Herald Maintains Dominance

[The Herald] The Herald has reaffirmed its position as Zimbabwe’s number one daily newspaper after it won the prestigious Super Brand of the Year 2015 Award in the print media category for the seventh year running.

[The Herald] The Herald has reaffirmed its position as Zimbabwe's number one daily newspaper after it won the prestigious Super Brand of the Year 2015 Award in the print media category for the seventh year running.

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Letter: Opposition Must Be Objective In Criticism

The current political brouhaha in Zambia is regressive and may obliterate the social, political and economic strides attained since independence. The once united country is slowly being divided by selfish individuals whose sole purpose is to enter plot one. It … Continued

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The current political brouhaha in Zambia is regressive and may obliterate the social, political and economic strides attained since independence. The once united country is slowly being divided by selfish individuals whose sole purpose is to enter plot one. It is quite preposterous that the opposition political parties are busy criticizing everything the Patriotic Front Government is doing. While it is the responsibility of the opposition to offer checks and balances, criticism must be objective. The PF government has overachieved in infrastructure development but both the opposition and civil society do not appreciate that infrastructure development is the backbone for economic development. PF may have not done well in other sectors of the economy, but the opposition’s existence will be threatened if it continues to criticize the government without offering solutions. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is the head of State and President for all Zambians. Ridiculing the president to attain political mileage is irresponsible and detrimental to Zambia’s social, political and economic emancipation. President Lungu is a listening leader, and if the opposition leaders care about the country and have solutions to various problems affecting Zambians, they should bring forth their ideas and he will give them an audience. It is easier to be an armchair critic, but a good leader must be responsible and objective in criticism. It is also preposterous to see these so called leaders in celebratory mode every time Zambia goes through an economic downturn. One wonders how such leaders would claim to be with the people when they rejoice their suffering. Indubitably, President Lungu has been criticized harshly and called names by both the opposition and civil society. Zambia is part of the global community and must build relationships to be an equal player. Unfortunately, President Lungu is criticized even for attending the United Nations General Assembly or the African Union Summit. If Zambians can’t see the value of the president attending such high profile gatherings, then they are doomed and the entire country must go into therapy. Kanyanta Clever Financial Consultant New York, US The post Letter: Opposition Must Be Objective In Criticism appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Maritime Surveillance – Mauritius Police Force Equipped With New Patrol Vessel and Two Chetak Helicopters

[Government of Mauritius] As a major step to keep up with the rapid technological advancements in the field of maritime surveillance, a new state-of-the-art ship, CGS Victory, and two Chetak helicopters have been acquired by the Mauritius Police Force/…

[Government of Mauritius] As a major step to keep up with the rapid technological advancements in the field of maritime surveillance, a new state-of-the-art ship, CGS Victory, and two Chetak helicopters have been acquired by the Mauritius Police Force/National Coast Guard. The commissioning ceremony was held on Saturday 10 December 2016 at Quay A in Port Louis in the presence of the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, and the Defence Minister of India, Mr Manohar Parrikar.

source: AllAfrica News: Mauritius

Kamanga Explains Process In Kazala, Siwale Suspension

FAZ President Andrew Kamanga took the bull by its horns when he strayed into the Qfm studios to feature on Soccer Chat Show that preoccupies itself with scandalizing his presidency. And suspended Committee member Blackwell Siwale made it clear that … Continued

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FAZ President Andrew Kamanga took the bull by its horns when he strayed into the Qfm studios to feature on Soccer Chat Show that preoccupies itself with scandalizing his presidency. And suspended Committee member Blackwell Siwale made it clear that his defence before the FAZ Council will be hinged on the fact that Kamanga did not consult the executive in his decision and not that he stole. Meanwhile Kamanga laughed off allegations that he owns Zambia Reports saying he believed in giving information through the front door. Making a rare appearance on Soccer Chat, a program whose editorial team have long been on his harshest critics, Kamanga said he was available to all media regardless of their affiliations but advised that journalists be objective. Kamanga said that there was a chain of evidence showing consultation with the Executive Committee members before the suspensions were executed. He explained that the matter of the theft by the suspended Vice President Richard Kazala and Siwale was ignited by FAZ treasurer Rix Mweemba during reconciliation of figures in the aftermath of the Zambia versus Nigeria match. Kazala and Siwale have not at any point denied stealing K150, 000 for match tickets but contend that procedure was not followed in suspending them. “At the end of the day, there is a perceived standoff because others are accusing me of having violated the constitution. Consultation can even be by information, it cannot even be a case of always sitting as others were expecting,†he said “They have argued that there was no consultation, it is within their right. I have no problem, they can defend their position, they can come and state, the constitution is there.†He added: “They requested that the matter be taken to FIFA, and I was magnanimous enough to allow the General Secretary to write to FIFA. I wanted to show that I was not hiding anything; I have nothing to run away from. The point is this process still remains internal; FIFA has given guidance that the council has to decide, so let us go to the council and determine it.†Kamanga said Mweemba brought the matter to the attention of the executive during the reconciliation of figures. “This matter was started by the treasurer when he was reconciling the figures for the Nigeria match. Everyone was consulted along the way. There is a trail of communication within the Exco,†he said. The FAZ chief said that a permanent kit deal with Kappa may be concluded with Kappa in time for the Under-20 to wear the attire during 2017 Africa Cup. “One thing you need to appreciate is that Kappa is an international company based in Italy, the designs that you are talking about are actually done in Italy. If I can give you an example when I was in charge of Kabwe Warriors, we were the best dressed team because we were getting our kit straight out of Europe and I know a thing or two about kit,†he said. “So for someone to turn around and say I will dress the team in kit that is not acceptable I think that is being very unfair and malicious.†He also clarified the issue of the reduction of the Electoral College that had caused some level of consternation among the lower division members when it was first mooted. The Electoral College is expected to be 80 with members having provincial assemblies that will have three members each at the elective Annual General Meeting. “What FIFA is saying is reduce the Electoral College purely for elections. In the year that you are going to have elections, it is only the clubs which are going to vote and the rest of the members do not lose their membership,†he said. “They are the ones who should be having their provincial AGM then as FAZ we can call what is termed an ordinary assembly. We can call everyone who is a member from all the provinces which is your current FAZ Council. So nothing changes, the only thing that is the election itself.†He stated: “The timeframe is very clear we have to make these changes by March next year that is the deadline FIFA has given.†Kamanga said it was wrong to claim that the lower division clubs will no longer be part of FAZ. “In terms of the perception that Division Two and Three are being thrown out of FAZ that is incorrect,†he said. Kamanga said the Comp Ticket system that has sealed some loopholes for stealing had caused problems for some dishonest individuals. On suspended officials whose fate will be decided at the FAZ Council in March Kamanga said they should accept that they were suspended. “The problem with people who are outside is that you obviously think there is too much infighting but I am talking to my colleagues. I am in touch with them, there are obviously ways we can have this matter resolved but ultimately it is the FAZ Council which will take a decision,†he said. “But as far as the current position is concerned, these issues are more of a disciplinary nature, if the colleagues feel strongly that they have to defend themselves, the Council is the right place to do that.†And Siwale said that he will write a report to the FAZ Council defending himself over the suspension that was ignited by alleged theft of money from match tickets. “My reaction is that if the President followed the constitution; let him produce the minutes that he consulted the six Exco who are not at fault. Let him produce an email that he communicated to the six who are not accused that he consulted them,†said Siwale clearly ducking the merits of the theft allegations. “Mind you we do not have to agree with him that he can go ahead and suspend me or Mr Kazala. He has the powers to suspend but the constitution says that provided he consults and Exco and the congress. So mind you the letters were dated 4th November and I was given on the 5th let the President prove to the councillors which days he consulted the remaining members or the executive committee members.†On allegations that he owned Zambia Reports, Kamanga said he had no idea who the people behind the online publication were. “I do not even know them. You see again, this is the same suspicion I keep talking about. The same Zambia Reports has written bad things about me so many times. They accused me of running away from a meeting that I was supposed to chair. I did not even chair the meeting,†he said. “On balance of probability I am accused that I am actually running Zambia Reports. I do not do that I don’t even know who is doing it but the truth of the matter is if you need any information come through the front door we will give you.†Kamanga has filed a report to the FAZ Council detailing allegations of gross misconduct against his Vice President Richard Kazala and Siwale. Kazala has been slapped with 12 charges of misconduct while Siwale has seven with Kamanga invoking article 28 of the FAZ Constitution. He has also pinned his decision on the FIFA Statutes with Zurich nodding the decision to take the matter for Kazala and Siwale to the Council. The duo infamously dipped their fingers in the till by under declaring a K1, 650, 000 that was paid in cash by State House for match tickets for the Zambia versus Nigeria match. They declared K1, 500, 000 pocketing the difference and have since been suspended. 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Inputs Shortage Threatens Command Agriculture

[Zimbabwe Standard] GOVERNMENT’S command agriculture scheme, which is aimed at ensuring food self-sufficiency, is under threat as farmers who are supposed to implement it do not have necessary inputs, Standardbusiness has established.

[Zimbabwe Standard] GOVERNMENT'S command agriculture scheme, which is aimed at ensuring food self-sufficiency, is under threat as farmers who are supposed to implement it do not have necessary inputs, Standardbusiness has established.

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Ex-Deputy Speaker Mkhondo Lungu Dies

Former Lundazi Central Member of Parliament and former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu has died. Lungu served as MP for Lundazi from 2011 to 2016 and was Deputy Speaker in the immediate past parliament. His son, Muhabi … Continued

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Former Lundazi Central Member of Parliament and former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu has died. Lungu served as MP for Lundazi from 2011 to 2016 and was Deputy Speaker in the immediate past parliament. His son, Muhabi who is Deputy Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed his death. Lungu died at the University Teaching Hospital after having been ill for some time. He was typically gentlemanly in the manner he conducted business in parliament providing a balancing act between the sometimes divisive politics that besiege parliament. The post Ex-Deputy Speaker Mkhondo Lungu Dies appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Why Chinamasa’s $4,1 Billion Budget Has Alarmed Mugabe Opponents

[Zimbabwe Standard] For many, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s dour 2017 budget presentation could have passed as a non-event, but his predecessor Tendai Biti is a worried man.

[Zimbabwe Standard] For many, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa's dour 2017 budget presentation could have passed as a non-event, but his predecessor Tendai Biti is a worried man.

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Access to Financial Support Explained By the Deputy Secretary-General of Commonwealth

[Government of Mauritius] A presentation on the theme The Commonwealth in an Emerging Global Architecture: Thought and Perspectives was made by the Deputy Secretary-General of Commonwealth (Economic and Social Development) Mr Deodat Maharaj, on Friday …

[Government of Mauritius] A presentation on the theme The Commonwealth in an Emerging Global Architecture: Thought and Perspectives was made by the Deputy Secretary-General of Commonwealth (Economic and Social Development) Mr Deodat Maharaj, on Friday 09 December 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade in Port-Louis. Mr Maharaj was on an official visit to Mauritius in the context of the First Session of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub Steering Committee.

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Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today

[Graça Machel Trust] Dar es Salaam -December 10 every year the world observes Human rights day and this year’s theme is standup for someone’s rights today. This message is very relevant now than ever to the people living in the United States of America especially women bearing in mind what happened during the just ended presidential election.

[Graça Machel Trust] Dar es Salaam -December 10 every year the world observes Human rights day and this year's theme is standup for someone's rights today. This message is very relevant now than ever to the people living in the United States of America especially women bearing in mind what happened during the just ended presidential election.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania