What's wrong with Zambia

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What's going on in Zambia?

The African country of Zambia recently made some headlines related to Jehovah's Witnesses. On the website of the Gossner Mission (an evangelical missionary work) with inside knowledge of the local press, you can research some details. The situation is like this.

On October 31, 1991, elections were held in Zambia. The then President Kenneth Kaunda only got 16% of the votes. His opponent Frederick CHILUBA, however, 84%. Chiluba's party MMD (Movement for Democracy Multiparty, MMD) was now in control. At the same time as the presidential election, the vice-president was also co-determined. In this case it was the lawyer Levy Mwanawasa.

The Zambian daily newspaper "The Post" of August 24, 2001 also reports that Mwanawasa was Vice President from 1991-1994. Then "resigned from his office because of cases of corruption and drug trafficking among members of the government. In 1995 he ran as a rival candidate for Chiluba in the election for party leadership. He was not defeated or held any important state or party offices afterwards."

The star of Chiluba also began to decline in the years that followed.

The Gossner Mission reports with reference to "The Post" of August 17, 2001:

"In the Zambian election campaign, the opposition and the independent press are taking on ever tougher tones. The focus is on the question of whether President Chiluba has misused US $ 4 million, which should be spent on food aid for starving regions, for his own purposes. The opposition and the independent press see this as proven and call Chiluba a thief whenever a possibility arises. As a result, on August 17, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper "The Post" Fred M'membe and a colleague were arrested and interrogated. Released from custody, M hid himself For four days in front of the police with his reporter colleague Bivan Saluseki, in order to face the allegations, the former finance minister Edith Nawakwi of the opposition party FDD and the party spokesman Dipak Patel were arrested and interrogated for alleging abuse of the Chiluba accused of four million US $. "

The corruption allegations drew their circles in such a way that the MMD party split further. This is what the BBC reported on October 15, 2001:

"The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has named the former Vice President Christon Tembo, a prominent politician, as its presidential candidate. Tembo won 970 out of 1,530 votes against three other candidates. FDD is one of the major opposition parties in Zambia Forum was founded earlier this year by former Chiluba government ministers and has already won by-elections in two districts. "

Chiluba had to realize more and more that he is now in a losing position. In order to save his party, he decided single-handedly to name his former vice president, 53-year-old Levy Mwanawasa, as his successor candidate. However, there was no calm. A symptom of this is also the report in "The Post" of September 21, 2001:

"The non-portfolio minister Michael Sata has resigned. He was a member of the Chiluba cabinet for ten years. The resignation was preceded by demonstrations against Sata and statements by politicians of the ruling party MMD that the presidential candidate Levy Mwanawasa had called for Sata's resignation. Sata accused the party spokesman and broadcasting minister Vernon J. Mwaanga of inciting party members against him, including the party youth. Two party officials from Lusaka province followed Sata's resignation. "

In addition, the BBC reported on September 28, 2001:

"After resigning from his ministerial office, Michael Sata also resigned from his position as MMD party secretary. The reason is that President Chiluba went it alone in appointing MMD presidential candidate Levy Mwanawasa. Sata now wants to run as an opponent of Mwanawasa. Observers fear a further split the party."

The whole thing is spicy because Mwanawasa has been a Jehovah's Witness baptized since 2000. Normally, according to the principles of his religion, he should therefore not have accepted the presidential candidacy.

Zambian opposition politicians promptly addressed this fact. In addition, the "The Post" reported from, for example, September 26, 2001:


"An opposition politician from the FDD party, Edith Nawakwi, has called on the presidential candidate of the ruling party MMD to leave Jehovah's Witnesses. MMD candidate Levy Mwanawasa has not yet spoken publicly about his membership in the sect, which has a distant relationship with the state . "

Kent Steinhaug also touched on this topic on his website. Some of the texts presented there will also be presented below in German translation:

Nawakwi asks Mwanawasa to leave Jehovah's Witnesses

The Post (Lusaka), September 26, 2001

from Sheik Chifuwe, Lusaka

We will obtain an injunction against MMD presidential candidate Levy Mwanawasa if he does not renounce his belief in Jehovah's Witnesses, warned Edith Nawaki, general secretary of the opposition FDD.

Nawakwi said Mwanawasa is still an avid member of the Watchtower who does not believe in earthly governments, and wonders how he is trying to reconcile the two.

"We all know the Watchtower sect belief, they don't respect the flag; how does Mwanawasa want to stand on the podium and receive a 21 round salute, how does he want to look up at the flag?" she asked. Mwanawasa remained silent and only waved his hand when asked about his membership with the Watchtower last month.

Commenting on Sata's letter of resignation to President Chiluba, Nawakwi said she received with interest Sata's revelations that President Chiluba was manipulating the electoral process in which Mwanawasa was elected as the MMD presidential candidate.

Nawakwi said that with such revelations by Sata, who had defended President Chiluba for a long time, it was clear that the MMD and President Chiluba were about to destroy each other.

"My last words to Chiluba were that the party and himself would be destroyed and all I can say is that the president is laughing now," said Nawakwi.

"It is very interesting at this point when the former MMD secretary reveals exactly what we are saying: that Chiluba is manipulating the government, the finances, the party's political leadership and individuals."

Nawakwi said President Chiluba was the main manipulator who manipulated almost everyone he worked with.

It revealed that former Deputy Minister Ackim Nkole, as well as Newton Nguni and herself, had warned Sata that it was being used by President Chiluba; but he did not listen to the advice.

"I'm glad we told Chiluba to Chiluba in the presence of Chitalu Sampa when we met him at Nkwazi House that he was using Michael Sata, but he said, 'I can't use my older brother," said Nawakwi. "We knew Chiluba was using Michael Sata, and when he was done with him, we wanted to drop him."

Nawakwi has also advised President Chiluba to make peace with all those he has manipulated because if he leaves the State House in the next few months, he will discover that he has no more friends. She warned President Chiluba that money cannot buy everything. Nawakwi also advised Sata and the former coordinator of Lusaka Province, Esther Nakawala, to make peace with the Zambians, whom she had also caused trouble during her time as MMD secretary.

“I expect people like Nakawala to go to the Honorable Patel and the Honorable Desai and apologize for having been misled. This is the time for people to sit down now and think that their president has betrayed them for his own benefit and manipulated, "she said.

Nawakwi warned President Chiluba that if he leaves the State House, transferring police officers who are just doing their job and making them victims will create breeding grounds for guerrilla warfare.

"If Chiluba wants to live in peace then he should make peace, stand on the stage and say: Zambians, forgive me, in my pursuit of supreme power I have misled you, I was too selfish," she said. Nawakwi advised Mwanawasa to distance himself from the MMD election fraud before it was destroyed.

"Sure, as a lawyer and government adviser, he should show some respect for the job, shame remains shame, and Mwanawasa is embroiled in shame. It doesn't matter how many masks he wears: he remains a puppet," said Nawakwi.

MMD Lusaka District Committee has called Secretary Michael Sata's exit from the party "lucky." MMD District Secretary Steven Kalande said Sata had made so many people leave the party. Kalande said the acceptance of Levy Mwanawasa as the MMD presidential candidate "has brought a lot of hope to the nation".

He warned people should be careful what Sata would say about President Frederick Chiluba.

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Presidential candidate a Jehovah's Witness!

I'm not a fool, says Mwanawasa.

I'm not a fool like some people assume, said presidential candidate Levy Mwanawasa in this year's general election yesterday.

The Post (Lusaka), August 31, 2001

Sheikh Chifuwe

In an exclusive interview in the Lusaka High Court, where he has seen some of the cases he has dealt with as a lawyer, Mwanawasa said he will demonstrate that he will be physically fit for the Republican presidency by the time he embarks on his nationwide campaign.

Mwanawasa said people are free to criticize him for becoming their next Republican president. "It is healthy that anyone should be able to comment on a future president, including those who say I am a fool," Mwanawasa said.

"You should wait when I get there." Mwanawasa said he was contrary to opinions that he was unsuitable for being in good health. He said it was up to the people to prove whether or not they were fit for office. Mwanawasa, who was guarded by state security officials, said he had followed popular criticism and praise.

"The encouragement I have received is overwhelming and underscores the fact that people's expectations are very high," said Mwanawasa. "Anyone who criticizes me has the constitution guaranteed right to do so, including those who talk about my health."

Mwanawasa said anyone who criticized him was allowed to do so, but people would already judge whether he was sick or healthy. He said what he hated was when people twisted the facts.

Mwanawasa has been on the Supreme Court finishing its cases, including Zambia National Holdings v Mount Nzuzu Development Corporation. He represents National Holdings as a plaintiff together with Mwangala Zaloumis, a lawyer from Lusaka and legal secretary of UNIP.

When asked about his connection to Jehovah's Witnesses, who do not allow participation in politics, Mwanawasa remained silent and only waved his hand. Mwanawasa and his wife Maureen, who were even baptized last year, are members of Jehovah's Witnesses who discourage their members from being members of political parties.

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The Watchtower Society's hidden Africa operation!

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society sends planeloads of food aid shipments to Africa for NON Witnesses ONLY. According to newspaper articles, this has been going on for at least three years, even if the Watchtower Society restricts branch offices in Africa (as in the rest of the world). According to our sources, the people working in the various Watchtower branches have been instructed not to publicize the matter because they do not want the average Witness to know about the operation.

Kent Steinhaug

Why is this happening? What is really going on? We know that a Jehovah's Witness is running for president (see article above), and we also know that it should be strictly forbidden. But the Watch Tower did NOTHING to put a stop to this candidate, and there are a lot of good questions as to why.

My own feeling (which I am currently unable to substantiate) tells me that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is gradually getting into bed with the United Nations to protect itself from growing criticism and persecution by governments and to continue to accept UN subsidies benefit that we know will receive. It is even listed on the official UN web server!

I'm afraid this is an act of public relations - and not one of pity.

The Watchtower Society is currently having a difficult time fighting over its position on the pedophile issue in court and more and more victims are suing the Watchtower Society for damages. This is the right time to turn the Watchtower Society over as a humanitarian body. This derives some criticism from the troubled times ahead of her from reports in the US media on issues of child abuse and blood transfusions.

We should not in any way underestimate the malice of these people. They are cunning and may be far ahead of their enemies in strategic planning. The fact that she does not boast of "humanitarian" work in Africa in her magazines, not even within the Witness community, tells us that there are plenty of reasons to be extremely skeptical.

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A three year old story from an African newspaper:

The Zambian "Watchtower" in the aid organization for the Congo

The Times of Zambia (Lusaka)

January 14, 1998

Lawrence Mpundu, Lusaka

"It is gratifying that the Zambian Society of Jehovah's Witnesses (ZAJW) has sent volunteers and aid workers to the former Zaire to ease the burden of the refugees in the Great Lakes region."

TV cameras continue to provide us with images of the genocide in Rwanda and former Zaire in 1994 in our living rooms. The desperate look on the faces of the refugees has haunted many people around the globe. We read about the desperate requests for help on the pages of our newspapers. Uvira, Bukavu, Kisangani, Kivu and Goma are the blood-stained names in what was formerly Zaire, which is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Many refugees in DRC have had this premonition and a feeling of utter helplessness amid the persistent bloodletting in the Great Lakes region. Despite the fact that various organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), CARE international and the International Red Cross (IRK) have improved their efforts to help these groups, the refugees still believe that the efforts have not borne fruit. But others believe otherwise. And their efforts continue to bring great benefits.

Further efforts have come from various aid agencies over the past year and are still being made in Congo-Kinshasa to help thousands of refugees affected by the seven-month war in the country. The Zambian Society of Jehovah's Witnesses (ZAJW), which was founded last year, is among the relief organizations that are carrying out the remarkable work in the Congo. The society of 160 volunteers from congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the country deals with food aid deliveries as well as medical and humanitarian aid for the refugees in the former Zaire. ZAJW volunteers, which are funded by churches and coordinated from Belgium, France and Switzerland, provided the refugees with a total of 500 kg of medicines, 10 tons of vitamin products, 20 tons of food, over 90 tons of clothing, 18,500 pairs of shoes and 1,000 Blankets worth nearly a million dollars supplied. Other aid deliveries to the Congo include workers, where three observers, two doctors and a nurse were posted.

ZAJW spokesman Clement Samabona said in a statement that in the past nine months, with the help of France, his company has mobilized medical support staff for the eastern part of the Congo. There these many war victims from different parts of the country had provided help. Jehovah's Witnesses have also helped educate people in eastern Congo in nursing. Others were instructed in how to make wheelchairs out of scrap metal for the injured, while a group of widows in Bunia-Butembo who were left destitute after the death of their husbands during the war and the destruction of their fields were provided with clothing and given them was helped to open shops for the sale of old clothes. "Because of the political neutrality of Jehovah's Witnesses, which is known worldwide, the volunteers are allowed access to many areas. Food aid deliveries as well as medical treatment for cholera, dysentery and malaria have been divided equally between Witnesses and non-Witnesses," says Mr. Samabona.

The volunteers have also trained the local population in various areas such as carpentry, poultry farming and tailoring so that they can support themselves. "About 95 percent of the residents of Goma and Kisangani are unemployed. Only a few humanitarian organizations employ some Congolese as drivers or porters. So there is a need to teach these people to be on their own to support their families," says Mr. Samabona. Despite all these efforts by society, however, the volunteers are hampered by difficulties in their work, including the long distances and the almost non-existent communication links. The best, if not the only way to travel is by plane, which has proven costly. Formalities with the authorities have also contributed to the fact that society in these areas cannot achieve its goal - such as obtaining a passport to get from one city to another. This is quite difficult and takes a long time. Aid shipments have been delayed so the situation has become difficult over the past year, but things are starting to change.

What plans does society currently have to help the Tutsi refugees who have been trapped in the dense forests of the Congo since the Kneg ended? Says Mr. Samabona, "Society will continue to help the less privileged people in the country by providing the people with essential things they desperately need, such as the foods they normally eat. The Butembo area produces rice and beans but that is not enough to feed the people in the area, instead society has found it necessary to raise money to buy groceries in neighboring countries and within the country and distribute them to the refugees instead of groceries Bringing Europe closer. And that is exactly what we will continue to do this year. " The Society also has plans to send more medical volunteers to these war-torn areas of the Congo to train local people on basic health issues, such as how to control cholera and other epidemics. There is also a need to find adequate and reliable trucks to transport medicines and groceries to areas where the roads are impassable.

http://www.netzwerk-afrika-deutschland.de/Land/sambia.HTM

A look at history:

Zambia, part of the former British colony of Northern Rhodesia, bordering Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and the Republic of the Congo, all of which are known to be a focal point in WTS history. Said Zambia independent as a state since 1964. You can read a lot about this very northern Rhodesia in the "Awake!" Edition of September 8, 1953. So writes "Awake!"

"In 1946 there were only 4,798 Jehovah's Witnesses there, but in 1952 20,282 took part in the task of telling others about God's Kingdom. That means one Witness for every 85 inhabitants."

Looking at the latter number, it can be stated that - with fluctuations - around 1972 - a ratio of 1 to 80 could be achieved. In a comparison of the international territorial states, an absolute top value and, as you can read, reached relatively early in substance.

In 2003 this ratio was still 1 to 93. Although it suggests a certain flattening, it is still considerable.

Returning to the quoted "Awake!" Edition, one reads further there:

"In five villages, almost all of the residents are evangelists or people of good will."

Further notes "Awake!":

"The picture of Northern Rhodesia would not be complete, however, if something were not also said about the opposition that Jehovah's Witnesses encounter. For example, a Ciwemba brochure was published by the so-called 'white fathers', which is a violent diatribe against the Witnesses and in which most of the difficulties in the country, from the illnesses of individuals to the drought, are blamed on the Jehovah's Witnesses. There were also isolated cases where they incited their flocks to act violently against the work of the Jehovah's Witnesses Prosecution was threatened, but this hate speech stopped. "

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