WHEN colonial masters swallowed their pride and quit Africa decades ago, Africans celebrated, danced in joy, sang in praise and looked up in optimism that at last true freedom and justice had set foot in Africa. In their opinion, it was an opportunity to define their political and socio economic destiny. Africans believed the long wait blended with bloodshed had paid off. The continent truly became theirs.
Today, unfortunately, Africa is still that old Africa. The very Africa with natural resources such as copper and wildlife in Zambia, gold in South Africa and tea in Kenya. Sadly enough, Africa has nothing to be admired. The social ills have doubled as economic crimes have tripled. The continent that was long left by the colonialists in walking mode is today limping and bedridden. Africa of today is in dire need of an ambulance to attend serious medical check up.
Zambia for instance, despite known for copper is still a third world country. What does it mean to be a third world country? It means the wages are low, salaries undesirable, poor infrastructure and high rate of joblessness. The ruling party PF has practically failed to address the very immediate concerns of the masses. The country’s leadership lacks direction of purpose and continues to press the button of retrogression, impunity, corruption and injustice. It is on this very note that Zambia cannot run away from the third world country tag.
Truth be told, African leaders must not be given the room and space to frustrate innocent Kenyans. They must desist from intimidating their political rivals without any regard for the rule of law. The continent is today home to dynasties where heads of states wish to die in office with the intention of enjoying state funerals. None of the leaders would love to lose in a general election since doing so will mean their interests are at risk. I am privileged to remind Africans in general and Zambians in specific that social justice to all is binding.
The people of Zambia have to face and address democracy. The opposition party is a position that is provided for in the constitution and when the UPND party represents the interests of the general public, the PF led government has the responsibility of enhancing democratic space without interfering with the role of the opposition party. Today, the impeachment debate is the talk of town in Zambia. The debate is healthy and constitutional. Let the government come out strongly and defend their position without issuance of threats to elected members of parliament. That is the spirit of democracy.
Steve Mark Misori is a writer, Social Media Editor and career teacher of languages and social sciences in Kenya. He is the author of the novel
‘Village under Siege’ and writer of the book English Ideal.’