PF Manifesto 2011 Zambia

August 20, 2011 at 14:04 3 comments

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Patrotic Front (from the Original document)

2011 – 2016 Manifesto

This document is the property of the Patriotic Front and shall not be reproduced or printed without the express authority of the Party. Produced by the Office of the Secretary General and approved by the Central Committee of the Party

FOREWORD

Zambia will be celebrating 47 years of independence as the country goes to the polls in 2011, but with very little to show to its citizens in the areas of social and economic development. The economy of Zambia has continued to slide into the abyss whilst the country’s resources have continued to be mismanaged and misapplied by the MMD government. The MMD government has shown many a time that it is not accountable to the people of Zambia. The constitutional making process through the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) on which the MMD government spent a colossal sum of over K135 billion, the sale of the Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) and the repeal of the abuse of office provision in the Anti-Corruption Act in 2010, were processes opposed by the people of Zambia but which were undertaken by a government acting with impunity and contempt towards its citizens. Once again the dream by the Zambian people to enact a legitimate constitution has been betrayed by the regime in power. We cannot continue to witness the deliberate and systematic destruction of our country at this rate. The country needs a new leadership which shall provide a new vision to take the reins of government and thence redeem its citizens from vices such as corruption, abuse of public resources, tribalism, nepotism and unaccountability to citizens. The education and health sectors as well as the poor provision of employment opportunities – key components of any nation’s human development index -have continued to perform poorly in Zambia. In fact, the recent 2010 edition of the Human Development Index ranks Zambia’s negative performance at number 150 out of 169 countries. The MMD government has been boasting of economic growth but this is due purely to a copper boom on the international market which is driving up our “paper” GDP. None of this economic growth is reaching the people in the villages and townships – it is not pro-poor growth such as PF will aim to create. Access to quality education and health care for the majority of our people has remained only a pipedream while the elite continue to promote their predatory social and economic habits at the expense of the majority. Fellow Zambians, only an irresponsible government can continue to be oblivious and turn a blind eye to such social and economic inequities amongst its citizens. The human dignity of a country lies in its citizens irrespective of their station in life. To guarantee human rights in the constitution without the promotion of human dignity of individual citizens is not only a meaningless exercise but also a mockery to them. Our people are in need of food, shelter, access to clean water, health care facilities, a sustainable environment, social justice and employment. To keep itself in power the MMD government has over the years worked very hard to centralize control in its own hands. This applies to the separation of powers in the classical sense. But it has also deliberately continued to weaken the power base of our traditional rulers and hence exclude them from direct government administration. The MMD government has refused to implement the decentralization of government administration which would incorporate both elected local leaders and traditional rulers in the governance of the country. The gender policy has been a complete failure as women have continued to be marginalized or excluded from the mainstream decision making organs. Despite Zambia having been declared a Christian nation under the constitution the MMD government has continued to antagonize the church and marginalize it in matters of governance and national development with the civil society suffering the same fate against all democratic principles known to any civilized society in the 21st century. No country can attain its social and economic development goals without the active participation of the youth. However, the youth in Zambia have yet to play their positive role as a result of the MMD government’s inability to formulate and implement policies which would promote youth empowerment in business or guarantee educational opportunities. Unemployment figures amongst the youth have continued to rise. This is irrespective of the levels of academic qualifications obtained as employment opportunities are nonexistent. For those who attain admission to institutions of higher learning they are subjected to prohibitive tuition fees leading to constant withdrawals from their programmes in colleges and universities. The Patriotic Front in government shall seek to address and remedy the foregoing failures using locally driven social and economic initiatives through the empowerment of Zambians while recognizing the important role the donor community plays in complementing these initiatives. We shall seek to promote an inclusive government and open our doors to all stakeholders in running the affairs of state. The fight against corruption shall be driven by independent institutions of government in collaboration with an independent judiciary which commands the respect and confidence of our citizens. Social justice shall form the core of the PF government in its domestic and foreign policy. We, therefore, wish to consummate this social contract with you the citizens of Zambia when you turn out in numbers in 2011 to vote for the Patriotic Front and say “Yes, a better Zambia for all!”

Michael Chilufya Sata
Party President

Table of Contents
Foreword … 4
Core Programmes … 7
1. EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT … 7
2. HEALTHSERVICES … 10
3. AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT … 12
4. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT … 19
Social Sectors … 21
5. SOCIAL PROTECTION … 22
6. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS … 24
7. SOCIAL SECURITY REFORMS … 24
8. WOMEN IN SOCIO- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GENDER … 24
9. YOUTHS IN SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT … 25
10. ARTS AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT … 25
11. SPORTS AND RECREATION DEVELOPMENT … 26
Economic Sectors … 28
12. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT … 28
13. TOURISM DEVELOPMENT … 29
14. LANDSDEVELOPMENT … 31
15. ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT … 32
16. LABOUR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REFORMS … 33
17. FINANCE AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING … 33
18. ENERGYDEVELOPMENT … 37
19. MINES AND MINERALS DEVELOPMENT … 39
20. COMMERCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT … 40
21. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT … 41
Governance and the Administration of the State … 42
22. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS … 42
23. ELECTORAL REFORMS … 42
24. GOOD GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC SERVICE REFORMS … 43
25. JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS … 47
26. THE CHURCH AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT … 48
27. MEDIA REFORMS … 49
28. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION … 50

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