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Monday, 13 July 2009

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  1. What a shame! This reporter deserves the support of everyone that believes in the rule of law. Surely the bigger criminals in this matter are those that neglected their duty which caused this selfless reporter to report the horrible incident as she did. She only sought to tell the story as it happened.

    The authorities are merely trying to divert attention from themselves. This is what President Obama spoke about in Ghana. He was speaking to Zambian authorities too!

    The arrest and harassment of this woman is not in the public interest. Amnesty International, other human rights organisations, churches and individual like ourselves must stand up and speak for this reporter.

  2. Poor Zambia the more things change the more they remain the same! Hasnt it occured to Rupiah Banda that it is neither this poor reporter nor the post that is on trial but his own governance and legacy? Indeed RB is the typical African 'strong leader' Obama was talking about. What does RB want to prove with this persecution? My advice to RB is that the Zambian 'creature'that was obtaining during KK's reign has undergone metamophorsis and wont be easily cowed by these sort of 'examples'. Besides the whole world has changed and expects civilised standards of behaviour from every leader in the world. The world indeed has become so small and open that it is difficult to hide misrule.

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  4. She broke the law and anyone who breaks the law deserves to be prosecuted.

    If you break the law in the US or UK, the local constablia would never let you slide. Zambia is a nation governed by laws. The law does not allow distributing material showing peoples genitals. If it was a picture of her mother, would she have circulated it the way she did? What if it was a picture of your mother; would you sit back and watch it being circulated by the Post and do nothing?

    Zambia is special because we have culture and tradition that teach us to behave responsibly, and going around circulating pictures of nudity is not acceptable. This young reporter seems to have been used by Mmembe to betray her own conscience and values in the name of press freedom. It is embarrassing that we can let our people deteriorate like this and support the idea!

    In this case the rot is clearly not in RB or MMD; it is in ourselves for allowing this level of degeneration without correction!

  5. Fred has resorted to using young girls to further his ill motives. If he is as brave as he claims, he should have written the letters and circulated those pictures himself. He knew she'd be in trouble and he left her to face the authorities herself. He is nowhere to be seen yet his ka girl is in trouble. If she thought what she did was right, she would not have written a letter to NGOCC appologising for this irresponsible act. Shame!

  6. Let me get this straight:

    Expectant mother goes into labour. Father and mother proceed to seek assistance from health care professionals in multiple locations and are refused, before nature takes its course outside UTH without experts present. Tragically, the baby did not survive the delivery, and my deepest sympathies go to these grieving parents. The father, no doubt having brought a camera in anticipation of recording happier events, nevertheless was moved to use it in order to document a portion of his wife's suffering. This is my understanding of how these pictures came into being.

    In the wake of this tragedy, the father determined to seek publication of the details, and provided his documentary evidence to the Post newspaper, where it wound up on the desk of Chansa Kabwela. Upon reviewing the material, she concluded that it was a valuable, even important example of the unintended consequences of the impasse between government and health care workers, but nevertheless unsuitable for publication and general distribution. Accordingly, she then further provided the father's evidence directly to relevant individuals in reputable public institutions, especially those concerned with matters of reproductive health, and including the office of the Vice President.

    Then President Banda gave a Press Conference, and in tangential response to a question made reference to the need to prosecute whomever was responsible for circulating these allegedly obscene photographs of a woman giving birth. Not surprising that once the Big Man has spoken, the various organs of coercive authority at his disposal go into action, and said prosecution goes forward expeditiously. What remains a mystery is why the President chose this particular issue to be aired before the international press?

    Especially at a point in time where the MoH is facing budget shortfalls due to withdrawal of support funds from Scandinavian nations concerned over issues of transparency and mismanagement, this would not seem to be a particularly productive incident to widely publicize. Discussion of the photographs without reference to the circumstances of their creation won't go very far towards satisfying a curious public now that their interest has been aroused. Putting Chansa in prison for five years, or more likely imposing a hefty fine on her and her employer, won't stop people from talking about the larger drama. This prosecution begs the question of which was the greater obscenity, the photos themselves or the event recorded therein?

  7. Yakima,

    "This prosecution begs the question of which was the greater obscenity, the photos themselves or the event recorded therein?"

    I couldn't agree more. And the answer to that depends on which side of the moral spectrum one belongs!

    Are we going to be valuing 'morality' over life?


  8. Many people suffered because of the nurses strike action. Many died too! We all know this. Government knew this, the nurses knew this, the doctors new this, i.e. it was not a secret. It was on MuviTV and ZNBC every day and government, in panic, almost brought in nurses from Zimbabwe because of this.

    This does not make it right to take pictures of your wife or mother and circulate them to strangers. It does not make it right for Chansa to circulate these pictures like she did. Her intention was immoral, irresponsible and totally uncultured.

    Many women were raped and killed in Rwanda’s genocide but because of culture, respect and morality, pictures of women’s raped genitalia were never circulated.

    Chansa’s action was not complicated. It’s was just WRONG! That is why she wrote to NGOCC and WfC to apologize for acting without thinking. Even Chansa knows it was wrong!

  9. What kind of husband takes nude pictures of his wife and circulates them to prove a point which is being aired on TV every day?

    What kind of reporter duplicates nude pictures and sends them to various offices, and then writes admitting that what she did was wrong?

    What kind of editor-in-chief hides whilst his news editor is being questioned and arrested by the police for following his instructions?

  10. In civilised countries the Health minister would have been expected to step down due to the death of that child. Unfortunately we are talking of Zambia; a failing state with a corrupted political system, a corrupt civil service and judiciary and crumbling infrastructure. Honestly this is a failed generation. And only a psychophant will have praise for the rubbish that is going on! Honestly I am embarrased to be Zambian.

  11. Frank, you appreciate the west too much! Now you call your own people uncivilized all because you think the west is better. Well, where are the ministers, congressmen & senators who stepped down when British and American soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan? Where are the ones who resigned after 911? Sorry to blow your bubble but you believe in fiction! Read the Florence Nightingale pledge and then you'll see who is responsible for the childs death.

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  13. FMD give me a break! You assume too much! (sic).I have never been brought up to believe that civilised countries implies western countries. That is YOUR understanding. It has nothing to do with me. A country like Zambia with a a highly personalised dysfunctional political and administrative system qualifies to be labelled uncivilised. I dont care what is happening in the countries that you've have mentioned. I am just concerned that Zambia is a failed state going by the state it is in after 45 years of independence. Nightingale er? Is she the one who held the Bible in her hand and pledged to uphold the constitution and by implication look after the interests of Zambians? The nurses at UTH are employees of the Zambian govt and the responsibility falls on the govt.The nurses employment contracts are with the Minstry of Health and not with Nightingale!

  14. So if they ask for salary increments that the state cant afford, then our government has failed? And if tey go on strike because government is already spending 50% of the national budget on paying nurses and other civil servants, this is okay with you? And if they defy their unions calls after demands are met and decide to go a wild cat strike thus leaving people to perish because they want more money, this is okay with you?

  15. ANC & Zuma are in a similar predicament in South Africa but i dont hear anyone saying they have failed. If anything, people there are saying striking workers should be reasonable and negotiate within government means instead of holding the people hostage.

  16. In Zambia, we take pictures on someones mother, someones sister and someones wife, and publish their nudity on the internet and circulate it. Then we call this "heroic". Its no wonder that in Zambia even plunderers of national resources are heroic. It is a shame to be Zambian when morality, culture, respect and good judgement are erroded for political gain.


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