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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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  • Addis hosts CAF’s Presidency combat

    (by Andegna) CAF’s (Confederation of African Football) 39th Ordinary Congress is expected to open on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Addis Ababa. This year, CAF seems to have a vigorous session at the African Union Headquarters as its long-standing president will face a challenge from Madagascar.  

    Despite Issa Hayatou, who is seeking another four-year term as the Confederation of African Football's president to extend his grip on a position, the head of Madagascar’s Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad is ready to challenge long-standing Hayatou in the presidential election to be held this Thursday.

    The 70 year old Cameroonian Hayatou has held the presidency since 1988 after one of CAF’s founders, Ethiopia’s Yidnekachew Tessema.

    CAF last year brought in new rules limiting the presidency to just three four-year terms. The ruling, however, only applies since it was passed in September, meaning Hayatou who is now seeking an eighth term could extend his tenure by 12 years.

    Hayatou’s contender, Ahmad Ahmad is a member of the CAF executive committee and has called on other federation presidents to support his bid. “A good candidate… I can’t say, but I am a candidate for change and the majority wants change. I am the only one who could dare present a candidacy for the change. And I am vying to bring this change,” the president of Madagascar’s Football Association, Ahmad Ahmad said.

    Issa Hayatou now CAF’s longest serving ruler has led the organization for 30 years.

    Nigeria has backed Ahmad’s decisions to challenge Hayatou as courageous. “What makes my programme different is its uniqueness, I want to reform the administration, I can’t work with the current administration,” Ahmad Ahmad added. The president of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick says CAF needs a new generation of leadership following the change at the helm of FIFA. The Head of the NFF says even if Hayatou wins, he will need to to be open to pay more attention to other influences.

    In related news Ethiopia might be lobbying for relocation of Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from Cairo, Egypt, to its capital Addis Ababa. The upcoming CAF Congress is assumed to present an opportunity to pitch for the “popular” idea at the highest level.

    “Ethiopia is seeking support from many CAF members who feel Cairo is far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the North African country,” a source close to Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told soka25east.com in November last year.

    56-member CAF was formed 59-years ago and was first hosted in Khartoum, Sudan for months until fire consumed its offices and was then relocated to Cairo.

    Image: Ahmed V Hayatou

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  • S Korean President arriving to Ethiopia

    (by Andegna.com) South Korean President, Park Geun-hye is expected to arrive Addis Ababa ‘tonight’ in an official visit.

    Park, daughter of the most influential South Korean president to date, Park Chung-hee, is scheduled to visit Ethiopia as part of her East African tour of three-countries including Kenya and Uganda.

    Park will be holding bilateral talk with Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn in Ethiopia and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, according to Cheong Wa Dae, head of the Korean presidential office in statement.

    During her visit scheduled from May 25 to June 1, the president will be presiding over the initiation of new Korean International Cooperation Agency (KoICA) program called the Korean Aid in the three countries.      

    She will be the first Korean President to visit the African Union headquarter in Addis Ababa and also expected to deliver a speech regarding Korea’s policy towards Africa.

    Park assumed office in February 2013 becoming the eleventh president of the Korea. In 2013 and 2014, the president was named the World’s 11th most powerful woman and the most powerful woman in East Asia by Forbs Magazine’s list. Park was also named 46th most powerful person by the same magazine in 2014.   

     

    Image: South Korean President Park Geun-hye

     

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  • Young man jumps into lions in desperate 'suicide bid'

    A naked young man who jumped into the lion enclosure zoo in Chile has survived but only after the lions attacking him were shot dead.

    Santiago authorities confirmed the two beasts were killed as they mauled the 20-year-old man who had broken into their compound early on Saturday, says The Sun and then he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in a grave condition.

    Director of the city's Metropolitan Zoo Alejandra Montalba said the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident. She said that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions quickly and she was 'deeply affected' by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.

    The young man broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and jumped into the middle shocking families who witnessed the attack. "The zoo has an established protocol because people's lives are very important to us," said Montalba.

    A suicide note was reportedly later found in the man's clothing. Witness reported he shouted religious statements as he was mauled.

    Image: Zoo keepers shoot down the two lions to save the 'suicidal' man, who was gravely injured in the incident @NOTICIAS Chelmevision  

     

     

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