Vinasha Productions to Launch Training Programme

[The Point] VINASHA Productions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information Infrastructure, will on April 18 launch a training programme called ‘Leading for the Creative Economy’.

[The Point] VINASHA Productions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information Infrastructure, will on April 18 launch a training programme called 'Leading for the Creative Economy'.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Gambia Scientist Association Presents Certificates to Two Youths

[The Point] The president of the Gambia Scientist Association, Suwaibou Jammeh, recently presented certificates to Mr Tabally Bojang and Fatoumata Jallow of Darsilameh village, at a ceremony held in Brikama in the West Coast Region.

[The Point] The president of the Gambia Scientist Association, Suwaibou Jammeh, recently presented certificates to Mr Tabally Bojang and Fatoumata Jallow of Darsilameh village, at a ceremony held in Brikama in the West Coast Region.

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Chipenzi Questions Police, Military Budget

Political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi has questioned the budgetary allocation to the Zambia Police and Zambia Army. Chipenzi says the budget suggests Zambia was turning into a military or police state because of the amount of money allocated to the security … Continued

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Political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi has questioned the budgetary allocation to the Zambia Police and Zambia Army. Chipenzi says the budget suggests Zambia was turning into a military or police state because of the amount of money allocated to the security of the country BELOW IS THE STATEMENT HAS ZAMBIA BECOME A POLICE STATE, WHY GET SURPRISED THERE IS ZMK5.5BN ALLOCATED FOR PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY AND DEFENCE IN THE 2017 BUDGET. At the time when the Minister of Finance presented his budget to parliament, i raised a number of issues in my analysis on Prime TV among them, the huge allocation of money to defence and public order and safety. A share of 8.6% of the total budget of ZMK64.5bn was allocated to this budget line and very few people paid attention to question why this allocation and i doubt if even parliamentarians were suspicious of this astronomical figure to public order and safety. The total amount to both defence and public order and safety is ZMK5.5bn (8.6%) of the national budget in a peaceful country and, i believe, must be exhausted by December, 2017. My argument then which has come to pass now is that this allocation to public order and safety to curtail people’s freedoms and rights which will remain captured by the state. Rights and freedoms such as assembly, movement, association, expression will remain in chains till further notice My cde, Kasebamashila Kaseba can be bear witness to this analysis, which today is being fulfilled. Further i proposed that instead of giving only ZMK233m to skills development fund, an important aspect of our nation, the ZMK 2,342bn for public order and safety and ZMK3,2bn for defence could have been further slashed to add to skills development. Today, the police have become like elephants or lions in the jungle, intimidating, harassing and beating other citizens without a cause and telling the nation that all its actions are within the law. Can dispersing a peaceful assembly sanctioned by law within the law? They have been approaching peaceful events armed to the teeth disregarding the law on people’s freedoms of assembly and association. Today our rights and freedoms have been surrendered to the police the ZMK2.3bn from our tax. The only safe people are the politicians in government who seem to be closer to the heavens for now. They can meet anywhere, express themselves anyhow and associate with anybody. Let us learn to always pay attention and read between the lines. Some of these things are avoidable. Imagine the chilling and intimidating effect the 600 police officers sent to Western Province would have on the people. Kanyama received its share of this ZMK 2.3bn last weekend. I am also sure that this time around no police officer will complain of having not paid their allowances for firing teargases and chasing people or for lazying around at the place of operation as money is been allocated for such events-public order and safety. Further, no police station should be telling people who bring cases that require movements and investigations that they don’t have fuel because the money for public Order and Safety is there and we must alway remind them when asked to provide fuel where is the K2.5bn? Not knowing which will be the next district or province to use the K2.3bn The post Chipenzi Questions Police, Military Budget appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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In Monrovia, Stores Close As Police Officers Parade Streets

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Officers of the Liberia National Police are in ready mode on a day, members of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs ordered its members and local businesses to close to the public in a planned protest aimed at drawing attention to th…

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -Officers of the Liberia National Police are in ready mode on a day, members of the Patriotic Entrepreneurs ordered its members and local businesses to close to the public in a planned protest aimed at drawing attention to the challenges facing the business community in the country.

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We Won’t Apologize For Endangering Pres. Lungu’s Life; It Was Hichilema’s Life In Danger – UPND

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it will not apologize over the perceived blockade of the Presidential motorcade in Mongu during the Kuomboka Traditional Ceremony. UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema motorcade did not … Continued

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The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it will not apologize over the perceived blockade of the Presidential motorcade in Mongu during the Kuomboka Traditional Ceremony. UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema motorcade did not at any point block President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade. Kakoma says it is the role of the police to ensure law and order anywhere while protecting lives, but that the conduct of the Police of late has been questionable. He says the UPND Presidential motorcade left Mongu for Limulunga on time and in a peaceful manner. He states that despite several attempts by thousands of supporters to stop the UPND Presidential motorcade in order to exchange greetings, the delegation did not stop as they had agreed to arrive at the palace on time. Meanwhile, the UPND Spokesperson has called for the immediate arrest of Police Inspector General Kakoma Kanganja for allegedly endangering Hichilema’s life. He says there was clearly no professional security advice on how the two motorcades should have moved, adding that the blame should be placed on Kanganja. The post We Won’t Apologize For Endangering Pres. Lungu’s Life; It Was Hichilema’s Life In Danger – UPND appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Hichilema Should Tame His Ego; The Votes Are His To Lose in 2021

The country has descended into a debate on what should and should not have happened in Mongu over the motorcade clash incident. It was always clear that once President Edgar Lungu and UPND president Hakainde Hichilema were shunted in one … Continued

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The country has descended into a debate on what should and should not have happened in Mongu over the motorcade clash incident. It was always clear that once President Edgar Lungu and UPND president Hakainde Hichilema were shunted in one town there was always going to be trouble. These are two individuals that struggle to hold rallies in a city as big as Lusaka at the same time. In extreme circumstances the two cannot even hold rallies simultaneously in as big a country as Zambia. So once the two headed to Mongu it was always going to be turned into a political battle ground. Prior to the Kuomboka ceremony we had warned that there could be trouble ahead and cautioned against turning the Kuomboka into a political battleground. Instead of celebrating the return of the Kuomboka ceremony to Barotseland after a four year absence the ceremony was turned into a political showmanship circus. The people handling the Presidential party could have done better in avoiding the circus that opened up. If President Lungu and Hichilema can struggle to stand together in church what more in an open space in the plains of Mongu? It has always been the UPND’s desire to embarrass the Head of State and what better place than in a place where the opposition party enjoys massive support. Established security and protocol orders demand that once the Presidential motorcade is on the road everything else should be swept off the road. The idea is to guarantee the life and security of the Head of State no matter who he is. Hichilema put the Head of State in an awkward position by not giving way. Did he really expect the Head of State to wait for his motorcade to drive ahead? Understandably Hichilema has ego problems but that stunt was daringly unnecessary. We are not sure what the security wings will do but definitely that stunt was way out of line. It is the highest form of indiscipline and show of lack of respect for the highest office in the land. Did he hope to be inaugurated off the Barotseland plains since he still disputes the outcome of the August 11, 2017 elections? Hichilema could have another surest chance to plot one in 2021, but the way he conducts himself between now and then will determine his political retirement. The post Opinion: Hichilema Should Tame His Ego; The Votes Are His To Lose in 2021 appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Olu Falae’s Kidnappers Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

[Premium Times] An Ondo State High Court, Akure Division, on Monday sentenced seven Fulani herdsmen to life imprisonment for kidnapping former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae.

[Premium Times] An Ondo State High Court, Akure Division, on Monday sentenced seven Fulani herdsmen to life imprisonment for kidnapping former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olu Falae.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Igi Confirms Investigation Into ‘Intelligence Report’ Leading to the Firing of Pravin Gordhan

[DA] Note to Editors: Please find copies of the correspondence between David Maynier MP, DA Shadow Minister of Finance, and Dr Sethlomamaru Dintwe, the Inspector-General of Intelligence, here and here.

[DA] Note to Editors: Please find copies of the correspondence between David Maynier MP, DA Shadow Minister of Finance, and Dr Sethlomamaru Dintwe, the Inspector-General of Intelligence, here and here.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Nkandla – DA Request Tax Ombud Investigation Into SARS Foot Dragging On Tax Payable By President Zuma

[DA] Reports this weekend revealed that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) began an investigation into whether President Zuma owed fringe benefits tax on improvements to his Nkandla homestead as far back as 2014.

[DA] Reports this weekend revealed that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) began an investigation into whether President Zuma owed fringe benefits tax on improvements to his Nkandla homestead as far back as 2014.

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