Monthly Archives: October 2014

Zambia Mourns Michael Chilufya Sata

Michael Chilufya Sata is dead

Michael Chilufya Sata (6 July 1937 – 28 October 2014)

Zambian President Michael Sata has died. President Sata died in London where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Roland Msiska, secretary to the Zambian Cabinet, said in a statement on Wednesday that Sata died late on Tuesday in London, where he was being treated.

“As you are aware the president was receiving medical attention in London,” Msiska told state television.

“The head of state passed away on October 28. President Sata’s demise is deeply regreted. The nation will be kept informed on burial arrangements.”

Sata’s wife, Christine Kaseba, his son and mayor of Lusaka Mulenga Sata and other family members were with the 77-year-old president when he died.

Mr. Sata becomes the second Zambian head of state to die in office following President Levy Mwanawasa‘s death in 2008.

President Sata’s death comes a few days after Zambia celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain on October 24th.

Mr. Sata  had been president of Zambia since September, 2011 after winning a tight presidential race against the then incumbent, Rupiah Banda.

My Interview with eNews Channel Africa

#Zambia50: We have the ability to create a Zambia we want

Zambian blogger Isaac Mwiya writes about hope and inspiring people to realise their true potential.

Zambian blogger Isaac Mwiya writes about hope and inspiring people to realise their true potential. Source: Supplied

On the 50th anniversary of Zambia’s independence spoke to some young Zambian bloggers to find out what they love most about Zambia and what they believe still needs to change.

Introduce yourself
My name is Isaac Mwiya. I’m 26 and I live in Lusaka. My blog is about motivation and inspiration. Anything and everything that has the capacity to inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders will find its way on to the blog.

Why did you start blogging?
My blog is about helping people realise their true potential. I created the blog in order to communicate a message of hope. If I can help one person look to the future with a renewed sense of hope and optimism I will count that as a success.What do you love about Zambia?
There are so many things I love about Zambia. One of them is the peaceful coexistence that we have had over the last 50 years. Zambia has over 70 tribal groupings. It’s amazing, almost unbelievable, that a country with such diversity can survive for 50 years without conflict.

Zambia is the third most peaceful country in Africa after Mauritius and Botswana.

What makes the people of Zambia special and unique to others in Africa?
Zambians are known for their welcoming hearts. Every time I talk to visitors they tell me how welcomed they feel by the Zambian people. It is a legacy we are proud of.

Tell us about the digital space in Zambia? How does this impact on your ability to express yourself?
According to the ITU report for 2013 only 15.4% of Zambians use the Internet. This poses a great challenge in reaching out to the people who really need the message I share. I get more visitors to my blog from the United States of America that I get from here! It’s a huge challenge.

After 50 years of independence in Zambia what do you think still needs to change?
Zambia needs what Dora Siliya (Member of Parliament and former minister of Education) calls “mental infrastructure re-engineering”.

We need a paradigm shift in the way we think and the way we do things.

We have to come to a place where we realise that we have the capacity to devise solutions to the challenges that face us. We have the ability to create a Zambia we want; a nation that our grandchildren will be proud to call home.
Follow Isaac on twitter: @isaaccmwiya

Celebrating 50 Years of Zambia’s Independence

Zambia at 50

Commemorating God’s favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence

Zambia today celebrates 50 years of political independence. Zambia got its independence from Britain on October 24, 1964.

The Golden Jubilee is being celebrated under the theme: “commemorating God’s Favour of Zambia’s 50 years of independence for continued peace, unity, democracy and prosperity”.

On a sad note, the country will celebrate this momentous occasion without the head of state. President Sata left Zambia for a medical check-up abroad on Sunday night accompanied by his wife and family members. In his absence acting president Edgar Lungu will take charge.

As part of the golden jubilee celebrations many activities have been lined up. The official celebrations will take place at the newly constructed National Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka. 26 countries are expected to send in dignitaries and representatives.

1,356 people from various walks of life will be honored for their contributions to the Zambian story in the last 50 years with the first ever Special Single Class Golden Jubilee medal at an investiture ceremony to be held at the National Heroes Stadium.

Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda will be among the many heroes to be honored.

The Zambia national soccer team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 will also be honored. Others to be honored include players from the class of 1988 that reached the quarter finals of the Seoul Olympics of that year, drawing with Iraq 2-2 and beating Italy and Guatemala 4-0 respectively before losing to West Germany by the same margin.

Zambia has also lined up a friendly match against Ivory Coast on 25th October, 2014 at the National Heroes Stadium. Ironically, Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard and his assistance Patrice Beaumelle will be among the 1,356 individuals to receive Special Single Class Golden Jubilee medals. Renard and Beaumelle were in charge of Zambia when she won the AFCON in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has issued a 50 Kwacha Golden Jubilee commemorative bank note. The note carries portraits of Zambia’s five presidents over the last 50 years.

k50 Jubilee Note

K50 Golden Jubilee commemorative bank note

The Zambian story is incomplete without the mention of God. In this vein it is imperative to remember the prayer that was recited at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on the 25th of October 1964:


Happy 50th Independence Anniversary Zambia. God bless our motherland.

Mandela Washington Fellowship

President Obama Speaking at the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C

President Obama Speaking at the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of  President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies his commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived (in the United States of America) in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.

Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  Selected Mandela Washington Fellows should be prepared for an academically and professionally challenging program.

The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders.  It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.

The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows comprised 500 young leaders from across Africa drawn from the tracks of Public Management, Civic Leadership and Business and Entrepreneurship.

The application for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will open on October 7th and will run on up to November 5th, 2014. To find out if you are eligible read the Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Instructions.

If you do qualify and decide to apply do not be in a rush. Make sure to build a good resume. To find out what exactly will be required read this article on Building Your Resume.

Best wishes!

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