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Proudly Zambian: Land of Work

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“Stand and sing of Zambia, proud and free, Land of work and joy in unity,” The first descriptor in our national anthem says that Zambia is the Land of Work. Let it be born in our minds and hearts that Zambia will only be developed by Zambians and that this development can only happen through hard work. Let us pray. Let us plan. Then let us go to work. There is no substitute for work. You cannot till the land by just looking at it. You have to pick the hoe or the plough or the tractor. Unfortunately, there are so many of us out here who don’t want to work. Paul, the apostle, has a thing or two to say about that. “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.”~2 Thesalonians 3:10-11 Now, when you talk about work at the national level it’s all too easy for people to get things mixed up. So let me say something that I have said before: I think that, at a certain point, we have to sit down and draw a line of separation between matters that are the responsibility of government and those that are our own. If my roof is leaking do I need the government to look into that too? Boma iyangane po? Let us get to work. Each one of us. Everyone of us. It’s the only way we are going to develop ourselves and develop our nation. God bless Zambia. God bless our motherland. #ProudlyZambian #ZambiaAt51 #WeKeepGoing Isaac C. Mwiya Author | Motivational Speaker | Trainer Follow me on Twitter @isaaccmwiya

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Proudly Zambian: Our National Prayer

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Proudly Zambia

As we build up to our 51st independence anniversary I have thought it right to share posts that reflect on the true Zambian spirit-based on our symbols of national identity and other related concepts.

Today we look at the national prayer. The Zambian story is incomplete without the mention of God. From the very start God was placed at the center. On 25th of October 1964 our forefathers recited a prayer for Zambia at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. It is quite a short prayer, but one that has a lot of meaning.

“O GOD THE FATHER OF ALL MANKIND, WE BESEECH THEE SO TO INSPIRE THE PEOPLE OF THIS LAND, WITH THE SPIRIT OF JUSTICE, TRUTH AND LOVE, THAT IN ALL OUR DEALINGS ONE WITH ANOTHER WE MAY SHOW FORTH OUR BROTHERHOOD IN THEE FOR THE SAKE OF JESUS OUR LORD. AMEN.”

Justice, Truth, Love and Brotherhood: our forefathers envisioned a Zambia builded on these values. May we uphold them in our lives as individuals and as a nation. May we uphold these values in all our dealings one with another. When we do so we will be creating a Zambia that we will be proud to call home. God bless Zambia. God bless our motherland.

#ProudlyZambian #ZambiaAt51 #WeKeepGoing

Isaac C. Mwiya
Author | Motivational Speaker | Trainer
Follow me on Twitter @isaaccmwiya

Zambian writer Namwali Serpell wins 2015 Caine prize for African writing

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Namwali Serpell has become the first Zambian writer to win the prestigious Caine prize for African writing, for a short story described as “truly luminous” by judges.

The £10,000 award, which counts African winners of the Nobel prize for literature Wole Soyinka and JM Coetzee amongst its patrons, is for a short story by an African writer published in English. Serpell , an associate professor of English in the University of California, Berkeley, won for The Sack [which can be downloaded as a PDF here]. The story explores the power struggle between two men, one very ill, and the woman who came between them.

“I know what the colour of my skin means to someone of our generation,” she writes. “His eyes have changed. I think he is going to kill me. I think that is what these dreams are telling me. Naila. I cannot remember your hands.”

Serpell said her story was about two men who had known each other since childhood, how they have gone through “a long process of trying to build a political movement together, which failed, and in the process falling in love with the same woman, who died. It’s about trying to come to terms with that”.

“It has multiple inspirations,” she added. “When I was 17 I had a dream about a sack, and I didn’t know if I was on the inside or the outside. I found it very disturbing. The Japanese horror director Takashi Miike’s Audition, which also involves a sack, is another inspiration, and it also draws from an encounter I had with [another student] when I was a graduate student.

“I was studying American and British fiction, and she was studying African contemporary fiction, and her theory was that any time you saw a sack in African literature, it was a hidden reference to the transatlantic slave trade. I was kind of writing my story against that.”

Winning the prize, she said, didn’t seem real until she managed to tell her family in Zambia. “It was a real honour just to be on the shortlist,” she added.

Serpell’s story beat Nigerian writer and former Caine prize winner Segun Afolabi ’s The Folded Leaf, Nigerian Elnathan John ’s Flying, and two South African stories: FT Kola ’s A Party for the Colonel and Masande Ntshanga ’s Space to win the prize.

The South African writer Zoë Wicomb, who chaired the judging panel, called it “formally innovative, stylistically stunning, haunting and enigmatic in its effects”, and an “extraordinary story about the aftermath of revolution with its liberatory promises shattered”.

“It makes demands on the reader and challenges conventions of the genre. It yields fresh meaning with every reading,” she said. Wicomb was joined on the judging panel by the Booker-shortlisted author Neel Mukherjee, former Caine prizewinner Brian Chikwava, Royal African Society chair and journalist Zeinab Badawi, and Georgetown University assistant professor of English Cóilín Parsons.

Serpell, who was named one of the most promising writers for the Africa 39 Anthology, has had a story selected for the Best American Short Stories collection in the past, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Caine prize. She published her first book of literary criticism, Seven Modes of Uncertainty, last year.

She is now working on a novel, she said. “I’m pitching it as the great Zambian novel you didn’t know you wanted to read,” she said. “It’s a sprawling multi-generational saga, which travels between many different countries. I’m about a third of the way through.”

The Guardian

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence-Statement by Minister of Gender, Inonge Wina

Inonge Wina

Minister of Gender, Inonge Wina

“We want a violence free nation where children are free from defilement and not forced into child marriages; where the girl-child is free to learn and excel in her education and become a productive member of society; where women and men work together as equal partners in development without fear of discrimination and where families respect, love and care for one another.”~Inonge Wina

Country men and women, boys and girls, on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Zambia joins the rest of the world in conducting the campaign – the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, whose adapted theme is “From Peace in the Home, to Peace in the Nation: Stop GBV, Empower Women and Men”. The theme reflects the necessity of peace as a pre-requisite for ending gender-based violence. As you may be aware, gender-based violence is a hindrance to our national development.

Our vision as a nation is to become “A Prosperous Middle Income Nation by 2030”. We aspire to live in a strong and dynamic middle-income industrial nation that provides opportunities for improving the well-being of all, embodying values of socio-economic justice, underpinned by the principles of: gender responsive sustainable development; respect for human rights; good traditional and family values; peaceful co-existence, among others.

Gender-based violence, in all of its forms, is a fundamental violation of human rights, including rights to life and security of a person. It reaches into all areas of the political and socio-economic life and is, therefore, an issue that should and must continuously be treated as a matter of urgency.

It stems from the unequal power relations between women and men as well as girls and boys. It is rooted in the patriarchal norms, unjust attitudes and behaviours that reinforce the notion that violence against women and children is acceptable.

I must hasten to add that men are also victims of gender-based violence. In the recent past, the number of reported cases of gender-based violence against men has increased.

In the first six months of 2014, Zambia recorded over 8,000 cases of gender-based violence against women and men, girls and boys. These statistics call for every one of us to get involved and stop gender-based violence so that we have a violence free nation.

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, it is important that we all go back to the starting point – which is the family. As indicated in this year’s theme for the Campaign, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the Nation, Stop GBV, Empower Women and Men,’ the family is a significant foundational structure, teaching its members the values, traditions and practices that shape our attitudes and behaviour.

It is within the family set-up that we learn the values of love, respect, peace, dignity of life; acceptance of the differences between females and males. It is here that women and men, girls and boys should be adequately empowered with information that positively transforms communities and the nation at large.

It is a well known fact that the majority of children who grow up in environments that are stable and peaceful tend to become peaceful and responsible citizens compared to children who are brought up in violent and non-supportive environments.

Zambia has received international acclaim for its ability to resolve civil and political strife and avoiding war within its borders for the last 50 years. Surely, it is possible for us to stop the war that rages within the home.

We want a violence free nation where children are free from defilement and not forced into child marriages; where the girl-child is free to learn and excel in her education and become a productive member of society; where women and men work together as equal partners in development without fear of discrimination and where families respect, love and care for one another.

Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, the Government of the Republic of Zambia, with support from its co-operating partners and other stakeholders, who include our traditional leaders and faith-based organisations continue to implement strategies aimed at addressing gender-based violence from a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach.

Early this year, our co-operating partners handled over some vehicles to the police victim support unit and this has accelerated response to gender-based violence in the community. We need more partners to come on board so that we enhance the response capacity of the police to reported cases of violence in both rural and urban areas.

Information is power! My Ministry has in place, among other instruments and tools, the National Referral Mechanism on Gender-Based Violence Handbook, which is addressed to survivors to enable them understand what to expect when they report an incident to the police and/or when they visit a health care facility following an incidence of violence.

This will motivate them to seek intervention. The handbook is also handy for service providers such as medical personnel to enable them assist the survivors to understand the medical procedures, especially cases of physical and sexual abuse.

The law enforcement structures are now using the handbook for capacity-building and training measures. Civil society actors are using the handbook as a practical tool to implement and support structures for affected persons.

My ministry has also translated the simplified version of the Anti-Gender-Based Violence Act No 1 of 2011, into 7 languages as well as Braille to facilitate increased education and sensitisation of the general public on the provisions of the Act.

Despite all that Government is doing to curb gender-based violence, there still remains a significant role that the community can play to address the vice at local level, as opposed to being mere passive recipients of messages on gender-based violence.

I, therefore, urge everyone to be fully involved in curbing gender-based violence. I call for zero tolerance to gender-based violence. I call upon communities to action – empower one another with information and report all cases of violence to the police. Perpetrators of violence, regardless of who they are in society, should face the law.

Ladies and Gentlemen, girls and boys, to make this year’s campaign event successful, I call upon all public and private media houses, community media and all stakeholders to join the campaign by informing the nation on the need to change attitudes towards gender issues and end gender-based violence in homes, workplaces and society in general.

Given the solemn mood surrounding the nation following the demise and burial of the fifth Republican President, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, all activities will be undertaken in a non-celebratory manner.

We will have nationwide prayers during this period. I, therefore, call upon the Church to take a lead in holding prayers in every district so that we seek God’s intervention in ending violence in our nation.

In Lusaka, we will kick-start the campaign with prayers on Tuesday, November 25, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. To get information on the sensitisation activities taking place in the provinces, I urge you to kindly contact the provincial and/or district administration offices. Be part of the solution and let us build a violence-free nation that future generations will appreciate and be proud of.

May the Lord bless Zambia. I thank you!

Source;Zambia Daily Mail

Tribute to Michael Chilufya Sata- A Lesson on Perseverance

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Michael Chiluifya Sata 1937-2014

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”~John D. Rockefeller

Michael Chilufya Sata, Zambia’s fifth president, was born on July 6th 1937. He passed away on October 28th 2014. One of the qualities I admired about him was his perseverance, that never-say-die attitude. Here is his life story in brief.

President Sata came onto the political scene in the 1980s. He became councilor in 1981 and was later appointed governor of Lusaka by Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda. In 1983 he became Member of Parliament (MP) for Kabwata constituency. In 1988 he was appointed Minister of State for decentralization.

In 1990, upon Zambia’s return to plural politics he resigned from the UNIP government to join Frederick Chiluba’s newly formed Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD). The MMD formed government after winning the elections of 1991. Mr. Sata retained his seat as MP for Kabwata constituency. He rose through the rank and file of the MMD government, serving as minister for the ministries of Local Government, Labor, and Health. He also served as Minister without portfolio and National Secretary for the MMD party.

In the 1996 elections he won the Mpika parliamentary seat.

In 2001, an election year, the MMD had to choose a presidential candidate. President Chiluba could not stand after a failed third-term-attempt. As National Secretary of the party, Sata was in pole position for adoption, or so he thought. It turned out President Chiluba had someone else in mind. It is said that Chiluba “coached” members of the central committee to vote for Levy Mwanawasa as the presidential candidate.

Michael Sata lost the presidential adoption to Mwanawasa. Quickly, he mobilized his friends and colleagues to form his own political party, the Patriotic Front. Even though time was not on his side he put himself in the race for presidency. Mr. Sata, again, was beaten by Mwanawasa.

The Patriotic Front (PF) only won one parliamentary seat in the general election of 2001.
The critics, as expected, came up with all sorts of statements. They said Mr. Sata was wasting his time. They said Mr. Sata could never be president, that he had no presidential qualities. Some of his critics were people in high places. But he never listened to them. He knew what his vision was.

“You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.”~Lou Holtz

In 2006, there was another general election. Mr. Sata stood, and he lost, again! Mwanawasa retained the presidency. But there was a glimmer of hope. From one MP in 2001 the PF now had 27.

In 2008, President Mwanawasa died. As per constitutional requirement, a presidential bye-election was called. Mr. Sata contested. He lost the presidential election for the third time in a row. But he was never going to give up. He kept his eyes on the goal. He didn’t pay attention to the critics.

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.”~Babe Ruth

In 2011 there was another election. On the fourth time of asking, he won. He became president of Zambia. He lived his dream. But it took a lot of hard work, a lot of belief, a lot of tenacity and, most importantly, perseverance. The willingness to try just one more time is what counted most in the end.

In order to make your dream a reality you need perseverance. You may ‘fail’ a few times but if you stay in there something is bound to give. Persevere! Ignore the critics. They can’t see what you see. They can’t understand your dream. They don’t have to.

“If you don’t quit, and don’t cheat, and don’t run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.”~Shelly Long

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