15 years for love?

(Read article linked below)

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It’s time for Zambia to reconsider outdated stance on LGBTI community – US Envoy

Freedom of religion?

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!

Click link to read the article:

Religious Minister Opposes traditional Ritual Prayers at the Kariba Dam for more rains

No power

Yesterday, as we had been warned, our 4 hour daily power cuts were doubled, leaving us without electricity for a whole 8 hours. One wonders where this will lead us. With Zambia’s economy already stumbling this is like cutting oxygen to a patient on life support.

We’ve been told the extension of the load shedding is due to a fault at MCL power station, however we’ve had to put up with daily cuts of 4 hours for a long while already and the question is; is it all because water levels are low in the Kariba dam? Or could these crippling power cuts have been prevented by opening up to privatisation, investing in renewable sources like sun and wind, and rooting out corrupt factors in the energy sector?

Hard to say with the lack of transparency, all government is saying is that load shedding is done to avoid having to import electricity, sounds to me they’ve run out of purchasing power too. Wouldn’t you, as a government, want to do everything in your power (pun intended) to keep the production (what little there is) running? And what about the farmers needing irrigation to finish their (wheat) crops? We are already seeing mealiemeal, the staple food, at staggering prices, and this could lead to further shortages and increased prices on bread among other things.

Those are the two first major effected areas that come to mind. But the “side effects” of these power cuts are so many. Nobody is spared, not even hospitals, and public hospitals don’t have money to run generators. Deforestation, already at alarming highs, will further increase as demand for charcoal will skyrocket. People who can afford will buy and run generators for their companies and even domestic needs, these are run by petrol.

Putting more pressure on our environment is the last thing we needed to do now.

We hold our breath and hope for the best, as we sit in candlelight.

Update 03-10-19: we are now on 12 hour daily load shedding and we all just wonder how to move forward at this point.

Kabwe’s silent killer

Google search Kabwe Zambia and you’ll find a lot of reading about the lead pollution, caused by the long closed lead and zinc mine. Lead poisoning can cause brain damage among other serious things and can lead to death. Children playing in the soil in affected areas are at highest risk. However, step in to a hospital right near the worst affected townships and you won’t even find a lead testing kit! A local doctor tells this in the article below:

It’s hard when you’re not tracking. It’s absent in our documents. It’s just not there.”

And Human rights watch (HRW) tells of how they’ve tried to engage the government for the release of a fresh report but that the government, instead of working together for the betterment of the people of Kabwe, blamed HRW of an “attempt to discredit the government.” Apparently their image is more important than rolling up their sleeves to clean up the mess.

Read full article here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/23/zambia-lead-contamination-imperils-children

And the full 88 page report here: https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/08/23/we-have-be-worried/impact-lead-contamination-childrens-rights-kabwe-zambia

Download it here: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/zambia0819_web.pdf