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timberGovernment will soon lift the ban on the exportation of timber, Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wylbur Simuusa has said.

Mr Simuusa announced this during the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme and opening of the 2012/2013 forest season in Chongwe on Thursday.

The minister said the Government had held a series of successful meetings with stakeholders such as the Timber Association of Zambia after the ban came into effect.

“I would like to announce that with the successful meetings, we have had some understanding and I wish to report that shortly I will be lifting the ban on timber with conditions,” he said.

He said current statistics indicated that Zambia’s deforestation levels stood at 250,000 to 300,000 per hectare annually.

This entails that the country has one of the highest deforestation levels in the world.

Mr Simuusa said first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s government had a policy on national tree planting and that the current Government had come up with a similar programme.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the first Republican President. I would like to acknowledge that the trees we are enjoying now were planted in the time of UNIP with our first Republican President,” he said.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya, who attended the tree planting launch, was happy that the programme had been launched.

“We were planting under his (Dr Kaunda) administration. We were planting trees every year from 15th December to about (December) 21. But those who came after him they said ‘it was primitive, we can’t do that’,” she said.

The traditional leader said she was committed to ensuring that the tree planting programme was fully implemented in her chiefdom.

Area Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo was equally happy with the development, particularly for choosing to launch it in her constituency.

She said Chongwe faced high deforestation levels because of the indiscriminate cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.

Ms Masebo said as a result, some rivers and streams were drying up, thereby causing water shortages in Chongwe District.

Times of Zambia

liftGovernment will soon lift the ban on the exportation of timber, Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wylbur Simuusa has said.

Mr Simuusa announced this during the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme and opening of the 2012/2013 forest season in Chongwe on Thursday.

The minister said the Government had held a series of successful meetings with stakeholders such as the Timber Association of Zambia after the ban came into effect.

“I would like to announce that with the successful meetings, we have had some understanding and I wish to report that shortly I will be lifting the ban on timber with conditions,” he said.

He said current statistics indicated that Zambia’s deforestation levels stood at 250,000 to 300,000 per hectare annually.

This entails that the country has one of the highest deforestation levels in the world.

Mr Simuusa said first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s government had a policy on national tree planting and that the current Government had come up with a similar programme.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the first Republican President. I would like to acknowledge that the trees we are enjoying now were planted in the time of UNIP with our first Republican President,” he said.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya, who attended the tree planting launch, was happy that the programme had been launched.

“We were planting under his (Dr Kaunda) administration. We were planting trees every year from 15th December to about (December) 21. But those who came after him they said ‘it was primitive, we can’t do that’,” she said.

The traditional leader said she was committed to ensuring that the tree planting programme was fully implemented in her chiefdom.

Area Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo was equally happy with the development, particularly for choosing to launch it in her constituency.

She said Chongwe faced high deforestation levels because of the indiscriminate cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.

Ms Masebo said as a result, some rivers and streams were drying up, thereby causing water shortages in Chongwe District.

source: Times of Zambia

OASIS Forum
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The Oasis Forum Stands together with the Law Association of Zambia. There is no doubt that Zambia, today, is at a crossroads.

We, the undersigned, having consulted within our organisations, find it to be in bad taste the attempts by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and State House officials to demonise and try to isolate the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ).

We are dismayed by statements aimed at LAZ as an organisation and in particular its president, Mr. James Banda. The President of LAZ, Mr. James Banda, speaks on behalf of the association and usually after wide consultation and deliberation by the various committees of LAZ. To vilify him in his individual capacity is therefore grossly unfair and highly divisive.

As the Oasis Forum, we wish it to be known that we stand solidly with LAZ and fully support the stance taken by the association on several issues that are of concern to all well-meaning Zambians.

We support wholeheartedly the position of LAZ on the Public Order Act and we commend them for taking, to the High Court of Zambia, this matter of the Public Order Act and Statutory Instrument No.33.

We agree with LAZ that the way the PF Government is going about implementing the Public Order Act is both high-handed and “unreasonable”. The PF Government is abusing the Zambia Police and infringing, with impunity, the freedoms of citizens.

The recent arrest of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) leadership, on the Copperbelt, is one such case in point.

Similarly, we are solidly behind other positions taken by the LAZ such as the need (among others) to interrogate the current practice on who can be acting president in the absence of the Republican President; the need to protect the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) from being intimidated as the Republican President attempted to do when he recently insisted that the ACC inform him if investigating senior Government officials.

We expected the Republican President to reprimand the Justice Minister, Hon. Wynter Kabimba, for his conduct at the ACC offices. We are equally concerned and join LAZ in condemning the unprecedented spate of deportations and revocations to remain in Zambia by the Government.

We believe these deportations are illegal and an abuse of the deportation Act by the current Minister of Home Affairs.

As key stakeholders in the affairs of this nation we are alarmed at the speed with which the PF Government is reversing the many hard-won democratic gains of the Zambian people. We wish to remind this Government that we have come a long way, as a nation, and we will not sit and watch as the PF Government attempts to re-introduce a de-facto one party state in this country either through costly and unnecessary bye –elections or through intimidation of critics.

We therefore call for an end to detentions, arbitrary arrests, harassment and intimidation of all those critical of Government and of the PF.

We wish to remind the Republican President, Mr. Michael Sata, that at his inauguration as President, he stood in front of the Supreme Court and before the whole nation and with his hand on the Bible swore to God and Zambia that he would preserve, protect and defend the Republican Constitution. Soon afterwards he personally proclaimed that he would rule this nation on Christian principles. We would like to see him do more of these things.

It is imperative that Zambians unite as we have done in the past to resist this new attempt to take us backwards. Governments are good only when citizens are vigilant.

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Fr. Cleophas Lungu (Secretary General, Zambia Episcopal Conference – ZEC)
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Rev. Suzanne Matale (General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia – CCZ)
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Ms. Beatrice Grillo (Chairperson, Non Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council – NGOCC)

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Patriotic Front (PF) President, Michael Sata says this year’s general elections will be held on 27th August.

This comes as the country still awaits the announcement of the elections date by President Rupiah Banda.

MUVI TV’s In’utu Mwanza reports that Mr Sata says he has been reliably informed that the polls were initially set for 11th August before being shifted to 27th August.

The outspoken opposition leader was speaking today when officially opening the PF national convention at Mulungushi University, in Kabwe.

At least 3,500 delegates are attending the convention, during which the party will also elect its national leadership.

And Mr Sata has been re-elected unopposed as President of the PF.

Meanwhile, journalists from the public media have been barred from covering the convention.

And Mr Sata has accused government of misusing the public media.

He has told the PF convention that public media has lost its vision of informing, educating and entertaining.

Meanwhile, first republican president, Kenneth Kaunda was among several dignitaries, who attended the official opening of the PF convention.

Others were the ambassadors from Britain and the United States of America./Muvi TV

Late Republican President Levy Mwanawasa’s son Patrick has joined the opposition Patriotic Front and has since applied to contest the Kafulafuta constituency seat.

Speaking with Qfm in an exclusive interview in Lusaka today, Patrick said he has decided to join the opposition PF as it is the only party capable of delivering development to the Zambian people.

He says the MMD under Republican President Rupiah Banda has failed to live up to his father’s legacy on which President Banda campaigned during 2008 Presidential elections.

He adds that his father’s dream for Zambia was to see an economically viable Zambia adding that there is need for political reform if Zambia is to be better country.

Patrick has also disclosed that Kafulafuta Member of Parliament George Mpombo will be his campaign manager in the race to Manda Hill.

He has expressed confidence of scooping the seat adding that the ruling MMD stands no chance of retaining the seat./QFM

The Patriotic Front has challenged government to tell the Zambian people the circumstances that led to the death of second republican president Dr Fredrick Chiluba.

PF Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata says it is shocking that Dr Chiluba was left to die at his home when he could have been rushed to the nearest medical facility the moment he complained of feeling unwell.

Ms Kapata says the five hours in which Dr Chiluba was not feeling well was enough to even evacuate him to South Africa.

And Ms Kapata says the assurance by government of security for people who want to attend second republican President Fredrick Chiluba’s funeral without being harmed does not go far enough.

Speaking on a special QFM programme this morning celebrating Dr Chiluba’s life, the Parliamentarian says government should go further and remove the MMD cadres who are manning the gate at the funeral place.

She says PF leader Michael Sata would like to attend the funeral of Dr Chiluba in whose government he served but that because of threats to harm him he is unable to.

And Ms Kapata has dismissed assertions that the PF knowingly went ahead to hold a rally in Lukulu in western province after the death of Dr Chiluba.

Ms Kapata who was one of the PF officials who attended the rally disclosed that contrary to reports in the public media, they only came to know about Dr Chiluba’s death after returning from the venue of the rally due to lack of mobile phone network in the area.

And speaking on the same programme Lukashya Member of Parliament Efreda Mwamba says the second republican president was not the property of the MMD but was a national leader and therefore everyone should be allowed mourn him without being harassed.

He says the government and the MMD should depoliticize the funeral by removing cadres stationed at the funeral venue.

And Chingola Member of Parliament Joseph Katema says it is un African to bar someone from attending a funeral./qfm

By Zumani Katasefa
UPND Wusakile constituency aspiring parliamentarian Nicholas Mwansa has said that Zambians should not allow themselves to be ruled by old politicians.
In an interview with   Kitwe, Mr Mwansa said Zambians should not listen to PF leader Michael Sata and the republican President Rupiah Banda because the two had nothing to offer to the Zambians.
“The present President must retire from politics. He is too old, he must rest and remain a political adviser to young politicians, Mr President Rupiah Banda has been in politics for almost 50 years,” Mr Mwansa said.
He said Zambians want positive change of government and not just the change of political parties.
“People want change of government, not change of names from UNIP to MMD and PF,” he said.
He said Hakainde Hichilema is the only leader who can turn round the economy of this country and improve the living standards of people in Zambia because he has fresh brains.
“He is young and energetic, very fresh, capable of bettering the economy of this country,” he said.
Mr Mwansa said it is time for Zambians to vote for people with new ideas not old and recycled politicians like the PF leader Michael Sata.
He said Mr Sata has been in UNIP and MMD adding that he had massively contributed to the ruin down of Zambians’ economy.
“I am calling on all the youths of Zambia, especially Wusakile constituency youths to get united and vote the MMD out of power, they should not listen to old politicians like Sata,” he said. /ENDS.

By the Prophet

Then I saw two riders furiously riding the poor beasts like mad men. They were riding towards the celestial city. I saw their cassocks stained in blood and on each horse was the letters of the rider’s initials. Both were written in blood RBB and MCS.

Behold! I heard a voice shouting: ‘Thou art prophet, warn the poor Zambians about these wolves in wolves’ skins.’ I got my feather and pot of ink and wrote the words below.

I have been watching the circus since the third republican president Levy Patrick Mwanawasa State Counsel made history by dying in office giving Rupiah Bwezani Banda an easy walk to State House-that coveted but illusive post that many have died attempting to occupy.

The list is long Dean Mung’omba, Gwendoline Chomba Konie, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Anderson Mazoka, and Christon Tembo just to mention some of the fiercely ambitious and power-hungry Zambians. Note that I have left out Chama Chama Chakomboka, whom I consider to be the most honest politician.

I also respect the late old man for reminding us what Zambian politics is; cheap, nauseating and primitive. I don’t blame politicians though because they are in the cut-throat business for money fooling the hapless Zambians who include those abroad and home, that these bunch of hyenas (yes I said that) want to serve the people.

My pity goes to poor Zambians who have short memories and can trust anyone so long he is able to sweet talk them into believing that they hold the magic key to the country’s myriad of woes.

It is these same Zambians both educated semi literate who allowed the first republican president Dr Kenneth Buchizya Mtepa Kaunda to stand with symbols for a lengthy period of time. It is these same Zambians who allowed a sweet-talking trade unionist of questionable parentage, origin and credibility to fool them that he was a Joshua who would take them to Canaan. It is these same gullible Zambians pea-brained and shallow who are so short-sighted to see that both Rupiah Banda and Sata are former UNIPISTS steeped in archaic, maggoty and marabou politics of the second republican.

Both appeal to Kaponyas from Kulima tower, KMB and Masala bus stations to mention a few.

Until intellectuals (they are very few) in Zambia realise that the country has a serious leadership crisis, we will be led by half-blind leaders like Banda or Sata.

Zambia has gifted leaders like Azwell Banda,Chibeza Mfuni, Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika and Professor Clive Chirwa.

Happy reading till next week. Cherio!

The author is a lecturer at UNZA and the views expressed here are his and do not reflect the site’s views. /End

This week I will look at the educational system in Zambia and rekindle memories of school days in yesteryears. I will add some pieces on social Zambia and political events that shaped the country. Join me in a Fuso Canter as we ride down memory lane listening to Albert Hammond’s Free Electric Band.

1. In 1965, Standards were changed to Grades and primary education was cut down to seven years instead of the previous eight years.

2. At secondary school level, with the opening of the University of Zambia (UNZA) the higher school Certificate (form six) was abolished.

3. We called dull pupils ifikopo-empty tins. Teachers used to classify pupils according to ‘intelligence’ usually based on class tests. There were three groups-1,2 and 3. To be in group 3 was embarrassing. This system hails down to Victorian England and was used in British schools when ‘dull’ pupils were made to wear dunce caps.

4. At Independence Zambia had only 107 university graduates and 1,000 others who had gone up to School Certificate level . Some books put the number of university graduates at 101. I will settle for 107, considering the credibility of the sources I consulted. The total school enrolment in 1964 was about 13,853 pupils. The UNIP government embarked on an ambitious programme to build more schools countrywide.Each district had a secondary school by 1966 under the First National Developmental Plan (FNDP). UNIP also abolished school fees in secondary schools. The government also increased secondary school enrolments.

5. The educational system as at 1964 was four years of lower primary from Sub-A, Sub-B, Standard One and Standard Two. To qualify to upper level ( Standard three, Four, Five and Six), one had to sit for an examination. Even when the system was changed to grades, examinations at primary level ( grade four) to upper level ( grade five, six and seven ) were mantained up to the late 70’s. I remember sitting for examinations in grade four to qualify to upper level. I feel sad that a number of my friends failed to make it to grade five.

6.Up to the 70’s, Zambia had very few secondary schools. Many were boarding schools which charged both boarding and tuition fees. It was prestigious to qualify to secondary schools. Secondary pupils were some sort of celebrities in their communities and usually dated fellow secondary school pupils. A sexually suggestive popular Sinjonjo song of the day -Abakashana Bapa Miller confirms this fact. The song in ci-Bemba was popular in the 60’s and early 70’s had lines like : Abakashana bapa Miller Mayo balapengula/ Ngabamona ba Secondary mayo balapengula/Chipengu pengu chipengu pengu mayo balapengula. The girls of Miller open up When they see secondary pupils, they open up Opening up Opening up Oh they open up. Miller was the old name for Kasama Girls Secondary School. It was named after the first head mistress Elizabeth Miller, one of the pioneers of girl education in Zambia.Seconcary pupils in the early 70’s were really full of airs and pretended to be sophiscated. They listened to Rock music and popular western music of the day.

7.During the colonial era, schools had been segregated by race. White children went to separate schools where they followed a different syllabus from that of African children. For example a white child in Lusaka would be enrolled at Lusaka Boys School and proceed to Kabulonga School. A child of mixed race then called Coloureds would go to Prince Phillip (Now Kamwala) and an African child would be at Regiment School and end up at Munali or a mission-run boarding schools strewn around the country. After independence, all white schools started enrolling African pupils.

8. Zambia had no university at independence. The university was built in 1966 with the main campus on the Great East Road. The other campus specialising in medical training is at Ridgeway near the University Teaching Hospital. Later on, UNZA opened another campus on the Copperbelt. This was called University of Zambia in Ndola, or UNZANDO despite being housed in Kitwe. :Later UNZANDO became the country’s second university called Copperbelt University-CBU. Zambia now has several private universities offering degrees. Some are quality degrees while others are second rate.

9. As pupils in primary or secondary schools we were told usually by UNZA graduates that Kaunda’s degrees were ‘honourary’ we did not understand what that meant till later. UNIP leaders told us we were all future leaders despite our callings. Many UNZA students and graduates wrongly believed they were better than UNIP leaders. Some UNZA graduates bloated with pseudo-intellectual excitement refused to sing the National anthem and condemned almost all government policies. Many like former UNZASU chairman Ben Chilufya were later incorporated into the system they had been condemning. Long after he had left the university,Chilufya wrote an emotional letter in the Times of Zambia apologising to UNIP and Kaunda for his involvement in student politics.UNZA was infiltrated by shushushus-government informers who never graduated but participated in riots to identify the rabble rousers. The university would be closed on several ocassions forcing students to spend more years for courses that took fewer years to finish.

10. Kaunda wrote several books like Zambia Shall Be Free, Letters To My Children and A Humanist In Africa. Some people especially his enemies said that he did not actually write the latter books which they said were ghost-written.

11. It was also believed that Kaunda used academics to expound his Humanism philosophies. The names of intellectuals ‘used’ included Alexander Kwibisa, Timothy Kandeke and several UNZA dons.

12. The university of Zambia had several publications in which students explored Marxism and several textbook political ideas the bulk of it juvenile and cheap. The publications were printed on cheap paper and circulated on campus. However, this is not to say all student politics was unfounded. Sometimes students raised serious political issues and offered an alternative opposition together with the Church newspaper-The National Mirror during a the One-Party state.

13. Kaunda’s birthdays were national events. Different companies like Kafironda Explosives,the mines, ZCBC,hospitals and shops would wish the president ‘Happy Birthday’ through supplements published in the daily newspapers.

14. Kaunda introduced the David Universal Temple that expounded principals of oriental religions like transdental meditation, heaven on earth,humanism and reincarnation. Kaunda even had a spiritual adviser Dr Ranganathan.

15. Using the word ‘President’ was unofficially outlawed with other titles like ‘chairman’ favoured by the government. The title ‘President’ was only reserved for the Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda./ End…

Last week’s question What was the nickname of Ackim Musenge

a) Master dribbler

b) Computer

c) Kaingo

Answer a) Master dribbler

This week’s question: Which religious group had children of it’s members deregistered from schools for not singing the National anthem in the 70’s

a) Roman Catholics

b) Seventh Day Adventists

c) Jehovah Witnesses.

 

Republican President Rupiah Banda has distanced himself from the attacks on the Catholic Church by some MMD members and is sympathizers.

Speaking at the Lusaka International Airport today shortly before his departure for Namibia where he is expected to attend a SADC emergency meeting, President Banda said he will never attack the church regardless of their stance on various issues.

And President Banda has said his government will not be deterred from carrying out its developmental programmes by its critics.

He said this following Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata%u2019s claim that the recently commissioned K 1 trillion Urban Road Rehabilitation Programme is aimed at hoodwinking voters ahead of the forthcoming tripartite elections.

in a rare turn of events, President Banda became emotionally CHARGED WHEN he was asked by journalist to clarify on whether government ministers have been abusing public resources to carry out their trips across the country on MMD party duties.

The President said the ruling party has financed all the trips being undertaken by ministers and when asked further to explain why government vehicles are being used on MMD trips, President Banda warned journalists against taking advantage of his openness to the media and vowed not to answer any questions from journalists.