Kambwili a committed PF member
Kindly allow me space in your widely read newspaper to share my views in the aftermath of the firing of PF Roan MP Mr. Chishimba Kambwili as Information and Broadcasting Services and Communications Minister by President Edgar Lungu. Pursuant to Article 116 (3) (a) of the Constitution of Zambia as amended by Act number 2 of 2016, the President is not mandated to consult before he can dismiss any member of the Cabinet. We understand that serving as a Cabinet minister is solely the prerogative of the President just like the Bemba adage goes, “umweo wankoko waba mulichibinda (meaning the life of the chicken is in the hands of the master). As the people of Chingola, we sympathise with Mr. Kambwili and it is our desire that he is not distracted by this moment in life. This may be the end of his service in Cabinet but not the end of his political life. Mr. Kambwili must reflect and think intently about this to avoid making an emotive decision. Be good to PF, you are the pillar of the party and we shall always be behind you. Politics should not dismantle the party. We all must sacrifice to build it. When one door closes, another one opens. We love you Mr. Kambwili.
Marvin Chanda Mberi
Youth Rights Activist Chingola.
Is there no God in Zambia?
In the book of Jeremiah 8:22, the prophet asks three questions; “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” This balm was derived from a special tree which grew in Gilead. The balm possessed marvellous curative properties. But to receive the benefits offered, this balm had to be applied to the wound. Gilead became well-known because of its balm. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and He is the same God in Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia. If He is the same God, why are Zambians spending so much hard earned foreign exchange traveling abroad to prophets or “men of God” for their healing or “breakthrough?” How can Zambia one of the few nations in the world with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ enshrined in our Constitution, limit God in this manner? Why do we believe our miracle will only come if we go to TB Joshua or Bushiri? If we believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, then Christ lives in us, therefore, Christ can never be as far away as the thousands of dollars we spend to reach Him. My question is: Is there no balm in Zambia? Is there no healing to be found in Zambia for sin or even sick souls? The answer is: Yes, there is! There is a balm provided, and it is available to all through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is God and Lord over Zambia. In the light of New Testament revelation, have we placed our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Great Physician, and have we received His healing balm for our salvation, our pardon, our cleansing, and our assurance? If God is Omnipresent, it means He is very much right where we are here in Zambia, and more so in the Church where we belong. So why do we keep globe-trotting looking for Him? Let us stop limiting God to a location, or to a person. Let’s seek God right from where we are. In my own conviction, Zambia being a Christian Nation should be the only other country, second only to the holy land of Israel where we can earn foreign exchange through Christian tourism. But we are not doing so. Instead, we are spending to the extent that we are even depriving our children of school and college fees. Again, in 2 Kings 1:6, we read, “A man came to meet us, they replied. And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, this is what the Lord says. Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending men to consult Baal-Zebub, the God of Ekron?’ What is even most saddening is that our clergy across Zambia are the main culprits in this foreign exchange abuse, to go and meet with TB Joshua or Bushiri, to receive a portion of these men’s anointing.
Chambishi Mine Township
Labour minister must resolve industry related issues
Allow me space in your paper to air my views. I would like to congratulate Madam Joyce Simukoko on her appointment as labour minister. She really deserves the position. Workers are looking up to the minister for solutions. There are a lot of unresolved issues in the country that workers are going through. As she tries to balance the equation between the employees and the employers, the employees should be considered first because employees have been exploited for a long time. Some employees have tried to run to the ministry but little or no solutions have come up. This can be proven by the queues at the ministry. This in itself has made the ministry to be labelled corrupt looking at how some commissioners behave. The minister must transfer some commissioners to other ministries because they have overstayed at the ministry, and they have put their interests first forgetting that they need to serve the people there. These are the people that I think will be working against the minister in her effort to bring back sanity in the ministry. The other area I need the minister to take keen interest in is the area of trade unions. Some unions are a let-down. Instead of representing workers, they end up representing management. As a result of this, whoever questions such actions, one finds himself or herself jobless. Trade unions have abused their members to the extent of not being accountable, hence they should be closely monitored. We have heard nice words through the media. We want to see the action. Let the minister do what she said in the media. It’s high time she walked the talk.
Zambia’s wealth in a few hands
I write as an afterthought following some interactions with some foreign colleagues on the welfare of our country, Zambia, as viewed by outsiders and ourselves. Zambia has over a period of time created a very good enabling environment of investment opportunities to a lot of multinational companies who cash big in conjunction with well-known Zambian Nationals. When you do a search at PACRA, you will find that many a time the same names of Zambians appear as partners with the foreigners because of that 49 versus 51 percent stake foreign and indigenous requirement. This is very common especially in mining and transportation industry where you find the names of Zambian shareholders in these multinationals to be the same in most cases. A few Zambians are stinking rich while the majority are wallowing in abject poverty, what a disgrace! Money is in the hands of a few individuals, yet the Zambian Government is broke to the knees. One then wonders whether our Tax System is really up to the good cause. Zambia may be broke but Zambians are not. The call, therefore, by President Lungu to get to the root of this pandemic is very welcome and the sooner and quicker it is done the better. Why should we always be at the mercy of donors, yet Zambia is a rich country in nearly everything? Let us turn around the abundant natural resources that God has blessed us with for the betterment of every Zambian, not only a few individuals. Wisdom Muyunda CHINGOLA