Sunday, February 25, 2024

Kawana Applauds Diaspora Contribution To Zambia’s Development


By By Izai-Zai Ernest Yikona, Lähiradio, Helsinki.

UPND Alliance Media Director Mr Thabo Kawana has affirmed the New Dawn government’s commitment to cooperating with individuals and organisations in the diaspora engaged in activities that help to develop the country and to improve the lives of the people of Zambia.

Speaking in an interview with Tropicana Radio Show, a Zambia-themed programme aired on Lähiradio in Helsinki, Finland last Wednesday, Mr. Kawana explained mechanisms through which Zambians abroad could engage government to assist in these initiatives.

He advised Zambians abroad to work closely with foreign missions.

Organisations like the Global Alliance of Zambian Health Practitioners (GAZHP) and the Organisation of Zambians Living In Australia (OZALIWA) are examples of diaspora initiatives currently active in securing medical equipment for use in Zambia.

“Such initiatives are welcome, and this responsible government which the people voted for will facilitate for such and make it easier for our people so that such equipment is brought into the country, it is transported, and the efforts are well well well appreciated,” he emphasized as he explained the situation with dialysis equipment in the country.

“There are many Zambians who require these services but the machines are not there. Therefore we need as many machines to be put in the centres. I can tell you that we have dialysis units in Lusaka, Chipata, Mansa, Ndola, Kitwe and so on, but completely nothing in Western Province, and the whole of Southern Province we only have in Livingstone,” he explained.


  1. Go and tell KZ that, he has been full of nothing but insults. We criticise because we have a birds-eye view on how our country is constantly swindled with bad deals. We hope you can engage with us because we have the capabilities to source machinery cheaper from source cutting out middle-men. Zambia can use this network to shop around for equipment or even manpower.

  2. What is the role of this Kawana guy in the system? In my view Zero. Just trying to find relevance. It is no longer a UPND -Alliance government. We all know very well that it is simply the UPND GOVT. The earlier this guy realises this the better. Mweetwa speaks on behalf of the UPND.!! . There is a govt spokesperson who is the minister of information. She speaks on behalf of govt. So who are you speaking for? Speak for the MDC not the government.

  3. Apart from Mutati and Milupi…..who are the UPND alliance partners in GOVT?
    Enerst Mwansa has been ignored, Kelvin Fube has been ignored, All those who came from Kambwili’s NDC have been ignored. Kawana has been ignore but he is trying very hard to pretend that he speaks on behalf of the Alliance.

  4. Kikikikikik……trying to be relevant!!!! kikikikliki…..just speak on behalf of Mutati. The Alliance does not exist anymore. UPND is in govt.

  5. Speak on behalf of your party -MDC. UPND has moved on and formed govt. The Aliiance does not exist anymore. What did you contribute – Zero. You just jumped on the band wagon.

  6. This Kawana, have you ever checked his mouth when he’s talking,?Its like he wants to vomit his tongue. I see Kansi akambila pa lulimi

  7. Come 2026, the alliance partners will be unnecessary to the UPND. I do not even understand why UPND needed these small useless parties in the first place.It would have gone into the election as a single party and won still, since the election was not about any political party vs ECL, but the frustration of the people vs ECL. UPND doesnt even need to brag because this fact wont be there in 2026.

  8. Ndipo titukwaniwa maningi koma. It is as if diasporans did something by seeking a better life — even yamene yosuka vimbuzi ni ncito — we shall continue to support our country because we have relatives and friends and most of us are still touching base on a consistent and constant basis. Thank you bwana Kawana for your kind words. I am sure there is a blogger who will come na manyozo very soon.

  9. Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    It’s “Tabo”, not “Thabo”… Lozi names don’t have consonants following each other. Is it the writer or the same dude twisting his own name to sound South African? You also left out the ‘W’ in that OZALIWA… which is stands for ‘…Western Australia’ (Perth) and not ‘Australia’… please get your facts straight.
    And please talk about proper developmental issues and not freebies donations.


Comments are closed.

Read more

Local News

Discover more from Lusaka Times-Zambia's Leading Online News Site -

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue Reading