To Hell With Restructuring – Borno State Governor Shettima

[Premium Times] The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday downplayed the clamour for restructuring in Nigeria, describing it as a “madness” that can be stopped by good governance.

[Premium Times] The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday downplayed the clamour for restructuring in Nigeria, describing it as a "madness" that can be stopped by good governance.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

FAZ Awarded MTN Tax Free Deal; Package Worth Over $4.5 Million

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) signed the MTN league and national team sponsorship contract valued at over $4.5 million and exempted the South African telecommunication giant from paying Value Added Tax (VAT). When the deal was signed in February … Continued

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) signed the MTN league and national team sponsorship contract valued at over $4.5 million and exempted the South African telecommunication giant from paying Value Added Tax (VAT). When the deal was signed in February 2015, MTN committed $3 million for the first two soccer seasons of the sponsorship with a pledge to adjust the package upward in the third year (2017). According to the contract signed by the two parties and obtained by Zambia Reports, FAZ received K3, 840, 000 in the first two years for administering the league. The funds were to be distributed to all the Super Division teams and the administration of the game with an additional K256, 000 disbursed for prize monies and other expenses for the annual MTN Awards Ceremony. Further financial benefits accrued to FAZ include K1, 085, 000 paid in kind for Super Division related expenses. The funds include airtime for 30 players for 16 (now 18) teams. The man of the match in each fixture is entitled to airtime bonus and a mobile handset. In 2016, FAZ spent a total of K762, 000 as prize money for all Super Divisions clubs and individual awards to outstanding performers in the league with a whooping K3, 078, 000 presumably going towards administrative costs for administering league alone. For the nation team allocation, FAZ received K3, 840, 000 and K256, 000 in both 2015 and 2016. The amount was adjusted upwards this year. Zambia national team players are entitled to airtime bonus worth K500 each time they were in camp for a minimum of 15 games in a year. ATTACHED IS THE MTN SPONSORSHIP CONTRACT SIGNED BY FAZ https://www.scribd.com/document/366009964/Faz-and-Mtn-Contract'>https://www.scribd.com/document/366009964/Faz-and-Mtn-Contract SEE THE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS FOR 2016 2016 MTN FAZ SUPER LEAGUE AWARDS 1. Player of the Year – Ziyo Tembo – Zanaco (K25,000.00) 2. Top Scorer – Walter Bwalya, 24 goals – Nkana (K20,000.00) 3. Most Disciplined Player – Jacob Banda – Zesco United (K15,000.00) 4. Young Player of the Year – Patson Daka -Power Dynamos (K15,000.00) 5. Coach of the Year – Mumamba Numba – Zanaco (K20,000.00) 6. Best Referee – Wisdom Chewe (K15,000.00) 7. Best Assistant Referees – Kabwe Chansa (K10,000.00) 8. FAZ President’s Award – Janny Sikazwe (K10,000.00) *CLUBS FINAL RANKING* 1. Zanaco – Champion (K250,000.00) 2. Zesco United -Runner-up (K100,000.00) 3. Nkana (K50,000.00) 4. Power Dynamos (K45,000.00) 5. Green Buffaloes (K38,000.00) 6. Kabwe Warriors (K30,000.00) 7. Red Arrows (K18,000.00) 8. Nkwazi (K15,000.00) 9. Forest Rangers (K12,000.00) 10. Napsa Stars (K10,000.00) 11. Mufulira Wanderers (K8,000.00) 12. Nchanga Rangers (K8,000.00) 13. Green Eagles (K8,000.00) 14. Lumwana Radiants (K8,000.00) 15. Lusaka Dynamos – RELEGATED (K8,000.00) 16. Nakambala Leopards – RELEGATED (K8,000.00) 17. Lusaka Tigers – RELEGATED (K8,000.00) 18. Mufulira Blackpool – RELEGATED (K8,000.00)   The post FAZ Awarded MTN Tax Free Deal; Package Worth Over $4.5 Million appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

President Announces New Cabinet

[The Herald] President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday appointed a 22-member Cabinet in a move that saw some line ministries with functional duplications being merged.

[The Herald] President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday appointed a 22-member Cabinet in a move that saw some line ministries with functional duplications being merged.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Letter: Yes! Zambians Are Jealousy People…And Serial Gossipers

Yes, Zambians are jealousy……..nay serial gossipers! The other day, you carried an article in which an American woman spews out a litany of allegations at the Zambian community in USA – describing them as nothing but a bunch of gossipers, … Continued

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Yes, Zambians are jealousy……..nay serial gossipers! The other day, you carried an article in which an American woman spews out a litany of allegations at the Zambian community in USA – describing them as nothing but a bunch of gossipers, drunkards, jealousy and lazy individuals! I must admit I am enthralled by her flair of writing………this might have definitely impressed my late English literature teacher. In this offering, I seek to buttress some of her assertions………particularly aspects of jealousy and gossip. I have no doubt our colleagues in the US were chocking with envy to imagine Sylvester Mumba, a simple villager from Luapula who eked a living fashioning objects out of wood, had stolen the heart of a sophisticated lady from the land of plenty. Much schooled and more privileged as they were compared to Mumba, most of them probably don’t even have the balls to propose a “manifesto†to a person of Caucasian extraction on the streets. Why on earth would the so called Mumba’s companions be making frantic calls asking the lady to divorce him and marry them instead? As if this wasn’t enough, others went a mile further asking the lady to go to bed with them so that they could show her what they were made of as if they don’t encounter white chicks daily, including prostitutes? Zambian ladies are equally disappointing; why should they back bite their own brother like that? That Sylvester did not marry the lady because he loved her but because of poverty and the opportunity to grab a green card? What profit is there to gain from such malicious gossip and slander? This author has every reason to believe that most Zambians living abroad shy away from efforts to build closely knit communities and aren’t generally supportive of one another. Allow me to share a classic example. A few years ago, I was invited to visit the UK by a British pastor friend. A few days of my sojourn, the pastor alerted me there was a Zambian lady in his church married to a Nigerian. Like me, she hailed from the Copperbelt mining town of Kitwe. The couple was requesting the pleasure of my company to join them for dinner at their residence. After suffering through foreign cuisines, some of it partially cooked or completely raw vegetables, I was super excited and my taste buds quickly responded by secreting excessive saliva at the prospect of a home grown meal……..well, finally! When I was dropped off at the couple’s residence that evening, the husband was still at work. It was only the lady and their two adorable kids at home. Of course the lads wasted no time hauling stuff out of their bedrooms to show off to me amidst feeble protests from their mom. As I sipped on a giant mug of coffee in between, the lady couldn’t stop throwing a flurry of questions at me. How is the political climate at the moment; the ruling party seems to be receiving a lot of heat from the opposition? What about the economy, are people managing to make ends meet? What of infrastructure development; are the roads still as bad as we left them in the 1980s? If the lady was conversing with you from another room, you would’ve mistaken her for a Muzungu from the upper echelons of society. Her English was quite impeccable! Enough of her questioning! I firmly put the mug on the table and looked at her. It was now my turn to interrogate her! “So……have you acquired your British citizenship; how are you finding life in this cold country?†Suddenly, this polished demeanor had crumbled like a cookie! For once, I thought I was talking to an ordinary person from the townships. “You tell them…..†she suddenly shrieked like one possessed. “Tell everyone back home that life in the UK is tough! You’ve to do more than one job in order to survive in this country. People are better off staying home than attempting to cross oceans and come to Europe…….†Saved by the bell! The front door finally swept open and there he was. He was a towering fellow with broad shoulders. “Hello my brother!†his velvet voice reverberated across the room as I stood to greet him. “Welcome to London.†Nshima with boiled bubble fish and okra was something I was craving for the past couple of days as I contended with the cruel British weather. As I dexterously rolled up a lump of nshima into a small ball and dipped it into a bowl of okra that one Canadian friend had the cheek to describe as it resembled snort, I turned left and directed my arsenal at the Nigerian. “So my brother……how do you find life in the UK? Don’t you miss your extended family back in Nigeria?†I had to make sure I fired two quick ones before he could duck. He let out a thunderous laughter as he shifted his gaze. This seemed to have a ripple effect on his kids and they joined in the laughter. The wife wasn’t impressed; it was engraved all over her cute face. “Miss my family………?†he mimicked. “My brother…… how can I miss my family when they are all here with me? I had to make sure they all joined me – my mother, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties…†“Interesting…….†I observed as I trained my eyes on his wife, “Interesting indeed.†She quickly avoided eye contact and darted off to the Kitchen to fetch sweet course. She couldn’t hide the egg on her face. As I was driven back to my hosts later that evening, my mind was embroiled in turmoil as I tried to make sense of the conflicting answers from the couple on the question of immigration. What was the motive of the lady discouraging Zambians from traveling to the UK? Was it because she was envious of fellow citizens coming to Europe to have a feel of the good life she was enjoying? How come her husband had repatriated his entire family to the UK? Why didn’t he just let them stay in Nigeria if life was indeed rough in the UK? Perhaps readers can help with answers. Bill M. Kaping’a Freelance writer The post Letter: Yes! Zambians Are Jealousy People…And Serial Gossipers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Attack in the SW – Government Condemns Violence

[Cameroon Tribune] “In the night between November 28 and 29, 2017, some heavily armed terrorists attacked the elements of our Defence and Security Forces dispatched within the framework of an assignment to protect the territorial integrity of our count…

[Cameroon Tribune] "In the night between November 28 and 29, 2017, some heavily armed terrorists attacked the elements of our Defence and Security Forces dispatched within the framework of an assignment to protect the territorial integrity of our country in the Agborkem German locality, in the Manyu Division, South-West Region.

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon

The AU-EU Summit – Zuma and Moroccan King Hold ‘Icebreaker’ Talks

[Daily Maverick] After years of acrimony, President Jacob Zuma held positive talks with Moroccan King Mohammed VI at the African Union-European Union summit. By PETER FABRICIUS in Abidjan.

[Daily Maverick] After years of acrimony, President Jacob Zuma held positive talks with Moroccan King Mohammed VI at the African Union-European Union summit. By PETER FABRICIUS in Abidjan.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Newsflash – DA Supporters Rally Behind Controversial Mayor Mashaba

[Daily Maverick] Ahead of the vote of no confidence in Johannesburg, Mayor Herman Mashaba, DA leader Mmusi Maimane sent out a message that coalitions are the future of government in South Africa. By NKATEKO MABASA.

[Daily Maverick] Ahead of the vote of no confidence in Johannesburg, Mayor Herman Mashaba, DA leader Mmusi Maimane sent out a message that coalitions are the future of government in South Africa. By NKATEKO MABASA.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa