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Foreign journalists interview students at Kashgar vocational education and training center in Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Jan. 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Yu Tao)

Remembering humorous scribes


WITH the recent demise of Alick Fungafunga Chiwama Musonda, formerly of Zambia Daily Mail, Zambia has been robbed of two veteran journalists who had made a name for themselves mainly for their tremendous sense of humour in their respective writing styles as authors, the first being Marta Paynter of Times of Zambia. Mr Musonda, who died in Lusaka on May 18, 2022, was a very jovial man, and his witty sense of humour attracted many people from all walks of life. “He mingled literally with every member of the society. He had a depth of ideas and stories. As a family man, he strongly emphasised the importance of family (Ubuntu). He was for the most part a unifier,” says his brother, Mr Oliver Musonda. Mr Alick Musonda published many books in vernacular and English. The books included “Maliongo Incorporated” – a trilogy comprising The Super Tomboys, Maliongo’s Adventures and Maliongo’s Hotshots. In “Maliongo Incorporated”, Alick chronicled the experiences of a recruit during the 20-month compulsory Zambia National Service (ZNS) military training and agricultural food production programme introduced by the former UNIP government for Form Five school-leavers between 1975 and 1980. On the trilogy’s back cover, the author writes: “The essence of incorporating the Maliongo sequels is to CLICK TO READ MORE