ZCTU want KK’s image put back on bank notes

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First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda(c),his granddaughter Sonji(l) and Minister of Water and Sanitation Loyd Kaziya(r) cutting the cake during Zambia Association of Musician KK's Birthday Bash in Chongwe
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda(c),his granddaughter
Sonji(l) and Minister of Water and Sanitation Loyd Kaziya(r) cutting
the cake during Zambia Association of Musician KK’s Birthday Bash in
Chongwe
The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to restore the portrait of former first president Kenneth Kaunda on the Kwacha. ZCTU president Nkole Chishimba says doing so will be a symbol of respect and honour to the former head of state.

Mr Chishimba said that the move is a global practice.

Mr. Chishimba also commended President Lungu for embracing former President Rupiah Banda. Chishimba has also challenged politicians to emulate former president Banda for conceding defeat to ensure peace prevails in the country.

Chishimba said that the current political situation leaves much to be desired and ZCTU is concerned that this has affected the working environment in the county.

The ZCTU president has urged politicians to emulate former presidents Levy Patrick Mwanawasa and Michael Sata who reconciled and put national interest first.

Mr. Chishimba was speaking in Lusaka during commemorations to mark Labour Day.

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  1. Time does not stay static Bwana…. leave that old man alone he had his time…. why do you need him on the notes???

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    • Some of these Unionists, how will that help your general membership to pay for the increased electricity tariffs and high mealie meal prices, your members are having less and less money in their pockets because of the high living conditions.

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    • Some these unions are as good as dead, because that idea is really horrible. The next thing is a kakunkubiti with pointed teeth imposing himself on the Kwacha

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    • Assliiking is really the lowest anybody can go to get some recognition!

      Does this Chishimba know what happened to Zambias economy the last time we put this dictators face on the money? Does he even know why we changed it? Was he even OLD ENOUGH to understand we were about to go the same way as the Zimbabwe Dollar? Due to the collapse of our economy caused by this mans crazy ideas?

      Just GROW UP and open your eyes you nitwit. Zambia belongs to the people of Zambia, not some egotistical manic that wants his own picture evrywhere.

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    • THE ZCTU ARE RIGHT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BURRY HISTORY. KK IS AN ICON OF NOT ONLY ZAMBIA BUT THE WHOLE AFRICA AND BEYOND. INFACT IN ADDITION TO THAT ALL THE PRESIDENTS OF ZAMBIA NEED STATUES LIKE IN BOTSWANA AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES.

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  2. Not a bad idea.

    All past Presidents of Zambia are guaranteed to appear when they do retire, accept defeat, or pass on, as in the USA. I dare venture that for fairness, we put a tiny picture of the most failed opposition politician in Zambian history in the bottom left corner.

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    • No wonder this country will not develop having chaps like you. This country is not about one person it is about all us. Have your head examined in chainama. You cannot move on when there is injustice. Can you move on if your mother or relative was killed by police brutality or arrested on trumped charges? Use your head to think and not your bums to think. Blind loyalty kills!

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  3. Some of these Unionists, how will that help your general membership to pay for the increased electricity tariffs and high mealie meal prices, your members are having less and less money in their pockets because of the high living conditions.

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  4. Kikikiki while Zambians are suffering and employees are been given raw deals zctu is more concerned about putting faces of people on notes. This is just a plan for lungu who obsessed with himself to have his face on the notes. Why would kaunda be concerned about having his face on worthless money when he knows that he has not got long left. Please get some priority

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  5. ZCTU Leaders should be fighting workers survival and economic injustices which PF has imposed on the economy. This one is not a priority now and will not add value to workers sufferings. Remember your pf changed currency and removed zeros thinking that the economy will improve and that it will match the british pound 1:1. Alas it is now worse. KK is named after so many buildings and i think that is enough recognition! Talk about real issues affecting zambia now…human rights violations, freedom of speech/media, police brutality and compromised judiciary! Remember your workers cant even protest or picket if aggrieved because they will be brutalised. So let us talk/engage about real issues that will affect workers in the longterm!

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  6. Just be patient ba ZCTU. We all know Kaunda’s portrait will return on Zedian currency. Its a matter of time

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  7. ZCTU It will a real great if President Edgar brings back the picture of our former President of Zambia doctor Kenneth David Kaunda on our Zambian Kwacha notes. It will be a great idea to honour our father of the nation with this honour. May god bless PRESIDENT Edgar and our great man K.K and viva to Zambia,amen

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  8. Does ZCTU really understand its core values instead of advocating for better conditions of service for workers they are busy trying to please Kaunda. This guy is a proper PF sycophant nothing tangible will come forth during his reign.

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  9. @2.1, Zambia is for all of u and not just HH? If you genuinely think that way, you probably would not be burning books and other education materials for children from humble families, would you?

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  10. Is not our fractured nation a result of the KK era and now it is being replicated.
    The two old warhorses KK and MUGABE have had their time in the limelight.
    Where are the young academics in zambia to push this nation into the 21st century politically and economically.
    Look at all the politicians, recycled from one party to another so THEY benefit.
    KK and MUGABE started out with the interests of their nations at heart and loyal to their party then got seduced by power but were not political opportunists.
    Universities used to produce thinkers for reform, now we have cowered them down by shutting down unjversities and locking up students.

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  11. Oh my god,dont you have other problems in Zambia which are pressing,not that rubbish?

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  12. To you all the Toddlers who are saying disgusting things about KK, the old folks and those who read about him will forgive you. The Bazungus left Zambia a village and KK used the available resources then to build schools, hospitals, houses and recreation centers to mention but a few. He went on to develop and produce the first cream of graduates from the then newly created highest institution, UNZA.
    This man refused to succumb to the demands of IMF and world bank in the late 1980’s and this read to Zambia placed under sanction which resulted in poverty in the nation. He did all this for the love of Zambia because he didn’t want industries to be placed back in the hands of foreign nationals.
    Compare the KK era and those that followed later….Chiluba’s todate, we have no industries…

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    • The observer IS JOKING!

      KK found a rich country with a functioning economy with a good growth rate. HE MANAGED to BANKRUPT IT! And leave office with COLOSSAL DEBT! And the people starving, unable to even afford a bag of mealie meal!

      It took the brains of Levy Mwanawasa to pull us out of that huge hole with HIPC and write off KKs mistakes.

      Sound familiar? Those that do not learn the lessons of history are DOOMED TO REPEAT THEM!

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    • Duno, you are not well educated despite your degrees and diplomas! Functioning economy with one secondary school against the demand of the Africans for more! Functioning economy with 4000 jobs only in the public service against the demand for more! Functioning economy with Zambians as Boma clerks, primary school teachers and medical assistants only! Functioning economy with 100 university gratuates after 100 years of imperial, colonial and federal rule! Duno, what you thought was the Zambian economy in 1964 is a mere mirage because there was no Zambian economy!Kaunda CREATED the Zambian economy to serve and meet the aspirations of Zambians! Duno, say someting more sensible please!

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  13. Ba Chishimba Nkole, this is no important please of all things affecting employees you can pick the issue of face on the Zambian kwacha? Awe mwandini some of these leaders mmm surely for what?

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  14. We have KK airport named after him. no need to put presidents images on the money.

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  15. Has appealed to President Lungu. How? Is he the authority? Why are you giving him powers that he does not have?

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  16. KK is NOT an icon to everybody. He killed so many people and he should be left hidden out of sight. If you were not tortured by Kaunda or lost a loved one because of his cruelty (some Zambians up to now do not know where their relatives vanished to and yet Kaunda himself is being feted and praised), please keep that luck to yourself and praise him in your living room. Some people are still hurting. It is for that reason that the Chiluba and MMD government removed his image from money – and now you want to put it back??? What is wrong with numskulls like Chishimba!!! You can’t compare Kaunda to George Washington, unless you are as dull as a disabled frog.

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  17. We appreciate the man, but no need of worshiping him. He had a calling and did his part. think of better things than taking the nation backwards.

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  18. Kaunda was a dictator. Please No. Do not forget easily.NO. Germany’s must allow Hitlers what ever back some where?

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  19. ZCTU has become so weak and it is just a shell of itself. FTJ and MMD killed it. Mr. Nkole Chishimba there is more work to be done to bring ZCTU to golden days not appealing to ECL to have Super Ken’s pictures on the bank notes. There are a lot building, roads, schools etc named after him. Let the old man enjoy life in his old age. Make appeals to the President that will solve the many challenges the country is facing. Look at him, these are the type of labour leaders that we have and expect the economy to move forward. Next workers should show this guy a RED CARD.

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