Malupenga Excited With Purchase Of 42 Fire Trucks; They Will Mordenize Councils

Local government permanent secretary Amos Malupenga is excited that the purchase of 42 fire trucks at $1 million each will modernise local authorities in the country. Although the purchase has stirred public outcry, Malupenga says Zambia needs to modernize its … Continued

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Local government permanent secretary Amos Malupenga is excited that the purchase of 42 fire trucks at $1 million each will modernise local authorities in the country. Although the purchase has stirred public outcry, Malupenga says Zambia needs to modernize its 109 fire stations. AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY THE TIMES OF ZAMBIA READS Lusaka- 27th September 2017 Out of 109 fire stations in the country’s districts, only 15 are close to a modernised status, which justifies the move by the Government to equip the stations with the newly-acquired 42 fire engines, Local Government Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has said. Meanwhile, Zambia National Fire Service Training School (ZNFSTS) commandant Yonah Mwale has backed the rationale to purchase the fire engines, indicating that increased fire and road traffic accidents in various parts of the country will be handled effectively and professionally. Mr Malupenga said the state of fire stations across the country was not in tandem with the changing infrastructure, which required firefighting teams to be fully equipped with modern tools such as the acquired fire engines. He also said the Local Government Service Commission and the fire training institute were working closely to train more firefighters to close the gap. “The minister has indicated plans that we have to modernise the training school and equip it properly so that we can invest in modern technology in terms of training. We have to train more people if we have to employ more, it starts from there. We can only train up to a point looking at the facilities we have with its limitations, so those are the issues we are trying to focus on,†Mr Malupenga said. The ZNFSTS commandant, Mr Mwale said the new equipment would help firefighters respond effectively to emergencies such as fires and traffic accidents. “We have a serious upswing involving fires and road accidents. The new engines have tools which we didn’t have in our old engines, hence the way we will respond to accidents will be different and very effective,†Mr Mwale said. He said over the years, the firefighters were working in a difficult environment, but of outdated equipment in most cases. Mr Mwale said even far-flung or less developed towns required the modern engines, because of differences in the levels of accidents, which could now be well addressed. He criticised the political mileage which some opposition leaders were trying to gain from the purchase of the engines, but that they were free to report to relevant authorities. Mr Mwale said fire experts were largely influential in the process of purchasing the new engines, because they understood the geographical set-up in the country and other requisites that went with firefighting. He said instead of condemning the procurement of the fire tenders, people should begin to appreciate the fact that the country had been thrown into fires over the last six months, thereby subjecting fire fighters to panic and sleepless nights. Mr Mwale said increased capacity of water in the fire engines (7,000 liters) and the 1,000 quantity of foam, was a major boost to firefighting in the country. Source: Times of Zambia The post Malupenga Excited With Purchase Of 42 Fire Trucks; They Will Mordenize Councils appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Max Chongu Comes Under Fire From Fellow Pf Cadres

Self-styled PF die-hard supporter Max Chongu has come under fire for issuing statements that put the ruling party in bad light. Lusaka Province chairman Stafford Kayame has cautioned Chongu against issuing statements he said were “full of unverified information.” Kayame … Continued

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Self-styled PF die-hard supporter Max Chongu has come under fire for issuing statements that put the ruling party in bad light. Lusaka Province chairman Stafford Kayame has cautioned Chongu against issuing statements he said were “full of unverified information.” Kayame says Chongu was endearing himself to hostile media by criticizing the ruling party and issuing statements without authority. Chongu, the former reality TV Big Brother Africa contestants, is known as a commander of grassroots troops in PF. KAYAME’S STATEMENT LUSAKA DISTRICT WARNS MAX CHONGU OVER HIS STATEMENTS ON THE PARTY Lusaka-27th September 2017 Patriotic Front, Lusaka district Executive has warned ordinary member Max Chongu with unknown sanctions, for unauthorized statements he issues commenting on the Party and its affairs. Speaking at a packed media briefing in Lusaka, Lusaka District Chairperson Starford Kayame has said the Party will deal with Chongu for commenting on Party matters without authority or sanction. The former big brother, Max Chongu issues regular statement on all social media and blogs where he is a member and those critical of the party and its leadership are picked up mainstream media. Kayame also advised the media to ignore the statements from Chongu as the bulk of allegations are not verified or true and they have no blessing of the party. He wondered why Chongu was enjoying the limelight of his statements when they were being used by hostile media and those he termed “anti-Development” to the Patriotic Front. Chongu has been warned not to issue statement of Party affairs in the past by Patriotic Front Secretary General, Davies Mwila but has persisted,”. The post Max Chongu Comes Under Fire From Fellow Pf Cadres appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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China’s Gambling Investment Destroying Zambian Families – Journalist

Zambian journalist Edem Djokotoe has taken aim at China’s casino investments littered across the country arguing it is one of the worst social ills to happen. Djokotoe, posting on his Facebook page, wonders how China was allowed to channel heavy … Continued

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Zambian journalist Edem Djokotoe has taken aim at China’s casino investments littered across the country arguing it is one of the worst social ills to happen. Djokotoe, posting on his Facebook page, wonders how China was allowed to channel heavy investment into gambling when it had outlawed the trade among its people. “The biggest Chinese investment in Zambia today is The Casino. “Every small town and district I have travelled to in all the provinces have gambling centres run by Chinese. “Bonanza machines luring children and adults alike in a country plagued by debilitating poverty. “With my own eyes, I have seen old people and other beneficiaries of the social cash transfer programme fritter away their money on bonanza and the slots. “Gambling wont drive the Zambian economy. It is a vice that has the capacity to ruin families and lead whole communities down the road to perdition. “In Mpika, we found under age children gambling with stolen money and housewives playing Bonanza with ration money,” Djokotoe writes. READ EDEM DJOKOTOE’S WRITE UP Before it opened its doors for business, Time Zone was touted as a safe haven in the capital where children could go and play with all kinds of hi-tech gizmos. For those in Lusaka who don’t know where it is, it is a joint sandwiched between Chicago’s Reloaded and Lifestyle Gym at East Park Mall. Of course, when you enter, you will find all kinds of games for children. But the main attraction at Time Zone and the one activity that makes it the most money is gambling. That’s right. Slot machines of all shapes and sizes–and then some! Forget about surgeries, restaurants and corner shops. The biggest Chinese investment in Zambia today is The Casino. Every small town and district i have travelled to in all the provinces have gambling centres run by Chinese. Bonanza machines luring children and adults alike in a country plagued by debilitating poverty. With my own eyes, i have seen old people and other beneficiaries of the social cash transfer programme fritter away their money on bonanza and the slots. Gambling wont drive the Zambian economy. It is a vice that has the capacity to ruin families and lead whole communities down the road to perdition. In Mpika, we found under age children gambling with stolen money and housewives playing Bonanza with ration money. This cant be right. The Chinese government knows its people have the gambling gene in their DNA, which is why it has outlawed the practice all over the country except in ONE administrative location called Macau. China wouldnt be the great economic powerhouse it is today if there were no controls on gambling. Why should they be allowed to get away with it here? The post China’s Gambling Investment Destroying Zambian Families – Journalist appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Sacred Heart of Governance!

[Cameroon Tribune] Do you that public participation can help government’s be more accountable and responsive, and can also improve the public’s perception of government performance? Traditionally, public participation meant voting, running for office, …

[Cameroon Tribune] Do you that public participation can help government's be more accountable and responsive, and can also improve the public's perception of government performance? Traditionally, public participation meant voting, running for office, being involved in political campaigns, attending public hearings and keeping informed on important issues of the day by reading government reports or the local newspapers.

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‘America’s Leadership in the World Is Needed’ – Says President Sirleaf

[Govt of Liberia] In her final major speech at the United States Capitol in Washington, President Ellen Johnson says America’s leadership is needed today, more than ever as the world faces new challenges.

[Govt of Liberia] In her final major speech at the United States Capitol in Washington, President Ellen Johnson says America's leadership is needed today, more than ever as the world faces new challenges.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

3rd Witness Testifies in Alleged Theft Case

[The Point] The third prosecution witness, Naffie Jammeh, recently testified in a case involving one Kemo Sanneh, who was accused of shop-breaking and stealing, before Magistrate Thomasi of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

[The Point] The third prosecution witness, Naffie Jammeh, recently testified in a case involving one Kemo Sanneh, who was accused of shop-breaking and stealing, before Magistrate Thomasi of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Gambia Develops Roadmap to Adopt Social Financial Education System

[The Point] The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Claudiana Cole, has said the education ministry intends to include the Child and Social and Financial Education in the school curricula.

[The Point] The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Claudiana Cole, has said the education ministry intends to include the Child and Social and Financial Education in the school curricula.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia

Gambia Quest Formula for Afcon Debut Qualification

[The Point] The Gambia is still searching for the formula for their debut qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, after their failure to qualify for the previous editions.

[The Point] The Gambia is still searching for the formula for their debut qualification to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, after their failure to qualify for the previous editions.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia