On 2nd May 2011 Osama Bin Laden was killed by the United States SEAL Team six. The following day, some people were calling in on press TV claiming Bin Laden was not dead because he cannot be killed.
The journalist hosting the program was greatly taken aback, he asked: “if Obama could hold a press conference to confirm it to world, if Bin Laden’s relatives could hold a funeral, if those in the neighbourhood saw one of the planes that had crashed during the operation, and his wives had confirmed his death. Who are you to doubt that news and continue believing a lie in the light of so much evidence?”
Such was the scenario I faced when I was researching to find the gravity the trending social media propaganda on China – Zambia economic cooperation on an average adult’s mind-set.
The research was informally conducted in Kalulushi by myself. The basic question I was asking was: Is the government truly handing over national assets like ZESCO to the Chinese Communist Government?
Of the sets I asked, on average 7 of every ten people said yes (70%), two were not sure on what to believe claiming they would rather say no (20%) and 1 was ignorant of the rumours (10%).
Of those that said yes, the secondary question was: what is your stance on the statements given by some Government officials and other independent persons? The whole hundred percent said the government was not being truthful with the Zambian people on this issue.
Now, the response from over 70% of adults in my community on this matter begged the noble question: why wouldn’t a well-meaning and patriotic Zambian believe their leaders on such a fragile matter in which it is not so possible to lie?
Check. The minister of energy, the minister of information and broadcasting, the minister of finance, the World Bank, not to mention the President plus many other independent reliable sources have beautifully clarified on this matter and they have dismissed all such rumours as not only fallacious but economically detrimental on the international economic stage.
And yet most people still cannot believe them, why?
Answer: the propagandists and romantic populists especially the local ones are not being patriotic and nationalistic enough to genuinely tell the people that such matters demand a separation of economics from politics for the betterment of our economy.
The intrusion of politics into the field of economics at all times is simply an evidence of ignorance and arrogance of no little magnitude.
Note: the greatest danger in championing such falsehoods is the fact that investor confidence dwindles leading to decreased investment which leads to increased unemployment levels and eventually affecting economic growth negatively.
Not to mention how the Kwacha is losing grip when compared to other international currencies.
Tip: you as a genuine and enlightened Zambian who wants to see economic growth and development in this land must take it upon yourself to sensitize our fellow citizens on what really is the case by setting aside politics for the sake of saving our own Zambian economy.
If all noble Zambians do their part, economic sustainability shall be upheld and posterity shall appreciate how we fought against Western propaganda that was meant at crippling our economic productiveness.
God bless you and God bless mother Zambia
By CHISHALA MWAMBA
#THE PATRIOTIC KALULUSHI BASED AFRO-OPTIMIST.