Namibia Beat Zimbabwe 8-3

[Namibian] NAMIBIA’s men comfortably beat Zimbabwe 8-3 after leading 5-1 at halftime at the Indoor Hockey World Cup Qualifying tournament in Swakopmund on Friday evening.

[Namibian] NAMIBIA's men comfortably beat Zimbabwe 8-3 after leading 5-1 at halftime at the Indoor Hockey World Cup Qualifying tournament in Swakopmund on Friday evening.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Hichilema Mourns Versatile UPND Youth Clance Nalose Zulu

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says his party has lost a young modern freedom fighter in youth political activist Clance Zulu popularly known as Nalose on social media. Clance Zulu was a committed UPND member who took matters personal. Others … Continued

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Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says his party has lost a young modern freedom fighter in youth political activist Clance Zulu popularly known as Nalose on social media. Clance Zulu was a committed UPND member who took matters personal. Others loved her while others did not like her. But she remained a strong member of the opposition and was involved in party mobilisation. Writing from prison where he is without bail, Hichilema says Clance deserves a fitting send off when she is put to rest at Memorial Park in Lusaka today. BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S MESSAGE Dear UPND members and sympathisers of the cause. It is sad for our party after losing one of the fiery supporters in Clance Zulu. This for me is a personal loss because she was a person I knew would die for the party. Clance was a very strong person and very aggressive. She engaged you at the level you wanted to be engaged. If you were vulgar with her she would serve you back with the same level of vulgarity. Not because that is who she was but because Clance believed in justice. I met Clance several times. But probably what I do remember vividly was when she literally gate crashed a women’s function at the community house and she was very candid with me and I quote “Mr President I had no official invitation as such, but I had to see you my President.” And we laughed about it and spoke about many other things. One thing we should not forget about Clance is that she was intelligent and very kind. She was also very brave and loyal. Clance could never let anyone speak ill about UPND. She could not allow anyone to speak ill about her friends; she would defend them aggressively. We from UPND would like to commiserate with the family and would like to urge all Zambians to join hands in mourning this modern freedom fighter. Let us put aside our differences and give Clance a fitting send off with dignity. God Bless Zambia. HH The post Hichilema Mourns Versatile UPND Youth Clance Nalose Zulu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Court Clears Siliya of Abuse of Authority Case

The Lusaka Magistrate has ended former Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya’s eight year stigma for corruption after having acquitted her of abuse of authority charges. Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda sitting magistrate found Siliya with no case to … Continued

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The Lusaka Magistrate has ended former Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya’s eight year stigma for corruption after having acquitted her of abuse of authority charges. Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda sitting magistrate found Siliya with no case to answer. Siliya was slapped with two counts of abuse of authority of office for allegedly cancelling a tender for installation of a radar system, and instead accepting a free offer from Italian firm Selex Systemi Integrati. The Katete Member of Parliament who is now serving as Agriculture Minister in the Patriotic Front government was being pursued for corruption on the instigation of the then powerful Fred M’membe led cartel that wanted her jailed. A tribunal was subsequently set up with then Attorney General Mumba Malila (cartel plant) testifying against her during the tribunal. She was subsequently cleared but the matter was taken up in the courts of law with the acquittal coming eight years later. Justice Banda said that he did not find that Siliya acted arbitrarily in the cancellation of the tender. He said that Siliya did not initiate the cancellation but only carried on what her predecessors had recommended. “In accordance with section 206 of the CPC [criminal procedure code], I dismiss the charge and its allegations, consequently Ms Dora Siliya is acquitted,†he said. The prosecution alleged that Siliya, in breach of laid down procedure accepted a purportedly free offer from Selex Systemi Integrati for the repair of a radar at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as a result of which Government paid K1,943,932,360, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government. The post Court Clears Siliya of Abuse of Authority Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Round Up UPND Officials at their Secretariat in Mongu

Police have continued coming hard on UPND members after rounding up the opposition political party provincial leadership on Friday afternoon at their secretariat in Mongu. The police arrested the five leaders after having set out to hold a press briefing … Continued

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Police have continued coming hard on UPND members after rounding up the opposition political party provincial leadership on Friday afternoon at their secretariat in Mongu. The police arrested the five leaders after having set out to hold a press briefing within the precincts of their secretariat labelling it as unlawful assembly. According to the police the UPND leadership were arrested on suspicion that they were going to demand the immediate release of their incarcerated president Hakainde Hichilema. Muvi Television journalist Lloyd Kapusa was also briefly detained but released after he was found within the premises trying to cover the briefing. Those arrested are provincial youth chairperson Jeremiah Lihongo, his deputy Moto Moto, David Changamali, Mbinji Siswashwa and coordinator Ellis Mukubesa, 66. The post Police Round Up UPND Officials at their Secretariat in Mongu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lombe Mbalashi Is An Enabler In The Binene Sabwa (Walter Bwalya) Saga

The controversy surrounding Nkana striker Walter Bwalya (also known as Heritier Binene Sabwa) is a typical example of how crooked lawyers and corrupt police officers aid and abet the commissioning of crimes in the country. On one hand is Lombe … Continued

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The controversy surrounding Nkana striker Walter Bwalya (also known as Heritier Binene Sabwa) is a typical example of how crooked lawyers and corrupt police officers aid and abet the commissioning of crimes in the country. On one hand is Lombe Mbalashi, a lawyer with ZCCM-IH though also a football administrator and on the other, Peter Witola, a police officer who served as team manager for Forest Rangers and subsequently registered Binene as Walter Bwalya when he first arrived in Zambia from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. These revelations make the unfolding events around the case involving Binene an interesting study. The genesis of the Binene saga was a complaint filed by respected football administrator Simataa Simataa when until less than four weeks ago he served as Lusaka Dynamos CEO Simataa had asked FAZ to ascertain why Binene was featuring in the league when there is no evidence of the player being issued with an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as per standard procedure and regulations governing an international transfer. The basis: The man known as Walter Bwalya in Zambia had apparently turned up for Lubumbashi Sports as Binene Sabwa in the DR Congo Professional Football League before crossing over to Forest Rangers in Ndola, Zambia and later Kitwe to join Nkana. Lusaka Dynamos presented all the necessary documentation to support their claim. After the Dynamos complaint, it emerged Binene was actually not Zambian, but Congolese. And documentary evidence leading to this is available. Yesterday, the Zambian immigration withdrew the National Registration Card Binene claimed was the basis that proved his nationality. And he now faces arrest and possible deportation. As all this unfolds and happened, one man that should know better to avert such damaging crisis is Lombe Mbalashi, a FAZ executive committee member who served Nkana at the time Binene was arriving in Wusakile. Mbalashi is not just an ordinary FAZ ExCo member, he is a lawyer and supposedly well vest with understanding and interpreting legislation because that is what his profession entails. And before he was romped into FAZ, Mbalashi served as a Nkana ExCo for about five years during which period Binene was signed on the books of the Kitwe giants. To add some intricacy to the Binene saga, Mbalashi was and is still the Head of the FAZ Player Status Committee over these years. The committee concerns itself with issues of transfers, players disputes etc. Put simply, this Binene fiasco was birthed and has now exploded under Mbalashi’s watch. Where has this Mbalashi been in all this? How could a lawyer allow such illegality to prevail under his nose? It’s not in dispute that a lawyer’s strength is founded on his/her ability to delve into historical facts, compiling data so as to establish a position that guides society. It’s not the case in the Binene saga. A lawyer has led us into a mess. What was Lombe Mbalashi’s role when Binene joined Nkana? Did he take an interest in looking at the player’s contract? Yes, he should have taken an interest. After all he even served as Nkana secretary at some point. What were the terms of Binene’s agreement? Did Nkana engage him as a Zambian player? If so, how? Any lawyer worthy of the learned title would make preliminary inquiries. Where was this player, in this case Binene, at youth level? Any academy or clubs beyond Forest Rangers? Did Mbalashi ever ask these and many other pertinent questions regarding Binene? It looks like he did not, or he conveniently ignored the questions to render the football family on a self destructive path as the one now before us. If the man at the helm of the FAZ Player Status Committee can lamentably fail to address the Binene saga before it reached this far especially when serving both at Nkana and FAZ, what competence does he have to hold such positions? There is no way the player can be punished alone. If Binene is punished for playing in the Zambian league for three seasons without an ITC, who facilitated? Should the facilitators and enablers be let loose? No ways. Binene did not just drop from nowhere to start playing for either Forest or Nkana. There are those who allowed this foolishness to prevail. And the answers as to who enabled this is not too far from us. Mbalashi is one of the many culprits in this matter together with Witola who is now stationed in Chirundu under the Zambia Police. All the officials that have played a role in allowing Binene’s presence in the league in the absence of standard clearance should be answerable in one way or the other. These levels of incompetence can’t be tolerated in our football. It’s bizarre to learn that Binene only got a work permit way after he had played more than a season and a half in the league. Really Zambia? It’s a shame that one can claim to be a lawyer when such straight forward cases would pass through their nose unnoticed. Or maybe we are accusing Mr Lombe Mbalashi of being a lawyer when he is just legal cleric. We are ready to apologize and withdraw our reference to Mr Mbalashi as a lawyer. The FAZ secretariat has a lot of explaining to do, too. This is not a rocket science kind of equation that takes ages to establish and resolve. It must be regularized in the soonest possible time by ensuring Nkana open negotiations with Lubumbashi Sports. FAZ must also ensure that Forest Rangers refund the transfer fee they obtained from Nkana by false presence. Let Binene continue his career after normalising his status in the league. When all is said, done and resolved, this will forever remain an indictment on the credentials of Lombe Mbalashi because more than anyone else, he knows better and should have acted above board. Not this rubbish he has subjected the football family to. Anyway, this is a case of a crooked lawyer and a corrupt police officer conniving and possibly forging Binene’s NRC for their football ends. What a shame. The post Lombe Mbalashi Is An Enabler In The Binene Sabwa (Walter Bwalya) Saga appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Lungu Heads To The Copperbelt Today

President Edgar Lungu is today expected on the Copperbelt Province for a two-day working visit. Copperbelt Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga announced yesterday that the Republican President is expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 16:00 hours … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu is today expected on the Copperbelt Province for a two-day working visit. Copperbelt Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga announced yesterday that the Republican President is expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 16:00 hours and proceed for a night stopover in Ndola. President Lungu will tomorrow with Christians at Twapia UCZ Church before proceeding to Dola Hill for the ground breaking ceremony of the New Copperbelt International Airport. The President is later in the day expected to travel to Chingola for yet another groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of 400 township roads on the Copperbelt Province. Kamanga said the President will depart the Province for Lusaka soon after the ground breaking ceremony in Chingola. The post President Lungu Heads To The Copperbelt Today appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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