Daily Archives: Aug 14, 2016

Edgar Lungu takes lead

President Edgar Lungu has again taken lead in the presidential race with 22 constituencies announced so far. President Lungu has now polled 207,547 followed by Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND with 153,630, with Edith Nawakwi in third at 2,519 UNIP’s … read more »

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Photos from the colonial archives

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Quote of the day

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. – Frank Wilczek

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Margaret Mwanakatwe becomes first candidate to win Lusaka Central on a Ruling party Ticket

Margaret Mwanakatwe has become the first candidate sponsored by a ruling party to scoop the Lusaka Central parliamentary seat since the reintroduction of multi party olitics in 1991. Since the reintroduction of plural politics, the Lusaka Central seat has only … read more »

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We have scooped 93 Parliamentary seats- Frank Bwalya

PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya says his Party has scooped 93 Parliamentary seats while the opposition UPND has taken 44 seats. Mr Bwalya said the other 9 seats have gone to independent candidates and the the former ruling party the … read more »

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UPND goes to Court to stop release of Results, wants ECZ to suspend three officialsTHE United Party for National Development (UPND) on Saturday evening filed an urgent Court matter to stop the release of the final results and sought to have 3 officials suspended. The three officials are the Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac Mulenga, Deputy IT Director Brown Kasaro and IT Specialist Theresa Phiri. The Lusaka High Court refused to grant a stay to stop the release of results but set Wednesday next week as a day of inter-party hearing. The petition against the Electoral Commission of Zambia was filed by Martha Mushipe, Lukona Chambers, and Jack Mwiimbu. They sought Judicial Review Proceedings on Saturday night. Earlier in the day the UPND wrote a letter claiming that 3 officers it cited in the letter should be suspended by the Commission. in the letter the party also petitioned the ECZ to stop the transmission of election results electronically. In a letter to the ECZ signed by secretary-general Stephen Katuka, the UPND sought to stop the transmission of results alleging that they were manipulated by unauthorised people When the Electoral Commission of Zambia(ECZ) did not respond to their letter, the party sought a court order for a judicial review. The party also sought to stop the 3 officials to act in their capacity. The party also sought that the release of results be halted until the petition was heard. But Judge Florence Lengalenga has allowed by the court to hear the matter but refused to stay or grant an Order to have them leave the Commission. Judge also refused any Order to stop the release of results. Judge Lengalenga has stated that their should be no interruption in the release of results. The ECZ has continued to give and release results to the country. Meanwhile, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has wondered why the opposition party is always jittery, especially when results favour the ruling party. And PF Secretary General Davies Chama has said that it was shocking that the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) is already planning to petition the general elections even before the winner is declared. Mr Chama said in an interview yesterday that the PF cannot stop the UPND from taking court action over the presidential elections because the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the ruling party will defend themselves. “It is unfortunate that someone is already planning that ‘I will go to court’ even before the announcement of final results. We cannot stop them but the courts will look at the merits of the case,” he said The latest results after 52 constituencies have UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in the narrow lead with 514,816 and PF candidate Edgar Lungu with 511,386 in the second place. FDD candidate Edith Nawakwi has 7,440 THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed reports circulating on social media that director Priscilla Isaac has been suspended. ECZ spokesperson Crispin Akufuna said in an interview yesterday that contrary to the reports, Ms Isaac remains at the helm of the commission. “You saw her didn’t you? If she was suspended, she would not have been here

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) on Saturday evening filed an urgent Court matter to stop the release of the final results and sought to have 3 officials suspended. The three officials are the Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac … read more »

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Hillary Clinton Gains Double-Digit Lead Over Donald Trump in Key Battleground StatesDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has built up a significant lead in several crucial battleground states, according to new NBC/WSJ/Marist polling released today. Clinton has generated double-digit margins in Virginia and Colorado with 13-point and 14-point advantages over Trump, respectively. The poll also showed Clinton with leads over Trump in Florida and North Carolina. In the Sunshine State, Clinton has a 5-point edge among registered voters. In North Carolina, Clinton enjoys a 9-point advantage. Losses in these states could be devastating for Trump. The Republican nominee’s clearest path to the White House requires wins in Ohio and Florida, where Hillary Clinton has a slight lead, as well as North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where he trails by a broad nine percentage points. Trump has been plagued by controversy since his party’s convention three weeks ago, clashing with the father of a fallen Muslim soldier, refusing to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and, most recently, calling President Obama the “founder of ISIS,” which he later described as “sarcasm.” Clinton is scheduled to campaign in North Carolina next week, while Trump turns his attention to Connecticut, a deep-blue state, and Ohio. Earlier in the week, NBC/WSJ/Marist showed Clinton with an edge over Trump in Pennsylvania. In Iowa and Ohio, Clinton and Trump remain in a statistical dead heat. Clinton Leads Trump in Pennsylvania, Dead Heat in Other Battleground States Clinton Opens 23-Point Lead Among Women as Trump Struggles Colorado (registered voters): Clinton 46, Trump 32 Compare to early July: Clinton 43, Trump 35 Florida (registered voters): Clinton 44, Trump 39 Compare to early July: Clinton 44, Trump 37 North Carolina (registered voters): Clinton 48, Trump 39 Compare to early July: Clinton 44, Trump 38 Virginia (registered voters): Clinton 46, Trump 33 Compare to early July: Clinton 44, Trump 35 Iowa (registered voters): Clinton 41, Trump 37 Compare to early July: Clinton 42, Trump 39 Ohio (registered voters): Clinton 43, Trump 38 Compare to early July: Clinton 39, Trump 39 Pennsylvania (registered voters): Clinton 48, Trump 37 Compare to early July: Clinton 45, Trump 36

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has built up a significant lead in several crucial battleground states, according to new NBC/WSJ/Marist polling released today. Clinton has generated double-digit margins in Virginia and Colorado with 13-point and 14-point advantages over Trump, respectively. … read more »

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Why I’m Ready for President Obama to Leave the White HouseBarack Obama must be the most disrespected president in American history. First there were the questions about his birth certificate. Birthers, unaware that Hawaii joined the union in 1959, were in the streets asking to see the certificate like a disgruntled man on the Maury Show. Then, during an address to a joint session of Congress in 2009, Representative Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted ‘You Lie!’ as President Obama tried to explain the details of the Affordable Care Act. Wilson was later unapologetic and used his heckling as an opportunity to raise money for reelection. When he travelled to Arizona in 2012, Governor Jan Brewer pointed a finger in Obama’s face as soon as he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The only thing she didn’t do was refer to him as ‘boy.’ Gov. Brewer treated Obama like a ni**er without having to say it. When he visited Oklahoma in 2015, not long after the massacre of 9 black men and women in Mother Emmanuel AME Church by a Confederate Flag waving racist, he was met by a few good ol’ boys waving the Stars and Bars. But, of course, it was all about states’ rights. I could go on. There is the heckling by a reporter from the Daily Caller in the Rose Garden. The chair lecture he received at the hands of Bill O’Reilly. The former Mayor of New York City saying of Obama, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America…He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” The list is seemingly endless, but as we reach the end of his presidency, Senate Republicans are setting precedent with the level of disrespect they’re directing at President Obama. Now members of the all-Republican Senate Judiciary Committee said they would neither hold confirmation hearings nor vote on the person President Obama nominates to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. It is a matter of professional courtesy for Senators on the Judiciary Committee to meet with nominees named by the president, but, when asked if he would adhere to that historical precedent, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he would not. “I don’t know the purpose of such a visit. I would not be inclined to take that myself.” When asked the same, Senator John Cornyn of Texas agreed. “I don’t see the point of going through the motions if we know what the outcome is going to be.” Many on social media have voiced sadness about the fact that Obama will soon leave the presidency. While I understand the symbolic power of black folks in general, and black kids in particular, seeing a family in the White House that looks like them, I’m ready to see this president’s final year in office come to an end. When Obama was elected, many thought we were being ushered into a new era—certainly not a post-racial milieu, but, perhaps, a less overt one. The fact that a black man could rise so high was shocking. It made many think that things were getting better. It gave us hope. Now, that hope is gone. It is clear that no matter how high you rise, no matter what office you hold, no matter how hard you work, if you are black, many will view and treat you like a second-class citizen. No, they won’t use racial epithets. They will not burn a cross in your yard. They may not spit in your face. But the undeniable fact is that white supremacy is here to stay, and no election will cure that ill. I’m ready for Obama to leave office. I don’t care how many times he says pop-off. I don’t care how often he daps up Kevin Durant. I’m not swayed by the number of black women from the civil rights generation that dance in the White House when they meet him. I’m tired of seeing President Obama blatantly disrespected, and my soul is weary from having to see him grin and bear it. I’m ready for President Obama to be free from the burden of having to perform for white supremacy—and I’m ready to be free from the burden of having to watch him do it.

Barack Obama must be the most disrespected president in American history. First there were the questions about his birth certificate. Birthers, unaware that Hawaii joined the union in 1959, were in the streets asking to see the certificate like a … read more »

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America’s hidden homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel

Massachusetts, United States – It is the fourth time that Tiffany Drew has lived in the Starlight Motel, and the third time she has been pregnant here. Today, like every time she is pregnant, she has a migraine. “I’m hoping … read more »

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