Hakainde Hichilema


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Meet Hakainde – His Profile

 

Hakainde Thinks Public Service Is A Noble Enterprise – Thus The Decision To Enter Politics

 

Hakainde On The Economy

 

Hakainde On Investments

 

Show Me The Money – Hakainde Excogitates

 

Hakainde On Education

 

Hakainde on Infrastructure Development & Constitution Making

 

Hakainde Talks About Media & Press Freedom

 

Hakainde On Transparency & International Relations

 

Luapula Women Sing – Hakainde Muchele Nowa Mukene Akatobela …

(Hakainde Is Salt Even If You Once Denied It, You Would Dip Into It Nevertheless …)

Disclaimer: Zambian Chronicle looked for clips for other Presidential Candidates but found none, thus the only interview posted is that of Hakainde Hichilema. It is for this reason that we have asked our audience to furnish us with info to the contrary and we are willing to pay for such publication(s) so other candidates would be accorded equal airtime.

 

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The old adage “practice makes perfect” holds true to every locale in the human enterprise  and or in everyone’s life. The upcoming presidential by-election will usher in a 4th president for the Zambian Enterprise, democratically elected in a peaceful transfer of power.

 

While others may want to just take this for granted, we at the Zambian Chronicle realize its importance and significance that we just had to write home about it. On a continent filled with rage and at best incumbents’ desire for lifelong presidencies, the Zambian Enterprise leads the pack in many ways.

 

In fact, other than ours in the Sub-Saharan region, Botswana is the only country that boosts of holding the longest record in peaceful transfer of power with democratically elected presidents and its economic stability speaks volumes of its own.

 

All things being equal, democracies have the ability to bring out the best among the collective; the people and not the system(s) become the means through which society chooses for itself what its desired posterity should be.

 

No one single person becomes more powerful than the sum of the all and by so doing it (a democratic system) creates checks and balances for the mutual benefit(s) of both the system and its peoples. Of all other latent issues, democracy tends to create a system of correcting wrongs with the greatest of ease.

 

Take the emergence of multiple party politics in 1991, for instance. The Kaunda era though vibrant at first could not stand the test of time. This is because it was built on flawed communistic policies and no amount of humanism preaching by KK or even Archangel Gabriel could improve anything otherwise at all.

 

The fact is simply that communism does not work, however perfectly envisioned even in a perfect world. Man is impenitently self-interested and when there is nothing for him/her but for the collective he/she tends to be ineffective at best.

 

It is no wonder every body during the latter Kaunda era developed a “Niva Boma” attitude. One was not obligated to anything and “Waco ni waco” (nepotism) swelled and huge misappropriation of all resources led to corruption and other graft devices.

 

When FTJ came on the scene, he really did not have any message at all but the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise gave him a chance all because they were ready for change. They were promised privatization, and without asking for accountability they went along because they had hope the time for “Niva Boma and Waco in Waco” had come to an end.When they matched through the streets chanting “The Hour, The Hour, The Hour Has Come”, to many others it did not matter whether or not that hour had come for them to be unemployed, that hour had come for them to be without medical coverage, free hospitals and free education; it mattered dimly squat what that “hour that had come” meant.

 

Most smarts even mistook democracy for privatization I often remark … but the system worked. This is not to say, there was no corruption, this is not to say peoples’ perception about “Niva Boma and Waco ni Waco” changed, in most cases these were actually amplified.

 

The Chiluba regime proved that too much power bestowed in the presidency was erroneous and corrective measures were taken, it also proved that zeal without knowledge is murderously dangerous for any enterprise and we started replacing rhetoric with execution starting with Levy P Mwanawasa, SC.

 

We learnt that government works better when it is accountable to the electorate and not the other way round. We learnt that there is still a lot of international goodwill out there as long as a nation is willing to do the right things, by taking the right steps, every time, all the time …

 

And overall, as every one adhered to good governance, bad apples were being identified and exposed, culprits brought to book including FTJ himself and the system got perfected day by day, thanks a trillion in great part to Levism (MHSRIP).

 

Levy had his share of mistakes too but we will leave those for others to comment at the present moment. But we know that he did his best to turn the economy, the work culture and posterity around; at each and every stage, he had the best interest of our Enterprise at heart …

 

After next week, the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are heading to the polls again, in part to prove the system works but overall, to perfect it even further.

 

Oh yes, practice makes perfect and we encourage all the eligible smart people of the Zambian Enterprise to go the polls en masse, it’s our God given right, make use of it …

 

We once said here that not much would be expected out of this by-election because it is more of a care-taker presidency until the Tripartite General Election in 2011.

 

But we encourage even losers to understand that there is a lot of winning in losing and moving the nation forward after conceding – there can only be one president at a time.

 

Whoever becomes the next CEO of our Enterprise, we at the Zambian Chronicle will render our full moral support just like we did for Levy.

 

We will criticize him when we see mistakes made not because we want to be vocal for nothing by using our bully pulpit but because Zambia is greater than any single one of us.

 

Whatever the outcome, the real winner will be Levy P Mwanawasa, SC. who proved the system works and practice makes perfect, Long Live Levism!!!

 

Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Debate on Economy and how candidates will take the Zambian Enterprise forward. Below is what the two candidates HH and King Cobra put forward for the Zambian people to grasp. Who do you think is best for Zambia?

 

 R Banda and G Miyanda have not yet put up their website or any information. Our team decided to go ahead with the debate. Please we encourage our audience to critically read this information and pay attention to what the candidates are preaching on the rallies. Below is policy number one we decided to compare the two candidates, with how they are going to solve the Zambian economy. Please read and comment, for the benefit of every Zambian. We need your input.

 

Here at Zambian Chronicle are launching the debate on who should be the next Zambian president. We decided to critically look at their detailed policies on issues, where they stand and how they are going to move the Zambian enterprise forward without stumbling. Economy is number one issue we are looking at. Having said that, the team at our chronicle advises our audience to critically take a look at each and every policy on issues that all four candidates are putting forward before you cast your votes.

 

Unfortunately the two candidates, G Miyanda and R Banda have not put up their websites together yet since their declaration to run for president.  Our team decided to go ahead with the two candidates that have shown transparent in their policies through their website. In short Zambian chronicle will play Election centre from now on till the Election Day Oct, 30 2008.

 

Below we have the two candidates’ policies on economy. Please read carefully, understand their stand on issues, listen and pay attention to all 4 campaigns and come up with the right decision of who should lead the Zambian nation.

 

 The first one is Hichilema Hakainde’s policy on economy as reported by his campaign manager. The second one is Michael Sata’s as reported by his campaign team.

 

Thanks a trillion for your participation in the Zambian elections,

 

We all look forward in electing the right candidate on October 30 2008.

 

Belliah Theise (COO – Zambian chronicle) 

 

 

HH Is Running on: Campaign For Real Change – Theme Song. I liked the song that has been launched on HH website: listen to this, I will try to capture it later, but you can get to his website http://www.hakainde.com/index.php. Click home page the audio is right there. Awesome! HH is very creative and competitive.

 

Consider this:

 

The Auditor General’s report covering the period 2001 to 2005 reviews that the MMD government has through their various forms of financial mismanagement misappropriation and related irregularities lost 14.7 trillion kwacha of public funds. This money alone could have financed the entire education and health sector.

Each Minister and Deputy Minister in this Government has been consuming over 100 million kwacha per month.

Each Minister has more than two motor vehicles with over 1 5 million kwacha  worthy of fuel and over One million kwacha service costs per motor vehicle They also receive millions of kwacha worth of talk time.

Yet they receive tax free salaries and allowances and live in free houses with free water and electricity. Free medical services and their children have free education too.

The party will further develop appropriate taxation of all mining and other extractive industries in order to benefit both Zambians and investors.  Re-align the  effective tax regime in the mining sector to internationally comparable and relevant levels in particular mineral royalty, corporate tax etc. while paying particular attention to the need for continued commercial viability  and sustainability of mine operations. This, together with the targeted economic growth and other revenue measures, would help generate the necessary revenue to finance the intended and responsible investments in various areas including the social sectors of education, health, clean water supply, sanitation, infrastructure, etc.

 

 

Michael Sata on Economy-  

 

THE WAY FORWARD FOR ZAMBIA – Man of action and result

 

Note:  Mr. Sata’s website has no structured outline on issues. Our team will pick in his outline what we think relates to economy at this point. You can tell the difference yourselves by clicking on his site. Below is exactly how his campaign created the site. All issues typed in capital letters.

 

http://www.michaelsata.co.zm/massage_from_pres.htm

 

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

THE INCOME DISPARITIES IN OUR COUNTRY ARE ALSO ALARMING. BOLD STEPS ARE THEREFORE NEEDED TO ARREST THE SITUATION, BECAUSE EXCESSIVE INEQUALITY IS A TIME BOMB FOR THE LONG-TERM STABILITY OF OUR COUNTRY. POOR PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS LIVE IN UNSANITARY CONDITIONS, WITHOUT CLEAN WATER AND PROPER SANITATION. THEIR TRANSPORT COST TO WORK OR SENDING CHILDREN TO SCHOOL AND HEALTH FACILITIES TAKES A SEVERE TOLL ON THEIR MEAGER INCOMES. FURTHERMORE, ZAMBIA IS A COUNTRY OF VERY LOW WAGES, BUT VERY HIGH LIVING COSTS. ALL THE BASIC NEEDS AND SERVICES, INCLUDING FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARE EXPENSIVE. LOW EARNINGS MEAN LOW PURCHASING POWER. THIS ACCOUNTS FOR ZAMBIA’S FAILURE TO REDUCE POVERTY OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS. FAILURE TO REDUCE POVERTY IN A COUNTRY WITH VAST RESOURCES IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO REDUCE POVERTY IS A CLEAR INDICATION THAT IT HAD ITS PRIORITIES WRONG. WE MUST THEREFORE GET OUR ACT TOGETHER TO GET OUR PEOPLE OUT OF GRINDING POVERTY.

 

 

THE PATRIOTIC FRONT BELIEVES THAT, THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE BY EXAMPLE. BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL AND PROSPEROUS NATION REQUIRES SACRIFICE BY ALL. THIS PLACES A BURDENSOME RESPONSIBILITY ON THOSE WHO HAVE A CLAIM TO LEADERSHIP TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. THERE CAN BE NO MORAL JUSTIFICATION TO ASK PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE NOTHING TO INCUR MORE PAINFUL SACRIFICES, WHILE THOSE IN THE LEADERSHIP WHO AT LEAST HAVE SOMETHING WIDEN THE FRONTIERS OF PRIVILEGE. IT IS IN THIS CONTEXT THAT THE PATRIOTIC FRONT HAS COME OUT STRONGLY ON THE PROPOSED HUGE SALARY BENEFITS FOR MINISTERS.

WE BELIEVE THAT THE COUNTRY’S TAX STRUCTURE SHOULD REFLECT A STRONG COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL EQUITY. THERE MUST BE MEANINGFUL CONCESSIONS TO THOSE IN THE LOWER INCOME BRACKET SO THAT THE GROSS INCOME IMBALANCES ARE REDUCED, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RAISING THE PURCHASING POWER OF MANY WORKERS. HIGH PERSONAL INCOMES ARE A SURE WAY OF GROWING THE ECONOMY. OUR GOVERNMENTS PAST AND PRESENT, APART FROM BEING THE WORST EMPLOYERS IN TERMS OF CONDITIONS OF SERVICE, HAVE ALSO BEEN INDIFFERENT TO THE PLIGHT OF WORKERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IN PARTICULAR, ALL OUR PREVIOUS GOVERNMENTS WITHOUT EXCEPTION HAVE ALLOWED EVEN THE RICHEST COMPANIES TO PAY ZAMBIANS SLAVE WAGES. IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT TO DETERMINE EARNINGS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT THROUGH DIALOGUE GOVERNMENT CAN HELP WORKERS LEVERAGE MORE REASONABLE WORKING CONDITIONS. A PF LED GOVERNMENT WOULD THEREFORE REVIEW THE TAXATION POLICY AND ENSURE THAT, WHILE OPTIMISING REVENUE TO GOVERNMENT A DISENABLING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT CREATED IN THE PROCESS.

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Economic Growth is expected to decrease from 8% to 7%.

 

According to the International Business Writer, the financial crisis in the United states is damaging markets around the world, from Brazil to South Korea. Lehman Brothers  Holding Inc. Bankruptcy and the fall of American International Group Inc has brought the decrease in stocks around the world.   

Report states that, In Russia prices of shares fell to the lowest level in three years. Russia suspended trading in the day which has not been done since the financial crisis in 1998. 

The Shanghai, Hong kong and Tokyo markets also saw  trouble after closing Monday for holiday and upon returning saw   stocks drop after the massive blows to financial market. 

In a number of developing countries , banks stepped in to help provide liquidity for their banking system. Countries like Indonesia for example lowered the rate at which commercial banks borrowed from the central bank. Taiwan cut capitol- reserve ratios held by commercial banks in hopes of alleviating mounting problems. 

Investors of emerging markets around the world, are taking less risky moves to help sell assets to pay for losses elsewhere. The report points out that , Devan Kaloo of Aberdeen Asset Manager in London, the company who oversees 10 Billion dollars in emerging stocks says, “when times get particularly hairy, foreign money generally goes back to base. Everything is being sold. In the end, it’s a sea of red.”

As commodity prices fall emerging markets are taking a number of loses. 

With continuing concerns of a global market slow down Arjun Divecha of GMO LLc ” the logic explanation for why these markets have fallen so much is that there is a real growth scare.”

China cut interest rates due to growing worries of the stability of the wide markets with goals of boosting the economy. This is the first time in six years the Chines government has cut interest rates. Some investors believe that the market values of some emerging market stocks are good values. Although most believe it is a time of careful analysis and caution because high risky stocks do not expect to do very well. 

In London shares in HBSOS a United Kingdom mortgage lender fell 22% while Barclays fell 2.5% after Lehman Brothers report of bankruptcy. Lehman brothers was planing  on selling some of it s assets to Barclays bank in which some reports say an agreement was made.

Markets worldwide are taking a hit after a weakening trust in US banks following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. 

A look at China:-

On the other note ,China who is one of the US top lenders still moving forward with the business innovation power.

International business writers at Seton Hall University, States that : “It is a tough call on what should be thought about China. With so much instability having been seen and the ever present question of their still communist government to deal with, one never knows what can happen in Chinese economy.” 

As of Sept 17 2008, the Chinese government has stepped in again to change the face of telecommunications industry in China. Before, the industry was set stone with China Mobile controlling the mobile market and China Telecoms controlling the fixed-line services. Each had its own competitors would combine forces creating three major players in the industry. 

As part of the deal, China Unicom will sell a substantial portion of its cell phone services to China Telecom to help Create Competition against the giant, China Mobile. Then the mobile and fixed- line capacities of China Unicom and China Netcom would merge to Create China Unicom ( Hong kong) Limited,” Leading fully integrated telecommunications service provider( Hong Kong Business Wire). 

The new company will serve as competition against the two giants China Telecom. How ever China still hovers above the rest. With talks of pending 3 G network going through China Mobile will just become stronger.

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Economics news letter and International Business- Seton Hall University

 

Belliah K Theise

COO and Managing Editor – Zambian Chronicle 

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It is now official the contest is on!!! As we prepare for the up coming by-elections to elect the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise, one thing remains certain and that’s we are going to have a new president within 73 days. We expect every contestant to give the election their best.

 

The smart people of the Zambian Enterprise have a choice to make and we at the Zambian Chronicle want to give a synopsis of what our choices are likely to be with a brief description of each candidate.

 

MMD’s Candidate – Rupiah Banda.

 

Mr. Banda is a former Zambian diplomat and Foreign Affairs Minister in the first administration whose current age is 71. He is a former UNIP member of the central committee (MCC) with significant pull from Eastern Province. In fact it is believed that the Late President would not have won the last elections without Rupiah Banda’s input from that province thus him being made trustee of the MMD after the 2006 polls and consequently awarded the number 2 most powerful position within the MMD franchise. He (RB – as he is commonly known) has been sitting VP since 2006 and is currently the most qualified and experienced candidate among all aspirants. During the nomination process leading towards his adoption as the presidential candidate for MMD, he was solidly backed by another former diplomat and one of the architects of Zambian democracy, Vernon Mwaanga. Mwaanga is seen in many circles as the Zambian Carl Rove and is a serious power broker in Southern and Western provinces of Zambia. His campaign manager is Benny Tetamashimba who holds significant sway in Northwestern and Central Provinces. It would be presumptuous of any one to speculate on RB’s chances at the presidency this time around but intellectual honesty dictates to the fact that this year’s election is the MMD’s to lose. Following the sudden departure of Levy (MHSRIP), the MMD is going to get a sympathy vote and Rupiah Banda is likely the next CEO of the Zambian Enterprise.

 

UPND’s Candidate – Hakainde Hichilema.

 

Mr. Hichilema succeeded the Late Andy Mazoka (MHSRIP) founder and first presidential contender for UPND in a hard fought battle. Sammy, as his close friend and associates love to call him, won his party’s presidential nomination (2006) in a hard fought skirmish. The encounter was so bitter it broke the party up with an offshoot of a new party led by the former VP of UPND, Sakwiba Sikota MP for Livingstone District. Sakwiba’s new party United Liberal Front or Party (ULP) had a bad showing at the last general election but Sakwiba still managed to keep his MP seat to every one’s surprise. In an effort to avoid a vote split during the 2006 contest, Hichilema managed to successfully form an alliance of three parties (UNIP, FDD and UPND) called Zambia Democratic Alliance – ZDA. He was the alliance’s presidential candidate and was endorsed by Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda but still fell short of the presidency by splitting the opposition vote with PF’s candidate – Michael C Sata. A former UNZA student and an MBA graduate from the UK; Sammy at age 46 is a millionaire in hard currency (the only millionaire in this contest) and is seen as a rising star in Zambian politics. He sits on several boards and is currently the Grant Thornton chief. Sammy has the most executive experience having served on many boards many of which he actually chairs. He is also the most youthful, making him the choice of most Zambians with higher education even though most of them reside outside the country and can not vote.

 

PF’s Candidate – Michael C Sata.

 

King Cobra as he is usually referred to is an astute politician with significant pull among the Zambian middle class. At 71 years of age he is populist by nature has the backing of the common man on the street; furthermore is viewed as a national hero when it comes workers’ plight having worked as a railway man and trade unionist before. He is the most politically savvy of all contenders and he is well-known for his “can do” attitude. As self-made politician, he has served in both parties by means of ministerial positions with class. He was first noticed by former President Kenneth Kaunda who promoted him from police officer to constable after leaving the railway man job. From constable, he was made Mayor of Lusaka and he immediately turned the city around bringing international standards to the fore. He was also Minister of Health among other cabinet positions and during his tenure all medical personnel had a blast working for him. Married to a medical doctor, he seemed to know what made health matters tick in the nation. During the multi-party democracy enterprise, he left UNIP to join the new movement – MMD. He was a staunch supporter of FTJ’s third party bid and was confident Chiluba would thrust him into the presidency should things go wrong. When FTJ’s bid fail to come through and was passed by for Levy and he decided to form his own party PF. Seen as a maverick by the international community, he is usually not the choice of foreign dignitaries and suffers a serious image problem.

 

UNIP’s Candidate – Tilyenji Kaunda.

 

Tilyenji Kaunda is 54 years old and is the current president of the United National Independence Party of Zambia. He was appointed as party leader in 2001, succeeding Francis Nkhoma. His father, former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda, was the president of the UNIP from 1960 to 2000. He has also campaigned as a candidate for the office of president of Zambia, running in 2001; in 2006, he served as chairman of the short-lived UDA, which floated Hakainde Hichilema as a coalition candidate for president. He is slated to run for the presidency for the second time in 2008. Under his leadership, UNIP has been a laughing stock with its peers as he is seen as visionless and seriously lacks political prose his dad had. It is believed that he would not do much in terms of having any impact on the polls. To serious political observers, this will be a moment of truth for UNIP as they look at how badly they might perform thus take a serious look at their leadership to replace it with more viable individuals before the 2011 elections.

 

Other contenders might be of less significance at this time and we have tentatively omitted them for that reason. We believe the above might have a reasonable short at the presidency.

 

We also believe that it will be in every one’s best interest to keep peace and stability in our nation during this period the best way we Zambians know how …

 

For all the political contenders we want to wish all of them well as they get ready to rumble, just remember that Zambia is greater than any single one of us.

 

We are the Zambian Chronicle know that the smart people of our enterprise will come up with the right individual needed for this care-taker period until we have general elections in 2011.

 

Live Long & Prosper; that’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.