UPND abusing religion
Religion and display of the Bible and verses will not win the UPND any votes, if anything it will antagonise people objecting to the open display of hypocrisy.
Since when did the UPND become a Christian party?
This kind of desperation of votes is totally unacceptable. Zambians know that religion has become important to the UPND now because Edgar Lungu seems to have embraced the church. He has done so as a person and not as a propaganda tool of the party to win votes.
It is important that real Christians in the UPND must against this excess which is a serious waste of effort and only managing to annoy.
It is also important that the seventh day Adventist church to which HH is affiliated should provide guidance
Blending the 1964 Barotseland Agreement with decentralization
Referring to the copy of ‘The Barotseland Agreement 1964’’ published in the Daily Nation issue of May 18, 2016, I strongly feel the need to lend my voice to the debate of the Barotseland Agreement’s amicable settlement – a voice that is mature.
As a Zambian, I am faithfully optimistic about the prospects of the proposed blending of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 with the Government’s decentralization programme and policy.
The country’s devolution of power from the centre to provincial level could be one of the major achievements of Zambia’s innovative political dispensation.
Soon, after the August 11 elections, 10 provincial
governments could be inaugurated countrywide to empower local people to take charge of their own destiny.
What, in fact, is envisaged to carry the day would be the guarantees on devolution entrenched in the amended Constitution which would provide for the following:
That there shall be a provincial government for each of the country’s 10 provinces, to be headed by a governor.
That the provincial administrations shall have reliable sources of revenue; grants from central government, and any more they can raise themselves via taxes, fees and other activities, and an Equalization Fund that would ensure that all 10 provinces would be equitably resourced financially.
That the Government shall consistently investigate ways of actually devolving power back to the traditional leadership and bodies.
Even if this was to be done, the devolution of power should not only be limited to local and municipal councils.
But the involvement of traditional leaders higher up in the affairs of the provincial governments could help the country blend Clause 4 and the Annex of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in Western Province and be replicated across the country in other nine provinces.
Needless to say, when the next general elections finally come, Zambia would have its first taste of gubernatorial polls.
Up for grabs would be 10 seats for governors in the country’s 10 provinces.
The provinces would be the empowered administrative prefectures, devolved in the most radical reforms in the entire history of decentralization in the country.
The current 10 provinces, that are administered by provincial
ministers appointed by the President, could effectively be phased out. The year 2017 or beyond could be a transitional period. Zambia could begin a transition from a centralized to a devolved government.
The country could start the journey of empowering 10 provincial governments that would be charged with managing the affairs of the people at the grassroots level.
The 10 governors would be elected directly by the people with powers of control over provincial finances and administrative functions.
Civil service technocrats, business leaders and a plethora of other opinion-shapers could be elected for the gubernatorial seats in the provincial assemblies.
So crucial would the governor’s position be that the blending of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 at the gubernatorial level could make the engagement and subsequent amicable settlement between the Barotse Royal Establishment and Government very interesting indeed.
Zambians can’t live on promises
When UPND cadres say that their president Mr Hakainde Hichilema is intelligent, he is strategic and that he is an economic manager, I wonder if they really understand such terms.
What is intelligent about promising free education from Grade 1 to university when doing so requires 50% of the national budget, besides discouraging the private sector investment into the education sector?
What is intelligent about shielding the Post newspaper from paying taxes to government? What is intelligent about reducing the budgetary allocation to health, agriculture and infrastructure development just to provide free education which requires 50% of the national budget?
Coming back to the issue of being an economic manager, economics in simpler terms can be defined as a study of the creation and distribution of wealth, now what kind of an economist who wants to kill the creation of wealth in the education sector by sending private schools out of the market as a result of introducing free education since everyone will want to go to government schools?
What kind of an economist who wants to stop infrastructure development such as roads and hospitals just to provide free education?
Can Zambians live on the promise and ignore the track record of improved agricultural sector? Improved infrastructure such as schools, roads and health facilities?
Knowing Zambians, the answer is no. Even in the Bible times, Jesus refused the devil’s temptation to turn a stone into bread.
Zambians can’t vote for HH on the promise that he will provide free education and reduce the cost of living when all his plans reduces revenue for the government and discourages private participation into the economy.
I urge Zambians to analyse HH’s promises because they don’t make sense.
We should begin to look at sustainable ways of developing our country to ensure that our activities now will better the lives of our children.
No wonder, Edgar Lungu’s government is investing a lot in agriculture, health, education, energy and infrastructure development to ensure that our country is food,energy secure and continue to live in peace.
I would like to make a clarion call on all peace loving Zambians to turn out in numbers at the Heroes stadium for the launch of the PF national campaign and the new manifesto covering 2016 to 2021. Together we can secure our children’s future.