This news report that a future opposition government would renationalise Zamtel, if elected in 2011, comes as no surprise to many regular readers. As we have previously noted, effective policy making is not just about having right policies (if such exists), but also the right processes of reaching policy decisions. Transparency and national consensus are key ingredients for sustainable and effective long term policies.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
The importance of consultation
More importantly, if the government is genuinely confident about the decisions its making (whether its privatising ZAMTEL or low taxation of mining or MFEZs incentives), there is no reason why it should not subject them to significant public scrutiny by way of consultation. Without transparency we shall keep inventing and re-inventing. The party in government must stop behaving like it will always hold the reins of power, and begin to accept that transition is part of the democratic process and as such it must govern not just for today but for tomorrow.
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