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President Sata’s New Year Message

Time Posted: December 31, 2013 9:05 pm

SPEECH

BY

HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE

REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA

ON

THE EVE OF NEW YEAR

TUESDAY 31ST DECEMBER, 2013.

FELLOW COUNTRY MEN, WOMEN AND THE YOUTH,

AS I ADDRESS YOU ON THIS NEW YEARíS EVE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ALMIGHTY GOD FOR HIS CONTINUED BLESSINGS AND MERCY UPON US. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT AND FOR MAINTAINING PEACE AND UNITY.

FELLOW CITIZENS,

AFTER TWO YEARS OF THE PATRIOTIC FRONT IN OFFICE, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR US TO REITERATE THE GOAL OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS IN CLOSING DEVELOPMENT GAPS BETWEEN OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN RURAL AND URBAN AREAS, THUS CREATING BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL.

LOOKING UP TO THE YEAR 2014, WE CAN CONFIDENTLY STATE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT WILL ACCELERATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VARIOUS PROGRAMMES SUCH AS THE RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME WHOSE FOCUS IS TO CONNECT RURAL COMMUNITIES TO THE POWER GRID. WE WILL ALSO COMMENCE AN EXTENSION PROGRAMME OF MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO COVER PREVIOUSLY UN-SERVICED RURAL AREAS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE PEOPLEíS LIVING STANDARDS.

OUR GOVERNMENT FURTHER COMMITS TO BOOST ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FINANCIAL SERVICES IN THE RURAL AREAS TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL SCALE RURAL INDUSTRIES AND IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. IN THE SAME VEIN, WE ARE DETERMINED TO DECENTRALIZE FUNCTIONS IN OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM TO PROMOTE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF SERVICES IN ORDER TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY.

FELLOW CITIZENS,

IN THE SOCIAL SECTOR, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS PLACED A HIGH PRIORITY ON EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OF OUR YOUTHS AS WELL AS PROVIDING MORE ZAMBIANS ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN ORDER TO CREATE A BETTER ZAMBIA FOR ALL.

IN THIS REGARD, OUR GOVERNMENT WILL IN 2014 INCREASE INVESTMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES AND TRADES INSTITUTES AS WELL AS THE BUILDING AND REHABILITATION OF HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

FELLOW CITIZENS,

EMPLOYMENT CREATION REMAINS OUR GOVERNMENTíS TOP MOST STRATEGY FOR ENSURING THE STABILITY OF SOCIETY AND OVERALL GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY.

TO THIS EFFECT, OUR GOVERNMENT WILL IN THE NEW YEAR ESTABLISH THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WHICH WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING LABOUR INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES AND ENTERPRISES IN THE KEY AREAS OF AGRICULTURE, CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING, TOURISM, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

IN ADDITION, OUR GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE AN OPEN ECONOMY IN ORDER TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT AND EXPAND OUR COUNTRYíS EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH THE ACCELERATED DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI FACILITY ECONOMIC ZONES AND THUS CREATE JOBS.

FURTHERMORE, STEADY PROGRESS IS BEING MADE IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT SUCH AS ROADS, AIRPORTS, RAIL AND HYDRO POWER STATIONS IN ORDER TO FAVOURABLY COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS.

WE ARE DETERMINED TO REVOLUTIONISE THE INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR THUS OPENING UP THIS COUNTRY IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MANNER, THEREBY CREATE A COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH ACTIVITIES.

FELLOW CITIZENS,
SOCIAL JUSTICE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AT THE CORE OF OUR GOVERNMENTíS POLICIES. OUR GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO TAKE A GIANT STEP FORWARD TO RAISE OUR PEOPLEíS INCOMES, CONSUMPTION AND LIVING STANDARDS.

IN 2014, WE WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AND UPHOLD OUR DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE CREDENTIALS AS THEY ARE ESSENTIAL FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

LASTLY, THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION REMAINS ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES OF MY GOVERNMENTíS GOOD GOVERNANCE AGENDA FOR NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND.

LET 2014 BE A BRIGHTER AND BETTER YEAR, BECAUSE THIS IS THE YEAR OF OUR GOLDEN JUBILEE.

I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

I THANK YOU.

36 Comments

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    flag AMEN says: AMEN
    December 31, 2013 at 9:20 pm |

    “LASTLY, THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION REMAINS ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES OF MY GOVERNMENTíS GOOD GOVERNANCE AGENDA FOR NEXT YEAR AND BEYOND.”

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      flag Mwansa says: Mwansa
      December 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm |

      He thinks we are blind and deaf not seeing and hearing the stinking corruption happening in the PF Government.

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      flag ndobo says: ndobo
      December 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm |

      please someone must learn to seperate political party speech and national speech… theres is a difference between patriotic government and the government of Zambia (which is the elected people`s government of Zambia which includes HH, Nevers Mumba and all zambians)

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      flag Cry my beloved Zambia says: Cry my beloved Zambia
      December 31, 2013 at 11:48 pm |

      Looking at your issues; mobile communication services, affordable financial services which will in return improve agriculture, high priority on educational and vocational skills, quality health care services (really! quality = firing qualified nurses), employment and corruption. There is something seriously wrong here. are we talking about the same Zambia under PF? The Zambia found on coordinates 14.1167° S, 27.6333° E
      I rest my Case.

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      flag Nostradamus says: Nostradamus
      December 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm |

      Why is SATA writing in capital letters even New Year message is SHOUTING? Why so erected words?
      I wish SATA another worst of all years.

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      flag Albert Chinyama says: Albert Chinyama
      January 1, 2014 at 12:19 am |

      This nostrodimus must be an adult illiterate who must criticize the president on anything. I wonder if this chap has a job or he is paid for this nonsense he posts.

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      flag Dim Wit says: Dim Wit
      January 1, 2014 at 5:18 am |

      Another empty speech from Chella and Mmembe meant to blindfold Zambians!

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    flag Jay Jay says: Jay Jay
    December 31, 2013 at 9:32 pm |

    Please Mr. President “Keep It Short and Sweet” you are not opening Parliament.

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    flag OldRugsOUT says: OldRugsOUT
    December 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm |

    Managed to turn in to ZNBC TV1, just to see what’s happening there on New Year’s eve. Ala’s Zondwa was there.

    What I saw was a shadow of himself, though highly edited, Zondwa was but gusping for breath. His dying!!!!

    Zondwa – you will be the last of such kind to ever get my vote. You’re such a waste od space.

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      flag dudelove says: dudelove
      December 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm |

      I also saw that mudala and am not exaggerating! He looked like he was desperate to go back to bed! I have a feeling if he had his way he would have refused to even do the message but his tuma people must have started pleading from yesterday that mudala this is tradition. The chap is SICK and be rest assured there is no way he is standing mu 2016 even if he wanted to. bye bye PF.

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      flag Dim Wit says: Dim Wit
      January 1, 2014 at 5:23 am |

      It’s time for a reverse DONCHI KUBEBA on PF!
      2014 is the time we should save this nation by impeaching Sata and PF!

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    flag Silent Spectator says: Silent Spectator
    December 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm |

    Is the keyboard used to write this speech missing some punctuation mark keys such as the apostrophe? Why else should ‘PEOPLEíS’ in stead of PEOPLE’S be used again and again? This speech does not say anything about the govt’s vision on the constitution in 2014, is this a deliberate or an accidental omission? What a hollow speech?

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    flag Cactus.. says: Cactus..
    December 31, 2013 at 10:25 pm |

    This has to be the dullest, most hollow, most uninspiring speech from a Head of State ever. No proper reflection and postmortem of 2013. No unifying vision for 2014 and beyond for the citizens, Just empty verbiage and nothing more. Sata and his advisers take dullness to a whole new level.

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    flag The London Eye says: The London Eye
    December 31, 2013 at 10:28 pm |

    He is entering the new year with his party in tatters and a rough time ahead of him.
    He keeps on talking about fight against corruption when he is the main culprit and his administration is the worst ever. What does he call the appointment of his sister-in-law, a nurse as ambassador to Turkey and within days of each other the appointment of his wife’s niece as ambassador to China or wherever?

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    flag BK says: BK
    December 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm |

    Even the next President will be the same.No one should expect to be liked by all.You expected to receive things on a silver platter no.Work hard and improve your conditions.All loopholes for thieves have been sealed.

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      flag dudelove says: dudelove
      December 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm |

      BK, the next president won’t be the same. NO ONE can match Sata in terms of having no vision and being dull. Name a potential candidate from the other political parties who have questionable academic credentials like your Sata.

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    flag KC says: KC
    December 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm |

    Very uninspirational.Nothing nothing nothing.Making promises to people in rural areas who he knows have no access to TV.Rubbish?

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    flag GUNDIXY says: GUNDIXY
    December 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm |

    No reference to the new constitution? What democracy or social justice are talking about in our country?

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    flag Nyati says: Nyati
    December 31, 2013 at 10:44 pm |

    HH can do better, i hope in 2014 90%+ Zambians will wake up from their slamber & see that Ukwa is taking Zambia into a bottomless national economical mismanagement & collectively all citizens to take corrective measures to save our only beloved country Zambia. HH thanks very much for being our fearless mouth piece in 2013 & beyond especially for the vulnarable & the poor.

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      flag Fair Judge says: Fair Judge
      January 1, 2014 at 1:48 am |

      Hon. Njati yo HH has a long to go to even be near the Wall fence of Plot one. If you were to objectively and fairly analyse yo HH’s political journey is still of the level that begs for MUCH, may be for 2027

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    flag Edward says: Edward
    December 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm |

    Good message. And we are praying for you that you become more tolerant to those carrying different views thanks yours. You works are seen but your tolerant heart will win many

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    flag ZP (Zabwino Palibe) says: ZP (Zabwino Palibe)
    December 31, 2013 at 11:48 pm |

    Why use Capital letters? Are you desperate like the characters that blog for you? It like you are screaming. See how your fellow gledi fili wrote.

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    flag Let me say this.... says: Let me say this....
    January 1, 2014 at 3:09 am |

    Welcome back INDECO from you 20 year forced leave!! Liberalisation and open market you left behind are still around though uncertain about how long they will be tolerated.

    Just saddened by the GBM saga. This breach of contract will cost FRA twice what was budgeted for the job. FRA will pay GBM the contracted amount plus penalties and then pay another transporter who would replace Arizona for the same job. And then you have heaps of bye-elections coming!!! And the poor taxpayer has no say in all this… How I love democracy and its institutions. If only they could be given a chance in Zambia.

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    flag Enka says: Enka
    January 1, 2014 at 4:31 am |

    How Sata give a speech about 2014 yet he has sight but no vision? Any forward looking bloke has to have vision to make things a reality .

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    flag kamokamo2 says: kamokamo2
    January 1, 2014 at 10:27 am |

    @dudelove and Old rugsOut, Its very disappointing to see that some people rejoice in the sickness and “death” of others in this era. That is tantamount to witching. May God forgive us. sometimes we need to put ourselves in the position of others before we judge them. You can hate or criticize the policies of government but I wish above all that people can get involved to change our country for the better we want to see practically.

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      flag dudelove says: dudelove
      January 1, 2014 at 10:45 am |

      @ Kamokamo, Sata’s dark heart invites negativity to himself. If he was humble and listened to people and took advice, I would not wish him ill. When it comes to hate, I usually hate people’s actions but not the people themselves. Sata is a different character and he invokes feelings of hate in me which I do not enjoy. He is the only person, apart from terrorist group leaders especially Simon Koni, that I have wished ill and will continue wishing ill because I know his demise will be positive for the country. Think of all the children that are going hungry now coz they cannot afford food coz of your president’s lack of vision! He pre-occupies himself with fighting chiefs when there are bigger social problems to sort out and u expect me to like such a man? To hell with him!

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      flag Cactus.. says: Cactus..
      January 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm |

      @kamokamo, remember the Golden rule: – Do unto others as you would wish others to do unto you. Well, now the time has come for the people to do unto Sata as Sata did unto Levy Mwanawasa when he was unwell after that accident. Sata taunted Levy and wished him bad. Quess what, what goes around, comes around, and this is just the beginning.

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    flag game meat says: game meat
    January 1, 2014 at 10:50 am |

    what a hollow speech

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    flag austin2021 says: austin2021
    January 1, 2014 at 10:57 am |

    Atleast our current president has shown commitment to the fight against corruption by firing some deputy ministers.Whether one likes Sata or not,the man is not a thief and i wish him good health so that by God’s grace he can continue ruling our beloved country beyond 2016.Lets not be cheated,no single government can change things completely in a short period of time but atleast our president has tried, most especially in infrastructure development and the lowering of interest rates.

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      flag Cactus.. says: Cactus..
      January 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm |

      You my friend are in total denial.

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    flag TEN COMMANDMENTS says: TEN COMMANDMENTS
    January 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm |

    SATA FRA IS NOT YOUR FARM JUST LIKE OP IS WAIT FOR YOU>>>>.

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    flag mwlkala mushi says: mwlkala mushi
    January 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm |

    Just implement your manifesto and your 90day promise! You think you can **** us!

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    flag MKANDAWIRE says: MKANDAWIRE
    January 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm |

    THAT’S THE PROBLEM OF PUTTING AGED PEOPLE IN POWER WHO ARE JUST WAITING FOR THEIR DEATH,THIS TIME TO DO MEANINGFULL THING IS OVER.

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    flag mwaango says: mwaango
    January 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm |

    Awe we thought that may be if we vote for you kuti mwabako nga mwanawasa umwaume paba ume, bakaamba live a legacy and the time is now. There is no harm in consulting abena Mutati, Chituo,Miyanda and Nawakwi they are still alive please consult them how to run this govement or lekeleni abakashi benu bakaseba. Mwansakabinga twalafwa kunsala ubunga bwakosa umutengo too much.

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    flag Nakabalika says: Nakabalika
    January 2, 2014 at 10:21 am |

    Happy new year fellow bloggers at LT

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    flag yippe says: yippe
    January 2, 2014 at 10:43 am |

    so far GBM has 3400 to Sata’s 2500 views on this site for the new years message. Now that says something. What?

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