Community Development
  • Transport and distribution of 30 ton. of maize for the community villages in 2002, after a severe drought in the area that reduced considerably the harvest predictions
  • Help the locals to be able to buy hammer mills, oxen, ploughs, maize seeds, bicycles, mattresses, spares… and distributing all items to the villages through Hornbill Safaris vehicles
  • Maintenance of existing boreholes
  • Supply of medicines to the Rural Health Centre in Nanzhila like chloroquine, antiseptic, painkillers and vitamins to fight against the malnutrition and anti-snake vaccine. And one solar kitchen to boil water
  • Loads of river sand and others to help in the building renovations of a school in Kakuse area
  • Full renovation of the Nanzhila Rural Health Centre, the new clinic has different spaces for men, women and maternity. Other rooms for storage, reception and first assistance have been built as well
  • Donation of one vehicle to use as an ambulance, a Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 hard top, to transfer patients to Itezhi-tezhi hospital situated 60km away from Nanzhila clinic
  • Nine boreholes drilled in the community. Two were working fine from the beginning, in three we didn’t find water, two got collapsed in the floods of 2007 and we drilled two more boreholes in 2008 to replace the two collapsed in Lomena village and headman Kamonwa

In June 2007 Chief Shezongo died. The process to elect a new Chief was initiated after the funeral.

In 2008, the community suffered confusion provoked by the late Chief Shezongo sons that accused Induna Namaimba from Shumbwamuntu family who was elected as the new Chief Shezongo in 2007 election of fraud. This accusation was based in the idea that the 2007 election did not follow the local tradition. According with the tradition a group of five women descendants of the female indunas of the chiefdom must appoint a group of candidates to the Indunas to choose one. All candidates must be descendants from the royal family.

The 2009 was a year of celebrations in the community for the ending of the new Chief election dispute. In October 2008, the Zambian High court confirmed Induna Namaimba from Shumbwamuntu family as the new Chief Shezongo but the direct sons of the late Chief with the help of a lawyer from Lusaka appeal to the court and was not until mid 2009 that the case was closed indefinitely.

Due to this chiefdom confusion, we decided to postpone our community projects until the new Chief Shezongo was finally accepted because our development policy is based on the community participation directed by their Chief.

In November 2008, we received from the Education Ministry the written permission to build and renovate the “Nanzhila Primary School”. This school was planned to accommodate children from six to fourteen years (grade one to nine) which is the basic education in Zambia. Our intention was to build it in the same way as we did the clinic, with the collaboration of all the community because up to today the clinic is still very well maintained and sustained on its own without our help of any kind. As by then the Chief had no full control of all his community was difficult to organize the different villages working groups we decided to wait until the community disputes were over

At the end of 2009 with the new Chief Shezongo confirmed in the palace, we started the building of the school. All the community was working fine and the block production and the foundations were finished in time for the rain season.

In 2010 we stopped the building of the school because of confusions provoked by the lack of leadership from the palace, we also decided to stop the community development projects with the palace and we did our community development help individually.

From 2010 up to now, we mostly concentrated our efforts in conservation but we have learnt that without the involvement of the community is more difficult to preserve the area and in 2015; we started going back to the palace to rebuild the links with the Chief.

From what we have learnt in the past, our challenge now is to link wildlife conservation in Mumbuluma and the surrounding area of Kafue National Park with sustainable Shezongo Community development. This unlimited term project does not look for immediate solutions, but the real participation of their own beneficiaries, the “Ilas”.

Mumbuluma should work on the basis that the success in wildlife conservation requires the locals´ involvement through sustainable rural development, since is difficult to demand any community to look after their natural resources and wildlife when basic needs such as food and health are not covered.

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