By Charles Mwewa

Blame for everything African is seen from two lenses; the West and everybody else view Africa from historically deficient perspectives. And as far as Africa is concerned, its name alone is synonymous with darkness, lack of progress and abysmally underdeveloped. And the other perspective is seen from Africans’ lenses; that Africa can improve but for salient and underlying challenges. I have no position; I take a pragmatic view and here is my indictment. First, Africa has problems. The biggest of Africa’s problems are dual in nature – political and economic.

The politics are tasteless and the economies are always begging. As Nyerere once said, “There is a demon in Africa.” Leaders seem to have no idea what they are even elected for. People cannot voice their dissatisfaction with bad leadership or they risk ostracization or even death. Media is a weapon for citizenry victimization and good ideas are stifled as threats. This paradigm has perpetually left many an African government dogged by less competent and dictatorially talented men. Take Zambia as an example. It does not matter who presides over the nation; it all comes to the same story. Before they rise to power, they may make some promises. But once power pokes them, they engineer vicious disenfranchisements, recruit despotic caderism, and obliterate any sane opposition. Productivity is relegated to oblivion and mental agility is annihilated. Most regimes are run by thinkless, brainless and overtly unwise idiots who celebrate poverty or camouflage it into politically correct terms and who shun intellectualism at the expense of callous shamelessness. Second, there is no planned incentive to progress technologically. Africa has become the user-in-chief of other nations technological prowess. Universities are harbingers of achievement-less fellows. If education is below standard, teachers are rarely well-paid and books used are obsolete and almost always written by non-Africans, it could take a miracle to innovate and recolonize learning there. Third, Africa in general and Zambia in particular, has not prioritized human rights protection for its people.

There is rhetoric but there is no substance on implementation. People are judged based on tribal affiliation and not brains or contribution. Brainless governors use power as a weapon to intimate the weak, poison the innocent and murder those who dare to stand up and speak truth to power. This tendency has produced a nation of yes-yes weaklings, who simply endorse and not challenge dictatorial and despotic regimes. Let us face it, all nations are facing political and economic challenges, but Zambia’s are artificial ones – allowed to mushroom in order to consolidate power and eliminate challengers. Here is what must be done, and done urgently:

(1) Purify government by being the right people to be elected to power. Do not ask what somebody should do for your nation, rise up and do something for it;

(2) speak up and out for injustices even if it may endanger your life. Those who fought and died for African liberation did not have super blood;

(3) challenge the current educational standards in Africa and Zambia. Children should be exposed to early childhood problem-solving programs and motivated to love science and technology;
(4) stop putting faith in government, put faith in God and believe in yourselves. Be innovative, inventive and experiment; and (5) be self-reliant and use whatever is in Africa to develop Africa.

By Charles Mwewa – concerned citizen.

2 COMMENTS

  1. To Mwewa:

    Greatful for your contribution.I would like you to look at these points and have an honest review of the point raised within your heart….

    1.When in the time of history did the USA/Canada become Democratic through plural politics(as for Zambia 40 yrs including the short lived segment in the first republic)
    2.How far are we in terms of ‘development’as Africa from developed countries like the one you are currently residing.
    3.Is Africa ready for a western style of leadership?
    4.Do you think Lungu is a dictator?

  2. In order to develop our beloved country Zambia we need to separate the governance of national affairs from caderism and look at the country as belonging to all. Separate the country from ethnicity and tribal inclination. Whether my tribal inclination is ruling that doesn’t empower me to have access to better resources or livelihoods.

    It is very shameful to notice that instead of allowing the president to assemble a team of women and men of integrity, honesty, potential and intellectuals to propel the development this country but we are seeing freebooters, failures & visionless people misleading the president in the name of loyalty and championing the sole candidature of President Edgar Lungu in 2021. What type of love and support are the people showing or giving the President.

    The very people in the forefront pushing 2021 political agenda for the incumbent President are the ones who are his real enemies of his progress. These are the same people aimed at dividing the PF Party by spreading lies, rumours and promoting hatred and character assassination. These people are only interested in securing their political jobs and a means of earning money because of hunger and selfish ambitions.

    The President should have spiritual eyes and discernment to scrutinise the inner circle of people surrounding him. In my opinion some of them are his greatest enemies. A good leader should be prepared to listen and weigh all criticism and take time to respond and not to react. What we’re seeing today and in the past regimes is still the same political advisors are not sincere and will always react to any divergent view.

    Our dear lovely President you still have ample time to put the government and nation in order and build a well committed team of Godly fearing people to help you develop this country. You can still leave a good legacy. Stop pleasing people especially PF caders.

    Lastly, my dear lovely President kindly make quick reshuffles firstly, starting at State House level. Secondly, at Cabinet and Provincial Ministerial levels. Thirdly, at Permanent Secretary & Constitutional office levels. Fourthly, provincial heads of departments. With these reshuffles some people should be dropped and others demoted and replaced.

    This will allow you to cleanse your government not basing the actions on tribal or political party affiliations but on people who can deliver and are willing to sacrifice. The Auditor General reports are there to guide you, Office of the President is also capable of helping you. The Chief Justice also has integrity to assist you. I am deeply convinced that at one time some people could have brought these suggestions to you but you thought they were against you. Those are the people who love and care about your leadership.

    The prompt reponses to critism by any person in the media from PF Party caders or Amos Chanda without even making proper consultations from technocrats for the government to make informed discisions is destroying the image of the government. The PF Party has now formed government and people shouldn’t always be referring anything to the PF Party. His Execellency the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is not the President of PF only but he is the legimate President of The Republic of Zambia he is free to work with any person of his choice . When the country fails to develop it is the government which fails and not a political party. All Zambians are part of the government and our president His Execellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu is the president of all the tribes, the 10 provinces and all Zambians whether UPND, MMD, UNIP etc.

    Thank you and wish you a prosperous Zambia.

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