Edna Kiplagat, Geoffrey Kirui Ease to Victory At Boston Marathon

[Nation] Two times former World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat is this year’s Boston Marathon women’s champion while Geoffrey Kirui has claimed his first major after winning the men’s race in 2 hours, 09 minutes and 37 seconds.

[Nation] Two times former World marathon champion Edna Kiplagat is this year's Boston Marathon women's champion while Geoffrey Kirui has claimed his first major after winning the men's race in 2 hours, 09 minutes and 37 seconds.

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We Want Condoms and The Pill, Teens Say

[Nation] Kenyan teenagers want to be taught how to use contraceptives, including condoms, oral pills and injectables, as part of sexuality education in school and at home.

[Nation] Kenyan teenagers want to be taught how to use contraceptives, including condoms, oral pills and injectables, as part of sexuality education in school and at home.

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All Set for President Kenyatta’s Visit to Kisumu County

[Capital FM] Nairobi -All is set for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Kisumu County where he will attend the National Drama Festival and meet local leaders to discuss development issues.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -All is set for President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to Kisumu County where he will attend the National Drama Festival and meet local leaders to discuss development issues.

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South Chiefs Demand Hichilema Release; Denied Access To Jailed Opposition Leader

Eleven traditional leaders from Southern province were today denied access to incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. The traditional leaders comprising among others senior chief Monze, Chief Chona, Chief Macha, senior Chief Mukuni, Chief Chikanta and chieftainess Mwenda. The chiefs were … Continued

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Eleven traditional leaders from Southern province were today denied access to incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. The traditional leaders comprising among others senior chief Monze, Chief Chona, Chief Macha, senior Chief Mukuni, Chief Chikanta and chieftainess Mwenda. The chiefs were turned away at Lilayi Training College and directed to seek permission at the police headquarters were they were also turned away. They were advised that the House of Chiefs should write to the Ministry of Home Affairs on their request to see Hichilema in incarceration. After having failed on their mission, the traditional leaders headed to Hichilema’s residence where they consoled the family members before holding a media briefing. Addressing the media Chief Chikanta demanded for the immediate release of Hichilema alleging that the allegations were hinged on victimization. He said that there was selective application of the law in the country. Meanwhile Southern Province police commissioner Bonny Kapeso has put the service on alert for possible trouble on Tuesday. Kapeso has directed police officers to be in riot gear in anticipation of protests in the UPND dominated areas. Hichilema is due to appear before the High Court after his application for a writ a habeas corpus was adjourned to Tuesday. STATEMENT BY SOUTHERN PROVINCE CHIEFS: The Police must take full responsibility for this action. We therefore demand the dropping of all charges against him and that he must be released immediately and unconditionally as these charges have no merit at law. Besides he is now not well and needs to be taken to a hospital of his choice. Should this not take place and something happens to him, Mr Lungu and his government will bear full responsibility. What we notice is a system of selective justice by the police where the opposition, independent media and other civil society organisations with dissenting views are criminalized while ruling party offenders are left scot free. We call for an end to intimidation and arrests of all dissenting voices including opposition leaders and their members. The judicial system has failed the people of Zambia and we demand that the ICC must hear the petition case to the satisfaction of all parties. This is the only way peace can reign our land. We have arrived at these conclusions for the following reasons: 1. In 2012, Known cadres in Ndola attacked Mr. Hichilema who had to flee from the radio station through the roof. Perpetrators of this attack have not been apprehended to date. 2. In 2015, Patriotic Front cadres threw stones at the helicopter carrying Mr. Hichilema’s presidential campaign team in Shiwang’andu. The same was repeated in 2016 when the same cadres attempted to burn the helicopter on the ground. The Member of Parliament who led the attack was thereby rewarded with the position of Home Affairs Minister. 3. In 2016, ruling party cadres attempted to kill Mr. Hichilema at Moba Hotel in Kitwe and UPND security disarmed them and reported the matter to police. There has been no police action to date. 4. On 8th July 2016, Davis Chama shot an innocent citizen in Mulobezi and he has since been rewarded with the position of Defense Minister. 5. Boswell Muswani, Officer Commanding, Lusaka Province, shot a UPND member at the high court and has never been reprimanded and now is in charge of most police operations such as the blocking of the UPND press conference at Chainama hotel and the raid at Hichilema’s residence last Sunday. 6. The killers of Mapenzi Chibulo, a UPND member in the 2016 election campaigns have not been apprehended up to now. As custodians of peace and tradition, and leaders of the 15 million Zambians we are duty bound to call for law and order, peace, unity and stability in the country and we therefore demand that: 1. Our son Mr. Hichilema must be released forthwith and those responsible for aggravated robbery at his residence be brought to book by the police command. 2. We demand that Mr Hichilema be availed urgent medical care and if his health deteorates any further, Mr Lungu and his government will be held rensponsible. 3. Let the Petition be heard and moved to ICC so that tensions and regional divisions are thereby resolved 4. Ethnic insults and ridicule as expressed clearly by PF leaders, Davis Chama, Mumbi Phiri, Chishimba Kambwili, Frank Bwalya, Bowman Lusambo and others must be criminalised and ended forthwith. We are your Royal Highnesses; • Chief Macha • Chief Mukuni • Chief Chikanta • Chief Shakumbila • Chief Hamusonde • Chief Monze • Chief Mukobela • Chieftainess Mwenda • Chief Chona . Chief Ishima Chief Mwenda Chief Mwenekandala Chief Moono and Chief Chibuluma The post South Chiefs Demand Hichilema Release; Denied Access To Jailed Opposition Leader appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Link Kamwala, Chalimbana Fire To Politics

Speculation has riddled the fire that gutted over 120 shops in Kamwala Shopping area on Sunday night opening the possibility of politically instigated action. While the police and fire experts yet to release their findings. A group of senior government … Continued

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Speculation has riddled the fire that gutted over 120 shops in Kamwala Shopping area on Sunday night opening the possibility of politically instigated action. While the police and fire experts yet to release their findings. A group of senior government ministers led by Justice Minister toured the gutted market with Patriotic Front officials also in tow. The Patriotic Front party alleged that the act may have been instigated by sympathizers of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) in retaliation to their incarcerated party president Hakainde Hichilema who is charged with treason. Meanwhile, a part of Chalimbana University has been gutted by fire leaving property worth millions of kwacha burnt down. The connection of the fire incidences has not been conclusively linked to the volatile political atmosphere in the country. The post Police Link Kamwala, Chalimbana Fire To Politics appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Someone Has To Take The First Step To Halt Festering Political Hostilities

It is very clear that the arrest of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has not gone well with certain quarters of the Zambian community. People have been hurting and they have no outlet to pour out … Continued

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It is very clear that the arrest of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has not gone well with certain quarters of the Zambian community. People have been hurting and they have no outlet to pour out their anger. The police and Patriotic Front top leadership have been hard on the threat that they will deal with any acts of protest over the arrest and detention of Hichilema. Naturally some people have been hesitant to take up to the streets given the promise of the full wrath of police action. But the absence of widespread protests should not fool anyone that everything is well. There have been sporadic incidences of protests that the police and intelligence system have quelled. But there has been a quiet beef up of security in Southern Province for example and people are quietly irritated and not sure how to react to these developments. They have been watching and quietly complaining but they are jittery about the promise of high handedness. Even educated discourse in the community has been very guarded; people are not sure of one another and are not expressing their true emotions. Only the freer well known political social media political fundamentalists and propagandists have been the only ones freely and to some extent recklessly talking about Hichilema’s treason cross. President Edgar Lungu on his part has done his best to push a business as usual stunt which politically may be reasonable but our prayer is that he does acknowledge that the country is sitting on a landmine. Someone has to be bold enough and acknowledge the deep seated anger that sits with a certain corner of our country and not take the fragile serenity currently going on as a sign that everything is tucked under control. While Patriotic Front cadres were allowed to march freely and render solidarity to their leaders allegedly given death threats, the same cannot be done for the opposition to render solidarity with their incarcerated leader. They have twice have met police force to scatter their planned political gatherings and to imagine that they are quietly soaking it all in is being politically naive. Do not forget the hundreds of people still arrested in post election violence which is hardly an environment for peace building in any country seeking peace. Someone has to take up the baton of dialogue although we are not sure who given that even our churches are deeply divided based on political loyalties. For now we can only hope for the best in our beautiful country. The post Opinion: Someone Has To Take The First Step To Halt Festering Political Hostilities appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Frank Bwalya Mocks Hichilema; “He’s Drinking Water From Jail”

Frank Bwalya, the Patriotic Front spokesperson, has mocked the incanceration of leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema saying he spent the Easter Holiday drinking water behind bars. An excited Bwalya was addressing Patriotic Front members during a rally in Mbala. a … Continued

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Frank Bwalya, the Patriotic Front spokesperson, has mocked the incanceration of leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema saying he spent the Easter Holiday drinking water behind bars. An excited Bwalya was addressing Patriotic Front members during a rally in Mbala. a meeting which the Head of State also addressed. Bwalya, who spoke in his native Bemba, launched his speech with a narration of how three UPND cadres who he said were Hichilema’s bodyguards were serving jail sentence for inflicting physical harm on him when he toured Southern Province. He named the trio as Kelvin Conhill, Lawrence Sakala and Ackson Kambani Miyoba. Bwalya said now that the trio were in jail, their master was equally behind bars for allegedly agitating political violence. “Lelo alinwina amenshi ku buukwi..[today, he [Hichilema] is drinking water behind bars,” the former Misa Zambia chairperson said moments before handing over the microphone to President Lungu. Bwalya is also a victim of political persecution having crossed paths with PF founder late Michael Sata who he once referred to as chumbu munshololwa. Meanwhile, police have maintained that Hichilema is well despite an outcry about his deteriorating health. “We would like to dispute the statement circulating on social media attributed to UPND Spokesperson Mr Charles Kakoma that the health of Mr Hakainde Hichilema is deteriorating in detention and that police have denied him medical attention. “The truth of the matter is that from the time Mr Hichilema was detained, the police have been allowing Mr Hakainde Hichilema’s personal doctor to visit him and conduct routine medical checks on him. Statements such as the one attributed to Mr Charles Kakoma are misleading and bent on inciting members of the public and should be dismissed. “We do realise as police that even those people who may be in detention who do not have personal doctors or Lawyers are taken for medical attention in instances where they become unwell whilst in detention because it is their constitutional right. “One wonders why we could deny Mr Hichilema medical attention when he is just a suspect because even people who are convicted have got a right to medical attention. “As police we will not take such unjustified statements lightly because they are aimed at disturbilising the security of the nation,” says Esther Mwaata Katongo, the Zambia Police spokesperson. The post Frank Bwalya Mocks Hichilema; “He’s Drinking Water From Jail” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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