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Good News for Zambians!

Columns Good News for Zambians!

Henry Kyambalesa
Henry Kyambalesa

By Henry Kyambalesa

Zambia’s Socioeconomic Prospects:

We need to consider whether the Patriotic Front and the ruling political party’s officials can adequately provide for inducements, ser­vices, facilities, guarantees, and measures that can enable both business and non-business entities in our country to operate more efficiently, deliver economic and social outputs to society at reason­able costs and prices, and ultimately contribute meaningfully to our country’s quest to reduce unemployment, poverty, corruption, and other socioeconomic ills over the next 5 years.

Considering their failure to address the overwhelming socioeconomic ills and crises facing our country and its people over the last 10 years, the answer cannot be in the affirmative—it is clearly “NO,” because giving them another mandate will just prolong the common people’s suffering!

HH and the UPND Alliance are clearly the alternative, since they have shown the potential to unseat the Patriotic Front next month. We, therefore, need to support them, as well as entrust them with the responsibility of correcting the catalogue of socioeconomic ills and crises which the Patriotic Front has failed to address over the last 10 years.

Besides, and perhaps more importantly, the UPND Alliance is much more likely to reverse the current socioeconomic decay and backwardness and improve the socioeconomic vistas of our people over the next 5 years because its administration will draw from the knowledge, expertise and experience of leaders from members of the Alliance who, by and large, hail from the country’s 10 provinces. This is actually one of the most important strengths of the UPND Alliance. This is essentially good news for all Zambians!

Members of all political parties in Zambia—including Patriotic Front members—need to seriously consider whether it will be wise for them and their families to continue to languish unnecessarily under the Patriotic Front administration over the next 5 years or vote for new political players who will improve their socioeconomic circumstances and bid farewell to the last 10 years of consistently dwindling socioeconomic prospects.

In this connection, one would be reminded of the ensuing good advice offered to developing countries like Zambia by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2001): “[Developing] … countries cannot wait for gradual progression of catching-up with the industrialized countries of the North, but rather must search for leap-flogging solutions.”

If we “search for leap-flogging solutions” to our country’s socioeconomic malaise, the heart-throbbing African tunes—churned out by the likes of Koffi Olomidé, Orchestra Super Mazembe, Miriam Makeba, the Mulemena Boys, the Masasu Band, Stella Chiweshe, King Sunny Ade, Emeneya, Cesaria Evora, Orchestre Les Mangelepa, Mampi, P. K. Chishala, Paul Ngozi, Rikki Ililonga, Nashil Pichen Kazembe, M’bilia Bel, Oliver Mtukudzi, Lucky Dube, Angela Nyirenda, and numerous other Zambian and African maestros—will be available to spice and liven up the celebration of our accomplishments, and the enjoyment of the fruits of our labor.

The Need for a Social Welfare State:

In its quest to uplift the livelihoods of the majority of its people, our country does not need socialism and its utopian ideals or crude capitalism and its zealous quest for profit maximization. Rather, the country needs to strive to create what is referred to as the “social welfare state”—that is, a country that provides for a dynamic free-market economy which essentially has a human face.

More precisely, a “social welfare state” is a country whose government simultaneously creates a highly competitive business system—which can be realized through various kinds of guarantees, inducements and essential public services and facilities designed to lavishly incentivize both local and foreign private investors—and an effective mechanism for re-distributing wealth to the needy.

In other words, a “social welfare state” is any country whose government is dedicated to diligently and simultaneously pursue pro-business, pro-labor and pro-poor policies. Countries which have succeeded in meeting the basic needs and aspirations of the majority of their people—such as Finland, Australia, the United States of America, Japan, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands (Holland), and Germany—are essentially “social welfare states”!

When German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels released “The Communist Manifesto” (originally referred to as the “Manifesto of the Communist Party”) in February 1848, the economies of Western Europe were predominantly administered through crude capitalism.

Perhaps this explains why some portions of The Communist Manifesto, as Samuel Moore (2019) has noted, feature “their ideas on how capitalist societies of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism.”

Incidentally, Germany today has a market-based economy in spite of the fact that it is the birthplace of Marxism. And Karl Marx was banished from Germany and had to seek lifelong refuge in London, where he died in 1883 despite having been denied British citizenship, perhaps due to his outlandish views.

In fact, one may even wonder whether the socioeconomic conditions that existed in Western Europe at the time when Marx and Engels were propounding, expounding and articulating their “theories” actually exist in countries like Zambia, and whether or not our beloved country can actually be categorized as being a “capitalist society” per se given its socialist-like economy that is captained by State-owned and operated institutions like the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

Ultimately, the revolutionary transition of capitalism to socialism and, finally, to communism that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels envisioned will apparently never come to fruition due to the emergence of the social welfare state and welfare capitalism in capitalist countries worldwide.

It is also important to remember the fact that social, political and market freedom in a country decreases, while government coercion increases, if the country decides to abandon a market-driven socioeconomic system and adopt a state-planned socioeconomic system. Besides, consumers’ demands on, and expectations of, business institutions are greater in market-driven economies than they are in centrally planned socioeconomic systems.

This should perhaps be expected considering the fact that consumers in centrally planned economies are mainly served by coercive governments and monopolistic, state-owned companies, which are ge­nerally insensitive to their basic and special needs and expectations.

Let us now turn to the words of the late Winston Churchill, former and the late Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who said the following in a speech in the House of Commons on October 22, 1945: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings [and the] … inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” And “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and … its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

In our country’s quest to improve the livelihoods of the majority of its people, therefore, it is perhaps important to keep in mind the following caveat provided by the late F. W. de Klerk of South Africa regar­ding the pursuit of socioecono­mic development:

“The reality is that the economy does not grow from political slogans … [basic] require­ments for eco­nomic growth [and development] are peace and stability, free enter­prise, imagi­native entrepre­neur­ship, efficient and frugal govern­ment, innovative and caring manage­ment, a well-educated and motivated work force, and a lot of hard work.”

The Crucial Role of Government:

But for our country to reap optimum benefits from the free-enterprise system, the government needs to create an en­abling socioeco­nom­ic environment in which hard-working citizens can be able to un­leash their full potential and get rewarded handsome­ly—whether they are sharehold­ers, self-emplo­yed, or on some­one else’s payroll.

In this regard, the government needs to provide adequately for various kinds of inducements, ser­vices, facilities, guarantees, and measures designed to incentivize both local and foreign private investors and non-governmental institutions, such as the following:

(a) A well-developed transportation infrastructure and ad­e­quate tran­sporta­tion services to industrial, com­mercial and residential areas to ease and facilitate the distri­bution of production inputs and finished products.

(b) Adequate public ser­vices (including police protec­tion, fire protec­tion, public utilities, and decent housing), as well as telecommunica­tions, educa­tion­al, vocation­al, health, and recreational facili­ties.

(c) Equitable income and other taxes, as well as tax conces­sions and induce­ments which are more attractive than those in alterna­tive coun­tries or regions which inves­tors are likely to consider for invest­ment.

(d) Renunciation of both price and exchange-rate controls.

(e) Less bureaucratic licensing, import, export, and other procedures, and ade­quate information about in­vest­ment and marketing prob­lems and opportu­nities in the various sectors of our coun­try’s econo­my and in cross-border markets.

(f) Assistance and active involvement by the national government in nurturing entrepre­neurial and managerial skills.

(g) A reversal of the current emphasis on stabilizing inflation at the expense of job creation and economic growth by placing greater emphasis on job creation and eco­nomic growth through low interest rates and progres­sive reductions in taxes in order to stimu­late invest­ment, savings and consumption.

(h) An ambitious program designed to lure private investments which can lead to the creation of new jobs, facilitate socioeconomic develop­ment and create a more competitive eco­nomic setting that can promote efficiency, as well as compel busi­ness entities to improve the quality of their products, as well as charge relati­vely lower prices.

(i) Political and civic leaders who are fair and honest in their dealings with private business institutions, and stable econom­ic policies, inc­luding a formal assurance against nationalization and/or expropria­tion of privately owned business undertakings by the national govern­ment.

(j) Political and civic leaders who are genuine and resolute in their fight against the scourge of corruption in both government and private institutions.

(k) A system of justice that is fair, impartial and independent in both word and deed.

(l) A social safety net designed to adequately cater to the needs of economically disadvantaged members of society that is not subject to political meddling or manipulation.

(m) Measures designed to ensure that business and non-business operations do not lead to indiscriminate wasting of natural resources, and measures designed to reduce air, water and solid-waste pollution to levels that are less harmful to society and to habitats of land and aquatic wildlife. And

(n) An earnest effort designed to go through public expenditures line by line, program by program, agency by agency, department by department, and ministry by ministry in order to eliminate unnecessary application of public funds.

These inducements, ser­vices, facilities, guarantees, and measures, among a host of other things, can enable both business and non-business entities in our country to operate more efficiently, deliver economic and social outputs to society at reason­able costs and prices, and ultimately contribute meaningfully to our country’s quest to reduce unemployment, poverty, corruption, and other socioeconomic ills.

We also need to remember that heightened, sustained and sustainable socioeconomic development does not descend onto a country like manna from heaven; rather, it has to be adequately planned for and diligently pursued. Each and every day that passes, therefore, creates great opportunities for us to devise and relentlessly pursue viable strategies that will enable us to meet the needs, aspirations and expectations of our people.

Myths Regarding China’s Success:

Naïve socialists worldwide are likely to point to China as an excellent example of a socialist country whose economic outputs have continued to flood the entire world unlike any other country in modern history. In this regard, News China (2019:1) in an editorial has summed up the actual reason for the country’s economic success in the following words:

“China’s economic success in the past decades has been established on the premise of a liberalized and vital private sector.” And “Chinese President Xi Jinping affirmed in a meeting on November 1 [2018] that the [Chinese] government will support the private sector to become bigger and stronger.”

Private investors in the Chinese economy include indigenous capitalists and investors from a wide range of countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

33 COMMENTS

  1. Nonsense !

    PF have done very well. The majority of people are happy and will rightfully Re elect them. Who is this Henry to start with?

    Get a haircut Sir

    I have a PhD.

    Thanks

    BB2014,2016

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  2. What a load of nonsense! Since when did representation from all provinces become the benchmark for reversing the socioeconomic decay? You have concluded using an assumption without any evidence or merit of the so called experienced leaders. UPND is full of theories and experience tells us that such rhetoric is nonsensical because a certain PF party campaigned along the same lines but then quickly discovered that things are different when in government. UPND lack common sense, they are like a student who depends on text books but lack the intelligence to question if what’s written down applies to their situation. You need to be impartial when making your analysis otherwise your biases can only be useful as a campaign strategy.

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  3. Henry UPND cadre-isms will never save Zed from it’s current wows, neither will wishful thinking that they are noble and wise more than any political enterprise based on one individual HH. HH will never save Zed. Neither will blind hatred for other parties save Zed. Only hard work from ordinary Zambians in Zed will. A Henry abroad sing like a cadre at chifubu market through social media is irrelevant

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  4. HH and UPND are not alternative Zambia needs, clearly UPND high of wining the 2021 are gone and it has became clear that people are not ready for switch to UPND because it is not offering practical solutions to the economic challanges that zambia is facing now.All We hear is IMF, IMF…….

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  5. Zambia is at cross roads and serious minded people need to pay attention different opinions which are being posted. Dismissing some’s views just because you support PF or UNPD will not help but learn to listen.

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    • Yes seriousness is calling for not blatant praise with no facts or empirical evidence…. HH is in government on some parts of Zed. Have they brought the change they are propagating here or are they just blaming and hating Lungu for it. What positive influence have they brought to parliament and Zed as a whole apart from hating Lungu

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  6. If you want Zambians to insult you, write a long article that shows its hand in the first paragraph that they will read. Then they will switch off, make up their minds and insult you without proffering any arguments against what you have said.
    Zambians are too lazy to read long articles no matter how well reasoned.
    ONLY thing to say is the F W d Klerk is still alive and well at 85. Personally I think he would have been the best post apartheid President of South Africa.

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  7. I fail to understand lu.natics who think UPND alliance has credible people. Do they even have any experience of working in govt? All the people claiming to be in the alliance are businessmen meaning they are focused on money and controls.You cant run a govt with an auditor’s mind. All systems will collapse. Don’t impose monistorss on poor and innocent souls

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  8. But this man is ugly. I have travelled the world and come across some ugly creatures but this man definitely tops the list. He looks like a pedophile

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  9. Henry Kyambalesa, you have been enjoying lavish life in USA, why don’t you continue to do that? Stop poking your nose in the matter those doesn’t concern you at all!!

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  10. You should not call Zambia you country. You have chosen to abandon it for material gains and comforts. Why don’t you do something about white supremacy in US? Why don’t you start a movement against it?

  11. Zambia’s socio-economic prospects are bright under UPND. You don’t worry about it. How is weather in USA? Hope you are comfortable there.

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  12. Now the people living thousands of miles away from Zambia are lecturing the government! This is the glaring example of how HH is using anti-Zambia forces for his PR.

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  13. UPND Alliance is most likely to reverse the current socio-economic decay…. How? Can you please elaborate on administration and governance acumen of members of the alliance? We don’t even know them. Can you list all the leaders in the UPND Alliance?

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  14. If the partners in UPND Alliance were so capable of changing the society, why they didn’t win till now? What have they done for the regions they represent? Now, don’t tell me that they were not in power. One can do a lot while in opposition too.

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  15. Can you give some examples to prove your bull$hit theory? Why should people trust UPND Alliance without any compelling reason?

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  16. Let the Zambians decide what is good for them. You please keep out of this with your crap. We don’t need a UPND surrogate to lecture us.

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  17. Instead of this useless essay, you should have spent time on some constructive work for yourself. It would have helped you a lot.

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  18. This Henry Person is a sadist!! So far he has not seen anything good in this country, yet he drives on the nice roads, he has access to electricity, he has access to food, he has access to health care. Yet he condemns everything. This man needs deliverance. He might be possessed

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  19. Henry, congratulations for issue based campaigning. Unfortunately, your reasoning is too simplistic. Hakainde is not getting value for money.

    In our time we had giants like John Banda, Mungoni Liso, Dickson Konkola,Munu Sipalo etc, whose debating skills were head and shoulders above the likes of Plato!! The Bemba adage ” Imiti iikula empaanga” has not applied this time round.
    Think like the Kenyan PLO Lumumba.

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  20. Just look at the morons above who think to rule or run a country you need experience of working in government……..

    Rubbish , your cv and proven track record of success without a criminal record is good enough…..

  21. Please give clear and present examples hear in SADC. Don’t just call people morons …. Typical of UPND always thinking they know it all even when they can’t prove it. That’s where 5 time failings come from. And they blame others for it.

  22. Kaizar Zulu … the picture of Mr. Kiambalesa in this article shows the standard handsome man at his age. If the picture attaching to your comments is real, you actually look like a stunted person with no hair and wrinkles all over your face — bad signs for a person of your age. And look at Dr. Kiambalesa: looking professorial, respectable and presentable by any measure! Anyway, let me read the article one more time to understand what my former lecturer at CBU is actually saying. Thanks for making me laugh at your joke and memorized, misplaced opinion.

  23. Pepperoni, don’t mind what KZ writes. He has the mind of a 1st Grader. He has an obsession for pictures. And who confuses being a “pedophile” and being “ugly”? As a pseudo-psychologist, I have noticed that he tries to project the problems he has had in his life as an unattractive and unpleasant-looking fella suspected of being a pedophile onto others.

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