Luanda Approves Budget Proposal for 2019

[ANGOP] Luanda -The administrative authorities of Luanda province on Friday approved the proposal for the Angolan capital of the General State Budget for 2019, worth 193 billion kwanzas.

[ANGOP] Luanda -The administrative authorities of Luanda province on Friday approved the proposal for the Angolan capital of the General State Budget for 2019, worth 193 billion kwanzas.

source: AllAfrica News: Angola

Journalist Miguel Laid to Rest

[ANGOP] Luanda -The remains of Angolan journalist and translator, Mpasi Zamoko Miguel, who died on Wednesday, in Luanda, were buried in the Benfica cemetery on Saturday.

[ANGOP] Luanda -The remains of Angolan journalist and translator, Mpasi Zamoko Miguel, who died on Wednesday, in Luanda, were buried in the Benfica cemetery on Saturday.

source: AllAfrica News: Angola

UN Security Council Warn Kabila; “Respect Constitution & Vacate”

The U.N. Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council have sent a strong message to Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to respect the country’s constitution and vacate office. In an apparent response to Kabila’s defiant … Continued

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The U.N. Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council have sent a strong message to Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila to respect the country’s constitution and vacate office. In an apparent response to Kabila’s defiant posture during a national address on Thursday in which he indirectly put himself in the race for re-election when he is constitutionally barred, the U.N has cautioned the Congolese leader not to dare his people. The Council expressed concern about challenges that should foster greater confidence in the electoral process. In a joint statement, the two councils “called upon all political parties, their supporters, and other political actors to remain committed to the 31 December 2016 Agreement, which is the only viable path out of the current political situation.” Under an accord struck on Dec. 31 between Kabila’s representatives and opposition leaders, Kabila is barred from trying to change the constitution to seek a third term. “The members of the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council expressed concern at the continued deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,†the statement read. “The members of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council urged all political parties to continue to reject violence of any kind, exercise maximum restraint in their actions and statements, so as not to further inflame the situation and to address their differences peacefully.†The U.N and African Council asked the Congolese government to reject violence and violent statements urging them to ensure the respect for fundamental rights and the electoral timeline to ensure a peaceful and credible electoral process, a democratic transition of power and the peace and stability of the country. Further, the U.N and the African Council say they will not hesitate to take action against any Congolese actors whose actions and statements impede the implementation of the agreement and the holding of a credible election. The two key global institutions reminded Kabila that the that it is essential the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and all Democratic Republic of the Congo actors fulfil the commitments in the Agreement of 31 December 2016, and underscored the need to do everything possible to ensure that the elections take place with the requisite conditions of transparency, credibility and inclusivity, including the full and effective participation of women at all stages, as well as the importance of youth engagement. . The members of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council urged the Government of Democratic Republic of the Congo to urgently implement confidence-building measures as per the Political Agreement of 31 December 2016 and ensure that elections are held on 23 December 2018 as per the electoral calendar. They noted the progress made in preparation for the elections with the support of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), while acknowledging the remaining challenges still to be addressed. They called on the electoral body known as CENI to continue their cooperation with MONUSCO throughout the electoral process. They further welcomed the commitment by the United Nations, the African Union, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), International Conference on the Great Lakes, European Union and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie to support the electoral process. The members the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council called for enhanced coordination between the United Nations, the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes, the SADC, the European Union and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in their support to the implementation of the 31 December 2016 Agreement and the electoral process. The post UN Security Council Warn Kabila; “Respect Constitution & Vacate†appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: PF/UPND CAUCUS A MILESTONE

The peace pact between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) on 20th July 2018 in Lusaka represents one of the most significant developments in the country’s quest to civilize political competition. The undiscerning eye … Continued

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The peace pact between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) on 20th July 2018 in Lusaka represents one of the most significant developments in the country’s quest to civilize political competition. The undiscerning eye may not see the magnitude of this seemingly one-off political event between two arch competitors focussing on the Lusaka Mayoral poll. But if the two parties and other political players genuinely ascribe to the ideals of civil political exchange, this event will pass off as a milestone in the country’s political and electoral dispensation. President Lungu has unequivocally openly called for peaceful campaigns and condemned all acts of violence in political mobilization, stressing that this behaviour is at variance with Zambia’s generally acclaimed civil culture. But other political leaders have been lukewarm as they speak on violence, often conditioning their peace messages on such improbable factors as self-defence and vote rigging. It is therefore, impressive that the opposition UPND has now publicly signed up to the peace initiative through their National Youth Chairman Obvious Mwaliteta who signed with his PF counterpart Hon. Stephen Kampyongo. This is an important building block towards stronger commitment perhaps at the higher level of party presidents in the foreseeable future. It is also important to note that the commitment to peace was made from the point where violence emanate from, the youth wings of the two main political parties, PF and UPND. It is also significant to note that the Youth Chairman of the ruling party is also the minister responsible for the police who are charged with duty to maintain law and order and preserve national peace. This is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of Hon Kampyongo, that, if the voluntary ascension to this peace pact does not hold, he has inescapable responsibility to decisively enforce law and order through the lawfully mandates organs of the state. Police cannot be negotiating law enforcement with law breakers! If the police are constrained from enforcing the law by the burden of nomenclature of “service†we might as well rename them as a “force.†How can the police be spending more time explaining which party started the fight and which one responded? Police are supposed to arrest law breakers. Period. It matters less if these criminals are red, green or yellow! Zambians are generally averse to this now rampant sub-culture of political violence. All other facets of Zambian society are generally peaceful and tolerant with one another but in the political space, it seems some rogue elements are trying to condition Zambians to accept that violence is the currency of political exchange. This is an unacceptable! The post OPINION: PF/UPND CAUCUS A MILESTONE appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Stray Lion Injures Three People, Kills Three Cattle in Chitipa

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -A stay lion believed to have escaped from Lwangwa Game Reserve in Zambia is reported to have attacked and seriously injured three people of Kasisi Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mwaulambia in Chitipa District.

[Malawi News Agency] Mzuzu -A stay lion believed to have escaped from Lwangwa Game Reserve in Zambia is reported to have attacked and seriously injured three people of Kasisi Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mwaulambia in Chitipa District.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi

Fire Razes Popular Terminus Market

[Vanguard] Jos-The popular Terminus market that was previous destroyed in some years back by an alleged bomb explosion from Boko Haram terrorist has again been razzed down by Fire on Saturday.

[Vanguard] Jos-The popular Terminus market that was previous destroyed in some years back by an alleged bomb explosion from Boko Haram terrorist has again been razzed down by Fire on Saturday.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Houses Submerged, Commuters Stranded in Nasarawa

[Vanguard] Lafia -Commuters traveling through Lafia- Akwanga Federal Highway linking North–East parts of the country were yesterday left stranded for several hours, following the triennial rain fall that flooded the highway making it impossible for ve…

[Vanguard] Lafia -Commuters traveling through Lafia- Akwanga Federal Highway linking North--East parts of the country were yesterday left stranded for several hours, following the triennial rain fall that flooded the highway making it impossible for vehicular movement within Lafia Akwanga road.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria