I am Mutinta, a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a friend, but above all, a mother to all.
International Women’s Day today looks and feels different from any other we have known, mainly due to the devastating effects of the Covid19 pandemic. It is a particularly challenging time for women because we are naturally in the frontline of nurturing and taking care of our loved ones and those close to us, while also dealing with the negative social and economic challenges, many that existed even before the contagion.
This Day gives us an opportunity to shine the spotlight on issues affecting girls and women. Issues such as the girlchild forced into early marriage because her family cannot afford to send her to school; the emotionally and physically abused woman or girl who cannot speak out because she is too scared or society makes it difficult for her to do so; the helpless mother or widow struggling to make ends meet so that she can feed and educate her children; the girl or woman in school or in the workplace who is treated unfairly simply because she is a female. The challenges are many. What is a collective are we doing about these issues apart from merely speaking about them?
Covid19 Pandemic or not, women have borne the brunt of having to juggle multiple responsibilities such as running a home and a business, struggle to find employment or money for school fees; working as a professional trying to excel at her job, or getting a good education. Trying hard at all these, with very little pay or recognition. Is it not time we started paying more attention to the negative effects of women being left out?
But despite these and other challenges, which we really ought to speak about every day and work hard to find sustainable solutions to, on this day we also celebrate the milestones. A lot of women in Zambia and around the world have attained great success in politics, business, the academic field, engineering, and many other fields.
In the UPND, we now have a female vice president of our party and a team of vibrant hardworking women, ready to make a big difference to development in this country! Let us also celebrate the achievement of the average woman who wakes up every morning with very little resources, support, education and information, but is able to successfully run her home, feed and educate her family, with great struggle.
International Women’s Day is not only an occasion for us to wish each other happy messages, which we will easily forget tomorrow. It is a time to take stock of the status of women and girls and keep the conversation going beyond 8th March, about how we can improve, uplift, empower and enlighten girls and women in our society.
Lusaka~7th March 2021.
Newly appointed UPND Chairperson for Local Government and Housing, Newton Samakayi says UPND in government will speed up the full implementation of the decentralisation policy in order to take the Local Government down to the communities.
Mr Samakayi said decentralisation is key in creating a reliable administration needed to improve service delivery and include communities in the development process.
Mr Samakayi says the Patriotic Front (PF) government has totally failed to deliver services needed by the communities because they have ignored local government.
“UPND attaches great importance to decentralisation because that is the vehicle to local Development and improving people’s lives. PF has failed local government,” says Mr Samakayi.
He said decentralisation brings along communities in the decision-making process and this is the reason why the UPND will speed up the policy and fully implement it.
He said it is laughable that the PF was equating the few fly-over bridges that have sprung up across the country to development when more than 50, 000 teachers have not been employed and the majority of Zambians are living in poverty.
Mr Samakayi, who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Mwinilunga Constituency disclosed that UPND in government intends to ensure increased, timely and consistent allocation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
He said UPND in government will increase CDF allocation to constituencies from the current K1, 6 million to a new figure matching with the size of the constituency.
“For us, we see decentralization as the key to development. We believe that development should be related to people’s needs, one cannot talk about development when people are living in abject poverty with poor infrastructure,” said Mr Samakayi.
He said improving the living standards of the people, lowering the cost of essential commodities and access to service delivery to the people were the three (key) pillars of development.
UPND MEDIA TEAM
As the UPND SA Chapter, we note with great concern, the current videos of PF cadres and aspiring candidate dishing out money to voters.
Suffice to say, this has always been the case and that’s how they have been wining By-Elections although now, there is video evidence as they have begun to do what they do with impunity.
This is not something that is new, but a culmination of events which started with statements like “ubomba mwibala, alya mwibala”. They got the message loud and clear and now they’re doing just that.
We urge Zambians to take this money when PF dishes it out, it is yours after all, but we also urge you to see things for what they really are.
They have stolen millions to give you small change, and in turn, they have crippled the economy and crippled your means to earn a decent and respectable living so that you depend instead to receiving handouts from your PF Ministers and cadres.
Their selfishness and incompetence have further removed dignity from households. It has stripped men of the ability to provide for their households only to queue for mealie meal at minister’s homes.
A PF cadre in Zambia today flushes around more money and drives around in SUVs than an educated medical doctor, highly trained engineer or an accountant with several years of practice. It has become more rewarding to be a PF cadre than being a Professional in any field. School and academic success and excellence has been rendered useless by the PF government.
This is not how a responsible government runs a nation.
While retirees and UNZA, CB and other students are struggling to get bursaries to be at these institutions, PF cadres and ministers are showing off their ill gained wealthy mocking the Zambian citizens in the midst of poverty.
This fellow countryman is not right and is not the Zambia we hoped for.
As the UPND SA Chapter, we condemn these actions to the highest degree and implore citizens to reclaim their country and vote for change of direction of their country on 12 August.
Vote for a responsible Government that will take Zambia Forward through real, sustainable and equitable development.
This too Bally will fix it.
UPND SA CHAPTER CHAIRMAN
UPND western provincial chairperson Mr Akapelwa Mbangweta has expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction over Lusaka – Mongu road which he refereed to as an economic road.
Mr Mbangweta who is also UPND Nkeyema constituency member of parliament wondered why western province has been neglected so much in terms of development even when citizens of western province also pay taxes to the government of the republic of Zambia.
Mr Mbangweta said Zambians must wake up and vote for UPND so that they can be able to enjoy their taxes because UPND will be able to address the affairs of the people.
He added that western province like any other province is also part of Zambia and it should be given attention like any other province.
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Some people have the mistaken notion or perception that UPND want to form government for the sake of power and authority. That is a terrible misunderstanding of the seriousness with which the party is committed to changing the fortunes of the country, both socially and economically.
The country is broken and uncontrollably racing towards the slopes. It is not sabotage, it is failure of leadership.
The choice is clear; to continue with the damage, the suffering, the unemployment and the hunger, or to bring change that will address these issues, through visionary leadership, competent management, ability to monitor and control, through restoring the rule of law and the respect for human rights, liberties and freedoms.
HH aka Bally
UPND sympathiser Mr John Van accompanied by UPND Chawama constituency Aspiring MP Mr Potipher Tembo, UPND Kanyama constituency Aspiring MP Mr Chinkhuli, UPND Mandevu constituency Aspiring MP Mr Ross Josephat Kasikili, Raphael Chota ward 25 Aspiring councillor Mr Davie Sakala and UPND Mpulungu ward 27 Aspiring councillor Mr Zakeyo Mwansa said this country deserves leaders like UPND President HH who always speaks about the welfare of the people of Zambia even indoor meetings.
Mr John Van said he has interacted with President HH on different platforms but that his desire to deliver to the people of Zambia is something he consistently talks about. Mr Van was speaking when he joined the entourage to Mandevu constituency where one organisation and a branch were visited.
And UPND Chawama constituency Aspiring MP Mr Tembo said time has come for the people of Mandevu and Zambia at large to vote for UPND, a party that is consistency with what they preach about and that UPND President has demonstrated that he can deliver the needed change to the people of Zambia who under PF are being fed with expired drugs.
And at the same function , UPND Kanyama constituency Aspiring MP Mr Chinkhuli said Mandevu constituency should join the revolution of change like his constituency Kanyama. Mr Chinkhuli said the winning of President HH will highly be contributed by Kanyama and Mandevu constituencies based on the figures and begged for the people to wakeup and support UPND from branch level to national level.
And UPND Mandevu constituency Aspiring MP Mr Ross Josphat Kasikili who acknowledged the presence of Mr Tembo, Mr Chinkhuli and Mr John Van said Mandevu under PF has lacked development that PF is now using handouts as a way to campaign because they have no proper message for the people.
Mr Kasikili said in Mandevu constituency there is high unemployment rate, poor road networks, poor water service and doing business has become too difficult leading to the immorality in the community as People find it difficult to access basic needs hence stealing has become normal in their wellbeing.
Mr Kasikili assured the people of Raphael Chota ward and Mpulungu ward that if they give him an opportunity on August, 12 and he fails to deliver in 2 years he will resign because it will then be an embarrassment to his parents and relatives in Mandevu constituency.
Kasikili who is a bonafide member of the community said some problems he use to face when he was in grade one is still facing them even when some public officials dish out money anyhow even when the whole country is too bloke to pay the debtors.
Mr Kasikili said that this year’s election is not about HH but the people of Zambia who have been given expired drugs by PF, the unemployed youths amongst other things which PF has failed to address and that the people should liberate themselves by voting for UPND and President HH.
And Raphael Chota ward Aspiring councillor Mr Davie Sakala said PF has been using divide and rule formula on tribalism when everyone knows that UPND accommodate every Zambian regardless of their background. He stated that their propaganda will not help them this time around.
And UPND Mpulungu ward 28 Aspiring councillor Mr Zakeyo Mwansa commonly known as Nimanja pamodzi said PF has overstayed its relevance and time has come for them to leave the office because Zambia has reached an alarming level due to corruption.
Mr John Van said he will continue interacting with UPND Aspiring MPs in Lusaka district because he was interested in making sure that UPND wins big in Lusaka district and that winning big depends on the visibility and consistency of the UPND candidates as they share message of Hope as Help is on the way.
And UPND Mandevu constituency Aspiring candidate Mr Ross Josephat Kasikili said that he was more interested in taking President HH to state than being an MP saying being an MP without HH being a President would be a failed project because PF has no capacity to demonstrate their ability to deliver for the people.
We are concerned with the state of our pensioners and we intend to effect the following reforms once voted into power.
The UPND believes that in a declining economy such as ours, where poverty, inequality and unemployment are rife, it is NOT beneficial for government through NAPSA, so continue holding on to workers’ contributions until the legally prescribed retirement age.
With the low life expectancy , it means MOST contributors are expected to die well before they have an opportunity to receive their working life pensions packages.
In fact, NAPSA is now a money laundering conduit where pensions money is being plundered in inflated infrastructure related investments.
To reform NAPSA,
1. A UPND administration will allow partial, percentage based access to pensions contributions after a determined period of actively contributing into the NAPSA pool
2. A UPND administration to devise NAPSA based UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS once a contributor is out of work and actively seeking employment for at least THREE (3) months.
3. A UPND administration to focus on leveraging NAPSA to deliver RENT TO OWN low – medium cost housing units which contributors may rent with a view to own.
This will go a long way towards alleviating the housing crisis among civil servants and young professionals.
The UPND also believes NAPSA should be more accountable and transparent in their investment portfolio management, as well as fully disclosing the actual month on month returns on the various investments in which public pensions money has been ploughed.
These measures are aimed at delivering pensions justice for thousands, if not millions, of working class people. This will also be a bold and huge step towards redressing the poverty and inequality traps.
Ngabwe – 29.02.2021
Video —VEEP donates Bicycles
PEOPLE of Ngabwe district of Central province stand ready to vote out the Patriotic Front (PF) owing to numerous hardships and lack of infrastructure in a region that has remained neglected.
This was when UPND Vice President, Mutale Nalumango donated eight bicycles for ward mobilization in Lufubu constituency of Ngabwe district.
In her speech through NMC member Collins Maoma, Mrs Nalumango said the bicycles were a way of empowering the local leadership to reach every member of the community in order to bring about change of government through the ballot.
And Presidential Campaign Team (PCT) Secretary Vincent Chimuka told the gathering that a special training program was underway for polling station management to ensure effective vote protection.
The handover ceremony was witnessed by Provincial Chairperson, Albert Chifita, Provincial Chairlady, Catharine Lemba and Provincial Secretary, Davy Siamuzulu. Others present included District Chairperson, Weston Kayumba, District Chairlady, Magaret Champanga, District Secretary, Paison Ngangula and Constituency Chairperson, Steven Silungwe.
Also in attendance were three UPND Councilors, namely; Chrispine Himuntanga from Mukubwe ward, Borden Kalebuka from Ngabwe ward, Mulenga from Kirwa Island and some ward officials who received the donated bicycles.
The people have declared that; “Kuno kwesu, ivoti lya ba president ba Hakainde Hichilema, tuli votele kale; ne kukakapo ulushishi; tulepembela cabe August 12, epela!” (Here in Ngabwe district, president Hichilema’s vote is already cast and sealed; we are eagerly waiting for the August 12 polls, period).
The UPND Team earlier paid a courtesy call on Chief Mukubwe to deliver a special message from Mrs Nalumango.
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Lusaka – 24/02/21
Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Gary Nkombo this afternoon questioned why the Zambia Police has failed to act decisively against criminal elements at Lusaka’s Intercity bus terminus and Kamugodi near Soweto Market.
During a question for oral answer session in Parliament today, Mr Nkombo questioned Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo why the police found it easy to raid Mutinta Hichilema’s relatives in Shibuyunji when it has failed to get rid of the criminal elements at the two mentioned places who were harassing people for belonging to a different political party other than the PF.
“I will cite a few examples on why people might think that this was a targeted operation. The deputy Secretary-General of the PF madam Mumbi Phiri in the period prior to the arrest of Mr Hichilema on vexatious and fictitious charge of treason is quoted as having said that they will smoke him out like a rat. And a day later, police converged at his house, broke his house, took him like a common criminal and eventually transported him from prison back and forth in a dog kernel. There was gassing in this country and a Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba indicated to the country that he knew the people behind the gassing. The police have not arrested anyone even in the volunteering of that information. When the market was gutted, the Vice President Her Honour Mrs Wina seemed to know who those people were”, he said.
He wondered why the same police cannot raid intercity and kamugodi and arrest the elements that were harassing people and normalise life at the two places.
Mr Nkombo’s question followed Mwembezhi independent member of Parliament Machila Jamba who asked the Minister of Home Affairs whether the Ministry is aware of the Shibuyunji police raid and that the affected villagers were left traumatised.
Speaker Patrick Matibini could however not allow Minister Kampyongo to respond to the question saying it was different from the subject on the order paper.
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Mopani, KCM, the Mining Industry and the future of the Zambian Economy
National Management Committee Member
United Party for National Development (UPND)
The Zambian government through ZCCM-IH has taken over Mopani Copper Mines from Glencoe. The take-over transaction is through a debt equity swap under which the former owner, Glencoe, will be paid $1.5 billion. The government is also pitched into legal battles to take control of another mining company, Konkola Copper Mines from Vedanta.
What do these spates of take-overs mean for the mining industry? And for the economy at large, now and in future?
Mining will continue to be the mainstay of the Zambian economy now and in the foreseeable future. Whilst economic diversification to reduce the dominance of copper is necessary, that is that objective is best achieved when the mining sector is expanding and thriving. Not when it is declining because mining helps to provide the resources that are required for diversification.
The performance of the Zambian economy has been closely intertwined with that of the performance of the mining industry. Generally speaking, when mining is performing well, the economy tends to do the same, and vice versa. Economic managers must therefore at all times pay attention to the performance of the sector.
In the few years after independence, copper production was fairly high, exceeding 700, 000 MT per year. In those years, the population of the country at around three million people was fairly small. The level of copper production and the attendant benefits through taxes and jobs generally yielded resources that on average supported rising social-economic progress.
After the nationalisation of the mines in the early 1970s, there was a clear downward trend in mining production. Also, copper prices fell while petroleum prices spiked, creating severe imbalances between export revenues and the import bill. In an attempt to sustain living standards amidst the growing external financial gap, the country went into a borrowing spree with the hope that when prices recovered the debts would be repaid. It did not happen: the prices did not recover and mining output continued falling.
As external earnings declined, combined with high public indebtedness, the authorities were forced to print money for public expenditure. Together with misalignment in the Kwacha exchange rate, this led to some of the nasty economic experiences of those days such as near hyper-inflation, shortages of foreign exchange and commodities. About 35 years later from that period, there is risk that aspects of those sad experiences could repeat themselves.
Chart 1 (Source: Chamber of Mines) is a graphical presentation of copper production over the years. The following facts emerge. Firstly copper production as mentioned above fell within a fews years after nationlisation. Secondly, after privatisation at the turn of the century, copper prroduction has been rising fairly fast. Within a decade, production had almost returned to the peak levels of the 1970s. The drop in production took thirty years but the recovery took only ten years. Thirdly, Zambia’s share in the world production of copper has fallen as her own output declined (see the green line in the chart, whose scale is on the right hand y-axis). Around 1967,
read more in the attached PDF document…Mopani and KCM-2