Efforts Underway to Give People With Disabilities Jobs

[New Times] A new effort to improve the livelihoods of people living with disabilities is underway, with a particular focus geared at placing such persons in coffee washing stations across the country to help tackle the unemployment challenge.

[New Times] A new effort to improve the livelihoods of people living with disabilities is underway, with a particular focus geared at placing such persons in coffee washing stations across the country to help tackle the unemployment challenge.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Kabila Must Vacate Office On December 19 – Katumbi

Democratic Republic of Congo leading opposition figure Gov. Moise Katumbi yesterday met members of the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. The discussion was hosted and moderated by Dr. Peter Pham. General Jim Jones introduced Gov. Katumbi. Below are his prepared … Continued

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Democratic Republic of Congo leading opposition figure Gov. Moise Katumbi yesterday met members of the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. The discussion was hosted and moderated by Dr. Peter Pham. General Jim Jones introduced Gov. Katumbi. Below are his prepared remarks in French as well as an approximate English translation. My key takeaway was his unwavering belief that President Kabila must vacate the office when his term ends and ensure a peaceful transition of power. Gov Katumbi: “December 19, 2016, should be a great day for Congo. On that day, no more blood should be spilled as a peaceful transition should take place. President Kabila needs to follow the Constitution and leave when his term expires. He is responsible for whatever will happen and he needs to step down.†Gov. Moise Katumbi The Atlantic Council – Washington, DC November 29, 2016 MOISE KATUMBI’S REMARKS Opening · Hello to everyone and to Dr. Pham. Thank you for allowing me to speak here today. I am pleased to be at the Atlantic Council once again. · I know that everyone here is a friend of Congo or has a special interest in seeing my country go through its first Democratic transition of power. · Today, Congo, especially the Eastern part of the country is grieving. Innocents are being killed today in awful ways. A few hours ago, about 30 Congolese were savagely massacred. In their name and in the one of the many victims of violence, I invite you to stand up in their memory in order to take a moment of silence. · This tragedy in the East is a wake up a call to the whole world. It is unacceptable and unjustifiable that women and children, young and seniors, continue to live in fear without us being able to ensure the most elementary rights. We must stand together to denounce the barbary and slaughter that are now a fixture in DR Congo. · I would like to thank the American administration, and both chambers of Congress for passing resolutions in support of the democratic transition in the DRC; as well as the work done by NGOs, notably Ida Sawyer of Human Rights Watch, for her courage and engagement; the Enough Project; as well as local and international NGOs. · Sadly, since I spoke here in July, the political, economical and social situation in my country has only become more serious. · President Kabila is showing no sign of organizing the elections as he tightens his grip on power and ignores the Constitution. · He will only succeed in the end if the world looks the other way. I am here today to urge the United States and other democratic countries to not look the other way. Summary of the Current Situation I would first like to remind you of the current situation: 1. Since about a year ago, the Government has not taken a single step, physical or administrative, to prepare for the elections as required by the Constitution. On the contrary, the current regime has become more corrupt, intolerant, repressive and violent. The ruling party hasn’t even named a candidate to succeed President Kabila in the event elections were to occur. 2. Corruption infects our country and many institutions, including CENI (the National Independent Electoral Commission). A former director of a bank owned by President Kabila’s family member, highlighted the corruption, which was also revealed in the Belgian Newspaper Le Soir. The corruption included many dubious operations, parallel existing accounts, and tens of millions of dollars. 3. The repression and violence continues to rise, similar to the worst dictatorship of history: peaceful political demonstrations are forbidden; human Rights activists and political opponents are arrested and imprisoned, when they are not killed; independent and opposition media like Radio Okapi (United Nation’s radio); and BBC are muted; others, such as RDI are suspended. 4. The Atlantic Council recently met with a representative from CENI, along with a representative from the Kabila government (even though CENI is supposed to be an independent institution). CENI should have called for elections no later than September 19, 2016. They haven’t done so. This led to massive demonstrations throughout the country that resulted in hundreds of deaths and other injuries. 5. Since then, arrests are on the rise; young activists of “Le Rassemblementâ€, from Lucha, from Filimbi, opponents such as Moise Moni Della, opposition party President, Jean-Claude Muyambo, and Bruno Mavungu, Deputy Secretary General of the UDPS. Our former Regional Assembly President, Gabriel Kyungu has been threatened for outrage towards the President. His only crime? To have asked, during a popular meeting, that President Kabila leave on 19 December 2016 as it is written in the Constitution. REGIME STRATEGY 1. The regime has organized an artificial and false “National Dialogue†that led to a unilateral agreement, claiming that the Presidential election will be held in 2018. This agreement doesn’t set a precise date for the election, and doesn’t mention the Constitutional obligation that President Kabila cannot run for a third term. 2. The Presidential majority is betting on less national and international pressures in order to change the Constitution for good, enabling Joseph Kabila to remain in power. THE CONGOLESE OPPOSITION’S POSITION TO WHICH I BELONG TO 1. A formal promise from the President The mandate of the President of the Republic comes to an end on December 19, 2016. The President must commit that he will not seek a new mandate, and that he won’t try to change the Constitution. 2. Measures to relieve political tensions and increase the public trust We are calling for the Government to relieve tensions among the political landscape with the following measures: · To free, without conditions, political opponents and human rights activists; to abandon unfair judicial proceedings and those motivated only for political reasons. · To allow all political opponents in exile to return safely; to stop all forms of harassment, intimidations and threats against members of the opposition; to abandon taxation and administrative harassment. · To delete and forbid the duplication of political parties. · To remove all barriers to press freedom; the only press allowed today being the press controlled by the power in place. · To allow free movement, right to organize demonstrations, and freedom of speech for all, including members of the opposition. POLITICAL TRANSITION AGREEMENT INITIATED BY CENCO Direct and inclusive negotiations initiated by CENCO, and supported by the International Community, must succeed in finding a political transition. CONCLUSION · The Democratic Republic of Congo is not the property of one man or a group of individuals. President Kabila can still leave with honor. · It is the property of the People; one that aspire for Democracy, respect of the Constitution and to a peaceful transition. The Congolese People will never tolerate that a dictatorship settles in again in our country. I will not tolerate this as well. · I call upon the International Community, particularly the United States of America, the African Union, the European Union and all members of the UN, to do everything possible to anchor democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. · Thank you. The post Kabila Must Vacate Office On December 19 – Katumbi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Call for Action to End Graft in Public Infrastructure Projects

[New Times] The Integrity Pact, that monitors the procurement and tender process of public infrastructure projects, shows that corruption and mismanagement of funds is still rampant.

[New Times] The Integrity Pact, that monitors the procurement and tender process of public infrastructure projects, shows that corruption and mismanagement of funds is still rampant.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

French Officials Face Criminal Charges Over Genocide

[New Times] The National Public Prosecutions Authority (NPPA) has opened a criminal inquiry into cases of 20 French officials linked to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda – which could result into criminal charges.

[New Times] The National Public Prosecutions Authority (NPPA) has opened a criminal inquiry into cases of 20 French officials linked to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda - which could result into criminal charges.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Sylvia ‘Belinda’: A Classic Case Of Not Knowing When To Leave The Stage

The throwing out of the Chongwe Constituency petition by the Lusaka High Court on Friday was a serious call for reflection by losing candidate Sylvia Masebo. Masebo has been around the political game for a long time and if one … Continued

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The throwing out of the Chongwe Constituency petition by the Lusaka High Court on Friday was a serious call for reflection by losing candidate Sylvia Masebo. Masebo has been around the political game for a long time and if one can count on anyone to read the political signs correctly they can bank on the ever green politician to get it right. But it appears Masebo has been in political wonderland for a while now to accurately read the political tell-tale signs. Masebo should have known that her political star has been faded for a long time now and in 2011 had to rely on the benevolence of late President Michael Sata to salvage an otherwise flopped attempt at winning the seat. Japhen Mwakalombe had won the 2011 elections on the MMD ticket but was coerced into abandoning his call with a consolation ambassadorial position in Mozambique hastily arranged. With that Masebo was imposed on Chongwe where she has erroneously believed that the people of the constituency owe her gratitude for contesting elections. She has not hidden her contempt for those that have challenged her and occasionally loses it to insult their choice other than her. Masebo should have known that 2011 provided her last chance at glory and should have known that perhaps it was time to exit the stage honourably. Once 2016 approached Masebo should have known she was long gone but of course she carried on and the contest ended the only way it could. Mwakalombe ate humble pie in 2011 even when he was not obliged but Masebo despite underground pleas to let her step aside without suffering humiliation went ahead and contested. Once we heard her rumblings outside the High Court as she was whining about being labelled a prostitute and a witch we knew that our dear lady was lost. Why does she want to go this humiliating path after all the years the people of Chongwe have accorded her a chance to serve them? Does she imagine that she is indispensable? With her carrying the futile fight, which she is entitled to anyway does she want the last thing everyone will remember about her is fending off the ‘Belinda’ tag? Surely Masebo should know when to exit the audience. After all there may be still a few more who may be clapping. Don’t they say it is better to leave the stage when the audience is still clapping? Aligning with an opposition leader supposedly on the rise does not change the circumstances of Masebo’s crosstitute behavior. It strengthens the argument. The post Sylvia ‘Belinda’: A Classic Case Of Not Knowing When To Leave The Stage appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Which Way Dangote Cement?

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Trouble bedeviling operations of the Dangote cement factory in Mtwara could derail the mega plant and blot the country’s attractiveness for investment.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Trouble bedeviling operations of the Dangote cement factory in Mtwara could derail the mega plant and blot the country's attractiveness for investment.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Journalist Chanda Chimba III Gets 3 Years

The Lusaka Magistrate court has convicted freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III for his role in the production of the Stand Up for Zambia documentaries. Chimba’s co-accused former Information Minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha and former Information Permanent Secretary Sam Phiri … Continued

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The Lusaka Magistrate court has convicted freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III for his role in the production of the Stand Up for Zambia documentaries. Chimba’s co-accused former Information Minister Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha and former Information Permanent Secretary Sam Phiri have been acquitted. Shikapwasha and Phiri were arrested on 2 counts of Abuse of Authority of Office Contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the laws of Zambia. Chimba was slapped with 2 counts of unlawful printing and publication Contrary to Section 5 (1)(2) of chapter 161 of the Laws of Zambia, and Possession of Property suspected of being proceeds of a crime Contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No 19 of 2010. The charge on Shikapwasha was that being a person employed in the public service as Minster in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services arbitrarily and in disregard of defamation laws and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) editorial policy did direct board and management to air the ‘Stand up for Zambia’ documentaries an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation a public body. Shikapwasha arbitrarily and in disregard to Professional Legal Advice not to broadcast “Stand up for Zambia†committed the Government to pay all liabilities and legal fees emanating from the broadcast of the said program an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of ZNBC and the Government of Zambia. Chimba has been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing. Magistrate Obbister Musukwa found Chimba guilty but acquitted the two on grounds that the prosecution did not find them guilty of having issued directives to have the program aired. The post Journalist Chanda Chimba III Gets 3 Years appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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