Hichilema Says Brutal Police Response At CBU Disgusting

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is disgusted by the response displayed by police in an attempt to deal with protests at the Copperbelt University. A video showing police officers ruthlessly beating students at the institution has gone viral generating a sharp … Continued

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Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is disgusted by the response displayed by police in an attempt to deal with protests at the Copperbelt University. A video showing police officers ruthlessly beating students at the institution has gone viral generating a sharp reaction from citizens. BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S STATEMENT We have noted with disgust, the brutal and degrading treatment with which the Zambia Police treated the Copperbelt University (CBU) Students last week. These students, majority of whom, come from vulnerable families, have been denied their allowances by the same government that is violating their rights to freedom of expression. These issues at CBU, just like the University of Zambia (UNZA) are not new, but as usual the PF leadership has been lending a deaf ear due to misplaced priorities, economic mismanagement and corruption. We strongly condemn the brutal attack by Zambia Police on unarmed students hence our insistence on the need for Zambia Police reforms with emphasis on modern crowd control tactics that take into account respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and human dignity. It’s clear that the PF has no plan for our education and other key sectors. They are not willing to invest any money in education and other sectors where those in leadership have no direct benefits through corruption. Student allowances to vulnerable people in society, are an essential part in any country that has leapfrogged in human capital development. We would like to appeal to the students both at tertiary and secondary education to remain hopeful and steadfast as we will provide the means to have quality education for them. UPND policy on education is very clear as it derives from our focus on prudent management of public resources which will free finances for education and other social sectors. Instead of buying fire tenders corruptly over priced at US$ 1 million each, ours will be to save that money and deploy it in educating our citizens, especially those from vulnerable families. This is because we value education and for any country to develop, it needs skills that are fit for purpose which can only be derived from quality education. Lastly, we sympathise with the students undergoing very difficult times under the PF, but we can assure you of not only education but also jobs once you complete your studies. Issued by: Hakainde Hichilema UPND PRESIDENT The post Hichilema Says Brutal Police Response At CBU Disgusting appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘Githeri Man’, Bloggers Set for Head of State Commendation

[Nation] Kamotho Martin aka ‘Githeri Man’, Dennis Itumbi, Robert Alai and Jubilee blogger Pauline Njoroge are among 59 Kenyans set to receive Head of State Commendation during this year’s Jamuhuri Day celebrations.

[Nation] Kamotho Martin aka 'Githeri Man', Dennis Itumbi, Robert Alai and Jubilee blogger Pauline Njoroge are among 59 Kenyans set to receive Head of State Commendation during this year's Jamuhuri Day celebrations.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Right To Reply: COSAFA Officials Abused Our Staff – ‘Malanji’

A ‘concerned citizen’ has responded to article we published involving a spat between Kwacha law maker Joe Malanji and the COSAFA delegation at the Royal Gibson Hotel. Malanji is owner of the Royal Gibson Hotel where the COSAFA delegation had … Continued

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A ‘concerned citizen’ has responded to article we published involving a spat between Kwacha law maker Joe Malanji and the COSAFA delegation at the Royal Gibson Hotel. Malanji is owner of the Royal Gibson Hotel where the COSAFA delegation had set up its secretariat. BELOW IS THE WRITE UP OPINION ON THE MALANJI COSAFA STORY! I am saddened by the lack of professionalism exhibited by our journalists over the story involving Hon Amb Malanji and the Cosafa delegation, its very embarrassing that a reporter/journalist can run a story based on one side, it makes me wonder whether the story was covered in the interest of truth or simply to damage the name and reputation of both Malanji and his business. Firstly the Hon Amb Malanji, is dignified diplomat, whose communication skills are brilliant, a calm man who in all the years of him serving as a golf administrator has never even once exchanged unpalatables with anyone. Yes the Cosafa delegation was booked at the Royal Gibson Hotel which is owned by Amb. Malanji but at no time did the Cosafa delegation inform the hotel management that they would put up posters on the hotel walls using glue, which by the way is equal to vandalising the said wall, at no time did the Cosafa delegation inform hotel management that staying at the hotel also means verbally abusing the hotel staff, which is completely against our labor laws as a country, unfortunately this was the case during their stay. COSAFA delegation being booked at the Royal Gibson hotel did not mean them buying off the hotel and having the right to do what they deemed fit even to the extent of abusing hotel employees. The only crime committed by the Ambassador was to ask the Cosafa delegation to respect his staff and not insult them, he further asked them to address all of their complaints and queries with the management of the hotel which unfortunately did not seat well with the Cosafa delegation prompting one of the South African Ladies on the delegation to insult and shout at him, being the diplomat he is, Ambassador Malanji kept his calm all through her unwarranted rantings. Yes the delegation decided to move from his Hotel to another, a decision that was completely theirs but he at no time fought or quarreled with any of his guests. The Royal Gibson Hotel prides itself with professionalism, respect for all humans and has one of the best guest relations and communications working cultures on the Copperbelt and Zambia. My advise to all other reporters is to please take time to investigate stories, get all sides before you write and run an article, had the reporter talked to the hotel employees and the Hon Ambassador as well he would have had a balanced and more factual story whose truth would have been there for all to see. Yours concerned citizen Edmond Miti EDITOR NOTE: The article we published remains the true and correct representation of what transpired. The post Right To Reply: COSAFA Officials Abused Our Staff – ‘Malanji’ appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ndola City Council Apportions 40% Local Revenue To Service Delivery

The Ndola City Council says it will pump 40% of revenue raised into service delivery. Council public relations manager Tilyenji Mwanza says about K31 million has since been allocated for service delivery. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT NCC TO SET ASIDE … Continued

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The Ndola City Council says it will pump 40% of revenue raised into service delivery. Council public relations manager Tilyenji Mwanza says about K31 million has since been allocated for service delivery. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT NCC TO SET ASIDE 40 PERCENT OF LOCALLY GENERATED FUNDS FOR SERVICE PROVISION 12th December, 2017. Ndola City Council has decided that from January 2018, 40 percent of the money that it generates on its own, will be set aside for service provision to communities. Among the beneficiaries will be the Ward Development Fund. In this regard, K31 308 259 will be used for service provision in the City of Ndola. This move is in line with government’s directive to Local Authorities on how they can supplement funding from the Central Government to accelerate service provision in communities. And in order to safeguard the Ward Development Fund, the council has a dedicated a bank account where five percent of its locally generated funds will be deposited, beginning 2nd January, 2018. This is to ensure that money to finance ward development projects is readily available at the start of the implementation of such projects. In light of the above, Ndola City Council is appealing to all stakeholders to come on board and support the Council to realize its vision for 2018, by paying their obligations to the Council on time, whilst the Council management will exercise maximum fiscal discipline for the Council to realize its goals for the year 2018. Issued by: Ms Tilyenji Mwanza Public Relations Manager Ndola City Council The post Ndola City Council Apportions 40% Local Revenue To Service Delivery appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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In War-Torn South Sudan, One Town Nurtures a Small-Scale Peace

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Ganyiel -While the rest of the country is divided, Ganyiel, sheltered by marshes, has grown as an ethnically mixed town that could serve as a model for nurturing pockets of peace elsewhere

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Ganyiel -While the rest of the country is divided, Ganyiel, sheltered by marshes, has grown as an ethnically mixed town that could serve as a model for nurturing pockets of peace elsewhere

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

SADC Needs Armyworm Control Funds

[The Herald] SADC agriculture experts have called for urgent financial support to governments to ensure effective management of the fall armyworm in Southern Africa. This came out at the recent stakeholder meeting held in South Africa.

[The Herald] SADC agriculture experts have called for urgent financial support to governments to ensure effective management of the fall armyworm in Southern Africa. This came out at the recent stakeholder meeting held in South Africa.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

President to Commission Kariba South Power Project

[The Herald] President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to commission Kariba South power expansion project’s first unit on December 24, which will feed 150 megawatts onto the national grid.

[The Herald] President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to commission Kariba South power expansion project's first unit on December 24, which will feed 150 megawatts onto the national grid.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe