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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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LUSAKA (Reuters) – The widow of late Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa chased chief opposition leader Michael Sata away from a funeral gathering on Monday following what the government described as Sata’s provocative behaviour.

Sata and Information Minister Mike Mulongoti both confirmed the incident in Chipata, 580 km (360 miles) east of the capital Lusaka, where Mwanawasa’s body was taken for review ahead of burial on September 3.

“I have been chased from the funeral,” the privately owned Radio Phoenix quoted Sata as saying via telephone.

“I have not come here for campaigns, but to mourn my closest friend,” Sata told journalists from state media in Chipata.

Mulongoti told journalists in Lusaka: “I have been told by officials on the ground that Mr Sata said provocative words to the first lady.”

“I would like to appeal to all politicians to behave in a manner that is dignified. No one should use this funeral to be provocative. People should not start to use this funeral to campaign (for the presidential) elections,” he added.

Maureen Mwanawasa and Sata have had a longstanding rivalry, stemming from statements made by the opposition leader a few years ago. Sata was quoted in local media as saying she lacked respect and required the advice of marriage counsellors.

Sata and the late Mwanawasa, who also had a bitter rivalry for many years, reconciled in May.

Secretary to the cabinet Joshua Kanganja separately said Mwanawasa’s burial would now take place in Lusaka and not his Palabana farm near the capital as announced earlier.

“The late (Mwanawasa) will be put to rest at the Embassy Park … it has been resolved to change the venue where he shall be put to rest,” Kanganja said in a statement.

Mwanawasa died in Paris last Tuesday, after suffering his a stroke in late June.

Vice President Rupiah Banda is acting as president until new elections are called. Under Zambia’s constitution an election must be called within 90 days of the presidential office becoming vacant.

The presidential term is five years, but the next president will complete the remainder of Mwanawasa’s term before seeking re-election for another five years in 2011.

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The leader of Zambia’s main opposition Patriotic Front (PF) party is calling for a thorough investigation into the health of President Levy Mwanawasa to determine whether is he is fully fit to govern. Soon after the government reported that President Mwanawasa was in stable, but critical condition, Michael Sata urged the Mwanawasa cabinet to appoint a medical team immediately to travel to France to examine the Zambian leader. The government, however, dismissed Sata’s pronouncement describing it as unfortunate and fraught with political malice.

President Mwanawasa is in intensive care in Paris where he was taken after suffering a stroke two weeks ago during an African Union meeting in Egypt. From the capital Lusaka, Zambia’s minister for information Mike Mulongoti tells reporter Peter Clottey that the opposition leader’s call is fraught with political undertones.

“In the first place, you would appreciate he is a politician. He is playing politics because he knows very well that under our laws a person for instance when employed in government, is allowed to be on full salary for 90 days before you can go on another 90 days of half-salary. And only thereafter, would there be need to ask a medical board to examine the suitability to continue in employment. The president has only been away for only two weeks or so. I do not think there is any need at all to begin to look into that area,” Mulongoti noted.

He said the government has so far been functioning well, despite the absence of President Mwanawasa.

“In any case, the constitution provides for the vice president to act in the absence of the president. And so far, there is no vacuum that has been created,” he said.

Mulongoti said the government has been disseminating information about the condition of the president when it receives it from the hospital in France.

“The government passes on the information as given to it by the medical authorities, starting from Egypt, and then the current status in Paris in France. And it would not be appropriate for government to create extra information, which would not be in the interest of the people of Zambia. So, at most and as possible, the information passed on to the people of Zambia is being received from Paris,” Mulongoti noted.

He said there was need to keep some aspects of President Mwanawasa’s health confidential.

“In any case, medical authorities always consider the privacy of the individual patient and the matters that are unethical would not be brought for public consumption because at the end of the day, the fact that he is president does not mean he ceases his right as a human being. So, as far as we are concerned as government, we pass on to the people of Zambia the information made available by the medical authorities,” he said.

Mulongoti questioned the rationale behind people who wanted more information than the government is providing.

“If anybody would want to have information beyond that, the question asked is for what purposes? Because at the end of the day the medical authorities are giving information that we think is adequate to keep the people of Zambia informed about the status of the president,” Mulongoti pointed out.

He denied the government is misleading Zambians about the current condition of President Mwanawasa.

“I think the information that is being given is intended to keep the people of Zambia aware that the president is alive and he is recuperating. And as to the specific medical details, I do not know whether it is to be shared with the general public because information given to you as a medical person, you would understand it different from a person who is not a medical person. So, as far as we are concerned, we are satisfied that the information being passed on is adequate for the general public to appreciate,” he said.

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LUSAKA (AFP) — Zambia’s main opposition Tuesday called for a medical investigation to determine whether President Levy Mwanawasa is capable of ruling the country after suffering a stroke.

Michael Sata, leader of the Patriotic Front, said there was an urgent need to establish the condition of Mwanawasa, who is in intensive care in France since suffering a stroke over two weeks ago.

“The doctors should examine him and inform the nation the correct position over his sickness,” Sata said in a radio address.

He said Vice-President Rupiah Banda should immediately convene a special meeting of cabinet and appoint a medical team to travel to France to examine Mwanawasa, following reports that he is in a critical condition.

“The nation wants to know the truth. Nobody believes the statements being given by government,” Sata said.

But Banda told state radio that Zambians should not panic because the updates that he has been giving on the condition of the president were correct.

“He is sick but in a stable condition,” Banda said.

Prominent Zambian medical expert, Francis Manda, also questioned the updates given by government saying they lacked detail as Mwanawasa could be in a “stable condition but critical”.

“We want to know what sort of stroke he suffered. It is not good enough to say he had a stroke,” Manda said.

Mwanawasa suffered a stroke while attending an African Union meeting in Egypt two weeks ago and was evacuated to France where he was admitted to the Percy Military Hospital outside Paris.

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Comment From Zambian Chronicle Below:

Please keep the first family in your thoughts and prayers; they need them more than any insinuations and Webfetti.cominnuendos right now. Honoring and praying for those who are ill is the most honorable Zambian thing to do … 

 

Get well soon, Mr. President; can’t wait to fly you back home so you can continue kicking some butt, you got a lot of work cut out for you.

 

Live Long & Prosper; Long Live Levism … thanks a trillion. 

 

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.  

CEO  & President – Zambian Chronicle

 

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In every country there is rich and poor. For those who never experienced poverty in their up bringing, poverty is a tale. We hope politicians that are out to make change in the society should remember the legacy  to bring change. Zambian chronicle is here for change. Some clips below are here to show how important every child is. No matter, which environment or place they are being raised in. Poverty will never stop them, they dance, they play drums with their inborn skills and talent. 

Most of us at Zambian chronicle grew up with no resources, limited education system, walked to school, no lunch packs. That did not stop us, we made it, and grew up with hearts to reach out to other people with our limited resources. our legacy is to help kids( boys and girls) and women, By bringing out the positive side of this world. 

We expect Zambian presidential candidates to focus on  important issues like education, to help the future generation to be better leaders and reach their dreams.

 

Zambian Chronicle’s legacy:- Next Zambian President should bring hope to the future generation. Please all Zambian leaders should address the problems below:

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IS he the Raila Odinga of Zambia? Wait until kulibonesha-ta assumes Kikuyu type of domination.

Say whatever you want to say, Michael Chilufya Sata is part of Zambia’s political menu. No, in fact, he is the staple of the Zambian political diet.

Of humble education, Sata’s message resonates with the pain and suffering of the masses. Little wonder his party organises well among the urban-poor. Cadres love him; he even walks with them in flooded shanty streets strewn with garbage. He has traversed some of the most inhospitable terrains in Zambia where other politicians have not. He is the man of the people, their last action hero – mwine filimu.

But on introspection, the ascendancy to opposition politics by Sata is democracy’s best victory and worst mockery.

In a country where the current president is not quite blessed with speechifying flair, Sata’s fluency has become the inspirational heartbeat of Zambia’s politics. But it’s not just his charisma; you will not be wrong if you substituted his middle name for this word- action.

His close aides say his former policeman and railway man does not listen to advice. He does not even listen to himself. His voice is his own master. Publicly though, Sata claims he does listen to advice.

During television and radio interviews, Sata always tries to dominate. His party is believed to be infiltrated by MMD and the intelligence. And he too has done the same with the MMD and the intelligence. He has sympathisers at almost all the levels. See how be blew up the recent RTSA fees last week!

Born in 1937, age is just a number when you appreciate Sata’s sense of urgency to work Zambia’s dilapidated hospitals, roads, bridges and shanty towns. His résumé as Lusaka governor and Minister of Health speaks to the kind of pragmatism he exudes when faced with a crisis.

Many of his critics do not like his campaign tactics, maybe even his smoking habits.

In Zambia’s kind of politics, the old man is seen as a very good politician. And that’s because people live in a numerical universe, where politics is about numbers – and who can doubt that Sata is a crowd-puller? But people live in a moral universe as well, and if you look at the voter turnout during the recent Kanyama by-election, Sata comes at you as part of the reason people may have lost faith in the power of politics to change their lives.

But faith in Zambia’s politics melts away at the altar of Sata’s impressive rhetoric. And for many years to come, Sata will always have an attentive audience in the ‘hood’. Yet, there are many that doubt he possesses enough truth-power upon which his state presidency can advance the lofty ideals of democracy and political decency.

Observers say Sata’s political mill is filled with the mangled yarn it has always been, a web of good and ill together. Having served in the Kaunda and Chiluba regimes, many contend that Sata is part of the good, the bad and the ugly of yesteryears.

On the contrary, others say the new Sata is kind of cool. The man has laundered his image to become the political institution whose polemics are fodder for the headlines Zambians hate to miss.

Yet, to the skilled observer, he is no more than a Mwanawasa non-conformist and combatant. Many still fear that if Chiluba anointed him successor, he would have been more of the same.
Attack is the best defence, and so it seems in Sata’s political football.

In his game plan, weakness is not an adequate currency in the marketplace of power. So, he has fashioned himself as a relentless pain in the flesh of Mwanawasa’s presidency. Since 2001, Sata has become the embodiment of people’s resentment to bad governance and injustice.

Its this native intelligence of chachacha – the will to fight authority, the BOMA – that sets Sata apart from other opposition politicians. Indeed, Sata the PF president is a much more effective workhorse than the sum of several underlings that own other opposition political parties.

Many people admire the way Sata stands up for Zambia in the face of the Chinese trading juggernaut, which threatens to eclipse the local manufacturing industry. Although he raises genuine concerns about Africa’s look east policy to China, eyebrows have been raised about his engagement of Taiwan.

This does not negate the fact that China must come right on human rights at home and Darfur in Sudan. In Zambia, it has been Sata’s contention that the Chinese should venture into production rather than become petty traders in markets, that they should not casualise our workers, if they are not yet ignited by their explosives. These are patriotic demands indeed.

Yet again, his past is still very much a part of his political future. In this limelight, many Zambians are still bewildered: Is Sata’s politics driven by selfish ambitions or a genuine passion to serve the poor, unite the nation, and dismantle the family tree of nepotism nascent in our foreign service? History will be the best judge.

What matters, though, is that he has been consistent with his inconsistencies. And that’s where some feel Sata would make a better president for contemporary Zambia, because he does not mince his words. His blunt approach to issues is his greatest strength, and unfortunately, his greatest weakness.

His people skills have often been questioned, mainly because of the stern manner in which he delivers instructions, in no uncertain terms. But Sata’s Jerry Rawlings no-nonsense leadership style would come handy in a country like Zambia, where infrastructure needs urgent attention, as much as those that deliver public services need frog jumping.

That’s not all. With Sata as president, the mines will not be playing games with government. They would have to pay the new taxes without negotiations and time wasting threats of litigation, or else soldiers will be at the mine gates. It will not be far-fetched if Sata would do with our copper what Hugo Chavez did with Venezuela’s oil.

That’s the first thing some people would love about sata-nomics, the knowledge that the government has the responsibility to safeguard Zambians’ copper for the benefit of our people. Although the new Sata is at war with the old policies he built while in the MMD, he at least for now acknowledges that foreign capital knows no all-weather friends, that foreign investors have no moral and social obligations to our people.

On the Copperbelt, Sata’s message has lacked diplomatic etiquette, but it has been unequivocal in denouncing the new mine owners as being motivated by profit, that their business is conducted for private gain, and not for our public benefit. His memo has been well received in the mine townships – that the primary responsibility of managements is to the owners of the mines – not to some nebulous entity called the public good.

Who can blame Sata if he wins votes by lambasting the new Oppenheimers refusing to pay new taxes? The man is alive to the harsh realities of an economy held hostage by the greed of foreign investors colluding with the myopia of government leaders.

Let’s give credit where it’s due. Sata’s Robin Hood heroics on the Copperbelt are well deserved. As long as the Copperbelt is still a case study of robber capitalism, Sata’s niche will continue to grow. Without meaningful monetary benefits from our copper, who will be surprised if citizens kidnap mine workers, like in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta region?

As long as the government continues to perambulate on its knees – begging the mines to pay the revised taxes – Sata will be there to tell the story, as it is.

Yet, in an earnest political milieu, there would be no room for Sata, whose role as MMD national secretary, some people contend, was to organise youths into instruments of hooliganism during the MMD national convention and the Chawama by-election in 2001. Sata has denied links to violent cadres.

But maybe people should give the man a break. There is absolutely no need to blame Sata’s type of politics if there is no alternative leadership in Zambia.

With all due respect, where is Prof Clive Chirwa when Zambia needs him? There is no doubt that escalating poverty has made the urban poor to opt for the brave Cobra they know, rather than wait for the ever-calculating intelligentsia.

A combination of the late Daddy Zemus’ Tuzakaina Liti and Nathan Nyirenda’s Mwe Makufi has come back to haunt the government’s flimsy policies on poverty.

This is the wave that Sata continues to surf, the unmet socio-economic needs of a disenchanted electorate.
With a horde of UNZA academics on his side, Sata’s abilities to transform the country are now lionized by both professionals and the Eagle Eagles. Indeed, Sata has laundered his image to suit the times, or is it the times that suit his talents?

Although he has refused to pander to the hallucinations of the current MMD government, critics doubt Sata is blessed with enough nobility to guarantee political space in which the people can exercise their rights.

Still, his position on the NCC is laudable. And if his MPs were thinking from their bellies and not their heads, he would be right to fire them all. These MPs are on the wrong side of the people, they are on the wrong side of history. The NCC is nothing but a moneymaking kantemba.

The NCC is part of the government’s window-dressing of the constitution-making process. And if we all agree (to disagree?) that the constitution must be written in our people’s language, using their own alphabet, then all those PF MPs are part of the grand government deception.

Those PF MPs who went against party policy are now an accident about to happen. They can learn a lesson or two about towing the party line. And if there are by-elections, they will come as a referendum of Sata’s growing popularity.

The fact is, as long as MMD government policies continue to be flawed, Sata will always be an asset to opposition politics in Zambia. As long as Sata is back on the right side of the people, for whatever reasons, people have reasons to celebrate this prodigal son of Zambian politics. And hopefully, when his life story is written, it will not end like VJ’s wrong sunset.

Come 2011, if the other presidential candidates do not match up to Sata’s campaign: bakalalila. Watch this space.
Kazhila Chinsembu is a freethinker and public-read scholar at the University of Namibia.

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