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They Say Home is Where the Heart is. But What if Your Heart is in More Than One Place?

I hopped onto my bike and started to ride. It was half past 7 in the morning but it was still very dark outside. I pedalled enthusiastically, hoping that I would warm up quickly. Each vigorous push of the pedal only seemed to invite the cold wind my way. At this point, what I really wanted was my bed plus […]

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Why Zambians need their opposition MPs more than ever

Zambians finally have their sixth President! Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) beat Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) in a tight contest (48.3% vs 46.7%). This is not the result I wanted to see but it’s a result I will respect. I hope to remember the biblical command to […]

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History and Culture Musings

Video: Carl Bernstein discusses ‘How to Be a Great Journalist’

I love this video. Carl Bernstein, a retired journalist and one half of the “Watergate Duo”, discusses what it takes to be a great journalist. With great wisdom and clarity, he shares some of the unchanging principles that need to be present for journalism to be journalism (at least in the traditional sense). He says some brilliant […]

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MasukuOnMyMind is changing! Find out how and why.

Dear friends, For sometime now I’ve not been convinced that this blog was serving its full purpose and potential. I started the blog two years ago aiming to regularly discuss contemporary Zambian and Southern African political and economic issues. As I tried to do this, I encountered three main challenges:

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History and Culture Musings

A question for Zambian historians

The United National Independence Party (UNIP) led the country to Independence in October 1964 under Kenneth Kaunda’s leadership. After quashing and coercing opposition parties led by Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula in the early 1970s, UNIP became the sole national party, cementing KK’s rule which eventually lasted 27 years. Fast-forward nearly 50 years since Independence and UNIP is nowhere […]

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Zambia: The government must keep debt low and improve governance

The Zambian government has eliminated 113 business licences out of the targeted 170 deemed to be unnecessary as part of its private sector development reform programme. In 2008, an inventory recommended that out of Zambia’s 517 business licences, 170 should be eliminated, 57 reclassified and 99 amalgamated into 21. Meanwhile, the Sixth National Development Plan […]