President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (left) being welcomed by President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping at the Great Peoples Hall in Beijing,China on Saturday,September 1,,2018. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2018

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT BY CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

We, the undersigned civil society organisations have noted the defence of Zambia’s debt to China made by the Patriotic Front Media Director in a response to concerns raised by ACA Director, Laura Miti at the levels of that indebtedness.

In responding to Mr Chanda’s sentiments, civil society would like to begin by welcoming his decision to engage us on the critical matter of debt. We welcome the PF Director’s statement because it is civil society’s considered view that Zambia’s overall indebtedness, but especially its indebtedness to China, is a national crisis that requires government to engage citizens openly and in depth.

For that reason, we do wish Mr Chanda’s statement had answered the critical questions that are repeatedly being asked by citizens about Zambia’s debt level and strategy.
However even his rather personal response provides us with an opportunity to engage.

In a paper produced for the Centre for Trade Policy and Development in May 2018, Trevor Simumba highlights the fact that Minister of Finance, Ms Margaret Mwanakatwe, stated on 21st February 2018 that China is a natural first creditor and that 28% of Zambia’s debt is owed to China.

Why is this a problem? According to Mr. Simumba, “there is a severe lack of transparency over many key questions, including repayment, contracting obligations, project feasibility, value for money and loan security. This lack of transparency makes it impossible to have a clear account of the implications of this borrowing for the public finances”. In other words, it is not clear what the impact of the debt burden will be in the short and long term. It is not even clear exactly how much Zambia owes to China and therefore what the country’s overall debt burden is.

Zambia is a participant in the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative. This initiative aims at increasing trade with developing countries all around the world through infrastructure development.

This week, China is hosting the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Most, if not all, African countries have sent high-powered delegations to the summit and Zambia is no exception. China is readily dishing out loans to all the African countries present as part of the Belt and Road initiative. As one Kenyan columnist wrote in an editorial in Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper earlier in 2018, “The Chinese will readily offer you infrastructure loans but you will only start feeling the pinch when the time for servicing the debt comes calling — and you realize that your economy is not raising enough dollars to repay it.”

With commentators across the continent and the world raising red flags about China’s damaging lending strategy, a Centre for Trade Policy and Development report estimates that 95% of all of Zambia’s external debt for export and supplier’s credit comes from China.

Why should this concern Zambian citizens? In an article dated 3rd September, Quartz reported that, “John Hopkins University’s China-Africa Research Initiative found Chinese loans to be a significant contributor to debt distress in three countries: The Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Djibouti”.

While Mr Chanda suggests in his statement that Zambia is in complete control of its debt with China and tries to allay fears that critical Zambian assets such as ZNBC and ZESCO are in danger of takeover by China if the country defaults on debt, the truth is much grimmer.

One only has to look at the impact of the Chinese debt burden in Sri Lanka to see its potentially chilling effects. The New York Times reports that Sri Lanka owes more than US$8 billion to China. Due to their failure to pay their debt, Sri Lanka gave away a 70% share of the strategic Hambantota port to Chinese state-controlled entities and gave China a 99-year lease on the port.

In other words, Sri Lanka lost a critical port to China because it defaulted on its debt.

Given the lack of transparency by the Zambian government on its borrowing, there is a real danger that Zambia too might fall into the Chinese debt trap. This is troubling as key, strategic national institutions such as Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation are now controlled by a Chinese state-controlled entity.
The new national airport is also being constructed with Chinese funding. Zambia has just contracted loans of US$ 30 million for the modernisation of Mulungushi International Conference Centre and another US$ 30 million for the expansion of the electricity supply for the Lusaka East Multi-Facility Economic Zone.

Civil society and indeed the Zambian people are not against China or the Chinese investment or aid but there is a real concern that is growing to anxiety at the unaccountable, very opaque and seemingly non-strategic manner in which the Zambian government contracts and manages debt.

Zambian citizens cannot but notice the punishing levels of tax that the government is imposing on an already overtaxed population.
Zambian citizens cannot but notice the punishing levels of tax that the government is imposing on an already overtaxed population. Civil society is convinced that a government that has over-borrowed is now bleeding citizens in an attempt to fill the gap in the fiscus that is left by huge debt repayments.

Unfortunately, even as budget is clearly in a major deficit, government refuses to have an honest conversation with citizens both on the extent of our debt and it plans for repayments. It also continues to be very non-transparent about how debt money is spent. It is that full disclosure CSOs ask government and ruling party representatives like Mr Chanda to engage implement.

The Zambian debt is like a cancer. Unfortunately, the heaviest burden of debt is placed on women and children. It cannot be denied and denying it only makes its long-term consequences calamitous. Zambians deserve to know the truth about the nation’s debt.

We therefore urge the government to stop and think of the potential consequences of continued reckless borrowing if not out of a sense of patriotism then out of a realisation that it could cost them where it hurts – at the ballot box.

SARA LONGWE
NGOCC BOARD CHAIRPERSON

Signed for and on behalf of:
ActionAid
ZCSD
ACA
Pamela Chisanga
McDonald Chipenzi

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    • WEAK AND MISGUIDED OPPOSITION/CIVIL LIBERTY ORGANISATIONS ARE THE REASONS
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      Why is the Zambian government selling our country to China? Because the checks and balances mechanisms in the country are dead. Because the PF keeps winning genuinely poll after poll. Because the civil liberties of yesterday and that of today are completely different. Because double h sold the mines. Because the nation had unprecedented number of general elections with a time where you would normally have 2. Because government has failed to diversify. Because your bye elections are a waste of national resource. Because your constitution is faulty and you spend resources tryna fix it. That is why. And many more.

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    • Well because I can’t trust UPNDEADS and I will keep voting for PF, not that they are the best, but because I don’t have a choice. Why because double h sold our assets.
      Because our economists are in deep sleep. Because ECL removed Mutati as finance minister.
      Since the whites swindled you out’a your national assets, you’re gonna dance to their tune. Without assets and a sound economic diversification policy, sound checks and balancing tool and a real nation audit mechanism, it’s advantage China and ever indebted Zambia. Man, I feel like relocating to China. First LPM squeezed our waists through a punitive tighten your belts HIPC policy but our situation got even fishy afterwards.

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    • Really laughable…US$ 30 million for the modernisation of Mulungushi International Conference Centre, you can build a new one with such figures…I bet you they will use the same outdated designs as KKIA…Chinese glass and tiles it no wonder Chinks are setting up factory in Lusaka East Multi-Facility Economic Zone but our leaders are too dull and shortsighted.

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    • If you are child fit to be my baby, then you were born yesterday and you would think Zambia is being sold to China. If you were born in Northern Rhodesia you will know that a major project that was done for Zambia was the Kariba Dam ONLY at one time. The rest that was done was ‘accessory to murder,’ i.e., the rail line, etc, all where for transporting stuff out with minimum development to Zambia. The Southern Rhodesians, themselves, did not hide the truth, “Northern Rhodesia was there to be exploited only. It was just a source of wealth. Nothing more.” This was one of the reasons KK and others fought for independence. Animo Farm you think China is just exploiting Zambia?

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    • Zambians should be thankful for infrastructure development that is happening. We were behind many countries such as Ivory Coast, South Africa and Zimbabwe because we were just being milked the same way HH was milking the cow of privatization. What China is doing is a blessing to Zambia. We are learning and we will be a different country altogether. Remember, those who colonised you as much as they did a good job, they never wanted your country to develop – FOR A REASON! Soon, we too will be at a level where we can develop like all other developed nations. If we do not do this we still lag behind. HH and his TRIBAL GROUP MUST NEVER be allowed in power. They are retrogressive.

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    • China is great! It is give and take. HATRIBES Ha Jealousy Hagain! We are developing this thing and it is jealousy! Hagain! I mean the COALITION OF THE WICKED.

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    • What is selling? Who is the buyer and who is the seller? You criticize everyone but content misses from what you say. When government calls for contributions, indaba, or any form of discussion or contributions, you are mute yet speak when not called in the name of advocacy. You are are disappointment.

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    • Please understand that corrupt Lungu and his administration will not reveal the truth of what’s really happening with the debt situation in Zambia. Because they know that if you know the truth, it will shock you. Zambia is now cited all over the internet as China’s first casualty in Africa, and will speedily begin to lose our national assets and eventually our sovereignty as a free nation. Why are there no proper checks and balances in Zambia? Why do you let a few unaccountable individuals run the financial affairs of the nation, while you just sit back and watch? Why is corrupt Lungu and his cabinet not telling the nation the true picture of Zambia’s debt to China? And why is parliament not involved in pressuring corrupt Lungu and his buddies to account for the debt? It’s we the…

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    • ordinary Zambians and our children who will have to repay this debt for many years to come, long after Lungu has left office and has gone into hiding in eSwatini. He thus owes us an explanation. Please fellow Zambians, let’s be serious. You can’t just let a few individuals sell this country while you just sit back and watch. The whole world is laughing at us. The opposition parties in Zambia need to unite on this issue and demand that Lungu and his administration come clean and tell the Zambians the true nature of our debt to China, and also call for an audit so we know how all this money they’ve been borrowing from China was used. If they still refuse to reveal the details of this reckless borrowing and spending, and how much debt Zambia has accumulated so far, take them to court so…

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    • She from Malawi. Her father used to be manager at Mwaiseni Stores in Chingola. But that’s not important. What’s important is is she making sense or making noise.

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    • This is the generation that we lead this nation and the generation the current leaders are nurturing …they will look at your surname before they hear what you have to say..

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  1. Our future generations (Zambian children) will be economic slaves of the Chinese. The Chinese debt is full trap and that why its easy to get. Lungu and team should realize that power is limited but bad decisions can last forever and affect many. Does not matter which party you belong to but we need stronger laws to protect the country and its national assets. Zambia belongs to Zambians. Lungu must always remember this when making decisions

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    • ECL doesn’t make laws. Your MPs do. Various institutions enforce them. Yes, Zambia belongs to Zambians. This cuts across political divide. The biggest opposition party in the land is the biggest let down Zambia has ever witnessed. Guess what? It is headed by the biggest sell out. Don’t ever delink the articles headline to Zambian assets today and yesteryears. Your assets put money in your national coffer. The national human liabilities double h and FTJ decided to sell your mines. Can Saud Arabia or Iran sell their oil fields and be considered normal? Yes, stop ECL from further selling Zambian assets if you feel he is. This feels like Esau selling his birthright for a bow of soup. Being poor is a curse. Don’t let them sell your assets again, else you’re dead.

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    • @Like lilo
      He wants to leader of this great nation.
      Did he stop crooked FTJ, no.
      Chap supported and was part of the rot.

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  2. There should be national documents that prohibit the president or anyone for selling ownership of national assets no matter the economic situation. Violation of this law is automatic impeachment or dismissal. Lets always remember Lungu works for Zambians and is not Zambia’s boss so his decisions must be in the interest of Zambians only all the time. The so called development is money from taxes that Zambians contribute and not his personal money. His job is to make proper decisions.

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    • THE REAL QUESTIONS
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      How are national debts contracted? Is it out of the domain of parliament knowledge? Honestly shouldn’t a member of parliament let alone a Zambia citizen be aware of the debt the country has contracted or about to contract? National debt should be a public spectacle. Insinuation and conflicting stories about national debt standing should be put to bed rest people with ulterior motive and misguiding information take to the street or different podia yapping and yapping. The conversation about national debt should always be in the public domain. If there are monthly or quarterly publication on debt let the MIBS siliya avail this info always. It’s like hubby or wife who tries to secretly contracts debt in a marriage setup.

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    • Then stop yapping. How can the handling of a sensitive subject like borrowing be vested in one fellow called the President and his subjects. Are you nuts? Is that normal? Look who is talking and what he is talking about. How is what you are insinuating even be possible as if Zambia is his plot? Seal the loopholes if that shouldn’t be the case.Yap yap!

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    • Then tell us how lungu managed to sign a now aborted refinancing package of $500 million for zesco without parliament ?

      You are still sleeping…..commissions were chewed on that refinancing…

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    • THORN IN THE FLESH —– IT IS AMAZING HOW YOU HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY THE PF LIES. HOW CAN AN ACCOUNTANT SELL A MINE ???? HAVE YOU NO BRAINS AT ALL – THIS LIE WAS PERPETRATED BY THE PF SO THAT THE NATION CAN STOP BELIEVING THAT HH IS OUR ONLY WAY TO A BETTER ZAMBIA.
      THE MINES, WHEN ZAMBIA BECAME A DEMOCRACY, WE DISFUNTANAL THAT IS WHY INVESTORS WERE CALLED IN TO START MAKING THEM PROFITABLE AGAIN. YOU ARE SO FILLED WITH HATRED THAT YOU WOULD RATHER LET THE PF SELL OUR COUNTRY TO THE CHINESE THAN HAVE UPND LEAD IT INTO PROSPERITY. SHAME ON YOU. I HOPE YOUR CHILDREN WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS !

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    • Tell me that Chile sold their copper mines too. Tell me that South Africa sold their platinum and gold mines too. Maybe you were too young to understand. Ask double h son of your soil if he wasn’t part of the crooked gangs at the center of looted proceeds from the sale of ZCCM. See, a thief is a thief whether you deny it or not. All our mines were sold in broad day light my kids and double h was deep inside of it. @ spaka, you lie with a hot tongue. So devilishly out’a credible reality.

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  3. Donald Chipenzi, Laura Miti and others are cadets for the Unpatriotic Party for National Downfall. Such negativity will kill you. Fact is that Zambia is many years back with it’s developmental projects. Look at most of the Infrastructure such the road network, health and learning Institutions. How else do you think we can get there when Donald Trump and others are not willing to assist us.

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  4. World Trade is cyclical. The US is world’s biggest economy. Euroland is a major trading partner of US. Then China is leading trading partner of US and Euroland combined. Where is the problem? Trading with China is equivalent to trading with US and Euroland. Please take time to attack China. China is trade partner. The hypothesis of selling certain countries to China does not make sense. If loan repayment failure was founded on sound economic fundamentals, then loans could be rescheduled. Stop scaring potential investors.

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    • @Dr. Makasa, you’re right. Instead of focusing on who is giving Zambia money our focus should be what is money being spent on. Is development being delivered? Is GRZ spending money on infrastructure to better lives of Zambians & make country more productive? Can you call electrification of Lusaka MFEZ using Chinese interest free or zero cost loan reckless? What about a gift or grant to Zambia for $30m to expand Mulungushi Conference centre which we can use to continue growing business tourism through hosting future Africa & global conferences? To grow our economy & reduce poverty we need education, health, communication, transportation, technology, innovation etc. All these cost money & if GRZ can provide them it is up to us Zambians to use them to become productive & grow economy. Many…

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    • …. Many people make mistake that it’s only GRZ that’s responsible for growing economy. We are all responsible. Lets work together & find solutions for our country rather than looking for & stocking trouble everyday. Lets make GRZ accountable on delivering development. God Bless Zambia

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    • True, there are a lot of speculations called ‘facts’. Please provide examples where China has grabbed national assets. Debt is bad whether from China or America. It is okay to speculate but the Civil Society should do more – research and do not depend on newspaper articles and opinions not just fight the China – Europe versus America trade wars.
      In 1995, the European Union tried to fight China in what was then called the Bra War, when the union tried to stop finished garments from China to enter the European market just before Chrismas. This failed because “Made in China” rules the world today!

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  5. The article has been dilute by 2 upendi cadres.

    These 2 are spoilers because we consider them as u5 politicians and no one takes them serious

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    • You can’t have only all theives giving us artcles now can you ? We know their agenda, to steal and loot only….

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  6. What is the population of Zambia 17 million, 18 million ? China should just give every Zambia in $1 million and have the country…..they can afford that…..

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    • The Chinese economy is only worth $19 Trillion and paying 18 million Zambian $1Million apiece would cost China a whopping $18Trillions $$$ and render them bankrupt. Not even the wasting copper that lies underneath our country is worth half of that! Zambia was once a reach country before the copper was wasted away with that gain but so much pain for the natural owners of soil.

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    • …. Typo correction

      The Chinese economy is only worth $19 Trillion and paying 18 million Zambians $1Million apiece would cost China a whopping $18Trillions $$$ and render them bankrupt. Not even the wasting copper that lies underneath our country is worth half of that! Zambia was once a rich country before the copper was fleeced and wasted away without any gain for her people but leaving so much pain and anguish for the citizens.

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  7. Upendi cardres must stick to upendi. And not infiltrate credidle non partisan ngos.

    martha mushipe has lost her licence because of partisan politics

    We want to remove pf but we not replace it upendi. Hh sold all the companies in Zambia and we dont want him back

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    • And your Endemically Corrupt Leader did loose his licence because of criminal acts. HH did not sell any companies, it is CORRUPT vise, visionary and anointed convicted embezler you voted for that is selling the Country, lock, stock and barrel!!!

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    • UPND is a tribal H-organisation for TTONGAS and a few other people who support tribalism. They have no interests of Zambia – the whole Zambia at heart. HH will never be a president. He is Under Five, Childish and NOT presidential material. He is a THIEF too. He is also UNLIKABLE & UNELECTABLE.

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  8. According to a news report earlier this week, CSOs (NGOs) have received a grant of some K45million for civic activities. As they replace their ageing personal to holder vehicles with brand new ones, you can expect this level of noise and more in the coming year to hoodwink their donors that they are working. Not a few international flights to attend conferences and seminars will also be recorded.

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  9. The question is whether China is even interested in buying Zambia at all?

    I personally don’t think so. China has more important goals on it’s agenda – it’s own economic growth foremost. They need our resources to maintain their economic strength and so as long as the copper is flowing and they can maintain their position as a major supplier of manufactured consumer goods in Africa, all is fine, but I don’t think they bother much about recovery of their national debt.

    A sober fact is that Zambia is not under a threat to deal with China, plus it is not the only country in this situation. Most African countries and a number of developed countries are in a similar position. Most of them are harnessing the experience and creating opportunities for themselves.

    We have a choice to…

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    • You are too gullible and docile to understand Chinese long-term strategy…even principles such a Sun Tzu’s Art Of War would fall on deaf ears to you.

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    • @14, You are wiser than Hallucinogens. Because 14.1 is HALLUCINATING. He is hallucinating in his mother tongue. That is why he is projecting his on you!

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    • Buying and collecting collateral are two different things. Do you think they want to lose completely? Creditor does not want to buy your thing or your land, but they have to find something of value to capture some of their loss. ZESCO is a good capture. They will get even Kariba power station. I think it’s good deal for them. We must indict Lungu at all cost. Hope it’s not true.

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  10. We have a choice to refuse relations with China and deal with other countries, so let us stop crying and blaming each other endlessly while China’s economy keeps growing and getting stronger with our resources.

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    • Like I said you don’t understand and are a forgetful woman…you borrowed for consumption when we told you right here you yourself called us bitter …I can bring archive posts where you posted in support of borrowing!!

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    • Jay J, your personal attacks are uncalled for. Just stick to the topic and show me how I’m wrong. I’m not forgetful and yes, I have supported borrowing but only for infrastructure and other economic projects. I however, do take issue with any notion that someone is trying to sell our country or that there is an intention on China’s side to purchase Zambia on the long term.

      Long term economic relations between Zambia and China will be mutually benefitial to both countries since both will no longer be dependant on America and the EU who have always tried to use their economic strength to politically and socially influence our countries.

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    • So you think China is helping you because they like you..giving you loans (without conditions) for overpriced substandard infrastructure built by their own companies and materials with zero value addition to the economy …you can not see beyond your noses. Do you want me to draw you a picture? Simply look at the type of factories the Chinese State Companies are setting up….add one and one together.

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  11. Anything from Laura Miti,M.Chipenzi(a tonga) is useless as these are known UPND cadres!!They cannot say anything objective!!I CANT EVEN READ THE NONSENSE ABOVE!!!
    surely,who is selling Zambia to China?UPND and tribal followers must be real!!Thats why they lose elections.China is a second biggest economy in the World.all african presidents were recently in China to attract investment into their countries.South African president even told off all those who are saying China is buying out African states!!!!
    CHIPENZI AND LAURA MITI SHOULD ACCEPT THE FACT THAT NO COUNTRY TODAY IN THE WORLD CAN DO MINUS MONEY FROM CHINA!!!EVEN AMERICA SEEKS HELP FROM CHINA!!!Hence let these UPND cadres hiding in fake NGOs go to hell!!CHINA IS HERE TO STAY IN ZAMBIA!!!

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  12. Useless bunch of losers called civil society. Civil society my foot!!!!!!!! Grow up and get a life, you are busy enjoying driving along ring roads made from the same loans you are crying about. Why cry about China that is uplifting the standards for the country. Late Michael Sata MHSRIP, used to say Zambians have potholes in their heads and this is true for these CS chaps.

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  13. Immigration is the hot issue in the West during campaigns. I encourage opposition in Zambia to campaign on the anti-China platform. This will win you more votes than you have ever gotten.

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  14. We are dealing with politicized NGO’s, the people who signed the document are, if not all, opposition party supporters.
    The world’s richest nation, the United States of America, owes China more money than what the whole of Africa owes China. Are you telling me that the USA has been sold to China?
    Those who have eyes to see can tell you that Zambia is changing for the better, only Haluza Hagain and his NGO’s have decided to close their eyes.

    Thank you, China for what you are doing to our country and we ask you to continue. For the NGO’s, tell your funders to increase funding to you, now that you have made your comments.

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    • “…The world’s richest nation, the United States of America, owes China more money than what the whole of Africa owes China. Are you telling me that the USA has been sold to China?…”

      Owing money is not the same as owing money and controlling strategic asserts and owning most of the prime land…..as a matter of interest name one American strategic industry bought and owned by China ?

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    • Kwahae – Please use the internet to research or go to the library and read a copy of the Economist Magazine…oh my god the level of ignorance is frightening

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  15. If your way of government is so as to allow one fellow called the President and his subjects to contract loans by a stroke of a pen then you are damn as a country. But like I said, with a dead opposition party and so sick civil liberty organisations, it’s advantage China and so dead Zambia. Good luck!

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  16. Good afternoon madam Pamela iam completely lost how do we waste our time responding to Sunday Chanda’s article. This chap is not in government and is not government spokesman. I bet u wen time comes for the chief government spokesman to respond, it will be a total different story and answer.
    Madam Pamela this is the waste government in africa, they don’t no were they re coming and were they re going. Let’s all wait and see wat ll happen to this country but one thing that’s sure is citizens will one day raise up to defend themselves and that is not long from now

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  17. Donchi Kubeba ama Zambians! Only Boma should know. Talk of Donchi Kubeba backfiring on the citizens! Just auction their teeth to pay back the debt! Let’s dance Dununa Regret

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  18. Very Interesting article written by an Indian Economist about world economy.

    Amazing logic indeed. This is a crazy world! How valid is it? I leave it to you!

    The Japanese save a lot. They do not spend much. Also, Japan exports far more than it imports. Has an annual trade surplus of over US$100 billion. Yet the Japanese economy is considered weak, even collapsing.

    Americans spend, save little. Also US imports more than it exports.
    Has an annual trade deficit of over $400 billion. Yet, the American economy is considered strong and expected to get stronger.

    But where do Americans get money to spend? They borrow from Japan, China and even India.
    Virtually others save for the Americans to spend. Global savings are mostly invested in US, in dollars.

    India itself keeps its…

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  19. India itself keeps its foreign currency assets of over $50 billion in US securities. China has sunk over $1.1 trillion in US securities.
    Japan’s stakes in US securities is in trillions.
    Result:
    The US has taken over $5 trillion from the world. So, as the world
    saves for the US – It’s The Americans who are spending freely. Today, to keep the US consumption going, that is for the US economy to work, other countries have to remit $180 billion every quarter, which is $2
    billion a day, to the US!

    A Chinese economist asked a neat question. Who has invested more, US in China, or China in US? The US has invested in China less than half of what China has invested in the US.

    The same is the case with India. It have invested over $50 billion in the US. But the US has invested less than…

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  20. But the US has invested less than $20 billion in India.

    Why is the world after US?

    The secret lies in American spending, that they hardly save. In fact they use their credit cards to spend their future income. That the US spends is what makes it attractive to export to the US. So US imports more than what it exports year after year.

    The result:

    The world is dependent on US consumption for its growth. By its deepening culture of consumption, the US has habituated the world to feed on US consumption. But as the US needs money to finance its consumption, the world provides the money.

    It’s like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the customer keeps buying from the shop. If the customer will not buy, the shop won’t have business, unless the shopkeeper funds…

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  21. China is good not only to zambia but to africa and the whole world try to look at china at wider perceptive than from the zambian view , china supplies almost everything the world needs to all countries in world chinese goods flood all homes in every country are from china, china is linking Europe to china by road network .
    The reason why america is so mad at china, you can isolate yourself from china and remain behind , china is a better invester than all those colonisers who took everthing from africa and left africa perpetual begger to the western countries , they skilfully devised ways of milking africa of its resources , yet maintened africa poor and looking to them for the enslaving loans that do not finish with strings that control africa in every area of life .
    The good…

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  22. If the customer will not buy, the shop won’t have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him. The US is like the lucky customer. And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper financier.

    Who is America’s biggest shopkeeper financier? Japan and China of course. Yet Japan is regarded as weak economically. Modern economists complain that Japanese do not spend, so they do not grow. To force the Japanese to spend, the Japanese government exerted itself, reduced the savings interest rates to almost zero, even charged savers for keeping their money in the bank. Still the Japanese did not spend (habits don’t change, even with taxes, do they?). Their traditional postal savings alone has over $1.2 trillion. Thus, savings, far from being the strength of Japan, has become its pain.

    Hence, what…

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  23. Why do you think Prostitutes and beggers lineup the streets. The response is as simple as that. There are no other means and that is that. If Government had an alternative that were to its advantage I am sure they could have taken that route. There are no alternatives and that is that baba no choice. Look at the way the world economy is being manipulated by these useless organs like IMF etc., these are the big thieves who want to squeeze every coin out of the poor countries in the name of helping them. They are the same thugs that robbed Africa and other third world countries of their resources and used all the cash in developing their countries

    Zambia and the rest of the under developed countries have no choice but to dance to the music of these thugs, who still reaping were they did…

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    • Lukanga Kafusha Justice even from your photo one can tell you are not the sharpest tool in the kitchen drawer…a so a lender is telling you that he can not lend you money because you are unable to payback as you have too much debt and you call him a big thief…if he was a thief he would lend instead of telling to cutback.
      So you rush to a lender (your owe big) who doesn’t give conditions but requires your assets security when you default for more money…who is the thief between the two?

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    • Jay jay since you are the sharpest tool in the kitchen drawer (mind you I respect your comments) what is the alternative??? Come up with that and I will understand you. Critics without offering a solution are what I classify as armchair critics. Let us debate positively as Zambians as this is to our benefit and that of our country. I have seen a lot of corrector assassination on this blog and it is for this reason I have kept myself in the background. It is typical of we Zambians always trying to put others down. I am as shape as a razor blade. Get me clear I call a spade a spade and not a big garden foloko

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    • I already offered you advice on not taking on more debt for consumption they called me bitter…fast forward 5 years later you are in a mess you come back and state the same thing offer solutions…its clear they are incapable of running the affairs of the country as they are simply going down a debt sparrow…mind you half the govt was in China, I shudder just to think of the agreements that were signed behind our backs.

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    • Jay Jay since you are the sharpest tool in the kitchen drawer (mind you I respect your comments)

      Its ironic you state that you respect my comments but just a while back you were firing off all kinds of unpalatables from Odense, Denmark in my direction.

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  24. Coont…
    who still reaping were they did not sow. It is another form of being colonized if some of you have not yet come up to terms with reality
    Aba lungwana balitu mpa sana

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  25. Hence, what is the lesson?

    *That is, a nation cannot grow unless the people spend, not save. Not just spend, but borrow and spend.*

    Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati, the famous Indian-born economist in the US, told Manmohan Singh that Indians wastefully save. Ask them to spend, on imported cars and, seriously, even on cosmetics! This will put India on a growth curve. This is one of the reason for MNC’s coming down to India, seeing the consumer spending.

    *’Saving is sin, and spending is virtue.’*

    *But before you follow this Neo Economics, get some fools to save so that you can borrow from them and spend !!!*

    The world is in a economical mess!!!

    ???? interesting read

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  26. A wrong step made by the leader is the warning to the followers… How can you find solutions when things are being operated in shadows…

    Poor Zambians will pay the price instead..

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  27. As a Jesusist. Righteousness makes a nation great:sin a disgrace to any people.Name calling will not feed a hungry Zambian child. Our society must rid it’s self of lazyness. We as a generation need to come out of Tele Mundo and face reality. Most of us making comments on this issue don’t even manage a small business. We should be ashamed of our selves. If the railway built in colonial days was used to transport our heritage out of this country what do you think the roads and airport are for?
    Zambians. Let’s do business with these people . Politicians are hypocrics they never listen . Hard work is the answer a corrupt free business approach.

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  28. I went out to the West End of London for drinks last night and on my way home, my Uber drove through Chinatown in SoHo, in the middle of London. This is a place where Chinese have literally taken over the hospitality business but no one makes a fuss and have never heard anyone complain that the Chinese are taking over our country. Is there anything that I’m not understanding about the Zambian complaint?

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  29. My concern is the depth of mistrust for African Governments as revealed by Donald Trump who acts as the Chief of Whip of racists whites within the ranks of the Republican Party in USA. It is pathetic that Laura Miti and Sarah Longwe are happy to absorb Trump’s insults of Africans in Africa and USA.
    (1) Trump has called senior Blacks in USA as DOGS. (2) Trump has threatened Rwanda for developing its textile industries, but prefers Africa to continue importing USED NAPKINS AND PANTS FROM USA. (3) Trump is dismantling what Obama introduced for the poor in US. (4) Trump’s actions have forced UK’s Prime Minister May to explore worthy friends in Africa.
    LAURA MITI & SARAH LONGWE MUST WAKE UP TO REALITIES.

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