NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE YOU!!

They say survival is for the fittest and you do not know your own strength until you’re put in situations where you actually need to use it. Well now looking at the dire situation we are in as youth. When does survival mode kick in?

We have sent out SOS signals, we have called for help and the result has been little or nothing. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is no one is coming to help us.

We’ve probably all watched a movie where people or a person are in a dire situation and help come in the nick of time either in the form of a superhero, a search party or even an angel. We have probably also watched a movie where the plot entails a person or people in a precarious situation, rescuing themselves from hopeless situations.

The truth is as Zambian youth we all know the problems our country faces, we have become experts at pointing out wrongs. Many of us probably even have great or amazing ideas of the best solutions. Sadly however very few of us are actively attempting to do anything practical about solving our issues or implementing solutions.

A few thoughts I’d like you to consider,

  • Who do you think is coming to save you from the mess your country is in?
  • Who do you want to bring about the change you would like to see?
  • Whose responsibility is it to shape the Zambia as we would all want it to be?   

If your answer those questions had anything to do with the IMF or the government or even a certain desired political candidate or party. Sorry to break it to you that the answer is YOU, the person you see when you look in the mirror has a purpose they need to fulfill to make things better. Most of the people that come in the name of offering external help do not  have our best interests at heart. You may not be able to change everything. You may not even be able to do big things. But right where you are, with whatever you have. Be the difference and make the change.

Its time to rise up and assume responsibility of dealing with the issues we are seeing in our country today.

It’s time to kick onto survival mode, no one will ever care for your burdens as much as you do.

 

The Kickback Culture May Knock Us Out

20190616_185017_0000.pngThe kick back culture or how it may be referred to locally as ‘Nichekeleko’ is ruining our country. Services and Jobs are not always provided or requested for by the best or the most competent but rather from those that are willing to share part of their pay with those people who are influential in ensuring they award them the contracts or opportunities. Granted every now and then the most competent may be willing or may even have to give kickbacks in order to maintain good ties, but is this really the business culture we would like to build a legacy on?

Mediocrity is something we let to to come stay in our Zambian society, we have given it permanent residence in our lives, allowed to be a tenant in our standards and have warmly embraced the chilling consequences of.

This dire repercussion of the kickback culture is seen in almost every sector of our economy, the government sector, the creative industry, the corporate pretty much every industry has it in one way, shape or form. They as a result either do not grow or suffer from inefficiency because they are not looking to have the best or the most durable products and/or services and as the adage goes ‘cheap is expensive’
From a more political aspect we usher in not the most servant hearted leaders, not the most wise or the most innovative or brilliant minds to help tackle our problems but the ones that is likely to ensure you a piece of the pie once they are in office. The leader that enticed you with pecuniary advantage not the one with the most sustainable solutions to your immediate needs.
The truth is times are hard , the economy is unfavourable for many and if you don’t do it someone else will . No one wants to live a hard knock life. Is your integrity a price worthy of it? Is the overall generational damage worth it?? What is the best way to deal with this, lets start a solution oriented conversation and fight the negative aspects of the kickback culture.

 

HARRY KALABA RESIGNS

Yesterday Harry Kalaba just announced his resignation from his position as Foreign Affairs Minister. Days after Lucky Mulusa was fired for questionable reasons. Wow! I am at a loss for words because of the courage and the sacrifice he has displayed. I remember once reading about about how the late Levy Mwanawasa and a few other ministers once did the same thing as a way of standing up to the corruption that was going on in MMD. The question ‘Are there any politicians cut from that kind of cloth extinct?’ always plagued my mind since. I was pleased that Harry Kalaba was able to stand up and relinquish all that came with his previous position because he cares and more importantly he wont turn a blind eye only to keep benefiting himself.

I will be honest, I had my misgivings about Harry Kalaba. However after this, I have prima facie new found respect and admiration for Mr Harry Kalaba. Though he is yet to specifically name and give evidence of the corruption he is alleging,Harry Kalaba is an example other people uncomfortable with the corruption they see around them can look up to.I am eager to see what he does next for the Zambian people and what happens for him in the next election.

Below is the post he put up on his Facebook page regarding his resignation.

‘I HAVE RESIGNED

There comes a time in a person’s life when it becomes necessary to die to self for the good of others and if not for that reason, at least to stand for one’s cherished ideals and values. I have just dropped my resignation letter as Foreign Affairs Minister with President Edgar Lungu – a position I have cherished and held for over 4 years. I have taken my decision to resign as Foreign Affairs Minister with a heavy heart but quite succinctly with a clear and resolved mind. I have no shed of doubt that this was a necessary undertaking and an unavoidable one looking at the path our country has taken – a path of insatiable greed and shame which is clearly unacceptable and unsuitable.

My fundamental belief is that my allegiance should not be with a position, Party or Person but it must be with the country and its people. My conscious and everything I am have directed me to choose the country over my individual comfort. To some, this may appear like an act of defiance, yet to those close to me, to those who have watched me wreath in perpetual pain and mourn over my country, this may more or less be a relief because I have finally found peace in my mind and heart even in the face of losing the comfort that the position of Minister brings to give both expression and action to what I believe in. In any case, I accepted this appointment in the first place as a gesture and avenue to serve my Country but when that becomes difficult due to incongruence of values and objectives, there could only be one outcome. This outcome is what I am repeatedly convicted of by my own conscious especially at night when I go to bed to face my own brokenness.

We cannot proceed to manage national affairs with cold indifference when the levels of corruption are swelling and being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution. Our youths are wallowing in poverty without a clear plan for them while business preferences and opportunities are always tilted in favour of outsiders, reducing Zambians to mere spectators in the economic affairs of the State. This cannot be allowed to continue. We need to go back to the original agenda of our Party the PF, where the poor and not the corporates must be at the centre of all our decisions. It would appear that the poor Zambians have ceased to be the reason we are holding power. Materialism and the propensity for money has taken over and is arrogantly at the centre of many decisions being made today.

What I wish most for the youths of Zambia is opportunity and success. All I desire is for each and every Zambian to make their own success story – the story they deserve, one that allows them to raise their heads high in a country where effort, work, planning and selflessness will become the hallmark of our people.

I have elected to join the many sidelined Zambians by remaining as an ordinary Member of Parliament representing the gallant people of Bahati. Some will call it politics and yet some will call it sacrifice. Whichever way you choose to look at my action, one thing is certain, I can no longer be a silent listener to the whispers of greed and indifference making rounds in the corridors of power. Contrary to what a number of my colleagues claim, I believe that the failure of the Zambian political and economic management does not lie in the individualistic nature of a lot of our politicians, but it is the result of oppressing this individualism to a level where there is consistent effort to suppress individualistic dynamism in preference for collective carelessness and indifference.
When people begin to feel overwhelmed by fear for speaking the truth, it is time to realize that critical fundamentals have shifted. We all have a role to play in making things right. This is my little contribution – Zambia is our Country, we need and must reclaim it Back.’

The resignation post above is potent with patriotism and conviction, many portions of it are quote worthy. Many among us are appalled with the the way the country is being run with many scandals over the past months that imply corrupt conduct. these are things that have been spoken about in hush tones or not even spoken about at all particularly by those in civic and governance related positions. What Harry Kalaba has done is not an easy thing. James A. Garfield said, ‘A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil. ‘

Life in a post Dununa Reverse Zambia

Elections have come and gone and like with all elections we have some pleased and others unhappy about the outcome. We have even more unhappy not just because UPND did not win but also because of the unruly behaviour of the PF and it supporters.  I was unfortunate enough to witness the swarms of people that trooped out in jubilation when the results were announced both in person and on social media.

Elections like a juicer have a funny way of bringing out the inner most being of a person. These elections have revealed many people’s moral and mental content .We have seen the moral and mental content of many Zambians put out on display. Sadly, this litmus test has shown most are not of high quality content. 

The elections highlighted how the Zambian society has been morally degraded. It was appalling to see women cheapen themselves dancing carelessly like a woman of the night dancing for a drink in a bar. All for what? I always thought Zambian women over did it when it came to maintaining a high code of conduct when I was growing up. Now i miss those days when the moral fibre in women was strong and not like the cheap knock offs China floods Kamwala with.

Then we have the men, who are supposed to be the protector of society. Who have become audacious enough to strip women because of the regalia they choose to wear. Even more saddening I heard a story about a man that was brutally beaten for protecting his 5 year old daughter from being raped by men during the PF election victory celebration.Really?

The post Dununa Reverse society has planted seeds of tribalism in Zambians.  With the young shouting chants like ‘A Tonga will never rule this country ‘ and ‘Abantu ku town ngombe ku munzi’ directly translated as people in urban areas cows are meant to be in rural areas.It fills me with sadness to hear those chants being proclaimed by young children who have insidiously been taught to think that way by the older society.

 Worse still the reports of people in southern province attacking non Tonga speaking people under the premise that they did not vote for Hakainde Hichilima. 

The seeds planted during the PF vs UPND era will sprout fourth thorns that will be felt for years to come if it is not curbed now. HH has to address his fellow tribesmen with the directive to call off the nonsense. 

The current situation contains the perfect ingredients to cook up a civil war or genocide. Neither Edgar Lungu nor Hakainde Hichilima are worth the repercussions that come with inciting hatred against your fellow country man.

The more enlightened and progressive a society is the more inclusive it is, the less segregation there is. We are retarding our progression by selection drawn by tribal lines.

Truth is Zambian tribes have a rich culture. All tribes have some stuff others would cringe at. There is also some stuff we could learn from each other Tongas for example are known for being overly frugal aka ‘akaso’. We need more akaso where our public spending is concerned.Tongas are also renowned for the animal husbandry skills. Zambia has lots of growth potential in the agricultural sector. 

We need to move past the tribalism planted in us during the Dununa Reverse era of politics so we can get on to discovering what is great in all the Zambian tribes and applying it to all areas of the country.

Disarray is brewing in an already confusion laden nation. Drop by drop day by day we continue to drown in debt that leaves pockets in a state of drought.

We don’t even have an official president because the results are being petitioned due to strong rumours of electoral malpractice.  

The post Dununa Reverse society has had a dumbing effect on the media. The post was shut down first. More recently Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Itezhi-thezhi Radio. The Independent Broadcasting Authority(IBA) cited the content as the reason. IBA claims the content shown by the closed media houses are spreading wrong information. I find it unfair that IBA has not shut down ZNBC for spreading propaganda and content that inspires retardation in the viewers. ZNBC news is a reality show of what the PF is doing right and what wrong is being done against it.

The ruling party has always used the national broadcaster to their advantage. Zambians in 2011 hoped it would be different under the PF. Sadly they continue to usher us closer to communist style media censorship.

I do not like what reality looks like in a post Dununa Reverse society. I wish we could reverse things to what they were in MMD times under Mwanawasa or even Rupiah Banda. Can we Kolopa(mop) this nonsense from our country where Donchi Kubeba means let’s censor the media and not tell the tax payers the truth for example like how much money is being borrowed.

I really cannot wait to be over and done with hurricane Dununa.

country policy

With the election date drawing near and my increasing distaste in both the Patriotic Front(PF) and United Party National Developement (UPND). I can’t help but mourn our lack of a set in stone country policy.

A country like Zambia that has a number as high as 80% plus living below the poverty line. A country that is resource rich but grossly mismanaged.  A country that elects presidential candidates based on how great their campaigns songs are or how many chitenges or t shirts one receives or doesn’t elect them because of propaganda like ‘We cannot continue experimenting with leadership’.

Neither the PF nor the UPND have me convinced that they have the best interests of the country at heart. This close to the election and I still cannot decipher who is the lesser evil.

Zambia would be in a much better position right now if we had a set in stone country policy that every political party that comes into power would have to adhere to. A policy that dictates where the long term and short term investments ought to go. What aid we will receive what we will not allow. What we stand for, the type of allies we will not have. What type of loans we will take and for what purposes etc.

A country like Zambia needs to heavily invest in our education system. It leaves much to be desired.  We need to grow industries like the agriculture industry. We could be the bread basket of southern Africa. Or even beyond that. We need to begin to reap more from the people who claim to be investing in our country.

Our political system is still in its infancy,less politely more blatantly it’s suffering from downs syndrome. Till we emerge from our poor politics and there after, the long term interests of the nation have to be protected.  It bothers me how our national policy changes with every change of government. It’s being used as a campaign point even ‘don’t vote us out because we have to finish our plans’ plans that are not weighed against their long term contribution to development. Those factors are less important than it’s contribution to a party’s chances of re election.

It really is our responsibility as the youth to demand a national policy. We have to live with the poor decisions our aging leaders are making.

AFRICA AND OUR SHARING VALUES: Balancing the scales through Sharing

It is slightly ironic that many leaders who are major Pan-Africanism advocates wind up dead. It seems it is a topic one must speak about in hushed tones, like slaves planning their escape from their masters that won’t let them go long after slavery has been abolished.

The theories of development we are forced to implement were not written by Africans. They are a prescription of non-Africans who have no understanding of the African disease but think they do because it matches symptoms they have seen before. Only Africans know what Africans need. If we all took the time to put our heads together, we would be well on our way to being developed. Then again there is another problem, the definition of development. As Africans we have more often than not confused shiny new technology and modern infrastructure developement as development. Can you say you’re developing when there is an improvement in your infrastructure but not in the mind-set of the majority?

The scramble for Africa 2.0 is on, with large portions of our land and economic sectors being acquired by countries beyond the borders of the continent. The have scrambled our attention and focus from what they are actually doing by dangling shiny objects in front of us to distract us till they are done. If we are daring enough to open our eyes some of the distractions are not always in the form of shiny objects, sometimes its civil war. The conspiracy theorist in me says even diseases like Ebola which come and cause commotion and leave like they never were. Aid and research programmes. The scramble for Africa, though we may have not been there to witness it before, is a case of Déjà vu.

Once one of the greatest civilisations but sadly now one of the least developed at present. The Dark Continent as it is called ‘Hope you’ve got your torches on as you enter the Dark Continent, the riches land but the home of the poorest’. (That line slipped in from the song I was listening to, Track 10 on Mag44’s Brave Only Album). What is most disturbing thing about this is we have everything required to be as developed if not more developed than the ‘west’, everything but the mind-set. Our finest manpower and resources built and flourished the west. Many of Africa’s greatest innovators most likely died on slave ships. The ones that survived were forced to use their physical strength and subdue their mental prowess. Those that were left behind were colonised. Very few of them contributed to the enlightenment of the Dark Continent.

‘Tiyende Pamodzi Namutima umo’ a phrase popularised by Kenneth Kaunda, celebrated Father of the Zambian nation. Literally translated let us walk together with one heart/ a unified hear. A song we all sing in one voice till the call to action makes us scamper off into different directions. How many of us are actually willing to take it upon ourselves to ensure our continent and individual nations will flourish and progress? How many of us will stop being put off our good efforts by people that have aims contrary to yours? How many of us are tired of the economic slavery our African brothers and sisters are under?

The African culture is a culture of sharing. Most will attest to having this instilled in them, or at least seeing it around as they grew up. Zambian culture for example entails that if you are going to eat in the presence of others you have to share your meal. Or at least offer and hope the offer is not accepted. If one is hell bent on not sharing, the food must not be consumed in the presence of the other party/parties. This part of our local etiquette is fast dying. It has been replaced with selfishness and the realisation that one does not always need to share because everyone must work hard for his own.

A lack of a sharing attitude has infiltrated many parts of our societies. It is seen in schools when pupils and students don’t want to share knowledge with others in order to ensure higher grades than others. Or for them to shine beyond others. It is seen with our political class, who lace their pockets with public funds to ensure they and their families have the best the world has to offer. They ensure they can afford to give their children a world class education. Improving our local education system to a world class standard. It is evident in our churches where you see church leaders want to live a better lifestyle and use the church’s resources for that purpose rather than share with the poorest member of the church. You see it on our road’s when traffic builds up because someone is trying to turn and rather than give them way, some motorists are much too eager to get to their destinations.

When did we lose our sharing attitude? Was it when our sense of community begun to die? When we did we first decide we would not share our lives together? Living in a close knit community has many disadvantages. One of the ones that irk me the most is the gossip. I cannot stand how people always want to be in sections of people’s lives they should not be in. However, even I would not choose an isolated life over community. A close knit community has more advantages. People share. The adage goes ‘a problem shared is half solved’. Of we decided to share the poverty around us it would be half solved. Do we need the international community to come and help us share our poverty? We have enough resources among us to solve our problems if we all decided to stop hoarding.

We are fast approaching our elections. How much of their wealth and resources have our prospective leaders shared with the community? More importantly, how much would they share if they were not running for office? Has anyone of us taken time to analyse Chawama constituency, how much did President Lungu share with them as an MP, as president. How much has he shared with his family? Look at Mr Hichilema, it no secret to the public how wealthy he is, what charities does he support. More importantly what charities did he support before became president of UPND. How much does he help his family? A leader that does not have an attitude of sharing will not benefit the nation.

The biblical principle of ‘Love thy neighbour as you love yourself’ also implies sharing. If both you and your neighbour were hungry and there was only one lump of Nshima between you both, would you eat it or share the little you have with them? Do we share our advantages with the disadvantaged or do we let it be a pedestal for us to tower over them? When you come across someone with a weakness, do you help them part from the weakness or do you put them down for it? How much you’re willing to share, shows how much you care. How much do you care for your country? For your continent? How much are you willing to share with them? Are you willing to share he burdens? The burdens of the illiterate that can’t read this or anything else that will open their mind? Those that cast their vote based on the picture printed on the chitenge they received? Or the buyer of the alcohol that has diminished their teaspoonful of reasoning?

Or will you not be bothered at all because you do not share their fate, the results of their poor judgment, because no matter how bad the economy or state of affairs get, your social class is protected one way or another? If you just answered yes to that, there is always a consequence to not sharing with those less fortunate over a period of time. It is called a revolution. As sure as the sun rises after hours of absence, so does the lower class rise against those above them. Sharing is caring. Let us care for our land. Please care.

GBM is the UPND running mate

The politics in this country(or in any country in the world really) can give someone High blood pressure. The turn of events have me contemplating the sacreligious electoral sin; voter apathy, like a female considering becoming a nun for the wrong reason. ie heartbreak and now feels no man is worth her love. I’m still trying to get over HH’s choice. I’d like to sit down with him and ask the question, Why GBM?

Is it political gimmick? A way to ensure he wins the northern region? Is it to ensure his financial muscle is a part of the UPND Forward express? Is he a man he sees worth of being his running mate if the UPND managed to form government?
I do not think very highly of GBM based on his conduct when he was part of the Patriotic Front and thereafter. In addition, he allegedly beat his wife which he was quoted saying is a sign of love. Then there is how he alleged slapped a vendor in the market in kitwe some weeks back. In addition i’m still trying to get over how it was rumoured the he didn’t have a grade 12 certificate to miraculously getting one and a masters degree also? A Major Papa Bishop prayed for one maybe?lol This makes me question the credibility of a man that makes the choice to partner with such a man. At face value HH is a good candidate. Anyone who is unbias and takes the time to hear him speak will see the great education he has had. In addition he has an impressive CV and his business achievements are awe inspiring. Does that mean he would make a good leader though? Is that the reason we should give him our country to run?
Anyway, this choice has deeply disappointed me, as someone who could have potentially given my vote to UPND. The act has made me question. In what way is UPND different or better than what PF is offering? How familiar this all is makes my stomach churn. In 2011, Zambians were so desparate for change, that we didn’t count the cost of change. They did not think about how change isn’t always a good thing, and alas look at where we are today. Under the leadership of the government that boasts its road network as its greatest achievement, ‘sonta eko wa bomba’ so that the general public doesn’t ‘sonta epo ba toba’. In retrospect, PF has performed in the way I expected them to from the time the were able to get the majority of the opposition in 2011. I didn’t expect much of them honestly. They went left right and center promising the nation things. But very few bothered to ask why and most importantly how? because that is what we all wanted to hear. Here we are a few years later, have we really learned from our bad decisions? There is bad political violence. The PF cadres are behaving like the Gestapo under Hitler
I would pick Rupiah’s MMD led government anyday over the PF led government. I never thought I would say this, but I’m a strong believer in ‘The devil you know over the angel you dont’ I shudder at the thought of a government led by an embittered HH and GBM. Furthermore their clandestine agenda for wanting power is even more frightening. They neither reflect compassion mor an attitude of servant hearted leadership(In my view),I feel a President needs those traits non negotiably. 

 A conversation with a friend inspired this blogpost. He was disappointed with me saying ‘Maybe I should just give Nawakwi my vote because Chipimo is not standing’ He like many others felt it is a wasted vote. And he is right. Picking anyone other than the two is a wasted vote . Particularly because of the 50+1 clause. Im feeling claustrophobic from the confinement. I’m in between a rock and a hard place. Must I jump from the frying pan into the fire or is there another option? My questions resounds into an echo.

A piece of my mind: 1

Written on 29/06/2015

Barely 10 years post MMD rule and the country is upside down. Before I proceed to lay out my grievances; I’d like to state boldly before my authority is questioned or my freedom of speech is infringed with the misconstrued mask of ‘public order’ Act. As a part of the generation that will have to pick up the pieces of what is being torn apart. One of the people tallied to make up the population that will actually have to repay the debt that is being incurred. As a lone voice I have chosen to speak up and speak out against the impediments that are being forced on us as future leaders.

The PF came into power under Michael Sata whose slogan ‘MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKETS’ still remains to be seen. No money was put into our pockets neither is there an economy being pushed into the direction that people can easily earn money for their pockets. The reality today is there no money in our pockets. The forecast for tomorrow is that there will be a negative balance in our pockets because our country is going into serious levels of debt. We’re being pushed back and beyond the point we were at when were pardoned under HIPC. Why must we return to the dirt?

CBU students are rioting because they are not being taught. Why? Because their lecturers have not been paid. A social media platform aired the grievance of a CBU student who complained bitterly about the hike in graduation prices. A few weeks ago UNZA students were being evicted from their makeshift accommodation in disused showers during their exams because of a lack of accommodation. If you asked me for a country that is threatened more by ignorance and poor education standards. Why on earth was a loan obtained discreetly in Asia for the purpose of sprucing up Zambia’s defence? I have to pay that debt back in a few years; I don’t want to pay back money that doesn’t truly benefit us at the opportunity cost of an ailing education system!

Load shedding again! A daily routine for a minimum of 8 hours a day. What is happening to people in hospitals, children in schools and the progression of the economy as a whole if we are being forced to be subjected to being without electricity like our forefathers? It is unacceptable that 50 years after independence we should still be dealing with this. With no proper excuse being given to us. Why does ZESCO still export electricity if they can’t sustain the demand inside their country? They exist to provide electricity. Oh silly me, I forgot my contract law. There are existing contracts in place and their obligations continue. What about the rumoured contract they entered into with Mozambique right before load shedding begun? Were they unaware of the low water levels and decrease in the amount of rainfall before they chose to strain the supply by adding more demand? My mind is inclined to think that there is some sort of conspiracy going on, and I highly doubt I’m being over imaginative. We have the capability to produce enough electricity for ourselves and still have some to export to our neighbours. Why should we as Zambians allow for this to happen? Why must we be content with our ration of electricity with no valid reason apart from they are trying to ‘stabilise the system’? What destabilised the system to begin with? Will we get an answer past the official answer? Why is there always a change of leadership in ZESCO when there is a new government in power but no change in the standards?

A couple of months ago we were subjected to fuel prices that there higher than they should have been ,long after the international oil prices had dropped. Only for the PF to reduce the prices so they could use it as a political medal? What did they doing with the price difference of the price it should have been and the price it actually was? When the prices go down the headlines praise the PF for their achievements. When the prices go up the blame is neatly pinned on ERB. We still haven’t been given a reason for the fuel shortages we had several weeks ago.

A few weeks ago I sat in the audience of a press conference in which Elias Chipimo Jr implored President Lungu to give us a map of where his vision was taking this country as whole. We still await it, in growing impatience for us to be let in on this vision. For us to know that the events are pieces of a puzzle falling into place not the shreds of our country being torn apart. Democracy is simply defined as ‘A government, by the people, of the people, for the people’ Hello, I am the people. I do not feel like I’m being represented. I feel the resources are not being allocated. I do not feel my rights are being safeguarded neither do I feel confident in the wellbeing of my country.

Why is it permissible that a former first lady will be allowed to incur a bill of over a million kwacha while university lecturers go unpaid? How is that fair and who permitted for that to happen? Now that there has been noise made about it?

Why are party cadres from the political party in power shooting opposition members? A member from the same political party that grieved the loss of a brutally killed member? Why are cadres given so much authority? Is it that they have spiralled out of control, are their leaders turning a blind eye or are they acting under the directive of their leaders?

A constitution was promised within 90 days by people that don’t understand what that really entailed how much time has passed, how much of our little resources have been wasted in trying to produce the constitution? we need to break the trend we have had of people enacting laws to suit and support their selfish ambitions.

And now 2 men want to submit a petition to not have elections next year? Why must PF be given a full 5 year term when we have been shown what the next few years will be like? it is about time we stopped being sparing with our reasoning. As an electorate we haven’t stopped making the same mistakes. we keep voting in the leaders that stroke our ears with promises that they never fulfil only for them to come and pull the comfort from under our feet and make holes in our pockets. when will we have enough? We incur so much debt with little improvement. have you ever stopped to think about why countries and organisations are so eager to ply us with loans till we are drowning in debt? do you think they do it because they are kind or they are being father Christmas? it is not only the debt we have to struggle to pay back but their debt always comes with conditions attached. conditions we will never be let in on as the public but we will have to suffer. let us open our eyes to our ugly reality, only then will we begin to look for ways out of it.

Many people go into power from either hunger or from greed and till we put an end to that trend we will continue to choke our beloved Zambia. Look for someone who goes into politics with their head and most of all their heart. Zambia is a country blessed with so many resources but sadly we are struck with the curse of mismanagement of our resources. A loop the international community has relished and exploited.

Let us read between the lines and start asking the right questions.