OPINION: Pres. Lungu and Hichilema Need to Walk the Dialogue Path

The political situation in Zambia is much improved in the aftermath of the release of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on August 16 from prison on charges of treason. The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland had left the country after having … Continued

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The political situation in Zambia is much improved in the aftermath of the release of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on August 16 from prison on charges of treason. The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland had left the country after having met President Edgar Lungu and Hichilema setting out clear guidelines on the dialogue process. Three months later the two leaders have yet to come to a round table. Two key moments have passed in the country that could have provided the opportunity for the two to come face to face. The National Day of Prayer and fasting, whatever the issues around its declaration, may have been a window to make a firm statement on the need for healing and reconciliation. If not the less contentious Independence Day provides enough credence for national leaders to come together and bridge the differences mired in politics. Both leaders did make a commitment to dialogue before the Commonwealth delegation. The two leaders have continued side stepping each other with innuendos about each other beginning to resurface in a less than conciliatory tone. The UPND have been all over town demonizing President Lungu in one breath while on the other seek dialogue with the Head of State. We seem to be back to the weekly trend of UPND press conferences vilifying the system in very invasive language. For dialogue to commence there has to be a commitment to give up something. It could help that the tone is less offensive but more conciliatory. After all President Lungu seems to have gone some measure in setting steps for dialogue. Many of the politically inclined cases before the courts of law have been out rightly thrown out or ended up in nolle prosequis. That has been healthy in the spirit of diluting political tension and many could agree that President Lungu has been less combative in his political language. Under the current atmosphere there has to be more from both parties if the promised dialogue is to take place. Something has to give after both parties would have to learn something in the words of John F Kennedy that is condensed in his famous line, “The test for courage comes when you are in the minority while the test for tolerance comes when you are in the majority.†It is not for us to state who is in the majority or minority but our prayer is that this dialogue turns out to be more than just a promise. The post OPINION: Pres. Lungu and Hichilema Need to Walk the Dialogue Path appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mulusa Stays Put Amidst Pressure to Resign

Under fire National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa is staying put despite being asked to exercise the option of resigning by President Edgar Lungu in the aftermath of his fire tender remarks. Mulusa hit headlines when he was captured … Continued

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Under fire National Planning and Development Minister Lucky Mulusa is staying put despite being asked to exercise the option of resigning by President Edgar Lungu in the aftermath of his fire tender remarks. Mulusa hit headlines when he was captured likening the 42 fire tenders worth US$42 million to wheelbarrows. On Friday Vice president Inonge Wina said that Mulusa’s case would be dealt with under the Ministerial Code of Conduct. Mulusa has since met with President Lungu with the Head of State asking the minister of exculpate himself. President Lungu has asked Mulusa to resign if he does not feel responsible for decisions taken collectively by government. State House press aide Amos Chanda confirmed that Mulusa and President Lungu had met over the fire tender remark. “The meeting took place and that matter was discussed, so in the light of what Her Honour the Vice-President said in Parliament, we would not want to make any comments that may be prejudicial to that process if it takes place. The Vice President said the case will be subjected to the ministerial code of conduct,†he said. “But given what I know about presidential discussions between the President and his ministers, I am now just assuming that was discussed, if a request was made for him to resign, and he did not resign, I can only presume two issues.†Chanda added: “Either he regrets what he said, or the matter was resolved amicably, and therefore it may have ended there. But if it goes to the media, Honourable Mulusa has two options, to stick to his words, which makes his position extremely difficult. “The burden is on him to do what he was asked to do. All those options are in his hands. He is the one in the video and he discussed with the President. I do not know the terms under which this issue was discussed; whether it was in confidence, whether he was allowed to speak out in public.†The Mulusa case provides a test case on the Ministerial Code of Conduct that has been often sparingly used. The post Mulusa Stays Put Amidst Pressure to Resign appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Plight of Activists, Lawyers Held Without Charge Sparks Protest in South Africa

[Daily Maverick] A group of about 100 people gathered outside the Tanzania High Commission in Pretoria to protest against the Tanzanian government’s detention of 13 individuals, two of whom are South African citizens. The East African nation accused th…

[Daily Maverick] A group of about 100 people gathered outside the Tanzania High Commission in Pretoria to protest against the Tanzanian government's detention of 13 individuals, two of whom are South African citizens. The East African nation accused the arrested individuals of promoting homosexuality, seized their passports and has held them in jail without charge for a week. By IHSAAN HAFFEJEE.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Minister to Limit Overseas Trips for Officials

[Daily Trust] The minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said the ministry will streamline the participation in overseas conferences, workshops, exhibitions by the officials of the ministry and its agencies.

[Daily Trust] The minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has said the ministry will streamline the participation in overseas conferences, workshops, exhibitions by the officials of the ministry and its agencies.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Africa Must Reposition Its Economy to Attract Investors – VP

[Guardian] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Africa to reposition its economy in the direction that will attractive investors because investment depends on the advantages derivable.

[Guardian] Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Africa to reposition its economy in the direction that will attractive investors because investment depends on the advantages derivable.

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We Believe We Are All One, One Nigeria Forever – Biafran War Veterans

[Vanguard] The war-affected police officers from the Old Eastern Region who were pardoned and retired from the Nigeria Police Force through a Presidential Amnesty granted on May 29, 2000 by the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo and…

[Vanguard] The war-affected police officers from the Old Eastern Region who were pardoned and retired from the Nigeria Police Force through a Presidential Amnesty granted on May 29, 2000 by the administration of the then President Olusegun Obasanjo and were graciously given approval for the payment of pension entitlements have said that they believed we are all one and that the war is over and over forever.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Actor Anesu Mutara Takes Hollywood By Storm

[New Zimbabwe] Treading the well-worn path of leaving England behind, rising actor, singer and dancer Anesu Mutara has laid roots in Hollywood and shows all the signs of a megastar in the making.

[New Zimbabwe] Treading the well-worn path of leaving England behind, rising actor, singer and dancer Anesu Mutara has laid roots in Hollywood and shows all the signs of a megastar in the making.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Nigeria Wants Single Currency for Ecowas Slowed Down

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Niamey, Niger, urged ECOWAS member countries to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020, drawing attention to the challenges faced by the European Union in real…

[Premium Times] President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Niamey, Niger, urged ECOWAS member countries to tread carefully in pushing for a single currency in the sub-region by 2020, drawing attention to the challenges faced by the European Union in realising the same goal.

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Despite Being Wanted for Alleged Fraud, Ex-Pension Boss Got Police Protection – Officials

[Premium Times] Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was prov…

[Premium Times] Despite being on the run after being declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for alleged corruption, embattled former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform, Abdulrasheed Maina, was provided federal security cover, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

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