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Saturday, 14 March 2009

Blog Talk Radio (Dr Katele Kalumba)

A very frank and refreshing interview from Hon Katele Kalumba (MMD National Secretary) with the Blog Talk Radio team. Especially look out for his revealing response to Dr Kaela Mulenga's question on why the "intellectuals" capitulated in the early years of MMD. You can access the show here.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent interview. The MP did revert to common place statements ('Your frustration with that is something I share', etc.) a few times, but there were many good moments. The woman who called in sounded crazy.

    Kaela B. Mulenga - powerful presentation. Even I started to have second thoughts about donor driven development.

    One caller wanted to see greater development, but didn't know how it was going to be paid for - I have a suggestion for that, namely reducing the size of central government.

    There is a train of thought in Administration, which believes that executive power should be given to the lowest runk of the organisational hierarchy, while higher runks should be directing policy and coordinating issues that are of a higher order than council etc. level.

    What I took away from the discussion, is that a lot of people want to see decentralisation to the Provincial level. Why not go all the way, and decentralize to the council level, let provinces coordinate provincial policies and let central government deal with the national economy, foreign relations and defense.

    Also, no one discussed the dangers of giving more powers to the provinces - it could enshrine regionalism if it isn't done correctly; it could make secession more likely (why would Copper Belt produce most of the wealth for the country and not keep it in the province, for instance); or the attraction of a well run ethnically based province become an attractor for secession in adjoining areas of neighboring countries (why wouldn't, say, Katanga break away from the DRC and form a country with Northern or Northwestern Province, or Western Province become part of Botswana).

    So I hadn't heard much of the downside of devolution to the provinces discussed.

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  2. I am for decentralization as you know but in required clear and definitive goals...and more important measures that guard against powerful local elites, ensures minimal corruption and as you say guards against tribalism..the equity issue is particularlyimportant..

    Many of these issues we have discussed. KBM hinted earlier in the show the limitations of this provincial approach by alluding to the rebuttal on the blog. I think they need a full show just on decentralization. The govt has a policy...so an informed discussion needs to start fromthat really..,

    Otherwise the Blog Talk Radio guys are doing a fantastic job..if they can secure a deal with a local stationto air the programme in Zambia they can elevate the level of discussion on our airwaves.

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  3. I think they need a full show just on decentralization. That would be great. There is an article on the Lusaka Times on decentralization:

    Govt. launches decentralisation, implementation programme

    Government, in collaboration with the Germany government, has launched the Decentralization and Implementation Programme (DIP).

    Local Government and Housing Minister, Benny Tetamashimba said the launch was in line with government’s vision to achieve a fully decentralized system of government.


    Otherwise the Blog Talk Radio guys are doing a fantastic job..if they can secure a deal with a local stationto air the programme in Zambia they can elevate the level of discussion on our airwaves.

    I thought it was a great show, with excellent callers.

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