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  1. BlackBird

    Mr. Sakwiba Sikota should have started whatever the “pledge” he is proposing and then invite others to join. This article is not in good faith but rather a go round way of castigating his political foes. Its clear from his writing that he has no intention of contributing to any such cause but rather to embarrass the people on his list. We do not need copy cat ideas to help our people. We can do it our own way. HH for example sponsors School Children up to University level. He drills boreholes and helps build Clinics and Schools in several communities without any publicity. The Young lady in Magoba Hon. Buumba does a lot of work for her communities without any billions in her account. Among those mentioned, there is a lot they are doing in the communities without anyone noticing. This is giving with all your heart. Curiously Sakwiba Sikota omits all those who are in the ruling party or Government from his list of shame. I think playing politics in this manner is childish. You cant give a pie to a poor person and suddenly pretend to become a champion for the poor. Do something big and sustainable that will touch the lives of the people on the street without praisng yourself. I’m afraid this tactic does not work for me.

    • Mulenga Mulenga

      Though i dont support the fact that HH was listed in the Paradise papers which is a bad thing nd jst shows his hipocracy, i can agree with u on this one that this is jst another childish political move by the PF to embarrass political opponents given the fact that no PF or government official is mentioned here which probably hipocritically implies that they are the clean good caring guys which is actually far from the truth, and does he mean to say that he can only start a giving pledge when he becomes a billionare, what crap is he trying to feed us.

    • Clarice

      Personally felt this was a poorly written article with very little research applied to it. Whether people like it or not these ZMW billionaires have done some charity work here and there;maybe for selfish, political, fraudulent motives or genuine interest in others welfare but the fact still remains that they done something that has benefited someone. If they want to amass more wealth, no one should judge them. Being rich has never been and will never be a crime or wrong before God’s eyes. Peace ✌

  2. BlackBird

    Mr. Sakwiba Sikota should have started whatever the “pledge” he is proposing and then invite others to join. This article is not in good faith but rather a go round way of castigating his political foes. Its clear from his writing that he has no intention of contributing to any such cause but rather to embarrass the people on his list. We do not need copy cat ideas to help our people. We can do it our own way. HH for example sponsors School Children up to University level. He drills boreholes and helps build Clinics and Schools in several communities without any publicity. The Young lady in Magoba Hon. Buumba does a lot of work for her communities without any billions in her account. Among those mentioned, there is a lot they are doing in the communities without anyone noticing. This is giving with all your heart. Curiously Sakwiba Sikota omits all those who are in the ruling party or Government from his list of shame. I think playing politics in this manner is childish. You cant give a pie to a poor person and suddenly pretend to become a champion for the poor. Do something big and sustainable that will touch the lives of the people on the street without praisng yourself. I’m afraid this tactic does not work for me.He is just politicking.

  3. CHRISTOPHER NYIRENDA

    brilliant idea

  4. Daywalker

    We would rather worship other people’s heroes and pull down our own. Instead of putting FTJ’s fascinating collection of shoes and suits in a museum we have vilified him over pocket change in presidential terms. Instead of deliberately creating billionaires we would rather worship the ones who come to exploit us. The levels of poverty both economic and intellectual is manifested in the squalor the majority of our citizens wallow in. Not everyone has the solutions we need and the power to see them through. That’s why we must all work together with our little fortunes material and otherwise to allow Zambians to progress from villager to billionaire included. Let’s not just create little Gupta’s everywhere but build a lasting culture of prosperity among our citizens at the top so that we are not at the mercy of foreign tycoons and companies all the time. It’s a scandal that our elections are funded by foreigners. How can we then claim to be independent.

  5. Wiseman from the East

    Another Lozi dunderhead. Over-educated but lacking conmon sense. No wonder Western Province is the poorest but with most educated mambalas courtesy of British privileges – suits and bottles of gin for tracks of land the Litunga didn’t even rule.

    Instead of using ZR to attack personal enemies, work on creating your own riches.

  6. Wise Me

    Thanks to Mr Sikota for exposing hypocrisy and setting the ruthless cadres on the defence of people they have little idea about.I that is the reason God does put his children in the hands of such pretenders.

  7. hanene

    Mr sikota, I really value as a very good lawyer. By the way, how many poor people are able to receive your services ? You have been a politician for a long period of time. In 2006 you stood for the office of President in upnd. Do you understand what you are talking about ? Do not be like these young boys who can be bought so cheaply. Maintain your long outstanding integrity. I know this is one of your rare jokes. Otherwise giving to the needy is true religion. Much as we advise our rich brothers and sister including yourself to give back to the society, advise the government to receive what is donated. A few months ago Dr Kambwili donated computers and the could not allow that. I saw of a modern clinic built by HH in monze and the government has failed to use that property. What giving back are talking about. Should giving back be in monetary value only ? If it would be so, there would be a lot of spirage along the way that another class rich people would be created.

  8. Sj

    Thank you Mr. Sakwiba Sikota for a discerning/insightful analysis. Really and trully this country indeed does’ve sufficient resources to share but some cards are played too close to the chest for any to discern/figure out how they reach the sky because some even carry the ladder with them in the form of secrecy and ZIp up the mouth on acquisition of investment to make money grow.
    For very few are born with a Silver Spoon in the Mouth. So most know the Pangs of wallowing in Poverty.
    But those that get There even Tuck their earnings away where the effects of sun/wind/rain of our economy can’t weather beat their hard earned currency, least it looses value. Comment

  9. bristol

    this is rubbish!Instead of boasting about helping the street kids who maringa in the streets of lsk, he has decided showing off by lettin us knw that he helped one in joberg.

  10. Msc Financial Economics

    Wise Me

    Thanks to Mr Sikota for exposing hypocrisy and setting the ruthless cadres on the defence of people they have little idea about.I that is the reason God does put his children in the hands of such pretenders.

    You are the one who is ignorant plus don’t bring God into this.

    Warren Buffet and even Bill Gates have set up foundations and trust WHICH ARE TAX SHELTERS plus donations to charity are tax deductible in the US unlike Zambia. Change the tax laws if you want the same.

    In other words Sakwiba is comparing apples and oranges despite noble intentions. And how many poor clients has Sikota done legal work for free?

    Besides HH and others do give while your PF government is busy looting.

    • Mukwasu Wasu

      WHICH PRETENDERS NIWE, EVERYONE IS NOW A COMEDIAN. WOULD YOU RIG ELECTIONS JUST BECAUSE YOU HATE SOMEBODY.

    • Wise Me

      At least not your Idol God but my God who has made has protected by Zambia denying hypocrites like you five times the chance to misrule Zambia and I believe he is going to do it again! Watch this space. It won’t matter how many faultt opinions you may place in this medium will change your situation only facing the truth will. I think you are a danger to HH and Zambia. Do you think your Masters is real? Because you are blind to facts. I wish you used it to be like one of the listed billionaires. A qualification being abused maligning others. HH is another human being he should not be idolized the sooner he realised the better for his ambition and yours too.

  11. cts

    Mr sakwiba watver u did to dat poor man ,dear just kno dat in heaven it z not counted u v exposed it.de Bible say don’t let yo left hand kno wat de right hand has done.wat does it mean ,watver u do especially helping de needy don’t expose it don’t show otherwise God ll not look on it. So if that long list of billionaires do fr de sek of boasting just no dat heaven z not theirs.remember wat de bible say,’ it z easy fr a camel to enter de eye of a niddle than a rich man to enter de kingdom of heaven .so be careful wt yo riches.

    • Bowise

      If Saki was honest enough he would have included the generous donation, support and mentoring these people provide. If they publicised these generous acts he would have been the first to condemn them. Please lets have leadership, focus on your common values if, if you can’t agree over your differences, which seem to be personal.

  12. Sunta sunkutu

    I absolutely detest this unchained criminal called HH, but I must say, this article is below the belt and only further garnishes with shame what has deteriorated into a sad career of Mr sakwiba sikota.
    Mr sikota, a once honourable man has now made a career out of kissing the assess of the party in government.

  13. N. C

    What Mr sikota elaborated is being rich and join politics to gain more rather than being rich and give your possessions to poor community, the problem of you people everything is politics nowdays, everyone wants to comment and defend his political president when they hear there names. We need to change see things the way others see them.

  14. Elvis mwale

    I beseech you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of Jehovah, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,acceptable to Jehovah, which is your reasonable service for mother Zambia. And do not be conformed to the standards of this world which is hate, disrespect, dishonest, tribal hate ,political attack but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of Jehovah. Love one another and respect the other person’s opinion let love ,unity and humor govern us all the 73 tribes of my and your country which is Zambia, love all.

  15. Prince Harry and the Half-Blood Mulatto Meghan Sparkle

    Another of Jonathan’s useful idiots. No mention of the plunder Chagwa and Kaizer Zulu have amassed in a short period of time or his master’s Mpundu Trust.

  16. Peter

    @Msc Financial Economics

    Correct.

    A little knowledge is always a dangerous thing. The America taxcode gives the supperich incentives for giving by making foundations taxfree, unlike Zambia where tax exempt status is used by conmen to avoid taxes through bogus churches or dubious NGO like Yali to chew donor money – in fact once NGOs were being used to avoid customs and excise duty on imported used vehicles.

    Here is the list of the biggest foundations most with links to the supperich in the US.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (also includes Warren Buffet) $40.3 billion

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute  (setup by the estate of late billionaire Howard Hughes) $17.8 billion

    Ford Foundation (from the estate of Henry Ford founder of the Ford Motor Company) $11.7 billion

    Lilly Endowment (linked the the drug maker Eli Lilly) $10.07 billion

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  $9.7 billion

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  (linked to computer maker HP) $8.74 billion

    W. K. Kellogg Foundation Trust (from the estate of Keith Kellogg the founder of Kellogg corn flakes) $8.72 billion

    J. Paul Getty Trust ( from the estate of John Paul Getty an oil billionaire) $8.68 billion

    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (co-founder of Intel the computer chip maker) $6.4 billion

    David and Lucile Packard Foundation (also related to HP) $6.3 billion

    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (from the estate of the late multi-millionaire Andrew Mellon a partner of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie) $6.18 billion

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $6.0 billion

    The Pew Charitable Trusts $5.6 billion

    Silicon Valley Community Foundation  $4.7 billion

    Nemours Foundation a$4.6 billion

    Bloomberg Philanthropies (setup by billionaire Michael Bloomberg) $4.24 billion

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust $5.548 billion

    Even Mark Zuckerberg the man behind Facebook has a foundation.

    If Sakwiba Sikota is honest and means well he can lobby for a similar legal framework in Zambia.

  17. Faruk

    Mr Sikota I personally have always held you in very high esteem to the extent that I doubt if you actually wrote this. However; if you did what I can say is that you have sunk to the lowest level you can sink. By the way about your pledge you don’t need to be a billionaire to help the needy. I still don’t believe that it is Mr Sekwiba Sikota I know who wrote this rubbish.

  18. ckabwe

    It will be wise of Mr Sikota to entice fellow lawyers to start such an organization to help alliviate poverty. Politicians,soccer players are others living an affluent life. Go for it,you have our blessings!

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