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Monday, 14 December 2009

Zambian Economist Awards 2009 (Part 1)

The first of our two part annual Zambian Economist (McLaughlin) Awards are in two parts (last years awards here and here) :

Biggest Winner of 2009

Frederick Chiluba - love him or hate we cannot deny that this year he was successfully restored following his acquittal.

Biggest Loser of 2009

Maxwell Nkole lost the trial of the decade that cost him his job. When all the chips were counted, it was found that under his watch the Task Force was corrupt and provided poor value for money. Cries of foul play did little to enhance his reputation. A man is supposed to raise his hand and say "I got it wrong".

Best Politician

George Mpombo - By far the most influential politician in 2009. Following his unexpected resignation from government, he has continued to be a thorn in the side of Mr Banda.


Worst Politician

Ronnie Shikapwasha. His accusation that the Catholic Church was bent on causing genocide was one drop among many dangerous blunders.

Most Defining Political Moment

Undoubtedly, the defeat of MMD in Solwezi has turned out to be a huge moment in solidifying the strength of the Pact. We are now seeing real momentum building up.

Most Boring

Post Editorials. We love and fiercely defend the independence of the Post, but I have found many of their editorials too boring to read. In 2010 we look for a variety in their presentations.

Bummest Rap

The prosecution of Chansa Kabwela did irreparable damage to our international reputation. The nation became a laughing stock.

Fairest Rap

The Government decision to abolish the Task Force on Corruption was right and proper. It was poor value for money and existed only to enrich the lawyers involved.

Best Comeback

William Banda as the Lusaka Province MMD Chairperson. On 25 October 1994, William Banda was deported to Malawi by the Fredrick Chiluba in a move condemned by international organisations including Amnesty International. Banda later told the Supreme Court that he was blindfolded and drugged, driven by Zambian Immigration Service and para-military police officers. He entered Malawi through Mchinji border post and later dumped at Lilongwe Police station.

Most Original Thinker

The JCTR have put out some important think pieces throughout the year ranging from politics to statistics. They continue to be head and shoulders above the rest.

Most Stagnant Thinker

Finance Minister Musokotwane. Since his appointment Hon Musokotwane has failed to articulate a coherent economic vision for Zambia beyond pandering to mining companies and other foreign conglomerates. It is not too difficult to see that economic policy is not set in his office, but in the palaces of our mining masters that appears to hold him to ransom or is it their pockets? It is true Zambia weathered the economic storm but for that we have Magande to thank for initiating a process of broad based economic growth.

Best Photo

Its gotta be Rupiah Banda with the State House Monkey.



Best Video Op

Another strange moment in life of President Banda




Enough Already!

Enough of new parties! Already this year we have had four new parties, with another having started only to die within a month! I have no problems with people starting parties, but it is sad when such parties are merely surrogates for other parties. Indeed it is illegal under the Laws of Zambia.

Worst Lie

Too many to mention. But by far the biggest lie is one being perpetuated daily and which we have debunked. The lie is championed by Musokotwane and co is that the "variable profit tax does the same job as the windfall tax". This is the worst lie because it is costing our people a lot of money.

Person Of The Year

His Royal Highness Chief Macha of Choma for exemplary traditional leadership which has now won him international fame. Among his accolades including the African Sanitation (African SA) Leadership Award following his outstanding commitment to promoting good sanitary standards in his chiefdom.

2 comments:

  1. Cho,

    Most Stagnant Thinker

    Finance Minister Musokotwane. Since his appointment Hon Musokotwane has failed to articulate a coherent economic vision for Zambia beyond pandering to mining companies and other foreign conglomerates. It is not too difficult to see that economic policy is not set in his office, but in the palaces of our mining masters that appears to hold him to ransom or is it their pockets? It is true Zambia weathered the economic storm but for that we have Magande to thank for initiating a process of broad based economic growth.


    Worst Lie

    Too many to mention. But by far the biggest lie is one being perpetuated daily and which we have debunked. The lie is championed by Musokotwane and co is that the "variable profit tax does the same job as the windfall tax". This is the worst lie because it is costing our people a lot of money.


    Can Musokotwane be impeached? Or sued for fraud? He is overseeing the defrauding of the Zambian taxpayer, by shielding the mines from paying any tax at all.

    You can have differences of opinion on economic policy, but that does not extend to the nation losing out on hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in taxes because of some cozy deal made between the mining companies and the finance minister/MMD.

    There is no rational economic theory that says we should have expansion at mining at all cost, when that does not benefit the nation other than the creation of below-minimum wage jobs.

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  2. With the current financial laws, with the comportment of the mining groups, it is futile to seek expansion of mines !

    Zambia should developp without foreign groups because the price of the copper is very hight and even if zambia is not performant like a mining group, zambia will earn 10 or 20 times more, very more than in this moment with foreign companies !

    ZCCM-IH must take 51 % in all mining companies and foreign groups have only to drive the process...

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