Justina Mutale
Justina Mutale

Justina Mutale, Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY and African Woman of the Year 2012, will be a Panel Speaker at the Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme, which will be held at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, from Monday 25th - Friday 29th August 2014.

Under the theme “Transforming Middle and Senior Managers into Future Leaders”, the Future Leaders Programme has been designed to enable participants to discover their potential, explore the demands of leadership and develop the necessary skills to lead effectively.

The Resource Alliance, as the organiser of the Programme has drawn on its unique position and knowledge of the non-profit sector to design the Future Leaders Programme, which is aimed at meeting the career development needs of middle and senior managers seeking to become leaders within the sector by providing a platform to access training and coaching specifically tailored to their needs.  The Future Leaders Programme explores the demands of leadership and the skills required to lead effectively with special sensitivity to the needs of the non-profit sector.

Studying with some of the best names in the field of leadership education, programme participants will have daily opportunities to identify and confront their own challenges, supported by people of note and reputation in the world of NGOs, who will bring programme participants to a new level of knowledge and capability.

“The challenge for non-profit sector leaders is not only to ensure that the daily work is completed and to a high standard, but to also win the commitment of their teams, because many of the talented and dedicated staff and volunteers who work within our sector do so for the noble cause of improving others’ lives, rather than working for the money or personal advancement. To be effective, NGO leaders need to inspire people to go the extra mile and to take work performance far beyond what is dreamed possible. The ability to inspire others to give themselves unreservedly to the mission is not a management technique, but a leadership one”. Says Justina Mutale, in an article for Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.

 Ms Mutale, whose organisation POSITIVE RUNWAY runs a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign will be a Guest Leader and Panelist, together with David Milton, Head of Fundraising at the Association for International Cancer Research. Other Speakers and coaches include Professor Nigel Nicholson, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School; Deena Mitchell, Independent Executive Coach and Facilitator at the Windsor Leadership Trust; Laura Hayes, Executive Coach and Organisational Change Manager; and Kate Ng, Independent Coach on the Executive and MBA Programmes at the London Business School and former Strategy Consultant, Business Developer and General Manager.

A core component of the Programme is an intensive five-day residential course, which will lead programme participants on a personal journey through the individual dimensions of their own leadership style and explore the organisational aspects of leading change and shaping corporate culture.

The Future Leaders Programme will also include an Expert Panel Discussion and Elective Workshop on Fundraising and Campaign Design.  Programme participants will be working with their peers in small study groups and supported by their own dedicated executive coach.

Now in its second year, the Future Leaders Programme 2014 is an exciting and innovative course, aimed at transforming middle and senior managers into future leaders.  Through a 360-degree feedback model, and working with an executive coach, programme participants will be presented with an environment in which to discover the strengths and weaknesses they possess and need to become an effective leader.  Participants will also be encouraged to develop a Personal Action Plan for taking their leadership capability to the next level and, unique to this programme, individual participants will work with a personal coach who will guide the participant over a period of 12-weeks towards the participants successfully fulfilling this promise to themselves.

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Chibwe Henry

By Chibwe Henry

Chibwe Henry
Chibwe Henry

I am sadden to read the article that you have posted on your website www.zamuk.com, ’Twice Beaten Thrice Shy’, about a ‘new Zambian Association’ which has been formed in London. You have written from hearsay without taking the time to actually find out any facts. The new community group is still a concept at this moment. It is called London Association of Zambians UK (LazUK), a non-partisan community based organisation aiming to create a responsive, supportive and diverse network of Zambians in London. LazUK has been conceptualised to mark, not only the turn of half a century for Zambia as a country, but the opportunity for us as Zambians in the UK to reinvigorate and reinvent our communities. The individuals behind LazUK would like to see ‘UK Zambian Diaspora Community Cohesion’ as our community Jubilee legacy stemming from this year’s independence celebrations. It has not been launched or ‘formally’ constituted yet as the people involved are still working on it. They are all volunteers who have come together for a good cause.

You have made extremely serious and damaging accusations in your post intended to maim these efforts, like the issue of opening a Bank Account. I have never heard of a ‘concept’ attempting to open an account. It would be a first.

Well, I have decided to take it upon myself to write you this open letter, first as a member of the Zambian community in London and secondly, as one of the original subscribers to the notion of being part of a Zambian community which is inclusive and supportive of each other going forward, 50 years on. Some of us Uncle Ronnie are tired of the ‘bullying ’ that has been proliferating in the community. Therefore, what we have chosen to stand for is more than just us. It is also my hope that the collective will of the Zambian community here in the UK is more than just the words of one man. So you can be rest assured that we will not just lie down and die. Your article has no real empirical evidence so all you have managed to do is present your readers with skewed information.

If you really care about the Zambian community in the UK then you need to allow us our mistakes. We are a young community and have less numbers than most. We have children and live here. Support us to strengthen the roots of the community. I therefore invite you to talk to us if you really want to hear were we are and the efforts that we are all putting in as volunteers. We also have the right to celebrate Zambia’s 50th Golden Jubilee as we see fit, as members of the Zambian community in the UK. We have never claimed to hold a mandate to represent the whole community. So let me reiterate what I said to you in April this year when you again posted unjustifiable criticisms of the group; please stop penalising the individuals who have taken their own initiative to try and create Zambian community cohesion, individuals who have also used their own initiative to engage the Zambia High Commission in the UK. Initiatives, which everyone else could have taken and can still take.

Therefore, if you are really interested in the truth and facts, please feel free to contact Simon Banda and Norah Chisanga who are Co-Chairs of the group. You can also contact me as I am currently volunteering my services to the group as a Co-ordinator. You have my number, 07841 383910, and my email address, chibwe.henry@dfad.org.uk.

As a member of the Zambian community, you are free to judge the group as you see fit. I implore you to allow the rest of the community to judge us too by providing them with true facts. You can start by publishing this letter which has been emailed to you as well. When we have finalised what ‘LazUK’ actually is, we will share with the rest of the community, as is our right Uncle Ronnie.

Note to the rest of the Zambian Community:

We created a Twitter account, @Laz_UK, to secure the name. We had hoped to launch it properly tagged to a social media campaign but I guess there is no better time than the present! So please feel free to follow us, and if you have a moment to spare, can you please respond to the question ‘What does Zambia’s Golden Jubilee mean to you as a Zambian living away from home?’ with the hashtag ‪#‎Z50thUK‬ to kick start the campaign. Looking forward to your postings! There is hope yet!

Pic 1  Ambassador (Dr) Mike G. Omotosho, Nigeria’s Consul General in the UAE (left - Copy

Abuja becomes Emirates’ 2nd destination in Nigeria with start of daily flights

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has now connected Abuja, the Nigerian capital, to its worldwide network. Abuja is Emirates 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide.

Emirates flight EK785 landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on 1st August, marking the start of the airline’s daily service to its second destination in Nigeria. Services to Lagos were launched just over 10 years ago.

“This new daily flight provides a convenient point to point service for our customers between Abuja and Dubai, and it will meet and further stimulate a vibrant market demand between the two cities. It will also serve our customers in Nigeria and around the network with additional connectivity and daily frequency. Our leisure and business passengers from Nigeria can now better connect to the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Asia via our hub in Dubai. Customers in Abuja can experience our A380 flagship aircraft to 29 destinations around the world, including popular ones like Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, Jeddah and London,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Vice President Commercial Operations, Northern and Western Africa.

“With a fast growing economy, Nigeria is a key market for Emirates. We started operations to Nigeria on 2nd January 2004, with four flights a week from Dubai to Lagos. Since then, our operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Lagos and Dubai. Today, we fly twice daily to Lagos and now we have added Abuja, giving us a total of more than 12,200 seats a week, which will further stimulate business and leisure travel, as well as trade,” he added.

Emirates’ Dubai-Abuja route is served by an Airbus A340-300 which offers 267 seats in a three-class configuration – 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 213 Economy Class seats. Customers on the route experience Emirates’ award-winning hospitality – from multi-national cabin crew and gourmet cuisine to the ice entertainment system, which offers hundreds of channels of audio and visual entertainment. Customers also enjoy Emirates’ generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of the airline, offers over 180 tonnes of cargo capacity a week on the route. The main imports into Abuja are expected to be machinery, chemicals, transport equipment and manufactured goods, while exports include leather, vegetables and foodstuffs. The additional cargo capacity on the new service will see a further strengthening of the bilateral trade between Nigeria and the UAE. According to the UAE Ministry of Economy, the value of bilateral trade stood at US$ 106 million at the start of Emirates’ services in 2004. This increased to US$ 857 million in 2009 – a 710 % increase in a five-year period.

Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 1050hrs and arrives in Abuja at 1510hrs. The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 1935hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0550hrs the next morning.

About Emirates

Emirates connects people and places around the globe. Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most recognised airline brands through its support of premier sports and cultural events. Emirates has been inspiring travel and facilitating trade between Zambia and the world since 2012. Its daily direct flights from Lusaka to Harare and Dubai connect Zambia to over 140 destinations across six continents. Exports carried out of Lusaka and Harare include fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables and copper mining industry by-products.

On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 218 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. For more information see www.emirates.com


Job advertisement

This exciting and challenging position will contribute directly to the achievement of one of the UK’s top priorities in Zambia, namely to help UK based companies succeed in the global economy. This is a new role that you will have a significant opportunity to shape.

The job-holder will be employed by the British High Commission and will work closely with other staff there. But the position will report to the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office in Johannesburg. UKTI is the trade and investment promotion arm of the British Government. The creation of this position marks the return of a permanent UKTI presence in Zambia.

Main responsibilities will include the following:

  • Identify commercial opportunities and monitor sector developments for UK businesses both new to the region and those already active in the region, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.
  • Provide support to individual companies through UKTI’s chargeable services (Overseas Market Introduction Service – OMIS), helping them to take informed decisions about their market strategy.
  • Develop deeper relationships with UK companies with particular potential to win high value business.
  • Work with colleagues across the regional network to maximise opportunities, increase the impact of inward trade missions and other visits from the UK.
  • Identify and promote specific business opportunities including uploading and updating information on the UKTI website.
  • Maintain up to date and accurate client information via UKTI’s online Client Data Management System.

Relevant qualities and experience:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent work experience) preferably in a business/marketing field.
  • Good working knowledge of Southern African private and public sectors and economy in general and Zambia in particular.
  • An understanding of international trade issues.
  • A track record of delivery of results and showing initiative. Public speaking skills.

The starting salary for this position is K21,005 per month including employer pension contributions of 12.5%. The basic salary is paid tax free – the successful applicant is responsible for settling his/her own taxes with the Zambian Revenue Authority. The British High Commission seeks to maintain an informal, friendly environment, where staff are encouraged to contribute to the team in which your ideas will be valued and where you will have the opportunity to make a real impact.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of religious belief, sex, race, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To be considered for this position, you must have the right to work in Zambia. Please download the application form (MS Word Document, 160KB) , Job description (PDF, 115KB, 2 pages) , and Core Competencies (PDF, 1.36MB, 14 pages) . Completed application forms together with typed copies of the applicant’s CV may either be submitted by email to HR-DFIDZambia@dfid.gov.uk (attachments may not be larger than 2 MB) or hand delivered to the British High Commission, Independence Avenue.

The closing date for applications is 12 00 hours on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

saflagTwo Zambian students at Rhodes University in South Africa have died in a Canoe accident at Settlers Dam in Eastern Cape.

The two identified as Mr Mohammed Musa and Mr Rizwan Bhayat were in their third academic year of study in Commerce and Pharmacy.

They together with one of their friends rented a boat early Saturday morning at Settlers Dam, which is situated in the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve.

They encountered difficulties in the high wind and the canoe capsized.

Their friend managed to swim ashore and made his way to a neighbouring farm, where he raised the alarm.

He was then taken to Settlers Hospital where he received medical attention and was discharged.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Mabizela and other senior university officials arrived at the Settlers Dam soon after the alarm was raised on Saturday.

The South African Police Service, the police dog unit and police divers were on the scene until night fall on Saturday, when the search was called off for the day.
The Thomas Baines rangers searched the reserve and neighbouring farms for the students.

Police divers resumed their search on Sunday morning and the bodies of the two students were recovered around 14h10 and 15h55.

Parents and other family members of the two students arrived in Grahamstown on Sunday and were at the Settlers Dam throughout the day as the divers searched for the bodies of their sons.

The senior leadership of the University was there as well to support the two families.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela said. “I wish to record our sincere appreciation to the South African Police Services, their dog unit and their diving team for the professional manner in which they carried out the search for the two students.”

“I also wish to acknowledge with thanks and appreciation the support provided to the surviving student by Mr and Mrs Macleod, whose farm lies adjacent to the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve. On behalf of Rhodes University, I extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.”


Dear ZUKHWA Members,

Greetings to you all. To celebrate Zambia’s 50 years of independence, there are some upcoming events which may be of interest.

In September at the Zambia High Commission in London, the following event is being planned;

Harnessing the Diaspora Health Resource after 50 years of Independence

Diaspora Initiative for Zambian Health Event: DATE TBC

If you are interested in the event, please get in touch with me and I will send you further information.

In October there will be a day of celebrations in Scotland;

The 50th anniversary of Zambian Independence will be marked by a special day of events on Saturday 18th October 2014 at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus.

Speakers will include representatives from the Zambian Government, Scottish Government and a special video-conference link to Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding father and former president.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Zambia and its links with Scotland.

More information on speakers to follow.

Workshops will focus on the following themes: Health, Education and Tourism & Enterprise.

Further details and registration are via the following link;


We hope to have a UK ZUKHWA Conference later in the year and I will keep you updated, kindly bear with us as we are in the process of applying for further funding.

I plan to attend the THET Annual Conference in Birmingham this year on the 25th-26th September and hope to see some of you there;


Details of ZUKHWA’s activities are available at the following link: http://www.zuhwa.com/members/events-info

Meanwhile, please feel free to share any relevant information about your projects in Zambia on HIFA Zambia, our online health discussion platform by sending an email to; hifa-zambia@dgroups.org

If you are not already member, please join by going to the following link;


Vanessa Halipi
Coordinator of the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance
Direct Line: +447725 554 625


sham-marriage-lady2Sham marriages in the UK are increasing at an alarming rate, a new report by the Home Affairs Committee has revealed.

Noting that a sham marriage provides UK residence rights not only to one person but to many other family members, the Committee said: “We are not convinced that the Home Office has a true understanding of the scale of the problem.”

The Committee recommended that the law be changed so that if the Home Office enforcement team do not act on a section 24 report from the Registrar and the Registrar is confident the wedding is a sham, then the Registrar should have the power to cancel the wedding.

The Home Office, the Committee said, should provide training on how to identify potential shams and, most importantly, it should provide full, accurate and timely information to the Registrars to tell them what action is being taken as a result of their reports.

Apart from publishing the number of interventions and arrests, the Committee urged the Home Office to also publish the number of prosecutions and the number of people removed from the UK in order to deter people from involving themselves in these activities.

The Committee further urged the Home Office to write to the Embassies of the European nationals who are most commonly involved in sham marriages, and encourage them to inform their UK based citizens that sham marriages can lead to a criminal record and removal from the UK.

“There is an industry of deceit in the UK which uses sham marriages to circumvent immigration control. Marriage is a precious institution and should not be hijacked to make a mockery of the law or our immigration system,” Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee said. “The estimated 10,000 sham marriages appear to be increasing at an alarming rate. One sham marriage can provide UK residence rights to an entire extended family who would otherwise have no right to be here.”

Mr Vaz said it was absurd that the UK willingly accepts as valid, marriages where the two parties do not attend the ceremony. “This allows an easy ticket into the UK and this proxy marriage loophole must be closed immediately. Without taking these steps the Government will never get a firm grip on a situation which is spiralling out of control.”

The Committee’s report also shows that the total backlog of immigration cases remains at 332,169 and does not appear to be reducing at an appreciable rate.

The total number in the Migration refusal pool has only decreased by 1% since the start of the year despite the Home Office contracting the work to Capita.

The Committee said they were concerned with the large increase in the number of in-country applications where the application has been received and is waiting input onto the Home Office computer system.

Mirriam Clark at Southwark Crown Court
Mirriam Clark at Southwark Crown Court
Mirriam Clark at Southwark Crown Court

A bookkeeper at a leading real estate firm who plundered £2 million from her bosses to launch her own property empire in Zambia and send her children to private school has been jailed for four years.

Mirriam Clark, 47, spent the money on first class flights to Africa, funded her children’s education, bought properties in her native Zambia and used stolen funds to maintain five homes she owned across England and Wales, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Clark was working for Dowley Turner Real Estate from their luxury offices on London’s Bond Street at the time of the thefts.

Prosecutor Charles Pentangeli said only £295,000 has been recovered by Clark’s former bosses so far.

“This fraud was carried out over a three-and-a-half year period while the defendant was the bookkeeper for the property and real estate consultancy firm Dowley Turner Real Estate, based in London.

“The partners at the business had both known the defendant for 15 years, she having previously worked for the previous incarnation of the firm between 1995 and 2006.

“Not only did she work as a bookkeeper and a personal assistant to Mr Dowley and Mr Turner but she was their friend.

“She played a key role with the business’s bank account and tax affairs.”

Clark siphon £1,977,327 from the company over a three-and-a-half-year period, the court heard.

She confessed to the thefts, which began in late 2009, just days after she was sacked for work related reasons in March last year.

Clark said she stole the cash to pay off credit card debt and claimed she been struggling financially since her divorce.

But it emerged she had spent £50,000 of her employers’ money on 14 return flights to Zambia and paid a £25,000 gift to an ex-employee of the firm.

Even after all Clark’s properties are sold, Dowley Turner may be short of £700,000 as a result of her fraud.

Jailing Clark for four years, Judge Alistair McCreath said: “While this fraud was going on you were buying other properties in Zambia from the proceeds of your crime.

“You were taking flights which the partners paid for personally – 14 of them – the maths suggest you weren’t going economy.

“These thefts were over a substantial period of time, in excess of three years, and you were in a position of trust.

“You have caused your former employers, your former friends, a significant loss indeed.”

Clark, of Ealing, west London, admitted fraud by abuse of position.

Detective Constable Malcolm Duncan, of Westminster Major Crime Unit, said: “Miriam Clark was put in a position of trust by colleagues who she had worked with for a number of years.

“However, she chose to abuse that trust and defrauded her employers out of a significant amount of money with no consideration of those that had employed and trusted her.

“It is commendable how they have managed to not only stay afloat but also managed to safeguard their employees’ livelihoods during what has been a difficult and upsetting time.”

One of the directors of DTRE, who did not wish to be named, said: “From the outset this has been an extremely harrowing experience, which has not come close to ending for us, as individuals or a company.

“Mirriam Clark has not disclosed to us, the court, or the police where she has put the money. This has been, and continues to be, the most arduous and stressful time of my and my business partners’ lives.”

Nadina Abdul
Nadina Abdul
Nadina Abdul

A Zimbabwean man is being charged with murder for strangling his wife to death in their Hilltop home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The wife, Nadina Abdul who lived in Arcadia, Harare before relocating to the UK, was found dead inside their home on Wednesday by the police. Hatfield police have not yet specified a time of death, speculating only she may have been murdered on Monday.

It is believed the couple were living separately since January after Nadina sought a restraining order against her husband, identified as Dexter. He also lived in Arcadia before moving to the UK.

Nadina’s relatives told SW Radio Africa on Thursday that despite Dexter being a god fearing person, he was a very abusive husband. The couple had three children.

On the day Nadina is believed to have died, Dexter visited her in the absence of their children who were at school. What is known according to Nadina’s relatives is that on Monday afternoon Dexter went to the kids’ school and told them he had permission from their mum to pick them up.

‘He took the kids home and told them mum was sleeping inside. As soon as the kids went indoors, he just left only to give himself up to the police on Wednesday,’ said one of the relatives.

She added: ‘What kind of husband would kill their wife and let the kids stay with the body. Only an insane person can do that.’

The crime has shocked the town of Hatfield, which has a large community of Zimbabweans, many of whom attend the the University of Hertfordshire, which is less than a kilometre from were Nadina was found murdered.

(L-r) Stephen Speak, Margaret Buter, London mayor Boris Johnson and Lisa Blakemore during the North Richmond ward election campaign

A 44-YEAR-OLD Zambian woman who has just been voted councillor for London’s North Richmond ward under Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party says people should realise that they are put out of their comfort zones for a purpose.

(L-r) Stephen Speak, Margaret Buter, London mayor Boris Johnson and Lisa Blakemore during the North Richmond ward election campaign
(L-r) Stephen Speak, Margaret Buter, London mayor Boris Johnson and Lisa Blakemore during the North Richmond ward election campaign

Lusaka-born Margaret Mwila Buter told The Post in an interview from London yesterday that she felt privileged to be the first Zambian-born to make history and get into the British political system.

“I feel happy and overwhelmed at the same time because the vote that I received was really an endorsement of the people in my community because I received a lot of personal votes as well,” said Buter, who is also a Dutch national through marriage. “That was really great to see that the community in North Richmond had endorsed me in that way…. I had a lot of support from family and friends, especially my dad, Mr Wisdom Mukuka Nunkwe.”

Buter, who has also authored a book on Alice Lenshina’s legacy, appreciated the support she received from the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Zack Goldsmith, the Tories member of parliament for Richmond Park and North Kingston and the Conservative Association that actively assisted in her campaign.

“I have been wondering why I am doing this, but I had to work it within myself. Sometimes people need to realise that you are put out of your comfort zones for a purpose. But you have to take that opportunity when it is provided,” she said. “You have, at the end of the day, to look back and say I gave my best.”

Buter said she was aware that the people of North Richmond had gone out of their norm to elect her as their councillor, seeing that the area was predominantly a white neighbourhood.

“We managed to turn what was a marginal ward into a majority Conservative ward because during this election campaign, North Richmond had been regarded as a target by the Lib Dems Liberal Democrats because they wanted it back from the Conservatives,” she said. “I know, personally, I had to work hard in order to secure the vote and turn the ward into a Conservative ward. Actually, when I was adopted to stand, of course, there were people that thought it couldn’t happen because they had adopted a candidate who was different from the norm.”

Buter, who will be sworn-in today with other members councillors at York House in the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, said her victory was evidence that everything was possible once someone put their mind to it and they took advantage of the opportunity placed before them.

“We have Zambian women who have pioneered and have done encouraging things; these are the unsung heroes, but their strength is what we should draw and push in, in the various spheres of society,” said Buter. “For me, personally, it is my mother’s legacy living on. That was a great legacy to use; her legacy of being at Oxford University and pioneering the diplomatic school at NIPA, what is now called by another name.”

Buter, who hails from Chinsali in Muchinga Province, is also a great-great-great-great-granddaughter of King Mukulumpe of the Luba Empire through his marriage to Mumbi Mukasa./ POST ZAMBIA