Govt Opens Three-Day Talks With Somali Rebels

[VOA] The first round of three-day talks between Ethiopian officials and representatives from the Ethiopian rebel group of ethnic Somalis, Ogden National Liberation Front (ONLF), began Sunday at a secret location in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

[VOA] The first round of three-day talks between Ethiopian officials and representatives from the Ethiopian rebel group of ethnic Somalis, Ogden National Liberation Front (ONLF), began Sunday at a secret location in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Calls for Fewer Ground Missions After Ambush

[VOA] The New York Times is reporting that a draft military investigation into the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger last year calls for the Pentagon to reduce the number of ground missions in West Africa.

[VOA] The New York Times is reporting that a draft military investigation into the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger last year calls for the Pentagon to reduce the number of ground missions in West Africa.

source: AllAfrica News: Niger

NAC Holds Emergency Systems Training

[New Era] Ondangwa -The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently held an Airport Emergency Management System training to allow key stakeholders to plan and respond to acts of unlawful interference.

[New Era] Ondangwa -The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently held an Airport Emergency Management System training to allow key stakeholders to plan and respond to acts of unlawful interference.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Sixteen Militants Killed in Major Sinai Operation

[VOA] Egypt’s military said Sunday it has killed 16 militants and arrested more than 30 suspects in a major counterterrorism operation that was launched last week, targeting terrorist and criminal elements and organizations across the country.

[VOA] Egypt's military said Sunday it has killed 16 militants and arrested more than 30 suspects in a major counterterrorism operation that was launched last week, targeting terrorist and criminal elements and organizations across the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Political Parties Yet to Submit Nominations for Ncuncuni

[New Era] Rundu -The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is waiting for political parties to identify and register their nominated candidates to contest the Ncuncuni by-election on March 28 after the councillor position became vacant on January 2.

[New Era] Rundu -The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is waiting for political parties to identify and register their nominated candidates to contest the Ncuncuni by-election on March 28 after the councillor position became vacant on January 2.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Airlines to Save N11.6b Yearly From Removal of VAT, Others

[Guardian] The planned review and removal of the mandatory Value Added Tax (VAT) on all air travel tickets issued in the aviation sector will save local airlines at least N11.55 billion in revenue yearly.

[Guardian] The planned review and removal of the mandatory Value Added Tax (VAT) on all air travel tickets issued in the aviation sector will save local airlines at least N11.55 billion in revenue yearly.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

National Land Conference Back On Track

[New Era] Windhoek -The long-awaited second national land conference that was postponed last year will take place this year and is to be held under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed President Hage Geingob.

[New Era] Windhoek -The long-awaited second national land conference that was postponed last year will take place this year and is to be held under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed President Hage Geingob.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Dickson Jere Offers Fire Fighting Expertise on Lungu’s ‘ubomba mwibala alila mwibala’ Proclamation

Former presidential spokesperson Dickson Jere has offered some fire fighting expertise to State House in the face of the mayhem caused by President Edgar Lungu’s ‘ubomba mwibala alila mwibala’ proclamation. Jere, who served as Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda’s spokesperson … Continued

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Former presidential spokesperson Dickson Jere has offered some fire fighting expertise to State House in the face of the mayhem caused by President Edgar Lungu’s ‘ubomba mwibala alila mwibala’ proclamation. Jere, who served as Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda’s spokesperson has touched up his notes with personal experiences. BELOW IS HIS FULL STATEMENT: About Presidential Idioms and Proverbs By Dickson Jere Once upon a time, Father Bwalya was a pain in the flesh of President Rupiah Banda. He could really rile the President with his baseless personal attacks. So, in trying to hit back, the President attacked Father Bwalya by saying “he as a father without children†and went on to say Fr. Bwalya was in fact kicked out of the Catholic Church. But what the media picked and twisted was that the President insulted Catholic priests who are called Fathers but have no children. The Church was riled with the President statement so much that State House had to apologize. The media forgot (assuming they did) the last part of the statement in which the President explained his attack on Fr Bwalya. As press aide, I was bombarded with phone calls especially from the catholic faithfuls who thought the President had offended them. Fast forward, another Presidential speech mishap happened (it comes with a territory). President Banda attacked UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for not taking his wife in public prior to the 2011 polls. The President said; “nanga ndiwe mwenye mambala…†which loosely translated to; ‘why hiding your wife from the public, are you Indian?’. Within minutes, the President realized his statement meant for HH could in fact be offending to the Indian community in Zambia. He immediately ordered me to release a statement apologizing to both HH and the Indian community. And I did and the matter quietly died. And so Presidential statements can be misconstrued at times especially if one does not know the context in which they were issued. It is, therefore, prudent to quickly come out and explain the context without justifying it. No need to spin as it will only escalate the debate. Apologies deflates enemies at times! When the context is misconstrued, defending may not be a good option although it depends on the circumstances. Thinking of “ubomba mwibala alya mwibala “ idiom. Anyway, I was just remembering my lecture notes on crisis communication management! The post Dickson Jere Offers Fire Fighting Expertise on Lungu’s ‘ubomba mwibala alila mwibala’ Proclamation appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports