I STRONGLY believe with every fibre of my being that it is possible Zambia shall prosper. This is likely as long as we unite and believe all things are possible.
Where there is unity God Almighty commands a blessing (Psalm 133 verses 1-3). If only we can change our way of thinking as a nation we shall change the life of Zambia and the life every Zambian.
As a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23 verse 3a).What we see today in Zambia is our level of thinking as a nation. The load shedding we are seeing now is as a result of the way we thought that at some stage we cannot be hit by poor rainfall resulting into low water levels. It is not our fault that we were thinking inside the box of normal rainfall as usual as it has always been.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8 verse 28). It gives us the opportunity to think outside the box to begin to think beyond normal rainfall and our dependence on copper for foreign exchange. The lesson we must learn is that we should think beyond maize as a staple food and begin to think outside maize because already over 700,000 people will need relief maize. It becomes a problem when we donâ€™t learn.
I remember way back in grade 10, my agricultural science teacher George Kwadwo Ochere, a Ghanaian, warned us that Zambiaâ€™s over-dependence on maize as a staple food puts the nation on high risk due to the danger of possible drought that can hit Zambia.
This was in 1990 at Mukuba Secondary School in Kitwe.
Leaders, managers, administrators, planners, technocrats and indeed advisors should always think outside the box, plan for short, and medium and long-term eventualities. Most towns today are having a challenging task of expansion due to limited thinking and planning. Here I am not blaming the PF government or the present Zesco management because all these issues are just inherited and cannot be solved in a day, or months, a year or four years.
This call for in-depth planning, robust organisation of resources, massive investment, prudent leadership, pragmatic implementation, astute monitoring and evaluation of such projects to yield maximum results. In case someone may want to make political capital out of this the PF has only been in power for four years and these are not issues we can solve in four years. South Africa, which is more advanced than Zambia, is facing the same challenges.
Therefore, President Lungu and President Zuma should cast the net wide in seeking an immediate, medium and long-term permanent solution.
It will be very prudent to call for a consultative strategic dialogue of all stakeholders (think-tanks) to brainstorm and ask the right questions and find the right answers. There is neither person nor group of people that is a reservoir of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, skills, ideas and competence.
All kinds of people have something to offer not same faces and business as usual. As a nation we should put on the right mind of attitude as we approach this issue. A wrong attitude and approach will yield the opposite result.
As a result of poor rainfall leading to low water low levels resulting in load shedding and low maize yields, God is pushing us to think and plan outside the box of even beyond the current crisis. We must, as a nation, unite have one language and imagine ourselves out of this crisis and enter into prosperity. Even God Almighty knows that when people unite, have one language and imagine anything they become unstoppable.
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have one language; and this they begin to do: and nothing will be restrained form them, which they have imagined to do (Genesis 11 verse 6).
The consultative strategic dialogue of all stakeholders should not be political, academic or a rubber stamp but a starting process to exit the current energy crisis. The spirit of petty jealousies, pull him/her down should not be at play at this consultative dialogue.
We only have one country Zambia andÂ everyone should mean well for the good and betterment of Zambia in the spirit of love, unity of purpose with divergent views, mutual respect, tolerance and accommodative of each other.
We must break the barriers of the limitations of the creatures of our minds and soar high like a noble eagle on the Zambian flag. It is possible Zambia shall prosper if only we can believe and rise above any challenge and seek solutions in unity of purpose and by being tolerant to divergent views. See you at the top. God bless you all, God bless Zambia, Shalom, Shalom.
The author is a community development officer and inspirational speaker