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Zambia President Lungu Shows Off Magnificent Flyover Bridge

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“I am impressed with works on Arcades Flyover Bridge,” President Edgar Lungu said in a post on his Facebook page on Thursday showing off a newly constructed flyover bridge with a spacious round about beneath it.

The post has also attracted mixed reactions from the social media fraternity some thanking the president while others unhappy with the aid funded project.

“This cost of this project is $246 million dollars. 85% is funded by the Govt of India which 15 % funding will come from the Zambian Govt. The duration of the project is 4 years. It was launched in September 2019. Take interest to know utuntu guys. Its practically not our money,” says Yosila Tigula.

Another tweep Roberto says; “Your Excellency you have scored highly on infrastructure development please lets spend the same energy in seeing to it that the economy is brought back to normal.”

“Congratulations Mr President we used to admire this things in south Africa now we have built them under your hardworking Presidency,thank you very much Zambia has been transformed patali,” says Malama Kapanda.

President Lungu faces sharp criticism from opposition claiming he has mismanaged the country ahead of the forthcoming 2021 elections.

Last year, a bill known in Zambia as “Bill 10,” was tabled in parliament proposing a change to how the parliament, justice system and central bank would be controlled.

However, a team of lawyers believing that Bill 10 was meant to consolidate power for President Edgar Lungu and his ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, petitioned the constitutional court.

The Zambian constitutional court ruled by a 6-1 majority to dismiss a petition brought by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) and the Chapter One Foundation, saying it has no jurisdiction over a legislative bill that remains in deliberations in the country’s parliament.

The courts ruled in December 2018 that Lungu could seek a third term under Zambia’s constitution because he did not serve a full term when following Sata; he narrowly defeated Hichilema in the first election in 2016, deepening the rift between the rival visions for Zambia and its struggling economy.

“The 2016 polls were marred by election-related violence between PF and UPND supporters, restrictions on opposition-aligned media, misuse of public resources by the ruling PF, and the use of the Public Order Act to restrict opposition rallies,” said Freedom House in its 2019 assessment.

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  1. Webster Chanda

    October 31, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Job well done your excellency with your entire leadership.

  2. Ketty Mtonga

    November 1, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Don’t boast for doing the road it is the duty of the government to do the Road. you need to boast for creating
    Employment. This bridge is below standard you, make a bridge as if you are not exposed engineers look at the bridge in South Africa look at the bridge is Swaziland sample cheap and nicely done. Not that hill you have made and are telling the nation the you have spend billions of dollars. You just a bunch of thieves in riching yourself over that hill you have made.

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Kenya, Tanzania Agree To Remove Trade Barriers

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Tanzania Head of State Samia Suluhu Hassan and her Kenyan counterpart have on Tuesday agreed to remove all trade barriers that hinder business between the two coastal countries.

The decision was arrived at today at State House, Nairobi during bilateral talks led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting Tanzania Head of State Samia Suluhu Hassan.

A joint team of experts will be set up to address the disjointed enforcement of cross-border Covid-19 containment protocols, one of the most pronounced non-tariff trade barrier between the two nations.

President Samia Suluhu said, “we have agreed that our Health Ministers need to sit down and come up with a structured system of testing our people at the border points to allow easy movement of our people so as to do their businesses.”

Presidents Uhuru and Samia noted that Kenya and Tanzania need to develop modalities for mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results, noting that the lack of harmonized protocols has hampered free flow of goods and people.

“We noted that trade between Kenya and Tanzania is facing some administrative challenges. They include non-tariff barriers and other restrictions which are frustrating trade and investment between our two countries,” President Kenyatta said.

He said Kenya and Tanzania were not only geographically conjoined but have a common culture, common language, shared heritage and a common ancestry.

“Your visit has given us the opportunity to renew our relations and we want to assure you that the Republic of Kenya and my Government will be in the forefront working together with you and your Administration to ensure our unity especially as East African nations and neighbours, will continue to grow and be strengthened for the benefit of our people,” President Kenyatta said.

He said Kenya and Tanzania had agreed to rejig their Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) to enable it deal with issues affecting trade, adding that the two countries had agreements on importation of natural gas from Tanzania to Kenya, and another on cultural exchanges.

“We have agreed to re-energize the Joint Commission for Cooperation between our two countries, and we have directed our Ministers to meet regularly to ensure that they continue strengthening our relations by sorting out minor problems affecting our people as they do business and interact with each other.

“They (JCC) need to ensure that investors coming from either Tanzania or Kenya do not face hurdles by ensuring a structured system is put in place to help us build our countries for the mutual benefit of our people,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta also spoke about shared infrastructure saying Kenya and Tanzania had agreed to improve their connectivity through new roads, aviation and maritime transport so as to hasten economic growth.

“We will strengthen aviation, railway, sea and lake transport as well as roads. We also discussed the need to hasten the construction of the Malindi-Lungalunga-Bagamoyo Road to ease movement of goods and people,” he said.

On the signed agreement on natural gas imports from Tanzania, President Kenyatta said the resource will help Kenya meet its growing energy demand.

“We also agreed to build a gas pipeline from Dar es Salaam to Mombasa that will lower energy costs in Kenya and help our industries to access environmentally friendly energy,” he said.

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Tanzania’s Ruling Party Confirms President Samia As National Chairperson

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Reliable information reaching Taarifa’s Political Desk confirms that Tanzania’s ruling CCM party has held an extraordinary National Congress and installed President Samia Suluhu Hassan as its national chairperson this Friday.

President Samia’s name was endorsed on Thursday by the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC) that convened after a meeting of the party’s Central Committee (CC) earlier on Wednesday.

This has been the standard procedure observed for decades within the country’s largest political party.

It is therefore important for the president to also serve as the CCM national Chairman for the effective control of government and party.

“This tradition within CCM was introduced for the President to have full confidence, control and influence on whatever has to be done,” says Dr. Richard Mbunda a lecturer at University of Dar es Salaam.

He argues that if the president didn’t have control of the party,  there would result sabotage and delay in implementation of development projects.

“The President leads others to implement the party’s election manifesto, and she has her own style, so it is crucial for her to serve in both positions as it has been done in the past,” says Dr Paul Loisulie a lecturer at University of Dodoma.

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Chadians Storm Streets Demanding For Civilian Rule

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The Military Transitional Council currently ruling Chad has come under intense pressure from citizens that are demanding they hand over power to civilians and the military returns to barracks.

At least five people have been killed, and several dozens injured in Chad on Tuesday, in protests demanding the country’s transitional military government transfer power back to civilians.

Tensions have been mounting since the death of President Idriss Deby Itno on 19 April, while he was visiting troops fighting rebels north of the capital, N’Djamena. Deby had ruled the country for three decades.

Following Deby’s death, a military council headed by his son, Mahamat Idriss Deby, took control of the country, drawing immediate criticism from political opponents and resistance from some Chadians.

The military council has said that it will oversee an 18-month transition to elections.

In a statement released on 22 April, the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) expressed its deep concern “about the evolving situation in Chad and the potential threat to peace, security and stability.”

The AU also expressed “grave concern with respect to the establishment of the Military Transitional Council” and urged Chadian defense and security forces to “respect the constitutional mandate and order, and to expeditiously embark on a process of restoration of constitutional order and handing over of political power to the civilian authorities, in accordance with to the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Chad, and create conducive conditions for a swift, peaceful, constitutional and smooth transition.”

Mahamat Deby, in his first official address on Tuesday as the new military transitional leader said that the council was set up to face the absolute urgency of defending the nation and ensure the continuity of the state in order to guarantee national cohesion.

He also promised inclusive national dialogue and assured the nation’s allies that Chad will maintain its responsibilities in the fight against extremism and respect all of its international commitments.

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