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Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has been charged with four counts of fraud by the country's Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The total amount of money Mwendwa and others, who were not in court, are accused of taking from FKF is just over Kshs 38 million - which is approximately $337,200.

Mwendwa, who has in the past denied any wrongdoing, was arraigned in court in Nairobi on Monday having spent the weekend in jail after his re-arrest on Friday.

He will spend another night behind bars, with a bail hearing set for Tuesday.

According to the police documents the offences took place between 4 March and 31 May this year.

Monday's court appearance comes two weeks after he was released on bail after a previous arrest.

Last Thursday the FKF announced the case against him was over as the court returned his Kshs 4 million (approximately $36,000) bail money.

However, the Kenyan police later clarified that it was not the fraud case which had been closed.

"It was only a miscellaneous application by police to have Mwendwa remanded in police custody for a longer period of 14 days to enable completion of investigation before being charged formally," Kenyan police spokesperson Bruno Shioso told BBC Sport Africa.

It meant that the DCI continued its investigations and eventually arrested him for a second time, with Mwendwa now being formally charged with corruption.

Source: BBC

President Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Chairperson, Sunday condemned the international community, especially western countries, for imposing a travel ban on Sadc countries because of the new variant of Covid named Omicron.

Some European countries and the United States (US) have restricted travel from South Africa and seven other southern African countries to try to contain the new coronavirus variant.

Reacting to the ban, Chakwera wrote on his Facebook page: “We are all concerned about the new Covid variant and owe South Africa’s scientists our thanks for identifying it before anyone else did. But the unilateral travel bans now imposed on Sadc countries by the UK [United Kingdom], EU [European Union], US, Australia and others are uncalled for. Covid measures must be based on science, not Afrophobia.”

On its part, Israel reported that the new variant—known as B.1.1.529—was detected in a person who returned to Israel from Malawi, reports which quote the country’s health ministry.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako, who is also government spokesperson, concurred with Chakwera, saying the decision had not been made based on science.

“If you look at the countries [that have imposed travel bans on us] themselves, you will find that there is no consistency. One country is banning four countries, another is banning six and another is banning seven. If the decision is based on science, why are they banning different numbers of countries?

“Did the person in question fly straight from Malawi to Israel? The person must have landed in other countries too before arriving in Israel; so, why are such countries not banned,” he said.

Epidemiologist Titus Divala said the bans were, indeed, not imposed based on research.

“The rise of Omicron (B.1.1.529) cases is very worrying but not strange considering the behaviour of SARS-CoV-2. It is also worth mentioning that Covid mutation rates are often higher with conducive environments presented by unvaccinated people. It, therefore, wouldn’t be a surprise to see new variants on the African continent with our limited access to the vaccine. Another important risk factor is immune-suppression, which can be a result of untreated HIV infection, also a not so uncommon occurrence on the continent.

“While the rise of Omicron (B.1.1.529) is very worrying, it is very unfortunate and strange that the countries are already implementing travel restrictions without clinical data on transmissibility, vaccine effectiveness and severity,” he said.

Presidential Taskforce on Covid co-Chairperson Wilson Chalamira Nkhoma said the committee met last Friday after noting rising numbers of Covid cases and deaths.

Nkhoma also said it was likely that the new variant would respond to all the Covid vaccines a bit less but insisted it was worth getting the vaccines.

“What we are seeing is that this variant called Omicron has the most mutations of all the variants we have seen, which means that the response to the Covid vaccine will be less but we still encourage all those who have not been fully vaccinated to do so,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has warned that the resurgence of Covid in some countries within the Southern African region puts Malawi at “an increased risk” of experiencing the fourth wave of Covid.

Minister responsible, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who is also Presidential Taskforce on Covid Chairpersons, warned that Malawi was at a critical point and that the cases could be from both imported and local transmission.

“We are at a critical point whereby we need to prevent a resurgence of Covid in our country,” said Kandodo Chiponda in the Covid update statement on Saturday.

On Saturday last week, Mwansambo indicated that Omicron is characterised by an increased risk of re-infection as compared to other variants of concern.

Speaking to the BBC, Africa Vaccine Delivery Alliance co- Chairperson Ayoade Alakija, who is based in Nigeria, lamented travel restrictions that some European countries and the US have imposed on countries such as Malawi.

Alakija claimed that the ban was based on politics not on science, which she described as wrong.

Source: The Times Group

President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA has tasked relevant authorities to enforce measures that will recover public resources paid for undelivered goods and services to government.

President HICHILEMA says it is unacceptable that contracts worth about 12-billion kwacha were signed for feeder roads and some contractors were given down payments but no works have been done.

He says over 63-million dollars was also paid for two projects which were never delivered.

Officially opening a Procurement meeting for Ministers and Permanent Secretaries in Lusaka today, the President said the meeting is aimed at encouraging officers to move in and get back the money.

The Head of State said public service procurement is a key tenet to public governance hence needs to be adhered to at all times.

He lamented that public procurement officers, Permanent Secretaries and Ministers became suppliers of public services to government at inflated prices.

The President asked the Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to help restore order in the public procurement process and avoid being found on the wrong side of the law.

He revealed that some Ministers are already under pressure from businesses that have survived on government contracts hence encouraged them to be strong because they risk being flashed out.

President HICHILEMA also stated that Zambia stands NO chance of reconstructing the economy if systems which collapsed are not worked on.

He said public expenditure, procurement of fertilizer, fuel, infrastructure like roads and general procurement have been the major hindrance to economic development and need urgent attention.

President HICHILEMA said Zambians voted for employment, health, education and opportunities which will work with enhanced trade and investments by sorting out challenges.

And Acting Secretary to the Cabinet PATRICK KANGWA said the public service needs serious transformation to promote effectiveness, humility and inclusiveness as part of delivering targets by the new dawn administration.

Mr. KANGWA said a series of four meetings focused on managing results for Permanent Secretaries and decentralization policy implementation among others have been lined up.

He said none of the four meetings is attracting allowances for participants except for NINE Provincial Ministers and Permanent Secretaries for their accommodation and meals.

And in a vote of thanks dubbed “Knowledge is Power,” Justice Minister MULAMBO HAIMBE said the meeting will empower participants with tools to do the right thing in delivering to the masses.

He said attaining necessary procurement tools by Ministers and Permanent Secretaries is key for them as gate keepers of public resources.

 

Source: ZNBC

ZANU PF youth league executive has described the existing cooperation between Zimbabwe and China as key in the development of the nation as well as Africa.

More than 140 youths from China and Africa attended the 5th session of the China-Africa Young Leaders Forum virtual meeting with discussions being focused on economic opportunities and politics.

Zanu PF Youth League National Youth Secretary for Economic Affairs, Cde Shingirirayi Mangwana outlined the importance of young leaders discussing issues affecting Africa.

“Zimbabwe is now on a clear pathway to economic transformation anchored on Vision 2030. Thus, vision will be further enhanced by the ongoing China-Africa cooperation which has invested in mega infrastructural projects covering energy and mining development among others. As we March towards a new era we hope that the cooperation extends to investing more in value addition and beneficiation if our various raw materials,” he said.

Zimbabwe and China enjoy good relations with the two countries collaborating in a number of developmental projects in various sectors that include agriculture and technology exchange.

Source: ZBC News

The Israeli government is pushing for mandatory quarantine for all Israeli nationals returning from abroad

Israel is to ban foreigners from entering the country for 14 days and use surveillance to halt the spread of the new Covid variant, local media report.

The ban is expected to come into effect at midnight on Sunday, following full cabinet approval.

Israel has so far confirmed one case of the potentially more infectious Omicron variant first detected in South Africa.

 

Many countries have since banned travel to South Africa and its neighbours.

South Africa has complained that it is being punished - instead of applauded - for discovering Omicron earlier this month.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the new variant is "of concern", with early evidence suggesting a higher re-infection risk.

However, the WHO has warned against countries hastily imposing travel restrictions, saying they should look to a "risk-based and scientific approach".

 

The Israeli coronavirus cabinet agreed a series of new restrictions at a crisis meeting late on Saturday and are subject to final approval by the larger cabinet.

In addition to the entry ban for non-Israelis, a three-day mandatory quarantine would be required for all vaccinated Israeli nationals, and a seven-day quarantine for those who have not been vaccinated.

The cabinet also authorised surveillance of confirmed coronavirus patients by the Israel's Shin Bet security agency.

In a statement, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said phone-tracking technology would be used.

Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli authorities had put 50 African nations on the so-called "red" list.

 

All Israeli nationals returning from those countries must quarantine in the government-approved hotels and undergo Covid tests.

A ban on foreigners entering Israel from most African countries was imposed on Friday.

Israel has confirmed more than 1.3 million Covid infections since the start of the pandemic, with over 8,100 deaths, according to America's Johns Hopkins university.

 

Source: BBC

Chelsea's Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is confident he can win the Lev Yashin award for Europe's best goalkeeper when the Ballon d'Or gala takes place on Monday night.

The 29-year-old is one of the ten goalkeepers in contention for the prize, with only Paris Saint-Germain's European Championship-winner Gianluigi Donnarumma up for the main Ballon d'Or trophy itself.

Nonetheless, Mendy - who won the Champions League in May - believes he can become the second man to win an award introduced in 2019 by Ballon d'Or organisers.

"Of course I think I can win it," Mendy told BBC Sport Africa.

"[If I do win it] I think it would be something I would have deserved. It's something I have worked hard to get, so it would be a great pride given my journey."

Unemployed seven years ago, the prospect of such a fairytale feat is propelled by Mendy's statistics since joining Chelsea in September 2020.

He has registered 23 clean sheets in 43 Premier League games, conceding 30 goals.

Mendy has fared even better in the Champions League, conceding four times in 17 games, with 13 clean sheets recorded and a winner's medal to boot.

In his first season, he registered a joint-record nine clean sheets, so earning him Uefa's goalkeeper of the 2020-21 season award.

Source: BBC

Uganda's national carrier has banned the sale of a local grasshopper delicacy onboard a flight after an incident over the weekend.

Uganda Airlines said the sale of the delicacy, locally known as Nsenene, contravened the "spirit of the national carrier".

The airline said the incident exposed some passengers to "unruly market experience on their flight".

Local media reports that some airline employees had been suspended over the incident.

A video was shared online showing a man hawking the grasshoppers:

The airline says it understood that the excitement on board was because the grasshoppers were not in plenty this season and was considering "adding the delicacy to its menu on request".

"This move will boost tourism marketing and the livelihood of the people in the grasshopper value chain going forward," said the airline.

Source: BBC

Opposition Patriotic Front PF Member of the Central Committee Hon Stephen Kampyongo Hon Stephen Kampyongo has maintained that he harbors no intentions to be PF party President when President Lungu steps down.

Hon Kampyongo who is also Shiwan’gandu Constituency Member of Parliament said he was with his position as Elected Member of Parliament and PF member of the central committee.

Speaking when he addressed scores of Mutitima Residents in Nkulungwe Village in Shiwan’gandu yesterday, Hon Kampyongo thanked the people of the earlier for resoundingly voting for him to represent them in parliament.

“I am grateful to you for the faith you have continued to show in me to represent you in Parliament and I will never take this privilege for granted, I shall work for yoh as I have always done from the first time you elected me in 2011” Hon Kampyongo said.

He said he will play his part as a PF MP and MCC in ensuring that the party chooses a sound-minded and credible leader to take over as President of PF from Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Meanwhile, Opposition Patriotic Front Mporokoso Lawmaker Hon. Brian Mundubile has revealed that the Party has concluded the postmortem it had embarked on to establish the reason for its humiliating August 12 defeat, stating that one of the findings was that the party lost its shine due to gross indiscipline and misconduct from the party cadres.

And Mundubile has said that the PF has learned lessons and is fully ready to make amends top of which is to instill discipline in the rank and file of the membership.

He said the rebranding was not as easy as 1,2,3 but a long process that required getting feedback from party members and the Zambian people at large.

“You can’t rebrand without knowing what went wrong in the party. Most thought rebranding is about removing this or that person. Now it’s a much more complex process than that. As a central Committee, we commissioned a committee that went countrywide to make inquiries from people especially those outside the party. So the report is out and was presented to the Central Committee. And using the recommendations in that report, we have started the process of rebranding,” he said.

He stated that discipline was top on the agenda of the rebranding because cadrism and hooliganism had taken centre stage in the past causing the party to lose attractiveness.

He said even people who loved the party were totally irritated and fed up with the misconduct of cadres who they said had come to instill fear in people be it in markets, bus stations, and the Civil Service.

Source: Lusaka Times

The Zambia Environmental Management Agency -ZEMA- says it is in the process of setting up standards to regulate Carbon emissions by vehicles.

ZEMA Corporate Affairs Manager FRIDAY PHIRI says once the standards are set and the right equipment to measure carbon emission is procured, vehicles exceeding the carbon emission threshold will NOT be allowed on the Zambian roads.

Mr. PHIRI says this is in order to contribute towards the fight against devastating effects that come with climate change especially as the country shifts towards achieving a Green economy.

He was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News shortly after this month’s Car Free Day spearheaded by Zambia Road Safety Trust.

And Zambia Road Safety Trust Chairperson DANIEL MWAMBA said the Car Free Day needs more support from all stakeholders.

Mr. MWAMBA said it does NOT only help raise Road Safety Awareness for pedestrians and cyclists but also good for health and Environmental protection.

Source: ZNBC

Trade Expert GILBERT NKAMBA says Zambia should increase on production of goods, mainly imported from China and the United Arab Emirates, as a mitigating measure of the impact the new Covid-19 Strain -OMICRON.

Some Airlines have alledgedly suspended flights following the outbreak of OMICRON a new Covid -19 Strain.

Mr. NKAMBA says the Omicron variant will lead to economic disruption in the medium term as people are still studying it.

He says global bodies have already projected a 12-percent drop in export business.

Mr. NKAMBA says the pandemic will likely lead to cost push inflation as production costs will go up.

He has since recommended upgrading of quarantine measures by different countries and allow flights to continue under the new normal.

The Trade Expert has further advised government to heighten measures such as increasing vaccination and the golden rules of Covid.

Mr. NKAMBA also notes the need for government to collaborate with international partners so that business continues under the new normal.

Mr NKAMBA was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.

And, Economic Analyst AUSTIN MWANGE expressed sadness with the outbreak of the Omicron variant just when Zambia and the global economy is recovering.

He observed that putting Zambia back on the red list will put a huge costs on isolation for Zambians upon landing in developed countries.

Dr. MWANGE, who is Former Economics Association of Zambia Vice President, said halting of flights into Zambia will great affect transportation of passengers and cargo.

He has since recommended to government to adequately prepare and not be taken by surprise.

Source: ZNBC

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