Zambia Presidential debate

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By Patrick Sikana 

Here is the summary of some of the strong points I gleaned from the presidential debate on January 15th, 2015.

I might have missed out a few points as I got a few interruptions here and there while listening to the debate via Hot FM. Please feel free to add if you picked up something else POSITIVE (too much negative vibes doing the rounds these days :))

1. Peter Sinkamba – His conviction about the benefits (monetary and medicinal) of marijuana appeared well-thought through, albeit presented in a comic fashion. He was convinced that the only dangerous thing about marijuana is being caught with it. He argued that cannabis would be cultivated under “lock and key,” using the analogy of how the military keeps defense weaponry. He was the best in terms of knowing and using statistical data. He toed the line of “thinking outside the box” from start to end. He mesmerized the audience with his version of decentralization that would see the capital moving to the Copperbelt.

2. Elias Chipimo Jr – Riding on his natural eloquence, he emphasized the importance of good leadership and how that is the foundation of success. He passionately expounded the role of women in development. He expounded the concept of regional agriculture, pointing out that NAREP would support the production of agricultural crops based on where they did well and were most popular in the country. His foreign policy would be based on ideology. Like Peter, he avidly spiced his exposition by suggesting that there was a valuable tree that could prove valuable to Zambia if introduced (unfortunately at this point a random visitor rang the door bell so I missed the details on the tree).

3. Edith Nawakwi – She spoke confidently about the need to de-concentrate Lusaka. Her main thrust for the evening was the need for a good constitution. Good people, she argued, were not in short supply, but the absence of a constitution that would guarantee a fair distribution and decentralisation of power and resources explained Zambia’s existing inequalities according to her. She took a swipe at the old mentality that tended to equate agriculture to “maize,” and called for broader investment beyond the food crop. She also felt that Foreign Service needed to be professionalized.

4. Hakainde Hichilema – In a calm and collected (deep) voice, he made the point that Zambia’s problems are intertwined. The solutions should also be intertwined. Exploring, expanding and experiencing business opportunities for Zambians and foreign investors was key to creation of what he called real jobs. He insisted that support to small scale farmers with both backwards linkages (production and value addition) and forwards linkages (storage and marketing) were essential to revitalizing agriculture. On health he re-iterated his pledge that no expectant woman should have to die for want of maternal health care. He laced his preamble with an eloquent punch line: “We want to solve the paradox of poor people in a rich nation.”

5. Nevers Mumba – In sharp contrast to the only female candidate, Dr. Mumba emphasized the need for a moral leader, insisting that a bad leader would corrupt even those institutions that would otherwise be good. With the oratory of a man of the collar, Pastor Mumba expounded the need for an all-round leader, with the credentials and experience to knit through not just one sector but all. The clergyman also highlighted the need to address the problem of dirt in a holistic way.

6. Godfrey Miyanda – Unfortunately the General was not there to explain the village concept.

7. Edgar Lungu – Hon. Lungu was not there to explain the infrastructure development I Think Hon. Lungu and Brig. Gen Miyanda should have been there.”


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