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Potipher Tembo: Aspiring MP ‘for everyone’ in Chawama

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THOSE who are often on Facebook and are interested in politics may have come across Potipher Tembo’s charity postings.

He has been distributing eggs and other foodstuffs to help the needy in Chawama Constituency. He has done this for close to four years now.

Tembo is a household name in Chawama and is this year seeking to run as the constituency’s member of parliament on the UPND ticket.

In fact, this will be the second time the 49-year-old will be contesting the Chawama seat.

He first ran in the 2016 general elections, on the UPND ticket, and emerged second with 16,090 votes.

Chiefs and traditional affairs minister Lawrence Sichalwe is the current Chawama PF member of parliament.

Here, Tembo shares his biography and plans for the constituency.

I was born on 4 October 1972 in Jeremiah village, Nyimba district IN Eastern Province. My father and mother are still alive and are in Nyimba…. I was born in Jeremiah village but grew up in Ben villaget,” he says.

“We are a family of eight, five boys and three are girls. I went to Nyimba Primary School up to Grade seven and I went to Nyimba Secondary School.”

Tembo then went to study journalism at Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka and obtained a certificate in 1996.

His other tertiary credentials include a diploma in banking and finance.

“I’m a member of Bankers Association of Zambia. I have also done psycho-social counselling in Zambia. I also did diplomacy and international relations,” he explains. “I have a honorary degree in political science from Gideon Robert University in Zambia.”

Tembo is married to Cheelo Mutibelo and the couple has two children.

He has been a resident of Chawama since he arrived from Nyimba district in 1994.

In the 2011 general elections, Tembo was elected as Chawama ward two PF councillor.

The member of parliament at the time was Edgar Lungu.

Tembo notes that at the time, there was only one tarred road in the ward – Chifundo road.

“But we did many other tarred roads – about 11 tarred roads – which are still there,” he says.

“We also did paved roads. As you may remember, before Mr [Michael] Sata died, he had rolled out the Pave Zambia Project. It was launched in Chawama at the time I was the councillor. We also did several other projects like Embassy Police Post, Chawama Police Station.”

In 2014, Tembo was elected deputy mayor of Lusaka, according to him, based on good performance.

“I was deputy to Mulenga Sata. I ended up teaming with other councillors and in Misisi there was Lawrence Sichalwe and we put up Misisi Police Post. I proceeded to Chawama ward three, which is John Howard, and put up John Howard Police Post,” he says.

“Down in Lilayi, which is Chawama ward four, we put up Lilayi clinic and a number of projects. In 2015 I acted as Lusaka mayor for about six months, because Mr Mulenga Sata, was directly affected with the death of his father – president Sata.”

He highlights that insofar as being adopted by the UPND in Chawama, all indications are looking bright.

I’m a frontrunner now. I can safely say that I’m there to serve. I have no time to antagonize anyone. I’m not a violent politician, but one who is issued-based,” Tembo notes.

“I’m an inclusive leader – for Christians, Muslims, Hindus and those that don’t pray.”

He pledges that he wants to bring a secondary school in Chawama Constituency.

“Chawama Constituency has no secondary school since independence. So the time for Chawama to have a secondary school has come,” Tembo says.

“We’ll turn Chawama Primary School into a secondary school, because we may not have land. I also intend to put up a library in Chawama, something which I had started to do.”

He believes that once a library is built in Chawama, it will lessen the trend of pupils travelling into town to study and also to carry out research.

“I also want to make sure that Kuku mini-stadium which was built is used by everyone. Currently, the fees for using the mini-stadium are so exorbitant for poor teams that they are still using a poor ground at Chawama Primary School,” Tembo says.

“So we’ll re-negotiate with the developer. We are aware that there is a PPP (public private partnership) arrangement. We’ll have to review it and ensure that our teams use the stadium because that’s their facility. We want to revert to old days in sport when we produced players.”

Tembo says given an opportunity to serve as member of parliament, he will initiate empowerment programmes for vulnerable women and youth groups.
“I’m in the opposition but I’m [already] busy trying to help here and there,” says Tembo.

Kalemba/Mwebantu March 12, 2021

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President Hakainde Hichilema to attend state funeral of late Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Windhoek

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is tomorrow expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia on to attend the State Funeral of Dr Hage G.Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia.

In a statement issued by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mulambo Haimbe said the Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February 2024 at Independence Stadium with attendance anticipated from foreign Heads of State and Government alongside other invited dignitaries.

“The Burial Service will take place on Sunday, 25th February 2024 at Heroes Acre,” he said.

President Geingob, 82, passed away on 4th February 2024 in Namibia, having served as President of the Republic of Namibia from 2015 until his passing.

Mr Haimbe said President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia immediately after his engagement.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Munir defies dress code,named and suspended from parliamentary proceedings

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BARELY 24 hours after Speaker Nelly Mutti’s directive against traditional wear in Parliament, Lumezi Member of Parliament  Munir Zulu has defied the order, leading to his suspension from Parliament.

The speaker has since named Mr Zulu for grossly disorderly behavior, stating that he had deliberately defied the guidance given yesterday.

This was after Mr Zulu was spotted in Parliament wearing a traditional attire of the people of Luapula.

“I am sure honourable member for Lumezi knows the dress code. And yesterday Members were guided so honourable member for Lumezi is deliberately defying the order and guidance given. Under the circumstances, honourable Member for Lumezi, I will name you,” she said.

“Mr Munir Zulu I find your behaviour grossly disorderly and sending you away for today’s sitting is insufficient. I therefore in accordance with standing order 208 name you,” she said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says those threatening to have free education removed are irresponsible and should not be trusted.

Mrs Nalumango said free education is not an area to tamper with as it has given hope to many vulnerable children.

Mrs Nalumango was responding to a concern raised by Kabwe central Member of Parliament Chrizoster Phiri Halwindi during the Vice President question session ,who expressed concern by some leaders commenting that they will remove the free education policy.

However, Mrs Nalumango said it is unbelievable and saddening to hear some leaders utter such comments.

“It is actually unbelievable that any leader in any country would stand to fight free education.You truly want children to remain on the streets? You want the girl child to marry at 14-years old because they cannot go to school? You want boys to be fluffies or junkies? Free education has given hope, or did you want to be the only ones whose children go to school so that you continue to do wrong things? Therefore, it is irresponsible for anyone to declare that,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Speaker bars MPs from wearing Ngoni traditional headgear in Parliament.

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SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered Members of Parliament not to to wear the Nc’wala traditional ceremony head gear in the house as doing so is against parliamentary rules.

All roads are leading to the Eastern Province ahead of the ceremony taking place on Saturday.

Some MPs have been caught in the excitement to the extent of putting on the head gear in Parliament before being ruled out by the speaker.

Ms Mutti advised the MPs to show their support outside the house as standing order 206 (1) (C) does not allow for the wearing head gears in the house.

“Honourable members, I have one announcement to make to effect that it was observed yesterday during the sitting of the house that some members wire the Ngoni traditional head gear. This is possibly in support of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

“”I wish to however, advise the house that standing order number 206 (1) (C) of the National Assembly standing orders 2021 is instructive of attire that is permissible. The provision allows members to wear decent traditional attire such as ‘Siziba’.

“[The] Decency of attire is a question of fact and maybe viewed differently especially if worn in an incomplete manner. I therefore find that the wearing of the Ngoni traditional head gear in the house was inappropriate in accordance with standing orders. Therefore I will not permit henceforth any honorable member to continue wearing such attires in the house,” Ms Mutti said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo has said the national mourning declared in respect of the passing of President of Namibia Hage Geingob will not affect celebration of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony.

He made the announcement following a concern raised by his Chitambo counterpart, Remember Mutale, through a matter of urgent public importance.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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