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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

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

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

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

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

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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January 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Zimba-Livingstone Rd – A death trap

By Nalumino Nalumino

 

During the festive season, I took my family out for holiday to the tourist capital city of Zambia, Livingstone the home town of the Victoria Falls.

 

I must admit my family comprising my wife, Miranda and our two children namely Thabo and Limpho had a nice memorable time having been to all most all the major tourist attractions. 

 

However, one disappointing thing is that the road leading into Livingstone is pathetic and portrays a serious misrepresentation of Zambia’s tourist capital.
Death Sentence

Lack of repairing this road is sentencing motorists and pedestrians alike to death each time they drive or walk on it. 

 

I was informed that tourists traveling to Livingstone by road often make a u-turn when they arrive in Zimba where the worst nightmare of both local and foreign tourists begins.

 

“Sorry we are tourists heading towards Livingstone and were given this road map but we’ve hit a dead end unfortunately. It appears there is no road so we’re going back to Lusaka,” one of the narratives a friend of mine who works in a government department told me after I inquired why the road had deteriorated to such a horrifying extent.

 

Another colleague of mine in the media in Livingstone told me that the local provincial leadership had done everything possible to prevent the Zimba-Livingstone Road from reaching such an extent.

 

However, he alleged that the Zambia National Tender Board were sorely responsible for the state of the Zimba – Livingstone because for whatever reason they delayed to award prospecting contractors a contract to rehabilitate the road.

 

Government should explain WHY


As a citizen who pays taxes as well as the fuel levy as a result of each litter of diesel and petrol I buy, I demand that officers responsible should be made answerable to the Zambian people as to why they allowed this important stretch of the road to reach such a deplorable level.

 

As a matter of fact government should be ashamed that right under its nose and all available resources the road leading to the tourist capital can be left to deteriorate to such unimaginable levels.

 

To make matters worse the contractor on site, China GEO does not inspire confidence in their workmanship according to my assessment because even the diversion they have made to me appears to have been made for earth moving and not ordinary vehicles.      

 

Can the Road Development Agency and Zambia National Tender Board as well as Ministry of Works and Supply either singularly or collectively explain to the nation what they were doing while they watched the road depreciate day by day.

 

People holding public office should know that their first duty and obligation is to ensure they serve the citizens through un-challenged service provision not that nonsense of a road destroying vehicles which government can not even rapier.

 

 

Woke up somebody and get down to serious business and serve the people! 

Unfortunately, due to proper third world internet connectivity the author is unable to publish the spine chilling pictures of the Zimba-Livingstone Road. However, I promised my family, God allowing; next time we are on a trip to the tourist capital, we shall be flying unless otherwise.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Moria displaying a copy of a newspaper carrying a picture of a naked Patriotic Front member who was protesting against the victory of the ruling MMD candidate Rupiah Banda in the October 30th, Presidential Elections

Moria displaying a copy of a newspaper carrying a picture of a naked Patriotic Front member who was protesting against the victory of the ruling MMD candidate Rupiah Banda in the October 30th, Presidential Elections

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment