I Will Be Back Soon, Buhari Writes AU

[Leadership] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the chairman of the assemblies of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) and president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, informing him that he will be returning to Nigeria soon to con…

[Leadership] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the chairman of the assemblies of heads of state and government of the African Union (AU) and president of Guinea, Alpha Conde, informing him that he will be returning to Nigeria soon to continue his duties as president.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Nurses’ Strike Hits Fight Against Cholera

[Nation] Efforts to curb Kenya’s latest cholera outbreak have been hampered by a nurses’ strike that enters its 54th day Wednesday, putting the lives of hundreds of patients at great risk.

[Nation] Efforts to curb Kenya's latest cholera outbreak have been hampered by a nurses' strike that enters its 54th day Wednesday, putting the lives of hundreds of patients at great risk.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Economic Activity Slows Ahead of Election

[Nation] The cost of the August 8 General Election on Kenya’s economy has started to emerge, with firms scaling down on production, investors holding on to their cash and neighbouring countries redirecting their cargo to Tanzanian ports away from Mombasa.

[Nation] The cost of the August 8 General Election on Kenya's economy has started to emerge, with firms scaling down on production, investors holding on to their cash and neighbouring countries redirecting their cargo to Tanzanian ports away from Mombasa.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Date Set for Govt Spokesperson Mamoepa’s Memorial Service

[News24Wire] The official memorial service for veteran government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa will take place at the Tshwane Events Centre on Thursday at 10:00, his family said.

[News24Wire] The official memorial service for veteran government spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa will take place at the Tshwane Events Centre on Thursday at 10:00, his family said.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Police Arrest Lusaka Student For Alleged Defamatory Article Posted On Facebook

Police have arrested an engineering student in Lusaka for posting an article that allegedly defamed Presiden Edgar Lungu and others using a fake account. The police have warned they are zoning in on people allegedly abusing social media. READ FULL … Continued

The post Police Arrest Lusaka Student For Alleged Defamatory Article Posted On Facebook appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Police have arrested an engineering student in Lusaka for posting an article that allegedly defamed Presiden Edgar Lungu and others using a fake account. The police have warned they are zoning in on people allegedly abusing social media. READ FULL STATEMENT THE POLICE AIN’T PLAYING. WATCH WHAT YOU SAY AND HOW YOU SAY IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. NAIKOSA. SEE THE STATEMENT BELOW. We have arrested a student of DMI St Eugene University in Lusaka identified as Edward Makayi aged 35 years in connection with Publication of Defamatory Statements on his Facebook page created in the name Royson Edwards M. The suspect is a student in the School of Engineering at the said University. The defamatory remarks which were authored and posted between April, 2017 and July, 2017 were targeted at the Republican President, His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Home Affairs Minister, Hon. Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dora Siliya and Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja. Others are Deputy Secretary General of the Patriotic Front, Mrs Mumbi Phiri and Presidential Press Aid, Mr Amos Chanda. The suspect is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday, 27th July, 2017 for the offence of Defamation of the President which is contrary to Section 59 of Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia. He is yet to be slapped with other charges for defaming and use of insulting language against Senior Government officials and other persons. We wish to inform Members of the Public that investigations in other cases where people are using social media to make defamatory and insulting remarks have continued. The Zambia Police working in conjunction with ZICTA have intensified investigations in crimes committed through social media and we hope to bring more culprits to book. In view of the above, members of the Public are forewarned to desist from posting insults and defamatory remarks before the long arm of the Law catches up with them. We also wish to caution all those fond of opening fake accounts on social media using false particulars that such deception will not protect them from prosecution as Law enforcement officers are able to trace your real identity. ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER ISSUED ON 25TH JULY, 2017 The post Police Arrest Lusaka Student For Alleged Defamatory Article Posted On Facebook appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Opinion: A Message From Old Harry – The Ultimate Symbol Of One Zambia, One Nation

Debate about whether Zambia is sliding toward a One Party state or not is something Zambians are beginning to debate about. It is a road that Zambians have taken before in the heat of divisive tribal politics that saw UNIP, … Continued

The post Opinion: A Message From Old Harry – The Ultimate Symbol Of One Zambia, One Nation appeared first on Zambia Reports.

Debate about whether Zambia is sliding toward a One Party state or not is something Zambians are beginning to debate about. It is a road that Zambians have taken before in the heat of divisive tribal politics that saw UNIP, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula’s African National Congress (ANC) and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe’s United Progressive Party (UPP) violently clash routinely. It had become so bad that UNIP and ANC supporters regularly clashed that it threatened the peace of the nation. Political affiliation had become the basis of access to certain entitlements or the denial of them. The country teetered perilously on the edge of violence and pushed then President Dr Kenneth Kaunda to sign the Choma Declaration virtually confirmed Zambia as a One Party State. As old Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula lent his signature to the Choma Declaration to a document that ceased the existence of all political parties except the mighty UNIP his thoughts may not have lingered further than the troubles of that political season (that is not to take away anything from the selfless spirit of the old lion of Zambian politics). The declaration was signed on June 27 1972 after the Mainza Chona led constitution review commission had gone round the country. In trying to find answers to these questions, we stray into Maala Village in Southern Zambia to converse with Old Harry as he lies peacefully alongside one of his better known sons Baldwin and Biggie among others. The gravesite is not exactly in the condition that a political colossus the Old Lion of Zambian politics should be lying as there are unkempt shrubs around. Staring over his grave is equally a less than impressive impression of a lion that Old Harry himself may not have been proud of. It is even more surprising that handful workmen around the village set up, are oblivious to the larger than life reputation that Old Harry carries beyond his grave and find our curiosity a little out of order. But Old Harry is seems ready for us, but the eerie environs suggest that even Old Harry may not have predicted that Zambians would be back to asking the questions that he may have asked himself way back in 1972 about political division. Old Harry and his comrade and later political adversary Kenneth Kaunda were down this road. The country was hurting and threatened with division and the two gentlemen had to act. They had fierce political differences but they met half way and saved the day for mother Zambia. Maybe not coincidental, that Namwala should take part of the spotlight in the post election violence that recently rocked Zambia. Could it just have been an accident of history that Namwala should again be part of finding a solution? Would Old Harry have made such a politically suicidal decision to forgo his political party for the sake of preserving the unity of mother Zambia had he foreseen that the country would be back here 45 years later? Old Harry may after all have opted festering his presidential ambitions, had he known that his and his fellow nationalists’ idea of unity would be so cheaply thrown away by the current generation of politicians. Though not openly admitted the political divide is largely between North and South something that shamefully should not have happened given the bond forged by Old Harry and the more radical Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in the heat of political adversity (definitely a story for another day). Wandering within the precincts of Old Harry’s resting place, one gets the feeling that the Old Lion of Zambian politics could be telling President Edgar Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema to learn from Dr Kaunda and his example of meeting to make hard decisions for the good of the country. It may not be declaring Zambia a One Party State but somehow meeting and finding a lasting solution. That is what nationalists do. If any of this two gentlemen is to be in KK and Old Harry’s selfless political league it is time to meet and dissolve the tension. With the political war between Presient Lungu and Hichilema maybe the two should look no further than Old Harry for a selfless example and embrace the One Zambia One Nation doctrine that Nkumbula demonstrated with his political life. By the way the pastoral people of Maala encapsulate their hard work culture in a beautiful phrase, “Maala zuma watazuma walya mankomona†(loosely translated as work hard, if you don’t you will eat the bitter fruit from a known indigenous tree (mankomona). Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula was born 1916 and died on October 15, 1983. Nkumbula was leader of the African National Congress Party until it was dissolved in 1972 when Zambia became a One party state. The post Opinion: A Message From Old Harry – The Ultimate Symbol Of One Zambia, One Nation appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Opinion: Zambia U-17 Overage Story Generated By Kamanga Detractors

A plot to discredit the Zambia U-17 campaign in Mauritius has hit gear with well known anti Andrew Kamanga forces launching a smear campaign against the Zambia team that flew high at the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament in the first … Continued

The post Opinion: Zambia U-17 Overage Story Generated By Kamanga Detractors appeared first on Zambia Reports.

A plot to discredit the Zambia U-17 campaign in Mauritius has hit gear with well known anti Andrew Kamanga forces launching a smear campaign against the Zambia team that flew high at the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament in the first two games. The team lost 1-0 to Mozambique today after opening their account on a 7-1 winning note against Madagascar and overcoming South Africa 3-2 in the second match. A story generated and hyped from a WhatsApp group dubbed Soccer Chat, comprising individuals who have never recovered from the March 2016 elections which dethroned former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya, has been given credence in some quarters alleging that the Zambian team has sent players above the requisite age. The purveyors of the rumour have calculatingly neglected to tell their audience that MRI tests were done on all the boys summoned to camp under the supervision of FIFA and CAF Medical Committee member Dr Joseph Kabungo with three that failed the test left out of the trip. FAZ had repeatedly preached that they were doing everything possible to avoid the embarrassing disqualification of 2016 from the Cosafa Castle Cup. Some forces have refused to let go and every step made by FAZ is a dent on their pride as was case with the U-20 campaign whose success they never forgave as the innuendos were plentiful. Cosafa were furnished the results and gave a thumbs up to Zambia but that has not gone down well with naysayers. The anti Kamanga forces initially blabbered about how ill prepared the team was but once results started coming they switched to claiming age cheating. While they have been peddling falsehoods, the Zambian team is reportedly in high spirits in Mauritius with the technical bench shocked by the fillers coming from home. Coaches have been taken aback by the accusations given the hard work they have put in on short notice to assemble a competitive side within a short time. “People are angry that they can no longer control who is going to be selected in the junior teams. They were used to imposing players from their clubs but now they are worried that they will not be anywhere near influencing player sales,†said a source familiar with the development. It’s not a secret that the purveyors of this rumour mill have continued campaigning to retain power in 2020 when a FAZ election is called. In between now and 2020, the group is looking for any opportunity to embarrass and discredit the FAZ president. What makes the situation even worse are assertions that the FAZ president displays faith in the same purveyors of his downfall who during the day are smiling at him, but in the night are busy firing missiles in his back. The core of the detractors are also heavily frustrating the management of the league. Recently, one of the operatives went to town with images of a poorly dressed national team in Swaziland ridiculing the FAZ president as having failed to manage the sport. The post Opinion: Zambia U-17 Overage Story Generated By Kamanga Detractors appeared first on Zambia Reports.

source: Zambia Reports

Everything Ramaphosa Does Is to Please White People – Malema

[News24Wire] Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa does not qualify for South African tenders because “he is not black enough and he has done everything in his life to please white people”, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

[News24Wire] Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa does not qualify for South African tenders because "he is not black enough and he has done everything in his life to please white people", Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said on Tuesday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa