By Friday Kashiwa
Those who are familiar with the Holy Bible will recall the last words by Jesus Christ before giving up his last breath; IT IS FINISHED.
Fellow Zambians, especially those who have been born and grown up in Lusaka know the old natural beauty of the Woodlands Chikoleka Forest.
IT IS FINISHED or about to.
First it was some not so mysterious flats opposite Regiment Catholic Church. Then another demarcation to facilitate the building of the National House of Prayers – Hallelujah.
This week, including just now, there’s massive clearing of another massive portion of the forest land, just opposite the Arackan barracks Eastern foot gate. See photos attached.
The Republican president Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu will be very annoyed with the Minister of Lands and Water Development Minister for not heeding to his directives as regards to the effects of climate change.
During the 4th Session of the 12th National Assembly as well as during the official opening of Parliament this year, the president directed that NO houses, any structures or factories are to built near or in any water resources points. Basically saying No destruction to trees anywhere, in view of climate change.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources Ndashe Yumba will be very annoyed with his Speech Writers and his Directors for making him give a very moving and passionate speech at the ongoing Madrid Climate change Conference COP-25 in Madrid, Spain.
The PS reported to the Honorable and Distinguished Guests that Zambia is making tremendous strides in mitigating climate change. PS sorry, when you are back from Spain, pass through Chikoleka Forest areas and appreciate for your self how Zambia is doing the opposite in mitigating climate change.
His Worship the Lusaka Mayor, Miles Sampa will be annoyed with himself that after some much publicized demonstrations of him planting some trees along Lumumba road and encouraging others to plant one or two in their areas, the opposite is the case few kilometers from his mayoral parlour. Has the Mayor not seen this as it is on his way to his residence. Or we should forgive him, he’s always in a hurry to get home so that he can milk his lovely cows. He loves milk.
So who’s to blame. What’s happening at that heritage site of Chikoleka Forest? And for that matter all the other Forests across the country reportedly being destroyed by human act and selfishness.
When, on the cross, as he received the drink, laced with bitter vinegar, Jesus Christ raised his head and in a loud voice shouted , IT IS FINISHED. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.