PERSONAL PROFILE FOR SEAN E. TEMBO (SET), PARTY PRESIDENT FOR THE PATRIOTS FOR ECONOMIC PROGRESS (PeP)
Last Edited on 15/06/2019
1. Sean Enock Tembo (SET) was born on 30th of March 1980 in Jabu Village, Chief Kapatamoyo, Chipata District of Eastern Province of Zambia, from Mr. Gideon Tembo and Mrs. Vaida Tembo. He is the 5th born in a family of 9, of which only 4 are currently surviving. His father was a Miner and worked for Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM), Nchanga Division in Chingola before his untimely demise in 1989 when SET was 9 years old. Sean Tembo grew up in Mtendere Compound of Lusaka and he started his primary school in 1986 and completed his Grade 7, as one of the best students at Chitukuko Primary School in Mtendere, Lusaka. He later proceeded to Kabulonga School for Boys in 1993. In his Grade 9 exams, Sean Tembo was one of the best students in Zambia and was admitted to Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone where he completed his Grade 12 in 1997. While at Hillcrest, Sean Tembo was one of the best students and obtained a number of awards and also represented the school in several national JETS Olympiad competitions.
2. In 1999, at the age of 19, Sean Tembo was enrolled for the Bachelor of Accountancy programme at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in Kitwe where he was consistently the best student during his 4 year tenure at the University. While at Copperbelt University, Sean Tembo enjoyed several best student scholarships including the Citi Bank best student scholarship as well as the Bank of Zambia (BOZ) best student scholarship.
3. During his stay at CBU, Sean Tembo was the Managing Editor of the Campus Herald Magazine, which was a student magazine with a monthly circulation of about 10,000 copies and was widely distributed to secondary schools in the entire Copperbelt Province. In his 3rd and 4th years at CBU and due to his outstanding academic performance, Sean Tembo was appointed as a Tutor for 1st year students for BS140, Mathematical Analysis. As a Tutor, he was put on the University payroll and drew a regular monthly salary in addition to the allowances that he received from the Citi Bank and Bank of Zambia Best Student Scholarships.
3. On completion of his undergraduate degree programme at CBU, Sean Tembo was the best graduating student and was awarded the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZiCA) best graduating student award with a cash prize of K1 million (un-rebased). While writing his last examination paper at CBU, Sean Tembo had 7 job offers from reputable companies and institutions including Konkola Copper Mines Plc, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of Zambia, KPMG, Citi Bank, Deloitte and Copperbelt University as an SDF. He eventually settled to join PricewaterhouseCoopers which is an international audit & business advisory services firm, where he worked until 2004.
4. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sean Tembo was sponsored to go and pursue the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification at the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS), in Lusaka. While studying for his ACCA at ZCAS, Sean Tembo obtained several worldwide best student awards in various courses and walked away with more than K5 million (un-rebased) in cash prizes from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, before completing his ACCA qualification in record time.
5. In 2004 at the age of 24, Sean Tembo left PricewaterhouseCoopers and founded ENOSYST AM, his own audit & business advisory services firm. In 2005, ENOSYST AM established an office in Gaborone, Botswana and in 2008, a third office was established in Johannesburg, South Africa. The firm specializes in the provision of assurance services such as statutory audits, forensic audits, operational audits etc, as well as economic and financial consultancy services to various clients including governments and quasi-government institutions in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. This exposure gave Sean Tembo a deeper understanding of the social, economic and political landscape of Zambia and the region.
6. In 2008, Sean Tembo decided to take a short sabbatical leave from running his firm, to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, where he also graduated as the best student.
7. In 2015 at the age of 35 and after successfully running his firm, in three countries for more than 10 years, Sean E. Tembo MBA, BAcc, FCCA, FCPA, FZICA, decided to partially retire from professional work. He now runs his firm, ENOSYST AM on a part-time basis and also runs a 62 room hospitality establishment in Lusaka called Palm Valley Resort. He lives on a farm in Ngwerere, in the northern part of Lusaka City. Sean Tembo has four children. He is a devoted Christian and his hobbies include fishing, safari hunting, playing golf, and is an avid gun collector. He also enjoys an occasional Mosi Lager in the company of good friends.
8. As a contribution to public service, Sean Tembo has previously served in the Zambia Police Service, Lusaka Division, where he rose to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police, before leaving the service in 2013. Despite his limited financial resources, Sean Tembo has also made several donations to various charities including the sponsorship of a 5 year programme to award cash prizes to best performing students every term at Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone, as well as Gaborone Secondary School (GSS) in Gaborone, Botswana. These scholarship programmes, albeit small in nature, had the effect of motivating pupils to achieve higher levels of performance not only in the final grade 12 exams, but throughout their secondary studies.
9. In 2015, Sean Tembo decided to actively contribute to the governance of the nation by joining active politics. His initial plan was to join an existing political party which advances progressive ideas that have the potential to uplift the living standards of the Zambian people. After reviewing the plans, operations and democratic standing of existing political parties, it soon dawned upon Sean Tembo that he may have to consider starting a political party from scratch, as none of the political parties that existed at the time were appealing.
10. In February 2015, Sean Tembo organized a number of other progressive Zambians and together they started the process of forming the Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP). The Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) is a centrist political party that believes in a free market economy. The party was registered in the Republic of Zambia in 2016 in accordance with the Societies Act, Chapter 119 of the Laws of Zambia, and is also duly accredited with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). In November 2016, the Party went for a convention that was held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC), in Lusaka, where Sean Tembo and other members of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) was elected on a 5 year mandate until November 2021, with Sean Tembo as Party President.
11. The Party’s four core values are Patriotism, Accountability, Competence and Courage. The Party’s vision is “to have a Zambia where the poorest person has an average monthly income of K10,000, inflation is below 5%, average commercial bank lending rates are single digit, the Gini coefficient is less than 0.1, Per capita income is above US$50,000, the least educated citizen has a full grade 12 certificate and Zambians having a life expectancy of not less than 80 years”. Sean Tembo strongly believes that Zambia has the necessary potential to make this vision a reality, with hard work and proper accountability of public resources.
12. The Patriots for Economic Progress has been undertaking a number of activities to hold the PF government accountable, which include the fire tender protests of which 42 were planned and 12 have so far been undertaken. On 7th March 2018, the Police prevented the Party from undertaking its 13th protest against the $42m fire tender scandal, for no valid reasons. Sean Tembo subsequently decided to take the Government to court, on behalf of PeP, under cause number 2018/HP/490, for violating the Party members freedoms, rights and liberties to association, expression and assembly as guaranteed by articles 20 and 21 of the Republican Constitution. This matter has already undergone trial at the High Court and judgement is expected soon. Sean Tembo personally represented the party in Court. The Patriots for Economic Progress is hopeful that at the conclusion of this court matter, the freedoms, rights and liberties of the citizens of this Republic shall be reaffirmed.
13. Other PeP activities to hold the PF government accountable include the decision by the Party to petition the Constitutional Court under cause number 2018/CCZ/007, seeking the indulgence of the Court to determine the legality of the land gift that President Lungu received from Inyatsi Properties Limited of eSwatini, whose sister company; Inyatsi Construction Limited is a beneficiary of multiple government contracts, vis a vis Article 92(1) of the Republican Constitution and Section 21(1)(b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012. This matter was subsequently withdrawn after the Party’s application to subpoena key witnesses that included the Minister of Information and Chief Government Spokesperson as well as the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, was declined by the Court. This essentially rendered the Party’s case moribund thereby leaving the Party with no option but to withdraw the case from Court for now.
14. In addition to providing checks and balances, and unlike other opposition political parties that only point fingers while standing on top of anthills, Sean Tembo has ensured that the Patriots for Economic Progress has actively been providing alternative solutions to national problems and challenges. In this regard, PeP has so far developed and presented a PeP Alternative 7th National Development Plan as well as PeP Alternative National Budgets for the fiscal years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Party is currently working on a PeP Alternative Republican Constitution, which is a model Constitution that the party will offer to the citizens of this beautiful country once in power.
14. Among other key matters, Sean Tembo has ensured that the Patriots for Economic Progress is financially self-sustainable so that it can maintain its independence and not become beholden to those individuals and interest-groups that might donate significant sums of money for its operations. To this end, the Party’s members contribute a membership fee of K100 per annum, except for those that are financially challenged, who are allowed to apply for a pre-approved waiver. As at 31st December 2018, the party had 113,621 paid up members. Sean Tembo has also seen to it that the Party engages in a number of income generating activities through the sale of various pieces of party regalia to those that can afford. In the 2018 fiscal year, the Party sold about 39,000 PeP branded t-shirts at K30 each and various other pieces of regalia is planned to be introduced to enhance the Party’s revenue generation capacity. These prudent financial measures have ensured that the Party always has adequate financial resources available to undertake its operations. For the past 3 years, the Party has only been spending less than 5% of the total income generated in each year, mostly on media promotions and legal fees. This has put the Party on the right path to build the necessary war chest in readiness for the 2021 general elections.
15. The PeP President believes that it is unreasonable for any political party to promise to come and run a financially sustainable government once they come to power when they fail to run the operations of their respective political parties in a financially sustainable manner while in opposition. Sean Tembo will be contesting the Presidency of the Republic of Zambia in 2021 and he is expecting a very good performance. His primary target group are the 5.5 million eligible Zambians that decided not to register and not to vote in the 2016 general elections. His plan is to offer himself as the reason why these 5.5 million eligible Zambians need to register and to vote in the 2021 general elections.
16. Sean Tembo believes that the best person to become Republican President in 2021 must have two key qualities. Firstly, the person must be competent enough to turnaround the collapsing economy and secondly, the ideal candidate must be gracious enough to unite all the tribes of Zambia because this nation has become too polarized on tribal lines; with the major political parties embracing regionalism and tribalism as a political tool. With his Party’s continuous and consistent development and presentation of sound Alternative National Budgets in the past 4 years, Sean Tembo believes that his competence to turnaround the collapsing Zambian economy as Republican President in 2021 is unquestionable. Equally, as a relative new comer to Zambian politics, Sean Tembo believes that he has not yet been tainted with tribal inclinations which are evidently inherent in the majority of the older political players, and therefore possess the graciousness needed to unite all the tribes and regions of this great Republic. The Republic of Zambia.
17. Beginning mid August to end of September 2019, Sean Tembo with his Patriots for Economic Progress will begin a 6 week country-wide tour which will begin with Central Province and cover Copperbelt and North Western Province and will involve a visit to each and every Ward, Constituency and District in each of these three provinces. Sean Tembo will utilize this visit of the 3 provinces to identify potential candidates for adoption for the 2021 local government and constituency seats. The Party intends to field candidates in each and every available electable position in 2021.
18. Sean Tembo’s PeP Party is one of the members of the Opposition Alliance, which is a collective of about 12 opposition political parties that agreed to work together on issues of common interest. The Opposition Alliance does not yet have any electoral pact in place regarding the 2021 general elections. Therefore, each and every member of the Opposition Alliance currently has liberty to launch their own individual campaigns towards 2021. If and when a possible electoral pact is proposed by any political party, Sean Tembo intends to consider such a proposal with an open mind.
PeP Media Department