Questions To Burundi Ambassador to Zambia, H.E. Louis Ciza

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  1. Can you tell us a Little about yourself?

I am the fourth child amongst nine: four boys and five girls. I was born in 1957 in a humble rural family; my father was a builder and my mother, a hard-working farmer. As the elder son, I was also the first to access schooling.

I completed my bachelor degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Burundi in 1986 and went back to my teaching career in which I had exercised from 1978 to 1982 upon completion of my secondary school.

  1. When did you come to Zambia?

I came to Zambia in January 2015.  Staying in Zambia is enjoyable.  Everyone feels secure and the country offers much to see and much to learn from.  I have learned Nyanja but I did only the beginner’s level. I plan to go further.

My family has gotten used to nshima very quickly and today they prepare local food perfectly. Also, the local music is nice and reminds me of the deep sounds of our music back home.  I must mention, though that the cost of living here is somehow high; especially in regard to food stuffs and renting a house.

  1. What have been the important points in your life?

1989 marked a new era as I was appointed Provincial Secretary of the then ruling party in Burundi. I have been roaming between politics and teaching:  Head teacher of a boarding school, Member of Parliament, teacher of French in a secondary school, half-time assistant lecturer in a private University.

Another important change took place in 2009 with my appointment as Second Counselor at Burundi Embassy to Kenya; it was a prelude to my journey to Zambia.

  1. Where do you see Southern and Central Africa in 50 years?

These regions are promised a quick development. Central Africa has a high potential considering the natural resources and the huge population. But Southern Africa has more evident chances because it has already started the process through SADC and enjoys more political stability. It is therefore obvious that Southern and Central Africa will be deeply transformed in the 50 years to come.

  1. Any Advice for the young Zambian professional and entrepreneur?

The number of jobless people amongst the youth is getting higher every day. Explore ways to be employers and create jobs for the young generation.

 

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