Greed destroying Zambia, cries Highvie Hamududu
By Misheck Nyirongo
PARTY for National Unity President Highvie Hamududu development has eluded Zambia on account of having leaders with insatiable appetite for greedy and accumulation of personalized wealth at the expense of personal good.
Mr. Hamududu, a former Bweengwa Member of Parliament protested in an interview in Lusaka that greedy leaders have flooded the Zambian political environment since 1991, when the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) took office after for two decades till 2011.
Hamududu recollected that during the 27-year-reign of Dr. Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda and the United National Independence Party (UNIP), a leadership code preventing leaders from being entrepreneurs had consolidated a professional crop of politicians and civil servants.
“A lot of citizens are wallowing in abject poverty, because the political limelight is flooded by greedy politicians. Our people are grappling with poor or inadequate access to decent meals. Our people are hungry because of voracious leaders in Zambia. This greed manifested when Zambia moved from a one-party participatory democracy under UNIP and Dr. Kaunda multi-party system and liberalized the economy, thus selfishness, neglect and corruption became the order of the day. When Zambia was liberalized, greedy people entrenched inequalities have been growing since 31st October 1991,” a nostalgic Hamududu recollected.
“Our policies that the country has been implementing do not centre on citizens. If you see the high levels of poverty among the majority, it is because our economy is not rooted in ordinary indigenous people. It is skewed towards a few people, and this is what has been happening since MMD and former Second Republican President, the late Dr. Frederick Titus Jacob Chiluba took office,” noted Hamududu.
Hamududu says the socio-economic woes have been built by liberal policies, which ignore institutions supporting the productive capacity of the people, such as the National Agriculture Marketing Board (NAMBOARD).
“The people, especially peasant farmers in rustic and peri-urban Zambia are poor because unlike NAMBORD, the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is not purchasing agricultural produce from ordinary farmers. You do away with Namboard that bought crops from the farmers , then who is going to buy, this produce as brief case business persons cannot offer a good price for grain and livestock,” quizzed Hamududu.
In an apparent reference to President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s position on cooperatives, Hamududu wants Zambia to swallow her pride by re-introducing Lima Bank and the Agricultural Finance Company, mandated with giving loans to small scale entrepreneurs.
“Tell me, can a farmer walk into a commercial bank and get a loan without interest?’’ questions Mr. Hamududu. Zambia needs a government driven financial institutions that provide capital to our Zambian citizens, for us to ensure that poverty is to be fought left, right and centre. This poverty in Zambia is structural and is caused by careless liberal policies, where you think the private sector can reduce poverty. There is nowhere in the world where the private sector has reduced poverty. The private sector has failed Zambia. For example, to lift the farmers out of poverty .This country is the most liberalized economy, meaning it is the most unsupportive to the majority of our citizens,” grieved Hamududu.