PF regime accused of plotting to send people with disabilities to villages

For immediately release

12th February, 2013

We have learnt in disbelief that Dr. Silwimba the Director General of Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities and Dr Katema- Minister in charge of Community Development, Mother and Child Health have put up a secret repatriation program that will see all Persons with disabilities taken to the villages, were there are no services to help them lead decent and dignified lives.

I strongly condemn this gross encroachment of fundamental human rights of Persons with Disabilities by the government.

The government as signatory to UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities has the mandate to provide for social, economic, cultural and political rights of Persons with disabilities. The planned act is therefore contrary to mandate. I would wish to remind the government that we will not tolerant such disempowerment of Persons with Disabilities and infringement of our human rights.

Article 19 of UNCRPD stipulates that; States Parties (including Zambia) to this Convention recognize the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community, including by ensuring that:

(a) Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement;

(b) Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community; (c) Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities and are responsive to their needs.

Therefore, this hidden agenda by the government will only result into the human right violation, isolation and neglecting of Persons with Disabilities within their family environment and community.  The right to live in the community; with choices equal to those of others means Persons with Disabilities are provided with a choice of residence of the type that are the accepted norm for the general population in a society, with support services in place as needed that enable inclusion in the community. These living situations must respect the personal privacy and self-determination of persons with disabilities. There should be a range of options from which to choose, revolving around living in one’s own home with the provision of necessary services.

I challenge the government through the Minister in charge of disability affairs to reconsider their proposed actions against the rights of Persons with Disabilities should this this intelligence report be true that the said repatriation is priority of the government. The Minister should understand that Persons with Disabilities far since 1959 have been fighting for their inclusion and mainstream at all levels of society and governance system. Regrettably we Persons with Disabilities have not succeeded due to lack of political will among elected leaders pinned with environmental and legal barriers. What is even more disturbing is the fact that even those interest groups who were only born yesterday have received more respect, inclusion, recognition and attention than we persons with disabilities. What we only hear are empty political rhetoric, intimidation and exclusion of persons with disabilities in decision making process. This is frustrating to the integrity and intelligence of our heroes and us the young generation in disability movement.  

Our political leaders are to be blamed for this exclusion and are liable to the current miserable plights of Persons with Disabilities in Zambia. We would expect that when important national issues are being discussed during important events, issues of disability would be part and parcel of the agenda, this is not the case. This is like putting a firing squad on Persons with Disabilities, a gross violation of human rights. The repartition should be translated to long term sustainable empowerment of persons with disabilities rather than disempowerment. Government should careful look at accessibility of infrastructures in village and engage in open door dialogues with leaders of Disabled People Organisation before making decision that has the potential to cause anarchy and infringe our fundamental human rights as citizen.    

The government should without reservation ratify Convention Optional Protocol so that individual complaints can be lodged to UN.An individual communication and an inquiry procedure are foreseen under the Optional Protocol.  The individual communication procedure allows individuals or groups of individuals who believe that their rights are being violated by a State party to submit a complaint to the Committee.  The inquiry procedure gives the Committee the authority to examine grave or systematic violations of rights under the CRPD. DPOs should use both of these procedures to report on violations of the rights under the CRPD.

Disability need not be an obstacle to the Government’s policies. We have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation, and to invest sufficient funding and expertise to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities. Government should no longer overlook millions of people with disabilities who are denied access to justice, quality education, decent job, legal capacity, independent living, health, rehabilitation, support, political participation and access to information, and never get the chance to shine. I am not an opponent of successive government but a solider recruited to defend universal human rights of persons with disabilities as enshrined in Constitution, UNCRPD and PWDs ACT No 6 of 2012.

Issued by:

Musukwa Frankson

Youth with Disability Activist


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    But Frank is not in Zambia so some people are feeding him that information

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    lorna 5 years

    It is so sad to read. I have worked in collaboartion with Dr Silwimba in projects concerning persons with disabilities and I find this very hard to believe that he can be involved in such a secret scheme. I initially got this information from Frank in my email and did not take it very seriously until I saw it here. Hopefully there is a logic explanation to this.

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    simuunza 5 years


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    tongas born farmers nd poligamists ,lozis are intelligent but drunkards ,easterners are good servants nd trustworth ,bembas are born leaders nd very accomodating ,mambwes are business men coz they had working ,lenjes lambas , are also what u all know about them .so we our selves nd the begars ve their own reason y they beg in bemba nd the reason is simple if u know how accomodating these bembas are .

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      chilufya 5 years

      useless thought you fool, you are the same people bringing in tribalism.
      how can you speak ill on other tribes.

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    Ndhlovukazi 5 years

    Disability is not inability. My grandmother got blind when already an adult but she learnt to weave baskets. Problem is that even when someone has lost a nose but they have hands and feet, they still want to beg. We need to remove this disability in the mind. I am all for affirmative action that develops people with disabilities which includes empowering them to be independent. Begging cannot be a source of living and it should not be encouraged and abused. Some female beggars use their proceeds for lightening creams and one finds them buying take always sometimes. Sometimes villages are more decent than shanty compounds and those who live there already are just as human.

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    Oprah 5 years

    what is Dr Katema saying about all this nonsense? Kaoneka che ko dwala kamundala aka! Ka-shaking’a no shaking’a ka!! Maybe alcoholic!

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    Nseke Nyo 5 years

    It is like people of Muchinga, Luapula and northern provinces do not take care of their rekatives with disabiities. Look at the beggars in towns! all are saying Ndelomba bwafwilisho. Rarely have i heard someone begging in ;Silozi, Chitonga, Luvale, Lunda, Chinyanja. I presume high levels of poverty in this province are compelling families to throw away these seemingly unproductive characters. It is high time government educated these northerners to take care of their disabled relatives.Good Government policy.

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      mwamba mutale 5 years

      Iwe. They use Bemba because most rich and caring people are from Luapula and Northen part of Zambia

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    Jones 5 years

    Very touching video, indeed ‘disability is not inability’

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      i Boma 5 years

      which video?

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      “I Am God” Unity Consciousness 5 years

      i just watched the video… he was singing about many disabled people in uganda. Thing is in Uganda some people cripple their own children to become beggers!
      For some poor people its the “only means for survival” I have never seen so many cripples in one place like uganda.. in Kampala they call them “city rats”

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    If this is true,the person to be repatriated should be sata’s retarded son with suba.i didnt know these pipo can be so inhuman.demons in hell

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    PRAISE GOD 5 years

    Policy is to concentrate on creating costly by-elections so that Parliament can be manipulated. As for MPs it is an opportunity to become a Minister now than to wait until their Parties win elections. Well, what can us citizens do? We are under siege until the electorate gets to know what power lays in a vote. Some even say, why vote? But know that when you do not vote you give those with obnoxious plans win because their votes will count.

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    Kay Love 5 years

    Shocking and would be very painful. PF not at it over,over and over again, now you want to break families? When all breaks lose, which human rights are you going to protect PF,when you are busy with disasterously power?
    Pathetic plan, it is inhuman.
    Wondering when they will grow up.

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    Kays 5 years

    So is this young man BITTER? Can Mr Comedy Sekani tell the nation please!

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    Mubarak Adam 5 years

    I am very sad to read this article that Dr Silwimba is made out to be playing a politicle game. I do not think so. He him self a person with disability, he has a passion for people with disability. If a house that we are living, is unsafe and dangerous to inhabitants, we demolish and rebuild. Dr Silwimba has no intention of taking away right to choose where people would like reside. His intention is to reorganise and restructure to improve the services available. could Mr Frankson inform general public that how many of these persons with disability, has been forced out by their own families, abandoned, forced to begged, protitution so on…these vulnerable people needs family,friends, community and society.Dr Silwimba is trying to build their lives, connecting with their families, only giving back what they have been denied by our society our community.
    I would request Mr Musukwa Frankson give positive side of Mr Silwimba’s real intention on this issue. Lets not make vulnerable people a politicle football, instead let us all join in hand to support them.


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      Very sad indeed, too much blood in this country very sad. There alot of issues going on, i have learnt with shock that Dr. Silwimba and Dr Katema have put up a secret repartriation program to take all disabled people to the village, were there are no services to help them lead decent lives. Aparently some people they repartriated have come bak to town, Frank this is as good as killing persons with disabilities, because they wont last under village conditions. We summoned the minister to come and answer to so many issues, but he has grown cold feet and as since put silwimba to come, mwandi i have no kind words for him, who do they think they are. This is like putting a firing squad on pwds, a gross violation of human rights. They have also refused CSOs for PWDs to attend the National convention on the constitution, that we will be represented by our mother bodies, i have tried to tell them that those mother bodies have no national character, i have even forwarded the complaint to the first lady s office. There is gross violation of human rights.

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    what a disgusting Act that lacks humility, instead of focusing on empowering PWDs so that they lead their own lives as independent people they scheme day and night on how to oppress us. this is tantamount to euthanasia an act perpetrated by Hitler whereby PWDs were taken to the gas chambers, because Hitler believed in a complete person without defects and he was doing it as a favour the likes of us.shame!!!!!

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      Kabalagala Kansanga 5 years

      singing about the “city rats” in Uganda…lol

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    Chris R. 5 years

    I hope and pray that this is not true. Why would the government send “all” people with disabilities away? Yes, there are people on the streets who have no jobs and just beg so maybe they can be given a place to go but those who are not homeless can not be forced away from their families! More research must be done into this issue with all the facts given. Every person has a right to a decent life.

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      There is alot of information on ground from those who were repatriated but returned after life challenges in village. Image there is need for Cash Transfer Scheme to benefit direct Persons with Disabilities on streets instead of channeling to Departments of Social Welfare as it ends in few pockets of selfish individual. A monthly and allowance that is more transparency and accountable can lessen challenges our brothers and sisters on streets encounters

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    Pastor M 5 years

    Zambia has had No Leaders

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      Freedom 5 years

      I can become your leader. But we have to remove the “christian nation” BS… cuz Zambia is Zambia and not everyone believes the STORY about THE jewish guy called jesus. Cuz i read a book about the same guy that he was married had children. If he could bonk and make children same as everyone else then we are free to enjoy life without fear dont you think. i think the world would be a better place without that crap, dont you think?

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        Oprah 5 years

        he could have married, yes, it is believed so BUT it is not the focus of the bible tachings…
        get a life!

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    Pastor M 5 years

    Economic slavery: Glencore in Zambia
    By: Ben Kitzelman
    A Press Service International voluntary Comment writer for Christian Today Australia
    Tuesday, 18 December 2012, 11:56 (EST)
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    Good Copper Bad Copper is an explosive documentary released on YouTube earlier this year, bringing to light the social, economic and environmental plundering of Zambia by the larger multinational mines, specifically Glencore’s Mopani mine in Mufulira.

    The documentary examines the relationship between trade policy and poverty, and highlights that due to its massive copper deposits, Zambia should be one of the richer nations in the world, but instead it is one of the poorest. As major powers scramble to gather more natural resources, how is it that a country holding some of the worlds largest copper reserves is not benefiting from its extraction?

    To give a bit of background, almost immediately after gaining independence from Britain in 1964, Zambia nationalised its mines, and as a result experienced a substantial period of growth. By the mid 70’s, its GDP matched Portugal, however due to the oil crisis later that decade, the cost of copper fell and encouraged by the IMF and World Bank, Zambia borrowed heavily, but not beyond serviceability.

    In the 80’s, an interest rate hike by the American Federal Reserve caused Europe to follow suit, tripling Zambia’s interest rate repayments overnight. As a result, IMF and World Bank changed their position and refused to release funds to Zambia without the privatisation of national industry (i.e. selling off the government owned mines to private business).

    Enter the multinationals

    By 2000, all mines had been privatised, the Mopani mine in Mufulira indirectly (via a screening company in the British Virgin Islands; a tax haven) to Swiss company Glencore. By operating through companies registered in tax havens, mines are able to funnel resources through screening businesses at a loss to avoid paying taxes to the countries from which the resources were extracted.

    From there resources are sold on the open market for maximum profits to the companies, but the countries which make them rich get nothing (*quick aside: consider this in light of the mining supertax proposed a short while ago in Australia). One economist in the documentary postulates that in time we will see this form of business as nothing short of economic slavery.

    Economically the documentary paints a horrific picture; socially and environmentally, things at are not much better. Even though Mopani does bring employment to the surrounding towns, working conditions are not safe, neither it seems are the environmental processes in place. Part of the extraction and refinement process involves massive usage of acid.

    Glencore asserts that its variety of environmental controls is sufficient to keep the acid from leeching into water supplies and contaminating the atmosphere as sulphur dioxide, however workers report the contrary. Workers within the mine complain of foot ulcerations and insufficient protective gear through to the unsafe draining of acids and toxic runoff.

    On the 2nd of January 2008, over 800 people in Mufulira were severely poisoned after drinking tap water. The effects ranged from severe stomach pain, to mouth ulcerations, the finger being pointed at Mopani, and yet very little has been done to compensate victims, and safeguard similar events in the future from occurring. One poor girl gives her account of how her baby died, supposedly as a result of the 2008 incident.

    Personal interest

    Personally, this documentary had particular significance as my wife is a Zambian and spent the greater portion of her life living in Mufulira, the town in which the Mopani mine operates. When moving to Australia, visa requirements lead us to undergo a number of medical tests, the outcomes of which highlighted some lung abnormalities.

    Even though these issues may be minor, it can be assumed that they are certainly widespread, as when questioning the doctor for more information, we were told not to worry as nearly everyone from Mufulira has the same respiratory complaints as my wife does, presumably due to the high volumes of sulphur dioxide spewing from the smoke stacks of the mine.

    Overall, Good Copper Bad Copper gives a great deal of insight into some of the issues facing third world countries, but unfortunately offers very few solutions. As most good documentaries, it has an obvious agenda and bias, but it must be said it is most definitely not unreasonable.

    If you have a spare hour, it is worth watching as you will come away with a greater awareness and understanding of the great divide in opportunity between first and third world countries, and the processes keeping it that way. This Christmas we’re also thinking on these things.

    Ben Kitzelman has spent the last 4 years travelling between Australia and Zambia, serving for one as a missionary, and is now an IT professional in Melbourne.

    Ben Kitzelman’s previous articles may be viewed at

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      Kleptocrats 5 years

      we have been thru this already dude! Iwatched the documentary on youtube when it was uploaded and there are much more similar docmentaries in other african countries as well, so its not only Zambia that has this problem but most african countries.
      I have watched them all

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    malinso 5 years

    This is a best move take them to rural areas, also all the beggars in cities to be taken in the same truck to rural zambia.

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      ZAMBIANS WAKE UP! 5 years


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      Malambo pride 5 years

      Proverbs says “A FOOL HAS NOTHING TO SAY WHEN IMPORTANT MATERSW ARE BIENG DISCUSSED”u are a demon and GOG almighty forgve your soul,if u were born of a human being u woud have tha santity of life in your councious.wat meks you think u are a better being than the disabled?these are not toys u kn prik but fully alive human beings even better revered and adored by thier is bcoz of pipo like u that we even have army worms in our country.

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        Counselor 4 Brainwashed F00LS 5 years

        how dare you call another person a demon! You and your GOD must be crazy id!ots to think everyone should believe you that BS. May you and your GOD be rejected in the name of humanity!

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        Counselor 4 Brainwashed F00LS 5 years

        how dare you call another person a demon! You and your G0D must be id!ots to think everyone should believe your BS. May your G0D be rejected in the name of humanity!

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      Before 1800bc, persons with disabilities were subjected to severe discrimination and all forms of inhuman treatment it was during this era that persons born with disabilities were killed upon been born, some where driven into the bush and left to die..step by step we are been bought backwards to this era driven by with incompetent, filthy, poor result oriented leaders.

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        Oprah 5 years

        they have families too. If families can learn to embrace and help them before throwing them to “SOCIETY”. Charity begins at home.

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      Take a look at this movies i am happy if they are empowered they can contribute meaningful to development of our country. Bloggers lets side with our disabled brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers on streets ans everywhere please

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    mapatizya Maimbolo 5 years

    ubufi bwekabweka.

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    convert 5 years

    Faith is shaking?

    Did GOD command MOSES in the Old Testament to KILL WOMEN AND CHILDREN but keep the VIRGINS ?

    Numbers 31
    Vengeance on the Midianites
    1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”
    3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

    7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho. [a]

    13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

    15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

    19 “All of you who have killed anyone or touched anyone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives. 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood.”

    21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is the requirement of the law that the LORD gave Moses: 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead 23 and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water. 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”

    Dividing the Spoils
    25 The LORD said to Moses, 26 “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured. 27 Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community. 28 From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats. 29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD’s part. 30 From the Israelites’ half, select one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD’s tabernacle.” 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
    32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 33 72,000 cattle, 34 61,000 donkeys 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.

    36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
    337,500 sheep, 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;

    38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;

    39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;

    40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.

    41 Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD’s part, as the LORD commanded Moses.

    42 The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men- 43 the community’s half—was 337,500 sheep, 44 36,000 cattle, 45 30,500 donkeys 46 and 16,000 people. 47 From the Israelites’ half, Moses selected one out of every fifty persons and animals, as the LORD commanded him, and gave them to the Levites, who were responsible for the care of the LORD’s tabernacle.

    48 Then the officers who were over the units of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—went to Moses 49 and said to him, “Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing. 50 So we have brought as an offering to the LORD the gold articles each of us acquired—armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces—to make atonement for ourselves before the LORD.”

    51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold—all the crafted articles. 52 All the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds that Moses and Eleazar presented as a gift to the LORD weighed 16,750 shekels. [b] 53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself. 54 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds and brought it into the Tent of Meeting as a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD.

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    KACHINGWE 5 years


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    Boondocks 5 years

    This is crazy. No sane govt would do this. Anyways, rural~ urban migration is a huge problem in Zambia. The govt must build incentives to attract people back to the rural areas, good roads, better agriculture policies, modern schools and hospitals, infrastructure, stadiums, etc. Botswana and Namibia has such policies and its working for them. Impofu sha fula sana mu town, begging at every stop sign.

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      Wanzelu 5 years

      PF is busy bringing truck loads of people from the villages to come and vote in cities. So what do you expect from PF politicians without any principles.

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      OMG!! 5 years

      impofu as you say are also Zambians and have the right to go everywhere within Zambia!
      Just because you can see today does not make you immune to blindness. Tomorrow you could become the other blind person on the next street corner.