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Gambia: Barrow Pledges to Transform Gambian Army into Professional Force
June 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By  Bakary Ceesay

Barrow with Army

Barrow with Army

President Adama Barrow has renewed his pledge to transform The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) into a professional force that conforms to international standards. For the President, the military is an integral part of his development agenda for the country.

President Barrow was presiding over the promotion and decoration of 39 officers from The Gambia Armed Forces at a ceremony held at the State House. 36 of them are from rank of Captain to Major, whilst the rest from Major to the Lieutenant Colonels. The officers were reported to have gone through examination and only those who passed were deemed deserving of the promotion.

In the past, promotions in The Gambia Armed Forces were not based on merit but on subjective considerations that favoured some sections of the Army whilst delineating many deserving ones.  With the instituted Security Sector Reform (SSR) agenda of the Barrow government, however, this has already changed.

“I assure you that we will not relent until we have a professional and very well motivated Army that can match other armies around the world. I am aware of the efforts being undertaken to set up a military academy here. This is one of the best drivers towards achieving our Security Sector Reform,” he told the promoted officers, who were led to the State House by their Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), the Commander of the National Army and the Navy Commander, respectively.

President Barrow further assured them that government will continue to collaborate and provide support to the relevant stakeholders in order to move the national Security Sector Reform agenda forward – an important element of which is to have a vibrant, effective and legitimate Armed Forces that is transparent, subordinate and accountable to civilian authority; a Force that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people; and, a Force whose actions are firmly rooted within the rule of law and international standards.

In the quest to build a professional Force, President Barrow said his government recognised the importance of capacity building.  It has engaged international partners for training assistance. As a result, members of The Gambia Armed Forces are now benefiting from various training opportunities across the world. This will contribute to improving the competence of the members of the Armed Forces.

Those promoted come from different disciplines of the Armed Forces, ranging from civil, marine and aeronautical engineering, health, IT, infantry, to intelligence, among several others. The Officers took the oaths of service, secrecy, and loyalty to authority, state and the people.

Chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Massaneh Kinteh, in his statement recalled that since President Barrow assumed office, he had always maintained having a professional army devoid of politics and tribalism. When he was appointed CDS, Gen. Kinteh also recalled he assigned to lead the transformation of the Gambian Army into a professional and well-motivated force that is free from political interference

CDS Kinteh said the promotions are consistent with the needs of the Armed Forces and the security sector reform agenda of the government, noting that they comprise a corps of leaders that the Army needed in achieving the transformation objectives.

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US Supports Gambia in Recovering Stolen Monies by Yahya Jammeh
June 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

The embassy of the United States in The Gambia said America supports the efforts of the Gambia in recovering monies looted by the former President Yahya Jammeh during his 22-year rule

Commission of Inquiry, alias Janneh Commission, an independent inquiry into the finances and associates of Yahya Jammeh have found that the former ruler has stolen close to U.S$400 million from state funds.

On 12 June, 2019 Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou issued a statement announcing that Gambia will take over all assets and companies belonging to former ruler and his former associate Muhammed Bazzi, a Lebanese business tycoon.

That prompted US government issued a press release reaffirming it stance in helping Gambia to recover the stolen monies by Jammeh.

 Below the press release reads….

The United States government fully supports the Government of The Republic of The Gambia’s investigation into the corruption of former President Yahya Jammeh, and Gambian efforts to recover the ill-gotten gains of Jammeh and his associates.

We commend the efforts of the Commission of Inquiry into the Financial Activities of Public Bodies, Enterprises and Offices, and those of the Ministry of Justice and Office of the Attorney General of The Gambia for their work in uncovering and documenting the kleptocratic actions and mechanisms of the former president and his associates.

We echo President Barrow’s position that “never again” must be the focus of Gambian effort, not only in regards to the abuse of power that led to systematic, state-sanctioned gross violations of human rights, but also in the pervasive corruption that robbed the people of The Gambia and depleted the resources of this country to the benefit of only a very few.

We encourage the government to work closely and expeditiously with the National Assembly to analyze this extensive corruption, and develop strong legislation, strong regulations, and strong rule of law-based investigative and prosecutorial mechanisms to address persons who abuse their positions of public trust to greedily benefit themselves – not only in the past, but also in the present and the future.

Though it will be a long and involved process, the government of the United States is committed to working with the Government of The Gambia to pursue all available legal means to recover the ill-gotten gains of Yahya Jammeh and his associates identified by the Commission of Inquiry.  We encourage other governments and international organizations to render all possible assistance to the Government of The Gambia in this regard.

Background information on U.S. Government efforts to combat the corruption of former Gambian president Jammeh and his associates:

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0388

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm668

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0243

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Kenyan Catholic Priests Denounce Celibacy
June 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Prince Kurupati

Catholic priests are instructed to strictly adhere to the vow of celibacy. Before one is ordained as a priest, he must commit to remaining single and unmarried for the rest of his life. However, while this is the norm, Catholic priests in Kenya are defying the church’s golden law by starting their own families.

Peter Njogu, a priest from Kenya went on a trip to Rome. During his time in Rome, he came across a lady that his heart fell fall. Despite the vow he had made to remain unmarried for the rest of his life, Njogu from the moment he laid his eyes on the lady was convinced that she was going to become the mother of his children.

When Njogu returned to Kenya, he confided with his mates telling them of his desire to marry. Expecting to receive a lot of advice, on the contrary, Njogu was perplexed and surprised to hear that among his mates, many of them had married and had children!

Happy that his desire to marry the lady he loved was possible and he could do that with the blessing of his mates, Njogu was however disappointed to learn that his mates had “secret families”, kept hidden in distant homes. For him, he didn’t want to have a secret family, he didn’t want his wife to be a secret and above all, he didn’t want to live his life in secret.

To make his aspirations a reality, Njogu established a breakaway faction, the Renewed Universal Catholic Church. The Renewed Universal Catholic Church is Catholic in every way except in having optional celibacy for its priests.

According to Njogu, the decision to establish Renewed Universal Catholic Church was not just driven by the desire to allow himself and all other priests in the church a chance to marry while practising their calling but it was also a move to save Christianity’s largest church from its own sins. This Njogu states quoting news articles reporting on the revelation of widespread sexual misconduct by its clergy.

Njogu’s church has grown massively in recent times and its growth according to The Independent in Kenya is rooted in opposition to the practice of keeping secret families but reflects a growing worry among some Catholics that the celibacy requirement – too many non-negotiable tenets of the priesthood – creates a harmful culture of sexual secrecy.

The Catholic Church has refused to revise its stance on celibacy instead calling it a “gift to the church” as according to Pope Francis.

The Vatican in recent times has signalled that it’s open to ordaining married men in remote parts of the world with a severe shortage of priests.

More radical voices in the church have called for the church to rescind the requirement altogether.

The Independent reports that nearly 20 priests and more than 2,000 parishioners have joined Njogu since 2011.

Njogu states that celibacy goes against African custom stating “No one in the Vatican understands the African soul. They do not understand that for the African man, priest or not, the worst sin is to leave this world without siring a child.”

Njogu was ex-communicated by the Catholic Church for alleged “unbecoming behaviour”, including purchasing land and speaking openly about his intention to marry Berith Kariri, who remains his wife.

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Gambia: Lamin VDC removes garbage around Lamin health centre
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Adama Makasuba

The Lamin Village Development Committee on Thursday removed garbage dumped around Lamin health centre to outskirt of the community.

The initiative came from the support project of Dutch Foundation dubbed ‘Children of Lamin’ that aims at empowering the community of Lamin.

At least four trucks and a truck lifter were hired by the Committee through a funding support from the Dutch Foundation.

The reserve site for molding mud blocks turned to a dumped site as a result no dumping site for the natives of Lamin village.

And the Committee now announced to fence the site and reserve it for gardening purpose.

Meanwhile, the Committee said it had engaged Brikama Area Council about clearing site but believed that the Committee lacks the capacity of clearing the site.

Speaking to journalists at the site, Allahgie Babou Sarr, adviser to the Lamin village Development committee, said the committee took it to itself to remove the garbage as a detrimental effect of the site is causing.

“It has been a problem for the whole Lamin village and this is why we took it, when the garbage are burn all the smoke come back to the hospital,” he said.

Mr. Sarr assured the commitment of the committee to ensuring a caretaker of the community of Lamin from any bad effect.

However, he blamed Brikama Area Council as a “total failure and I want to tell the government that Brikama is a failure” saying “I pay 600 dalasi per month on garbage.”

For her part, Annemieke de Koning, described the removal of the garbage as great, adding hygienic is paramount not only for the hospital but for the whole of Lamin community.

According to her, “it is really affecting that rubbish is next to the hospital. You can imagine when you are sick and admitted it affect you in the hospital.”

She hopes for the continuation of such project between her Foundation and the community of Lamin.

 

 

 

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Ambassador Imran promises his government support to Gambia
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Adama Makasuba

Ambassador M Imran Mirza

Ambassador M Imran Mirza

The Pakistani Ambassador to Dakar overseeing Gambia and other countries in West Africa has promised his government support to the Gambia in trade, agriculture, health and others.

Ambassador Imran was speaking to journalists on Friday at Sand Beach Hotel in Kotu, after meeting the Pakistani community in the Gambia.

“My purpose here is to explore the expansion of trade because the amount of trade is around 12 million a year which is nothing there is so much potential here,” he said.

Prior to his meeting with Pakistani community in the Gambia on Friday, he met with Gambia’s youth and trade ministers and unveiled the discussion transpired between him and the trade minister to have centered on Pakistan’s support to export rice, textile and agricultural equipments like tractors in the country.

Meanwhile, he assured his government support on the request made by the trade minister and helping the Gambian industry to renovating some of the dilapidating hotels.

Ambassador M Imran Mirza, who based in Dakar, is task to oversee the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali and other countries within the West Africa.

He said he had met the administration and told them to continue the cordial relationship between Pakistan and Gambia

On the relationship of the two countries, he said “we have a very cordial friendly relation ever since Gambia’s independence we share common religion and Gambia has always supported Pakistan in the all United Nations and OIC resolution and candidature and Pakistan has always reciprocate Gambian brothers wherever needed in diplomatic process, military process.”

Pakistan is a country in the Asian continent bordered with India. It has been supportive to the Gambia in the areas like health, education, military training and rice exportation to the Gambia.

 

 

 

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France Football names Top 10 African footballers of all time
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o is arguably the best and most achieved African Player of all time

Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o is arguably the best and most achieved African Player of all time

Reputable French sports magazine, France Football has listed what they name African Top ten footballers of all time.

While they agree to the fact that there are so many successful African football players who are adored in their home countries and foreign clubs for the immense contribution to football, the magazine noted that the listed ten footballers did not only made history but lifted the continents football to enviable heights, thus opening doors for fresh talents to be easily spotted.

The Magazine’s top 10 African footballers of all time are; George Weah (🇱iberia), Samuel Eto’o (🇨ameroon), Roger Milla (🇨ameroon), Didier Drogba (🇮vory Coast), Abedi Pélé (🇬hana), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Jay-Jay Okocha (🇳igeria), Moustapha Dahleb (Algeria), Seydou Keïta (🇲ali), and Laurent Pokou (🇮vory Coast).

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Here’s why Cameroonian-born Monique Ntumngia won WWF International Youth Award
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Monique Ntumngia

Monique Ntumngia

Cameroonian-born Monique Ntumngia founder of ‘Green Girls’ in Cameroon, a social business which educates young women from rural communities in the use of renewable energy, is the recipient of this year’s World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF International President’s Youth award.

The award recognizes young people under the age of 30 helping promote the cause and impact of nature conservation.

As well as her outstanding contribution to promoting sustainable development in the country, the award is recognition of Monique’s efforts to champion the inclusion of women and girls in the renewable energy sector in Cameroon and Africa.

Since its founding in 2015, Green Girls has empowered and trained almost 800 women from 23 communities across Cameroon to generate solar energy and biogas from human waste.

On receiving the award, Monique Said; “It’s been my good fortune that Green Girls has allowed me to combine two of my great passions: sustainable development and female empowerment. Renewable energy is an essential part of any solution if we are to meet both Africa’s future energy needs and the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Today’s youth will be at the forefront of meeting these challenges and women will have a central role to play. Thanks to the tireless work of my team and the boundless enthusiasm of countless young women, we’ve managed to make some significant progress and it’s truly humbling to be recognized for our work”.

Through Green Girls’ work, more than 3,000 households have been provided with biogas, while more than 100 households have had solar installations fitted.

In addition to being trained on how to produce biogas, young women are taught how to promote sustainable development and become financially independent.

In 2017, Monique was also crowned the winner of the inaugural WWF Africa Youth Award.

Monique and these amazing women give us hope and show what is possible.

“Not only is Monique promoting renewable energy that benefits the environment, she is also empowering hundreds of young women across Cameroon…She is a shining light, setting an example and showing us all that development and protecting the environment can go hand in hand,” said Pavan Sukhdev, President of WWF International.

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Cameroon Afropop singer Charlotte Dipanda named UNICEF goodwill ambassador
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Charlotte Dipanda

Charlotte Dipanda

Charlotte Dipanda, Cameroon’s Afropop singer, reputed for her mostly acoustic music spiced with her lyrics in her native language Bakaka has been named by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF as one of its goodwill ambassadors.

As a goodwill ambassador, she will assist UNICEF in implementing its mission in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

Charlotte Dipanda joins Samuel Eto’o and Fabrice Ondoa, as UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador to Cameroon.

She is the first Cameroonian artiste to become UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador in Cameroon.

Announcing her appointment to the Cameroonian public via her social media account, the highly acclaimed vocal singer promised to join UNICEF in its relentlessly fight for children in Cameroon.

“I will work hard to see that UNICEF’s goal to build a world where the rights of every child will be respected is achieved,” she said.

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Members Of African Criminal Enterprise Charged With Large-Scale Trafficking Of Rhinoceros Horns And Elephant Ivory And Heroin Distribution
June 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Indictment Alleges Conspiracy to Smuggle at Least 190 Kilograms of Rhinoceros Horns and at Least 10 Tons of Elephant Ivory Valued at More Than $7 Million 

WASHINGTON – Today, Moazu Kromah (aka “Ayoub,” “Ayuba,” and “Kampala Man”), Amara Cherif  (aka “Bamba Issiaka”), Mansur Mohamed Surur (aka “Mansour”), and Abdi Hussein Ahmed (aka “Abu Khadi”) were charged in an indictment for participating in a conspiracy to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species, valued at more than $7 million that involved the illegal poaching of approximately 35 rhinoceros and approximately 100 elephants.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Special Agent in Charge Christopher T. Tersigni of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s Special Operations Division, made the announcement.

In addition, Kromah, Cherif, and Surur were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, and Surur and Ahmed were charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of heroin.  Kromah, a citizen of Liberia, was arrested in Uganda on June 12, 2019, and expelled to the United States.  He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker earlier today and detained.  Cherif, a citizen of Guinea, was arrested in Senegal on June 7, 2019, and remains in custody in Senegal pending a process through which his extradition, deportation or other lawful removal to the United States is being considered by Senegalese authorities.  Surur and Ahmed, both citizens of Kenya, remain fugitives.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged, these defendants are members of an international conspiracy to traffic in not only heroin but also rhino horns and elephant ivory.  The alleged enterprise, responsible for the illegal slaughter of dozens of rhinos and more than 100 elephants, was as destructive to protected species as it was lucrative.  The excellent work of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEA has put the brakes on an operation that allegedly peddled dead protected species and potentially deadly narcotics.”

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said:  “Wildlife trafficking will not be tolerated. It is often intertwined with other major types of criminal activity including conspiracy, smuggling, money laundering and narcotics – all of which are included in the defendant’s indictment today.  The U.S. Department of the Interior remains committed to combating the illegal wildlife trade through the END Wildlife Trafficking Act and the President’s Executive Order on Transnational Organized Crime.  I would like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice, and others who help bring wildlife traffickers, and other criminals, to justice.  Together, we can protect some of the world’s most iconic species while ensuring the safety and livelihood of the American people.”

DEA Special Agent in Charge Christopher T. Tersigni said:  “DEA’s global investigations with our foreign counterparts often involve transnational criminal networks involved in a wide array of unlawful acts – from drug trafficking to conspiring to commit acts of terror to international money laundering to human trafficking – that undermine the rule of law everywhere.  These suspected criminal masterminds not only conspired to traffic huge amounts of heroin to New York, but also directed a multimillion-dollar poaching scheme to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory – both endangered wildlife species.  DEA investigations throughout the world consistently illustrate the lengths and heinous acts these global criminal individuals and networks will commit to further their illicit enterprises.”

According to allegations in the indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

Kromah, Cherif, Surur, and Ahmed were members of a transnational criminal enterprise (the “Enterprise”) based in Uganda and surrounding countries that was engaged in the large-scale trafficking and smuggling of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species.  Trade involving endangered or threatened species violates several U.S. laws, as well as international treaties implemented by certain U.S. laws.

From at least in or about December 2012 through at least in or about May 2019, Kromah, Cherif, Surur, and Ahmed conspired to transport, distribute, sell, and smuggle at least approximately 190 kilograms of rhinoceros horns and at least approximately 10 tons of elephant ivory from or involving various countries in East Africa, including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania, to buyers located in the United States and countries in Southeast Asia.  Such weights of rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory are estimated to have involved the illegal poaching of more than approximately 35 rhinoceros and more than approximately 100 elephants.  In total, the estimated average retail value of the rhinoceros horn involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately $3.4 million, and the estimated average retail value of the elephant ivory involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately $4 million.

Typically, the defendants exported and agreed to export the rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory for delivery to foreign buyers, including those represented to be in Manhattan, in packaging that concealed the rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory in, among other things, pieces of art such as African masks and statues.  The defendants received and deposited payments from foreign customers that were sent in the form of international wire transfers, some which were sent through U.S. financial institutions, and paid in cash.

On a number of occasions, Kromah, Surur, and Ahmed met with a confidential source (CS-1), both together and separately, concerning potential purchases of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.  During these meetings and at other times via phone calls and an electronic messaging application, CS-1 discussed with Kromah, Surur, and Ahmed, in substance and in part, the terms of the sale, including the price, weight, or size of the rhinoceros horns, payment, destination, and delivery options.  CS-1 also discussed with Cherif via phone calls and electronic messages, in substance and in part, the terms of the sales, as well as how to send payment for the rhinoceros horns from a U.S. bank account located in Manhattan.  On or about March 16, 2018, law enforcement agents intercepted a package containing a black rhinoceros horn sold by the defendants to CS-1 that was intended for a buyer represented to be in Manhattan.  From in or about March 2018 through in or about May 2018, the defendants offered to sell CS-1 additional rhinoceros horns of varying weights, including horns weighing up to seven kilograms.  On or about July 17, 2018, law enforcement agents intercepted a package containing two white rhinoceros horns sold by the defendants to CS-1 that was intended for a buyer represented to be in Manhattan.

Separately, from at least in or about August 2018 through at least in or about May 2019, Surur and Ahmed conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than approximately 10 kilograms of heroin to a buyer represented to be located in New York.

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Kromah, 49; Cherif, 54; Surur, 59; and Ahmed, 56; are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and two counts of wildlife trafficking, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  Kromah, Cherif, and Surur are also each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  Finally, Surur and Ahmed are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEA, and he thanked law enforcement authorities and conservation partners in Uganda for their assistance in the investigation.  Mr. Berman also thanked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for their assistance and noted that the investigation is continuing.

The prosecution of this case is being handled by the Office’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sagar K. Ravi and Jarrod L. Schaeffer are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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11 African leaders attends Nigeria’s maiden celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria on
June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Olumide Ajayi

No fewer than 11 African leaders attended the ceremonies for the maiden celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria on Wednesday.

Among them were President Idris Deby of Republic of Chad; President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, President George Weah of Liberia; President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.

Others were President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Adama Barrow of The Gambia and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic as well as the Prime Minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda,

On arrival at Eagle Square, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari went round to have a handshake with each of the leaders and representatives of other world leaders represented at the ceremony.

Mr Buhari arrived at the venue at 10.05 a.m., watched the parade mounted by members of the Nigeria Armed Forces and Nigeria Police Force before being driven round the arena in an open vehicle.

Other dignitaries at the ceremony included the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and wife, Dolapo, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

The federal government marked Democracy Day on June 12 for the first time after the president signed the law to commemorate the 1993 Presidential Election considered to be the freest and most credible poll in Nigeria.

The election which the late MKO Abiola won as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party against Bashir Tofa of the National Republican Convention, was cancelled by the military government led by Ibrahim Babangida.

As a mark of honour for Mr Abiola, the president re-named Abuja National Stadium MKO Abiola National Stadium in addition to having posthumously honoured him in 2018 with the highest national award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.

In the past 19 years, the country had marked May 29, which was the date the military handed over power to civilians, had been marked as Democracy Day. (NAN)

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African Sexual Enhancers Trending Among Zambian Men ,”Are They Necessary?
May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Kelvin Mbewe,Lusaka,

Eyebrows where raised when the state owned Zambia Daily mail led with a human interest story headlined “Sex booster victims treated for cholera.”
This is a story where three men were mistakenly admitted to a cholera center in Katete (eastern Zambia) when they started vomiting after consuming sex enhancers commonly known as mvumbwe.

This happened when the country was hit by a cholera outbreak.

Apparently, sex boosters have become the order for the day for many men in Zambia.

Names such as Mvumbwe, Mutototo, mutoba pompwe and others are not alien to most men.

 

A few men that were interviewed on the matter agree to having used the boosters and have no shame about it.

 

“Yes I know about sex boasters and I can confirm that they really work. I have used them before that’s how I know that they work. The one I used requires you to apply on the manhood three hours before the act,” said Moses Lwipa.

Mr Lwipa says he opted for the boosters because he wanted to prove his girlfriend wrong.

“There is a notion that us who drink beer are weak in bed, so I had to prove my girlfriend wrong. The one I used is powerful, it makes you last for more than three hours. My woman got tired but I was not,” he said.

According to Mr Lwipa the boosters did not have any side effects on him.

Another user of sex boasters is Aaron Chiti 45.

He claims that the boasters are the reason for him having two sets of twins.

“I prefer the African sex boasters. Am a father of two sets of twins, can you imagine that. I used to use my own concoction. I used raw groundnuts, cassava and what is known in bemba as mutobaponpwe,” he said.

Another fanatic for sex boasters is William Chozela, a family man.

Mr Chozela says he chooses to use the boasters so that he can perform both at home and with his girlfriends.

“It’s very shameful to go home and fail to perform, its means my wife will be suspicious that am misbehaving, that is why I use them,” he said.

The biggest question is, can men do without these sex boasters and what are their implications?

Friday Mulenga runs a herbal clinic which supplies most of these boasters and he claims that men cannot do without them.

Mr Mulenga said in an interview that men are strong in their early twenties and later in their lives they become weak hence the need to use boosters to enhance their performance.

He said 45 percent of men suffer from premature ejaculation.

“As you age you become what is known as diminishing returns in economics, your heart will not pump blood effectively because it weakens because it has been pumping blood for a long time,” he said.

“Scientifically proven a normal encounter is supposed to last about between 8 to 11 minutes. That is good enough. Three to four times in a week is acceptable in a marriage arrangement, “he said.

He said the weakening of the heart leads to erectile dysfunction which affects sexual performance.

The boasters cost K30 to K40 per packet and can last about a month depending on the usage.

“It is a normal phenomenon for a man to go down like that. This is when sex boasters come in. They bring about blood pressure to enhance the pumping of blood,” he said.

Mr Mulenga says most of his clients are both young and old men in formal and informal sector.

According to Mr Mulenga the response from the public is overwhelming because sex is a problem in most homes.

“If there is no sex in a home, marriage is at stake. You can have all the money, a good house, cars, expensive cellphone and clothes on but if you can’t perform then you marriage is at stake,” he said.

 

Libido boosters on display at the Trade Fair.Picture credit Lusaka Times

Libido boosters on display at the Trade Fair.Picture credit Lusaka Times

He said there are plenty of sex boasters with names like mulya mfumu, Kasupa, Katonge, namaikumbathe.

Men that use these boasters consume them in their tea, munkoyo or any other liquid.

 

 

There is however a lot of misuse of these sex boasters, according to mr Mulenga.

“For example you give someone to take two t spoons but they take three sometimes even four. Obviously that will have an impact on the user.

He said the herbal medicines are not good for people with blood pressure problems.

“IF you have bp, don’t buy such things from the street, unless after seeking medical advice. If you have bp and are taking sex boasters then you need medicine for bp aswell to counter reacts of the sex boasters,” he said.

But a qualified medical doctor from the University teaching hospital (UTH) Victor Mapulanga said he could not confirm or deny the capacity of the sex boasters.

“As a medical doctor I’m trained to deal with conversional medicine and not herbal, that is why I think it would be unfair to talk about herbal medicine because am not sure of what they can or cannot do,” he said.

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Billions at Play: Centurion CEO Agrees Deal to Write New Book about Africa’s Oil and Gas
May 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

 

Billions at Play: Centurion CEO Agrees Deal to Write New Book about Africa’s Oil and Gas
NJ Ayuk

NJ Ayuk

The book, “Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy”, will be packed with captivating, useful ideas, stories, examples and information that Africans can use to take command of their future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 29, 2019/ — Centurion Law Group  Founder and CEO NJ Ayuk has been saying for years that Africa’s oil and gas resources can fuel socioeconomic revitalization throughout the continent. Now he’s writing a book that explains how it can be done.

The book, “Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy”, which is slated for release in October 2019, will be packed with captivating, useful ideas, stories, examples and information that Africans can use to take command of their future, from new oil revenue management models, gas to power, to the deal-making techniques and behind the scene strategies that Ayuk has successfully employed with multinationals and African governments.

Additional topics covered in the book include the importance of including women in oil and gas leadership, monetizing petroleum resources, American investment in Africa oil and gas in the era of President Trump, local content,  addressing energy security concerns, new African gamechangers, and the value African countries achieve by participating in The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), among others.

“We’ve heard more than enough about the challenges facing Africa,” said Ayuk, who also is the co-author of Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity and Executive Chairman of the Africa Energy Chamber. “Instead of dwelling on our problems, we should be working together to reverse Africa’s Resource Curse. Don’t get me wrong, this book will not be an idealistic treatise for a better world. It will have more of a ‘stop complaining, get up and get to work’ kind of message—backed up with practical ideas for strategically harnessing Africa’s petroleum resources.”

Ayuk says that one of his main goals for writing the book is to inspire a healthy dialogue about the future of the African energy industry that is seeing new changes in Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Algeria, Uganda, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa, Angola, Libya, Niger, Congo, Chad, Mauritania, Tanzania and many other new players. “I know there will be readers who disagree with my points, and I welcome that,” he said. “We can’t make meaningful, positive changes for everyday Africans until we start discussing a way forward. The more we advocate personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and an enabling environment for investment, Africa’s oil industry and African stand to benefit than relying on foreign aid and assistance.”

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