Saturday, 28 May 2016

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN LUANSHYA DEMANDS TAX CLEARANCE

Luanshya District Electoral Officer Moses Mwelwa has called on all political parties to ensure that their candidates aspiring to contest the for
thcoming elections acquire Council Tax Clearance Certificates or risk being vetoed.
Mr. Mwelwa who is also Luanshya Town Clerk reminded all political party sponsored and independent aspiring candidates for mayoral, parliamentary and local government seats to also seek clearance from the Zambia Revenue Authority respectively.
He said the two provisions were prerequisite for the filling in of nomination papers for each candidate which falls on Tuesday 2nd July 2016.
“If the candidate meets the entire requirements for filling in his or her nomination papers but has no Council Tax Clearance Certificate, he or she will not be allowed to file in before being cleared by the local council’s finance department” Mr. Mwelwa said.
Mr Mwelwa was speaking in Luanshya today during the nomination briefing attended by various political parties and the police among other electoral stakeholders.
He however expressed concern that only 30 candidates had so far obtained tax clearance certificates, and that Luanshya has a total of 28 wards and two parliamentary constituencies.
Mr. Mwelwa further disclosed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will next week reveal contents of the bill of rights to enable the masses make an informed decision as they vote in the referendum.
He added that the ECZ has already started sensitising the general public on the referendum through voter education facilitators, newspapers and radios among others.
Meanwhile, the ECZ has commenced accreditations for the 2016 general elections and referendum in all districts.
Accreditation for local monitors and international observers commenced on 23rd May 2016 and will end on August 2nd2016.

All registered non- governmental organisations and media personnel including freelance journalists wishing to monitor or observe the 2016 general elections are reminded to apply for accreditation from the district electoral officers at civic centres.

ZAMBIA SOUTH AFRICA BUSINESS COUNCIL LAUNCHED

President Edgar Lungu
President Edgar Lungu says the Zambia South Africa Business (ZSBC) council will no doubt complement government efforts in promoting trade and investment between the two countries.
Mr. Lungu has however urged South African investors to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Zambia by investing in various economic sectors which offer a favourable rate of return for their investments.
President Lungu said government remains committed to creating an enabling business environment aimed at attracting foreign direct investment and stimulating local investment through linkages with small and medium enterprises.
The Head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by Vice President Inonge Wina at the official launch of the Zambia South Africa Business Council (ZSBC) Zambia Chapter in Lusaka last night.
The Zambia South Africa Business Council was established in October 2015 as an innovation of the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria to promote investment and trade between the two countries and to advocate quick resolution of disputes and barriers.
Mr. Lungu expressed hope that through the business council, trade volumes between the two countries will increase even more in a mutually beneficial way with the anticipated inclusion of more local entrepreneurs in various economic value chains.
He however emphasized on the need to ensure that more local entrepreneurs are given an opportunity to participate in the economic value chains in Zambia by designing appropriate capacity building interventions.
Meanwhile, Acting South Africa High Commission to Zambia Nontombi Makupula said there is need to cope with the changing global trend of strengthening bilateral relations not only politically but economically in order to improve the living conditions of the people.

Ms. Makupula praised Zambia for being an all-weather trading partner of South Africa and pledged for continued efforts aimed at fostering inclusive economic growth between the two countries.

Friday, 27 May 2016

MARA MENTOR FOUNDATION LAUNCHED

By Ben Kangwa
“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy and we must support them in any way we can to ensure they become the job creators of tomorrow. I know from my own experience that starting your own business is tough.
Ashish Thakkar at the Launch of the Mara Mentor   Foundation

What our youth need is practical, real world advice to help them develop the necessary skills and knowledge-base to get their business off the ground, “said Ashish J Thakkar, Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. This was at the launch of the Mara Mentor Foundation in Lusaka on 24 on the sides of the African Development Bank Annual Meeting on 24th May, 2016.

Speaking to an 80 plus audience, Thakkar was not shy to first speak about his past, how his parents had lost everything during the dictatorial Idi Amin regime and how the family was forced to move to Britain.

The story does not end there, they had thus rebuilt their lives in the UK and after twenty years had decided to return to Africa and this time to Rwanda - unfortunately in time to witness the genocide. The family had to evacuate to Uganda via Burundi back to a helpless situation and with nothing once again.
Ashish, Ministers Lubinda, Luo and Mwale with Zambian Mara   Mentors

When he was 15 years old, he dropped out of school with a plan to buying computers from Dubai and selling them in Uganda from a $5,000 loan he got from his parents in 1996. Thakkar has never looked back since then. His net-worth is estimated at $260 million. That precise decision expanded into the Mara Group with interests in communication technology, financial services, tourism, manufacturing, information, renewable energy and real estate. The Group that he has built himself operates in over 20 countries all over the world.

It was for this reason that Thakkar would talk about his passion for business and focus on the Mara Mentor Foundation whose purpose is to enable, empower and inspire young entrepreneurs by way of mentorship, guidance and advice. The Foundation was established in 2009.

“As a serial entrepreneur, I understand the challenges that face young African entrepreneurs trying to set up a business from building a network, to gaining access to funding, to scaling up and diversifying. That is why we developed Mara Mentor, a free online app that helps aspiring young entrepreneurs build their network and seek crucial business advice from seasoned business leaders from around the world,” he would add.

For this reason, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Vincent Mwale would point out that the occasion of the Mara Mentor Foundation fell in line with President Edgar

Lungu’s views at the launch of the 2015 Youth Policy and Action Plan for Youth Empowerment and Employment. The policy was aimed at achieving a direct positive impact on poverty reduction and to ensure sustainable development and social inclusion.
Minister Vincent Mwale at the Launch

Minister Mwale would also call on the youth and women entrepreneurs to participate in the Mara Mentor programme, “We encourage our youth and women entrepreneurs to download the Mara Mentor App and benefit from a wealth of knowledge from mentors in Zambia and around the world.”

He would further call on business leaders in Zambia to give their time to mentoring the youth, adding, “This will be a worthwhile investment on your part as you will be contributing towards sustainable small businesses that will create jobs for today and future generations.”
Zambian mentors that attended the occasion included, Minister of Gender Prof. Nkandu Luo, Minister of Agriculture Given Lubinda and Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development, Vincent Mwale. Others that were showcased were David Kombe of Blackdot, Mabel Mungomba of BelComm, Sylvia Mwansa, CEO of SBM, Board Chairperson of Focus general Insurance Beatrice Nkanza, Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor for Administration, Tukiya Kankasa Mabula, Founder of Kupu’s Young Women Network, Norena Chiteba, Soccer Star Christopher Katongo and musician Jordan Katembula.


Speaking to this writer on the role of a Zambian mentor to an upcoming entrepreneur, Mentor David Kombe said, “I would advise Zambian entrepreneurs to take advantage of Mara Mentor App. It links them with experienced business people who could give them sound advice on business. It is a good App to use at any given moment”

Thursday, 26 May 2016

AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGED TO INSURE AGAINST DISASTERS

African Development Bank first vice president and chief cooperating Officer Leautier Frannie says climate disaster has negatively impacted on a number of countries in eastern and southern Africa.


Ms Frannie said Zambia has not been spared from the natural re occurrences, stating that the Kariba dam which is the main source of hydro power for the national economies for Zambia and Zimbabwe has been severely impacted with obvious results in power disruptions.

She added that the drought significantly threatens gross domestic products (GDP) growth in sub-Sahara Africa, pointing out that in Malawi the drought could have an estimated adverse effect of four percent on annual GDP.

Ms Frannie was speaking during a high level panel meeting on climate and disaster risk financing at the on-going African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meeting in Lusaka.

Ms. Frannie said such decrease in productivity destructs economic growth   adding that it also erodes development gains and breaks the resilience of the economies that have been managed in the last two decades.

“To deal with such risks it requires additional emergency aid from the international community” she said.

Ms. Frannie said the ARC protects micro economy disruptions that will be occasioned such as the one Zambia is facing due to inadequate rainfall.

She revealed that in 2014 ARC made pay outs to three African countries with Senegal getting 17 million dollars, Mauritania 6.3 million and Niger got 3.5 to finance the recovery programs.

Meanwhile Kenyan cabinet secretary for the national treasury Henry Rotich said risk management is key to African countries.

Mr. Rotich added that Kenya has to prepare for the ARC premiums in every financial year due to the country’s vulnerability to shocks such as drought.
“We decided to start buying the premiums because of the experience we had in the past with tackling risks that come about when we implement budget.” said Rotich.

Mr. Rotich said besides the ARC, the country has also passed a national drought management law which requires setting up funds for risk purposes.

And Ms Leautier Frannie, the first vice president said such risks cause major budgetary reallocation which disrupts development planning citing Namibia which reallocated about 60 million dollars for a multi prone drought relief program to assist over 600,000 people.

She said that AfDB recognises that Africa can no longer be content with emergency response as it disrupts reallocation of scarce development resources.

And Senegal minister of Economy and Finance Amadou Ba said Senegal was one of the first countries to subscribe for insurance policy from African Risk Capacity (ARC).

Mr. Ba said countries that are prone to natural occurrences such as drought should be encouraged to subscribe to ARC as it helps to deal with many shocks.

He said Senegal has bought two premiums from ARC and is scheduled to buy the third one despite failing to trigger pay-out from ARC the time it experienced a risk, adding that his country will continue to support pay-out premiums.

“Senegal joined ARC after experiencing the first drought in 2011 which negatively impacted on the economic growth of the country.

 And African Risk Capacity insurance board Lars Thunell said countries must ensure that they subscribe to the ARC policy adding that the most expensive thing is to wait for an event to occur and repair the damages.

Mr Thunell said that insurance companies are interested in preventing potential beneficiaries from using issuance payments.

He said it is important to scale up the initiative and expand the ARC to East Africa..
Chair of African Risk Capacity Agency’s governing board Ngozi Lweala said her organisation represents how African states are finding African led solutions to extreme weather conditions.

Dr. Lweala said some African countries namely Niger , Senegal , Gambia, Mali, Mauritania and Kenya have purchased insurance from ARC ltd adding the company expects 30 countries to be insured by 2020.

“African Risk Capacity (ARC) is also launching a tropical cyclone insurance product this year and a flood insurance product in 2017 as part of its effort to increase insurance coverage across Africa” she said.

African risk capacity signed a letter of intent and memorandum of understanding with African Development Bank (AfDB) and conference inter-Africaine des Marches d Assurance (CIMA) respectively after the high level panel meeting at the on-going AfDB annual meetings.


The letter of intent between ARC and AfDB marked an announcement of intentions to collaborate in the areas of planning, preparation and response to extreme weather events.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN TO BE THE NEXT UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL PICKS UP STEAM

The campaign to elect a woman to lead the United Nations for the first time in its history is gathering pace with the field of official candidates for the job now evenly split between the genders. 
The UN General Assembly has been screening applicants
With the second term of Ban Ki-Moon set to expire at the end of 2016, the final decision on who should replace him will ultimately rest with the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, including Britain. London has openly supported finding a female Secretary General.
The contest of the world’s diplomat-in-chief has become at least partially transparent this time around with candidates being asked to make public pitches to the UN General Assembly.  A first round of presentations happened in April; a second batch of runners will be heard next month.
Susana Malcorra, the foreign minister of Argentina, has jumped in
Unprecedented for certain, meanwhile, is the interest being shown in potentially picking a woman.  After the Foreign Minister of Argentina, Susana Malcorra, a veteran of the UN system and a former Chief of Staff to Mr Ban, announced on 20 May her intention to seek the position, the full field of candidates became gender-balanced, with five men and five women running.
“I think there is a huge achievement in what has already happened by it being an open process and that there is parity within the nominations,” Shazia Rafi, a founding member of the Campaign to Elect a Woman Secretary General, told The Independent.  “It is five men and five men now and you have some very qualified women.”
All eight Secretaries General so far have been men.  Ensuring the ninth is not also a man is the urgent focus for Ms Rafi’s campaign, which uses the Twitter hashtag, #She4SG. 
“I think finally we are getting some recognition that the goal of the women peace and security agenda is the actual agenda of the UN and that everything that the UN deals with…comes from the women,” Ms Rafi, a former Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Global Action, offered. 
“Women represent 51 of the global population, yet they had not have had that level of global recognition before,” she added, saying that having a woman at the top could automatically change how the UN approaches conflict prevention in the world and confidence building.
The UN Security Council will have a first straw poll vote on whom among the candidates it might favour in July with the intention of revealing its final choice before the end of October. If there is no obvious consensus figure it is perfectly possible new candidates could jump in even at that last moment. One among those frequently mentioned is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 
Because of her long experience with the UN system and a generally sound reputation within it, Ms Malcorra’s entry into the race is significant. Two things could stand in her way, however: Russia’s insistence so far that the winning candidate must come from Eastern Europe and possible British reluctance to vote for an Argentinian because of the Falkland Islands.
Moscow’s geographical preference could also crimp the candidacy of Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand and director of the UN Development Programme, UNDP.  She and António Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who has also run the UN’s commission for refugees, may have left the most positive impressions after the April round of presentations.
Britain, like the other permanent five members, is declining openly to back anyone, including Ms Clark, even though she is the former leader of a Commonwealth country.  The UK Government believes it deserves some the credit, however, for the new openness being brought to what hitherto has been an entirely behind-closed-doors process, with the General Assembly interviews.
“Those hearings have made a difference by highlighting the strengths of some candidates and the very clear weaknesses of others,” a UK diplomat said, adding also that London “wants to see as many women candidates as possible.  We think its a good thing.”
Certainly one of the most high profile women in the UN system at the moment, Ms Clark is also known to have made enemies at the UNDP, not least because of steps she took early on in her tenure significantly to reduce numbers at the agency’s head office in New York. 
That ruthless streak, as some describe it, could theoretically endear her to some governments who believe it’s time to have a UN leader willing to tackle some of the organisation’s bloat. On the other hand it runs up against an old adage that is applied to the murky business of choosing a UN leader: do the world powers really want a General or would they rather have a Secretary, who will be less likely to get too big for their boots?
That is a question that should also be applied to the persistent rumors about Ms Merkel.   (Rumours is all they are since she has said nothing publicly about wanting to relinquish the chancellorship to take the post.)

Ms Merkel is a woman and could almost pass as an Eastern European. (She has Polish blood and grew up in East Germany.)  But would Moscow, London, Paris and Washington really want someone of such stature running the shop in New York?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

CHINA TO INJECT $376 MILLION IN TAZARA

China is to inject US$ 376 million into the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) for rehabilitation of the railway infrastructure.

The funds will help Tazara rehabilitate its 1, 860 km rail line from Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Saleem to Kapiri Mposhi District in Central Zambia.
The funds are part of an aid package the government of China is arranging to help revive and secure the sustainable development of Tazara.
The resuscitation of Tazara follows a technical assessment undertaken by the Third Railway Survey and Design Institute of China on the railway’s viability.
 The financing package follows a recent weeklong technical work group meeting held in the Tanzanian commercial capital of Dar es saleem to chart the future of Tazara.
Secretary to cabinet Roland Msiska led a team of technocrats comprising permanent Secretaries and officials from the ministries of commerce, development planning, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Transport to the meeting that looked at the rehabilitation and sustainable development of Tazara.

Ministry of Transport Permanent Secretary Misheck Lungu who is co-chairperson of Tazara and part of the Zambian negotiating team confirmed the development to ZANIS in Lusaka.

Mr Lungu however pointed out that the aid package is subject to consideration and approval by the tripartite ministerial meeting set for later this year.
The government of the people's republic of China together with Tanzania and Zambia are exploring ways of resuscitating the ailing jointly owned railway firm.

Tazara was founded over 40 years ago when Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, Julius
Nyerere and Kenneth Kaunda, founding fathers of China, Tanzania and Zambia respectively, visioned connecting east and southern Africa to promote to sustain regional and trade, and social economic development.


However over the last two decades, Tazara has been underperforming and experienced deterioration in infrastructure due to lack of investment.

Friday, 20 May 2016

ELECTION INFORMATION CENTER LAUNCHED

The Zambia Election Information Center, (ZEIC) a multi stakeholder web based election monitoring platform has been launched in Lusaka.

Speaking during the launch yester night, ZEIC Co-Chairperson Boniface Cheembe said the platform is aimed at improving the quality of electoral processes in Zambia.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Cheembe said the platform will also help to enhance collaboration among Civil Society Oganisations (CSO’s) that are working in election issues.
He said the platform will further leverage the potential of mobile telephone to enable citizens effectively participate in the electoral process ahead of the August 2016 general elections using the SMS code 2323.
And representative of the ZEIC Council of Elders Chibesa Kankasa expressed hope that the platform will provide citizens the means to share information that will lead to corrective action.
Mama Kankasa however appealed to all Zambians to embrace peace, love and harmony before, during and after the August, 11, 2011 general elections.

The launch of the Zambia Election Information Center was attended by various political party leaders, diplomats, civic leaders, the media and other stakeholders in the democratic governance process.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

REFORM OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID SYSTEM NECESSARY, NGOS SAY AHEAD OF AID SUMMIT

As the first-ever international humanitarian summit is only a week away, Turkey's leading aid organizations are focusing on the need to "localize aid" with "stronger local actors".

As Istanbul gets ready to host the World Humanitarian Summit between May 23-24, Anadolu Agency spoke to domestic NGOs who say empowering local communities is the best way to cope with disasters.
Head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, says if local humanitarian aid groups are not strengthened "communities will be more open to disasters".
"Aid made by larger international organizations in local places is not sustainable and results in very high costs."
Kinik says reform of the humanitarian aid system is needed, describing it as "reshaping aid".
"A draft final report to be shared by the UN at the end of the summit is almost ready," Kinik says. "We do not expect a radical change, but it is a significant summit which will only focus on humanitarian issues. It will also be an opportunity to tell the world Turkey's way of humanitarian aid."
The summit will feature a number of high-level leaders' round-table talks, as well as briefings, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition fair.
During two days, around 5,000 participants-global leaders from government, business, aid organizations, affected communities, faith-based organizations, international and national NGOs, and academia-will meet.
Each organization is expected to bring its own agenda to the world summit. Among these are Turkey's Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) and the Support To Life aid agency.
"Localization of humanitarian assistance" is of top priority for these two groups which have been actively involved in the preparatory phases leading up to the summit, starting with the first regional consultation in June 2014 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Sema Genel Karaosmanoglu, executive director of Support To Life, says: "One of the strongest and most important messages that came out of the consultation phase was the need to localize aid."
She says in the current humanitarian system, a great majority of global funding stays with global actors "that are remotely positioned from affected people".
Complaining that a significant portion of global humanitarian funding is used "to keep the heavy machinery of the UN running," she says: "It is striking to see that less than two percent of the total funding goes to local actors that are in direct contact with the affected populations.
"For humanitarian aid to be effective, we need to see more resources channelled to local actors who are known to provide the most effective aid."
IHH Deputy Chairman Durmus Aydin, also the summit's coordinator, agrees, saying:
"It is only when local aid organizations grow stronger that the continuity of humanitarian aid is ensured."
He says during humanitarian crises in developing countries, it is highly difficult to get over problems quickly "as both the states and national NGOs are not strong enough".
Pointing out that millions of people are displaced every year due to war-related crises, Aydin says the classic UN methods of providing humanitarian aid "are not helping anymore".
"The UN is also looking for a solution to those long-lasting crises [...] What we expect out of the summit are concrete steps towards overcoming such … problems."
Karaosmanoglu admits there are serious challenges to reforming aid delivery:
"Given the power dynamics in the humanitarian aid structure as it currently stands, it will not be easy to make significant changes. But this is a slow process and the seeds for that change are being sown."
Her association has had the chance to contribute to many of the themes and discussions on the effectiveness of humanitarian aid and "how they can reform the system in order to better reach out to the millions of affected people that need assistance".
She talks about two concrete initiatives which NGOs see as important steps.
One is the launching of a global network of local actors (NEAR-Network of Empowered Aid Response) who have met each other throughout preparatory consultations and have a stronger voice in changing conditions and resources for local actors.
The second initiative is a 'Charter for Change', which is a set of commitments put together and endorsed by 23 international NGOs. Signatories commit to passing larger portions of aid funding to local partners, supporting and building their capacity, and establishing a more equal partnership in joint response to humanitarian crises.
Karaosmanoglu also says one of their aims at the summit is "to show the power and impact of local actors in Turkey in the provision of humanitarian assistance to nearly three million Syrian refugees that are in need of food, shelter, health care, and education".
"The amount of support provided by local actors in Turkey to refugees is not visible in the current humanitarian system," she adds.
"Our goal is to visualize on a map the many diverse interventions made by a diverse set of local actors, emphasizing the need for more resources to be channelled to these actors."
Aydin from the IHH also points to the efforts made for Syrian refugees.
- 'Humanitarian diplomacy' -
IHH-one of Turkey's first international aid organizations, which currently operates in over 140 countries-has carried out numerous aid work in the field.
The foundation has saved over 2,000 civilians, including journalists and aid volunteers, from prisons in Syria since the conflict in that country started, Aydin says.
"Humanitarian diplomacy" is what the foundation will also be focusing on during the summit.
"None of the aid organizations can be indifferent to those innocent people being kept in prisons," he said, "especially … aid volunteers."
"By international agreements, there should be no hindrance to them to deliver aid to the needy."
Although he is not very hopeful about a solution to the Syrian crisis, he says: "I hope that the summit at least can be a step towards making vulnerable people there sheltered."
Reiterating that some concrete suggestions and solutions have been discussed prior to the summit, he says:

"The upcoming event is a historic one. Now, what is significant is that the UN should support and practice [resolutions]. If not, all the work and effort going on for two years on how to achieve more effective humanitarian aid will be wasted.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

CHARITY SAYS ELDERLY ARE OVERLOOKED IN HUMANITARIAN CRISES

A new report by HelpAge International, the global network that advocates for the rights and dignity of older people, reveals that when it comes to humanitarian crises, the needs of the elderly are often overlooked and misunderstood. The survey of 300 older refugees fleeing from conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and Ukraine found evidence of neglect, poor health provision and feelings of isolation and fear. Marcus Skinner, Help Age’s Humanitarian Policy Manager, spoke to Linda Bordoni about the report’s findings.

Skinner said that older people are disproportionately affected when disaster strikes or conflicts flare up, describing the report as “a snapshot” of older people that reinforces the view that the elderly are “largely invisible in the design and delivery of humanitarian aid.”  
He said almost all the older people they talked to in the three countries told them they had not been consulted about their needs and often were “unable to access assistance appropriate to their needs.”
Asked about the older refugees’ psychological state in humanitarian crises, Skinner said almost half of them reported suffering from depression, anxiety and lack of hope. 
“We need the raise the profile” about the plight and needs of old people, he said, but all too often aid providers and policy makers focus on the needs of other vulnerable groups such as children and woman but not the elderly.
Skinner also says that HelpAge International will be present later in May at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit where it will join other NGOs in lobbying for a reformed humanitarian system that ensures that no vulnerable person is left out.

He says that leading humanitarian agencies have drawn up a Charter for Inclusion setting out the pressing commitments needed to ensure humanitarian assistance reaches the most affected people and invites everyone to sign up to the charter.

Friday, 13 May 2016

DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY: LOST IN TRANSITION

It is very ignorant for people to think that Nepal is poor considering the lifestyle of majority of people. Nation could definitely be considered poor if compared in terms of cars, houses and
bank balance, but one of the most important aspect of Nepalese life is that majority of its people live a life of self-sustenance also promoted as Self-sustainable development by NGOs/INGOs.
Most of Nepalese citizens are engaged in farming occupation and each family sustains itself through its own endeavours in floriculture, horticulture or animal husbandry unlike industrialized nations where people must have jobs for sustenance.
Majority of Nepalese population, thus doesn’t depend upon any kind of job for sustenance. Instead, entire family members are engaged in family trades. Rearing live stocks and farming are among many other ways people engage themselves in action. In most of the Terai, village cow-herd girls and boys rise up early in the morning, take their cows to the forests and spend all day playing in the rivers and ponds before heading back to their homes with their animals.
Government of Nepal hasn’t been able to collaborate with its own citizens because of their internal conflict and dirty politics. NRN leaders can work in co-ordination with the government. National Planning Commission must create an immediate policy that can bring NRN leaders across the world together.
Sampreshan White-Himal organized an interaction program with the former assistant general secretary of UN Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam in Jackson Heights, who is also the writer of “Lost in Transition”. 
Chief Guest Kul Chandra Gautam answering the questions on topic “Challenges and Possibilities for Development of Nepal”
Sampreshan was hosted by a young, energetic, and dynamic Journalist Shailesh Shrestha.
When asked by Purosattam Bohora via facebook, “Why did Kul Chandra Gautam tried so hard to stop Ban-Ki-Moon’s visit to Nepal during Prachanda’s prime-ministership?” Gautam replied, “Prachanda was the co-ordinator of the Lumbini Development Committee then who had a background of leading a violent civil war. I was against the idea of him leading this committee. I never tried to stop Ban-Ki-Moon’s visit. I didn’t have any ability to do so.”
Development of Nepal has nothing to do with the regional divisions. Drafting of the constitution was delayed by the subject of regional divisions. Although late, constitution has been drafted but not all parties are satisfied with it. We needn’t quarrel in such matters. Since the nation has already been divided into various zones, we must work within this frame for the economic progress of the country. Jyoti K. Shrestha added and said, “Our country hasn’t developed because of the lack of execution of the country’s system and laws.” 

This is a time to work for the national progress instead of engaging in regional disputes. Instead of fighting for caste or gender equality, we should emphasize upon the equality of all Nepalese people. Everyone must work keeping in mind the future of their children, education and health. Nepal is still in the process of political transition. We still have differences and the national partition makes it more difficult for us to get what we want. We must wait for more years.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

ECZ COMMENCES TRAINING IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 11 POLLS

THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it has commenced training its stakeholders in in electoral disputes and mediation skills ahead of the forthcoming August 11 general elections.

Central province Electoral officer Alfred Nyambose says this is because the conflict management plays a vital role in resolving electoral disputes.

Mr Nyambose said it is for this reason that  there is need to equip  conflict management committees with mediation skills prior to the August 11 general elections
saying this will enable them resolve disputes that may arise before and during the elections.

“Conflict Management and the need to mediate disputes cannot be over-emphasised and this training is timely as the Commission prepares
for the 11th August general elections.” Mr Nyambose Observed.

He said this in a speech read for him by Serenje District Electoral officer Pamela Zulu during a five day ECZ conflict management training being held at
Villa Mbanandi Lodge in Serenje District,


Mr Nyambose, who is also the Central Province Local Government Officer, added that the ECZ will acquaint district management committees with new training materials to ensure that they are up-to-date with the new legal frame work in view of the amended constitution.

“The training will upgrade and consolidate mediation skills acquired in earlier training undertaken before 2016.” He said.

Mr Nyambose further thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the support towards enhancing the capacity of the national
and district conflict management committees in resolving and mitigating electoral conflict under the support to the Zambian electoral cycle project.
The training has drawn participants from active political parties, civil society, the Church, Police and other government department
from Serenje, Chitambo, Luano and Mkushi districts, respectively.

He also urged participants to listen carefully to acquire the skills necessary to deal with disputes that may be referred to the committees.
for settlement.


PEIF PATRON CHALLENGES PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOSOCIALLY CHALLENGED YOUTHS TO BE INNOVATE

Chanda Kabwe
Presidential Empowerment Initiative Fund (PEIF) National Patron Chanda Kabwe has urged physically and psychosocially challenged youths to innovate projects that will contribute national development.

Mr Kabwe says for a long time people with disabilities, marketers and vendors had been overlooked by successive governments because they are from the informal sector and cannot access banks loans and empowerment funds.

He said however the Patriotic Front (PF) government wants to boast the small businesses of Zambians in markets and individuals regardless of their physical nature so that they can graduate to small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Mr Kabwe who is also Kitwe District Commissioner said for the first time the President Lungu has extended the empowerment to persons with disabilities because he considers everyone as his children.

The PEIF National patron was speaking when he disbursed K55 500 to five groups and individuals in Kitwe today, Mr Kabwe said youths should think outside the box and come up with ideas that are viable.

He said out of the beneficiaries, 42 are youths from Zambia Deaf Youth and Women, 9 women from the Catholic Church, 3 taxi operators from Wusakile, 20 from Buyantanshi women group, 10 marketeers from Chisokone market and 8 individuals.

He further disclosed that the first lady left an instruction through his office that land should be acquired for Buyantanshi women club when she visited Kitwe for the women’s day celebrations.

Meanwhile, Buyantanshi Women of Vision Club Secretary Erica Nyirenda said her organisation is grateful with the gesture by the First Lady Esther Lungu to give them land and has assured the first lady that the land will be utilised for agriculture purposes.

‘’ We are very grateful for the support you have given us and we would like  to recommend that you continue doing the same to women in other districts in the country so that we stand up to support our families and the community so that attain economic freedom,’’ Ms Nyirenda said.

Ms Nyirenda was confident that with the assistance from government, Buyantanshi would achieve greater development in all aspects.

And his deputy Alex Chiteme urged the beneficiaries to repay the funds on time to give chance to others who are on the waiting list and desist from using the money to hold parties.


‘’ Use the money wisely and invest in project that will help you sustain your families. Avoid buying household items and holding parties to show off’’ Mr Chiteme said.