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PRESIDENT Mwanawasa was last night expected to meet Catholic bishops to discuss various issues with the controversy surrounding the Constitution-making process topping the agenda.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson, Paul Samasumo, and State House special assistant for Press and public relations, John Musukuma, confirmed separately yesterday.
Father Samasumo said many issues were tabled for discussion during the meeting but the Constitution was top of the agenda.
He said there was nothing strange about them paying a courtesy call or meeting the President to discuss issues concerning the nation, especially that this was not the first time they were meeting him.
Mr Musukuma said the meeting was set for State House and was closed to the media but promised that a joint statement would be issued later.
Last month, Mr Mwanawasa appealed to Zambians to trust the proposed Constitution Conference, saying citizens should remain engaged in the Constitution-making process.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwanawasa arrives in Solwezi today for a two-day tour of the North-Western Province that will see him commission Zengamina mini hydro power station in Mwinilunga.
According to the programme released by North-Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Nkolola Hazemba, the President is expected at Solwezi airport around 09:15 hours.
After briefings at the presidential guesthouse, the President will depart around 10:00 hours for Lumwana where he will meet three local chiefs before being briefed by Lumwana Mining Company management.
In the afternoon, he will tour the mine, which on completion next year would become Africa’s largest single copper mine.
After a three-hour tour, he will leave for Solwezi where he will spend a night. Tomorrow, the President will depart Solwezi for Kaleni in Mwinilunga at about 09:00 hours.

 He will commission the Zengamina mini hydro power station at around 10:30 hours and later meet local chiefs.
After lunch, the President will fly back to Solwezi before connecting to Lusaka.

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61 COMMENTS

  1. When the Needy and the Greedy meet,will the greedy agree to the needs of the needy.
    Some of our politician’s will not even listen to the word and advice of the holy men. I hope that the other issues to be discussed to pray that the evil in our politician’s to be cast away.Politicians should have mercy on the coffers of the government and a feeling for the sufferings of the people of their nation.
    What do our politicians say we they see the street and orphaned children….”bafana ba pempa petrol na dobo”.
    Lord Have Mercy

  2. holy men???? Who told you that papas are holy men? Do you really know the History of papas in Africa?

  3. I would like the president to push for resurfacing of Solwezi-Mwinilunga road. This is the only time we have to do it. We have to take an advantage of the mines’ presence in the area. But people like Senior Citizen who are ignorant about Zambia would not know what I mean. As you are getting to Mwinilunga from Solwezi, there is Lumwana east on the Solwezi side and Lumwana west on the Mwinilunga side. Meanwhile the mine is not in any of the Lumwanas but within Chief Mukumbi’s area. This is a distance half way between Solwezi and Mwinilunga. If Lumwana Mining Company was to resurface the tarmac, it will do it half way upto the mine. Who is going to do the other half? We want the president this time to pursued the management to complete resurfacing of the tarmac all the way from Solwezi to Mwinilunga.

  4. #1 Kayata, stop this nonsense have you forgotten today is friday 13th and your unlce has lost his case in the Lusaka high court. The case has been dismissed with costs. Popi will start crying now.Please leave the president alone he is trying hard to bring unity in the country.Its his duty to meet anyone and discuss matters that matters most for the nation.This is how a statesman be emblassing everyone one. The other day he was in Chambeshi and met even school going children. Most you critised him. Man is working tireless not at any time I have heard that am MP is doing what the president has done to the Zambian pipo. since april MPs were on leave doing nothing I have not heard anyone taking an initiative to visit their constituencies.

  5. Easy #4, the Mp’s are not visiting their constituency’s because the President is doing so.The PTA is not doing its duties because the President is doing so on their behalf.
    Easy,do you believe in the Friday 13th… thats nonsense, stop it, it’s all made up by the west,has anything bad happened to people in africa for them to believe in it.
    Has FTJ lost his case in the lusaka courts,hmmm, thats GOOD NEWS to hear.

  6. Ba Easy(4), the concept of wholesale consultation is still regarded with suspicion among Zambians.When an MP visits his constituency some people do not see the good in it, but instead choose to focus on the allowances MP’s are given to make these visits.Most people do not read newspapers and are ignorant of government policy and to most people MP’s are faceless representatives.The rural populations have more intimate contact with their MP’s.Residents of Sable or Roan Road in Lusaka don’t even know who their MP’s are and “never have time” to attend meetings !!But when the Head of State consults the general populace they are the first to forward negative comments….how bizzare!!Ba Nkhataboy(3),your demand is very reasonable and should ideally be a matter of course.It really shouldn’t take a president to choose which roads to resurface,i would think the provincial ministers and the works minister would champion such causes!!

  7. Ba Kayata(5), alot of MP’s visit their constituencies as most of them live within there anyway.It is just that a visiting MP is not news so there is little coverage in the media.The media instead focus more on presidential visits.How many people do you know who religiously follow rural news events? we all tend to focus on what is happening in urban areas and only pay attention to rural areas if a scandal mentions them!! Not many people knew Chiengi existed until it was associated with ministerial wizardry and camouflage!!

  8. #3 Nkhataboy,How are you? we need alot of redesign of the road network in Zambia,i have not visited NW Province yet,but from other province’s i’ve learnt that everything is focussed on Lusaka.
    It’s the Govt responsibility to surface or resurface a road made possible by the collection of taxes they collect through fuel and road levy and not the management.
    Again,when i visited Chipata and Kasama for govt duties,i discovered, the two can be connected through Mpika therefore cutting on time to travel to/from Lusaka and then proceed to Kasama reducing on exhaustion,time and mileage claims.
    What are the Civil Engineers and Town Planners doing?

  9. #6 Ba Pundit you are right but this the weakness of MPs because they dont take challenges instead they wait to drink tea at Manda Hill. Now some wise ward councillor in in Itezi tezi has championed them he is demanding K250 Million Kwacha at the end of term of tenure. He is argues that councillors are doing more donkey work than MPs and they are with the people. We shall see how this goes.I hope anyone who works hard has the right to get his reward at the end of the day. #5 Kayata wait for the evening news you will see. The PTA is not creative that is why they caught unaware. All they need was to inform the president on his visit that bwana president we have doanted this and this to our children, maybe you can have a chance to meet them and encourage them to work hard. There is no better present than wisdow pumped into someones head.

  10. Easy,Kanyata and Kuku up date the nation. What is the position of Kafupi’s case? Is the AG still
    asking for more time?

  11. #8 Not only do you reduce mileage and exhaust, you cut air pollution, cost of fuel,Road network my dear brought about communication.Things like Telegram were invented because of problems of communication. Even the Marathon event is due to commuication. You can see how important is to have road networks.

  12. Furthermore you have to improve on today we have internet whereby you can recieve information with three minutes.

  13. #11 Tembo check my message above a judgement has be passed in favour of the Zambian pipo wait for news in the evening. AG is not stupid the only thing the case has taken too long.

  14. #7 pundit I follow rural news like today I can tell you that people of chiyengi have refused Measles vaccines because they suspect that it is superspion in it. Look at what I have put on Itezi tezi. Chiyengi is in Luapula and Itezi Tezi is in southern. Yesterday there was this lozi chap who killed himself after beating the wife

  15. What about the inter party man Mr N’guni and Nawakwi
    their party FDD has been sued.That is why N’guni is try to make money from the inter party Chiyenge.com
    so that they can pay back to TAJ Hotel. Please LPM don’t pay for them just like you did to Gen Tembo

  16. Men of God pls when you meet this Chuchu guy pray for him, cast out ci demons ca nsele from bend mouth. If need a teeth paste and teeth blush pls get umuchenja so that it is completely out by day break tomorrow.

  17. I honestly find LPM difficult to appreciate on matters that border on trust and reconciliation. It was only yesterday that he was quoted as follows: ‘On the Civil Society, Mr Mwanawasa said he preferred political parties to discuss the Constitutional review process as opposed to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) because their mission was poverty reduction.
    The President said NGOs’ involvement in political matters was tantamount to a breach of the law because their objectives did not include politics, and advised them to leave the issues to political parties.
    “NGO means non-governmental organisation, so why should they be involved in Government issues? They are formed to serve the poor people, not politics. It is a breach of the law for them to do so because their objectives don not include politics,” he said.
    Based on the aforementioned, I would like to challenge Father Paul Samasumo to tell the nation what was discussed in the meeting at State House.

  18. #8 Kayata, I think it is a matter of prioritizing here. First and foremost, there is no proper accountability on the taxes that are collected through sale of fuel. The Solwezi-Mwinilunga road was constructed because of the booming pineapple production that existed in Mwinilunga that time. The road is in bad shape this time and the national government can not afford to resurface it. Surfacing of the road is very expensive. Those taxes from fuel can not do anything to a road of that magnitude. What I would advise about the idea on the road between Kasama and Chipata is that let it meanwhile be shelved. That road is still a dream. Let us deal with roads that are feasible now. Once we are content with what we have this time, that’s when we can get into those other priorities. What paramount issue do you think is of economic value between Kasama and Chipata as at now? If people can currently do with the road network we have, I would put my finger on the major roads to be revamped first. Look at Mutanda-Chavuma tarmac. It was started in 1997 and todate, it has only reached a few kms after Kasempa turn off. Towards 2001 elections, it was a talk of the day. Now, nobody talks about it. You wait and see what will happen towards 2011. It will be a song of the day. As for the engineers, I would challenge you that we have very well qualified and competent ones. But how can they implement if they are not supported. Give them the resources and you will see the wonders that they will perform. On a serious note, if we shall miss this opportunity from Lumwana Mining Company to do Solwezi-Mwiniluinga road, then forget about ever having a tarmac on that road and indeed that will be the end of Mwinilunga.

  19. The answer to these problems gentlemen ,the govt must devise the way it makes its budgets, let it start doing particpatory budgets in all corners of Zambia, its time they started engaging communities in governance.RDA collects billions fro fuel levy etc but cannot still manage to build roadswhy because rampant corruption, look at what happened in Kasama, Satwant was contracted to do the roads the chap goes on site late and his laterite gets washed away he goes back to govt to ask for money,until this evil called Corruption is wiped out ,Zambia will never develop.RDA chiefs almost stole K3bn but if you dig deeper how have they stolen which could have built the mutanda cavuma road?Even those provicial management committe you wonder what their purposes are because nothing tangible comes out, its either they are ill qualified to do the right thing or are just part of country disease of ineptitude,K700bn lying idle , you go and borrow $110mn, how ?

  20. #20 a month and ahlf ago, we had a very heated debate on what political-economical system would be good for Zambia. I stated that federalism is the way forward. in bringing the money back to the people where development is needed. I even made an example of how taxes paid in Kasama has to go to Lusaka first before a potion is returned back to Kasama. In your oposition to fedralism you sited provicial management committees as government structures that have been put in place to make sure each provinces needs are represented to the budget office. My point is you have contradicted yourself @ #20. Have you changed your position on how reasources should be managed and allocated or you are just flip flopping.

  21. Easy Let’s have United Stated Provinces of Sambia

    We just call it the United Provinces of Sambia,than things being done in Lusaka.Each province should have it’s own TV station.To every evry one has to go to Lusaka to be seen on TV.If i want to form a party and am a farm in Shangombo,i will just go to the state of Mongu and tell the nation on Mungo TV,the same with Chilubi i will just go to the state province of Kasma and do so Kasama TV.You make money in Lumwana’ it has to go to Lusaka and not even 20pin will come back to the the province.Sha Let each Province use what it make’s for the development of it’s area.

  22. Ba Mwaba(18),i mentioned this before..LPM is mistaken to think the role of NGO’s is only poverty reduction.NGO’s are partners in development to any govt. and their remit includes civic education which is not a preserve of the poverty stricken.A case in point would be ZCEA,a registered NGO, which the late Lucy Sichone started.Churches have civic education responsibilities as well as spreading the good word.Father Paul can visit PLot 1 anytime(to discuss civic education), especially now that brown envelopes are a thing of the past!!

  23. Buya Tembo wakwata ama no.Just look at what is going on in Zibambwe. You every right we need to remove the Z
    and put S so that it is Sambia.Infact the Germay call it Sambia .Z nikumuchila ,i hope N’guni and Katele can
    bring up this at the inter party chats

  24. Ba Mwaba(18),i mentioned this before..LPM is mistaken to think the role of NGO’s is only poverty reduction.NGO’s are partners in development to any govt. and their remit includes civic education which is not a preserve of the poverty stricken.A case in point would be ZCEA,a registered NGO, which the late Lucy Sichone started.Churches have civic education responsibilities as well as spreading the good word.Father Paul can visit PLot 1 anytime(to discuss civic education), especially now that brown envelopes are a thing of the past!! Ba Easy(15), i’ve always known you are special…keep in touch with rural news and let us know what is going on!Ba Kayata(10), your tax pays the MP..shouldn’t you know what he/she is doing in the name of serving you??

  25. Dont even go to europe or America to ask them how they do it when it comes to maiantanence of infrastructure. Tell the Minister works and supply to visit Rwanda and see how it has changed since 1994. Sure those who progating of maintain what we already have have not vision and they dont want Zambia develop. Zambia is not composed of islands when it means budget allocation the whole country should be look at. I know corruption is a major problem. Why dont you punish those who misuse the money. You talk of Satwant the ministry should give him a period of inoder to complete. Kuku teach the boys abit of project management. Its because of lack of concepts and project management that is why things are like that in Zambia. Because you have a project and you control it I dont see any problems sorting out these problems. If I minister of Works and tenders are give someone and he is not aburding with the SLA. court process is one week because evidence is there. Judgement in one month. N

  26. #40 Kuku, I agree with you that RDA is making money from fuel taxes. But that money once collected, is not ploughed back into only one road. It has to be split across the nation. By so doing it turns out to be a drop in the ocean when it comes to paving a road like Mutanda-Chavuma. That road is 600km long. To pave it requires substantial amount of muscles (money) not mere dreams.#21 Sage, the fedearal system can work. But what will happen to those provinces that can not raise enough revenue? Don’t you think what is happening in the councils will be a replica at that level? There are concils that go for months without paying their employees because those concils can not raise enough revenue. I still believe that the back up funding from the central government to the federal provinces will not be uniform. It might depend on the population, size of the province, the revenue that province is able to generate etc. How manageable do you think this can be done for it to be feasible?

  27. #28 point of correction, RDA is Road Development Agency and to me this is its core business.Mwaice fuel levy is not small money ,look at the way the mines consume fuel, that dump truck a shift uses more than 1000 litres taxed at 10%, extraporate per week per month per year, this translates in collosal sums of money.That Mutenda Cavuma road can be managed from our own resources, the problem we have in Zambia is lack of seriousness and politicking,stealing and heavy corruption.I will try and look for their accounts and make them available on the blog.

  28. Functions of RDA include:
    To plan manage and coordinate the road network in the country. The Agency shall
    a) Carry out routine and emergency maintenance of public roads through its employees or independent contractors.
    b) Conduct such studies as it may consider necessary for the development, maintenance and improvement of the road network in Zambia.
    c) Advise road authorities regarding the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads under their jurisdiction.
    d) Provide guidance and technical assistance to road authorities.
    e) Receive and consider reports from road authorities on their activities and prepare quarterly and consolidated annual reports.
    f) Recommend to the Minister the appointment of any person or Institution as a road authority.
    g) Prepare and review terms of reference and guidelines for road authorities including budget guidelines.
    h) Review from time to time the status of road authorities and recommend appropriate action to the Minister.
    i) Make recommendations in relation to the siting of buildings to the road-side.
    j) In consultation with the Road Fund Agency, recommend to the Minister funding of the new roads.
    k) Prepare and award contracts and certify works for public roads.
    l) Review design standards and classification of roads and traffic signs.
    m) Plan and co-ordinate the road network in the country
    n) Enforce axle load control
    Carry out any other activities relating to roads which are necessary or conducive to the performance of its functions

    Go to their website ww.rda.org.zm

  29. Mwaice Nkhataboy if all was to be ceteris paribus ,do you reckon that Zambia can be another LA? But things are upside down.

  30. #26 Easy good morning? Interesting point of view. I will again endeavor to preach from the same sermon of federalism. All our problems ranging from infrastructure maintenance to capacity planning have one common denominator.”Centralized government system” Simbao sits in Lusaka but he has to plan for a road that connects Kayambi mission to Chief Makasa. First of all he doesn’t know it exists. Secondly even if he knew it exists, he would never visit the area to know exactly what is needed to construct the damn road. I believe the starting point is strengthening the city councils and create some structures at constituency level. Right now the closes government official to the people is not the mayor but the word councilor. We should start looking at a word as the smallest but significant demographic entity of development. Instead of having CDF we should have money allocated to wards. Wards make up a constituency. Councils are cash strapped today because FTJ took out all cash generation ventures from the council and just left them with garbage. The so-called water and sewerage companies should be abolished and these functions returned to the councils. Councils should also own equity in companies like ZESCO. Responsibilities of maintaining local roads should be left to the councils. Councils should not be presenting their budget to GRZ, councils should be generating money. Lusaka water and sewerage charges a flat fee to the people whether they get the water or not and when their toilet clogs up they have to hire a truck to come and pump the waste out. Amazingly this kind of nonsense is acceptable to the residents of Lusaka. According to the 2000 census Lusaka had 1.1M residents. With 80% of the population of Lusaka living in shanties with no access to clean water and no sanitation. Lusaka has less than 250,000 households (meaning homes with electricity and water) yet LWS cannot provide running water to such a small number of homes. ZESCO is still operating on a 1973 capacity yet the demand for power has increase 300% since. In the city of Los Angeles the entire road network has been allocated to contractors. If a contractor sees some damage on his potion of the road. They call the council, which in turn sends out inspectors to check the damage. After which the project is approved and work is done. Somewhere along the road we gona have to realize that all wisdom does not reside in a few blocks in Lusaka and that people in the rural areas are even more interested in their own welfare than someone who doesn’t even know they exist. Folks the status quo is not acceptable.

  31. Close this blog so that some chaps can work!!! also 2 many basic spellings mistakes….especially these Chilubi island chaps.

    Bon Weekend
    Chao

  32. #28 Kuku, I know RDA very well. I have been consulted before to chair their meetings at Raj Pamodzi Hotel. I know their background. I know where they are coming from and where they are going. That’s why I said do not push me too much towards the corner. This is an open forum. Let me be taken like I am young and do not know what I am doing in order to satsfy Senior Citizen’s wish who is able to wash other people’s dirty linen in the public.

  33. 32# Maice Elm we are working that what means to have technology it leaves to enjoy work and relax at work all need to is moniter things if they are moving well. #SAGE you got the point that is good if MPs were serious before Magande presents his bg they would have sat with people and see what is need in the area and see how it cane achieved. Write a concept and present it to the authorities. Set target and time frames when this objectives must be achieve. Plan the amount of money required. Not just working ati popi they need a borehole but you dont even know who will supply it an how´much it will cost. SAGE I wonder if ZESCO pays for using the land to the councils where their facilities stand. You are right FTJ destroyed the councils when he sold the house its time to see how these house can start generating money again. I know many will want to eat me now but we cannot be spending without producíng. We need reinvestment because it drives cost down.

  34. FTJ, chachine. kwati naizanda. So Sangwa/simeza ‘ambush’ has not yielded any good results. Had there been no adjournment it was going to work, but the ambush power was lost through the adjourn issue, Maila went to think. The answer was just next to his nose. The 2 crooks had no business discussing the registration process which they have no part in…simple. I am just speculating……forget it.

  35. #32 ci Elm have you ever heard of home office, mobile offices, Today mwaice people sit at the sea and joy the breeze of the ocean while working and contributing to the developments of their firms. You are behind you should chance to travel and see how other people live. Pipo have roboters helping them whilst they are relaxing. If you put your adress here tomorrow morning you will recieve a letter from me. Gone at days of laboring.

  36. #17 AM, welcome back.

    #35 Hey namunoko lyobe Easy, bushe nishi mwapatila ba former presdo ba FTJ?. RUFQUA page 7231 states that “it’s a sin to keep a grudge before the sun sets” The man stored back the dignity that you lost in KK’s adm when you used to go and make a 600m queue at ZCBC for unknown commodity. Shaa, mwembifi mwe. Learn to respect elders baice and lekeni kusabaila pali case chuchu doesn’t know where to take it. Nomba alefwaya catholic bishops to handle it, don’t be surprise with your chuchu, something is terribly sipping in his head.

    #24 Tembo, how would you call yourself buya? OR may be you are Tembo Mulenga or Mulenga Tembo te?

    #7 ba Pundit, Mps visiting their constituencies is one but the most important thing is to fulfill what they promised. They all talk about roads, water, sanitation, shelter, security and once elected they will be just dozing in parliament. So far only PF MPs are working hard.

  37. Easy and Kuku i need info. Is Rupiya Banda a PHD holder, ZNBC was refering to him as Dr Banda. get us some facts guys.

  38. #17 AM, welcome back.

    #35 Hey namunoko lyobe Easy, bushe nishi mwapatila ba former presdo ba FTJ?. RUFQUA page 7231 states that “it’s a sin to keep a grudge before the sun sets” The man stored back the dignity that you lost in KK’s adm when you used to go and make a 600m queue at ZCBC for unknown commodity, shaa, mwembifi mwe. Learn to respect elders baice and lekeni kusabaila pali case chuchu doesn’t know where to take it. Nomba alefwaya catholic bishops to handle it, don’t be surprised with your chuchu, something is terribly sipping in his head.

    #24 Tembo, how would you call yourself buya? OR may be you are Tembo Mulenga or Mulenga Tembo te?

    #7 ba Pundit, MPs visiting their constituencies is one thing but the most important thing is to fulfill what they promised. They all talk about roads, water, sanitation, shelter, security and once elected they will be just dozing in parliament. So far only PF MPs are working hard.

  39. #39 is not PHD holder.

    Rupiah Bwezani Banda, a celebrated Zambian diplomat and politician, was born on February 13, 1937 in Gwenda, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

    He married Hope Mwansa Makulu in 1966 and two have five sons. He was educated at Munali Secondary School, University of Ethiopia, Lund University in Sweden, Wolfson College and Cambridge.

    From 1960 to 1964 he was UNIP’s representative in Europe and was named Ambassador to the United Arab Republic in 1965, serving until 1967 when he was moved to USA to serve as Zambia’s Ambassador there for two years.

    From 1970-74, Banda was the Executive Chairman of Rural Development Corporation and served as General Manager of National Marketing Board of Zambia. From 1974-75 he was Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations where he also chaired the U. N. Council on Namibia.

    He returned to Zambia to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1975-1976. He also was chairman of the board for several corporations, among them Chipoza Holdings, Robert Hudson Ltd, Allenwest and Chiparamba Enterprises. He also served as M.P. for Munali for many years.

    In September 2006, Banda was named Vice President, replacing Lupando Mwape who lost his bid for a Parliamentary seat.

  40. Thos who are interested in reading the 5th National Development Plan 2030 go this url cspr.org.zm/Reports&Updates/FNDP.pdf

  41. His the own of chiparamba football team run by his son
    and traning at Munali school sports ground. With his back ground in sports RB should be able help the sports minister on how to go about in sports.

  42. Rupiah Bwezani Banda was born on 13th February 1937 in Gwenda, Zimbabwe
    Education:
    Munali Secondary School
    Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia
    Lund University in Schweden
    Wolfson College in Canbridge in Britain
    He has a Master of Arts in Economic Development
    Career
    1960 – 1964 representative of UNP in Europe
    1965 – 1966 Ambassador to Egypt
    1967 – 1970 Ambassador to USA
    1970 – 1974 Board Chairman for Rural Development Cooperation
    1974 – 1995 General Manager of National Marketing Board of Zambia and committee member of UN for Namibia
    1975 – 1976 Foreign Minister and he was chairman of Chipoza Holdings, Robert Hudson ltd, Chiparamba Enterprise. He was representative for Munali in the National Assembly for many years.
    He was also Home affair Minister and Finance Minister and Budget director in KK era. He is also of Zambia ´s longest servicing diplomat. He was one of the founders of MMD but he decided to retired. Banda is one of the 10 nommited Member

  43. Rupiah Bwezani Banda was born on 13th February 1937 in Gwenda, Zimbabwe
    Education:
    Munali Secondary School
    Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia
    Lund University in Schweden
    Wolfson College in Canbridge in Britain
    He has a Master of Arts in Economic Development
    Career :
    1960 – 1964 representative of UNP in Europe
    1965 – 1966 Ambassador to Egypt
    1967 – 1970 Ambassador to USA
    1970 – 1974 Board Chairman for Rural Development Cooperation
    1974 – 1995 General Manager of National Marketing Board of Zambia and committee member of UN for Namibia
    1975 – 1976 Foreign Minister and he was chairman of Chipoza Holdings, Robert Hudson ltd, Chiparamba Enterprise. He was representative for Munali in the National Assembly for many years.
    He was also Home affair Minister and Finance Minister and Budget director in KK era. He is also of Zambia ´s longest servicing diplomat. He was one of the founders of MMD but he decided to retired. Banda is one of the 10 nommited Membe

  44. rs of Parliament in Mwanawasa ´s govt and he is Vice President of Zambia.

    Rupiah Banda is seen as patriotic and integration figure. He is being recognised successful of diplomat, politician and Businessman. His leadership qualities and self responsibilities are among his qualities in his life. His only failure was to make sound policies when was finance minister.

    Rupiah Banda is 1966 married with Hope Mwansa Makulu and have 5 they children.

  45. #41 Ba Joze I dont hart FTJ? I was just refering to the case I wonder why you want me be on a wrongside. What I know is his case has been throw away with costs. I dont think this is harting someone.

  46. #34 Mwaice Nkhataboy there is no need for you to reveal your links with RDA, those are irrelevant on the forum just propound and we shall hear you.If I told that I served on the board of ERB will that add value to my argument?Be seroius stop building castles in the air, all we want is information for us to make informed decisions.Whether you were the board chairman, executive director or sweeper its irrelevant, educate us on the RDA, because this was a copy cat from some developed nations I wont mention which have used this facility to improve their road infrastructure.

  47. 51# Iam not sitting on the same desk with ba Joze when blog is being actualised I can guess who is also posting the same infos. Its not deloberately

  48. 51# Kuku Iam not sitting on the same desk with ba Joze when the blog is being actualised I cannot guess who is also posting the same infos. Its not deliberately

  49. #52-53 Easy mwaice, why do you enjoy posting SAME comments? Are you drinking sipiso or kacina? Mwaice Easy be in charge nomba naya mukupanga tea pa interz. Plz mwaice Easy dont forget to install sanity mumwaice uyu HEY.

  50. #56 SAGE maybe the guy has an honourary degree like FTJ,KK, Muluzi which no one on this fora has knowledge of.

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    WASHINGTON – Fewer high school students are having sex these days, and more are using condoms. The teen birth rate has hit a record low
    More young people are finishing high school, too, and more little kids are being read to, according to the latest government snapshot on the well-being of the nation’s children. It’s good news on a number of key wellness indicators, experts said of the report being released Friday.
    “The implications for the population are quite positive in terms of their health and their well-being,” said Edward Sondik, director of the National Center for Health Statistics. “The lower figure on teens having sex means the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is lower.”
    In 2005, 47 percent of high school students — 6.7 million — reported ever having had sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent in 1991. The rate of those who reported having had sex has remained the same since 2003.
    Thirty-four percent of the students reported having had sex during a three-month period in 2005. Of those, 63 percent — about 3 million — used condoms. That’s up from 46 percent in 1991.
    The teen birth rate, the report said, was 21 per 1,000 young women ages 15-17 in 2005 — an all-time low. It was down from 39 births per 1,000 teens in 1991.
    “This is very good news,” said Sondik. “Young teen mothers and their babies are at a greater risk of both immediate and long-term difficulties.”
    The birth rate in the 15-19 age group was 40 per 1,000 in 2005, also down sharply from the previous decade.
    Education campaigns that started years ago are having a significant effect, said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington-based nonprofit group that focuses on prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
    “I think the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the efforts in the ’80s and ’90s had a lot to do with that,” Wagoner said of the improved numbers on teen sex, condoms and adolescent births.
    “We need to encourage young teens to delay sexual initiation and we need to make sure they get all the information they need about condoms and birth control,” he said.
    The report was compiled from statistics and studies at 22 federal agencies, and covered 38 key indicators, including infant mortality, academic achievement rates and the number of children living in poverty. The 2005 figures were the most comprehensive numbers available.
    Other highlights:
    _The percentage of children covered by health insurance decreased slightly. In 2005, 89 percent of children had health insurance coverage at some point during the year, down from 90 percent the previous year.
    _The percentage of low birthweight infants (born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) increased. It was 8.2 percent in 2005, up from 8.1 percent in 2004.
    _More youngsters are getting reading time. Sixty percent of children ages 3-5 (and not in kindergarten) were read to daily by a family member in 2005, up from 53 percent in 1993.
    _The percentage of children who had at least one parent working year round and full-time increased to 78.3 percent in 2005, up from 77.6 percent the previous year.
    _More young people are completing high school. In 2005, 88 percent of young adults had finished high school — up from 84 percent in 1980.
    The report was released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics — a consortium of federal agencies that includes the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Census Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families.

  52. #55 SAGE, any person who has completed the highest academic degree which is called Doctorate qualifies for the title of Dr. The title is not only entitled to Medical professionals.Doctorates are awarded to individuals who have been recognised for their scholarly work,contributions to the university or society.

  53. Yes, the Collar men have met with LPM and from the reports, its clear they have been bought.
    We should all remember that Zambians spoke through the CRC that we want a CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY and nothing else.
    Be wise Catholic Bishops.

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