What legacy is Sata creating for himself?

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Sata, KK and RB

Life is like a pen we use to write down notes in the chronicles of our daily activities. Like a pen, we write our legacies by the way we live our lives.

 

The legacies we write are left behind to those who follow us. For this reason, we are remembered for what is woven into people’s hearts not for the fine handwritten engraving in our tombstones.

 

Since independence 1964, we have had five heads of State; Kenneth Kaunda, Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda and the current Michael Sata, each with a unique legacy.

 

Kaunda is woven into people’s hearts for his contribution towards conflict resolution and liberation struggle.He made it a policy to support other countries in the area of conflict resolution, an indelible vestige of his legacy.

 

He also enforced integrity in his regime by demanding for accountability and transparency among his cronies. Unfortunately, calling for integrity and resolving conflicts on their own cannot create a noble legacy.

 

Kaunda had austere flaws that dented his legacy. He was an autocrat, and tumbled-down the economy. His grisly political and economic legacy is much more important than his liberation account. Through his left nationalist-socialist ideology he sparked off the economic quagmire we are still struggling to deal with today.

 

He inherited a flourishing and balanced economy, with strong economic growth and high quality employment. Through his bad policies he drove the economy in a direction that ultimately landed it to the bottommost of the ladder of world economies. There is nothing that will rub this off from his legacy.

 

In the 1970s Kaunda developed clearly tyrannical characteristics. He became exceedingly intolerant of the opposition and bulldozed his new constitution that barred other political parties from operating, locked up, and allegedly tortured many people with divergent ideas from his left nationalist-socialist philosophy.

 

Many people felt betrayed by Kaunda as many would feel deceived today if Sata was to ban other political parties. He designed his legacy using totalitarian tools.

 

Chiluba is remembered for leading the country back to multiparty democracy. He made Zambians win back the freedom to express their different political views without fear of persecution. This helped people to have a voice and difference in opinions that ultimately led to more freedom.

 

Under Chiluba’s leadership power was shared and there was no person with too much influence to run the country as he pleased as we are experiencing it today. Chiluba’s leadership made Zambia a beacon of democracy in Africa.

 

He also opened up Zambia to the rest of the world by removing barriers to international investing andrestrictions in the flow of resources. The liberalization of the economy reduced the political risks to investors thus attracting diverse and more foreign investments.

 

Hated or loved, Chiluba laid the foundation for the effects of liberalization that were starting to provide new opportunities for diversification and profit during Mwanawasa and Banda’s leadership.

 

On the other hand, Chiluba will be remembered for being spendthrift and careless in handling the process of privatisation. The transfer of ownership of some companies, agencies, public service and public property to the private sector was done in an ungainly and reckless manner making it difficult to offer basic services to the poor masses.

 

He will also be remembered for leading a corrupt regime. He had no political will to tackle corruption. Like the current regime, he had no acuity on how to develop anti-corruption reforms to provide for a credible accession process.

 

Mwanawasa will be committed in people’s memories for rebuilding the economy. For instance, he breathed life in the mining industry.Local communities were increasingly seeking economic benefit from mining activities through equity stakes. His good policies were starting to influence infrastructure development, job creation, and improving communities’ ability to supply services and goods.

 

Mwanawasa also promoted the rule of law in its most basic form. There was no one above the law as we are seeing it today. He also focused on fighting corruption though not in a convincing manner.He lacked pragmatic approaches that would addresses the many causes, facets and structural issues of corruption.

 

Banda will be remembered for growing the economy. It was during his tenure that employment and corporate profits started growing strongly. He increased the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and stabilised the economy that it experienced constant growth and single digit inflation.

 

It was Banda who improved efficiencies and enabled democracy to flourish and delivered on its promises including political participation. He delivered on human rights, access to justice, an improved quality of life, a healthy environment, and personal security.

 

His leadership style was all-encompassing and responsive, and fostered a chi of oneness across regions. His vision went beyond tribal and regional precincts and headed an all-embracing cabinet, a ‘president for all Zambians’.

 

Banda will also be remembered for his excellent international relations and for bringing grandeur, stateliness and decorum to the presidency.

Unfortunately, his regime became complacent and stopped listening to the poor masses. His government stopped educating itself in new ways of doing things and adjusting its style to deal with the needs of the electorate.

 

Banda’s regime also failed to look at itself from all angles and kept afloat a corrupt system. His government had a sterile public service anti-corruption strategy to give effect to his expressed commitment of his regime to fight corruption in the public service.

 

Sata’s legacy is a ‘black book’. It is even difficult to concoct or fabricate a positive vestige to link to the legacy he is creating.

 

He will be remembered for being a dictator, tribalist, violator of fundamental rights and constitution, illiterate and leader of the most corrupt regime in Zambia.

 

Sata will be remembered for lack of vision thus characterising the presidency withobstreperous comedy when there are serious national issues that require serious policy direction. He will be remembered for being the most self-serving and greedy president who increased his salary and allowances by more than hundred per cent, built his retirement house even before he retired, allocated the first lady an unconstitutional K1.5 billion tax payers money to spend without government supervision.

 

He will also be remembered for deceiving the electorate. He trekked around the country making irrational promises just to u-turn on them. He now spends most his time concealed in State House instead of being with the people he is called serve.

 

Sata will be remembered for the current and worsening common signs of economic instability; high commodity prices, shortage of goods, rising inflation and volatility in currency exchange rates.

 

He will be remembered for a decline in consumer confidence, stunted economic growth, and reduced international confidence.

 

One wonders if Sata knows that the heirs of his legacy are not just his children and family but the Zambian society as a whole, the people whose lives he is called to serve.

 

Sata should look at how he is carrying himself and the kind of legacy he is creating. What legacy will he leave behind if he continues on this hideous course?

 

One of his flaws is lack of good prioritisation, which misdirects his energies in senseless activities such as inducing by-elections and incarcerating opposition leaders. Unfortunately, this is the legacy he is designing for himself and what he will be remembered for, ideally, in a way that many Zambians do not desire. 

 

What will Sata gain to conclude his presidency with a negative legacy?

 

A positive legacy can never be achieved simply by getting into State House. It takes candour and understanding of what legacy one wants to create and how to achieve it. 

Sata has numerous opportunities to inspire people. Unfortunately, most of his encounters result in negative experiences due to his unexamined leadership.

 

A question that implores for an answer is whether the negative legacy he is creating is intended? If not, it then shows that his legacy is moored on bad principles and decisions. 

 

Regrettably, Sata has no aptitude to stop and think how he wants to be remembered. As a result, he is squandering opportunities to create a positive legacy.

 

All things considered, a self-audit is necessary because what Sata is currently achieving is not a valuable legacy.

 

What is more worrying is that he seems not able to think or care or appreciate a positive legacy. Socrates once said, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’.

 

As long as he does not take concrete and rational steps to create a positive legacy, Sata’s legacy will be at odds with people’s aspirations and expectations of their leader in a democratic society.

 

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74 Responses to "What legacy is Sata creating for himself?"

  1. Zongisi  June 25, 2013 at 07:39

    The only legacy african presidents create is the word corruption. waste not your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zambian poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling cooper pens. Very interesting idea since Zambia has plenty cooper. Go to (pens.co)not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that. (pens.co)not dot com, a very simple idea but who knew it before

  2. Ashley  June 24, 2013 at 22:59

    Bwafwa sana

  3. Maimbo  June 24, 2013 at 19:36

    Well said my man! Electing Sata is the biggest mistake we have ever made! Mwanawasa was indeed the best president we have had so far. Not so happy with Banda enriching himself and his sons, not forgetting his desire to be respected by making others publicly kneel before him to show adoration! Zambia oh! Zambia… Cry the beloved country.

    • BMK  June 25, 2013 at 10:15

      Come on, appreciate some good tidings happening!!!

  4. Vibe Star  June 24, 2013 at 18:31

    Ka Chiluba, my foot!

  5. Kadoli Katapa  June 24, 2013 at 15:49

    Zonda uzalema!. We are here to clean up our God given country for your benefit. If you don’t like it, Go! Go where you wish. Most of your are so tribal that you can not appreciate the developments taking place. Especially you Tongas in the diaspora. Stay there, me I am back and I have gotten myself enough land and I building. You stay there where you will continuously work for bills. As long as you are out there, we will continual rulling your illiterate family members.

  6. M.M.  June 24, 2013 at 14:33

    This is a very good reminder. The author should have added the legacy of creating districts in a chaotic manner while the existing ones are nothing but a sorry sight; a legacy of creating numerous new public universities when the existing ones are limping; a legacy of turning State House into a house of roses and greenery (positive legacy, I must say), while the rest of the country is yearning for clean drinking water; a legacy of hatred for anybody spotting a bald head; a legacy of one of the biggest governments in this part of the world (could as well be the biggest at 20 Cabinet 41 Deputy and 10 Provincial Ministers = 71); a legacy of a country free of corruption since he is allergic to corruption (a sarcasm!). The list is long, do more research.

  7. Mulenga Chilufya  June 24, 2013 at 14:08

    The country has never been so aware of tribe as at this time because this president is so narrow minded and does not realise that for one to rule this country he has to be a nation builder, which the incumbent is not. He has taken us back more than thirty years and we shall feel the negative effects of this bad leadership long after he has left the presidency. He forgot who his employers are, the public that voted for him. He is a servant of the people not the master. Certainly, not the president that we deserve!

  8. Fenwick  June 24, 2013 at 13:37

    This is a masterpiece! I will save a PDF of it and refer to it from time to time. There are Zambians who are actually intelligent kanshi..

  9. Native  June 24, 2013 at 13:09

    Mwana, A legacy is not a process but anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. What good or bad Mr. Sata’s going to leave us the younger generation with to remember him by. A more united nation? a good constitution that will stand the test of time or a militia that beats clergymen and its own MPs to submission? unfulfilled promises, revamped ZRL? That’s the question that the writer of the thought provoking article asks, and that is all.

  10. MULENGA WA MPANGA  June 24, 2013 at 12:15

    When you hire a bricklayer,you will know if he is good or not just when he starts his work, from the ground or from unfinished structure.Is he able to read the drawing and translate it into a structure?How is he building using the building instruments?How is the mix eg cement,sand and stone?You dont have to wait until the structure is finished to know the bricklayer is good or not.So far it does not look like the bricklayer knows what he is doing.

    • Native  June 24, 2013 at 13:52

      Nice example mulenga wa mpanga, or when you hire a painter to re-coat your house’s ceiling only to find more of the paint on the floor and workman’s face and hair than the ceiling being painted.

  11. jocylyne  June 24, 2013 at 11:56

    This is the problem i have with the so called “intelligent writers”. You start so well until the time when hate and patronage cripples in and distorts the objectivity. You started very well with Kaunda, Chiluba and Levy but because you are a praise team for RB and Sata’s hater, you completely lost it. While for the others you recognized both good and evil (which is as it should be), you deliberately overlooked the good within the PF and concentrated your energy on the bad and “incidences” (which you called legacy). It doesn’t shock me how you deliberately left out the hate speeches under RB against many innocent citizens including Sata then. You decided not to talk about how opposition leaders including Sata then were incarcerated and teargassed on tramped up charges under RB. Don’t think we have short memories sir, at least you will not cheat this generation.

    • Mwense  June 24, 2013 at 12:53

      Can you please outline Sata’s so called positive legacy. There is nothing to talk about – nothing except flaws!

    • Fenwick  June 24, 2013 at 13:41

      What hate speeches? If u’re referring to Chanda Chimba III, haven’t his prophecies come to pass?

  12. Ngombala Muhapi wa Mafatsi  June 24, 2013 at 11:54

    There is a price to pay for being silly monkeys. Most if not all Zambians knew Sata is tribally bigoted in a manner that stinks and his dementia was all over for all to see via his erratic behavior that sometimes borders on “severe masalamusi”. Nyoo, mu lukehile bukuba bwa mina!

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  14. Mwanawachisi Mpongo  June 24, 2013 at 11:13

    Kafupi whatever you call yourself.Your comments are always negative just like on facebook.When have different opinions it does not mean that we’re haters.Zed has been turned into a construction site under sata but those constructions should be budgeted.

  15. Fabrice Bwalya  June 24, 2013 at 11:06

    TRUTH: THE KEY TO FREEDOM AND LEADERSHIP
    Mr Sata will be remembered for not being a truthful person before Zambians and above all before God. He is a big liar of our time as a president and he will pay for it sooner or later. He said he was going to rule this country by the Bible but that is not the case and whatever he promised the people of Zambia nothing has happened. People are suffering and crying. only his ministers and those close to him are the ones enjoying. Ever since he took his presidency he has never addressed the nation. Why? Because he is not a truthful man.

    Why does truth matter?

    If we were given the opportunity to sit down with the Apostle Paul over a good cup of coffee, and if we were to ask him what energized him to press on, here’s what I believe he would tell us: “I do what I do, and endure what I endure because ‘God, our Savior … desires all men (every person on earth) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth'” (1 Timothy 2:3,4).

    We might then ask Paul to comment on the question that has haunted men and women through the ages: “What is truth?” This great scholar and thinker would say, “Here is the essence of truth: ‘There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus'” (v.5).

    Dare we challenge Paul at this point? “Can you really reduce the concept of truth to that one phrase?” “Yes,” he would reply, “This is bedrock. Get this and the rest will follow. There aren’t multiple gods. There is One, and He is a God Who can be known. There aren’t multiple ways to the one true God. In fact, Jesus Himself, without a hint of arrogance said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6). Ultimately, here is what Paul is telling us: Truth is not just a set of beliefs, as in other religions or philosophies. Truth is a Person. We encounter the truth as we encounter Christ.

    I believe we must contend for the truth. Here’s why:

    Truth brings stability. Absent truth, the world is unhinged, leaving only chaos. Isaiah said, “Truth is fallen in the street” (Isaiah 59:14). This happens when we run from the truth, rather than embrace it.
    Truth is freedom. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Truth matters supremely because, in the end, without truth there is no freedom. (For example, consider how repressive regimes that deny their people basic freedoms must prop themselves up by distortions and lies.)
    Truth can be learned, actually imparted. Jesus, looking to the day the Holy Spirit would come in power, said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Isn’t it reassuring to know that the Holy Spirit is with you on the path of life as your guide to all truth?
    Truth is the surest way to avoid deception. Deception is your number one future danger. Jesus said, “Take heed that no one deceives you. False christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:4, 24). Paul said the days ahead would be marked by the “working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:9,10). As a friend of mine says, “The only safeguard against deception is a passionate love for the truth.”

    Does this battle for the truth impact your world? If you are a high school student, you know lying and cheating are an art form, and that truth doesn’t seem to matter. If you’re on a college or university campus, you know the very idea of objective truth — that truth can be known — is scoffed at. If you’re in business, you know truth is too often compromised. How evident this was with MMD, where many of the “best and brightest” in leadership shunned truth in their daily work.

    Truth matters. You’re not for sale, and truth, for you, is not for sale. In fact, truth could even be worth dying for!
    Key Scripture Buy the truth and do not sell it (Proverbs 23:23).

    • Voice of Reason  June 25, 2013 at 14:59

      This is really very good. As someone once said:
      “The truth is the truth,
      no matter what lies are told,
      no matter how many times the lies are told,
      no matter how important the people telling the lies think they are.”

  16. WITTGEINSTEIN  June 24, 2013 at 10:43

    I AM NOT A FAN OF SATA BUT HE WILL BE REMEMBERED ALSO FOR HAVING POLITICALLY OUTWITTED OUR SO-CALLED EDUCATED OPPOSITION LEADERS. HE SEEMS TO SCHEME HIS MOVES VERY CAREFULLY AND SO FAR HE IS OUTFOXING THEM LEFT RIGHT AND CENTRE.
    FOR HOW ELSE DO YOU EXPLAIN THE BY-ELECTION RESULTS?
    IN MY VIEW, THE OPPOSITION LEADERS SHOULD RESIGN AND GO AND DO SOMETHING ELSE MORE PRODUCTIVE.
    THEY ARE A WASTE OF TIME.

    • Bob  June 24, 2013 at 10:59

      Really???

    • Chick  June 24, 2013 at 11:26

      How long did Sata stay in opposition as a leader before going in State House

    • Mfumu  June 24, 2013 at 11:44

      Sir, @ Wittgeinstein, you are either not Zambian or you are very gullible. I am sure when you hear the opposition cry foul, you think they are just crying wolf. The state machinery is employed to create the results that are required all aimed to having a majority in Parliament. If you call getting into State house under a pack of lies as “outfoxing” the young and educated, then I will question your analytical acumen. The fact is Sata wants a majority in Parliament. The judiciary will rule in favour of the PF on all the petitioned results of the 2011 elections. The ECZ will pay a blind eye to the electral violations during elections (Livingstone, Kapiri, Mfumbwe etc) and then the Special Branch fellow are all out to deliver victories for the “emperor.” Net result is that results are known before hand and the voters have lost interest.

      • economist  June 24, 2013 at 14:31

        On the contrary, the opposition are just lost, fragmented, and so naive to think they can match the PF singularly. And as long as they continue to be selfish, they will continue losing embarrasingly this time.

      • WITTGEINSTEIN  June 24, 2013 at 14:51

        THANK YOU @ Mfumu SIR.
        IF SATA IS WINNING BY-ELECTIONS BECAUSE HE CONTROLS THE LEVERS OF POWER THEN THE THE OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE A BIGGER LET DOWN FOR NOT UNEARTHING HOW HE IS DOING IT.
        BY THE WAY I AM VERY MUCH A ZAMBIAN AND ANALYTICAL LIKE MY SAKE.

      • WITTGEINSTEIN  June 24, 2013 at 14:54

        HANK YOU @ Mfumu SIR.
        IF SATA IS WINNING BY-ELECTIONS BECAUSE HE CONTROLS THE LEVERS OF POWER THEN THE OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE A BIGGER LET DOWN FOR NOT UNEARTHING HOW HE IS DOING IT.
        BY THE WAY I AM VERY MUCH A ZAMBIAN AND ANALYTICAL LIKE MY NAME SAKE.

        • Yaba  June 24, 2013 at 17:26

          Its not about if he controls; HE DOES CONTROL everything.

          The judiciary is not SO SCARED that Sata will win petition.

          The POLICE is highly compromised.

          Election-Commission is USELESS.

          What proof do you want??

  17. KDK (7 Honorary degrees!)  June 24, 2013 at 10:39

    Imwe naimwe, can Sata translate the word “legacy” into Bemba?
    Does he know what it means?
    This article, good as it is, is wasted on him…

  18. chipasa 'inge'  June 24, 2013 at 10:37

    Mumba do not show hatred against Tongas. Am bembish but can not support the suppression of other tribes we are seeing. The President has unfairly embarassed bemba speaking tribes. Mumba, why should we wait to justify Sata’s legacy in 2021 which you and Sata did not do when, barely months in office, you unfairly judged Rupiya Banda a failure even though in two years’ of his leadership, he did six fold, economically, much better than Sata has done. Zambians will not buy that: for him it is not KUYA BEBELE but he is already GONE- MENE MENE TEKEL, PARSIN.

  19. kelvin daka  June 24, 2013 at 10:28

    Mr Sata ,is the best man for zambia we see alot of benefits from his good leadership.zambia is changing for the better.Good roads and infrastructure are coming up.wat more do u haters want,we all nid good roads and proper infrastructure.Viva PF till 2070

  20. Fenwick  June 24, 2013 at 10:20

    This is a masterpiece! I will save a PDF of it and refer to it from time to time. There are Zambians who are actually intelliigent kanshi..

    • Dunda  June 24, 2013 at 10:28

      We need sata for more black money that come without plan

  21. wiza  June 24, 2013 at 10:05

    I feel that Sata’s thinking has always been overestimated.

    His legacy is intolerance, tribalism, economic mismanagement, and deception.

    Unfortunately many Zambians can’t see beyond his lies, perhaps because of limited education.

  22. Comrade John Kazembe  June 24, 2013 at 10:01

    You voted for a Police constable,Former London rail worker and cleaner as President..Now Don’t cry for u brought him to power yourselves

  23. Oprah  June 24, 2013 at 09:53

    wechinangwa wee!!!

  24. Oprah  June 24, 2013 at 09:47

    he is old and going down slowing but surely…! so…

  25. SEAN  June 24, 2013 at 09:35

    SATA had a plan to remove the MMD but he didn’t have a plan on how to run the economy once in power. so now the dude is experimenting at the expense of tax payers money and no one has the balls to question his direction of thought because of fear of been fired…At the rate at which he’s going, his legacy has already been concluded because most of the stuff he has done cannot be undone…Recently this dude almost failed to pay Civil servants…salaries were paid late…That’s a sign that there’s more trouble coming in the MANAGEMNT OF THE ECONOMY…
    Prepare yourself for hard times CREATED by this dude SATA..

    • Oprah  June 24, 2013 at 09:46

      PLANS he might have had, BUT what has messed him up is the PACT he went into with the PFost during his campaigns time. He had no idea what he had gotten himself into!! and now does not know how the hell to get out!! what a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. PK  June 24, 2013 at 09:17

    A package of lies and guess who the father of liers is.

    • Dunda  June 24, 2013 at 14:59

      Devil is the father of liars thus this confusions. No more devil after jubile in zambia come 50 years of independence

  27. Nick  June 24, 2013 at 09:14

    Uli shilu.

  28. Original  June 24, 2013 at 09:10

    Am of the view that Sata could do a lot if he embracess all tribes all Regions and avoid being trible leader

  29. Mwana  June 24, 2013 at 08:58

    Foolish thinking. A legacy is a process not an end result. I wish you said sata is doing a great job

  30. Native  June 24, 2013 at 08:57

    Not only too early but also difficult to predict. Only those who are truly “close” to him may understand and share his vision. The rest of us ordinary mortals consider him an act too difficult to follow, but if his last year and half is anything to go by, it cannot possibly be a good legacy from where am standing. It may just be a very simple minded analysis on my part really because what do I know.

  31. Mubanga  June 24, 2013 at 08:54

    I don’t think Sata cares about leaving a good legacy.
    All he was after was to become President and that’s it!
    He achieved what he had longed for but Zambians will pay a very High Price for this!

  32. BRE  June 24, 2013 at 08:45

    He will be remembered for Creating Qwatolite(Mabuto Home Town) of Zambia – Muchingaq. And Institutionalizing the Bembanization of Zambia.

  33. Kwathu  June 24, 2013 at 08:44

    Michael Sata is so much afraid of democracy, he knows that if he manged to manipulate it with fake promises, someone else can communicate with the masses and undo his manipulations. Our democratic credentials will continue to decline until a new president takes office regardless of which political party. It’s unfornatue that most zambians today are no longer seeing democratic governance as a value they need to chersish and protect but soon and very soon Zambian will know that it is a preliquisite to any meaningful sustainable development. Well said sir.

  34. pompwe  June 24, 2013 at 08:43

    kekekekeke..what legacy..the illiterate man….what he doesnt understand is he will be judged at the end of it all..

  35. Aristotle  June 24, 2013 at 08:31

    The article is wrong.What legacy is this?

  36. Wezungwangu  June 24, 2013 at 08:20

    Mwanawasa will be condemned for taking this devil to RSA for treatment after collapsing he should have allowed him to kick the backet. Sata will be remembered for his devillish kind of rule.
    We will really remember him for ruling this country using ten comandments from the devil.

    • neverseenanidiotlikeyouallmylife!  June 24, 2013 at 08:24

      another pathological hater, so you are so many huh?!

  37. Jerabo  June 24, 2013 at 08:11

    How and when. There is no clear modus operandi. Development is not achieved by wishing. There should be deliberate policies and plans.

    • Jerabo  June 24, 2013 at 14:26

      The situation would have been positive hadn’t it been for the huge cabinet, by-elections, un-budgeted creation of districts, corruption e.t.c. Wake up fool. If these resources are channeled towards developmental ventures, the difference would be overwhelming. Don’t just politicise, visualise.

  38. mweemba  June 24, 2013 at 08:09

    There is no such thing as bad legacy. There is only a legacy. And that term is non applicable to these thugs. They will not leave anything.

  39. Elias  June 24, 2013 at 07:56

    He will be remembered as a presido who made police,our judiciary,ECZ even churches,cso toothless. Shame.

  40. JB  June 24, 2013 at 07:55

    Very good article. I agree with most of the urguments raised. Straight to the point. I hope to see a counter argument for those that dont agree with it, instead of just making useless and unitelligent comments.

  41. Satish  June 24, 2013 at 07:32

    Each administration builds upon or benefits from some aspect of its predecessor – both positive and negative. One can leave a legacy that either shines brighter than that of the predecessor (positive), one that carries on where the predecessor left off (inconsequential), or one that destroys the good created by the predecessor(negative). Each preceding administration sets the bar level for the succeeding administration. Even with its many flaws, an administration that chooses to improve upon – make better – some positive aspects of the preceding administration will inevitably have a stronger legacy. One that chooses to mess up even the little that the predecessor did, by default chooses to compound on the errors of its predecessor, earns itself a weak legacy. Simultaneously, however, it creates an opportunity for the incoming administration to create a strong legacy for itself.

    As citizens, we always yearn for an administration that performs better than its predecessor. It is in times like that when a little benefits accrue to us; imperceptible, but benefits nonetheless. Evidently, we are not very difficult to please. One wonders why our past presidents have had difficulties pleasing us.

    • Mwape  June 24, 2013 at 07:38

      we were very happy with Mwanawasa and RB until the Devil and his demons arrived in p1

  42. Tambanazo  June 24, 2013 at 07:23

    i am not from malawi.

  43. kafupi  June 24, 2013 at 07:23

    haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters haters and haters,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • Oprah  June 24, 2013 at 09:51

      get a life you yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. The Analyst from Tokyo  June 24, 2013 at 07:16

    Because the PF are constantly winning by-elections, this has made Mr Sata switch off from all rational reasoning and as far as he is concerned, he will leave the most wonderful legacy as “our dear leader”, the destroyer of opposition parties. Whatever you say the old man can’t change from his mafia type of politics.

  45. Mwense  June 24, 2013 at 07:11

    A legacy of ACCIDENTS or HUMAN SACRIFICES or is it SATANISM.

  46. Mwape  June 24, 2013 at 07:05

    He will also be remembered for deceiving the electorate. He trekked around the country making irrational promises just to u-turn on them. He now spends most his time concealed in State House instead of being with the people he is called serve.

    ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’

    • Mwape  June 24, 2013 at 07:07

      he would do us a favor if he resigned before worst of the worst

    • Satish  June 24, 2013 at 07:35

      Actually this one is to his credit. He U-turned on them after realizing his promises were in fact irrational.

  47. CHIYABI  June 24, 2013 at 07:03

    ZAMBIANS CURSE SATA FOR HAVING DESTROYED OUR COUNTRY WITHIN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME. SATA HAS ABANDONED AND SCATTERED THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. CURRENTLY ZAMBIANS ARE LIKE A PEOPLE WITHOUT A PRESIDENT. SATA’S LEGACY IS ALL NEGATIVE.

  48. Kay Love  June 24, 2013 at 07:02

    Legacy of Lies.

  49. Rusco  June 24, 2013 at 06:38

    Heare we are in SATA another tyran like Kaunda. SATA will fall like a stone and not like a ball because a ball at least has air in it. SATA must stop hating people like HH a young man who only knows what is good for the people of Zambia. He has used all tricks of the monkeys he eats but to no avail. If only he knew that HH is not looking for any more money for he has enough already he would stop persuing the young man. Thje Young man has nothing else to do so he is on vacation and thought of assisting others go on leave too, but SATA refuses him, What a shame. Tongas are rich any way talk of Chilala and many others.

  50. riddick  June 24, 2013 at 06:36

    legacy is a good word that cant be used on sata theres nothing good that comes out of that guy not even his off spring cursed just like him, the term you needed to use is the sins sata will leave will haunt his children’s children,cant imagin being related to such, a hitler wanna be just without the interlect

    • neverseenanidiotlikeyouallmylife!  June 24, 2013 at 08:23

      you are a pathological hater!

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