2012: the year Zambians paid full price for 2011 political gaffe

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Despite numerous warnings from many politically conscious people that Zambia risked getting Balkanized if Mr Sata and the PF were voted into government; many ignored the warnings and kept on crawling closer to political tragedy until they found themselves trapped in the fangs of the Cobra.
It would so appear very true that nothing captures human interest than human tragedy and this was confirmed when many Zambians, particularly the naive youths and a few enlightened citizens blindly believed that Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) were the God-sent redeemers to serve the country.
Things have not turned out the way many hoped they would and it is too late to turn back the clock and begin all over again.
The year 2012 has been one when Zambians have paid the full price for the 2011 presidential botch as the man they voted for as president has ultimately fallen into a kind of paranoid isolation.
The most horrifying symptoms of dictatorship quickly manifested in Mr Sata when he withdrew from public, refused to take questions from journalists and has failed to call for a press conference to be subjected to open and diverse questions about the state of the country under his rule.
Yes he has withdrawn from public and is now holed up in State House issuing decrees but what Mr Sata does not know is that with his absence from the people, he risks being stripped of his presidency in the most grotesque ritual of humiliation in the next election.
With his erratic characteristics, President Michael Sata and his Patriotic Front (PF) have delivered an unpalatable 2012 that has left the country hungry for better, focused and civilized leadership.
Zambians rudely awoke in 2012 to the realization that the country lacks decent leadership and they know they deserve better than Mr Sata and his scandal-ridden ministers in government.
The year 2012 was politically bleak with President Sata determined to obliterate the opposition political parties particularly the MMD with a miscued attempt to deregister the former ruling party.
Mr Sata, his PF and their ally the Post Newspaper have been spending sleepless nights and money scheming on how best to weaken the MMD and the United Party for National Development (UPND) and their modus operandi has been continuous harassing and arresting its leaders Nevers Mumba and Hakainde Hichilema.
The immediate last twelve months have been politically economically and socially toxic with the country experiencing the worst electricity interruptions from Zesco, unprecedented shortages of mealie meal and sharp increases in the prices of the staple food as well as the erratic supply of fuel for the first time since 1991.
President Sata having failed to honour his numerous campaign promises and realizing that public opinion pendulum is oscillating way off his desired grip to the presidency has resorted to unpopular decrees because his arsenal to stir the country’s economy is empty.
For a man like Mr Sata who has a machine-gun mouth, he has strangely been shooting blanks each time he opened fire at the opposition as his words are now like blunt spoons rather than ninja stars.
And the year 2012 just saw President Sata step on the pause button on the economy using some policies that have left foreign investors skirting the edges of investment in the country.
The year 2012 was a grim period in politics, social and economic growth because of the communist approach the PF government has adopted, taking over companies that were privatized under the MMD and it could get worse with Sata orchestrating the deportations of foreign chief executives of local companies.
President Sata and his government have been messy in handling a lot of the country’s important political economical and social issues, issuing decrees while the implementation of such laws as the Public Order Act has left many wondering if Zambia is degenerating into a despotic state.
With absurdity, there has been so much political energy being expended on knocking out Dr Mumba and Mr Hichilema from the presidential race in 2016 by their continued harassment and detentions each time they have attempted to speak to their supporters either through rallies or formal mingling.
Mr Sata and Fred M’membe of the Post are feeling politically nauseated that the MMD has remained strong even after the defeat in the 2011 elections and they have continued with their hate and divisive campaign against the former ruling party.
The Post, President Sata and the PF have entered into a covenant to obliterate the MMD and they will spend any amount of money to disintegrate the former ruling party.
There has been a callous disregard of the law on the part of President Sata and the PF in most of the actions and pronouncements in the year 2012 that saw the construction of Mr Sata’s K1.4 billion retirement house and the creation of the K1.5 billion office of the first lady.
President Sata is not just a snobbish man, he is simply not up to the job of president and certainly not fit for public office such as that of president and the PF government under him is like mythical fraternity of Satanists with perverse desires to balkanize the country.
The country has also been witness to how PF has turned into a grubby political party desperate to consolidate its power base both inside and outside Parliament by buying off opposition MPs and ordinary members.
The shortage and sharp increase in the prices of basic needs such as mealie meal, Zesco blackouts, fuel and water shortages were also a watershed of the PF in 2012, an indication that there is governance vacuum which has given a threat to political stability.
Political and financial expedience have vetoed the prudent management of the country and that is why cabinet ministers and other senior officials in the ruling party have failed to be in congruency in how best to manage the country’s purse with some openly fighting and blackmailing each other over public money.
The fight against corruption has been a weapon to persecute the opposition political leaders and the corruption tag the Post and the PF have placed on the MMD and its leaders is nothing but a smear campaign to kill the former ruling party.
Yet there are individuals in cabinet who have shown brazen corruption traits but President Sata has cast a blind eye on the suspects and has not just protected them from being investigated but has even promoted them in his government structure.
Nothing is more scaring than having corrupt individuals like Mr Kabimba and GBM having powerful positions in government that they can easily abuse to satisfy their greed.
Mr Kabimba and GBM in their quest to loot more than the other have crossed each other’s paths landing themselves in the eyes of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) but President Sata has chosen to rebuke Rosewin Wandi for having instituted investigations against the suspects.
The behavior of Mr Kabimba at the Anti Corruption Commission towards the end of 2012 is the mentality of a man who believes he has become invincible, untouchable and above the law.
Because of greed, Mr Kabimba has no ability to weigh moral issues with political detachment and had he has such conscience; he would have stepped down as Justice Minister to allow ACC investigate his alleged corruption scandals with Trafigura.
But his intellect now seems to be the product of an icy divorce from national interest and most Non Governmental Orgainisations (NGOs) have become quiet over such behavior, certainly quivering in fear of getting deregistered should they continue being arctic in their criticism of President Sata and his government.
President Sata and his allies at the Post are still busy weaving conspiracy theories meant to discredit and slander Dr Mumba and his UPND counterpart Hakainde Hichilema but the majority of well informed citizens are clearly seeing through their schemes and the imbroglio has continued to raise debate about Mr Sata’s style of governance.

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28 Responses to 2012: the year Zambians paid full price for 2011 political gaffe

  1. U can’t win bembas using tribalism becos they are many in number.convince them u will be president thats wat i think.gud luck.

    James - January 8, 2013
    15:35

    • Chief tribalists= bembas.

      Umuntu mubi. - January 8, 2013
      15:43

  2. No, it wasn’t a political gaffe, the writer is wrong! There is simply no better choice in Zambia. Mr Sata was the next best thing on the block. And voters quickly seized the opportunity to grant him the presidency. You can’t really blame the voters. There just isn’t leadership material in Zambia. They have tried Mr. KK, Kafupi, Levy, RB and now the Cobra. It just seems never to work. The seeds of incompetence, PHD, hatred for each other that Mr KK planted in our psyches runs deep and is a major factor that aggressively militates against efforts to develop the country. So don’t imagine there will suddenly emerge a better leader from the current crop in the opposition who is not tainted by the same loathsome qualities mentioned above. There isn’t a creature like that in Zambia at the moment. The best we can hope for is to outsource management of our country to foreigners.

    Wantanshi - January 8, 2013
    15:00

  3. The writer never asked you to vote UPND, but has just highligted the wrong things that happened in the year. A party does not become tribal coz of the tribe of its leader, a party is tribal coz of the appointments its leader makes. My fellow bembas will destroy this country coz of their tribalism. People who are so quick to see tribalism in others are the tribalists themselves.

    Sata M.C. - January 8, 2013
    14:10

  4. LUSAKA BOY ,I AM SORRY TO TELL YOU THIS BUT I FEEL ITS IMPORTANT YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT BETTER WITH ADD, NAREP, MMD ,UPND NOT EVEN PF BUT WE ARE BETTER AS BAROTSELAND BECAUSE BAROTSE IS NOT A POLITICAL PARTY,THERE IS NO POLITICAL DECEIPTION IN BAROTSE.

    POHO YENSU - January 8, 2013
    13:48

  5. FANGS OF A COBRA INDEED EVEN US IN BAROTSELAND WE FOUND OURSELVES IN THE FANGS OF A COBRA BECAUSE OF OUR FAILURE TO LISTEN TO THE WARNINGS ,WE WARNED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BAROTSELAND BUT THEY NEVER LISTENED. HENCE THEY ARE SUFFERING FROM THE COBRAS VERNOM.
    FANGS OF A COBRA- YOU MAKE ME LAUGH BUT I FEEL SAD FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN BAROTSELAND .HENCE THE BLACK BULL IS WATCHING .

    POHO YENSU - January 8, 2013
    13:42

  6. If you want tribalism to sprout to the full, please vote for UPND and its tribal leader. You are better of with ADD, NAREP, PF and even MMD.

    Lusaka boy - January 8, 2013
    12:51

  7. TRIBALISM WILL LEAD TO POVERTY, THERE AFTER WAR IN THE COUNTRY.

    CANT NEVER VOTE FOR UPND.

    MSGE QUEEN - January 8, 2013
    12:23

  8. There are still 3 more years to go – how can you conclude 2012 is the year of full price got paid for 2011 mistake? Worse is still to come – at least going by what has happened so far.

    Ulemona - January 8, 2013
    11:40

    • Yes indeed, worse things may still be in the offing. But the 2012 poor governance record is an extreme worth a discourse in its own right, even if it might be beaten.

      ‘…..But his intellect now seems to be the product of an icy divorce from national interest and most Non Governmental Orgainisations (NGOs) have become quiet over such behavior, certainly quivering in fear of getting deregistered should they continue being arctic in their criticism of President Sata and his government.

      President Sata and his allies at the Post are still busy weaving conspiracy theories meant to discredit and slander Dr Mumba and his UPND counterpart Hakainde Hichilema but the majority of well informed citizens are clearly seeing through their schemes and the imbroglio has continued to raise debate about Mr Sata’s style of governance.”

      Very well articulated. Full marks fellow countryman. But what we see is not style of governance. That is too mild a description. It is better described as illicit tribally inclined dictatorship and unparalled bad public administration.

      Very concerned Patriot.

      Patriot Zambian - January 8, 2013
      13:18

  9. If I had wings .. then would I fly away.

    Honest - January 8, 2013
    11:18

  10. Bloggers, hurting over Sata’s Presidency will not help you. You failed to convince the voters despite your having a team of the so-called highly educated leaders in your party. 2006 you came out third, 2008 you came out third, 2011 you came out distant third.

    Now with Sata in the driving seat, 2016 you will come out fourth. Sorry for stating facts.

    Lusaka boy - January 8, 2013
    10:58

    • wait and see how we will castrate that coward holed up in state house.

      judge ngomachikala - January 8, 2013
      11:13

  11. You just failed to campaign and win elections. Even in 2016 you will be swept pants down.

    Lusaka boy - January 8, 2013
    10:55

  12. In an innovation driven global economy, how on earth can a country elect a President of Sata`s calibre?

    By the time Sata is done, Zambia will be 30 years backward. What a shame!

    blago - January 8, 2013
    08:59

  13. Zambia is 48 years old and Mr Sata has been in active politics of all regimes for the 50 years and is failing to deliver.
    Mr Sata is from the colonial era, worked in UNIP for 27 years, recycled in MMD for 10 years, stayed dormant in PF as opposition for 10 years then re re recycled in the ruling PF now.
    You expect a recycled leader such as this to deliver the best that one can, but alas, its only swearing in ceremonies, district creation and hiding within the conformity of state house.
    Zambia is doomed.

    Kay Love - January 8, 2013
    08:38

    • The tragedy is, that we are stuck with him for another 4years maybe 9 if our sycophant unemployed army of youths believe him again in 2016. At best you pray that nature will be kind on us!!!

      Kaliza - January 8, 2013
      09:30

  14. I miss the vocal catholic priests!

    Mulolwa - January 8, 2013
    08:29

  15. PF = idoicy

    ViILIFIER - January 8, 2013
    08:23

  16. Question.what is better tribalism or high levels of poverty.

    Bana T. - January 8, 2013
    08:19

  17. Sata is a political disaster which either way you look at it

    Power Corrupts - January 8, 2013
    08:16

  18. It was indeed a political,economical and social gaffe.We zambians,with our eyes wide open got ourselves into the lion’s mouth. Now the lion is busy crashing our bones into pieces.

    zambian - January 8, 2013
    07:57

  19. Your warnings were not worth it because they were all meant to protect your tribal political friends. If you are enemies of MCS do not expect us to follow suit. Fight your tribal inclined battles on your own and stop involving us in such crap. stop it pliz

    Triangle - January 8, 2013
    07:49

  20. Your warnings were not worth it because they were all meant to protect your tribal political friends. If you are enemies of MCS do not expect us to follow suit. Fight your tribal inclined battles on your own and stop involving us in such crap.

    Triangle - January 8, 2013
    07:47

  21. Your warnings were not worth it because they were all meant to protect your tribal political friends. If you are enemies of MCS do not expect us to follow suit.

    Triangle - January 8, 2013
    07:47

  22. But its worse now than you even feared.Above it all its affecting economic growth making it even worse than trbalism you feared.The tribal fears are surprising because in Zambia each trbe calls each other tribal.As long as you belong to a tribe in Zambia you will be lebled tribalist at some stage.

    Amuchi - January 8, 2013
    07:10

  23. IS IT…….

    Wenye - January 8, 2013
    06:50

  24. Too true

    Gondwe - January 8, 2013
    06:28