The best present to Zambia and Zambians to this year’s independence celebrations

African Update – 25/10/11

On September 20th 2011, Zambians went to the polls to choose their 5th President. Zambian President Rupiah Banda conceded election defeat to opposition leader Michael Chilufya Sata on September 23rd, saying “the people have spoken.”

"I urge you all now to rally behind your new president, yes our new president. Yes, we may have different ideas but we both want the same thing, a better Zambia. Now is not the time for violence and retribution, now is the time to unite and to build tomorrows Zambia together," Mr. Banda added.

“We must all face the reality that sometimes it is time to change,” the 74-year-old Banda said in a nationally broadcast address from Lusaka, the capital. “It’s time for me to step aside, my time is done.”

Sata, the 73-year-old leader of the Patriotic Front who is known as “King Cobra” for his temper and aggressive manner, won the Sept. 20 election after losing in his previous three bids for the presidency. The vote ends a period of rule by Fomer President Banda’s Movement for Multi-Party Democracy that stretches back to 1991, when Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda ended one-party control of this Southern African Country.

President Sata has promised the Zambians to combat corruption in the civil service, a promise that helped him rally support and remove the Movement for Multiparty Democracy from power for the first time in two decades. He also pledged to share copper income by re-introducing windfall tax which was scrapped off in 2009. Copper makes up over 60 percent of Zambia’s exports and a slump in profit may curb investment and economic growth.

President M C Sata’s Patriotic Front  clocked 30 days in office on October, 23rd. So far, the fight against corruption in the public sector seems stronger. I hope Zambia and its people will emulate HE M C Sata’s „allergy“ to corruption to win this fight throughout the years to come.

Lastly, I salute former President Banda for bowing out with GRACE and HONOUR.  He has given us something to celebrate about as Africans.  He had the option to behave like any other African leaders  who have refused to step down after losing elections but he  accepted  and respected  the People’s Will.  Mr. Banda has also given Zambia & its people the best present  for the 47th Independence Anniversary  which falls on October 24th. May the Spirit of ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION Prevail!

Written by Beauty Kaya

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