Independence reflection


As we commemorate our 51st Independence today, there is an urgent need to adopt a transformational agenda from the previous undertakings in the last 50 years of a free Zambia.

While Zambians can go to the mountain and boast about the abundance of peace and tranquillity, this has not translated into a significant improvement in the social and economy state of the majority citizens.

The majority of Zambians still live below the poverty datum line.

This is despite the country boasting of mineral wealth not only in Copper but also Cobalt, emeralds and Gold.

Zambians should agree that they have not taken advantage of the peace they have enjoyed in last 50 years to transform their country and position it on the path of the social and economic progress.

It is for this reason that Zambians should reflect on their past deeds with a view of finding solutions or reducing their various challenges.

It must be noted that it will be difficult for Zambians to meet this year’s Independence theme of: “Laying the Foundation for a Smart Zambia, Finding Forgiveness, Repentance, Compassion and Love in God” if it will be business as usual.

Zambians cannot develop without addressing laziness in the public service which holds almost all documents needed for the commerce of the country.

The very documents that the public service hides are the very documents that are needed by the private sector to use in their effort to drive the economy and pay taxes which eventually go to the public treasury to fund various public projects, including the civil service emoluments.

It is because of the inertia in the public service that has resulted in the cost of doing business being very high as underhand methods have to be used to access some of the so many needed public service documents.

But corruption in service delivery cannot be allowed to continue if Zambia has to be transformed in the next 50 years.

While President Edgar Lungu has committed himself and his Government to fighting the scourge, it remains to be seen whether institutions responsible for such fights will be equal to the task.

It certainly does not make sense that some of the cases of corruption take as long as three years to investigate, thereby creating an impression of a witch-hunt fight.

As Zambians plan or refine their plans for the next 50 years, it is important for a change of mind-set in the way they embark on their  development journey.

Some scholars have argued that it is unthinkable to do the same thing and expect different results.

If social and economic progress has eluded Zambians in the past 50 years of Independence, then it is time they tried different methods of transforming the country.

That should be the 51st Independence reflection among Zambians.