President Claims Army Has Defeated Boko Haram in Forest Stronghold

[Deutsche Welle] Nigeria’s president has said the army has defeated Boko Haram in its stronghold of the Sambisa forest. The deadly terror outfit has killed 15,000 people and displaced two million in a seven-year insurgency.

[Deutsche Welle] Nigeria's president has said the army has defeated Boko Haram in its stronghold of the Sambisa forest. The deadly terror outfit has killed 15,000 people and displaced two million in a seven-year insurgency.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Kabila Deal Hangs By Thread After Marathon Meeting

[Al Jazeera] Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo’s dangerous political crisis before Christmas were fast dissipating on Saturday after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to quit power.

[Al Jazeera] Hopes of a deal to end DR Congo's dangerous political crisis before Christmas were fast dissipating on Saturday after fruitless all-night talks over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit power.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Renamo Rejects Chissano As a Mediator

[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican rebel movement Renamo on Friday rejected any attempt to replace the current group of international mediators in the sporadic talks between government and Renamo delegations, originally intended to pave the way for a face to…

[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican rebel movement Renamo on Friday rejected any attempt to replace the current group of international mediators in the sporadic talks between government and Renamo delegations, originally intended to pave the way for a face to face meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Many to Spend Christmas On ‘Empty Stomachs’

[News24Wire] Many Zimbabweans are unhappy they will be celebrating Christmas with empty pockets this year as the liquidity crunch in the southern African country shows no signs of abating.

[News24Wire] Many Zimbabweans are unhappy they will be celebrating Christmas with empty pockets this year as the liquidity crunch in the southern African country shows no signs of abating.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Singer Suwilanji Weds

Gospel artiste Mirriam Mumba popularly known as Suwilanji bade farewell today walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. She has graced the stage with gospel hits, and now is the moment to settle down in holy … Continued

The post Singer Suwilanji Weds appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Gospel artiste Mirriam Mumba popularly known as Suwilanji bade farewell today walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. She has graced the stage with gospel hits, and now is the moment to settle down in holy matrimony. Suwilanji said “I do!” The post Singer Suwilanji Weds appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Kazala Mocks Mental Patients In His Christmas Message

Suspended FAZ thief Richard Kazala has mocked mental patients in his Christmas message posted on social media today. Kazala, who is in the habit of using social media to flaunt his ego, has this time sunk another low posting; “From … Continued

The post Kazala Mocks Mental Patients In His Christmas Message appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Suspended FAZ thief Richard Kazala has mocked mental patients in his Christmas message posted on social media today. Kazala, who is in the habit of using social media to flaunt his ego, has this time sunk another low posting; “From all of us here at Chainama Mental Hospital, we wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous 1720 we miss you so much, things are not the same here without you. Please come back.” The suspended FAZ vice-president spiced his message with an emoji displaying massive excitement. Based in Chingola, Kazala has often thrown mud at his opponents using emissaries and social media. When he won the FAZ elections in March 2016, he mocked the losing candidate and closest rival Pivoty Simwanza as a “fake chosen one.” Kazala is currently banned from all football activities after stealing public funds amounting to K150, 000 together with his sidekick Blackwell Siwale. The duo stole money from match ticket revenue in October this year. Their fate will be decided by the FAZ council in March next year. Both Kazala and Siwale have not responded to the allegations levelled against them. Councillors are still waiting to read Kazala and Siwale’s exculpatory letters. Meanwhile, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has issued a decent and sober Christmas message to the football fraternity. Kamanga’s message posted on the FAZ facebook page reads; “On behalf of the Football Association of Zambia Executive Committee and the Secretariat, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2017.”   The post Kazala Mocks Mental Patients In His Christmas Message appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Opinion: UPND And Its Confrontational Politics

On the morning of September, 20 2011 at his Omelo Mumba Road residence in Rhodespark, then leading Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front struck a resigned figure when a team of his party soldiers stormed his yard … Continued

The post Opinion: UPND And Its Confrontational Politics appeared first on Zambia Reports.

On the morning of September, 20 2011 at his Omelo Mumba Road residence in Rhodespark, then leading Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front struck a resigned figure when a team of his party soldiers stormed his yard looking to him to give them the all clear to raise hell. Led by PF Kanyama candidate Colonel Garry Chanda, the foot soldiers had come to whine about the early violent protests in Kanyama Constituency where youth suspicious of electoral malpractices ran riot storming voting centres. Col Chanda and co were eager to impress on the understandably subdued King Cobra who was going to the ballot for the fourth time having tested defeat in 2001, 2006, 2008 before going into the 2011 poll. Chanda and his team were disappointed when Sata sent them back to Kanyama and be on watch. He crudely told them that if they spent time running around each time there was suspicion of malpractice they would end up losing everything. “Just go back there what do you think I am going to do here? If they want to steal let them just steal! With that they scampered out of his yard. What they may not have known is that by this time, once venomous cobra had leant never to always be confrontation in politics. He had learnt through defeat that the only way for him was the clean way. He was never going to force matters. Looking at how many battle fronts the UPND has opened in their pursuit of the imagined victory, they may end up losing on time to build up on their strengths and may be minimize their weaknesses. For once, the UPND is a party that is not new to election petitions having gone through perhaps the most expensive petition that dragged on for years when late Anderson Kambela Mazoka challenged the narrow victory Levy Mwanawasa. Having assembled the crème del le crème of Zambian lawyers, the UPND threw everything they had but that still ended in defeat. Sata having watched this process had toyed with the idea of taking the court route in 2008 but thought better of it and instead went to work. Three years, against heavy odds his better judgment and hard work was to pay off. Maybe that is the route the UPND should consider adopting rather than scampering all over looking for electoral victory through a technicality. Understandably election defeat is painful that is why it is supposed to motivate you to work harder. The UPND will not find a better substitute to cure election grief than with hard work. It does not help them that they have antagonized the Electoral Commission of Zambia, the judiciary and everyone else who does not hold their view. Even in football as Zambia learnt through a bitter experience with Jean Fidel Diramba that all the complaints we raised no matter how legitimate never earned us a World Cup at the US 1994 tournament. Rather than pick up fights at every turn, the UPND better get back to work and hope for better luck next time. After all they are within inches of forming the next government. They came close at the last election and this is the time to consolidate those loopholes for a finer finish in 2021. However, at the rate they are going including even a go at the Judicial Complaints Commission, they may have nowhere to run to. And hell knows who will be next to be harangued. The post Opinion: UPND And Its Confrontational Politics appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Patson Daka Heads To Austria

Chipolopolo teenage striker Patson Daka may have just got himself a Christmas present with a big money move to Austria starring for Division One outfit FC Liefering. The Kafue Celtic product on loan to Power Dynamos was named the Young … Continued

The post Patson Daka Heads To Austria appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Chipolopolo teenage striker Patson Daka may have just got himself a Christmas present with a big money move to Austria starring for Division One outfit FC Liefering. The Kafue Celtic product on loan to Power Dynamos was named the Young Player of the Year in the Zambian Super League for the second time. He was part of the all conquering Cosafa Under-20 team that lifted the trophy for a record 11th time. Daka has turned a corner in the 2016 season, duly exercising the demons of 2015 that saw him take some flak when some critics took issue with his being given a starting berth in senior Chipolopolo colours. The post Patson Daka Heads To Austria appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Lubinda Bans Political Part Regalia At Court

Justice Minister Given Lubinda has announced a ban of wearing of political party regalia within court premises. The move seems to have been motivated by the recent fracas at the Lusaka High Court that saw police and UPND cadres clash. … Continued

The post Lubinda Bans Political Part Regalia At Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Justice Minister Given Lubinda has announced a ban of wearing of political party regalia within court premises. The move seems to have been motivated by the recent fracas at the Lusaka High Court that saw police and UPND cadres clash. Over 40 cadres were arrested and charged with riotous behaviour and malicious damage to property. Lubinda said the move was meant to take politics out of the justice system. He stressed that the ban will be applied across all political parties including the ruling Patriotic Front. Political observers will keep an eye on how this ban will be effected with some Members of Parliament having their cases of appeal in the Constitutional Court. Curiously also the number of cadres escorting a political figure to court will also be in focus as this verbal order is implemented. The post Lubinda Bans Political Part Regalia At Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports