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PA­TRI­O­TISM is the affin­ity to and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with the na­tional cause. It de­mands of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual a sac­ri­fice that places the na­tion above self-in­ter­est. Time has come for Zam­bian pa­tri­ots to emerge from apolo­getic in­dif­fer­ence to take their place in the col­lec­tive ef­fort of na­tional de­vel­op­ment. Those who gen­uinely love this coun­try and want to sac­ri­fice for it must come to­gether, and stand against the bul­ly­ing, brash and of­ten de­mean­ing nar­ra­tive mounted by en­e­mies of de­vel­op­ment and progress. Pa­tri­ots must trans­late their affin­ity for the well­be­ing, progress and phys­i­cal ad­vance­ment of the na­tion, by coun­ter­ing the ever-grow­ing cho­rus of neg­a­tiv­ity. Those who want to de­stroy the coun­try must not be ac­corded an op­por­tu­nity to prop­a­gate their mis­guided mes­sages. For far too long the neg­a­tive voices of self-right­eous pun­dits who are ir­re­deemably shal­low and de­void of any pos­i­tive char­ac­ter have been al­lowed to dully our na­tional psy­che, sap­ping at mo­ti­va­tion and in­deed morale. Time has come for a sense of pa­tri­o­tism to be in­cul­cated in our so­ci­ety to pro­vide the vi­tal moral com­pass that should in­form self-sac­ri­fice for the good of the coun­try. Love for and pride in our coun­try should tran­scend our re­gional, tribal or in­deed po­lit­i­cal di­ver­sity be­cause the task of na­tional de­vel­op­ment calls for greater sac­ri­fice and unity of pur­pose. Only so­cial co­he­sion, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and hard work will pro­vide the at­mos­phere and im­pe­tus in which vi­sion 2030 will be re­al­ized. No amount of re­crim­i­na­tion, fault find­ing, or in­deed right­eous in­dig­na­tion will move the coun­try on any scale of de­vel­op­ment. If any­thing, these will create na­tional ten­sion and thereby re­tard progress. En­e­mies of de­vel­op­ment will clutch at any straws in­clud­ing the now highly or­ches­trated cam­paign against the Chi­nese who have been vil­i­fied for no other rea­son than try­ing to help Zam­bia. Pa­tri­o­tism is not the same thing as blind na­tion­al­ism which glo­ri­fies na­tional or in­deed re­gional su­pe­ri­or­ity but is rather pos­i­tive en­gage­ment for na­tional de­vel­op­ment. Pa­tri­o­tism re­quires that the lead­er­ship is en­gaged in the “work in progress” na­tion build­ing task. Progress and de­vel­op­ment will not come with the wave of a wand. It will only come with the dogged ef­fort of each and ev­ery Zam­bian. It will come on the heels of a metic­u­lous, cal­cu­lated and or­derly de­vel­op­ment plan as en­cap­su­lated in vi­sion 2030. The vi­sion must now be re­duced to work­plans that are dove­tailed into the re­gional in­vest­ment fo­rum and expo that are show­cas­ing the tremen­dous de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial that each Prov­ince holds. There is no doubt that there is a clar­ity of vi­sion. What are re­quired are firm de­ci­sions that will en­gen­der sus­tained de­vel­op­ment. We have the re­sources both nat­u­ral, hu­man cap­i­tal and de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­pand the econ­omy. An econ­omy rich in nat­u­ral re­sources, and those sec­tors can be ex­pected to con­tinue to ex­pand, but a nar­rowly based growth path is risky, and the de­sired level of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment can­not be at­tained on the ba­sis of a very few pri­mary prod­ucts alone. Lead­ers at all lev­els of our so­ci­ety must be­come prime movers of the na­tional cause rather than serve as arm­chair crit­ics al­ways will­ing to side with for­eign­ers to crit­i­cize in­dige­nous ef­forts.

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