Kenneth Kaunda


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State House was a hive of activity as Zambia was celebrated African Freedom Day.

 

The atmosphere was fully cordial as Zambians and members of the diplomatic corp. from across the spectrum were present for the celebrations.

 

After the President laid a wrath at the Freedom Statue he hosted a banquet with invited guests there and many in attendance are pictographically presented with this post.

 

Despite the fact that this year’s program was rushed, it was very colorful according to present sources.

 

[kk.JPG]It is believed that the celebrations were shortened because the President was Japan bound as he was leaving soon after where he was expected for the Tokyo, International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD).

 

Entertainment was provided for by various sources and the Zambia National Service dancers where the epitome of it all …

 

When the Zambia Defense Forces Band started playing, former first President Kaunda was enthused and run to the dancing floor to put in his 2 cents worth …

 

His dance was entertaining and breath taking considering the guy is now 84 years old, what an ecstatic moment it was as others joined in

 

[11.JPG]Former Vice President Nevers Mumba and his wife Florence were also in attendance as they enjoyed the moment …

 

Great Kalu, the new FAZ chief shared a light moment with former Vice President Nevers Mumba and Inspector General of police Ephraim Mateyo …

 

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This is what it used to be, we were really “One Zambia One Nation” and the Zambian Chronicle would like to encourage this spirit within the Zambian Enterprise because Zambia is greater than any single one of us … thanks a trillion.

 

All pictures courtesy of the picturemonger.

 

 

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As earlier promised, our memo this week will focus on the accomplishments of our first republican president for the Zambian Enterprise as he celebrates his birthday anniversary.  

We understand that most Africans get their understanding of historical records based on the west and understandably so; because a large part of our history on the entire continent has been written for us by western scholars.

 

What we have found over the years is that such writings are usually biased, in most cases not fully factual and at best mostly incomplete. They tend to serve the egos of the writer more than the premise of shared knowledge.

 

We at the Chronicle will endeavor to rewrite our own history in most instances and what a better time to start than during commemorative events such as a birthday of one of the greatest sons of Africa.

 

Brief Personal Background

 

He was born at Lubwa Mission near Chinsali in Northern Province on April 24, 1924 to missionary parents from Malawi. His parents moved to Zambia in 1904 as ordained minister and teacher. In fact his mother was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia.

 

He was the youngest of eight siblings but grew up with determination and self respect of the older child. At an earlier age, Kenneth was seen by his peers as a natural born leader who for the most part had the ability to unity factions.

 

He was barely 19 when he began teaching at Lubwa after completing his education and by the time he was 20 years old, he was Headmaster there. He remained at Lubwa from 1944 to 1947 when he moved to the Copperbelt to found a farmer’s cooperative union in 1948.

 

While working on his cooperative venture he also worked as a boarding master at Mufulira Upper School (1948 – 1949) which period provided him with first hand discriminatory tendencies of white supremacy and its evil conniptions at the time.

 

Liberation Politics Unusual

 

His teaching job, cooperative venture and his welfare officer status accorded him the ability to see and understand the real sufferings of his country men and women and thus he decided to join forces with the African National Congress.

 

What most Africans don’t know is that the ANC was similar to a continental liberation movement not only in South Africa but almost across the whole Sub-Saharan region. It was a Black Movement that transcended regional and national borders at the time.

 

District and provincial centers were organized at various locales and so to be effective Kaunda thought he needed to be in a place where most people were familiar with his passion and norms. He thus left the Copperbelt and went back to the Northern Province where he quickly rose through the ranks.

 

Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula was the national president for the Zambian Chapter of ANC and he immediately noticed Kaunda accolades. Kenneth D Kaunda was asked to move to Lusaka in 1953 as Secretary General under the Nkumbula presidency.

 

In 1957 Kaunda traveled to India and met Mohandas Gandhi and was forever deeply influenced by the nonviolent civil disobedience principles he had devised and saw them as a way of leading the liberation struggle in his own nation.

 

Upon returning home, he shared both his passion and principles he had learnt from Gandhi with his boss (Nkumbula) but the later was seen more as an appeaser of whites more than a freedom fighter.

 

It is believed that Nkumbula’s attitude emanated from a series of prison stints he was forced to survive with Kaunda during the time he became Secretary General. They were frequently in and out of prison for brief periods between 1953 and 1958.

 

The fire in Kaunda’s belly was too much and his boss’ reluctance was not helping, so he broke camps with Nkumbula to form his new party called Zambia African National Union in 1958 a year after trying to get Nkumbula and company on board with the nonviolent movement.

 

To the contrary nor sooner had Kaunda formed his Zambia African National Union in 1958 than he had actually abandoned his nonviolent rule. Between 1958 and 1959 his party was at the center of the famous Cha Cha Cha movement which included burning schools, blocking roads, work walk outs and other arm twisting programs aimed at the white supremacists.

 

His party was banned and he was sentenced to prison for nine months. He served part of the sentence in Lusaka and the remainder was in Salisbury, present day Harare. It is believed that the Harare stint was designed to break Kaunda’s ego but instead it emboldened him.

 

While he was in prison Mainza Chona also left ANC to form the United National Independence Party (UNIP) in 1959 and when he (Kaunda) was released was immediately asked by him to be its president. Kaunda obliged, stood for legislative council elections and on October 30, 1962 he won, formed a coalition government with Nkumbula’s ANC serving as minister of local government and social welfare.

 

In government Kaunda rose to the rank of Prime Minister and used his diplomatic skills convincing and allaying huge European and Asian fears that black rule would not be detrimental to their welfare after all.

 

After wining their confidence, the Zambian Enterprise went through a series of complicated phases that finally earned us our independence on October 24, 1964 with the Kenneth D Kaunda as the First Republican President and Nkumbula as his vice.

 

Post-Independence Shenanigans

 

They say every politician develops a high level of shrewdness in order to survive and Kaunda was no different. His diplomatic skills did not only lead to independence, they also contributed to his ability to unite a nation of 72 tribes into one solid nation under the Tiyende Pamodzi mantra.

 

Tiyende Pamodzi was more than a unity phrase, it was also an inspirational diatribe that encouraged every Zambian to work hard as well as show a high level of discipline. The “One Zambia One Nation” mantra made every Zambian feel a sense of belonging thus saving the country from any traumas of  civil war.

 

By bestowing a sense of Christian socialism, properly packaged as Zambian Humanism, Kaunda skillfully managed to stem off all manner of tribalism and developed a sense of good neighborhoodness thus developing a closely neat society with the ability to notice dissensions from within as well as without.

 

However, his major test wasn’t until the Lenshina Uprising. A self-styled prophetess, Alice Lenshina of the Lumpa religious sect was a major force to reckon with. Kaunda banned the religion and Lenshina was expelled into Zaire, present day DRC.

 

The Lenshina Uprising was controversial in that former colonial matters were alleged to have been major sponsors, discouraging nationals from taking part in government programs thus instilling a rebellious notion of anti-nationalism that could have led to slow national development as well as ensuring  of anarchy.

 

Conflicts arose between UNIP youth and Lumpa members, especially in Chinsali District, where the headquarters of the church were. Kaunda sent in two battalions of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment. The fight led to the deaths of about 1500 villagers. Kaunda banned the Lumpa Church in August 1964 and proclaimed a state of emergency that was retained until 1991.

 

Kaunda also faced opposition at home, from such sources as Simon Kapwepwe’s United Progressive Party (UPP) and the followers of nationalist Harry Nkumbula. Beginning in 1968, Kaunda took steps to undermine his opponents’ power, for instance banning the UPP on charges of subversion.

 

In some cases, powerful dissidents were offered positions within the UNIP hierarchy. By the end of 1972, Kaunda had effectively established the UNIP as Zambia’s only legal political party under the Choma Declaration led by Mainza Chona.

 

His hardball political shenanigans include his ability to use political power to consolidate his rule using the one-party participatory democracy theory. It is believed that it was this theory that led to a series of failed coupe d’état attempts the final culminating into the famous Mwamba Luchembe.

 

Kaunda on the other hand considered these hardball tactics necessary evils for national security reason as he later confessed, “… Speaking from my own country’s experience at independence, we were a multiparty state …

 

Every general election or by-election, we bashed heads across the political divide, and unfortunately we had bodies to bury because of political differences, until … I reached a decision that we must come together and stop this nonsense. Fortunately, we came together and from that time on, it has always been peace. Every election, there is peace.”

 

Educational Achievements

 

One of the greatest achievements of Dr. Kaunda was in the area of education. At independence it was estimated that only 0.5% of the entire population had completed primary education as our educational system was one of the most poorly developed in the entire British Commonwealth.

 

Zambia had to invest heavily in education at all levels. Kaunda instituted a policy where all children, irrespective of their parents’ ability to pay, were given free exercise books, pens and pencils. The parents’ main responsibility was to buy uniforms, pay a token “school fee” and ensure that the children attended school.

 

Infra-structural development in this area involved building government primary and secondary schools, in every district however rural. This approach meant that the best pupils were promoted to achieve their best results, all the way from primary school to university level.

 

To compensate for the shortfall in skilled teaching professionals, the government paid a premium and hired expatriate teachers and professors from all over the world of different nationalists as the nation was in a hurry to develop its own human capacity.

 

The Zambian Enterprise had no university of its own at independence and within three years, the University of Zambia was opened in Lusaka in 1966. This was after Zambians all over the country had been encouraged to donate whatever they could afford towards its construction. Kaunda was appointed Chancellor and officiated at the first graduation ceremony in 1969.

 

The main campus was situated on the Great East Road, while the medical campus was located at Ridgeway near the University Teaching Hospital. In 1979 another campus was established at the Zambia Institute of Technology in Kitwe. In 1988 the Kitwe campus was upgraded and renamed the Copperbelt University.

 

Tertiary-level institutions were also established during Kaunda’s era and were vocationally focused falling under the aegis of the Department of Technical Education and Vocational Training.

 

They included the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce and the Natural Resources Development College (both in Lusaka), the Northern Technical College at Ndola, Trades Training Institute in every major provincial capital, and teacher-training colleges.

 

One the other hand the ministry of education was tasked with a duty of acquiring scholarships for other deserving student in the USA, the UK, Germany, India, China, Yugoslavia, Russia and others. This translated to having a country that only had 109 graduates at independence to one of the most literate on the entire continent by 1991 when he relinquished power.

 

Infra-Structure Development

 

Zambia is one of the most urbanized Sub-Saharan countries. This is not by any means an accident, it was by design.

 

The National Development Planning Division at Cabinet office was one of the most successful on the entire continent.

 

It was so successful that Lusaka’s Cairo Road which was a dirt road at independence was turned into an hive of activities by 1991 with high rise building on every side. This was part of the Mulungushi reform of April 1968, a Zambian Marshall Plan if you like.

 

The government declared its intention to acquire an equity holding (usually 51% or more) in a number of key foreign-owned firms, to be controlled by the Industrial Development Corporation (INDECO).

 

By January 1970, Zambia had acquired majority holding in the Zambian operations of the two major foreign mining corporations, the Anglo American Corporation and the Rhodesia Selection Trust (RST); the two became the Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines (NCCM) and Roan Consolidated Mines (RCM), respectively.

 

Kaunda announced the creation of a new parastatal body, the Mining Development Corporation (MINDECO). The Finance and Development Corporation (FINDECO) allowed the Zambian government to gain control of insurance companies and building societies.

 

The foreign-owned banks, such as Barclays, Standard Chartered and Grindlays, successfully resisted takeover.

 

When this happened, ZANACO was born and the bank grew to be one of the most successful banking stories emanating from Africa in the entire world. It had branches across the nation as wells a fully functional London branch with satellite or correspondent branches across Europe.

 

In 1971, INDECO, MINDECO, and FINDECO were brought together under an omnibus parastatal, the Zambia Industrial and Mining Corporation (ZIMCO), to create one of the largest companies in sub-Saharan Africa, with Kaunda as Chairman of the Board.

 

The management contracts under which day-to-day operations of the mines had been carried out by Anglo American and RST were ended in 1973. In 1982 NCCM and RCM were merged into the giant Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd (ZCCM). ZCCM became the world’s largest conglomerate trading shares with a dual listing at the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange as late as 1996.

 

The domino effect of these programs led to each of these, INDECO, MINDECO, FINDECO and ZIMCO welding a lot of financial resources that were used to build business houses headquartered along Cairo Road thus accelerating development in Lusaka at exponential rates.

 

Also most of the above were tasked with construction of housing units for their employees, thus resulting in speedy, well organized urban planned cosmopolitan areas such as Kabwata in Lusaka, Ndeke Village in Kitwe, Kafue Estates in Kafue, Maramba in Livingstone just to mention a few.

 

Other developmental programs involved the building of Mwembeshi Earth Station, commissioned in 1974 just ten years after independence is still one of the few in the world. The sad story is that even up to now it is underutilized as an international gateway. 

The creation of Kariba Dam culminated into the creation of the world’s largest man-made lake at the time. It also guaranteed hydro-electric production with the largest turbines on the continent, giving our Zambian Enterprise potential to electrify half of Africa at the time. 

ITT Supersonic based in Livingstone could have been considered as a rite of passage industry in the field of electronics. It has the capacity to produce telephone handsets, made radios and televisions sets with export markets all around Africa. It used to be a joy in the 70’s and 80’s to travel abroad and watch a television set made in Zambia.

 

Under INDECO, Zambia was the only country on the continent other than South Africa with assembly plants making and assemblying cars and trucks at the time. We used to make Fuso truck, minibuses (Fuso Canter) and Mitsubishi Galants in Chingola.

 

Livingstone Motor Assemblers was the epicenter of a modern day European style assembly plant producing Fiats from 127s, to 124s (getaway cars) to 131 – Miravioris and 132 GLS. These cars assembled in Zambia had markets to as far places as Benin.

 

In Ndola, we had Rover Zambia under Lonrho which produced the latest Peugeots such as 504s and Land Rovers.

 

The last latest Land Rover Discovery actually debutted in Zambia before it was unveiled in Europe. Our manufacturing base per capita was stronger than even some Eastern European nations at the time.

 

To avoid more rushed urbanization, Kaunda made sure each provincial capital was a hive of industrialization. Mansa had Mansa Batteries and produced those both for local and export markets, Chipata had Eagle Industries that produced bikes, Kasama was in charge of tobbacco affiliated businesses, Mongu took care of canneries, etc.

 

In our industrial hub, Dunlop used to make tires for export around the region, Serious International used to make designer suits with outlets in London, United Kingdom and Hamburg, Germany; Leyland Motors used to recondition engines for heavy duty equipment, Lever Brothers turned into ROP created household commodities, the list is endless.

 

The Mukuku Bridge at the time of commissioning was Africa’s longest bridge while the Tazara Railway line broke world construction records. The development of Africa’s longest pipeline at the time connecting Dar-es-Salaam and Indeni in Ndola was another major accomplishment not experienced before on the continent.

 

Foreign Policy & Diplomatic Skills

 

 

An outspoken supporter of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa he also opposed Ian Smith’s white minority rule in Rhodesia. He allowed several African liberation fronts such as ZAPU and ZANU of Rhodesia and African National Congress to set headquarters in Zambia.

 

Former ANC president Oliver Tambo spent a significant proportion of his 30 year exile living and working in Zambia. Joshua Nkomo the leader of ZAPU also stationed a military base in Zambia. In retaliation the white minority governments of Rhodesia and South Africa frequently led espionage and bombing attacks in Zambia.

 

Herbert Chitepo, prominent ZANU leader, was killed in a car bomb in Lusaka in 1975. The struggle in both Rhodesia and South Africa and its offshoot wars in Namibia, Angola and Mozambique placed a huge economic burden on Zambia as these were the country’s main trading partners.

 

Kaunda was a strong supporter of the Non Aligned Movement. He hosted a NAM summit in Lusaka in 1970 and served as the movement’s chairman from 1970 to 1973. During the period he was also Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity which time he elevated the status of Africa around the world.

 

He maintained a close friendship with Yugoslavia’s long-time leader Tito and is remembered by many former citizens of Yugoslavia for weeping openly over his casket in 1980. Kaunda, in fact, had a house built in Lusaka for Tito’s visits to the country.

 

He had frequent but cordial differences with President Reagan whom he met 1983 and Margaret Thatcher mainly over what he saw as the West’s blind eye to apartheid but he always maintained warm relations with the People’s Republic of China

 

History will no doubt be kinder to Kaunda than current events might suggest. His individual bravery and leadership helped to establish Zambia as a nation during the twilight of colonial rule, and his international statesmanship has led to reforms even in the last bastion of minority rule, South Africa. 

 (In Picture Above KK Ballroom Dancing With Margaret Thatcher)

It is no wonder that the first country Nelson Mandela visited after leaving prison on February 27, 1990 was Zambia and was an honored guest of Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda. His greatest fall came when he did not realize it was time for others to take over, his greatest foul were his close associates who had not guts to tell him it was over.

 

After leaving politics Kaunda has dedicated the rest of his life to other human causes and he is a serious advocate on HIV/AIDS issues. On November 25,2002 Harvard University through the Harvard Public Health Program invited him to speak to more than 180 intellectual from around the world at the Snyder Auditorium.

 

He was also resident professor at Boston University from 2002 to 2004 where he performed among other duties not only pertaining to the plight of the victims of HIV/AIDS.

 

Dr. Kaunda was the first mainland Sub-Saharan head of state to allow free multi-party elections and relinquish power when he lost even before his constitutional mandate ended. Mathieu Kerekou of Benin had done so before but that was after his term had ended in March of 1991.

 

With so much accomplished, with so little pride; it is our turn as the Zambian Enterprise to do the right thing and honor Dr. Kaunda by naming Lusaka International Airport after him. Let us not forget that classy-daddy-3.gifeven the multi-party democracy we so cherish came about because he relinguished power voluntarily otherwise we could have been another case study.

 

Happy Birthday Great Son of Africa from all of us … 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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Most countries, counties, cities and jurisdictions have found the importance of honoring certain people in their societies who have contributed to the greatest good. They do so by naming important installations, assets, streets, buildings, stadiums, airports, etc. after them.      

 

 

We at the Zambian Chronicle believe the time for the Zambian Enterprise to do just that has come. Next week we will be celebrating the 83rd birthday of our First Republican President HE Kenneth David Kaunda.

 

As a disclaimer none of us at the Chronicle has a vested interested in Dr. Kaunda at all, and we are embracing this purely based on principle and merit considering what the founding president did for our nation.

 

For some individuals, it is inextricably hard to believe that Dr. Kaunda did many great things for the sake of the Enterprise and we understand that but overall intellectual honesty testifies to the fact that if “we the people” do not appreciate him, others will to our own shame.

 

The British did not fully recognize Winston Church as a national hero, and they got a rude awakening when President John F Kennedy (US) in 1963 honored the Nobel Prize winner.

 

Churchill was honored again on November 29, 1995 by President Clinton. In an appearance that day before the British Parliament, President Clinton said, “I am pleased to announce here, the home of British freedom, that the United States will name one of the newest and most powerful of its surface ships, a guided missile destroyer, the United States Ship Winston Churchill.

 

Former US president Bill Clinton (l) talking to the first president of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda at Lusaka Polo Club  on Saturday - Picture by Thomas Nsama“When that ship slips down the ways in the final year of this century, its name will ride the seas as a reminder for the coming century of an indomitable man who shaped our age, who stood always for freedom, who showed anew the glorious strength of the human spirit,” Clinton said.

 

To that effect we believe that in commemoration of his anniversary, Lusaka International Airport be renamed as Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. There several airports around the world that are named after important people even on our continent, Johannesburg International is now named after O R Tambo.

 

It was formerly officially known as Johannesburg International Airport and before that as Jan Smuts International Airport (explaining the airport’s ICAO code, FAJS) after the South African statesman of that name.

 

The first renaming was done in 1994 when the newly reformed South African government implemented a national policy of not naming airports after politicians. The policy was however reversed later, and the airport renamed again on 27 October 2006 after Oliver Tambo, the former President of the African National Congress (ANC).

 

On Dr. Kaunda’s birthday anniversary we at the Chronicle will be chronicling several accomplishments classy-daddy-3.gifthe former president did for the Enterprise and we will reinforce our calling for Lusaka International Airport to be renamed after him.

 

It is time, and that time is now to name one of the nation’s major installations after Dr. Kaunda; 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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lpm.jpgPRESIDENT Mwanawasa yesterday visited first Republican president Kenneth Kaunda at his residence following his discharge from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka where he was admitted.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, John Musukuma, said President Mwanawasa visited Dr Kaunda in the morning.

The former president was admitted to UTH in Lusaka on Thursday around 18:00 hours.

kaunda.jpgDr Kaunda’s chief of staff, Godwin Mfula, said the former president was admitted for review purposes following the high blood pressure he suffered.

Dr Kaunda, who turns 84 next month, was discharged on Saturday and his condition has been described as stable.

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kaunda.jpgZAMBIANS should stop fighting among themselves to pave way for peace and development, former president Kenneth Kaunda has said.

In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Dr Kaunda said Zambians should emulate Jesus Christ who embraced all human beings regardless of race, religion, or tribe and did much to promote oneness in the world.

He said this at St Paul’s Congregation of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) after leading several Christians in a march past to commemorate Palm Sunday, which symbolises the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

“The triumphal entry by Jesus into Jerusalem signifies a great demonstration of what we, who call ourselves Christians, ought to embrace and promote.

“Love your neighbours, that is what He (Jesus) died for. Let us stop quarrelling among ourselves in our groups and work together for the good of our mother Zambia,” he said.

Dr Kaunda advised young people especially to remain focused in their quest for a developed Zambia and to always look up to God for help and guidance.

Lusaka Diocese Anglican Bishop, David Njobvu, called on parents to dedicate their lives to positive upbringing of their children to avoid what he termed moral decay among the youth.

Bishop Njobvu also called on the Government to use resources being freed by cooperating partners on employment creation for the youth.

Bishop Njobvu urged all the citizens to be responsible and desist from corrupt activities, which he referred to as acts of selfishness.

And at another celebration, Cathedral of the Child Jesus administrator, Francis Chilufya, said Palm Sunday was a great event that Christians of all denominations should observe.

Father Chilufya said this when worshippers from different church groups, parishes and congregations waving palm branches converged for Palm Sunday prayers at the Supreme Court grounds in Lusaka.

He said Christians should march for Jesus Christ in memory of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his subsequent suffering and death at the hands of his tormentors.

(Dr. Kaunda With Zambians In California, 2003 – Picture Courtesy – AZACA)

Anglican Cathedral Bishop Charley Thomas, who read the story of Palm Sunday from Matthew Chapter 21 verses 1 – 11 in the Bible, urged the congregants to raise their palm branches in praise of Jesus Christ.

St Ignatius Parish Priest Joe Keaney conducted a brief prayer service, which was attended by, among others, Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, clergymen and women as well as Cathedral of the Child Jesus Parish members.

Others were from St Columbus Presbyterian Church, Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and the Trinity Congregation of the UCZ.

In Chipata, Christians from different congregations marched together to celebrate Palm Sunday.

The Christians from the Roman Catholic, UCZ, Methodist Church, and Anglican Church, among others, waved palm leaves as they walked from Chipata DayHigh school, through Kapata market, to St Anne’s Cathedral Parish.

The procession that was characterised by singing and ululations ended at UCZ All Saints Congregation.

At St Annes Cathedral Parish, Chipata Catholic Diocese Vicar General, Wilfred Bwezani, advised Christians to persevere despite hardships and to embrace a spirit of forgiveness for one another.

Source: Times of Zambia

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In every country there is rich and poor. For those who never experienced poverty in their up bringing, poverty is a tale. We hope politicians that are out to make change in the society should remember the legacy  to bring change. Zambian chronicle is here for change. Some clips below are here to show how important every child is. No matter, which environment or place they are being raised in. Poverty will never stop them, they dance, they play drums with their inborn skills and talent. 

Most of us at Zambian chronicle grew up with no resources, limited education system, walked to school, no lunch packs. That did not stop us, we made it, and grew up with hearts to reach out to other people with our limited resources. our legacy is to help kids( boys and girls) and women, By bringing out the positive side of this world. 

We expect Zambian presidential candidates to focus on  important issues like education, to help the future generation to be better leaders and reach their dreams.

 

Zambian Chronicle’s legacy:- Next Zambian President should bring hope to the future generation. Please all Zambian leaders should address the problems below:

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ABOUT 500 workers at Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS) have been issued with summary dismissal letters following their two-day riotous behaviour in protest against alleged poor conditions of service. And Police have apprehended seven CCS workers in relation to the riot that took place on Tuesday at the copper smelter company.Both CCS company secretary, Sun Chuanqi, and Copperbelt permanent secretary, Jennifer Musonda, confirmed the figure of the dismissed workers in separate interviews yesterday. Mr Chuanqi revealed that company property worth about US$200,000 was allegedly destroyed by the irate workers during the riot.He said management was saddened that the workers rioted before the conclusion of negotiations with union representatives.

Mr Chuanqi said the workers had been given a grace period of three days within which to exculpate themselves and show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.

He complained that work had been adversely affected by the workers’ riotous behaviour.

Mr Chuanqi warned that all workers identified as ring leaders would be dismissed from employment to discourage others from behaving in a similar manner.

By press time yesterday more than 19 alleged ring leaders had been identified while more than 66 workers collected their summary dismissal letters.

Mr Chuanqi appealed to workers to exculpate themselves within the stipulated time so that the innocent ones could be reinstated.

“We’re appealing to the workers to respond quickly to the summary dismissal letters so that those that did not take part in the riotous behaviour could be reinstated because work has been grossly affected and we need local manpower,” he said.

Mr Chuanqi said CCS belonged to Zambians and wondered why the workers destroyed what belonged to them simply because of a dispute that could have been resolved amicably.

“What we are building here also belongs to Zambians, so people must desist from destroying this investment. For those who will not come to collect their letters, we will follow them until they get them so that they can exculpate themselves,” he said.

However, Mr Chuanqi paid tribute to government for its continued support to Chinese investment in Zambia.

He also said the Chinese worker only identified as a Mr Li who was injured during the riot on Tuesday was discharged from the hospital.

And Mrs Musonda also confirmed that workers were served with summary dismissal letters when they reported for work yesterday.

A check by the Zambia Daily Mail crew yesterday at the CCS premises found several riot police officers manning the company.

Some Zambian workers were found waiting to collect their summary dismissal letters while others were reluctant to collect them, claiming that they did not take part in the riot.

Those spoken to said they were ignorant about the whole thing and that they were just forced by some of their colleagues to riot.

Copperbelt Police commanding officer, Antonneil Mutentwa, revealed that six officials of the National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) and their member were apprehended by police in connection with the riot.

Mr Mutentwa said the union officials and their member were apprehended around 17: 45 hours on Tuesday.
NUMAW national secretary Albert Mando condemned the action by the workers to riot and damage company property.

“We are not in support of what the workers did. We are also disappointed with what happened on Tuesday because the negotiations have not yet collapsed, so why strike or riot?” Mr Mando said.

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Times of Zambia reports…

Chambishi fires 500

 ALL the 500 striking workers at Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS) were yesterday fired while seven National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) branch officials were arrested and detained on Tuesday evening.

The workers were served with letters of summary dismissal by management in the morning.

The move by management was as a result of the riotous behaviour by the workers at the company premises on Tuesday morning.

Police said those arrested were detained at Kitwe Central Police Station to help with investigations.

The workers at the Chinese-owned company had been on strike since Monday, demanding improved conditions of service.

The situation worsened on Tuesday when the workers decided to become violent and damaged property worth millions of Kwacha.

Both CCS company secretary, Sun Chuanqi and NUMAW national secretary, Albert Mando, confirmed that all the 500 workers who took part in the work stoppage had been served with letters of summary dismissal and had been given three days in which to exculpate themselves.

But Mr Mando said it was unfortunate that management had decided to serve the workers with letters of summary dismissal, saying there was no reason to continue with negotiations when its members had been served with letters of dismissal.

He, however, said his union would work hard to ensure that the seven branch union officials, who had been arrested, were released so that negotiations could continue.

“Yes, I have been told that the management at the company has also served the workers with letters of summary dismissal, but it is unfortunate management has resolved to take this stance.

“This decision by management will affect our negotiations because how do we negotiate when our members have been given letters of summary dismissal,” Mr Mando said.

And speaking in an interview at CCS, Mr Chuanqi said the management at the company had decided to serve its workers with letters of summary dismissal as a way of disciplining them for their riotous behaviour, but that they were free to exculpate themselves.

He said management was eager to listen to the concerns of the workers, but was saddened that the workers quickly resolved to become riotous and damaged property at the company.

He said the Chinese investment in Zambia was there to benefit both Zambians and Chinese and there was no reason for Zambian workers to become violent and damage property.

“As management, we do not take pleasure in dismissing our employees, but we want them to know that violence does not pay and that they have to do things according to the law. Problems arise where there are people, but things must be done correctly,” Mr Chuanqi said.

And Mr Mando confirmed the detention of the seven union branch officials and that he was trying to secure their release.

Mr Mando, who was still at the Kitwe Central Police Station by Press time, said those arrested were branch chairman, Oswell Chibale Malume, vice-branch chairman, Christopher Yumba, branch secretary, Steven Kabwe, branch vice-secretary, Christopher Nkandu, treasurer, Kafwaya Ndombwani, vice-treasurer, Chanda Mhango and a shop steward, Kachinga Silungwe.

Mr Mando said the seven were picked up on Tuesday evening and had not been formally charged although they were still being interrogated.

“Yes I can confirm that seven of NUMAW branch officials at Chambishi Copper Smelter have been arrested and detained at Kitwe central police station. They were picked up around 18:00 hours on Tuesday.

“I am actually at the police station, but I have not talked to them because they are still being interrogated and have not been formally charged. As a union, we are trying to secure their release,” Mr Mando said.

The Times team which went to CCS found the place deserted with only armed police dotted all over to keep vigil.

End of report.

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