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President Kikwete endorses biography on Mwanawasa

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  1. Sungi

    Sungi Senior Member

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    President Kikwete endorses biography on Mwanawasa

    Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete.

    By SUNDAY NATION Correspondent in LUSAKA
    Posted Saturday, September 5 2009 at 18:24

    A biography of late Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa has been launched in Lusaka.
    The 280-page book written by journalist Amos Malupenga with foreword from Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, was officially launched by Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda, at a ceremony in Lusaka on Thursday night.
    Mr Mwanawasa, an ardent crusader against corruption and a courageous critic of Robert Mugabe, died in a French military hospital on August 19, 2008, and was buried on September 3, 2008 when he was due to turn 60 years old.
    The book, which is mainly based on Mr Malupenga's face-to-face interviews with Mr Mwanawasa in his last months of his life, his family members, his close associates, his political allies and opponents, looks at his childhood, law practice, his family life including his divorce and remarriage, and his legacy as president of Zambia and former chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
    Dr Kaunda said the book was a great narration of the life story of a great man, an outstanding statesman and a visionary son of Zambia.
    "This tale, accomplished soon after the untimely death of Levy in August 2008, constitutes a true reflection of the life and presidency of Zambia's third head of state. Through this book, we are now able to understand Levy Mwanawasa better," said 85-year-old Kaunda.
    "The story of Levy goes beyond our national boundaries. I am in this regard delighted that another distinguished son of Africa and head of state of the United Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete has provided the foreword to this book in glorious terms," he added.
    Mwanawasa's widow, Maureen, said her husband believed in leadership that could enable Zambia enjoy a great degree of stability and economic growth.

    Corruption crusade

    Short of mentioning the name of former president Frederick Chiluba, who was acquitted of theft charges involving US $ 500, 000 a fortnight ago, Maureen emphasised: "President Mwanawasa spearheaded the corruption crusade on behalf of the Zambians and at no time was it a personal agenda."
    Chiluba, who in 2001 anointed Mwanawasa as his successor but later differed after the latter commenced corruption charges against him, has for a long time maintained that Mwanawasa brought corruption charges against him to fix him.
    Without mentioning names, Maureen said Mwanawasa abhorred the tendency by some leaders and public workers to look after their own interest at the expense of national interests.
    In his foreword, President Kikwete described Mwanawasa as "a great pan-Africanist, illustrious African son and true champion of regional integration".
    However, government officials did not attend the book launch.
    Mwanawasa's Vice-President Rupiah Banda, now President of Zambia, is accused of having abandoned the late president's democratic and good governance tenets and zeal to fight corruption.
    Mwanawasa was born on September 3, 1948, in Mufulira, a border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Zambia's Copperbelt Province. He grew up and went to school in Copperbelt Province, attended University of Zambia in Lusaka after which he started his law practice.

    Source: Daily Nation
  2. Bambo

    Bambo JF-Expert Member

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    hawa watu wapo wachache sana nilifuatilia sana governance outlook yake ilikuwa a true alternative ya african problems.huwezi kupiga hatua africa kama kiongozi bila ku-dare to underline some governance regime which in return you must touch untouchables.kitendo cha kumfikisha chiluba kwa pilato hakikuwa kidogo na ndio msg yenyewe..kitendo cha kum-confront Mugabe na kumueleza ukweli ni hatua madhubuti kuchukuliwa na kiongozi wa Africa chini ya jangwa la sahara ya kujenga mazingira ya kutokuogopana katika kukabiliana na ukweli wa mambo na kuwaonya viongozi wengine waliopo na wajao kwamba wakati wa kukumbatiana bila sababu umepita. hii legacy inatakiwa ihamie hata ndani ya nchi zetu..ili mwizi aitwe mwizi,fisadi aitwe hivyo bila kuonewa haya kwamba ni mwana mtandao au la.
  3. Bluray

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    I beg to differ.

    Kikwete did not endorse Mwanawasa's true biography and legacy, this was just a convenient good-neighborly politickin move.In fact even the current Zambian president Banda Rupiah, bowed to political forces in order not to endorse the true legacy of Mwanawasa, the crusade against graft and grand corruption.The recent Chiluba trial testifies to that end.

    Had Kikwete truly endorsed Mwanawasa's legacy, which is bigger than a thin book, he would have taken stern measures to ensure politics does not interfere with justice.But Kikwete cannot endorse the legacy of Mwanawasa, for the very ascendancy of Kikwete was based on what Mwanawasa stood against.

    They are all shouting "Long live Mwanawasa" while in reality they are the ones who killed him and everything he stood for.
  4. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    ...safi sana mkuu.