By ZamChro Staff,
For a while now a letter has been making the Internet circuit specifically Zambian news sites and blogs. I came across the letter and thought it made for an interesting read and sheds new light on an issue that has over the last few months evolved into the Dora fiasco. While I have reservation about the letter, I thought it would make for an interesting discussion.
A number of issues come into play here not the least of which is the documents’ authenticity. But let’s set that aside and assume if only for a moment that this document was indeed authored by Magande, what evidence is there in this document that Magande was going to cancel Zambian Airways debt? This is the same letter that the President sighted as evidence that Magande was going to cancel Zambian airways’ debt if elected President.
What I find particularly interesting is that the President has deliberately chosen to have this tried in the court of public opinion even when an investigation he sanctioned is underway. It strikes one as rather undignified and well un-presidential. The idea that the President, any President would expend so much energy on public squabbles with anyone is beyond this writer. Wouldn’t the debacle be more appropriately handled by the relevant Ministry? In sharp contrast, Magande says he has and will continue to make himself available to the relevant authorities.
The President is right, that kind of money could have gone to schools or hospitals or of the basic infrastructure so badly needed. That said, an investigation is underway, wouldn’t the President’s time and energy be better spent finding ways of building the infrastructure and basic necessities he is rightly concerned about?
At a time when the Zambian economy is taking a major beating, this Zambian would like to see the President focus on diversifying the economy, attracting investments and creating new and innovative programs to support the educational, health, agriculture and micro enterprise development.
The President insists he is being attacked, that maybe so but the public snipping is enough to make one think there is something more. Could it be the new President is trying to assert himself? Is it possible by focusing on someone else, he hopes, the Country will not take a closer look at him? These are just questions; I have no answers but think they are worth asking. I do not care about Mmembe but I do care very deeply about how my President chooses to conduct himself.
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