Vol 3 No 2 (2023): ZAMBIAN JOURNAL OF RELIGION AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (ZJRCI)
This particular issue of ZJRCI has six articles; a book review inclusive. The first article by Conard Habamba and Austin Cheyeka is an attempt to find out through a qualitative inquiry why occasions of the rite of passage for girls called Nkolola in Munyumbwe Chiefdom in Southern province have been dwindling. From the participants in the study, the authors have established reasons to account for the waning of Nkolola. In addition the authors have established that the local people have ideas about how they could prevent Nkolola from becoming extinct and these are reported in the article. In the second article by Lewis Chilufya, William Sinkala, and Simeo Kabwe, the role that Christian churches played in the attempt to stop violent crimes perpetrated by a gang calling itself Totoka Boys is examined and the authors have established that the churches’ role was limited. In their recommendations, the authors have urged churches to foster values such as family life, spirit of community, responsibility and respect for life. Kenny Changwe and Tomaida Milingo, in the third article, explore the stakeholders’ perceptions of the National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC)’s regulatory framework in the cultural heritage management of the Mwela Rock Art Site in Kasama in Northern Province. To stop the desecration of Mwela Rock Art Site, the authors recommends, based on their findings,the following: To incorporate indigenous or local people’s administrative structures and beliefs about the Mwela Rock Art Site into the formal preservation policies of the NHCC. The role of Africans in the establishment and growth of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, popularly known as SDA at Loshi in Mansa district is reported in a historical narrative by George Mwansa and Melvin Simuchimba in the fourth article. The authors argue that contrary to the long-held view that White missionaries from Chimpempe in Kawambwa brought Adventism to Loshi, it was the local people of Loshi who had sojourned to Congo who brought and established Adventism at Loshi. In the fifth article, Melvin Simuchimba, Nicholas Haambokoma, and Maligelita Njobvu have explained the nature of Zambian Secondary School Religious Education (RE). They have recommended reform of RE in Zambia. This issue of ZJRCI ends with Gilbert Kamanga’s review of a book on Fr. Dominic Nchete, the first Tonga Catholic Diocesan priest written by Fr. Hector Mwale.