Timely Move to Wade Off Shocks!

[Cameroon Tribune] The Bretton Woods institution has already doled out special loans to Cameroon and Gabon, while packages for other CEMAC member countries are under consideration.

[Cameroon Tribune] The Bretton Woods institution has already doled out special loans to Cameroon and Gabon, while packages for other CEMAC member countries are under consideration.

source: AllAfrica News: Cameroon

MFWA Holds Talks With Ministry of Local Government On Citizens Participation in Governance

[MFWA] The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on June 8, 2017 called on Ghana’s Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama at her office to brief her and her two Deputies about the organisation’s project titled: P…

[MFWA] The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on June 8, 2017 called on Ghana's Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama at her office to brief her and her two Deputies about the organisation's project titled: Promoting Citizens Participation in Local Governance through Increased Access to Information.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana

Antonio Mwanza Summoned By Parliament For Disclosing MPs Allowances

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza appears to have rattled parliament the wrong way by tabulating how much Members of Parliament get. The revelation did not go down well with the National Assembly with the house summoning … Continued

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Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza appears to have rattled parliament the wrong way by tabulating how much Members of Parliament get. The revelation did not go down well with the National Assembly with the house summoning him to justify his claims. BELOW IS HIS NOTICE AFTER HE WAS SUMMONED BY PARLIAMENT: Fellow Comrades, This is to inform you that I have been SUMMONED to appear before Parliament over my revelations on what WE as a country are spending, FINANCING our MPs. Am expected to lodge my written response by Friday. The truth has very few friends but I am always ready to walk that lonely path for the sake of this great country that I dearly love. They never want us to speak but for as long as we have life we will continue to speak on behalf of the poor masses. ALUTA CONTINUA!!! BELOW IS THE NOTE THAT LANDED HIM IN HOT SOUP The colossal amounts of money that our Members of Parliament are raking in terms of allowances, salaries, gratuity, upkeep and other benefits is a pure case of institutionalized theft. It’s highway robbery. This is what your MPs get for dozing or shouting “Hear Hear Hear†in the House: Sitting allowance: K3, 000 per sitting. Multiply that by 4 sittings per week, it comes to K12, 000 per month per MP. And if an MP sits in two committees he walks away with K9, 000 per day. So in a month, one MP gets a whooping K48, 000 in allowances alone. Add a Salary of about K31, 000 to that, plus Accommodation allowance which is calculated at K500 per day plus upkeep allowance, plus tax free beer and food, the total amount we are spending to service one MP comes to a gigantic K100, 000 per month. Forget about the tax-free vehicle, traveling allowances, plus a staggering gratuity of about K500, 000 after five years of dozing and shouting “Hear Hear Hear!!!†In short we are spending over K250, 000, 000 per annum feting our MPs. Preposterous!!! What about Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Constitution Office Holders. Simply put, the poor are working for the politicians. Now check those amounts and look at the state of the constituencies these same MPs come from, look at the poverty of their people. How much does a qualified teacher, lecturer, nurse, police officer gets for serving the community? Masese. The minimum qualification for being an MP is G12 or a certificate in Knitting, Photocopying and Binding, Plumbing etc but the minimum salary of an MP is K100, 000 per month. How? Why? This COMMERCIALISATION of our politics has largely contributed to the dirt in our politics. People are ready to kill, steal, fight just to be in power or to hold on to power because of the lucrative nature of our politics. Our politics is no longer about service, it’s about money, deals, corruption and all sorts of negativity in man at the expense of the poor. This must change if we ever have to achieve sanity, decency and service to mankind. We need an independent Commission of Emoluments to calculate and peg the emoluments of MPs, Ministers and all Constitutional Office Holders to stopped. This is legalised theft and it should be stopped. It’s immoral. It does not matter who is MP, you or me. it is simply immoral. We need to revise and normalise these salaries and allowances. We cannot be working and paying taxes just to feed a handful of politicians. We are spending a bulk of our national budget paying salaries and allowamces to a few individuals leaving little or nothing for production and development. As long as we continue to expend most of our budgetary allocation on consumption and not production, Zambia will continue to wallow in poverty and destitution. The post Antonio Mwanza Summoned By Parliament For Disclosing MPs Allowances appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Crooks Auction Lusaka Club To Chinese Developer

A cable of Zambian crooks that has specialised in auctioning Zambian community properties to Chinese investors has moved in on one of the most cherished sports complex in the capital – the Lusaka Central Sports – in Longacres. The Lusaka … Continued

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A cable of Zambian crooks that has specialised in auctioning Zambian community properties to Chinese investors has moved in on one of the most cherished sports complex in the capital – the Lusaka Central Sports – in Longacres. The Lusaka Central Sports club was donated to members by a white family called the Osrins in 1956. They put a caveat for perpetuating Sports development on the donated land. However, a cable of crooks led by James Matale who sits on the board for Jihai Investments Corporation Zambia Limited has given away the club. Matale is also an employee of the same Jihai Investments. In collaboration with others, Matale has signed an agreement that committed the club’s land to the said developers (Jihai) without authority of the club members . The group, presumably after receiving huge amounts of kickbacks, further ammended minutes of a meeting to reflect that the matter was tabled at the Annual General meeting. Matale serves as a senior member and Trustee of the Lusaka central sports club. The said agreement was to put up sports infrastructure but it turns out they are just building shops and offices. The post Crooks Auction Lusaka Club To Chinese Developer appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Reverend Sumaili Urges Ubuntu

Minister of Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili has urged the country to go back to “Ubuntu” after youths from the ruling PF and opposition UPND attacked each other at a grave site last Saturday. Reverend Sumaili condemned the incident saying the … Continued

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Minister of Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili has urged the country to go back to “Ubuntu” after youths from the ruling PF and opposition UPND attacked each other at a grave site last Saturday. Reverend Sumaili condemned the incident saying the youths stooped too low to engage in a bloody fight at a place considered sacred by Zambians. Both the UPND and the PF have condemned the incident even though members of the opposition claim their rivals from the ruling camp stooped too low to plan a well thought out cold blooded attack at a place considered sacred in Zambia and other African setup. And Reverend Sumaili whose Ministry gives the Zambian Nation guidance on Moral and Spiritual matters says the fracas at a grave site is evident of lost values among Zambians. Reverend Sumaili says UBUNTU, an African term that depicts oneness, peace, love and unity seems to have been lost among Zambians especially among the youths. “It is unfortunate what happened, where we had attacks at the grave yard! It is very very unfortunate because culturally we are a Bantu people and Ubuntu is in us. It is our culture that we love one another, it’s our culture that we respect one another; even in death culturally we respect the body of the dead! What Zambia needs to do is to go back to Ubuntu where we have respect for one another, ubuntu is respecting the elderly, ubuntu is being hospitable and this ubuntu is embedded in us,” says reverend Sumaili. Reverend Sumaili added that her Ministry wants to see a Zambia where all individuals are embracing one another regardless of their, sex, tribe or political affiliation. She said it is time Zambians went back to the basics and started treating each other with love and respect without looking at their political affiliation. And Reverend Sumaili has called on the youth in the country to awaken to the fact that they are leaders today and tomorrow. She wondered how the older generation would pass on a Burton of leadership to a youth that does not realise their worth and possible contribution to the unity and development of their country. “How can we have leaders (Youths) who have no heart for each other, you know; (Leaders) who have no respect for the elderly who are supposed to pass on wisdom to them? So my advice to them is that they must look after Zambia very well as it is special! It’s a beautiful country, it’s a blessed country,” says Reverend Sumaili. Reverend Sumaili has asked all citizens to guard jealously the Blessing of peace and unity that God has given them. The Minister was adding her voice in condemning the fracus that took place at memorial park where youths from PF and UPND clashed living several mourners injured. A bus which had brought PF mourners was also burnt to ashes. The post Reverend Sumaili Urges Ubuntu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Africa Must Prioritise Universal Health Coverage – Rwanda PM Murekezi

[Rwanda Govt] Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has called on African countries to join hands in ensuring healthy equity and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) towards improving the lives of citizens across the continent.

[Rwanda Govt] Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has called on African countries to join hands in ensuring healthy equity and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) towards improving the lives of citizens across the continent.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

The Gulf Crisis and the Spiral in Anti-Qatar’s Hypocrisy

[Addis Standard] Although some experts say there was bound to be a head on collision within the Gulf States sometime in the not too distant future, the speed in which the recent diplomatic crisis unfolded has caught many off guard. It began on June 05 …

[Addis Standard] Although some experts say there was bound to be a head on collision within the Gulf States sometime in the not too distant future, the speed in which the recent diplomatic crisis unfolded has caught many off guard. It began on June 05 when Saudi Arabia, with the backing of Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE, abruptly severed diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the Gulf region. Although the Gulf States have in the past frequently found themselves at odds for one reason o

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Afreximbank Conference Opens in Kigali

[New Times] A three-day African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual General Meeting Wednesday opened in Kigali, bringing together global experts and shareholders to discuss the future of intra-African trade.

[New Times] A three-day African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Annual General Meeting Wednesday opened in Kigali, bringing together global experts and shareholders to discuss the future of intra-African trade.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda