OPINION: Mugabe’s Disgraceful Fall, a Lesson Africa’s Big Men

Africa has long been dominated by the syndrome of big men in politics. These are men that carried their people through the dark days of colonialism at a great personal risk. Over time these men have been phasing out sadly … Continued

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Africa has long been dominated by the syndrome of big men in politics. These are men that carried their people through the dark days of colonialism at a great personal risk. Over time these men have been phasing out sadly in disgraceful fashion. On Tuesday another of the big men in Robert Gabriel Mugabe seemed to have joined the queue. After 36 years at the helm of Zimbabwean politics the inevitable finally happened with Mugabe confined to his home by the military who have taken over-at least in the interim. Mugabe’s fall though disgraceful provides valuable lessons to modern day politicians. For a long time had drawn on his liberations credentials and anti-imperialist rhetoric that dazzled most of the third world. He was the go-to guy for anything strong that the third world wanted communicated to the first world. It was a role he performed with world class proficiency. Even his political adversaries had to give credit to him for his mental clarity and colourful oratory. But one can only draw on oratory for so long and the 36 year period meant that even the fieriest of liberation heroes could stumble. What with a wife so strewn in controversy that she imagined power was sexually transmitted. Mugabe’s wife in no small measure played a huge part in his disgraceful fall. She began to burn everything around him ostracizing the ageing Mugabe from the liberation family that had sustained him throughout his 36-year reign. As the old man drifted into senility accelerated by age his sleepy figure became a figure of fun at public events. Mugabe could sleep his time out even in the loudness of a political rally. Mugabe had learnt over the years that he could survive anything having even bulldozed his way through an election in 2008 that everyone knows he did not win. Not to bore everyone with the well-known longevity of Mugabe and his political astuteness at least before his fall we hope the Mugabe story provides a warning sign to the remaining band Africa’s big men among them Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Paul Biya, Denis Sassou Nguesso and Paul Kagame. Other emerging little big men like Joseph Kabila should take heed of this example as the people eventually get tired to the point of being willing to replace a fallen former big man with anything. The list of casualties is long with Zambia’s Dr Kenneth Kaunda having fallen after having long believed in his invincibility. Who can forget the disgraceful manner Colonel Muammar Ghaddafi fell or Hussein Mubarak of Egypt. People’s power can only be taken for granted for so long. The post OPINION: Mugabe’s Disgraceful Fall, a Lesson Africa’s Big Men appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Inonge Wina’s Welcome Mistake in Parliament

Vice President Inonge Wina definitely has to be our politician of the week. Firstly Wina hit the headlines for castigating Patriotic Front youths that barred opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Luampa lawmaker Makozo Chikote from witnessing the commissioning … Continued

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Vice President Inonge Wina definitely has to be our politician of the week. Firstly Wina hit the headlines for castigating Patriotic Front youths that barred opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Luampa lawmaker Makozo Chikote from witnessing the commissioning of the K20 million Luampa Grid Extension Project. Wina uncharacteristically blasted the PF youths when other leaders could have cheered on the youth to humiliate opponents. It was a rare gesture in a political sphere ridden with calumny and sheer hostility. But then bo Inonge was not done for the week as she voted alongside opposition parliamentarians in a bid to expedite the payment of retirees’ packages. Never mind that she later mouthed an apology for her well-intended decision to help improve the plight of retirees. No matter what political penalties she may have suffered for siding with the opposition bo Inonge showed that there is still some ground to be hopeful about uniting among political divides on issues of national interest. The ruling party carried the day by a count of 83 while the opposition with bo Inonge’s vote garnered 58 votes to lose the vote. At this stage bo Inonge had won new friends among the citizenry but once the political daggers were out within the ruling PF she withdrew her vote apologizing to her party. Why would bo Inonge be so quick to distance herself from that one good deed that raises her above the political divide? We do not for once imagine that the Vice President is not quietly proud about her siding with the plight of the retirees. Bo Inonge may have withdrawn her vote but we imagine her conscience was clear at the time of casting the vote before politics weighed in heavily on her good naturedness. Otherwise what is shameful about siding with the retirees’ plight? Well maybe bo Inonge reminds us that there are still some good men and women in Zambian politics. The post OPINION: Inonge Wina’s Welcome Mistake in Parliament appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Any That Undertakes To Avoid Paying Tax Is An Enemy Of The State – Dr Banda

Former UPND vice president Dr Canisius Banda has taken a dig at opppsition Hakainde Hichilema for his response in the link revealing the Zambian politician’s connection to the Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers has published details of shady financial transactions … Continued

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Former UPND vice president Dr Canisius Banda has taken a dig at opppsition Hakainde Hichilema for his response in the link revealing the Zambian politician’s connection to the Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers has published details of shady financial transactions for some globally renowned personalities. Hichilema, named in the same tax haven cable, defends himself as a smart businessman and not crooked as the publication seems to suggest. Dr Banda says rather than be proud of the association with the Paradise Papers, Hichilema must be ashamed. BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING: ON PARADISE [PANAMA] PAPERS [The Curious Case of Tax Avoidance and its Immorality] Illegality and immorality or wrongness are two different things. What is right may be illegal. And what is wrong may be legal. The case of the election petition is Illustrative. This is the folly of law, man’s law. Under this sun I have seen innocent people jailed, do time And I have seen criminals set free because it is legal to do so. And it ain’t no laughing matter. However, what is wrong will remain wrong regardless of what any judiciary in the world thinks. And when society begins to clap for wrongdoing, and calls it being smart, then just know that the end is near, Jesus might be on the way, coming. Avoiding to pay tax anywhere in the world may be legal but it is not only immoral, it is wrong as well. It mains or kills citizens the worldover. Donald TRUMP is currently in trouble for it. His tax returns remain as privately guarded a secret as the exact location of the Holy Grail. The worldover, there are penalties for such financial practices or shenanigans. This is what got former British prime minister David CAMERON into trouble. It put him in a bind. When leaked papers’ revelations alleged that David CAMERON had avoided paying tax in Britain by stashing away cash he had earned, off-shore, away from Britain, the furious British citizens demanded answers. Troubled and embarassed, with egg all over his face, David CAMERON tendered an explanation, which though legal and somewhat convincing, left his image before the British tax payers soiled and in tatters. The damage had been done. The British people never saw David CAMERON the same again. And their respect for him decreased or vanished. Now we can only see his feet online. Nobody knows where he is except his wife. Brexit was a good excuse for his exit. What a fine chap he was. He is in the class of Tony BLAIR, that one fine mind ever tarnished and soiled by Desert Storm. All citizens must pay tax. And all business transactions must attract taxation. It is this tax that any country primarily uses to run social services like health and education. Part of the reason these services are either poor or, inaccessible for many citizens today, is that some people and business entities are engaged in tax avoidance. Like our mines. Transfer pricing and shit like that. Tax evasion or avoidance, therefore, is inimical to the wellbeing of any nation. The mining sector in Zambia has robbed this country of its wealth, billions of US dollars, using such nefarious mechanisms. Zambia is financially anaemic today because of this kind of legal but cunning bleeding. Because of this, Zambia today is poor, and is said to be the third hungriest country in the world. You see now, the same people that have robbed Zambia are now mocking it for its poverty. What evil is this? It is no laughing matter. Any citizen, whether in government or not, that undertakes to avoid paying tax is a veritable enemy of the State. And when such a person is a leader, serving or seeks to lead, the case takes on even more serious connotations. It becomes even more dangerous as to be treasonable. Such conduct amounts to a serious case of conflict of interest. It is fraud and it is plain wrong. Now America is worried in that over USD 250 billion of Apple’s cash is not sitting in America, it’s key base of operations. You see, Google was fined by the EU for fiddling with its search engine as a business gimmick, a common but shady characteristic of many businesses. The EU is against tax avoidance and is presently actively making attempts to combat this scourge. Indeed when we approach, darkness shivers. Now, you bigot, what can your foul mouth tell me? Chibuku awaits. Take heed. And Godspeed! PILGRIM Kindly share. The post Any That Undertakes To Avoid Paying Tax Is An Enemy Of The State – Dr Banda appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion (Part 3): Is The Chinese Honeymoon In Zambia Over

Those of us in the construction industry would recall that when government came up with the 20% subcontracting to locals for construction projects given to foreign companies, we were very excited and hopeful. This was because we felt that this … Continued

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Those of us in the construction industry would recall that when government came up with the 20% subcontracting to locals for construction projects given to foreign companies, we were very excited and hopeful. This was because we felt that this policy will enable us grow into the future leaders in the construction industry by learning from foreign companies how to manage and run big projects. However, looking back now, this policy despite being in place for more than three years has not yielded any tangible results. The reasons are diverse; most Zambians are subjected to do those parts of the projects that require less technical expertise, such as bush clearing, drainages and road signage. This is a big let down to the Zambian contractors who wanted to learn how to manage big projects from mobilization, through execution and finally commissioning. Further, there are also other factors that were beyond the control of the main foreign contractors, like financing and capacity constraints on the Zambian contractors. The main contractors felt it was not their responsibility to spoon-feed the Zambian contractors. Therefore, Zambian contractors were left to organise themselves and source for funding and technical expertise on their own, which they lamentably failed. If the country was to gain maximum benefits from such a policy the starting point was supposed to be that Zambian policy makers should have made it mandatory to foreign contractors to employ Zambians at all levels of their project management structure. For instance, if the project manager is foreign, the deputy or the contract manager needed to be a Zambian. This should have been the case throughout the structure, all the way down to the general workers. That way, Zambians were going to benefit by learning directly from the masters and, eventually, it was going to be easier for them to subsequently contract for the 20% as they would have gained skills necessary to carryout construction on their own. Or simply, Zambian contractors could have started finding the needed skills within the Zambian communities, as those who had worked with foreigners would have been available for employment. One may be asking why I have highlighted the above and what connection they have to the topic at hand. Firstly, I highlighted above that government awards Chinese companies more than 80% of Zambia’s construction projects, and that investment from China is one of the biggest in our country. Therefore, how Chinese conduct their business and daily lives here have got a direct bearing on the perception that Zambians will have about them. It is also important to note that interaction between the Chinese and Zambians as things stand now is only mutual and true at higher levels, but very poorly conducted at lower levels. As highlighted above, despite the Chinese companies benefiting so much from our industries in the country, they have employed only the lowest levels of workers on minimum wage, leaving many highly educated Zambians still struggling to find jobs. Not even Zambians who graduated from China and proficient in Chinese language have benefited from the many Chinese companies in the country. The few that are employed are given unattractive conditions and hardly stay in their jobs. Going forward, there is need for both Zambians and Chinese, more especially the leaders, to do some introspection. Chinese leaders in the spirit of sustainable partnership with Zambians need to guide their Zambian counterparts on the best policies that helped China to be where it is today to be replicated, or at least tried in Zambia. For example the policy where foreigners were required to partner at 50%-50% with the Chinese to undertake major projects or to invest in strategic projects can help stimulate mutual partnerships between Zambians and Chinese and guarantee a sustainable Chinese relationship with Zambians. Foreign multinationals in China are required to localize their operations with enough local content so that local people can feel the ownership. Here, we have allowed the Chinese and other foreigners to bring in anything they feel like without any requirement for localisation. For instance, instead of allowing imports of finished gadgets, we can demand that these are brought in knock down forms so that assembly can be done here, thereby increasing job creation and technology transfer and spill over in Zambia. Article by Kumbukilani Phiri and Durban Kambaki Chinese Scholars The post Opinion (Part 3): Is The Chinese Honeymoon In Zambia Over appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Concourt Could Benefit from Incessant Attacks

Funny that Constitutional Court judges should come under fire from all sides of the Zambian political divide. Note that they are a bunch of individuals with no platform to respond to the criticism being lumped on them. On one hand … Continued

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Funny that Constitutional Court judges should come under fire from all sides of the Zambian political divide. Note that they are a bunch of individuals with no platform to respond to the criticism being lumped on them. On one hand the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has labelled them corrupt and incompetent. UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has labelled judges by name as corrupt and has demanding for their removal from the bench. While this was going on the ruling party was gleefully taking in this spectacle demanding their adversaries respect the independence of the judiciary? But now the judiciary has been hit on a different angle by President Edgar Lungu also hinting at possible unprofessionalism on the part of the Constitutional Court. So what is the Constitutional Court to do? Perhaps this provides an opportunity for the Constitutional Court to stand for the law. It could be an opportunity to do the right thing and avoid being trapped between praise and censure by either side of the political divide. Doing the right thing may endear themselves only to the most important side of their trade which is justice. Judges after all must not be seen to side with either party of the political divide but be at the service of justice and the law. It could appear that this opportunity presented would help the judiciary extricate itself from political manipulation. After all they are serving in an environment where they get severely criticized for any decision they make. They are dealing with a thankless bunch that only welcome decisions that favour them. A fierce sense of justice must be the guiding the principle in arriving at a decision. This however, may not be as easy as a stroll in in the park as they learnt when they ruled that ministers and their deputies had remained in office illegally after the dissolution of parliament. While the whole country applauded them for their steadfastness in implementing the law to the letter they lost favour among some politicians. To date that matter remains unresolved with the former ministers refusing to refund the money they illegally received during the period they served illegally. This presents a test case of how hard sticking to the law is going to be for the people entrusted with interpreting the law. But these things were never meant to be easy. Constitutional Court judges may have just got the hint that it is time to rise above politics and do the right thing. if the cant make either side happy they might as well make the citizenry happy by correctly dispensing justice. The post Opinion: Concourt Could Benefit from Incessant Attacks appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Is Pres. Lungu’s War on the Judiciary a Mere Coincidence?

The debate about President Edgar Lungu sending a warning note to judges over the possibility of disqualifying him from standing in the 2021 elections has generated a lot of reactions. President Lungu went on a walkabout on how much chaos … Continued

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The debate about President Edgar Lungu sending a warning note to judges over the possibility of disqualifying him from standing in the 2021 elections has generated a lot of reactions. President Lungu went on a walkabout on how much chaos there could be if his candidature is thwarted. The Head of State warned against walking the Kenya route where the judges overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election. Perhaps more surprising was not the weight of the words used but the timing of the sentiments that smelt of an apocalyptic flavour. Does the President know something that the public does not? Where is this judicial phobia coming from? In any case in the matter President Lungu is pushing his weight in, he is not even party to the court process. It is Dan Pule’s league of Patriotic Front aligned journalists that originated the court process seeking the interpretation of the constitution. It is clear that Pule and his cohorts did not foresee the possibility that they may have opened a Pandora’s Box that could serve the opposite purpose of why it was initiated. Why could this be an issue at this hour? It is the timing of these sentiments that we find puzzling. For avoidance of doubt we reproduce part of the verbal tirade as given out by President Lungu. “To my colleagues in the Judiciary, my message is just do your work, interpret the law without fear or favour and look at the best interest of this country. Don’t become a copycat and think that you are a hero if you plunge this country into chaos. “I want to close by saying that those people who don’t like peace and freedom will say ‘President Lungu is intimidating the courts of law’, I am not intimidating the judiciary, I am just warning you because I have information that some of you want to be adventurous, your adventure should not plunge us into chaos please!†he said. Quite a mouthful but even more frightening to imagine that the Head of State uttered those words. “In English there is a saying, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. We don’t want to plunge this country into chaos because we are trying to imitate what’s happening elsewhere. We are a beckon of peace and freedom, let us keep it that way. I was on the ballot paper as candidate and I assured that I would protect Zambia and that I will do. God bless you.†He warned against emulating Kenyan judges saying they did not care about the will of the people. “Yes, I want to make it very clear. People are saying Zambian courts should emulate Kenyan courts and I want to be very sincere on this one, people are saying Zambian courts should be brave and make decisions which are in the interest of the people but look at what’s happening in Kenya now. I am saying the courts of law in Zambia should also see what’s happening, they should not behave like they are not part of our African continent. The most important thing I can say now is, 2021, I am available to stand if my party chooses me,†he said. Interestingly this is not the first time State House has weighed heavily on the judiciary which is the only remaining arm of government they do not fully control. On November 27, 2016 State House press aide Amos Chanda did threaten the judiciary with the Kenyan parallel once again coming into play. Chanda said, “Yes there is some discomfort in the party, remember I speak for the presidency and the President is the Head of the Party and I can say here that there is discomfort over the conduct of the Judiciary.†“The Judiciary must not be like politicians. The Judiciary must not push the Executive to push judicial reforms the Kenya style. Judges are members of society, they are not in Jupiter, their actions must be in tune with society, and they should not create doubts. There is discomfort in the party about what some judges say to members of the opposition and when we see their outcomes, it creates discomfort but not fear,†he said. Chanda added, “Let’s not have the judiciary that puts itself on trial.†As students of history we only hope that these sentiments are mere coincidences of momentary lapses by those that hold the highest office in the land. After all when everything else fails, the judiciary is the only beacon the citizenry can rely on to preserve sanity other than their ultimate power. The post OPINION: Is Pres. Lungu’s War on the Judiciary a Mere Coincidence? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion (Part One): Is The Chinese Honeymoon in Zambia Over?

Two weeks ago the Chinese community in Lusaka cried foul after some of their members were rounded up at the JCS market by the joint operations team involving the police, immigration and other security wings. In order to try to … Continued

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Two weeks ago the Chinese community in Lusaka cried foul after some of their members were rounded up at the JCS market by the joint operations team involving the police, immigration and other security wings. In order to try to find answers, some of the Chinese petitioned their embassy and their association to quickly engage the Zambian government and find out why the Chinese were treated in the manner the joint operations did to them. Not long ago, some Chinese miners were rounded up in a similar fashion on the Copperbelt and were locked up by the immigration and the police. It was alleged that these Chinese were mining illegally and most of them did not have valid papers to work in Zambia. The Chinese community was disgusted because among the arrested was a pregnant lady. Similarly, the Chinese protested and cried to their leaders to have their countrymates released. Indeed they were released and most of them were deported back to China. As someone who has been conducting research on Chinese operations in Africa, I have taken an interest to understand why such things are becoming a common occurrence for the Chinese, not just in Zambia but in many parts of Africa as well. Not many years ago, I was working in China for a Chinese multinational as an international business manager who was responsible for helping the company expand into new territories outside China. I remember travelling with my Chinese colleagues to many countries across Africa and South America. Apart from Brazil, generally the Chinese colleagues were given red carpet in all the countries we visited, more especially in Africa. The Brazilians were very cautious about my Chinese colleagues. On several occasions, since most of my colleagues could not speak English, the Brazilians warned me to stop my colleagues from taking photos or making sketches of the technology they were seeing. I was puzzled at this kind of mistrust and being naïve, I thought the Brazilians were just trying to be petty. Fast forward to today, I had a similar incidence right here in Zambia when I talked to some officials about how I was planning to go into a joint venture with my Chinese colleagues for some project. The officials looked at me and said, “Just be careful not to give them too much information, otherwise they will go behind your back and do the project on their own without youâ€. I was short of words and I wanted to tell my country mates that I have lived with the Chinese for more than 15 years and I am married from there, so the Chinese are good people, they can’t throw me out. However, I kept quiet and took some time to think about the warning. I am sure that most of us are asking ourselves about what really happened to the most loved Chinese colleagues in our country? Is their honeymoon in Zambia and Africa in particular slowly coming to an end? When the JCS market incidence happened, a Chinese friend called me. He was like, “Kumbu, you have lived in China for many years and you are also married to a Chinese lady. What do you make of the recent happenings where Chinese people seem to be a target for so many negative things in the countryâ€? If the Chinese are not being robbed, then they are being harassed by some unscrupulous people, or they are having a run-in with the officials. He further went on to lament about how some of them have invested heavily here to the extent they have made Zambia their home country. He really wondered why the Chinese who are doing so much for the country should be subjected to such ill treatment. Indeed I really sympathised with my friend, and I felt sorry for what happened. However, my mind could not stop asking why over the past few years, most of the Zambians have begun to have a different attitude towards the Chinese, whom not so long ago they welcomed with a red carpet. Just what went wrong? Immediately, my inquisition led me to think about a number of things, both structural and social, that may have led to this. Today I will try to dwell much on the aspect of how, as Zambians, we are working with our Chinese colleagues and I will cover other aspects in subsequent write ups. To be Continued………………………. Article by Kumbukilani Phiri and Durban Kambaki Chinese Scholars The post Opinion (Part One): Is The Chinese Honeymoon in Zambia Over? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Will Pres. Lungu Hear Their Cry?

HEAR THE CRY OF A REFUGEE A criminal without a crime. By Tilyenji Mwanza Refugees are proven victims of persecution that flee their homelands in search of hope, justice and a safe place to raise their families. In a foreign … Continued

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HEAR THE CRY OF A REFUGEE A criminal without a crime. By Tilyenji Mwanza Refugees are proven victims of persecution that flee their homelands in search of hope, justice and a safe place to raise their families. In a foreign land they seek asylum after suffering unthinkable tragedy in their homelands. They arrive in our land with next to nothing, and knowing no one. Chased by guns from their homeland, nightmare characterise their dreams, torment, anguish and fright. Their pain unimaginable, yes we see the documentary on television depicting their pain but no one can imagin the pain that tears in them. They leave their families a beacon of hope for most of us; now what is life without hope? SCARED AND LONELY images of your house burning, a place you called home. We stare and watch watch the news together and I see her mouth become a sink full of blood. I stare at the lines, the forms, the people at the desks, the calling cards, the immigration officers, the looks on the street, the wind whistles and on a winter night I can only imagine the cold settling deep into their bones. But she says this is better than the scent of a woman completely on fire, or the cry of a little girl continously raped by men, as they steal her innocence… Boom!!! the sound of a gun and everything goes dark. CAN THEY START ALL OVER AGAIN? *Photo credit: Smart Eagles* The post Will Pres. Lungu Hear Their Cry? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Dr Chilufya a Testament that are Still Good Men in Politics

It is very fashionable to just get to pinpoint the negatives about government officials. Half the time they are often seen to be villains in the narrative of governance. When they are not painted as corrupt they are seen to … Continued

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It is very fashionable to just get to pinpoint the negatives about government officials. Half the time they are often seen to be villains in the narrative of governance. When they are not painted as corrupt they are seen to be fighting to get to the top and gunning to replace the number one statesman at the nearest election. But some have kept their head above shoulders admirably with Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya topping that list. Dr Chilufya has stayed clear above the petty squabbles typical of politicians within the ruling Patriotic Front and can reasonably claim to have an above partisan appeal. Few people if any can raise a finger in Dr Chilufya’s direction as being among some of the most divisive elements in our politics today. He has studiously stuck to the requisite demands of his office opting to only let his works speak for themselves. Dr Chilufya has not been one to raise political dust. It is not surprising that he hardly makes headlines in political circles but by far does one of the most critical responsibilities of any imaginable government. Even when some high profile personalities still get airlifted for medical treatment abroad, Dr Chilufya has not been one to stand on anthill to proclaim the good deeds of his government. He lets his works speak for itself. The Mansa lawmaker had the dignity to be understudied by the late Dr Joseph Kasonde as deputy minister of health before he could count himself worth of a full cabinet portfolio. If anyone doubts the dignity of being willing to serve as deputy minister when one thinks themselves worth of higher office they better look to the misery that has befallen Miles Sampa. The former Matero lawmaker began to yearn for more action at top level thinking himself better as a full cabinet minister of even Head of State. He did not have the humility to value himself at his right portfolio. We do not say this to make Dr Chilufya grow wings but remind ourselves that amidst so much pomposity and power hunger there are still leading lights in humility and performance. It is a reminder that amidst the political chaos there are still individuals that could restore some hope that there are still good men around that see the five year mandate as a time to work and not knifing each other ahead of 2021 which is still some miles away. In the words of iconic Reggae star Peter Tosh. “Live Clean and Let Your Works be seenâ€. The post OPINION: Dr Chilufya a Testament that are Still Good Men in Politics appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Is Kambwili Just a Paper Tiger

Images of expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili addressing a National Democratic Congress (NDC) meeting Kitwe sent waves of panic in the ruling Patriotic Front circles. They may not have admitted it but a panicky Bowman Lusambo was not … Continued

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Images of expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili addressing a National Democratic Congress (NDC) meeting Kitwe sent waves of panic in the ruling Patriotic Front circles. They may not have admitted it but a panicky Bowman Lusambo was not taking any chances when Kambwili was an unwelcome visitor in Kabushi Constituency interacting with traders at the gutted Kapalala Market by asking his Roan counterpart through some rowdy youths to leave. The bad blood between Lusambo and Kambwili was an extension of their near punch up at parliament buildings a few weeks earlier. Kambwili has been a thorn in the ruling party backside with his often unguarded stinging corruption allegations. Kambwili has been raising all this dust whilst claiming total loyalty to the PF. He has gone to court defending his right to remain a member of the Patriotic Front. The irony in all this is that Kambwili has been bashing the PF on allegations of corruption making it clear that he is not in deed part of them. It may not be the most attractive counsel to Kambwili but if he wants to walk the full mile he has to consider ditching the PF. Kambwili should decide what he wants to do when there is still time. He must decide whether he still wants to remain I the PF and stick it out with prospective challengers to President Edgar Lungu that are sitting on the fence or go the NDC way where the path has been cleared for him. It will not do for him to insist on being a PF member while on the other hand bashing the ruling party with corruption allegations. It is not by accident that his incessant attacks have so far earned him a Bowman special at parliament. Kambwili must decide whether he wants to lead a political party. To Kambwili 2021 may seem very far now but it would do him great to get down to work now if his overt presidential ambitions are serious. He must learn from the Michael Sata template where the King Cobra dusted himself in the post 2001 humiliation and got down to work. Kambwili cannot claim to want to lead the masses when he is desperately clinging on to his parliamentary seat. Why is it so important for him to remain cloaked in PF apparel in parliament but bashing the ruling party at every opportunity? For the man claiming to have the muscle to topple President Lungu (in an election) why should he not be willing to slug it out in Roan Constituency as his first show of seriousness? The longer he hangs on to the PF in parliament the more time it will cost him to freely open up mobilizing strictures under his name not under some pseudo arrangement. It is not meant to be easy and is definitely more than just making noise in some friendly newspapers and points of order in parliament. To lead Kambwili must be ready and willing to make some sacrifices and hanging on to a ministerial allowance is not one of them. He will have to go back to the trenches and fight and endure even some more slaps. Who can forget that one moment when the late Willie Nsanda disrespectfully dragged then opposition leader Michael Sata from a live Radio Ichengelo program? That was part of the sacrifices that Sata made on his way to State House. Newspaper headlines are only part of the struggle but not the most significant. Playing cosy to radio stations and newspapers will expose Kambwili for the paper Tiger he seems to realistically be. The post OPINION: Is Kambwili Just a Paper Tiger appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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