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President Mwanawasa’s letter from the Grave

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Levy Mwanawasa

Its the 10th Anniversary since President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa passed on.

He is the only one that wrote his detailed Will, and a video portion to be shown on national television to the World immediately after his death.

He also penned this letter to be read after his death.

My people,

I tried to tell you this when I was still alive. I looked for every opportunity- my speeches were all filled with this one thing but you were deaf.

You thought I was like the others when in actual fact, I really meant what I was saying. I had all of you at heart. I loved you genuinely.

You thought I had come to plunder you. I know you felt hurt when you saw me get fat yet you never knew how thin my heart was becoming every day I saw the suffering of my people.

Most of you thought your suffering never bothered me. Most of you thought now that I was In state house, I ceased to be a human being who felt after you. You thought I never cared what happened to
each one of you rich and poor alike. But you were the reason for my existence.
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My dream was to create a better Zambia, a Zambia that was united, a Zambia that would inspire hope in all of your hearts; a Zambia in which every person would be treated fairly; a Zambia in which resources of our nation would be used for the benefit of all the people including the rural poor; a Zambia were people will be respected; a
Zambia in which criminals would be convicted and the innocent set free.
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Every day I worked towards that dream. But it was not easy to achieve. I inherited a nation that was on a highway to the grave. A nation whose citizens including the donor community had lost hope and trust in. When I came into power, more than 60% of the people didn’t like me. The same 60% plus unanimously changed my name from Mwanawasa to cabbage. A few days later, major share holders of Konkola Copper Mines abandoned it.

What this means is that I inherited a nation that was rejected by all. If I wanted, I would have made Zambia my money making machine in such a scenario. But I refused that. In all the coarse, I saw an opportunity to start all over again. I realized this could only become feasible if I became Zambia and Zambia became.
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Hence the only people who believed that Zambia would rise again was only God and I. I refused to think that the case for my country was over. I ensured that the case for Zambia was re-opened.
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I started to work. Even when there was no reason I still continued hoping and believing that one day, my people will
smile again. Even when I was criticized for being a baptized globe trotter, I still believed. I knew one day you will all come
to your senses that it was for you and you alone that I lived for.
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I risked my life for Zambia by challenging those it was impossible to challenge. Those who were more, powerful and rich than I was. They had the money; they had the influence which I didn’t have.

Yet I knew Zambia was in my heart and Zambia wanted justice. I was more like a small dog barking at an experienced lion. I was bruised but I continued fighting. At times I thought I was using the energy of my country in vain. I still never gave up.
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I was accused of treating the guilty well. But what you never knew was that the best way to handle a criminal is to make him realize that he is human and then tell him that he will be punished for robbing
humanity from Zambians. On the other hand I would have been a criminal my self if I never treated them justly. For only a criminal follows no laws in his dealing with his fellow country man.
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As I labored for you, my life was often a lonely one. For most of you thought I don’t have feelings. You thought it never bothered me that your working conditions were bad-that investors were mistreating
you-that there wasn’t enough accommodation for you and your children. What you never knew was that I really cared. I was in a hurry for all of you to have a good life.
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But you see, a nation is built on many fundamental principles. There is a procedure that has to be followed no matter how urgent or pressing an issue may be. A good life for every citizen is the fruit of a good foundation. And those are the foundations I was working on. It is true that when the foundation is bad, there is nothing a good man can do. And this fact arched.
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Every time I worked hard, I realized that my health was failing at some point. I would feal my body at times failing to hold me upright. Then you started saying that for the good of the nation, I should resign. Some of you thought that I was so uneducated that I never knew what would befall me.
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However, remember that I had doctors under me. I was equally advised that it would be prudent if I stopped work or some thing serious was inevitable. That tempting indeed; I remembered how my
wife suffered on my bed side for six months when I survived that accident. I realized it could repeat itself if I didn’t quit.

Then I thought of my daughter Lubono and the other children who are still young and expect a lot from me. If I didn’t quit, I knew they would grow up without a loving and caring father. My heart was torn apart and I was tempted to step down.
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However I realized that Zambia still needed me. I had to set it free from the impending condemnation to abject poverty and animosity. I saw with delight that Zambia was for the first time moving in the right direction. A lot of successes were scored and it was no longer a rejected nation that I had inherited.

In view of this, I therefore
opted to continue fighting at the detriment of my life and happiness of my family -all for you. I sacrificed my family on the altar
of Zambia. I endangered my wife and children so that your wives and children should have a future they could ever dream and hope for.
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Every day, was a blessing to me. For I never knew I could see it. I knew I would suddenly collapse. What I never knew was when I would collapse. But I was not ashamed- my fear for all of your suffering overcame of an embarrassment my sudden fall would cause. All I asked from God was one more day to make a change to my beloved country.

If you call me a fool for giving too much- for sacrificing so much for you and your children, then let it be so. For you I
am ready to be called anything provided I live Zambia a better place than I found it.
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And now what I feared has caught up with me I am now gone! I have still not died a happy man for I would have loved to see you happy. There are still areas that require attention.
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There is nothing I can do. The only people who can make a change are you who are still alive. What will always be true is that I loved all of you, love one another. Don’t let hatred rule you. Let justice reign in
Zambia. Work hard and make Zambia a better place to live in. make me proud by respecting the rule of law. This is your foundation to your happiness.
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My party, don’t use the road which brought Zambia to this turmoil. If you do, you will suddenly fall and never rise again. My family, its sad that I had to go. But always remember that I loved you. Its just that I also had an obligation to you and Zambia. Don’t let those who laugh at you bother you. History and God will one day
judge.
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Zambia ,my beloved ,nation good bye. I hope you will always remember me as a man who wanted Zambia to forgive it self,
unite and prosper. Goodbye and long live my beloved Zambia. God be with you.

Everlastingly at it,

Mwanawasa P.L.

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