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NEWS FROM KASAMA THE PAST WEEK

” By Mulenga Prince Simumba”

KASAMA in Summary:
1.bana kalaba(sex).
2.man caught having sex with a chicken which later died(sex).
3.man caught havin sex with a goat(sex).
4.a man caught with a ten year old girl with his pants down(sex).
5.man commits suicide with a shot gun after his incest r/ship was discorvered
6.ZESCO employee starts seeing Ghosts after a one night stand with a prostitute and kills himself.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in NEWS

 

PF CRACKS – BREAKAWAY PARTY FORMED

Over 20 cabinet and deputyministers in the Patriotic Frontgovernment have formed abreakaway party after falling out offavor with President Michael Sata.
They are also disillusioned byPresident Sata’s apparent elevationof his son Mulenga who seemsdestined to take over from him in2016.
One of the officials tasked tomobilize members for a yet to beregistered political party said that12 meetings so far have been heldto strategize the birth of the partyand over 20 ministers and deputyministers have agreed to leave PF.
But when contacted for a commentPF national chairperson Inonge Winarefused to comment on the mattersaying she was not aware about thebreak away party.“I will not comment on that becauseI am not aware about thatbreakaway party. I have noinformation about it,” said Ms. Winawho is also Nalolo PF Member ofParliament.
However, officials said that 12consultative meetings have takenplace in Chongwe, Chisamba, Kafue,Kitwe and Lusaka where it wasresolved that a new party should beformed to take over from the PF in2016.The official observed that the namedministers and deputy ministers andother PF senior officials among themMembers of Parliament who felt letdown by President Sata, were of theview of joining the MMD but that theleadership wrangles that havecharacterized the former rulingparty were not inspiring a newmembership.“We have also resolved to startcontributing funds towards theformation of our party. It is abreakaway party from the PF. Weare not happy, we labored for the PFand its like people who contributednothing are the ones benefitingmore by taking lies to the Presidentand receiving favours,” said theofficial.
The source said that senior PFofficials in Chipata were alsofrustrated because they felt thatPresident Michael Sata had alloweda spirit of tribalism, nepotism andsegregation in the party which hascreated serious divisions andmisunderstandings among partymembers.“We have had the anti-WynterKabimba and anti-GBM groups inthe PF. We have had people likeChishimba Kambwili who feel thathe is being fought on the basis oftribe. We have had people likeSylvia Masebo who feels that herdismissal was as a result of ascheme to hound her out of the PFby her enemies. So all these issuesand many others have resulted inus wanting to form a party that willunite all these factions,” said theofficial.The official who spoke onanonymously said that the generalmembership was also not happywith the assumption created by thePF leadership that Mulenga Satawas the next president of the partyand subsequently the candidate for2016.“There are people who have workedso hard for this party and seeingMulenga Sata who is PresidentSata’s son being treated as if he isalready president of the PF hascontributed to the division and thesubsequent formation of the newparty whose name will be madepublic soon,” said the official. Theofficial observed that the generalmembership of the party was of theview that the PF in its current formwould not win the election in 2016and allowing him (President Sata) tocontinue at the realm of the PF wasdisastrous and uninspiring. Theofficial also said that Mr Kabimbaand Vice President Guy Scott hadfailed to co-ordinate the party,adding that failure to address theconcern Zambians were raising overthe constitution making processwould make it impossible for the PFto sell its candidates in 2016.“Right now as I am talking to you, I am from a meeting at one of theMinisters office and We havedispatched a team of senior PFofficials to visit Western Provinceand see which people we can workwith from that region in order togive Zambia a formidable team,”said the official.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in NEWS

 

CHAWAMA RESIDENTS LEAVING IN FEAR OF PF THUGS

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

The Former Police constable in the colonial Government and Former Railway station sweeper turned “president”‘s sponsered thugs in chawama are terrorizing motorists on the recently paved roads claiming its their road. The thugs are charging exorbitant fees to motorists and those who refuse to pay are beaten up and have their tyres deflated. The former constable’s thugs are carrying out their criminal activities in full view of the police officers from the nearby chawama police. A senoir police officer in the CID section at chawama police narrated that the police are powerless to stop the thugs as the thugs are saying they are under orders to charge the motorists from higher authorities. And the police have also been victims of these thugs as they have found their vehicles clamped and deflated by the thugs whenever they had wanted to intervene.The police source also said even area MP Edgar Lungu has no powers over the thugs. Meanwhile foreign nationals of Burundi and Rwandan Nationals operating some shops in kabwata site and service and nearby kamwala south are also living in fear of their lives from PF thugs who have been terrorizing them for some time now. The thugs are going round every saturdays “taxing” theseshops K50 each. A check at one of the shops in site service saw a fake pf reciept bearing kabwata ward 7 issued by these thugs.Zambia has seen the worst violence, lawlessness and thuggerism perpetuated by sponsered pf thugs with impunity. The top pf leadership’s silence on these matters has raised suspicion that the thugs are sponsered by the top PF hierachy.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in POLITICAL

 

UNDER DEVELOPMENT AND MEDIOCRE LEADERSHIP IN ZAMBIA UNDER THE PF

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

Zambia is this year 2014 set to celebrate its golden jubilee of independence. Zambia at independence, in 1964 was one of Africa’s most richest countries, but 50 years down the line, its one of the most poorest on the continent. What caused this downward trend and why are some of zambia’s neighbours which also got independence in the 60s like Botswana still have strong economies? Why are some of zambia’s neighbours which experienced civil war for decades, like Angola and Mozambique have stronger economies than Zambia?

While many reasons can be advanced by different sections of society, ranging from zambia’s support for liberation wars to a fall in the world copper prices, the bigger denominator on all these reasons is to do with leadership. The source of zambia’s poverty and underdevelopment is essentially due to mediocre leadership. Zambia has always permitted mediocre leadership at the top from independence. And as new Governments come on board, the problem seems to be getting worse by the day. Therefore Zambia cannot, and should not be expected to avoid social, political. Economical, technical and moral underdevelopment.

Of course, when a nation allows mediocre leaders to be reponsible for making all its policies, how can it be expected to achieve real development?Zambia’s full development depends largely upon the caliber of its leaders, the kind that is equipped with vision and foresight. Is this obtaining at the moment? Has the PF got this vision and the foresight to drive this country forward?The current crop of the PF leadership is, simply put, mediocre. 90% of people in policy making decisions in sata’s Government were appointed either on tribal lines or on their closeness to sata and his inner circle. Sata campaigned on the platform of bringing professionals into key positions and accused the MMD Government of appointing party cadres into key Government positions. Zambians welcomed sata’s messages as they knew that only quality leadership (that is the professionals) can bring about the much desired changes which they desperately needed.

The significance of quality leadership can hardly be overemphasised- it is a leadership that engages in rational and objective thinking and tries to make policies that are not far removed from the reality of human nature, whereas mediocre leadership ussually acts either without following any kind of objective manner of reasoning or simply follows the dictates of feelings, passions, Sentiments or special vested interests. “Mediocre” leadership refers to an average or below average group of national leaders, whereas “quality leadership” refers to an enlightened, interllectually sophisticated and culturally sharpened group of national leaders.

This is why the PF is subjective and hence can hardly avoid creating unnecessary social chaos, confusion and mass misery..How can the PF’s mediocre leadership to be expected to act otherwise when it is following the desires, emotions, hopes, fear or special vested interests? And that’s why the PF is currently practicing political intimidation, cheap political tactics, corruption, nepotism and dubious liberalism,,, all because of mediocre leadership.

So zambia’s poverty and underdevelopment is not due to the independence wars of its neighbours or tha falling copper prices but to mediocre leadership.So what is the way out for zambia? The way out will only be for zambians to put in place quality leadership, the leadership that is equipped with vision and foresight, intellectual enlightenment and objective or rational thinking. It is obvious that the PF cannot provide these qualities in its current state and so what we need is a change in leadership.

Continuing with the PF will result in continued underdevelopment in zambia. In other words if mediocre leadership is allowed to prolong, it is most likely to condemn zambia to continued underdevelopment of human and natural resources for a long time. If zambia allows the current mediocre leadership to continue taking charge of all its policy making activities, it will not manage to maintain the the smooth functions of its social units and in facilitating development and promote and preserve human dignity.

The current abuse of human dignity and human rights, political intimidation which in turn develops fear of national leaders will continue unabated. Indeed mediocre leadership is notorious for practicing nepotism, favouratism, suppresion of liberty equality, freedom of expression and freedom of choice. Above all it does everything possible to overlook the principles of merit. No wonder it discourages competition.. It is a shame that zambia under the PF has now become a center of social chaos and where nepotism is now being accepted as a way of life, where talents and priorities are shamelessly misplaced. Under the PF, there is currently no sense of direction for development. That’s why poverty levels, mass misery and the violation of human rights have reached horrifying levels.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

WHY ZAMBIA NEEDS THE NEW DRAFT CONSTITUTION

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

A little over two years ago, when Michael Sata was campaigning for Zambia’s top office, he promised that, if elected, he would finally bring to an end a decade of abandoned legal reform and deliver the country a definitive new constitution. Not only that, but he would do it within 90 days of taking power.

Sata’s election campaign was successful, and soon after taking office in September 2011, the new president − along with his Patriotic Front (PF) government − tasked a committee of lawyers and academics with drafting the document.

Things seem to have taken a different twist, however. When swearing in the techinical committee drafting the new constitution, the PF Government told the nation that the committee has been given 90 days to complete the assignment and hand over the report to Government. Then later on the committee asked for an extension of time and Wynter Kabimba again told the nation the the period has been extended and the committee will have to hand in the report by 30th June 2014. When this date reached a row erupted between the committee and the Government as the committee said they were not ready and would only complete the task after a month. In December 2013, the government blocked the constitutional committee from releasing its reprt simulteneusly to the Public and the President. On top of that they were ordered to print only three copies of the draft constitution,, and the committee (under protest) handed the three documents to Sata through Kabimba. This event was widely published by the media and the nation was told the documents have been handed over to the Government. After much pressure from opposition parties and civil society that the public should know the contents of the draft constitution, the nation was treated to further drama and circus when Kabimba announced that Government was still waiting for both the report and the draft constitution from the committee! Now who is lying to who?
It is not difficult for one to see that the Government seem to be insencere by saying they never received the three copies. And it is also not difficult to see that this is just another trick by Sata and his PF to deny zambians a new constitution. This is so because Sata has dramatically changed his mind about zambia having a new constitution. Sata has of late persistently said that zambia does not need a new constitution because it already has one! Now the questions being asked are; didn’t sata knew, when he was campaignung for president and demanding for a new constitution, that zambia already has a constitution? Didn’t sata knew that zambia already has a constitution when he appointed the technical comiittee which sat for more than a year and Gobled up millions of kwacha in tax payers money? This is pure deceit and betrayal at its worst. And what made Sata change his mind about the new constitution? What is Sata fearing?
After the 2014 budget revealed a skew of alarming numbers and the global rating agency Fitch downgraded the country’s credit rating, the PF’s economic success story lost its celebrated momentum, leaving it with little more than a narrative of heavy-handed autocracy.

Many zambians have closed in on the constitution as a panacea for all that ails the country, a movement that culminated in a major demonstration at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka and which took a sensational twist on 15 January when the Zambian Watchdog published what said is a leak of the final draft.

A torrent of official statements followed as the drafting committee denied originating the leak, the police vowed to clamp down on what they termed a ‘cybercrime’, and the government vowed to track down and punish the perpetrators of the leak. Surprisingly, not one Government official ever denied that the leaked doc was fake of what could have been expected if the Government had never received the docs.

Talking the talk

While the authenticity of the leaked constitution is uncertain, it doesn’t stray far from the publicly available first draft, or even from previous drafts commissioned under past administrations. Zambia’s electoral system is addressed, requiring candidates to garner over 50% of the vote to hold presidential office, while parliament would be composed of members elected through a combination of first-past-the-post and proportional representation.

The draft Bill of Rights − which includes classical first generation rights as well as social, economic and cultural rights − is also more clearly articulated than it is in the existing constitution, and it seems to be these protections, more than technical changes to governance structure, that the opposition is longing for. The opposition complain that their protests have been menaced by police and PF party thugs, that critical media outlets have been persecuted by the government, and that the general population, especially in the rural areas, slogs through a life of poverty, illiteracy and environmental degradation.

WHY DO WE NEED THE CONSTITUTION?

That there’s more than enough substance in the existing constitution to transform human rights in the country is not the issue. The real problem is that successive administrations simply cast off their legal responsibilities when it suits them. What needs to be tackled is Zambia’s tradition of impunity, which dates all the way back to the era of its independence president, Kenneth Kaunda.

When Zambia was granted independence in 1964, it started its new life with a multiparty framework, led by Kaunda’s United National Independence Party (UNIP), which had won 55 of 75 seats in the pre-independence elections. But this wasn’t to last. In 1972, keen to outmanoeuvre political opponents both inside and outside the ruling party, Kaunda banned all political parties apart from UNIP. In 1973, he formalised one-party rule in a new constitution that also that consolidated state power in the president’s office.

It was only 18 years later when Zambia was choked by debt and was facing mounting pressure from the international community that Kaunda commissioned a hasty legal review. That move led to the establishment of the 1991 constitution and multiparty elections that brought MMD leader Fredrick Chiluba to power.

Not a lot has changed since then, despite the reform commissions that have been mandated, the reports that have been produced, and the many amendments proposed. One amendment that has been passed was a provision barring candidates with foreign parentage from running for the presidency. Chiluba, assisted by Sata, who was then a member of the MMD, managed to force through this provision in 1996, effectively blocking Kaunda, whose father was born in neighbouring Malawi, from returning. The amendment still exists today.

The problem is that despite these legal mandates, correctional facilities are overcrowded and access to justice fails many prisoners in remand; there’s a long track record of beating, arresting, and criminally charging journalists, civil society leaders, and political figures who criticise government; poverty is endemic in rural areas, where education and healthcare facilities are also inadequate and the means of pursuing a gainful livelihood are largely absent.

When it comes to social and economic rights, many developing countries explain their failures in terms of cost. How can a poor nation like Zambia be expected to improve the lot of its direly undeveloped rural areas? How can it extend its meagre health and educational resources that far? How can it afford what human rights theorists call ‘positive rights’, those measures that require government action to protect and maintain?

Part of the answer is to dam the ever-bubbling backwaters of corruption, which divert enormous sums from the country’s development agenda. While corruption charges and trials do occur – usually motivated by political reasons – leaders from Chiluba to Sata have done little to substantively affect the diversion of public money from development to private bank accounts.

In the short term, real change won’t emerge from the PF government. And it is clear that the PF will not give zambians the constitution they want. The real change will have to come from outside. Protesting Zambians have chalked up victories before, as when public demonstrations played a role in dissuading Chiluba from seeking an unconstitutional third term, which sata championed. And if NGOs, civil society, opposition political parties and student bodies were to focus their efforts on mobilising themselves and the masses. not just urban Zambians, but also those people in the rural areas, more tangible results could be achieved.

But it’s not just a case of focusing their efforts. It’s a case of refocusing them. The fight for a new and improved constitution is certainly a worthy one, but civil society organisations have made a holy grail of constitutional reform, as if delivery will automatically slacken the state’s grip on an array of levers it freely abuses, from stacking the judiciary with supporters to deploying waves of violent thugs in by-election campaigns.

The current opposition (Except the UPND), meanwhile, is only too pleased to ally itself with activists, but given the MMD’s own history of unjust governance, the teaming up is clearly for self-serving reasons. Rather than giving politicians such an elevated podium from which to reinvent themselves, civil society would do better to zero in on specific rights violations and protest those on the same scale as they do constitutional reform.

The other piece of this puzzle is the international community. That’s a difficult prescription for a continent whose leaders routinely play their populations against what they frame as foreign interference, but sustained pressure from multilateral organisations able to reference even the current set of constitutional guarantees would help consolidate demands made in the streets.

None of this is to say that robust laws can’t lay the groundwork for a future of mature, responsive governance. A strong legal framework, no matter its current irrelevance, will make for useful terms of reference in a more developed future, and human rights theorists habitually point to ambitious laws as key components to equitable progress.
Yes Zambia needs a new constitution that will stand a test of time. It is shameful to still be discussing constotution 50 years after independence.

(c) Edmond Lifwekelo 2014

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2014 in POLITICAL

 

COMEDY! THE SPEECH AND DRAMA PERFORMED BY SATA AT THE 2013 LABOUR DAY IN LSK.

Shamenda: Your excellency, I don’t want to make a long speech, it is now my rare honour and privilege to invite you your excellency to deliver the key note address for labour day. Your excellency sir:

President Sata: Thank you sir. Well done Mr. Minister, Mr. Fuck-well……. (Sata shuffling papers meant to be a speech).

I was quarrelling with Mr. Shamenda and Mr. Hikaumba because I told them I was a councillor in Bauleni, MP in Kabwata, was MP in Mpika and Dr. Kaunda was annoyed with me that this boy is not presidential material but governor material.

And say thank you very much Dr.KK (with emphasis on KK). An we used to say KK wamuyayaya, kumwamba mulungu pasi KK (crowd cheers).

And KK was boasting when was 89, am also 76, so what is there for him to boast. He can boast to Mr Edgar Lungu who is a baby.

But you see you workers we have met here today…………secretary general of our party, I started saluting Mr. KK wamuyaya, Ms. madam Chief Justice….muletuka muletuka mulebeba ati acting bushe niba acting kabili abanabo tabalipo ninshi eba chief justice. Naba Matimbini ba Speaker ba pa Chibombo, members of the central committee……..I have only seen Mr. Chumbwe…..and Mr. Jean Kapata naba Dorothy Kazunga……….who else have I seen……….oh…. Mr. Patrick Kazhila, eeh Mr. Kazhila stand up……batoteleniko ba Kazhila. Honourable ministers and deputy ministers, your excellences……employers and fellow workers.

At least me you are my employers all of you and you are very good employers.

And today Mr. Nevers Mumba is not here…..Mr. HH is not here because they are ashamed they have been preaching Sata is dying…….does a dying man look like me?

And even if I die………even if I dropped dead because my life belongs to God. We have too many leaders in PF who can take over from me. They (PF leaders) are not fighting but they are waiting. They (PF leaders) try their witchcraft but it can’t beat that witchcraft from Mpika. Mr. Edgar Lungu goes to Petauke but the witchcraft in Petauke is very light it can’t touch me….so go and tell them Mr. Sata is still alive.

And what type of a leader who wish others to be sick and dying……and if you want to aspire to lead this country, come here because all you workers we understand your difficulties whether you have nice uniforms in the army, whether you have nice uniforms in the police there are still other difficulties, accommodation and transport and a number of things.

So if you are leaders and you are aspiring to lead the people of Zambia come here and celebrate with them………..including my boys who are sitting in the trees They are not from Mpika those who are in the trees some of them are from Petauke. Because Edgar Lungu was saying they are from Mpika and I said why, and he said in Mpika you eat monkeys. So baiche imwe ngaisa Edgar Lungu ku Chawama…………. sort him out.

It is with great pleasure that I join you and the rest of the world in celebrating this years labour day. This day is unique because it accords us an opportunity to recorgnise the untiring efforts of workers in transforming our country.

Fellow workers ladies and gentlemen…….….imwe muyenda kuti………iiiimweee  ba youth……..ba yenda kuti abo bayenda yenda. Make sure they don’t yenda….lift them by air.

The theme for this year is transforming the economy through job creation, labour law reforms, better conditions of service and improved work culture. The theme highlights the areas that we need to address in order for us to transform the economy in a manner that is meaningful to the majority of our citizens.

Mr.Shamenda at one time if you ask KK this country we were to import labour. We had no Zambians who could break stones, we had to import them from Tanzania and Kenya and why cant we do it now…So Mr. Shamenda take-off your jacket and put on your overall, and take your Mr. Hikaumba with you…and take that ka ma Joyce(Nonde)

In celebrating this occasion, government pays tribute to all fellow workers for your immense contributions and sacrifices you have been making towards transforming our economy into what it is today. For this reason I salute you all.

Our government is implementing forward……forward looking macro economic policies and ultimately lead to sustained inclusive and equitable economic growth as well as increased productive employment opportunities in with PF the manifesto.

We are happy to mention that the PF government has created more than 175 700 jobs since we came into power and we are creating jobs anymore. And you have seen the new little incoming workers they are going to be dancing,…… singing for us. These are the little …….…whose that woman who came from South Africa……….Dorothy Masuka.

Our government have in the past one year made a number progressive changes aimed at improving the general standard of living for the people of Zambia. Notable among these has been the raising of minimum wage for various categories of workers and the unprecedented generous salary increase for public service workers.

We can do what we can do as government…….the rest we leave it to the unions. If the unions are sleeping, am not going to do the job for you. If you knock on our door we are ready. We have shown that we are ready to give more, because the current workers……if you look at those children their……their parents don’t earn enough that is why some of those children have no shoes.

We have also moved the lowest paid civil servant following the recently held salary negotiations from 1400 gross pay to 3000 or three million, why the food basket as calculated by the general statistics office is at 2900 or 2900000.

We therefore wish to urge you all my fellow workers that improved salaries and conditions of work should be matched with hard work………especially people from Eastern Province. Because every time we call we find you at work but you are not doing anything. You are just speaking chakwanu chinyanja and smoking…..smoking balani.

Let me emphasis that the transformation of the economy requires that in discharging our duties we ensure that we uphold integrity accountability and transparency, especially when this relates to the use of public resources.

Our fight against corruption and least financial flaws is a priority as these vices divert resources from activities that are vital for employment creation, poverty eradication and sustainable development.

When we are talking about job creation, some children are looking the way they are looking because their parents can’t find employment. We are very lucky  here……….. we have a person like Kenneth Kaunda………. we are lucky in the sense that Kenneth Kaunda saw this country as Northern Rhodesia. When he came from Chinsali………he was walking from Chinsali to come and look for my late sister from Mpika……he did not know how to wear trousers. He was just wearing shorts…….so he has struggled for this country to be what it is and that’s why today it pains him greatly………….. that he doesn’t even want to keep his hair………he has removed all the hair from his head. Because I remember one time when I was one of his youths here in Lusaka….….he said he will only eat meat when everybody in Zambia starts eating meat.

And one time the old man in Cairo road wanted to go and buy meat through the window……….when Africans were buying through the window. Now you find that we young Zambians we can’t emulate people like KK. You are making short cuts. Even removing all the head hair in your head………why don’t you emulate the girls. You saw when the girls were matching………..,they were very smart. Our men without hair,………are you not ashamed……..are you not ashamed. If God has not given you a Pala………don’t make one because you can’t sustain it. Look at that one there………. looking at me without hair…….,he is hiding his head. What about my women selling in kamwala……..who are selling combs you want them to die from starvation because you don’t want to keep your hair.

For our men in uniforms I thank you for working hard. Some people have engaged security guards, they don’t know that security guards are more brutal than my policemen. For the army, when there is no war, some people in Eastern province are trying to provoke me. But when I send the army in Eastern province, Mpenzeni will be the first one to run away.

Thank you for keeping you here, without lunch. Thank you for coming Mr. (Hi)Kaumba…but does it mean that there are no names in Southern province other than HH. Thank you……..this one has hidden his name….Simukoko……

And you whats your name……are you related to Rev. Masumba……ooh you are also a reverend.

I am now moving towards the people receiving awards……where are the people receiving the awards……..

Thank you.

 

(c) Edmond Lifwekelo 2014

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

MDGs – WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT IN REDUCING POVERTY AND DESEASE IN ZAMBIA TODAY?

WHAT ARE MDGs? AND WHY DOES UPND VIEW THEM AS IMPORTANT?

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

Much as the UPND has its own manifesto, it recognizes the importance of these goals.UPND recognizes that if properly managed, the MDGs can take zambia back into a middle income class nation by bettering the lkives of all zambians. UPND will use the goals side by side with its manifesto as it drives zambia forward. So what are these MDGs?The Millennium Development Goals are a UN initiative. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, the goals follow:

1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. To achieve universal primary education
3. To promote gender equality and empowering women
4. To reduce child mortality rates
5. To improve maternal health
6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7. To ensure environmental sustainability
8. To develop a global partnership for development[1] Each goal has specific targets and dates for achieving those targets. To accelerate progress, the G8 Finance Ministers agreed in June 2005 to provide enough funds to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to cancel $40 to $55 billion in debt owed by members of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) to allow them to redirect resources to programs for improving health and education and for alleviating poverty.As of 2013 progress towards the goals was uneven. Some countries achieved many goals, while others were not on track to realize any. A UN conference in September 2010 reviewed progress and concluded with the adoption of a global plan to achieve the eight goals by their target date. New commitments targeted women’s and children’s health and new initiatives in the worldwide battle against poverty, hunger and disease.Its obvious that the pf is not implementing any of the goals and zambia might not even reach one them. That’s why UPND is committed that the above goals will be persued and lead zambia to a prosperous nation. Zambians should reject political parties which do not recoginize the importance of the MDGs.

Edmond Lifwekelo 2014

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

ZAMBIA’S COLLAPSING ECONOMY- SOLUTIONS BY THE UPND THRU MDGs

ZAMBIA’S COLLAPSING ECONOMY- UPND GOVERMNT’S ANSWERS TO S0CIAL PROBLEMS

PART 2

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

2. EDUCATION- The UPND Government’s priority in the education sector will be to meet the MDG of universal primary education. For the UPND this will require improving the quality of primary education, mainstreaming community schools and reaching out to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). The UPND will also meet the increasing demand for access to post primary education, in particular for girls.The key strategies for the UPND to improve learning outcomes that foster employability include teacher management (recruitment, deployment, retention and training), textbook procurement, curriculum reform and infrastructure development. Issues of Gender and HIV will be addressed to ensure that they are not a barrier to access and to efficient delivery of education.

3.HEALTH- The UPND’s response to the health sector will be to meet the health MDGs of improved child health, reduced maternal mortality and reduced prevalence of HIV-AIDS and other infectious deseases. The UPND will improve funding to the sector and recruit more health personnel. An efficient procurement process of appropriate drugs and supplies will be put in place including the decentralization of medical stores in all districts so that purchases of drugs and supplis shouldn’t be done in lsk but in their respective districts. The UPND will also build more hosipitals round the country and improve on the existing structures and equipment including transport.These critical issues will be interelated- the human resource aspect will probably be the more priority as it is affecting affecting service delivery (a large number of health centers round the country are currently operating without any trained personnel).In order to achieve the health MDG goals, the UPND will adequately fund the health sector; the objective will be to meet the Abuja target of 15% of the government budget allocated to health. A human resource strategic plan has already been developed and it is imperative to start the comprehensive implementation of the plan in 2016. A drug supply budget will be introduced to ensure the timely procurement and distribution of the appropriate drugs. Under the UPND services will become more accessible and pro-poor with the removal of user fees. Greater attention will be placed to ensure high qualities of health care- particulary in areas of human resources and drugs.

4.WATER AND SANITATION- The UPND recognizes that water and sanitation is an important sector for the alleviation of poverty. It cuts across many other sectors and contributes to many MDGs. The provision of water and especially of sanitation services will be one of the most priority areas for the UPND Government. The UPND will revise the National rural water supply and sanitation programme by increasing funding as well as extensive capacity building and empowerment of the districts in cordination with the decentralization programme. Considerable funding will be made to the urban and peri-urban areas as well. The institutions in the sector will be strengthened further in order to stabilize the intended goals.A key priority will be to revise, pass and implement the water policy and water resouces management bill which will establish new institutions which will manage and monitor systems of water and sanitation in urban, peri-urban and rural areas. The key core will be to have every household have a flashable toilet.

To be cont…

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SATA’S FAILED LEADERSHIP

SATA’S FAILED LEADERSHIP

“By Edmond Lifwekelo”

In June 2005, Zambia managed to the completion point of the Heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC) which saw her foriegn debt reduced from us$7.5 billion to about US$0.0635 billion. Millions of dollars which were going towards debt repayment every month were being saved and channeled towards bettering zambians lives. In the areas of poverty and desease erdicationan education, health, agriculture and infrastructure development. Zambia’s economy at that time started to grow at an incredible rate of 6% per anum. The foregn exchange stabilized and the dollar dropped to the lowest K2.6 per dollar. Mwanawasa at that time channeled savings to the manufacturing industry and non-traditional exports, inflation dropped to record low of almost 4%.Now in less than two, sata and his pf has reversed the status quo and taken zambia back to a heavily indebted poor country ravaged by extreme poverty and desease. Whilst mwanawasa channeled savings from debt repayments towards building a robust ecenomy, sata and his pf have been borrowing to finance their luxery lifestyles and maintain his bloated cabinet which has 5 deputy ministers per ministry and more than 100 district commisioners. Sata’s borrowings are being channeled to consumption by his inner circle only as the majority zambians are not benefiting at all.In fact, zambians are paying a heavy price for sata’s borrowings. The foreign debt as at end of february 2014 stood at over US%7.8 billion. Where has this money gone? Sata can’t claim that this money is being channeled towards roads construction as these projects are being done on grants, seperate from his foriegn borrowings. Sata has also been reported in some foreign media that he is heavily funding Atupele muluzi of malawi to challenge Joyce Banda. Is this man senstive to the needs of zambians?He is spending millions of Dollars in malawi when mealiemeal in neighbouring chipata is costind K120 per bag.Surely zambians, this is unacceptable. Sata has failed lamentably, deliberately in fact, in order to sastify his egos. Pf has been the worst party to rule this country and now zambians are paying heavily. Sata is a reject, pf is a reject and zambians will do well to reject them in 2016.

Edmond Lifwekelo 2014

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GOOD GOVERNANCE AND CIVIL REFORMS IN ZAMBIA

The issue of good Governance is one which has been of subject of dabate for many years now. The debate started in the kaunda error and has continued to date. This debate has been as old as the debate of a new constitution. It is a fact that zambia needs new Governance much as it needs a a new constitution. The pf campaigned on the premise of good Governance and a new constitution, but are we having good Governance under the pf?
The answer is definately no; key issues have to be put in place for a country to claim is enjoying good Governance. What are these key issues which zambia is lacking at the moment which can account for good Governance?
First and foremost, it is a fact that zambia needs structural reforms both in the public and private sector. How should the Government do it and what are the benefits to the General populace??
The Government should restructure the private sector in order to improve the business and invetiment climate in the country. This will ensure a faster and sustainable growth that will increase employment and reduce poverty through enhanced trade and investment. In particular the Government should focus on;
1. Policy environment and institutions that serve the private sector;
2. Regulation and laws;
3. Infrastructure development;
4. Business facilitation and economic diversification;
5. Trade expansion and;
6. Citizens Economic empowerment.

In order for the above to be achieved and in the interest of good Governance, the Government should ensure that there is;
A. Ownership of the reforms
B. Accountability for the results
C. Process effeciency
D. Public- Private sector dialogue working across sectors.

SO WHAT ISSUES OF GOOD GOVERNANCE ARE MOST CRITICAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT?

1. Effective use of the governance harminisation and cordination fora;
2. Delivering a new people driven constitution within a specified time frame;
3. Public service reforms incorperating public expenditure and financial management, public service management and decentralization;
4. Strengthening the role of non-executive oversight institutions including non_state actors;
5. Improving the performance of the judiciary, legal and enforcement agencies.

The Government should lead a public dialogue to focus on identifying a framework that would ensure the transparency and independence of the process, including consesus on the mode of adopting the constitution. Currently the popular view amongst the wider population is that popular way of adopting the constitution is through a constituent assembly. The majority zambians also holds the view that constitutional reform should aim at balancing power, entreching human rights and civil liberties as well as reforming the electoral process to level the political playing field. Non executive bodies like the parliament, Auditor General’s office, ACC and HRC should be mandated to exercise oversight. Over the executive. This can only be achived if an independent body (and not the president) appoints the chief executives to head these institutions.
Zambia also needs space for civil society and opposition parties to comment on Government’s performance and Government should also encourage opposition parties and civil society involvement in public policy formulation, monitoring and implementation.

 
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HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS UNDER THE PF GOVERMNT

HUMAN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENTS UNDER THE PF GOVENMT-

“Edmond Lifwekelo”

Human and social development under the pf Govenmt have declined. Attainment of the millinium development goals (MDGs) has been a major challenge for the majority of the targets under the pf. As shown below, under the MMD, zambia had the potential to improve on 7 out of the 9 indicators- most notably on attaining universal primary education while it was making gains martenal mortality and environmentaaly sustainable development. However, under the pf Government most of these seems impossible to reach except except attaining universal primary education. Eradication of extreme hunger remains a serious problem under the pf. According to the MDG status report for 2013, 87% of zambia’s population live below the poverty line and 66% of these are extremely poor. This includes nearly one in two people in rural areas compared to one in every three in urban areas. As a result income distribution remains highly unequal. Human deprivation under the pf has increased since 2011. Human development index has declined from 0.411 in 2011 to 0.307 in 2013. Zambia currently ranks 169th out of 177 countries. The shortcomings in human development under the pf has led to the poor being highly vulnerable and exposed to risks such as droughts, floods, price shocks, environmental polution and frequent ill-healths due to HIV-AIDS and other deseases. Furthermore the poor are often voiceless and powerless with limited influence in society.Under the pf a subset of the poor is truly destitute with at least 50 percent of the population having little or no productive capacity. Within these category, women, children, disabled and older people are disproportionately represented. These households are trapped in long term chronic poverty with the majority, if not all, failing to have three meals a day, in contrast to 28% in 2011. In 2011 there were one million orphans of the HIV-AIDS pandemic- currently the number is estimated at about 1.285 million orphans. In 2011 there were roughly around 75,000 children living on the streets. Currently under the pf the number of children living on the streets stands at over 120,000. Zambia’s achievements in the 1-1 enrolment ratios for grade ones has declined under the pf. Also there has been an increase in the high female illeterate rate- this can also be attributable to early marriges of girls which has seen a steady increase under the pf with little Govenmt intervention. Also the genger gap in drop out rates in secondary education has increased under the pf. Child mortality rates are also increasing under the pf due to poor health deliver system. Under 5 mortality rates now stand at 506 deaths per 1000, from 191 per 1000 in 2011. The pf has neglected the health sector with concerted efforts to invest more in health sector human resources for obstetric care. In fact the number of quality health personnel has decreased under the pf due to recent mass sackings of essential health staff who have now migrated to neighbouring countries. Indeed statistics show a concerning downward trend with worsening mortality rates under the pf. These statistics not only represent the overall decline of essential health services in zambia, but also the failure of th pf policies to priotise the health and empowerment of women. The pf has failed to make available key inputs for service delivery, such as drugs and human resources.Zambia faces its most critical health, development and humanitarian crisis to date under the pf regime.

 
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FACTS OR MYTHS??

Here are some myths that rocked the zambia long time ago…MYTHS

1. That a former waitress called Rosemary wassighted at her former working place-a pub called Evening Bar in Matero. The pub was owned by SugarDaka. This story should be taken with a hefty pinchof salt as the sources are dubious. The story spreadin Lusaka and on the Copperbelt in the early 70’sleading to motorists fearing giving lifts to lonewomen at night. It was also believed that ifRosemary gave you a kiss, you could lose all yourteeth.

2. In colonial Zambia and several years afterindependence, there was a rumour that at ArthurDavison Hospital- Yengwe in Ndola there was a secretroom where people were caught by Bamunyamas-vampiremen, fattened and blood drained from them.The Bamunyamas or Ba Kabulangeti was also calledBa Kamupila –wand named so because peoplebelieved Bamunyamas used to mark their victimswith a wand. People also suspected Sotho men who covered themselves with blankets as vampirementhus the name Kabulangeti. The late folk singer AlickNkhata even sang a song refuting the Bamunyama rumours. During the colonial period any black man who had some ties with Whites was deemed to be a Munyama or Kapulikoni , the latter was named afterthe Capricorn African Society a pro-Federationorganisation that had both white and blackmembers.

3. There was a myth of Kafwanayo-I will die with the ball, a goal keeper who was believed to have died after a visiting soccer team from Congo DR then called Zaire used magic on him. It was believed thegoal keeper first saw a lion running towards him and when he run away, he allowed a goal. Next, he saw a knife directed at him and when he tried to catch it believing it was a ball, he was stabbed in the chestand died.

4. We called the African-American boxer Sonny Liston Use your left or usual left. We believed duringone fight with Muhammad Ali then known as Cassius Clay, Use your left had his strong left hand tied but when he was losing to his opponent his wife called out to him to use his left hand. He broke the chain and unleashed a powerful left hook but missed his opponent who ducked just in time. He hit a barinstead forcing it to bend.

5. There were rumours that the dissident Adamson Musanda Mushala could secretly sneak into State House using magic and dine with Kaunda unnoticed. The dissident would leave a note for the President stating that he had dined with him.

6. It was believed Chewas ate rice with foreskins from circumcised boys removes during initiation ceremonies. We also believed Chewas to be wizards.

POLITICS

7. It was widely believed that Betty Kaunda, the wife of the first republican president suffered a stroke when she opened a room in State House which had been under lock and key for many years. It was said she saw all her husband’s political opponents whohad died.

8. The first republican Kenneth Kaunda monitored the private lives of top UNIP members. One leader Cosmas Chibanda was at one time demoted for drinking a lot. Kaunda complained that the leader‘had taken too much to the bottle.’ Another leader Otema Musukwa was reprimanded for being a loner.

9. Some of the catch phrases in Kaunda’s speeches were Man East, Man North, Man South, ManWest.,Three enemies of mankind : Poverty, hunger and disease.

10. During the struggle for independence, Kaunda and UNIP members had promised Zambians that they would be eating an egg every day when the country got independent. However, this was not tobe. Zambians were also warned that anyone seen wearing a patched trousers at independence would be whipped.

MISCELLANEOUS

10. A man who left a jacket hanging on a chair during working hours was nicknamed Mr Kupe after a popular song of the time. Mr Kupe was a hit from East Africa about a man who left work leaving onlyhis jacket behind his seat.

11. A Lusaka dealer Clement Ntema who was caught at Heathrow airport in London with dagga later boasted to be the first black Zambian to be in a British prison.

12. A street pole dancer Nkopyo popularly known as Bakamutanda Ba Sebuloni entertained crowds in Lusaka and on the Copperbelt. The man could climb a pole singing a vulgar song Tonya amabele Ba Kumutanda ,tonya amabele Ba Sebuloni while blowing a whistle. Kamutanda only performed if people dropped enough coins in a cup.

13. It was widely believed that mandrax was anaphrodisiac

14. Notorious criminals in Zambia included Roy Mudenda, Uncle Barry, Morgan Mwansa and NeverSpoiler Kapenda.

15. The words froms popular children song One ngiya ngeni ngeni was a corruption of One gear engine engine.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

PRESIDENT HH’s PRESS BRIEFING- 16th APRIL 2014

SATA’S STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM
With more than half the term of the Patriotic Front (PF) mandate gone, it is becoming evidently clear that Mr. Sata is a mis-fit in a democratic setting such as ours. The decline in the enjoyment of civil liberties, the deficiencies in good governance and the total breakdown of law and order since the ascendance of Mr. Sata to the Presidency all attest to the fact that Zambia has a full blown dictator as President.Mr. Sata’s CharacterA careful analysis of Mr. Sata’s conduct shows that violence and terrorism are a big part of the current President’s character.(i) Colonial HistoryWe are made to understand that Mr. Sata was a ‘Capri cone’ who used to spy on freedom fighters and caused many of them to be beaten and arrested by colonial masters.(ii) One Party State HistoryHe was part of the vigilante group that unleashed untold misery to our people during the one party state era.

(iii) Post One Party State era
Mr. Sata as National Secretary of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) introduced panga wielding cadres on the Zambian political scene especially during the Chawama by-election of 2001.He further orchestrated the 3rd term campaign violence that characterized the MMD convention of 2001.This is the man who is President today, and remember a leopard does not change its spots.Political violence under the PF GovernmentEver since President Sata ascended to power in 2011, political violence has escalated. Some of the recorded incidences of political violence were in Rufunsa, Livingstone, Kanyama, Kabwata, Kasama and Eastern Province. Others were at Woodlands Police Station, Kampasa and Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The list is endless.PF Militia attack at Sun FM Radio in NdolaThe latest incident happened just a few days ago in Ndola. The PF Militia who were heavily armed with guns, machetes, planks and other weapons attacked UPND members at Sun FM radio station. Going by the weapons in the possession of these thugs and their savage actions, one can safely state that what they intended to do was to kill.We are deliberately describing the PF thugs as a militia because they suit into the dictionary meaning of a militia. They are an armed force, a private army and a band of soldiers who have been spotted in combat military uniform. In the Ndola incidence, the PF militia fired gun shots at both the Sun FM Radio Station and the UPND regional Secretariat.The PF attack at Sun FM Radio Station is also meant to scare media institutions from inviting opposition leaders and other stakeholders with views different from those of the PF from featuring on their programmes. The attacks are also intended to stifle debate and infringe on our constitutional freedoms of speech and expression. This is totally unacceptable and should not be condoned. We appeal to all concerned stakeholders such as the media, church, civil society organizations, political parties and the international community to pay attention to the degenerating situation in Zambia and condemn this barbaric attack on media institutions.Police ConductPolice have become increasingly brutal, unprofessional, biased and compromised under the PF administration. Judging from their conduct, no citizen should expect Police protection when attacked by PF militias. If anything, our citizens risk being sold out to the PF by the very Police which is supposed to protect them, a trend which should come to an end forthwith.Ministry of Home Affairs ConductThe Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed a situation to obtain where law enforcement is executed in a manner that protects PF militias/thugs at the expense of other citizens. How does the Minister explain the current situation where no arrests are effected to known PF cadres who have continued to commit serious crimes such as grabbing land from genuine owners, injuring and in some cases killing citizens, wearing military gear, wielding pangas and other dangerous weapons, carrying guns and discharging live ammunition in public. In the case of Sun FM, the Police have arrested none of the thugs yet they were present at the scene and know the ring leaders by name.Fear over ConstitutionWe are aware that the PF are agitated and panicking over the consistent demands by Zambians for a people driven constitution. When they heard that the UPND leadership was on the Copperbelt they were shaken. In their panic they thought the solution was to eliminate us. This will not diminish the people’s demand to have a new constitution.Conclusion(i) Assassination AttemptLooking at the manner in which the attack on us at Sun FM was executed and the weapons in possession of the PF thugs including the gun shots fired, it is clear that this was an assassination attempt.The PF wants to eliminate the UPND leadership. This is a dangerous plan that the PF have for the country. Shedding blood is not a good strategy for good governance. Violence breeds violence and will lead to political unrest and could put the Country in flames.(ii) State of EmergencyWe are now vindicated that this political violence is being perpetrated by the PF as a pretext to declare a state of emergency. Once this state of emergency is declared, opposition political leaders will either be detained without charge or even killed. Under a state of emergency, the government will even delay general elections in 2016 and cling on to power indefinitely.(iii) Mr. Sata should order arrest of his militiasPresident Sata should personally condemn the attempts by PF cadres to eliminate other political leaders. In the Sun FM case, some of these militias were transported to Ndola from other towns on the Copperbelt such as Kitwe and Luanshya, in a well planned and deadly mission. It was a well planned assassination attempt.They were in motor vehicles which were identified and ring leaders that were known.President Sata should order the arrest of these PF militias. From the behavior of the Police in Ndola, it is clear that they were scared to arrest the PF militia for fear of loosing their jobs. It is abundantly clear that the Police will only arrest these PF militias if President Sata orders them to do so.(iv) Report to the HagueWe would like to warn President Sata that if he does not stop this violence, disband his militia and have the people that attempted to assassinate Hakainde Hichilema in Ndola arrested, we will have no option but to report him to the International Criminal Court at the Hague for prosecution for crimes against humanity.(v) ResignationThe events that have beset our Country in the last two and half years demonstrate that President Sata is incompetent, lacks the necessary skills to lead our Country and should resign forthwith.(vi) Appeal for calmEven though we are targets and victims of this brutal and savage attacks from the PF militias and thugs, we call upon the nation and all our supporters and sympathisers not to return violence with violence. Lets us not take the law in our own hands but rather remain calm as we seek a sensible solution to the persistent and demonic aggression from President Sata and his PF.As we seek leadership of this great country, we are clear in our minds that no one can lead their country to development in an environment of instability, violence and bloodshed which the PF is promoting. The PF should concentrate on reducing the high cost of living, creating genuine jobs and facilitating the delivery of a people’s driven constitution.Thank you for your attention and may God bless our country.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in POLITICAL

 

SATA’S ALLEDGED LIFE HISTORY?? DID HE AQUIRE A UNIVERSITY DEGREE IN THE 70s??

Sata’s Life history from 1937 to 1973.

Michael Sata’s date of birth July 6, 1937. He was born Michael Chilufya Sata at Chitulika village in Mpika in the Muchinga Province of Zambia to Langford Mubanga Sata and Harienta Bukali Kabuswe both of the Bisa tribe.. In 1941, at the age of 4, Sata attended Mpika Education Authority School.

It must be mentioned that before independence full primary course lasted 8 years. This was followed by two years to Junior Certificate (Form 2), and three years to Form 5’s school certificate (“O” levels). Some schools provided a higher school certificate (“A” levels) in Form 6. To obtain a primary school certificate one had to go through Sub A and Sub B [pre-school and kindergarten], and then Standard 1 to 6. Sata was at the afore-mentioned school from 1941 to 1947, which means that he attended Sub A to Standard 4.

In 1947, Sata entered Katibunga Seminary for a year. Records show that he was moved to another Catechists school called Kantensha in Isoka close to the Tanzanian border where he spent three years from 1948 to 1951. By this time some missionary schools had established secondary school courses, many up to Form 2.

In 1951, Sata passed on to Lubushi Seminary on the Kasama Luwingu Road where, on top of clergy training, the school offered an unaided (by correspondence) Form 2 external examination.Sata left Lubushi in 1956 at the age of 19. He was expelled for bullying and fighting.

One thing certain is that he did not become a priest. It is also evident that he obtained a Junior Certificate (Form 2).In 1957, Sata left Mpika for the copperbelt. In 1957, he joined the Northern Rhodesia Police Force.

Sata’s activities in the police were murky. It is alleged he was a double agent and spied for both the police and the ANC and later UNIP.

He left the police in 1959 and was imprisoned for inciting violence. Mr. Blackwell Barrow Chifita, who served as detective constable in the 1950s, arrested Sata on a charge related to the liberation struggle. Chifita gave his police force number as 1230 and said that he worked at the Roan Antelope police station under officer-in-charge H.W. Witsher and CIO Chaongopa. He arrested Sata in a mine Section 5 beer hall for “proposing violence to an assembly” and was jailed for two years. Sata only served six months and was released mysteriously. He apparently was spirited away to the UK for his own safety as his life was in danger.

He stayed in the UK for 2 years. Sata worked as a cleaner and porter for the British Rail. He also studied part-time and took casual jobs at car assembly plants. He worked in a laundry in Bromley, before moving to the Vauxhall car plant in Luton. He then moved to British Rail where he worked at Victoria then London Bridge first as a porter, then a shunter, then conductor and eventually driver.”

In 1961, he was in Kitwe working for Roberts Construction (Central Africa) Limited. In his book titled “Phinias-Mogorosi Makhurane: An Autobiography,” Makhurane, tells the story of his friendship with his workmate Sata in 1961. “While at Kitwe, I built a friendship with one very active man who also worked for Roberts Construction. He had completed his Junior Certificate and was regarded as one of the most educated black people in the company. His name was Michael Sata.

Besides being a worker, he was also the secretary of the local Trade Union organization. The Trade Union worked closely with the United National Independence Party (UNIP) of Northern Rhodesia, led by Kenneth Kaunda. During weekends, Michael would take me to meetings of his union as well as to political rallies organized by UNIP “.

In 1961, at the age of 24, and while at Roberts Construction, Sata became General Secretary of the National Union of Engineering, Construction and General Workers (NUECGW), which in some way rivaled the African Mineworkers Union.” His designation would bring him in closer contact with UNIP freedom fighters.

In 1962, he became Director of Publicity and Research for the United Trades Union Congress (UTUC), a “functionary of the United National Independence Party with Matthew Mwendapole as the General Secretary.”

In 1963, he was elected UNIP Chimwemwe branch treasurer and set off on his journey through the slippery slopes of Zambian politics.Sata went to Russia and Eastern Europe from 1963 to 1965, Sata, together with Michael Bungoni, Rennie Chikonkolo and Bryan Chirwa, received their trade union training in Russia. When they returned they behaved like “communists” labeling some members of other trade union groups as “capitalist stooges.”

Sata went into private business and opened an industrial relations consultancy firm in the defunct Tanzania-Zambia Railway building. He became an associate of the Institute of Personnel Managers (1964-1966) and one of the founders of what became the Zambia Institute of Human resource Management (ZIHRM). He also sat on the board of Trans-Africa Safaris Limited, a South African company established in 1918.Trans-Africa Safari Limited specialized in taxidermy—the killing of animals, preparing, stuffing, and mounting the skins with lifelike effect for display purposes.

Sata’s role in the company brought him in contact with white settlers and hunters, including Oliver John Irwin. I mention Irwin because he was an ardent pilot, and Sata, through such contacts is said to have learned how to fly. Sata also practiced target shooting for the purpose of hunting. His relationship with White settlers aroused a lot of suspicion. It was believed that he was passing information on the activities of the ANC and other liberation movements to the Boers. This was difficult for the research to ascertain.

In 1968 Sata married Margaret Manda, an educator. Two years later, in 1970, he left for England. From 1970 to 1973 Sata lived in London.His presence in London is further confirmed in Miles Larmer’s book Rethinking African Politics: A History of Opposition in Zambia.In London, Michael Sata, who in Larmer’s book is described as “a Zambian of the Bemba tribe” and “Mr. Kapwepwe’s representative” with “no official position in UPP,” attempted to make further contacts with South Africa on behalf of UPP.

There is also information that the purpose of his trip was to attend London School of Economics and Political Science. “Africa Year Book,” shows that Sata was at the said school between 1970 and 1973. Sata’s allies have intimated that it was then that he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.When he returned home in 1973, UPP was defunct and Zambia was a one-party state. Most of the UPP members had returned to UNIP. Sata had no choice but to follow suit. He settled in Lusaka where, over time, he was Managing Director of Tanners and Taxidermists (Zambia), Executive Chairman of Ndola Inn Limited, Director of Delta Electrical Contractors, City Advertising and Project director of Avondale Housing Estates Limited. His offices were located at Farmers’ House on Cairo Road.

(c) Edmond Lifwekelo 2014

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in POLITICAL

 
 
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