Morality of politics

It is becoming more and more difficult to reconcile the morality of our current politics with the pressing demand for social service delivery.

The people in Lukulu, for example will soon be inundated with campaign paraphernalia worth billions of kwacha all intended to put one man in the national assembly and none of the money will reach the poor electorate whose only ostensible benefit will be party regalia and perhaps pittances in allowances.

The country seems to be in a permanent and perpetual state of elections where projects are determined by their visibility than their impact on the lives, concerns and interests of the people.

The billions being put in election showpieces should ordinarily be invested in human capital, indeed in projects that maximize community output for benefits to reach the ordinary members of society.

Our natural resources and indeed for revenue mobilized and generated by government should not be for the exclusive use of politicians to further their political aims.  It is time that those resources are shared equitably by the people through projects and activities that benefit them directly.

That is why we have called for a noritorium on the corrupt expensive and totally misplaced by-elections

The politically inspired by elections are only a small picture of the total misplacement of resources in the country where political exigencies are given priority over the social demands of the people.

The paucity of resources which is evident within the capital city in Lusaka is multiplied several times over in rural areas where cameras and microphones cannot reach.

If in Lusaka hospices cannot open after months of promises of funding, if in Lusaka clinics are running without drugs and qualified personnel, if in Lusaka drinking water is mixed with fecal material due to unsanitary settlements, if in Mutendere residents can go for weeks on end without water, what more would the situation in rural areas where basic services are probably non existent.

Clearly, there is a very sharp disconnect between the politics of the elite leadership and those of the ordinary people who voted this government into power in the hope that their perennial miseries would be solved and that a very clear work plan would be put in place to ameliorate poverty, suffering unemployment and the drudgery of underdevelopment.

So far no clear roadmap has been mooted to eliminate poverty by creating opportunities in the various sectors of the economy.

Thus far concentration and emphasis has been on the development of a national road network.

While this will add to the formation of national infrastructure it will do very little to combat the mismatch between the unemployed youths and job creation.

We have said before that government must invest heavily and visibly so in job creation within the various value linkages in our economy.  This means that jobs should be created in agriculture, mining and manufacturing which take our natural resources a step further from primary production.

There is absolutely no reason why some of the Eurobond money could not have been used as seed capital for manufacturing plants that would process mangoes, tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables into bottled or canned products.  The technology exists and human capital is in abundance.  The two require assisted synergy for the potent product to emerge.

We expect that government now should take its responsibility seriously and move away from politics of confrontation to politics of economic social and human consolidation.