Govt Played No Part in Suspension of Opposition MPs – Spokesman

[RFI] Zambia’s government has moved to distance itself from the suspension of 48 opposition MPs who have been slapped with a 30-day ban from the country’s parliament. The United Party for National Development (UPND) lawmakers were on Tuesday suspended …

[RFI] Zambia's government has moved to distance itself from the suspension of 48 opposition MPs who have been slapped with a 30-day ban from the country's parliament. The United Party for National Development (UPND) lawmakers were on Tuesday suspended for boycotting an address by President Edgar Lungu.

source: AllAfrica News: Zambia

Alleged Fraud, Loyalty to T.B Joshua Tear Apart Top Civil Society Group

[Premium Times] One of Nigeria’s foremost civil society organisations, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) is currently embroiled in crisis between its Lagos chapter and the national body.

[Premium Times] One of Nigeria's foremost civil society organisations, the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) is currently embroiled in crisis between its Lagos chapter and the national body.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Militants to Okowa – Account for Your 2 Yrs 13 Percent Derivation

[Vanguard] Warri -NEW Delta Avenger, NDA, a new coalition of ex-militants from the oil producing areas of Delta State, yesterday, called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to give account of the 13 per cent derivation he received from the Federation Account in …

[Vanguard] Warri -NEW Delta Avenger, NDA, a new coalition of ex-militants from the oil producing areas of Delta State, yesterday, called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to give account of the 13 per cent derivation he received from the Federation Account in the last two years and what went to the oil producing communicates, especially the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

The Prisons Boss, His Car and the ‘Completely Corrupt’ Tender

[News24Wire] Correctional services commissioner Zach Modise could on Wednesday not explain why his car was parked outside the house of the director of a company that does business worth R2bn with the department.

[News24Wire] Correctional services commissioner Zach Modise could on Wednesday not explain why his car was parked outside the house of the director of a company that does business worth R2bn with the department.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

OPINION: Suspension of UPND MPs Paves Way for One Street Legislation

The suspension of 48 United Party for National Development was long coming. For a long time they had been pushing to see how far the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini could go in tolerating their innuendos and at … Continued

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The suspension of 48 United Party for National Development was long coming. For a long time they had been pushing to see how far the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini could go in tolerating their innuendos and at times full blown outright provocative stunts. Matibini had occasionally in the past come close to meting out maximum punishment but has been retrained. They have called everything from cadre to spineless wimp but he has taken all this in this stride. And the UPND MPs have not made it easy by defying their earlier promise to never shun a presidential address of parliament. The UPND MPs tendered in a remorseful apology and were forgiven. But they did not learn anything from their censure and were back to their senseless act when they once again shunned President Edgar Lungu’s address on March 17. It may seem that Matibini has taken their bait and in the end appears to have been acting for political appeasement. But well intentioned as Matibini’s ruling may have been it raises questions about how secure the separation the doctrine of the separation of powers is ingrained in the Zambian set up. It could appear that Matibini acted out of political pressure to be seen to be doing something. Notwithstanding that President Edgar Lungu did say in the aftermath of the boycott that the people that boycotted his address would be dealt with. That the Speaker based his ruling on the refusal to recognize President Lungu smacks of political pressure. Boycotts are no doubt a critical ingredient of the democratic dispensation and should be accepted as such. We have seen parliamentary processes that are far more chaotic than the civility within our parliament. For some time the standing of the judiciary in Zambia has been cast in doubt with its critics arguing that it is compromised. Recently Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima went on record acknowledging that her institution had been taking a battering from some members of the public who deemed it compromised. Now with the legislature falling in the same light, could this therefore mean that the sanctity of the doctrine of separation of powers has been violated? With the expulsion of the 48 MPs there lies ahead a one way street for the ruling Patriotic Front to breeze through introducing new laws without any resistance. Can our country afford this kind of one party style legislature? No doubt the precedence set will one day be back to haunt this country. Did the long standing democracy foot soldier have to be the man to set that precedent? The post OPINION: Suspension of UPND MPs Paves Way for One Street Legislation appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Barrick Ready to Pay What It Owes Tanzania – Magufuli

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -President John Magufuli has met with Prof John Thornton, Chairman of Barrick Gold Canada, parent company of Acacia Mining to discuss the mineral sand saga at the State House on Wednesday.

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -President John Magufuli has met with Prof John Thornton, Chairman of Barrick Gold Canada, parent company of Acacia Mining to discuss the mineral sand saga at the State House on Wednesday.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

You Jumped the Gun, Education Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo Told

[The Herald] Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo rushed to the Constitutional Court challenging the lawfulness of his arrest when a magistrate could have dealt with the matter without diffi…

[The Herald] Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo rushed to the Constitutional Court challenging the lawfulness of his arrest when a magistrate could have dealt with the matter without difficulties, Chief Justice Luke Malaba has ruled.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Govt Issues U.S.$50 Million Treasury Bills to Raise Funds for Irrigation

[The Herald] Government has issued Treasury Bills amounting to $50 million to raise funds for irrigation equipment under its specialized Command agriculture program.

[The Herald] Government has issued Treasury Bills amounting to $50 million to raise funds for irrigation equipment under its specialized Command agriculture program.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe