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Saturday, 26 March 2011

A New Dawn Beckons for Zambia?

For the first time in my life, I heard a Zambian politician focus on issues affecting our people and offer practical proven solutions that not only offer Zambians a way out of this current cycle of poverty and depravity and also allows them to take a leading role in effecting the change they want to see.

I have become accustomed to the insults that our politicians hurl at each other every day but to see a young man separate the issues from the personality was truly a breath of fresh air. Elias gave clear concise, everyday common sense solutions that are not only practical but are happening in every place where issue-based politics are practised.
Going by this quote, it appears Elias Chipimo has captured hearts of the Zambian diaspora on his tour of the western world. You can read more from the recent experience of a Zambian who attended his talk via Zambia News Features.  We hope to get copies of his recent book for review - Unequal to the Task? - Awakening a new Generation of Leaders in Africa


  1. I just listened to Elias Chipimo's address to the prestigious and influential historically black Moorehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

    He stated that Kaunda and his cabinet did more than all following presidents combined.

    He credits that to their youth. The real difference is that they were Socialist, not Neoliberal. They believed in infrastructure, universal access to healthcare and education. They nationalized the mines. This is the exact opposite of what Chiluba, Mwanawasa and Banda have done. However it is also why their contributions are lasting to this day.

    That is the real difference - their ideology, not their youth.

  2. A large part of the problem with leaders is the problem with people; apathy. I have been asking parties for their agriculture policy with a view to deciding which one to vote for. The last one that replied said I was the only farmer to ask. This is shocking but explains the lack of policy discussion amongst leaders. The public are not demanding it.


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