Zambians should also demonstrate against mediocre government

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Dullness, not being peaceful is why Zambians are not on the streets demanding better governance and improved living conditions
Egyptians, Tunisians, and Libyans all enjoy better living conditions than Zambians by far. Yet, these freedom fighters are demanding more. They refuse to be abused. They know that there countries can give them more. They refuse to be given less than they deserve.
You can not compare the good life in Egypt with the artificial poverty in Zambia. Life expectancy in Egypt is above 70. In Zambia it’s less than 50. Quality education in Egypt is free up to University. In Zambia you have to pay to sit on the floor because there are no desks.
And there are no teachers because they died of AIDS, a manageable disease because some corrupt government officials and civil servants looted the money meant for health.
And when you complete school, there is no job for you. If you get a job, the conditions of service are pathetic and likely to have a foreigner as supervisor.
Yet Egypt is a desert. The life of that nation depends on one river Nile.
Zambia is a country endowed with natural resources. You can grow almost any crop in Zambia. Rivers with pure not salt water crisscross each other. The weather is perfect. We have all the good minerals. We have some of the most attractive scenes for tourism. Yet Zambia is one of the poorest countries on earth. From our minerals, the only thing we get is the reputation that we are Africa’s biggest copper producer. So what? Or that we have the biggest open pit mine. Yet the minerals go to benefit other countries. In the end we shall remain with an empty open pit. The land will be wasted and won’t be useful for anything else.
Yet, Zambian sit on their behinds complaining hoping Jesus Christ will come and give them good governance and better living conditions.
Why is unemployment so high in Zambia when agriculture alone can create millions of jobs?
Why is it that the auditor general tells us every year that billions of money has been stolen and we do nothing? We marvel at the huge figures but do nothing and just go home grumbling.
How long shall we complain about political manipulation but do nothing? When shall we have a good constitution that we can all rely on? A constitution that gives us our full rights, our economic and civil rights, is that too much to ask for?
How long shall we be ruled by the same old thieves who have been milking the country from 1964?
Is it really true that as Zambians we can not stand up and demand better lives? Are we not able to make the thieves running our affairs to go?
There is a every reason for Zambian to be on the streets right now.
Look at the infrastructure in Zambia. Look at what we call the capital city Lusaka. That place is not fit for human habitation.
Cairo road, which is the main street in Zambia is just about 500 meters long and punctuated by old, poorly designed buildings. The drainage is so bad that if 15 men stood along Cairo road and start urinating at once, chances are that the drainage will be blocked.
The main International Airport inn Lusaka is an embarrassment. Five metres from the boarding gates you found potholes.
But we have all the resources we need. We have more resources than most countries in Europe. Yet we beg for handouts from Europe.
The problem of course is political leadership. They are unable to provide direction for the country. They are just there to fill their pockets. Today there are more poor Zambians living in squalor than 20 years ago. Yet, our political leaders live in luxury.
We chased Kenneth Kaunda in 1991. We can do it again. We led Southern Africa to democratise that time. We can lead the way for economic emancipation.
Are you on board? Send this to your mates. Tell them that demonstrating is a human right. Let us set a date to tell those we put in power to give us better living conditions. October 24 would have been ideal. But it is too far. Let us chose a date which is close.

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111 Responses to Zambians should also demonstrate against mediocre government

  1. Now you are talking!!! i thought i was the only one who noticed how docile and dull we Zambians are and in the name of peace we bottle-up in cowardice and hide behind the Bible ati we are a christian nation.
    ati lets not take it to the street? don’t you know that’s how all freedoms are won ON THE STREETS!!! i salute the Lozi people for their courage, and that’s how we should do it.
    we are so allergic to good life such dat we get content na ka slave pay and bullied by a foreigner, to make matters worse ni ba chines and Indians (the new Zambian muzungu’s).

    killer bee - August 23, 2011
    11:26

  2. supper Ken called us “stupid zambians”. I think he really knew he called us that. We are unemployed,poverty levels are sky rocketing and you we are busy chanting pa nkoloko! Lets wake up and smell copper. The streets might not be the best answer but please lets ues our eyes and ears when choosing our leaders this coming elections. Lets not be allergic to comfort or to good, cheap education or to affordable health care.

    real change - August 19, 2011
    09:31

  3. Yes this is a very good article. Who says we have democracy in Zambia? We have had MMD since 1991 how many years is that all we seem to so is change presidents who dont seem to do anything positive for the country. Zambia is finished, the poverty levels are appalling, how much more of this nonsense can we take? I do agree with the author its time we woke up and demanded better for ourselves and our children. Only we can change Zambia for the better

    Nasoba - February 25, 2011
    01:35

  4. Foolish patriots. How many non Lozis supported the Linyungandambo boys, who had courage to display their open chests against the AK 47 assault rifle? Many bloggers instead lashed insults at the Lozis calling them names. I have come to realise with clear conscious that the only brave tribe in Zambia are Lozi speaking people. The rest are just cowards and best crooks who jump to power by opportunism. Lozis sacrificed to head MMD in the 90′s while others were hiding and only to claim glory after the elephant is on the ground. What a shame!!!! VIVA THE LOZI SPEAKING people you are the only true heroes of change.

    mbumu - February 24, 2011
    15:25

  5. Foolish patriots. How many non Lozis supported the Linyungandambo, who had courage to display their opnen chests against the AK 47 assault rifle? Many bloggers instead lashed insults at the Lozis calling them names. I have come to realise with clear conscious that the only brave tribe in Zambia are Lozi speaking people. The rest are just cowards and best crooks who jump to power by opportunism. Lozis sacrificed to head MMD in the 90′s while others were hiding and only to claim glory after the elephant is on the ground. What are shame!!!! VIVA THE LOZI SPEAKING people you are only true heroes of change.

    mbumu - February 24, 2011
    15:21

  6. Jere, just stay in doors you coward infact under the Bed if have one.

    Curtis - February 24, 2011
    11:29

  7. KK once said , “Zambians are so docile, had I wanted, I would have ruled them for the rest of my life, it’s just that I understood the mood of the people.” YES we Zambians are cowards and stupid? too much talk and no action? If we are not cowards nor stupid, then let us stand up and let our voices be heard. Only the late Lucy Sichone had the guts…..rest in peace ….Iron lady…lady of steel!

    Patriot - February 24, 2011
    05:19

  8. BLESS YOUR HEART MY BROTHER? THIS IS THE KIND OF TRUTH THAT WE ZAMBIANS NEED. ZED HAS A POPULATION OF LESS THAN 12 MILLION, BUT LOOK AT OUR STANDARD OF LIVING? WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE OLD GREEDY POLITICIANS…FORTUNE SEEKERS? YOU HAVE MY BLESSINGS MY BROTHER, YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN

    Patriot - February 24, 2011
    05:11

  9. We need this. We will come & join you at any cost. Our so called President barely spends two days in the country. The rest of the time is away. He is on Holiday and not ruling us.

    RSA - February 23, 2011
    07:52

  10. MMD should go, they have been in power for too long and they have lost direction. The people in the country are suffering and yet the leaders are busy stealing. No policies in place, when you read the Auditor General’s reports and the Zamtrop Judgement, you would wonder how patient the Zambian people are but for how long?

    Leroy mwansa - February 23, 2011
    01:41

  11. What democracy are you talking about in Zambia?What peace when poor Zambians die unneccessary like flies.ls that what you call peace ? Devils!Admin ,your article is great only plunderers wont support it.foolish mmds that think the right to peacefull demos is anarch.Your days are numbered.Positive thinkers lets get organised and begin to send shivers to these thieves.

    Osmuka - February 22, 2011
    20:27