Fidel Castro turns 90 – decades of revolutionary commitment and resiliency

Fidel Castro turns 90 – decades of revolutionary commitment and resiliencyFidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, commonly known as Fidel Castro, turns 90 on the 13th August 2016. We will join the progressive world in celebrating the life of this legendary revolutionary. It is also an opportune time to reflect on the invaluable lessons and insights his life offers.

Fidel and the Cuban revolution are inspirational in our search for a better, equitable Zambian society. Despite decades of a ruinous economic blockade imposed on the island by Washington, the Cuban social indicators are very impressive; in many respects even superior to those of leading imperialist countries with higher per capita GDP levels. Fidel and his comrades give us hope that the health status and education levels of the masses of our people can significantly and equitably be transformed within decades. (more…)

Political violence: Stoning of UPND campaign bus by PF supporters in Lusaka

Political violence: Stoning of UPND campaign bus by PF supporters in LusakaPolitical violence: Stoning of UPND campaign bus by PF supporters in LusakaThe video currently circulating on the social media, in which PF carders are stoning a UPND campaign team and bus raises questions as to the effectiveness of all the meetings held and commitments made towards holding peaceful elections. The impunity with which the attack in the video was executed and tolerated is a stark reminder of the total decay of law and order in our homeland.

It should by now be clear, even amongst those that gave the PF leadership an element of doubt, that violence has been cultured as the language and pathway to electoral victory. Zambian society and its petty bourgeois politics will find it very hard to root out political violence in the short and medium term. The Electoral Commission of Zambia and other relevant public institutions will increasingly find it hard, if not impossible, to assert their credibility and authority. It is a harsh and sad reality. (more…)

Split in organized labour was imminent

Split in organized labour was imminentThe pulling out of the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) and Judiciary and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ) from the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) is sad but was an imminent development.

It is apparent that workers in our homeland have had a raw deal over the past decades. This situation has been worsening from year to year. Inflation, wage ceilings, casualization of labour, preference for capital intensive investments, weak labour laws, and compromised militancy of trade unions have all worked against the social and economic interests of the Zambian proletariat. The ZCTU of today is a far away cry from what it was in the 1970s and 80s. (more…)

President Lungu’s Threats

Given the tense and violent atmosphere within which the current elections are being conducted, President Lungu’s threats are unwarranted and dangerous.

In as much as we understand that politicians have a tendency to be emotionally swayed away on election campaign platforms, President Lungu has to learn to control his language. He is not just any other politician; he is head of state and commander of our armed forces! He wields state power and has monopoly control over the use of force. Therefore, what he says has huge and far-reaching repercussions. Without the requisite emotional restraint, he will end up plunging our country into chaos and mayhem.

This is not the first time that President Lungu is threatening violence to his perceived enemies using organs of the state. (more…)

The Catholic Church acted cowardly and shamefully

The Catholic Church in Zambia failed to stand up to the PF government It is apparent that the Catholic Church, just like many Zambian institutions, was under pressure from the PF government not to render any support to The Post newspaper staff that had sought refugee on its premises. The church is showing a serious lack of moral and spiritual courage in the face one of the most oppressive and corrupt regimes in Zambia’s post-independence history. The church therefore acted cowardly and shamefully.

As a Catholic, I feel that my own church, which I owe a lot to, has much ground to cover in Zambia for it to continue being relevant in our lives.  (more…)