THE years 2015 and 2016 were particularly tough not only for Zambia but most other countries in
As the economic turbulence wrecked the globe, the Zambian ‘ship’ needed a serious and strong captain to carefully navigate through the dangerous storms and drive the ship to safety. And that captain is, of course, His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
Now, that’s not to say the Zambian ‘ship’ has been stirred completely to a safe shore, since challenges are still plenty. Unemployment among youths is still high, old projects still need to be completed and national debts have to be settled. However, we should commend the President and his administration for the economic stability we are currently enjoying.
Our neighbours, the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance, are currently dealing with a much worse situation; their currency (the franc) is depreciating rapidly. Critics here in Zambia were sent into a frenzy when the price of a bag of breakfast mealie meal rose to K110. In the DRC it was 400 percent higher. Yes, 400 percent.
So, giving credit where it is due does not mean a wild endorsement of every policy of the government, but rather a frank acknowledgement that, while not everyone is happy, things could have been even worse had it not been for the leadership of a President whose efforts are not always appreciated by some people in the country.