Friday, June 14, 2024

The Summary of the New Dawn Government Performance

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By Sean Tembo – PeP President

1. Agriculture Sector – farming inputs not yet delivered as at 6th November despite heavy rains in progress. FISP beneficiaries reduced from more than 3 million to less than 1 million. More than 60 percent of farmers who sold their crops to Government in the last farming season have still not been paid up to now. Farming inputs under FISP will not be delivered to cooperatives but will instead be dropped at the nearest boma. FISP beneficiaries will then have to arrange their own transport for distances as far as 50 kilometers.

2. Mining Sector – Government still has not made a decision on whether to continue the transaction of buying Mopani from Glencore or not. Similarly, Government has still not made a decision of whether to continue with the liquidation of KCM or not. This indecision is costing productivity and jobs in the mining sector. Additionally, Government has decided to engage an international firm called Rothschild at an estimated cost of more than $50 million to provide it with advice on how to proceed with Mopani. Government has further engaged another international firm called Rand Merchant Bank, at an estimated cost of more than $30 million to provide financial advisory services in the search of an equity partner in KCM. Suffice to mention that these advisory services jobs can easily be done by many Zambian firms, all of which were sidelined in preference for foreign firms. You may wish to remember that the FTJ Government entrusted local Zambians including a then young man called Hakainde Hichilema to assist with the privatisation process. If FTJ had not given Hakainde and opportunity to participate in the nation’s privatisation process, more likely than not, Hakainde would have still been living in Kalingalinga compound today. But you fast-forward to this day, and the empowered Hakainde is now President, but instead of empowering other Zambians the way he himself was empowered by FTJ, he prefers to give simple financial advisory services work to Rothschild and Rand Merchant Bank. Indeed, how selfish and unpatriotic of President Hakainde Hichilema. And yet, the tax holidays to the mines continue.

3. Health Sector – still no medicines or consumables. Since this countries independence in 1964, we have always struggled with our health Sector, especially with regard to having medicines consistently. However, the kind of drug shortages we are witnessing today is unprecedented. Unlike previous drug shortages which have been in selected parts of the country at any given time, the current drug shortages are across the entire country, even in military hospitals. And unlike previous drug shortages where it was only the sophisticated drugs that were not in supply, today’s drug shortages are such that even Panadol is not there. Even gloves and syringes are not there. And the worst part of it all is that there does not appear to be any solution in sight. On 24th March 2022, President Hakainde Hichilema stormed the Ministry of Health to express his disappointment over continued drug shortages, and after a meeting and a photoshoot with Health Minister Silvia Masebo, the President promised the Zambian people that going forward, drug shortages will be a thing of the past. Eight months later, drug shortages are even worse and yet just a few days ago, the President was praising Silvia Masebo as a very hardworking Minister at an event at State House. The question is who is fooling who?

4. Education Sector – more than three months since additional teachers were recruited, more than 50 percent of them have not been paid a single salary, and yet they have been deployed. In the first month the Treasury gave the excuse that these other teachers had not provided accurate bank details. But three months down the line, it appears that the Treasury has run out of excuses. These teachers are afraid to speak out publicly for fear of victimization, so they just die inside. The question which the Zambian people must ask is how many times has President Hakainde Hichilema and his Ministers and Permanent Secretaries missed getting paid their monthly salaries? The answer is none. They always get their salaries and travelling allowances on time. So why should they then punish teachers by not paying them for three months? Isn’t that a standard definition of selfishness?

5. Law and Order – The Zambian people largely voted for Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND because they were fed up with the political violence and and lawlessness that prevailed under the PF regime. However, despite President Hakainde Hichilema’s empty verbal assurances, there is increasing political violence perpetrated by UPND, with no action by Lemmy Kajoba and his officers. While visiting NDC leader; Saboi Imboela at Kabwata Police a few days ago, Mr. Jackson Silavwe a leader of a political party called Golden Party of Zambia (GPZ) was attacked by UPND cadres who had travelled all the way from Monze to come and camp at Kabwata Police Station for the sole purpose of attacking anyone who would come to give solidarity to Ms. Saboi Imboela. A day after this incident, Mr. Lovemore Phiri, a journalist at Passme Radio in Petauke was attacked and assaulted by UPND cadres who stormed the radio station because the journalist was taking phone calls from surrounding farmers who were complaining about lack of delivery of farming inputs. This is unprecedented even during the PF regime. And yet the UPND leader who is also Republican President; Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has not condemned these acts of violence among many. Similarly, the Zambia Police who have now become an extension of the UPND Party, have not made any arrests in these assault cases.

6. Indeed, there is no doubt in my mind that President Hakainde Hichilema is a wanna-be dictator. Whether he succeeds to become a fully fledged tinpot dictator or not will be dependent on the ability of the good citizens of this Republic to stand up to his dictatorial ambitions. And like all wannabe dictators, he only cares about his self interests and does not care about the plight of the wider citizenry. That is why Hakainde does not care about leaving out more than 2 million citizens from FISP or telling those beneficiaries who are fortunate enough to remain on FISP to go and collect their fertilizer more than 50 kilometers away. It is Hakainde’s selfishness that makes him to give $3.2 billion in tax holidays while borrowing $1.4 billion from the IMF, as well as give multimillion dollar advisory services contracts for Mopani and KCM to Rothschild and Rand Merchant Bank while ignoring capable and competent local advisory firms, when he himself was empowered by FTJ and liberated from Kalingalinga compound by allowing him to participate in the privatisation process. If FTJ had contracted Rothschild and RMB to assist with the privatisation process, Hakainde Hichilema would still have been living in Kalingalinga compound today, probably running a chain of chibuku outlets, given his alleged entrepreneurial prowess. But despite being empowered himself, he is averse to empowering others. Indeed country men and women, it is our collective duty as bonafide citizens of this Republic to stand up to this selfish bully that we call our Republican President. If he wins and manages to become a fully fledged dictator, then we are all doomed. If the people win, then democracy, rule of law, selflessness and competence may be restored in the management of national affairs. The choice is ours to make.

17 COMMENTS

  1. When it comes to KCM, our Ministers are shivering before they even face Vedanta so we shouldn’t expect anything good. Vedanta was in breach of the development agreement apart from other environmental violations so they don’t deserve any compensation. If our Ministers accept to pay Vedanta then they’ve been offered commissions. They’re criminals just like Milingo Lungu. Which Law did the provisional liquidator use to engage a financial advisor and what guarantee is there that the new managers will follow that advice? Statements from GRZ don’t make sense. These assets are locked because of corrupt and greed brainless politicians. And they want to money for themselves in their feeble attempts to unlovk them. If they deal honestly there’s nothing that’s difficult here

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  2. Free education to all Political parties on violence, these are the steps; First step – statement from the Political party concerned reading “the following have been expelled from our political party for violent behavior” This must be the only time that somebody identified in violent acts must be treated as being guilty before trial, the second step is live broadcast of trial, so that we can see that there is no behind the scenes as manouvers as political parties sometimes secretly shield these gangsters . The third should be legislation, Political violence being mob in nature should carry stiffer penalties, possibly 50 years in jail

  3. SET is a very wise man and causing upnd sleepless nights. We genuinely believe that he is far more intelligent and wiser than the incompetent self proclaimed tribal leader of upnd.

    We, the pf in the uk, agree with every point in this article. We would like pf to look into bringing SET into our party.

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  4. These are fair comments requiring our attention, but the majority will not give a second thought because they are coming from SET the joker. Our politicians should leave out jokes when commenting on real matters of development. How can our president be in Kalingalinga when he was a partner of a big firm? is it not true to say he was already a big shot when he was engaged in advisory services. Such comments obscure the important aspects of his observations and cause people to ignore his comments even when they are sensible in some respect.

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  5. This is good politics from Sean Tembo. This is what ‘checks and balances’ should look like. I would like to hear answers from the government on the issues raised. I did not agree with Sean’s posts in the past because they were premature. He was trying to get UPND to perform miracles, but on the issues raised, UPND has no excuse because these are matters that do not need MORE time. What I disagree with Sean Tembo is ad hominem attacks on HH. Just stick to policies and not speculate on what is in the mind of HH.

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  6. It is totally wrong to assume that Government is a magician. All Governments function on the treasury left by the previous resume.
    Here we see clearly that the PF Government was working to destroy the good governance in Zambia by making the next Government fail to function by overborrowing and defaulting deliberately.
    There was purely no patriotism in PF governance of our country.

  7. It is totally wrong to assume that Government is a magician. All Governments function on the treasury left by the previous resume.
    Here we see clearly that the PF Government was working to destroy the good governance in Zambia by making the next Government fail to function by over borrowing and defaulting deliberately.
    There was purely no patriotism in PF governance of our country.

  8. Rubbish………..

    He still has not gotten over the heartbreak of leaving the alliance after being bribed by PF ………..

  9. How can anything coming from SET be good. Just what is wrong, if you continue praising him, he will start vija vama periods and so on again. We need respect for one another in this country with civil language

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  10. The Are Seven Social Sins in the Wide World, and these are:

    Wealth Without Work; Pleasure without Conscience; Knowledge without Character; Commerce without Morality; Science without Humanity;
    Worship without Sacrifice; and MOST of ALL , POLITICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLES.

  11. How can SET give fair comments on any given day, for clarity i am not UPND, but nobody has confidence in him even his family, going by past election results, the August 12 drubbing, where he got zereos even where he stays

  12. Only in Zambia do you have one man briefcase party President doing annual performance assessmments of others instead of mobilising his party…really laughable

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  13. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
    ? Theodore Roosevelt

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