Losing MISA Zambia Candidate Counts His Losses

The just ended MISA Zambia elections have exposed the deep lying political hand that has ruined the once vibrant media institute. Candidates pushed their case on the strength of political affiliation. MISA Zambia has been on the slide for a … Continued

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The just ended MISA Zambia elections have exposed the deep lying political hand that has ruined the once vibrant media institute. Candidates pushed their case on the strength of political affiliation. MISA Zambia has been on the slide for a while now and events surrounding the elections only served to confirm how troubled the Zambian media landscape is. Losing candidate for the position of president Wilson Pondamali whose journalistic credentials are hazy wrote this in the aftermath of his loss to incumbent Hellen Mwale. MISA AGM REVIEW Good morning comrades in the media and outside the media fraternity. Yesterday I contested and ‘lost’ to Hellen Mwale at the 19th MISA AGM. As to whether I lost genuinely, only the voters know and I would not challenge this action through any legal recourse. Due to events that were exposed ahead of the AGM, I could have easily blocked this onslaught on media freedom but at whose cost? MISA? NO! No because I know the financial status of MISA and wouldn’t want to ‘liquidate’ the organization through a court action. I would rather that money goes to defending media freedom, which am so passionate about. And after the AGM, I have seen many ridiculous social media comments such as ‘Pondamali’s campaign team of Ben Kangwa, Chibaula Silwanba, Bob Sianjalika and Thomas Zgambo protesting’. I want to categorically state that at no time in this particular election has Mr. Ben Kangwa and Chibaula Silwamba, Bob Sianjalika and Thomas Zulu ever been in my team. I have great respect for these eminent personalities who have served the nation at high levels at home and abroad as regards Mr. Kangwa and Mr. Silwamba. This appetite by one media house located in the industrial area and working with known crooks to try and erase everything that Sata did sucks, especially if the fight goes now even to people who were merely appointed. I have never even discussed anything pertaining MISA elections with the said gentlemen. Yes I had a campaign team but to say they were part of it is not only malicious but criminal intent. Mr. Kangwa particularly has been mentoring young journalists and I think it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to subject himself to the insinuations in the articles. I can only urge the blogs and other people who are circulating such to stop, not that there’s anything wrong with them supporting me but simply because these are falsehoods with unknown intentions. I apologize to the two gentlemen for the ridicule this has caused to their reputable standing in society. It is Me Wilson Pondamali you didn’t want and you succeeded but for you to soil other people is unacceptable. Take me on squarely and leave these people out of this. Finally, my resolve to fight for media freedom remains unwavered but if the constitution violations we witnessed at MISA AGM and condoned by election managers FODEP and by the AGM moderator from SACCORD is all we have, then we have a lot of potholes to fix, in our nation and of course in our heads. In fact my resolve for a free media is more activated than it has been in the past because now things have just come to the fore as to how degenerated our nation has sunk. Aluta Continua. Below is the item I have been reacting to. ………………………….. FODEP DELIVERS MISA TO PF Mwale beats Wilson Pondamali 106 against 33 in a whitewash Incumbent but comprised Media Institute of Southern Africa, MISA Zambia Chapter Chairperson, Hellen Mwale has won with a landslide The Annual General Meeting that held at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka was almost derailed when large number of voters were disqualified. However incumbent Hellen Mwale was headed for victory after an eventful day of jostling and manouvres. Earlier, Mwale’s chances looked deem when her core set of voters were disqualified on the claim that they renewed their membership way after August 31st Deadline. But electoral officials from FODEP have since admitted this set of members as valid and admissible to vote. The campaign team of Wilson Pondamali headed by Thomas Zgyambo, Bob Sianjalika, veteran broadcaster Ben Kangwa and Chibaula Silwamba and others protested at this move as it was deemed to have undermined the chances of Wilson Pondamali. However many members felt uncomfortable with Pondamali’s open association with the UPND media campaign team. Voting is underway and Hellen Mwale is tipped to get re-elected. Earlier in the day, it was feared that for the first time, MISA members were at the verge of electing a non-media person, non-journalist and non competent person in Wilson Pondamali as Chairperson of the critical media institution. The Media Institute of Southern Africa-MISA Zambia chapter is holding its elective AGM Members was at the verge of electing a non-media and non-journalistic person Wilson Pondamali. Wilson Pondamali has recently excited members with his run with the law and for supporting The Post during the period of its closure. Incumbent Helen Mwale had faced stiff competition and might be lucky to just scrape through, to beat a determined Pondamali! The AGM is being held at the Cresta Golf View Hotel on Great East Road. The post Losing MISA Zambia Candidate Counts His Losses appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mugabe Threatens to Fire VP Mnangagwa Over Alleged Rebellion

[New Zimbabwe] President Robert Mugabe turned vulgar on Saturday, threatening to kick the ‘buttocks’ of Zanu PF loyalists who continue to display regionalist attitudes within their areas of origin.

[New Zimbabwe] President Robert Mugabe turned vulgar on Saturday, threatening to kick the 'buttocks' of Zanu PF loyalists who continue to display regionalist attitudes within their areas of origin.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Arrested Narcotics Chiefs Sent to Nalufenya

[Observer] Already heavily criticized for sometimes operating as a militia of the ruling party, Uganda police over the weekend came face-to-face with a multi-billion narcotics racket involving top officers within its ranks.

[Observer] Already heavily criticized for sometimes operating as a militia of the ruling party, Uganda police over the weekend came face-to-face with a multi-billion narcotics racket involving top officers within its ranks.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

How Opposition MPs Used Age Limit Cash

[Observer] Manjiya MP John Baptist Nambeshe finds himself thrust into unwelcome spotlight for quietly withdrawing the Shs 29 million he publicly handed over to a district hospital to purchase medical equipment.

[Observer] Manjiya MP John Baptist Nambeshe finds himself thrust into unwelcome spotlight for quietly withdrawing the Shs 29 million he publicly handed over to a district hospital to purchase medical equipment.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Kadaga Must Apologise for Our Torment – MP Kaginda

[Observer] ROLAND KAGINDA MUGUME is the MP for Rukungiri municipality and deputy opposition chief whip. An outspoken opponent of the age limit bill removal in parliament, he also returned the Shs 29 million given to MPs as facilitation to consult voter…

[Observer] ROLAND KAGINDA MUGUME is the MP for Rukungiri municipality and deputy opposition chief whip. An outspoken opponent of the age limit bill removal in parliament, he also returned the Shs 29 million given to MPs as facilitation to consult voters on the bill.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Mahama’s Brother Ibrahim Named in Paradise Papers

[International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Ibrahim Mahama is a brother of the former president of Ghana, John Mahama. Ghanaian media report that Mahama, the CEO of Engineers & Planners Company Limited, is under investigation by Ghana’s economic and organized crimes office for allegedly issuing bad checks. In 2016, Ghanaian authorities took Mahama’s company to court for allegedly not paying social security payments to staff; the case was later settled.

[International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] Ibrahim Mahama is a brother of the former president of Ghana, John Mahama. Ghanaian media report that Mahama, the CEO of Engineers & Planners Company Limited, is under investigation by Ghana's economic and organized crimes office for allegedly issuing bad checks. In 2016, Ghanaian authorities took Mahama's company to court for allegedly not paying social security payments to staff; the case was later settled.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Time of Abundance At the Corner – Govt

[Vanguard] Lagos -The Federal Government has commended Nigerians for their perseverance in the face of challenges during the last economic recession as it, weekend, said the time of abundance was at the corner.

[Vanguard] Lagos -The Federal Government has commended Nigerians for their perseverance in the face of challenges during the last economic recession as it, weekend, said the time of abundance was at the corner.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Transit Parks and Dry Ports Will Ease Traffic On the Roads – Bello

[Leadership] In this interview with CHIMA AKWAJA and YUSUF BABALOLA, Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, speaks on the agency’s plan for its Truck Transit Park (TTP) and Inland Dry Port…

[Leadership] In this interview with CHIMA AKWAJA and YUSUF BABALOLA, Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello, speaks on the agency's plan for its Truck Transit Park (TTP) and Inland Dry Port (IDP), among other maritime industry issues.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Musician Muridzo Humiliated

[The Herald] Contemporary musician Andrew Ngwenya, better known as Andy Muridzo, got a rude awakening over the weekend in Banket after angry fans chased him away for arriving at a fundraising show late.

[The Herald] Contemporary musician Andrew Ngwenya, better known as Andy Muridzo, got a rude awakening over the weekend in Banket after angry fans chased him away for arriving at a fundraising show late.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

VP Chilima Honours Departed Parents, Relatives in Ntcheu

[Malawi News Agency] Ntcheu -Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima and wife Mary Chilima, on Saturday joined the people of Nsipe and surrounding areas in a memorial mass organized in honour of the Veep’s departed parents and relatives at Nsipe parish …

[Malawi News Agency] Ntcheu -Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima and wife Mary Chilima, on Saturday joined the people of Nsipe and surrounding areas in a memorial mass organized in honour of the Veep's departed parents and relatives at Nsipe parish in Ntcheu.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi