KITWE mayor Christopher Kang’ombe says patriotism is not about chanting slogans but demonstrating responsibility to one’s nation.
Kang’ombe says Cabinet ministers and the Republican President need progressive suggestions and where necessary criticism to help refine development processes.
In his latest Facebook posting dubbed ‘How did Europe develop and Africa did not?’ Kang’ombe argues that national prosperity is a decision citizens have to make collectively.
He argues that the founding leaders of European states put in place systems of governance that demanded transformational leadership starting at a local level.
“They (Europeans) have beautiful cities and relatively strong economies able to support individual progress. We can continue crying foul for the wealth of natural resources some European countries stole from Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries or we can do something about transforming our nations and consequently our continent,” stated Kang’ombe who is also Copperbelt PF deputy chairman. “Their founding leaders put in place systems of governance that demanded transformational leadership starting at a local level. For over 200 years they have been refining their processes and systems to be where they are today. Secondly, national prosperity is a decision we have to make collectively. The councillors and mayors need to be assisted with new ideas and implementation plans on transforming cities. Members of Parliament (MPs) need your input as citizens so that they enact transformational laws. Cabinet and the Republican President of Zambia require your progressive suggestions, constructively and where it is necessary they should be criticised to help refine processes.”
Kang’ombe stated that patriotism was not about chanting slogans but demonstrating responsibility to your nation.
“To be able to play a role in bettering your country either physically in Zambia or out there in the diaspora this great nation needs your input,” Kang’ombe stated.
He prayed that God gives him a long life so that he could influence positive change in local government matters.
“Not sure how many more years God will grant me on earth. I pray to the heavens that the time will be enough to influence positive change in the local governance related matters I will get involved in,” stated Kang’ombe.