It’s unwise to erect statues of Sata

By Gregory Gondwe

There are times when I have failed to understand what goes on some people’s heads. Indeed when good people go wrong, they completely go wrong. I read with dismay yesterday’s Post newspaper article about ‘a group’ planning to erect President Micheal Sata’s statues in some parts of Zambia. I can’t just comprehend Frederick Chinsala and the so called Consortium of Good governance supporters’ idea. I don’t think somebody needs to have rocket science knowledge to understand that there is a motive or hidden agenda behind this gesture. My quick interpretation could be that somebody is highly in need of a statue, but disguises themselves in a group, or that the group suffers from ‘boot-leaking’ syndrome with a desire to impress the President. We saw this in our previous regimes as in Presidents Frederick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa (in happy memories),  who disguised a group as being passionate for him to contest for a third term, and ministers literary leaking boots respectively.

In all honesty, why should anybody think of mounting President Sata’s statue after only a year of service, with challenges facing him, when we have icons that deserve that praise? We all know our history that Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, in his weaknesses, fought tirelessly for the betterment of our country. He served for 27 years, and in a time when Zambia was flourishing economically, but left the state house with only his Kaunda suits made at Mulungushi textile. This was a common feature for many fathers of the nation.

The other thing I fail to understand is why we Zambians hardly pay attention or utilize our father of the nation. Countries like Tanzania have highly valued their fathers of the nations, and have fostered a lot of virtues that has led to scholarship opportunities, and having their names renowned worldwide to an extent of being declared saints. The respect the hold for them has led to a lot of scholarly researches by the other world, hence bringing forth income to their countries. Their places have been turned into tourist attractions and researcher centers.

Dr. Kaunda has similar values. We all know how the Western world has utilized him to teach in various renowned universities like the Havard, yet Zambia sees him as an ordinary citizen. I remember how long it took the Zambia to build him a house when he left office, and how much long it has taken for a simple gesture of  recognition, of naming the airport in his name. Just imagine having somebody with first hand information, and yet going out looking for the same information elsewhere. This is what we are going through.

This said, I would sadly say that it will be so unwise for President Sata to accept the offer of having his statue of erected for his ‘impressive performance’ as reported in the post newspaper when ‘nothing’ has been down to honor Dr. Kaunda for the many sacrifices he has made. Whatever this group is, I feel that they should not be driven by their passion, but wisdom. I doubt the fact that they are touched by the ‘impressive performance’ of president Sata that they have to decide on this. I also hope that the statues will not be erected on tax payer’s money.

If an individual wants to erect a statue at their homes, that is fine, but not when they want to erect them for the public. It is not a group that has to decide, but the public through consensual feelings. I know and remain convinced that there won’t be any objections if President Kaunda’s statue was first erected. Even Mama Betty’s statue may be more accepted than President Sata’s statues. Let us be wise.

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75 Responses to "It’s unwise to erect statues of Sata"

  1. Princess   February 11, 2013 at 10:42

    of what use will it be to the general population?

  2. kelvin d Mulanga   February 10, 2013 at 21:05

    Can mumembe explain to the people what what his master has done since he took over the country? All we hear is mealie meal this mealie meal that. The only time mealie meal was an issue is when Kaunda was still the president. What we see now is the last UNIP days manifesting in 2012/2013 during the reign of the so called man of action and head of a print media that claims to be democratic and independent. Any statutte erected now by this Govt for Michael will be removed when govt changes hands and public money spent on such a statuette or statues will be recovered from the bogus committee appointed to erect such materials. It is very sad to hear people talk like mumembe talk about his masters performance without giving examples.

  3. Old madala   February 10, 2013 at 19:12

    Nonsense! Rotten thinking and i for one would not even entertain such a useless, baseless idea. Statue for what?? For heaven’s sake, wht has he achieved? I would agree if it is for failure but again who would want to see a statue of a failed leader?? Spare us the nonsense. Next article please…

    • Princess   February 11, 2013 at 10:29


  4. observer   February 10, 2013 at 18:56

    To be honest, no even Kaunda deserves the kind of honour, the man was a dictator who hid behind uniting the nation through One Zambia One Nation. 27 Yrs in power, you mean there was nobody else capable to lead Zambia? We all know what happens when you cling on to power for so long.

    I know somehow somewhere there are some deserving Zambian beyond the political arena.

    As for Sata – forget, he has taken Zambians for a ride in the short time he has been in power.
    He will only be remembered for his foolishness, so no statue – not even one made out of mud

  5. Kwathuk   February 10, 2013 at 18:35

    Good article but point of correction, Zambia’s economy was not flourishing when Kaunda left office. The fact is Kaunda destroyed the Zamian economy. I know there is an to portry Kaunda as a great leader, he may have been great in different ways but for me I can’t forget how we suffered daily looking for melie meal, bread, soap like life buoy… I slept at intercity bus terminus for week trying to get on bus to Kasama….I can’t forget his dictatorship type of leadership……I can’t forget the flogging at Luangwa bridge…….the evil of the man called Kaunda are unforgettable to me. I can gladly build a statue for Fredreick Chiluba…..if there is no plot any where to build it, I can surrender my plot. As for this man called Sata……I am very surprised that Zambia choose such a dull man to lead us in this generation.

  6. ZAMBIANS WAKE UP!   February 10, 2013 at 17:28


  7. Mrs muntinta eche eche   February 10, 2013 at 16:45

    Good idea

  8. Mrs muntinta eche eche   February 10, 2013 at 16:43

    Infact, buggers from up end down, and mmd you should have potraits of sata at all your secretariats faillar to which we will crush, i mean crushing,

  9. Kays   February 10, 2013 at 16:35

    Even for aesthetic reasons, the president is dog ugly, who would want to look at such statues?

    • Kgalema   February 10, 2013 at 20:43

      Wena Nja yaka aiswani Satana!

  10. gambino   February 10, 2013 at 16:21

    Ma rubbish!

  11. STATUE OF NONESENSE   February 10, 2013 at 16:02

    The Statue is a great idea as a national monument. Paris has the Eiffel tower we can have a reclining statue of Sata called the “I Fell President”. Italy has the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” we can have “The Learning Tower of Comedy”. What do you think?

  12. STATUE OF NONESENSE   February 10, 2013 at 15:55

    The Statue is a great idea as a national monument. Paris has the Eiffel tower we can have a reclining statue of Sata called the “I Fell President”. Italy has the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” we can have “The Learning Tower of Comedy”