It’s not a secret that things are hard – President Lungu

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President Lungu

President Lungu

It is not a secrete that things are hard.

 

Money is scarce and prices of commodities are not very favorable for the people.

 

We had salaries of civil servants delayed and even the private sector has had difficulties paying suppliers as profits for many have reduced- Cavmont and Investrsust banks have all recorded losses this year.

 

And the JCTR has revealed that, for a family of five in Lusaka, the cost of living has risen sharply to ZMW4, 934.00 from its previous ZMW4, 870.89.

 

With all these and many things in consideration, it is very easy- especially those in opposition- to blame President Lungu because he is the Head of State.

 

But is Edgar really the cause of all these things today?

 

Perhaps, to understand certain things, we need to look at things deeper than the surface suggests.

 

We know that prior to forming government, the PF promised Lower Taxes, More Jobs and More Money in people’s pockets.

 

When PF won, we saw massive decentralization taking place- new districts were being created which required monies- and because PF took over a broke treasury, there was need to find means to finance all their promises to people.

 

One of the things the PF did was to remove subsidies on fuel and maize.

 

The government also went to look for financing from private sectors- Loans and Bonds.

 

In no time, Zambia’s outlook, which had stagnated, began to look good- Roads were opened up almost everywhere in the country. We saw the construction of the expensive Mongu-Kalabo Bridge which had been problematic and caused loss of life for those seeking to cross that river.

 

You can now travel from Chipata to Nakonde without having to pass through Lusaka. Despite being landlocked, Zambia is now a “landlinked” country, thanks to the PF’s agenda.

 

Hospitals and Schools were constructed all over the country.

 

These projects added to the labour force, thereby delivering the “More Jobs” PF promised -understandably, the jobs are not permanent as we would want them to be.

 

Then, the Tax threshold was adjusted to achieve the “Less Tax”. Those who got paid not more than ZMW3, 000.00 per month were exempted from PAYE.

 

And the minimum wage was adjusted to benefit people, thereby giving “More Money in people’s pockets”.

 

Then something sudden happened, the sitting President, Sata died. We went for a Presidential by-election that gobbled lots of monies.  During the 18 months that President Lungu ruled, things became bad- Load shedding increased, the mines were retrenching and closing and the dollar swelled to ZMW14.00.

 

And an election was looming- meanwhile the opposition blamed all these things on President Edgar Lungu.

 

On August 11 we went for General elections alongside a referendum and in no doubt this cost us lots of money.

 

Today, it been barely four months after President Edgar retained power.

 

Yes things are hard at the moment and no one is saying things are good because even President Lungu has admitted it.

 

But to blame these things on the President is to be very unreasonable.

 

Things are hard, but in what context are saying this?

 

Take for instance the issue of the dollar. Clearly, while there is truth in saying there are domestic contributory factors; external factors are playing much influence to the cost of dollar today.

 

During the 2008 global recession, as a result of shrinking of the dollar against other major currencies, investors with huge monies moved their monies to continents which had less effects of the Global Economic crisis.  And much recently, when the dollar gained, to attract back that money the Obama administration increased its interests on bonds a move that triggered the investors to pull out their monies from Africa back to the USA which looked more lucrative.

 

And on the other hand, China, the number one trade partner of Africa had its currency suffering as a result its ability to purchase commodities such as copper and other minerals reduced. This made the prices of commodities such as copper, which is a major export material in Zambia, reduce. Eventually, the mines were now finding it hard thereby retrenching and closing.

 

Load shedding did not help matters- thanks to low water levels in Kariba dam which is housing the powerhouse of ZESCO and electricity supply in our country.

 

Today, we haven’t fully recovered from all these things.

 

There is now an increasing call for diversification of the economy to explore other means like Agriculture and Tourism. Yes, these are things that can be achieved and in fact replace our dependence on copper.  However, to understand where we coming from- deplorable roads and infrastructure- even the diversification one talks about is not possible.  Those who see no good in what others do or achieve of course will dismiss this and claim people won’t eat roads as they call for “Economic Development”, yet we know that even this economic development entails a process which only thrives on the perfect terrain- no one will want to invest in a country whose infrastructure is deplorable.

The PF have done very well in this respect.

 

We have organizations such as Post newspaper which does not pay its Tax obligations to the Revenue House yet they want government to provide social services to its people. How possible is this?

 

In the USA, 45 % of their Federal budget revenue is derived from taxes. That is why, the government is able to subsidies certain social services like healthcare etc. because they have a huge pool of monies from taxes.

 

We live in a strange society where individuals and organizations are busy dodging paying taxes. How are we going to finance all what we ought to do as a government, as a people?

 

If not through taxes, we are left with two options, Debts or remove Subsidies.

 

We have been on the Debt path before no wonder we were one of the most Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) not so long ago.  Should we get ourselves on this path again were we borrow monies and leave the burden to pay back on our next generation of our children? This path isn’t health, its self-centered and cowardice!

 

What is wrong with “dying- a-little”, adjusting and putting in a little more hard work as a people?

 

President Lungu has said it that , he does understand that the removal of subsidies is going to be painful to the people- but it’s a drastic measure whose long term benefits outweighs the current pain of having to take up responsibility of our own expenses for needs and wants.

 

The truth is, the President and his administration are doing everything possible to cushion any anomaly and things won’t change in one day.

 

Let’s give it some time. All things will be fine.

39 Responses to It’s not a secret that things are hard – President Lungu

  1. when an army loses a war the general and top commanders are put to task.
    dying a little is fine and all but not when the poor man is the only one expected to do the dying. i mean, ministers dont want to pay back to the treasury and you want me to adjust? lead by example.

    DREDZ
    October 20, 2016 at 7:09 am
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    • SLOWLY SLOWLY ZAMBIANS ARE NOW TURNING TO ISLAM BECAUSE INDIANS ARE GIVING FREE FOOD TO ANYONE WHO GOES TO WORSHIP IN MOSQUES!

      Kanji
      October 20, 2016 at 7:53 am
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      • My friend we are not devil worshipers….we are christians…

        Parent
        October 20, 2016 at 9:33 am
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        • Muslims are not devil worshipers, you c*nt! They are muslims and not Christians.

          The Kimbanguist
          October 22, 2016 at 10:06 am
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    • You are saying when PF took over power they removed fuel subsidies. Now are they going to remove fuel subsidies which were already removed? Any way we expect Mr. Lungu to take measures to solve problems. He is not there to just pray.

      Zam Zam
      October 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    • muzanya manzi bafikala!!!

      pwanya ntoto
      October 21, 2016 at 12:35 am
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  2. let all those ministers pay back the monies they used during campaigns.

    tiger
    October 20, 2016 at 7:31 am
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  3. Selective half truths

    Child of the Sky
    October 20, 2016 at 7:43 am
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  4. The word of God is TRUE and will forever be. The little that a poor man has will be taken away from him. The removal of subsidies will affect the poor more than the rich who have access to good health, food and everything.
    A rich man in Lusaka has a budget for his dog of more than K10,000 and the worker who looks after the dog is paid K600/month(K7,200/Year) and a poor farmer in Kalindawaro (Eastern Province) will labor for the whole year to produce 80bags of maize at K85 (K6,800/year).

    The poor are being used by the rich to get more rich. For example, Kambwili and his friends are refusing to pay back the illegal monies they got. The rich are challenging even the Courts of Law, refusing to obey the law they made but want that law to work on others.
    Woooh to the poor man??????????

    Hawari
    October 20, 2016 at 7:55 am
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  5. PF should be humble. They have no ability to manage the economy and have failed to run the economy of the country but they do not wish to take the blame. They, PF should be humble enough even to consult people like Magande who managed the economy very well before RB played games with it. PF have been told that we can not develop the country by constructing roads alone. they never listened because of kickbacks from Chinese contractors. Other infrastructure like Airports hydro-electric dams are also important. PF has been told that we can not make each village a district because each district should be self sustaining. But because of their desire to employ their party cadres every small rural town is now a district. PF’s economic ills are self inflicted and is not fair for then to reject any positive criticism. Giving power to Pf is like leaving a monkey to manage a maize field.

    Choongo Mulenga
    October 20, 2016 at 8:06 am
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    • Look at thing with an analytical mind – there were no serious obstacles during the Magande era. Zambia had just qualified to the HIPC status and money was flowing. Magande looks like a has-been good Finance Minister simply because he had money to spend – money he didn’t have to go and look for.

      OneNation
      October 20, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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  6. Rubbish. Do you really think you are saying all this rubbish to pre scholars? Ba Zambian eye don’t take us for fools and don’t insult our intelligence. This so called PF never set down to think, consult with the people, plan, and even look at avenues where and how they would finance their plan apart from borrowing before implementing their over night thoughts. How do you declare a new district when nothing have been done along that line in that place? They implemented projects that will help them steal and it has worked for them and then you tell us “But to blame these things on the President is to be very unreasonable.”What is happening in Zambia now is the result of when a thief is entrusted with govt money. He is a thief, he doesn’t know how to manage but instead he is an expert in stealing. That is why he has surrounded himself with all the thieves that Sate fired. We know ba Zambian eye that the reason you insulting the Zambians intelligence is in exchange for your online publication not be closed like the Watchdog and Zambia Accurate News. Good luck

    Liza
    October 20, 2016 at 8:08 am
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  7. Blunt article. Little wonder the author cannot identify him/herself.
    The economic problems we have are clearly attributable to government lack of planning, reckless spending and shear lack of financial prudence and control. We can do better as a country guys……

    DePal
    October 20, 2016 at 8:13 am
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  8. Whoever is the author you are very dull and ignorant. Firstly, as a leader you should never blame past occurrences or anyone but deal with the problem. How did PF spend on uncessary by election? Billions of kwacha. How much did they spend on unbudgeted infrastructure? unbudgeted jobs that they were busy giving to carders? look at the current corruption levels and the AG report shows it all? Look at the unauthorized public funds that were spent to help manipulate the elections in favour of Lungu? Even chartering a plane for the UN meeting. Now, mr dull author if this money which should probably be in trillions old currency was properly spent you think Zambia would be were we are? Don’t try make excuses for a failure. Lungu is a failure and he is not doing his job. Since he came on the scene everything has gone from bad to worse. Look at the violence and crime today, lack of human rights, disregard for he law that even the late MCS followed, government looting, falling economy. If he doesn’t want to take the blame then let him step down but they will no excuses for making my country a better place for all. Even HH if his victory was not stolen from him there would be no excuses for progress and fiscal discipline

    A true Zambian
    October 20, 2016 at 8:44 am
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  9. Who are you trying to lie? You can’t even put up a cohesive argument??

    Ulemona
    October 20, 2016 at 8:45 am
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  10. Very useless and misleading article away from the truth as if the author is in Haiti and has no clue as to where Zambia is even geographically located. Silly pf idiot.

    Onezambia, Twonations
    October 20, 2016 at 8:50 am
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  11. YOU COMPLAIN NOW BUT COME 2012 YOU WILL STILL VOTE FOR PATHETIC FOOLS (PF). JUST SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE FRUITS OF THE GOVERNMENT YOU VOTED FOR.

    PM
    October 20, 2016 at 9:00 am
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  12. All de response point to one direction – meaning de employed guy wants us to believe his lies through his teeth –why defending wen he said that he has no vision as an individual hence de inability to run 🏃 a country that is economically challenged Zambia.

    Robert Sulamoyo jr
    October 20, 2016 at 10:05 am
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  13. Something is getting wrong in our country. Its now became a difficult 2 run a small kantemba in monze, bcoz council’s levy demand is very high for 2017 licensing. Is very unfair. Small retail shop k1,015 . This is totally stealing

    Silumba
    October 20, 2016 at 11:08 am
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  14. the heat is on……. pray for your salvation

    robert
    October 20, 2016 at 11:44 am
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  15. Who did you think will fix the economy,vampiro the blood sucker.

    man u
    October 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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  16. Hehehehe…who then should be blamed? Oh I forgot blame me

    humphrey
    October 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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  17. Can deadNBC help us with those campaign rhetoric messages, i remember someone doing a lot of chikokoshi on stage, and telling Zambians that those who were saying they will fix the economy weren’t telling the truth, i think reality has struck. Welcome to the real world, we are not talking about filling heroes stadium with dununa reverse hooligans, we are now talking about the economy.

    Dundumwezi
    October 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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  18. its better of dying than joining islam

    jbs simubernard
    October 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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  19. yeah can feel the problems we are currently facing as a country.
    But I will not blame anyone not even the previous administration but myself for being so irresponsible in managing, planing and investing for the future.
    water has already being spilt but how are we going to do in order to correct this situation so that it does not occur in future.
    proper planing prevent poor performance!!!

    peter sichande
    October 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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  20. This a true Dununa Reverse . Can all the pipo who were dance to dununa reverse continue dancing to the tune please!

    Higher Transmiter
    October 20, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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  21. prophetic fools

    wilson
    October 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm
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  22. Things are hard,but not when the poor people are the only ones affected ,the President and his ministers are enjoying tax payers money

    James Sandi
    October 20, 2016 at 3:29 pm
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  23. Stupid pf leva hh gbm alone u wantd dununa revas now hs fowad

    maunga mule
    October 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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  24. The PF should be blamed as a whole for this mess. The fact remains that they inherited a robust economy which they have managed to run down in 5 years. Poverty is on the increase. The cost of living has doubled since 2011, while incomes have lost value by up to 40%.
    The MMD left a promising middle class. The PF have systematically destroyed that middle class economy. There was capital for small business owners to invest and grow their enterprises. That resulted in a steady reduction in the numbers of the unemployed. Today, in the last 20 months the numbers of those losing gainful employment has been rising steadily.
    The rushed and poorly thought out spending on infrastructure, by the PF, is largely responsible. In particular accruing expensive loans for projects that pay over a longer term of time. Government’s decision to play in international money markets to raise funds for building projects was not the wisest option. This has led to government going to beg for the IMFs assistance.
    Some of the money borrowed on the international market has been applied in criminally questionable ways. An example of which is the euro bond money that was supposed to have been used to overhaul and rebrand Zambia’s rail sector. A tune of near 700 million dollars was thrown into Zambia Railways. What is there to show for this money, nothing. It is still the same old derelict ZR, Which has placed further problems on Zambians by way of having to repay a crippling debt.
    The same story goes with the various road projects. Their bills were inflated in order for them to serve as cash cows for personal and PIG/PIP pockets. Zambians who never shared in this loot will share in paying back the debt.
    That’s the sad story of the PF’s recklessness and unabashed greed with regard to meagre national coffers. Today, finally all this irresponsible conduct has given to the dark ravens, the starved vultures coming home to roost. The last thing therefore should be an attempt to hide this irresponsibility that has led the country down the path of a fearsome abyss. Those who shepherded the nation to these arid pastures should not be quickly exonerated with a few strikes of a pen.
    Even drawing parallels from religion, the sinner should acknowledge their wrong and then seek forgiveness, pledge to change their ways and then only can there be moving on.

    Napwisha

    Kakonkote kajuba mpuno
    October 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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  25. Chibwi No plan. when someone told Data this, they were almost eaten raw. But that was the truth. Sata and the Pf had no plan for the nation. therefore the results are here to see by everyone. The nation had reserves but you were just on a hurry to shine.
    empty tins good for nothing. not very long you were saying that all is well but why change today.
    Thanx for rigging the elections, so that you clean your own vomit.

    Ngoni Warrior
    October 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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  26. PF and Lungu himself are to blame for these atrocities, bad economy. The guy is a total failure. How can the economy improve with all the corruption he has allowed even within state house. He has messed up the mines, the power company and so many wrong things going on like too much kaloba, hate speeches, tribalism …The man is just a wrong person just as he said he had no vision and everything now is going heyway. Abash PF and ECL, destroyers of the economy.

    Keki
    October 20, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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  27. There are good pipo out there who are very good defending do and donts of the Gvt ,when you begin to implement projects you will be given a guideline by financial controllers what you have in the tresurely and what you don’t have therefore it will help how to strategies on part of expenditure on the Long run and give you a boundary of not going beyond the budget but to live within the circles of budget allocation ,now the problem is we have so many pipo chosen to save citizens of the country instead they become boses not servants of the pipo enriching themselves and family and friends siphoning the whole treasurely to there pockets forgeting the poor who wallowing in abject poverty because of selfish few individuals in power buy expensive cars packed behind there yards what a nuisance this is surely ,the cost of roads were just too high beyond expectation and therefore the JCTR should read in between unless the author of the article is a cadre of Pf under JCTR we need men and women who can stand film and call reckless spending as lucking leadership qualities in the helm of PF ,All projects cannot be finished at once for they are long term projects which needs planning by pipo in power ,For the rest of five years let the JCTR challange us the pf only spent monies on projects or no ,1. Let me bring them closer when pf petitioned nearly all the MP seats country wide and each by election for one candidate which used to cost at approximately K8 to K13 billion at the time when the doller was responding well and we had 33 or 35 by election if you are to multiply by the seats they petitioned surely can one like JCTR come out openly without seing all these blunders around until economy reached an extent where its own its knees bleeding heavily surely we need to have the sense of human ,and cadres used to collect monies from state to cause Voilence and stuff intimidating and killing opposition members with taxpayers money shame ,let’s be serious Zambians to claim our liberties from dictorior tendencies if possible to report to the international community becaus there no security in this country no justice its arm of gvt are paralized by selfish politian who are pure thiefs or robbers getting the money in daylight living us zambians suffering .

    Claymax Hangoma
    October 20, 2016 at 9:44 pm
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  28. HOW DO YOU INCREASE SALARIES FOR CHIEFS TO K15,0000 AND STILL SAY YOU CO NOT HAVE MONEY………

    DUNUNA
    October 21, 2016 at 7:48 am
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  29. ZNBC on go slow guys… a sign from our prayers

    Bo
    October 21, 2016 at 9:15 am
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  30. Well articulated Dady President.Things would have been worse had it been the UPND in power.No one forgets how revenue from privatization was boiled later turned into vapor,kaya.How suddenly some idling milling companies got buoyant during the time when their abusive chairman assumed the third highest office in the land.Now the same charecters are back fighting Lungu to come back and finnish the little we currently have.

    Chintuchilumbamopo
    October 22, 2016 at 11:41 am
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  31. What an article you idiot. Were you meditating the mind of the devil? Stupid fool.

    lisilo john
    October 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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  32. Things have been hard from 1973

    Choshwa
    October 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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  33. I TOLD YOU TO VOTE WISELY. YOU ARE NOW REAPING FRUITS OF YOUR SWEAT SO EARLY. MAKANDAUKO A IMUTE WA KALILO.

    bruce
    October 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm
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