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Mbozi continues her literary run

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
THE joke was on the nation, but few seemed to have taken note when Roy Clarke wrote that it was sad that a good writer like Dominic Mulaisho spent his best years working as an economist.
A fine economist nonetheless, Mulaisho achieved literary fame when he published The Tongue of the Dumb in 1971 before following it up with The Smoke That Thunders in 1979.
His books, particularly Tongue of the Dumb, should have been Mulaisho’s legacy. Unfortunately, this is a society that rarely celebrates writers, and as such, his legacy is his time as Bank of Zambia governor in the early 90s.
For many Zambians, Mulaisho, who died in 2013 at the age of 79, will always be known as an economist. That is why Clarke’s quip on him is so poignant.
And so while some were soaked in discussions regarding the UEFA Champions League, a Zambian writer Mbozi Haimbe was being announced as one of the five regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. That is out of 5,081 entries and a short list of 21 stories for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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