Banning social media not a solution to Africa’s governance problems 

Sometimes our politicians need to make wider consultations before going to the media to make certain pronouncements, ” if cyber bullying , fake news  and other vices continue will have to go the China way of banning Facebook and Google …..” , said our minister of communication and transport Eng Brian  Mushimba   ,China has its own tencent app wechat,  and Sina Weibo which is the equivalent of Americas twitter,  so which social media will the govt offer as alternatives after banning Facebook and Google? Most free smart phone apps we use are free of charge and a supported only by adverts which are powered by Google AdSense, which is way cheaper than advertising in traditional print media or even electronic media,  imagine an advert which can reach millions of Zambians at only K9/ day,  the same same story with Facebook the tech giant survives on advertising revenue, it’s target based adverts Which target a specific age group and location,  we should not look for cosmetic solutions we must dig to find long lasting solutions,  most of these problems can be curbed by having adequate legislation, like Zicta said having laws to curb cyber crime,  than killing the spirit of enterprise,  I have noticed alot of e-commerce going on from Facebook,  now if it where to be banned that’s strangling  an SME who markets  his / her products on Facebook.



Media Statement for Immediate Release
LUSAKA, Thursday, May 2, 2013 – His Excellency,
Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic
of Zambia, has said the removal of the subsidy on
petroleum products will enable the state to have
more finances available for spending and guarantee
proper implementation of all government
programmes and projects.
President Sata said it is necessary that the subsidy
on petroleum products, which has been a burden on
state coffers for a longtime, is removed and
consequently the price of fuel adjusted upwards in
order to attract wider social benefits for the general
“In 2012 alone, the Treasury redirected resources
amounting to KR754 Million (K754 Billion) from
implementation of other government programmes
and activities in the Budget to finance the fuel
subsidy,” the Head of State said.
“For the 2013 budget, the Government has already
paid a sum of KR571.5 Million (K571.4 Billion) in
fuel subsidies as at 18th January, 2013. It is
estimated that more than K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1
Billion) will be paid in 2013 as subsidies if no
adjustment is made to the price build up and/or the
pump price.
“Our people may wish to know that the estimated
K1.1 Trillion (KR1.1 Billion) subsidy can go a long
way in financing the construction of more than 100
new rural primary schools or over 120 new rural
health centres to help the majority marginalized
The President has further explained that these funds
are diverted from expenditure on social sectors and
infrastructure development that if spent would have
accelerated poverty reduction and employment
creation especially for the youths.
“The removal of the subsidy will make more
finances available for spending and guarantee job
creation and the development of infrastructure such
as schools, universities, hospitals as well as the
Link Zambia 8000 project, which will open up the
rural areas for increased trade and investment,”
President Sata said.
“The decision will also make funds available for the
upgrading of the Indeni Oil Refinery to enable it
process pure crude oil, which is cheaper to import
and will result in cheaper imports by about US$10
Million while providing other by-products to be used
in the plastic, road and fertilizer industries. I believe
the overall short and long-term benefits to
Zambians of this action, outweighs by far any
perceived negative consequences.”
President Sata said in its pursuit to improve the
livelihood of all Zambians, the PF government
remains committed to ensuring that there is a
transparent and equitable distribution of resources
to all sectors to facilitate greater economic growth.
Meanwhile, President Sata is this Friday [tomorrow]
expected to flag off the commencement of the
construction of the 61Km Chalimbana Road project.
This is another project under the Link Zambia 8000,
which will provide a shorter route to the Leopards
Hill Road passing through Chiawa to Chirundu.
The same day, the Head of State is also expected
to lay a foundation stone for the construction of
Chalimbana University.
This is part of President Sata’s vision to overhaul
and develop the education system by increasing the
number of public universities as espoused in the PF
Issued by:
PRESS AND PUBLIC. Now the question is from 2013 after the partial removal of subsidies have the Zambian people benefitted ? what assurance does the ordinary man on the street have that he or she will benefit from the removal of subsidies in 2016 , only posterity will judge us .


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mathematics,science ,geography and all
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teacher,mr phiri teaching me is jeros of
myself,me wear expense cloth than ngoni
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A beggar had been sitting by the side of a
road for over thirty years. One day a
stranger walked by.
“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar,
mechanically holding out his old baseball
“I have nothing to give you,” said the
stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you
are sitting on?”
“Nothing,” replied the beggar, “Just a box. I
have been sitting on it for as long as I can
“Ever looked inside?”
“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point?
There is nothing in there.”
“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid.
With astonishment, disbelief and elation,
he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give
you and who is telling you to look inside.
Not inside a box, as in the parable, but
somewhere even closer: inside yourself.
“But I am not a beggar,” I can hear you
Those who have not found their true
wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being
and the deep, unshakable peace that
comes with it, are beggars.
They are looking outside for scraps of
pleasure or fulfillment, for validation,
security, or love, while they have a
treasure within that not only includes all
those things but is infinitely greater than
anything the World can offer.
-Eckhart Tolle-
( From his book the POWER OF NOW)


In my five years of commuting  between towns for work, i have witnessed the number of cars on our Zambian high ways grow exponentially, its has grown as fast as the social media frenzy .

Just yesterday whilst going for work we came across a Zimbabwean registered truck which went of the high way and was only stopped by a tree which was in front of it , luckily the driver escaped unhurt.  Most people we found on the scene had a phone in their hands or some sort of hand held devices taking photos or videos.

Hardly a month ago we witnessed Truck belonging to Chat Milling which  lost control hitting into an anthill, they were a total of 7 passengers including the driver, it happened before our very eyes as the truck was just in front of us, it was so tragic that the car had to turn around facing the direction it was coming from, all the people in the truck had some fractures and dislocations, Surprisingly after we went out to assist the casualties, so people where just busy taking photos and videos whilst they stood afar, which begged these  questions ” Are all these people journalists? , Are they taking these photos to send to media houses? Or its just for the sake of being the first to share the photos and videos on sharing sites or even social media? ”

It took a few courageous people to help the casualties, as most of them had cuts and where bleeding, as we all never had surgical gloves or any form of hand protection , to prevent us from getting any blood transmitted infections from the casualties, but we did it for a good cause, helping humanity despite the health risks involved, while other people where busy uploading photos to their profiles.

Ever since then it has made me wonder is it of any benefit being  the first to share the photographs on sharing sites than helping save the life of the casualties. Am glad that my phone stayed in my pocket and i administered first aid to some of the casualties, saving a life of a family man , a bread winner and a tax payer.


Its so surprising more than a
decade after leaving high
school, guidance and
counseling is still not given that
much attention in government
Today if your where you ask a
school leaver on which options
or just the career they would
want to pursue one would be
surprised , some have even
more than five career options
which may not be even be
related, clearly showing lack of
I think the government must
employ fulltime guidance
counselors in all public
secondary schools rather than
having a teacher who does it
parttime, just after classes,even
bring in professionals from
various fields to tell the
students on different career
prospects .