Political Will Key to Digital Integration

[New Times] President Paul Kagame and other Heads of State and Government attending the Transform Africa summit have emphasised the need for political will to enable the implementation of digital integration and rollout of initiatives.

[New Times] President Paul Kagame and other Heads of State and Government attending the Transform Africa summit have emphasised the need for political will to enable the implementation of digital integration and rollout of initiatives.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

OPINION: Hichilema ‘Persecution’ Is Cruel Form Of African Politics; Hope He Picks Lessons

For the last one month, news from Zambia is predominately focused on the incarceration of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who faces treason charges and has remained in custody for almost one month as the offence is non-bailable. This development has … Continued

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For the last one month, news from Zambia is predominately focused on the incarceration of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who faces treason charges and has remained in custody for almost one month as the offence is non-bailable. This development has undoubtedly left a dent in the otherwise respected image of political stability the country has put up over the years. While Hichilema action in Mongu is unacceptable, it will never amount to any form of treasonable offence before any competent court of law or society. It should have ordinarily passed as a mere distraction by an attention seeking political. But when those with power lack the necessary attributes of discernment, they create a storm in a cup of tea. And such a storm has the potential to trigger emotions and turn the victim into an instant hero. This is what we may experience of the Hichilema episode. The international community has watched in dismay what a joke of our justice system we have made. In a way Hichilema was always going to land himself in trouble with the law. Hichilema had since losing elections in January 2015 endeavoured to carry himself like a man with official state power. He has repeatedly picked fights with President Edgar Lungu and everything else that he does not agree with. He has accused President Lungu of every imaginable ill in the book, labelled the judiciary corrupt and scolded the police repeatedly as being incompetent. This is his right as a political person. Yes, Hichilema has even turned Chainama Hotel grounds into a battle field where he has labelled everything that does not please him names. Who has he not insulted? Take the three arms of government just as a refresher to all of us; has he not called the head of legislature Patrick Matibini a PF cadre? While we are still at it, has the judiciary not taken enough venom from him? And the big one the head of the executive who has also been on Hichilema’s verbal hit list? Now that incident in Mongu may not have been treasonous but the recklessness with which it was executed tells just how open-ended Hichilema’s disregard for the law runs. It was definitely cheap for the state to tuck him away for treason but definitely that single act by Hichilema and his disciples smacks of recklessness. We do not imagine that the treason charge against Hichilema will hold but we are hoping that Hichilema will learn to practice his politics with a little more tact once this episode is over. Like he has been advised a thousand times he should focus his energies on building a strong case for the 2021 general elections. After all he has twice come within a whisker of victory and should therefore know better that confrontation with the law will not win him votes but cost him time to mobilize his supports base. Conversely, the PF should know playing into the Hichilema theatrics is not only costing the reputation, if at all they have any, but throwing the country into miserable standing on the global scale. If the Patriotic Front does not care about the image of their party, they can at least care about Zambia. This Hichilema circus must end. Please release the man so he can go about his life. The punishment is enough, he has served a political sentence he should never have been subjected to. Indeed, like many have observed Zambia is bigger than any of us. Please release HH; free him from this unnecessary persecution, it is cruel, barbaric and dehumanizing. Please release the man. The post OPINION: Hichilema ‘Persecution’ Is Cruel Form Of African Politics; Hope He Picks Lessons appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Habimana Quit a Bank Job to Start a Fashion Brand

[New Times] Upon graduation from the National University of Rwanda (Business Information Technology) in 2012, Felix Habimana landed his first job at Banque Populaire du Rwanda. He worked at the bank until November 2016.

[New Times] Upon graduation from the National University of Rwanda (Business Information Technology) in 2012, Felix Habimana landed his first job at Banque Populaire du Rwanda. He worked at the bank until November 2016.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Govt Looking to Scale Up Financial Inclusion Next Fiscal Year

[New Times] Members of Parliament have urged government to devise strategies to lower interest rates charged by financial institutions to allow for easy access to financial services that will help improve their welfare and stimulate the country’s economy.

[New Times] Members of Parliament have urged government to devise strategies to lower interest rates charged by financial institutions to allow for easy access to financial services that will help improve their welfare and stimulate the country's economy.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

The Roses and Thorns in Rwanda’s Budding Poetry Industry

[New Times] There is a poet in every one! The poetic instincts manifest in every one at some point in life. It could be that love poem you received or sent a loved one. It could also be that you went online and searched for an e-poem to recite on your …

[New Times] There is a poet in every one! The poetic instincts manifest in every one at some point in life. It could be that love poem you received or sent a loved one. It could also be that you went online and searched for an e-poem to recite on your special day-a wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation or engagement proposal. It could also be in times of sorrow like death of a loved one or an issue you feel strongly about in society.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Nigeria Meningitis Death Toll Tops 1,000

[Vanguard] More than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control said Thursday, but added that the spread of the disease is slowing.

[Vanguard] More than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria, the Centre for Disease Control said Thursday, but added that the spread of the disease is slowing.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

National Assembly for the First Time Publishes Its 2017 Budget Breakdown

[Vanguard] The National Assembly, Thursday, for the first time, published the details of its budget, beginning with the 2017 budget, to underscore transparency as earlier promised by the President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

[Vanguard] The National Assembly, Thursday, for the first time, published the details of its budget, beginning with the 2017 budget, to underscore transparency as earlier promised by the President of the 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Leverage Youth Efforts in Innovation, Say Experts

[New Times] Building a sustainable ecosystem of innovators requires countries to take advantage of the youth who make the biggest part of African population, experts from the public and private sector said.

[New Times] Building a sustainable ecosystem of innovators requires countries to take advantage of the youth who make the biggest part of African population, experts from the public and private sector said.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda