Zambian MPs in Kenya to learn how to fight corruption in their country

A Zambian parliamentary delegation of eight MPs is in Kenya to learn how to effectively fight corruption in a country already swallowed up by the same vice.

The committee on Privileges, Absences and Support Services visited EACC commissioners at Integrity Centre is  in Nairobi to learn how the agency has been spearheading the war on graft.

This comes at a time when Kenya has been marred by corruption led by the NYS scandal in which Sh9 billion was stolen, the National Cereals and Produce Board (Sh1.9 billion), Kenya Pipeline Company (Sh95 billion), and the National Irrigation Board.

According to The Star the eight people delegation arrived over the weekend and held its first meeting with the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission on Monday

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Zambian MPs at the EACC offices during their visit to learn how to fight corruption
Zambian MPs at the EACC offices during their visit to learn how to fight corruption

EACC Commissioner Mwaniki Gachoka confirmed this “This is a study tour by our colleagues from the Zambian National Assembly. We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics,We are fighting corruption through many strategies. One of the is law enforcement – investigating cases and recommending them to the DPP.”

Funny as it may sound Kenya has been named among the top most corrupt countries in the World ,with our police force being the most affected institutions,We have gone back to being ‘Inchi ya kitu kidogo’ where who you know and where you come from determines how quickly your problems will be sorted.

The recent NYS victims are still in remand awaiting judgment ,while  some are still free roaming and planning when to strike again and we can only wonder what lessons we can offer Zambia when we can not fight our own  corruption cases.

Meet Ann Ngirita the woman on the spotlight for being paid Sh60million in NYS saga

Ann Ngirita who was paid 9 million in the latest NYS saga for goods not supplied

Garry Nkombo, who is leading the foreign delegation, said they were studying best practices in managing corruption in governance.

Nkombo said they will also share their experiences and the problems they have encountered in the fight against the vice and processes in whistle-blowing and prosecution of suspects.

“We recognise the fact that corruption does exist and want to learn how Kenya has been dealing with it. It is generally agreed that corruption cannot be fought with kids’ gloves,” Nkombo said

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“We are here to learn how the EACC is managing it, bearing in mind that those who engage in corruption remain very powerful and with the mandate to look after the aspirations of the people they govern.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that nobody who is found guilty will go unpunished while the Judiciary has asked agencies and investigators to provide evidence sufficient for convictions.


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Harambee Stars aim at Chipolopolo, Striker Michael Olunga Confident Of A Win

Harambee Stars will today take on Zambian Chipolopolo in round two Group E 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Nyayo National stadium at 4pm.

Harambee Stars last qualified for AFCON in 2004 while Chipolopolo boast 17 appearances in the continental event. The teams are pooled in Group E with Guinea Bissau who will be hosting Congo- Brazzaville.

Gor Mahia striker, Michael Olunga is confident that the Harambee strikers will do the job. He has been included in the squad alongside Jacob Kelli, Allan Wanga and Dennis Oliech.

Speaking to Olunga said, “The striking department is looking good, and any partnership will do the job. Oliech, Were, Keli, Wanga are all good players. It does not matter whether I am given that starting opportunity or not, what I know is that we have people, who can do the job.

He asks fans to come out in large numbers and cheer Harambee Stars.  Harambee Stars coach Bobby Williamson has released his line-up below

Arnold Origi (GK)
David Owino
Lawrence Olum
Brian Mandela
Dennis Odhiambo
Victor Wanyama
Collins Okoth
Ayub Timbe Paul Were
Dennis Oliech
Michael Olunga

Boniface Oluoch
David Ochieng
Bernard Mang’oli
Johanna Omolo
Noah Wafula
Jesse Were
Allan Wanga

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Zambian president leaves hospital after collapse

Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who collapsed at an International Women’s Day event Sunday, has left hospital ahead of a trip abroad for specialist treatment, his office has announced.

“The seven doctors attending to the president reached a consensus that they were satisfied that the president was in good enough condition to return home,” spokesman Amos Chanda said late Monday.

A decision would be made Tuesday about when Lungu should leave for the specialist treatment recommended by his doctors, he added.

The presidency initially said Lungu was receiving treatment for malaria but then disclosed that he was suffering from achalasia, or a narrowing of the oesophagus, which led to his collapse.

Chanda said Lungu, 58, who fell after standing for about 20 minutes during Sunday’s ceremony, had previously had the same condition corrected 30 years ago, but that it had recurred.

Lungu won a snap election in late January after the death in office of president Michael Sata in October.

Sata was Zambia’s second leader to die in office in six years, sparking calls for presidential hopefuls to undergo medical checks to guarantee their fitness.

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Zambian president to receive treatment abroad

Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s doctors have recommended he seek specialised treatment abroad after he collapsed at a Women’s Day event in Lusaka, the presidency said Monday.

“Doctors have recommended that President Lungu undergoes a high-tech medical procedure which is currently unavailable in Zambia and therefore he has been referred for specialised treatment abroad,” spokesman Amos Chanda told reporters.

Lungu, who only came to power in the small southern African country six weeks ago, is currently in a military hospital in the capital after collapsing on Sunday.

The presidency initially said Lungu was receiving treatment for malaria but on Monday also disclosed he was suffering from achalasia, or a narrowing of the oesophagus, which led to his collapse.

“The medical team attending to president Lungu has explored options of correcting the narrowing of the food pipe that led to his illness on Sunday,” said Chanda.

Lungu won a snap election in late January called after the death in office of president Michael Sata in October.

Rumours that Sata was ill had circulated widely before his death, but were always denied by the government.

Sata was Zambia’s second leader to die in office in six years, sparking calls for presidential hopefuls to undergo medical checks to guarantee their fitness.

Chanda said Lungu, who fell after standing for about 20 minutes during Sunday’s ceremony, had previously had the same condition corrected 30 years ago, but that it had recurred.

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Zambian president collapses at ceremony

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu collapsed on the podium while presiding over a Women’s Day celebration in Lusaka Sunday — less than two months after taking over from a leader who died in office.

Lungu was rushed to a military hospital, but the presidency later issued a statement saying he had been treated for malaria and there was no need for concern.

“I am feeling much better and have been told I have high levels of fatigue and should take some rest,” Lungu said in a statement presented by his press office.

“There is nothing to worry about.”

Lungu came to power in January after the death in office of president Michael Sata in October.

Rumours that Sata was ill had circulated widely before his death, but were always denied by the government.

Sata was Zambia’s second leader to die in office in six years, sparking calls for presidential aspirants to undergo medical checks to guarantee they are fit.

Lungu, who fell after standing for some 20 minutes during the ceremony, is rumoured to have diabetes.

Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda said doctors at the military hospital had conducted comprehensive medical checks and said Lungu’s results were good.

Photo Credits : AFP

Gor Mahia to play Zambian Power Dynamos at Nyayo Stadium

Gor Mahia will play Zambian league side Power Dynamos in a pre-season build match on Sunday, 1st February 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. The match will kick-off at 4:00pm. Charges will be 500/- for VIP and 200/- for Terraces.

Power Dynamos who are also on a pre-season tour are expected to jet into the country on Friday. The encounter will be K’Ogalo’s fourth friendly match as their pre-season preparations hit top gear.

With the opening CAF champions league assignment barely three weeks away, a high profile foreign opposition would be an ideal test for the KPL champions.

Gor Mahia have so far played four friendly matches registering victories against Bidco United, Western Stima and Mombasa Combined side and lost to Bandari FC.

Cape Verde, Zambia out after dour draw

Cape Verde and Zambia were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea on Monday after a dour 0-0 draw in a match hit by a tropical storm. Tunisia won Group B and the Democratic Republic of Congo came second after they drew 1-1 in port city Bata at the same time.

Cape Verde finished level on points and goal difference with DR Congo, but lost out because they scored only one goal in three matches while the Congolese managed two. Torrential rain, thunder, lightning and a swirling wind made good football impossible and when Zambia got a stoppage-time chance to snatch victory and a last-eight place, Mukuka Mulenga shot wide.

It was the second consecutive first-round exit for the Zambian Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) after lifting the trophy in 2012 against all the odds. Elimination proved a bitter blow for the Cape Verde Blue Sharks, who reached the quarter-finals in their Cup of Nations debut two years ago.

A scrappy first half ended goalless with neither team creating a clear-cut scoring chance at Estadio de Ebebiyin in the north-east corner of Equatorial Guinea. Zambia had an opportunity to trouble Cape Verde just past the half hour after Carlitos was yellow-carded for fouling Evans Kangwa just outside the penalty area.

But in keeping with the generally uninspiring standard of football, Lubambo Musonda struck the free-kick straight at the defensive wall. Rodrigues, getting his first start of the tournament for Cape Verde, was involved in two close shaves for Zambia just before half-time.

His free-kick found Toni, who should have done better than heading over from point-blank range on 44 minutes. And in the second minute of stoppage time, a Rodrigues free-kick flew low across the goalmouth and just wide of the far post.

Conditions deteriorated considerably during the break and the second half began with puddles dotting a pitch created only this month with grass imported from Spain. Fortunately, by the time the game reached the hour mark, the rain eased, but the match had become a lottery with water spraying each time there was a tussle for possession.

Cape Verde substitute Djaniny got a sight of goal just inside the box midway through the half, but slipped on the treacherous surface and the ball was cleared. Zambia had a good chance to end the stalemate 12 minutes from time only for substitute Patrick Ngoma and Kangwa to miss a low Chisamba Lungu cross.

Photo Credits : AFP

Inonge Wina appointed Zambia’s First Female Vice-President

Republican President Edgar Lungu has appointed Inonge Wina Vice-President replacing Lusaka Central MP Guy Scott. It’s the first highest position for an individual from Western Province. She becomes the first female Vice-President in the history of Zambia.

“Inonge Wina is a solid person; stood up for the party when we faced possibility of disintegration and going into oblivion,” Lungu said.

President Lungu also cautioned appointees to State House saying they must ensure the president’s wish to be available to the people is fulfilled. “Your job is not to isolate or insulate the President. My stay at State House is short and I won’t hesitate to fire you,” he warned.

Zambia’s new president Lungu sworn into office

Zambia’s new President Edgar Lungu was sworn in Sunday to become the country’s sixth president after narrowly winning a vote rejected by the opposition.

Lungu placed his hand on a bible to pledge allegiance to the people of Zambia in front of thousands of jubilant supporters, regional heads of state and diplomats.

The 58-year-old former defence minister from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) was declared the winner Saturday of an election to replace the late Michael Sata, who died in office in October.

He takes over the remainder of Sata’s term until a general election scheduled for September 2016.

Lungu began his inaugural speech by saluting his predecessor, Sata, adding that he was “humbled to be trusted by the people of Zambia” to hold his position.

He then led a short hymn in Sata’s honour.

Thousands of Zambians Sunday filled the national stadium in the capital Lusaka to witness the ceremony, joined by the country’s past presidents Rupiah Banda and Kenneth Kaunda, the first leader of independent Zambia.

Lungu won a narrow 48.33 percent victory over his rival Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND), who disputed the vote alleging discrepencies.

“Lungu is our president now, all Zambian must respect that including our political opponents,” said Victor Chaponda, one of a sea of PF supporters at the National Heroes Stadium.

“We are all Zambians. One Zambia, one president and that is Lungu,” he added over a din of African drums and loud music.

Photo Credits : AFP

Deputy president spends his holiday walking with lions and cheetahs – photos

Deputy President William Ruto seems to have had a good holiday if recent photos of him and his family shared on social media are anything to go by. He spent his holiday in Lvingstone Zambia walking with lions and cheetahs which and describes it as a lifetime experience.

The lion encounter according to their website is an active conservation program that is passionate about ensuring a secure future for the African lion. It offers various activities that people can take part in, all in support of the larger conservation efforts to save the African Lion.

Check out his holiday from the photos below:

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Zambia’s acting president refuses to quit, slams ‘treason’

Zambia’s acting president Guy Scott on Wednesday rejected a call for his resignation by a majority of cabinet ministers, and suggested a meeting they held without him had been treasonous.

Scott said he was the only one mandated to call a cabinet meeting and “any other meeting purporting to be a cabinet meeting constitutes a serious act of treason”.

The public exchange between the acting president and his cabinet brought simmering faction fighting within the ruling party to boiling point ahead of presidential elections next month.

Fourteen out of a total of 17 ministers attended a news conference earlier Wednesday to announce that they had passed a vote of no-confidence in Scott, Africa’s first white leader in 20 years.

“We urge Dr Scott to immediately resign from his position as acting president on moral grounds,” Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba announced.

The move came after opposing factions within the ruling Patriotic Front earlier this month nominated competing candidates for presidential elections on January 20.


Kenyatta attends President Michael Sata’s funeral in Zambia – Photos

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Tuesday among thousands of mourners, including Heads of state and Governments, who attended the funeral of the late Zambian President Michael Sata.

The funeral service was held at the National Heroes stadium, Lusaka, Zambia. See some of the photos here.

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President Kenyatta meets 4yr old old Amani Akello on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
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President Kenyatta received by Zambian Government officials
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President Kenyatta with other Heads of State and Government during the State funeral of President Michael Sata
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Some of the leaders who attended the funeral


Ex-minister arrested for firing in the air to ‘celebrate’ president’s death

Zambian police on Friday said they had arrested and charged a former government official for celebrating the recent death of President Michael Sata by firing a gun in the air.

“We arrested and charged Guston Sichilima because he fired eight rounds of nine millimetres in the air,” Charity Katanga, the police commissioner for Northern Province, told AFP.

“He was charged with the offence of conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace after he fired in the air when we are still mourning our president.”

Sata, 77, died on Tuesday while undergoing treatment in London’s private King Edward VII hospital for an unspecified illness.

Sichilima had held various deputy ministerial positions in former president Rupiah Banda’s government.

He confessed to the charges and police have released him.

“We won’t take him to court,” Katanga said.


Zambia gets white President following Sata’s death

Zambia reverted to white rule on Wednesday when a Cambridge-educated economist became acting president of the country after the death of the incumbent.

Guy Scott, previously vice-president, was promoted to the top job after the demise of Michael Sata on Tuesday.

Mr Scott, 70, became the first white leader of an African country since FW de Klerk stepped down as president of South Africa in 1994 – and the first white head of a democratic government in Africa “since the Venetians”.

Mr Scott, who will serve for 90 days until a new election is held, told the Telegraph that his sudden promotion was “a bit of a shock to the system”, but added: “I’m very proud to be entrusted with it.”

Mr Sata, 77, died on Tuesday at the King Edward VII Hospital in West London.