest against some school rules. Chipata Trades Training Institute principal Miriam Mwale told journalists that the students ran amok in the early hours of Monday because they wanted to have their own rules and terms. Mwale said management was very saddened with the behaviour of the students. She said there was no society which had no rules. Mwale said police were investigating the matter. But the students at the institute said they were not happy with the way the vice principal was demanding for both tuition and boarding fees. By press time some police officers had rushed to the institute to check what was obtaining on the ground. The post Chipata Trades Students Riot appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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