Zambia won’t burn after elections, says Emmanuel Mwamba

Zambia won’t burn after elections, says Emmanuel Mwamba


Sishuwa is Wrong, Zambia Will Remain Peaceful and Prosperous Beyond August 2021

“His attempt to scandalise Zambia, harm its reputation and impose a false alarming international narrative will not succeed”

By Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba

It’s okey for one to provide a critical opinion about his own country, but it’s totally unacceptable for one to scandalise it, sow a false narrative and deliberately cause unjustified international alarm and cause untold reputation damage to it.

This is what Dr. Sishuwa Sishuwa has done in a written and paid for Op-Ed published in the Mail and Guardian newspaper (22 March 2021) of South Africa.

Sishuwa is a Lecturer in modern history, with research and teaching interests in 19th and 20th century African History at the University of Zambia.

He has “predicted” that Zambia will explode after the 12th August 2021, because of its alleged collapsing instutions, purported deep polarization, and what he claims is the prevalence of mass poverty, high intolerable levels of unemployment, extreme inequalities, restless and violent party cadres and a desperate political elite.

Sishuwa neglects to state that Zambia has tested democratic institutions, an alert and active civil society and a diligent population that is determined to maintain the development, peace and security of its country.

He has also neglected to state that Zambia has seen democratic and peaceful transfer of power in 1991, 2001, and 2011 and the holding of elections is a normal activity in its life and democratic calendar.

It should be stated that Zambia has seen the Opposition win election and remarkably and peacefully given power in 1991 and 2011.

I do not need to remind Sishuwa that Zambia’s electoral system is ranked highly in Africa as shown on so many indices because it is deemed open, transparent, and credible.

Elections in Zambia are conducted in the full glare of public scrutiny, with local and international observers present.

The politcal parties are allowed accredited agents and observers inside all polling and totalling centres.

Most importantly, results are counted, announced and published at the polling station in the presence of party agents and elections observers.

To show that Sishuwa’s opinion is extremely unfounded and careless, I refered Zambia to the Continental Early Warning System(CEWS).

The CEWS is a conflict early warning operation within the African Peace and Security architecture (APSA) of the African Union.

This is a tool we use at the African Union to predict potential conflicts and threats to peace and security in Africa and its member states, and if possible recommend the best courses of action.

Zambia is not a failed State and is not about to become one as asserted in the alarming write-up and prisms of Sishuwa.

Zambia has a thriving and enviable democracy.

It has a fiercely independent Judiciary as seen by the many cases won against government, a thriving legislature that can even collapse heavily invested government Constitutional bills.

This can be said about other institutions of democracy in the country.

The country has over 130 radio stations, over 40 independent television stations, an active civil society and clearly practices the rule of law.

If this is the state, then what’s driving Sishuwa’s paid for Opinion?

After serving for four years as High Commissioner to South Africa, I can even guess who paid for that Op-Ed article in the Mail & Guardian.

My appeal is that despite one’s disdain for the PF, or deep contempt for its government and its leader, we should never be driven to desperate levels deliberately designed to injure the reputation and good standing of our country.

For Zambia is above all of us, Zambia will be there beyond the ruling Patriotic Front.

Why burn Zambia because one is facing a possible and inevitable electoral loss of his party or one that he or she sympathizes with?

Mulefwaya uku filila munsenga?

Zambia will remain peaceful and the predictions and false narratives and prophecies about her, will never take root or come to pass.

The Author is Zambia’s 🇿🇲 Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union.

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    Zambian electoral system used to be credible but not anymore!

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    The Watchman 2 weeks ago

    I heard a man talking that Zambia could burn as our greedy corrupt immigration services has awarded permits to several people from East Africa especially Somalia, Middle East  and Pakistan who may be radicalizing Zambian converts to Islam and young Zambian men and women who grew up in Islamic orphanages. He said these people arrived in huge numbers in the last 7-10 years guised as investors. After seeing what’s happening in northern Mozambique, I’m worried. I hope our intelligence service is on top of this issue and monitoring who’s coming to Zambia and their activities. AS ZAMBIANS WE NEED TO WAKE UP. ISLAMIC JIHAD IS IN OUR LAND AND GROWING. BE VIGILANT AND OPEN YOUR EYES AND KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND YOU. SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE

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    Buck Teeth Lungu 2 weeks ago

    Life in Zambia is only good for Emmanuel Mwamba, a low grade tabloid hack made good, and his ilk. PF found the Kwacha at K3/USD and 10 years later it is at K23/USD. The external debts were at an affordable USD2 billion and are now at USD27 billion, per the World Bank. Inflation was in single digits and is now at 20 or more percent. Zambia is now a failed state, defaulting on its Eurobonds and reducing most of its citizens to extreme poverty.

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    Buck Teeth Lungu 2 weeks ago

    PF has instituted a never before seen lawless society in Zambia. Its cadres ignore traffic rules by driving hundreds of vehicles on public roads with the same number plate – ECL 2021. PF has a private militia that dresses in military style black uniforms. This militia is fully armed and is used to intimidate the public and even the police. Recently the PF militia invaded the Lusaka Central Police and beat up senior police officers. The same PF cadres previously were gassing people in their homes and burning markets. The Constitutional Court is staffed with underqualified cadres masquerading as judges and these are the ones to determine the eligibility of Lungu for a third term and also the August 2021 elections if they will be contested. Zambians should be ready to resist an election outcome that is rigged even before elections start.

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    Buck Teeth Lungu 2 weeks ago

    Whatever Emmanuel Mwamba has to say about democracy in Zambia was all true at 2011 before PF got into power. Since then PF has trashed the country’s institutions. The judiciary is now very corrupt and incompetent with many PF cadres installed as judges and magistrates. Only radio stations and media that are supportive of PF are allowed to exist (the Post was a high profile example of the destruction by PF of opposing views). The few that support the opposition survive by employing guerilla tactics. ECZ has disenfranchised tens of thousands of people in Western Province by not allowing them to register. The opposition leader, HH, can hardly conduct a radio interview before PF and its police force storm the radio premises. The opposition cannot even gather for a funeral of one of their followers before the Public Order Act is invoked. Zambians do not expect the AU to assist in free and fair elections in August because the AU is just a club of dictators.