I Don’t Need Money From Sarkodie – Mark Okraku Mantey

[Ghana Star] Popular music producer, Mark Okraku Mantey has spoken extensively on the widely trending issue of Sarkodie sampling the 1999 hit song,’Kokooko’ by the late Daasebre Gyamenah.

[Ghana Star] Popular music producer, Mark Okraku Mantey has spoken extensively on the widely trending issue of Sarkodie sampling the 1999 hit song,'Kokooko' by the late Daasebre Gyamenah.

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Ruling Party Welcomes Senator Ndume’s Removal

[Leadership] The All Progressives Congress (APC), has welcomed the development in the Senate, which has led to the replacement of the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume with Senator Ahmed Lawan, both of whom are card-carrying members of the APC .

[Leadership] The All Progressives Congress (APC), has welcomed the development in the Senate, which has led to the replacement of the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume with Senator Ahmed Lawan, both of whom are card-carrying members of the APC .

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Govt Appoints Firms to Audit States’ Utilisation of Bailout Funds

[Premium Times] Six months after the federal government provided about N510 billion to states to enable them meet their financial obligations, private accounting firms have been hired to monitor the expenses.

[Premium Times] Six months after the federal government provided about N510 billion to states to enable them meet their financial obligations, private accounting firms have been hired to monitor the expenses.

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FTJ’s K40 million Properties Forfeited to the State

worth over K40 million belonging to late President Frederick Chiluba has been forfeited to the State bringing to an end a longstanding legal battle. The forfeiture arose from a court action instigated Tedworth Properties Incorporation challenging the state’s having seized … Continued

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worth over K40 million belonging to late President Frederick Chiluba has been forfeited to the State bringing to an end a longstanding legal battle. The forfeiture arose from a court action instigated Tedworth Properties Incorporation challenging the state’s having seized the properties over allegations of corruption. Tedworth Properties Incorporation had acquired the properties for the late Chiluba that includes 21 residential flats on Plot No. 4828, Alberg Court, along Addis Ababa Drive, Longacres, Lusaka and Horizon House on Plot No. F/488a/26/C along Leopards Hill Road, in Kabulonga, Lusaka and Chibote House also located along Leopards Hill Road, in Kabulonga, Lusaka. When the properties were seized in 2002 no one came forth to claim ownership but Tedworth later commenced an action in the High Court with the court ruling in their favour in September 2010. The ACC appealed the decision with the Supreme Court overturning the High Court decision on December 29, 2016. Below is a Statement from the Anti Corruption Commission: SUPREME COURT AWARDS TEDWOTH PROPERTIES TO THE STATE I wish to thank you all for coming to this Press Briefing. The briefing has been called to highlight one of the major cases that the Anti-Corruption Commission has been pursuing and which has now been concluded by virtue of a Judgement in its favor, by the Supreme Court of Zambia. The case involves Tedworth Properties Incorporation which matter has been in the public domain and has over the years, attracted significant public interest. In 2002, the Commission instituted investigations into suspected corruption in the manner Tedworth Properties Incorporation Limited, a company incorporated in Panama, acquired properties in Zambia. The Acquisition of these properties was done before Tedworth Properties Incorporation was duly registered with the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) as a foreign company in Zambia, contrary to the law. The properties that Tedworth Properties acquires included the following: Plot No. 4828, Alberg Court, located along Addis Ababa Drive, Longacres, Lusaka. This property comprises 21 residential flats. Plot No. F/488a/26/C, Horizon House, located along Leopards Hill Road, in Kabulonga, Lusaka. Plot No. F/488a/26/D, Chibote House, located along Leopards Hill Road, in Kabulonga, Lusaka. During investigations, it was established that the properties were being managed by local property managers namely Access Financial Services Limited and S.P Mulenga and Associates. However, the said property managers were unable to disclose the real beneficiaries of the said properties and it was suspected that they were unlawfully acquired using public funds disguised as a loan. The properties were therefore suspected proceeds of crime and thus in the course of investigations, recovered and seized by the Commission. A Gazette Notice was issued on 4th February 2002 to Tedworth Properties Incorporation informing the company that the properties would be forfeited to the state within three (3) months from the date of the publication of the Notice if there was no claim to the properties. Three months elapsed and no claim was made on the properties hence the Commission issued an Order for the Properties to be forfeited to the State pursuant to the Corrupt Practices (Disposal of Recovered Property) Regulations of 1986. After the Order was issued, Tedworth Properties Incorporated through its lawyers commenced an action in the High Court seeking a declaration that: It was the rightful owner of the properties in issue That the declaration that the Notices Issued pursuant to the Corrupt Practices (Disposal of Recovered Property) Regulations were illegal That there be an order reversing the Notices issued by the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission for the forfeiture of the said properties and costs. On 30th September 2010, the High Court ruled in favour of Tedworth Properties Incorporated. An order was also issued for the Commission to hand back the Properties to Tedworth Properties Incorporation and to also render an account of the management of the same properties. The Commission appealed the judgement of the High Court to the Supreme Court of Zambia. On 29th December 2016, the Supreme Court delivered its judgement allowing the appeal with Costs to the State. The decision of the High Court was overturned and it was stated as follows: That the Corrupt Practices Regulations were legal That the Gazette Notices Issued pursuant to the Corrupt Practices Regulations were legally issued The disputed properties were effectively and legally forfeited to the State. You may wish to note that although the property managers refused to disclose the details of the persons who were claiming ownership of the properties in question, the lawyers for Tedworth Properties Incorporated later and in Court, disclosed that the purported beneficial owner was the late Republican President Dr. Frederick Chiluba. However, it was noted that Dr. Chiluba did not make any claim for the property when the investigations were proceeding and at the time the gazette notice was issued. The current estimated market value of these properties is over K40 million. The said properties have been on rent to various tenants from the time the Commission seized them and the rentals have been kept by the Commission pending the outcome of the Court Proceedings. The rentals accrued so far amount to over K14 million broken down as follows: Over K4million in the kwacha account Over $1.2 million in the dollar account. The import of the Judgment of the Supreme Court is that these properties and the money have been forfeited to the State. The matter has admittedly taken long to reach conclusion. Fighting corruption requires a lot of commitment, patience, courage and professionalism in the face of adversity. The Commission will continue and has placed a lot of emphasis on prosecuting and recovery of ill-gotten wealth, regardless of the persons or entities involved. The Commission would like to thank all the stakeholders who were involved in assisting to bring this matter to finality and these are the Drug Enforcement Commission, the Zambia Police Service, the Security wings and you the media for keeping the matter alive in the public domain. The Commission would also like to take this opportunity to once again call upon members of the public with information on any persons involved in corrupt activities to report them the Commission. The Commission values the support it continues to receive from the public and all stakeholders and will continue to execute its mandate for the benefit of all in Zambia. Timothy Moono Public Relations Manager ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION The post FTJ’s K40 million Properties Forfeited to the State appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Lungu Meets Millers Over Mealie Meal Prices

President Edgar Lungu this afternoon turned his attention the mealie meal situation in the country by meeting the Millers Association of Zambia. The Head of State was accompanied by a battery of ministers strategic to the food situation in the … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu this afternoon turned his attention the mealie meal situation in the country by meeting the Millers Association of Zambia. The Head of State was accompanied by a battery of ministers strategic to the food situation in the company notably Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya. Mealie meal prices have been a sticky issue having leaped to over K80 in the final stages of last 2016 and remain a problematic issue for ordinary Zambians. Below is statement issued by State House: PRESIDENT LUNGU CONFERS WITH MAZ OVER MEALIE MEAL PRICES LUSAKA, (Tuesday, January 10, 2017)—— His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia has today held a fruitful meeting with the leadership of the Millers Association of Zambia on the escalating mealie meal prices. The President was accompanied to the meeting by Finance Minister Hon. Felix Mutati, Agriculture Minister Hon. Dora Siliya, Commerce and Trade Minister Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Agriculture Permanent Secretary Mr Julius Shawa, Food Reserve Agency (FRA) Executive Director Mr Chola Kafwabulula and Senior State House Aides, while the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) was led by its Chairperson Mr Andrew Chintala. The two parties exchanged an open and frank conversation over the price of the staple commodity and the President emphasised that the Government and millers were partners hence should always work together to ensure that the interest of the people especially the poor were protected. The President has directed the Minister of Agriculture to hold another follow up meeting with the Millers and Grain Traders Association tomorrow to work out final details on how Government and relevant market players will work to ensure that market fundamentals were not manipulated to exploit consumers. Meanwhile, the maize export ban will remain in force until further notice. ______________________________________________ Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE The post President Lungu Meets Millers Over Mealie Meal Prices appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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The Kalaba Vote Snub: A Journalist’s Critical Perspective

With the dust yet to settle over how Chipolopolo skipper Rainford Kalaba missed out on the CAF African Footballer of the Year based in Africa, seasoned sports journalist Augustine Mukoka has weighed in strongly on why the TP Mazembe star’s … Continued

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With the dust yet to settle over how Chipolopolo skipper Rainford Kalaba missed out on the CAF African Footballer of the Year based in Africa, seasoned sports journalist Augustine Mukoka has weighed in strongly on why the TP Mazembe star’s missing out on the prize amounts to day light robbery. Mukoka reckons voting for Kalaba on the back of a meritorious show in TP Mazembe colours counted for more than vouching for a fellow countryman. Below is what veteran scribe wrote: WHY RAINFORD ‘MASTER’ KALABA DESERVED AFRICA’S TOP AWARD Rainford ‘Master’ Kalaba’s failure to win the African Footballer of the Year award for players based in Africa has dominated football discourse the last three days or so. What has even fuelled this debate is the revelation that Zambia’s golden son Kalusha Bwalya denied his Mufulira native the vote. Kalusha, according to the voting pattern availed by CAF, favoured Zimbabwe’s Khama Billiat who he apportioned 5 votes. His second choice was the eventual AFOYBA award winner Uganda and Sundowns goalie Dennis Onyango who was allocated 4 votes while Kalaba was recipient of three votes. As a soccer fan who has trooped to various stadia for local and international fixtures from a very tender age, I was without question rooting for Kalaba. But as a sports scribe, I had to go a little further to arrive at that decision. I delved into the performance of all three finalists during the period under review and was self-assured Kalaba was to become only the third Zambian after Kalusha and Clifford Mulenga to win a continental honour. Boy, was I not disappointed? On both fronts, I still believe Kalaba was robbed. And here is why. The AFOYBA award was introduced in 2012 when Zambia won her maiden Nations Cup title. In that year TP Mazembe also reached the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. Two Zambians, Kalaba and defender Stophilla Sunzu, made the final shortlist but the eventual winner was Mohammed Aboutrika. Aboutrika helped Al Ahly win their seventh CAF Champions League title that year and accounted for six goals in the campaign. Aboutrika was also one of the three overage players that represented Egypt at the London 2012 Olympics. He was on target for Egypt at the Olympics in their 3-2 defeat to Brazil. At the senior national team level, the Pharaohs were absent at the Nations Cup. They failed to qualify. He still emerged winner of the award ahead of two players who had guided their country to a first Nations Cup title and club to the semi-finals of the Champions League. In 2013, Aboutrika again won the AFOYBA after guiding Al Ahly to their eighth CAF Champions League title. Fast forward to 2015, the AFOYBA was awarded to Tanzania’s Mbwana Ally Samatta. His club mate DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba and Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah on the cards of Etoile du Sahel were the other two finalists. Of interest in the 2015 decision was how Samatta edged Kidiaba for the award. Both Kidiaba and Samatta had helped TP Mazembe reach the final of the Confederations Cup after being eliminated from the Champions League in the second round. Kidiaba went a step further by helping the DR Congo reach the semi-finals of the 2015 Nations Cup where they lost to the then Herve Renard coached Ivory Coast. It’s not in dispute Tanzania were not at the Nations Cup in 2015. Not sure if they have ever been. On record, Kidiaba had a better season than Samatta at both club and country, but CAF thought it wise to award the latter with the 2015 AFOYBA award largely because of his individual contribution to TP Mazembe and Tanzania. In 2016, Kalaba had an explosive season for Mazembe scoring 7 goals in the CAF Confederations Cup. He emerged top scorer. Conversely, Billiat scored only three goals in the Champions League one behind Zesco United midfielder Jackson Mwanza and striker Jesse Were. In fact, Zesco United’s Idriss Mbombo was third best scorer in the Champions League with 5 goals, four behind golden boot winner Mfon Udoh of Enyimba, Nigeria. As for Onyango, he had a decent run with Uganda keeping a near clean sheet in the AfCon qualifiers. He conceded only two goals in six matches, yet he was not the best in the series. Egypt and Morocco goalkeepers were the overrall best performers conceding only a goal apiece. Going by the criteria and individual performance of the 2016 AFYOBA finalists, Kalaba put up a decent performance to deserve the crown. The problem arises when we want Kalaba to compete against himself. He is not the Kalaba of 2012, but in a head-to-head face off with Billiat and Onyango during the 2016 season, he was still a better player than the other two finalists. The argument that Zambia’s failure to qualify to the Africa Cup cost Kalaba is very weak and can’t hold based on how winners of this award are selected. Until I’m convinced Samatta won the 2015 AFYOBA award because Tanzania was better than DR Congo that year, or Aboutrika beat Kalaba and Sunzu that year because Egypt were better than Zambia in 2012, our man was robbed. Given the chance to vote, I would have picked Kalaba not because he is a fellow Zambian but he demonstrated great leadership inspiring his club where he is vice captain to the Confederations Cup title which many teams fail to win when dropped from the ‘superior’ Champions League. If in doubt about how tough the Confederations Cup is, ask Zesco United or any team that has dropped from the Champions League to chase this title. That’s why Kalaba’s achievement can’t be downplayed. Voting for Kalaba was never going to be a favour given that he had as good, if not better, a season as would any prospective winner. I rest my case. The post The Kalaba Vote Snub: A Journalist’s Critical Perspective appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipimo Says Pres. Lungu Not Eligible For 2021

National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo junior says President Lungu is not eligible to contest the 2021 elections. Featuring on Radio Phoenix Let the People Talk program Chipimo, a lawyer by profession said that the amended constitution only referred … Continued

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National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo junior says President Lungu is not eligible to contest the 2021 elections. Featuring on Radio Phoenix Let the People Talk program Chipimo, a lawyer by profession said that the amended constitution only referred to a Vice President taking over midway through a term and never a President who had been directed elected by the people more than once being eligible. President Lungu has opened a debate over his pronouncement that he qualifies to contest the 2021 general elections. Chipimo said that President had fixed his eyes on contesting the 2021 elections and had now started fishing for justifications. The NAREP leader cited article 106 of the amended constitution as providing guidance on the matter. Chipimo said the article President Lungu was relying on for the three years did not apply to him but only when a Vice President assumes office midway through someone else’s term. The amended constitution allows the Vice President who is a running mate to automatically takeover if the President dies or under any other provisions of the law fails to continue. “People are just looking at the three years and are not looking at who it applies to. At the very beginning of Article 106 (6) it says if the Vice President assumes the office of President in accordance with 5 (a) or 5 (b) and that is when this issue around three years or less actually comes into force and effect,†he said. He said some components of the new constitution were just a restatement of the old constitution like a President twice elected not being eligible for a third opportunity. “If for example you take Article 213, part of it says there shall be established the Bank of Zambia which shall be called the Central Bank of the Republic. That was in the old constitution, it is also in the amended constitution. You have to ask yourself is this creating a new institution or is it simply restating the presence of an existing institution?†he said in building his case. “If I am just restating, no one is going to say when parliament opens, that we now need to confirm the Bank of Zambia Governor again or that there is a new governor or central bank. Those rights and responsibilities simply continue.†“In the old constitution we had something that somebody who had been twice elected as President shall not be eligible for re-election. In the amended constitution under Article 103 sub article (3) it says a person who has twice held office as President is not eligible for election as President meaning that is a restatement just as you would not re-appoint the Central Bank governor or re-establish or reconstitute the Central Bank you will not say that this starts afresh.†He said having been directly elected by the people President Lungu could not claim another term after his current tenure expires in 2021. “It is in relation to a Vice President who is elected in various ways, one is when he assumes office when the President is incapacitated or whatever happens. Number two is where the Vice President assumes office in another procedure where the Speaker performs the executive functions or the National Assembly is dissolved and the Presidential election is held and a new person comes in. So it is respect of that circumstance where the three year provision applies,†he said. “I think when you look at this in totality you have to conclude that there is continuity and a restatement just as you wouldn’t re-appoint any of the officials who hold constitutional offices. You also would not say that this provision continues to run afresh the time that the amendment comes in place but just a clarification. The three years does not relate to a person who is directly related but relates to a Vice President who then assumes office.†He added: “The bigger picture here is that anybody who wants to leave a solid legacy of success has to go in the office of Presidency believing that is going to be their last term and work as if it is their last term.†Chipimo said, “The three year argument does not help anyone argue their case that somehow a person who has twice been elected to the office of president can be elected again.†“They just need to read sub article (6) it actually states if the Vice President assumes the office of President in accordance with 5 (a) which talks about incapacitation or a person is elected to the office of president as a result of an election held in accordance with 5 (b) which is if the Vice President is unfit you go through another procedure,†he said. “It then says the Vice President taking into account 5 (a) or 5 (b) shall serve the unexpired term of office and be deemed for purposes of clause (3) meaning for purposes of whether you are eligible to run a third term.†He said President Lungu had been blinded by being focused on contesting the 2021 elections at all costs. “It is always safe to think through what the implications of the constitution say and then draw your conclusion based on the interpretation not based on the outcome that you want to hear,†he said. “We can all want to appear showering praise and tell people what they want to hear but I am not in that business which is why I am challenging Zambians to stop relying on politicians for your future.†He said that the matter can be concluded by the Constitutional Court stressing that there was no doubt in his mind that President Lungu would not be eligible to stand in 2021. 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Ex-Minister Mwale Jailed

Former Mines Minister under the Rupiah Banda administration Maxwell Mwale has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for abuse of authority. Mwale has been jailed alongside his deputy Boniface Nkhata for theft of 40 bicycles valued at … Continued

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Former Mines Minister under the Rupiah Banda administration Maxwell Mwale has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for abuse of authority. Mwale has been jailed alongside his deputy Boniface Nkhata for theft of 40 bicycles valued at K22, 000. Magistrate Ruth Chilembo sent the duo to jail for stealing the bicycles that were meant for small scale miners. In mitigation the duo had pleaded that they get a lesser sentence as they were breadwinners but the court said doing so would sent wrong signals to public officials. Mwale was also convicted in February 2015 over the unlawful granting of a mining licence to a Chinese firm. The post Ex-Minister Mwale Jailed appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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