HH-You are only a pawn in their game- Bowman Lusambo

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HH-You are only a pawn in their game

By Hon. Bowman Chilosha Lusambo

On a Chess board, pawns are the most valueless pieces, whose primary function is to protect the more-valuable soldiers. Pawns are moved here and there by the hand that moves them. Chess is a strategy game involving white pieces and black pieces. What we have seen play out in the recent few months regarding the Zambia debt restructuring process is a typical game of Chess between western countries led by the US against China with Zambia and President Hakainde Hichilema as pawns. What happened right before our eyes the last 48 Hours since Secretary Yellen and Ms. Georgieva had been in Lusaka is the tipping point after one of the players realised that they are ultimately losing this game.

The Lusaka trip by Secretary Yellen and Ms. Georgieva was a mere shadow boxing stunt aimed at showing China that the US and its partners like the IMF are Zambia’s true friends. In doing that, they started poking China right in its nose by accusing it of delaying Zambia’s debt talks.

The two ladies, in their desperate attempts to win this Chess game threw all diplomatic etiquette out of the window and bashed China using their own friendly Journalists they travelled with to Lusaka. One doesn’t need to be a student of political history to understand that this is part of a global geopolitical shift that is taking place as China asserts itself on the global stage.

The reaction from the two ladies was choreographed and firmly scripted in Washington and Lusaka merely provided a perfect playground.

In all this, Zambia and President Hichilema are mere pawns on a Chess board and as a Zambian, this is what is most disconcerting about this whole saga. In his naivety and thick headedness, President Hichilema has allowed himself to be used as an accessory in the West’s selfish agenda against China.

At 10 months in office, we advised President Hichilema to undertake a trip to China and reengage with our friends if his economic transformation agenda is to bear fruits. With almost 20 months in office now, he has undertaken three trips to Washington and none to Beijing. A quick analysis of Zambia’s debt profile shows that it should be a no brainer for President Hichilema to be more China leaning but he has wasted a lot of precious time pandering to the whims of the boys and girls at the IMF while the Zambian economy deteriorates.

For a man who postulates to be smarter than all of us put together, the manner in which President Hichilema has demonstrated the lack of capacity to understand this straightforward matter is outstanding. We wish to remind President Hichilema is that the G20 Common Frame work was premised on transparency, burden sharing and mutual respect which the boys and girls in Washington have never demonstrated towards China. We also wish to remind him without China on the table, there will be no debt restructuring and without it, this economy will be chocked and will never take off.

To President Hichilema, it is now time to reset our relations with China. Even in kindergarten, we are taught to pick our friend’s well. China has demonstrated throughout our history that it is a good friend to have. It is time to put Zambia’s interests first and end this Chess game.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Just lyk the dull Ichipani was a pawn for China. No foreigner will put our interest as a priority, it’s as simple as that.
    A smart leader will leverage our “strategic value” to develop the country as well. China, US, EU, IMF, World Bank etc will not develop Zambia, that’s why we are so desperately poor & heavily indebted despite the so-called “Chinese friendly” factor 56 yrs after independence.

  2. The US ll not give loan for people to loot China ll, how many US firms are involved into illegal mineral and forestry resources, it was only China and pf thieves.

  3. China behaved in a most dishonourable way by facilitating the looting of our resources and contracting opaque loans at inflated cost.

    PF feel that they owe China an eternal debt of gratitude for its willingness to pander to the criminal whims of the PF. This charade by PF over China being overshadowed by the US is their way of paying back China.

    China had better rethink its policy of aiding criminal elements to loot national resources under the guise of non-interference in the internal affairs of host countries otherwise they run the risk of being resented by the local population.

    Under PF, Zambia became a province of China to the extent Chinese nationals were recruited in the Zambia Police. During the PF regime, Chinese were untouchable and broke the law at will. The Now who are the real pawns?

  4. In a game of geopolitics, a good politician seizes the opportunity when it really matters. No one remains an enemy for ever. China may have recklessly supported PF corruption in this country but we can tell them now, that is the past.

  5. The only person who is naive and thick headed is Bowman Lusambo who thinks we are fooled by his ghost writer. Also the ghost writer is extremely naive and thick headed too. How does anyone writing for Lusambo use words like ‘disconcerting’ ‘postulate’ ‘no brainer’ and expect us the reader to attribute them to the thought process and lexicon of Lusambo? Puleezi!!!!

  6. This article is beyond Bowman’s capacity, however, whoever authored it has done quite a good job because some of the points raised are worth looking at with a critical eye. it is an article that requires to be given time and not to be trashed. To Bowman I would like to say good job at lease you seem have some intelligent people behind you, keep it up.

  7. If our politicians weren’t so selfish and United in prioritizing Zambia’s interest. ECL would be dispatched to China on his coveted gulf stream to negotiate with Xi without HH necessarily travelling there.
    The strategy would not rise questions with H.H’s western friends who are fighting China yet ECL would appease the East provided he went there with the blessings of the incumbent. In so doing mother Zambia would win coz personal interests are cast assunder.
    But alas we have ECL harbouring delusions of ascending to ka pando instead of transitioning to a statesman.
    Our friends in other Continents my differ on many issues but when to comes to prioritizing interests of their countries they are united.
    Unity would even make bull dozzer acknowledge the Author of the write-up coz everyone knws he is incapable of putting his thoughts in such a coherent manner.

  8. Sorry bwana, you do not have the capacity to write such. But remember it was your chi government that borrowed this stupid issue.

  9. Tongas are quite that the Kwacha is on a free fall! We heard them shout every week in 2021, “the Kwacha has gained”, even cheating ati the Kwacha is now K12 to a dollar! Now it’s almost K19. Talk, don’t be quite. What kind of support is it even if the job can’t be done, just because you come together from Kalomo you have to support! You are not being fair to yourselves!

  10. LUSAMBA SAYS “Zambia and President Hichilema are mere pawns on a Chess board and as a Zambian, this is what is most disconcerting about this whole saga”. WHAT IS DISCONCERTING A POLITICAL PSYCHOPATH LIKE YOU? WHY WAS CHINA GIVING CHINA GIVING LOANS WITH NON-DISCLOSURE CLAUSES TO ZAMBIA? WHICH LOANS FRON CHINA WENT TO CLASSROOMS, HOSPITAL OR ROAD? WHY DID KAFUE LOWER POWER STATION OF 750 MW COST US$2.3 BILLION WHEN A SIMILAR ONE (700 MW) COST US$1.3 BILLION IN NIGERIA? THOSE PROJECTS WERE JUST CONDUITS OF CORRUPTION!!

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