Dr Fred M’membe

PRESS STATEMENT: We will not be part of the alliance circuses going on

THE issue of us joining alliances or pacts keeps on coming up. We have explained and explained our position on this issue but it keeps coming up ceaselessly.

For us, it is not about quick and easy political fixes just to enable us win elections. For us, there is no choice between being principled and unelectable; and electable and unprincipled. We should win because of what we believe in.

A complex era such as this requires principles more than ever. It requires a lot more awareness. Political deals, alliances or pacts are worthless if they are not inspired by noble, selfless sentiments. Likewise, noble sentiments are worthless if they are not based on correct and fair arrangements.

We have chosen to defend certain principles that are of tremendous value at a time of confusion and opportunism in our country, a time when many politicians are feathering their own nests.

We will cooperate with other political players to address problems which affect all of us. But we will not be part of these alliance circuses going on.

Nobody should think that things are going to be easy. We must be prepared to meet difficulties. We have difficulties right now, and we will have even greater ones in the coming days, weeks and months, even if we do things the right way – and we should do them the right way, even if it calls for our greatest efforts. We have to cope with the objective problems of the situation prevailing in our country, the increasing number of restrictive and repressive measures this corrupt, intolerant, cruel and tyrannical regime takes against us.

Nothing great ever came easy; nothing good ever came easy. The struggles, challenges, and obstacles that it takes to succeed in life is what makes success more valuable. Nothing great comes easy, and nothing easy can ever equate to greatness.

Working hard on a goal is really the only way to reach it. The results won’t be overnight, nor would it be easy.

Aside from being patient, investing a lot of time and effort is needed. It’s true that nothing great ever came that easy. Often times, it would take so much work and patience in order to succeed. Hard work and focus is the only way to reach a goal.

In most cases, results won’t come easy or happen overnight. It’s true that nothing great ever came that easy. Often times, it would take so much work, patience and dedication. And we shouldn’t give up. The path to victory is filled of obstacles and challenges. We just need to find solutions and keep on struggling.

Lots of hard work and time need to be invested – nothing great ever came that easy. A life of ignoble ease which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. I admire a person who embodies victorious effort; who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life. It is hard to fail; but it is worse never be have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

The state our country is in calls for not for the life of ease, but for the life of strenuous endeavour. If we shrink from the hard contests where we must win at hazard of our lives and at the risk of all we hold dear, then the bolder and stronger will pass us by and will win for themselves the domination of our country.

Let us therefore boldly face the life of strife, resolute to do our duty well; resolute to uphold righteousness by word and by deed; resolute to be both honest and brave, to serve high ideals, yet to use practical methods. Above all, let us shrink from no strife, moral or physical, provided we are certain that the strife is justified; for it is only through strife, through hard and dangerous endeavour, that we shall ultimately win.

Fred M’membe
President of the Socialist Party


  1. Don’t listen to this kama Gay lunatic! He only becomes Socialist when he is in trouble. But we know he waz full-time Capitalist when it was convenient for him.
    He owned Oil Tankers and Trucks transporting Copper when Sata was alive and gave him contracts freely.
    He only became Socialist when Lungu scattered his Business after Mmembe started dodging taxes.
    So you know, Mmembe is no different from ECL and is a very selfish fella!!
    Even his own wife can’t even stand for MP on his Socialist Party, she is clever and knows SP is going nowhere.

  2. We got here mostly because of M’membe’s scheming without common sense. If this guy was to cast a deciding vote between Lungu and HH, believe it or not , he will vote for Lungu.

  3. Indeed truth be told, the Chinese would justifiably call M’membe a ” capitalist loader”. For starters, just consider his house & salary while MD for the then Post Newspaper! Talk of a socialist! My foot!

  4. It’s a party with no track record of political participation in Zambia, the Socialist party. Fred M’membe will get baptised in the murky waters of Zambian politics. After that he will come down to earth.

  5. With due respect to Fred M’membe, ideological thinking or the tendency to love the espousing of ideology, especially the socialist ideology, could be the big problem with ideology conscious politicians we may have of nowadays. I do not think that the original socialists had so much thought or consciousness of the ideology they were going along by while doing their politics for the people. An individual like M’membe, a politician of nowadays would eagerly talk so much about ideology, ideological thinking or of doing of things simply bcos they became socialists through the book theory they learned at school, not bcos they are inherently socialists no. It’s more like you loved the socialism socialist subject so much at school, developed icons out of former great socialist politicians from various places on earth and so you just have it on your mind that you got to act like what you picked from theory, or from your book icon. In my opinion, to be too much so much concerned about what ideology you are following in trying to respond to the needs of the times, and to the extent of failing to take action bcos taking the needed action would make you look like you are lost with respect to your ideological thinking, is to be unreal, is to be impractical, is to be unresponsive to the needs of the time, is to be valueless to the people, IT IS TO BE UTOPIA, if I may use the word socialists love to use! I have read the other comments above and M’membe should understand that he also has buggages in his life. Lots of buggages. In fact I would say almost every grown up would have buggages in life. So all we have to do is to be relevant to the people or the situation at hand at any given time. If I may ask, what different solutions to the people ‘s suffering will Mmembe bring about in future through the espousing of the socialist ideology if he becomes president, which will be more appreciated by the people more than how his help this time will be appreciated today if he joined the alliance to help kick the PF out of power? These are the questions M’membe and team should ask themselves. What is it that ties M’membe so much that he cannot work with others to help the nation in this time of great hardships under the PF rule. The people want you to help now with the current problem by joining hands with all others to effect the solution to the problem, but you are saying you can’t bcos of your ideological beliefs!!!
    I think on this one M’membe ba daala, mwaitaya. Think twice otherwise people won’t see those principles, what they will see is rigidity in your chosen positions. I don’t think rigidity is something one can sell to the people while seeking the highest office in the land.

  6. You have edited the part where he describes HH as a person without principles, policies and ideology and to him he wants to be President of Zambia and yet he does not seem to know what he wants to do when he becomes president. And there are Zambians who are following him blindly just like we did with Chiluba in 1991.


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