The Zambian Economist

10/03/2019 – Random Thoughts and Reflections
On Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook Groups and Pages, I, just like many others, follow certain Zambian Thought Leaders and brilliant minds as they engage in intellectual discourse, share historical perspectives, analyse current and future perspectives on a lot of wide ranging topics and real life experiences. And they are so many such Zambians, too numerous to acknowledge and tabulate their names here. Suffice to mention here that we are grateful for everything you do.

I have also taken keen interest on how several have handled social platform “controversies” or comments which have the potential to raise furore or is it kerfuffle (my grandmother used to call it Kafwafwa).

Of late, Professor Kenneth K Mwenda and Elder Chibamba F. Kanyama had to calmly and amicably resolve or diffuse some social platform backlash or impasse (Ba yama would say Impasase) over their respective comments pertaining to Motherland Zambian Politics and Economics.

Although now water under the bridge, the subtle and salient lessons learnt from the two prominent Zambians are treasured. The art of letting go. Cardinal among them is their conviction in their informed staunch belief of “Don’t let someone else’s negativity become yours”. They let facts, numbers, knowledge and research findings speak for themselves. They ….don’t lie. We all can learn and emulate.

These moments that are your life are too valuable to waste on others trying to raise other people’s blood pressure. When another person is rude, thoughtless, disrespectful or worse, don’t react by sinking to that level yourself. Instead, let it motivate you to be even more understanding, thoughtful, and kind. Reflecting negativity back at others does not teach them a lesson. A far more influential choice is to serve as a positive example. (I just hope, pray and wish that all Political Leaders, Cadres and Die Hards can learn something from such illustrations). Certainly you don’t want to allow others to take advantage of you. But neither do you want them to turn you against your highest, treasured values. Umuntu ku kwata ama Principles na value system. Not just be a vuvuzela on behalf of the significant others in the corridors and echelons of power. Inga iwe wemwine, where do you stand, come rain come sunshine? Politicians come and go, just like the Seasons.

In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil (mischief). The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices. – James E. Faust guided us.

The best way to win is not by fighting. In Elder Chibamba F. Kanyama’s recent case, the Battle was fought on his behalf by a myriad of old faithful followers and comrades among them Hjoe Moono, Brian Mulenga and many others who shared their views on how “Economists” sound, behave and look like. The same way ba Shenda Zukas, ba Placido Kaluba, ba Lemekani Remmy Phiri and many others vouched for Professor Kenneth K Mwenda’s musing touching on Politics.

Sometimes, the best way to win is by being so strong, so positively purposeful that a fight never starts in the first place. The petty negativity of others does not have to get to you. Because you can choose, in a loving, generous, amiable way, to live beyond it. Is there something you wish you had done sooner? Or is there something you’ve been trying to decide how to start? Give your attitude, your life, your world the benefit of your action. Do yourself a favour today, and get it done.

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. – Malcolm X

Escape the stale confinement of wishing, waiting, wondering. Refresh your day with action. Shake off the excuses and rationalizations, the second guesses, regrets and indecisiveness. Energize your life with action. Not every action will bring the results you desire. Yet the more you take action, the more effective you become at achieving what you choose. Every time you act you create valuable experience. Besides producing results, that experience builds on itself, boosting your confidence and competence.

If the only prayer you will ever say in your entire life is “THANK YOU” it will be more than enough – Maester Eckhart
Stay well and be blessed – KKK999 – 2019

Published by Kunda Kalaba

Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) professional. Passionate about AML/CTF, Sanctions, ABC, KYC, CDD. Member - World Advisory Council Association of Certified Fraud Examiners-ACFE. Member of the African Task Force Committee - ACAMS. Presenter at International Conferences-ACAMS&ACFE. Certified Fraud Examiner-CFE. ACFE & ACAMS Singapore Chapters Member. Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist-CAMS. Certified Anti-Bribery and Corruption-ABC. Chairperson, ABC Working Group. Founder - Institute of Directors (IoD) Zambia Chapter. Founder - Managerial Accountability & Transparency. Two-term of two years Chairperson of the Bankers Association of Zambia Fraud Prevention and Security Committee. Zambian Government to SADC and COMESA Consultant on Crime & Corruption Prevention & management Strategies. Sound & vast experience in FCC Compliance, Deterrence, Prevention, Detection, Investigations, Security and Prosecutions. 25 years extensive experience in FCC, ABC, AML, CTF, Fraud & Operational risk assessment & Investigations. STA in Financial Crime Compliance & Risk management in London, Coventry & Southampton in the UK. Area Head of FCC for Southern & East Africa responsible for Risk Assessments & Investigations, AML/CTF, Sanctions. Central Bank regulatory and AML Directives appointed as Country Money Laundering Prevention/Reporting Officer-CMLPO. Professionally trained “trainer of trainers” & core facilitator. Proficient with proven track record of exceptional abilities in management and leadership for performance. Corporate Governance, capacity building, Institutional & Organizational development, business process re-engineering. Technical expertise is coupled with excellent interpersonal, team building, communication and presentation skills.

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