US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump
President Edgar Lungu, and his PF government, should promptly develop a “Plan B” strategy to confront the reality of Donald Trump’s “America First” plans failure to which the country may suffer grave consequences.

The United States assistance, which is estimated at US$ 250million per year, focuses on improving health with a particular focus on women and vulnerable children; reducing the incidence and impact of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses; increasing agriculture-led economic development to reduce rural poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition; mitigating climate change and wildlife trafficking; raising education quality and learner reading performance; and advancing civil society, governance, and human rights. The US also supports government’s efforts to root out corruption.

Zambia is a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and a variety of technical assistance and other support that is managed by the Department of State, US Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies. The bulk of US assistance to Zambia is provided through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In addition to supporting development projects, the United States provides considerable emergency food aid during periods of drought and flooding through the World Food Programme (WFP) and is a major contributor to refugee programs in Zambia through the UN Commission for Refugees. Recently, the United States, through USAID, partnered with the Zambian Government and the International Finance Corporation in the Scaling Solar project, the goal of which is to construct the first two 50-megawatt Scaling Solar generation sites in Zambia.

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric around protectionism and his plans on immigration, aid, trade and taxation must be taken seriously by every country in the world, including Zambia.

There is likely to be a big shift. The policy shift will not only affect Mexico but for every country in the world, more so sub-Saharan countries like Zambia which are US aid-dependent.

We have a US administration which is pursuing an approach which looks like it will be different from any preceding administrations in our lifetime. Most countries in the world, including Britain, China, Mexico, including the economic blocs like the EU are already shuffling their strategists and policy makers to adapt to Trump’s policy shift.

Similarly, the Zambian government needs to urgently seek strategies to ensure continuity of programmes to be affected by policies of Trump’s administration. Otherwise, most programmes currently supported by the US Government may come to an abrupt end if government does not come up with a “Plan B” for continuity.

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    • PF bandits will dismiss it & later on when njala yanyokolelatu the PF will excuse themselves in their Donchi Kubeba tales of dununa reverse yapping that~at least it is global!
      Quote~”The policy shift will not only affect Mexico but for every country in the world, more so sub-Saharan countries like Zambia which are US aid-dependent”~Zambia aid depended.
      PF is chimbwi without any plans for having visionless leadership.

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    • Very true. People think that its only American Aid which will change under Trump. No. Even the business environment is changing. So as a country we trully and seriously need to strategize. UK, EU and even China are already lining up for direct negotiations with the Trump administration. Africa and Zambia in particular should also have a plan.

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    • Skeleton: if PF decides to discard this humble but very critical warning then we are in trouble. Trump is making a lot of sensitive pronouncements and donor dependent countries like Zambia should be careful on how to handle these pronouncements or else it’s trouble in the village.

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    • “PLAN B” ????? Are you sure ???

      Lazy Lungu has not even got a PLAN A !!!

      Unless you call stealing an election and then stealing from the Eurobonds to become a permanent international tourist!

      For PF, planning is a word that they do not understand. That is why Zambia has LOAD SHEDDING today!

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  1. Count America’s aid out .The days of wasteful spending and aimless travels must be over . He has said some American infrastructure has deteriorated and it is now time to start fixing them . This therefore means he is going to cut on foreign aid to Lungu’s budget which depends on hand outs.

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  2. A great leader like Donald Trump believes people must be ready to work hard and not wait for handouts! I strongly believe his approach is the best way ahead! Let America focus on its major infrastructure revamp and us in developing nations will be a source of raw materials to fuel this resurgance of the US.
    Africa helped China become the second largest economy thanks to our rich natural resources, I believe the US is looking at Africa for the same reason- it will be a win-win partnership! We need to focus on attracting US investment and not soliciting for Aid!

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    • You spoke my mind mate! I don’t know why people think Trump’s shift in policy is bad. Holding out a begging bowl for some coins is even worse! What the h3ll is wrong with us?

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  3. Bwafya.Trump is best leader so far.no handounts maybe we can stop stealing.Why wait for aid?poor Zambians who can’t produce anything including the fish despite having largest water bodies in sub sahara.bwafya saana.Live animals are being illegally exported from parks so long as ba minister balyamo.Minerals ect tefitu.We are failing to secure a future for our children.And who told you that NGOs are there to help you?Zambia ukupwalala u have sold your country due to love of politics and money.Work hard,be patriotic and stop ba mwisa from taking over as smalll gods.Infiriority complex is killing Zambia.Ubututu in some leaders and citizns.Welcome to new world with trump in charge maybe he can pump some knowledge in these lazy africans who don’t care about their own countries .No sense of…

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  4. We must look after ourselves. It is crazy that one sees more of USAID / CDC vehicles in Zambia than Ministry of health vehicles. I will be very pleased to see handouts go away. These handouts have enabled us voting into power useless individuals because of the backbones formed by these US entities !! The sooner they leave to achieve Pres. Trumps’ vision, the better for us now and in the long run.

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  5. The policy shift is likely to affect corrupt governments. The new policy will hold recipients of donor funds to account for the funds. These funds are derived from taxation and tax payers are tired of being cheated. Wasteful programs will be cancelled and economical programs will be initiated.

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  6. Kikiki the kaloba corrupt government of lungu is worried. Now this will teach you a lesson. What a time to have a useless president like lungu when donors are cutting back. Things will get worse and people will wish hh was heard in his petition

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  7. For all countries in world, its their citizens first. For Zambia its Refugees & Chinese Infesters first. Second its other foreign Infestors, Zambians don’t even appear on the list of priorities. Zambia is not a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) reason being that Zambia has little to export to the USA because there are no industries & GRZ is interested in importing so that officials can receive cuts for themselves. The countries benefiting from AGOA are Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Swaziland, Ghana, Kenya.
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  8. Trump is good because dictators like president Lungu will be punished. He is a president of this nation Zambia illegally. Matuvi yako!

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  9. This is going to be a hard one. Its better government considers developing SELF AID STRAGGLES. Am not too sure if Mr. Trump will have time to offer such kind of AID to Zambia, or rather, Africa in general. Right now tension is mounting between Mexico and America over the BOARDER WALL. NEXT UP AFRICA.. DEPENDENCE SYNDROME IS ONE OF MR. TRUMP’S ALLERGIES.

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  10. Plan B mwa Lungu, you are kidding! There is no plan A and leadership hardly exist and you expect Lungu to come with a plan let alone a strategy? The only strategy Lungu knows very well is that of being in state house regardless of whatever the law says. He would rather call for national prayers and ask his gods to deal with ‘Trumps’ ideology. Lungu, yaba where did you get him from?!

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  11. Plan A and Plan B is and should have long been for Zambia to wean itself of all Aid. But sadly with the kind of leaders we have, their only plan appears to be ‘loot’ the country directly or indirectly i.e. excessive travel by all in government just to get allowances. Money that should be well on more needy areas such as health, agriculture, education etc

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  12. Holding national prayers for Trump to change n aid Zambia is like praying for a rich person in family to die so dat u inherit his money kikikiki

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  13. take it that another leader wins 2021 elections, how does he change Trump’s mind. it reminds me of my neighbor in the early 80s who was celebrating over a wild fire in the village not knowing it was heading towards his house, burning all his maize field and his thatched house.

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  14. Donald Trump is right because most of this aid is just wasted. People here are mostly lazy thieves and cannot account for our taxes. ZRA is collecting money which they are busy stealing and building mansions beyond their means. Let us sit up and use our taxes widely by challenging all these thieves to account for our money and let them respect our vote when we decide to kick them out. Should you dependent on your neigbour to feed your children? Too much laziness idle Zambians or should I say Africans?

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  15. I appreciate all yr comments but I think we can show our leaders the best way to govern and critise to the fullest without using vulgar language. Pipo all over the world are reading and it’s sending wrong picture on the kind of educational excellences we possess in Zambia.Yes there could be many wrongs happening but we are beyond this language.

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  16. If an Alien from a distant planet in outer space was to visit planet Earth and read this article by ba LT, the Alien would think Donald Trump has failed to carry out his responsibilities to ‘look after’ Zambia, and therefore Zambia has to unfairly fend for itself.
    The dependence syndrome in us Zambians is so ingrained it is shocking!
    When are we going to learn that “if it is to be, it is up to me”. Zambia must live within its means, and then expand its means.
    I never thought I would string “Donald Trump” and “Good” in one sentence. But after reading this article, I think Donald Trump is UNINTENTIONALLY good for Zambia. He will cause us to break the shameless dependence syndrome.

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  17. Desperating leaders is not of God. The bible says respect leaders as thier leadership is God’s appointed. So some of you who insult leaders day and night bring curse upon yourselves, therefore repent and be trasfomed

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