Kalusha Heads To Liberia For George Weah’s Inauguration

Former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya says he is on his way to Liberia to attend newly elected President George Weah’s inauguration. Kalusha, who has been in Morocco for the African Nations Championship in his capacity as CAF committee member, has … Continued

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Former FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya says he is on his way to Liberia to attend newly elected President George Weah’s inauguration. Kalusha, who has been in Morocco for the African Nations Championship in his capacity as CAF committee member, has expressed confidence in the 1996 World Footballer of the Year. Weah is due to be sworn in after recently wining a tightly contested election. “On my way from Casablanca, Morocco to Monrovia, Liberia to the Presidential inauguration of my good friend #GeorgeWeah I know he will make a difference to Liberia and I know his capabilities. Looking forward to a bright future for this country,” Kalusha posted on his Facebook page. The post Kalusha Heads To Liberia For George Weah’s Inauguration appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Antonio Mwanza Faces “Masiku Ni Panyo Pa Tambala”

As a young person I received the defection of Antonio Mwanza to the Patriotic Front with agonising mixed feelings. Worse of the UPND youths who had been scouting through social media to try and persuade the fellow to join them. … Continued

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As a young person I received the defection of Antonio Mwanza to the Patriotic Front with agonising mixed feelings. Worse of the UPND youths who had been scouting through social media to try and persuade the fellow to join them. Suspiciously could madam Edith Nawakwi be at the center of this seeing that he defected while she suspiciously left the country. How come we didn’t see this coming, Antonio Mwanza who I am constantly chatting with including a day before his defection never took the courtesy to at least hint me on this one. Why has he chosen this path? Antonio Mwanza whose more less my older brother in politics, and supposedly an example for us that have been raised from student politics into national politics has chosen to join the ruling party. What about the things he said before? What about the principled talk and the vernacular idioms and dirt he poured on the Patriotic Front every other day? Two months ago on 29 November to be specific, Zambians were caught to an early surprise meeting between UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza. And after that meeting Hakainde Hichilema posted of the meeting and one very striking paragraph on his post and I will concentrate on it for now and I quote,”We will keep engaging the Youths so that they can choose their destinations rightfully, and in addition we will help shape their future.” What was HH trying to say in that paragraph, one would quickly conclude that he tried his level best to persuade the fellow to make the decision to join him. Presuming Antonio told him of his intentions to leave FDD. Hakainde failed on a one on one to persuade and subsequently convince Antonio Mwanza.The main problem with the UPND leader is that everything is about him, and any free thinker can suffocate like Canisius Banda. Antonio could have suffocated around HH’s huge ego. Hakainde is perhaps disappointed but worse of his followers, he must realize that if Antonio joined him, it would have changed the perception we have about UPND. It would have presented UPND differently seeing that it attracts only used and frustrated politicians. Free thinkers are always sacrosanct, and there’s no time when its correct to sacrifice it for political expediency, especially when the only content he expects from his followers is praise. Our politics have degenerated to the extent that hailing insult each other is now the best content of our politics. It is definitely a loss for FDD and possibly the end. Can madam Nawakwi find a suitable worthy replacement? Zambians are left to speculate that it could have been the reconciliation between Nawakwi and Chifumu Banda that has forced our friend to leave. Remember that Antonio Mwanza defended Nawakwi in the expulsion of Chifumu Banda and others while pushing for a party convention. Also it is the possibility that Antonio could not bare the undemocratic and unconstitutional path his party had taken against holding intra party elections. My direct comment on this defection is that Patriotic Front has gotten themselves a new member. Antonio is an energetic young man whose passionate about politics and will inject energy in PF. He joins at a time PF looks tired and unable to respond effectively to criticism, especially of allegations of corruption. It is hoped that PF will fully utilise him and not park him on the bench like it seems with Frank Bwalya. This is a score for PF and more such advancements places them on success. A party must attract intelligent young people like Antonio Mwanza who have something to offer to PF even if he was a strong critic of Edgar Lungu and not vuvuzelaz. What are the lessons to learn from this? Antonio Mwanza was more or less the right hand person of madam Edith Nawakwi, but him leaving her makes a subliminal but loud message. If he was satisfied and fulfilled he couldn’t have left. There is something the older generation politicians must realize that if young people continue to be used and abused one day they will ditch you. There are so many young people cut across the different political parties in PF, MMD, UPND, FDD, UNIP, NDC doing a lot of donkey work for their seniors. Its time to reflect on whether you are building them or just using them. Using youths other than on principle as front liners in political battles must translate in real empowerment or else in no time you may remain alone like Madam Nawakwi. Until we wake up from our slumber, the political empowerment of youths in our clime will take the passage of a camel through the eye of a needle. At best we will either remain their political thugs or attack dogs in frustrating the few youths who dare to challenge them, while their children are strategically positioned to takeover from them to further subjugate us and our generations unborn. Prince J Ndoyi Going forward, perhaps we have had WOLVES guarding us, the flock. We need to experience a real younger generational “takeover” in our Politics. Most of our leaders compass bearings are off. Majority of our elites seek political office not for the responsibility attached, but for the title, and its trappings. The conspiracy of this class against the youth is thick. My advise to us young politicians is that we must guard against making terrible errors of political judgments made out of our desperation to survive in an environment where access to opportunities has become an exclusive reserve for a few politically connected, failing to do so will jeopardize the future of country. In conclusion, my message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that we must work towards and above all courage to takeover politics for this time for our generation. We therefore cannot delegate such responsibility. Prince Ndoyi MMD Youth   The post Opinion: Antonio Mwanza Faces “Masiku Ni Panyo Pa Tambala” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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It’s Official: Antonio Mwanza Ditches FDD For PF

Antonio Mwanza has officially ditched the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development to join the ruling Patriotic Front. Antonio, who contested the Munali seat on the FDD ticket and lost to Nkandu Luo in 2016, was welcomed to the ruling … Continued

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Antonio Mwanza has officially ditched the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development to join the ruling Patriotic Front. Antonio, who contested the Munali seat on the FDD ticket and lost to Nkandu Luo in 2016, was welcomed to the ruling party by Mumbi Phirip – the deputy secretary general. The move will greet Antonio’s followers with shock considering that the upcoming politician recently had a meeting with Hakainde Hichilema to strike what would have been a deal of the opposition. Antonio has also been critical of the ruling party often emerging as the voice of reason among young people. The post It’s Official: Antonio Mwanza Ditches FDD For PF appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zimbabwe Leader Visis ‘Homeland’ Zambia

Zimbabwe leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Zambia as part of his mission to update regional heads of state about political developments in Zambia. Zambia is President Mnangagwa’s second home having curved his political career here. He was received … Continued

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Zimbabwe leader President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Zambia as part of his mission to update regional heads of state about political developments in Zambia. Zambia is President Mnangagwa’s second home having curved his political career here. He was received at the airport by new foreign affairs minister Joe Malanji. President Mnangagwa will meet President Edgar Lungu and Zimbabweans living in that country during his state visit. President Mnangagwa will use the visit to explain opportunities presented by the new dispensation following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe last November. Since his takeover, President Mnangagwa has embarked on a regional tour to apprise fellow Sadc leaders on political developments in the country. The visit is unique as his journey to political stardom began in Zambia when his family fled in 1955. President Mnangagwa later became a member of Zambia’s United National Independence Party (UNIP). He was tasked to help organise the party at Chililabombwe until the end of 1961. He had joined the UNIP student movement at college and was elected into its executive. When he returned to Lusaka, President Mnangagwa became Secretary for the UNIP Youth League while working for a private company. He did military training in China and Egypt and went on to lead a group of freedom fighters who were called the Crocodile Gang, which committed sabotage and attacks on lonely farms. President Mnangagwa was captured and spent seven years in jail in Zimbabwe and was deported by the Ian Smith Regime to Zambia in 1972 on his release. He devoted his time in prison to study, and upon release, the party resolved that he completes his Law Degree first and he enrolled at the University of Zambia from 1973 to 1974. In 1975, he did his post-graduate LLB degree and another post programme in Advocacy. After successfully completing his law studies, he was admitted to the Bar of the High Court of Zambia in 1976. He practiced law with the late Enoch Dumbutshena and doubled up as Secretary for Zanu for the Zambia division in Lusaka. The closer relationship was honoured when Zambia dispatched its triumvirate of founding President Kenneth Kaunda, the surviving predecessor President Rupiah Banda and President Lungu at President Mnangagwa’s inauguration on November 20 last year. President Mnangagwa has already visited South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique. His ascension to the presidency has been widely endorsed by world leaders, amid optimism that the new political era will deliver robust economic development and reposition Zimbabwe on the international scene. The post Zimbabwe Leader Visis ‘Homeland’ Zambia appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu, Dr Chilufya Burning Some Fat

President Edgar Lungu got off to a morning workout session and continues to inspire the nation with his keep fit strategy. He was joined by some members of his team and health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya. BELOW IS DR CHILUFYA’S … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu got off to a morning workout session and continues to inspire the nation with his keep fit strategy. He was joined by some members of his team and health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya. BELOW IS DR CHILUFYA’S POST Good morning colleagues! An early-morning workout is a blessing for the whole day! Do you take time to exercise? Are you taking care of yourself as far as keeping fit is concerned? The Head of State is leading by example! If, it’s true, we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with. Good day! CC. The post Pres. Lungu, Dr Chilufya Burning Some Fat appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lusambo, Malanji, Chiteme & Ng’ambi Eye PF Copperbelt Top Post

Four Patriotic Front Members of Parliament and two Mayors on the Copperbelt are setting their eyes on the Provincial Chairmanship when the regions holds its elections this year. A senior member of the Patriotic Front (PF) has named Members of … Continued

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Four Patriotic Front Members of Parliament and two Mayors on the Copperbelt are setting their eyes on the Provincial Chairmanship when the regions holds its elections this year. A senior member of the Patriotic Front (PF) has named Members of Parliament eyeing the position as Nkana’s Alexander Chiteme, Chifubu’s Frank Ng’ambi, Kwacha’s Joseph Malanji and Kabushi’s Bowman Lusambo. He has also named Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda and Ndola Mayor Amon Chisenga among those chasing the position being held by Stephen Kainga who is understood not to be interested in running for elections. Stephen Kainga rose to the position of Copperbelt chairman after after Stardy Mwale was appointed Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary. However, the six are not the only ones as others have decided to remain quiet to avoid being viewed as contenders in the race. “With these names, camps have started on the Copperbelt Province to get numbers. What is surprising is that everyone wants to be in the executive for others the interest is beyond the position but also in readiness for 2021 elections,” the source said. “For now it would be too early to judge whoever seems popular but time will tell. The only problem I have in our party is that we are so obsessed with elections I don’t know why. Every time we hear elections we forget our role and rush into premature campaigns. “Also what you need to take note of is that among the four members of parliament three are all from MMD except Chiteme who is also new in the PF so it’s going to be a battle.” The source added, “Nathan Chanda should not be written off; he will be a very serious contender, it is just a matter of time.†The ruling party is yet to announce the date of its provincial elections and eventually the general conference. The post Lusambo, Malanji, Chiteme & Ng’ambi Eye PF Copperbelt Top Post appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Cholera Prayers Irk Laura

Social commentator Laura Miti has added her voice to the cholera containment situation measures or the lack of them employed by government. Miti has taken issue with weeklong cholera prayer and fasting sessions called for the Minister of Religion. The … Continued

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Social commentator Laura Miti has added her voice to the cholera containment situation measures or the lack of them employed by government. Miti has taken issue with weeklong cholera prayer and fasting sessions called for the Minister of Religion. The acid-tongued Miti says the prayers may amount to mocking God. Below is her full posting: We have a cholera response that has not tackled even one structural problem. Nothing said about toilets in informal settlements, markets & the CBD, nothing about a functional garbage collection system or the debilitating water shortages all over Lusaka. Stunning for me is the failure to address the immediate humanitarian needs of vendors. Not a single minister has mentioned the hunger that must be ravaging the homes of people who are not selling or shown that anyone in government is concerned about the simple – what are they eating question. But we must fast & pray. I really would like to know what the Minister of Religion wants us to say to God. Please come down and tell us how we will ensure that, from now on, all waste is collected timely. And yes, do bring down angels to construct a few toilets. Calm the pangs of our hungry, so that they do riot. You, dear God, should do all that while we move your hand by fasting prayer. The post Cholera Prayers Irk Laura appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Calls For Calm After Kanyama Erupts

Opposition National Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili has called for calm after residents of Lusaka’s Kanyama area took to the streets destroying property in protest of strict measures imposed on the community to avert the outbreak of cholera. Kambwili says … Continued

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Opposition National Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili has called for calm after residents of Lusaka’s Kanyama area took to the streets destroying property in protest of strict measures imposed on the community to avert the outbreak of cholera. Kambwili says Zambia is crumbling as a result of misplaced priorities and irresponsible leadership. “Cholera was first reported in October and if this was a serious government they would have taken preventive measures back then. “Now the poor are being punished because of an epidemic that is preventable. Instead of commissioning exorbitant priced roads and airports, as well as globe trotting and spending money on unnecessary things you could have prevented this by diverting that money into sanitation,” he says. Kambwili says the common man on the street is suffering. “The poor marketeers and street vendors are now suffering because they are hungry, their livelihoods have been taken away from them in a flash and there is nothing worse than a government that does not prioritise the poor people. “Riots are never the right way to air grievances but when you are hungry it becomes convenient to fight for your livelihood,” he says. Kambwili urged residents of Kanyama to calm down and wait for the right moment to react. The post Kambwili Calls For Calm After Kanyama Erupts appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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CBU Workers Snub State House Aide

Unionised workers at the Copperbelt University yesterday snubbed State House political advisor Kazier Zulu and Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu when a meeting was called to find a solution to problems affecting the institution. Mpundu summoned the Unionised Workers at … Continued

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Unionised workers at the Copperbelt University yesterday snubbed State House political advisor Kazier Zulu and Kitwe District Commissioner Binwell Mpundu when a meeting was called to find a solution to problems affecting the institution. Mpundu summoned the Unionised Workers at the Kitwe City Council to meet state officials and help resolve the impasse at the Copperbelt University. The District Commissioner was however angered to learn that the Unionised workers had refused to attend the organised meeting. In addressing the media, Mpundu said the behaviour exhibited by the Unionised Workers was disappointing and will not be condoned in the district. “We had informed them that we meet here on a neutral ground to help address the issues but am disappointed that they have decided to stay away from this meeting. This behaviour will not be allowed because we will be forced to take action against such indiscipline behaviour,” Mpundu said. He said the district was faced with a number of challenges among them the possible cholera outbreak and it was disappointing that despite finding time to meet them, the unionised workers decided to stay away. Meanwhile, Presidential advisor Kaizar Zulu who at the venue of the meeting issued instructions on the phone that the workers be punished for their behaviour. However, the unionised workers said any meeting called by authorities was not important to them because they had laid their demands on the table. Worker’s representative Dr. Derrick Ntalasha said the workers had demanded the resignation of Vice Chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma. “We asked them to come here [CBU premises] where the problem is. Why call us when the problem is here. We have given our position, Professor Ngoma must go! Nothing else,” Dr Ntalasha said. The post CBU Workers Snub State House Aide appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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State House Asks Police To Investigate “Fake News”

State House spokesperson Amos Chanda has written Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to team up with ZICTA and investigate the source of fake news particularly linked to Plot One. In a letter dated January 4, 2018, Chanda says proponents … Continued

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State House spokesperson Amos Chanda has written Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja to team up with ZICTA and investigate the source of fake news particularly linked to Plot One. In a letter dated January 4, 2018, Chanda says proponents of fake news aim at fostering lawlessness on a mass scale and must be brought to book immediately. He says he has been a victim of forged statements attributed to his office that were totally false and misleading thereby causing distress and panic among individuals and businesses. Chanda’s statement could be the beginning of a vicious crackdown on online outlets and citizens seen critical to the government. Yesterday, a medical doctor in  Mongu, Western Province was jailed for three years for defamation of President Edgar Lungu and creating fake social media accounts. BELOW IS AMOS CHANDA’S STATEMENT 4th January 2018 The Inspector-General Zambia Police Service Service Headquarters LUSAKA Dear Sir, RE:​FORGERY AND UTTERING OF STATE HOUSE STATEMENTS Between the period towards the 2016 General Elections and now, a number of false statements have been generated and issued in the name of State House, particularly under my name (AMOS CHANDA) under the designation of SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT, PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, STATE HOUSE. Despite the structural and professional deficiencies inherent in these forgeries, several individuals and businesses are nevertheless getting distressed and thrown into panic believing these announcements are official bulletins from the State House Press Office. It is therefore an urgent imperative that a thorough investigation is carried out and decisive action taken to forestall this irresponsible and criminal behaviour which has a real danger to disrupt public order. You may wish to note, Inspector-General, that this phenomenon notoriously known as “fake news†is a global concern. This cyber-bullying tactic by devious individuals is aimed at fostering lawlessness on a mass scale. That is why this problem has gotten the attention of many governments who are taking steps to control it. In France for instance, stringent laws have been announced by the President this week to crackdown on this criminality. The digital media space offers great promise as a democratic platform with unlimited possibility. Conversely, this platform poses great risk not just to human security and protection of public and private property, but also threatens social cohesion by promoting hate speech and other illiberal values using the false comfort of the amonimity of the cyber space. Therein lies the existential threat against various facets of life because cyber bullying alters power relations in favour of the invisible enemy with unlimited power against a hapless target without any hope of redress at a personal level. State institutions such as yours are therefore required to act decisively to forestall or eliminate all together, this rampaging criminal behavior. The phenomenon of fake news and cyber bullying must be taken seriously by all stakeholders because in other jurisdictions these have led to such unfortunate incidents as suicide among vulnerable targets especially young people and women. State House believes legislation exists for police and ZICTA to be able to control this hideous crime. Further to this letter, I have formally given a statement to the criminal investigations unit from your office Amos Chanda SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE c.c.​The Director General ​ZICTA ​LUSAKA The post State House Asks Police To Investigate “Fake News” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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