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OPINION: We Are That Chosen Generation That Shall Transform Zambia

President Lungu has said, “We are that chosen generation that shall build an industrious, prosperous, peaceful, stable, united, democratic, and inclusive Zambia, under the banner of – One Zambia, One Nation.”

As a nation, we have a great opportunity to, indeed, transform this country if we pay great attention to the message by the Head of State. What is he really trying to say?

“I believe that our generation is that generation of Zambians that shall refuse to shrink in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, the same way that today’s industrialized countries refused to shrink when they faced their own development challenges,” the President explained.

To achieve this, it calls for all political players to shift from the current politics of deception and falsehoods to politics of development. We need to build and encourage a generation that will not grow weary or gloomy as we vigorously fight to transform our country into “A Zambia We All Want”.

Convincing a Supermarket to show a 25Kg of Mealie Meal bag pegged at K215.99, may, in the short time, work in your favour, as an opposition political party, but this is not the sort of politics that can build Zambia. We must all contribute positively, in any way we can, in order to make President Edgar Lungu’s pronouncements a reality in our generation.

As long as we all commit to making prudent and united efforts, supported by a true spirit of hard work, Zambia is destined for greatness and not doom.

But this starts with a change of mindset at individual level. Let’s move away from politicians and civic leaders who can only pronounce negative energy on Zambia. The Head of State went on to remind us of the fact that Africa has woken up to the reality that it can only advance if it looks to itself internally for realizing the potential that lies within the African continent.

“The most important thing is that we have woken up as Africans and let’s not allow manipulation by the East, West or any other outside forces. Democracy has many variations and each one country in the West who boast of democracy have got their own versions,” he stated.

This, consequently, calls for an urgent need to remodel our governance system into one that must prioritise development and promote unity of purpose. Western democracy in Africa, generally, promotes unnecessary power divisions along tribal lines thereby causing inefficient governments, disastrous power transitions and social chaos.

We must be willing to sacrifice, or we will just hand over Zambia to opportunists being sponsored by imperialists. Economic hardship should not be the reason to vote for a different regime. The reason behind these hardships should, however, be our area of interest.

If economic hardship is as a result of a decision to implement sustainable economic development, it calls for sacrifice. The question should, in that case, be how long the period of hardship would be.

We need to remember that during the MMD government, a US dollar cost us only K3.50 and yet roads remained impassable, patients in villages walked kilometers seeking primary healthcare, investment in infrastructure for energy generation was not prioritized, etc.

Load shedding is as a result of the decision by the MMD to overlook the importance of investment in power generation. How many other such decisions were made which today are working against us all because someone wanted to pride oneself in micro and macro economic statistics at the expense of real development?

What we need as Zambians is sustainable access to good roads, schools, hospitals, social amenities, etc. and now not tomorrow but these come at a huge cost, no wonder the MMD avoided such a development path.

With a little more sacrifice on your part, we can be that chosen generation that shall build an industrious, prosperous and united Zambia.

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11 Comments

  1. Thomas mwanza

    Our country it truly needs an deliverance.. let us flash back in MMD.. when it came to commodity.price tap’s.. employee new companys.been established.no luck off energetic etc…..but let us now assume ourselves from the time MMD was eliminated things just got worser than usual.. but what I’m trying to say is that let us support my country with the ruling part.in order to prevail cos there’s no one can like to see his only country to fall under crisis famine….so 2021 let us vote PF..cos it’s the part knows how to make things right.. changing part’s we only multiple incredible increase the Doom which we are about to over come even…….. now this is my personal appeal to general off police about that advertisement of recruiting a multiple number police, perhaps I want to be one of them so that we can work in Amon..I plead to you your excellence….. these are my line,0978270021.. please I’m willing to work for police force… help me…

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    • Fonko Fonko

      Is this a political advert or job application? One thing for sure, it’s not a comment. Someone talk to me……

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  2. Jj

    Pf Selectiveness, retiring some professionals for own tribal appointments is retrogressive. God is not a God of hatred, that is why Pf has found it diffiiculty to govern, no need to pretend.

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    • Draw Parallels

      The unpatriotic and unromantic part of Mugabe’s legacy must not be ignored
      While revolutionary and eloquent in his speeches, Mugabe tarnished a precious jewel with violence, economic mismanagement and repression. In the 37 years he ruled over Zimbabwe, a dark cloud of broken hope replaced the promise of a bright future. We were left poorer and damaged for it. His ousting in a coup orchestrated by some of his trusted comrades and generals was tragic but celebrated by the masses.
      In the early 1980s, Mugabe’s proclivity for violence was already evident. Insecure about his enemies, he established the notorious Fifth Brigade, a military group that was trained by the North Koreans. Between 1983 and 1987, Mugabe deployed the brigade into Matabeleland, in the south of Zimbabwe. The brigade oversaw a campaign of beatings, arson, public executions and massacres. This period came to be known as Gukurahundi, a term drawn from a Shona word that means “the wind that sweeps away the chaff before the rains”.
      The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace documented at least 2,000 deaths but estimated that figure was more than 8,000. Other groups believe the death toll could be as high as 20,000. Throughout his decades of rule, Mugabe never afforded justice to the survivors and victims of Gukurahundi, although he later acknowledged that “thousands” had been killed, and he called the massacres “a moment of madness”.
      During the 1990s, Zimbabwe’s economy steadily contracted. Unemployment rose threefold, average wages were lower and, by 2000, living standards were a pale shadow of what they’d been in 1980. The economic crisis reached a climax in mid-November 2008 when year-on-year inflation reached 89.7 sextillion per cent. This period was characterised by food shortages, empty shelves and the failure of the Zimbabwean dollar.
      In addition to the economic failure, Zimbabwe experienced a deep political crisis. Opposition figures and human rights activists were beaten, arrested, abducted and killed for daring to raise their voices against Mugabe. Elections were fraught with rigging and violence as Mugabe refused to give up power – the most brutal of these elections was in 2008.
      One of the strategies devised by Mugabe to maintain his grip was a controversial land reform exercise, which began in 2000. It was high on the rhetoric of restoring land to the black majority, although in reality the land remained in the hands of the state, with the holders of the farms holding no title or security of tenure. Critics accused Mugabe of parcelling land out to political elites at the expense of ordinary Zimbabweans. More than 400,000 black farmworkers were also displaced during the exercise.
      While many agreed that rebalancing land ownership was necessary, many also found fault with the “fast-track” manner in which this was done. The poor administration of the programme had a negative impact on the economy and the one-time “breadbasket of Africa”. Zimbabwe now, in the aftermath of Mugabe, faces a huge crisis and requires at least US$400m in food aid to avoid starvation.

      When all is said and done, Mugabe’s legacy is a complicated, conflicted and problematic one. On the one hand, he will always be an African liberation icon. On the other, he presided over economic destruction and killed the freedoms he had worked so hard to give birth to. It will take many years to undo the system of repression that he created and which continues under his successor today.

      While it is unAfrican to speak ill of the dead, Mugabe offers a cautionary tale to all in the continent of how not to destroy a jewel.

      • Fadzayi Mahere is a Zimbabwean lawyer and politician

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  3. WALA G

    @thomas mwanza we voted for pf in 2011,2015 and 2016 with a hope of seeing something unfortunately got nothing so mean after 2021 pf wil nw deliver hell no viva mulyokela

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  4. Thomas

    Fuck you fonko fonko… what are you trying to prove here.please take your nosenseness out of here…I don’t have time for that inappropriate state….so suck my black ass pussy……ho ,!and by the way what which a name fonko fonko.. like a mad animal.. bitch 🤣😂

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  5. Herv Rena

    Well this country is in a neo colonial state as evidenced by the fact that we have allowed non Zambians to be dictating to us,taking over huge chunks of land. Leading in getting tenders from govt.Even simple shops in CBDs are owned by non Zambians.Empowerment is just lip service. Did we win our independence to be slaves or leaders of our own destiny.Cmon leaders wake up!

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  6. Walabashani

    Actions speak louder than words……do more talk less..aint we done talking u really suffocating pipo with your lies…with due respect tell the President he can lead us again DONT LOSE FOCUS…you can make a difference sir…NO BLAME

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  7. TUMPALE MBANGE

    Its not about insulting each other, its about knwoning each other and share ideas and respect people’s feelings, even if it doesn’t mean anything to you. It could mean everything to them. God bless mother zambia.

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  8. Chendabusiku

    Our country really needs patriotism and unity than ever before. It is a fact that Zambia has seen real transformation during the PF reign love thaem or hate them. However, they need to reduce the corruption that has ravaged our country. It is not only the Pf, it is also us the citizens who have an equal responsibility to stop the rot not by voting the PF out but stopping the rot that we have continued to perpertuate.

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  9. tiger

    oh I love this country called Zambia

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