17 Million Zambians Have Placed Hope In UPND, Claims Hichilema

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has claimed that 17 million suffering Zambians have placed hope in his political party to change the fortunes of the country. Hichilema says this following a meeting of the party’s National Management Committee (NMC) at … Continued

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Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has claimed that 17 million suffering Zambians have placed hope in his political party to change the fortunes of the country. Hichilema says this following a meeting of the party’s National Management Committee (NMC) at Kupark Lodge in Lusaka today. “Zambian people are suffering and the country is hurting. We know that 17 million Zambians have now placed hope and confidence in us, therefore we should work to develop our country. “We emphasised that we all have a responsibility to stand with the people and for the people of Zambia,” he states. Hichilema has urged UPND leaders to go flat out and mobilise the party in readiness for elections in 2021. “Working for our country means we must all, as a nation, stand up and stop the rampant corruption involving the Patriotic Front government. We must begin by stopping the very individuals plundering public resources,” he says. “And we are confident that through a democratic process, we will stop those causing untold misery. “Job creation, economic diversification and skills development will be top of our agenda because only then will we be able to grow our economy.” The businessman-turned-politician says UPND is now on the move to develop the country. “Our efforts and commitments are not for the UPND, but for the people of Zambia. Only then can we ensure effective checks and balances to this kleptocratic party in power,” said Hichilema. The post 17 Million Zambians Have Placed Hope In UPND, Claims Hichilema appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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India Wants Improvement On U.S. 169 Million Trade With Namibia

[New Era] Windhoek -Bilateral trade volumes between Namibia and India currently stand at about N$2.3 billion and, as the Asian country celebrates its 69th Republican Day today, its local high commission says the full potential of trade has yet to be ex…

[New Era] Windhoek -Bilateral trade volumes between Namibia and India currently stand at about N$2.3 billion and, as the Asian country celebrates its 69th Republican Day today, its local high commission says the full potential of trade has yet to be exploited optimally.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

Why Latest Protests Are About More Than a Hike in Taxes

[The Conversation Africa] There is something about January in Tunisia. In 1984, the famous bread riots, which almost brought down the regime of Habib Bourguiba, happened in January. January 2011 saw the success of the Jasmine Revolution that brought to…

[The Conversation Africa] There is something about January in Tunisia. In 1984, the famous bread riots, which almost brought down the regime of Habib Bourguiba, happened in January. January 2011 saw the success of the Jasmine Revolution that brought to an end the 22-year-long dictatorship Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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Chipenzi: Pilato’s Case Has Maimed Zambia’s Democratic Credentials

Political commentator McDonald Chipenzi says Zambia’s democratic status will be affected by the self-imposed exile of singer Pilato. Pilato, whose real name is Chama Fumbe, bolted and reappeared elsewhere to seek political asylum alleging his life was in danger following … Continued

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Political commentator McDonald Chipenzi says Zambia’s democratic status will be affected by the self-imposed exile of singer Pilato. Pilato, whose real name is Chama Fumbe, bolted and reappeared elsewhere to seek political asylum alleging his life was in danger following an explosive satirical song he composed. The former Copperbelt singer recently recently released a hit song Koswe mu mpoto, a song that virtually point fingers at President Edgar Lungu accusing the Head of State and his party of corruption. Ruling party cadres launched a manhunt for Pilato and sent some of their messages on recorded video posted on social media vowing to deal with the singer. BELOW ARE CHIPENZI’S THOUGHTS The news of the self-exile of Pilato has gone far, wide and high in the world. The self-exile of Pilato has maimed our democratic credentials. This is a result of unprofessionalism currently prevailing in the police to respond to politically engineered threats on citizens viewed critical or associated with the opposition politics. When these people report threats on their lives, property or indeed disorder, a.constitutional mandate of the police, the response from police is lukewarm hence citizens like pilato feeling vulnerable and decide to flee the country for safety. Unless police treats all citizens as citizens and not treating them according to their political affiliations, the country is going to see alot of self-exiles in the near future. Additionally,.Pilato’s experience demonstrates the inherent politics of violence in the ruling party which has been tolerated and embraced. It is a.demonstration that our President has not instilled discipline in.his party cadres to respect individual citizens views regardless of how critical they are against the ruling party and the presidency and govsrnment. We are now considered a democratic hotspot in the region.and Africa if not.the world. There is need to sanitize our politics if we were to restore our respect as a democratic country. Therefore, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu should tame his cadres who threaten, beat and maim other citizens with impunity and further demand professionalism from police command. The country is breeding because of intolerance, politicisation of government and institutions of governance such thst misrule and misgovernance has become the order of the day embraced by those who are supposed to fight these vices. I submit McDonald Chipenzi Political Consultant & Electoral Expert The post Chipenzi: Pilato’s Case Has Maimed Zambia’s Democratic Credentials appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lions Terrorising Communities in Kunene

[New Era] Windhoek -Three lions killed a donkey at Farm Waterbron in the Kamanjab area early Tuesday morning, in a latest incident involving the big cats in rising cases of human/wildlife conflict in the region.

[New Era] Windhoek -Three lions killed a donkey at Farm Waterbron in the Kamanjab area early Tuesday morning, in a latest incident involving the big cats in rising cases of human/wildlife conflict in the region.

source: AllAfrica News: Namibia

A Report’s Conclusions, Presented On the Ground

[ICG] A Crisis Group report would never come to be without months of field work, drafting and discussion. And as this photo essay shows, our analysts’ presentation of a new publication to its readers is also the beginning of a new cycle of research.

[ICG] A Crisis Group report would never come to be without months of field work, drafting and discussion. And as this photo essay shows, our analysts' presentation of a new publication to its readers is also the beginning of a new cycle of research.

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UPND Is The Most Tribal Party, says Antonio Mwanza

Patriotic Front deputy media director Antonio Mwanza says no money was involved in his defecting from the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development. And Mwanza said that the UPND could not lecture anyone on tribalism as they had proven to … Continued

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Patriotic Front deputy media director Antonio Mwanza says no money was involved in his defecting from the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development. And Mwanza said that the UPND could not lecture anyone on tribalism as they had proven to be the chief architects of tribalism. Featuring on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk, Mwanza said the Patriotic Front is not a bad party with growing popularity. Mwanza struggled to fend off some vicious attacks from callers that labelled him an opportunist. He said he had a clear record resisting privilege under previous regimes therefore was not motivated by money. “It has nothing to do with money. Those who know me will tell you I am just a simple guy from the compound, I drink junta and from the time I was a child my father asked me to choose from either being a hungry free man or a well fed slave. I have always chosen to be free,†he said. Mwanza said he joined the ruling party to be part of the solution. He said he would still be able to raise his voice within the ruling Patriotic Front as there were channels to air grievances. Mwanza said those that were discrediting him had quietly been lobbying him to join them. “There is no carrot which was dangled and the people that are calling discrediting me did not see me that I was a bad person. Was a carrot dangled when GBM joined UPND, was a carrot dangled when Sylvia Masebo joined UPND? People are free to join political parties that appeal to them,†he said. Mwanza said he had been on government’s case whilst he was in opposition as it was his duty them. “It is the duty of the opposition to paint government black that is your job. That is why you are called opposition,†he said. He also said that he had demonstrated that he could fight corruption having petitioned the purchase of the fire tenders as far back as 2015. Mwanza said most of the corruption in the country was perpetuated by civil servants and not politicians. On being advised that he would struggle to raise his grievances within Patriotic Front structures, Mwanza said others failed because they went public. “Like the example of honourable Mulusa who went outside. If you are a wife you do not go to the media and say my husband wets the bed. It is wrong,†he said. Mwanza said PF was the only party that had held conventions every five years. He also said the UPND was the most undemocratic party and had never held any convention. Mwanza said the UPND had demonstrated that they were the most tribal party in the country. “Who said that only a Tonga should rule UPND? All they see is tribalism, even just a simple appointment of a board at Daily Mail should raises tribal questions and that is where they want me to go no nimasese ayo,†he said. The post UPND Is The Most Tribal Party, says Antonio Mwanza appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Air Peace Sets New Date for Freetown, Banjul, Dakar Launch

[Guardian] Nigeria’s leading airline, Air Peace, has announced a new date, February 19, for the launch of its flights from Lagos to Freetown in Sierra Leone, Banjul in The Gambia and Dakar in Senegal.

[Guardian] Nigeria's leading airline, Air Peace, has announced a new date, February 19, for the launch of its flights from Lagos to Freetown in Sierra Leone, Banjul in The Gambia and Dakar in Senegal.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria