Former Minister Waiguru Opposes Lifestyle Audit

[Nation] Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has challenged recent National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee recommendations that she should be held responsible for loss of over Sh 719million at the National Youth Service.

[Nation] Former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has challenged recent National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee recommendations that she should be held responsible for loss of over Sh 719million at the National Youth Service.

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President Kenyatta to Launch SGR Cargo Trial Run

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Tuesday expected to flag off a cargo train from Mombasa port which will pull 50 wagons laden with containers bound for the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Tuesday expected to flag off a cargo train from Mombasa port which will pull 50 wagons laden with containers bound for the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.

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Police Arrest Mpika Man For Killing Pregnant Wife

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man of Nabwalya in Mpika for allegedly beating his pregnant wife to death after accusing her of carrying another man’s child. Muchinga Province deputy police commissioner Charles Mbita said Marjory Chiwaya, 26, was allegedly murdered … Continued

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Police have arrested a 32-year-old man of Nabwalya in Mpika for allegedly beating his pregnant wife to death after accusing her of carrying another man’s child. Muchinga Province deputy police commissioner Charles Mbita said Marjory Chiwaya, 26, was allegedly murdered by her husband Aaron Nkhoma on Wednesday. “She sustained a broken left leg and had internal injuries. Her husband beat her on allegations that she was pregnant and he was not responsible for the pregnancy,†he said. Dr Mbita said Chiwaya died at Chipata General Hospital where she was taken by relatives for treatment and that Nkhoma will appear in court soon. And police in Nakonde are looking for one man and three women for allegedly axing and injuring 45-year-old Charity Namusamba during a family dispute. The post Police Arrest Mpika Man For Killing Pregnant Wife appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Kenyatta Cleared For Election, Calls for Peace

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Monday listed their achievements over the 49 months they have been in office and said their goals are peace, unity and development as they received the electoral commission’s greenlight t…

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Monday listed their achievements over the 49 months they have been in office and said their goals are peace, unity and development as they received the electoral commission's greenlight to seek re-election.

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PF Suspends 7 Officials In Northern Province

Seven officials in the ruling Patriotic Front have been suspended for not accompanying the Secretary General during a tour of the province. PF Director for Media Sunday Chanda announced that the seven had snubbed part CEO Davies Mwila and therefore … Continued

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Seven officials in the ruling Patriotic Front have been suspended for not accompanying the Secretary General during a tour of the province. PF Director for Media Sunday Chanda announced that the seven had snubbed part CEO Davies Mwila and therefore displayed the highest level of disloyalty. Chanda named the suspended as Provincial Vice Chairperson Peter Mwansa, Women Chairlady Annie Mutale, Women Secretary Maggie Bwalya lombe, and Women treasurer Doris Mubanga Kalusa. Others are Provincial Secretary Ben Kabwela, Youth chairperson Ronald Mulenga and Youth Secretary Chanda Nsofu. Chanda said the governing party will not tolerate any form of indiscipline especially from those in leadership. Meanwhile, the ruling Patriotic Front has called on Party structures in Northern Province to rally behind President Edgar Lungu. Addressing Provincial, district, constituency and branch officials in Mungwi, chairperson for Mines and Minerals in the Central Committee Yamfwa Mukanga says President Lungu has proved himself worthy of the 2021 candidature adding that all structures must rally behind him. Mukanga encouraged members of the party to be loyal to the leadership in place and make sacrifices. PF Chairperson for Land and Natural Resources Musonda Mpankata thanked Mungwi and Malole Constituency for being a dedicated PF stronghold as demonstrated by the votes President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina received in the 2016 elections. Mpankata further called on PF structures to mobilize and educate the electorate in Northern Province against voter apathy. The post PF Suspends 7 Officials In Northern Province appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nevers Mumba Is A Hypocrite, Charges MMD Youth Leader

MMD youth leader Dauzeni Tambo has charged that UPND sympathiser Dr Nevers Mumba is a “broke hypocrite” trying to get some relevance in Zambian politcs. Tambo says Dr Mumba, who recently featured on Muvi TV’s The Assignment, should be arrested … Continued

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MMD youth leader Dauzeni Tambo has charged that UPND sympathiser Dr Nevers Mumba is a “broke hypocrite” trying to get some relevance in Zambian politcs. Tambo says Dr Mumba, who recently featured on Muvi TV’s The Assignment, should be arrested for contemptous remarks he made regarding matters that were active in court. He said it was surprising Dr Mumba was today attacking the same judiciary that has given him important victories in the past. “How can a man of ‘God’ or it is it a man of ‘Gold’ be so careless as to begin to insult the very judiciary that ruled in his favour when he cried foul after the party structure snnabbed [sic] his candidature for the 2015 presidential by elections in favour of Rupiah Banda. For immediate release 29th, May, 2017 Nevers should be arrested for contemptuous statements Listening to Dr Nevers Mumba on the assignment shows why Dr Nevers Mumba is broke because of his lack of maturity when talking to the media on issues that are in courts, because it’s contempt. Nevers Mumba is pathological hypocrite who can stoop however low just to survive, and its the same behaviour of insulting the honourable judiciary and its officials by the UPND and their stooges like Nevers Mumba that continues to injure them even further. How can a man of ‘God’ or it is it a man of ‘Gold’ be so careless as to begin to insult the very judiciary that ruled in his favour when he cried foul after the party structure snnabbed his candidature for the 2015 presidential by elections in favour of Rupiah Banda. It baffles us as youths that Nevers Mumba is who once served as Vice President of the Republic has no manners even in speech to watch what he says. He has continued to issue contemptuous statements and we are calling upon the courts to summon this man for contempt or else ourselves we will do it. The sacred institution of the court is under threat by scam bugs who want to be favoured whenever they commit offences. Surely how can the judiciary which is already under ernomous pressure from politicians work freely when people like Dr Mumba conitnue to insult and to drag the courts into petty partisan politics instead being mature enough to advise a clueless HH to grow up and respect the country’s established institutions and its people. This is a timely warning to all of us in the opposition, that we must mind how we talk about the country because if we destroy the credibility of the institutions we speak against we may have no country to lead if after all. We also want to advise Dr Mumba to take a leave from his bitterness as people were now irritated of his political comedy. We are very much aware that Dr Mumba was still healing from political wounds. Zambia is still enjoying an atmosphere of peace and Christianity contrary to the allegations of Dr Mumba. We want to take this opportunity to warn him to stop bringing the name of our country in disrepute as all government institutions were still effective and functional. Further we want to appeal to the judiciary not to relent in taking actions against individuals who will be commenting on matters before the courts of law because there has been a growing trend especially among political leaders to deliberately abrogate the law by commenting on matters that were before the court. Issued by: Dauzeni S Tambo MMD NATIONAL YOUTH CHAIRMAN +260968001042 The post Nevers Mumba Is A Hypocrite, Charges MMD Youth Leader appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kabwe Is World’s Most Toxic City – Pollution Experts

By Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe Zambia “I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems … Continued

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By Damian Carrington Environment editor in Kabwe Zambia “I’d like to be a doctor,†says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become a reality. Kabwe is the world’s most toxic town, according to pollution experts, where mass lead poisoning has almost certainly damaged the brains and other organs of generations of children – and where children continue to be poisoned every day. Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has left a truly toxic legacy in the once-thriving town of 220,000 people in central Africa’s Copperbelt [Central Province], 100km north of the capital Lusaka. But the real impact on Kabwe’s people is yet to be fully revealed and, while the first steps towards a clean-up have begun, new dangers are emerging as desperately poor people scavenge in the vast slag heap known as Black Mountain. “Having been to probably 20 toxic hotspots throughout the world, and seeing mercury, chromium and many contaminated lead sites, [I can say] the scale in Kabwe is unprecedented,†says Prof Jack Caravanos, an environmental health expert at New York University, on his fourth visit to the town. “There are thousands of people affected here, not hundreds as in other places.†The fumes from the giant state-owned smelter, which closed in 1994, has left the dusty soil in the surrounding area with extreme levels of lead. The metal, still used around the world in car batteries, is a potent neurotoxin and is particularly damaging to children. But it is youngsters who swallow the most, especially as infants when they start to play outside and frequently put their hands in their mouths. It was at that age that Martin’s mother, Annie Kabwe, first noticed her children getting stomach pains and fevers, and losing weight. “I thought it might be HIV, but the tests were negative,†she says. Then blood tests revealed very high levels of lead. “I thought they would die,†Kabwe says. After learning about the toxicity of the dust in her neighbourhood and reducing her children’s lead exposure, through frequent washing of hands and clothes, the worst has not happened. “The problem is they are not really learning well in school, so the lead is still affecting them,†she says. Caravanos says lead poisoning stays with you for the rest of your life – it can’t be reversed. Having seen the extreme lead levels measured in children in several townships, he says severe and widespread health impacts are highly likely, including brain damage, palsy and ultimately fatalities. “I am concerned kids are dying here,†he says. Barry Mulimba, who as a volunteer community facilitator has seen many affected children, says: “I feel very, very sad, especially for the children, because we consider the children our future leaders and if they do not get a good education, they will not be capable.†The slow, insidious nature of lead poisoning means careful epidemiological work is needed to distinguish its effects from other causes and reveal the true extent of the crisis. But that work has barely begun. “It is shocking to think that we are here in 2017 and that problem we have known about for decades is still here,†says Caravanos. Lead poisoning remains a highly sensitive issue in Kabwe and people from several organisations refused to speak to the Guardian, while those trying to tackle the problem complain that data gathered by officials is not made public. One local source reports that there are children with brain damage, paralysis and blindness – all classic symptoms of lead poisoning – who have not been tested for lead, and that some children with disabilities are hidden away by families fearing stigma. A second source says that the children in Chowa, the township that once housed the mines and smelter workers, are markedly different from those in less polluted townships: “I do notice a slowness in them and they take much longer to catch on to ideas.†What is clear in Kabwe is the extreme levels of contamination. A large World Bank project that ended in 2011 revealed the problem, though it achieved little in remediating the pollution. In affected townships, the lead in soils is about 10 times the US safety limit and far higher in hotspots. One such hotspot turns out to be the dusty yard of the only medical clinic in Chowa, which serves 14,000 people. Caravanos uses a handheld detector to reveal extreme lead levels in the sun-baked mud, frequently over 10,000 parts per million (ppm), far above the 400ppm limit in the US. The clinic’s head declined to be interviewed by the Guardian. The blood levels of lead in children in Kabwe are also known to be very high – a recent study revealed that every one of 246 children tested were above the safety limit of 5 micrograms per decilitre of blood. The vast majority were over 45 micrograms per decilitre, which causes brain, liver and hearing damage, and eight were over 150 micrograms per decilitre, at which point death is the likely outcome. However, in 2015, 113 years after the smelter first opened, NGOs began to clean up the first homes, funded by Germany’s Terrre des Hommes and delivered by Environment Africa and Pure Earth, using workers from the community. More than 120 homes have had the soil in their yards replaced with clean soil from elsewhere. “It is a drop in the ocean, but we are happy that we have targeted the most polluted homes first,†says Namo Chuma, Environment Africa’s director in Zambia. But Chuma believes that official recognition of the problem is at least finally starting to be seen: “The government does now acknowledge there is a problem.†Paul Mukuka, director of public health at Kabwe Municipal Council, says: “The government, like any other government, is concerned for the health of its people.†He says there is a now a fund of 16m kwacha (about $1.7m) that will be spent on cleaning up Kabwe’s toxic pollution, providing the drug therapies that have been absent so far and repairing the clogged canal that is supposed to channel away the run-off from the mine site. Wilford Chipeta, whose grandson has been poisoned, remains to be convinced: “We were promised that drugs were coming [before], but nothing came. They always talk but we get nothing.†Mukuka was confronted by the lead crisis personally when he arrived in Kabwe a year ago looking for a clean neighbourhood for his family: “I have three beautiful girls at home – where are they going to be playing?†He says the new plan also promises new livelihoods, to draw people away from scavenging among the mine’s dumps. On Black Mountain, bare-foot and ragged-clothed men dig out lead from the huge slag heap, often in long, unsupported tunnels, dug with hand tools and lit only by candles. “When you don’t make them properly, you find they just bury someone,†says Provost Musonda, a young father of three, and people have died in the scarred hellscape of Black Mountain. He earns about 80 kwacha ($8.50) a day, unless his chest pains prevent him working. “If I could get another job, I would go there. But there is no way of sustaining our lives otherwise.†Caravanos uses a portable detector to measure the lead levels on Black Mountain: they are sky high at 30,000-60,000 ppm. “Kids playing here is really unbelievable,†he says, noting the youngsters nearby. black mountain slag heap Kabwe In another part of the mine waste dump, beyond a long breeze block wall emblazoned with large signs reading “Danger keep away!â€, people sit in the dust breaking stones to sell as building materials. Advertisement At one spot, a young woman, Debola Kunda, toils away, with two of her young children lending a hand. The dust sparkles with the metallic glint of galena – pure lead sulphide – and the soil right next to her four-year-old son, Acili, measures an astronomical 37,900ppm – 100 times above the danger level. She is concerned about the health of her children, who have not been tested for blood lead. “But what can we do when there are no others at home to take care of the children? How will we eat if we stay at home?†she says. A new $65m project for Kabwe and three other copperbelt mining areas was approved by the World Bank in December but the Zambian government has yet to give the go-ahead. It could be transformative – but it has yet to happen. “A programme of more than 3,000 children and citizens of Kabwe would be subjected to constant medical surveillance and treatment programmes and anyone who showed a high blood lead level would be subjected to treatment as well,†says Sanjay Srivastava, at the World Bank, who is optimistic the crisis will be at last tackled. “The government finally recognises there is an issue and and they have to address it.†Caravanos, who is also senior science advisor to Pure Earth, says the solution to Kabwe’s toxic trouble is clear: “We have the knowledge – we just have to get the kids away from the exposure. Will Kabwe ever be a lead-free town? No, but it can be a lead safe town.†SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN UK The post Kabwe Is World’s Most Toxic City – Pollution Experts appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Asogli Plant Shut Down

[Ghanaian Chronicle] Tension is mounting at Kpone, between Sunon Asogli Power Limited and Chase Petroleum over the latter’s refusal to allow the former to tie-in to the 36-inch Single Point Mooring (SPM) crude oil pipeline to feed its generation plant.

[Ghanaian Chronicle] Tension is mounting at Kpone, between Sunon Asogli Power Limited and Chase Petroleum over the latter's refusal to allow the former to tie-in to the 36-inch Single Point Mooring (SPM) crude oil pipeline to feed its generation plant.

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Let’s Hold the President Accountable to His Words

[Ghanaian Chronicle] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, May 24 2017, told a meeting of Ghanaian residents in Sierra Leone that, as part of his one-day working visit to that country, he will not shield any public official found to be e…

[Ghanaian Chronicle] President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, May 24 2017, told a meeting of Ghanaian residents in Sierra Leone that, as part of his one-day working visit to that country, he will not shield any public official found to be engaged in acts of corruption or malfeasance.

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