‘The Predestined’ is a Music and Dance Ministry of AOET – Uganda.
As we sought support from different places, it was very clear to us that we needed to find ways of fundraising for the Children even locally here in Uganda.
One thing led to another. Before we knew it, we had a Wonderful Team of 9 young people.
These are dedicated youngsters with a heart for orphans and Widows and as we shared with them the Vision for this ministry, they all responded positively, and after a lot of prayer and preparation, We all, - the Staff and these young Men and Women felt this was the next step for our lives and this ministry.
THE PREDESTINED IS:
The Predestined, as a team, begun in 2001, and we have seen what a difference it has brought to this ministry!.
In terms of fundraising, it hasn’t done very well, since the local people are generally very poor, but we have seen a few people give as a result of The Predestined performances. We have seen substantial results from the ministry to young people in schools in terms of HIV/AIDS awareness. Children in schools look at them as heroes and models! The Predestined has made several presentations nationwide, and wherever this team has gone, it has left a BIG MARK!
We request that churches, organizations, or individuals that would like to help AOET – Uganda by organizing a tour for ‘The PREDESTINED’ to get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 256-77-433064, or write to: AOET – Uganda, P.O. BOX 1382 JINJA – Uganda.
We want to have local and international tours geared towards raising funds to help orphans in Uganda.
Right now AOET – Uganda is caring for 230 AIDS orphans, 90 widows of AIDS and several women’s groups deep in the villages.
We have so many needs, and so few resources!
If you can, please help organize a concert / presentation or tour for The Predestined to help fundraise for the children and widows of Uganda.
We want to request Churches, Groups, organizations, individuals,… that would like to help AOET – Uganda by organizing a Tour for ‘The PREDESTINED’ to get in touch with us at: email@example.com , Tel. 256-77-433064
|AOET – Uganda|
|P.O. BOX 1382|
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We want to have local and international tours geared towards raising funds to help orphans in this Country.
Right now AOET – Uganda is caring for 230 Aids Orphans, 90 Widows of AIDS and several Women’s groups deep in the Villages.
We have so many needs, and so little resources!
If you can, please help organize a concert / presentation or tour for the predestined to help fundraise for the Children and Widows of this Nation.
PREDESTINED HAS RECORDED AND LAUNCHED
IT’S FIRST CD AND CASSETTE!
PREDESTINED has recorded their First CD and Cassette.
The Music ranges from African, R&B, Hip Hop, Zouk... All Gospel.
This Album has three major Objectives:
- Fund raising for AOET
- A tool for our HIV/AIDS Department to use in sensitizing youngsters about HIV/AIDS
- Ministry Publicity.
This Music has been very instrumental in reaching young people with HIV/AIDS Awareness programs,... and we now we THANK GOD that it has been possible for the Team to have it Recorded and released.
The Venture was very expensive, but as usual, possible.
The Team held several Public Concerts and appealed to
as many people as would listen, and finally the Album is out.
This Music will not only help us spread the message in the Music, but will also generate revenue for this organization through CD and Cassette sales and will help AOET do more.
PREDESTINED would like to THANK EVERY ONE That helped us during our recording period – right from the people that helped arrange concerts for us that helped us generate the funds we needed to record this Album, our Driver for patiently taking us back and forth from Kampala to Jinja for that whole week and so days, the cooks that helped with our food, Leadership and management of AOET – Uganda for the parental encouragement and Direction, the Studio Techs for a Job well done on each and every track, Ad Page for the Graphic Designs and printing, Lusyn enterprises for the replication of CDs and Cassettes, Our Churches for giving us the time we were supposed to be in Choir Practice for all that time so we could give more time to the recording, Our Parents… and finally to our Lord Jesus Christ for the Voices, the strength, the patience and smooth recording of each track we had through the whole Process.
At this point, three people come up:
- SHANTE THOMAS:
Thanks Shante for all the hard work in straightening out our Voices with those hard but rewarding Drills, your resources…
- CECE WINANS: Although our Music can’t represent anything close to the fine art you have in Music, we want to THANK GOD FOR YOU. You have been a point of inspiration to us – knowing that we can be VERY straight without compromising anything. We want to emulate you! Your Ministry has blessed us, and we know Predestined will also influence many other people to serve God with what they have been entrusted .
More than what a Mother would have done, you took care of these 9 hungry stomachs every day! Many times we came home (AOET Offices) from our recording very late in the night, but there you were – still waiting to serve us then go home to your own family! Very early even before we would be up ourselves, Breakfast was always ready so we don’t waste time and be late for the Studio! You are a Hero and we Love you!!!!
We were discouraged a few times, but we received more than enough encouragement to dwell at the discouragement!
All the Glory and Honor to JESUS!!!!!!!
THE ALBUM is called – NEVER STOP.
Here above is the Front View of the NEVER STOP CD that was recorded.
WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THIS.
Zambia Tour To Begin
Predestined has been invited to Zambia to Launch an Anti HIV/AIDS program in Lusaka.
Appointments for speaking/PowerPoint presentations and Music have been slated for all the time we will be there – often three presentations a day!
We need your Support.
We have been generating revenue from our CD, Cassette, T-Shirt, Calendar … sales, but we need just a little more funds for us to be able to go.
Our Contact person is Pastor Jacob Phiri who is coordinating all our movements and appointments and to make sure we are fully covered for that period.
Zambia is one of the most stable and strife free countries in Africa. Never has there been a war and the 73 tribes in this country live in peace and harmony.
THE HISTORY OF ZAMBIA
The Great Rift Valley, which cleaves the earth from the Lower Zambezi River in Southern Zambia to the headwaters of the River Jordan in Egypt, is now known to be one of the cradles of the human race.
We may imagine family groups of people living near water and sustaining themselves by hunting the abundant game as well as gathering fruits, tubers and honey from their surroundings
People began to live in caves and rock shelters, the walls of which they decorated with paintings. Very few of these have survived Zambia’s seasonally humid climate, and those which have, do not display the sophistication found in the Rock Art found in Zimbabwe or South Africa.
The centuries between 1500 and 1800 AD saw many of the peoples of Zambia organised into chieftaincies or monarchies. The Chewa in the East, the Lozi in the West, the Bemba and Lunda in the North, were the largest of these, all established under the influence, some as direct extensions of the large and powerful Lunda Empire of the Mwata Yamvo in what is now southern Democratic republic of Congo. By the 18th Century, probably much earlier, the empire was trading with the Atlantic Coast, and other states on the eastern seaboard, where the world economy was represented by the Swahili city-states from Somalia to south of the Zambezi delta. Copper, ivory, rhino horn had a ready market as well as slaves.
The European Factor
The wealth of the Indian Ocean trade was one of the elements ( another was to spread the Gospel) that n the 15th Century inspired the Portuguese, who had recently reconquered their country from Muslim Moors, to embark on their bold ‘Voyages of Discovery’.
Africa has been circumnavigated from east to west by a Phoenician fleet in Pharaonic times, and the Portuguese were determined to do the same from west to east and break the Muslim grip on the supply of spices from Asia to Europe, which was being drained of bullion to pay for them. In 1498, Admiral Vasco da Gama, having sailed his ships around the Cape of Good Hope, arrived at Calcutta in southern India, and having bombarded and plundered the city, returned to Lisbon with a cargo of immense value.
By 1515 the Portuguese had through the force of arms seized the Indian Ocean trade and, what is relevant to the course of events in Zambia, established themselves on the coasts of Mozambique and Angola.
Although the Portuguese happily bought the ivory and copper that central Africa produced, the slave rapidly became and for centuries remained a major item of commerce. This monstrous crime against humanity was as easily condoned by believers on God as was the holocaust by the Nazis.
The tentacles of the slave trade penetrated remorselessly into the deep interior of central Africa, where, during the same period, the Later Iron Age monarchies we have mentioned were being instituted.
Domestic slavery was part of the social order of these central African states, with, for example, miscreants, criminals and prisoners of war held in bondage. Very rarely did the Portuguese have to go raiding to capture slaves: by selling the rulers goods such as cloth, rum, jewellery and firearms they drew the rulers into their colonial economy as suppliers of slave labour for the mines and plantations across the Atlantic.
Inevitably some of the African rulers became raiders, preying on weaker peoples around them to maintain their supplies of imported luxuries.
Beside the influence brought to bear on Zambia by the Swahili and the Portuguese, the effects of the Dutch (and subsequent British) colonisation of the Cape and its hinterland from 1652 onwards would also be felt.
Invasions from the South
Perhaps as a response to foreign intrusions in southern Africa, Shaka of the Zulu, and Nguni clan, set about creating a centralised militaristic state in the early 19th century. Surrounding peoples who did not voluntarily agree to absorbtions in the growing Zulu empire had no option but to flee for survival. Three of these groups were to make a forceful impact on Zambia, 1500 km to the north of the Zulu heartland in eastern South Africa.
One of these was a Sotho clan from today’s Orange Free State: its leader was Sebitwane and he named his people Kololo after his favourite wife. Another was Mzilikazi, one of Shaka’s generals who quarreled with him and moved away. After being defeated by the Dutch settlers in the Transvaal, he and his Ndebele invaded and conquered Western Zimbabwe.
The third, like Mzilikazi an Nguni, was Zongendaba. He led his followers out of Shaka’s domains in the 1820’s. These Ngoni (as they are known today) crossed the Zambezi in 1835 and went northwards as far as Lake Tanganyika where they settled for a while among the Bemba. In 1865, under Zongendaba’s successor Mpenzeni I, they established themselves permanently in what is now Zambia’s Eastern Province.
Mzilikazi conquered Zimbabwe in 1837, while Sebitwane has crossed the Zambezi a few years previously and taken over territory just north of the Victoria Falls. From there he marched west to conquer the Lozi kingdom of the Upper Zambezi and founded his Kololo state.
It would be a mistake to talk of Zambia at this time as a ‘country’. The area defined by the present boundaries was occupied by various kingdoms, for example the Bemba, the Lunda, the Kololo, the Chewa, the last much weakened by Ngoni pillaging. It has been argued that these entities, if left alone, could have developed into 20th Century nation states - central African Bhutans or Swazilands. But there are no ifs in history.
Missionaries and Colonisers
In 1840, David
Livingstone, a 27 year old Scottish doctor and ordained minister,
sailed from Britain to the Cape, to work as a medical evangelist with the
London Missionary Society. He was to open central Africa to the gaze of
British imperialists. Meanwhile, Portugal was planning to consolidate its
African territories by uniting Angola and Mozambique across the central
plateau. Unlike the Portuguese, the British knew next to nothing about the
interior of this part of Africa. "Armchair Geographers" as Livingstone
called them, thought the areas was a desert of blistering sand and were in
the 19th Century as ignorant as their predecessors in the 18th, who had
been nicely satirised by Jonathan Swift:
‘So geographers in Afric-maps, With Savage-Pictures fill their Gaps, And o-er uninhabitable Downs, Place Elephants for want of Towns.’
Livingstone was to give the true picture. He started his activities at the L.M.S. station at Kuruman (in today’s Northern Cape), but soon moved north to found his own mission at Kolobeng, near Gaberone, Botswana, where he stayed for a decade. He made only one convert, Chief Sechele, who soon lapsed. Livingstone grew bored with conventional missionising and started going on longer and longer journeys of exploration, receiving help from a wealthy Englishman named William Cotton Oswell: the two of them were the first Europeans to visit Lake Ngami in the middle of the Kalahari, led there by Tswana guides who knew the way. Asked once to describe Livingstone, Oswell remarked: ‘Well to look at the man you would think nothing of him, but he is a plucky little devil.’
In 1851 Livingstone and Oswell crossed the Kalahari to visit Sebitwane, whom we have already met, on the Upper Zambezi. Oswell in his memoirs describes the King thus: ‘This really great Chief....just though stern, with a wonderful power of attaching men to himself.’
Livingstone was equally impressed and thought it a sign of God’s blessing that the Kololo language was similar to the Tswana he had become fluent in. But at Sebetwane’s he had his first sight of the slave trade - the Kololo nobles were wearing Manchester cloth obtained from the Portuguese in Angola in return for ivory and slaves.
He and Oswell, who was also a staunch abolitionist, concluded that the only way to stop the trade would be through a new type of mission where a combination of Christianity and Commerce would lead to Civilisation: in fact a sort of Christian development programme under which slaving would be replaced by ‘legitimate’ trade in for instance cotton, which grew in the area and for which there was a large market in Britain. The scheme would be managed by carefully selected Scottish settlers.
Sebitwane, though scarcely interested in Christianity itself agreed that Livingstone could establish a mission in his country, if only because it might afford him protection against his enemy Mzilikazi of the Ndebele, whose warrior kingdom bordered his own.
Although Sebitwane died shortly after coming to this agreement, his successor, Sekeletu undertook to honour it, and Livingstone promised to establish the mission himself. All that remained was to find a suitable outlet to the sea.
The most economical passage for anticipated cotton (and ivory) exports might be through the Portuguese port of Luanda on the Atlantic and Livingstone decided to see if there was a feasible route from Barotseland (as the Kololo Kingdom is called) to there.
The journey was financed by Oswell and Sekeletu, and after an interlude at the Cape to get supplies, Livingstone set off from the Upper Zambezi in 1853. The return journey of over a year was a nightmare, the route totally unsuitable for the export trade.
Livingstone then convinced himself that the Zambezi could be ‘God’s Highway’ to the Indian Ocean. Again with the support from Sekeletu, Livingstone marched off eastwards down the river. He ‘discovered, and named after Queen Victoria, the great Waterfall, which the Kololo has already called Mosi oa Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders). To the Leya, who lived right beside it and held it sacred, it was called Shongwe (Rainbow).
After reaching the port of Quelemaine, Mozambique, towards the end of 1856, Livingstone sailed to Britain by way of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. He was welcomed in triumph as the greatest explorer of the age.
Livingstone put his 15 months in Britain to good use. He wrote and published Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa (1857), a detailed and ideologically loaded account of his experiences, which became an inspirational best-seller. He made speeches up and down the land promoting his idea of a cotton exporting Christian venture in central Africa, with the Zambezi as its ‘highway’.
He resigned from the London Missionary Society, but arranged for them to send a mission to the Kololo (thus by not going himself, breaking his promise to Sekeletu). Meanwhile, the church of England backed a Universities Mission to Central Africa, which Livingstone would have under his aegis.
To crown his glory he was appointed leader of a government sponsored expedition to the Zambezi, the secret objective of which was to found a British colony on the ‘healthy highlands’ (Livingstone’s phrase) near the present town of Mazabuka in southern Zambia. There would be a port for steamers nearby at the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers.
But the whole grand scheme collapsed in ruin and recrimination when it was found that the Cabora Basa gorge in Mozambique, which Livingstone had not inspected, made God’s Highway totally unnavigable. The LMS mission to the Kololo was likewise a complete failure as most of its members died.
After the Cabora Basa fiasco, Livingstone turned his attention to the area around Lake Malawi (which he claimed falsely to have discovered) and placed the Anglican mission at the foot of the highlands to its south. Its personnel suffered deaths and disasters and the remnants were soon withdrawn.
At the end of 1863 the mandate of the Zambezi Expedition expired. Livingstone returned to Britain under a cloud of failure and disappointment with nothing seemingly accomplished.
By the end of 1865 he was off to Africa again, seeking another place for his colony and searching in vain for the source of the Nile. He was apparently lost in the heart of Africa when his much-dimmed reputation was suddenly restored by the newspaper man H.M. Stanley in his reports and in his book How I found Livingstone (1872).
Livingstone died, his ambitions unfulfilled, at Chief Chitambo’s village near the southern shore of the Bangweulu Swamps in Zambia in 1873. Stanley had convinced the world that Livingstone was a hero-saint, and his embalmed body, was carried to the coast by his servants and shipped to Britain, to be entombed with royal honours in Westminster Abbey, London. A memorial has been erected on the spot in his honour.
Livingstone’s new reputation however, did not crumble to dust with his remains. Within a year it had inspired Scottish missionaries to begin work in Malawi in his name. Also in his name the French Huguenot Francois Coillard was established in Barotseland a decade later and other Protestant missionaries were moving into Zambia. Not to be outdone, the Roman Catholics sent Henri Dupont of the White Fathers to convert the Bemba
With considerable help from both Coillard and Dupont, the British imperialistCecil John Rhodes’ British South African Company (BSAC) had been able to take over the whole of Zambia by the end of the 19th century: that Frenchmen should have served the British Empire so well is one of the quirks of history! In 1911 the territory was named Northern Rhodesia, its capital the Town of Livingstone, overlooking the Victoria Falls. (In 1935 the seat of government was moved to Lusaka).
Rhodes ambition was to make Africa British from Cape to Cairo (hence the name of Lusaka’s main street, Cairo Rd). Even in Zambia did not contain much mineral wealth - an important consideration for BSAC shareholders - the territory had to be occupied of only to prevent the Portuguese from winning their age-old claim to the area. It was now that the country’s borders came to be drawn, by agreement with other colonial powers.
The BSAC’s treaties of submission with Zambia rulers were often obtained by fraud and deceit and rulers who refused to capitulate willingly, like Mpezeni of the Ngoni or Mwata Kazembe were dealt with by force. The BSAC was not a benevolent Society. It was a business that had to make a profit and its rule was stamped with that motive, though it may be said that by putting an end to the tyrannical rule of cruel kings, to the slave trade, and to Ngoni raiding wars, it initially improved the lot of many people.
Any BSAC hopes for substantial revenue from mining were soon dashed and to obtain income it imposed the Hut Tax (payable in cash) on all African males who had reached puberty. Tax revolts were surpressed with bullets, defaulters has their houses burned down and were imprisoned if caught. Forced labour at a pittance by men trying to forestall these penalties became the order of the day - tens of thousands were sent to work in the South African or Southern Rhodesian mines: the railway between the Victoria Falls and Katanga (Zaire) was financed from the Hut Tax - which consistently turned a profit.
Some 20 000 Zambia forcibly recruited as porters for the British forces in East Africa during the First World War perished of disease or debilitation.
Parts of Zambia were virtually depopulated of able-bodies men, large tracts of land (including the fine area where Livingstone would have established his colony) were handed over to White settlers. Africans enjoyed little or no say in their destiny, but the basic education provided for them by missionaries was not long in producing a cadre of politically conscious individuals.
By 1923, Company rule had become an objectionable anachronism for the British government, and in that year, the Colonial Office took over the territory, proclaiming it a Protectorate where African interests would be paramount.
As far as Africans were concerned, Colonial Office rule may have been more benign, in a paternalistic way, than the Company’s, but it was a form of apartheid under which they were subject to racial discrimination including pass laws and restrictions on the occupation of land, their political aspirations expected to be fulfilled through a revamped tribal system. Whites meanwhile were a privileged elite with a protected economic position and the beginnings of representative government. Persons of mixed blood, and immigrants, mainly traders, from what are today India and Pakistan held an ambivalent place under this regime
The discovery and opening up during the late 1920’s and 1930’s of the rich underground orebodies along the Zambian Copperbelt were soon to make that small region - 120 km long by forty km wide - one of the worlds’ most concentrated and renowned mining areas.
A number of small gold and copper mines had operated during BSAC times, but they were hardly viable, though the lead and Zinc development at Kabwe (first called Broken Hill - where the prehistoric skull was found in 1921), was.
The deep orebodies of the Copperbelt, most of which were located beneath ancient workings, were promising enough to attract large-scale investment from abroad. Over the years, the industry came to be controlled by two large groups, the South African Anglo American Corporation and Roan Selection Trust with a predominantly US shareholding. The BSAC, which owned the mineral rights, was to earn handsome royalty payments - 83 million pounds by 1963.
Exploitation of the reserves required a large labour force and Zambians from all over the territory were drawn to the Copperbelt. While the migratory system of the past tended to disperse people, the Copperbelt concentrated them so that a permanent population of African miners, working in a modern, technically advanced industry soon took root. They were essential to the production of up to 800 000 tons of refined metal a year. Even when ‘tribal’ affiliations remained in force, they became increasingly irrelevant in this new situation: a miner was primarily a miner, not a Tonga or a Bemba, and the same applied to workers in the enterprises that sprang up around the mines.
As much as colonial authorities promoted ‘tribalism’ in their system of direct rule through the chiefs, the Copperbelt broke it down, creating a unity of interest that was eventually to be expressed in the state motto ‘One Zambia One Nation’.
The management of the mines and all skilled jobs were in the hands of Whites, many of them from South Africa and imbued with racialism. An occupational colour bar prevented Blacks rising above manual or menial labour, but strengthened their unity of purpose.
In 1935, they staged a strike against unfair taxes; in 1940 there was a pay strike with 13 miners killed. In 1948, the first African Mineworkers Union was formed; in 1955 there was 100 % stoppage over pay conditions that lasted 58 days - ending with victory for the miners. The mining companies now started seriously, if slowly, to move Africans into management.
On the broadly political front, African nationalist feeling had been growing since the 1939-45 world war, in which many Zambians fought for the Allies in Burma. By the end of the 1940’s, the Northern Rhodesia African Nationalist Congress, led by Harry Nkumbula, had been formed out of various Welfare Associations initiated by the ‘mission graduates’ of the pre-war decades.
The nationalist movement was given impetus in the early 1950’s when the Colonial Office agreed to have Northern Rhodesia joined in a federation with Nyasaland (Malawi), a British ‘protectorate’, and Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). Southern Rhodesia, under White settler rule, was bankrupt, and saw Northern Rhodesia, with its copper wealth as, to quote one of its political figures, a ‘milch cow’.
Zambian opposition to Federation, in which few Whites and Asians were prominent, was not strong enough to prevent its imposition in 1953. During its ten years of existence, as Zambians had anticipated, hundreds of millions of pounds were siphoned off to Southern Rhodesia. The White settlers there built up and impressive economic structure while the ‘milch cow’ remained without a single decent tarred highway, let alone a university or even an adequate school system or health service.
In the mid- fifties, the failed campaign against Federation became a struggle for full independence. When battle-weary Nkumbula seemed inadequate to the task, his ANC split. Younger and more dynamic nationalists formed first the Zambia African National Congress (which was banned and its leaders imprisoned) and then in 1958, the United National Independence Party. When he came out of detention, Kenneth David Kaunda, a charismatic activist who had been a school teacher was given the leadership of the new party. UNIP engaged in a continuous and largely peaceful campaign for independence (though there was a violent uprising in the north if the country, put down by the Federal Army).
By 1960 the British Government, in the famous ‘There is a wind of change blowing through Africa’ speech by the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, had acknowledged that the days of colonial (or minority) rule on the continent were coming to an end. The premier of the White dominated Federation Roy Welensky, threatened to declare unilateral independence from Britain, but was baulked. When Zambia trade unions, including now powerful miners, threw their weight behind UNIP, the nationalist momentum became unstoppable. Intense and often violent rivalry between Kaunda’s UNIP and Nkumbula’s ANC was eventually neutralised in a transitional coalition government.
The Federation was dissolved in 1963, its only enduring monument the Kariba Dam across the Zambezi, intended by the federalists to bind Northern and southern Rhodesia forever. In January the following year Zambia’s first universal adult suffrage elections were held and though the ANC performed well in a few substantial areas, UNIP won convincingly, Kaunda becoming Prime Minister. Then at midnight on 24th October 1964, Zambia became an independent republic with him as president.
Kaunda remained in office for 27 years. Although during his early years great strides were made in the areas of education, health and infrastructure, his attempts to ‘decolonise the economy by nationalising it completely, produced only inefficiency, corruption and a disastrous decline.
His one party participatory democracy; which gave UNIP sole power, soon fossilised into an autocracy maintained by police-state methods.
In 1990 an obviously collapsing economy together with political frustration, led to serious food riots and an attempted military coup d’etat that had people dancing in the streets. When the disorders could be halted with only firearms, opposition to the regime became so deep and widespread and the demand for change so urgent that Kaunda had to concede.
The one-party state was abolished and free elections were held in October, 1991. Kaunda and UNIP were defeated eighty per cent to twenty per cent by the newly formed Movement for Multi-party Democracy, a broad coalition of different interest groups.
The MMD’s Frederick Chiluba, a trade unionist who had been locked up by Kaunda, became Zambia’s second president. He promised democratic, transparent and accountable governance, but inherited and empty treasury, a foreign debt of seven billion US dollars and a country in a worse state than it had been when it won its independence in 1964.
Whether the liberal free-market policies Zambia is now experiencing will put the country back on track to prosperity is a subject of constant debate.
Upon assuming the presidency, Chiluba made christianity the official state religion. And on the economic front the government embarked on an economic reform programme. It abolished foreign exchange controls, passed new investment laws, set up a stock exchange, and embarked on a privatisation programme which at one point was dubbed by the World Bank as the best on the continent.
All this led to Zambia being courted enthusiastically by aid donors, and saw a surge, in investor confidence in the country reflected in a growing number of investors.
But in the '90's there was been a cooling in relations with the donors amid negative perceptions of constitutional tinkering ahead of the November 1996 elections, which prevented former president Kenneth Kaunda from standing as a presidential candidate. The elections in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties.
In 2001 Chiluba announced he was going to amend the constitution and stand for a third term. The public outcry was immense amid increasing allegations of corruption. He finally agreed to stand down and named Levy Mwanawasa as his successor. After a very controversial election in Dec 2001 MMD won again and Mwanawasa sworn in as President. The election was marked by administrative problems with at least two parties filing legal petitions challenging the results.
Opposition parties currently hold a majority of seats in the National Assembly. In a surprising turn of events, Mwanawasa impressed the country by announcing that Chiluba's presidential immunity be removed and that he be brought to trial for the corruption allegations while in power. But as of late 2002, it hasn't happened yet.
IT IS with Great Pleasure that we said YES to go to this GREAT nation.
PLEASE pray for us as we hold concerts here and there and sale our Products to be able to go to Zambia.
We are welcoming Donations of any size as this will be another Success story not only fro PREDESTINED and AOET – Uganda, but for the nation as a whole.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your help.
in Bethel Church in ADDIS ABABA where they ministered to over 2000 people.
PREDESTINED was invited to go to Ethiopia and hold Music Concerts to raise funds for AIDS Orphans Education Trust – Uganda from November 28th through December 7th 2002 by Pastor G. SIYUM. A week and a half before The Predestined traveled to Ethiopia, Pastor Ronnie Nsubuga – the Missions Coordinator had been preparing for their Concerts, accommodation, food…
On the Evening of November 28th, the Predestined arrived in Ethiopia, and were greeted by the different contacts that had invited the Team. Over all, Predestined Worked with Pastors of Different Churches/Denominations and Leaders of Christian Organizations all over Addis Ababa
These bellow were the Objectives of Predestined:
1. Fund Raising for the Organization
2. Creating HIV/AIDS Awareness among the youth
But before the Team could go, they needed funds for their Travel, Accommodation, food…!!!!!
We posted on this same page this need, but got very little response! It was a challenge; and the Team was convinced they had to go! Concert after Concert, Cassette sales and a lot of Prayer saw Predestined on their way out of Uganda!!! PRAISE GOD!!
FACTS ABOUT ETHIOPIA
Through out the 1970’s and ’80’s, Ethiopia was known by the outside world as the most persistently famine – prone country, but right now, since the change of Government in 1991and until about a year ago, agricultural production has been increasing, and the economy growing very fast except for the occasional famines - especially the current one right now!.
1. Ethiopia is part of the region that is known as the Cradle of Humanity as it is here that fossils of the earliest hominids have been found!
2. Ethiopia is also unique among the African countries for having never been colonized in the great European ‘Scramble for Africa’ of the 19th and 20th Centuries.
3. Unlike many African Nation States, Ethiopia has a long documented history.
The Ethiopians have kept a record of their rulers for almost 5,000 years.
Ethiopia’s first entry into the record of World History was the QUEEN OF SHEBA’S visit to King SOLOMON around 1,000 BC, and this is recorded in the Bible and YEMENI FOLKLORE! The Queen of Sheba’s first son is recorded as Ethiopia’s first Emperor ruling from 982 to 957 BC (Note that BC, years were being counted backwards).
It is to this great nation that the PREDESTINED was invited, and therefore took this invitation very seriously.
Ethiopia is in the North of Kenya and North East of Uganda and is like 30 hours drive from Jinja (here at the office). The 30 hours are minus the lunch breaks…
The Predestined Performed and Taught about AIDS in Churches and Public Places and Spoke in many other places about the Need for young People to respond to the needs of Orphans and Widows! Over all, they had 2 or 3 appointments a day for the 10 days they were there making over 25 Concerts/presentations.
More than the funds that were raised, The Team took the HIV/AIDS message across our boundaries, encouraged Ethiopian YOUNG PEOPLE to take care of the WIDOWS and ORPHANS among them as the Bible says, and above all, Evangelized.
At the end of the Tour, the funds raised were approximately 5 times the cost of taking the Team there, and we are grateful to God for that provision.
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The Month of July 2002 found PREDESTINED in TANZANIA at the invitation of Pastor Vomo of All Nations Christian Center Church! The Team used 2 Vehicles to get there – One taking the Team, the other taking the sound system. In all, the journey going and coming back was about 1200 miles!
PREDESTINED would like to THANK John and Mary Matovu for the financial gift that covered all the fuel that took the Team to Tanzania and Back, then Pastor Calvin Thembo for the financial gift that covered the food for the whole week that the Team was in Arusha Tanzania.
Predestined is so grateful to all the people that have helped finance the movements and ministry to young people. Without you, this ministry wouldn’t be the same.
As soon as Predestined arrived there, the Pastor received them well, and the Congregation started taking different members of the Team to their homes where they would base to be able to come together in one central place every morning for practice, Prayer, preparation and planning for the day’s concerts! Pastor Ronnie Nsubuga had been there ahead of PREDESTINED to prepare together with the Pastors there for the Team. Permits from ARUSHA MUNICIPLE COUNCIL, OFFICE OF THE ARUSHA POLICE COMMANDER,… had been already secured.
Precisely, PREDESTINED had several concerts around Town and all the funds that were raised went towards helping with purchasing Widow’s training materials. The money raised was about 4 times more than the cost of taking the Team there, and we are grateful to God.