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ZICA PRESIDENT’S QUARTERLY BRIEF ON THE STATE OF ZAMBIAN ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

INTRODUCTION

The Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA), a body that represents all Accountants in Zambia, is a governance institution that promotes transparency and accountability in the use of resources in the country. ZICA was established under the Accountants Act Number 13 of 2008, as amended.  Section 5 (2) (l) of the Accountants Act states one of the functions and powers of the Institute as, and I quote “Advise Government on matters relating to the economic development of Zambia”.  Pursuant to this mandate, ZICA is duty bound to comment on the state of the Zambian economy and share its perspectives on how the Government can strengthen the economic prospects of the country.

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September 13, 2017 Posted by | News, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

2016 U.S. Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Zambia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 3, 2017, released the 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Rex W. Tillerson during his swearing in ceremony as Secretary of State by Vice President Mike Pence, right, and alongside Mr. Tillerson’s wife, Renda St. Clair, and President Trump in the Oval Office. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Rex W. Tillerson during his swearing in ceremony as Secretary of State by Vice President Mike Pence, right, and alongside Mr. Tillerson’s wife, Renda St. Clair, and President Trump in the Oval Office. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

 

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March 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It was unthinkable then but now possible thanks to Hickey

By Nalumino Nalumino

The news about the demise of Mr. Errol Hickey last Sunday came as a shock and unexpected to me.

As a former Radio Phoenix employee, I remember Hickey as a man who had a dominant personality in the Zambian media industry as well as an astute entrepreneur.

Errol Hickey watching the fire that swept clean the 13th Floor we used to call the Club House of ZIMCO House along Cairo Road in Lusaka. Picture by The Picture Monger

Errol Hickey watching the fire that swept clean the 13th Floor we used to call the Club House of ZIMCO House along Cairo Road in Lusaka. Picture by The Picture Monger

I wish to state without any reservation that this country can ill afford at a time such as this one to lose a man whose life was embedded in a strong belief in his personal will to succeed in whatever inspiration he wanted to pursue.

His motivation to establish Radio Phoenix at a time when it was unthinkable to own a private radio station in Zambia displayed courage and ambition that has given birth to a myriad of both community and commercial radio station in Zambia. Continue reading

March 1, 2017 Posted by | Self Xpression | , | Leave a comment

Significant Gold Identified in Zambia

Alecto Minerals plc (AIM: ALO), the African-focused gold and base metal exploration and development company, is pleased to announce excellent results from a confirmatory sampling programme conducted at its wholly owned Matala Gold Project in south-central Zambia (‘Matala’). Continue reading

March 3, 2016 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Over 1.2 million new voters captured in Zambia

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has captured over 1.2 million new voters registrations during the first, second, third and fourth phases of the mobile just ended voter registration exercise.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

The total number of newly captured eligible voters is 1,246,626, while updates during the same period were 1,235,633 and 23,783 notifications of deceased voters. Continue reading

November 19, 2015 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

SME’s overlooked in favour of more populist policies – HH

Lusaka, 9 November 2015, In reaction to the interest rate rise last week the

Hakainde Hichlema poses for a picture with a baby and its mother at a function

Hakainde Hichlema poses for a picture with a baby and its mother at a function

UPND called for more support of Zambian SMEs, including by cutting red tap and relieving some of the bureaucratic burden. Continue reading

November 10, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , , | 3 Comments

President Lungu rejected Sampa’ s emissaries says Chanda

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has rejected a proposal by a group of different emissaries who went to state house to suggest he should fire Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda or Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service Chishimba Kambwili and appoint Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa in either positions.

Miles Sampa

Miles Sampa

The President says the proposal by some emissaries that he should appoint Miles Sampa as either Minister of Finance or Information is absurd saying he will not make comments on the matter.

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November 9, 2015 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Orbis launches Vision for Zambia appeal

November 4 2015

Eye care charity Orbis UK has today (4 November) launched an appeal to help the prevention of childhood blindness in Zambia.

The three-month campaign will raise funds to allow the charity to expand its work in the southern African country, which has one of the highest rates of childhood blindness globally.

Backed by the UK government, all donations made by members of the public from now until 3 February will be doubled as part of a UK Aid Match scheme. The campaign aims to raise £500,000, which will be matched to £1m.

Since entering Zambia four years ago, Orbis has been working in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Health to establish a centre for paediatric eye care. Based in Kitwe Central Hospital, the Kitwe Eye Annexe is the first of its kind in the country, and over the last three years has carried out surgeries on around 1,000 children with cataracts and other complex eye conditions.

The money raised will enable Orbis to begin phase two of its programme, which includes the training of 750 healthcare professionals who will be able to screen children in rural areas for eye conditions and administer basic treatments; piloting the use of mobile technology to speed up the diagnosis and referral of patients in rural areas; and conducting community film screenings.

The films aim to educate people about eye health and encourage discussion within the community to help reduce the fear and stigma of seeking help for their children.

CEO of Orbis, Rebecca Cronin, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to reach thousands of children in Zambia desperately in need of sight-saving treatments. Here in the UK, eye diseases like cataract are thankfully rare in babies and children. In Zambia, however, childhood cataract is far more common and the country has one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world, with very limited access to eye care.”

Ms Cronin added: “With the UK government’s Aid Match scheme, this appeal really will have twice the impact, giving twice as many children the opportunity to go to school and provide them with a future full of possibilities.”

For more information, visit www.visionforzambia.org

November 5, 2015 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

HH ANNOUNCES CONSTITUTION ROADMAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

12 January 2015

 

HH ANNOUNCES CONSTITUTION ROADMAP

We have proudly stated our commitment to deliver a new constitution before the 2016 presidential and general elections on several occasions.

In support of this commitment and in preparation for quick and efficient delivery, the UPND legal team has been working on a roadmap for the proposed constitution even as we are campaigning across the country.

We are taking our promise to the Zambian people to deliver a new constitution very seriously. In November I personally signed a Social Contract with the Grand Coalition putting our commitment in writing, with civil society as our witness.

We have not stopped there. We know there is work to do to make the new constitution a reality, and we are ready to take this on. By sharing a roadmap with the public and civil society even ahead of the election we demonstrate our seriousness in this matter.

PROPOSED ROADMAP

  1. Within 7 days of taking office the President shall immediately appoint a Constitutional Delivery Team to oversee the validation of the proposed constitution.
  2. The Constitutional Delivery Team will work with the Referendum Commission (which will be the Electoral Commission). This Commission shall be appointed immediately after taking office.
  3. The Referendum Commission shall work closely with the Central Statistical Office and the National Registration Office to compile a national sample of all eligible voters for inclusion on the voters register.
  4. The President will introduce for enactment by Parliament, a bill to protect the constitution making process. This shall be done during the Legislative Session of Parliament commencing early 2015.
  5. The process will culminate in the holding of a referendum sometime in 2016 before the General Elections. To be preceded by extensive sensitisation programs led by civil society both for the referendum and the new constitutional process.
  6. Government will continue to work closely with civil society in all aspects of operationalizing the adopted constitution after Parliament pronounces its commencement date.

Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President

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UPND Information (PI Dept)

January 13, 2015 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Edgar pledges to love Zambians

Patriotic Front president Edgar Lungu said he will love the Zambian people in the same way that the late president Michael Sata did.

PF Presidential candidate, Edger Lungu

PF Presidential candidate, Edger Lungu

Mr Lungu has also reiterated his pledge to continue with the late president’s programme of developing the nation when he takes over leadership of the country after the January 20 elections.

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January 13, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

MMD Legal Affairs Chairperson dares his party president, Dr. Mumba over MP’s supporting other presidential candidates

It appears the MMD President Nevers Mumba is about to get into another legal battle though this time around with his own Legal Affairs Committee

MMD President, Dr. Nevers Mumba

MMD President, Dr. Nevers Mumba

Chairperson, Bradfprd Machila following Dr. Mumbas’s warning that Members of Parliament supporting other presidential candidates in the upcoming January 20th Presidential By-election in Zambia may lose their Parliamentary seats.
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January 6, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Party cadres urged to exercise peaceful campaigns

As Zambia goes to the polls to elect the 5th Republican President following the demise of the incumbent, Michael Sata, some concerned voters in Shiwang`andu district have called for peaceful campaigns ahead of the January 20th, 2015 Presidential By- elections. Continue reading

January 6, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eight bodies retrieved from Lake Kariba

Eight out of the 26 bodies feared dead have been retrieved from Zambia’s Lake Kariba by yesterday after the boat they were in capsized on Friday.

Republican Vice President Dr Guy Scot, Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda, Inspector General of Police, Siavonga District Commissioner and several senior government officials have visited the deceased victims’ families in Henga and Kaleleji in Gwembe District in Southern Province.

Dr. Scott has however assured the nation that government will do everything possible to lessen the pain that the bereaved families have gone through.

ZANIS reports that Dr Scott said this when he addressed the bereaved families in Kaleleji that government has provided food and tents will be supplied to the mourners who are still waiting for the bodies to be retrieved from Lake Kariba.

He expressed his deep sympathy with the bereaved families for the loss of 26 people out of which the majority were school children.

Zambia's Vice President, Dr. Guy Scott

Zambia’s Vice President, Dr. Guy Scott in the middle

The Vice President said the accident has served as eye opener to ensure that in future better water transport is provided to the people living along Lake Kariba.

“I am sorry even the provision of better transport will not help to bring back your beloved ones and I hope we can have a burial and I hope I can come to it,” Dr Scot said.

And Mr. Lubinda said the tragedy that has befallen the people of Henga and Kaleleji is for the entire country.

He advised mourners to be united with government in mourning the death of the children and asked for God’s guidance to prevail in the trying moment for the people of Gwembe. Continue reading

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mpombo’s political battle ahead of 2016 elections

The conviction of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President George Mpombo by Lusaka High Court implies that he cannot contest the 2016 elections either as a parliamentarian or republican president until after five years.

Former Defense Minister George Mpombo

Former Defense Minister George Mpombo

According to article 34 (3) (e) states “a person shall be qualified to be candidate for election as President if he is qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly,” while Article 65 spells out some of the disqualifications for anyone intending to be a member of the National Assembly which includes conviction and/or serving a sentence of imprisonment for a criminal offence before the nomination which applies now to Mr. Mpombo. Continue reading

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Bring Mundawanga Zoo and Botanical Gardens Back to Life

By Kbwhighway

We would at times sneak out of class at Parklands School in Chilanga to go to Mundawanga Zoo and Botanical Gardens to watch animals, swim and walk through the gardens.
It was off-course unacceptable to skip class and it is something a parent that I am today cannot tolerate from his children but being nutty kids that we were nothing would stop us from an occasional obsession of visiting the Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

It was a place of sweet tranquility and full of succor to people who truly needed to refresh their minds and even re-energise their physicality.

My friend Patrick Chanda, son of Major Alick Chanda who was then Manager of the Mundawanga Zoo and Botanical Gardens with other friends would frequent the Zoo and the garden and take a dive into the sparkling pool.Mundawanga Environmental Park Adventure Swimming
On several occasions we would find the monkeys have invaded Major Chanda’s house and displaced several household items out of their usual place. Major Chanda’s family had been accustomed to living and coexisting with their neighbours in the Zoo whose uninvited visits were most welcome. Continue reading

October 1, 2014 Posted by | Self Xpression | , , , | Leave a comment

MISA Zambia calls for an end to the Harassment of Journalists by FAZ

 

THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia would like to encourage dialogue between the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) and the various media organisations whose journalists were harassed and barred from covering the Africa Cup of Nations Group “C” qualifier between Zambia and Mozambique, and the Zambia and Algeria Olympic Games qualifier match at Nchanga Stadium in Chingola, on 5th and 18th June 2011 respectively.

MISA Zambia received a number of requests from concerned parties on the harassment of journalists by FAZ officials during the said football matches, as such, we instituted investigations. The affected journalists were contacted to get their side of the story. We also spoke to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Communications Manager, Eric Mwanza, who has been at the centre of the controversy.

From our investigations, we have come to the following conclusions: Journalists were harassed during the said soccer tournaments; The affected journalists applied to FAZ for accreditation, but were not accredited, however, other journalists were accredited; FAZ has been granting accreditation as a privilege, favour or reward for ‘good behaviour’ and not a right. On account of the above, MISA Zambia is gravely concerned with the deterioration in the relationship between media organisations and FAZ over the last few months, and appeals to both FAZ and the media to embrace dialogue in order to amicably resolve their differences.

There seems to be a regrettable tendency by some FAZ officials to verbally and physically abuse journalists, especially those perceived to be against the Kalusha Bwalya led executive. This situation is unhealthy for the development of soccer in Zambia. For instance, on 5th December, 2009, then The Post newspaper journalist, Augustine Mukoka, was reportedly physically assaulted in South Africa by FAZ President, Kalusha Bwalya, who complained about being stalked by the reporter. In another incident, FAZ spokesperson, Eric Mwanza, reportedly stormed the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) newsroom on 20th December, 2010 and allegedly verbally attacked the journalists, accusing them of making unfounded allegations about FAZ, following a story aired by and on ZNBC.

MISA Zambia is concerned that within a space of two weeks this month, a total of five journalists from both the public and private media were harassed. We would like to advise FAZ that reporters have a duty to inform the public about the goings on in soccer administration, among other things. FAZ has no right to bar them from undertaking their duties without interference, including denial of accreditation to perceived “hostile” journalists and media houses. While we appreciate that that journalists are supposed to follow the due process of accreditation, which according to our investigations, they often do, nevertheless, the problem we have observed is that there is selective accreditation of journalists by FAZ.

It has come to our attention that only those journalists that are seen to be “Friends of FAZ” or “Friendly to the Kalusha Bwalya Administration” are given accreditation. We regard the selective accreditation of journalists as a cheap tactic by FAZ to force journalists to report favourably about the institution. This behaviour is contributing to the deepening of the wedge between FAZ and the journalists. We would like to advise FAZ to act in a professional manner when it comes to accreditation of journalists. Journalists should be spared from the internal wrangling in FAZ between the rival Kalusha Bwalya and Andrew Kamanga camps.

We, therefore, request FAZ to urgently call for an “indaba” with the journalists and their media houses to identify the root cause of the deterioration in their relationship and to resolve any issues that could be leading to this soured relationship. There is need to restore the levels of trust between FAZ and the media to what they used to be in the glorious days of Zambian soccer.

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This statement was released by Media Institute of Southern Africa – Zambia Chapter, Chairperson, Daniel Sikazwe.

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Media & 2011 Elections

By Nalumino Nalumino

Yesterday on June 21, 2011 I received a phone call from Shamba Muzungu one of the team members at the MISA Zambia, Secretariat inviting me to be one of the guests on the Face the Media radio programme today (June 22, 2011).

I was humbled by the invitation though unable to attend due to some pressing office work and especially that I was out of the station for a long time. I really would have liked to feature on the programme because the topic “Media and Elections” is a very crucial topic especially during an elections year such as this one when Zambians will go to the polls to elect leaders of their own choice through the ballot.

However, I would like to share a few thoughts on this subject having facilitated on topic of a similar nature during the national-wide works on Election Reporting sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme working in collaboration with the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

During that workshop I stated that it is undoubted that the media play a very critical role in the life of all human societies because it provides the conduit necessary for all kinds of communication that helps societies exist and function. Contemporary thinking is such that to live in harmony, societies need communication that is beneficial to its constituents.

In modern democratic societies, which entail representative governments, the media play the very essential role of ensuring that information vital to the existence, survival and development of constituents of such societies is availed to them in a timely, equitable, fair and balanced manner.

Thus at election time, when constituents must elect their representatives, it becomes doubly imperative that the media afford citizens all information necessary for them to make informed choices about whom to elect and whom not to elect into positions of authority.

During this year’s tripartite elections, the Zambian media especially must play three undisputable roles in the electoral process. Yes, it is true the media can play several roles but I have deliberately itemized three which I believe are extremely crucial at the moment namely watchdog role, voter education role and peace Building role

Watchdog Role

The media plays the watch dog role when they expose errors of commission or omission by those in power in their pursuit to cling to power at all cost. It is human nature that people in positions of authority would always want to protect themselves against any perceived threat to their own turf and would therefore go to great lengths ensuring they remain in power. This can result in massive abuse of public resources leading to further impoverishment of our people.

The media can alert citizens to various practices that are unethical in the manner politicians, civil servants, civil society or the media is conducting itself.

The watchdog role does not spare any one individual or political party not even the Electoral Commission of Zambia if they are found wanting.

Immediately, a media organization or journalist become partial in their reporting they become irrelevant to the equation of ethical conduct. They become part of the problem and not a solution because compromised media entities or journalists give the electorates biased coverage they  robe the citizenry the golden chance of making an informed decision.

The media can expose schemes to disadvantage those outside the corridors of power and this role they do very well except that they fail to scrutinize themselves beyond the criticism of alleged biased coverage in fovour of the government or opposition depending on whether the media outfit is public or private. This is absurd and this is why organizations and individuals like myself are calling for Non Statutory Media Regulation in this country.

The media can expose manipulation of citizens through the distribution of bribes and other illegal niceties during campaign periods. The majority of our people are poor and it has become a common practice that political parties find it fashionable to abuse their own brothers and citizens by buying their conscious.

If I were to feature on that programme this morning, I would have condemned this practice which affects both the ruling and opposition parties.

Voter Education

The media can educate citizens through stories that adequately explain the national situation (political, social and economic) so that the citizenry will not only benefit from improved service delivery but will also take part in the development processes of the nation. The media can explain in simple terms specific legal and administrative issues which can be seen to be fundamental for any election undertaken to be free and fair as well as adequately encourage eligible persons to register as voters and to actually cast their ballot when elections are due.

The media should provide a platform for all candidates and their parties to present their manifestos to the public. I have no quarrel with a media outfit throwing their support behind a particular candidate and give that candidate the deserved coverage. However, I have a professional challenge accepting a situation where other candidates should not be covered whether equally or equitably regardless of any public or undercurrents.

In this 2011 tripartite election, our Zambian media should expose parties and candidates that instigate or have the propensity to cause violence so that the citizenry may be made alert to any such possibilities. It is actually a shame that the past two days Zambians including senior government officials have been calling for restraint of MMD cadres from verbal/ physical harassment and violence of innocent grieving citizens who only wanted to mourn Zambia’s Second Republican President, Fredrick Chiluba. This is the worst drama of its kind, shameful precedent and send off to deceased person regardless of station in life.

The media should expose practices of vote-buying or illegal party financing to the electorate; expose the proliferation of defamation and hate speech in campaigns aimed at influencing nationals negatively; expose voter intimidation by party workers, corruption in decision-making processes, and the systematic exclusion of certain sectors of society in the electoral process.

The media may strive to expose instances where political parties threaten the functioning of democratic systems rather than support them and thus disenfranchise eligible voters while at the same time the media can strive to explain to the electorate, in clear and simple language, national, regional and universal pieces of legislation and other regulations governing the proper conduct of democratic elections.

The media should labour to explain to the citizenry the importance of their participative involvement in all aspects of governance systems such as voting.

In their dairy meetings, journalists should try to focus on the issues, by talking to ordinary people, particularly those lacking a strong voice in society e.g. the elderly and the young, women, the poor, and ethnic and religious minorities on issues affecting them as an integral part of our society. The media must strive to put citizens’ views to candidates and report their responses back to the citizens so that they know and understand their potential governors. It shocking and mind boggling when those seeking public office shun public debates or meetings and when they (candidates) accept such an invitation they send representatives to speak on their behalf.

The media, in its agenda-setting role, can provide diverse view points and unbiased information, offer forum for debate involving citizens and the civil society, mediate in national development projects and contribute to sustainable flow of information.

Peace Building

Man, (including woman) by nature, is selfish. From this selfishness emanates attitudes and actions that may threaten tranquility. The state of maintaining peace therefore calls for conscious and sustained efforts toward creating and recreating conditions conducive to sustaining that peace without which there can be no development of any society.

Election time often comes with a charged atmosphere, when candidates and their supporters jostle for power, which can potentially be a recipe for disharmony.

The media may participate in fuelling such type of contestation. This is because the traditional way of reporting news has always been premised on the maxim that ‘bad news is good news’. The greatest challenge for the media therefore lies in reorienting their predisposition from projecting negativity to fostering positivity; a prerequisite for peace.

The media should highlight the strengths rather than weaknesses of contesting individuals and parties (where such weaknesses are not criminal or immoral); highlight contestants’ views about tackling issues that may impact on people’s welfare rather than perceptions about their opponents; highlighting projects that reflect co-operation, dialoguing, and reconciliation within communities

Aroma of Zambian Peace

The aroma of Zambian peace is an admiration and dream of every African. It appears to me without any apology to anyone that Zambians especially noisy and empty headed career politicians have taken the Zambian peace for granted.

Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya enjoyed a similar manner of peace until one day when hell broke loose resulting in scars that will remain with the African soils forever. The media should remind the politicians that in their quest to nourish their stomachs noting that very few entre politics to serve the people of this great country, they need to realise that this peace has been as a result of persistent vigilance of the founding fathers of Zambia.

The Zambian peace is not an accident and it calls for politicians and all the citizens to expose those with a high propensity for violence. Those that commit violence today and go scot free because of their inclination to the ruling party should be made to account for their action at the right time unless they depart to the other side of town where only God will seek for answers from them for the spilled blood in this life.

In conclusion, I wish to appeal to the Church to pray for all political leaders, cadres and all Zambians to approach this years’ elections with a sober mind knowing that this is not these are not the closing episode of elections in the history of Zambian.

We need peace. We demand peace. We demand a free and fair election. Viva Zambia.

June 22, 2011 Posted by | Self Xpression | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lumbama implores media to highlight issues of safety of girls

By Kebo Chisebe

Government has called on the media to help in the campaign against girl child abuse by broadcasting unsafe situations that have compromised girl’s safety in their pursuance of education.

Central Province, Permanent Secretary, Denny Lumbama said the media should give prominence to the campaign against the abuses girls were going through by broadcasting the unsafe situation far and wide for the whole nation to be aware.

Mr. Lumbama was speaking during the media campaign for girls’ safety and security at Kabwe Civic Centre grounds organized by FAWEZA. Kabwe is the provincial headquarters of Central Province in Zambia.

He said the pictorial research that was conducted by FAWEZA early this year highlighted the situations that put girls’ safety at risk in Kapiri Mposhi where some of them had been exposed to unsafe situations that have led them to dropping out of school.

Mr. Lumbama stressed the need to focus on the reduction of the number of pregnancies and not to encourage unwanted pregnancies in the province if the girl child was to prosper in education.

The Permanent Secretary commended the Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) for bringing to the attention of government the safety and security situation of girls in Kapiri Mposhi and how that has exacerbated teenage pregnancy.

Mr. Lumbama cited the scholarship scheme that had supported the education costs of children from the disadvantaged families, the science, mathematics and technology (SMT) and several safe houses built-in some districts as some of the demonstrative interventions FAWEZA had done to help the girl child.

He said Kapiri Mposhi town was on the high way and as such it had a high presence of travelers both foreign and local putting a number of girls at risk of abuse and exploitation by travellers who include truck drivers.

Mr. Lumbama explained that some settlements in the district were located far from most schools where many pupils have to walk long distances or opt to move into town to be near their schools where they lodge in rented unsafe accommodation.

He called for serious reflection about the various situations that had compromised girls’ safety and help government to focus on what is needed  to be done singularly or collectively to improve the lives of the  girls and promote their participation in education.

And speaking earlier, FAWEZA national coordinator, Daphne Chimuka said her organization would continue to advocate for gender sensitive education policies and programs and ensure that they were implemented in a way that promoted equitable participation of girls in education and at community level.

Mrs. Chimuka said FAWEZA members had campaigned for increased parental and community support to girls’ education as well as removal of social and cultural impediments that hindered the full participation of girls and women in education.

She said it was unfortunate that violence and threats of violence were still important reasons for girls not to attend school because their subordinate status in society made them more vulnerable to abuse than boys and fear of retaliation made it difficult for them to resist or complain.

Mrs. Chimuka said that in a society where deeply entrenched attitudes, beliefs and practices were more the obstacles to female advancement than government policies, a lot needed to be done to guarantee girls’ continued stay and completion at all levels.

She lamented that the fear of violence and other forms of harassment had been detrimental to girls’ education  adding that school based gender based violence was rooted in a male-dominated culture which belittled females or condoned violence against girls and women.

ENDS/ZANIS

October 26, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Zambia’s First Lady appeals to govt. & stakeholders to scale up conservation farming

By Catherine Kalumba

Zambia’s First Lady Thandiwe Banda has appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and cooperating partners to consider scaling up conservation farming by engaging small scale farmers from across the country.

Mrs. Banda said there was need to increase the number of districts practicing in conservation farming programmes from the current twelve districts countrywide.

She was speaking during the handover of 588 bicycles to lead farmers practicing conservation farming in Kapiri district.

She noted that all districts in the country have not been spared by the effects of climate change hence the need for them to adopt new methods of farming.

Mrs. Banda also observed that Kapiri Mposhi was centrally located, had fertile soils and had the potential to produce a lot of food for consumption as well as for sale.

She therefore urged small-scale farmers to take advantage of the financial support from the European Union and the Royal Norwegian government in complimenting government efforts to better their lives.

She also urged women in the area to take a leading role in conservation farming saying they needed to count themselves lucky for being among the few people that were receiving funding for the promotion of conservation farming.

The First lady also pledged her continued support to the scaling up of conservation farming and said she was willing and ready to attend functions aimed at promoting conservation farming whenever she was called upon by the farmers.

Mrs. Banda finally appealed to extension farmers to reach out to small-scale farmers in their respective camps and encourage them to adopt conservation farming and further urged the bicycle recipients to use their bicycles to educate their counterparts.

And Food and Agriculture Organization Country, FAO, Representative Noureddine Mona has pledged his organization’s commitment to continue working with government to help farmers increase their productive.

Dr. Mona said Zambia farmers were facing a lot of challenges which have resulted into poor crop yields and low profits to the farming business.

He said the solution to this poor agriculture productivity is embracing better methods of farming such as conservation farming.

He urged lead farmers to help other small-scale farmers adopt conservation farming practices to enhance their crop productivity.

Dr. Mona further implored lead farmers to use the bicycles they had received to educate other farmers on the importance and benefits of conservation farming.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Representative Lackson Kaluba commended the European Union and the Royal Norwegian Government for their continued support to small-scale farmers.

Mr. Kaluba said without the support from cooperating partners, it would have been very difficult for the ministry to manage to support all the small-scale farmers in the country.

He said so far, conservation farming was being implemented in at least five provinces which included Lusaka, Eastern, Western, Southern and Central Provinces of which thousands of small-scale farmers were participating.

He said it was the intention of the Ministry to have more and more farmers engaging in conservation farming which was cheaper and convenient for all farmers.

Mr. Kaluba finally urged all small scale farmers to participate in conservation farming in order to ensure high productive.

ENDS/CK/KB/ZANIS

May 21, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Zambian media postpones Zambia Media Council launch

The Media Liaison Committee (MLC) wishes to announce that it has postponed the launch of the recently created Zambia Media Council (ZAMEC) from 3rd May 2010 as planned to a date to be announced after the World Press Freedom Day commemorations next week.

At its meeting held at the Press Association of Zambia Secretariat today (27th April 2010), the MLC resolved that in the interest of the spirit of consensus that drives the current process that resulted in the formation of an all-inclusive ZAMEC, it is necessary to give Government an opportunity to reflect on the decisions taken at National Media Conference at Pamodzi Hotel on April 13..

Our decision comes in the light of Government’s concerns on the Fringilla Consensus report and therefore we have allowed them time to consider the key amendments that were effected to the report at the Pazmodzi meeting.

However this position will be subjected to approval by the second stakeholders’ conference on 2nd May 2010 which mandated the MLC to deal with the matter following the minister’s new position.

Regrettable as it is that the Minister of Information decided to base Government position on a draft document (which infact he had publicly endorsed earlier), we still remain open to an honest discussion towards the perfection of the self-regulatory mechanism. It has to be made clear that this window we have opened is only as far as discussion self-regulation is concerned not any form of statutory regulation as suggested by the Minister.

As regards paragraphs six and seven of the minister’s letter of 13th April alleging that ZAMEC is deemed “to be superior to the laws of the country,” the MLC wishes to explain that the clause in the ZAMEC constitution that requires parties to waive their rights to go to court is only meant to entrench a culture of mutual conflict resolution that will be faster than the courts and not to prevent anyone from seeking redress of the courts if that is the route they so desire. The clause does not in any way place ZAMEC above any law of this country. The provision is a global standard in any progressive self-regulation process including in the Kenyan model which the government prefers the waiver only serves to prevent litigious individuals from wasting both the council and courts time by congesting both processes with the same case.

Finally we wish to state that the Kenyan Media Act which Government favours has raised so much controversy that both the government and media consider it an experiment yet to show any tangible signs of success. The majority of media professionals and civil society regard it as one of the lowest points of the Kenyan democratic enterprise since the country’s return to plural politics in the 1990s.

27TH April , 2010

Amos Chanda

MLC SPOKESPERSON

Note: This is statement released to the media by the Media Liasion Committee (MLC) on April 27, 2010

April 30, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

A Woman Of Distinction Ambassador Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika From Republic Of Zambia

By Staff Reports

Inonge Mbikusita- Lewanika is currently Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the United States of America. Before her appointment to Washington D.C.

She was Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Zambian President during his term as Chairman of the Organization for African Unity (OAU). Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika served as a Member of Parliament in the Zambian Parliament from 1991 to 2001. She was the first Chairperson of the Zambia All Party Women Parliamentarians Caucus and Zambian Parliamentarians for Population Development.

She was a founding Vice-Chairperson of the Southern, Eastern and Horn of Africa African Women Parliamentarian Caucus. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika is a founding member of the AMANI Forum, African Parliamentarians for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

At a very critical time in Zambia just before national elections in 2001, Dr. Mbikusita- Lewanika chaired the National Crisis Committee of the Alliance of Opposition Political Parties. She is a former candidate for President of the Republic of Zambia in the December 2001 Elections and was a candidate for the Chair of the African Union Commission in 2008.

She has been a member of the Haggai Institute Faculty since 1987. She is an Educator by profession and has worked in various levels of Education nationally and internationally.

Prior to her involvement in politics, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika worked with UNICEF in key leadership roles in Africa, covering forty-four countries. Jim Grant, the former head of UNICEF once called her “the most knowledgeable person about the children of Africa.”

Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika was among five women from various continents to brief members of the United Nations Security Council on the first and unprecedented debate that resulted in UN Resolution 1325 on WOMEN, PEACE and SECURITY in the year 2000. She was among sixteen (16) eminent African Women Members of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) Committee on Peace and Development, an Advisory Group to the African Union. She was President of Federation of African Women’s Peace Networks (FERFAP) from 1997 to 2002. As President of the Federation of African Women Peace Networks (FEFAP) she contributed to mobilization of peace activities. In that capacity, she was selected to be among ten prominent African Women Peace Workers that visited Rwanda soon after the genocide.

She later led a United Nations delegation to Burundi and Rwanda to assess the effects of the genocide on women and children and recommend intervention strategies. She led the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA) Observer Mission of 96 Southern African Academicians, Researchers and Members of Civil Society to the Zimbabwean Presidential, Mayoral and Council Elections in 2002. As a Community Activist she has worked with national and international NGOs for the last four decades. As a Member of Parliament, she facilitated the establishment of community organizations for Rural Development. Her lifelong passion and commitment are Child and Youth Development. She served as a founding Board Member of the International Youth Foundation for nine years. She participated in the preparations for the Charter on the African Child.

Currently, she serves on the Nike Foundation Advisory Board. She has also served on a number of Boards and as an Advisor for children and youth. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika serves as Chairperson of YAPYA; Zambia Youth Investment Fund. Dean of the Zambian Diplomatic Corps (the most senior Zambian Ambassador) July 2009.

The following Awards are some of the recent that have been conferred: 2009 May – Motherhood Recognition – Gospel Drum Studio and I Go Ministries – Honoring Mothers of Excellence 2009 May – Greater Mount NEBO Women’s Ministries Recognition 2009 April – Nike Foundation Hero You have improved Girls’ Lives Today, Ending Poverty Tomorrow 2009 April – African Woman of the Decade – Howard University and Women Ambassador’s Foundation 2009 Honorary Doctor of Laws for Leadership as a Champion for peace and women’s and children’s rights by the California P o l y – technic State University 2008 World Vision Award World Aids Day Global Hope Award 2007 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award of New York University’s Steinhardt School 2007 Honorary Doctorate – Honorary Doctor of Divinity by Latin U n i – versity of Theology, California in recognition of her ministry and service to the poor and marginalized and for the Spiritual Development of all people 2006 Ambassador of the Year Award Jointly given by Howard University and the Women Ambassadors Foundation 2006 Athena International Award For leadership and improving the lives of others 2005 Induction into the Orange Coast College Alumni Hall of Fame Other Awards are: 1994 The African Womanhood Award for promoting African Women and being a mentor and role model 1990 The UNICEF Award for Distinguished Service for the Children of the World Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika holds a Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Primary Education from New York University. She has a passion for positive Child and Youth Development. She is a mother of two grown daughters, a grandmother to four boys and a granddaughter. She is widely travelled and connects with people easily.

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October 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In a Pan-African state of mind

By Leonard Quarshie

I have been feeling nostalgic lately. Nostalgic not in a sort of having-been-there-done-that- kind of way. But in a kind of what-would- Nkrumah-think-about-this kind of way. I guess it’s because I haven’t read anything nourishing in a long time. So much is happening in the world with such speed that there is hardly time for perspective, for context, for reflection. I would be lying if I said I hunger for the works of Achebe, Awoonor, Senghor, Armah, Thiong’o and other African writers of old. But I hunger for their perspective; for the unique African sensibility they brought to things, to the events around them, to the happenings of their time. Times are different, of course.

But the Africa—whose fate they chronicled in their work and agonized over—has not changed very much. It is still very poor. It is still very dependent on others. It is still very badly-governed. It contends still with the same issues their generation wrestled with. I wonder for example, what Nkrumah would think about the impact of AIDS? Nkrumah’s warnings about neo-colonialism are well-known. But many decades later, what would he think about the state of regional integration? What would he think about Africa’s 2% share of global trade?

As I look across the continent—I see that a lot of time has passed—but the issues remain the same. We are still heavily dependent on others for sustenance, for validation, for acceptance. Our development models are still imported, unoriginal and inorganic. Yesterday’s ideas. We are still playing by other people’s rules. The themes, Achebe and others wrestled with—after the euphoria of independence—are still the headaches of our generation: the place of the African in the world; his struggles with self-governance; his experiments with development; his fears and insecurities about modernity and all that it entails; his efforts at understanding the squalor that surrounds him; his disappointments.

I think about these things quite a lot. I don’t know why. Living in the West heightens this feeling. This state of mind. Reading and watching the news about Africa can get to you. Then there is a sense of insecurity here which one cannot escape. A sense that one can wake up one day and lose all of one’s work and sweat. It’s a palpable, ever-present feeling which never goes away. No matter how successful you become, you sense very quickly that this is not the place you want to spend the last years of your life. The West is not home. Africa is home. Here you are pre-occupied with survival, with living. You have to pay the bills and make the payments. You have to make certain that you are not kicked out on the streets. You can’t go to anyone for help. You are on your own. It’s a foreign land after all. You come to realize that even your African-American brethren—the descendants of your ancestors brought here four centuries ago—still contend with the strangeness and unfamiliarity of this place. That’s when one begins to care about what happens to Africa. That’s when one begins to feel anger and resentment toward non-Africans who talk cavalierly about Africa, as if it were a child in need of a parent to instruct it. That’s when one gets tired of patronage, the snide remarks, and the nonsense on western television that passes for analysis on Africa. That’s when one gets tired of well-fed, avuncular, Western journalists—some of whom have built flourishing careers—reporting negative stereotypical stories about Africa —coming up with insane and nonsensical documentaries such as “Why is Africa poor.”

Yet when I feel this way about Africa, when I despair of its fortunes and worry about its travails, I’m always reminded of a scripture my mother used to quote when I was a child: “For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grow old in the earth, and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.”(Job 14:7-9)

There is hope for Africa. Let’s keep holding the feet of our leaders and institutions to the fire. Let’s keep demanding excellence and reject mediocrity. But let’s do it in love. Nkosi Sikeleli Africa. God bless Africa.

Leonard Quarshie is a freelance writer and a student at the University of Maryland, University College. You can reach him at ghanaleads@live.com

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October 13, 2009 Posted by | Self Xpression | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Kwame Krumah: A Legendary Pan-Africanist

INTRODUCTION

AHEAD OF SUNRISE, ON SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2009, I HAD TO START OFF ON A FIVE HOURS ROAD DRIVE – ON A MISSION TO NKROFUL IN NZIMA. 

I HAD LANDED AT KOTOKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AFTER MIDDAY, TOO LATE TO CATCH THE FLIGHT ARRANGED TO CATCH A RIDE WITH GHANA’S VICE PRESIDENT, WOULD-HAVE-BEEN CURTSEY OF MY FRINED BABA.  IN ANYCASE, I WOULD HAVE CONSIDERED GOING BY HORSECART.

NKROFUL IS WHERE KWAME NKRUMAH WAS BORN IN SEPTEMBER 1909.  THE EXACT DATE IS UNKNOWN – EVEN TO HIMSELF AND HIS MOTHER!  SOMEHOW, FOR OFFICIAL RECORDS, HE SETTLED ON A 21ST OF SEPTEMBER 1909 OFFICIAL BIRTH DATE. 

BUT, THE NAME KWAME INDICATES THAT SATURDAY WAS WHEN HE WAS ACTUALLY BORN, WITH THE NEAREST SATURDAY HAVING BEEN ON 18TH OF SEPTEMBER 2009.  BUT, BOTH OFFICIAL AND NON-OFFICIAL RECORDS CONCUR THAT HE WAS BORN AT NKROFUL, WHICH WAS THE PLACE OF HIS FIRST GHANIAN BURIAL, HAVING BEEN EARLIER BURIED IN CONAKER, GUINEA.

1974 WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD PAID A PILGRIM’S VISIT TO NKROFUL.  THE PURPOSE, IN BOTH 1974 AND 2009, IS TO REFRESH COMMITMENT AND REINVIGORATE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT, THROUGH FELLOWSHIPING WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE. 

IT IS APPROPRIATE TO DO THIS IN REFLECTION OF THE LIFE AND STRUGGLE OF KWAME NKRUMAH, WHO, IN THE EVOLUTION OF PAN-AFRICANISM STAND OUT LIKE A FIRE ON A COLD DARK NIGHT.

MY 1974 FIRST PILGRIMAGE TO NKROFUL BROUGHT THE BLESSING OF MEETING KWAME NKRUMAH’S MOTHER, ELIZABETH NYANIBA. 

I NOTED IN THE VISITOR’S BOOK THAT THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEEDING VISITOR WAS THE THEN ZAMBIA-BASED COMRADE GEORGE SILUNDIKA OF THE ZIMABABWE AFRICAN PEOPLE’S UNION, ZAPU. 

I WITNESSED THE NKROFUL TOMB, WHILE IT STILL CONTAINED THE BODY OF NKRUMAH. 

NOW, THIRTY- FIVE YEARS LATER, THE MOTHER AND THE BODY OF NKRUMAH ARE NOT AT NKROFUL.  THE MOTHER PASSED AWAY SEVEN YEARS AFTER HER SON. 

THE MORTAL REMAINS OF KWAME NKRUMAH WERE AGAIN TRANSFERRED TO ACCRA.  IT NOW LIES AT THE KWAME NKRUMAH MEMORIAL PARK TOMB AT THE OLD POLO GROUND, OPPOSITE THE OLD PARLIAMENT BUILDING.

THIS IS WHERE GHANA’S INDEPENDENCE WAS PROCLAIMED, ON 6TH MARCH 1957.  THIS WAS IN THE STATEMENT IN WHICH NKRUMAH FAMPUSLY DECLARED THAT GHANA’S INDEPENDENCE WAS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT WAS LINKED TO THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF AFRICA.  THIS IS WHERE I WITNESSED THE GRAND DURBAR TOOL PLACE DURING THE CENTENARY CELEBRATION OF KWAME NKRUMAH, ON 21ST SEPTEMBER 2009.

IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE, WHEN IMMEDIATELY UPON MY ARRIVIAL AT NKROFUL, ON SATURDAY THE 20TH SEPTEMBER 2009, I BUMPED INTO A “FRIEND, SISTER AND COMRADE” OF OLD.  I HAD NOT SEEN HER SINCE MY BOSTON UNIVERSITY YEARS, SOME TWENTY-SIX YEARS AGO.  THIS WAS DR. JULIETTE TUAKLI (BILINGSLEY.)

JULIETTE IS A WELKNOWN GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA MEDICAL SCHOOL AND A ZAMBIAN RESIDENT OF OLD.  SHE HAD COME TO ZAMBIA WITH DR. BILINGSLEY, WHO WAS ONE OF THE MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS INSPIRED TO RETURN TO AFRICA TO WORK WITH GHANIANS DURING THE LEADERSHIP OF KWAME NKRUMAH.

AT THIS UNEXPECTED MEETING, JULIETTE WAS WITH DR. JULIUS GARVEY – A SON OF MARCUS GARVEY!  THE TWO ARE CO-OPERATING IN BEUTIFICATION AND CONSCIOUS RAISING WORKS. 

THE RESULTS ARE ALREADY SHOWING POSITIVELY AT THE BIRTH PLACE AND EARLIER BURIAL GROUND OF NKRUMAH.  IN ADDITION, TOGETHER WITH OTHERS, THEY ASSISTED YOUTHS FROM ACCRA TO JOIN NKROFUL LOCAL STUDENTS ON THE EVE OF WHAT IS NOW FOUNDER’S DAY IN GHANA.

THE PURPOSE WAS TO REFLECT UPON THE LIFE AND STRUGGLES OF KWAME NKRUMAH.  AMONG PARTICIPANTS WERE PERSONS FROM ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND ACROSS THE MOTHER CONTINENT. 

THERE WERE ALSO MEMBERS OF RULING NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS, THE CONVENTION PEOPLE’S PARTY, ALL AFRICAN PEOPLE’S REVOLUTIONARY PARTY AND THE RASTAFARIANS MOVEMENT. 

I WELCOMED AND ENJOYED A CHANCE TO ADDRESS THE GATHERING.  THIS WAS FOLLOWED WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR DIALOGUE WITH GHANIANS OF VARIOUS POLITICAL PERSUATIONS AND PAN-AFRICANISTS.  IT IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT HAS BEEN REFRESHING.

THE LIGHT OF NKRUMAH

A SHINING BLACK MABLE TOMB STONE, UNDER A ROOF OF A SHADE, WITH AN EVER FLAMING HUGE BLACK TOUCH NOW MARKS THE PLACE OF NKRUMAH’S SECOND BURIAL.  ABOVE THE NKROFUL TOMBSTONE IS PLACED A COMMEMORATIVE INSCRIPTION FOLLOWS:

 “AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, I AM IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT DEATH CAN NEVER EXTINGUISH THE TOUCH I HAVE LIT IN GHANA AND AFRICA.  LONG AFTER I AM DEAD AND GONE, THE LIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO BURN AND BE BORNE ALOFT, GIVING LIGHT AND GUIDANCE TO ALL PEOPLE.”

THIS REFERS TO IDEAS, POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES THAT NKRUMAH PUT FORWORD.  THESE ARE IDEAS ABOUT AFRICAN IDENTITY, PERSONALITY AND STRATEGIES OF FULFILLING PAN-AFRICANISM.

THE PAN-AFRICAN MISSION CAN BROADLY BE CATEGORISED INTO THREE. THE FIRST IS A NEED TO LIBERATE AFRICA FROM POLITICAL FOREIGN DOMINATION AND OPPRESSION. 

THE SECOND IS A CALL FOR DOMESTIC ECONOMIC MODERNIASTION AND INDUSTRIALISATION WITH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.  THE THIRD IS A DEMAND FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE IN AFRICAN SOCIO-ECONOMIC RELATION AND INTERACTION, ON ONE HAND, AND BETWEEN AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN REGIONS AND POPULATIONS OF THE WORLD.

AFRICAN IDENTITY AND PERSONALITY

PAN-AFRICANISM IS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND DIVISIVENESS ON THE BASIS OF ETHNICITY, RACE AND PLACES OF ORIGIN.  NKRUMAH SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT:

“ALL PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT, WHETHER THEY LIVE IN NORTH OR SOUTH AMERICA, THE CARRIBBEAN, OR IN ANY OTHER PART OF THE WORLD ARE AFRICANS AND BELONG TO THE AFRICAN NATION.”

AS STATED IN THE 1956 FREEDON CHARTER OF SOUTH AFRICA, AFRICA BELONGS TO ALL WHO LIVE IN IT AND WHO HAVE MADE IT THEIR HOME.  THIS IS REGARDLESS OF ETHNICITY AND PLACE OF ORIGIN. 

AND, AFRICA IS AS ONE AS THE CONTINENT ITSELF.  AFRICA IS NOT DIVISIBLE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE SAHARA OR THE CONTINENT LAND MASS AND ITS ISLANDS IN THE INDIAN AND ATLANTIC OCEANS AS WELL AS THE MEDITERRENIAN AND RED SEAS. 

AND, OF COURSE, AFRICA BELONGS TO ALL WHO FIND THEMSELVES ON THE AFRICAN CONTINET OR DIASPORA. 

THESE ARE AFRICA’S NATIVES AND PERSONS WITH AFRICAN BLOOD IN THEIR VEINS.  IN ADDITION, WE ARE AFRICANS, AS LONG AS WE HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS OR ARE TREATED OR REGARDED BY OTHERS AS AFRICANS.

THIS BROAD AND INCLUSIVE DEFINITION OF AFRICAN IDENTITY HAS IMPLICATION FOR THE MISSION OF NATION BUILDING AND NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS CONSTRUCTION. 

THE IMPLICATION IS A COMPLETE REJECTION OF ANY MANIFESTATION OF NEGATIVE ETHNICITY AND GROUP DOMINATION AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST OTHER AFRICAN AND EVEN NON-AFRICA PEOPLE.

THIS IMPLICATION CHALLENGES AFRICANS TO PROMOTE POLITICAL FREEDOM, SOCIAL; JUSTICE AND EQUALITY IN EVERY FOR ALL.  PAN-AFRICANISM CALL FOR THIS TO BE SO AMONG AFRICAN COMMUNITIES.  THIS SHOULD BE WITHIN AND BETWEEN OUR CURRENT BALKANISED AND OTHERISE DEVIDED COUNTRIES WHERE AFRICAN LIVE AND WORK.

NEW CITIZENS, NEW LEADERS

KWAME NKRUMAH HAS SAID THAT:

“AFRICA NEEDS A NEW TYPE OF CITIZEN, A DEDICATED, MODEST, HONEST, INFORMED MAN AND WOMAN.  A MAN AND WOMAN WHO SUBMERGES SELF IN SERVICE TO THE NATION AND HUMANITY.  ONE WHO ABHORS GREED AND DETESTS VANITY.  A TYPE OF CITIZEN WHOSE HUMILITY IS HER STRENGTH, AND WHOSE INTEGRITY IS HOS GREATNESS.”

IT IS NECESSARY TO ACCEPT THAT WHAT IS GOOD FOR CITIZENS MUST BE GOOD FOR LEADERS, AND VIS-A-VERSA.  IT HAS LONG BEEN CLAIMED THAT A PEOPLE HAVE THE LEADERS THEY ASK FOR AND DESERVE.  BUT, IT SHOULD EQUALLY BE APPRECIATED THAT LEADERS HAVE THE TYPE OF CITIZENS THEY INSPIRE AND DESERVE.

CITIZENS MAY REBEL, WHEN THEY HAVE LEADERS THEY DO NOT WANT.  SIMILARLY, LEADERS ARE LIKELY TO TURN TO DICTARSHIP OR OPPRESSION, WHEN CITIZENS BEHAVE CONTRARY TO WHAT LEADERS WANT.

A POPULATION COMMITTED TO THE NATIONAL GOOD AND CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS AND AGAINST CORRUPTION SHALL SEEK, AND ULTIMATELY GET, LEADERS WHO ARE CALLED FOR TO LEAD TO PAN-AFRICAN FULFILMENT. 

THESE ARE THE QUALITY LEADERS I HAVE REPEATEDLY REFERRED TO AS, BEING “CLEAN, CLEAR, COMPETENT, COMMITTED, CREDIBLE, COURAGEOUS AND COMPASSIONATE.”  ON THE OTHER HAND, CORRUPT, CONFUSED, INCOMPETENT, INCONSISTENT, POPULIST AND SELFISH LEADERS WITHOUT CREDIBLE REDORD OF BEING CLEAN CANNOT INSIPRE THE NEW TYPE OF CITIZEN THAT NKRUMAH HAS REFERRED TO.

PAN-AFRICANISM DEMANDS MUTUAL REINFORCEMENT BETWEEN GENERAL CITIZENS AND THEIR LEADERS.  THIS MEANS THE ADDED, BUT CENTRAL RESONSIBITY, FOR LEADERS TO EVOLVE A CULTURE OF CONSULTATION, COMMUNICATION AND CONSCIENTISING CITIZENS.  IT CALLS FOR CONSCIOUS AND BROAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING.

THIS IS WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR GENUINE AND EFFECTIVE TEAM LEADERSHIP TOWARDS THE GOALS OF PAN-AFRICANISM.  IN THIS REGARD, PAN-AFRICANIST MUST LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES, EVEN BY NKRUMAH. SOME OF THESE MISTAKES HAVE ARISEN FROM TOO MUCH OF TOP-DOWN MANAGEMENT STYLE. 

PAN-AFRICANIST ALSO NEED TO GUARD AGAINST TOO MUCH SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS WITH INSUFFICIENT ADAPTABILITY TO CONCRETE REALITY.  PANAFRICANISM DEMANDS CREDIBLE AND COMMITTED TRANSFORMATIONAL COLLECTIVE AND PARTICIPATORY LEADERSHIP.

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About the Author:

This is a statement by Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, former Vice-president of the Pan-African Students Association of the Americas (1971/2) to the Press Freedom Committee of The Post & Pan-Africanist Committee on occasion of the Kwame Krumah Centenary Celebration at the prestigious Mulungushi International Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, Monday 21st September, 2009.

Aka as he is affectionately called, is the co-founder of the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy. A scholar and author, Aka has held several high profile positions and a is currently serving as Political Advisor to the President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Rupiah Banda.

September 28, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Africa-S. America Summit backs lifting of sanctions on Cuba, Zimbabwe

PORLAMAR, Venezuela, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — The presidents attending the second Africa-South America Summit (ASA), which ends on Sunday on Venezuelan resort island Margarita, publicly demanded the end of economic blockades on Cuba and Zimbabwe.
In his speech to the summit plenary, Rupiah Banda, President of Zambia, tabled a motion demanding an end to sanctions which affect those nations.
Banda’s speech followed an impassioned one backing the same policy earlier in the plenary by host President Hugo Chavez, who said that his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe had become the target of an international campaign.
“I wish to give our moral, spiritual and political support to Mugabe and the people of Zimbabwe,” Chavez said. “They seek to make Mugabe pay for being anti-colonialist,” he added.
In his speech, Mugabe said that Africa’s industrial development had “been difficult because of a reliance on the very powers that colonized us,” he said. “They do not want really to see us industrialized.”
Mugabe has been in power since 1980, but suffered international criticism and sanctions following opposition party claims that his party rigged the 2000 election.

The nation suffered hyperinflation during most of this decade, which Mugabe blames for sanctions. Some of these sanctions were lifted after he entered a unity government with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February.

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September 28, 2009 Posted by | News, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prisoners Baptised

By Lawrence Kabutu

A lot of people in society think prisoners are beyond redemption and God has written them off and completely forgotten about their existence.

those that subscrib to such thinking are wrong becaose with God no one is beyond redemption.

17 inmates at Choma central prison have been baptized by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church during the outreach programme of prison ministries.

The 17 inmates that included eight male remindees, eight male convicts and one female convict were baptized by Choma mission district pastor of the SDA church Wesley Mwiinga.

Pastor Mwiinga admonished the baptized inmates to engage themselves in entrepreneurship life skills offered by various churches in the prison to become better and responsible citizens after serving their sentences..

The inmates pledged to follow the SDA doctrine after pastor Mwiinga took turns to give them baptism vows which the promised to uphold and remain faithful.

Pastor Mwiinga cited from the book of Mark chapter 16 verse 16 where it says ‘’ He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemed’’.

And Choma district Voice of Prophecy (VOP) leader Youthel Habenzu disclosed that the inmates were engaged in 26 VOP lessons before baptism which they successfully completed.

Sister Habenzu said the SDA church has continued to engage other inmates who have not been baptized at Choma central prison with VOP lessons.

She stated that the dorcas workers from Swan SDA church donated trousers to inmates to be used when they finish serving their sentences.

Meanwhile, Choma central prison chaplain Enos Chibale thanked the SDA church for supplementing government’s efforts in transforming inmates at the prison.

Mr. Chibale appealed to the SDA church to continue with the prison ministries programme aimed at making both convicts and remindees become better citizens who can contribute to national development.

The baptism of 17 inmates at Choma central prison marks a second baptism ceremony this year conducted by the SDA church at the prison.

ENDS/LK/NAIS     

July 27, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Netherlands: De Telegraaf takes government to court over alleged phone-taps of journalists

Posted by Liz Webber on July 9, 2009 at 4:52 PM
In a scenario more fitting for a totalitarian dictatorship than a modern Western democracy, the Netherlands’ largest newspaper De Telegraaf is suing the Dutch government over claims the AIVD secret service has been tapping the phones of four journalists for several months. The paper also alleges one reporter and an editor have been followed and observed.

The Netherlands Association of Journalists and the Society of Chief Editors have joined De Telegraaf in its suit, demonstrating the country’s press stands behind the newspaper.

The phone-taps began in January, De Telegraaf contends, when reporter Jolande van der Graaf was working on an article about AIVD’s failings in Iraq. The newspaper adds that the secret service kept Van der Graaf and foreign editor Hans Kuitert under close observation. The phone-taps extended to chief editor Sjuul Paradijs and deputy chief editor Joost de Haas.

After Van der Graaf’s article ran in March, she was interrogated by AIVD “on suspicion of giving away state secrets.” Her alleged source was arrested.

De Telegraaf asserts AIVD’s investigations reach far beyond knowledge about a specific article or source. The suit insists that the secret service destroy any information it has gathered within five days, and that the court levy a daily fine of 25,000 euros if AIVD refuses to do so. The court will begin hearing arguments on July 16.

Regardless of the subject of Van der Graaf’s article and where she got her information, there is no excuse for phone-tapping a journalist who was just trying to do her job. The scope of AIVD’s activities is also particularly worrisome. How can news organizations fulfill their role as government watchdogs if the government is continuously watching them? Hopefully the Dutch courts will acknowledge the grievous assault on journalists’ rights and prevent anything like this from happening again.

Source: NIS Bulletin, via European Journalism Centre

July 10, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , , | 2 Comments

US: Blogger can be forced to reveal confidential sources, rules NJ judge

Posted by Liz Webber on July 9, 2009 at 3:25 PM

A New Jersey superior court judge has ruled that a blogger who posted negative comments on a message board about a software company and was subsequently sued for defamation is not protected by the state’s press shield law and may be forced to name her confidential sources. In his ruling, Judge Louis Locascio stated that blogger Shellee Hale did not provide sufficient evidence that she worked for a “legitimate” news publication and thus should not be considered a journalist.

The real issue here – as expressed by Jonathan Hart, a lawyer for the Online News Association – is not whether bloggers are journalists, but whether Hale’s comments amount to a veritable journalistic work. On this point, Locascio presents several valid arguments for how he reached his decision.

Hale first got into trouble for writing on the pornography industry site Oprano, billed as the “Wall Street Journal of porn,” that software company Too Much Media illegally used one of its products to harvest email addresses from adult websites and that company executives “may threaten your life if you report any of the specifics.” As Too Much Media planned to ask for Hale’s sources as part of the defamation hearings, the blogger sought protection under the New Jersey shield law.

To prove her status as a journalist, Hale submitted a document to the court asserting she had written stories for a newspaper and multiple trade publications. However, Judge Locascio dismissed this claim because Hale failed to back up her assertions. It also came to light that Hale had previously lied during the court proceedings when she claimed not to know anything about her accuser’s place of residence.

Furthermore, Locascio noted that Hale did not contact Too Much Media for comment when she was writing her allegations, a basic principle of newsgathering. In her analysis of the case, Mary Pat Gallagher of the New Jersey Law Journal pointed out Hale does not have a degree in journalism, but that does not necessarily have any bearing on her legitimacy because many newspaper reporters never went to j-school either.

The judge generalized his argument by contending that journalistic protection cannot be granted to anyone and everyone who posts information on the Internet.

Hale is expected to appeal the decision.

In her sweeping defense of Hale and bloggers’ rights, MediaPost‘s Wendy Davis fails to mention that New Jersey Press Association general counsel Thomas Cafferty agreed with Locascio’s assessment. According to Cafferty, there has to be some criteria for distinguishing between journalists and non-journalists on the web otherwise the term would apply to everyone.

Davis, however, insists that “news reporting is news reporting” and automatically deserves the protection of the shield law. Yet, does Hale’s work qualify as such? Writing for a blog is one thing, but commenting on a message board seems questionable at best.

There are precedents for courts siding with bloggers who refused to name confidential sources, as Davis notes. A 2006 case in California saw a judge uphold the rights of web writers who declined to cough up their sources for stories written about Apple.

In the ever-evolving definition of “journalist” who deserves coverage under the law becomes more and more a gray area. What about the rights of citizen journalists, who often lack formal training or experience in journalism ethics? It is clear from the case of blogger Shellee Hale that not everyone can claim to be a journalist, but where to draw the line is open to debate.

Source: Law.com, MediaPost

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July 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Training fire fighting personnel is mandatory

 

 

By Mweene Chigantu

KABWE Town Clerk, Vivian Chikoti has said that training of personnel in fire fighting in an industry is a requirement under the Factories Act CAP 441 of the Laws of Zambia.

She was speaking in Kabwe, today in a speech read for her by Social Economic Planner, Daniel Mapulanga at the closing ceremony of the part-time fire fighters course at the National Fire Services School.

The course was tailored upon special request by Copperbelt Energy Corporation (C.E.C). The duration of the course was two weeks, in which 15 students were trained to tackle fire, in its early stage as first strike team before the arrival of any nearby local authority fire brigade.

Speaking at the same function C.E.C organisational Development Head, Cassius Chafumapunda said this course was the beginning of a new working relationship between C.E.C and the school and that the company would send more workers for training.

He also said that what has been learned will be of great benefit not only to the company but also to Kitwe Town as a whole.

In his word of thanks, the students squad leader urged the Kabwe Municipal Council to approach organisations such as the C.E.C to be of assistance to the school especially on repairs of the fire tender equipments of which their repairs has been long over due.

He also pleaded with the town Clerk to approach organisation like the CEC who may help with equipments in fire fighting.

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June 10, 2009 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Council to use force on Kabwe vendors

By Hlupekile Ndhlovu

Marketeers at New Kasanda market have complained of the number of illegal traders who sell outside the market area.

A marketeer Jane Kunda said the traders who sell outside the market do not even pay levy.

Mrs Kunda said people who sell outside the market disturb the business for those who sell in the market.

She said there was space in the market and that the traders who sell outside the market just want to do so.

And the market Chairperson Joe Mpundu said they consulted the Kabwe Council to help move the traders inside the market.

He said although some traders who sell outside the market complain that the levy in the market was too high it is not true and the market levy is only K500 per day.

Meanwhile the Acting Director of Public Health and Social Services Joseph Kayombo said the council was in the process of removing traders along the line of rail and outside the market.

Mr Kayombo said the council will use force if the vendors fail to comply.

He said the council would meet next week so that they decide on when to implement what they agreed concerning removing vendors from outside the market and along the line of rail.

Mr Kayombo said the council wanted to raise revenue and therefore all those vendors who sell in the streets should be in the markets since they just make the streets dirty without paying levy.

He said in Kabwe vendors increase around 18hrs and these vendors usually come out of the market.

As a solution to this problem, Mr Kayombo said the council will start a street market but will first have to consult stakeholders so that they are able to deal with street vending.

He further said a road has been picked to be a street market and everybody will be eligible and a levy will be introduced.

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June 10, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Medical personnel challenged to take a lead in quality innovations to improve healthcare services

A senior government official has challenged the medical fraternity in Central Province to take a lead in quality innovations in order to improve healthcare services.

 

Central Province Permanent Secretary; Danny Lumbama made this challenge in a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Permanent Secretary; Mark Mankapi during the World Nurses Day celebration held at Civic Centre in Kabwe.

Kabwe is the administrative City of Central Province situated about 140 kilometers from the capital City of Lusaka, Zambia.

 

Mr. Lumbama reminded the medical personnel that it was impossible to have a successful health sector in any country minus their pivotal role.

 

He further stated that nurses were unique in that they trained in both social and biological sciences, and were therefore able to analyse situations, manage patients and generate information, all of which helped to improve the healthcare system.

 

Mr. Lumbama, however, challenged the senior nurses to take keen interest in finding lasting solutions to the complaints made by the public by examining their criticism so as to regain the public’s confidence.

 

At the same event, Zambia Union of Nurses (ZUN) Chairperson Anjelina Malambo informed those gathered that nurses had taken part in community services over the past week.

 

These activities included generally taking care of patients, cleaning, and making donations in various orphanages and hospices in Kabwe.

 

Mrs. Malambo appealed to the Permanent Secretary to assist the nursing organisation in a bid to enable the nurses to continue helping the less privileged people in society.

 

World Nurses Day is an annual event which falls on May 12th, and is internally commemorated.

 

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May 13, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Water tanks meant for cholera prevention stolen four days after installation

 

 

Kabwe District Commissioner, Mr. Musonda Chunga with a Zambia Army-personnel during the tour

Kabwe District Commissioner, Mr. Musonda Chunga with a Zambia Army-personnel during the tour

By Kruger Siankulu

 

 

 

The Kabwe Disaster Management Team Committee is saddened that water tanks taps that where put to provide clean water in a bid to curb cholera, merely four days after installation have been stolen.

The team led by Kabwe District Commissioner Mr. MUSONDA CHUNGA was dismayed by the failure of the residents of Makululu and Nakoli un-planned settlement to protect public property. The six water tanks were brought to Kabwe after an outbreak of cholera in the two respective areas for the people to have clean and safe water.

The District Commissioner said the tanks and the taps where mounted in the two areas because government cared about the people of the two areas. Mr. Chunga said he is very disappointed with the actions of the people of the two areas as they were retarding development.

Meanwhile during the same tour in Makululu; the District Commissioner bemoaned the unhygienic manner in which meat is being sold at Kamanda Market. He said it was sad that the market which was recently closed in order to prevent the spread of cholera had not put in place any measures to ensure that meat and other products are sold in a conducive environment.

The senior government official has appealed to the marketeers to sale and do their business in a clean and conducive environment so that the council and the health team could not close it again.

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CHIEF NALUBAMBA FOR PARTICIPATION OF CHIEFS IN ACTIVE POLITICS

By Fredrick Macha

There has been since independence in 1964 four commissions of inquiry to inquire in matters of the Constitution. In 1972, the Chona commission was appointed which was followed in 1990 by the appointment of the Mvunga commmsions.In the third Republic with the change of government after twenty-seven years of rule by the United National Independence party [UNIP] two more commissions were appointed. In 1993 the Mwanakatwe Constitution Review Commission was appointed followed by the Mung’omba Review Commission 2003. All these commissions have had one thing in common, namely the method of reviewing the constitution.

The Mung’omba CRC was appointed by the late president Dr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa by Stutory Instrument No 40 of 2003 under the Inquiries Act CAP 41. The Commission was tasked to Review the Constitution of Zambia and obtain submissions from the people in all the one hundred and fifty parliamentary Constituencies. The Commission carried out its work over a period of over two years and submitted a report and draft constitution to the head of state.

One of the terms of reference of the CRC was to recommend whether the constitution should be adopted, altered or re-enacted by the National Assembly, by a National Referendum by any other method. The commission concluded on this term of reference by recommending that the new constitution should be adopted by a constituent Assembly, a constitutional Conference or any other popular body that would adequately represent views of the people. The reasons advanced for a Constituent Assembly or other popular body concluded that parliament was   is not representative enough of all various social interests in the country; that the formulation of a new constitution should be more inclusive, broad based, gender representative and encourage the participation of all citizen in order to give the constitution making process legitimacy.

NCC
The government responded positively to that recommendation and thus the National Constitutional Conference [NCC] Act No 19 of 2007 was enacted by parliament in August 2007.

The NCC is a forum for the examination, debate and adoption of the draft constitution.

In a quest to make the constitution legitimacy members of the public are free to debate, give their views on some controversial issues in the Draft constitution so that   consensus   could be reached with members of the NCC. Additionally this allows for people to be part and parcel of the constitution making process.

One of the controversial issues has been the participation of traditional rulers in politics and stand for elective office which Chief Nalubamba of Namwala District strongly supports.

He argues the allowing chief in politics would accelerate   economic development to the people as the tradition leaders live with the people and therefore know the problem people go through in their daily lives.

“Chiefs are generally accessible to and interact freely and openly with their people this paves way for people to freely articulate the developmental needs they want in the area,” said Chief Nalubamba.

His Royal Highness explained that Chief have been in politics since independence and contributed immensely to the peace and development of the country.

“Chiefs were actively involved in politics during the struggle for independence but they became irrelevant after that due to greed ad selfishness by some politicians,’ said Chief Nalubamba.

He contend that allowing chief to participate in politics would bring order and sanity to the political   arena as opposed to the current situation where there was a culture of trading insults at the expense of talking about development.

“Chiefs would bring politics of honour as opposed to politics of insults we witness today,” said Chief Nalubamba.

He said traditional leaders should be allowed to join politics so that they too could enjoy their human rights to take part in the democratic dispensation of the country.

But views by His Royal Highness Nalubamba sparked reactions from several headmen in Makaba area and Namwala District Roma Catholic sister Yolata Mwiila who feels Chiefs would loss the respect and dignity they have enjoyed from time immemorial from their subjects if they joined politics.

Headmen, Makaba, Munamonga, Sompani, Hanengeta and Lutango argued that allowing Chiefs in politics would mean they would be out of their chiefdom more often due to other National duties thereby people would be deprived of development in the long run.

Chiefs   also have immerse responsibility to ensure that the traditional values of their tribe are preserved so that they [values] could be passed from generation to generation and if they join politics there would nobody to be the “keeper” of these traditional values, the headmen said.

“Chiefs are custodians of tradition and culture and I think if they joined politics their roles to expeditiously carry out their tradition roles bestowed upon them would be compromised,” said Headman Munamonga.

“Besides that if they are successfully elected into public office, traditional rulers would be overloaded with work such that their overall performance would be below par,” observed Headman Munamonga.

The headmen also warned that there would confusion in the governance of the country if Chiefs are allowed to participate in politics.

And Sister Mwiila supported Headmen’s views adding that it was important for chiefs to be neutral so they could be effectively articulate pressing developmental issues for their subjects without bias.

Apart from that traditional rulers would be better placed to offer advice to politicians when differences occur in the National political scene so that peace could be sustained in the country.

Sister Mwilla also observed that traditional leaders had more influence than politician and should therefore use this influence to press the government to fulfill developmental desires of the people without necessary participating in politics.

Controversial

Another controversial issue that has triggered debate in the Mung’omba draft constitution is whether the number of members of parliament should be increased from the current 150 to 200.

But Namwala Catholic parish priest Father Emmanuel Jere says it would be suicidal for the number to be increased to 200 because they country already had enough MPS whose performance just need to be enhanced so that they can deliver.

And two headmen of Chitongo ward in Namwala District echoed Father Jere’s views that increasing the number of MPS would be a sheer waste of tax payers’ money.

Senior Headman Habenge and headman Monde both argued that a poor country like Zambia should instead strive to reduce on the number of constitutional office bearers.

They observed that increasing the number of MPs would not in any way improve their performance charging that some MPs have failed to deliver to the expectation of the people in their respective constituencies.

“We do not need another bunch of MPs some of whom have failed to deliver to the expectations of their people,’ said headman Monde.

However, some councilors supported they draft constitution calling for an increase in the number of MPs from 150 to 200.

Chibuze councilor Silume Tabani, Moobola councilor Daniel Moono, and Namakube Councilor Japhet Nagalaba argued that increasing the number of MPs would significantly enhance economic development in the country.

They brushed aside suggestions that increasing the number of MPs would be a waste of money saying it was a fact that some constituencies were very large and need to be apportioned to be managed.

“Some constituencies are too large that an area MP, who may be committed with other National duties, may not manage to go round the entire constituency and take note of developmental concerns of the people there,” Mr Tabani said.

“That is why some MPs may not have lived up to the expectations of the people in their constituencies not because they are incompetent, but it is because there areas are too large,” he added.

Meanwhile, chief Nalubamba says for the country to uphold democratic tenets there was need to fund political parties so that there could be a level playing field. He added this was the only way the country could enhance its democracy still in its infancy.

He said there was need to financially support political parties to ensure transparence and accountability thus allow for the qualitative management of the country’s resources.

Chief Nalubamba allayed fears that the country might experience a mushrooming of political parties arguing no sane people would form a political party to benefit from the funds other than be of service to the Zambians.

But some headmen had a different view and called for such funds to be channeled to poverty reeducation especially in rural areas.

Headman Makaba said political parties should scout for sources of funding to avoid public resources been wasted in case where such political party loses an election.

He explained that there was a danger that such public resources risk been abused by political parties making accountability difficult.

Voter Apathy

And a Namwala resident Rogers Ndhlovu has says voter apathy in the country would make the proposal in the Mung’omba Draft constitution calling for a 50+ 1per cent unworkable.

He said recent election have indicated that people have lost confidence in politicians adding the proposal would only work if voter apathy was restored in the electorates.

The divergent views emanating from people of all walks of life in all the 150 parliamentary constituencies in the country is a clear indication of people’s desire to have a people-driven constitution that would be legitimate and popular. This has made people to identify themselves with the constitution to actively participate in the making of the final product of their desire. This approach would undoubtedly make the new constitution the most legitimate and be accepted by all Zambians. 

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February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government to release K15 billion towards citizen empowermente

Economic empowerment founds have been a thorn in the flesh in many country’s and Zambia in no exception.

Since its establishment about two years ago, the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) has come under attack from several sections of the Zambian community.

Complaints have been that funds meant for empowerment in most cases end up in the pockets of the rich and privileged especially those in the corridors of power.

Zambia has had numerous economic empowerment programmes targeting to empower citizens, however, little impact has been seen hence some citizens expressing their mixed feelings over a similar programme this time around.

 

Mwanawasa Legacy

An initiative of the late President Mwanawasa, the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) today said it has approved 109 business projects.

The Commission has since announced that it would by next release over
K15 billion towards the projects.

ZANIS reports that the CEEC has said the indicative figures by the commission shows that the appraised projects have the potential to create 861 jobs by January this year.

CEEC chairperson, Jacob Sikazwe announced this at a press briefing in Lusaka.

Mr. Sikazwe said 73 projects at a cost of K8.6 billon have been approved this year while 36 projects at a total value of K6.6 billon were approved in December last year.
He said of the 73 projects approved this month, 20 are being promoted by the youths, 21 by women, one project by the disabled and the remaining 31 are been promoted by male entrepreneurs.

Mr. Sikazwe said the commission is mainly focusing on the marginalized and less privileged such as marketers, small-scale traders, the youths, disabled, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
He noted that in terms of provinces, Lusaka province has 25 projects amounting to K5 billion, Southern has 23 projects at K1.6 billion, Eastern has 17 projects valued at K1.3 billon.

 

He said Copperbelt and Central provinces have two projects each at K74 million, and K88 million respectively while North Western has four projects valued at K403 million.

 

Commission Pillars

Mr. Sikazwe has bemoaned luck of understanding by the citizens regarding the work of CEEC saying the public focus is only the funds.
He said the citizens need to understand that CEEC is guided by nine pillars which are, equity, ownership, management and control, preferential procurement, skills development, and access to finance.

He said other pillars are transformation of society, corporate social responsibility, good governance, and Greenfield investment.

 

Sensitization

He has also disclosed that the commission has since embarked on provincial tours to raise awareness to the communities and ensure that empowerment programmes are effectively implemented by targeted citizens.

Mr. Sikazwe said with this tour the commission has seen an improvement and in the quality of application forms submitted by the citizens.

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Holidays: Times of Refreshing

By Nalumino Nalumino

My big brother Likolo Ndalamei has always been an inspiration to me.

 

My daughter Thabo & son Limpho playing with their new found friend Thomas from Europe

My daughter Thabo & son Limpho playing with their new found friend Thomas from Europe

This is not because of his successful career as an economist who has served in various high profile management positions but also for his tradition of taking his family out for holidays every year.

At one time I told myself, “well the gentlemen has enough money to spare for such holiday making errands after all he is MD of the Zambia National Commercial Bank, the largest bank in the country.”

But years down the line especially in December 2009, I have come realize that it does not require a lot of money for one to take his family out on holiday. With our (my wife and myself) resources, I successfully managed to take my family to the tourist capital city, Livingstone.

 

Refreshing Time

What a time of refreshing we had gazing at the magnificent Victoria Falls, wildlife in the game park crowned with boat cruise on the Zambezi River on the splendid African Queen boat.

 

my-wife-enjoying-some-zephyr-on-the-zambezi-riber-while-on-a-boat-cruise
My wife, Miranda enjoying some zephyr on the Zambezi River while on the African Queen boat cruise

The faces of my wife, Miranda, daughter Thabo and son, Limpho beamed with smiles throughout the trip and they even now have smoothing to talk about.

Though the frequent question I can not answer is: “Daddy, mummy when are we going

back to Livingstone?” Thabo would ask.

 

Planning & Saving

Now, holidaying is not about having too much money but planning and saving the little required resources well in advance. The benefits of a break from our usual routine of life at work or homes are wholesome and rejuvenating to ones inner soul and the relationship with spouse and children invigorated.

 

While on holiday one takes time to delve into deep soul searching questions. One begins to learn that God is a great Creator indeed and his artisanship is second to none.

 

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January 26, 2009 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Media gurus discuss citizen journalism

By Nalumino Nalumino

The main stream media has been challenged not to perceive citizen journalism which is having an impact in the sector as a threat but instead embrace the concept.

Speaking during in an interview soon after presenting a paper, Citizen Journalism during the Digital Citizen Indaba Sunday at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, a South African blogger, Nicholas Haralambous said the main stream media should be wise in the way it deals with citizen journalism because it is all about the community collecting information and distributing it back to the community.

“For example, CNN has launched Ireport.com which they get citizen journalists to video blog then they use those video blogs in opinions and in their actual news productions which’s a value way to use citizens to make their views very valid in a very big media sphere,” said Haralambous who manages a content sharing and social media playground blog, http://www.zoopy.com

Inherently, Haralambous said though the concept of citizen journalism appears to be relatively new people in Africa have been distributing information for a long time.

 

Proffesor Fackson Banda

Penetration
He said the easiest way for Africans to be citizen journalists is get a mobile phone, down load and up load the content online because that is not only the easiest but quickest way of doing it.

Asked whether, the excessive costs of buying and maintain a cell phone as well as internet would hinder the speedy growth of citizen journalism in Africa, Nicholas said while it is true it might be the case a lot of Africa is filled with cell phone.
In South Africa the market penetration is close to 90 % and through Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya the numbers are huge people have mobile phones they are not just using them effectively and what should not be forgotten people are spending money on their phones.

“Yes it’s not cheap but people are still spending money on their phones; people need to communicate inherently so it’s just a matter of a way of getting them to communicate in a way that benefits them, their society, friends and their family. Right now they are communicating saying are you going out; are you going to drink or where are you going to drink; forget that we need to talk about proper issues on their cell phones with the communicate and get the community to rally around those topics,” he said.

Haralambous challenged main stream journalists to embrace the technology available to them to become citizen like in their reporting, transparent and use twitter as well as talk about where they are, how they are, who they are, where they are going and this is one good thing about citizen journalists.

Big Flaw of Democracy
However, he said journalists should not be citizen journalists because there is a place for journalism. Journalism, he said is the watch man and gatekeeper of society without professional and proper journalism that would be a big flaw for democracy.

He said citizens will never take the role of journalists though maybe in the “distant, distant future but right now there’s a role for journalists and they should just have features of citizen journalists, they shouldn’t become citizen journalists, main stream journalism isn’t dead.”

“Citizen Journalism I think for me is less opinionated and more emotional, it’s a reaction to a flood; it’s a reaction to a tornado; it’s a reaction to a murder. Where journalists don’t have that feeling and emotion citizens do. They feel the immediate reaction,” said Haralambous.

About 30 journalists, bloggers and scholars from different background drawn from across Africa and overseas attended the Digital Citizen Indaba.
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September 9, 2008 Posted by | News, Politics, Publish | , , , , , | Leave a comment