Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations, Mr. President!!! The Zambian Chronicle wishes to congratulate Rupiah B Banda on his hard won victory to be the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise. For a minute we all thought you were going to lose this thing as numbers trickled in even though it was almost a foregone thing that your party was poised to win.
This is sweet victory for you and a bitter loss for other contenders. It must be noted that almost 60% of the electorates voted for your opponents which means that your first assignment has nothing to do public policy but healing the wounds, the divides and any form despondence in the nation.
Victory is sweet when you know you earned it and you can prove you earned it when you have formidable opponents with not only great political skills but rhetoric ones like Michael C Sata. Victory is exhilarating when you know that, youthful and economic powerhouse Hakainde Hichilema could not even come close to your margins of victory.
By the way Hakainde’s economic policies are far more superior to yours and even PF’s, the nation needs them right away and can’t wait until he is president (if ever he would) to be implemented. I would invite him to the oval office so we can compare notes after I have settled down if I were you.
In the meantime, invite all losing aspirants to State House for a state dinner, you know what I mean … I don’t need to elaborate on that, you are the diplomat not me; so do the diplomatic thing the best way you know how. Zambia needs to feel as one right away, make every one feel at home and assure the nation that your campaign promise of being a president for all Zambians was real.
By bringing every one together you will be showing leadership of the highest order, by having dinner with your purported fouls you show the world that opposition in Zambia is but for a season and when we get a new leader, we the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise always coalesce around him/her because to us, Zambia is greater than any single one of us …
Now you and I know that huge challenges lay ahead, but as leaders we first identity the intangibles that might end up being bottle-necks in the process and eliminate them. It is these intangibles that lead to trivialities thereby impeding our capacity to perform. At a critical moment like this, you don’t need any distractions at all and the sooner every one sings, One Zambia One Nation again, the better.
We love you RB and we wish you and your family the best of luck as you take on the challenge to lead Zambia at this critical juncture, Long Live Levism, Long Live RB …
Now, this does not mean that it’s going to be a kumbaya all the way from us at the Zambian Chronicle. In fact, you have just placed yourself in the line of fire; we will constructively criticize when we see wrongs done by your administration and we will shower you with kudos when we notice right policies being played out.
We will leave that for another time though because you know us better than that but for now we just wanted to congratulate you and wish you God Speed.
Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.
CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle
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