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Thursday, 22 May 2008

Insights from Chiefs (Chief Kapalaula)

Senior Chief Kapalaula II is not happy with where Zambia is heading. He has a particular quibble against the "foreign-engineered" Mung'omba Draft Constitution. Although some of his points are questionable, I do agree with him on the fundamental point that the Mung'omba Draft Constitution has a certain worldview which it tries to advance, without due regard to the local cultural and religious context to which the constitution would be applied. But the Senior Chief touches on another substantial issue that is often overlooked - that is advancement of unelected technocrats or political failures as he calls them:

The purchasers of our sovereignty have not been pouring money in Zambia for nothing. They have been sowing for the past 15 years and are now expecting a harvest through the Mung’omba Draft Constitution, which is a rope on which we are to hang ourselves. The stratagem of the fake draft constitution is to create a welfare state for the mice with cats in charge........The commissioners recommended a cabinet and that public affairs would be supervised by service commissions. There would be 22 cabinet posts, 18 deputy ministers, 9 cabinet ministers in charge of provinces and 18 commissions each having 10 members i.e. 180 members. There would be 230 unelected political failures running the government without consulting the people. One wonders what criteria would be used to pick such people from the streets. This arrangement would empower the capitalist-exploiter with the necessary power to check and easily control the ambivalent movements by which the government would function.....

2 comments:

  1. But the Senior Chief touches on another substantial issue that is often overlooked - that is advancement of unelected technocrats or political failures as he calls them

    Pot calling the kettle black, isn't it ?


    But I read his whole article. Whoa whoa whoa. Who knew there were revolutionary chiefs ? I expected it to end with "Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
    Workers of the world, unite!"

    That said, those commissions, are they nominated by the parliament or the executive ?

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  2. The commissions are appointed by the President, but they have to cleared by Parliament.

    His point appears to be the fact that they are unelected...like him :)

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