Katumbi Seeks U.S. Support for #KabilaMustGo

[Atlantic Council] On Tuesday, November 29, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Moϊse Katumbi joint opposition candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and former governor of Katanga Province, for a roundtable discussion on the evolving political situation in the country.

[Atlantic Council] On Tuesday, November 29, the Atlantic Council's Africa Center hosted Moϊse Katumbi joint opposition candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and former governor of Katanga Province, for a roundtable discussion on the evolving political situation in the country.

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Mushipe Goes For Fellow UPND Member After Court Bankruptcy

LUSAKA lawyer Martha Mushipe has dragged her client United Party for National Development (UPND) Kaoma Central Member of Parliament Sitwala Sitwala to court for non-payment of legal fees. Mushipe has accused the MP of refusing to settle the sum of … Continued

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LUSAKA lawyer Martha Mushipe has dragged her client United Party for National Development (UPND) Kaoma Central Member of Parliament Sitwala Sitwala to court for non-payment of legal fees. Mushipe has accused the MP of refusing to settle the sum of K45, 000 for professional services rendered to him. The UPND lawyer claims that on instructions from her client, she represented him in an election petition matter where Austin Liato sued him for the nullification of his seat in Parliament. “On the 9th September, 2016 the plaintiff received instructions from the defendant to represent him. The plaintiff and the defendant entered into an agreement and signed an engagement letter accepting the conditions,†she said. “Despite repeated reminders, the defendant has refused, neglected and ignored to settle the outstanding legal fees which are rightfully due to the plaintiff for legal and professional services rendered to them.†Mushipe submitted to court that Sitwala had issued instructions of termination of contract to her firm on September 30, 2016 without payment of the legal fees when the lawyer already concluded his case before court. She has since requested the courts to compel the parliamentarian to immediately pay the legal fees owing as per agreement, including interest at current commercial bank rate to the date of settlement. The High Court previously dismissed Liato’s petition and upheld that Sitwala as the duly elected Member of Parliament. The post Mushipe Goes For Fellow UPND Member After Court Bankruptcy appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Lawyer Says Judiciary Independent

PF lawyer and Kabwe parliamentarian Tutwa Ngulube says the ruling party will respect the three arms of government and allow institutions such as the judiciary to operate independently. Ngulube’s comment comes in the wake of a tiff between President Edgar … Continued

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PF lawyer and Kabwe parliamentarian Tutwa Ngulube says the ruling party will respect the three arms of government and allow institutions such as the judiciary to operate independently. Ngulube’s comment comes in the wake of a tiff between President Edgar Lungu’s spokesperson Amos Chanda and Law Association of Zambia president Linda Kasonde, Chanda had made comments on the judiciary that LAZ viewed as incriminatory and an affront to judicial independence. BELOW IS NGULUBE’S CONTRIBUTION Featuring on the PF Interactive Forum today Honorable Tutwa Ngulube said that Patriotic Front (PF) will allow all the three organs of the government operate independently and that PF won’t subdue the courts. “PF respects the rule of law” he said. Mr Ngulube has expressed disappointment the manner in which the Law association of Zambia (LAZ) has been labled as a political institution by the public. He said that LAZ was not created to fight the government or only seen to be working when the president speaks. ” We wish LAZ can be independent and avoid partisan politics” he said. He said that its unfortunate that the law institution is perpetually commenting on political matters when there many other issues that need their attention. He as well feared that in future LAZ would wish to slot in their people to stand as independent candidates in politics. “The role of LAZ is to give legal guidance to the lawyers and the government” Moreover,Mr Ngulube observed that LAZ is putting the Attorney general in what he described as an ’embarrassing situation’ because the attorney wouldn’t know whether to side the government or to side the Law association. He added that this acrimony must not continue but brought to an end. Regarding the judiciary, Kabwe Central law maker said PF want a Judiciary that will stick to what the constitution says. He cited an example of the last Presidential petition in which the Constitutional court kept changing judgments. “The presidential petition was embarrassing” he said. He said that the Judiciary must be independent and impartial. “Even in the on going petitions PF won’t engage itself in name calling on judiciary and we will respect the outcome from the judiciary.” Said Mr Ngulube. While answering a question from one journalist Mr Ngulube only wished that the Judicial Complaint Authority had teeth to discipline the behavior of lawyers who have now turned political and operate on friendship and nepotism. The law maker observed that People have now lost confidence in the judiciary as they think its impossible to win a case in court if you are suing a richer man than you. He said this is not good and must come to an end. Tutwa further said it is not illegal if people are calling for the formation of another body of Law association for the attainment of checks and balances. The post PF Lawyer Says Judiciary Independent appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nigerians in U.S. Celebrate Trump’s Appointment of Bayo Ogunlesi

[Daily Trust] The Nigerian community in U.S. has lauded the appointment of Bayo Ogunlesi by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump into his Economic Advisory Team, saying it could signal a positive trend for Africa.

[Daily Trust] The Nigerian community in U.S. has lauded the appointment of Bayo Ogunlesi by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump into his Economic Advisory Team, saying it could signal a positive trend for Africa.

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Trump Taps Nigerian Ogunlesi for Economic Advisory Council

[Daily Trust] President-elect of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, Friday, announced the composition of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. The council stacked with Wall Street and corporate leaders, included a Nigerian, Adebayo Og…

[Daily Trust] President-elect of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, Friday, announced the composition of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. The council stacked with Wall Street and corporate leaders, included a Nigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi.

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Kazala Hires Cadres To Shower Kamanga With Insults In Mufulira

Suspended FAZ vice-president Richard Kazala yesterday hired a horde of cadres who he stationed near the VIP section to insult his boss Andrew Kamanga. Kazala, a thief that has pocketed K150, 000 from ticket sales and is due to face … Continued

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Suspended FAZ vice-president Richard Kazala yesterday hired a horde of cadres who he stationed near the VIP section to insult his boss Andrew Kamanga. Kazala, a thief that has pocketed K150, 000 from ticket sales and is due to face the council for expulsion, has since launched a nation wide campaign to pass a vote of no confidence in Kamanga. Kamanga was in Mufulira to crown Zanaco for their 2016 feat but endured a barrage of invective from hired thugs who called him “failure” “weak” and “visionless”. They demanded he resigns or he will be forced out. Part of Kazala’s strategy is to hire thugs, mostly feable and malnourished body builders from Chingola, to intimidate, insult and portray Kamanga unpopular at public events. Kazala has also hired a few hungry souls among FAZ councillors whom he has planted on social media to drive his agenda. Kazala does not deny he stole public funds but is hiding in a claim that Kamanga did not follow procedure to suspend him. The Chingola businessman who failed his people as member of parliament believes his only route to public life is to remain in FAZ. According to sources, Kazala is spending between K50 to K200 on every feable and malnourished bodybuilder he is stationing at public events Kamanga is due to attend. The sources further say Kazala has a weekly stipend of between K250 to K500 for his social media barking dogs. “As we approach the AGM, the budget will increase because Kazala has vowed to prove a point to Kamanga that he can’t match him where spending is concerned. “Kazala is claiming most councillors ni chushi (are poverty stricken) and can easily be swayed with utuma K500. He says he has more liquid cash to spend than Kamanga without anyone questioning him,” the source adds. Kazala says Kamanga must be removed from FAZ so that he can go and practice his “accountability” and “transparency” somewhere else. Last month, Kamanga while exercising his powers as FAZ president suspended Kazala and his sidekick Blackwell Siwale for failing to account for K150, 000 which was match ticket proceeds from the Zambia versus Nigeria encounter. Kazala and Siwale collected K1,650, 000 from government but only declared K1, 500, 000 prompting an audit query. FAZ has previously operated on a petty cash basis with officials known to share gate takings at stadia especially after every international match. The trend had continued under the previous administration with funds from international match appearance fees in excess of $1 million all going unaccounted. Kazala has been party to an administration that has plundered Zambia’s US $2 million that CAF paid for winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012. The post Kazala Hires Cadres To Shower Kamanga With Insults In Mufulira appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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18 Arrested Over U.S.$3,2 Million Contraband Items

[Vanguard] The Federal Operations Unit, (FOU) Zone ‘C’ Owerri, of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 29 prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1billion and under payment recovery of over N54 million.

[Vanguard] The Federal Operations Unit, (FOU) Zone 'C' Owerri, of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted 29 prohibited items with a Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N1billion and under payment recovery of over N54 million.

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Navy Concludes ‘Exercise Eagles Eye’ in Bayelsa Waterways

[Vanguard] The Nigerian Navy on Saturday, concluded the annual sea inspection drill of the Chief of Naval Staff, christened “Exercise Eagle Eye” at Forward Operation Base, Formoso, Brass in Bayelsa

[Vanguard] The Nigerian Navy on Saturday, concluded the annual sea inspection drill of the Chief of Naval Staff, christened "Exercise Eagle Eye" at Forward Operation Base, Formoso, Brass in Bayelsa

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