LETTES

Development model for Zambia

Dear Editor,

The President should be given an opportunity to choose his team and select a development model that this country will follow in the next five years.

Much as we support the massive infrastructure development projects that late President Michael Sata started, it is clear that they are not sustainable. We neither have the money now nor in the near future to sustain the existing and envisaged programmes. Time has come when we should consider introducing very clear and well-articulated developmental projects that will take the country forward.

The statement by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should shake us into realising that we are wasting a very clear opportunity of utilising our national resources into turning this country into an industrial hub rather than the raw material producing nation that we are now.

There is no reason we should be exporting blister copper and indeed there is no reason why Switzerland should be the main exporter of Zambian copper and Israel the main exporter of our emeralds.

We should work towards repositioning ourselves in a very realistic manner and not simply repeat what now is conventional wisdom that agriculture is our main stay. While it is true that the majority of Zambians are involved in agriculture, it is not true that this industry will take us into the era of industrialisation.

We must search for, identify and operationalise the quickest route to industrialisation using models that other successful countries have used instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.

We have started well by removing consumption subsidies but this sacrifice will be nullified if we stagnate and fail.

It will indeed be a waste of effort if the Government will remove subsidies and proceed to award public service workers a massive wage increase. The political pressure towards this eventuality must be resisted in order to ensure that resources are channelled into areas that will yield economic returns.

Chisanga Mofya

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Quality infrastructure prerequisite for economic growth

Dear Editor,

It is so encouraging to know that quality infrastructure development can grow the economy rapidly because of the attached little costs of doing business.

Ethiopia just recently overtook Kenya to be Eastern Africa’s top economy because of massive Government spending on infrastructure to keep it on the list of fastest growing economies in the last decade.

With the aforesaid statistics, it therefore goes to say Zambia is equally headed for economic boom because of the massive Government infrastructure going on countrywide.

The positive effects may not be abruptly seen or felt but let us be rest assured the country is destined for growth economically and rapidly once most of these projects are completed.

The current side effects are bad but temporal because the country was left to almost crumble to its knees by successive previous Governments that did not want to risk into infrastructure growth.

Let us feel the pain for now knowing that the benefits are yet to come, and very good ones so to say.

It could not be in our era but our children’s era.

So, let us support Government’s massive spending on infrastructure growth buoyed by the call for diversification into agriculture.

Wisdom Muyunda,

CHINGOLA

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McDonald Chipenzi wrong man for the Bill of Rights advocacy

Dear Editor,

In as much as I agree with the sentiments expressed by Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musoma that the UPND and some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who campaigned against the referendum should be ashamed to talk about the matter now that the PF government was looking at ways of bringing back the enhanced Bill of Rights, but I take serious exceptions to former FODEP executive director McDonald Chipenzi’s comments that the continuous blame game especially towards those who had campaigned against the referendum process would likely cause its failure yet again (“Don’t cry for referendum now, UPND told”, Daily Nation, October 29, 2016).

In all fairness to McDonald Chipenzi, only the UPND top leadership and its die-hard supporters can cause the referendum’s failure yet again.

It is worth noting, however, that the referendum’s future success would require CSO advocates with unquestionable character who all major political parties have respect for.

This calls for the services of CSO campaigners and political leaders who have consistently demonstrated trust, integrity, accountability and faith with the people they hope to lead.

Disappointingly, McDonald Chipenzi is a man who was in charge at FODEP while regime change and anti-Bill of Rights campaigns carried on for months to the detriment of the good people of Zambia. We cannot forget his inability to be adopted by the UPND as a parliamentary candidate for Chirundu constituency in the just-ended August 11 general elections.

It had to take the PF government’s maturity to forget about the past and look at ways of bringing back the enhanced Bill of Rights.

What McDonald Chipenzi’s comments have done was to give delusional self-preserving credibility to a man who performed abysmally on matters of the enhanced Bill of Rights while in office at FODEP.

By all accounts, McDonald Chipenzi is a wrong man for the Bill of Rights advocacy for now and the future.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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FAZ should change recruitment policy of head coach

Dear Editor,

I write to earnestly appeal to Football Association of Zambia to seriously change its recruitment policy for head coach if Zambian soccer is to again improve to reach high heights.

There is no way the association should always be hiring Zambian coaches on temporal basis for such a big undertaking and expect the best input from them.

Let’s call a spade a spade and stop pretending that all is well. There is a very serious problem at Football House which needs urgent solution.

It baffles me to imagine that our once care taker head coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina has just been awarded a contract by an African club in Tanzania to the tune of US$18,000 per month to run for two years, yet we as a country could not give him a contract.

No wonder we shall be changing coaches like shirts until we resolve to employ a coach on permanent basis and give him terms of reference.

That way, we are rest assured of his full input into the job to give us desired results.

Soccer fan

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