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Government asked to intervene in facilitating the importation of Zambian goods into Europe

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Part of the audience listen to Zambia’s Ambassador to Zambia, Her Excellency Ms. Rose Salukatula (in yellow and black attire) during a meeting organised by the embassy on 7th April, 2018

ZAMBIANS resident in Sweden have called on government to intervene so that imports from Zambia could be allowed into Sweden and other countries in the region. The Zambians made a range of requests and suggestions to government at a meeting held at the residence of the Zambian Ambassador to Sweden, Ms. Rose Salukatula at the weekend.

One resident,Mr. Munir Mulla, said “those of us who have ventured into business are having challenges to bring in goods from Zambia for reasons we do not understand clearly. It is surprising because we have been able to get items from other African countries into Sweden and other countries in Europe.”

File: Assorted Zambian crafts for sale at the Lusaka Sunday Market

Several of those who attended the meeting said they would like to come back to Zambia but did not have land on which to invest.
Mrs. Joyce Phiri and Mr. Allan Kabanshi of Stockholm, both called for a government policy that would make it easier for Zambians in the diaspora to own land.

“We have been trying to find our way back into Zambia but this has not been easy because we do not have a place on which we can set up our homes. Most of us want to go back to Zambia but we do not have a place to stay. We would like, while we are here, to start preparing a place we can go back to when we retire,” Mrs Phiri said.

And Mr. Kabanshi added: “We need a mechanism that will help us to easily get land while we are here. A number of us would like to venture into activities such as agriculture if we were given some land.”

[pullquote]We have been trying to find our way back into Zambia but this has not been easy because we do not have a place on which we can set up our homes.[/pullquote]

The Zambians resident in Sweden commended President Edgar Lungu for taking decisive action and taking the lead in containing the cholera outbreak which hit the country over the last four months.They said the President was firm, decisive and did not consider political expediency when he acted in the manner he did which was an indication that he believed in achieving what was the best for the nation.

Mrs. Docas Svensson of Uppsala, north of Stockholm, said it was commendable that for once, government decided to risk its popularity and put the nation first by removing vendors from the streets.Mrs. Svensson urged Zambians to support government on the decision to clean up streets as this had lasting benefits for the country.

“Zambians should realise that doing business on the streets in the manner that they were doing was exposing them to a lot of different hazards. The President was firm enough and decisive when he directed the cleaning up of the streets. It showed decisiveness without looking at political implications. He showed that he put the interests of the nation above his own and that is the Zambia we would like to see and the leader we want,” Mrs. Svensson said as the crowd cheered her on, with several others passing comments in agreement.

The Zambians have also called on Government to outlaw digging of rubbish pits in residential areas as these were a source of hazardous contamination.

Mr. Mutepa Sokoni also of Uppsala pointed out that there was a lot of indiscriminate digging of pits in residential areas in which people threw a variety of rubbish without regard to the harm caused to the environment.

“A lot of items thrown in these pits contain hazardous material and this will always get in contact with the aquifer which will lead to different diseases such as cancer as people drink water from boreholes and other ground water sources,” Mr. Sokoni said.

The Zambians commended the embassy for arranging the meeting noting that it was the first time they were being invited to the Ambassador’s residence for just a meeting on an ordinary day.

“You are the first Ambassador that has invited us to merely come together unlike before when we have only met during independence celebrations. This is a good thing for us as Zambians living here as it helps us feel welcome by our country and understand what government is doing for its people,” Mrs. Svensson said.

And in response, Ambassador Salukatula said she was happy to hear that Zambians were following events back home and could even commend President Lungu for the efforts he was putting up to develop the country.

She said the support shown to the President by the Zambians in Sweden over the cleaning up of the streets went to confirm that there were still a lot more Zambians who were able to evaluate issues without being subjective and were seeing the many good things that the government was doing.
“It is unfortunate that the country has seen a growing culture of condemning everything for as long as it is done by government. But today, I am impressed that you people here have set yourselves apart and are able to identify and commend a good thing for what it is. The action taken by the President was not meant to punish anyone but was done in the interest of protecting lives of the citizens and achieving a sustainable solution for the nation.”

In response to a question on what was being done to ensure that vendors did not go back onto the streets, Ms. Salukatula said government was currently constructing markets which would accommodate traders who may not have had trading space.

On the cholera issue, the Ambassador said it had been discovered that contaminated water from shallow wells and boreholes in urban settlements was one of the major sources of the bacteria that led to the outbreak.
She said government, with the help of cooperating partners, was currently upgrading the water and sewerage reticulation system around the country.

Ms. Salukatula noted that government has also signed a Statutory Instrument to regulate the drilling of boreholes while improperly dug wells had been buried.
Government has also amended and strengthened the law against street vending and public nuisances which now included numerous other offences such as offering or sale of goods in undesignated places or streets, discharging rubbish or waste from one’s moving vehicle, among others.
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On land, Ms. Salukatula said the embassy would follow up the matter with authorities in Zambia before reverting with a position.

She urged the audience to revive the Zambians association as this would be an important vehicle through which they could pursue causes, such as the issue of land and others that were common to them.

“I am sure as an organised citizenry, you will find it easier to present your issues through your representatives to any entity that you may feel you need to engage. Even collaboration with your embassy here will be easier and more effective if you were an organised unit,” the ambassador said.
She called on all Zambians living in Sweden and the seven other countries to which the embassy was accredited, to register with the Mission so that they could easily be accounted for. The seven are Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Iceland.

The Ambassador also took time to brief the Zambians on President Lungu’s National Assembly address on 16th March, 2018 in which the President made significant pronouncements relating to Zambia’s application of national values and principles over the last one year.

She said as the President said, it was important to note that the application of the national values and principles was not a matter for government alone but a responsibility of every citizen, family, community, institution, whether private or public, and the Zambian society at large.
Ms. Salukatula told the meeting that it had now become mandatory to sing the national anthem in full at all official gatherings and in learning institutions and that it was important that all learnt the words of the national anthem and appreciated its meaning as this was a primary symbol of the citizens’ patriotism.

She urged the Zambians to remain the law abiding citizens that they have always been so that they continue making the country proud.
The ambassador also announced that the embassy had started processing applications for dual citizenship for Zambians living in Sweden and the other countries of extra-accreditation who would want to restore their Zambian citizenship which they lost upon acquiring other nationality.

The essence of the provision in the amended constitution is that a citizen shall not lose citizenship by acquiring nationality of another country.
Ms. Salukatula said all those wishing to restore their Zambian citizenship could present themselves for an interview at the embassy and fill-out the appropriate forms.

Issued by:
Nicky Shabolyo

Counsellor
ZAMBIAN EMBASSY IN SWEDEN

17 COMMENTS

  1. Just pay a bribe to GRZ officials and it shall be done. That is how this country had degenerated under a clueless visionless PF leadership

  2. Moronic diasporians. Trouble is most of them failed to make it in Zambia and thought the welfare state of Europe would give them dignity. Always hallucinating obstacles in Zambia. Just how many farm blocks or residential serviced plots are on offer in Zambia. Just go online and there they are.

    You want free land which is not serviced, well it is available at your village. Phone your Chief for whom PF Govt has installed cell phone towers and claim your share of customary land. Never heard of anyone denied their share of customary land.

  3. This is sign of poor reading culture and organisation by our people …you think you can just import anything into the EU.

  4. You want to be given land? You guys in Sweden need to wake up, there is plenty of land in Zambia for sale. UK diasporans acquired land via Meanwood Properties where we were allowed to make monthly payments until we owned the land. There are so many schemes like that in Zambia.
    Michael Sata told us when he came to the High Commission in London that we would not jump the queue just because we were in the Diaspora and we he was right. You need to fight for your land my brothers and sisters in Sweden. UK diasporans have heavily invested in Zambia we are not waiting to be given land.

    • I think Sharon you also expect to be given land for free. You are the loser I am sure you working in some old peoples home.

  5. Do not over simplify things. 99% of people in diaspora think and act better and are wiser than most of you at home. You content with what you see and experience without taking the initiative to explore the world. Forget the nonsense of old people’s homes, look in LinkedIn and see what Zambians are doing in the diaspora. Umwana ashenda atasha nyina ukunaya. You hear some incomplete story written in broken English and you want to undress everybody. I can assure you many people in diaspora have investments in real estate than you imagine and not just in Zambia. Do you know what a visa is? What stocks are?

  6. Its disappointing to attend the event and later only to see it politicized. As a person who attended, the mood of the meeting and what actually transpered is not truthfully reflected in this article. Bootlicking sucks and it saddens me to see the level that politically appointed people go to ensure that they are noticed to bootlick. Nicky Shabolyo i dont blame, your friend Kabwita was doing the same and now he is the Zambian ambassador to Germany. The problem is with the president for tolerating or promoting this behaviour, i feel sorry that he surrounds himself with people who actually paint him only in good light when what is happening on the ground is very different. For people looking for land good luck, to get government land be a bootlicker or cader otherwise forget it.

  7. Here we go again with shallow minded comments from frustrated losers who always want to have a go on people living abroad. Sorry some of us have goals we want to achieve in life hence we are not intimidated to explore the world. And this is the path life has provided us, there is no need for you guys to be always coming up with shallow minded comments all the time when there is a discussion. We are all Zambians, please let us help each other through well thought intelligent discussions, there is a reason why you were sent to school and if you can’t show rational thinking here then we have a problem and our country development has no hope. If I remember correctly people like some of you guys we used to call them Chimbwi no plan.

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