The casual power of good storytelling in Zambia

Review by Ruth Hartley

A Casualty of Power is an excellent action story that I simply couldn’t put down. It is well told and well structured and so engaging that you have to read to the end. It’s published by Weaver Books, Zimbabwe and Gadsden Publishers, Zambia 2016, 206 pages, ISBN: 978-1-77922-297-8.

The hero’s plight

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A Casualty of Power- Mukuka Chipanta

Review By Dakara Jane

But I’m innocent, I did nothing wrong!

At this point it is not a matter of guilt or innocence.

-A Casualty of power

If we’re all playing a game of cards, what does one do when the cards they are dealt look like they’re destined to ruin them? Let’s ask Hamoonga.

Born in poverty, at the mercy of the unfairness of life, Hamoonga manages to make his way to university where he is set to graduate and make something of his life. It should have been easy yet, at the book’s conclusion, Hamoonga has no degree to his name. What stopped him from finishing his studies? It wasn’t a lack of willingness on his part that stopped him from obtaining the education he and his family looked forward to; rather, it was that he met the wrong person at the wrong time.

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A Casualty of Power has been longlisted by the African 9Mobile Prize for Literature


Mukuka ChipantaWEAVER PRESS is delighted to announce that A Casualty of Power by Mukuka Chipanta has been longlisted by the African 9Mobile Prize for Literature.

Mukuka Chipanta’s debut novel is a thoughtful piece of fiction and interestingly written, … [and] a very welcome contribution not only to the debate about Chinese-Zambian relations, but also to the Zambian literary world, and African literature in general. Stephanie Lämmert – Copperbelt History

For a debut, A Casualty of Power is a must read for all lovers of African Literature and Mukuka Chipanta has definitely established himself in Africa’s literary hall of fame. It is quite clear that this author has talent and great promise. Taurai Chinyanganya




Book review: ‘A Casualty of Power’ - Comparing the Copperbelt

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Source: Book review: ‘A Casualty of Power’ Mukuka Chipanta • Comparing the Copperbelt


Beaven Tapureta – Bookshelf

Source: Zambian author focuses on China-Africa relations • The Herald


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The Herald posted the wrong photo of Mukuka

A review of A Casualty of Power in the Herald with the wrong photo of Mukuka.

Here is the real Mukuka Chipanta signing books at a book launch.

Mukuka Chipanta at book launch

A Casualty of Power - Reviewed by William R. Schreck, Jr.

If a talented story-teller encapsulates an entire culture and country, then this brave novel depicts nothing short of the new reality that is Africa, and it has the temerity to name the co-conspirators, whether they are African, Chinese or Western. In this sense this classic story is also a very modern one. Although Africans may appreciate this novel more, this perceptive analysis of modern-day Africa opens a path of exploration, especially for us non-Africans.

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A Casualty of Power - A review by T. L. Chinyanganya

A Casualty of Power reads something like a thriller, and it is as difficult to put down, while simultaneously exploring some of the fundamental issues bedevilling post-colonial Africa. The experiences that Hamoonga Moya, the Zambian protagonist, endures will resonate with many in the sub-region. Corruption in high places and the recolonization of assets by our fair-weather friends offers a reality that we are quick to recognise. Hamoonga, a hopeful young student, becomes inadvertently caught up in a web of corruption and violence, suffering for crimes that he never committed.

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A Casualty of Power - Review By Gilbert Braspenning, Africa Book Link

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Source: A Casualty of Power • Read African Books

Speech by Milan Djordjevic at the launch of A Casualty of Power

A Casualty of Power

By Mukuka Chipanta

Launched by Milan Djordjevic

Honorary Consul of Austria


Tuesday, 29th November, 2016

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