Lack of true and smart politcal leaderships is a reoccurring theme in Zambia. Since achieving multi-party democracy back in 1991, corruption and instability political violence’s have hampered the development of the country. Therefore, instead political leaders serving the people, they served themselves and their cronies. Some deliberately fanned the flames of ethnic rivalry, marginalizing other ethnic groups, and applying a “divide and conquer” approach to leadership. Some former leaders like Chiluba, Mwanawasa,Banda and Sata amassed millions of dollars in personal fortunes as they allowed their citizens to starve to death.
To say that Zambians have been underserved by their political leaders is an understatement! Incompetence and lack of vision is prevalent: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he” (Prov. 29:18).
Men have established governments based on their own ideas of right and wrong, primarily to benefit themselves. They ignore the Law of God, which is a lamp of understanding to any who keeps it (Psa. 119:105).
However, “The prince that wants [lacks] understanding is also a great oppressor” (Prov. 28:16). Certainly, this verse describes Zambia’s brutal and corrupt leaders, whose greed has been fueled by their own covetousness. On the other hand, “he that hates covetousness shall prolong his days” (same verse).
Zambia has had many leaders who have been ruling for more then one term , yet the people remained poor. With few exceptions, its leadership has been weak, ineffective, oppressive, incompetent, corrupt and downright inefficient.
The strength of any society depends on the quality of its leadership. If Zambia is to recover, it must have leaders who can, and are willing to, properly guide the way, and up-lifting voiceless poor people with equal opportunities and rights. Poor Zambians too needs proper standrad of living, sending their children abroad for studies, and in return to benefits equal shares from Zambia natural resources of national incomes.
From top to bottom, corruption permeates many Zambian societies. Graft, nepotism, discrimination, bribery and outright thievery are prevalent in far too many across the country.
Zambian corruption manifests itself in numerous ways (often blatantly) in government, industry, politics, and even in obtaining basic services. Sadly, to get important matters accomplished, individuals often face the prospect of paying bribes.
For Zambia to have any chance of improving, honesty and integrity must become ingrained in its societies.
The UN Human Development Report for 2010 revealed 85 to 95 percent of Zambia’s people live on less than $1.00 per day, and the average poor person in Zambia lives on just 70 cents per day.
Adjusting for inflation, the average person in Zambia was poorer in 2010 than he was in 1977! In addition, the number of impoverished has almost doubled over the past 30 years, from 4 million to 12.5 million, according to the World Bank.
Along with poverty, illiteracy abounds—65 percent of adults in Zambia are illiterate, and 40 percent of children in Zambia are not in school.
Unless poverty and illiteracy are resolved, Zambia will be unable to tap the full potential of its citizens.
Throughout Zambia, infrastructure remains a problem: 55 percent of households in Zambia are without an improved water source; 68 percent are without improved sanitation; only five percent have a telephone; and 55 percent are without electricity .
The country suffers from impassible roads and broken-down railway networks. Basic services such as electricity are unreliable. A satellite image of Zambia at night reveals a continent in darkness, the result of a lack of electricity ( from Zesco). Our agriculture is largely dependent on primitive technology and, therefore, highly depends on rainfall. Irrigation is seldom used: When it rains, crops are plentiful; when it does not, there is famine.
Scarce resources are often used for military purposes instead of benefiting nation development needs, which could be channeled into schools, roads, hospitals, irrigation facilities, telecommunications, roads, and other areas vital for Zambia’s development.
For trade, industry and agriculture to reach their potential, Zambia’s infrastructure must be drastically improved.
Disease stalks our nation: poor sanitation, inadequate water supply, malnutrition, and ill-health afflict many people. More than 8 million do not have access to clean water, and more than 13 million do not have access to health services.
AIDS threatens the very foundation of Zambia, with 4.4 million people having died from health-related complications since 1981; at least 2.5 million are HIV positive (WHO/UNAIDS). Zambia has an astonishing 45 percent of global infections. At least 6 percent of AIDS orphans in Africa are Zambian (UN Food and Agriculture Organization). A 2008 UNAIDS report revealed that more than 11 million children have lost their parents to AIDS. Average life expectancy is 43 years in Zambia; just without AIDS, it would be 62.
Malaria is another major killer. Some 3,000 children die from it every year in Zambia. Tuberculosis is also significant, along with other deadly diseases.
The reasons behind Zambia’s problems are fundamentally spiritual in nature, not physical., oppression and corruption by political leaders are rife in Zambia, and is the major factors that stifle development. The motivating factors behind these are hatred, envy, malice, jealousy, lust and greed. When these are prevalent, they lead to the downfall of any nation or continent: “Righteousness [keeping God’s Commandments – Psa. 119:172] exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
Until these things are removed, Zambia’s problems will not be solved. Throwing money at them from the western donors, IMF, World bank, or Euro bonds will not work if the underlying causes are ignored. We needs to build under ground prisons for past and present corrupted political leaders for them to be rottening down there…..
The good news is that there is a new world-ruling government coming soon. With this government, corruption and oppression will be removed. True leadership will come to Zambia. Under the government of God, the laws of God will be enforced. It will not be a government by the people, but for the good of the people (Isa. 11:1-5).
Oppression and corruption will be removed. Everyone will speak the truth with his fellowman, and will work for the benefit of all. People will learn to love—have outgoing concern—for each other. There will be no place for graft, nepotism, cronyism, discrimination, lying or any other form of corruption.
At that time, with the government of God in place, Zambia will become a prosperous, vibrant nation, a place of joy, where every Zambian—along with all peoples—will realize his or her full potential!
By Honourable Brown C.K. Kapika
President for Aded Zamucano Political Party – Zambia
President for ‘Partij voor de Burgerlijke-en Mensenrechten’ Political Party – Netherlands
International Political Expert (IPE)