Dr. Fred M'membe


As we have stated before, the lasting solution to Zambia’s economic difficulties does not lie in the IMF.

The solution lies in the collection of fair and adequate revenue from the mining sector for support to secondary industries such as manufacturing.

It lies in increased state support to agriculture and enhanced food security, but those in power today are quick to export maize, quicker to listen to the IMF and remove subsidies on farming inputs even when the US and other Western countries still subsidise their own agriculture industry.

It lies in the development of the arts, a hugely important industry that those in power today have reduced to a footnote in a ministry.

It lies in increased state investment to social sectors such as education and health.

The current free education up to Grade 12 is not enough. In fact, if we go back to history, it is a racist colonial policy that was formulated on the premise that Africans only need basic or elementary education, not higher education.

As the Socialist Party, by investment in education:

We mean free education up to university level because no country in the world has ever developed using primary or secondary school graduates.

We mean adequate funding to public universities to enable them function without disruptions, to afford our researchers the necessary funds they require to conduct research in social sciences and to support their scientific discoveries and technological advances.

We mean the provision of students’ living or meal allowances so that they can learn on full stomachs as opposed to the distractions caused by not knowing where their next meal will come from.

We have some of the most brilliant scientists in this country at UNZA, CBU and other public universities whose talents are going to waste because of lack of state support towards their research activities.

Fred M’membe
President of the Socialist Party


  1. I believe in calling a spade just that. Here aFuledi thumbs up for this way of saying what and how things could and should be done to better our Zambia. Not just attacking one person. Thank u aFuledi

  2. Yes when you say free education it also includes university and college. Because the current scenario gives the impression that education only ends at grade and anything after grade 12 is not education.

  3. Dr. Mmembe, lasting solution is creating a country that foster the rule of law and zero tolerance on corruption.

    This is the root cause of poverty in Africa and anywhere in the world. No country has ever developed amidst corrupt practices and yet every country that has made a draft change or remarkable development has this important ingredient.

    President Mwanawasa, Mungufi and Paul Kagame understand. President HH has missed this opportunity.

    Any leader in our time who will attempt to create a corruption free country that adhere to the rule of law will surely succeed beyond imaginable measure.

    I hope Dr Mmembe will take time to seriously reflect on this. There is plenty of investment in the world world looking for investable environment, should any Zambian leader create such an environment the resources will be limitless.

    Give me an example of a country whose leaders are corrupt is rich? Or a country whose leaders have zero tolerance on corruption and is poor?

    Malysia, Singapore, Rwanda, UAE even China are good examples
    On the other hand Somalia, Congo DRC, Zimbabwe, Afuganistan

    To put it statistics terms
    70 corruption free
    20 connectivity to the rest of the world
    10 Natural Resources
    10 literacy

    It’s actually proven that a country without natural resources can advance and develop drastically as long as the first two ingredients are present.


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