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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

President Michael Sata : Inauguration Speech

The 5th President inauguration speech as delivered on 23 September 2011. (HT: Zambia News Features).
President Michael Sata - Inauguration Speech


  1. The speech sounds great. What a pity then, that having waited twenty years and three elections to be in power, the first thing the new president decides to do is to rename airports.

    It will be interesting to see how this presidency shapes up. I sure hope you get everything that you were hoping for after all the endorsements and support you have provided for the PF! I just hope it's a bit more than renaming airports.

    Good luck!

    formerly in LSK

  2. YM optimism is better than pessimism. If you read his speech clearly, you will not that he has opened his hands to all Zambians to play a part in the development of Zambia. Do not forget, because of the get rich quick schemes that FTJ came up with, many a Zambian believe that it is not important to work hard to make money. A dodgy business proposal here, a kick back then can actually make one billions with out any fear of accountability. This underscores the legacy that the MMD leaves behind. I would encourage you to read our history. In order to start any big race, it is important to remember one's history. The President actually mentions that many a Zambian have forgotten where they came from and by so doing that is what has brought us to this point where we can live in a Zambia where leadership is ok to unleash menaces like William banda on their own people. Hard work starts today. I am prepared to be a part of the hard work. Are you?

  3. Good points and gracefully constructed and showing a lot of vision. The only thing needed is to act and implement.

  4. I agree with all that you have said, and all that's in the speech Chola. Believe me, I want to see a much better set of policies and politicians for Zambia than there currently are.

    At the same time, you ask me to read Zambia's history and to understand it. If my history serves me correctly, I cannot but help think of who one of FTJ's right hand man was during his decade of plunder! So do not fault me if I am a bit suspicious at first of Sata.

    Sata and the PF will have to earn my trust, as I am too weary to provide any initial trust for risk of it being taken advantage of. Change is good, and I believe that the MMD deserved to be rudely shocked, but the alternatives now need to step up. Good speeches are a good start, but they need to do much more than rename airports over the next few months.


    ps. William Banda deserves everything that is coming to him. Any Zambian that encourages another Zambian to go against what is inherently one of the most Zambian traits - non violence, deserves the very worst!

  5. YM,

    I believe you have the identity wrong here. The respondent is 'Mwels Chiby' not Chola.

    I have noted your comments in the first instance including your blatant false assumption that we ever endorsed PF. All we did was hold the last government to account as we shall do this one.

    I don't really know why you try and insult everything we do. Even during the elections you were accusing me of making up numbers. I am not here to answer everyone of your criticism. I am only responding because you got the names wrong.

  6. Diligence!

    I know that I am not a voter, but that is probably one of the things that makes me valuable in this context. I have never had any reason to trust any Zambian President, and they likewise have had no legitimate obligation towards me.

    Zambia as a nation has a well-earned reputation for solving its own problems without violence (at least not on a scale as to attract attention from outside). What insiders may not realise is that people take at least a cursory look at Zambian government quite often, because you are one of the tiny exception to the general rule that adopting any part of the original American system of government leads to disaster. Yes it was the first modern attempt at representative democracy, but that is why it is full of "bugs" and really useful only as a guide of how not to do things if you aren't already in the USA. The Zambian version of the American Super-Executive position is naturally associated with various autocrats who have used special executive authority under other "democratic" constitutions to seize and maintain power, exacerbated by Cold War association of US power with right wing militarist regimes. So people often look at Zambian Presidents in the context of what not to do and as confirmation that further expansion of executive power beyond the already high USA baseline is a really bad idea.

    Unfortunately, Zambian Presidents have not historically disappointed those persons who are hunting for evidence of failure. Chiluba cut a deal with Banda and/or Kunda, it was obvious to anybody far enough from the trees to see the forest. He was fortunate to not have to face renewed charges now in his old age and with failing health, but what is left of the money is still at issue. Mwanawasa did well, at least at first, and perhaps it was also his good fortune to pass on at an opportune moment for his legacy. He would have been faced by more or less the same external pressures as his successor was, and may have succumbed to the same flawed decisions, who knows? Banda bowed out gracefully at the end, and in spite of rumors of contingency plans, by all available evidence never actually followed through on any attempt to rig the polls once the votes were cast. Depending on what evidence comes to light now (hopefully that is the standard), he may yet have a date or two in court. We shall see.

    President Sata will face scrutiny from me and those like me, because that is what we do. I never voted for the guy, and I won't vote for his re-election or defeat. I certainly won't promise to be unbiased as I am a highly opinionated person, but if my advice is not useful to you that doesn't diminish that it is what I have to offer. I am used to marketplaces, and I have a natural confidence in my wares. I don't like monopolies, they are bad for business. Capital is a tool, like a sharp blade, and you can use it to kill or to perform surgery depending on your intent.

    Legislation is another such tool, and it is my hope that Zambia will embrace her reputation for compromise and find a way to make this new circumstance of divided government work for the benefit of all. To the extent that Zambia still maintains the American Super-Executive privileges enshrined in the Constitution, the planned counter-balance has finally materialised in the voting pattern, and the executive wings have been clipped under the rules. What remains to be seen is if the nation will embrace their own rules and learn why US voters often prefer divided government given the Super-Executive, or would prefer to retreat into a more familiar pattern of patronage from a new Big Man through defections or hasty alteration of the all-too-mutable Constitution.

  7. Oops, you're right. My mistake Chola. My comment should have been directed towards Mwels.



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