Zambia’s journey to Chinese slavery and colonization

Zambia’s journey to Chinese slavery and colonization

So much has been said past weeks about a possible takeover of our great country, Zambia by the Chinese, an impossible thing to imagine, there has been the issue of Chinese policemen, then Chinese nationals seen driving state owned Zesco vehicles, could this be a sign that we are already bought as a people, and that we are headed for slavery and potential re-colonization? Well let’s break this down, and to do this we will have to take a peek into both African Slave trade and colonization.

I will first deal with the results of both slavery and colonization before talking about how we got to that point.
By the 1600 and 1700s, black Africans were being sold by their own chiefs who signed secret self beneficial agreements with white people in exchange for clothes, spices, mints, food and other ornaments, then shipped to the Americas and Carribeans to work in plantations against their consent, and the effect was seen, a reduction of male presence which meant less security for kingdoms, it also meant less manpower to develop kingdoms hence the backwardness of most parts of our country. By mid 1900, most of Africa with the exception of Ethiopia was under Western rule, what that meant was Africans had no say in the running of their own land, they were ruled with an iron fist, mistreated and regarded as lesser human beings, they were only good for labour without social protection. They were treated to a separate legal, health, educational and economic system; separate schools, hospitals, and marketing places, they were not allowed to be in certain places and could only purchase things from shop windows without entry.
Question is how did we reach this point?

Well, the seeming impossible as with the with the Chinese happened;
Mid 1800s we had explorers, David Livingstone, Henry Morton Stanley in the name of slavery abolition, the London missionary society visitors, Francois Coillard and his French Missionary group in Barotseland, all seemingly coming with good intentions of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and leading people to heaven, but within forty years the visitors had duped our chiefs into signing concessions for protection, bought land cheaply and resold it to fellow white people, an increase in their number meant control and boom the entire country was under foreign rule; Locals were exploited and their natural resources taken away from their land without them benefiting – it is this that our forefathers fought against and finally won on 24th October 1964 (independence), something our present government is selling and losing at a very fast pace.

The mistakes of our chiefs way back is exactly the mistake our President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu and his PF government are making, welcoming the Chinese, signing loan deals that seem to benefit them only and not the masses. The Chinese in turn are buying every piece of land they can and inviting other Chinese, an increase in their number plus the huge loans the government owes their government has meant control of our land; they mistreat the local people who work for them, pay them less and we have even had cases of them shooting and maiming our own people, yet none is arrested or deported because our leaders are bound by what they owe in loans, because they are beneficiaries of the secret deals signed, a case similar to the 1800 concessions that lead to our country be in total control of foreigners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it may seem impossible to have our people enslaved and our country re-colonized by the Chinese but we are headed that way, remember the first slave trade and colonization of Africa started in similar fashion and it didn’t take long before our people were trampled upon and treated in the worst form by the colonizers.
We have only one country and can’t afford to lose it when we won it back just 54 years ago, now seems like there won’t be total control of it by the Chinese but soon we will back to being mistreated, possibly not being allowed to own anything.

We can all rise with one voice and say no to Chinese invasion, put our government to task so they can openly declare the deals signed and how they will come out of them. Zambia is bigger than President Lungu and his ministers.

Mbanga, Irvine Ilukui.
Fayetteville, Arkansas.
United States of America.c

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    The Watchman 1 week ago

    Can someone learned answer these few questions below.
    1. What does it mean when the national broadcasting services is controlled by a foreign company?
    2.What does it mean when Zesco, supposedly the national power generation cooperation buys power expensively from other companies only to sale it at a lower than purchase price? Who is benefiting here?
    3. What does it mean when the national mineral wealth is controlled by foreign companies?
    4. What does it mean when our local civil,mechanical, and water engineers go day in day out jobless when foreign engineers are getting majority of contracts and jobs.
    May someone learned give me an answer to the meaning of all this……

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    Chiwele Manga 1 week ago

    This PF government has no heart for Zambia and for the people of this nation. They are just looking at their stomachs to fill up full stop. Back to slavery, before you know it you are finished. Gentlemen lets vote and makes choices rightfully.

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    Nina 1 week ago

    easy to speak if you are seated in the USA. Are you sure you understand what is happening in Zambia or do you only read propaganda?

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    Richard 1 week ago

    True colonization started small till the chiefs had no powers over their land.old people like me would remember the camel and the master…Don’t say we never warned you!

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    John Masimba 1 week ago

    Interesting that the write now lives in Arkansas USA!!! Why not in Zambia? Is China not a prosperous country with a forward thinking Government that looks after its people with good healthcare and excellent education? My question is just this – everyone cries loudly about the Chinese taking over, can we Zambians be much worse off?

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    muntungwa 1 week ago

    Well written. We are surely earmarked to be slaves in our own country. Shame on PF.

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    sipinya sa ng'aka 1 week ago

    And thanks for bemba speaking people who voted massively for the sale outs, stop complaining enjoy the ride!

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    This is a stark reminder. I agree with this submission. These things start small and keep growing under our watch. As the author has said, colonialism started exactly in a similar fashion, bribing chiefs with all sorts of goodies (including whiskies and mirrors – for the chief to look at his face for the first time was an exciting marvel). These things had nothing to do with the development of the common man. A departure is that the China man has brought with him a well thought-out colonisation plan – give Africans a briefcase full of Dollar bills and they will give you huge contracts which will yield huge profits in interest payments. Meanwhile the African has been blinded by the black buck and does not bother to look deeper into what the China man does not say vis-a-vis our national interest.