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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Lungu Challenges Tanzania Ports Authority on Efficiency

[Daily News] Zambian President Edgar Lungu toured the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) yesterday, reaffirming his country’s commitment to continue using the Dar es Salaam Port.

[Daily News] Zambian President Edgar Lungu toured the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) yesterday, reaffirming his country's commitment to continue using the Dar es Salaam Port.

source: AllAfrica News: Zambia

Tanzania Excels in Anti-Corruption Bid

[Daily News] Arusha -Corruption cases are likely to remain rife in African nations, save for Tanzania and Rwanda, which have intensified wars against graft, making it difficult to transact fraudulently.

[Daily News] Arusha -Corruption cases are likely to remain rife in African nations, save for Tanzania and Rwanda, which have intensified wars against graft, making it difficult to transact fraudulently.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Magufuli Bans Sale of Military Uniforms by Civilians

[Daily News] President John Magufuli yesterday made an impromptu tour of Ukonga Prison in Dar es Salaam, ordering an immediate stoppage of the sale of military uniforms by civilians.

[Daily News] President John Magufuli yesterday made an impromptu tour of Ukonga Prison in Dar es Salaam, ordering an immediate stoppage of the sale of military uniforms by civilians.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

The Future of Gospel Music Lies in Those Who Innovate

[Nation] Willy Paul and Size 8 have new song, “Tiga Wana”, that the outrage machine has already condemned, declaring that it is not gospel enough. The song’s title is a Kikuyu phrase that you wouldn’t use in front of your parents or in polite company. …

[Nation] Willy Paul and Size 8 have new song, "Tiga Wana", that the outrage machine has already condemned, declaring that it is not gospel enough. The song's title is a Kikuyu phrase that you wouldn't use in front of your parents or in polite company. After all, it is not every day that you tell your elders to stop being stupid. The Tam Tam duo has been receiving the same self-righteous criticism that Jimmy Gait has become all too familiar with.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya