Wednesday 28 June 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(RFI(EN) 06/20/17)
Church leaders in Zambia are worried that the country is turning into a dictatorship with challenges relating to governance, restrictions on people’s freedoms and human rights violations. The strongly-worded statement by three church bodies published on Friday calls for the release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is currently in jail facing treason charges. “We find it hard to find other ways of describing rather than to say, here are signs of a kind of regime which has the tendency...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia board says it has distanced itself from the recent joint statement issued by the three Church mother bodies because its Secretariat was sidelined in the process of coming up with the statement. The statement has however not been signed by EFZ Chairman Paul Mususu who attended the briefing at Kapingila House and his Vice Bishop Fortune Mwiza. Leaders of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Council of Churches of Zambia and the Evangelical Fellowship...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
A police officer of Luanshya Central Police this morning shot dead his wife and later shot himself following a marital dispute. The incident happened around 09:45 hours today at his residence, House No. 138 Levi Chito police camp. The officer identified as Constable Kelvin Kabaso who was on patrol in the second class trading area left his point of duty and went home were he shot his wife dead, a fellow police officer only identifies as Constable Chabamba. Constable Kabaso...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
A 38-year-old woman has been strangled in Lusaka, by suspected criminals. The criminals attacked the woman and her 19-year-old son, before getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. In a statement availed to ZNBC News, Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo confirmed the incident, which happened last evening. She has identified the deceased as Mailess Maunda. Ms Katongo said Ms. Maunda and her son had booked a white Toyota Corolla taxi, from their shop in Chilenje area, however, the vehicle diverted,...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
Fellow citizens, The Church’s truthful stance on the happenings in Zambia is a clear indication that indeed there is a total break down in the rule of law brought about by the Patriotic Front (PF) Party and its leaders. In the last few months, the people of Zambia have been looking to the Church to provide guidance on the way forward in relation to the political crisis facing the country. Last week, the three church mother bodies in Zambia i.e...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
The MMD Die Hard Youth Wing has told former Lusaka Province MMD Chairperson William Banda to stop commenting on the political situation of the country because he has shown that he is a bad political advisor. William Banda is quoted in some sections of the media as having said that former Republican President Rupiah Banda should stop involving himself with the current political situation in the country but MMD Die Hard Youths National Coordinator Gerald Chiluba said William Banda reserved...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AfricaNews 06/08/17)
A Magistrate has ruled that Zambia’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, should be tried by a High Court on charges of treason. Without specifying which particular court will sit on the case, magistrate David Simusamba ruled that “I hereby commit the accused persons forthwith to the high court for trial.” But the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader told the press after the ruling that he was prepared to go for trial and that he was being persecuted because of hatred. We have always been ready for trial. I am in court because of hatred.
(Lusaka Times 06/08/17)
Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the PARIS Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the phenomenon has had on the two countries including the Southern African Development Community (SADC)and the entire African continent. The two countries have expressed profound concern at the adverse effects that Climate Change has had not only on Zambia and Madagascar but the SADC region and the entire African region . The two nations in addition acknowledged that this was real hence the need to show serious commitment to addressing its challenges.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as...
(Xinhuanet 06/07/17)
The Zambian government was working on a new policy aimed at tackling challenges brought about by rapid urbanization, a senior official said on Tuesday. Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale said the government has started reviewing the planning legislation to ensure that it addressed current development challenges posed by rapid urbanization. Speaking at a two-day event on formulating a national urbanization policy, the Zambian minister said the measure was aimed at enhancing development and improving living standards of citizens. Zambia,...
(Xinhuanet 06/07/17)
Immigration authorities in Zambia on Tuesday released all the 31 Chinese nationals who were detained over the weekend. The Chinese nationals, working for copper smelting Chinese companies on the Copperbelt province, were detained by police for suspected illegal purchase of copper tailing raw materials. However, Zambia authorities have failed to provide strong proof of their crimes, and released the Chinese nationals after talks with the Chinese Embassy officials. The Chinese nationals are expected to be flown back to China after...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two...
(Xinhuanet 05/31/17)
The Zambian government Tuesday commended the World Bank for approving funds for implementing a project aimed at tackling deforestation in the eastern part of the country. The World Bank earlier this month approved about 33.05 million U.S. dollars for the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program to be implemented in all nine districts in eastern Zambia. It will cover around 5.5 million hectares of land. Minister of National Planning and Development Lucky Mulusa said the project will result in increased forest...

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