EIZ for Computer Society of Zambia Constitution, but with amendments

The Engineering Institution of Zambia immediate past president Eng. George Sitali says there is need to amend the 1990 Computer Society of Zambia Constitution to bring it in line with the Information Communication Technology Association of Zambia Act.

Eng. Sitali said this when he appeared before a parliamentary committee on Media, Information and Communication Technologies on the consideration of Zambia Information and Communication Technology Association of Zambia.

Eng. Sitali who was accompanied by Eng. Robinson Misitala, Eng. Ariel Phiri, Eng. Ackim Zulu, EIZ Registrar and CEO Eng. Newton Zulu and EIZ Technical Officer Mr. Rex Kalangu said the Engineering Institution of Zambia consents the proposed bill acceptable amidst a few typographical errors which could be ironed out at final drafting.

“EIZ acknowledges that some ICT professionals, organisations and affiliates do not qualify to be registered under the EIZ membership platform hence the need for them to be registered with the ICTAZ,” He said.

He said there is however need for the ICTAZ Act or Constitution to clearly specify persons or organisations that qualify to be members under this Act to avoid conflict with the EIZ Act of 2010.

He said this is because a number of ICT professionals and organisations or units are members and already registered by the EIZ under the Nominating College (NC4)

Eng. Sitali said the bill should indicate who a member of the Information, Communications Technology Professional is, what they do and how different they are from engineers defined in the EIZ Act of 2010.

“According to our Act No. 17 of 2010, an engineer means a ‘person with special knowledge of the mathematical and physical sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, required by engineering education and engineering experience. And by this definition, a large portion of the ICT professionals are already members of EIZ” he said.

He further said the bill needs to be clear when it talks about information and communication technology sector, and also provide a definition of this sector.

Eng. Sitali said that once the bill under consideration is passed, the constitution of the computer society will have to be amended in accordance with the new Act.

He said in order to avoid duplication of efforts; EIZ is of the view that ICTAZ should concentrate on registering professionals and organisations that are involved in operations that are non-engineering while EIZ continue dealing with engineering professionals and organisations or units.

He however said that once the bill has passed, there will be an inevitable double taxation of members corporate and individuals since some of them will be having converging functions and qualification respectively and might need to affiliate both with EIZ and ICTAZ.

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Ministry Of Commerce Launches Strategic Plan

By Cynthia Chiyabu Ngwengwe

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Christopher Yaluma has said the development of the local content strategy by the Ministry of Commerce is meant to realise some aspirations of the National Industry Policy such as increasing citizen participation in the economy.

Speaking at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka when he launched the ministerial strategic plan (2018- 2021) National Industrial Policy, National Local Content Strategy, and the National Investment Promotion Strategy, Hon. Yaluma said the local content requirements in the procurement, production and consumption of various goods and services will directly spur growth in locally owned businesses and thereby contribute to the growth of the industrial base.

“I wish to indicate that the ministerial strategic plan provides a strategic direction for the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry while the policy and strategies we are launching today outline how this strategic goal will be achieved,” he said.

He said the launch of the Ministerial Strategic Plan outlines the vision of the Ministry and its aspiration to be smart and value centred.

Hon. Yaluma said his Ministry is responsible for formulating and administrating policies as well as regulating activities in the trade and industrial sectors in order to enhance the sectors’ contribution to sustainable social economic growth and development for the benefit of the people of Zambia.

He said the strategic plan is aligned to long-term objectives of the vision 2030 which stipulates the people’s aspirations to live in a ‘prosperous middle-income nation by 2030’ that provides opportunities for the well-being of all citizens.

Hon. Yaluma further said the strategic plan is also aligned to the Seventh National Development Plan which is based on an integral multi-sectoral development approach which seeks to accelerate development efforts towards the Vision 2030 without leaving anyone behind.

“Among the key strategies that my Ministry will pursue to realise the intended results of this strategic plan include: formulation of policies, facilitation of growth of industries to enhance production and productivity, creation of decent employment opportunities, facilitation of production of high quality value added and competitive Zambian products, development of enterprises that are competitive and sustainable and promotion of local foreign investments.”

The minister went on to say that apart from the local content strategy, the Ministry was also launching the first stand-alone National Industrial Policy and its Implementation plan.

“This policy is deigned to accelerate industrialisation through growth of the manufacturing sector from an average of 5 percent to 20 percent and its contribution to Gross Domestic Product from 8% to 15% by 2028 as well as increasing efficiency in the utilisation of national resources that can spur technological advancement, innovation and increased productivity,” he said.

He further said the National Industrial Policy will foster new industrial capacity, employment generation, promote the diversification of productions to facilitate the creation of inter-sectoral and inter-industry linkages, promote the establishment of cooperatives across value chains, promote the development of industry specific skills and facilitate the shifting of economic activity towards higher value-added activities to spur sustainable economic growth.

Hon. Yaluma said the policy will also aim at increasing citizen participation in the economy by empowering them with skills, finances and space to establish and grow their value-adding businesses from micro, small, medium to large enterprises.

He went on to say that the development of the National Industrial Policy is premised on the fact that Zambia has the right elements to accelerate industrialisation because it is well-endowed with abundant natural resources.

He further said that government has placed industrial development at the core of its development agenda.

“The sectors being promoted as drivers for industrialisation include: processed foods, textiles and garments, engineering products, wood and wood products, leather and leather products, and pharmaceuticals including the blue economy,” he said.

He said the policy has taken cognisance that for industrialisation to be a reality, investment and development in Infrastructure, Agriculture, Tourism, Education, Energy, Information and Communication Technology as well Health should go hand in hand.

“For this reason, therefore, we expect Ministries and Institutions charged with development of Infrastructure, Agriculture, Tourism, Education, Energy, Information and communication Technology and Health to work with us in order for us to realise our dream,” he said.

He further said government has developed the National Investment Promotion Strategy aimed at mobilising and accelerating the growth of actualised domestic and foreign direct investments by 25% in growth sectors that support socio-economic development.

Hon Yaluma said the Institutional Framework Strategies will also be developed to facilitate, coordinate and monitor investment flows in these sectors for the country to become a prosperous, competitive and dynamic world-class investment destination.

The minister called upon the Zambian business community to take keen interest in the strategy and embrace it as a tool that will bring equity and give an equal chance to local firms to participate in various value chains across the economy.

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Marjorie Banda Growing up, Marjorie had no idea she would take up a male dominated career until she was encouraged by her uncle to enrol at Northern Technical College (NORTEC) and study a course that was different from courses girls would usually go for such as teaching, nursing etc.

Born on 4th December 1969 in Chililabombwe to Mr Titus Mwamba and Mrs. Joyce Mwansa Mwamba, Marjorie Mwamba Banda is the first born in a family of seven. She is married to Mr. Masauso Banda with whom she has three children.

Mrs. Banda who grew up in Chingola went to Nchanga Trust School from 1974 to 1982 where she did her nursery to grade 7 education which created a very good foundation for her to learn the English Language.

She later went to Ibenga Girls Secondary School from 1983 to 1987 were she did her grade 8 to grade 12 education.

After completing her secondary education, with encouragements from her uncle, Mr. Fredrick Chitondo she applied at the Northern Technical College (NORTEC) in 1989 to study Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology and later obtained an Advanced Technician Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology in 1991.

She later enrolled at the University of Zambia and did a diploma in Project Management – Adult Education.

While at NORTEC, Mrs. Banda was the only female in a class of 21 students which made her male classmates to think she wouldn’t make it because it was a man’s field but she remained positive and focused.

Mrs. Banda says the Lecturers were very supportive and with time she won the support of her classmates as they realised that she was up for the challenge.

In 1990 Marjorie went for industrial attachment at the Copperbelt Bottling Company in Kitwe and worked among males in the same field but fortunately for her she found male colleagues who encouraged and appreciated women pursuing engineering programmes.

“Management of Copperbelt Bottling Company was pleased with the attitude and interest that I had shown to my work and they decided to take me on as permanent member of staff and pay for me for the remaining years I was at NORTEC and upon graduating I went straight to Copperbelt Bottling Company,” she said.

She later went on to join the University of Zambia in 1995 as a Senior Technician in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Section in the Resident Engineer’s Department.

Mrs. Banda then enrolled at Ferris State University in the City of Big Rapids, State of Michigan where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology and Energy Management.

As the case was at NORTEC she again found herself as the only female in her class at Ferris State University.

“The first day in class was interesting, my classmates did not expect to see a female let alone at the age of 48, but I however got the support from the Staff and indeed my classmates in the School of Built Environment – College of Engineering Technology, Office of International Education,” she said.

Mrs. Banda was then awarded as Ferris State University’s first Winner of the Excellence Award from the Michigan Department of Education – Breaking 2018 Traditions for Career and Technical Education because of her academic performance.

Due to her academic performance her name was nominated for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is since a Life Member of this Society.

“To the girl child do not limit yourself because of your gender, engineering courses can be done by any female as long as you put your mind to it. Challenges will come but what is important is how we react to the challenges, they can either take us down or we can use them as stepping stones (look for the lesson in it) to where we desire to be. Women in Engineering are being honoured for making this choice because they are making a contribution to the industry and are offering innovative solutions for customer satisfaction and value for money,” she said.

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Natasha Bwalya Mulenga was born on 14th January 1992 in Mufulira to Mr. Peter Mulenga and Elizabeth Nakanyika Mulenga. Natasha says she is the first born in a family of four with three younger sisters.

She says, “I started school in Kitwe where I did my nursery and reception at St John’s Convent School, from 1998-1999, my grade 1-3 at Chambishi Basic School and later did my grade 4-7 at Riverside School from 2000 to 2004. Upon passing my grade 7 composite examination, I went to Muzi High School where I did my junior secondary school from 2005-2006. Thereafter, I went to Helen Kaunda High School where I did my senior Secondary school from 2007 to 2009.”

After completing her Secondary education, Natasha left for Ukraine in 2011 where she did her Engineering foundation course at Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications University in Odessa. She later applied to study Civil Engineering the same year and was accepted at Civil and Architecture University.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning but with the determination I had and support from my family, I was able to pull through,” she said.

Natasha says her interest in art and design motivated her to study civil engineering as a career.

She later graduated in 2016 from Sumy National Agrarian University and was the only female to graduate in a group of 36 students.

Natasha says her study did not go without challenges as she experienced mockery from some male students who thought she would not make it without their help, but because she was determined and knew what she really wanted to achieve, she never gave up or give them the chance to underrate her.

Upon her return home, she was privileged to work for Kansanshi Mining Plc in Solwezi North Western Province, under the civil section as an intern for a period of five months.

“It was a great experience to work for the mines because I was groomed by the best and taught most of the practical work I know. I was given a variety of projects ranging from works like analysing drainages and kids play ground,” she said.

She was later employed on October 2017 by the Local Authorities and is currently working for Solwezi Municipal Council as a Civil Engineer were she trying to apply some of the knowledge that was imparted in her and marry it with the physical world.

Natasha says, “This is the beginning of a great journey ahead and the sky can never be her limit, with God by my side.”

“I would like to encourage young girls out there in the engineering world to strive harder; you can surely make it if others have done it. I love the quote that says “NEVER GIVE UP, FOR THAT IS JUST THE PLACE AND TIME THAT THE TIDE WILL TURN” by Harriet Beecher Stowe,” she said.

Natasha says young people should take the negatives people say and turn them into positives for their own good and the betterment of Zambia and the world at large.

She says in the near future she wishes to see a female engineer become a president.

Civil Engineer’s Section Launched

The Institution during its 2018 Annual General Meeting in Livingstone launched the civil engineers section with an interim executive put in place.

The following are the members of the interim executive:
Chairperson – Eng. Graham Ching’ambu
Vice Chairperson – Eng. Phillip Mubanga
Engineers’ representative – Eng. Victor Miti
Lecturers Representative – Dr. Chabota Kaliba
Technologists’ Representative – Teg. Prudence Mushota
Technicians Representative – Tec. Martin Daka

CTS holds first Election

By Cynthia Chiyabu Ngwengwe

The Craftsperson and Technicians Section held their first election during the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Livingstone to usher in an executive that would lead the section for the next two years.

The section which was launched in September 2017 was run by an interim executive until April when elections were held.

The election saw Field Simwanda become the Chairperson, Emmanuel Nswana as the Vice President and Isaac Chama being elected as the Male Technicians Representative.

Cleave Silavwe took the Female Technicians Representative position with Samson Lungu taking the position of Male Craftsperson’s Representative and Lizzy Kavimba as Female Craftsperson’s Representative.

African Engineers should start leading in engineering projects within Africa

By Cynthia Chiyabu Ngwengwe

Federation of African Engineering Organisation (FAEO) President Eng. Julius Riungu says engineers are regarded as important people around the world hence the need to lead through their various projects.

He said engineers are a group of people with innovative minds and it is gratifying to note that the institution chose a theme speaking to innovation and competitiveness.

Eng Riungu said the development of a country and the world at large depends on engineering professionals.
“If you don’t use your brains to innovate new devices, projects and systems and create wealth for the country then there is no one who will do that,” he said.

He said the work of engineering professionals should be to ensure that the environment is conserved which will then help enhance development for the country.

He went on to say that the role of FAEO is to promote the engineering profession in Africa and also represent the interests of Africa in the world federation of engineers.
“We want to work with all African engineering organisations to ensure that engineering in Africa is promoted and all African countries to have the same standards in infrastructure across Africa,” he said.

He said the aim of the organisation is to ensure that engineers in Zambia can be called upon around Africa to work as consultants or contractors.
Eng. Riungu also thanked the president of EIZ for the support towards FAEO activities whenever called upon.

He said EIZ is one of the strongest institutions on the African continent because of a very strong secretariat to run the business of the institution and a Headquarters under construction.

He urged the institution to continue working harder and to be felt in the community.
“The government expects you as engineers to use the resources you have been given for the benefit of the people and consider their interest.” He said.
He went on to say that there are limited resources from government but if used rightly, then the continent will develop and go forward.

Eng Riungu said Africa has become poor because people given the responsibilities to do infrastructure development have decided to abuse the responsibilities.

He urged the engineering professionals in Zambia to take the interest of the people first.
He further said there is need for discipline among African engineers if the continent is to develop.
“I urge you my fellow engineers to aim to be consultants and contractors outside Africa and change the continent of Africa by ensuring that whatever we do is for the good of the people,” he said.

Eng. Riungu also urged the Minister of Infrastructure to support EIZ internship programme so that young engineers are mentored and won’t have to move to other professions due to lack of experience.

He said the internship programme should be taken seriously so that students from universities and colleges will be given internship in industry for them to have experience and get employed and continue developing the country.

He further said if this is not done, then the profession will continue losing young talent to different professions.

Eng Riungu said this requires money and, for the government, it is great investment which will pay dividends in the future.
“So we are urging all the governments around Africa to consider investing in such programmes that will benefit the country.” he said.

He said FAEO is negotiating with various partners including the AU to see how engineering can be supported through providing resources that are needed.

He went on to say that the organisation has also gone into partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering of the United Kingdom to support some of the activities.

Engineering Institution of Zambia elects new president

By Cynthia Chiyabu Ngwengwe

14th April 2018 was the day engineering professionals awaited after nomination boxes were opened and valid nominations were circulated to the members.
The day was special in that it was the day the members would vote for a new President and Council to lead the institution for the next two (2) years.

The elections which were well contested saw the position of president having three candidates comprising of Eng. Kenneth Chense, Eng. Abel Ng’andu and Eng. Sydney Matamwandi contesting the position.

Eng. Eugene Haazele and Eng. Edward Zulu contested the position of Vice President – Policy Public Relations and National Development.

The position of Vice President – Finance and Administration was contested by Eng. Wesley Kaluba, Eng. Lt.Col. Lillian Muwina and Eng Yoram Sinyangwe.

The position of Technologists` representative was contested by Teg. Shadrick Chanda and Teg. Mutima Chikasa, making the contested positions four in total with six positions going unopposed.

Contestants were given a chance to address the members and state why they were the best candidates for the positions they were contesting.

Members then voted using electronic voting gadgets which were first introduced during the southern region AGM elections.

After members voted, Eng Matamwandi emerged as the EIZ President with Eng. Haazele taking the position of Vice President – Policy, Public Relations and National Development.

The position of Vice President – Finance and Administration was won by Eng. Wesley Wyman Kaluba with Teg. Shadrick Chanda taking the position of technologists` representative.

The unopposed positions saw Eng Willian Mulusa as the Vice President for Membership and CPD, with Eng. Monica Sililo Milupi taking the position of engineers` representative.

Tec. Noah Kasanda went unopposed in the position of technicians` representative, with Cra. Cosmas Chuula taking the position of Craftspersons’ representative, Eng. Charity Chola as engineering organisations` representative and Eng Desiderius Chapewa as engineering units` representative.

In his acceptance speech, Eng Matamwandi thanked all candidates who participated in the elections for putting up a good fight.
“A fight that has given democracy a good name in EIZ because we have demonstrated that there is time to urge, time to race but once election results are declared we unite for one purpose of taking the institution to another level”, he said.

He said the new Council will always consult and engage all members in areas of their expertise.
He said the participation of more than three members on the position of president shows that EIZ is a professional body for all the members around the country.

Eng Matamwandi thanked the nominations and elections committee for organising the elections in a professional manner and said that Council shall be committed to ensuring that members act in an ethical and professional way.

“To this effect we shall constitute a disciplinary committee to take care of those that might bleach this directive”, he said.

He further thanked the minister for taking a lead in protecting the interest of the engineering profession in the country.
Eng Matamwandi said jobs being taken by foreigners are causing so much pain to members and it is gratifying that the minister is taking the first step in protecting engineering jobs.

He said as a professional body supervised by the Ministry of Infrastructure the institution shall support the various initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry to move the country forward.

“I have in mind the vision 2030. We will do our very best to make sure that the government succeeds in that endeavour; and for the vision 2064, we will do what we can. And we have read the 7th National Development Plan, a lot of what needs to be done or achieved will require the involvement of engineering professionals and our members stand ready to help government,” he said.

Eng Matamwandi further said the 59th Council has no intension of revising the policies set but to improve on them.

He then urged all the members to work with the new Council to grow the institution.

And outgoing president Eng George Sitali said he shall continue to offer his support to the new Council and the President.

He also thanked the outgoing for their dedication and service to the institution.
“The incoming Council and the president, your race has just began, and you need to ensure that this institution continues to grow”

Minister of Infrastructure called on the new Council to work together and grow the engineering profession in Zambia.

He said Council should also work in unity with the other candidates who did not make it in the election.
“Now that elections are done you all need to work as one to improve the profession in the country,” he said.