When ZAMBIANS went to the polls last year, we knew that one of the first things any new government needed to do was to restore our position as a premier destination for global investment.

In order to achieve this, we first needed a respectable place on the global round table and ensure that we were part of the conversation.

We wish to commend President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA for his sustained campaign to market Zambia. Today, we can all see how this sustained effort is starting to bear fruit. Zambia is on the podium, the world is watching, and the world is paying attention and listening.

This is the dream of every progressive leader of a nation; to gain the confidence of like minded nations and be able to transform foreign contacts into economic contacts for investment and development.

On the flip side of the same coin, we are also mindful that the President is doing this against the background of relentless calls for him to curtail his foreign travels. This is in order to save money, as he promised during the campaign period, and of course this is understandably so. We are currently nursing an economy in ICU with a debt burden of over 30 Billion United States Dollars inherited from the previous regime.

In addition, we are mindful of those who are hell-bent on accruing political capital arising from this harsh period of economic transformation to label the President a “puppet of the west”, a “sell out”, and a “puppet of imperialists and multi-lateral financial organisations”.

We wish to warn our fellow ZAMBIANS that this is not a time to play games with the destiny of the country. This is a time for sober, considered, measured and honest introspection in approaching the issues and the process of fixing the economy.

We are happy that this President has not fallen prey to the temptation of suspending these trips which we all know he must undertake if he is to jump-start the process of fixing of the economy, just for him to impress social media critics and in order to appear consistent with a facebook post he may have made.

We know from experience that leadership sometimes requires that you depart from your own previous statement for the greater good of the citizenry.

To quote, President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa who once said,

“In the pursuit of development and justice for all, I would rather do that which is right today, than be consistent with what I believed yesterday”.

This is because as leaders, we are not infallible. We sometimes make statements based on assumption which differ from the actual reality we find once elected. We urge this President to continue being sober, and to apply wisdom and intelligence in achieving the most IMPORTANT objectives, because that’s what counts the most and that’s what he will be judged on, after five years.

In the same vain, we wish to place on record that every leader and every government or nation decides how it will relate with other countries and it’s preferences.

We urge our colleagues in the UPND to ignore those that currently wage a propaganda war against them, calling them “puppets of the west” After all, we have all been called names before, and it is part of politics.

If relating with the west amounts to being a puppet of the west, then surely, those who are waging this war and prefer that we create an East facing foreign policy must also be termed as “puppets of the East” either way, we will have East facing policies or West facing policies competing for the preferred partner with Zambia. What should guide us must be our values as a sovereign nation and how we choose to posture on the global geopolitical stage.

Well done HH. We are back on the global round table.

Dr. Nevers Sekwila Mumba
President, MMD


  1. I think I must very out of touch with reality.

    Why is everyone praising Hakainde?

    Praise singers, please enlighten us.

  2. Let us wait for results . Never praise before u see the results. HH is marketing this country into Europe and is it all will come and invest ?

  3. Zambia’s biggest challenge right now is our National Debt burden of over $30 Billion against our small GDF shy of $20 Billion.
    The intelligent approach President HH and New Dawn Government have taken is to hit the iron while it’s still hot and burn the Candle from both ends!
    Our Debt restructuring process requires these high level engagements. At the same time, the head of state has made the case and marketed Zambia to increase Foreign Direct Investments that should help grow our GDP!
    Our debt exposure therefore must come down and our GDP must go up for us to see results! This does not come easy! The president must travel to do these things if we want our country to be taken seriously after a disastrous dent in our international image during the terrible reign of the last administration!
    With our Credit rating in Junk Status, no one was going to invest in Zambia. We must restore our credit worthiness! We have brothers and sisters in Zambia who are Financially insane borrowing endlessly from banks and shylocks. There are many who were lucky to get well-wishers to pay off their Kaloba but before you realize it, they go back into heavier debt hoping someone will bail them out again. This is the bad case of Zambia. We had debt forgiveness during HIPC days and here we are back into worse Debt situation.
    Is it not time we changed our Laws to prevent a repeat of this embarrassing situation?
    We should be thankful that there was change of Government! This change has given us as a country a golden opportunity to reset and restore our battered image.
    Whoever was to take over the reigns after 2021 elections was expected to deal with the debt situation Zambia found itself in.
    And because Zambia s forget easily, if PF had won the 2021 elections, we were going to be slaves to PF! Remember those killing machines they brought into the country before elections? Remember the many Cameras they installed around every corner of Lusaka?
    When a Rogue regime fails to manage the economy well, they become brutal and start killing their citizens! PF would be ruling with an Iron Fist this time!
    We must never lose sight of our past history to avoid repeating the same follies!
    Zambia is back on the International Round table! We don’t expect everyone to appreciate what the president has done!
    There must be a common denominator that brings us together as Zambians for the good of everyone! These international trips are a necessary evil we must have. We must spend in order to make progress! There is nothing for nothing!
    In Primary School Mathematics, we were taught that anything multiplied by Zero is ZERO / NOTO!
    Expecting change from ZERO effort is wishful thinking!
    Thanks Pastor Mumba for your level-headed approach to national issues!
    Of course it would be wishful thinking for anyone to expect our president to please everyone!
    We want to encourage our president to do what late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa did – Put on a THICK SKIN and don’t mind ba Chilandelande!


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