Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Poverty: Is it the Government or the Zambian people responsible for it ?


Community Transformation Network Executive Director Steven Chewe has urged Zambians to pray for Government leaders so that God can give them solutions to the economic woes the country is currently going through.

Speaking in an interview, Mr Chewe said Government leaders should not just be blamed for the poor economy but should be prayed for so that God can give them good ideas that can liberate Zambians from economic shackles.

He said Zambia need visionary leaders, that are able to make a way where there is no way.

“Zambians have been wallowing in poverty for 60 years ,so we need to find the root cause. Is it the Government or is it the people? We need to remove ignorance from the people, the bible says my people are perishing because of lack of knowledge,” he said.

Mr Chewe also observed that there is high levels of social injustice in the country adding that this the main hindrance to development.

He noted that there is a big gap between the rich and the poor in Zambia.

He appealed to Government to come up with good economic policies that should protect Zambians.

Mr Chewe wondered why Government should be giving tax holidays to foreigners when Zambians are highly taxed.

Meanwhile former Government Chief Whip Steve Chungu has charged that the UPND Government has completely failed to manage economic and social needs of Zambians.

Mr Chungu who is former Luanshya Member of Parliament noted that there are no medicines in the hospitals , roads can not be worked on adding that the UPND Government can not even build schools.

He said the UPND Government has not initiated any new project saying that most of the schools that are are those the Patriotic Front government had signed for under the World Bank .

“Our hospitals have no medicines, our roads cannot be worked on,there has never being any new project that has been initiated or contracted by the UPND,” he said.

He said the economy of the country is not going to improve under the UPND Government adding that Zambians should not expect things that are not attainable.


  1. We are trying to beat poverty but the outbreak of Police road blocks in Lusaka is slowing us down. Appears full epidemic

    • Its the people. For being fooled to pick useless governments. You go to school to acquire a critical mind but there you are being fooled by wily politicians. And at times being bought by politicians.

  2. There is no scramble for Africa and Zambia does not epitomize it.
    In the past so many of you Africans were just ignorant, illiterate and corrupt that foreigners could along and offer you all pretty coloured marbles and mirrors and you all would sell out to them the. An example was the slave trade.
    Let us now take it to the current day, if your writer feels that there is a scramble and foreigners are coming, let me ask a question, how many Zambians or ethnic Africans put in a bid for Mopani? I will answer that for you, “NONE”. The current government got the best deal it could get, it is maintaining 49% of the equity, PF only had only 10%.Mining is very expensive and trying to do it with picks and shovels which is the technology you all have would not do it.

  3. On the Mopani deal, the current government got the best deal it could get, it is maintaining 49% of the equity, PF only had only 10%.
    Benefits are there to be had, providing the African epidemic of corruption which is rampant in all African countries does not raise its head in Zambia again.
    The problem with many of you Africans is that you all are preoccupied and obsessed with blaming others rather than be introspective and look at yourselves.

  4. Everything is just pray pray pray. Pray for our leaders? Why is it our fault that they are corrupt or to dull? Is praying for them going to stop them from stealing? Let’s pray for economy to improve? Economy or anything else for that matter doesn’t improve through prayer but through hard work. Someone who wakes up early morning to go and toil in his field the whole day will improve the economy of his household than someone praying in church the whole day. God helps those who helps themselves.

  5. What say to Zambians have over our resources. Just blame the people giving tax holidays to the mines. What will prayers do to the leader who do not even believe in God themselves. Freemasons who are even paying to blind eye the gay people and shun National day of prayers.

  6. The problem with Zambia are its people. They are an ignorant, illiterate, jealous, envious, tribalistic hateful bunch to their own. Present them with any race other than a black Zambian and watch the transformation. We are not our brother’s keeper. We deserve this poverty. It is self inflicted… our portion.

    • You are right! I have tried doing projects with my fellow Zambians and you can see that they will fight you all the way. Some other race comes along and they are so quick to cooperate.

  7. Poverty in Zambia comes through poor leadership, scamming and conning from the elite. They drive big cars. Live in high residential area but still stealing and scamming people. How can such a country care for the poor. Zambia has come like South Africa where all so-called Freedom Fighters have become millionaires after living poverty life in exile. Even big mouthed- Julius Malama, became a millionaire residing in white residential areas. Fooling people that he became a freedom fighter at the age of 10. When I was 10 I was still too immature to make own decisions. Poverty in Africa shall never come to an end. Now we have dictators like President Museverine and Paul Kagami who are busy creating expensive monarchs.

  8. “Our hospitals have no medicines, our roads cannot be worked on, and there has never been any new project that has been initiated or contracted by the UPND,” he said.

    You want the UPND to go and borrow money for projects when they are struggling to settle the debt you left. You have no shame at all. Projects continue through the next successive government so there is nothing wrong with the UPND government not commencing new projects but completing the ones left by corrupt pf. pf did not commence the Kazungula bridge project. They took over from the MMD government.

  9. It is a 2 way issue here, ordinary people ALWAYS elect wrong folks in power & second the folks voted in power are always messed up, compromised & not exposed to modern western nations.. the biggest enemy to an African child is her political leaders period!!! The leaders always let people down, always. Shame.

  10. The countries development lies among the people and the quality of leaders they choose, in Zambia we have misplaced quality with favorite hence the out come is the drama and madness we witness in our country

  11. Children can be as good or as bad as their parents. Government has a duty to guide it’s citizens. KK had this vision which was disrupted by fellow Zambians. Since KK left no government has guided the people in the right direction. It’s been about destroying political opponents and leaving everything to chance. I’m afraid that as long as the West continues to praise our government as the best economy, the more our people will sink in deep poverty levels.


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