Walking around in Kabwe has quickly become a hassle again as street vendors have been allowed to spread their goods out on both the sidewalks and the actual street. Clothes, shoes, fruit and veg, it’s all there on sale in the midst of mud and smelly streams of water. Facebook, as it does, showed me a memory the other day, a post written in January 2018:
“Everyone who’s so impressed with the government led cleanups going on – it’s a bit like a kid having to clean up his own mess – and about time! If preventative measures had been taken we wouldn’t have had a cholera out brake to begin with! Now schools won’t be opening on the 15th, instead we have to wait til 30th and then see if govt will give the green light. Yes, it’s fantastic that we finally can walk on the side walk without hopping between goods and food for sale, but that’s how it’s supposed to be, we’ve accepted street vending and the dirt filled drainage pipes and filth as normal and so when it’s finally dealt with we all clap and say the govt is at work, but where were they all along leading up to the situation we’ve ended up with!?”
Unfortunately we don’t seem to have come very far, rather we have reversed back to the time of the worst Cholera outbreak Zambia had experienced in a very long time. Is the government waiting for another outbreak before anything is done? That’s what it took to clean up two years ago, but how about we stop this now, before people die from a preventable disease?
And just like that the Christmas Holiday came to an end! I must admit, it will take a few days to get back in to routines… We had my parents here over the entire school break, and at least they had the energy to add a little Christmas feeling to things as mum both baked and made decorations with the children. But before all that we squeezed in a road trip to the Kasanka National Park, and I mean literary squeezed – all of us in a Toyota Hilux! In May we had reached Samfya, so keeping in mind that Kasanka is “only” half the distance somehow made the trip easier. We stayed at the Luwombwa self catering lodge, perfect for us amateur campers. It sits in a very beautiful part of the park, no cellphone reception, only the sounds birds, no neighbors. The down side is that it is an hours drive down to the main attraction of the season, the bat migration, as a result we only did one bat viewing trip. You can pay 20 usd per person to climb the bat viewing towers, but we decided against that and settled for the public viewing spot. That meant however, that we had to wade through water and deep mud, and about half way to the spot did we realize that the big holes in the mud was in fact footprints from hippos! We were using their path that they use when coming up to graze after sunset! The viewing area is simply an open patch in the swampy area just outside the bat forest (the towers are more on the edge of the forest and you will have the bats swooshing passed you!) We were initially abandoned by our guide which added to the adrenaline kick caused by walking in hippo footprints. He returned 10 min later with an armed guard as apparently “this place is very dangerous”! We were very grateful for his presence and for the fact that no hippo had come barging through the thicket during the 10 min we were on our own! Eventually it was time for the bats to come out and feed, just before sunset the forest comes alive, a dark cloud lifting above the treetops, the sound of wings, it is hard to explain the spectacle. There seem to be no end as millions of fruit bats depart from the trees where they spent the day upside down. When it finally seemed to calm down and the light was quickly turning to darkness we made our way back to the car, hoping we were still ahead of the hippos. The next day we spent mostly at the lodge, it was on of those days with a gentle but steady drizzle. A short trip in the canoe, card games, and mud cakes… the boys had so much fun playing in the mud, making mud balls and throwing at each other. I did spend much time keeping the children from fighting and teasing each other, which in the end just had me fighting with all of them instead of enjoying the tranquil surroundings! Unfortunately the wildlife in Kasanka National Park has been reduced by illegal poaching and as we tried to do a little game drive on our last day we mainly saw Puku and Hippos. They say there are elephants and even a few Buffalo, maybe they can be seen in the dry season. Overall I think Kasanka should be on your list of places in Zambia to visit, it is family friendly, affordable and the bat migration is an amazing event to witness. The bats are in the bat forest between October and December so I’d recommend you go a little earlier (before the rain sets in) than we did.
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I’ve written on this topic many times, but we seem to be going around in circles. Let’s be clear: the British colonial masters introduced the anti-sodomy (anti gay) laws when they came here to rule. It has nothing to do with culture (so the “it’s not our culture” stance is simply not a valid argument). Colonialism also introduced the very Bible and faith used to argue against homosexuality. When the Americans speak FOR gay rights people are telling them not to interfere in our affairs, but when the American missionary comes to preach against it you are all ears. Hypocrisy much!?
It’s time for Zambia to reconsider outdated stance on LGBTI community – US Envoy
In regards to the article found below:
As far as I know we also have FREEDOM OF RELIGION in this country! This ministry is a waste of taxpayers money, all they do is getting their noses in issues that are none of their business (like cancelling visas for international stars whom lead lifestyles they disagree with). And if this ceremony is an issue what about all the other traditional ceremonies? None of them are of Christian character. All we’d be left with would be the imported religion of the white man, whom by the way managed very well in convincing the African man that everything African is of the devil!
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