It is now very clear that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his MMD-PF regime have adopted the Rupiah Banda policy of costly, but fruitless international travels. This week alone nearly half of the Cabinet is out of the country.
The President is in Israel with 7 ministers while others like the Minister of Education Dr. Dennis Wanchinga is in Washington DC. Ministers and the president are spending more time in foreign countries than at home.
The first class travels cost the country over K100, 000 on one minister per trip. This means that this week alone, we are paying over K10, 000, 000.00 to sustain the travels of our “leaders”
This money can be used to pay better salaries to the military, intelligence officers and civil servants for effective service delivery. It can also be used to invest in job creation projects. This is what His Excellency Mr. John Magufuli, the President of Tanzania is doing. It is primarily the job of ambassadors to attract investors.
President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa suspended all foreign trips until the economy stabilised. Our nation also qualified for debt cancellation, but the Rupiah Banda and Edgar Lungu regimes have taken us back to more debt.
Over the years, the nation has learned of the numerous agreements that President Lungu has signed with Saudi Arabia (including the oil deal which was supposedly going to see fuel cost K5 per liter last year), Turkey and the latest one being Morocco, among others. These agreements have not translated into improved living standards among ordinary Zambians – it’s our own President and ministers whose pockets are full.
A proper foreign policy requires that a nation decides who her allies are. You cannot save two masters – you don’t expect to honour God and mammon at the same time. It’s a deadly thing to do because God is Spirit and He cannot be mocked. You cannot go to the witchdoctor in the night and go to the Holy Altar during the day.
“Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
And hath taken of the king’s seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land: That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?
As I live, saith the Lord God, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.”
The first thing that any sensible government must do is to implement domestic policies that culminate into an investment friendly environment for local and foreign investors.
It’s only the corrupt investors from China who are willing to invest in Zambia because they know that they will get their money through being used as paymasters in economic crimes of plunder.
Chinese investments with all the shady and shoddy road works have done more harm than good to Zambia.
Zambian businesses are closing down and many more are about to wind up because of liquidity problems. Money is only circulating in the hands of the corrupt Chinese and our “leaders”. The rate at which the PF regime is going will soon boomerang in their faces. There is a limit beyond which people may not pushed.
God bless our nation!
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