“Leaders should be listening to artistes”
LUSAKA, 28th September, 2014— His Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda, the Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, has urged Zambian leaders to learn to listen to messages relayed by artistes as they are the watchdogs of society.
The former head of State says leaders could only ignore artistes at their own peril because their observations and depictions of society were rarely wrong.
President Banda said this on Saturday night when he officiated at the wedding reception of musician Mukubesa Mundia, alias Petersen, and Rosemary Msisha, held at Fallsway Events Centre in Lusaka.
“Artistes observe society. They read society correctly. We have to learn to listen to them. If we don’t, we are doomed,” said the former president who was accompanied to the reception by former Finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane and former ambassador to Japan Joe Mwale.
He said leaders were usually so preoccupied with the demands of running the affairs of the nation that they nearly forgot that they also needed time to observe what else was affecting society. This, therefore, made the role of artistes crucial.
“As leaders, we don’t observe society until we are told. So, we must know that whatever we are doing, young people are watching us and making fun of us. If young people don’t make fun of you, then they don’t love you,” he counselled.
The former president described Petersen as highly talented, highly polite and highly Zambian. He hoped that he would continue with his music so that Zambians could continue benefitting from his talent.
He wished Petersen and Rosemary the best, stressing that what made people grow up were the circumstances in which they found themselves.
President Banda and his wife Thandiwe have been long-time fans of Petersen’s music. Mrs Banda could not attend the wedding reception as she is still in South Africa undergoing treatment.
DEPUTY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT