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Why is that jetliner for British Airways parked ov’r yonder when all other flights from the same region go to Terminal 5 at London Heathrow? One would ask … It is being fumigated, Another would respond. Fumigated!!! Why?? The Other would inquire. Because it just landed from Zambia, Another would answer.

British Airliner at London Heathrow Airport

British Airliner at London Heathrow Airport - All Other Arriving Passenger Go Throw Terminal 5 Except Those Arriving From Lusaka

So all flights from Zambia have to be sent to that concourse? One would ask further. Yeep!!! Another would answer. I don’t get it … The Other would say. Well, sorry that you guys don’t seem to get it, Another would say. These jetliners coming from Zambia stink to high heavens and we are just trying to be hygienic around here.

 

Dog on it, you mean Zambians stink and are not hygienic? I have seen some dressed in the best not only in Zambia but also around the world. One would prod. Nope!!! Ain’t got nothing to do with the way they dress, Another would counter.

 

You got to work in the cargo bay to understand what I am talking about, Another would retort. You see, when that plane lands, it carries with it as cargo some of the most stinking staunches, from Kapenta, Chapatwa, Insefu, Ingulube all dried just to mention a few, Another continues.

 

Why can’t we ban them from carrying such things? One would probe. I guess we make some much money from charging excess luggage fees that we just wink an eye, The Other would add. I am glad you are finally getting it, Another would say.

 

So what we do is collect their money but humiliate them when they land in London because we have to ferry them in buses to the other concourse for connecting flights. Besides, have you been to Lusaka? Another would continue …

 

Nope!!! One and The Other would respond almost in unison. Well, their airport looks like you are landing in the former Soviet Union, Another would answer. But we don’t care because we make so much money on this route compared to others that we actually fly there four times a week … besides the fact that it is the same place where you have sporadic cholera outbreaks; we got to be more vigilant …

 

… it is embarrassing to say the least how the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are being treated upon arrival in London, but much of the blame has to be carried by us. In one of our weekly memos entitled Success Corner: Do You Have A Perception Problem? You Can Get A Hang On It …  we wrote the following …

 

We can not control what others think about us entirely but we can certainly circumvent their perceptions of us. Each one of us needs to make sure that the perception of others towards us is positive because people respond based on their perception of what they anticipate would be our reactions to circumstances.

 

To be successful in any enterprise one needs to have the ability to read people and tailor antitheses to what he/she perceives to be the most logical derivative reaction(s) from the said subjects.”

 

In our case the Brits look at our airport, our customs clearing facilities and our concourse at Lusaka International Airport and because these infra-structures are such a sorry sight in the modern world we are treated with impunity when in their presence.

 

“Without the ability to control peoples’ perceptions one is at a loss for advancement in any endeavor be it family, enterprise and otherwise. Most people fail miserably in life and business not because of lack of expertise but because they do not have the ability to circumvent others’ perception(s) of themselves.”

 

I guarantee you, if Lusaka International Airport had the same structures as Washington’s Dulles International, New York’s JFK International, or Johannesburg International, we would not be treated the way we are right now.

 

Because we portray poverty at our departing airport we are treated with it at the point(s) of entry. We have to control that perception by the way we carry ourselves. We need a complete overhaul at Lusaka International Airport.

Our Passengers In London Are Sent To Part Of Heathrow Similar To Lusaka International Airport, Ferried By Bus To The Main Concourse ...

Our Passengers In London Are Sent To Part Of Heathrow Similar To Lusaka International Airport, Ferried By Bus To The Main Concourse ...

We need to create an environment similar to other premier world capitals. When a world class traveler lands in Lusaka, he/she wouldn’t have a sense of arriving at a provincial capital let alone a nation’s capital.

 

Now don’t you tell me we have no money!!! The Auditor General’s report for 2007 alone revealed government had squandered K14 trillion, O yes, trillions of Kwacha as in “thanks a trillion”. Do you know how far that would go in setting up an entirely new airport similar to at least London Gatwick?

 

That kind of money can create a total facelift for Lusaka International Airport and we would no longer have the same look as the former Soviet Union airports. If the current government has no idea on God’s earth how and where to find that money let them ask …

 

No one is going to find the money for us, we have the money already – we just have to move it around. No one is going to build an airport for us; we have to build it ourselves. No one is going to fund our own household needs we need to do that ourselves.

 

The more we do things that would give us a facelift that the world would see, the more respect we get from the world. The more we take care of our own business the more people would want to do business with us.

 

The more we improve ourselves and change the way others think about us the more others see us in a different light. We can’t say this enough, perception, perception, perception. Perception is everything.

 

Ed Louis Cole used to say, “… if you want to pull the crowds, set yourself ablaze.” It is time the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise set themselves ablaze and built a world-class international gateway at Lusaka International Airport …

Artist's impression of the new terminal five at Heathrow Airport. The terminal opened in April 2008 with the second phase due to open in 2011. Total Cost £4.2bn ...

Artist's impression of the new terminal five at Heathrow Airport. The terminal opened in April 2008 with the second phase due to open in 2011. Total Cost £4.2bn ...

Folks, we are dead serious about this. If the Zambian government doesn’t know how to get this done, let them consult us … our business consulting team will provide a project proposal for them, including all schematics, financing plans, cost recovery plans as well as operational plans, for a fee.

 

Of course the Brits like to do things in extremes sometimes we know that, they were our colonial masters, but much of what needs to be done is right below own noses.

 

And of course we can achieve anything we set our minds to … we are Zambians for crying out aloud, let’s change the way we are treated by improving where we come from.

 

Seriously, the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise deserve a better Lusaka International Airport and it is government’s duty to build or facilitate building one, come 2009.

 

Compliments of the Season, 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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You know how it is most times when your predictions come true … others seem to wink an eye. We at the Zambian Chronicle warned about how the current financial crisis could affect the Zambian Enterprise when the times were great, the boom was on the rise and no one saw it (the crisis) coming.

 

In our weekly memo over a year ago we warned the Zambian government against this as we encouraged them to take stock of the commodities boom looking at it as a short-medium term opportunity while putting in place other measures for an upcoming burst.

 

It was on September 24, 2007 and we wrote Zambia’s Short To Medium Term Outlook – Extremely Encouraging, But … In that memo we went on to say the following …

 

“The challenge now is for countries like Zambia that are dependent on commodity exports to properly “manage” the commodity boom.

If we respect the truth, then we need to admit that commodity boom phases have not been managed well in the past, and we are at risk of making the same mistakes again. The main factors underpinning commodity prices were strong demand for platinum in devices that cut pollution in cars and rising demand in China and other emerging markets.

Still, commodity prices might drop, hurting growth in some African countries. To assume that current prices and the current boom phase reflects a permanent shift, rather than a temporary opportunity, would be a naive and risky approach to adopt.

If our analysis is correct, then the slump will come and it will bring with it a significant decline in commodity prices but prudent asset management now would help governments that are diversified enough to transition into manufacturing, construction and service sectors.”

While we can safely say that the Mwanawasa Administration really paid attention to most of the economic forecasts we put out there because our own info gathering and general feedback supports the notion, sometimes measures were not in place to fully implement them.

 

Our highly qualified team at the Zambian Chronicle takes time to look at all the data, crunch the numbers and analyze facts. By the sheer nature of the economic enterprise, booms and burst are a common place and it is not pessimistic but prudent to critically look at “what if scenarios”.

 

In another memo entitled National Development Corner: Barj Dubai – World’s Tallest Building Is Now In Dubai … we stated that the United Arab Emirates were in a hurry to develop and diversify because they understood the importance of turning current booms into diversification for future utility; we wrote the following below then …

 

“The United Arab Emirates (Dubai) is the fastest growing enterprise in the world per capita growth. Its own population is only one-eight compared to that of temporary immigrant workers from around the world working inside Dubai, for instance. It is no wonder some of the world’s Fortune 500 corporations are relocating their headquarters there.

 

The incentives are incomparable in many ways, from zero to marginal taxation to free trade zones, Dubai now houses the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s largest man-made port, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s largest man-made islands called “The World”, and the list is endless.

 

What is amazing though is that the Emirates are forward thinkers and planners such that their own Sheiks are at the center of the storm as they transform their nation into a premier world destination. Theirs will be an enterprise to reckon with nevertheless. One of the world’s most profitable airlines is called the Emirates.”

 

How does the above relate to individuals, corporations and governments alike? One might ask. Well for individuals, the scenarios are basic … you too will have good times in your life. There will be times when everything seems just right. That will be your personal financial and or micro-economic boom.

 

You income will right where you want it to be if not more. I have had those myself and even wondered whether I really deserved to be paid that kind of money for the same number of hours worked as Joe across me who earned far less. In most cases it was because I was more qualified than Joe while in others I was a better performer but the facts were I was having an individual economic boom.

 

Such are not times to squander your earnings but to build reserves for a rainy day, college fund for your kids and or retirement. You plan now, you rest tomorrow otherwise if you rest today you would be destitute tomorrow … if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

 

For corporations, those which don’t turn their reserves into marketable securities end up with cash crunches when the times are hard, end up winding operations and or filing for bankruptcy.  The process can have a devastating impact on the overall going concern.

 

Most times though, forward thinking enterprises pay dearly for forecasting tools and such things as cutting edge Management & Executive Information Systems they neither are nor usually caught unaware because Daily Statistical Reports (DSR) reveal and recommend mitigating resolutions.

 

For governments, those without foresight end up not finding ways to stimulate their economies and help citizens with unemployment benefits just as when  Luanshya Copper Mine halts operations … all 1,740 employees would be laid off and the Zambian government can do dimly squat.

 

An adverse economic reversal in Zambia would take more time for a turn around. What the government needs do is to come up with a Neo-Keynesianism approach right away as we suggested in the memo, “No Election Honeymoon For RB; The World Economy Is In Shambles, So Will Zambia’s …

 

The smart people of the Zambian Enterprise deserve better and the incoming government needs to take a critical look at mitigating circumstances – because Zambia is greater than any single one of us.

 

What we are experiencing is just the tip of the iceberg, the world economic crisis has approximately another twelve months to run its course but now time is of the essence.

 

Compliments of the Season, 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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By Zamchro US Bureau Chief,

 

Government has paid tribute to the United States for its continued support to Zambia in various fields. It says the US is particularly helping Zambia in its efforts towards fighting poverty.

 

Charge de Affairs at the Zambia Embassy in Washington, Newstead Zimba, says Zambia is grateful for the support.

 

Mr. Zimba was speaking after Zambia was selected as one of the three new eligible countries that can apply to access the grant funding under the U.S government innovative foreign assistance program to reduce poverty through economic growth.

 

Mr. Zimba also said Zambia remains committed to the promotion of good governance. He said this is being done through fighting corruption, observing the rule of law and respecting political rights.

 

Other countries that have been given the compact eligibility by the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation include Colombia and Indonesia. Meanwhile, Zambian President Rupiah Banda says the government was extremely concerned at the negative developments in the copper mining industry.

 

Speaking on Saturday in the copper mining town of Luanshya where he met with trade union officials from the mine workers unions, the president said the government wanted to work with all stakeholders in finding a solution to the falling copper prices that have created anxiety in the country.

 

Nearly all of Zambia’s foreign exchange earnings come from copper and other minerals such as cobalt. However, the current global financial crisis has pushed the prices of the metal down, forcing local mine companies to cut jobs.

 

From a price of US$8000 at the beginning of the year, current copper prices have fallen by more than fifty percent to the current price of less than US$3000 a tone.

 

The president said it was important for his government to bring all stakeholders in the sector on board so that a lasting solution could be found to the situation that was threatening to reverse the country’s recent economic gains.

 

Union leaders at the meeting said they were happy that the president has finally responded to their calls for an urgent meeting.

 

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By Margaret Mangani

DURING his inaugural Press conference on November 14, at which he named his Cabinet, newly-elected President Rupiah Banda kept all who attended the function at State House guessing as to who would be named vice-president.

Only Mr Banda knew who his successor as vice-president would be. For others, it was still a mystery.  There was so much speculation regarding the position in the newly constituted Cabinet.

Some organisations were even suggesting that the position should go to a female for a change as a way of maintaining gender equality in the Government.

Strangely though, others were supporting the idea that the opposition should have been considered in a spirit of power-sharing.

Such was the debate that went on before the veil was lifted.

Alas! All that was never to be; it was just wishful thinking.

The prerogative of appointing members of Cabinet lies solely with the head of State.

He knows what is best for the Government.

Of course, some known names of politicians were on people’s lips as they were being floated around as possible candidates.

But when the moment of reckoning came, when President Banda broke the news of the day, the one who got it was far from those on the people’s lists.

This was evident when George Kunda’s name was announced.

All heads turned and mouths were agape as if in a state of shock.

What! George Kunda for vice president as well as Minister of Justice?

No! Perhaps it was a mistake.

But it was real. President Banda had just conferred Kunda with a dual honour.

And when the cameras zoomed closer on him in the audience where he sat humbly listening to the proceedings, his reaction was as cool as a cucumber.

While other excited members of Cabinet openly expressed their joy on being appointed, Mr Kunda simply nodded his head in approval accompanied with a grin.

It was amazing that the second top most job of the Government had landed on Mr Kunda.

Son of Jackson Kunda and Eginala Mwelwa, Mr Kunda was born on February 26, 1956 in Luanshya,

His parents, who are quite advanced in age, hail from Serenje’s Mashimani Village where they still live.

Mr Kunda is the first born in a family of nine.

It was once a balanced family of 10 – five brothers and five sisters but, unfortunately, one brother died.

Mr Kunda is married to Irene, a fellow lawyer and runs the family’s legal firm, George Kunda and Company in Lusaka.

The couple met at the University of Zambia (Unza) while Mr Kunda was studying law and now have six children.

Howard is a businessman in Ndola married to lawyer Anne Grey.

The second is Georgina, currently studying in Canada, followed by Marion who is married to singer Wilson Lungu, popularly known as Wile.

George Jnr is pursuing accountancy studies.

Godfrey is the only child who has followed the parents’ footsteps- studying law while the last child, Chiluba, is in grade 12.

The Kundas also have seven grand children.

Mr Kunda did his primary school education at Fisansa in Luanshya’s Roan township and then went to Mpatamatu primary school where some of his senior schoolmates were Dr Joseph Temba, Dr Kalombo Mwansa and the late Lagos Nyembere.

He then qualified to Mpatamatu Secondary School where he was influenced to study law after he came into contact with a few lawyers.

He admired their smartness and big briefcase.

In 1975, he went for the mandatory military training offered by the Zambia National Service (ZNS) in Ndola and later Solwezi for the production unit.

After that, he went to Unza to fulfil his dream of studying law.

After being admitted to the bar, he worked for the then Luanshya District Council as a solicitor advocate.

He then joined Niranjan Patel and Company and later worked for Cave Malik before he resigned with a view to establishing his own private firm, George Kunda and Company, in 1991.

It was during that time that he was inspired to join politics to serve the Zambian people as he felt obliged to offer himself and contribute to national development.

It is common that the legal profession is associated with wealth and prestige but Mr Kunda decided to venture into politics with a desire to serving the nation.

Mr Kunda can aptly be described as hard working, honest a perfectionist at his work, and leaving nothing to chance.

Those are his wise words passed on to the upcoming lawyers in the legal fraternity.

Mr Kunda emphasises on mutual respect, punctuality and efficiency as some of the virtues of a good advocate that can lead one to scoring many positive strides in life’s long journey.

Lawyer Eric Silwamba who first met Mr Kunda in Ndola in 1985 while he was working for Ellis and Company had this to say .

“I came to know him as a thorough and conscientious legal practitioner. A stickler for detail. A typical example is the last presidential election petition. He kept a meticulous record of all the court proceedings, which he had personally typed. During our Ndola days, It was always a pleasurable challenge to meet him on the other side in court.

” I remember with fond memories an election petition involving a councillorship in the Kabushi parliamentary constituency. This was during the one party state,” he said.

Mr Kunda describes his new appointment as a big challenge and assures the nation that he has already settled down to work, as that is what is demanded of him.

Why was there a pose at the mention of his name?

The answer is simple.

It is because this is the man who has served Zambia, first as Minister of Legal Affairs. when the late president Levy Mwanawasa appointed him at the age 45 in 2002.

Within the same year he was conferred with the highest honour of the land as state counsel by virtue of his appointment as Legal Affairs minister.

Previously, he held the position of Law Association of Zambia president from 1996 to 2000.

Mr Kunda refers to this period as the best moment of his lifetime as he was elected for two terms consecutively scooping the chairmanship with a landslide victory in a highly competitive race.

“As LAZ president, I was committed to it such that I thought that it was the highest achievement that I had scored in life. I was the longest-serving president, having been unanimously elected consecutively,” he said.

Mr Kunda has also experienced the dark side of his politicial career and he cites the serious accusations levelled against him and the Mwanawasa Government as the most trying time but he could not stand up to defend himself in the midst of all that even when he knew deep down that he was innocent.

“I was bound by the leadership ethics as well as the oath of secrecy not to divulge information that may jeopardise State security. As a lawyer representing the State as my client, my hands were tied I had to protect its interests and that is what we were taught at the law school,” he said.

It is not his first time to handle dual responsibilities in the Government.

He previously held the position minister of Justice as well as that of Attorney-General, an action that triggered a lot of controversy in certain circles.

Mr Kunda recalls that period as the most challenging time of his political career because the Government had to tackle the issue of the Constitutional Review Commission, the presidential petition, the removal of the immunity for former president Frederick Chiluba and the impeachment bid on Dr Mwanawasa.

“I contributed greatly to ensure that there was good governance, peace and order and I rendered the necessary legal advice,” he said.

Nevertheless, he served in the same portfolio diligently while serving in the National Assembly as a nominated member of Parliament until 2006.

That year, Dr Mwanawasa decided that the two portfolios be separated, and that saw him appoint Mr Mumba Mulila as Attorney-General while Mr Kunda retained his position as minister of Justice.

Mr Kunda then stood for parliamentary elections in Muchinga constituency in Serenje and won with a landslide victory.

Again, he was appointed to serve as minister of Justice, this time with added responsibility.

” I wanted to go back to identify myself with my roots where I come from. People were challenging me to stand because as a nominated member of Parliament (MP), I was not representing anybody.

“My interest in politics was growing. So I wanted to have a constituency that I could represent although some people doubted if I would make it. But I won those elections with a landslide victory,” he said.

Contrary to complaints that some MPs did not visit their constituencies regularly in order to acquaint themselves with the problems of the local people as well as monitor on-going developmental projects, Mr Kunda said he devotes time from his busy schedule to visit the constituency.

Sometimes, using his personal resources to be with his people, alleviating poverty levels as he considers Muchinga his second home.

His parents are resident there where he has built them a house.

Mr Kunda says his constituency is vast, making it difficult for him to touch all corners within a short time whenever he is touring because of other pressing national duties.

“I have done so much in my constituency. Schools have been constructed and several other projects. The MPs try their best to visit their constituencies. It’s only that national duties demand that they strike a compromise so that they also attend to other needs for them to maintain a balance,” Mr Kunda says.

Mr Kunda feels that he will accomplish his mission, having reached the peak of his political career as vice-president.

He will discharge his duties diligently without leaving a vacuum in the ministry of Justice as the role of dealing with policy issues will be adequately covered by new Deputy Minister, Todd Chilembo while he will be there to offer guidance.

With Mr Malila and Solicitor-General Dominic Sichinga, alongside Permanent Secretary Getrude Inambwae in place, this makes the ministry of Justice fully established.

He says, unlike in the past when the ministry of Justice lacked a deputy minister, now it has one .

Mr Kunda does not doubt that Mr Chilembo, a senior lawyer, will be able to handle the bulk of the policy work.

In his own words, President Banda said he was appointing Mr Kunda as one of the longest and most experienced Cabinet ministers in the MMD government and was confident that he would deliver to the best of his ability in his new appointment.

Humbly accepting the appointment, Mr Kunda assured the nation that he was ready to discharge his functions to the fullest.

A former soccer player during school days, having played as a member of Buseko Club in Luanshya with former Zambia coach Patrick Phiri, Ghost Mulenga, System Chilongo and Bernard Chanda, he is no longer active in sports.

But Mr Kunda enjoys listening to gospel music, Zambian music from John Chiti, his son-in law, Wile and rhumba.

Being Catholic, he sometimes goes to church on Sundays.

He plans to revert to his private law firm and offer consultancy services after retiring from active politics, of course with a rich curriculum vitae.


 

 

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Countries go through it and they call it a revolution, business enterprises refer to it as re-engineering, re-organization, innovation, novelty, transformation and such similar sophisticated verbosities. Individual refer to it as re-invention.

 

Call it whatever you want, the process of re-inventing oneself, an enterprise and or a country is the most fulfilling to undertake. Some may argue though that the process is not necessary at all but the litmus test is simple.

 

Are you at a place in your life where everything you wanted is in place (financially, socially, spiritually, physiologically and psychologically) right now? If your answer is, “yes”, then please read no further but if you are like the rest of us, you are in right company.

 

Now while human endeavors are such that one may not be fully satisfied in all areas but can achieve great strides in the essentials, it is usually possible that somehow somewhere in one’s life areas do exist that need to be re-invented.

 

For corporations, those that do not go through the transformation process tend to produce substandard products, lag behind competitors, have very low yield on return on investment and eventually fail. While those that are at the cutting edge end up being industry leaders spurring huge profits for shareholders.

 

Countries that don’t undergo revolutions remain static usually operating on Stone Age theories while others are landing on the moon – despite being on the same planet. All great nations in the world have taken a lead somehow in some revolution of some sort.

 

The French Revolution began as early as 1789 and brought democracy by replacing French aristocracy including the first introduction of “inalienable rights” for their general citizenry. There is actually a controversy about who coined the concept of inalienable rights between the Americans and the French.

 

British Revolution took place much earlier though between 1642-51 followed by the American Revolution between 1775-83 while the Russian Revolution started in 1917 with the German Revolution bringing us an end to World War I.

 

 Then we had the Industrial Revolution that swept through Europe and later spread like wild fire around the world, first in America, then Japan, the Asian Tigers and now around the world; all at the center of societal revolutions. If revolutions are good for the goose, then they must be good for the gander as well … individuals have to go through some transformation of some sort, they need to re-invent themselves in most cases to fully self-actualize.

 

I have been trying to look for some commonalities of some sort for most people that managed to re-invent themselves and I found these below. I believe there may be more qualities I may not be aware of but the following bare more authentication.

 

Self-Determination

tiger1Tiger Woods who is the world’s most celebrated golfer was twice down and twice he re-invented his swing coming back better than before. His main driving force was to be the best at what he does and when he realized his old ways were not cutting it, he needed a transformation; he re-invented himself. His achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time. Currently the World No. 1, he was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2007, having earned an estimated $122 million from winnings and endorsements. Purpose, purpose, purpose you to succeed and I sure bet you will … He was determined and the rest is history.

 

Strategic Goals

barackThe US President-Elect Barack H Obama was once a crack head (cocaine and alcohol) and smoked marijuana. During his young age as a teenager he started experimenting with drugs and smoked joints. He soon realized that he had a calling for public service and to be effective he needed to kick the habit. Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at Occidental College for two years. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialization in international relations. Obama graduated with a B.A. from Columbia in 1983, then at the start of the following year worked for a year at the Business International Corporation and then at the New York Public Interest Research Group. After four years in New York City, Obama moved to Chicago and then on to Harvard where he studied Law. When he left Law School, he set for himself a strategic goal to get the presidency.  Born August 4, 1961 in Hawaii, Obama’s term starts on January 20, 2009. His campaign raised an unprecendented $700 million in donations. Something never experienced before in world and American political history. He is the first African American to be elected President of the United States. Starting out as a community organizer, he used that platform to become a State Senator from the Land of Lincoln, sprang to the US Senate from there and after 144 days in the United States Senate launched his presidential bid beating an almost coronation of Hillary Clinton for the Democrat Presidential nominee and the rest is history.

 

Find a mentor

carolineWhen Caroline Mwansa Marsh inherited real estate property with her husband, their realty business was a loss making venture. The Zambian born UK based millionaire went to the Business Achievers Conference in Alicante because she was keen to listen to a presentation about property investing. Her portfolio was giving her quite a poor return, with some properties actually in negative cash flow, so when she heard Steve Bolton speak about his business model, the systems he had in place and the high returns he was achieving as a result, she knew she needed to speak to him as quickly as possible. She wanted to be actively involved in building her portfolio, so she agreed to a mentoring program with Steve, focusing on a cash positive strategy of investing in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). In March 2007, Steve went to Swindon to work with her and the end of the second day of being mentored by him, she was sale agreed on 2 properties which would both give fantastic returns exceeding her expectations. That was the beginning of her success in business, and thanks to the business model, she was left with a system and support network that enabled her to acquire 4 more properties by December 2007, something she never imagined she would do. You can re-invent yourself not by re-inventing the wheel but by just using an already existing proven system. Caroline found that system and her mentor; and the rest is history.

 

Locale – environmental constraints

mutomboDikembe Mutombo had a passion for basketball but his home country of Zaire, present day DRC was not capable of helping self-actualize. When he moved to the United States, he wanted to study Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. While there, the college basketball coach George Hoyas saw potential and recruited him, he has since played professional basketball including being featured in the All-Star Games and has since become a millionaire.  In 1997 he founded the Mutombo Foundation that has managed to build a $29 million 300 bed hospital in his hometown near Kinshasa named after his late mother Biamba Marie Mutombo. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Diplomacy, a guy who barely spoke English when he landed now speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and five African languages. To celebrate his achievement and other philanthropic ventures, President George W Bush invited him to attend the State of the Union Address in 2007 referring to him as the son of Congo. Sometimes you are in a place with no support system and if you have to re-invent yourself, you have to change locations … Mutombo did just that and the rest is history.

 

Visualize yourself

daniel1Daniel Hale Williams (1858-1931) was first surgeon to perform an open heart surgery. He successfully operated on James Cornish, the victim of a knifing. The operation was considered at the time a ground-breaking enterprise. The African American doctor opened the patient’s chest revealing a beating heart to stitch a small wound in the pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart. It is said often of Daniel Hale Williams that he always imagined the impossible. He utilized many of the emerging antiseptic, sterilization procedures of the day and thereby gained a reputation for professionalism. The doctor began his medical practice in Chicago at a time when there were only three other black physicians. In 1891, in Chicago, Daniel Hales Williams founded Provident, the first American interracial hospital. Provident hosted the first nursing school for blacks in America. By imagining the impossible Daniel visualized himself achieving the impossible and the rest is history.

 

Detach from the past

mulemena2The Zambian Mulemena Boys once sang a song against Munkafwilwa (widow). They sang of how soon the widow had adjusted wanting to create for herself a new life. According to the Mulemena Boys, her period of mourning was not enough; she needed to mourn a little bit more instead of forgetting about her deceased husband that soon. To the detriment of Munkafwilwa she wanted to indulge in human pleasures very quickly and society considered that a misnomer. While giving credit to neither the Mulemena Boys nor the Munkafwilwa here, the premise is important in that the Munkafwilwa was trying to detach herself from the past and move on with her life – she just happened to use less wisdom in achieving her objectives. While the timing was rather short and the places where she went were not the best of all, her wanting to detach from the past is essential for self-actualization. Some memories of the past are white elephants while others are castles in the air. At least Munkafwilwa realized that and the rest was history.

 

Measurability standards

denzelForbes Magazine produced a list of the most influential actors in Hollywood for 2008. Denzel Washington topped the list but what is amazing is that despite having starred in many movies, Denzel Washington never received any Oscar Awards until he was featured in Training Day. After that, even though the movie industry has not given him that measurable progress through awards, the general populace around the world considers him as the most influential star in the movie industry. Others might put a cap on you and tell you, you are not good enough but there are other sets of eyes out there rooting for you. While it is okay to use universally acceptable measuring standards, sometimes you have to re-invent yourself and not be discouraged when you get passed on. Always do your thing the best way you know how. Always set for yourself your own measurable standards, compare notes with yourself such that when you hear others judging you, do care about what they say about you but also know what you are capable of as long as you know what kind of material you are made of. Denzel Washington did just that and the rest is history.

 

We all need to re-invent ourselves; countries need revolutions, transformations, etc. and corporations evolve to meet challenges because being static will only leave you in a rat hole. So whether it is self-determination you need to measurable standards, you know yourself better.

 

You can not afford not to go through the process not being successful because life is a serious enterprise and there is just too much at stake, there is a lot more counting on you.

 

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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By Ndangwa Noyoo

Published:Nov 16, 2008

On Obama:

Africans have a penchant for passing the buck and expecting prosperity to fall from heaven whenever issues of national development come to the fore. What does this assertion have to do with the Obama victory?

Well, for starters it points to the very nature of ineptitude that continues to shape our people’s psyche and their misguided belief that Africa’s woes will be solved by some miraculous intervention by some super being.

However, to the contrary the pitfalls of Africa’s development can only be rectified by Africans themselves. Therefore, Africans should not expect Obama to come to their rescue after they have failed to put their houses in order due to corruption, mal-governance, tribalism, nepotism, mediocrity and national paralysis shaped by myopic leaderships.No one but the Africans can free themselves from this on-going socio-economic and political malaise. Africans have to redeem themselves and not expect anyone to realize this noble ideal. Yes, it is good to see a mixed-race individual (Obama is neither black nor White, but a blend of the two.

However, Africans claim him more for obvious reasons), becoming president of the most powerful nation on earth. Indeed, it is gratifying to note that the twenty-first century has debunked the myths of a racist America whereby talent and hard-work has now prevailed over bigotry and half-truths.This is the lesson that Zambians should draw from the Obama campaign and eventual rout of the Republicans. That with the hard-work, talent and fortitude, a person can be credited on merit to either become president of Zambia or hold public office.

It should not be based on one’s “connections”, tribe or brown-nosing. Also, we should recognize the fact that education absolutely matters. Zambia, like all African nations is a modern state. It is part of a fast-paced technological and economically advancing global community.

It is not a small village. Therefore, the acumen to lead such an entity is first and foremost dependent on inta alia, education. Obviously, there are also other personal attributes such as honesty, humility, care for those who are disadvantaged, etc.Conversely, the electorate also needs to be educated and enlightened. An illiterate and uninformed electorate will not be able to choose the caliber of leadership that will speak to policy options for national development, but rather, will be mesmerized by demagogues, ideologues, populists or alarmists.

Until the day that Zambia (and Africa in general) is led by sober, competent and visionary leaders, the ordinary people will continue to wallow in their poverty and misery.

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In 1991, after 27 years in power, Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda decided to do the unthinkable. He called for multiparty elections.

At a time when many on the continent were used to leaders being removed through coups, revolutions and assassinations, the move shocked many.

The nation had been agitating for some time for the country to drop the one-party democracy model. Reeling from an economic crisis they blamed on the ruling United National Independence Party, the people wanted a chance to choose their leaders like people in other democracies.

Against the advice of his ministers and counsellors, Kaunda went ahead — with three years of his term still left.

When he was advised not to stand because he may suffer humiliation, he insisted he had unfinished business and was confident the people would allow him to complete it.

The opposite happened.

On the day the votes were counted, Kaunda quickly sensed that the trend was going against him. He decided not to wait for the final tally and phoned his rival, Frederick Chiluba, to congratulate him. He invited Chiluba over to State House and introduced him to the staff.

This is your president, he told them.

As the results were streaming in, the military chiefs rushed to State House, seeking an audience with Kaunda. They wanted to know what it was they should do about this state of affairs. Clearly, Chiluba could not be allowed to take power, they argued.

Kaunda proceeded to give them a lecture in democracy. He told them that he had sought the opinion of the Zambian people about who should run their country, and the people had clearly indicated that they would rather be ruled by Chiluba than him.

Who are we to think we are wiser than the people, he asked them.

The soldiers left State House dejected and unconvinced. His ministers and aides tried to prevail on him to declare a state of emergency and annul the election. He stood firm. “This is not the outcome I wanted but it is the outcome I must respect,” Kaunda said.

Later that night he conceded defeat in a television and radio address.

And he made sure the military were in attendance so that they, too, would be bound by his concession.

It is said that upon hearing the news of Chiluba’s concession, an aide of Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko ran into a cabinet meeting with a note informing the dictator of developments next door.

A shocked Mobutu nearly jumped out of his chair and exclaimed: “I thought KK was smart. How can he lose an election that he himself was running?”

Democracy had arrived in Zambia. But it turned out that, in exercising their democratic rights, the Zambians had made a big mistake.

Upon taking power, Chiluba went on a gluttonous rampage through the fiscus. He ferreted money to foreign accounts and pampered himself and his extended family at the state’s expense.

Chiluba even sought to run for a third term. He used youthful goons to force his party to help him change the constitution to enable him to run. He failed and Zambian democracy triumphed.

His successor, Levy Mwanawasa, turned out to be a better bet than Chiluba. Although he was no inspirational visionary, he consolidated democracy. By the time he died a few months ago, he had become one of the few heads of state on the continent prepared to break the leadership brotherhood’s code of silence on human rights abuses.

Last month, Zambia’s voters went to the polls to elect a new leader again. During the election campaign, the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy’s candidate, Rupiah Banda, and his opposition rival, Michael Sata, traversed the country, urging Zambians to back them.

Not a single rally was disrupted. Not a single leader was beaten up. Not a single chair was thrown.After the election there were cries of foul play from Sata and his supporters, who are challenging the results in court.

But that was about it.

The significance of this story is that there is a lot to be learnt from our brethren on the continent. Very often you hear the nonsense that democracy does not, and cannot, work in Africa. These views come from both condescending racists as well as apologists for African dictatorship.

You hear it from many in our ruling party — it is used to justify a one-party-dominant democracy and why we cannot afford to have strong opposition.

We need to develop our own brand of African democracy, some scholars and politicians say, which is a rather racist notion that the people of this continent dare not be trusted with making choices.

This piece is not about praising Kaunda and painting him as an angel and model of modern statesmanship. He was, after all, in power for 27 years, during which he wrecked that country’s economy.

It is also not to paint Zambia as the ultimate model of a working democracy. Zambia is by no means perfect.

Kaunda and the Zambian experience should show us roads we should not walk and mistakes we need not make.

But we can emulate their relatively successful efforts at building a stable democracy.

Our leaders should also take note of the fact that even an iconic leader like Kaunda could accept that the wisdom of the people could be superior to his.

Source: The Times – SA

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