The Opposition in Zambia- Whats the plan?
By Mingeli Palata
Political news in Zambia can be sickening. I choose to think most of you will agree with me. Most mornings when you buy or like me peep to see what the headline reads, most will agree that headlines are predictable seeing as they are often about the same people and the usual subjects; corruption, some prominent figure being sent to jail,donations, insults, and state visits. There is nothing new or is it that there is nothing we are looking for? What are we looking for? That’s a very easy question to answer.
The world is in a crisis and so are we yet I don’t feel sorry for us because to some extent we have ourselves to blame for the hunger ravaging our stomachs. This whole economic crisis is nothing new to the world as much as it’s nothing new to Zambia. We had a similar crisis in the 70s, that Kaunda economic depression was caused by the very commodity that is responsible for the current exchange rate- copper, copper, copper. For years we have talked about how much Zambia should diversify yet nothing has been done to that effect.
In the last 5 years we all praised the strides made towards economic emancipation, the dollar was sweet and we were all smiles, it’s called a comfort zone, contentment! At Toyota they believe their biggest enemy is themselves. The moment they think they have produced the best car brand is the moment they begin to go down. Indeed we live in a dynamic world that requires revolutionary thinking.
My point exactly?
We need a new plan. What is the plan Zambia? How are we going to get out of this mess we have created for ourselves? We are not getting the answers we need. HH says he wants to build schools and make government smaller. Sata says RB is a bad man. Nothing about how to get the currency strong again and nothing about making extra forex. Gee! This reality is scary I tell you!
Last Friday I met this Japanese lady at a friend’s get together party in Kabulonga, and so naturally I asked her what makes their country tick. She told me that Japan was once gutted down to nothing and they don’t have as much resources as we do but the one thing Japan did was to invest in their people, human capital development and look were they are today. Now Zambia has triple the resources and nine times the possibilities. What are we waiting for?
We are looking for answers, HH, Sata and whoever calls themselves opposition are not giving us alternative answers to what Musokotwane is doing (That’s if he is doing anything). The opposition needs to realize that election time is way past and the next elections are in the next 2 years. What would they do differently if they were in power besides Mumbi Phiri having a catfight with a fellow MP at Parliament? How would HH empower Zambians apart from sleeping and not working to fix the mistakes that cost him the last two elections?
The opposition needs to realize that their role is much more than talking about Dora Siliya and Magande, they need to persuade government to make the right decisions and to help them take our country to greater heights. We need to see the relevance of multi-party democracy and begin to appreciate difference and hope that when the opposition wakes up, those that be will be able to tolerate views other than their own.