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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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By Oleg Shchedrov

 

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Seven years after he said he had peered into the Russian leader’s soul, U.S. President George W. Bush made clear he still had a strong bond with Vladimir Putin as they met for the last time as heads of state. The personal chemistry between Bush and Putin has weathered severe rows between their two countries and was on display again as the U.S. leader held a farewell summit on the Black Sea a month before Putin steps down.

Speaking to reporters at Putin’s vacation retreat, Bush said they worked to “find ways to be agreeable when we disagree”. 

“You’re not afraid to tell me what’s on your mind. And when it’s all said and done, we can shake hands,” Bush told Putin on Saturday. 

Putin spoke warmly of “George”. 

“I always appreciated his superior human qualities: honesty, openness and ability to hear a partner,” said Putin, standing beside the U.S. leader at a news conference after their meeting on Sunday. “This is worth a lot.” 

Bush has been lambasted by critics at home as naive in his generous assessment of Putin, against a backdrop of clashes between Moscow and Washington over Iran’s nuclear program, Kosovo’s independence and NATO’s expansion plans. 

Washington has enraged Moscow by quitting a Cold War treaty limiting missile defenses and preparing to deploy elements of its new missile shield in Europe. Moscow has irked Washington by pulling out of a pact limiting conventional forces in Europe. 

More than once, Putin and Bush have intervened to restore calm at points when other politicians and diplomats had started saying relations had passed the point of no-return. 

DANCING 

On Sunday, Bush stood by his initial view of the Russian leader: “A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind,” Bush said. “He (Putin) looks you in the eye and tells you what’s on his mind.” 

The two men “have a lot in common”, one Kremlin official said. “They both respect commitment to values and simple, straightforward style.” 

The two let down their hair during the informal part of the summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Saturday night. 

“Bush looked great, he not only danced on stage but also did not leave it until he shook hands with nearly every member of a big folk dancing team which performed for them,” a Kremlin official who attended the dinner said. 

“I’m only happy that our press corps didn’t see me try to dance the dance I was asked to do,” Bush told Putin when the two met the next day. 

“We had a chance to see that you are a brilliant dancer,” Putin replied. 

When Putin moves out of the Kremlin, Bush will have to deal with his protege Dmitry Medvedev for several months until he himself leaves the White House. 

“My first impressions are very positive, a smart fellow,” he told the news conference after meeting Medvedev. “You can write down, I was impressed and looking forward to working with him.” 

(Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Sochi and Conor Sweeney in Moscow; editing by Andrew Roche)