What is so “golden” about Zambia’s jubilee? Asks Oasis Forum!

Oasis Forum LogoOver 70 people from various Churches, NGO’s and the media responded to the invitation of Oasis Forum for a Press Conference which took place at the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) in Lusaka on the 8th January 2014 at 9:30 hours. The theme of the conference was about the kind of political leadership Zambia needs in the coming Year of its Golden Jubilee, 50th year of independence.
The panellists did not hesitate to use straight forward words: “poor political governance”, “we need a clear vision”, “we expect changes in governance”, “we are experiencing a leadership of abuse aiming at personal interests”, “we need now a people driven constitution”, “mediocrity will not be accepted”, “we want to celebrate a Jubilee without fear”, “the new constitution has to be brought to a referendum in 2014”, “the actual constitutional review is not transparent”, “time has come to unite”, “we need to strategize peacefully the best way to force the Government to take up its promises to come out with a new constitution”, “we are determined to fight and get what we want”, “we are at a crossroad”, “the new constitution is a moral issue to be preached from the pulpit in all our churches”, “let’s arise!”.
Reporter: Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr
As we soldier on in this Golden Jubilee Year in Zambia, kindly find herewith attached a Press Statement from the Oasis Forum with regard to the constitution making process in Zambia and lack of true leadership by successive regimes.
Wishing you God’s continued guidance and many blessings in the New Year 2014.
Fr. Cleophas Lungu
The year 2014 marks Zambia’s Golden Jubilee having attained independence in 1964. Reflections on the quality of political governance experienced throughout this period clearly shows that this country’s development has been consistently undermined by a self-centred political leadership. The current PF government has not been any different and has gone further to exhibit a less than high calibre of leadership. For this reason, the Oasis Forum would like to state the following and urges all Zambians, especially the political elite, to seriously ponder on these messages: … FULL TEXT

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 Further link: After 50 years of independence a constitution focused on popular sovereignty is needed
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Kitwe Parish, Zambia

Brief History, by Phelim Malumo, M.Afr
In 1993, the Missionaries of Africa with the team of Jean-Marie Beliveau and Maurits De Weerdt took over the two parishes of Kawama and Twatasha which was under the SMA. These Parishes were former outstations of Chimwemwe Parish. The team settled in Kawama, house No. 558. This house is owned by the diocese.
Kitwe is the largest city of the Copperbelt. The confreres are living in Kawama compound in the midst of families originating from all parts of Zambia and some from neighbouring countries (Congo, Tanzania, and Angola, etc). Kawama parish comprises Old Kawama, New Kawama and Kamatipa with a total population of about 40,000 of which 8,000 are Catholics. The White Fathers also serve Twatasha parish which covers Twatasha compound and Race Course with a population of about 25,000 people of which 6,000 are Catholics.
About 5% of the population work for different companies in Kitwe as skilled workers, but a good number are employed as watchmen or security guards and others work as house servants, charcoal burners, at the service of commercial farmers or tiling their own small plots along the Kafue River and Chingola road. However the majority of people struggle for survival in small businesses or trading in a variety of commodities.
 2013 Updates, by Serge St-Arneault, M.Afr
According to Jean-Bosco Masaba, who was on his journey back to Lubumbashi, Kawama means “the solitary man there!” A man was living on his own telling people that the place will be a good one in a near future; “pa kawama”. Also, Twatacha refers to a thankful man happy for the plot he had received; “thank you!”
There are fifteen small Christian communities in Kawama and nine in Twatacha. At the moment, four confreres are members of Kitwe community: Piet van Heijst from Holland, Jacques Bédard from Canada, Felix Kamunenge fom Zambia and Venance Shundu, stagiaire from Tanzania.

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CJTR Lusaka Press Release February 2013

JCTR LusakaJCTR Press Release 22 February 2013

Persistent late delivery of farming inputs harmful to food security, says the JCTR
Timely delivery of farming inputs such as seeds is crucial to ensuring a good harvest. The delivery of adequate and timely inputs by the government is important to many small-scale farmers who continue to heavily rely on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP). This is why the delivery of farming inputs continues to attract attention from both the government and non-governmental stakeholders. READ MORE


Our confreres in Zambia

Frédéric Ajaruva Bedijo, Congolese, Lumimba, Lundazi – Saju Jose Akkara, Indian, Kasama, St Charles – Luc Antaya, Canadian, Kasama, St Joseph – Alfred Awogya, Ghanaian, Namushakende – Venerato Babaine, Ugnadan – Romaric Bationo, Burkinabe, FENZA  – Reinhold Bloching, German, Ndola – Francis Bomansaan, Ghanaian, Kasama, Lua Luo – Jaya Bordhan, Indian, Lusaka, Woodlands – Christopher Chileshe, Zambian, Lusaka, Woodlands – Robert Chipumbu, Zambian, Namushakende – Dave Cullen, British, Chipata, Kalongwezi – Vitalis Dero, Kenyan, Lusaka, Kabwata – Jean-Louis Godinot, French, Kasama, Lua Luo – Jean-Luc Gouiller, French, Chipata, Kalongwezi – Léonard Hategekimana, Rwandese,  Kasama, Lua Luo – Karl Kälin, Swiss, Lusaka, Woodlands – Felix Kamunenge, Zambian, Kitwe – Francis Kangwa, Zambian, Lusaka, Woodlands – Faustin Kerumbe, Congolese, Serenje – Camille Konkobo, Burkinabe, Kasama, St Charles – Pierre Lafollie, French, Kasama, St Joseph – Robert Lavertu, Canadian, Namushakende – Oswald Mallya, Tanzanian, Woodlands  – Phelim Malumo, Zambian, Lumimba, Lundazi – Emmanuel Mambwe, Zambian, Serenje – Pawel Mazurek, Polish, Lumimba, Lundazi – Joseph McMenamin, Irish, Chipata, Kalongwezi – Michel Merizzi, Canadian, Kitwe– Patrick Mumbi, Zambian, Lusaka, Fenza – Adelarde Munishi, Tanzanian, Lusaka, Kabwata – Norbert Nkingwa, Tanzanian, Serenje – Marc Nsanzurwimo, Burundian, Lusaka, FENZA – Antoon Oostveen, Dutch, Kasama, St Joseph – Jacek Rakowski, Polish, Lusaka, St. Lawrence – Dieudonné Rizinde, Congolese, Kasamba  – Jules Roy, Canadian, Ndola – Jean-Pierre Sauge, Swiss, Serenje – Patrice Sawadogo, Burkinabe, Kasamba – Serge St-Arneault, Canadian, Lusaka, Woodlands – Bernhard Udelhoven, German, Lusaka, St. Lawrence  – Piet van Heijst, Dutch, Kitwe – Antoon van Kessel, Dutch, Lusaka, St. Lawrence – Henk van Kessel, Dutch, Chipata, Kalongwezi – Piet Verkleij, Dutch, Ndola