3)—Kafue youths receive shot in the arm

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—–Lusaka Province Permanent
Secretary Emeldah Chola has disclosed that government will this year
commence construction of a modern youth development centre in Kafue at
a cost of KR 21 million.

In a speech read on her behalf by Assistant Secretary Mercy Miti
during the youth day celebrations in Kafue, Brigadier General Chola said government has
secured funds for the construction of an ultra modern Youth
Development Centre.

She said this will help increase enrolment levels and enable more
youths who drop out of school to access life and vocational skills for
improved well being.

Brig Gen. Chola stated that it was the desire of the PF government to see
more youths gain employable skills unlike the prevailing situation
where a lot of youths were not empowered with skills to help them get
involved in entrepreneurship activities.

She added that this year’s theme, “Opportunity for the youth through
enterprise ,” calls for the promotion of entrepreneurship and enterprise development among the youth for wealth and employment creation.

And a Youth Representative, Francis Muchenya from Kafue Boys
Secondary School commended government for coming up with a
brilliant theme for this’s youth day which is in line with the youth
empowerment fund which the PF government has already introduced.

Francis also thanked government for introducing a new curriculum which has brought on board almost all the practical subjects that youths need to start their own enterprises.

He urged parents and guardians to support the new curriculum by not
discouraging the youths from taking practical subjects simply because they want them to have white collar jobs.

Francis appealed to the government to set up offices in every district which will look into affairs of the youths by training and guiding them in entrepreneurship and assist set up businesses of
their choice.

And PF Kafue Constituency Youth Chairman, Cuthbert Mulenga said youths
in Kafue and the entire country have been faced with a number of problems
such as unemployment, lack of empowerment and recreational facilities
which were left by the MMD government.

Mr. Mulenga said  with the coming of PF government in power under the leadership of President Michael Sata, the situation has started changing in a bid to create more employment through the resuscitating of some of the companies that had collapsed such as  Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ), Zambia Railways and Mulungushi Textiles.

He further said government has created 2000 jobs through the 8000 kilo metre Link Zambia project adding that it has also abolished examination fees at grade nine level in order for youths to get life skills to enable them become better citizens.

41 Tonga chiefs petition government

Kafue, 13th March 2013, ZANIS——The Tonga Traditional
Association (TTA) has urged government to immediately recognize one
Tonga traditional leader as paramount chief of Southern province.

Tonga Traditional Association  President Dickson Namanza told ZANIS in Kafue that all the
41 Chiefs under the Bantu Botatwe Language (BBL)had been consulted and
unanimously agreed that government should without any further delay
bestow the paramount chieftainship on one chief in the southern province
because the issue was long overdue.

Mr. Namanza said the chiefs proposed that government should
choose one chief among chief Singini, Monze, Nkhomesha Mukamambo II,
Mweemba and Shakumbila because they belong to one family tree.

He said the then MMD government asked the Tonga Traditional Association  to conduct a research

on the same issue and findings were sent to the Ministry of Local Government,
Clerk of the House of Chiefs,  Permanent Secretary for Southern Province and all the
41 chiefs under the Bantu Botatwe Language but nothing fruitful has come up to date.

He wondered why Southern Province had only one senior chief unlike other provinces that had more of the same status.

Meanwhile, Mr. Namanza has disclosed that the Tonga Traditional Association  has commenced
preparations for the 2013 Lwiindi ceremony slated for July this year saying they
want to showcase the best of the Tonga tradition discipline to the
world as Zambia hosts the United Nations World Tourism Conference in August this

He said that the Association  will this year hold two ceremonies one in Livingstone
to be held in August and the provincial one will be held in Monze in July

He disclosed that this year’s ceremony will be unique because it will
bring on board Lambas from Katanga Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.

Retired Kafue council workers plan protest
Kafue, 13th, March, 2013, ZANIS—-Over 100 former Kafue district Council
workers are planning to demonstrate at the Civic Centre tomorrow
over non payment of their terminal benefits.

Confirming the planned demonstration, Council Retires Association vice
Secretary Levison Mwale told ZANIS in Kafue today that the workers had no option but
to carry out a peaceful demonstration because they have been patient for a long
time without being paid their benefits.

Mr. Mwale said the workers had exhausted all possible channels in
a bid to get their retirement packages but to no avail .

He stated that the council retirees had been waiting for their benefits
for more than six years now saying they will no longer be patient
because they could not survive on patience.

But when contacted for a comment over the matter, Kafue District
Commissioner Grace Ngulube declined alleging that the
workers had ignored her office and decided to demonstrate before
involving her over the matter.

Mrs. Ngulube regretted the decision by the former council workers to
resort to demonstrating before engaging her office in the matter which
is the highest decision making office in the district.

She wondered why the council retirees would think of marching in the
streets before engaging government to look in to their grievances
adding that this shows that they were anti- PF government.

And a senior council employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said
 the problem with the workers was not the non-payment of terminal
benefits but it had to do with paying them in instalments which the
workers were against.

The source said as far the council was concerned it
was doing everything possible  to clear all the outstanding debts it owed to
the former workers by paying them monthly instalments.