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FROM THE MAILBAG: Citizens’ View China-Zambia Relations

CAN THE GOVERNMENT BE TRUSTED?

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.

56 Comments

  1. hasty

    Comment A research!,the govt has never bn transparent on many issues…Mikula,land selling,type of Chinese investors,City mkt , real debt the govt has and many more. No allowances like leave since 2012 for civil servants.Shum of the govt.

    • Tom London

      Chishala mwamba you are the only learned fool in Zambia . your research was that of a narrow minded fool on pf ” s payroll . your article stinks to tell you the fact .
      The issue of Osama bin ladin is completely parallel to what’s happening here in Zambia .in Zambia today we have a pf government which is hugely corrupt from top to bottom and the Chinese Avic international has completely arm twisted the entire pf leadership and your eyes can’t see . The whole country is now being controlled by the pf cadres .
      Good governance has totally collapsed . The Euro bond and the Zambian dedt to China is making the pf governmant to panic .
      And you are trying to justify all this through your article .

  2. Bk

    My Brother the people who are busy spreading falsehood are chaps who desperate to get into State House by all means even shedding blood. They are Enemies. of Progresses.Some of them are people who you already Know the Likes of Hunter Hunter They sold ZCCM in a queer way and they are claiming to be the Richest Shame They are using same agents like the Anglo American to fight our economy. We are a faith Nation We are getting to Prayer God will fight on our behalf.

  3. Ray Mulowa

    my fellow country men and women the answer is HH and upnd only we told you in 2016 now you’re seening the Pf government.

    • Dr. Zimba Emmanuel.

      Stop deceving your self. PF came to stay. You will die with your biterness.

    • its jayoffset

      this relationship with China is going to cause Kayo’s at some time let’s dununa fuel while we wait for the Kayo’s

  4. nathan

    Foolish pipo cant see wht is ahead of them instead they choose to be ignorant ba imbwa imwe idiots we are lossing our country to china

  5. Hez

    Don’t lie to Zambians, you mean even those Chinese killing workers it’s lie and mukula it’s lie maize scandal it’s lie lastly you stole donors money whom are you cheating you Poor Fellas?

  6. Remnant

    This is truth zesco is already gone as Lusaka International now it’s even I don’t know because namuma komboni you will here;This land is for the Chinese ish shame to the blind government and I know they are denying like they did to znbc. Nomba ubufi

  7. Remnant

    This is truth zesco is already gone as Lusaka International now it’s even I don’t know because namuma komboni you will here;This land is for the Chinese ish shame to the blind government and I know they are denying like they did to znbc. Nomba ubufi bwenu bukamibwelela there’s no government has been there forever even mmd

  8. Remnant

    This is truth zesco is already gone as Lusaka International now it’s even I don’t know because namuma komboni you will here;This land is for the Chinese ish shame to the blind government and I know they are denying like they did to znbc. Nomba ubufi bwenu bukamibwelela there’s no government has been there forever even mmd who stayed for 20years they were and they were found with cases to answer and is it today. Wait and see we are not sleeping and we also listen to all the world news. Anyway we are waiting tukala loleshakofye enjoy your more money in your

  9. Remnant

    This is truth zesco is already gone as Lusaka International now it’s even I don’t know because namuma komboni you will here;This land is for the Chinese ish shame to the blind government and I know they are denying like they did to znbc. Nomba ubufi bwenu bukamibwelela there’s no government has been there forever even mmd who stayed for 20years they were and they were found with cases to answer and is it today. Wait and see we are not sleeping and we also listen to all the world news. Anyway we are waiting tukala loleshakofye enjoy your more money in your pockets for this time.

  10. blues

    The govt has never been transparent on many issues in the past and now. Our leaders are so insensitive to woes of the mere citizen except their needs. An example could as we get into 2019 money will available to pay themselves mid-term gratuity, but the common worker, ordinary citizens and the answer will be austerity measures.

  11. blues

    The govt has never been transparent on many issues in the past and now. Our leaders are so insensitive to woes of the mere citizen except their needs. An example could as we get into 2019 money will available to pay themselves mid-term gratuity, but the common worker, ordinary citizens and the like the answer will be austerity measures.

  12. Moses

    Economy of any country improves when its citizens are able to improve their skills to a level suitable for international competition. Most of the Zambians are skilful in many fields but, a bigger part of them don’t practice. Let us improve our skills competitively and sell them to other countries. By doing this, more dollars will be attracted to improve our economy. If we don’t, we’ll complain and nothing will change until Jesus Christ comes.

  13. Dr Fonicks

    truly, our govt has shown

  14. clamma cykjack

    ba bk a dog has more knowledge than you because it barks when an enemy comes toward it.is there anything to mention about hh?you even know & see that this government has no direction.this is a colonial regime of governance,people have tasted poverty under this government & then you are giving rubbish statement, shaa!

  15. Dr. Zimba Emmanuel.

    Government cannot feed you. You need to sweat for your self. Even the Bible says so.

  16. Dr Fonicks

    truly our govt has shown it’s legacy of peddling lies. in some circles, rumors have shown that, mostly the Chinese are trying to complete projects which are income generating ventures. toll gate collections are also a source of worry. The initial plan was to pay for servicing the roads which are in deplorable conditions. what is being said is that these collections are used for paying back the chinese for the money owed. the issue of zesco is straight forward. Zesco is an income generating utility which makes it a vital target for thr seemingly take over. we can not even be fooled. some projects have stalled because they non income generating ventures. Let us not be turned into illiterate people. some of these illegal deals don’t need technocrats. wake up Zambians. our own people have taken advantage of us being a peaceful nation. bembas say “ubushiku usheme ne cimbala ciloca” literally meaning that ” on your unlucky day, even cold or yesterdays nshima can burn you”. Let us be careful when handling national matters.

    • mr life

      After the death of king cobra original pf is gone with king cobra and we remain with fake pf because if the goverment continue selling property of the country things will be worse .

  17. mr life

    Please guys issue of selling properties of country is not about stories its true come at kalikiliki near maplot where the old tunnel of state house ends there have aready sold to inverstor is building gas plant sure mother zambia we are ruled as slaves because of money.

  18. Mr. K

    Is China in Zambia only why other African countries where China has huge investments than Zambia not taken over by China? There is cartel imfluenced by some donors because they know Zambians are are fools can easily b cheated by their propaganda this happened in 1991 where the instructed gvt privatise companied and where are we now only hakainde benefited the want to use the same boy to destabilize the country we are ready

    • Wiseman Alfred n

      The bible say in the book of mathew 5vs 9 it says happy are those who work to bring peace and God will call them is son’s and daughters.
      So these is not the time to start fighting but it is time to pray about our land (the gospel of Jesus international ministries with prophet Alfred n Luke 4vs18)be blessed as you are praying for these land………………..watch out 2023 it will be the establishment of the ministry were these land will be at peace. ………remember God does nothing than revealing is secrets to his servants who are the prophets. my eyes are open and let the will of God to be done

      May God bless you all and our land Zambia

  19. Ik

    God said I will bless the works of your hand, no sweat no sweet Zambians let’s work had and build our country.

  20. kelvin w.L

    I hope things can change…like makarts ,,schools ,,,clinics,,,hospitals and vital things is increase pipos salaries including security gurds

    • steadwape

      after that fuckin minimum wage most of us have lost jobs to decongest workers…is that being fair? their children are abroad us starving… GOD will judge

  21. Bruno mars the moonshine jungle master

    Shame to our country zambia.

  22. One zed

    My question is why not believe your own leader’s? Why not believing so much in truth? But believe too much on propaganda? Why hate your country and leadership this much? That every lie you are told is believed and dimmed true? Why be so negative about you only country? That you want it go down on it’s knees and see millions of jobs lost? And investors leave? Why see to it that your kwacha become useless? Who is pushing for this and to what gain? Who are these unpatrotic Zambians who want this country to go down? These are questions a responsible Zambian should ask himself. There is too much hate speech and we must be very very careful,measures should be taken and such unpatrotic Zambians must be known,if possible enforce a low to know such people and be brought forward to answer for there deeds.it make me bleed inside every day I read negativity published on my country and others celebrate and even insult.this is not the spirit of the one Zambia one nation Moto founded by our great father of the nation Dr Kenneth David kaunda.The question is where have we gone wrong? We need to revisit our political history and we may find an answer.

    • shaka

      The problem according to my observation is tha only a few individuals

      • shaka

        The problem according to my opinion is that since its independence Zambia has benefited same families, same individuals especially politicians while majority zambians are languishing in poverty!The person who has some connections to the minister or any high profile government worker will easly find employment!Even if you better qualifications than him or her.This is what is on the neck of many zambians!some parastatal componies are going down others have not been paid for months :Is this one zambia one Nation?

  23. Muumpa Litete

    Sense gotten my brother.

  24. kambikambi

    there is an atom of truth in every rumour ladies and gentlemen. Moreover they say ‘truth hurts’,a little bird tells me things are not normal. Ignorance has invaded my beloved country,they see but are blind . people there is no smoke without fire.

  25. Zebron Chivunga

    Bring evidence. You will die with your bitterness. You are jealousy. Leadership is from God. Donor money was not stolen, it was misapplied. He sold zccm and claims to be richest. We are in power. We are a pro poor gvt. Lower taxes and more money in your pocket. Sonta apo wabombele. Sela tubombeko. He will never rule Zambia. He has lost five times. Powered by ECL. Distractors. Day of national prayers and reconciliation, avic international, slim fit. mukula tree. our friendship with China. Link Zambia. Bottom road. Dundumwezi. Tribalism. Voting pattern. Fire tender. Gutted market. Free wi-fi. Social cash transfer. Donor money. Satanist.

    • Alfred AFULOTO

      Don’t be a foolish HH had no power over Zambia and him been richest is not because zccm but take a look at Lungu where has he gotten his money to be the second so think before posting pf worst gvnt ever wish you the best

  26. NDOLOLA RENNOX

    We don’t blame them! Its only that we are concerned if true, because our friends or workers under Zesco and our economy may be disadvantaged. Mother Zambia don’t you worry out there, it shall be well. Its only the right time waited and all Mother Zambia will smile with joy all over our faces. Every leadership has its own way of ruling and doing things. God has already provided us a leader with full of his wisdom to rule and take this country to the otherside of the tree. Keep cool!

  27. bkb

    at this time we can’t do anything because we have no voices in our mouth you know what I mean, but time wll come,

  28. Ama klae

    Let’s see where it all goes.. God save our souls

  29. Akaleza

    Ba mwamba sure

  30. Jay Sean

    Mwaalya manyoko, that’s what he was saying in 2016.

  31. EPHRAIM Mulenga

    ALL IS REVEALED NOW. The Copperbelt University (CBU) is to be handed over to the Chinese Government soon .Show grounds is already gone, Lusaka international airport gone too, Zesco gone, e.t.c
    What! a shame to the current government, Zambia has.

    SOTENI TUMONE KAILI.

  32. EPHRAIMS EPHRAIMS

    ALL IS REVEALED NOW. The Copperbelt University (CBU) is to be handed over to the Chinese Government soon .Show grounds is already gone, Lusaka international airport gone too, Zesco gone, e.t.c
    What! a shame to the current government, Zambia has.

    SOTENI TUMONE KAILI.

  33. richard

    kkkkk zambianz

  34. never mind

    2021 it will be sonta epo washitisha not sonta epo wabomba.

  35. steadwape

    some topics are sensitive to some of us… buh the realistic is on the Chinese scandals of not fearing the government. they insult workers and says your government owes us too much money….. anyway only the devils and them knows the truth

  36. justice

    Come on zambians
    Let’s not be blindfolded by this so called Chinese people who have come to steal in our country in the name of investments
    And foolish development.
    I wonder why our government can’t see that these people have
    Come with bad motives!
    I agree with you, it’s
    Clearly vindicated that our own ggovernment has not been transparency
    They tend to do things secretly without our knowledge! If we are not alert our own zesco will be sold to these
    So called Chinese peop!!
    And even other national assets •
    I will like to just urge the youths
    And
    The people at large not to
    Just seat home and complain
    “Let us stand up and protest over it•”
    Let’s work together and tell this so called govt officials
    What is suppose to be done because if we won’t act fast these people will continue
    Enriching themselves!!!!!!!!

    • Advocate

      Zambians put your fake Christianity aside,its the first thing brought to you so that your eyes could be open but not see.stand up and serve your country before its too late.you are being sold,soon all your children will be slaves with no land,no jobs. Christian nation,national worship day, to make you think your government is of good cause,but look around you.just take s minute and see how people have stolen from this country.people please stop sleeping.stop to be cheated Jesus Christ.

  37. Alfred AFULOTO

    Fellow zambians we should learn from our mistake coz Lungu respect only foreigners not zambians take a look maiko Zulu arrarrested for a lone protest and Lungu is not developing but puts zambia into problems ,anything made in China is fake beware.

  38. The dee

    We are being hit and fucked by rubbish now! Even what the granny used to say as history is hitting us now. Some parts of Zambia they are experiencing so called roadsheding. Attack my comment I hit you hard with gravitation!

  39. kaya

    I wonder how a theif can tell the truth. the chinese government are taking minerals from Zambia and you expect them to tell you what they are stealing.

  40. Kelvin

    Kabolala nipakuboko it is really difficult to deal with such matters cause even when you know for sure that they are stealing one can not justify in the court of law unless one has the evidence.lets just wait for 2021 Zambia is not sleeping

  41. DE prince

    My people will parish because of luck of knowledge

  42. Whip

    Someone somewhere is succeeding in sowing seeds of xenophobia and they must be weeded fast, like. Common sense which ain’t common should make you know that the leaders in government have relatives for whose welfare they are more concerned than he who wants the presidency at all cost. Blind followers beware of bitterness, it’s like a fisherman’s hook which if mishandled will gravely harm him.

  43. Bruce

    Zambians indeed dormant no wonder chaina has come to take this country it’s clear from your comments.Trump knows no wonder he does not need chainese in America

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