13 November 2012

Zambia: Why Sata Deserves Second Term in Office

CHEER UP, the best offerings for Zambians are yet to come.

The Patriotic Front (PF) administration under the leadership of President Michael Sata is busy galvanising positive public activities to make all Zambians take advantage of equal socio-economic opportunities.

Now, calls for President Sata to stand for the second term in the highest office on the land demonstrates that democracy is on trial on a colossal scale than ever perhaps in the history of Zambia.

A snap survey reveals that most people are upbeat that the President should be re-elected, no matter how early that may be, because of his abilities to deliver on the expectations of the general populace.

In a single expression, President Sata's public yet significant actions have managed to procure the desired benefits for the greatest population among poor Zambians, something that invariably gives impetus to calls that Zambians only have one option of a characteristic leadership quality that can fire-up the sustainable development of the country for the profit of the ordinary members of society.

Calls for the President to be re-elected after his first term in office brings to mind the heavy political dust of mismanaged governance of public affairs during the previous regime which justifies that .

"If the Constitution of Zambia dictates that Mr Sata has the right to stand for the second term of office, the voters and general population have nothing to do with it but simply obey it," thunders a Ndola based entrepreneur Chanda Katango.

Mr Katango, aged 29, operating a motorbike mechanical business on Vitanda Street, says: "It only makes political sense to give President Sata another term of office to implement his vision to develop Zambia. If there was a provision in the Constitution to allow him to be President for the next 15 years, that would help Zambians benefit from the available natural resources and development programmes put in place by the PF Government.

Mr Katango, who lucidly claimed to be espousing the calls for Mr Sata to be re-elected against the psychic power, gloomily observed: "Good leaders are hard to find. History has the tendency to swallow capable leaders. History presents society with power to bend the will of the universe. It is better that a leader is given adequate chance to fulfill his mandate.

A leader like Mr Sata has changed the destine of the country since his election last year, even if it was not predestined that Zambia will not economically be successful but he has managed to make it possible for the country to start recording success. He has transcended the power of the universe."

He acidly declares: "Mr Sata has been sent by God to uplift humanity!"

Harrison Kaire, a cashier at Ndola's LTI Minimart on Kabelenga Road supports Mr Sata's calls for the second term of office, contending that it would be highly beneficial to Zambians if God could continue bestowing His blessing on the President's health to enable him share his political skill and national leadership experience, which would catapult the country from wallowing in high levels of squalor and human degradation because of social ills to prosperity.

Mr Kaire says that the President should be accorded the opportunity to turn around the lost socio-economic fortunes of the country.

After all, if the Constitution allows the sitting President to stand for the second term -- with the blessings of Zambians -- his critics and all those opposing the calls put together have nothing to do with it but simply obey it.

Ndola youth, Sonia Chipande, contends that President Sata has been distinguished from the rest, contending: "We should stand up for President Sata for he has ably demonstrated his prolific ability to deliver on expectations of ordinary Zambians.

Ms Chipande says that Zambia needed capable leadership to stir the country to prosperity after so many years of under-development and that President Sata was the right candidate ever because he knows his governance space and much of his ability to rule.

She tells me, during my vigil: "Those are key quality leadership ingredients that we need considering that the country has suffered economic collapse for many years. He has comfortably demonstrated that he is able to influence public activities for the benefit of the public by addressing key national challenges such as accountability of public funds and corruption which robbed poor Zambians of what rightly belongs to them."

Paramount Chief Mpenzeni of the Ngoni speaking people in Eastern Province appeals to Zambians to exercise more patience and give enough time to President Sata and his administration to deliver on the PF campaign promises.

The chief intones that Mr Sata has shown zeal and determination to deliver on Zambian's expectations and should be supported by all Zambians.

He beams, with a sense of conviction: "Zambia should give President Sata and his Government more time to deliver on the promises made to Zambians. The President is an action oriented man and has clearly shown that he is allergic to corruption."

Chief Government spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni believes that Zambia is on course to achieving economic prosperity under President Sata's administration which has so far scored a number of achievements since taking over Government last year in September.

As society ponders calls from stakeholders that President Sata's tenure is far from expiry, it is time Zambians begin to weigh their votes.

In the words of William Ralph Inge, the 18th century poet, democracy is only an experiment in Government and it has obvious disadvantage of merely counting votes instead of weighing them.

So, it would not be wrong for the politicians and voters to slay the beautiful political hypothesis of the ruling class by simply an ugly yet misplaced concept of dispelling public calls for Mr Sata's second term of office!

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