OPINION: Has Luapula Re-Opened the Campaign Season?

The past week had seen successive images of Luapula province Members of Parliament combing through the constituencies in near campaign like fashion. What has really prompted this sudden awakening by the Luapula lawmakers? Many reasons abound for the possible sudden … Continued

The post OPINION: Has Luapula Re-Opened the Campaign Season? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

The past week had seen successive images of Luapula province Members of Parliament combing through the constituencies in near campaign like fashion. What has really prompted this sudden awakening by the Luapula lawmakers? Many reasons abound for the possible sudden sense of urgency. Could it be that the resignation of Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba from his portfolio may have sent warning signals that things may not after all be okay for the ruling party in a constituency they consider to be their bedroom? Kalaba has abandoned the privilege of his ministerial position to remain an ordinary lawmaker under the ruling Patriotic Front party. Kalaba has taken a backseat but his having taken a walkabout in Bahati Constituency a few days gave an impression of how popular he remains among the people of Bahati Constituency. The ruling party seems to have gone into panic mode and sent all the party’s disciples into campaign mode. Even the more development and sober minded Dr Chitalu Chilufya has also caught the virus and has been making political pronouncements. But it is not only the anti Kalaba rhetoric that has raised eyebrows of the unfolding political spectacle but also the messages that seems to be rendering certainty to President Edgar Lungu contesting the 2021 general elections. It is a matter that the courts have yet to decide but all the speakers have wound up on a note that the people should rally behind President Lungu in 2021. Whatever the goings on it is very clear that the MPs are fighting something only them can see. It has been one week of incessant political campaigns and their adversaries may make a meal of not having the same opportunity given the gag provided by the Public Order Act. While it is within the ministers’ prerogative to interact with their constituents it is however questionable that the desire should be sparked by the resignation of cabinet minister. How long the new found desire for constituency visitation by Luapula MPs is anybody’s guess. The post OPINION: Has Luapula Re-Opened the Campaign Season? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Kambwili Blasts CB Police Chief

National Democratic Congress (NDC) defacto leader Chishimba Kambwili had a showdown with Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga. Kambwili has been summoned with five other NDC officials to appear before the Ndola police command for undisclosed offences. The Roan Constituency Patriotic … Continued

The post Kambwili Blasts CB Police Chief appeared first on Zambia Reports.

National Democratic Congress (NDC) defacto leader Chishimba Kambwili had a showdown with Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga. Kambwili has been summoned with five other NDC officials to appear before the Ndola police command for undisclosed offences. The Roan Constituency Patriotic Front Member of Parliament called commissioner Katanga after police officers went to his house in Luanshya to deliver a police call out. Kambwili refused to receive the call out and opted to blast Katanga on the phone vowing that he would not appeal before the police. Katanga warned Kambwili that shunning the police would be at his own peril. The Roan lawmaker has become a wanted man by the police with a litany of police cases ongoing against him. Kambwili has emerged as the most vicious critic of President Edgar Lungu after having been fired last year. He has clung on to his parliamentary seat under the PF ticket after having gone to court. The post Kambwili Blasts CB Police Chief appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Hichilema Tours Maize Fields in Katuba, Chibombo

Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema combed through Chibombo and Katuba areas of central province touring agricultural settlements and fields at the weekend. Curiously President Edgar Lungu was a guest of the people of Katuba last week similarly touring agricultural projects. … Continued

The post Hichilema Tours Maize Fields in Katuba, Chibombo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema combed through Chibombo and Katuba areas of central province touring agricultural settlements and fields at the weekend. Curiously President Edgar Lungu was a guest of the people of Katuba last week similarly touring agricultural projects. Hichilema used the occasion of his visit to discredit government’s alleged poor agricultural policies. Below is his statement after the tour: This morning we conducted a site visit at some selected maize fields in Katuba constituency, Chibombo District, Central Province. We wanted to have first hand experience of how our country’s Agriculture sector has been brought to its knees. We sympathise with the farmers across the country and our immediate call is that we must declare a national disaster as our country’s food security is under severe threat and pressure. We must begin identifying solutions to the looming hunger situation in our country caused by droughts and bad Agricultural policies such as the failed e-voucher system. As we toured the maize fields, we heard how farmers have basically been swindled out of their hard earned money by the non-supply and delivery of farming inputs. Unfortunately, the farmers have not been given farming inputs and even more worryingly the very low cost per tonne for their produce supplied to the government, should be condemned. However, when our time in government comes, we will simply do the following; give farmers the farming inputs on time and at very affordable prices, pay the farmers for their maize produce at better price and on time. This will translate into farmers growing more and thereby reducing poverty, taking children school and positively impacting the country as a whole. We will ensure that the Agriculture sector is viable for the growth of our country’s economic development. Currently, the Agriculture sector has been destroyed, even those tasked to inform the nation on weather patterns have failed to make proper forecasts. Those claiming leadership have been plundering public resources through corruption instead of investing key economic sectors such as Agriculture. When in government we will run a zero tolerance policy on corruption and anyone found wanting regardless of their office will be made to pay back to our country. God bless our country. HH. The post Hichilema Tours Maize Fields in Katuba, Chibombo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

UNZA to Remain Closed – Luo

Higher Education minister Nkandu Luo says the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) will remain closed until the water samples taken show that they are clear of contamination. Luo and higher learning institutions students have had a … Continued

The post UNZA to Remain Closed – Luo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Higher Education minister Nkandu Luo says the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the Copperbelt University (CBU) will remain closed until the water samples taken show that they are clear of contamination. Luo and higher learning institutions students have had a sour relationship with the minister saying that the insults poured on her are laughable. The students have made the minister a figure of fun with some online sketches making issue with her appearance that angered the professor. “The two universities will remain closed because water samples still show contamination. Unless that is cleared that is when we can consider re-opening the two public universities,†she said. “I have just enjoyed reading those insults, it tells me that maybe we have a wrong crop or maybe we do not have the right intellect.†The two universities have remained closed with the cholera situation cited as the reason while students feel that the move is meant to punish them for having criticized the minister for the manner she has been administering higher education in the country. The post UNZA to Remain Closed – Luo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Felix Klutse Is 2017 Best Business Journalist

[Business Day] Felix Dela Klutse, Editor-in-Chief of Business Day, has, for the second time, been adjudged the Overall Business Journalist for 2017 by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

[Business Day] Felix Dela Klutse, Editor-in-Chief of Business Day, has, for the second time, been adjudged the Overall Business Journalist for 2017 by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Army Dismisses Claims of New York Times – ‘Egyptian Army, Police Are Fighting Terrorism in North Sinai On Their Own’

[Egypt Online] Army Spokesman Tamer El-Refa’i dismissed on Sunday 4/2/2018 a New York Times report alleging Egyptian approval of Israeli airstrikes against terrorist targets in North Sinai over the past two years.

[Egypt Online] Army Spokesman Tamer El-Refa'i dismissed on Sunday 4/2/2018 a New York Times report alleging Egyptian approval of Israeli airstrikes against terrorist targets in North Sinai over the past two years.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Ahmed Emad El Din – Medical Facilities to Be Developed February 25

[Egypt Online] Health and Population Minister Ahmed Emad el Din unveiled on Monday 5/2/2018 plans for the development of all medical facilities in the governorates where the new medical insurance law will be applied.

[Egypt Online] Health and Population Minister Ahmed Emad el Din unveiled on Monday 5/2/2018 plans for the development of all medical facilities in the governorates where the new medical insurance law will be applied.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Military Spokesman – One Takfiri Killed, Six Others Arrested in North Sinai

[Egypt Online] Military Spokesman Tamer al Refai on Monday 5/2/2018 said law enforcement troops of the Second Field Army in cooperation with the Air Force killed a dangerous Takfiri element and arrested six others in North Sinai.

[Egypt Online] Military Spokesman Tamer al Refai on Monday 5/2/2018 said law enforcement troops of the Second Field Army in cooperation with the Air Force killed a dangerous Takfiri element and arrested six others in North Sinai.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt