Zambian youth scoops world bank award

A Zambian youth has scoped the World Bank sponsored blog for development award (#Blog4DevAward).

Musopa Kalenga, a Zambian national, entered an essay writing competition organised by the World Bank Africa Region called #Blog4Dev.

For the first time ever, the World Bank Africa Region hosted the regional blog competition, in 2019, in order to offer young people the opportunities to enhance their networks and realise their dreams.

The competition was for on exploring the topic “what will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?”

Young people from 48 African countries were invited and requested to share their ideas on how they could prepare themselves and other youths for the digital economy and a technology-driven workplace. Ms. Musopa entered the competition.

She wrote about how investing in human resources and skills development could prepare young people to prepare for their future and to accelerate their productivity in the digital economy.

In her write-up, she highlighted how the government should invest in education and health to achieve the goal of preparing young people for the digital economy.

She stated in the write-up that for the education sector, the curriculum must aim at empowering young people with cognitive, social behavioral, and adaptability skills due to their relevancy to the future of work. Under the health component, she said in her paper that digital technology investments by the Government and through public-private partnerships, could also play a key role in achieving the objectives targeted at digitising the health sector. In her submission, she stressed her believe that for young people to excel in the digital economy, they will need to live as part of a healthy population.

In the adjudication process, the World Bank shortlisted one person from all the participating African countries. She was picked as the winner from Zambia and was invited for the 2019 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, where she has been attending various sessions on digital transformation.

On learning about the development, Zambia’s delegation leader and Minister of Finance MARGARET MWANAKATWE says Musola’s achievement will have a positive demonstration effect on other youths in Zambia.

The Minister wished Musola more success in her future endeavours and added that, “I would like to see more young females pursuing their dreams of contributing to a Smart Zambia towards Vision 2030.

Mrs. Mwanakatwe has pledged K10, 000 of her personal funds to help Musola to advance her work.

Young Musola is scheduled to leave Washington DC, for Lusaka, later in the day.

Source The Independent Observer


Zambia: PF Orders Arrest of Youths Insulting Kambwili

By Chris Phiri

Patriotic Front secretary general Davies Mwila has called on the Zambia Police to immediate investigate and arrest youths who were captured on video insulting NDC consultant Chishimba Kambwili after the ruling party’s loss in Roan constituency.

Mwila has distanced the ruling Party from the video which is circulating where “people unknown to the Party” are heard threatening the life of Kambwili, the former Roan member of parliament, and issuing unprintables against his mother.

“The Party finds the video to be highly offensive to its values and that the content thereof borders on nothing else but criminality. On that score, the Party Secretary General is calling on the Zambia Police to immediately investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.

The Secretary General has further reminded the Party members at large that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has constantly called for non-violence in the Party and no such criminality would be tolerated,” stated party media director Sunday Chanda, quoting Mwila.

“PF believes that while we may hold differences with our opponents, they do not become our sworn enemies to the point of shedding blood or wishing for one’s cessation of life.”

And Copperbelt PF youth chairperson Don Mungulube said the video was in bad taste.

“We the Patriotic Front youths on the Copperbelt would like to categorically distance ourselves from a video that has depicted some youths insulting the NDC Leader Mr Chishimba Kambwili. We have seen the video which is in bad test and promoting violence. But like our party leadership on the Copperbelt through our provincial Chairman Mr Nathan Bwalya Chanda, we have always preached peace,” Mungulube said. “It is for this reason that we call on the Zambia Police to investigate this matter and ensure that those identified in the video brought to book…We have conducted our investigations and we don’t have any of the people in the video as our members. The conduct of the youths in the video is unZambian, unChristian and unpatriotic. As peace loving members of the party we condemn that in strongest teams.”

Source Zambia Reports


By Lucky Mwewa Chama

Zambia Air Force sponsored side Red Arrows Football Club will this afternoon welcome seven time Zambia Super League champions, Zesco United at in a rescheduled week seven encounter at Nkoloma Stadium.

The Chisi Mbewe drilled side will play host to Zega, with the Airmen boasting two wins on the trot, a winning run that has seen them beat Zanaco 2-1 at Nkoloma Stadium as well as Mufulira Wanderers 3-nil away in Mufulira over the weekend.

Red Arrows Captain Bruce Musakanya and his lads will be looking to break into the top four with a win, having won the league title once in 2004 and will be fancying their chances of playing continental football with race for the top two places still far from being over.

Zesco on the other hand have also managed to pick six points in their last two league encounters and in the process scoring five goals, allowing two goals. A win for the Ndola based side will see them top the table in Stream A of the transitional league.

On a day that marks exactly one year since George Lwandamina who is fondly called ‘Chicken’ by the Zesco fans was appointed for the second time as Zesco United boss after returning from Tanzania where he coached Yanga Football Club, the likes of Lazarous Kambole will be expected to play a pivotal role for Zesco United alongside Jesse Were and John Ching’andu.

The match will kick-off at 15:00Hrs.

Source Zambian Football

Zambian President calls for intensified empowerment of youths

Zambian President Edgar Lungu recently called for drastic measures to trigger more young entrepreneurs to emerge and existing ones to be boosted, Lusaka Times reported.

Lungu mentioned this in Kabwe while opening the Central Province Patriotic Front Conference, while cautioning against the prevailing Laissez-faire attitude.

“The rhetoric surrounding youth entrepreneurship needs to be replaced with immediate action by the relevant agencies,” said Lungu adding that the next time he speaks about the matter, he will either be reshuffling or firing people.

Lungu also emphasised that Zambia’s future lies in the involvement of young people in Entrepreneurship.

“The Youth Entrepreneurship is at the core of his heart and his vision for industrialization. Our country has a huge and energetic youth entrepreneurship potential that required to be harnessed for national development reiterating that conditions need to be created to enable the youth, who constitute the majority of Zambia’s population to thrive as existing or upcoming entrepreneurs,” he said.

Source African Daily Voice