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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