NKWETO NKAMBA AKA ‘NK’ – Family First Candidate for the Lower House
He came to South Australia in 2005 as an international student from Zambia, Africa and decided to stay under the Skilled Migration Program. Since then he has been actively involved in community activities and built up a network that has propelled him to centre stage amongst African Australians as he now vies for a seat in the Lower House of South Australian Parliament.
An accountant by profession and currently the treasurer for the African Communities’ Council of South Australia, Nkweto Nkamba AKA ‘NK’ also head of the Zambian Association in South Australia, responded to some questions sent to him by Salt Magazine about his reasons for joining the Family First Party and what motivated him to enter the political arena.
When did you join Family first and what motivated you to join?
I have been part of the Family Frist Party for the last 2 and half years. Initially with the Young Family First Party then later on with the main Party. I have been a supporter of the Party for the last 7 years since helping out a Family First candidate at the 2006 state election.
My motivation: The work it has done in the past & the things its stands for. Families are fundamental building blocks of our society which need the support of Government at every level.
As a leader in the community what are the highlights of your involvements with the African community in South Australia?
- In Nov 2013, I participated in a two day White Ribbon training for men from different cultural backgrounds, an article featured in the Advertiser in which I was interviewed in my capacity as Treasurer of the African community about the white ribbon event.
- Mid 2013 participated in a consultative forum at Parliament house on challenges migrants encounter in trying to integrate in their new home, Australia.
- June 2013- Elected Treasurer for the African Communities Council SA
- 2010 Co-founded the Zambian Association of South Australia. Current President
- Executive committee member of SAACHAC- South Australian African Communities Health Advisory Committee
How would you describe your relationship with the African communities in SA?
Very good. Have excellent friendships & working relationships with my community & other African communities
How does your family fit into your busy life and political ambitions?
Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately depending on one’s perspective haha) I do not have a family of my own yet so juggling my busy schedule is slightly easier than your average family man. Family is very important to me, I am who I am today because my parents invested time, resource & love in me, taught me good values and to work hard in everything I do. Life is all about relationships and family is a major part of that.
So why did you decide to stand under the Family First party and not as an Independent?
- My decision to run as a candidate with a Party rather than as an Independent stems from the fact that I would like to see a Parliament were representatives from across the communities work together for the brighter future of our State & Country. So with that in mind (working together) how can I then contradict that ethos by standing alone. Independents have their place and a role to play in politics but that is not where I fit given the things I want to influence in this sphere.
- I prefer to work collectively with other people to achieve great results.
Are you only looking to represent multicultural ‘minorities’, and do you think you’ll get the support of the African Australian communities as well as mainstream voters?
- No! I am not only looking at representing minorities. I hope to get the support of all Australians regardless of race, colour or creed and this is why I chose to run for the seat of Croydon because of what it people symbolizes. Croydon is a representation of the new face of Australia, the Croydon electorate is made up of indigenous Australians, Anglo Australians, Asian Australians, African Australians … I call it the rainbow electorate and this diversity represents the immerse potential it has and enriches so many aspects of our lives. I hope to demonstrate that social cohesion across multicultural Australia is a catalyst for economic prosperity, good values, strong families; the perfect recipe for sustainable united communities really!
- I see a generation rising that will say no to the ‘Tall Poppy’ syndrome but rather yes to people of genuine merit. Instead of attacking and cutting down, talents and achievements will be celebrated for the greater good of our great nation regardless of race, color or creed. It’s all about finding the common threads that bind us all.
What are your plans if you do get elected, what’s the first thing you’ll do?
Don’t really have a first thing per se but a couple of things that need to be addressed straight away
Housing – Family First supports every person’s goal of owning their own home. Where this is not possible, rental housing must be affordable, with real incentives for landlords to provide accessible accommodation. Ending cruel Government constraints on land supply so that land and therefore house prices become affordable like they once were. I support the 30 Year Plan and the land it seeks to make available for residential development.
Cost of Living – Pursue changes to the national electricity market rules to protect electricity customers from being hit with unfair imposts by power companies, such as banning or better regulating ‘pass through’ applications by power companies to pass a cost on per customer for:
- For failed legal challenges to prosecutions against companies, or
- claimed ‘growth pulses’ in native vegetation requiring additional pruning;
Community– Campaign for reinstatement of funding levels for community sport and recreation grants funding.
Considering that the preservation of the family is a key platform of your party how would you address unwanted pregnancies and juvenile delinquents which are rife in the African community?
- Parent education of how to raise their children in this country, usually cases of this nature are rampant in homes where there is a relationship breakdown between parents & children.
- Community programs to promote state and national curriculum components of Life Education including instruction on marriage, civic duty, debt & personal finance.
Why should people vote for you, could you outline some of your policies for us
- I have served the South Australian community in different capacities over the years; it’s now come to a time I feel I am capable of serving the people of Croydon & the larger South Australian community in this capacity.
- I believe it is important that we have representatives across the communities working together for the brighter future of our state
What is your slogan for this election?
“A trusted Voice” – Politics is often labelled and can be a dirty game, but I have had the privilege of working with men & women who have maintained their integrity even after so many years in Parliament & I hope to follow in their footsteps.
In a few words, what is motivating you to stand for election, why politics and why now?
My life philosophy is, a life lived for others is more fulfilling than a life lived for oneself.
The question I ask myself is, what kind of a society do I want to live in and would like the next generation to embrace? I hope & desire to be a part of the men & women who shape the Society I want to live in. (Value systems, Laws, Policy etc.)
I have served at various leadership levels in the community and continue to. All that a state or country is, is a bigger community and its come to that point I feel I can serve at this level. Doing what I have always done just in a bigger sense now.
Why not now? Look, taking this path is something I didn’t just dream of from nowhere, I have always felt the leading to serve in this sphere & I felt now was the right time. Politics is not the only arena, young people from all cultures and all walks of life should be encouraged to pursue acts of service in different areas that interest them.