Opinion: Chingangu’s Fall From Grace

That former Africa Boxing Union (ABU) heavyweight champion Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu got convicted of house breaking last week by the Lusaka Magistrate Court is a great shame to the Zambian sports fraternity. The man who in heady days sized … Continued

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That former Africa Boxing Union (ABU) heavyweight champion Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu got convicted of house breaking last week by the Lusaka Magistrate Court is a great shame to the Zambian sports fraternity. The man who in heady days sized up against some of the biggest boxing stars like Vladmir Klitchko now only remains a virtual statistic of fallen sports stars. At the height of his boxing career briefly stayed in the USA and fought Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Klitschko in 1990 and lost. Chingangu had for years dazzled audiences with his fists of fury but after having flown so high the former boxer found himself regularly at variance with the law. Chingangu had before his final fall from grace flirted with crime having been entangled in a motor vehicle theft case and also got pummelled to pulp by University of Zambia students stealing laptops. He became a subject of ridicule on social media forums. But then what could have gone wrong with the once upon a time giant that felled opponents for fun. His case should provide a learning point for our sports personalities. It is not in dispute that at one point in his career Chingangu earned some decent monies. Unfortunately the brother was one to liberally blow it all up without any real investments. Even later efforts in his career by Anthony Mwamba’s Exodus Boxing promotion stables and Chris Malunga’s Oriental Quarries boxing stable to squeeze him on their high profile fights did not help the brother use up his last pay checks wisely. Now Chingangu has to do time behind bars for six months but that is not the most tragic bit about this episode as the brother could just be getting hardened for more sinister acts once he is out. He has had one too many brushes with the law to be optimistic about him giving up his criminal antics. Sports personalities across all disciplines should learn from Chingangu’s fall from grace and invest whilst they still can. The post Opinion: Chingangu’s Fall From Grace appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Sets Conditions To Dialogue With Hichilema

The ghost of his political tormentor in chief was out to haunt President Edgar Lungu even as he officiated at the Labour Day celebrations in Lusaka. President Lungu had set out on a smooth trajectory but found himself side tracked … Continued

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The ghost of his political tormentor in chief was out to haunt President Edgar Lungu even as he officiated at the Labour Day celebrations in Lusaka. President Lungu had set out on a smooth trajectory but found himself side tracked as he talked about his incarcerated opponent UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema urging the people that were calling on him to be tolerant to also extend their demands to the opposition leader. “Everyone who wants to comment on this subject wants to tell me to be tolerant but the other partners in the game are not being told to be tolerant. I will be very happy if the people who are calling for peace in Zambia can find time to talk to all the stakeholders in political activities to also behave and respect others [and] that way we’ll get somewhere,†said President Lungu. There is room for dialogue, room for dialogue in this case, you just accept the results and wait for 2021. Not to say ‘no, there is tension in the country.†He added: “Social dialogue is important; this applies to even politicians who talk about political tensions in the country. If only there was dialogue in the political arena, we would be more at peace than we are. This is because people think that by telling me to be reasonable, to dialogue, to be tolerant; we will get somewhere like that. We cannot get somewhere like that, tell the other guy also.†And President Lungu said the increase in electricity tariffs was inevitable. The Head of State said that he would not bow to political pressure and veto the proposed increase as it had become necessary. “There is need for us to increase electricity tariffs. It is a painful decision but we have to take it. Otherwise our economy will totally collapse. There will be no jobs to protect [and] there will be no economy to talk about. I will ensure that this is done; we just have to agree on the modality. But to say we cannot increase the electricity tariff,†he said. Zesco has written to the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) asking to adjust electricity tariffs upwards. The post Pres. Lungu Sets Conditions To Dialogue With Hichilema appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kiang West Lady Councilor Passes Away

[Daily Observer] Reliable sources have informed Daily Observer that the newly elected councilor of Kiang West died on Sunday, following a brief illness. According to our sources, Darboe complained of a headache before she died.

[Daily Observer] Reliable sources have informed Daily Observer that the newly elected councilor of Kiang West died on Sunday, following a brief illness. According to our sources, Darboe complained of a headache before she died.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Woman Charged With Causing Death By Lit Fire

[Daily Observer] Police prosecutors have brought a woman before a Banjul Magistrates’ Court for allegedly causing the death of one Sulayman Jabbi in a lit fire. Listening

[Daily Observer] Police prosecutors have brought a woman before a Banjul Magistrates' Court for allegedly causing the death of one Sulayman Jabbi in a lit fire. Listening

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GFF Clarifies Stance On Kmfa’s Congress

[Daily Observer] The Gambia Football Federation has issued a statement clarifying its position on the controversial elective congress held by the Kanifing Municipality Regional Football Association, where Bakary Paco Dampha was re-elected president for…

[Daily Observer] The Gambia Football Federation has issued a statement clarifying its position on the controversial elective congress held by the Kanifing Municipality Regional Football Association, where Bakary Paco Dampha was re-elected president for the next four years.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Government Is Committed to Protecting Employment Rights – President Koroma

[Sierra Leone Government] My administration is committed to creating a friendly and conducive environment for workers and employers with an attractive environment for investment, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma told a mammoth crowd of workers during Int…

[Sierra Leone Government] My administration is committed to creating a friendly and conducive environment for workers and employers with an attractive environment for investment, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma told a mammoth crowd of workers during International Workers Day celebrations on Monday, 1st May 2017, at the forecourt of the Miatta Conference Center, Brookfields in Freetown.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

George Mitchell to visit UNE’s Tangier Global Forum To Present “Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?”

[allAfrica] Tangier, Morocco — The University of New England’s Tangier Global Forum will cap its spring lecture series with a visit from former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. A global luminary, who authored the agreement that brought peace to Northe…

[allAfrica] Tangier, Morocco -- The University of New England's Tangier Global Forum will cap its spring lecture series with a visit from former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. A global luminary, who authored the agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland in 1998 and served as President Obama's special envoy to the Arab-Israeli peace process from 2009 to 2011, Mitchell will present a lecture titled "Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?"

source: AllAfrica News: Morocco

Energy Minister Says Government Will Appeal Nuclear Judgment

[GroundUp] New energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi may appeal last week’s court judgement which found the government’s proposed nuclear expansion programme was unlawful. Kubayi told Pariament’s Energy Portfolio Committee today she was to meet her legal te…

[GroundUp] New energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi may appeal last week's court judgement which found the government's proposed nuclear expansion programme was unlawful. Kubayi told Pariament's Energy Portfolio Committee today she was to meet her legal team to decide whether to appeal the ruling by the Western Cape High Court or to seek a declaratory order.

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