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.