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Friday, 26 June 2009

Friday Review of Zambian Blogs

Kaela Mulenga writing over at Lusaka Gossip expressed outrage and surprise at the re-appointment of Dora Siliya :
It appears that High Court Musonda is arrogantly over exercising the fact that – in matters of law, the Tribunal is technically subordinate to the criminal or High Court code – if I understand these things correctly. If so, it is that ammunition he perhaps relied on when passing that judgment in favor of Dora Siliya and RB’s government. Conversely, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if RB delay in sacking Siliya was based on the pre-knowledge that they would take advantage of this loophole.

When you consider these points – plus many other relevant ones not outlined here, you end up concluding that – the Zambian people have no body else to redress their grievances. What an awful position to be in? No wonder many young Zambians are mad. How can they not be outraged? It is no wonder many of them desire to leave the country. When shall we get another Jesus-like savior?
Ntheye Lungu has a different angle on the whole affair. He affirms the President's right to hire and fire, as well as his belief in a corrupt free Judiciary. However, he argues that the issue really is really about timing and the blame for that lies at the President's inept advisers :
It would seem hypocritical to laud a judicial process only when the outcomes are punitive to the defendant. Surely Judge Musonda's ruling was not beyond the comprehension of Dora Siliya's protagonists. If Dora Siliya was not in breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, surely she now qualifies for consideration and reappointment to Ministerial office? I suspect it would be a dangerous double standard to refuse to recognise her innocence in the matter simply because she once stood accused.

Why then would this seemingly logical sequence of events raise the ire of many. One word - timing! The combination of a mis-timed appointment - shortly following the ruling - and the unforgiving court of public opinion where Dora Siliya, it appears, remains guilty, and possibly perceived to be incompetent, means this has been a political faux pas by President Banda!
Dying Hope turns our attention to the Presidential Press Conference and concludes the presentation was misguided. Instead, he offers an alternative vision of what the President should have focused on :
Here is what I expected from you and your group. If you meant improving service delivery in the medical sector:-
  • Spend all the money meant for luxury clinics in South Africa in our institutions. No one developed South Africa apart from South Africans. I would call my dad a fool to go and bath in our neighbour's bathroom because he can't fix ours.
  • Make sure you setup a policy to make it only as a matter of impossibility to be handled in our country for any minister to go to other countries for treatment. That way, you would ensure all things good and resources are spent on our workers. Kaunda was treated in UTH and if that fails, Maina Soko. Thats a leader - no monkey would fail to respect that.
  • Lead the people in looking and believing 'Made in Zambia' is the best. How I wish I could be given a chance to let people know that they shouldn't look elsewhere but home. You have the chance, but you want to be bigger than the Post!


  1. Why have you no business and entrepreneur blogs on your lists? We are not important? I have been blogging from Livingstone for 3 years.

  2. Richard Chanter,

    Always good to hear from my fellow small business owners! Especially ones like yourself who are confronting the Zambian private sector directly, on the ground as it were. In defense of Cho, the Friday Review of Blogs is a relatively new thing, and is not meant to be comprehensive by any means, just an attempt at networking us all together a bit more. I've looked around your blog briefly, and it looks interesting, and I am particularly intrigued by your sponsored weekly radio show on Zambezi Radio 107.5FM, any idea if they are considering packaging the show as podcasts so that the greater world can tune in?

    I guess my point is that of course we are curious about who you are and what your life in Livingstone running a 10-room tourist accommodation is like! Please tell us, give us all the gory or boring details, because otherwise people like me 15,000kms away will have no way of knowing. I've been personally trolling the web for data on Zambia for years, but with all due respect, I just never happened to enter the proper search terms or follow the results deep enough to discover your particular blog. I would also say that yours is more extensive and generally relevant as a news source than most business-based blogs, which all too often contain nothing but advertising information about themselves and their partners, and no genuine attempt at informing the public.

    So be welcome, Lodgeman Richard, and if I may be so bold, I recommend that in future you introduce yourself before assuming you have been deliberately excluded. The world is getting "smaller" due to IT, but it is still a very large place, and there are ever more people to meet. It is good to meet you, and I hope that you will continue to visit and contribute your perspective so that the rest of us may benefit. For example, I would dearly like to know how your business may or may not have been affected by load shedding over recent months, if you feel free to disclose such information publicly.

  3. Richard,

    We shall certainly flag up the Lodge Blog. Good work there, as always. I am a regular reader of your other blog on yahoo 360.

    I wont repeat Yakima's accurate response, except to say that your blog is particularly important because not only are you in the sector that is vital, but also it sets a wonderful example of how the Internet can be used by Zambian businesses to market themselves.

    I am also curious about about Zambezi FM. Is there anyway you can get it online and then to our iPods via the brilliant WunderRadio.

    Flava FM have made their way their after I asked WunderRadio to pick them up!


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