FOSABU Fundraises for School

[Monitor] Kampala -South African companies under the umbrella, the Forum for South African Businesses in Uganda (FOSABU), organised a charity event which saw different platforms raising money for the same cause last Saturday.

[Monitor] Kampala -South African companies under the umbrella, the Forum for South African Businesses in Uganda (FOSABU), organised a charity event which saw different platforms raising money for the same cause last Saturday.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Economy, Land Belongs to All – Dlamini-Zuma

[News24Wire] The economy and land must belong to all who live in South Africa, former African Union committee chair and ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Sunday.

[News24Wire] The economy and land must belong to all who live in South Africa, former African Union committee chair and ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Sunday.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Debt Trap Killing Future of Zambian Children – Antonio Mwanza

The PF Government is killing the future of our children with the enormous debt-trap that they have put our country into and their mismanagement of the country’s economy. What is more worrying about this whole situation is not just the … Continued

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The PF Government is killing the future of our children with the enormous debt-trap that they have put our country into and their mismanagement of the country’s economy. What is more worrying about this whole situation is not just the ballooning debt levels we are witnessing but the imprudent use of the debt money, the high fiscal indiscipline and the sheer incompetence of the government to effectively manage the economy, eradicate poverty, create decent jobs and open business opportunities for our people, especially the women and youths. This Government cannot account for the huge debt that they have accrued since coming into office in 2011. It is clear that the bulk of the debt money has been squandered through corruption, over-pricing of projects, embezzlement, misapplication of funds and sheer incompetence on the part of the state to effectively and efficiently apply national resources to the productive sectors of our economy in order to spur growth and reduce the high poverty levels, destitution and squalor among our people. The full ramifications of the debt-trap the PF has plunged this country into are yet to be felt since most of these debts have not yet matured. The impact of these debts will be devastating as government shall be forced to cut down on social and economic expenditure to finance the debt most of which was contracted at very high interest rates. And if the long-term fiscal challenges remain unaddressed, our economic environment will weaken further as confidence will continue to suffer, access to capital will continue to shrink, the interest costs will continue crowding out key investments in our future, leading to conditions for growth to deteriorate, hence putting our nation at greater risk of economic crisis. If our long-term fiscal imbalance is not addressed, our future economy will be diminished, with fewer economic opportunities for individuals and families, and less fiscal flexibility to respond to future crises. The following summarizes several of the negative ramifications of our growing debt: Reduced Public Investment. As the national debt increases, the government will spend more of its budget on interest costs, increasingly crowding out public investments. And the more that resources are diverted to interest payments, the less that will be available for the government to invest in areas such as education, agriculture, energy, processing and manufacturing that are important to economic growth. This will eventually lead to more joblessness, more energy deficits, more youths forced out of the education system owing to high tuition fees, more sick children due to malnutrition, high mortality rates and generally high poverty levels across the country. Reduced government expenditure in key economic areas is stifling innovation and slowing the advancement of new breakthroughs that could improve our lives. Investors are beginning to doubt the government’s ability to repay debt and could demand even higher interest rates, further raising the cost of borrowing for businesses and households. Over time, lower confidence and reduced investment would slow the growth of productivity and wages of our workers. Growing long-term debt also has a direct, real world effect on the economic opportunities available to every Zambian. In short, the PF has morgaged our country to shylocks due to incompetence, theft of public resources, corruption and general mismanagement of our country’s economy. Mutatinomics is not working and Zambians must brace themselves for harder economic times. As the economy continue to slide and people’s lives become harder, the PF will resort to more oppressive tactics to silence the opposition, dissenting voices, the church as well as independent media in order to stifle debate and send terror in the spines citizens, gagging them from voicing their discontent at regime that has caused so much suffering. Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson The post Debt Trap Killing Future of Zambian Children – Antonio Mwanza appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Man Found With Human Head, Male Private Parts – Reports

[News24Wire] A Zimbabwean man, 22, was reportedly arrested after being found in possession of a human head and male private parts in what was suspected to be a ritual murder case.

[News24Wire] A Zimbabwean man, 22, was reportedly arrested after being found in possession of a human head and male private parts in what was suspected to be a ritual murder case.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Fifth President: Memoirs Of Michael Sata In Passion Indelible

Fifth Republican president Michael Chilufya Sata’s memoirs have been documented in a book co-authored by one of his own – Mubanga. According to the advertisement, the book will be launched on the late president’s birthday, July 7. BELOW IS THE … Continued

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Fifth Republican president Michael Chilufya Sata’s memoirs have been documented in a book co-authored by one of his own – Mubanga. According to the advertisement, the book will be launched on the late president’s birthday, July 7. BELOW IS THE SYNOPSIS OF WHAT READERS CAN LOOK OUT FOR To some he was a father, a friend, a nationalist dedicated to service; to others a ruthless venomous viper, an enigma, a shrewd populist politician. Yet in all his giving and misgivings, it is irrefutable even by his adversaries that he was a very passionate and determined man whose shadow left an indelible and relentless mark. Raised as a commoner in the peripherals of Zambia’s elusive egalitarian society, he sprouts like a weed by the wayside that grows fruits to be enjoyed by many. He fell in love with the nation but before the nation could fall in love with him, he had traversed a path full of disappointments and setbacks whose pilgrimage makes the frame of this book. His farewell words–‘cry for yourself, do not cry for me’- In all his life time he kept knocking and asking until even the most unlikely of doors opened and thus enshrined his name in the book of Zambia’s political reckonings as one who walked the talk. He will forever be remembered as Zambia’s fifth Republican President who rose from the ashes every time he failed until he conquered. Note: Book to be formally launched on 7th and 8th July 2017 at Manda Hill Mall, Lusaka. Details to come: Facebook Interaction forum: Authors: Kasonde Mwenda C and Mubanga B. Sata The post Fifth President: Memoirs Of Michael Sata In Passion Indelible appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: A Nation Tired Of Peace – An Oddity

Dr Kaela B Mulenga / Social Commentator Toronto “Zambia has become a dictatorship”, declared three Church Mother Bodies: – Zambia Conference of Catholics Bishops (ZCCB), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), and Evangelical Fellowship in Zambia (EFZ). Led by Catholic … Continued

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File photo from archive (2012) Dr Kaela B Mulenga / Social Commentator Toronto “Zambia has become a dictatorshipâ€, declared three Church Mother Bodies: – Zambia Conference of Catholics Bishops (ZCCB), Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), and Evangelical Fellowship in Zambia (EFZ). Led by Catholic Archdiocese Bishop Telesphore Mpundu, the three bodies explained in a statement that they thought so because President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s (ECL) government has arrested Hakainde Hichilema (HH) of United Party for National Development (UPND) on treason charges. Unless HH is released immediately, Bishop Mpundu concluded that Zambia’s democracy would be ruined. Really? Fortunately this view is not shared by ALL Church groups. I don’t know which country the three bodies are talking about – for I can’t see how one, in all fairness you can compare Lungu to say – Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, or Miriam Mengestu leader of Derg in Ethiopia when our country is still being ruled by a constitution. Has Edgar Lungu become some incarnation of probably General Mobutu Sese Seko of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where millions of people have lost their lives since late 90s or what? In Zambia we do not have death squads or political enforcers as would occur in a dictatorship. And our judiciary though not perfect, is quite reasonable. If Bishop Mpundu thinks that he has a moral obligation to support HH, he should be reminded of the case of Rwanda and the Residential Schools in Canada – when in both cases, the Catholics ended up backing a wrong side. Those who are defending the condemnation of Zambia as an “authoritarian regimeâ€, going even as far as declaring it as a “failed Stateâ€, are wrong. Has all of a sudden Zambia become another Somalia, which has been without government for nearly three decades? Emotions aside, but you would’ve to hate the country to denigrate it to that Level. Yet facts on the ground show that Zambia has a reasonably well functioning economy currently with an inflation rate (a quick symptom of the health of a nation’s economy) in a single digit. You cannot even compare it to Venezuela, an oil rich country, where inflation is over 600 percent. And of course everybody remembers the hyper inflation of Zimbabwe our next door neighbor. Unless we’re tired of living in a peaceful country, which is odd – how can we rejoice with setbacks? Tarnishing the name of the country for things which are not true is not fair. I don’t know if it is UPND’s cadres or criminals behind the scattered incidences of violence and/or the destruction of government buildings, schools, or torching of markets. Instead of condemning these divisive actions, some people – especially on social media, are hailing them as evidence of political tension. Too bad! These incidences are nothing but pure provocations. Zambia is not on record as an abuser of human rights. It is in fact a heaven for refugees. Having witnessed what happened in Rwanda, where in the 90s, ethnic genocide cost nearly a million lives of mostly Tutsis. Shouldn’t we be careful in analyzing the causes of this type of political violence rather than jumping into accusations? Or are we looking for “chaos†as a menu for settling our grievances? That is strange. Many Zambians have gone to prison before and/or prosecuted including President Kaunda, but I have never heard anyone declaring the country – a dictatorship. Currently Southern Sudan is embroiled in ugly ethnic war between the Dinkas led by Pres Salva Kiir and Nuer under Reik Macha. As in Rwanda, ethnic cleansing is happening before our eyes (over 3000 killed recently). Is this the situation we are wishing ourselves to be in? Uncontrolled provocations would get us there. Therefore to jump to a quick conclusion that Zambia has reached or is approaching this danger point when not, is wishful thinking. But it does not mean that we should ignore existence of a crisis which needs resolution. Our courts (judicial) system should be given a chance to process the case/s raised against HH before panicking. The world is not coming to an end. Moreover, since president Lungu has not dissolved the National Assembly – which is a drastic step those who want to monopolize power use; by design, the observation coming from these pastors, is more of an alarmist nature than problem solving. I know that Zambia is a young democracy, but for 50 years it has been hailed as probably the most democratic model on the continent. Where the three arms of government – The Judiciary, Parliament, and The Executive have separate powers. They function fairly independent of each other. You cannot expect them to be as perfect as those in old democracies like USA. President Lungu, who is fairly new in his job, couldn’t have possibly accumulated so much power, as it is being claimed, to override the other two organs. Let us be fair. And if it is felt that indeed there is too much power vested into the office of the President by the constitution, then the failure or deterioration in governance should not be placed on the shoulders of one man. If Pres Lungu has become dictatorial, then where were other stockholders – civil society, Churches, Opposition parties, and the people – when the constitution was being usurped? To his credit, Lungu has been responsible for the passage of 50+1 clause in the constitution and the right for the losing candidate to launch a petition before the new president is sworn in. This is a rare requirement in many other African countries. Whichever way you assess him, I don’t think that President Lungu is the type who is seeking to be crowned The African Emperor like President Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic. Therefore my guess is that those who are charging – that Lungu has become dictatorial; simply want him to fail in his duties of ensuring that there is law and order in the country, where nobody should be above the law. Further, I thought that after the August 16, 2016, elections and that ECL was declared the winner by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) with a 50+1 mandate, everybody should move along. Accordingly UPND who disputed the result was given a chance – as stipulated in the constitution, to go through the petition process. It is only after this failed in the Constitution Court was Pres Lungu as well as all Members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in. What kind of democracy would that be whereby the decision of the majority is questioned? Once people have spoken, it should be respected. You cannot continue to question the legitimacy of every institution put in place as UPND is attempting to do. How can you not trust – ECZ, ConCourt, Judiciary, The Presidency and now even the Parliament through which MPs are supposed to represent the people? You cannot command your way through the entire process. It simply doesn’t make sense. Now since the international community at large has recognized ECL’s government, it would be in everybody’s interest if HH and his UPND did likewise so that the country can move forward. A lot of energy is being spent on an issue which is solvable. As soon as HH concedes defeat, that would open up opportunities for dialogue. The elders/Statesmen like Kenneth Kaunda (KK), Rupiah Banda (RB), and other mediators would then have some negotiation chip. At some point there is a need to work collaboratively. President Lungu has already indicated that he would be willing to participate in some kind of dialogue. A true dictator would not have time for such talks. And quite honestly, most Zambians would expect the Church bodies to play a reconciliation role and not an accusatory tone. I am sure Patriotic Front (PF) government realizes that working with UPND, the main opposition party, is a necessity. Impasse or uncertainty only impedes development. Cheers! PS: Disclaimer – The opinions expressed in this article are mine and not of PF Government. I do not work for PF government or get instructions from them. The post Opinion: A Nation Tired Of Peace – An Oddity appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: When Did We Become This Blood Thirsty?

Images from yesterday’s [Saturday] clash between suspected ruling Patriotic Front party supporters and their UPND counterparts send a melancholic outlook of what the future holds for our beloved country. Never in our country have we been known to be this … Continued

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Images from yesterday’s [Saturday] clash between suspected ruling Patriotic Front party supporters and their UPND counterparts send a melancholic outlook of what the future holds for our beloved country. Never in our country have we been known to be this blood thirsty. Our independence, perhaps one of the most important political struggles we endured, did not trade the blood of our forefathers under these circumstance. Our return to multi-party politics in 1991 did not come at such a bloody price. Why then should our democratic dispensation however young it may be shed so much amount of blood? The abhorrent incident at Memorial Park in Lusaka has no place in our political space. Yesterday [sartuday] was a moment to send off two individuals who have gone ahead of all of us. Clance Nalosa Zulu, a UPND youth stalwart, and Amos Chilufya, a PF member were on their way to their resting place. But what should have been an ordinary, respectful and solemn moment in honour of the lives the two individuals had lived irrespective of our opinions of them turned out to be bloody stained journey for mourners. This is absurd. This is not a Zambia we can be proud of. It’s no longer funny. This is serious. Our country is indeed in a mess and if there is anyone to correct it, it is ourselves. Take a moment and look to what is happening to our northern neigbours in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reports show nearly 4, 000 people have died between January and today in politically motivated clashes. Although with a population of nearly 80 million inhabitants, the DR Congo has lost millions of its people to civil strife the last 20 years. That country has never recovered from the scares of fallen dictator Mobutu Sese Seko’s brutal rule. And if we love our country, this is the moment to take a break and reflect. The path we are on is leading Zambia to destruction. We have never known ourselves to be vampires. We are a loving people, a God fearing people and indeed a peaceful union. No doubt, we have our own differences which is normal. We were not born to agree with each other, but at the same time were were not born to suck blood from other humans. This is not us. Listen to the father of civil rights Martin Luther King Jr who once remarked, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.†Both the PF and UPND must take responsibility of this embarrassing scene. The country’s democratic reputation has slumped perhaps to one of its lowest moments in recent times. There is no way we can continue stoking the fire. And this is the moment when the leadership comes to the aid of its people. Remember as John F. Kennnedy once said, “those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.†It’s a call to our leaders to restore us to peaceful politics. We have had too many wake up calls. What happened yesterday [Saturday] can’t be a wake up; the disaster is here and we must stop it. Violence can never appear to be good. If there are those thinking, celebrating and funding these battles, they ought to know that the ‘so called’ victories they are recording are as the seed of evil arising as the repercussions of violence have the potential to leave a permanent scar on our great country. Say no to violence! Say no to bloodshed! Say no to bloodbaths. We have only one Zambia. Nothing else. The post Opinion: When Did We Become This Blood Thirsty? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Changing Perceptions on Display at U.S.-Africa Business Summit in DC

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -“We must change the lenses with which we look at Africa from the traditional development mindset to an investment mindset,” Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), told last week’s U.S.-Africa Bus…

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -"We must change the lenses with which we look at Africa from the traditional development mindset to an investment mindset," Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), told last week's U.S.-Africa Business Summit.

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique