Monthly Archives: November 2013

We don’t need a New Constitution – Sata

ZAMBIA DOES NOT NEED A NEW CONSTITUTION – SAYS SATAAs expected President Michael Sata has u-turned on the enactment of the new constitution saying Zambia does not need a new constitution but needs to amend the current one. Speaking in Mansa today where he went to thank the People for voting for Chitalu Chilufya, Sata said he knows that the Zambian constitution has defects but the defects do not require the enactment of the new constitution but mere amendments. This means that the Zambian government has wasted millions of Kwacha on the drafting on the new constitution by the Annel Silungwe led team. Sata is the one who appointed the Technical Committee which is currently working on the new constitution. While in opposition President Sata criticised late President Mwanawasa for constituting the National Constitution Conference (NCC). Sata even went further by expelling Patriotic Front Members of Parliament who participated in the NCC. During campaigns in 2011 President Sata promised to enact the new constitution within 90 days after assuming office. Today’s announcement by President Sata who was ironically accompanied to Mansa by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who is responsible for constitution making process means that the new constitution promise was just one of the many fake promises Sata a staunch Catholic made to the people of Zambia.

By watchdog

The Naked Truth

The Naked truth

Sometimes it is good to take stock of what we advocate for and check if we ourselves reflect what we preach. It is quite disappointing to note that while some CSOs promote democracy and good governance, their own attitudes do not reflect what they advocate for.  We condemn the schemes by the politicians hounding out one another from Political Parties but we too as CSOs do the same. We do not want to accept divergent views or constructive criticisms.

The decision by The Zambian Voice to register under the new law NGO Act 2009 is ours and it is not meant to undermine other NGOs/CSOs who do not want to register.

However, this decision has now attracted unwarranted attacks and schemes by some CSOs to embarrass us and alienate us. We are now being accused of things we have not done or said just to malign us.

The waste thing is that, such attacks and schemes are coming from our fellow young adults or youths who are supposed to be supportive of us as a new organization.

We would have ignored the allegations and ridicule, because it’s is full of malice with intent, however we would like to put it on record that we have stood for what we believe in “The TRUTH” and nothing else. We have told the Truth according to our human judgment at every point when we have been called upon to give our position.

The registration of the NGOs under the new law is here and we don’t want to preoccupy ourselves with legitimizing ourselves when we could engage in other issues that would help Zambians out there.

On the Constitution, we have not agreed with Govt in the manner they have handled the process from day one. While others were rushing to endorse their names    to be part of the process, we refused to be part of the bandwagon (or on the bus, the analogy we have always given, that you are on a bus going to Livingstone and yet the driver is taking Mumbwa road). We hope and pray, that our words will not come to pass. We still want a Constitution.

While we have refused to be part of the Constitution making process, we have always been ready to work with those that want to correct the situation. Those that have been trying to stop the bus from going to Mongu and turn back to go to Livingstone our desired destination, which is the people driven Constitution.

It is with this desire that we started writing proposals to different stakeholders that we even found ourselves on the Consortium of CSOs for people driven constitution. However, we are sad to withdraw our membership because we are deemed untrustworthy, spies, moles among the members.

As a representative of the organization (Zambian Voice) I would like to reaffirm our commitment to advocating for Good Governance, Access to Justice for the poor and Human Rights using effective means and strategies to deliver results to the Zambian people. We will also continue to advocate for a people driven constitution as we have done right from the start when many where on the process thinking all is well.

We also also pray for unity among the CSOs especially the young people. We are still willing to work with others as long as they can take our naked Truth when we have to say it. Our call is not to gain material or money out of what we do, but we even lose the little we have to change life for Zambians.

God bless you all.

Duncan Nyangu Gone Too Early

Duncan Nyangu

 

Duncan was one of the passionate members of The Zambian Voice right from its inception. He contributed a lot in ideas. He had a passion to change things for the Youths. He wanted to fight for Good Governance in Zambia. Below I publish one of his letters to me which brings out ideas of what he stood for and wanted for the Youths. MHSRP.

Good evening Mr. Tayali

I trust that you are alright as I am

 

Without taking much of you valuable time, allow me to mention that chances are that I am most unlikely able to be a part of tomorrow’s meeting scheduled for Lusaka at Lusaka Hotel as you advised. Circumstances and short notice will not allow. 

Apologies.

I would have loved to be a part of the first ever gathering of the new non-partisan organization because it is a platform that would have allowed me to share what my personal views and expectations of organization.

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If the focus would be on the Zambian youth, which form the biggest percentage of decision makers as far as the country’s future is concerned, the better. Under the youth focus, we would have what I can call sub items like

                                I.            Addressing youth Unemployment

                              II.            Youth empowerment programs initiated by us and if possible funded by the people we employ to manage our country ( the Government)

                            III.            Youth involvement in the decision making process at national level

                            IV.            Youth practical training programs as a means of reducing dependence on formal employment,  initiated by us while we engage government for funding as well as all other stake holders

                              V.            Holding effective youth business seminars that will not just result in having more and more seminars, conferences and stakeholders meetings with no impact on the youth in society.

2.       Politics and Non Partisan Organizations

                                I.            There has been so much said than done by youth especially on social networks and that have not even translated into development of any kind. The challenge is how we draw a line between personal conviction and involvement in our organization.

                              II.            Looking at what has been going on in government appointments “leaving out” youth not as per our expectation, we must engage in talks with the new government into addressing this matter even if it meant revisiting certain appointments which require youthful representation

I would rather narrow my involvement in our new organization for effectiveness and efficiency in executing any work.

 

Finally Sir, please pass my apologies to all for failure to attend the first ever gathering.

 

Regards

 

Duncan Nyangu

Kabimba Must Prove His Allegations Or Resign

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Pressure has continued to amount on Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba to
point out the officials he claimed are corrupt in the Patriotic Front
(PF) government or step down from his ministerial position.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has already indicated its
intentions not to institute investigations in the alleged claims of
corrupt officials in PF government due to insufficient details.

The Zambian Voice is of the view that if Mr. Kabimba does not point
out which officials in the PF government he claimed are corrupt he
should therefore be considered as a man who can not be taken seriously
and who should not hold the position of Justice Minister.

Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says if Mr. Kabimba
does not prove his claims he made in his capacity as Justice Minister
he is then not fit to hold the Ministerial position in government.

Mr. Tayali says this is because the country does not need leaders that
will be alarming the nation unnecessary as Mr. Kabimba will do if he
does not prove his claims that there are some corrupt officials in the
PF government.

Mr. Tayali was speaking in an interview with Qfm.

Zambians Will Not allow PF To Manipulate The Constitution Making Process

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I will not judge PF in advance for now, But if what is being reported in the media is true that some sections of society want to hijack the the constitution making process, then this is unfortunate. 

Fair enough, if PF only want 10 copies of the constitution let them have 10 but can they print enough for us who need more than 10 or just upload the whole document on the internet, we will download it ourselves.As a matter of fact it’s the tax payers money you are using and not from PF coffers. 

Levy,RB and now Sata have wasted Millions of dollars on attempting to re write our constitution with selfish agendas, I think this time around Zambians will not allow PF to manipulate the process. Remember this Zambians that we are dealing with people that once were architects of the failed third term bid,people that manipulated our constitution to bar KK. 

Just the other day one senior minister was overheard saying ZAMBIA is not ready for the 50+1% ,what nonsense is this? We had had 50 plus 1 during KK time until Chiluba and Sata changed it,how did we handle it by then, we don’t want to be ruled by minority presidents on average we have had presidents ruling us by just 29.5% when 70% of the country rejected them. 

We excused PF from the 90 days lies with hope that they will produce a people driven constitution in 2 years but our hopes are now fading away. 

What Sata and KABIMBA should realise is that, it is the right and obligation of every Zambian citizen to read and interpret the constitution himself or herself,this shapes the future our great grand children will inherit,people made the Constitution, and they can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will,

We the people are the rightful masters of this nation and chose how we should be governed and what must be in our constitution,we have every right to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Only the constitution is a defender and protector of our citizens from un-Honourable politicians.

Our only strongest reason we cry to have a living constitution is to protect ourselves from tyranny gangs in government.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil and anarchy is that good citizens do nothing to protect their rights and liberties.

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The Ministry of Justice and PF government instructions that the Technical Committee constituted to draft the constitution print only 10 copies is a brazen insult to the intelligence of the Zambian people.

What justifiable reason is there for this sudden change of heart which has now prompted the printing of only 10 copies to be handed over to the appointing authority in the manner and style of the infamous Inquiries Act which has been the primary tool of manipulation in Zambia’s failed constitution making process?

Why this u-turn when all stakeholders agreed that the hand-over of the Final Draft Constitution, the Draft Constitution of Zambia Bill, 2013 and the Final Report of the Technical Committee to the President of the Republic of Zambia (hereinafter referred to as “the Appointing Authority”) and to the public, should be done simultaneously?

This PF regime should not continue pissing on the Zambian Constitution and the Zambian people without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain and think they can get away with a slap on the wrist! Never again!

Every law-abiding and right-thinking Zambian must no longer allow our beloved country to be at the mercy of the whimsical machinations of undemocratic, ignorant, irrational and corrupt politicians, tin-pot dictators, simple-minded looters, economic illiterates and pseudo-intellectuals who are all motivated by short-term and narrow partisan interests and their insatiable desire for wealth and power!

Zambia has had enough of this political nonsense!

Mining Contribution to Zambia

ICMM assesses mining’s contribution to Zambia’s national and local economy

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The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) was established in 2001 to act as a catalyst for performance improvement in the mining and metals industry.

ICMM brings together 21 mining and metals companies as well as 34 national and regional mining associations and global commodity associations to maximize the contribution of mining, minerals and metals to sustainable development.

ICMM hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop in Lusaka, Zambia on 7 November to discuss the first ever independent study of the mining industry’s contribution to the national and local economy of Zambia.

The study uses ICMM’s Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit – a methodology that has been used in ten other mineral-driven economies. This work aims to provide a factual evidence base to inform discussion on how mining can better contribute to broad-based social and economic development.

The findings of the study suggest that mining’s contribution to development in Zambia could be further enhanced by stronger collaboration between companies, government, local communities, civil society and development agencies – particularly at the local level.

The workshop was opened by the Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Honourable Christopher Yaluma who introduced the guest of honour and keynote speaker, Zambia’s Vice President Honourable Dr Guy Scott. They were joined by ICMM’s Deputy President, Mr Aidan Davy and Mr Emmanuel Mutati, President of the Chamber of Mines.

In closing, commitments were made by the Honourable Christopher Yaluma on behalf of Government, by Mr Emmaunel Mutati on behalf of the Chamber of Mines and its members, by Pius Maambo leader of the Zambia Revenue Authority(ZRA) Minerals Value Chain Monitoring Project, and Mr Aidan Davy from ICMM, to move forward productively and in partnership to ensure that mining plays its full part in the Zambian economy and society.

The analysis that was presented at the workshop was prepared by a specialist team from Oxford Policy Management (OPM), supported by a number of local Zambian researchers. The study has had support from the Chamber of Mines of Zambia but has been developed independently.

Work began in March 2013 and will be completed in early 2014 when the final version of the report – redrafted in light of comments from the workshop and following a fact checking review by government – will be prepared.

Some of the main findings of the draft study are as follows:

  • Zambia still has an exceptionally high level of macro-economic dependence on mining than most Countries in the World
  • Since the late 1990s, total new investment in all sectors of the economy has risen from circa $500 million to well over $3 billion annually.
  •  Cumulative  new  investment  in  mining  since  2000  has  been  approximately  US$10 billion. These investments followed several years of almost zero new investment in mining through the late 1990s.
  • The data from the study suggests that production could rise further in the future to well over 1 million tonnes by 2016 if the known company plans for further investment go ahead.
  • At 80% of dependence on mining, which is now the highest of all the world’s mining economies alongside Botswana. It is a source of considerable vulnerability in the event of a down-turn in commodity prices.
  • These factors combined have been important contributors to both the sustained high GDP growth rates that Zambia has achieved between 2000 and 2012 (the only time since independence when growth has been positive in five or more consecutive years) and to Zambia’s ability to build a strong foreign reserves position (to over three months of imports).
  • Mining  employment  levels  have  risen  on  the  back  of  the  gains  in  investment  and production. But the sector’s contribution to direct employment, still accounts for less than 2% of the total labour force and about 8% of total formal sector jobs.
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  • Previous studies have shown that the various multiplier effects greatly increases this employment contribution – by a factor or four or five times. In particular, mining is an especially dominant source of both formal sector jobs (direct and indirect jobs) and informal jobs in local areas and increasingly so in North Western province.
  • In relation to government revenue the study finds that, by 2011 and 2012, mining taxes plus royalties had come to account for over 30% of total government tax revenue from only 8% in 2006. This more  recent level of mining’s tax contribution  surpasses that expected at the time when the short-lived windfall tax was introduced in 2008 and in 2012 was the equivalent of 5.9% of GDP.
  • This  strong  government  revenue  contribution  of  mining  is  of  recent  origin  and  is explained by a combination of the tax reforms introduced in 2008, the on -going increases in production and the expiry of the capital allowances applicable to the first wave of new private investments after 1998.
  • It is clear that prior to 2008 the tax revenue contribution from mining was much lower and was much criticized. But now the Zambian tax take (as a percentage of both total taxes and of GDP) is among the highest in the world.
  • The official data on mining’s contribution to GDP is extremely confusing – probably due to the out-dated base year (1994) for the national accounts data (which the CSO is in the process of updating). For 2012 the official data shows a mining sector contribution of only about 3% of GDP (in current prices). The true figure is estimated in the report to be almost five times higher than this at 14% of GDP.
  • This exemplifies a more general challenge of data weaknesses and data availability in Zambia. The study suggests that this is a major source of many of the damaging and highly publicized conclusions about mining’s contributions to the economy. The Government and the Chamber of Mines have committed to resolving this issue.
  • The  forward-looking  analysis  included  in  the report  shows  the  prospect of  further significant rises in investment,  production levels  and  government tax payments from mining in the next few years. But this prospect is contingent on the domestic policy

The study suggests that there are three main challenges to address if mining is to sustain its present central role in Zambia’s macro-economic performance.

  • While most international observers agree that the demand for copper might still increase at high rates from a historical perspective, the high prices of recent years were the result of  a  conjuncture of  several factors that are  very unlikely to be  repeated. There  will therefore be periods when the copper price stays well below current levels, possibly for prolonged periods. Zambia’s extremely high reliance on mining makes it extremely vulnerable  to a  price  down-turn. This very  real possibility  should  be  an  increasingly important factor in policy considerations.
  • The  recent  but  very  large  increase  in government  revenues from  the  mining  sector provides opportunities – not seen in any previous era – to develop coherent plans to build greater sustainability into the macro-economic trends that the mining sector makes possible. There are two main ideas here – (i) to more actively decentralize a larger proportion of the mineral revenues to local areas, including to non-mining districts, to help catalyze and spread the broader benefits of mining; and (ii) to begin to assign some part of those revenues for a futures investment (or stabilization) fund to help deal with a less favourable commodity price future.
  • Mining companies have invested huge amounts in Zambia and continue to invest in capital equipment that will raise productivity and ensure the mines survive over the longer term. This  is  necessary  because  copper  mines  in  Zambia  have  high  costs  in  an international perspective: (but this means people losing jobs) the old mines in the Copperbelt are among the world’s most expensive to operate; the new mines in North West province have operating costs that are a little above the world average.
  • In  addition to new capital investment, mining companies are investing considerable sums in training in order to raise productivity. This will result in higher qualifications and better wages for employees, but it will not in itself create new jobs.The  mining  industry  has  made  a  major  contribution  to  employment  and  living standards in the regions where it is active. Total employment generated by four of the largest mines in Zambia is estimated at just under 100,000 jobs in the Copperbelt and
  • 40,000 in the North West province. About half of this is the result of the stimulus to local economies from spending by mine workers. Induced employment has led to broad-based increases in income – this provides an opportunity to diversify the economy
  • Incomes are higher and have increased more rapidly in the two main mining provinces than  in  the  non-mining  ones.  People  in  the  regions  affected  by  mining  consider themselves less poor than those in non-mining regions and poverty has declined faster.

Power struggle in PF

I doubt the internal wrangles within PF are a matter of tribalism, more so than matter of political power. Who takes over from Sata? I think it is matter of political power relationship and patronage-a case referred to as New Tribalism.

One of the challenges tearing PF apart includes the tendency of manipulating Bemba tribalism identities for private interests and egocentrism. We can grasp the root causes of the prevailing in the PF political competition, discrimination, and violence insofar as we take seriously the following questions. Why did Wynter make such allegation of tribalism and corruption knowing too well the political damage it would have on the political party he heads? Why is the post newspaper a private media for that matter protecting Wynter Kabimba? What is there for them to lose? Why is the post newspaper so much interested in the internal affairs of a political party they don’t belong to, unless facts have changed? It can’t be denied that the post newspaper smeared Michael Sata whilst in the opposition, including calling him tribal. What has changed today that Sata is a hero to be worshiped by the post newspaper?

By Chitapakwa Ntalasha

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