Rupiah Banda

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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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To all my fellow Zambians:

Good luck with the Zambian elections in October 2008. I am sure we will pick the right candidate to continue where the late President Levy P Mwanawasa, SC. left from (MHSRIP).

For those of you that are endorsing HH, I hope he carries his nation at heart, and puts the Zambian people first before politics. I have no doubt that with his credentials he can take the Zambian Enterprise to the next level.

Here is a clip candidates should start watching closely, and if HH really wants to preach change, and take the Zambian Enterprise to the next level, he should know it takes people to seek change.

If the smart people of the Zambians Enterprise are looking for change, they need to support the Candidate for change, which in this case I can see most of you are endorsing HH. Take a close look at USA presidential elections.

Does this sound familiar?

Does it sound like Zambian economy? Well it’s happening in America. That is what happens when you put wrong people in office all the time.

Candidates need to lay down their plans in a meaningful, and practical way. Not waffling around same old policies. Ideas, Ideas, the key to success. Here is another example:


In Zambia we have had same candidates rotating from one position to another, they all descended from UNIP. We need another president like the late Mwanawasa to continue fighting corruption, and take our country to the next level.

A candidate who would put the Zambian interests first before his own, one who would empower his own people and create jobs. One who would allow foreign investment, but put Zambians that are innovative on top of the list.

I hope we all take time to know the candidates well. The ball is in our hands, people. Pay attention to what our candidates are saying. We need a president who will be able to understand our most needed issues within the Zambian Enterprise as a whole.

A candidate who understands the outside world as well and has foreign policy credentials. One who understands economics, because whether we like it or not, what ever goes on around the world has significant impacts our own economy.

Take time to screen candidates in and out before we cast votes. We need a candidate who is strong, dedicated, never gives up, honest, intelligent, humble, compassionate, innovative and creative. One who sees beyond his nose and makes right decisions at least ninety-nine percent of the time.

Here is another clip.

And for politically minded women, who are aspiring to stand for President in 2011, do not get discouraged, you can do it. Here is a role model for women.  I edge our Zambian men to stay open minded when it comes to women leadership. We women get things done. Hillary ran an incredible campaign …

… and the opposition picked this candidate for VP to overshadow Hillary’s historical campaign. Of course this one is not my choice, though I am sure some Zambian women would like her since she has five children youngest is only 4 months. She is a joke to me because she was handpicked. On a good and humorous note though, she is not afraid to take on a challenge!!!

Having said that, I would like to see women participating in Zambian presidential elections. I am calling upon intelligent Zambian women to take up the challenge in 2011.

I wonder why the Zambian constitution can’t open up for presidential candidates to pick their running mates before they are elected in office. This is an important point for us to seriously think about before the 2011 elections.

It is very crucial to have running mates screened at the same time with their presidential candidates. We have all seen what happens when a sitting president dies in office, the Vice President jumps in to act as president.

Wouldn’t be nice to have the VP get screened before hand? Transparency is very important …

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


Belliah K Theise

Chief Operating Officer – 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.