It is now common knowledge that Rupiah Banda, President of Zambia, and his MMD party have lost direction. At a defining moment in our country’s economic situation, Rupiah’s government has vigorously engaged in a fight with a private business. We can all see that the methods being used to champion the prosecution of Post newspaper editor, Fred M’membe and Mutembo Nchito are borne out of vindictiveness.
It is clear for all to see that Rupiah is engaging in an eye for an eye type of politics. Rupiah is ignoring advice from all corners of moral society to focus his energy on improving the lives of the suffering Zambians. He is aggressively pursuing a path of destruction and wants to destroy anything and everything in his path. This path will lead him to self-destruction. But we don’t care if he self-destructs. We care about the millions of Zambians who have placed their hopes of an improved economy on the government.
We are not interested in Rupiah settling scores with private citizens. We want you, Rupiah Banda, to bring forth tangible economic ideas which will mitigate for the diseased economy our country finds herself. We want you, Mr. President, to champion an economic program that will reverse the numerous job losses, the closings of mining companies, and the suffering of the people. Mr. President, you are the custodian of our hopes and you will need to deliver us out of this malaise.
Zambians are not interested in your agenda to bring to book failing private companies. If these individuals have committed financial crimes, we have capable law enforcement agencies to deal with this. Why should it be your pre-occupation to make sure that the Post closes down. It appears, Mr. President, you have not learned from what Chiluba and other former leaders are going through today. Just to remind you, Omar Al- Bashir, President of Sudan, has been convicted at the UN for crimes against humanity. This is a leader who has abused his authority, an authority bestowed on him by the good people of Sudan through their resolve to have a ‘supreme law of the land’, the Constitution. Mr. President, it is time that you rearranged your priorities and took on a leadership role in the economy. We cannot afford another year with this kind of immaturity at State House.
While you and your children go to bed on fully fed stomachs, we the patriotic Zambians go hungry. While you enjoy world class health facilities, we the patriotic Zambians are treated to mediocrity. While you still have a job because of us, we the ever patriotic people are jobless.
Things need to change and change fast. We will not sit idle and fear the suppression of our opinions by your government. We are entitled to critique the political operations of anybody. Zambia is our country and we too, are responsible for its well being. The sacrifices we have made in the midst of blatant political and economic mismanagement will not go to waste. We have a responsibility to our children and our future generations. The buck does not stop at you being President, for our great country will live on many more years after you have vacated State House. Therefore, it is prudent that we lay a solid economic and political foundation, a foundation upon which our children will build a strong and vibrant political system
We, the people of this great country, have made numerous sacrifices since independence, so that we may have better lives for ourselves and our children. But the rate at which our country is going, both politically and economically, one wonders what will be left of our country by the end of your term. If you have failed to run the country, Mr. President, please do the honorable thing-RESIGN. We will hold you in higher esteem if you took this step.
We realize that the world has moved at an alarmingly fast pace since you lost your Munali seat in 1991. The ideas of today may just be too much for you to comprehend. Now is a time for our country to be governed by someone who understands the current economic dynamics. We need an intelligent and practical player who can steer the economic ship to prosperous shores in the midst of catastrophic storms and waves. We need someone with fresh ideas to create a unity of purpose in our politics. We need a President who will change the political landscape to that which is tolerant of divergent views, one which views political opponents as positive contributors to the well being of our nation. Mr. President, no one holds a monopoly on intelligent ideas. This is the more reason why tolerance of divergent views is critical if we have to live up to the promises of our constitution.
We will not ask, or expect you to do things beyond your capability, but we ask you to consider ideas and opinions of other people. Rupiah, you are not an island of knowledge. You are not the only President this country has had. We implore you to reflect hard, magnify, and ponder.