THE complexion, colour and feel of our beloved country Zambia’s 56th independence anniversary is different in more ways than one this year due to the Coronavirus that has brought the world to its knees.
The bug has shut down business in Zambia—big and small—left many jobless and drastically slashed revenue collection for the government of President Edgar Lungu, making it difficult for the country to meet its social and foreign financial obligations.
Scanning the above, you get the felling of gloom and doom with no hope in the horizon, as the bug continues to stamp its deadly force and wrath on our beloved Zambia.
At the Embassy of Zambia in Berlin, however, and in line with the theme dictated by our government under H.E President Edgar Lungu, we like to look at the glass as half full and not half empty.
We like to search deep into the doctrines of our Christian roots and find a strand of hope instead of sinking into a state of deep despair.
We reckon the same way the God of Moses and Israel continues to feed the sparrows and the squirrels of the wild and indeed all animals big and small, he shall shine his kind face on us too tomorrow.
This calamity shall not last forever, albeit, we shall feel it´s devastating effects as our brothers and sisters wake up without the job, they had in January for a long time to come.
We shall recall this independence as the one Auntie Agatha and Uncle Joe woke up to closed doors of their barber shop and hair salons because regulations required them to prioritise their health over wealth.
We shall recall it as the anniversary Zambia beseeched both local and foreign lenders to ease the call on repayments of debt due to a drastic drop in revenue and FDI beyond our leaderships control.
Above all we shall recall it as an anniversary we recorded more than 3000 infections of covid and lost about 340 lives needlessly.
But because we are a country of faith, we shall also find strength in the good book which says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We believe at our mission that, since pressure makes diamonds that are much harder than stones, Zambia too under the leadership of our Chief Diplomat H.E Lungu shall will soar on wings like an eagle, run and not grow weary, and will walk and not be faint as prophesised in Isiah 40:31 because we shall work towards that.
We know prayer alone is not enough to get us out of a tough spot, we must complement it with action, with work so therefore this is no time for laziness.
This means picking a post and using every tool we have to get out of the hard rock the bug has placed us in and make progress.
Our job here is well cut out for us in the area of economic diplomacy and this means we must find and direct more German business to come to Zambia and grow food to feed Europe like Amatheon Agri Holdings is already doing.
We must find automobile companies to partner with and produce components for Electric Vehicles or EV´s. We must find ways of earning money for the government so that we stop using taxpayers money to pay rentals and fund projects from own resources.
This is the challenge that the COVID-19 style independence anniversary presents to us in addition to the many projects we have already directed towards our beloved country thus far.
Zambia German economic ties tip the scale at about US$1 billion over the last 56 years to the favour of Zambia according to records.
Pandemics such as Ebola, Swine and Spanish flu have come and gone but humanity always prevails because it is the way God engineered us—to rise above adversity.
On behalf of all staff, allow me to join our President H.E Edgar Lungu and his good administration in toasting Zambia´s anniversary themed, “One Land, One Nation-Building Our Future, Proud and Free.”
We love our country of 365 days of sunshine but still ask you to commemorate this important day in a safe environment.
*The Author H.E Anthony Mukwita is the Ambassador of Zambia to Germany based in the capital, Berlin. This was his annual message to embassy staff on 24th October 2020. The statement is issued by First Secretary Press and Public Relations Kellys Kaunda.*
Ndola police recover stolen vehicle from Church
POLICE in Ndola have recovered a motor vehicle which was stolen at church on Sunday.
A male Juvenile of itawa area has since been arrested for allegedly stealing the vehicle at St Andrews United Church of Zambia in Ndola.
Copperbelt province deputy commissioner of Bothwell Namuswa has confirmed the arrest to Mwebantu.
Mr Namuswa said the juvenile aged 19 has been apprehended for stealing a motor vehicle number plate AQB 1023 silver in colour.
He said three other suspects have also apprehended in connection with the stolen vehicle but they are not yet been identified.
Mr Namuswa said the stolen motor vehicle is valued at K120,000.
He said the case was reported was filed in by the owner of the vehicle, Chileshe Puta on the same day that the theft happened.
The deputy police commissioner said officers retrieved the motor vehicle at Blue mint club in Ndola.
” I wish to confirm that the suspects have been apprehended and will appear in court,” Mr Namuswa said.