This excerpt taken from Fred Mmembe's last editorial before imprisonment answers perfectly :
There's a huge misconception among our people that government is to blame for everything. Infact I would say the big difference between western and African countries is that the former realise all fingers point at them, while the latter have no sense of personal responsibility for their poverty (its a mindset problem). But what does the constitution preamble say? "We the people". What did we say when Mwanawasa died ? "The people's president". We all have governments we deserve. Mmembe is absolutely right, the finger of blame for the abject condition of our people points squarely at YOU. Not Rupiah or MMD for these are merely rational actors maximising their own welfare, caring only for the wider community where your interests and theirs intersect. There's nothing strange about that. The question is, given this reality, what are YOU doing to maximise your welfare and that "those around us"? What are YOU doing to hold government to account on these things?We have a great country. The good Lord has blessed it with abundant resources and a people who are good at heart. Our people deserve better than they get. Our governance system is skewed against the interests of the majority of our people who live in abject poverty and in many cases total deprivation. There is a silent majority of our people who know that things should not be this way and hope for a better tomorrow. This tomorrow will not come if we all choose comfort over the need to struggle to improve our nation, to improve the lives of our people. Each one of us who is sincere is able to make a contribution. It does not need to be a huge contribution or even a heroic contribution, but just a contribution to the welfare of those around us is all we need.