I am a Zambian minister of religion (clergy) presently pursuing post graduate studies in the Netherlands. For ministerial ethical reasons, I have with held my name and denomination. Suffice to mention that I serve in one of the largest Protestant Churches in Zambia whose presence is in almost all parts of Zambia.
I am a frequent reader of the Zambian watchdog and truly think that you are doing a great job in providing balanced news especially on key national issues. I have just read about the victory of Dr Nevers Mumba as MMD president on your website. In view of this find below and in the attached (same content) my quick reaction to the news.
I hope that you will find my views relevant to be shared with the many Zambians at home and broad through your much appreciated website.
NEVERS MUMBA HAS BEEN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MMD.In my humble and considered view, this is timely given our present political climate. I was in support of the current government and still do believe they carry the peoples mandate.
Their ascendance to power was people (mass) driven; totally inconceivable in light of the resources and structural advantage which the out-going government had. Lamentably, little light in terms of key economic policies, inspiring governance and necessary political etiquette is been seen.
Perhaps we need to bring our hopes much lower than they were. But this is not possible because we are in dire need of holistic development. Workers, the poor, and youths across the country are still expecting more money in their pockets. Young graduates and many thousands of youths are still waiting for jobs.
Many are beginning to have fears, and justifiably so, that the government is not on track and that there is no clear distinction between the PF (in partisan terms) and the PF (as government). This exposes/undermines sensitive structures of government as has been seen in the hasty manner in which the PF general secretary has responded to issues which required as official government response. It seems that the PF is getting overwhelmed with the quest to make everyone smile particularly those who seemingly worked tirelessly to ensure the PF victory.
Some people seem intimidated by the current government and have not been able to speak out on key national issues.
A good example is of course, the manner in which the Judiciary is been handled. While judicial reforms and the integrity of Judges is necessary, it is unacceptable to pursue this in a manner that does not show objectivity.
Many are afraid, that the recent calls for the resignation of the chief Justice as well as the setting up of the Tribunal to investigate the alleged misconduct of three judges are not well intended.
In view of the above, I think that it is necessary to have a Donti Kutina opposition for the sake of the development of our beloved country. In fact all opposition leaders must indeed function with idea. Fear shall not help our country. This I say purely out of my patriotism/sincere love of my country.
To say that civility is much needed from all leaders be it in government or the opposition is to state the obvious. Together with other opposition leaders, Dr Mumba has a serious task of providing well reasoned and objective checks and balances to the government. Opposition political parties are needed as a matter of necessity in a democratic dispensation. Only selfish politicians will work towards the weakening of opposition parties in Zambia. A good government should not be afraid of formidable opposition.
They need it.
In this regard, Dr Mumba’s victory as President of what has come to be described as a troubled MMD is not as such a victory; it is a call to duty.
In fact, some newspapers that are aimed at thwarting and weakening the opposition have gone to an extent of writing eulogies for the MMD. Much is therefore expected from Dr Mumba in light of these unpatriotic people whose interest it is only to pursue their own agendas.
It will be required and not only expected from Dr Mumba that will display a deeper ethos and well founded philosophy for the development of Zambia and the reorganization of the MMD; i.e not politics (in the partisan sense) for politics sake.
His new assignment as head of one of the political parties in Zambia will certainly win him new friends and foes alike. He must do his politics above board. Proverbially, a leader should never use one evil to conquer another evil (the doctrine of necessary evil).
I wish him well. Congratulations to him and his party.
Thus put, I do not imply that the other candidates with him he contested the MMD Presidency are/were less capable and neither do I undermine other opposition Political parties in Zambia. In short, congratulations to a successful election of an opposition political party leader. I wish Zambia the best in the hope that this election will help get the PF government more focused and back to work.
With love to my Country Zambia. Ever Patriotic!!!! The power is with the people.