Monthly Archives: April 2012

Saitoti urges police to read and learn country’s constitution

From Collins Wanzala in Nairobi Police in Kenya have been advised by the Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti to read the new constitution and uphold it to the letter to avoid being seen as agents resisting change in the country. The Kenyan Police have come under heavy scrutiny lately by their actions in the recent past where they have been captured in the media committing acts that go against the constitution, which was promulgated in August 2010. Prof Saitoti held a closed meeting with senior Police Officers drawn from the Kenya Police and Administration Police at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) training school on the evening of Thursday, April … Continue reading

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CJA deplores attack on Nigerian newspaper offices

The Commonwealth Journalists Association has issued a statement expressing outrage and concern over recent bomb attacks on the premises of a prominent Nigerian newspaper, This Day, and other media in both Abuja and Kaduna on 26 April 2012. In the statement, Rita Payne, the CJA President said: “We deplore the loss of life and consider any bid to silence important media voices in any country to be a blow struck against the universal values of democracy and freedom of expression of which the Commonwealth is a standard bearer.” She went on to add: “We are particularly concerned as Nigeria is a major Commonwealth country with a dynamic and independent media, … Continue reading

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Letter from Kampala
Term limit restoration out of order – Museveni

By Nangayi Guyson Ugandan politicians both in the ruling NRM party and in the opposition parties have been so creative in finding possible ways to mount pressure on Museveni to leave office but he has always been so quick to silence them with strong words of persistence. There have been moves to unseat President Museveni from all corners, but all seems to be failing. A recent move led by a populist Member of Parliament John Ken Lukyamuzi to impeach Museveni, quickly gained popularity but failed to get enough support among parliamentarians and vanished in less than a month.  Now, even the new move of term limits restoration which has been … Continue reading

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Sata signs Zam-Zim mega hydro power plant

From Michael Malakata in Lusaka, Zambia Zambia and Zimbabwe have agreed to construct a US$4 billion 1, 650 megawatt hydro-power station at the Batoka Gorge in order to increase power generation by the two countries. Zambian president Michael Sata who is on a State visit to Zimbabwe witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understand (MoU) together with his counterpart Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday. The two countries also signed another MoU on Co-operation in Tourism and Youth Development. Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi and Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere signed on behalf of Zimbabwe while Zambian Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda signed … Continue reading

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Maina Njenga charged with violent robbery

From Collins Wanzala in Nairobi Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was on Tuesday charged in a Nairobi court with robbery with violence alongside four others among them his personal assistant Mr. Francis Mwangi. They were accused of violently robbing personal effects and guns from police officers, all valued at over Ksh522. They five were arrested at the Kasarani Police Station where they had been summoned for questioning over the chaos that rocked his church over the weekend. They were arraigned before the Nairobi Chief magistrate Elijah Obaga and charged with nine counts including five counts of robbery with violence that carries a death sentence. The former Mungiki leader, now turned … Continue reading

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Six Kenya police officers interdicted after killing of civilians

From Collins Wanzala in Nairobi Six police officers who killed three people as they engaged in a shootout with thugs on Sunday in in Dandora, a Nairobi suburb, have been interdicted. Announcing the order, Kenya Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said that he had interdicted the six and withdrew from them the guns they have been using to pave way for speedy investigations on how they caused the death of three people and injured two others during the melee. Kenyan Police have lately been in focus on the way they carry on their job which has been described as unprofessional and against the expectations of the country`s constitution which was promulgated … Continue reading

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CJA urges Sharma to confront Jammeh over media treatment

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) has urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to deliver ‘a forceful message’ to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh during his forthcoming visit to the Gambia. In a letter co-signed by CJA President Rita Payne, CJA Vice President Chris Cobb and CJA Executive Director Pat Perkel, Mr Sharma was reminded of the deteriorating conditions that are making it difficult for news and the media in the Gambia to function properly. “Our colleagues in the Commonwealth Journalists Association report that media in The Gambia remains under sustained pressure through prosecutions for sedition and criminal libel, government closure of news agencies, intimidation and physical attacks on journalists,” the CJA … Continue reading

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Koroma rings in vital changes in Sierra Leone

By Joseph Kamanda Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma has called on the people of Kenema to open their eyes and see the practicalities of rapid changes that are taking place in the country in the areas of infrastructure, energy and water supply, education for all, free health delivery for lactating mothers, pregnant women and under five children, among a long list of achievements by his government. The President was last Friday 19th April, 2012 speaking at the opening of the National Agricultural and Rural Trade Fair, held at the Show Field Kenema, jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine … Continue reading

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New Malawian leader seeks restoration of relations with Zambia

By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia Even before the late Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika is put to rest, Malawi’s new President, Joyce Banda is already calling for the restoration and strengthening of relations between Zambia and Malawi. At a press conference in Lilongwe at which she gave an update on the funeral and burial arrangements of Wa Mutharika who died on Saturday, Banda called for the restoration and strengthening of relations between the two neighbouring Southern Africa countries. According to a statement released by First Secretary for Press at the Zambian High Commission in Malawi Chansa Kabwela, President Banda told journalists that she had a lengthy telephone conversation with Zambia’s … Continue reading

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Africa seeks two permanent seats at UN table

By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia African governments have reaffirmed their demand for two permanent seats and about five non-permanent seats in the United Nations (UN) Security Council. In their submissions during an informal plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the equitable representation in the membership of the Security Council, several African countries and other friendly nations backed the calls for more representation of the 54-nation continent in the Security Council. Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota, said the African proposal sought to redress the historical injustice to the continent through the Security Council composition and processes. “It is the position of the African Group … Continue reading

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