President Opens Parliament, Opposition Boycott the Session

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday departed from the traditional role of handing MPs an agenda in his address to the joint sitting, and instead urged them to uphold the supremacy of Constitution and its institutions.

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday departed from the traditional role of handing MPs an agenda in his address to the joint sitting, and instead urged them to uphold the supremacy of Constitution and its institutions.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Luanshya Resident Questions Qualification Of Court Clerk

I am concerned with the current situation concerning the authentication of documents at Luanshya II Local Court. A named office orderly is now stationing herself everywhere around the court premises stopping everyone she sees with the papers & asks them … Continued

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I am concerned with the current situation concerning the authentication of documents at Luanshya II Local Court. A named office orderly is now stationing herself everywhere around the court premises stopping everyone she sees with the papers & asks them if they’re there for the certification of documents. My question is that isn’t there an order at the courts with regards to who receives the litigants? Aren’t there right people to attend to us there? I am therefore appealing to the Provincial Local Courts Officer to come in & look into this issue because as a general public we now have a problem as we do not know which office to go to for assistance at the courts as we are welcomed right by the gates by some officers. It’s only at Lusaka’s boma courts where I have seen this trend & I must say I am very disappointed that it has now spread to Luanshya. Mr. Mweene Luanshya Resident. The post Luanshya Resident Questions Qualification Of Court Clerk appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: Working Conditions At Kamwala

Ba Zambia Reports Please do an under cover research (investigation ) in Kamwala. The Indians and Lebanese make there workers sign mediocre contracts, work odd hours and are not given proper benefits. Most of these young men and women have … Continued

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Ba Zambia Reports Please do an under cover research (investigation ) in Kamwala. The Indians and Lebanese make there workers sign mediocre contracts, work odd hours and are not given proper benefits. Most of these young men and women have families. Please. JT The post Letter: Working Conditions At Kamwala appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Veteran Scribe Pours Cold Water on Incident Driven Health Reportage

Veteran journalist Edem Djokotoe has check mated scribes that have excitedly taken to social media over the death of one of their own Sithembile Zulu of the Daily Mail after giving birth. A cluster of journalists had taken to social … Continued

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Veteran journalist Edem Djokotoe has check mated scribes that have excitedly taken to social media over the death of one of their own Sithembile Zulu of the Daily Mail after giving birth. A cluster of journalists had taken to social media lamenting how no woman should die during child birth but Djokotoe gave the journalist driven social media buzz a reality check calling on the scribes to take responsibility for failing to highlight health matters in their reportage. BELOW IS HIS FULL POST: I didn’t know Sithembile Zulu, the young Daily Mail staffer who died, I gather from the posts I have seen on FaceBook, while giving birth. I have seen the outpouring of grief and emotion from many media professionals, some of whom I know well. I have even seen an online hashtag campaign which reads: #NoWomanShouldDieWhileGivingLife being driven by journalists who knew her personally and will undoubtedly be broken by her death. I imagine that because she was “one of usâ€, her death will get some media attention. But I want every Zambian journalist reading this to pause for a minute and reflect on how it came to pass that we failed Sithembile and thousands of women like her by not making health a story worth telling, even though health is a matter of life and death for 14 million people who live in this country. And she passed on in a big city, the capital where there is even some modicum of care and infrastructure. Think about women tucked in the nooks and crannies of Zambia who risk death every time they have to give life to a child. I am angry at all of us because we have chosen to subvert the values of news which form the bedrock of our professional and throw Public Interest out of the window. We have gone to bed with politicians and made them the only story in town. And for what? For the promise of a cushy diplomatic appointment or a seat on the government gravy train. We should not pretend that we are not to blame for deliberately overlooking the news we should be covering and instead hiding behind the pale-faced excuse that because there is no Access to Information legislation in place, we are not able to report what we should. We don’t cover health unless the Health Minister is making a speech about health. We don’t cover education unless the Education Minister is cutting a ribbon to officially launch a new school. We don’t cover agriculture even though we eat every day unless the Agriculture Minister decides to talk about maize floor prices. Come to think of it, we do not even cover mining, which gives the government over 70 per cent of its revenue and has been the mainstay of the national economy since the dawn of Time. We cover games not the broad expansive landscape of sport, so we are stumped where the soccer season closes and there are no games to watch! When we scan news content in the public and private media, what do we see? Can we honestly claim that what is on offer gives people a real sense of what is going on in every sphere of concern under the administrative jurisdiction of a government ministry? In short, we cannot afford to be in denial about what is really wrong. I know there are real tears being shed for Sithembile Zulu, but I also know that there are many others riding on the crest of the moment to be seen to sympathise and shed hippo tears. All said, the moral outrage that led to the hashtag campaign and to the effusiveness of the public show of grief should inspire us to do what we became journalists to do in the first place—and that is, to report news of significance and interest to our largest constituency: the public. The post Veteran Scribe Pours Cold Water on Incident Driven Health Reportage appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Registrar Delays Musenge’s NDC Party Registration

Mwenya Musenge’s fast track dream of forming a political party has hit a brick wall with the Registrar of Societies telling him that the process could take up to three months. Musenge, who insists his paper work to register the … Continued

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Mwenya Musenge’s fast track dream of forming a political party has hit a brick wall with the Registrar of Societies telling him that the process could take up to three months. Musenge, who insists his paper work to register the proposed National Democratic Congress (NDC) is in order, said that he was surprised that his party will take three months to register when political parties had been registered within five days. The Registrar of Societies has even declined to receive the K5, 000 fee for the registration of the NDC but only received the documentation promising to scrutinize the paper work. Musenge has struggled to register his political party that is deemed a front for expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili. Kambwili has clung on to his Patriotic Front membership through a court action although his vitriolic attacks on the ruling party suggest his days in the party are numbered. The post Registrar Delays Musenge’s NDC Party Registration appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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GBM ‘Throat Case’ Fails to Take Off

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) had another fruitless day at court with his case for allegedly proposing violence adjourned after state witnesses failed to pitch up. Mwamba popularly known as GBM is … Continued

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) had another fruitless day at court with his case for allegedly proposing violence adjourned after state witnesses failed to pitch up. Mwamba popularly known as GBM is in court for having metaphorically said that he was going for President Edgar Lungu’s throat. Patriotic Front deputy spokesperson reported Mwamba to the Lusaka Central police on grounds that the sentiments had put the life of the President in danger. When the matter came up before Magistrate Thandose Chabala the prosecution team informed the court that the two witnesses that were expected to testify were not available. The matter has been adjourned to November 6 for the prosecution to close their case. GBM has become a near permanent fixture at court where he is facing a litany of cases that he alleges are politically motivated. The post GBM ‘Throat Case’ Fails to Take Off appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Confers with EFZ Leaders

President Edgar Lungu reached out to the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) as he continues building bridges with religious bodies. The Head of State held an hour long meeting with the EFZ board led by chairperson Bishop Fortune Mwiza. State … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu reached out to the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) as he continues building bridges with religious bodies. The Head of State held an hour long meeting with the EFZ board led by chairperson Bishop Fortune Mwiza. State House press aide Amos Chanda said that the church leaders and President Lungu tackled wide ranging issues among them religion, economic justice and post-election disputes. The EFZ board opened up on their backing the church led efforts of reconciliation in the aftermath of a fiercely contested election. The EFZ is part of the three church mother bodies comprising Council for Catholic Bishops, Christian Council of Zambia. The post Pres. Lungu Confers with EFZ Leaders appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Back on Campaign Trail…Sighted in Itezhi Tezhi

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is back on the campaign trail and joined his team in campaigning for their candidate in Thursday’s council chairperson elections. Hichilema touched base with prospective voters in Mbila area of Itezhi Tezhi where he reminisced on … Continued

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is back on the campaign trail and joined his team in campaigning for their candidate in Thursday’s council chairperson elections. Hichilema touched base with prospective voters in Mbila area of Itezhi Tezhi where he reminisced on his 127 days incarceration. Below is what was fed on Hichilema’s wall during his campaign in Mbila. Thank you Mbila people, thank you Itezhi Itezhi, thank you Central Province. 127 days in prison means hope and help is on the way to turn around our country’s social, economic and political development, and yes we are not bitter, we forgive those who engineered our unlawful arrest and detention. The post Hichilema Back on Campaign Trail…Sighted in Itezhi Tezhi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Law School Saga – Affected Students Slam Ombudsman’s Report

[Concord] Some fifty-three aggrieved law graduates who were refused admission into the Sierra Leone Law School in 2013 apparently because they fail certain core modules have expressed disappointment over a report released by the Office of the Ombudsman.

[Concord] Some fifty-three aggrieved law graduates who were refused admission into the Sierra Leone Law School in 2013 apparently because they fail certain core modules have expressed disappointment over a report released by the Office of the Ombudsman.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone