Independence or national funeral?

Independence or national funeral?

Cartoon by Kiss Abraham

Cartoon by Kiss Abraham

Editor,

Please with hold my name.

While it is equally important to celebrate colonial independence, it is important in fact arguably more important to reflect at our plights as a nation and what we have achieved so far. Soaring child mortality, plummeting youth employment, poverty levels to the brim, while health services and education standards continue to fall and fail us; these are but a few plights our nation continue to bare year in year out.

It could be argued which one is more important than the other; freedom with hunger, death, poor education, unemployment and corruption or oppression with health, abundant food and good education. Was independence only meant for freedom from oppression or also economic deprivation so that we can together as natives we could benefit from riches of our land?

49 years and we are still going backwards economically, with leaders who are self-centered and selfish; this is not the spirit that possessed our freedom fighters. So that there can be no medicines in hospitals. Just recently I visited the paediatric ward at UTH where I found kids crying helplessly, I asked what was happening and they said the hospital had run out of morphine and children with wounds were in immerse pain for over a week. Who shall speak for them, when those elected have quickly forgotten about them? Is this democracy which puts power in a handful and not the people? Are these servants or masters who are paid from taxes.

Our servants in government the ones we have entrusted to run the affairs of our country are more interested in the allowances associated with this celebration and not necessarily the supposed; it is a period for more money in their pockets, a time to buy suits and shoes from tax money, while our hospitals remain without vital medicines. Surely, these must be celebrations of shame. Our future is indeed hopeless in these unrealistic servants, who think about their bellies and their minion’s only. Tell me who are you honouring? Shame, shame to our selfish leaders; it is indeed shameful that we are still wallowing in poverty.

49 years is indeed a milestone, but of what really, there is hardly any pride in it? Regionalism, tribalism, insults and corruption perhaps. People we need to rise and make our country better, it can be done. Zambia can develop, what we don’t have are unselfish leaders, who want their huge salaries reduced on condition that their counterparts reduce as. All we hear are petty criticisms. We are yet to see vision and sound leadership in our country besides those who fought for our independence. While we are yet to see practical initiatives to cut unemployment from the opposition, the ruling party is busy with schemes to make their party popular, it is all about power and not the people.

So should these celebrations proceed? Well, it reminds me of funerals in Zambia today. People no longer come to moan but to have something to eat. This is one great funeral where though we eat and merry our conscious like the nose between the eyes reminds us of our nation’s deplorable conditions, high child mortality rate, lack of medicine in hospitals, the list is endless.

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