Sometimes we need an reminder, that some powers and some states doesn’t come with the best intentions or with a real helping hand. If it is the famous white elephants or the other giant aid initiatives that doesn’t amount to anything. However, what is now at stake is for instance a lot African states and their loans to China. The Chinese has collateral in either ports, state owned enterprises or ability to directly extract the needed resources the current state with huge loans has. This is their trap and Sankara warned about this, just like the French, British and Americans has done in the past too. Nothing new under the sun, just new methods to get ahead.
What I am quoting is a speech done to the OAU in 1987, just a few months before his assassination. Therefore, the words and warnings seems more important. As in our time, the leaders of today is recycling the ills of the past. They are doing it out of greed and in the end, the people and the citizens will suffer. Not the multi-national corporations, not the state itself, but the public whose disregarded and have to reinvent money.
The wise words of Sankara:
“We believe analysis of the debt should begin with its roots. The roots of the debt go back to the beginning of colonialism. Those who lent us the money were those who colonized us. They were the same people who ran our states and our economies. It was the colonizers who put Africa into debt to the financiers—their brothers and cousins. This debt has nothing to do with us. That’s why we cannot pay for it. The debt is another form of neocolonialism, one in which the colonialists have transformed themselves into technical assistants. Actually, it would be more accurate to say technical assassins. They’re the ones who advised us on sources of financing, on underwriters of loans. As if there were men whose loans are enough to create development in other people’s countries. These underwriters were recommended to us, suggested to us. They gave us enticing financial documents and presentations. We took on loans of fifty years, sixty years, and even longer. That is, we were led to commit our peoples for fifty years and more. The debt in its present form is a cleverly organized reconquest of Africa under which our growth and development are regulated by stages an norms totally alien to us. It is a reconquest that turns each of us into a financial slave—or just plain slave—of those who had the opportunity, the craftiness, the deceitfulness to invest funds in our countries that we are obliged to repay. Some tell us to pay the debt. This is not a moral question. Paying or not paying is not a question of so-called honor at all” (Thomas Sankara – Speech given at the African Unity Organisation Conference, Addis Ababa, July 29, 1987).
Let us not forgot the lessons of the past, as we in the present is continuing a cycle of recycling debt, growing debt and cycles of repayment schemes, which will only make the next generation suffer. If not, when the grace period hits and the state doesn’t have a big enough tax-base or revenue. It defaults and has to give away extraction licenses, state owned enterprises and other vital transport infrastructure like ports and airports. Because, that what is happening.
This is happening in our time. The world is looking, but nothing is getting done. Peace.
This week in Zambia, you have arrest of opposition leader and also claim that another ppposition leader is in-charge of the rising prices, the inflation and the overall added expenses on the staple food: Maize.
However, we all know that is rubbish. Because, UPND Hichilema isn’t in-charge of any ministry or government portfolio. It is the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Edgar Lungu whose in charge of the mess created. It is his people whose not on guard and fixing the issues within the Republic. That is why the issues are there, because there is a need for basis and control from the state.
In addition, that the PF is attacking others and claiming their faults for their mismanagement. It is easier to point the finger at HH and UPND. Instead of acting reasonable and finding out why there is a growing inflation on staple-food and the need for price cap on Maize.
“On Sunday, the 25th of August 2019, the Agriculture Minister of Zambia, one of the most highly urbanized countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Katambo said following a meet with millers, chain stores, stockfeed manufacturers and grain traders that they all had agreed to put a cap on maize price in order to keep the nation’s staple food affordable. On top of that, the Agricultural Ministry had also added in a statement that a ton of maize could be sold at a maximum price of $198.93 or 2,600 Kwacha ($1= 13.07 Kwacha)” (Sourav D. – ‘Zambia introduces price cap on maize (corn) amid farmers’ protest’ 27.08.2019, Financial-World.Org).
“Zambia’s headline inflation accelerates for sixth consecutive month in August, jumping to new multi-year high as food price pressures weigh. Despite the reintroduction of maize price caps, surging food prices may steer inflation to breach double-digit territory by end-Q3” (NKC African Economics, 30.08.2019).
“Lusaka Province secretary Kennedy Kamba told journalists yesterday the two directors recently invited United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema to coerce him into petitioning the Commission over alleged corruption in the government. Mr Kamba said those were some of the clandestine tactics the opposition and some public servants were using to discredit President Edgar Lungu and his government because they had nothing else to talk about as the government had delivered in all sectors. At the same briefing, Lusaka Province PF chairman Paul Moonga warned millers against conniving with the opposition to create artificial mealie meal prices and commodity shortages” (Charles Musonda – ‘ACC BOSSES EXPOSED’ 30.08.2019, Daily Nation)
The PF should consider their actions, because it is their lack of actions in time. That is the reason for the inflation on the staple food. If not their inside dealings, which has told stories to HH. It is not that he gets the truth from directors of millers.
Therefore, the state and the PF needs to look into itself and its shortcomings. If they want it for the better. PF needs to act upon that, not that HH or anyone else is questioning their actions. Since, his just doing his duty as an opposition. HH is not governing, that is what the PF does, if not they are not doing it well enough. That is why HH and the opposition is the scapegoats for the lack of due diligence from the government itself.
Seriously, something is up. I don’t know what it is or the reason for it. But there is something not sorted out. Because, an inflation and a price-cap on maize doesn’t come over night. Peace.
Today, there was an interesting thing coming through my feed that captured my eye. It was a headline from the Philippines News Agency. It was claiming that the Chinese was not making developing countries in debt slaves or putting them into debt traps by taking up huge loans for extensive spending on infrastructure projects. Now in March 2019, the Chinese are claiming that they are just giving viable loans and not to much.
However, I will beg to differ, but before I do so. Let see what the Chines spokesperson said. Which I have to say is not true.
“Guo Weimin, spokesperson of the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said extending Chinese loans to developing countries aims to facilitate infrastructure projects that are expected to bring development and boost the economic growth of these nations. “Chinese investments only account for a very small share to their total debt. And our projects are mostly infrastructure, which can support the long-term development of those countries,” Guo said. “Yet some say, this is a great debt trap. But this doesn’t make sense,” he added” (Kris Chrismundo – ‘No debt trap for developing countries: CN political advisory body’ 02.03.2019, link: http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1063438).
Let’s me just take the first victim of the debt trap made by the Chinese is in Sri Lanka where the Chinese has taken over and lease the Hambantota Port for 99 years in 2018. While in Zambia, the Chinese has taken over ZESCO, the state electricity company, majority ownership of the Zambian National Broadcasting Company, and if the Republic fails more on their debt. The Zambian state might loose the ownership of Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as well.
In Kenya, the government have loaned massive funds for the Standard Gauge Railway Part 1 and 2. Now, they are on the limb and its speculated that the Port of Mombasa can be taken as collateral for the possible failing loans.
There are warning signs of the total loans given to Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Ghana, Liberia Philippines and so on. They are clearly strategic about it. There should also be worrying about the loans given to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and so on. The Chinese has loaned for massive projects and not small-pocketed money. Which the Chinese would like to have back paid.
This is just small examples of what that is coming. Because the states are taking up gigantic loans, which they can possibly default with. That is why the Chinese has been smart enough to sign for collateral, which usually is important parts of infrastructure or mobility. So, that the Chinese can trade and also control vital parts of the economy. They are not joking around and seemingly taken a soft approach to neo-colonize the developing countries. Because they can and have the ability to do so.
We can wonder if there will be more like this. There are also the battle happening in Djibouti over the Doraleh Port, who went from DP World Port Company to a Chinese Company. That was because of the debt that the Republic of Djibouti had. Just like the port in Sri Lanka went to them as well. Both very strategic and important ports in their regions. Therefore, the Chinese has gotten good infrastructure and possible revenue streams in these Republic for their defaulting loans.
There will be more to come out of this. That is why I don’t believe the Chinese, saying the developing countries can manage the amount of loans, as the Chinese are planning to takeover something to get repaid for their services. Peace.
A huge fire is started by a small spark and the people of Sesheke are heroes and pace setters in liberating this Country from the jaws of poverty and corruption. Votes have defeated machine guns and pangas. The wise leave the stage when at least a few fools are able to clap for them. Never leave the stage when it’s too late for even fools to clap for you. Do you expect farmers that you haven’t given fertilizer to clap for you? Call for early elections, KK did that in the interest of the Country.
It’s clear that when people are stretched to the limit they do not only lose respect for you but become fearless too. The just ended by election in Sesheke should be an eye opener for PF to accept that people have had enough of nonsense and no amount of intimidation will stop them from liberating themselves. Sesheke today is the most famous town in Zambia.
The way PF has been conducting itself any wise leader should have foreseen that one day the will of the people will defeat the guns. People who liberated this Country did so with only stones against the blazing guns of the colonialist. When we say that people are not happy with the way you have looted this Country you don’t listen until you met the people of Sesheke with a clear message that enough is enough. God bless the people of Sesheke.
A similar thing almost happened in Ndola when you attempted to arrest HH. And if you continue being so careless you may just start something that will be too big for you to handle. The problem is that you are cheated by people eating with you the proceeds of crime and you conclude that Zambians are happy with your corrupt leadership. I have never seen a stubborn leadership like the one in PF. Yes, you have been weaving a web of deceit and very soon you will be caught in it.
Ba PF you know too well that you cannot win an election without violence and confusion and yet you want to dare people in 2021. As you continue covering your corruption you will just be committing more and more atrocities against the Zambian people, but very soon you will be answerable for your crimes against the Zambians. NALI KWEBELE TABULAPO.
We have said it before that the ending for any dictator is disastrous, and yours is not different. The dialogue and the Church that you are despising now, you will embrace it once in prison. Stop cheating yourselves that Zambians are very docile, all what Zambians do is to give you enough rope to hang yourself. The day will come when you will be saying to yourself that you wish you listened.
UPND – Chairman for Mines and Freedom Fighter.
Certainly, the recent days haven’t been good for the Zambian President Edgar Lungu, whose on the ride for his third term in power in the Republic. As he has had issues within the Republic. Within his own party.
This being Harry Kalaba MP, who has been expelled from the Patriotic Front (PF) on the 27th January 2019. Therefore, the PF has gone nuts, as Kalaba has resigned as MP from his constituency. This was done the 29th January as he would not challenge the expulsion from the ruling regime.
We know this is hurting the PF, as all MPs who are joining the party of Kalaba are called cockroaches and lack vision in life. That is what even written about them as the news was passed in the end of January 2019.
We know that this is hurting the Chief Strategist of PF and founding member Yosi Miti wrote this on the 1st February 2019: “Harry Kalaba’ s Departure A Good Riddance And It will Help to Expose Treacherous And Political Mercenaries In PF Who have been Working with him in the dark” (…) “Kalaba is just playing to the gallery he doesn’t truly believe in what he is preaching. We dont hate Kalaba as an individual but we hate his treacherous behaviour” (…) “Infact Dean was in his own class.Kalaba is just a good orator and that , no one can subtract from him but equally Nevers Mumba is actually even better than him. So this euphoria we are witnessing now will die a natural death soon as it is just a mere political drama performed to the hungry audience scavenging from the empty bins” (Yosi Miti, 01.02.2019).
When his former party is writing that quickly about him in this way. A man who they had no trouble having in the Cabinet, who served as Foreign Minister between March 2014 until January 2018. As he gotten expelled and resigned as MP, as he plans to stand as Presidential Candidate for the DP.
The Opposition has come in defence of the former high-ranking official within the PF, on the 3rd February 2019 with this statement: “ We are well aware that the Patriotic Front has woken up some long-forgotten politicians, from their political slumber, with the aim of trying to increase the number of voices that are advocating for a ZCID led dialogue process. The main purpose of these hired political elements is to muddy the waters and bring about confusion regarding this dialogue process, on behalf of the PF, without the PF itself getting its hands dirty” (PRESS STATEMENT – OPPOSITION ALLIANCE RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS BY THE PF ALLIANCE, 03.02.2019).
Clearly, the PF and Lungu are not used to this, that the they are back-stabbing each other and not only aiming at the opposition, whose usually in the way. The PF is really ambusing Kalaba, as the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on the 4th February 2019, that they have banned the Democratic Party. Meaning him standing as a Presidential Candidate for an illegal party by the law.
The PF is really showing their disgraceful tactics against a former ally. They cannot handle, therefore, calling him all names and attributed, while also, in the end. PF is also taking his livelihood.
The PF is really just showing merciless tactics and their despotic rule by doing this to Kalaba. If he was a nobody, a former comrade, then hey should know how to run against him. Not silence him. They are just cowards themselves who has to all legal means to stop the opportunity to have anyone of character running against Lungu in 2021, except of Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of United Party for National Development (UPND).
The PF are trying their best to divide and rule. They are using force and expecting Kalaba to just stand down, be bowing his knees and kissing the ring of forgiveness from Lungu. Because, everyone supposed to love ECL. Everyone is supposed to think like ECL and be behind him. Nothing else is to anticipate. In Zambia, everyone are his subjects and his servants. The ones questioning that, are liable for legal threat and trouble.
This sort of defence of the ruling regime and their acts is cult like, they are a self-obsessed tribe, whose seeing themselves as superior. Everyone else is foolish not to follow and trust their hearts, minds and political life in the hands of ECL. Because there is all solutions, they should not sway away from him and his ways. Surely, they are writing praises, songs and myths of ECL. As ECL are the saviour and mortal God, someone who nobody should dismiss or even go up against. He might look like a mere mortal, but he has a godly touch that you only taste if your part of the PF. So, don’t dare challenge that.
That is the game of PF: That is the game of Lungu. That is why they called it treacherous and called them cockroaches, which is really showing their ugly side. Their real side and their lack of protocol, when people differ in opinions and picks different ways in life. Peace.
PS: Kalaba shouldn’t believe if Shepard Bushiri told him, that he had a vision or whatever for him to become President in 2021. That was surely just to sell more anointing oil or get a bigger donation from the big-man. Surely, Harry should have kept his head cool and not gone out with that. As the Prophet is behind bars for fraud, which is not a good look, as the Political is happening.
PS II: The Story of Kalaba is far from over, as long as Lungu’s PF is in power. ECL might thinks this make him look wise and make him look powerful. PF and ECL looks foolish instead and uncertain about their power. When they have to play Kalaba like this. As he plans life outside the ruling regime. That is what this showing. This saga is not OVER. Kalaba will be there and as long as they play these games, his name will even hit international headlines. Just like it has done with their acts against HH. Peace Part II.