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Our worst fears have finally befallen us, the US State Department gave and they have taken away. Ambassador Carmen M Martinez will be leaving Lusaka for her new assignment this Tuesday and will no longer be representing the interests Zambian Enterprise to the powers that be in Washington.

 

In just about two and half years, Ambassador Martinez has done what many have failed to accomplish in longer tenures.

 

I am proud that we at the Zambian Chronicle were the first to rings the right bells about her accomplishments before the rest of the world started to notice.

 

Over a year ago, we wrote the article below crowning Ambassador Martinez as the best ever and before long, the article was read around the world.

 

It actually became one of the top 10 read articles on Zambian Chronicle with as many feeds from the US State Department, Wall Street Journal, London Financial Times, political forums, internet blogs and others.

 

Best Ever US Ambassador To Zambia – Carmen M Martinez

 

Zambian Chronicle’s 10 Most Read Articles

 

What is nostalgic though is that our worst fears of her being promoted and assigned to other projects have come to pass at a time when the Zambian Enterprise needed her most. Some people have a way of changing their environment and Ambassador Martinez has that.

 

She is such a captivating individual with the ability to change moods around her. Those who worked for her at the American Embassy in Lusaka would be the first to agree. But what is more profound about her is the way she actually viewed the Enterprise and its people and here below are some of her farewell comments …

 

"I think Zambia is making great progress and is getting a lot of attention internationally for the role it’s taking, speaking out on many issues; human rights, gender issues and many other areas."

 

“As I said, we love cooperating with Zambia but it will be a proud day for us when we are no longer in the business of assistance but we are in business with Zambia. That is when you will be able to take your rightful role on the world stage,”

 

“I really believe that the key to this country is economic development. You have a nation blessed immensely with incredible natural resources with smart, capable, hardworking people and I just would like to see Zambia a little bit proud. Zambia number one! Zambia could do it! I think everybody in this country put together, you could do this,”

 

“I hope that people will not become discouraged during periods of setbacks. This is a stable nation with processes and institutions in place that can continue to keep you continuing along the road to progress.”

 

“Zambia is a leader and you should be proud of yourselves. It’s like, Zambia go for it! Zambia number one! Thank you!”

 

From her comments above, she sees potential that not many of our own people within the Zambian Enterprise see. One can tell she believes in Zambia more than we ourselves do. You can tell she is proud of the Enterprise and that is at the core of why she accomplished so much within the shortest possible time.

 

We were the first to acknowledge her and we will be the first to thank her for tremendous strides others just dreamed of. We wish Ambassador Carmen M Martinez all the best in all her endeavors; her shoes at the Embassy will forever be unique both in perceptive and temperament …

 

Carmen, you will forever be missed. Thank you for all you did for Zambia, some visible and a lot more actually invisible; for us at the Zambian Chronicle, gratitude confirms relationship …

 

So long, our dearest of all ambassadors, wishing you God’s Speed and a happy life ahead. If any body deserves it, its you and thats the more reason we dedicated this week’s memo to you.

 

Every friend of the Zambian Enterprise remains a friend forever, please come back to visit in your private capacity some day and have some fun; farewell …

 

Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion. 

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle 

 

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The United States African Foundation has given Zambia a grant of $1 million to fund five agricultue projects.

Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika received the grant along with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony in Washington DC Friday.

Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika thanked the United States African Development Foundation for its continued support to grassroot groups and small businesses in Zambia.

This is according to a statement released to ZNBC news Saturday by Zambia’s First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Mission in Washington DC, Ben Kangwa.

The projects to benefit from the grant include the Chinjara Livestock Cooperative Society Milk Project in Chipata, Eastern Province.

The Cooperative will use the funding valued at 2-hundred and 35, united states dollars for purchasing livestock, creating a revolving loan for future purchase of livestosck, buying a refrigerated truck and training in breeding and veterinary care.

Part of the grant will also be used for improving marketing and distribution of milk.

Other projects include the Mpika Dairy Farmers Cooperative in Northern Province, Mpongwe Bulima Organics Cooperative a groundnut cooperative with a membership of 1-hundred and two on the Copperbelt and the Mumbwa District Farmers Association Paprika Project in Central Province.

The President and CEO of the Zambia Agribusiness Technical Assistance Centre Likando Mukumbuta also signed for a grant that is designed to fund small enterprises to create jobs and income at grassroots level.

 Source: ZNBC

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am glad to inform our audience and patrons that we have finally broken the supersonic speed of language barriers here at the Zambian Chronicle. You can now read your favorite blog in seven (7) different languages from around the world. 

It is believed that every single human being alive who is literate enough to both read and excogitate can understand one of these languages or at least a dialect of the same. We were prompted to add this feature due to increased traffic and the kind of inquires were receiving from those who have visited our site. Our blog stat info was outstanding … 

For instance, when we posted the Zambia Leads The World – Least Expensive/Fastest Adoption Programs article, we received referrals from all over the world as people were interested in knowing and learning about Adoption Programs the Zambian Enterprise offered. When we posted Just Who Is Carlos Slim – The World’s Richest Man? we received inquires from all over the world, I guess people of all faiths, languages, economic status, styles and backgrounds were interested in knowing who the new kid on the block was.

We don’t receive many comments but on that day a Spanish commentator left one in Spanish. A Weekend With Bill Clinton just brought in even more inquires and so did Hidden Secrets Of Lumwana – World’s Largest Undeveloped Deposits (Copper, Gold, Cobalt & Uranium) and then we had visitors going back A Crush On Obama … America Votes’08 to the day we had the largest number of hits exceeding hundreds of readership was when we posted Best Ever US Ambassador To Zambia – Carmen M Martinez . 

Of course that record (Ambassador Martinez) was broken today when we first published the translated French Version of the Zambian Chronicle; we are very sensitive to the needs of our audience therefore the decision to add more versions.  

We, at the Zambian Chronicle are committed to serving the entire world in letting every one know about the good tidings concerning our country. We are also committed to changing and helping shape the world view of the Zambian Enterprise and what better ways to do that than using our abilities coupled with synergies technology has to offer, welcome aboard … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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Picture of Carmen M. Martinez The Zambian Chronicle has recognized the current US Ambassador Carmen M Martinez to Zambia as the best ever. Our commitment to the cause and accession has been based on a matrix of issues among which a few are underpinned here below. 

Ø       In less than two (2) years of her appointment and subsequently being sworn in, Carmen M Martinez has managed to warm the hearts of the people of the Zambian Enterprise thereby creating a sense of partnership in development. Previous ambassadors were seen more as big brothers/big sisters waiting and watching what the next mistake would be before they issued what was perceived to be the way things ought to be run. 

Ø       Carmen M Martinez has participated in a lot more community activities in her 18 months in office than any other ambassador’s complete tenure we could think of … she has not only been that active but also been more of a good voice for and on behalf of the Zambian Enterprise at the State Department. 

Ø       Despite being a recipient of the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service in 2003 among other awards such as being a recipient of Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003 and 2005; Ambassador Martinez comes out as a down to earth ambassador principally focused on representing her great nation. 

Ø       Although she is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she does not let her seniority come in her way of service of spreading good tidings thereby building the best ever relationship between the United States of America and the Zambian Enterprise. 

Ø       Those close to her office and those who have worked with her have always attested to what a brilliant leader she is and how she is good at taking others point of views before putting a stamp on her own line of thought. 

Ø       Lastly but not the least, Ambassador Martinez was very instrumental in helping shape the negotiations that helped the Zambian Enterprise reach its benchmarks for the completion of the HIPC process. She has been more than supportive in helping direct new inflows always wanting the most benefit for the Zambian Enterprise. 

Ambassdor Martinez holds an MA degree in Medieval History, an MS degree in National Security and Strategic Resources, and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Thai apart English of course…

Our only worry at the Zambian Chronicle is that the appointing authorities may promote her and send her to another assignment before she does even more good for the Zambian Enterprise as people of her caliber are rare to find … thanks a trillion.

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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