UDA Manifesto 2007 Zambia
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UNITED DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE (from the Original document)
UDA Manifesto – Lusaka 2006
1.0 OUR NATION DESERVES BETTER
1.1 ZAMBIA’S REAL Alternative
The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) promises to provide our beloved nation with an accountable leadership that is dynamic, effective, competent and free of corruption. A leadership that will promote national unity and reconciliation and that seeks to bind all our people in the common purpose of eliminating the scourge of perpetual poverty. This will be done in an environment where probity and transparency become watchwords in the management of public affairs. Zambia is in a deep socio-economic crisis. Our children lack decent education, unemployment is at an all time high, disease ravages the nation and more than 80% of the populace cannot meet their daily nutritional requirements. In the midst of such adversity we have no option but to pool our resources and reserves aid tackle the problems that challenge us with single-minded purpose and resolute determination. The UDA is well aware that government alone cannot overcome the myriad problems that afflict our nation but it can provide an environment conducive to the public/private partnership that is imperative if we are to succeed. Therefore to create a climate of confidence in which all sectors of the community feel at liberty to forge anew and promising future is one of our greatest challenges. There is no doubt, unity is strength and to this end the FDD, UNIP and the UPND have chosen to shed their differences in favour of a movement that will inculcate a renewed sense of national purpose and provide the launch-pad from which to reverse our dismal fortunes and create a new country free of poverty where merit is the sole criterion of performance.
1.2 The Vision
The UDA’s Vision is:
To create a united, poverty free, prosperous and non-discriminatory Zambia where the people are in charge of their own development and destiny. This is necessary to deliver on our promise of good governance; to place the political leadership firmly at the service of the people; to fully observe the separation of powers so vital to the checks and balances essential to the protection of our fundamental human rights; to guard against discrimination on grounds of race, gender, religion or ethnicity; to bring joy back into the lives of our people as we face the new dawn with confidence and hope. On a continent famous for famine, violence and disorder we will show the world that we have the courage, fortitude arid political will to make the choices required to lift us out of despair; and to shine a light that will be a beacon of hope that welcomes all men and women of goodwill to join us in our march towards peace and prosperity.
1.3 The Mission
To provide a credible, dependable, respectable and respectful leadership that instils a sense of pride in our people by:
1) Letting the people govern through decentralisation of power in favour of the district and traditional leaderships.
2) Creating and diversifying the economy in which our nationals are the principal players and beneficiaries while reaching out for skills and capital, ever mindful that the common good of the nation should be the prime consideration.
3) Fostering and nurturing of our dependable extended family system in the: sure knowledge that a healthy, happy family is the rock upon which we construct a healthy, happy country
4) Implementing an unshakeable commitment to the universal rights of man where human and property rights are considered sacrosanct and inviolable.
5) Dedicating ourselves to integrity, probity, transparency and accountability in the management of government.
6) Glorifying God Almighty our Creator through respect for life from inception
1.4 The Strategy
At the root of poverty and other problems afflicting Zambia are: over-centralization of government functions, exclusion of our nationals from the main economic activities, corruption and the sheer incompetence in management of national affairs. In the management of public affairs, fewer and fewer officials make decisions, which affect millions of the people. They also expend public funds with no or little reference to the people. Today, Zambia is Lusaka and Lusaka is Zambia. All this is buttressed by sheer incompetence of those charged with managing government affairs. In addition while liberalization has opened up opportunities for individual enterprise, most Zambians are excluded from the mainstream economic activities by consigning them to pretty trading. Therefore, while we acknowledge in no uncertain terms that our development is stifled by lack of capital and skills and we welcome those who would join with us in overcoming those shortcomings we are emphatic that all joint endeavours must be sensitive to our desperate need to improve the of life of our people through stimulating our moribund economy that urgently needs to become dynamic and expansive. Further, due to the curse of corruption the felonies of the few wreak misery on the majority as public officials use their positions for little more than self-aggrandisement at the expense of the people. Consequently, the term ‘civil-servant’ has become a joke. So pervasive is this conduct that it has become a corrosive culture, a virus that is killing our country and as with any potentially terminal disease, drastic intervention is required.
The UDA plans to overcome these problems by:
1. Devolving both economic and political power to the districts.
2. Creating institutions to provide both technical financial support to empower Zambians so that they become principal players and beneficiaries in their own economy and well positioned equal players in the world economy.
3. Recognising the effective role of traditional leaders in development and the role of cultures in the context of a young democracy that is sensitive to our history and values.
4. Sustaining the growth of the economy through making Zambia a safe and attractive destination for capital, skills and commercial endeavour.
5. (Through decentralisation), concentrating our resources on providing quality social services a means to improve the quality of life of our people.
6. Putting Zambia proudly on the podium of the international stage as a country that stands firmly and fearlessly for freedom, democracy and the rights of man.
1.5 UDA the Real Deal
Consistent with many African governments the MMD has allowed its promise of the so-called New Deal, to drift into a conveniently forgotten oblivion leaving the majority of our people worse off than ever before. Where there was consensus now there is confrontation; power for its own sake has become an end in itself and there is a pervasive indifference to the suffering of the majority. Despite a proclaimed commitment to rooting out corruption the facts show that the MMD has done no more than pay lip-service to the problem and the culprits continue to lord their wealth over the victims with impunity. Under MMD Government prosecution of corruption has become selective because only corrupt practices from which MMD or its leadership does not benefit is prosecuted.
To give our nation a fresh start and usher in a new dawn the UDA will:
i) Within 90 days pass the Constituent Assembly Act paving the way for a new constitution which will lead to a national referendum on its acceptance. This will be through a Contract with the People and it will embrace all the principles and guiding rules we need to forge ahead in a prosperous union
ii) Within 30 days implement the Independent Broadcasting Act freeing the airwaves and opening up the country to constructive, vibrant debate that will educate, entertain and enlighten.
iii) Within 30 days turn ZNBC into a public broadcaster.
iv) Within 60 days introduce a Repent and Restitution Commission which will invite all those guilty of graft, plunder and other forms of abuse of office to come forward, confess, repent, return ill-gotten gains and at the pleasure of the presiding commissioners escape further punitive action. The same offer will be open to members of the private sector who have prospered unfairly through bribery, corruption and related crimes. Those who spurn this offer will do so at their dire peril and face the law rath of the law to be enforced by a rejuvenated Anti-Corruption Commission.
v) Within 90 days pass the Freedom of Information Act allowing the public full unfettered voice unconstrained by a secrecy obsessed leadership that hides its sins behind a blanket of undeserved executive privilege. In the new era Zambians will be free to give full vent to their opinions within the bounds of common decency and an aversion to bearing false witness.
vi) Within 30 days repeal the Pub1ic Order Act to enable Zambians to freely assemble without harassment from State Agents.