By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
It's today or never! My passion started in 1989 while as an intern at Zambia Daily Mail, when I was assigned to grow young readers for the weekly insert and Anuwa was born.
Omupendu ihauyolo-The bereaved
will always need to be
Although this is a light social
commentary, sadly I have to start
with paying my respect to Dr.
Abraham Deliver Iyambo. In one
of my favourite languages I
would mourn him saying:
Nu vekutjitivi mukuetu
ngumatja himure nu himusupi!!!
Nu vekutjitivi mukuetu
omuzando murumendu. Nguaire
aua kengama nambano ua
kotoka amo kondo mauje
netambo... (What did they do to
you the smart ones, you went
walking straight and came back
cruising the world on your back).
But again, this is confirming
what a man is all about in my culture:
ukupulwa pale, noshayi noshayi
ililile noshaaluka nosheya
real man is compared to a stick
you throw in the wilderness, it
might come back or it might not)
I am glad I have witnessed
your vigor and your determination
to deliver. There are other
noble men and women who have
been assigned with various responsibilities,
but your determination
to revamp our education
surpasses all others.
You made 'deliver' your anthem.
For, you knew just like
President Pohamba knew. He recently
emphasised "the right to
vote would be meaningless if the
elected do not deliver on their
promises of a better life and provision
of public services". My
consolation is that the nation will
embrace the deliver culture to
keep your legacy alive!
Onto other matters, February
has indeed proven itself to be a
peculiar, strange month. The
Pope, the Head of the Catholic
Church and also Christ's representative
here on earth, baffled all
of us with his decision to 'abdicate'
his pastoral throne.
On the mother continent,
prayers have been reaching the
heavens pleading for an African
pope or at least one from the developing
world (or the so-called
third-world countries, according
to some obnoxious, racist western
Our resolve is underlined by
the sheer numbers of ardent followers
of the Catholic faith who
hail from Latin America, Africa
and Asia; we are the silent majority.
I must say, the vote carries
special meaning here in Africa
and whether Catholic or not, in
the spirit of unity, we are all rallying
behind our candidate -
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo
Appiah Turkson. Or would this
be Nigerian Cardinal Francis
Arinze's chance? He lost to the
current retiring Bishop!
Unfortunately, I suspect that
we will have to adopt the tactics
of African opposition parties,
who cry foul every time they get
a proper hiding at the polls. Before
the election has even started
at the College of Cardinals, we
understand that Europeans will