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The house that GWRAZ (aka Greater Lakes Women Refugees in Zambia) built, from sustainable materials, at low cost

The house that GWRAZ built. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2016 v10n2 p0425

Three days after International Womens Day, a van collected me and my hosts and drove us out into the country, to an area that is still part of Lusaka. 
Edited from The Lusaka Times:

The Great Lakes Women Refugees Association in Zambia “GWRAZ” in conjunction with Lusaka based Rwandese Community has embarked to share knowledge with Zambians like improving housing by using building materials locally available as clay soil, soil and trees. It is against this background the same group has started to build a house as a demonstration; the house is built in the backyard of Lusaka Archdiocese Chongwe St Paul Parish situated in Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukambo II chiefdom and on Sunday, Dec 21st, 2014 there was an “unveiling” of a house so the local community can learn the way it can improve its housing: the roofing is made up of “Clay soil” tiles and the walls of “adobe bricks”. 

GWRAZ Chairperson Rosalio Bucumi, Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II, GWRAZ members Odile Furaha and Veronica Ndizeye – Chieftness Nkomesha posing in front of the sample house with GWRAZ and Lusaka based Rwandese Refugees Community living in Zambia in front of the sample house – GWRAZ Chairperson Rosalio Bucumi, Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II, GWRAZ members Odile Furaha and Veronica Ndizeye. – GWRAZ Member Odile Furaha explaining to Chieftainess Nkomesha the process of making a clay soil tile – Photo Credit: Jean Mandela

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Edited from Catholics are proud of Nkomeshya - MpunduCatholics are proud of Nkomeshya - Mpundu

By Mwala Kalaluka in Chongwe, 08 Nov 2011 

LUSAKA Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu confirmed over 200 people at Chongwe's St Paul Catholic Church, Archbishop Mpundu said the people should threaten political leaders that do not want to listen to them using the ballot box.

Archbishop Mpundu said the Catholic Church was proud of chieftainess Nkomeshya of the Soli people of Lusaka Province.

On the forthcoming by-elections in Chongwe Constituency, Archbishop Mpundu urged the electorate to do chieftainess Nkomeshya proud by rejecting outsiders exporting violence to the area.

And in an earlier address, Fr Mwanamwalye said the Catholic Church does not fear anyone as it was founded on a solid foundation of the apostles.

Fr Mwanamwalye asked those confirmed to be like soldiers who would defend the Church through praying for its leadership.

"Pray for them, they need your strength but above all show love to one another and I will tell you one thing, laziness is a sin," said Fr Mwanamwalye.

Edited from Lungu calls for partnership with chiefs, from

by Jimmy Chibuye, 24   

PRESIDENT Lungu says there is need to work with traditional leaders to achieve sustainable development in chiefdoms.

The President said this during the coronation of Chief Sikoongo of the Tonga people of Chirundu that traditional leaders occupy a strategic position to roll-down sustainable development to their subjects.

He said this in a speech delivered for him by Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Joseph Katema at the coronation ceremony held in Chirundu.

This is according to Zambia National broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) news monitored in Lusaka yesterday.

President Lungu said traditional leaders are key in delivering development to their subjects as they fully understand the immediate needs of the people.

And House of Chiefs chairperson senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukambo urged newly installed Chief Sikoongo to spell out development that will benefit his subjects.

Cheiftainess Nkomeshya said the House of Chiefs will support Chief Sikoongo in his duties as a traditional leader.

The installation of Chief Sikoongo was witnessed by dignitaries from Zimbabwe and Botswana, as well as several traditional leaders.