CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
LATE veteran journalist and poet Mwange Kauseniâ€™s dream of publishing his poetic manuscripts, which he started writing over a decade ago, has finally come true.
They are now published works.
Born in 1956, Kauseni, an award-winning scribe and former Zambia Daily Mail sub-editor, had since 1990 been writing poem manuscripts depicting experiences and illusions of the African, Asian and Latin American continents, where he worked as a journalist.
The 1989 International Excellence in Journalism award winner craved to one day publish the manuscript, which would echo the plight of the downtrodden and marginalised while taunting the foibles of the post-colonial elites.
Unfortunately, in October 2006, the cold hand of death robbed the proficient writer, temporarily curtailing his dream of publishing his collection of his pan-Africanist poems.
But the previous Saturday, Kauseniâ€™s dream came true at Lusakaâ€™s Cresta Golf View Hotel, where his anthology of poems was launched in a book titled, This time, tomorrow: A compendium of laboured voices from the Zambian komboni.
Demystifying the notion that Zambians have a poor reading culture, over 100 friends, fans and bookworms joined the late Kauseniâ€™s family members at the book launch graced by Ministry of Tourism director Victor Makashi.
Launching the book, Makashi, who was representing Ministry of Tourism and Art Stephen Mwansa, said Government will continue to promote the creation of genres of literally works by local writers and artists such as poets.
Makashi said creative works such as poetry, do not only promote the image of the country internationally, but also create employment opportunities and in turn help to boast the economy.
Earlier, Malama Katulwende, the compiler and editor of the book, said he was honoured to compile the manuscripts, especially being late Kauseniâ€™s personal friend and former pupil at Mansaâ€™s St Charles Lwanga Secondary School.
Katulwende, Ngoma awards best creative writer winner, described This time, tomorrow as â€œprophetic poetryâ€ where â€œMwange is asking us to heed his warnings lest something terrible happens if we donâ€™t actâ€.
Kauseniâ€™s widow, Pamela, his daughter, Bupe, and their two sons, Mwange and Bwalya, were all present at the launch.
Pamela told the Weekend Mail that the launch of the book made her feel Kauseniâ€™s presence.
â€œI feel happy for the children. They will have something to cherish about their late father,â€ she said.
Pamela described the contents of the poetic anthology as a premonition.
And describing her late dad as an accomplished writer who yearned to publish his writings, 17-year-old Bupe said with the launch of the book, her father can now finally rest in enternal peace.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka