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One Zambia One Nation: Every Zambian belongs everywhere in the country

Columns One Zambia One Nation: Every Zambian belongs everywhere in the country

By Venus N Msyani

In Kapiri Mposhi, Central province, United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres are rejecting the appointment of Mr.Fransis Hasalama as incoming Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner because he doesn’t live in the region.

The Cadres are demanding the appointment of a local person who better understands challenges in the district.

Their demand is an anticipated one as it aligns with president Hakainde Hichilema’s constituency budget implementation plan.

“No one will be given a contract to do a job in Mufulira who come from Lusaka. No one.” President HH said during a conversation with a reporter at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before taking off to the United Kingdom for the COP26 at the begging of this month.

According to president Hakainde, contracts for developmental projects will be awarded only to people who reside in a constituency to help empower residents in each constituency.

In short, HH is saying a person who resides in Mwinilunga cannot apply for a contract in Nakonde or Chipata.

Cadres are saying a person who lives in Mumbwa, Lusaka, or Kitwe should not be appointed as DC for Zimba or Petauke.

Clearly shows that the cadres and president Hakainde are demanding the same thing. Waiting to see if Mr. Hasalama will lose his appointment.

There is a possibility the incoming Kapiri Mposhi District Commissioner lied to the president about his residence.

Whether Mr. Hasalama lied about his residence or not, if he has no dirty record, he deserves the appointment. Under One Zambia One Nation, his residence has nothing to do with his service to the nation.

Zambia is strong because every Zambian is accepted everywhere in the country. Making residence a factor in Zambians service to the country will undermine that.

A few weeks before the August 12 election a video went viral. The first and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, may his soul rest in peace, was shown warning Zambians about HH.

In the video, the former president describes the UPND president as a danger to unity. The wind of change was too strong for people to pay attention to the video.

Now the video has started making sense. Especially if one pays attention to what is going on. If a person who lives in Mumbwa, Lusaka, or Kitwe cannot be appointed as DC for Zimba or Petauke, that is taking the country in the opposite direction of One Zambia One Nation.

It is no more One Zambia One Nation if a person who lives in Mwinilunga cannot apply for a contract in Nakonde or Chipata.

Every Zambian belongs everywhere in the country.

10 COMMENTS

  1. THIS IS JUST POLITICKING WHAT IS WRONG APPOINTING SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER DISTRICT HAS GOT TO DO WITH EFFICIENT DELIVERY SERVICE. WHAT SHOULD BE NOT FORGOTTEN IS THAT MOST US FOUND OURSELVES STUCK IN URBAN AREAS NOT BY DESIGN BUT THAT IS WHERE ARE SKILLS COULD BE HIRED. I AM FROM MWINILUNGA BUT RESIDING IN LUSAKA AND SEENO REASON I SHOULD BE BARRED FROM EXECUTING A PROJECT IN MY PLACE OF BIRTH IF I HAVE ALL THE COMPETENCIES. CURRENTLY MOST OF THE SKILLED LBOUR IS CONCENTRATED IN ALONG THE LINE OF RAILWAY. ITS A MATTER OF SKILLS TRANSFER . UNDER THE NEW DAWN LOCAL RESIDENTS ARE BEING ECOURAGED TO FORM COOPERATIVES AND PREPARE BUSINESS PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED TO MINISTRY IN CHARGE OF SME. HOW DO YOU EXPECT MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM SAKAPOTI, KUCHAYA, SAMAHINA OR KAKOMA PREPARE A VIABLE…

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  2. Contract-only-local-people-policy in CDF projects is a response to mass poverty and unemployment all round. Remember all politics is local, as Thomas Tip O’Neill, one-time Speaker of the US House of Representatives famously quipped. In any case, the policy recognizes the possibility of lack of capacity in some constituencies and allows for contracting from a neighbouring constituency and if there’s no capacity there also, it can go up to provincial level.

  3. Appointment of DCs…. you think those district chairmen who spent many hours outside their homes just to ensure Upnd wins didn’t expect some kind of reward for a job well done?

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  4. To get elected as President of Zambia calls for building a large coalition across the length and breadth of the country. This is time-consuming and costly financially, as one has to hv the resources to move around, meet people and persuade them to give their support. There are “doubting Thomases” that hv to be convinced along the way, there are confidences that are broken, betrayals, ingratitude and all manner of disappointments. That’s wht HH went through to get elected. It came as a surprise to those who knew HH as a student @UNZA because he hadly ever talked politics. I’m sure there were times whn even Mutinta must hv told her husband to give up.

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  5. Contrats are separate from job appointments. By the way, the secret here is to cease the opportunity to partner with local people and make money. Zambians we are good at academic analysis instead of positively moving forward. Very soon the Chinese will move into villages and partner with locals to make money while others will remain writing nice articles criticising the government. Lastly, I agree that cadres should not be allowed to block any Zambian from being appointed to any position as that’s stinking tribalism. HH should put his foot down on that as am sure we all know that’s not what he meant.

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  6. There is no such thing as one zambia one nation under upnd. If you are not tonga you will suffer. Don’t be f00Ied by those token appointments that the master tribalist is making. Those non Tongas who voted upnd are now starting to cry and regret

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  7. #7 Your PF party was the most tribal and regionally inclined government Zambia has ever had. Mulekwatako insoni. Your government was so divisive and corrupt. Today you can appear on ZNBC and be heard. Last time I checked you could not allow UPND to be covered. Unless you mutate, you will never get back into government in your original form as PF. You do not know how to manage power!

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  8. I’m the civil service you can be appointed from anywhere to anywhere. Just like you can even be transferred anywhere even far away from your home or from your original point of appointment. The DC position is that of a civil servant.

  9. PF committed genocide, in my view this should be investigated and those responsible brought to book. Any person who means well to this Country knows Lungu hated certain tribes especially those known not to have voted for PF. I am not God but he needs deliverance before his last day on this earth.

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