Opinion

2019 Should be Zambia’s Watershed Year

2019 is firmly upon us, after having had a tumultuous 2018 that left many unsolved political questions. We welcome 2019 and hope that it becomes the year that Zambia breaks new ground. But our beautiful country still suffers from a post August 2016 election hangover, even if it now two years after that bitterly contested election. Political parties are still bickering about who won the August 2016 general elections. Even those that won the elections still remain preoccupied with justifying their victory. And for the losers it has remained a running funeral with every trick pulled out of the hat to justify how they were robbed of victory. Every aspect of Zambian social, political and economic life remains tied to the post 2016 hangover.

Both sides of the political divide have bred attack dogs that have become conduits for attacking opponents with relentless venom. These need no identity tags as they are well known. This should definitely not be carried over to 2019. Those charged with the responsibility of managing the affairs of this country must expend their energies towards not only building consensus but working on tangible developmental aspects as they have been doing on the roads, health and educational infrastructure.  After all it is the roads, health posts, schools and food on the table that Zambian are most concerned about. Everything else is secondary. No more cat and mouse aerobatics by political players on the now almost monotonous discourse on national dialogue.

It is a year that it should be made clear whether it is ever going to happen or not? Given the hopelessness with which this subject has been handled with thus far, we may be tempted to ask the question, does the country really need this kind of drama around dialogue? Of course dialogue is necessary in any kind of political environment. It is not a secret that no matter the good intentions of the conveners of this dialogue process, the political players still see it as a point of scoring political points. Therein lies the problem. The original conveners of this dialogue process, the Commonwealth under Patricia Scotland saw through this anomaly and could play no further part in the comical process. In 2019, the country will not afford this kind of drama anymore.

It is a year that if nothing is resolved, then there will even be a slimmer chance of resolving it in 2020 as the focus will be back to elections. 2019 is some form of political watershed that we should all take advantage of and make some real progress to ensure that there are fewer conflict points marching into 2021. Let those that are building roads, hospitals, schools and other structures be given space to do so without unnecessary interruptions, of course where there are questionable activities around contracts, let questions be raised with facts and not mere insinuations and malice. Let the country not lose the opportunity that 2019 presents to make things right again. The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has drawn a reasonable roadmap that although the public may find unconvincing, given their experience with elections but if adhered to, could prove vital in overseeing a less contentious election in 2021.

We wish all our followers a Happy 2019!

21 Comments

  1. Huawei

    Is this news or political commentary?

  2. Leo Zulu

    whatever u think it is.

  3. felix simuchimba

    Which victory were you robbed of? You lost the elections, if you had won it, you could have been in power

  4. 2019

    Do you see thieves bringing back what they steal if they hear the owner is a pastor?Do you want them to say we store votes yes if their mission was accomplished iwe chi Felix think like a normal human being!

  5. Mr. K

    There is no fear to say pf worn the election upnd rigged elections in southern province

  6. Sibweni

    We hav opposition party leaders cryin on 2016 election and yet came second. We need tolerant leadership frm both ruling and opposition bcoz zambia wil hav one president at a time. Come 2021 pipo wil vote 4 pf if are not organised opposition and help pipo 2 reduce poverty.

  7. aj styles

    yes we say pf won but the question is that was the win just fair, certainly not. they won via rigging and thats not a fair game guys wake up from your sinful slamber

  8. Chipolopolo

    Subside must resume in fuel, fertilizer,food and price control.

  9. Majoni Tyson

    PF didn’t geninuilly win the last election no wonder things are not going well for our country. We can’t have jobs, rise in prices, taxes loss of jobs, hunger and other numerous calamities. Pipo have even stopped sending their children to colleges bcoz there is difference between those who gone to colleges and who have not. Y did these criminals force themselves into yet they even know they can’t manage run country.

  10. Country Man

    If Ididnt know better I’d trust any politicians’ discourse…

  11. Winner

    Looking forward to investigative journalism.

  12. Jms

    I WONDER WHY THIS TUMULTUOUS SITUATION HAS BEEN PUT JUST FOR JOKES YES YOU HAVE EXPLAINED PART OF WHAT OCCUPIED BUT I’M ASTONISHED TO LEARN THAT MISMANAGEMENT OF FUNDS HAS BEEN LEFT OUT I’M WORRIED THEIR WILL STILL BE THE SAME SITUATION OCCURING EVEN THIS BEAUTIFUL YEAR IF THEY HAVE BEEN OPEN TO EXPLAIN THIS MISMANAGEMENT IT MAY SHOW US CHANGE IN THEM BECAUSE SOMEONE WHO IS ASHAMED OF WHAT HE DID IS NICER THAN THE OPPOSITE ONE

  13. mumbwa rep

    I dont see vision mr president

  14. Fines@five,five

    Politics has never been the same and fair Rigging started a long time and now its worse because its done in day light
    Edgar can’t leave that seat maybe chased by a bullet not human hands ,
    This country can’t be ruled by a pure Zambian but a foreigner because we are so poor and sleep
    If Malawi can have proper elections ,,South Africa can drop Zuma Zimbabwe soldiers demistrate but Zambia all quite enjoying suffering ,The western world had shown us Hakainde by defending him from Mukobeko as a good economist and graduate but Bemba’s are criminals says Lungu and they say its good because we are mbuyas ?You people are we serious ??What’s wrong with leaders from the East ,Rupia was the useless and again Edgar pompwe kabolala !
    Things should be sorted out
    Ba finals ba Ecz mulecita ifyamano !

    • abilima

      Fines@five,five – You are a very st.upid human being.

  15. Jms

    abilima you are an idiot,fines@five five must be saluted I wish you were a man because a man should be a man as being selected as the Head

  16. KALUNDA CHINTONSHI

    We want transparecy and accountability in the management of donors funds eg the GEWEL project in Mwansabombwe district which was supposed to be done way back in september has no beneficiary receiving any money up to now.All the CBVs havent been paid and allowances for junior officers in this same project have been gobbled up by the DCDOs.We dont want corruption in our nation because if unchecked this will bring about divisions and mistrust amongst citizens.Uphold good leadership ethics you those that are in government positions stop nepotism and sexual batter system of awarding contracts and promotions.

  17. Dr mafi

    You are all thiefs

  18. Banda Emmanuel

    That should be targeted,we will follow it thanks.

  19. Eye of an eagle

    Kambwili should tell HH how they robbed him 2016 victory

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