Pres. Lungu Salutes Zambia Under 20 For Cosafa Victory

President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the Zambia Under-20 for scooping the Cosafa Championship. The Head of State had also a warm word for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Games where the country reaped 16 medals. Below is the full … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has congratulated the Zambia Under-20 for scooping the Cosafa Championship. The Head of State had also a warm word for the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Games where the country reaped 16 medals. Below is the full statement: PRESIDENT LUNGU CONGRATULATES ZAMBIA UNDER -20 SOCCER TEAM FOR COSAFA VICTORY LUSAKA, (Sunday,18, 2016) His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia has congratulated the Zambia Under-20 team for their extraordinary victory in the 2016 Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)Youth Championship Final after defeating hosts South Africa with 2-0 at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on Friday, 16th December, 2016. And the President has hailed the impressive performance exhibited by the Zambian athletes who have minted 16 medals in the just ended 7th edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five games in Luanda, Angola. President Lungu has expressed happiness at the Under-20 team for lifting the COSAFA Cup and commended the players and the technical bench for the job well done and hoped that the team will continue to exhibit this exceptional performance in future tournaments. The President has assured of unwavering support to the team and urged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to ensure that the Under-20 Soccer team is nurtured into the future senior national team. President Lungu has also said Government in its effort to promote football in the country will equally ensure that other sports disciplines are promoted. “As patron of Football Association of Zambia, I wish to congratulate Mr. Andrew Kamanga, the President of FAZ and his entire executive for putting together necessary arrangements that led to this successful outcome. I wish to assure that my Government will support the development of football and other sports disciplines in the country,†President Lungu said. And the President is also happy at the impressive performance exhibited by the Zambian athletes who participated in the just ended 7th edition of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region Five games in Luanda, Angola. President Lungu has commended the Zambian athletes in Boxing, Judo, Football and Runners for minting 16 medals saying they have made the nation proud by putting up such exceptional performance. The President said that with such good performance, the outlook for sports in Zambia had been transformed and was hopeful that sports administrators will not relent but will do everything possible to maintain this record and deliver even better results in future. The President has also hailed the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council of Zambia for working tirelessly to ensure Zambia’s participation in the games. Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE The post Pres. Lungu Salutes Zambia Under 20 For Cosafa Victory appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Tension High in DRC As President Kabila’s Mandate Ends

[Deutsche Welle] Military and police forces were deployed across DRC on Monday amid fears of unrest on the last official day of President Joseph Kabila’s mandate. Opposition protests were quickly dispersed with arrests reported.

[Deutsche Welle] Military and police forces were deployed across DRC on Monday amid fears of unrest on the last official day of President Joseph Kabila's mandate. Opposition protests were quickly dispersed with arrests reported.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Court Grants 11 Riotous UPND Cadres Bail

Eleven of the 45 arrested UPND cadres made an appearance in court this morning with the court granting them bail. The 11 women are appearing on a charge of riotous behaviour and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. Appearing … Continued

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Eleven of the 45 arrested UPND cadres made an appearance in court this morning with the court granting them bail. The 11 women are appearing on a charge of riotous behaviour and conduct likely to cause breach of peace. Appearing before Magistrate Munyina Oku the cadres pleaded not guilty to the offence. Magistrate Oku granted the cadres K2, 000 bail each with two working sureties. Party president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba were in court to render their members solidarity. Last Thursday whilst Hichilema and Mwamba were in court for their petition push, cadres run amok outside forcibly entering the High Court building causing damage to property along the way. They fought running battles with police with the High Court forced to suspend hearing of the petition, where the UPND is asking the court to rule on their right to be heard. The court case is a follow up on the Constitutional Court petition against the election of President Edgar Lungu that was thrown out. Hichilema and Mwamba have not given up bringing up a litany of cases over the same matter with top drawer lawyers cheering them on. BELOW IS WHAT UPND LEADER HAKAINDE HICHILEMA WROTE AFTER THE COURT CASE Greetings fellow country men and women, This morning we accompanied some of our arrested members who were appearing at the magistrate court in Lusaka for alleged riotous behavior on Thursday, 15th December, 2016. Vice President, Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, our counterpart MMD President Dr Nevers Mumba and I followed the court proceedings and offered our support. And 11 of our members out of over 60 have been granted bail of K2,000 each with two working sureties. Shortly after the hearing we spoke to the members of the Press at which we stated that we have video and pictorial evidence on how the Police provoked and eventually brutally beat and shot our members while at the court. We also used the opportunity to emphasize that our petition must be heard and further wondered why a judge would write a letter that the petition has been halted. This letter said to have been written by High court Judge Mwila Chitabo suggesting that our petition has been halted does not in anyway sound Judicial, because in any case, the judge should have passed a ruling and not taking such a position. We wonder whether him, Police and the PF had schemed to brutalize our members and tear gas us so that in turn they can stop the petition. And gladly fellow citizens, this time around we have documented the Police brutality and even the ones that shot at our members, we know them and it is our hope that the law will take its course. If for some reason, one judge is incapable of handling our petition, the law is clear, one must recuse themselves and allow other judges to continue the matter. Therefore, we do not any in anyway recognise that letter which is said to have been written by Judge Chitabo to the Attorney General for which we don’t even have a copy as petitioners. Blessed afternoon, God bless our country. The post Court Grants 11 Riotous UPND Cadres Bail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Gambia, Peace, Security, Democracy Top Decisions at Ecowas Summit

[Liberia Govt] Abuja -The Fiftieth Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government has ended in Abuja, Nigeria with a 67-count Communique that addressed a number of critical issues including the political situation in The Gamb…

[Liberia Govt] Abuja -The Fiftieth Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government has ended in Abuja, Nigeria with a 67-count Communique that addressed a number of critical issues including the political situation in The Gambia, the political situation in Guinea-Bissau, the current situation in Mali, Maritime safety and security, the situation in Burkina Faso, regional economic performance, regional integration and development, institutional matters, peace, security and democracy, mobilization of fund

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Ken Ofori-Atta Likely to Be Appointed Finance Minister

[Ghana Star] Joy business is reliably informed that the co-founder of Databank Financial Services, Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to be named as Finance Minister in the incoming government.

[Ghana Star] Joy business is reliably informed that the co-founder of Databank Financial Services, Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to be named as Finance Minister in the incoming government.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Sports Writer Weighs In On Under 20 Success At Cosafa

Respected Sports Writer Augustine Mukoka has lent his voice on the recent triumph of the Under-20 National team. Mukoka better known from his days as a hard hitting columnist at The Post Newspapers under the Full Time banner reckons the … Continued

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Respected Sports Writer Augustine Mukoka has lent his voice on the recent triumph of the Under-20 National team. Mukoka better known from his days as a hard hitting columnist at The Post Newspapers under the Full Time banner reckons the victory could provide a launch pad for possible future success. Unafraid to court controversy, he has also weighed in on the scale FAZ President Andrew Kamanga should be measured by. Below is his full write up: LET’S GIVE KAMANGA CHANCE; HE MEANS WELL In December 2011, Football House was on fire with then Sports Minister Fackson Shamenda pummeling the Football Association of Zambia executive committee over the dubious re-engagement of Frenchman Herve Renard as Chipolopolo coach. Never mind this was enroute to winning the historic Africa Cup in February 2012. Shamenda whined in parliament about the unceremonious manner Italian Dario Bonetti was disposed of. Bonetti was unfairly hounded out of the job because he was not “politically correct†with the then FAZ leadership although he ended up with the proverbial last laugh when the matter was decided by FIFA in his favour a few years later. So, once Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and co lifted the Under-20 Cosafa Cup in Botswana; a smiling Shamenda was on hand to receive the trophy at Football House. That victory seemed to pacify an atmosphere that had its temperature on the rise. Similarly, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has been under a torrent of abuse taking some stick over results of the senior national team the last few months. Kamanga took over FAZ leadership when the senior national team’s fortunes were on the decline. His critics; however, wanted him to immediately resurrect the team and when six months on the job Chipolopolo failed to qualify to the Africa Cup, he was branded a failure. Kamanga has had to answer to every imaginable frailty in the Zambian game so much that even the home draw against Congo Brazzaville at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium 72 hours after being elected president was blamed on him. It didn’t help that the team failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations and his plea for patience has fell on deaf ears perpetually carrying the unenviable tag of him being an alleged failure. Kamanga’s detractors went to town about the failure to qualify to the 2017 Africa Cup, a process he only had the chance to oversee midway. Once the Under-20 national team got their act going at the 2016 Cosafa tournament, the name Kamanga vanished. Poor Kamanga will be remembered the next time a team stutters or fails to win a game. Everyone will be out to remind us what a failure he is. Others go further to say they are not interested in his transparency gospel as it does not guarantee results on the pitch. They poke fun at him for repeatedly preaching the gospel of securing football resources and arrogantly tell him to win games. It could seem he should feel guilty about preaching transparency in the beautiful game when this formed the bedrock of his campaign. All manner of self-proclaimed analysts and facebook anarchists suddenly know what Kamanga is not doing right. Has he not stood firm that the whole set up needs re-organization with a gradual building of a new team starting with the Under-20 Africa Cup next year? While no one may still know, there will be the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers some time next year which can be used as an opportunity to build. Nobody in their right frame of mind expects Zambia to be at the Russia 2018 World Cup. Granted, they can pull a surprise and football has many such examples. But ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10, the current senior national team’s chances range below average i.e 2.5 to 3.5 probable chance. It’s only fair to see most the players through the series with the view of building on the success and experience they have so far gathered. That’s the more reason why our youth structures are an important component of success at the senior national team. In case anyone has the good sense to remember, some of the lads in the all-conquering Under-20 were part of the Zone VI Games we hosted in 2012. Credit to the previous FAZ executive committee for keeping the team together. Goalie Mangani Banda, Proper Chilufya, Enock Mwepu, Solomon Sakala among others were part of the team that lost to South Africa in 2012 when Zambia hosted and fielded an Under-17 side. So anyone who has followed the Zambian game will have noticed that subsequent strong Zambian teams have been built from a strong Under-20 showing. The country learnt from the class of 1999 and 2007 that graced the World Cup at youth level. Handling the current Under-20 team well could provide a solid base for the future national team so it should not surprise anyone that a lot attention is being paid to this crop of young players. The results by the lads in South Africa may be insignificant to some, after all, it’s the 11th title bagged. We have won it one too many times. Yet it gives our boys confidence and morale going into the Under-20 Africa Cup which the country hosts early next year. Given the chance, Kamanga has demonstrated even amidst strong opposition from his own executive committee members some of who have publicly ridiculed, disrespected and virtually defamed him, he still can deliver. It’s therefore incumbent on every soccer loving Zambian to rally behind the current FAZ president and his leadership; support his vision for transparency and accountability to improve the sport. For now, the Under 20 Cosafa triumph will remain a sweet victory for the young lads and FAZ and hopefully we can build from here. Congrats Zambia and also Andrew Kamanga and team after all success has many fathers, as they say, while failure is an orphan. And congratulations to Kapiri Mposhi educationist Jan Sikazwe for being the man at the center of the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup between Spanish giant Real Madrid and Japanese champions Kashima Antlers. Credits: Pictures by FAZ Media The post Sports Writer Weighs In On Under 20 Success At Cosafa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Malaria Program Recommends Doses for Pregnant Women

[LINA] The National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) has recommended at least two plus doses of Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for women during pregnancy to reduce the risk posed to mothers, fetuses and the unborn.

[LINA] The National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) has recommended at least two plus doses of Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) for women during pregnancy to reduce the risk posed to mothers, fetuses and the unborn.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

KBF Dropped Amid Rumours Of PF Revolt

Patriotic Front (PF) vice chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube has been dropped from his position amid reports he alongside Roan MP Chishimba Kambwili were plotting a revolt disguised as “True Green”. Party chairperson for elections Jean Kapata in a … Continued

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Patriotic Front (PF) vice chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube has been dropped from his position amid reports he alongside Roan MP Chishimba Kambwili were plotting a revolt disguised as “True Green”. Party chairperson for elections Jean Kapata in a letter to KBF stated that the latter was not allowed to speak on behalf of the party without clearance. Bwalya commonly known as KBF has since confirmed his dropping and wished the PF well. “Good Evening Fellow PF Members. This is to confirm that I have finally received my letter of being dropped as Deputy Chair person for Elections. I wish the Party well and in this season of good cheer I pray all works well with everyone. Merry Christmas,” he states. Meanwhile, the Daily Nation reports that a plot to destabilise the Patriotic Front (PF) and cause an uprising against the governing party’s legitimate leadership including President Edgar Lungu who is leader of the PF has been unearthed. The calls for elections by the now former PF elections deputy chairperson Kelvin Bwalya Fube and Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili are but part of the scheme to agitate a rebellion against President Lungu as head of the PF and the secretary general of the ruling party Davis Mwila. PF elections chairperson Jean Kapata has lambasted Kambwili and ube for calling for elections from top to bottom in the PF and has branded the two as treacherous individuals who wanted to cause consternation in the ruling party. Kapata said the ruling party was aware that some disgruntled officials within the party were allegedly sponsoring confusion and had been scheming against Mwila whom they want to unseat. She said the PF elected President Lungu at its extra-ordinary convention soon after the death of president Michael Sata and that the Head of State had a five year mandate to preside over the governing party. She said she was aware that Fube, Kambwili and some other PF officials had been having clandestine and covert meetings to subvert the mandate of President Lungu as head of the ruling party and Mwila as general secretary. “I am aware that some PF officials who are disgruntled are involved in covert activities and are agitating an uprising against President Lungu as leader of the PF and Mr Mwila, the secretary general of the party. It is not individuals such as Mr Fube and Mr Kambwili who should call for elections at all levels of the PF. “We have the central committee which is the supreme organ of the party that decides and President Lungu was elected at a convention and has only served less than two years. Mr Kambwili as a member of the central committee should know well than what he is doing. Mr Kambwili and Mr Fube are directly attacking President Lungu by agitating for confusion in the party,†said Kapata. The post KBF Dropped Amid Rumours Of PF Revolt appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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