Kenya’s Election – What Is At Stake for the Region?

[Al Jazeera] On August 8, two political heavyweights will compete for power in a tightly fought presidential election in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who came to power in 2013, is seeking a second and final term in office. Raila Odinga, who lost to…

[Al Jazeera] On August 8, two political heavyweights will compete for power in a tightly fought presidential election in Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who came to power in 2013, is seeking a second and final term in office. Raila Odinga, who lost to Kenyatta in the last election, is his main challenger.

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Pres. Lungu Warns State House Staff Against Abusing Power

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has warned State House staff not to abuse their power and play hands in the sub contracting of the communication tower project. Speaking when he witnessed the $282 million project between government and China, The Head … Continued

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has warned State House staff not to abuse their power and play hands in the sub contracting of the communication tower project. Speaking when he witnessed the $282 million project between government and China, The Head of State warned that he would not act kindly to those who want to abuse their power and play hands in the project to prompt the contractor in his sub contracting, highlighting State House in particular. “State House, you have heard, STAY AWAY!” he warned. “Those of you who claim to have power do not abuse the contractor by insisting that he employs contractors who are not qualified, this will compromise quality.” He added; “And I will not be friendly to those who want to push their luck in that direction, please keep away. STATE HOUSE YOU HAVE HEARD!” Source: PF Media The post Pres. Lungu Warns State House Staff Against Abusing Power appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zuma Arrives In Lusaka Saturday

President Jacob Zuma is expected in the country Saturday to be guest of honour at the Lusaka Agricultural and Commercial Show. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT FROM PRETORIA President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 05 August 2017, undertake a working visit … Continued

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President Jacob Zuma is expected in the country Saturday to be guest of honour at the Lusaka Agricultural and Commercial Show. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT FROM PRETORIA President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 05 August 2017, undertake a working visit to Lusaka, Zambia where he will officially open the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show as a Guest of Honour, at the invitation of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu of Zambia. This show is organised under the theme The Promotion of Green Economy. South Africa and Zambia have good bilateral political, economic and social relations underpinned by strong historical ties dating back from the years of the liberation struggle. The two countries have signed twenty one Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over the past years. A Memorandum of Understanding concerning cooperation in the field of agriculture, which enables the two countries to share agricultural development experiences, capacity building and skills development programmes amongst other areas of cooperation is amongst the MoU’s signed. President Jacob Zuma will be accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana. Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za Issued by: The Presidency Pretoria The post Zuma Arrives In Lusaka Saturday appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu At Showgrounds

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo (second from right) and Commerce,Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe checks the Fish at First Hatch Fisheries during the tour of stands at the 91st Zambia Agriculture … Continued

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (centre) accompanied by Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo (second from right) and Commerce,Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe checks the Fish at First Hatch Fisheries during the tour of stands at the 91st Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show in Lusaka on Thursday, August 3,2017. – Picture State House The post Pres. Lungu At Showgrounds appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kabimba Visits Hichilema at Mukobeko

Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba has visited incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum prison. Kabimba was joined on his visit by some UPND members of parliament among them Douglas Syakalima and Cornelius Mweetwa. The Rainbow Party leader shares … Continued

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Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba has visited incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum prison. Kabimba was joined on his visit by some UPND members of parliament among them Douglas Syakalima and Cornelius Mweetwa. The Rainbow Party leader shares a frosty relationship with the UPND and has been one of their harshest critics since influencing their ejection from the failed pact with PF. Kabimba said that he had decided to visit Hichilema although some UPND members took pleasure in verbally assaulting him. “In the situation he is in, he needs encouragement from those of us that are outside because we don’t know the conditions and prison conditions in this country are deplorable that’s why I don’t agree with this new terminology that they are correctional facilities. They are not correctional facilities, there is no way you can correct somebody’s behavior in deplorable conditions. So they are prisons,†he said. “They can use [the term] correctional facility because that’s what the donors who are giving them the money want them to call them but in terms of the conditions, these are deplorable conditions and our people are still living in primitive kind of prison facilities.†Hichilema has been in prison from April 10 when he was bundled away by police and charged with treason. The post Kabimba Visits Hichilema at Mukobeko appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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IG Kanganja Sets Record Straight on Barring Parties from Holding Rallies

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has set the record straight on alleged debarring of opposition political parties from holding public rallies ahead local government of by-elections next month. Kanganja has clarified that police should not use provisions of the … Continued

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Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has set the record straight on alleged debarring of opposition political parties from holding public rallies ahead local government of by-elections next month. Kanganja has clarified that police should not use provisions of the preservation of public security act to stop political parties from holding rallies. The opposition UPND has formally complained to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) alleging that they are being stopped from holding public rallies by the police. Below is the full statement from Kanganja: STATEMENT BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE ON THE FORTHCOMING BY- ELECTIONS In view of the forthcoming bye-elections scheduled to take place in some parts of the country, I have directed all Police Commissioners in Provinces with impending by-elections to allow Political Parties to conduct their preparatory meetings and Campaigns freely but in line with the provisions of the Public Order Act (POA) and other pieces of Legislation. Police Commissioners are further advised to inform Regulating Officers and all other officers under their command not to use the provisions of the Preservation of Public Security Act number 112 to impede the forthcoming bye-elections. In the same vein, political parties should ensure that they conduct their activities peacefully and abide by the provision of the Public Order Act which requires them to notify the police on their intended activities as this would enable Police Officers to plan effectively and put in place necessary security measures. Further, I urge Political Party leaders in respective areas to avail their planned activities to relevant regulating officers to enable them plan in advance. I wish to bring to the attention of all political party leaders at various levels that it is their responsibility to monitor and regulate the conduct of their members so that such activities can be conducted in a peaceful and violent free environment. I am sending a strong warning to all those that would want to deliberately ignore the provisions of the Law that we shall not tolerate any lawlessness but arrest and prosecuted all those found wanting. I wish to remind members of the public that security peace and stability of the nation is a collective responsibility of all citizens of this great nation. KAKOMA KANGANJA INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE 4th August, 2017 The post IG Kanganja Sets Record Straight on Barring Parties from Holding Rallies appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Saviour Chishimba to Spend Long Weekend in Police Cells

United Progressive Party (UPP) president Saviour Chishimba could spend the long weekend behind bars after being detained over night at Woodlands Police Station. Chishimba was picked up from Diamond TV studios whilst featuring on a program and driven to police … Continued

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United Progressive Party (UPP) president Saviour Chishimba could spend the long weekend behind bars after being detained over night at Woodlands Police Station. Chishimba was picked up from Diamond TV studios whilst featuring on a program and driven to police headquarters. The opposition leader was later transferred to Woodlands Police where he was detained. Chishimba is yet to be charged by police and will be hoping to have his day in court. Indications are that he will be charged with defamation of the President. He joins UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema on the list of opposition leaders thrown behind bars. The post Saviour Chishimba to Spend Long Weekend in Police Cells appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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State Agents Close in on Prime TV…Demand Footage

State agents have continued knocking on the door of Prime Television seeking footage allegedly damaging to President Edgar Lungu. Prime Television has been on the police watch list with law enforcement agencies routinely checking on the station with personnel occasionally … Continued

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State agents have continued knocking on the door of Prime Television seeking footage allegedly damaging to President Edgar Lungu. Prime Television has been on the police watch list with law enforcement agencies routinely checking on the station with personnel occasionally arrested. In a recent update to the Tom and Jerry kind of chase, the police have written requesting for footage over material aired on the private television. Recently a Prime TV journalist was arrested but later released. Police are requesting for footage from journalist Kalan Muchima whilst President Edgar Lungu visited Southern Province. The post State Agents Close in on Prime TV…Demand Footage appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ethiopia Fire Warning Shots

Ethiopia coach Ashewafi Bekele says that Saturday’s international friendly against Zambia will be very important to his side as it prepares for their African Nations Championship (CHAN) assignment against Sudan. Bekele led Ethiopia through the paces on Thursday evening at … Continued

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Ethiopia coach Ashewafi Bekele says that Saturday’s international friendly against Zambia will be very important to his side as it prepares for their African Nations Championship (CHAN) assignment against Sudan. Bekele led Ethiopia through the paces on Thursday evening at Sunset Stadium after having arrived at 12:15 hours in Lusaka. Bekele told Fazfootball.com that Ethiopia was confident Zambia would give them a good run in the friendly match. “This match is very important for both of us. Zambia is a stronger team than us so we will also be learning in this game,†he said. Bekele said his side was in good shape and hopeful that they will qualify to the Kenya 2018 CHAN tournament. The Ethiopians loosened up at Sunset Stadium with Bekele and his technical staff plotting Zambia’s fall on Saturday. Zambia and Ethiopia last met at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the two sides drawing 0-all in a match that marked a slide in form of the then African champions under Herve Renard. Coach Wedson Nyirenda is using the match as preparation for the CHAN clash against South Africa on August 12. The match is billed for Woodlands Stadium with charges pegged at K100 VIP, K50 grandstand and K20 open wing. Tickets are on sale at Shoprite outlets through Computicket. (Source: Fazfootball.com) The post Ethiopia Fire Warning Shots appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Govt. Will Not Sign Any Agreement to Deport Our Citizens Says Interior Minister

[Daily Observer] The Interior minister has said that no responsible government will sign an agreement to deport her citizens and certainly the government of The Gambia will not sign any agreement to deport her citizens. “We have not done so, and the go…

[Daily Observer] The Interior minister has said that no responsible government will sign an agreement to deport her citizens and certainly the government of The Gambia will not sign any agreement to deport her citizens. "We have not done so, and the government will not do so, but what we are going to be involved in is manage migration."

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