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A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the goat and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The goat sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose.”

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main Ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbours came to sit with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the goat.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this amazing journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Each of us may not be connected through a blood line; we may not even be friends. But we are all connected through humanity. We may come from different tribes but we are like a rainbow which has different colours but together these colours make it look beautiful - AUTHOR Unknown, Adapted & Shared by Dr. Mufalali & Sibeta Mundia.

 

PROFESSOR Muna Ndula says constitutional lawyers the world over are shocked that the election petition against the declaration of Edgar Lungu as winner of the August 11 general elections has been dismissed on a technicality without being heard.

And Prof Ndulo says Zambia is rapidly descending into a failed state.

In a statement, Prof Ndulo, a law professor at Cornell University, stated that constitutional principles the world over required that parties be given ample time to be heard.

“The Friday September 2 decision of the full bench of the Constitutional Court to give each side two days to present their case is correct in law and in fact. The earlier decision by Judge Sitali was impracticable and unreasonable. Besides, Judge Sitali made two conflicting decisions. In the absence of the presentation of the case to the Constitutional Court, what was the Constitutional court going to decide on? It would shock constitutional lawyers around the world into disbelief to learn that a Constitutional Court in Zambia, after refusing to hear evidence, turned around and gave what at best would be a technical reason for dismissing a case before it,” Prof Ndulo stated.

“That is not law no matter how you look at it. The principles of natural justice, and constitutional principles the world over, require that parties be given ample time to be heard. Various Zambia constitutional provisions guarantee a right to be heard in a judicial proceeding. In any event, Article 10 of the Constitution that talks of 14 days is not a model in drafting. It says: ‘the electoral petition shall be heard in 14 days.’ Judicial proceedings involve hearing and determining. The article, by not mentioning determining, renders itself to numerous interpretations.”

He stated that it would be easier to accept the decision of the court if both sides had been given ample time to be heard.

“Human rights courts the world over have stated that the rights of individuals in the constitution are intended to guarantee rights that are not theoretical or illusory, but practical and effective. The courts the world over where human rights are involved chose an interpretation that provides more extensive protections of individuals. In this case, they would choose, one that gives both sides an opportunity to be heard. Where all parties are given an opportunity to be heard, it becomes easier for all concerned to accept a decision of the court,” Prof Ndulo stated.

And Prof Ndulo observed that Zambia was slowly becoming a failed state.

“It is quite obvious that there is political crisis in Zambia and the country is rapidly descending into a failed state. There is violence everywhere and a breakdown of law and order is evident. Courts are openly being intimidated by politicians, party cadres and sycophants masquerading as civil society,” Prof Ndulo stated.

“The former Secretary-General of the UN Boutros Boutros Ghali, described a failed state as ‘a feature of such societies is the collapse of state institutions, especially the police and the judiciary, with resulting paralysis of governance, a breakdown of law and order, and general banditry and chaos’.”

He stated that to sustain a democracy, an impartial and upright judiciary was a necessity.

“It is beyond dispute that to sustain a democracy in the modern world, an independent, impartial and upright judiciary is an absolute necessity. Therefore, the constitution, laws and policies of a country must ensure that the justice system is truly independent from other branches of the state,” Prof Ndulo stated.

“And it gives life to the promise that the rule of law safeguards the minority from the tyranny of the majority.”

He also observed that there was morbid fear of the evidence which would have been presented in court.

“In Zambia, it is quite evident that in the election petition, the Constitutional Court came under tremendous pressure and attack by forces that were orchestrated to prevent a hearing of the petition to take place. There appeared to be a morbid fear of the evidence to be submitted coming to the surface and hence the strenuous efforts made to prevent a hearing of the petition,” stated Prof Ndulo.

“In spite of such challenges, the judges must recognize that they are duty bound to provide society with the highest possible standards of service and commitment, and that a failure to maintain this is a betrayal of the judicial oath of office. Independence does not mean that judges can decide cases according to their personal preferences. To the contrary, judges have a right and duty to decide cases before them according to the law, free from fear of reprisals of any kind.”Postzambia.com

 

The people of Central and Southern Africa will have a great chance to witness a partial solar eclipse today, Thursday 1 September, 2016

ECLIPSES IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

Max View in Lusaka is on Thursday, 1 September 2016, 10:45 ( http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/zambia/lusaka )

Global Type: Annular Solar Eclipse
Lusaka: Partial Solar Eclipse
Begins: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 09:03
Maximum: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 10:45
Ends: Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 12:36
Duration: 3 hours, 33 minutes

According to TimeandDate.com, this phenomenon is known as a Partial Solar Eclipse and happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, but they don't align in a perfectly straight line. Because of this, the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disc.

The Sun looks like the Moon has taken a bite out of it. This is because the Moon casts the lighter, outer part of its shadow, the penumbra, on Earth.

ONLY AT NEW MOON

However, a new Moon is necessary for a partial solar eclipse to occur, but partial solar eclipses do not happen during every new Moon night.

This is because the plane of the Moon's orbital path around the Earth is inclined at an angle of 5° to the Earth's orbital plane (ecliptic) around the Sun. The points where the 2 orbital planes meet are called lunar nodes. Solar eclipses occur only when a new Moon takes place near a lunar node.

THREE PHASES

During a partial solar eclipse, the Moon's umbra completely misses the Earth. Everyone in the Moon's penumbra gets to see a partially eclipsed Sun. There are 3 distinct stages of a partial solar eclipse:

  • Partial solar eclipse begins: The Moon starts moving over the Sun's disc.
  • Maximum eclipse: The Moon partially covers the Sun. If you're somewhere in the eclipse's path, you'll see that the Moon appears to take a bite out of the Sun.
  • Partial solar eclipse ends: The Moon stops covering the Sun.

PROTECT YOUR EYES!

Never look directly at the Sun, eclipsed or otherwise, without any protective eyewear. The Sun’s UV radiation can burn the retinas in the eyes leading to permanent damage or even blindness.

The only way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun using a pinhole projector.

Video courtesy of Sibuku Malumbano

The Lusata traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people is due to take place in the first week of October, the 4th 2016.

The Mafwe tribe is originally found in both the Katima Mulilo region of the Caprivi strip, now Zambezi region of Namibia, and the surrounding border area and parts of Barotseland, separated only by the colonial demarcations drawn in the 19th century.

They share similar culture and customs with their Lozi counterparts of Barotseland; with a ‘Litunga’ who reigns and sits in his Kashandi, the current title holder being Chief George Simasiku Mamili. They also speak the Silozi lingua franca.

Their women and their men adorn the Musisi and Siziba dress just like the Lozi of Barotseland.

Any attendee to this ceremony will be left wowed by their rich cultural dances and immaculate dress, making the Lusata traditional ceremony, therefore, a must attend event this year.

The Lusata Traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people
The Lusata Traditional ceremony of the Mafwe people

A Seventh - Day Adventist (SDA) Church Silozi hymn book has been launched on Google Play Store and can be freely downloaded for the Android platform.

The electronic SDA Silozi hymn book is a creation of Bro. Agbonaye Osaru of SARU TECH at the request of Mr & Mrs Stephens Wamu Mukwasiyo of Mountain View SDA Church, Sesheke East District of the West Zambia Field.

The app is not for sale as it has been developed as a gift from God through SARU TECH to the children of God in the West Zambia Field and Zambezi (Caprivi) Field of Namibia, Seventh – Day Adventist Church. This should be great news to all the people of Barotseland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Angola, and to all those who understand the Silozi language or indeed anyone who wishes to evangelize and spread the gospel of Christ through song.

Comments on the app are, therefore, solicited and could be directed to Mr Mukwasiyo via Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Austria's highest court has annulled the result of the presidential election narrowly lost by the candidate of the far-right Freedom Party.

The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been illegally and improperly handled.

The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by just 30,863 votes or less than one percentage point.

The election will now be re-run.

Announcing the decision, Gerhard Holzinger, head of the Constitutional Court, said: "The challenge brought by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache against the 22 May election... has been upheld."

He added: "The decision I am announcing today has no winner and no loser, it has only one aim: to strengthen trust in the rule of law and democracy."

WILL BREXIT MATTER, ASKS BETHANY BELL, BBC NEWS, VIENNA

Austria's politics have been thrown into confusion. One of the most controversial and polarising presidential elections in recent history will have to be re-run.

This is a moral victory for the far-right, anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic Freedom Party, which launched the legal challenge last month after alleging "terrifying" irregularities.

The Freedom Party is hoping that the decision by the court will help its candidate Norbert Hofer win in the new election this autumn.

Hanging over the vote is the shadow of "Brexit" - the UK's decision to leave the EU.

Will Mr Hofer choose to make Austria's future membership of the EU a campaign issue?

Some Austrians think the vote by the United Kingdom to leave the EU could boost populist and nationalist sentiment in Austria. Others believe the political turbulence in Britain may make people more cautious about Eurosceptic parties.

Mr Hofer said on Friday he was pleased that the court had taken "a difficult decision", adding: "I have great trust in the rule of law."

Mr Van der Bellen said he was "very confident" he would emerge the winner.

"Austria needs to be well represented in Europe and the world. If we can do it once, we can do it again," he told reporters.

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said the court ruling showed that the country's democracy was strong and he called for "a short campaign, a campaign without emotions".

'RULES BROKEN'

In two weeks of hearings, lawyers for the Freedom Party argued that postal ballots were illegally handled in 94 out of 117 districts.

It alleged that thousands of votes were opened earlier than permitted under election rules and some were counted by people unauthorised to do so.

The party also claimed to have evidence that some under-16s and foreigners had been allowed to vote.

In its ruling, the court said election rules had been broken in a way that could have influenced the result.

But it said there was no proof the count had been manipulated.

If elected, Mr Hofer would become the first far-right head of state of an EU country.

His party has based its election campaigns around concern over immigration and falling living standards for the less well-off.

After Britain voted to leave the EU, Mr Hofer said he favoured holding a similar referendum in Austria if the bloc failed to stop centralisation and carry out reforms "within a year".

Last Sunday, he told the Oesterreich newspaper (in German): "If [the EU] evolves in the wrong direction, then in my opinion the time has come to ask the Austrians if they still want to be part of it."

His opponent, Mr Van der Bellen, is strongly pro-EU and has spoken of his dream for a border-free "United States of Europe".

The two men went forward to a run-off when, for the first time since World War Two, both the main centrist parties were knocked out in the first round of voting.

Following the court's order to re-run the vote, President Heinz Fischer will be replaced on a temporary basis by three parliamentary officials, including Mr Hofer.

The new election is expected to be held in September or October - BBC

Alexander Van der Bellen (l) beat Norbert Hofer (r) by only 30,863 votes in the election  - EPA

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