The Kalomo Nurse case – What happened

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What I have gathered from the Kalomo Nurse case;

Is it a case of use of your mother tongue that leads you in trouble?

It was around 20 hours. Mr Munsaka Phebias was alone manning the Clinic. The first Client that came had a labour case and was considered an emergence. He went into the labour ward to help the woman. When he briefly came out he found three clients waiting for him as he was the only one at the Clinic at that time. Two were seated on the waiting bench and one was standing with a baby in her hands. Mr Munsaka greeted them one by one in Tonga. “Kwasiya buti”. The two seated answered but the one standing responded in Bemba saying, “Sumfwa icitundu”. Engulfed with fate, Mr Munsaka asked the woman a question, “Sure even a greeting”? I am told the woman got annoyed and started accusing Munsaka of not being professional for using Tonga in a government set up. Munsaka went back to the labour ward to finish assisting the patient there as that case was considered an emergency.
When he was done in the he came out to start screening the other patients. The lady with a baby gave the baby to the husband and got a Camera and started shooting the video with a promise that she was going to make Munsaka’s life difficult.

MoH has constituted a team to investigate the case. They are now on the ground doing their work. Looking forward to reading their findings in their report.

Hope Munsaka won’t be retired on national interest.



10 Responses to The Kalomo Nurse case – What happened

  1. If the health personel is found without a case to answer, is the ministry going to sue the accuser for “damages” or is it entirely up to the said nurse to take legal action? Every citizen must be responsible and should be made accountable for their conduct.

    Ndui Augustus
    January 1, 2019 at 11:05 pm

  2. where is the case in the above narration..? From greetings to video shooting, I don’t see n thing unusual in that story, or ave we missed something…? one journalism..!!! Am left guessing…

    January 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

  3. Are you trying to justify tribalism or you have not seen the video. You are the ones making it hard for your small good to go to plot one.zambians are not stupid

    January 2, 2019 at 7:55 am

  4. There are a lot of lacunas in your report. Go and do your research again. You collected yyour data from one side of the sstory.

    January 2, 2019 at 7:56 am

  5. There are a lot of lacunas in your report. Go back and do your research again.this time don’t be be one sided. Ask both parties involved.

    January 2, 2019 at 8:04 am

  6. This is very true though I was not on yhe ground to witness but can tell from the way the woman was reacting.

    January 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

  7. Having seen the video on whatsapp – the woman has a case of mashabe and is Upto no good. She should be dealt with. No shred of evidence there just nonsensical victimisation of the professional guy. How does she want to be greeted in Bemba in kalomo? PURE arrogance and Madness.

    January 2, 2019 at 2:18 pm

  8. If I am greeted in a language that I do not understand the best I can do is to answer in my mother tongue or anther language. Language should be seen as a means of communication. If two people can communicate in two different languages that’s fine for me. The problem comes when one insists that the other person uses a language they prefer.

    The official language in Zambia is still English and not Bemba or Tonga or any other. The woman should have been more concerned about getting her child treated that engage in the useless ” language battle”. The clinical officer spoke in Tonga because the area is Tonga speaking. That is one thing we must not forget. Lets not create a mountain out of nothing. The lady was more interested i making the life of the clinical officer tough. I am neither Tonga nor Bemba speaking, so this is just my humble advice. “When you are in Rome do what Romans do.” This is a simple rule that enables every well meaning person fit in a given community.

    Avoid unnecessary confrontation with people. As a service provider always remember that some of your clients are not what you think they are. They have their own issues which are troubling them and they might wish to offload their problems on you. avoid them as far as possible. And you as a client should equally realise that service providers a just human with their personal issues.

    The mother to the child seems to be predetermine to put someone in trouble. She will succeed if the clinical officer is fired. She must realise that we have more Zambian languages that her prefered Bemba. How could she reasonably expect everyone to know that she could only speak Bemba (though she was heard speaking English)? Neat time you go to a clinic remember your purpose – to get treatment and not to abuse others! I hope the Ministry of Health will make any impartial judgement.

    January 3, 2019 at 9:21 am

  9. I personally am namwanga by tribe and i stay in choma,where people speak tonga i have no problem with them, actually this time around I speak good Tonga than my language. This woman has a problem or grudge with this man, its not a mandate to use English to anyone you meet because you are employed by the govt.

    Sims the best
    January 4, 2019 at 4:41 pm

  10. Who knows that woman might have been a mistry shopper hunting for vulnerable nurses to be fired by the stupid senseless health minister. From my point of view as a nurse we are allowed to use Zambian or foreign languages as they promote rapport and are therapeutic to patients. Zambia nurses association where are u .This is the time to stand up for this vulnerable nurse . To the woman if u are a true Christian plead with your master chilufya to rescind the decision. To all Zambian trained nurses we are the best in Africa and once one applies for a job u are accepted as we are hot cakes .
    Such patients are the reason why nurses leave Zambia and migrate to foreign countries where they are appreciated. So my fellow fired nurse donot worry start applying abroad and leave them with eyes at 4 O’clock

    January 5, 2019 at 12:16 am

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