Rwanda to Launch Innovation Fund Next Week

[New Times] Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda will next week launch the National Research and Innovation Fund, which is expected to support the implementation of local innovations as well as research for development in the country.

[New Times] Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda will next week launch the National Research and Innovation Fund, which is expected to support the implementation of local innovations as well as research for development in the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

OPINION: Lessons from Chilanga

The dust from the Chilanga parliamentary by-election has hardly settled but after 24 hours from the moment the winner was declared it is relatively easier to discuss the poll in a clearer atmosphere. The victors have had their party while … Continued

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The dust from the Chilanga parliamentary by-election has hardly settled but after 24 hours from the moment the winner was declared it is relatively easier to discuss the poll in a clearer atmosphere. The victors have had their party while the vanquished may have at least recovered from the aftershock of defeat. Naturally a by-election cannot be viewed in the same light as a general election but with the new constitution tightening screws around the regularity of parliamentary by-election it may become important to read more into the by-election results. Chilanga stood as a perfect test case of how the urban population still viewed President Edgar Lungu’s midway through his tenure. Chilanga may have some markings of ethnic imbalance that plays a role in the outcome of elections but overall it has sufficient hold to be deemed an elite constituency. With the Patriotic Front getting a bashing daily from their detractors it had looked like a loss in Chilanga would be a show of a yellow card by the public. Besides the PF had never held the Chilanga seat before since its formation. It would have been very easy for the PF to accept a loss in Chilanga than anywhere else in Lusaka province. Admittedly the urban elite have been hugely critical of President Edgar Lungu therefore making it hard to penetrate Chilanga. It had very much looked like a given right for the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) until they opted for political suicide. Soon after they announced their candidate we did advise that the UPND had decided to walk on a tightrope.  It was political suicide to go to battle with a candidate with as much garbage as the UPND’s Charmaine Musonda. Musonda had just freshly been acquitted of an accomplice to murder charge and also walked with the stigma of a house wrecker from having grabbed a man from another woman. Perhaps the highest form of political naivety was in the fact that Musonda was lining up to succeed the man she was arrested with for murder. Could political success have been deemed sexually transmitted? The UPND just closed itself to any moral voices and stuck to their guns leading to one of their bitterest political lessons. It is a loss that is unlikely to win them any sympathisers, even neutrals were turned off by their choice. Quite simply Musonda was a politically toxic choice for a candidate. We may not be sure about the outcome of the election if the UPND fielded a more credible candidate. While some people may not like it the victory in Chilanga has gone some measure in confirming that PF still has a strong hold on the Lusaka voters. After all don’t they say numbers don’t lie? Regrettably the violent acts that characterised the poll will remain a dent on the otherwise smoothly conducted election. It had seemed outsiders were more desperate for a result in Chilanga than the locals who were simply looking for an acceptable candidate. It was an election that meant more to the humble and nonviolent people of Chilanga, at least they can go back to their normal lives. The post OPINION: Lessons from Chilanga appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day to Honour Abiola

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that effective 2019 Nigeria’s Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years, be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election.

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that effective 2019 Nigeria's Democracy Day, marked every May 29 for the past 18 years, be shifted to June 12 to honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Kabila Steps up Propaganda Machinery as he Veers Off Elections Deadline

The Democratic Republic of Congo question has continued to dominate international headlines from the African continent. Out of favour President Joseph Kabila is consolidating his position after having twice abrogated deadlines to hold elections. He recently appointed Constitutional Court judges, … Continued

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The Democratic Republic of Congo question has continued to dominate international headlines from the African continent. Out of favour President Joseph Kabila is consolidating his position after having twice abrogated deadlines to hold elections. He recently appointed Constitutional Court judges, a body that is supposed to rule on electoral disputes in the Congo. Kabila has stepped his propaganda machinery with a video touting the “accomplishments†of President Kabila and ending with the statement “This man is indispensable for the Congo,†recently released.  This campaign style video, along with other tactics like his ongoing, editorialized, paid content series in The Washington Times, is reigniting speculation that Kabila plans to cling to power in spite of the clear Constitutional requirements that he relinquish his office and his own promises that elections will take place this December. This is particularly troubling against the backdrop of Kabila’s other recent actions.  Just weeks ago, he appointed three new judges to the Constitutional Court, which is responsible for resolving electoral disputes. Not surprisingly, two of his appointees, are close advisers and prominent supporters of Kabila, fuelling the belief that he plans to preserve his power by controlling the courts.  The move is widely viewed as another means to consolidate his grip on the country.   The post Kabila Steps up Propaganda Machinery as he Veers Off Elections Deadline appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Funniest Jokes Kenyans Are Sharing About the ‘Sun Carrying’ Truck

[Nairobi News] A creative tweep has left the online community in stitches with a picture showing a truck ‘carrying the sun’, as a hilarious illustration of some of the next probable scandal in the country could face.

[Nairobi News] A creative tweep has left the online community in stitches with a picture showing a truck 'carrying the sun', as a hilarious illustration of some of the next probable scandal in the country could face.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Lulu Hassan Pens Emotional Farewell Message to Longtime Co-Anchor Kanze Dena

[Nairobi News] Citizen TV news anchor Lulu Hassan has written an emotional farewell message to her best friend and co-anchor of many years Kanze Dena who has been appointed as State House’s Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Head of the Presidential Strate…

[Nairobi News] Citizen TV news anchor Lulu Hassan has written an emotional farewell message to her best friend and co-anchor of many years Kanze Dena who has been appointed as State House's Deputy Spokesperson and Deputy Head of the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU).

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

PF Lubwa Ward Councillor Suspended for Vulgar Language

Patriotic Kwacha Lubwa Ward councillor Godfridah Chulu has been suspended as information and publicity secretary for alleged gross misconduct. Chulu who is former Kitwe Deputy Mayor has fallen out with the local leadership for allegedly using vulgar language. According to … Continued

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Patriotic Kwacha Lubwa Ward councillor Godfridah Chulu has been suspended as information and publicity secretary for alleged gross misconduct. Chulu who is former Kitwe Deputy Mayor has fallen out with the local leadership for allegedly using vulgar language. According to a suspension letter signed by Constituency Chairman Alexander Mulenga, Chuulu is alleged to have used derogatory statements against the constituency chairman. Mulenga further alleges that Chuulu insulted him after being informed that as constituency chairman he was organising a visitation meeting in her ward. “Once again I wish to bring to your attention, councillor Chuulu, least you are not aware, Kwacha is my Constituency as Chairman and therefore, I have every right to be anywhere to conduct PF party activities in all six wards in Kwacha Constituency, in view of the above I am again informing you that I can no longer entertain your bad behaviour anymore, sanity has to prevail,” the letter read in part. The Party has since given Chuulu14 days in which to appeal her suspension from the Party. But when contacted for a comment, Chuulu said the suspension letter was null and void because procedure was not followed. Chuulu further accused the chairman of working against the Member of Parliament Joseph Malanji. The post PF Lubwa Ward Councillor Suspended for Vulgar Language appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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