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  • Zambian Minister kneeling picture goes viral

    (by Andegna) A picture where Livestock and Fisheries Michael Katambo is seen kneeling for President Edgar Lungu, has gone viral on the internet. The photo was taken on Sunday inside the Parish priest’s office at Mary Immaculate Parish in Lusaka shortly after President Lungu attended mass.

    While President Lungu sat comfortably on the only chair in the office, Mr Katambo with fear all over him, clenched both hands as he knelt. It looked as if President Lungu was scolding Mr Katambo.

    Many people in Africa have taken to Twitter and Facebook to poke fun at Mr Katambo and mock President Lungu.

    However, kneeling down to greet superiors is a sign of respect in Zambian culture. A similar Picture below went viral during the Late President Mwanawasa’s era, when then Defense Minister George Mpombo was seen Kneeling before the late President Levy Mwanawasa

    Image: Katambo and Mpombo 

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  • More Africans have access to cell phone service than piped water

    In Africa, less than one in three people have a proper drainage system, half of the population live in areas without paved roads, and only 63% have access to piped water. Yet, 93% of Africans have cell phone service.

    These are among the findings in a recently published report by Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network which explored access to basic services and infrastructure in 35 African countries through about 50,000 face to face interviews.

    In a lot of communities all over Africa, people can talk on their cell phones, but they can't turn on a light.

    "In a lot of communities all over Africa, people can talk on their cell phones, but they can't turn on a light or a water faucet. Never mind flush a toilet. And they may be going hungry," says Winnie Mitullah, lead author of the report.

    "As far as the most basic services that many of us take for granted -- water, sewage, electricity, roads -- an awful lot of people might as well be living in the 19th century," she continues.

    Source: CNN

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  • Gatoch may seal deal in Europe

    (by Andegna) Walias skipper Gatoch Panom may seal new deal with European club this year, said sources, as he set for an April exit at the end of his current contract with Ethiopian Coffee Football Club.

    According to a media report, Gatoch is believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with undisclosed club in Europe and hence the unwillingness to commit to a longer contract now with Coffee FC. However his agent hinted that Gatoch could move to Greece at the end of his contract.

    The midfielder’s agent David Beshah disclosed the parties could not agree on a new deal. While David and his client were pushing for a contract extension till the end of the current 2016/17 season, the club insisted on at least a 2-year-stay. “We could not agree on a contract until the end of the season. They wanted us to sign a contract of two years and three months, with a release clause if a foreign club comes knocking,” David said. According to him, they had wanted to pen a longer deal since last year November but the club was unwilling to play ball.

    “Gatoch and I are very disappointed that Bunna is unable to negotiate reasonably. We offered them many chances since November 2016 but they rejected them,” David added.

    Image: Gatoch Panom 

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  • Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth, Ethiopia eighteenth in Africa

    (by Andegna) Norway is the happiest place on Earth while Ethiopia is 18th in Africa alone, according to a United Nations agency new World Happiness Report which measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.

    Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth.

    At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

    Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last. Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

    Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries - Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147. The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

    Image: Rural girl in Ethiopia 

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  • Ethiopian Restaurant Owner Killed In Targeted Shooting

    Gitem Demissie, 41, was killed by a masked gunman as he was preparing to shut down the Ibex Ethiopian Bar & Restaurant around midnight, according to police. A witness said the gunman, clad in a long-sleeved black shirt and black jeans, approached Gitem and shot him multiple times.

    The shooter then fled. Police are investigating what they described as the targeted killing of the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in south Nashville. He was first transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The witness added the man had light skin and a thin build, and he stood around 5’7’’ tall.

    "We were really broken," said Father Mesfin Tesemma, who leads the Ethiopian church where Gitem was an active member. "We didn't expect this to happen to him. He doesn't deserve to die like this. He is a very nice person," according to News Chanel 5.

    Mesfin said Demissie was a hard-working businessman who was well-known in the area. Mesfin said he sometimes put in 16 or 17 hours a day at his businesses.

    Demissie had lived in Nashville for more than ten years. He first opened Ibex Mart on Bell Road, selling Ethiopian groceries, including spices, fresh meat, and vegetables. According to Mesfin, Ibex Mart was the only Ethiopian grocery store in Nashville, meaning a lot of people knew Demissie and relied on his business.

    In January 2015, Gitem opened a second business, the restaurant and bar, where he was shot and killed early Sunday morning. Friends said Gitem had been working hard to sell his bar in hopes of taking time to travel home to Ethiopia to see his parents. His death has left many in the Ethiopian community fearing for their safety.

    "What happened to him means a lot for everybody. So are we safe here?" Mesfin said. "Those are the kinds of questions it raises in the minds of a lot of Ethiopians."

    Detectives remained on scene until sunrise collecting interviews and evidence. Anyone with information on this fatal shooting has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

     

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