Showing posts with label Nathaniel Mubukwanu. Show all posts
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

10 Zambian Ministers In China For Developmental Tour

The Zambian ministers upon arrival in China last week
By Paul Shalala

Zambia’s 10 Provincial Minister are on a 10 day visit to China to learn how that country has pulled millions of its citizens out of poverty.

According to Zambia's constitution, Provincial Ministers, who are either elected or nominated Members of Parliament, are at the same level with Deputy Ministers and they do not attend Cabinet meetings.

The Ministers, who left for the Asian country over a week ago, are meeting various delegations of Chinese investors, learning how they are boosting that country’s manufacturing sector.

And China’s Assistant Commerce Minister Bingnan Wang told the ministers on Tuesday that trade volumes increased by 18.4% between January and September 2015 pushing the amount of trade between the two countries to $US 2.1 billion

According to Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dorcas chileshe who is travelling with the Ministers, Mr Wang said 570 Chinese companies had invested in Zambia in agriculture,  manufacturing,  mining, ICT and other sectors.

And Zambian delegation leader Nathaniel Mubukwanu expressed appreciation to the Chinese government for having extended an invitation to the Zambian delegation to participate in the 2016 Ministerial workshop.

Mr Mubukwanu, who is also Western Province Minister,  informed the Chinese Minister that the increase in trade volumes in 2015 was as a result  of Zambia 's business reform improvements.

He expressed confidence that the workshop would accord his delegation  a deeper appreciation of how China had accelerated her development over the last 30 years.

Part of the ministers in class in Beijing
Last week, Copperbelt Province Minister Bowman Lusambo shared on social media some of the lessons he and his fellow ministers are learning in China.

“I was elated to learn that Agriculture is a vital industry in China, employing well over 300 million farmers. The country is the number one producer of rice, wheat, potatoes, tomato, sorghum, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, cotton and oil seed including soyabeans,” said Mr Lusambo in a posting on Facebook.

During the visit to China, the Zambian delegation will visit various companies in and outside the Chinese capital Beijing.

The ministers have since concluded their tour of Beijing and have moved to Shandong province on their continued tour of the Chinese countryside to meet more potential Chinese investors.
Zambia and China have been long standing partners since the southern African country’s independence in 1964.

China built the TAZARA railway which links Zambia to the Tanzanian port of Dar Es Salaam which handles the country’s oil imports.

The Asian giant has also invested millions of dollars in infrastructure projects in sectors such as agriculture, roads, stadiums, schools, mines and health.

Over the past 10 years, China has become a major player in Zambia with its ruling Communist party forging closer ties with each successive government.
On a tour of Beijing Guchuan Food Company

This has included exchange visits by party functionaries to learn various political theories and policy issues in China.

High level Chinese delegations, including the visit by that country’s Vice President in 2014, have been to Zambia to cement the two countries’ relations.

Zambia has also benefited from several concessional loans and currently, Chinese companies are building two modern international airports in the capital Lusaka and in the second city Ndola.

Within Ndola, the Chinese built the 60,000 capacity Levy Mwanawasa stadium which they gave free of charge to the Zambian government a few years ago.

Meanwhile, the number of Chinese nationals living and working in Zambia has increased over the years.

Last year, the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs disclosed that there were 19, 845 Chinese citizens in the country.                                                 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Zambia's New President Edgar Lungu Re-appoints Most Ministers

President Lungu congratulates Ms Wina
By Paul Shalala in Ndola

Zambia's new President Edgar Lungu has reappointed most of the Cabinet Ministers he served with in the late President Michael Sata's Cabinet.

Mr Lungu, who was sworn in on Sunday after winning the hotly contested 20 January Presidential poll, dissolved the previous Cabinet and swore in a new one on Monday.

Prominent among the appointments is Nalolo Member of Parliament Inonge Wina who he swore in as Vice President, a development which has been widely welcomed by stakeholders.

Ms Wina replaces Dr Guy Scott who deputised the late Sata since 2011.

She becomes the first ever female Vice President in Zambia.

Others re-appointed to Cabinet are Justice Minister Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula who served as Home Affairs Minister, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda who retained his position and Harry Kalaba who has also retained his Foreign Affairs portfolio.

Others appointed are Dr Joseph Kasonde who has retained his Health Ministerial post while Chipili Member of Parliament Davies Mwila was sworn in as Home Affairs Minister.

President Lungu swears in Mr Chanda
He also swore in Solwezi Central UPND MP Dawson Kafwaya as North Western Province Minister and announced the appointment of Mongu Central MP Nathaniel Mubukwanu as Southern Province Minister to take over from Daniel Munkombwe who campaigned for UPND President Hakainde Hichilema during last week's presidential election.

President Lungu announced that he will announce the remaining ministerial appointees when he returns from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia in a few days time.

Other non-ministerial appointees the head of state swore in were his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu and State House Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Over 200 Pupils In Mongu Being Funded By CDF To Attend School

Nathaniel Mubukwanu (left)
 By Paul Shalala in Mongu

Over 200 pupils in Mongu District of Western Province are being funded by the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) to attend school.

CDF is an annual allocation in the National Budget to all the 150 constituencies countrywide which is used to implement developmental projects.

The 200 pupils are specially selected by the Mongu Central Constituency CDF Committee and the criteria is picking pupils whose parents are unable to support them or pupils who are orphans.

"These children we are supporting are those whose parents have failed to take them to school. Our priority is to see these children contribute to this country's development," said Nathaniel Mubukwanu, Mongu Central Member of Parliament.

Mr Mubukwanu, who is also North Western Province Minister, recently commissioned a classroom block at Mukoko Basic School in Mongu which was refurbished at the cost of K30,000 using CDF.

The classroom block will be used for Home Economics and it has been equipped with various chicken utensils.

"Our focus as the PF Government is to rehabilite education infrastructure in Western Province as a way of improving education standards which are considered the lowest in the country. We are not happy with the low pass rate in the province," said Mubukwanu.

And Western Province Education Standards Officer Loveness Mubisi says the refurbishing of the classroom will help in the implementation of the revised school curriculum.

"I call upon other members of parliament to emulate Honourable Mubukwanu and use their CDF to help implement the newly revised education curriculum," said Ms Mubisi.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Chinese Firm Almost Fires 900 Workers Over Salaries

One of the bridges on the Mongu-Kalabo road
By Paul Shalala in Mongu

Construction works on the K1.3 billion Mongu-Kalabo road in Western Province has resumed following a tense week in which workers protested violently over working conditions.

On Thursday, the Zambia Police Service was dispatched to the construction site to stop the protest which turned violent as workers destroyed construction equipment.

Later, Avic International was reported to have been in the process of dismissing the workers due to their violent conduct.

On Sunday, Labour Deputy Minister Rayford Mbulu and Mongu Central Member of Parliament Nathaniel Mubukwanu drove overnight to Mongu where they held a two hour closed door meeting with officials from Avic International and trade unions on Monday afternoon.

After the meeting, Mr Mbulu announced that no one among the 900 Avic workers would be fired.

"The company has agreed to extend an olive branch to all workers who took part in the protest. It is now time for workers to follow grievance channels and avoid unnecessary confrontations," said Mbulu, who is also Kalulushi Member of Parliament.

He also revealed that the Chinese firm had agreed to allow workers to either join an existing trade union or form their own.

And Avic International Project Manager Chen Wiau said the company had decided to forgive the striking workers due to Zambia's long standing relations with China.

"Zambia and China are long time friends. We are working here well. We want to complete this project on schedule," said the soft spoken Chen.

 According to resolutions of the meeting, the Chinese firm will now start giving payslips to its workers, it will also compile the debts it owes its workers and is further expected to raise its safety standards in the wake of two fatalities.

Avic International is constructing 27 road bridges across the Zambezi road from Mongu Harbour to an area called Tapo ahead of the raising of the road to bituminous standard.

900 workers are employed by the Chinese firm which is expected to hand over the multi-billion kwacha road project to the Zambian government in April 2016.