Observations: Zambians deserve better from Sata

By Barbrah Musamba Chama Mumba

The quietness that President Michael Sata has exhibited to the Zambian people is very disrespectful in the eyes of the electorate whose votes he begged for.

Every five years Zambians go to the polls to elect leaders so that those that are elected can represent the voter’s identities and channel resources to priority areas that meet critical needs for the ultimate purpose of uplifting people’s standards of living.

These elected individuals or representatives are entrusted with powers to run the country’s affairs on behalf of the Zambian people. Out of the 13.8m people only elected few are given the mandate to do so the more reason why this task must be taken seriously.

Preceding any elections, individual candidates put themselves up to compete with others in the race begging the masses and persuading them that they are the best candidates to manage the country’s resources better than their competitors on behalf of Zambians.

These individuals seek to ease the many challenges that Zambians encounter in their daily chores of life.

In order to do so, these individuals are paid by Zambians through the taxes they collect on behalf of Zambians.

The challenges are enormous and hence require individuals who are competent and sound enough to ably manage the limited resources on behalf of Zambians so that each and every Zambian has an equal benefit and opportunity of the nation’s cake.

Zambia as a country has a population of about 13.8m people (2012 estimation) comprising about 72 ethnic groupings whose needs and identities must be represented only by a few individuals who claim to be fit for the top job.

Zambia’s population is further divided into the following demographics:

0-14 years: 46.3% (male: 3,210,553; female: 3,183,169) 15-24 years: 20% (male: 1,382,475; female: 1,384,868) 25-54 years: 28.4% (male: 1,979,093; female 1,947,852) 55-64 years: 2.9% (male: 188,412; female: 205,783) 65 years and over: 2.4% (male: 144,145; female: 191,129) (2012 etc.) which makes the representatives job more involving.

Besides, Zambia’s population is 66% below the age 25 and the average age of Zambians is 16.5 years. This translates into the fact that the nation has a very youthful population.

Thus, the challenges those representatives and more so the government faces to nurture this young population into productive citizens relevant to society are immense.

And yet we do not see any deliberate action seeking to mitigate the challenges that this problem might bring in the very near future. We are sitting on a time bomb!

The uprisings in North Africa or the Arab Springs for which the Zambian youth are exposed to, should serve as an example of what a youthful population is capable of doing.

The inequalities levels are very high at 57.3% (as at 2012) using the Gene coefficient measuring sys-tem.

There are no houses and/or jobs that are being created to meet the demand and challenge that is there now and in the future.

It is the responsibility of those individuals that seek public offices to see to it that they provide for the population.

These challenges include diseases, inadequate housing, inadequate schools and learning materials, poor health delivery systems, inadequate drugs, and lack of employment among others.

The office of the head of state is one that is so demanding and that also demands dignity.

What comes with it is the fact that the person that occupies it for five years on behalf of Zambians should be able to meet the challenges of the office and these meeting demands of the different categories of people, the electorate.

The office is a public office and not a private one. Ever since HEMC took office, his presidency has been shrouded in assumptions and speculations to the very core.

The president has been out of the country on numerous occasions purportedly to be private visits yet what is in public domain is that he goes out to seek medical treatment but this has never been revealed despite the fact that the money he draws to make such treatments belongs to the Zambian people, who pay tax.

The very fact that they pay taxes should be the more reason why anyone seeking such an authoritative office should be more accountable to the Zambia people.

Accusations and squabbles have been going on between ministers which the president has not been decisive on and has gone mute to the public.

We have had very senior ministers accusing each of corruption and yet the president has turned a blind eye on the accusations.

Recently the Anti-Corruption Commission sort to investigate the ministers, the president admonished the ACC instead of supporting it in carrying out their duties of fighting corruption.

Is the president really serious in fighting corruption that he so much espoused during his ascendancy to be president.

More recently, the justice minister who is also party secretary general for the ruling PF has labeled his government being a tribal one but the president has kept quiet. Are there sacred cows in this government?

It seems the president cannot perform his duties well because he has sacred cows which he has to keep despite these individuals being found wanting. The reasons are best known to him himself.

The president should know that he does not owe them the presidency but he owes it to the Zambians.

The levels of nepotism is very high in this government, Zambia does not belong to one family. When we seemed to be gaining major strides in a representative Zambia this government has now destroyed the face of Zambia.

The times that the president has spoken to the public is only during swearing in of officers and not to say on other equally important issues that border on the welling of an ordinary Zambian like the one in Shang’ombo whose vote matters! It is during swearing in ceremonies that he will find time to publicly rebuke his junior men and women who represent his mission whilst at plot one.

The press statements that are issued by state house are always reactionary and lack depth and sub-stance not to mention the lack of professionalism in public relations that the office deserves.

The big question that should linger in every well-meaning Zambian is: is that the kind of man we wanted, whose deal was to provoke so much action as purported in his long standing slogan of ‘Man of Action’.

This is the time that Zambians must demand the much needed action from this man whose ascend-ency evoked the so much needed hope in the faces of children, women and youth of Lusaka, Copperbelt, Northern, and Luapula to mention a few places.

In short, the coming into power of the PF gave so much meaning to so many Zambians that needed change at that time so much that hopes could easily be dismayed by any departure from the campaign promises. Come on! Come out of that ‘DONCH KUBEBA’ cocoon and create impact now!

Zambians deserve better from Sata and his donchi kubeba team, I am wondering what the slogan meant now…