By Bishop Joe Kazhila
Fellow countrymen, ladies and gentlemen. Greetings in Jesus’ Name. As we vote this Thursday 11th August 2016 here are some tips we should objectively consider before casting that precious vote on any candidate at presidential, mayoral, MP and or councillorship. I am sure we can all agree that since over 50 years ago by now Zambia would have developed to meaningful economic levels which would have reduced unemployment and poverty levels so drastically. Sadly we are still glopping in darkness, seemingly still looking like a lost nation which is wondering in the wilderness. There is no doubt that somewhere in between, since independence we must have strayed as a nation, an error which has brought us to where we are today spiritually, politically and economically.
We should not harden our hearts as we may end up in obscurity. God by His love and mercy has given us a chance to make amends by returning to Him in faith and trusting Him for salvation so that they can walk in paths of righteousness. Therefore as we go to vote next week on 11 August 2016, please wisely cast your vote not only for yourself but for the next generation after you so that the people yet to be born may praise the LORD (Psalms 102:18) by the kind of Zambia we shall leave for them when we are gone to be with the LORD or when they grow up or are born among us. . Remember five years is a very long time to wait to correct a mistake. It is a break or do situation we are in as a country. Here are some things that we must critically consider as we go into the polling booth to vote for a government to lead and govern us for the next five years
1. Can the Zambian voter and general citizenry continue to trust the PF (and not the opposition) to lead and govern us for the next 5 years, because they believe that PF are achieving, and have created an ideal environment in which commerce and industry will thrive to attain reasonable economic levels in which massive business and job creation will occur?
2. Will the economic players, such as local and foreign investors, feel secure to invest their capital (under the PF or opposition government) in order to create a prosperous economy in which more old and new businesses and jobs will spring up without risking their investments?
3. Whom can Zambians be happy (and not skeptical with) to trust to reduce the cost of living and to raise their standard of living in the next 5 years between the PF and the opposition?
4. Who will be more truthful and open to criticism without unleashing the cruel arm of law in retribution between the PF and the opposition in the next 5 years?
5. Who will seriously fight to reduce corruption, tribalism, regionalism, racism, hate speech, illiteracy, enmity, violence, false accusations and other vices between the PF and the opposition in the next five years?
6. Under the PF or opposition whom can we trust to steer and realize the security, peace and unity of our nation so that we will feel secure and protected as citizens and residents?
7. Who between the two will uphold the constitution and without abrogating it with impunity, and run our national affairs without discrimination or favoring certain groups or peoples against other?
8. Who has a workable and sustainable agriculture, educational and health policies between the two?
Consider the above and vote outside the influence of tribe, region and or relationship. Your vote is key to either emancipate or kill our nation and its peoples. Those who are giving you money or materials to vote for them are already showing that they are bad and corrupt without real values to depend on. Get their moneys and material but don’t be influenced by it to vote for them because in reality for the next five years they shall forget you. So don’t sale your birthright for a cup of soup because you may end up like Esau who for a pot of stew, the poor, hungry man sold his birthright. (Genesis 25:29-34)
Dr. Bishop Joseph Kazhila
The Vision Mission Righteousness