By Wesley Ngwenya
As I type these thoughts to my computer, there are about five Zambia Air Force jets flying over our neighborhood. They have been doing this for the last five days. At first, when I saw these jets flying over the city of Lusaka, I thought well maybe we were practicing in order to rescue our neighbors south or provide military support elsewhere in Africa. Then I was told the jets were getting ready for the opening on the National Assembly. What?
It is an absolute shock for me to see the government burning expensive jet fuel when there is so much poverty going on in the country. Kanyama residents are still stuck with floods in their front yards and cholera claiming their dear ones. Mazyopa residents are still living in tents after the government demolished their houses. Food is still expensive for many families across the country. Farmers have been unable to buy inputs because they are too expensive.
What is it about our leaders’ lack of vision? They are so shortsighted that they are always thinking about the now. What drives them to run for political office in the first place? It is no other than protecting their selfish interests over the interests of the majority of Zambians. These leaders cannot even distinguish between what belongs to the government and what belongs to their political parties let alone to themselves. Unfortunately, to them it is one and the same thing. They change their minds so often on important issues to fit their agenda. They have no morals and their work ethic leaves much to be desired.
What kind of leaders would see sense in spending taxpayers’ money flying jets in the sky for hours? I take it our money that is spent on their expensive SUVs, fuel, allowances, phone bills, girlfriends, and boyfriends is not enough. They are so addicted to abuse that they are always looking for opportunities to mismanage the resources entrusted to them.
In a couple of years let us show them that we have the power to hire and fire. Let us use the power of our vote to hire new and sober minded politicians. There are some good and well meaning politicians that we can count on. Let us take advantage of them. Let us even encourage people we know have exceptional leadership qualities to run for political office next time we have elections. They could save this country from total disaster since the current ones have completely failed.