By Isaac Mwanza
My first vote in Zambian Elections was on 18th Novembe, 1996. remember voting for Fredrick J. T. Chiluba for President and Samuel S. Miyanda for Matero Member of Parliament. I was very certain that Chiluba needed another term.
This year, my mind is decided again. I will be voting for Edgar Chagwa Lungu on 12th August 2021.
No one can dispute that we keep experiencing change in this country. That is the real change than the change some opposition parties have been talking about.
Change is not about substituting individuals with another, it is about what acts that affect an ordinary citizen:
When you had no tarmac, like we didn’t have in our ghetto, and an administration brings the roads closer to home, that is real change.
When children and students had to travel long distances to schools and universities but an administration brings schools closer and reduces the travelling distance, that is real change.
When my grandmother in the village had to travel hundreds of kilometers to access medical services but an administration brings health posts closer, that is real change.
When congestion in Lusaka on main roads gets to be thing of the past, that is real change.
Yes, prices of essential commodities are high in 2021 compared to 2011 but this is not 2011. Time and the world keeps moving. No single country has the same prices on essential commodities 10 years later.
You can talk to the value of the dollar at this point as being high, we need to control it and controlling the dollar is not about one individual as many others have been made to believe. It’s about many factors. We need to invest in local manufacturing, we need to produce more and more, our exports ought to be increased. But when you trading with countries like South Africa whose border keeps closing, you have a problem.
Looking at how the food prices and other commodities are going up in South Africa, we are in fact getting imported inflation considering that South Africa is our major supplier of goods and services.
So my vote is not a secret at all. We discussed this yesterday when we met up with Judge Ngoma and had to share notes.
Judge Ngoma spent 7 years with Michael Sata as a right hand man. I had joined PF in 2004. We lived in the same neighborhood and would buy each other drinks from the same joint in our ghetto.
Judge Ngoma has never resigned from PF but has endorsed HH for President. His choice must be respected. So it is important for every citizen to respect the choices of others in this democratic process but most importantly to coexist.
Edgar Lungu: My Choice, My Vote