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Zambia in 2011 – A Stock Take

Zambia goes to the polls on 20 September 2011.

Where does Zambia stand in 2011? What are the key political and economical challenges facing Zambia? How the current government performed in addressing these? What should be the focus of the new administration that assumes power on 21 September 2011? We shall examine the current challenges facing Zambia by examining three areas : economic, political and social performance of Zambia in 2011. Under the economic development we shall review Zambias macro performance and the key supporting economic sectors such as mining, agriculture, tourism and transport. Under political development, we shall examine the current governance framework and the extent to which it is fit for purpose to deliver not only growth but genuine freedom – a review of where Zambia stands constitutionally, civil society and the balance of power between the people and those who govern them. Under social development, we shall review key social sectors like health, justice and community development. How are these sectors performing and what policies are needed to move them forward

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September 4, 2011 at 14:03 Leave a comment

PF Manifesto 2011 Zambia

Please click PF 2011 Manifesto Zambia to see the full version as a pdf-file.

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

August 20, 2011 at 14:04 3 comments

MMD Manifesto 2011 Zambia

Please click MMD 2011 Manifesto Zambia  to open the full document as pdf-file.

MMD Manifesto 2011 – 2016 (from the Original document)

“DEVELOPMENT BY ALL, FOR ALL”

CONTENTS (sic! Contents number below do not always fit to the chapter numbers in the text.) … PAGE
1. MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT … 1
2. MMD, OUR POLITICAL PARTY … 3
3. WORKING TOGETHER FOR A PROSPEROUS ZAMBIA … 5
4. SECTORAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES … 10
5. DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAMMES … 10
6. CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW … 10
7. DECENTRALISATION AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT … 11
8. GENDER IN DEVELOPMENT … 13
9. INFORMATION AND MEDIA FREEDOM … 14
10. DEFENCE AND SECURITY … 15
11. FOREIGN AFFAIRS … 16
12. ECONOMIC POLICIES AND PROGRAMMES … 17
13. ECONOMIC POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES … 17
14. COMMERCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY … 18
15. MANUFACTURING AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION …19
16. MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPISES … 20
17. TOURISM … 20
18. MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCES … 21
19. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES … 23
20. LAND … 25
21. PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT … 25
22. SOCIAL SERVICE POLICIES AND PROPGAMMES … 26
23. EDUCATION … 26
24. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY … 27
25. HEALTH SERVICES … 28
26. HOUSING AND SHELTER … 30
27. WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION … 30
28. ENERGY … 31
29. LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT … 32
30. COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT … 33
31. YOUTH AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT … 34
32. TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION … 35
33. INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT … 37
34. BENCH MARKS FOR A PROSPEROUS ZAMBIA … 38

ABBREVIATIONS

ACC    Anti-Corruption Commission
AIDS    Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
ARV    Anti-Retro-Viro
AU    African Union
BHCP    Basic Health Care Packages
BOZ    Bank of Zambia
CDF    Constituency Development Fund
COMESA    Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
CRC    Constitution Review Commission
DEC    Drug Enforcement Commission
DIP    Decentralisation Implementation Plan
ECZ    Electoral Commission of Zambia
ERTC    Electoral Reforms Technical Committee
FISP    Farm Input Supply Programme
FDI    Foreign Direct Investment
FOI    Freedom of Information
FSDP    Financial Sector Development Plan
FSP    Food Security Pack
GDP    Gross Domestic Product
GNI    Gross National Income
HIPC    Highly Indebted Poor Countries
HIV    Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HRC    Human Rights Commission
IBA    Independent Broadcasting Authority
ICT    Information Communication Technology
IDP    Integrated Development Plan
IT    Information Technology
JCA     Judicial Complaints Authority
MDG    Millennium Development Goal
MFEZ    Multi Facility Economic Zone
MMD     Movement for Multi-Party Democracy
MNC     Multi National Corporation
MSME     Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
MTEF     Medium Term Expenditure Framework
MT     Metric Tonnes
MW     Mega Watts
NCC     National Constitutional Conference
NGOs     Non-Governmental Organisations
NRWSSP     National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme
NUPWSSP National Urban and Peri-Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme
OAG     Office of Auditor General
OIG     Office of Investigator General
PPCA     Police Public Complaints Authority
PPP     Public Private Partnership
PWA     Public Welfare Assistance
REA     Rural Electrification Authority
REMP     Rural Electrification Master Plan
ROADSIP Road Sector Investment Programme
RDT     Rapid Diagnostic Test
RMI     Road Maintenance Initiative
SADC     Southern African Development Community
SC     State Counsel
SWAP     Sector Wider Approach
SCTS     Social Cash Transfer Scheme
SOMAP     Sustainable Operation Maintenance Programme
TAZARA     Tanzania Zambia Railways
TEVET     Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training
TQF     Training Qualification Framework
ZAMAC     Zambia Anti-Personnel Mine Action Centre
ZANIS     Zambia News and Information Services
ZCCM     Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines
ZDA     Zambia Development Agency
ZESCO     Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation
ZNBC     Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation
ZNTB     Zambia National Tourism Board
ZRA     Zambia Revenue Authority
ZP     Zambia Police
ZPPA     Zambia Public Procurement Authority
ZRA     Zambia Revenue Authority.

1.0 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Country men and women,

I have the pleasure and privilege of presenting to you, the people of Zambia, this manifesto, whose theme is “Development by all, for all”. This is in the hope that it will help you understand why you should vote for the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) in the 2011 General Elections. The forthcoming General Elections will be held at a time when the world is still struggling to emerge from a serious and difficult recession which has created economic problems for all nations, including ours. This Manifesto gives the people of Zambia an opportunity to make clear political choices between rhetoric and substance. We are fortunate to have escaped the global financial crisis relatively unscathed, largely due to the measures the MMD government took. We are proud of our country and the way it has changed since 1991. The forth coming elections offer our people yet another opportunity to continue rebuilding our economy, protect and reform our frontline public services as we strengthen our society. We are committed to continue reconnecting our Party to the hopes and aspirations of the ordinary people.

Country men and women

The global financial crisis has shown us that there is need to be bolder in confronting our economic recovery, protecting the gains we have made, building on our past successes and focussing on the future. Our Manifesto offers our country a future which is fair and just to all our people. It is our collective hopes, needs and voices which shape this Manifesto. This is a progressive Manifesto which recognises the endeavours being made by our farmers, workers, entrepreneurs, ordinary men, women and the youth of our country, who work so hard to contribute to our economic well-being. These are the influences that will make us successful as a country. We know that we need to do more to achieve the objectives contained in this Manifesto. I want to assure you that we are determined to do more. During the last five years, we have combined investment and reform and improved our frontline public services in the fields of education, health, infrastructure development, agriculture, tourism, mining, public transport and public security to mention only some. Now we need to rise to the challenges of doing more and achieving more for our people by spending more money on these priority sectors. I appeal to you to vote for me as President of the Republic of Zambia, so that in my last term 2011 to 2016, I can continue working on the many programmes which my  Party the MMD and I have started. I also urge you to vote for MMD Members of Parliament in your constituencies and MMD local Government Councillors in your wards, so that they can support me and the progressive MMD policies and programmes. In this manifesto we have outlined our achievements in the last five years and provided a roadmap for the next five years. We have reaffirmed our commitment to fight poverty, unemployment and corruption. We shall continue to provide a liberal economic environment and create renewed local and foreign investor confidence. We shall work for the continued achievements of positive growth in areas of the economy such as commerce and industry, tourism, mining, agriculture and infrastructure development. We shall ensure continued prudent management of our public resources through a transparent and accountable system of governance. We shall involve all Zambians in reaping the rewards of our policies through affirmative empowerment and in keeping our country on the sustainable growth path.

Country men and Women

The experience our party has gained in economic, social and political governance is second to none. It is my hope and expectation that the people of Zambia will interrogate all the political parties taking part in these elections about their policies and programmes and what they intend to offer the people of Zambia beyond mere rhetoric. It is my view that rhetoric alone and false promises will not solve the problems our country faces. These can only be tackled and resolved through carefully thought out policies and programmes of the MMD as outlined in this Manifesto. I have the fullest confidence that you will vote for the party which has given you peace, stability and development and which offers you a better future. That party is the MMD. Our policies reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people of Zambia. The MMD will remain focused and faithful to this manifesto in all the areas outlined in it. A vote for me as President of the Republic of Zambia and for all the MMD Parliamentary and Local Government candidates will be an investment in a better and more just future for all. As a mass party that is rooted in the people, reaching into every corner of our land, the MMD has the will, the capacity and the policies, based on our proven experience, to build a stable and prosperous future for all Zambians.

Country men and Women

The choice is yours, you can choose to continue taking our country forward or taking it backwards and reversing all the gains and values we have worked so hard to achieve. It is my belief that you will vote wisely and intelligently to safeguard your future and that of your children, grandchildren and generations yet unborn. It is my submission that there is no credible alternative to the MMD government. Working together we can do more to achieve “development by all, for all”.

RUPIAH BWEZANI BANDA
PRESIDEN

August 20, 2011 at 13:55 Leave a comment


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