This week's Zambian Economist selection of whose saying what in the Zambian Blogosphere.
Zambian Union discusses the arrest of Post News Editor Chansa Kabwela, and interprets as a general indictment of how MMD "has failed to look at the lives of struggling women in Zambia" :
Since 1991, Zambia women are being forced into destitution. MMD has done nothing for women and does not a policy to improve women’s health, education and economic empowerment. Enough with government speeches which delivers nothing to women. While MMD is condemning the photos, MMD government must be accountable for failing to provide community maternity survives and transportation near to the place where this woman live. Why should women endure long distances to primary health centers? MMD government is guilty of failing to deliver public health services and must be ashamed to speak about photos.
Dying Hope takes the same theme with a dramatic caption "Government killed that woman". The particular contention is that Government has wrongly misinterpreted the images of the dying woman as pornographic, in order to eschew its responsibility for the death :
As defined on Wikipedia "Pornography or porn is the depiction of explicit sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexually exciting the viewer. Pornography makes no claim to artistic merit, unlike erotica which does." So was that sexually exciting government officials? Can any one normal in mind and body called such pictures as sexaully exciting? I see why we have fools for leaders and sick people who can look at such pictures as sexaully exciting. Perverts! Someone took pictures which should not be taken and thats true. But what led to such a situation. Women were there and probably the only ones involved in the issue. Do you think one would take a picture of a woman giving birth for pornographic matters? Can anyone who is not MMD even think of calling those pictures as porn? Can any normal human being regard such pictures as porn? That is the worst thing anyone would look at to get sexually excited, but maybe MMD would.
The Panel on Zed revisits the issue of hearses and clarifies for us what really need to be answered beyond the mud slinging between Masebo and Tetamashimba :
Hon. Masebo’s statement has provided us with the answer to HOW these hearses were purchased. We now require is a similar account to WHY the purchase was made and if there was any CORRUPTION in the transaction. Tetamashimba has reported Masebo to the Anti-Corruption Commission and we hope this would help answer the corruption question but most Zambia are still amazed that a committee of intelligent men and women thought spending scare resources on 100 hearse at a cost of $29000 was a good idea. Why not 100 ambulances or spend $29000 to improve 100 rural health centres? The same meeting decided to purchase 30 tractors to be used in garbage collection. Had they decided to purchase 130 tractors and no hearses, there would be no story because everybody can see the mountains of rubbish surrounding our towns.Zedian on Tech picks an important issue that has not been covered on the Zambian Economist, that is the CAZ versus ZAIN tussle :
The pain of Zain continues as Zambia's Comms regulator CAZ, issues a 48hr ultimatum for the troubled operator to resolve it's network issues. And it's about time! I'm not sure about other countries, but Zain's Zambian network has been consistently under performing from day one! It's started off as Zamcell, then changed to Celtel, and now Zain, but the one thing that's remained consistent throughout is the company's poor network performance. The company has always been criticised for concentrating on rapid growth at the expense of quality, while the regulator was said to be too weak to protect consumers. CAZ must now walk the walk after that tough talking and show that users can have confidence that the regulator is there to protect their interests.
Lwanga reminds us that this week we remember the death of His Excellency President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. He takes us back to that uncertain period when misinformation combined with hope for a better outcome :
I must admit that I was not Mwanawasa’s greatest fan: I was critical of and even angry at a number of his policies, but at the same time I recognised that the positive side of his presidency was positive indeed. He had scored several successes and made Zambia a country worth believing in again and I remember how proud I was to tell my non Zambian friends about him and his courageous ways. I had the privilege of meeting him a couple of times between 2002 and 2007. And just months earlier (Christmas of 2007) I had visited State House for an interview with the First Lady and throughout our talk she, in addition to other issues, repeatedly told me what a supportive and inspiring husband and father he was, how much his family had learnt from him, how disciplined and dependable he was and she painted a number of scenarios that made me see the first family in a different light. It was a family just like mine, bound by love and countless memories. And so now apart from my own fear of losing a President and the possibility of political and economic instability, I thought about a family that would have to learn to live without one of its foremost pillars and decided all over again that I wanted him alive.