Editor's Comment

Let us focus on building

ZAMBIA, like many other developing countries, is faced with so many challenges which need urgent attention.
Among the challenges the country is grappling with are high poverty levels which, according to World Bank report, stand at 65 percent.
The Zambian government is currently grappling with how to mitigate hydroelectricity deficit caused by poor rainfall the past seasons.
Zambia’s economy is anchored on the export of copper, and any downward change in copper prices on the international market affects our foreign exchange.
Not too long ago, we saw how the slackened demand of copper by China, the major consumer of the commodity, affected our exchange rates.
The kwacha is still recovering up to now and this points to the fact that there’s need to work hard towards diversifying our economy.
Needless to say, there are so many young people out there looking up to Government for education and employment.
There are also many people out there who desire quality health care at their doorsteps.
The PF government in its last five-year tenure worked to create a solid foundation on which to accelerate the country’s service delivery and economic development.
It embarked on an ambitious infrastructure development across all sectors.
While it is indisputable that a strong foundation has been laid, there’s need to build on it.
Zambia’s Vision 2030 envisages an inclusive, prosperous and peaceful nation, where economic and social development is equitable, where human rights and rule of law are upheld, and where there is gender equality.
Given the outlined challenges and our vision for 2030 as a country, there’s surely no time to waste because as Benjamin Franklin said: “Lost time is never found again.”
It is however saddening that two weeks after Zambia went to the polls to elect leaders at ward, mayoral, parliamentary and presidential levels, the focus is still on elections.
Instead of moving forward to find lasting solutions to our vexing problems, some people have resorted to destroying what Zambia has.
For instance, the past two weeks Zambia has witnessed very retrogressive tendencies by some cadres who have gone on rampage to destroy infrastructure.
In Namwala over 100 families were displaced after their homes were torched by suspected UPND cadres.
In Lukulu in Western Province the office structure housing the Ministry of Agriculture and the Judiciary was also set ablaze by unknown people.
In Lusaka’s Bauleni Township, some shops were also burnt down, destroying the only source of livelihood for many families in the area.
A lodge belonging to Solicitor General Abraham Mwansa was burnt down by unknown people.
And yesterday fire blazed through a storage facility in Lusaka.
Surely 51 years after independence, why should anyone obliterate the very limited development that has been achieved?
We certainly share the same views with Chief Chitambo of Chitambo and Chief Kabamba of Serenje who contend that having gone through the election, our focus should now be on building the country.
The two chiefs are saddened by people who have resorted to destroying property and victimising others on the basis of their tribal or political affiliation.
Chief Chitambo, in particular, lamented that a number of activities in the country have ground because of the pending petition on presidential results.
Like the Bible says, there is time for everything under heaven. While we went through a time of political battles; we believe it is now time to build our country.
Let us therefore all put our political, religious and tribal differences aside and work together towards building a prosperous Zambia.
United we stand and divided we fall!

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