Sunday, June 16, 2024

Slow Down; Mr President


President Lungu on arrival in Livingston
President Lungu on arrival in Livingstone
By David Kapoma

The ten (10) months since the last election looks like a long time to many Zambians. So many things have happened, good and bad, strange and obvious. Considering the current state of affairs, I think that our current leadership should answer some questions or must indeed have some questions in their minds.

Is Zambia on the right course? Is our democratic credential in the right place? Are we doing enough to build on what Dr. Kaunda with his mates fought for? Are we improving the lives of the Zambians? Are the children in Chibolya, Dambwa, Kapisha, Senama, Musenga Township in Kasama and indeed any other compound in Zambia having enough to eat?

The PF must answer the question; is the party inspiring confidence in the Zambian people who put them in power? And finally the Zambian citizens must answer if we are doing enough for our country. We must quickly realise that politicians are like babies, they have to be checked from time to time.

Truth is, things are not right in Zambia and everyone knows including those who want to pretend merely because they belong to the party in power. It is extremely wrong and worrying that even when we know we are headed in the wrong direction ‘some of us’ want to pretend. This has potential to land our country in trouble. It is bizarre that a country whose unemployment levels remain high, poverty levels sky rocketing and the people hugely divided and yet our ruling party see the desire to debate the next president for an election that is coming in the next four (4) years.

It is evident that the PF is an expert political party in diverting the attention of the citizens. They have introduced intra party wrangles just so they can manage to let Zambians forget that President Lungu lied about the opening of Mulungushi textiles. The PF promised Zambians that they would reduce the price of mealie meal after introducing solar milling plants. Little did we realise it was political rhetoric. The milling plants have remained on paper. One can only conclude that the PF has failed to deliver and have no vision for this country, hence the in-fighting.

Zambia can only be great once our leaders make a decision to do that which is good and right. Our leaders must begin asking themselves some individual questions and find out from their conscious if at all they have any if what they see today can make our country great again. Is this what they would be happy to see if they found themselves on the other side of the coin? This is a question that can only be answered by President Lungu and his allies.

Zambia remains a Christian nation but unfortunately even those who are not Christians know that our Christianity is only on paper (Our constitution). We do not practice what we preach and this is a reality we must confront with boldness. In a Christian nation, many of our citizens are scared to speak their minds for fear of victimization. It appears as though we are now living and surviving at the mercy of those in power. It is even more worrying that after introducing the ministry of religious affairs, our church is confused and divided to the point of failing to provide coordinated counsel to our head of state.

Fellow Zambians! Agree with me that ‘peace’ like ‘trust’ in a love affair is one commodity that once lost is very difficult to gain. The PF must therefore treasure this opportunity the Zambian people gave them to safeguard our democracy. The game changer at this point is to make sure the fish does not rot at the head. The question is; how do we ensure this does not happen?

I am of a considered view that H.E President Lungu and the entire PF leadership are too much in a dash and must slow down. We are not rushing to a football match or concert. This is a country you are leading and must therefore demonstrate patience and tolerance. It worries me that everything President Lungu says come to pass apart from good things. Not long ago, from his mouth came words that he would make sure the post newspapers was closed, that story is well known to everyone. While at a campaign rally in Kabwe before the last general elections, President Lungu warned that he carries a big stick despite having a small body. In the same breath he threatened to arrest some people, again this story is well known. I am hoping he does not say more that may too come to pass. He simply is a prophet of his own.

The Patriotic Front must realise that President Lungu can only succeed in his leadership if his party provides appropriate advice. As it stands now, no one in the PF apart from a few that are now considered recluses speak the truth. The rest are drunk with power and a sweet life. It is also important for the PF to understand that their success in governance is not dependent on how well they oppress the opponents but how best they respond to the needs of the ordinary citizens. Good governance requires that leaders listen to the cries of their people.

I wish to remind the PF that the same institutions they are using today to victimise others may work against them at a later stage. Her Ladyship Mumbi Phiri must communicate to the rest in the PF that “their days are numbered”. Truth is the PF wont be in power forever. Lastly I humbly ask President Lungu to find where he placed his humble jacket at state house.

The bible in James 4:14 says “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes”.

God bless Zambia.


  1. Yes Mr Mapoma Zambia is a Christian nation on paper and this jihaddist evil president Lungu should not just slow down but stop unless he risks going the way of other dictators like IDI Amin

    • His humble jack??? Kikikiki
      Anyway, I still think Ba Freedom Sikazwe is not a good man. Witchcraft mess up people’s mind.
      That Mumbi Phiri twamutumpika fye, her fellow women need deal with her. That Inonge also is not worth having has vice-president, wasted opportunity to show her goodness.

    • At least Mr Lungu he is doing what he promised, ” I will fall on you like a tonne of bricks.”
      1) post closed
      2) HH jailed
      And come 2021 he will just ask the musicians to produce a bustele song similar to dununa reverse and the Zambians will go lelelelelelele ulululululululu and vote for him.

    • Contradictory message Ba Kapoma. In one breath you are saying you can’t see what GRZ is doing few months after elections & in same breath you’re asking President to slow down. Those of us in Zambia know that we are Christian Nation. We can see development, hospitals, schools, roads been built, the economy stabilising to reign in run away inflation which was inflicted by global head winds etc. Don’t be misled by social media articles. Come to Zambia & see that things are positively changing. There’s lots of work still be done & still many poor people but the poor can see that for 1st time in long time there’s a GRZ that’s giving them attention by taking development to them also. God Bless Zambia

  2. Since when did you hear current Party and government leaders listen to advice? Whatever you say falls on deaf ears, or you’ll receive a sharp rebuke or dismiss your advice completely. Seems like they live in a different Zambia than anybody else. My advice to you, go try milk a stone. You probably get something instead of wishing that the great Party will heed your advice.

  3. Yes Mr. Mapoma, and the same Bible instructs everyone to respect authority and to obey the laws of the land. HH is not above the law and if HH breaks the law with impunity the same law should visit him the same way it visits everyone else. Otherwise if political leaders are allowed to break the law there will be chaos everywhere. In fact it is those who aspire to become presidents who should set a good example on how to respect the law. Lets not just condemn government on HH’s predicament without objectively evaluating HH’s conduct and behaviour – Again, nobody is above the law, not even the Republican President…Let the law take its course, If HH is innocent the courts will set him free

  4. lets all turn to God, trust and believe HH will be released on Thursday 15 june 2017. N/P. I trust my God right now he has spoken to them they re only shay to do what God has said. But Jesus said by your Faith you. So by my Faith HH will be a free man this week

    • Mr. Tembo, blocking the presidential motorcade is the serious offense. He was lack, I will open fire next time tell him. He will be dead garbage if ever he does that again

    • @perfect, which world are you living in? Are you not aware that the courts didn’t find HH with a case in the motorcade matter? It’s typical of people saying HH committed a crime but you all can’t seem to tell us which law he broke.
      Don’t just eavesdrop on stories being told in taverns. Use your head to analyse things for yourself.

  5. Ba Big Joe, to refuse to recognise Lungu does not amount to breaking the law of the land. Lungu does not respect the laws of the land. He extorted money from the treasury and the Constitutional court ruled that his ministers my pay back. Have they? He stole an election and since he is the owner of the country, he can’t be taken to court because he is above the law.
    He was advised not to sign the constitution document into law with closed eyes, did he listen?
    He is now choosing what you should see and hear through his Znbc and compliant press…. read the Animal Farm and let’s discuss.

    • What about to call him Hyena? Or any human being as a hyena. There is no law that says everyone must recognize the president. Unless you want to mislead the nation, no-one is saying HH was arrested for not recognising the president at least that is not what his lawyers are defending in courts – of it is the speculation of the UPND supporters.

  6. Come on people. I don’t blame ECL….he frankly told us that he had no plan for zed! So don’t expect him to perform. U have locked up a guy who has a plan for zed. Enjoy your misery people.

    • Yes he said he had no personal plan for Zambia but that of his party. At least HH has a personal plan for Zambia

  7. As the saying goes “Fear not the king,but the king makers” follow the money once you find out who paid for his campaign then you’ll know who’s calling the shots he is just a puppet.

  8. as usual thats your opinion. Democracy is only Democracy if laws are followed and enforced, for that i commend Lungu for trying. Lawlessness as no place in a democratic dispensation.
    The opposition can have the loudest trumpets but the noise they continue to make is inaudible to the majority who are seeing progress; devt under control, BOZ visibly controlling inflation, the country slowly and carfully being weaned of the useless subsidies which favor the rich, a social cash transfer thats changing lives and an overall improving economy.

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