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Some Patriotic Front Central Committee members who include, three aspiring candidates have maintained that the Central Committee has no mandate to suspend or expel the party’s President.

And both Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Mwamba and his Chingola counterpart Wilbur Simuusa have called on all the PF members to follow the party constitution in order to avoid confusions.

The three aspiring PF party Presidential candidate who include Roam Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili, Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Mwamba and Chingola MP Wilbur Simuusa said the purported Central Committee meeting which allegedly suspended Dr. Guy Scott this morning was convened illegally.

Mr. Kambwili in particular has categorically condemned the meeting that suspended Dr. Scott and described it as an illegal and a dark corner meeting convened by who he said were desperate individuals who wants to be appointed party president at all cost.

He said the members of the central committee who attended what he called an illegal meeting risks being suspended them for convening an illegal meeting.

Mr. Kambwili who is also Sports and Youth minister explained that the Central Committee meeting can only be called by the party President through the Secretary General who is supposed to notify all members.

The Roan MP and his counterparts expressed ignorance of the meeting saying they were not notified and wondered how the rest went on to assemble to suspend the party President.

He said as far as he is concerned Dr. Scott is still the party President of the PF. He for this reason appealed to the other members of the central committee who convened today to unite with the rest of the party members so that a presidential candidate is elected through the general conference.

And both Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Mwamba and his Chingola counterpart Wilbur Simuusa have called on all the PF members to follow the party constitution in order to avoid confusions.

Mr. Mwamba stated that aspiring candidates should not cause Confusion or show desperation for Presidency as doing so would cause people who trusted in the party lose confidence.

Mr. Simuusa on his part also maintained that the constitution does not mandate any other person apart from the President to call for a central committee meeting describing the meeting that suspended Dr. Scott as an illegal one.

Meanwhile Dr. Scott has encouraged members of the party who gathered at government house in his solidarity to remain calm as the party will follow the constitution on the election of the party President.

“You have the rights to be governed by the people you want. You are not just ordinary people who can be stolen from. You must stand up for your rights and your rights are embedded in the Zambian constitution and the PF constitution.

“ We are going to follow the constitutional procedures. If anybody wants to make trouble outside it’s at their own cost. And they will be the ones to answer, “ he said.

He said the party has a constitution which should be followed saying people who are causing trouble will be ones to answer.

PF Secretary General Bridget Atanga and her deputy Anthony Kasolo attended the media briefing while a crowd of PF supporters assembled at Government house with banners in support of Guy Scott.

The Central Committee Meeting this morning convened and announced the suspension of their party President Dr. Guy Scott from the party.

In a statement read on behalf of Central Committee members, Isoka MP Maloza Sichone Dr Scott has been suspended for unconstitutional conduct and usurpation of the Powers of the Central Committee.

He said, “As Acting President of the Party and the Republic of Zambia, Dr Scott’s first act was to ban meetings of the Central Committee and the Cabinet and thereby begun to rule by decree without any authority whatsoever. Dr Scott has also engaged in manipulation of state owned media institutions presenting even falsehoods as facts and quoting his own version of the constitution of the PF.”

Mr Sichone said Zambia has been a Republic for 50 years now and has a well-established democratic institutions and culture such that even during the reign of the One Party State, Dr Kaunda never made unilateral decisions whatsoever.

And Bridget Atanga, appointed PF Secretary General yesterday, has said that Guy Scott is still the Acting President of the Party.

Reacting to reports of Dr Scott’s suspension Ms Atanga said that the purported suspension of Dr Scott by the 25 Members of the Central Committee is not only illegal, but is also null and void.

Ms. Atanga said that only the President of the party is mandated by its constitution to convene meetings of the central committee and not anyone else.

The MMD says former President Rupiah Banda has not officially communicated to the party whether he will stand on the MMD ticket.

MMD National Secretary Muhabi Lungu has told journalists during a briefing in Lusaka that the National Executive Committee (NEC) is hopeful that Mr. Banda will agree to stand on the MMD ticket.

Mr. Lungu says MMD President Nevers Mumba remains suspended until he complies with the constitution and regulations of the party.

He says Dr. Mumba has no authority to declare himself a candidate for the former ruling pRB CAMPAIGNarty, stating that the power to pick a candidate lies with the NEC.

And Mr. Lungu says the MMD is still in talks with the opposition UPND over a possible alliance.

Speaking at the same event, MMD Women Chairperson Faustina Sinyangwe says the party started receiving petitions eight months ago for Mr. Banda to return to the party and unite it.

Meanwhile there was confusion at the MMD secretariat today after supporters of suspended MMD President Nevers Mumba attempted to disrupt the press briefing which was being held by party National Secretary Muhabi Lungu.

The cadres supporting Dr. Mumba clashed with those in support of former President Rupiah Banda throwing pelting stones and other objects at each other.

And MMD Lusaka Province Chairman Watson Mtongo told journalists shortly after the fracas that Dr. Mumba should act as a genuine man of God and not resort to using violence in resolving issues.

Mr. Mtonga says he is disappointed that Dr. Mumba can allegedly send what he has termed as ‘thugs’ to attack the people who were at the party secretariat.

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Egypt have dismissed coach Shawky Gharib after he failed to qualify the team for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The Pharaohs missed out on the 2015 finals when a 2-1 defeat in Tunisia on Wednesday left them out of contention in third in Group G.

Gharib, 55, who won the tournament as a player in 1986, was appointed in 2013.

Egypt have won the Nations Cup seven times, including three consecutive titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

 

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Bridget Atanga, appointed PF Secretary General yesterday, has said that Guy Scott is still the Acting President of the Party.

Reacting to reports of Dr Scott’s suspension Ms Atanga said that the purported suspension of Dr Scott by the 25 Members of the Central Committee is not only illegal, but is also null and void.

Ms. Atanga said that only the President of the party is mandated by its constitution to convene meetings of the central committee and not anyone else.

She told journalists in Lusaka that the meeting that resolved to suspend Dr Scott is illegal and therefore the decision made is null and void.

Ms. Atanga was flanked by her newly appointed deputy Anthony Kasolo.

And the Law Association of Zambia says the suspension of Dr Scott is a party issue which has no bearing on his functions as Acting Republican President.

LAZ President George Chisanga says Dr. Scott will continue discharging duties of the President.

Mr. Chisanga was speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today.

US Vice President Joe Biden has met senior Ukrainian leaders in Kiev amid warnings from Russia against American arms supplies to the government.

Mr Biden is in the Ukrainian capital on the first anniversary of mass protests which culminated in President Viktor Yanukovych relinquishing power.

He has met President Petro Poroshenko and PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

His visit comes as tensions between Ukraine and Russia have resurfaced following a ceasefire in September.

Pro-Russian rebels have been fighting the Ukrainian army in the east of the country for much of the time since April.

‘Breakdown of law and order’

While Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to unleash a full-scale war in the east, Russian officials have warned America that any US arms sales to the government in Kiev would represent a major change in policy and send out a “very serious signal”.

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A fire fighter at work in the flashpoint eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk after shelling reportedly destroyed several houses (20 November 2014) Mr Biden’s visit comes as fighting continues in the east of Ukraine
A man looks at photos in Kiev of people who were killed trying to overthrow President Yanukovych (21 November 2014) Mr Biden is in the Ukrainian capital on the first anniversary of protests that culminated in the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych
Investigators watch as a piece of wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is transported from the site of the plane crash in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine (20 November 2014)Tensions between Russia and the US grew following the downing of the MH17 flight in July

Figures released by the UN human rights office on Thursday showed that an average of 13 people have been killed daily in eastern Ukraine since the 5 September ceasefire came into place.

A report by the UN described a total breakdown of law and order in the rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It also highlighted allegations of abuses by government forces.

Russia has been widely accused of fanning the violence by covertly supplying the rebels with military aid – an accusation it denies.

The US has so far only provided non-lethal security assistance to the Ukrainian government, but it is being lobbied by politicians in Kiev to go further.

American officials told the Reuters news agency that while no weapons would be provided, Mr Biden is expected to announce an increase non-lethal military assistance, including radars and a delivery of military vehicles.

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Human cost of conflict in east Ukraine

Mourners at the funeral on 7 November of two schoolboys killed by shelling in DonetskMourners at the funeral on 7 November of two schoolboys killed by shelling in Donetsk, Andrei Yeliseyev (18) and Daniil Kuznetsov (14)

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4,317 deaths since April, 957 of them since the 5 September ceasefire, and 9,921 people wounded

466,829 internally displaced persons within Ukraine

454,339 refugees living abroad, 387,355 of them in Russia

UN data from 18 November

Ukraine’s year of chaotic events

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US officials described the move as an expansion of American support for Ukraine’s armed forces, but not something that was likely to significantly alter the outcome of the conflict.

Mr Biden, for his part, has told a Ukrainian newspaper that the country’s newly-elected parliament needs to push through difficult reforms to develop democracy and combat corruption.

The vice president said Russia had been trying to impose a military solution to the crisis through its proxies in eastern Ukraine.

While the anniversary of the start of protests that removed President Yanukovych is being celebrated throughout much of Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin told an audience in Moscow on Thursday that popular uprisings this century in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan had yielded “tragic consequences”.

Conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine when the government in Kiev launched an operation to recapture areas seized by pro-Russian rebels, after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Since the conflict began, nearly 900,000 people have fled their homes, of whom nearly 400,000 went to Russia, the UN said in its report, which covers the period up to 31 October.

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The central committee of the Patriotic Front has with immediate effect suspended Dr Guy Scott as acting president of the party for abrogating the party constitution.

Speaking during a media briefing today, Central Committee representative Benson Chali who is PF central province chairperson says Dr. Scott’s first act was to ban meetings of the central committee and Cabinet and thereby begun to rule by decree without any authority whatsoever.

He says the central committee has also noted with concern that Dr. Scott has also engaged in alleged manipulation of the state owned media institutionDr-Guy-Scott-Acting-President-s.

Mr. Chali says the central committee is ready to go for the general conference to select a leader who will be the party’s presidential candidate.

He says the central committee has since directed acting party Secretary General Bridget Atanga to submit all applications for those vying for the office of president to central committee by 14:00hours today.

Mr Chali says the central committee as the highest policy making body between general conferences has the authority to decide and superintend over party issues.

Mr Chali says the letter of suspension has since been delivered to Dr. Scott.

Earlier this morning 70 members of parliament who are behind the candidature of Justice Minister Edgar Lungu demanded that the central committee suspends Dr. Scott as president of the party.

Eastern province Minister Malozo Sichone who read the speech on behalf of the MPs says Dr. Scott has abrogated the party constitution through several actions that are inconsistent with the constitution.

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The Ministry of Finance has released K128 million to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to go tECZ LOGO 1owards preparations for the Presidential election to be held on 20th January,2014.

Acting Secretary to the Treasury Pamela Kabamba in a statement made available to QFM News by ministry of Finance public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta says the estimate of requirements submitted by the ECZ to the Treasury is K344 Million.

Mrs Kabamba has assured the nation that treasury will provide resources to the ECZ as and when required so that there are no unnecessary financial glitches in preparing for the election.

She has further reassured the nation that the Treasury is on high alert and has continued to keep vigil on economic fundamentals to ensure that any stress arising from internal shocks and external shocks in the international economic system is monitored and handled effectively.

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Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.

The German-born US director was also Oscar nominated for his work on Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nichols was one of only 12 winners of all four major US entertainment awards – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

His last film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

The director was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer – his fourth wife – whom he wed in 1988.

An ABC spokesperson said Nichols died of a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

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ABC News president James Goldston describing him as “a true visionary”, adding: “No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”

“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre.”

Nichols had been working on an HBO film adaptation of Master Class – the Terrence McNally play about opera star Maria Callas – starring Meryl Streep in the lead role.

The film was to reunite the director with Streep, having previously worked together on 1983’s Silkwood and on stage in a 2001 production of The Seagull.

Nichols began his career in the late 1950s as part of a comedy duo with Elaine May.

The pair released three best-selling records, one of which won the Grammy for best comedy album in 1962.

Switching to directing, he made his Broadway debut with Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park, starring Robert Redford. The show was a hit and earned Nichols his first Tony award in 1964.

The following year he picked up Tonys for productions of Simon’s The Odd Couple and Luv.

Moving to the big screen, his first directorial project was 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the film brought Nichols his first Oscar nomination.

he film brought Nichols his first Oscar nomination.

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Mike Nichols won his first Oscar for directing The Graduate, which made a star of Dustin Hoffman

Mike Nichols won his first Oscar for directing The Graduate, which made a star of Dustin Hoffman

A year later saw the director win his first Oscar for directing The Graduate, featuring Dustin Hoffman in what was to be a breakout role.

Nichols continued his success on both the stage and screen for the rest of his career, covering a diverse range of genres.

He once said: “I never understand when people say: ‘Do you do comedy or tragedy?’ I don’t think they’re very much different. They both have to be true, and there isn’t a great play in the world that doesn’t have funny parts to it.

“The whole idea is to reflect life in some way, which means surely you have to have both.”

His other movie successes include an adaptation of Joseph Heller’s cult novel Catch-22, Silkwood, ’80s hit Working Girl, The Birdcage and 1998 political comedy Primary Colors – purportedly a riff on Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.

He also directed 2004 film Closer, which saw its stars Clive Owen and Natalie Portman nominated for supporting acting Oscars.

His last Oscar nomination was for 1993’s The Remains of the Day, which Nichols produced and was nominated for best picture.

On stage, the director also tried his hand at musicals, winning a Tony in 2005 for his work directing the Monty Python musical Spamalot on Broadway.

He won his ninth Tony in 2012 for his Broadway production of Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield.

On television, Nichols won his first Emmy for the 2001 TV movie Wit, starring Emma Thompson.

He won a second two years later for the HBO miniseries Angels in America, about the Aids crisis. The cast included Thompson, Streep and Al Pacino.

Besides Sawyer, Nichols is survived by three children. ABC said his family have planned a small, private service this week with a memorial to be announced at a later stage.

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US entertainer Bill Cosby has pressed ahead with a one-man tour despite mounting allegations he sexually assaulted a number of women.

The 77-year-old played to a packed house at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas with an evening of anecdotes about his life and career.

He has not commented on a series of claims that have recently resurfaced.

A number of projects with the star have been shelved including a new show with US TV network NBC.

On Thursday a fourth woman came forward with allegations Cosby had drugged and raped her backstage at a show in Las Vegas in 1976.

Therese Serignese, from Boca Raton in Florida, said the star made her take some pills that made her feel groggy and then sexually assaulted her.

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The 57-year-old’s allegations are similar to those of three other women, including former supermodel Janice Dickinson, who allege Cosby drugged them and then raped them over the past three decades.

Cosby has not responded to the latest claims, and made no mention of them during his show in the Bahamas, which was a benefit gig in aid of a local women’s service organisation.

Therese SerigneseTherese Serignese is the latest to come forward with allegations against Bill Cosby

The star has never faced charges for any of the alleged crimes, and has continued to maintain his silence over the issue.

He talked about growing up in Philadelphia and previous visits to the islands during his routine.

Some members of the audience said they were glad the fundraiser was still well attended.

Khaalis Rolle, a Bahamian minister of state for investment, said: “You still have to account for the fact that they are just allegations. Nothing has been proven.”

Cosby is due to continue his tour in Melbourne, Florida, on Friday evening. A long series of engagements around the US stretching into May 2015 are also planned, which are considered a comeback for the star.

The comedian was asked about the allegations at the end of an interview with the Associated Press news agency on 6 November.

“No, no. We don’t answer that,” Cosby said. “There is no response.”

Bill Cosby refused to comment when asked by AP about sexual abuse allegations

The comedian, who was principally speaking about his loan of more than 50 artworks to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, also asked the interviewer not to circulate his answer.

“If you want to consider yourself to be serious… it will not appear anywhere,” he said. “We thought, because it was AP, that it would not be necessary to go over that question.”

“And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”

However, the agency made the decision to release the footage this week, saying the interview was “on the record” and that it had made “no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations”.

While NBC has shelved plans to revive Cosby’s television career, repeats of his 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show were pulled from cable station TV Land earlier this week, while Netflix decided not to broadcast a special about his work.

As the old adage goes, if it’s meant to be it will be.

This was the tale of the Guinea national team, qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations despite having to play home away from home and depriving its fans of their journey to Equatorial Guinea over the Ebola outbreak.

The ultimate ‘written in the stars’ story of a group of men who believed that Ebola won’t define them, their fate nor decide their destiny.

They did it in Casablanca on Wednesday. The venue that embraced them since the qualifiers kicked off, one of the those moments that played out the human interest factor football brings to the pitch. It’s much more than the ninety minutes of twenty two men chasing a ball. It’s passion, love, pride, patriotism and history at stake above its entertainment value as well.

Guinea’s campaign were dealt a huge blow as soon as it started. Ebola outbreak hit the country in March and that forced them to seek a venue elsewhere when the final round kicked off in September.

For a country that was snubbed when it sought a home venue following WHO advisories to avoid mass gatherings, they had all the writing of being doomed to fail. No one wanted to play hosts until CAF announced Morocco will do it.Ibrahima Traore of Guinea ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

A 2-1 win against plucky Togo and a 2-0 defeat in Kampala is how mixed their start was, forget the difficulties they had to go through in the latter as a result of the Ebola outbreak that included, limiting its delegation and being booked into a substandard hotel, for them frustrations chapter shaped up from that Uganda trip.

I know mind games are always part of the game but for such a team nothing was deterring them. They went back to Casablanca to force a one-all draw with Ghana then the reverse fixture away, lost 3-1 in Tamale, all these played a scene setter to how they re-lodged their campaign again.

Resilience showed in Lome. At a stadium where they were forced to undertake Ebola tests at the match venue, the ultimate low of the qualifiers so far.

They say winning in Togo is always difficult, they did it, a 4-1 victory to provide a lifeline for themselves and restore their qualification status back on track after opting to overlook the disgraceful act by viewing it as a motivator. Then, came Uganda as their last opponent, the only option was to defeat them, a mission they executed courtesy of finding the back of the net in both halves with an unanswered reply.

It was theirs for the taking and once the referee blasted the final whistle, the tears shed and fans celebrations was a testament of what it meant to the team.

Not only did they have to win on field of play, they had to win off the pitch. They couldn’t let Ebola dictate their proceedings. They had won.

As much as some might want to argue it wasn’t a script with connotations of an amazing qualification since their players were sourced in Europe, you can’t rob the outfit of their fighting spirit.

Being labelled as outcasts is mentally disturbing, playing three home matches at a venue not your home and three away fixtures without your travelling fans who are denied visas is not a walk in the park. Mental strength disadvantage is the worst enemy when it comes to football.

Ibrahima Traore has come out in the open to reveal he begged his club to rejoin his teammates and seek qualification and his presence showed in his free kick against Uganda to open the scoring that put them in the driving seat. For some of these players it was more of breaking barriers that shackled the entire country through qualification.

However, their zeal to turn around their misfortunes and give back to their fans the qualification is what you call a comeback in every sense of the word. They went on to snatch victory in the jaws of defeat, in a span of a month they went from being bottom of the group to second, with the odds stack against them.

The 12th man plays a crucial role in football, it’s the reason why some emerge as champions and others instill fear to their opponents. Guinea most of the times went it alone and for the mere fact that they succeeded at it, calls for a round of applause.

Most of the times, footballers would tell you it is easy playing away because there is no pressure from fans but most of the times they need that one person with an ounce of belief. It is human nature, it drives you.

So, before you judge their backdrop of events and state they are not valid enough to highlight their struggles and how they overcome their obstacles, just accept the fact that Ebola lost and football won.

That typifies the amazing story of how Guinea National team defied all odds.

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