‘UPND still push­ing colo­nial men­tal­ity’

WE shall only ex­hibit true in­de­pen­dence when politi­cians stop un­nec­es­sary bick­er­ing by in­vok­ing for­eign en­ti­ties to dic­tate to us how we should run this coun­try, a se­nior cit­i­zen Al­lan Lu­penga has said.

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO

Speak­ing to the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day, Mr. Lu­penga said while Zam­bia at­tained in­de­pen­dence 54 years ago and has en­joyed peace ever since, there was need to psy­che some politi­cians to leave their colo­nial men­tal­ity and in­stead di­rect their en­ergy to­wards de­vel­op­ing Zam­bia. Re­act­ing UPND’s an­nounce­ment that it shunned Zam­bia’s 54th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions be­cause there was no free­dom, Mr Lu­penga said Zam­bia would have been a bet­ter place if politi­cians were all com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the wel­fare of the cit­i­zens and by work­ing to­gether, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, in find­ing com­mon so­lu­tions to prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try. He noted that con­trary to work­ing to­gether, some politi­cians in Zam­bia had wasted too much time point­ing fin­gers at each other in­stead of brain­storm­ing on how chal­lenges fac­ing the peo­ple could be al­le­vi­ated. He said it was clear that some peo­ple had failed to forego the colo­nial men­tal­ity. “When we fought for in­de­pen­dence, we wanted a free Zam­bia where we run our own af­fairs with­out in­ter­fer­ence. We were look­ing for­ward to a time when we would de­velop this coun­try us­ing re­sources avail­able and eq­ui­tably shar­ing the na­tional cake but to­day, we are not where we were sup­posed to be mainly be­cause of lack of co­op­er­a­tion among po­lit­i­cal play­ers, “How do we expect to end poverty when some politi­cians are only in­ter­ested in tar­nish­ing the im­age of the coun­try?” he asked Mr Lu­penga said Zam­bians were ca­pa­ble of solv­ing their in­ter­nal prob­lems but some politi­cians were busy court­ing for­eign en­ti­ties to press sanc­tions against the coun­try at any slight­est given point. He chal­lenged those vy­ing for na­tional lead­er­ship to sober up and re­alise that be­yond be­ing politi­cians, they were Zam­bians and that they needed to put the in­ter­est of the na­tion ahead of theirs. “Are we not ashamed that 54 years af­ter in­de­pen­dence, most of the roads, health fa­cil­i­ties, and schools we are us­ing to­day were con­structed by our colo­nial mas­ters? What do we have to show that we are truly in­de­pen­dent?” he asked. He said only when politi­cians saw it fit to bury their po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences and come to the ta­ble to dis­cuss na­tional build­ing, would Zam­bians claim to be truly in­de­pen­dent. “We don’t need Bri­tain or any for­eign coun­try to come and teach us how we must de­velop our coun­try. Those con­sis­tently tar­nish­ing the im­age of this coun­try must stop it hence­forth,” said Lu­penga

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