REMEMBERING DR. KING ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Martin Luther King Day is a United States of America federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.
PRISONS in Zambia are a health hazard and a death trap for prisoners, and there is need for the private sector to get involved and help mitigate the situation, Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Aaron Mujajati has said.
Dr. Mujajati said prisons in Zambia were too congested and that the sanitary conditions were also extremely poor.
In economic development and business Management, he completed three years service as Managing Director of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA). He had earlier served in the public sector for twelve years as a subsidiary General Manager as well as Group Controller of Group Management Services and Group Director of Projects of the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia. In the private sector, he served for three years as General Manager of the multi-national corporation Blackhood Hodge.
In political governance, he clocked twenty years variously as initiator and Founder National Secretary of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, a legislator, a Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Special Assistant (Political) to the state President, Chairman of the National Economic Advisory Council, Chairman of the National Governing Council of the African Peer Review Mechanism and a Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
In civic and social sectors, he served for three years as Chairman of the Economic Association of Zambia. He has also served as Chairman of the Kitwe Press Club and Chairman of the Lusaka Amateur Boxing Association as well as Committee member of Kitwe and District Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has been a regular resource person for diverse social and economic associations, such as the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions, Small Scale industrialists and cooperative unions.
Academically and professionally, he holds three Master’s degrees from Boston, Carleton and Cornell universities as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Jackson State University in the USA and Canada. In addition, he holds a Fellowship of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, a Certificate in Science and Technology Innovation Programme from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a Certificate in Management Accounting from International Labour Organisation and a Certificate, United Nations Institute for Public Enterprise, Ljubljana, Slovenia during the era of a united Yugoslavia. In addition, he has been awarded D. Phil (Honori Causa) by the International Management Centres Association and Revans University of the U.K. in recognition of his contribution towards Democracy and Development as well as lifetime demonstration of Action Learning.
He was one of the expert formulators of the African Alternative Framework to Structural Adjustment Programme for Socio-Economic Recovery and Transformation of the Economic Commission for Africa. He has been a consultant for the Addis Ababa based Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa, in addition to having undertaken consultancy assignments for the UNIDO and the PTA (now named as COMESA). He has been the Chairman of the Economic Association of Zambia and Zambia Research Foundation.
He has authored books, articles and other publications on varied subjects, including political economy, political development, history and poetry.
By Joanne Hutchinson, Oct 16, 2015
When traveling to a new country, even if their official language is your own mother tongue, it is still a blessing to have an interpreter in a country where there are 10 indigenous languages (or language groups) spoken as a mother tongue by more than 1% of the population, four of which are each spoken by large segments of the population:
BEMBA, LOZI, NYANJA, TONGA.
Mualuka, is how I know him and he has been a most valuable asset to World Vision, Njamba and his family, his community at large and especially to SEEDS. As I have found in Zambia, especially in rural areas, most people speak more than one language and often as many as five languages.
Mualuka was the volunteer with World Vision who found Njamba and determined he was in need of a sponsor. He was also the person who took the annual photos of Njamba and filled out his progress report that was sent to me each year. Due to that experience volunteering with World Vision, Mualuka was asked to be a councilor for the government for the rural area he lives in. Again as a volunteer councilor, Mualuka has helped his community immensely. SEEDS has provided non-GMO vegetable seeds to 5 cities in Zambia for the last 3 years and I am happy to announce that the seeds are reaching one of the most remote areas of Zambia just south west of Kalabo, Barotseland.
Mualuka has successfully grown all of the different varieties of vegetable seeds that we have provided to him which do not normally grow there. As a few examples, Honey Dew melons, cantaloupe, and Kabocha squash. With help from SEEDS, Mualuka has planted Moringa trees and built raised beds to combat drought or flooding that may occur in his area.
A most amazing venture is his chicken farm. SEEDS provided a bag of yellow cattle corn approximately 3 lbs. (1.36kg) in weight. Zambian’s are not used to eating yellow corn as they use white corn (maize) to make their mellie-meal which is a staple in their diet. Mellie -meal is crushed white corn and used to make Nshima.
Mualuka took this bag of corn, planted it and when it grew he dried it and ground it up. He purchased 17 chickens, now has 79 chickens and plans to raise 500 and then sell them.
So from a 3 lb bag of corn, he has developed a chicken farm! See how a small thing can become really big!
Even though you will probably never see this blog, as you live in an area without internet and don’t have a computer, Thanks Mualuka for all you do! Hopefully when the road is finished to Kalabo we will do a “Voluntourism Trip” and come to see you.
Last but not least, Happy World Food Day everyone! World Food Day was set up to mark the creation of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which has done great things in granting people regular access to good, fresh, healthy food. Please help SEEDS feed those in need as well, including Elephants and Chickens!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joanne Hutchinson, the founder of Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS) has been growing (SEEDS) since May 2011 and officially obtained charitable status on Oct. 29, 2013.Joanne has had a lifelong love of animals and concern for the environment. Always one to fight for the ‘underdog,’ Joanne has never been one to sit back at wait for others to do the right thing.Raised in Toronto Canada, Joanne spent her weekends growing up in the barn (at least the adults always knew where she was) of her Grandparent’s farm in Stroud Ontario.
Always dreaming of going to Africa, it was made possible in August of 2011 by World Vision.
Visit SEEDS online: http://sendseedstoafrica.org/