Thinkers Abyss

So last year, not sure when exactly, I saw the “Black Panther” trailer on a friend’s Face Book page. Impressive as it was, I couldn’t help but think to myself-“Somebody just stole my friggin’ idea! Are you kidding me?! Stole my idea and made it a gazillion and one times better! Great, back to the drawing board”. I’m not saying that I had planned on making a film about a black superhero-not at all…close, but not quite. I know nothing of film, cinematography, and whatnot. I do, however, know a little bit about how to use my personal skills to create an effect. Much like the effect that Black Panther has produced. And about that, how come I didn’t know that Black Panther was under Marvel comics? Team Marvel, right here.

I’m a reader. I read a lot. A lot of comics and other stuff, too. So that’s something I seriously ought to have known…I think.

I’m not really all that bothered with action films but this movie did strike a cord. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I actually like Black Panthers  in general (Jungle Book fans, where you at? Can you say Bagheera ?) Or if it’s because I really just love cats (no lie).

There was just more to it than the bone breaking, and the misplaced accents. They’re a lot of deep-rooted issues there. Not going to spoil it for people that haven’t seen it yet. It’s worth seeing for sure even if this movie genre isn’t your cup of tea.

My favourite charter by far is Shuri. She’s such a great role model for kids, and me.  What she’s done, especially to little girls around the world, is the effect I was going for with my project. I refuse to share what exactly it is. Some of you are over sneaky and next thing I’ll just see you on a podium somewhere claiming a prize that rightfully belongs to moi.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. By “it” I mean concocting something fantastic in my head,  not acting on it and then seeing it materialise elsewhere. This other time, I had planned on writing a book. I thought about it for about for years until one day I got  a call from a friend inviting me to his book launch. Of course I was psyched for him but I was  bruised on the inside.

Another guy shared  with me his idea that was going to revolutionize the transportation system. He just had to work on a couple of things first. A few months down the line we were seeing Uber all over the internet. Someone else I know actually went as far as creating a prototype for  a University mobile app delivery thingy or something. Saw something just like it on CNN a few years later.

Who else?… Who else?… I’m sure they’re plenty more. I don’t recall such experiences with any ladies..hmmm..Actually, there are two I can think of but they’re already on a roll and show no signs of slowing down.

What’s the point of all this? For a start, if you have a brilliantly fantastic idea, I suggest you get busy trying to make it work. When it does work, keep evolving it and keep it relevant. That’s if the goal is to eventually execute it. Also, I should point out that the success won’t come in a day. If you start now, in the next five or ten years you should see the fruits of your labour.That means if you are 25 now, in 10 years, you’ll have accumulated enough daily success to be able to retire early, maybe. If you’re lucky.  I’m thinking the odds are better if you start earlier in life.

It won’t take as long for everyone. It could just be a matter of weeks or months. I’d be wary of that kind of success though. It vapourises as quickly as it appears.

I’d suggest you try doing this in tandem with your studies. If you have something you’re good at, tap into it. See where it takes you. Let me repeat that in caps, bold, and italics for a more dramatic effect:

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ARE GOOD AT AND ENJOY MORE THAN WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW. TRY IT. DO IT.

CHASE THE DREAM. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE.

EXCEPT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE OBLIGATIONS LIKE KIDS AND MARRIAGE OR WHATEVER BUT EVEN THEN, JUST TRY.

DON’T GET TRAPPED IN YOUR THOUGHTS. COME BACK TO US, AND LET US SHARE IN YOUR IDEAS.

Worst case scenario, everybody will make fun you and you will fail miserably. Then everyone will forget about you anyway because nobody has that much time (time to be thinking about you 24/4 forever and ever. You not that special) Then life will go on. Best case scenario? Use your imagination… the sky is the limit.

Don’t abandon your studies. I don’t recommend that at all. Ever. For most of us, this is the default and we need that cushion there for financial security. This is Africa-lets keep it real. Call it cowardly if you like but I call it being sensible. I’m all about taking risks but I believe they should be calculated.

So, I wasn’t planning on making a film. Eventually, I could. I came close to doing so but I guess generally, no. I did plan on doing something quite extravagant though. I might consider trying again a little bit later. I’d like to think I have some time on my hands.

But oh! my  idea was going to be sensational, I just needed some time. A decade maybe. Resources too, say a billion dollars or so, and of course the man power to actually manage the billion dollars on my behalf. That’s all I needed. Alas! somebody beat me to it…I see you Ryan Cooger et al.

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An Evening with Evan

By Evan Livas Tembo

We face many challenges in our lives. Sometimes it seems like the weight of the world is pressing down, trying to snuff us out.

In the communities where we come from, we hear many negative things about the legal profession. Since Grade 8, I have been a legal and political aspirant. I believe Zambia’s deep rooted problems can only be overcome through radical improvements to education. This means building a generation of thinking, problem solving youths who will be able to unlock the great potential of the country-who will grow economies, explore democracy and improve the lives of future generations.

Many students have passed through law school at the University of Lusaka. Some are Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) graduates and working in the legal profession, while others are attending ZIALE now.

Other people have discouraged us and made it seem as though succeeding in law school at the University of Lusaka (UNILUS) is a rare occurrence. Before attending law school, all I knew was that it is a very challenging course of study with demanding lecturers, *which is true*… but Law School at UNILUS, like any other endeavor, requires commitment, because nothing worthwhile is easy. It IS possible to succeed all it takes is the harnessing of the power we possess to make it so!

If others have done it, so can you! What are you waiting for?

 

 

To the Lecturers

When people see me wearing a white shirt, they praise me for the nice clean and neat shirt that I am wearing. However, no one sees the water that was used to wash that shirt. Most likely the water is even thrown away and everybody does not want to use it because it is dirty.

God has a secret…the water undergoes a process of transformation, renewal, purification. It comes back in form of rain, sometimes we get back the same water from the tap, at other times it becomes part of underground water and is pumped out as clean water.

Water is one of the most powerful forces on this planet. They say water is life. We cannot live without it and we cannot appear the way we do without it.

You are that water. When people will see me, they will praise me and applaud me for winning cases and for job well done….no one will see how much insults you endured to make me this person that I will become, no one will see your tears that came with the job, no one will see how much preparation you put in to lecture the following day and no one will see you spending countless hours marking scripts.

But you know what, God sees and he will reward you. Sometimes through people and sometimes you will notice that you  become wiser and many other doors start to open up in your life.

Whatever the case is, you will continuously undergo a process of transformation, renewal and purification which will make you more valuable by the day. You are a force that changes the thinking of people, you make the white shirt clean whether the shirt knows it or not, you are ultimately the star.

Have a good day. And may God grant you the strength to endure and grow each day…in Jesus’ name.

Always remember that if the water does not forget about the shirt it washed, the insults it received, the dirt it accumulated, then it will never make any other shirt clean because it will remain dirty never to be used again. You can only make an impact in people’s lives when you have renewed yourself to get rid of all the dirt collected from semester to semester. You will then be open to reach out to other students with añ open heart and mind.FB_IMG_1507323107992
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For my teacher

This is an adaptation of Chipangano Malowa’s “To the Lecturers”

For each time I’ve worn my clean, pressed, white shirts, I’ve been showered with praise. I’ve been hoisted up to the standards of a every gentlemanly being you could imagine, yet not a single one of my flatterers has ever asked how I keep my shirts polished, spruced up, and all around spiffy. Not one of them has asked about the mucky water that swirls down the drain after a hard morning of buffing and wrestling with my fabrics. You’d understand the toiling involved if you did a bit of hand washing now and again!

Whichever way it’s done, whether by hand or machine, God’s secret works the same. A process of transformation, renewal and purification ensues as the cloth touches that water. That’s amazing.
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People that dedicate their time to uplifting other people-that impart knowledge on us are a lot like water. The effect that teachers produce when they imart knowledge works a lot like water (with a bit of soap!). Dunk learners in and out until all the stains are gone. teaher 5.jpg

When people meet me, they only get to see the finished product.

They’ll applaud me for winning the cases and give me pats on the back for a job well-done.

They’ll see the product of the effort put into shaping me to be the person that I am.

They’ll see the product of the harsh words endured to make me this person that I will become in the future.

They’ll see the product of the tears that came with the job. working professional.jpg

They’ll see the product of the endless preparation that goes into lecturing.

They’ll see the product of countless hours marking scripts.

They’ll see all this and more about me but they won’t see you.

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They won’t see you, my teacher.

They won’t see you because that’s the nature of people-to simply look at what is before their eyes but fail to see beyond that.

Take comfort in knowing that God sees you, and he will reward you. You have been blessed with the skills to transform, renew and purify others, and that makes you more valuable with each passing day. You are a force that changes the thinking of people, you make the white shirt clean whether the shirt knows it or not, you are ultimately the star.

It is your duty to have a good day, everyday. May God grant you the strength to endure and grow, in Jesus’ name.

M.

Genocide: Revolution of the Forgotten Human Rights

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”                                                                                                                                Nelson Mandelasimara

 

Genocide will always remain a mass international crime. A concrete definition from Article 6 of the Rome Statute:

Means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring
about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Put simply, it is conduct aimed at the destruction of a national, ethnic, racial, or religious groups.

Everyday, innocent civilians somewhere in the world face unimaginable horror yet their plight is ignored by states. One might tend to think about what events in recent history have caused as much commotion as the Jewish holocaust, the Armenian genocide, and the Cambodian killing fields for example-there have been quite a number in fact. Consider the plight of the Yazidi is Iraq. They are a small ethnic and religious minority with ancient roots. Over the course of a few years, they have been subjected to unimaginable horror at the hands of ISIS. simara

In September 2016, the Independent News published human rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s speech at the United Nations. Where she said of the United Nation’s (UN) failure to begin thorough investigations into certain atrocities that include murders and sex trafficking committed to date by ISIS:

 This is the first time I have spoken in this chamber. I wish I could say I’m proud to be here but I am not. I am ashamed as a supporter of the United Nations that states are failing to prevent or even punish genocide because they find that their own interests get in the way.”

Genocide needs to be stopped. It needs to stop. Every citizen’s rights have to be preserved as promised by the law.simara

Gregory Stanton, president of Genocide Watch, presented an article in which he provides the 8 stages of genocide. He says that genocide develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. In other worlds, the process of genocide will be foreseeable right in front of us yet we will not be able to stop it.

  • First stage is classification. This is when all cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion or nationality,
  • The second stage is symbolization. This is when names and other symbols are given to classifications. This is where naming people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguishing them by colors or dress; and applying the symbols to members of groups.simara
  • However the first and second stage will not constitute to genocide without the third stage, which is dehumanization. Dehumanization is when one group denies the humanity of the other group, where the members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases, which are further also combined with hatred.
  • Moving on to the fourth stage of genocide is organization. Genocide is always organized, usually by the state. This is often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility. Further, by training armed Special army units or militias and plans for genocidal killings.
  • The fifth stage is polarization. This is when the extremists drive the groups apart and hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda.
  • The sixth stage is preparation in which case the victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up and members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols.
  • The seventh stage of genocide is examination; which begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human.
  • The final stage of genocide is denial, where the perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies  and try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses. They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims.simara

Having looked at the stages of genocide it is clear as to why genocide starts-because of lack of peace, discrimination, racism and general lack of humanity. We should fight to uphold the ideal that all the people are born equal and have equal rights and dignity.

The Way Forward

Every individual should fight for their rights which are the most powerful weapon to stop these catastrophic cruel crimes. If genocide is ever to happen to the citizens of Zambia, they must fight for their rights. The relaxing thought that the state shall protect its people against such crimes ought to come to an end.  It is up to the people to educate themselves on crimes such as genocide and recognising when and how it arises. Failure to do so may lead to incidences such as what happened in Rwanda in 1994.

There is an early warning system for genocide, which however back in the history most of the victim countries were ignorant to listen up to it and take necessary measure to prevent it or to defend themselves such as the case of Rwanda Genocide.

Rwanda was a case when early warning failed. In 1992, the Belgian Ambassador warned his government that Hutu Power advocates were “planning the extermination of the Tutsi of Rwanda.” Both early and late warnings of the Rwandan genocide were ignored by policy-makers who denied the facts and resisted calling the genocide by its proper name. They refused to consider options for intervention, and finally refused to risk any lives of their citizens. Instead they withdrew 2000 UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) troops and sacrificed the lives of over 500,000 defenseless Rwandans.

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There are, however, also successful cases of early warning that resulted in response to prevent or stop genocidal massacres (and crimes against humanity). These include Macedonia in 1992 and 2001, when several hundred UN peacekeepers prevented the Balkan wars from spreading; East Timor in 1999, when coordinated warnings by human rights groups and Australian intervention stopped massacres by Indonesian troops and militias after East Timor voted for independence; and Côte d’Ivoire in 2002, when warnings by the Belgian organization, Prévention Génocides, followed by French military and diplomatic intervention, helped stop massacres.

According Woocher’s 2006 report, Developing a Strategy, Methods and Tools for Genocide Early Warning, early warning is the collection, analysis and communication of information about escalatory developments in situations that could potentially lead to genocide…, far enough in advance for relevant UN organs to take timely and effective preventive measures. Therefore, the Unites Nations as an organisation of advisory to Zambia, will have to take necessary measures to protect the country off any form of mass crime. Further still, the United Nations Charter, at the article 55, declares what the United Nations will promote for the peace of the country:

“With a view to the creation of conditions of stability and well-being which are necessary for peaceful and friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, the United Nations shall promote: a) higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development; b) solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational co-operation; and c) universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”

Hence, it is s the state’s responsibility of preventing such barbaric crimes to the innocent civilians. simara

Sill, it must be borne in mind that as a lawful citizen it is also our duty to know our rights. Prevention of genocide cannot just be national interest as we all are human and share the same universal rights as individuals. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, expressly assures in articles 1 and 2 the universal foundation of human rights. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, on-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

This clearly shows that everyone is equal before the law and any violations to a victim’s rights can be challenged.

The articles 3 to 21 distinctly sets out the civil and political rights of an individual, such as his/her right to life, liberty and security of person, rights against slavery and further states that no one is subject to inhuman treatment. Each articles in declare and reminds that every individual is equal before the law.simara

It is easy to make a statement that together with the law and other measures, genocide can be prevented. Moreover, to say that with this information in hand, history will never repeat itself, yet recent events suggest that  genocide may be taking place in Myanmar. You may have heard in the news the stories of persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority which eerily mirrors the plight of the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994, although a smaller scale. This begs the question, is history about to repeat itself? nunca mas

By Simara Kalam

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An Afternoon with James

By James Tembo Jnr

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There’s this girl I know called Rachel. If you’d met Rachel a few years ago, you might think she’s rapper from the 1980’s or something. I highly suspect that was the case but she claims her “swag” was all in the name of exploration and trying to find her place in the world. Let’s just say I believe her, and I if I did, then to a certain extent I can relate to that. The teenage years can be rough. Lucky for us the Bible says enjoy the days of your youth. I guess she was living up to the word.

snail pattOne thing I’ve grown to really love about Rachael is that she isn’t shy about echoing her story to students who are thrown off by failure, more especially those who are still in the fresh days of University. I remember a time when she was saying to somebody “I failed one of my courses while in first year but I won’t let that get in my way of getting this degree.” I think she even giggled when she said that. Oh Rachel, always looking on the bright side.

Another thing about her is that she’s such a giver. She just dishes out encouraging advice about working hard and soldiering on. I guess it’s because she appreciates that not everyone has had the chance to be where she is now.

snail pattShe grew up in Livingstone where she and peers dreamed of becoming the occupiers of a “fancy” profession such as law. Fortunately or unfortunately for them, this can only be acquired through perseverance. I think Rachel has what it takes and much more. After all, she defied a lot of odds to get where she is. She’s a fighter and I know we’ll battle out in court sometime!snail patt

I asked her about an old photo where she decided to dress up like Honey G from American idols (don’t remember the season). For some bizarre reason,  she also thought making a permanently depressed/aggressor face like that girl from the Vampire Diaries movies (the one who was in love with the vamp, was “cool”. Don’t get me wrong, she looked very very pretty but what happened to just smiling? We had a good laugh about all this that so don’t worry about her being offended.

“I was enjoying my teenage life,” she said, “I actually still wear caps when and on days I can.” She further added that “ Law school is fun and very descent if you follow the norms that are requested of you. If you are told to wear suits, why not? And obviously we have our descent dress down Friday where you let loose of the suites.”

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To this end, Whispers introduces you to Rachael Mibenge who is a 21 year old University of Lusaka law student. She’s in her third year at present.

Her transformation from Missy Elliot’s protégé to Michelle Obama’s long lost daughter  has been astounding to say the very least! Take it from me, this girl is going places!

End of part I

 

 

 

And so it begins

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Here’s a micro summary of what you should have picked up (or in case you missed orientation):

1. Study hard and study smart. The information you’re taking in should not only get you through exams, but should also get you through life. Remember this will be the profession that will sustain your livelihood for years to come. Know your stuff for you, not the person marking.

2. Dress nice. Look sharp. Based on the law of attraction, if you want respect and success, you must absolutely look the part. You’ll quickly find that people are influenced by what they see. Don’t be naïve in thinking that you won’t be judged by what you wear. You will. Also, don’t wear fluffy bed slippers to class (girls) and don’t wear socks in your flops (guys). Those boarding school days are long gone.

3. Excercise. It never hurt anyone-just don’t over do it. To have an effective workout routine, we recommend that you eat healthy and get enough rest. Avoid artificial stimulants and depressants.

4. Try not to become a parent when you aren’t ready. If you’re invited to a boarding house or something similar to watch movies or hang out (especially by a member of the opposite sex) your antennae should go up. Nine out if ten times, you’re neither going to watch movies nor hang out. Do not put yourself  in compromising situations. People rarely sympathise when our troubles are self inflicted. Your newly acquired independence comes with a lot of self-accountability.*please note* don’t open up to just anyone. Not everyone genuinely cares and be prepared  for the real possibility that the whole world may know “your story”. A secret is only a secret with you.

5. There are going to be days when your pockets are going to be empty. That’s normal. Please keep your morality intact during those dark times. Don’t sell your soul or do anything that you will be ashamed of if anyone found out. Be steadfast. Tough times don’t last forever. If you feel like you’re losing the battle, ask for help from a reliable and responsible person.

6. Attend all your classes. Do all your homework and class excerises. If you decide you’re too cool for class, don’t go. Let us know what happens.

7. Avoid being “that person” who always has to copy assignments because they can’t get it together. Nobody like a parasite. Do your work. It’s to your benefit.

8. Be responsible. Manage your time. You need not sleep 2 hours a night before tests and exams. That’s a sign of poor planning. So is skipping class  because  an assignment is looming. Plan accordingly and do not procrastinate. For full-time students, day time is for class and studying with friends or alone. Weekends are for family. Night time is for sleeping unless you’re a creature of the night.

9. Part-time and distance students will have less interaction with lecturers. You’ll have to  be really self-reliant. It’s going to be hard but very much do-able. Good luck.

10. You can’t learn absolutely everything in class. There just isn’t enough time to teach you everything under the sun. Plus, if your lecturers teach you everything, what will you teach yourself??? Make use of the library and the internet to do a bit of extra reading. It’s okay to read outside of your discipline too. Law is a thread that runs through EVERYTHING. Another thing you should also learn to do it to compile notes in class. It’s not like primary school where the teacher will dictate to you. More importantly, read for understanding not for “memorisation purposes”. You’ll know why by the time week one is over.

11. Do smile and make friends. There’s no such thing as a lone wolf in law school. However, be weary of people that will cause you to stray. Try to talk to the person and see if you can improve the situation. If there’s no change man up and cut ties. If that’s too difficult a task, continue being friends but be friendly from afar.

12. Not all conflict is bad. Embrace it where you can and avoid it where necessary.

13. Please don’t tell lies to University staff. In doing so you not only do you insult their intelligence, you also lay down a reputation of being untrustworthy. Lies hurt you more than then person you are lying to. So don’t lie, period.

14. Spend time alone. It’s important. You get to think about nothing, everything, and anything.

15. Besides getting your degree at the end the the expected 4 years, engage in extra curricular activities. It looks good on your CV and it’s a much needed break from eating and breathing law on the daily.

16. Read your cases. Yes, all of them. Yes, the entire case. No, there isn’t a way around it. Yes, you will fail if you don’t. Yes, we’ve all done it. No, there’s no record of anybody dying from reading cases. No. It’s not negotiable.

17. Stay true to yourself. Be as you are no matter what anyone says. If you have to change, it’s for the better.  If you can manage that, you’re a champion.

18. Keep a positive mindset. Law school is super easy. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.

19. Talk to your parents and guardians as often as possible. They have wisdom and experience, both of which you lack. You can also talk to your lecturers. They are your substitute mum and dad and on some occasions, friends. Sometimes, you will face deeply personal issues which you won’t be able to tell another person. In such cases, pray.

20. There will be more ups than downs-promise!

21. Enjoy the ride!!

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Justices

 

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IMG_9024.JPG                                    Lawyers uphold the law, not break it. Don’t do drugs. 

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    Thomson, a fourth year student, is passionate about the law and learning. He spends much of his academic time to increase his depth and knowledge about the law. He is a prolific writer.
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    I cleared my first year. You can too!
    Ask us, we can help!
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    Bruce is a Network Associate and Information Technology freelancer. Passionate about Law and  entrepreneurship, he is founder of two startups namely Muzali events branding and Cedabury Ltd which he ventured into upon completion of an online entrepreneurial course offered by Stanford University.

    evanMy expectations in law school were that majority of the students would be interested in having discussions on how we can dwindle corruption levels in Zambia. Also I hoped to meet people who were interested in politics and how to introduce political hygiene in Zambia. Law school is a bit challenging but the lecturers are approachable and always help to make law school simpler a caption.  Evan L Tembo
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    Towela Mulubwa Chongo’s motivation for studying the Law is her late Grandfather, Rodgers Anderson Chongo, who was a lawyer by profession. She feels called Ito make a difference in a society.

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Make sure you don’t miss the bus

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Enjoy Your Stay…and remember…

 

 

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No phones in class!!!

 

I can’t find my USB flash drive, now everybody can see my stuff!

Universal Serial Bus (USB) drives or flash drives are convenient devices for storing data because they’re usually quite small making them portable. However, they’re easy to lose and if you’re like me, you’ve misplaced dozens of flash drives which might have even contained sensitive data like your curriculum vitae, copies of your ID, or even class assignments.  In the wrong hands, this could lead to a security breach. So if you carry around sensitive data in your pockets you should consider having your flash drives encrypted.

What is Encryption?

You’ve probably heard this word a thousand times. It’s simply a process of making information or a transaction into a gibberish format that should only make intelligible sense to the authorised user. Encryption has been deployed on many platforms such as online banking, websites, emails and social media platforms like WhatsApp.

Encryption Options

They are a lot of encryption options out there like File Vault. This option is  available for Mac and is also built into the operating system. Buying an already encrypted flash is also a great option. Off the top of my head I’d recommend you get yourself a Kingston Data traveller 4000 or you might want to use use third party software such as VeraCrypt, DisckCryptor and Rohos Disk Encryption. For now, I’ll give you more detail on BitLocker for Windows. The perks of BitLocker are that it’s free and easy to work with.

Steps to Take

Start by connecting the USB stick to the computer then right click your mouse. You will get a popup option which will allow you to select and turn on BitLocker.

 

Next, you have to select the Unlock method for personal use I recommend the password option.

Now choose how the recovery key will be saved in an event that a password is forgotten. This file needs not to accessible to anyone except you self.

Select how much of Flash will be encrypted.

 

 

We’re almost done, the duration is dependent on the size of the flash been encrypted. Once the encryption is complete we get a popup notification. The flash Icon changes and appears to have a lock on it.

 

 

To access the flash right click on it and select Unlock Drive.

 

To further manage BitLocker once the flash is open you can click on Manage BitLocker.

 

And we are encrypted!

That’s it for now…

George Kasanga

The IT Guru

 

 

 

Silulapwa’s Story: Memoirs from Law School

Listen up first years! My name is Rob and I got some stuff to something to say!

First off, Orientation.

Why is it important?

Since my final term of high school, I always had this passion to pursue a career in law. But my idea of what the law experience would be like was fueled by what I saw  on TV. You know, nice clothes, smooth talk, pacing and banging on desks.-that sort of jazz.

After my session of orientation at Unilus, I had a better understanding of how the law actually works in real life. Orientation helped me to map out the road ahead. It shed light on:

  • Who a lawyer is;
  • The level of commitment that would be expected of me for the next four years for me to end up with that LLB and become a lawyer.
  • The right motive for becoming a lawyer.

My law school experience

My 4 years as an undergrad can’t be described with just one word because it involved so many highlights with their own set of uniqueness. I’ll try to break it down though.

Most challenging

The most challenging time as an undergraduate for me would probably be my 1ST year, 1st semester. The transition from a high school to University  was quite overwhelming. Even orientation didn’t prepare me for how  to manage my time and how to split my work load.  Fortunately, I shook off the the anxiety during my final phase of that semester.I did this by taking advantage of the new opportunities life presented me such as moot, sport, and being the class representative.

My newly gained confidence helped curb all the other demands of university life.

Most memorable

I can neither single out one moment in time as being the most memorable nor can I list them all. However, the top two would be my 2nd year 1st semester and my 4th year.

It was during 2nd year 1st semester that I was selected to be part of the team that would represent the university at the first ever inter-varsity moot court competition to be held at the Supreme Court. My team and I went up against the formidable University of Zambia (UNZA) team. Our hard work surely paid off as we reigned triumph over our opponents. Personally (and I am sure anyone from my team would agree with me) this was a great milestone and going on to win it against a UNZA side (which I must say gave us quite a run and made us work hard for our victory). Being afforded practical and first-hand court room litigation was certainly a privilege I cannot forget.

This experience of course also resulted in our status being boosted to that of the “coolest law students” on campus.

In my fourth and  final year I was an active member of the university basketball team. My team and I went on to win the annual inter-varsity sports games where we represented Zambia  in the African Universities Sports competition, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Despite failing to get to the finals, the exposure and experience that I shared with my teammates was more than worthwhile.

Post-graduation (Welcome to the Real World)

Graduating from law school and finally ending my time as an undergraduate student really got me ecstatic for the journey ahead and next phase in life. I felt that I was ready to take on the world, oozing with confidence, and “bed rocked” on the knowledge acquired in the past 4 years, I believed I was surely ready to apply myself in society as a man of the law.

I should tell you that I didn’t get a job instantly but when I did,  I got a good bite of criminal and corporate law.

A Run with Criminal law

My first ever interaction with the law in the real word was when I served as a volunteer (later turned junior intern) at a Ngo called Undikumbukire Project (UP) Zambia. This organisation in conjunction with the German government instituted a project known as Juveniles for Justice ‘JFJ’, with an objective of providing advocacy aid and social support, to juveniles that came into conflict with the law.

I must admit that during this time, my application of the law to the various legal issues wasn’t like anything I had been taught at school.  It was only during my time as an intern that I was exposed to a plethora of court room acts or omissions which consequently hinder effective administration of justice.

Acts like excessive adjournments by the courts on a particular case stall proceedings and delay justice. This is problematic especially in cases relating to non-bailable offences. As a result, accused persons experience unjustified punishment through detention at a correctional facilities which is practically at odds with the ethos of constitutional ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

Omissions like the procedural requirements under the law for certain cases also result in injustices.For instance, in juvenile cases, it is required under the Juveniles Act that parents or guardians of the juvenile must be present at all stages of proceedings. However, in practice I got to witness some court sessions where this got dispensed with.

A Run with Corporate Law

I am currently working as a tax advisory assistant. Tax advisory is mostly routine work which involves  giving advise based on taxation. By virtue of me being a lawyer, the advice must be from a legal perspective. I do this pretty well, if I do say so myself!

My job also calls on investment and company law, which I was privileged to also take up as a course as a student.

When I made the switch from criminal law to corporate, it was quite a challenge. I had invested a lot of time in criminal proceedings and litigation. Thus, the early stages, it was quite a big ask of myself to leave my newly acquired comfort zone and choose a field such as taxation law, which I must confess is highly technical.

At present, I feel comfortable enough in my new role to consider specializing in Tax law in future. I should make mention that I owe it to UNILUS School of law for the chance to study tax law at undergraduate level.

The knowledge bestowed upon as a student certainly came to my aid and I still use some of in my application to various issues arising in my field of tax advisory.

The first time I met my current employers, I got asked why the switch from criminal to corporate? My response which by the way I have maintained to anyone else who gets to ask me is simply, “Why not?”

 Criminal v Corporate

Based on my personal experience, corporate matters are given much more attention and esteem than criminal ones. As a result, even, the matters tend to be presided over and concluded much quicker.

Based on this I can safely conclude that currently, monetary standing outweighs moral code calling for the delivery of effective justice, under the Zambian legal system.

Closing Remarks

I am still a young man; full of enthusiasm and my passion for the law has not changed a single bit. I believe I owe a duty to myself to get acquainted with various dimensions of the body of the law. You should too.

Thanks for your time!

Robert Makanta Siulapwa