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Lessons to learn from President Sata


Zambia has once again lost a gallant leader. Michael Sata, the 77-year-old Zambian President nicknamed King Cobra for his tough-talking, who died in London after an illness.
Mr Michael Chilufya Sata was born in 1937 and brought up in Mpika, Northern Province. He worked as a police officer, railway man and trade unionist during colonial rule.
He spent time in London working in the railway sweeping the platforms. Mr Sata began actively participating in the politics of Northern Rhodesia in 1963.
Following independence, he worked his way up through the rough-and-tumble, rank-and-file of the ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) to the governorship of Lusaka in 1985.
As governor, he made his mark as a man of action with hands on approach. He cleaned up the streets, patched roadways and built bridges in the city. Afterwards, he became a member of parliament for Kabwata constituency in Lusaka.
Then what are the lessons the future generation can learn from the late President? There are many lessons that youths could learn from his Excellency.
Below are some of the lessons young people can learn from the late Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata.
Stand for what you want
Perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. It is also the continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure. This is what Michael was. He persevered in his long battle for Presidency.
In 2001, President Chiluba nominated Levy Mwanawasa as MMD’s presidential candidate for the 2001 election. In frustration, Mr Sata left the MMD and set up a new party, the Patriotic Front (PF). He contested the 2001 election but did not do well. He contested the 2006 and 2008 presidential elections but tumbled.
Mr Sata was arrested in December 2006, accused of making a false declaration of his assets when applying to run for president in August, along with other charges. On March 15, 2007, he was deported from Malawi shortly after arrival.
He suffered a heart-attack on April 25, 2008. In 2011 Mr Sata ran for Presidency for a fourth time and finally he was elected as the fifth Republican President.
Be a blessing to others
In the gospel of Philippians, the Bible says do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. This is what Michael Sata did.
He made the forgotten to be recognised in Zambia. There were people  in PF who were not recognised in Zambian politics but today they are political giants.
Work for your success
Success is a fruitful result got after putting in loads of efforts to achieve a particular task. Nothing comes easy, and behind every success are hours of plain hard work.
This is what Michael Sata did. He worked for his success. He was opposed by his fellow leaders. He was called all sorts of names. Some sections of society in Zambia even declared that Sata would never rule Zambia.
In conclusion, Mr Sata will forever be remembered as a gallant soldier who worked for his Presidency. He started his political party and won elections after a struggle.
May his soul rest in peace.
Kelvin Esiasa – President Zambian Society for Public Administration and Society for Family Business

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