PF cadres have more rights in having handshakes with their president at the airport and any other place in Zambia. These cadres have become the strongest political pillar of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF). They are conscious of the significant role they are playing for the PF and are determined to be appreciated as the “real VIPs”. Who would then be the “Very Important Persons” in the PF today if not these young men and women who are putting their lives and souls at stake for the party? (more…)
The launching of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Zambia (COTUZ) is welcome and the Rainbow Party wishes to congratulate the COTUZ leadership and its respective sponsoring trade unions for the achievement.
The Zambian workers need and deserve stronger representation under these severe economic hardships they are facing. COTUZ will definitely add value and depth to the workers daily struggle for better livelihoods and a fair society.
Over the past 25 years, Zambian workers have lost a significant part of their voice and capacity for militancy. They are no longer a prime force of societal change. They are no longer setting the social–economic agenda of this country. They are no longer a united force in the fight against economic exploitation and social injustice. (more…)
No amount of dialogue amongst political parties, court litigations, police interventions or moral suasion will stop political violence in a periphery, capitalist country like ours. The capitalist ideology we have embraced over the past 25 years breeds high levels of inequity, class injustices and greed. All these are factors that produce and continue to reproduce political violence.
Zambia today has on the one hand an economy that mercilessly exploits the working masses and subjects them to slave-like existence; and on the other hand the emergence of a new generation of politicians that seeks state power for self-enrichment. (more…)
The PF government is ignoring the technical advice from Bank of Zambia Governor, Dr. Denny Kalyalya at it’s own peril. Dr. Kalyalya’s warning to the parliamentary committee on estimates that excessive use of monetary policy instruments will backfire and plague this country into an even deeper crisis is spot on. Since being appointed in his position, Dr. Kalyalya has consistently provided sound economic advice to the government but his efforts are falling on “deaf ears”.
Dr. Kalyalya has been very clear as to why monetary policy alone cannot provide all solutions to the country’s deepening crisis. (more…)
Zambians do not need validation of an IMF official on the havoc the fiscal indiscipline of the PF government is causing to this economy.
As citizens and economic actors, we experience the daily chaos in the financial operations of government departments, the sheer lack of compliance and widespread corruption, the collusion between the legislative and executive arms of the state in pushing our country into a debt-trap, the impunity in misuse of state resources for political party ends, and unwillingness to pay more attention to the balance between current and future public finance needs. (more…)