Author: Socialist Party ZambiaThe Socialist Party is a political formation whose primary mandate is to promote and entrench socialist values in the Zambian society. Anchored on the principles of Justice, Equity and Peace (JEP), the Socialist Party shall transform the Zambian society from capitalism to socialism, building socialism in three key sectors: Education, Agriculture and Health.

Meet Comrade Misheck Njobo

Meet Comrade Misheck Njobo Featured

Nangoma constituency parliamentary candidate Comrade Misheck Njobo says he joined the Socialist Party because he wants to contribute to the working-class struggle for a more just, equitable and peaceful Zambia.

“I am committed to working with the communities in my constituency to address the hardships they have faced since the 1990s,” he said.

“The road network is poor and the poorly constructed bridges are washed away by rains every year. Safe drinking water is also a challenge.

“The solution to these problems lies in the hands of the people themselves by exercising their right to vote wisely.

“The previous and current capitalists’ political parties have neglected Nangoma constituency because of their greed and selfishness.

“This is Zambians only chance to liberate themselves from the struggles they have faced since the 1990s by going the socialist way, pioneered by incoming president Dr Fred M’membe.”

Meet Comrade Siame Humphrey

Meet Comrade Siame Humphrey Featured

Comrade Siame Humphrey, candidate for Ndola Central, says he joined the socialist struggle as a Christian.

“Jesus came to show love for all, but capitalism has really killed Africa, therefore I decided to stand as MP and fight for the voiceless,” he said.

“My constituency has suffered enough. The roads are impassable, there is a lack of safe drinking water, and high levels of unemployment. As member of parliament, I will fight for my people so that work is done effectively.

“Let’s use this chance we have to vote out capitalism and replace it with a socialist agenda. Let’s vote for Dr Fred M’membe for president.

”A widower with six children, Comrade Siame attended primary and secondary school in Ndola. He has a diploma in stores management, stock control, transport and logistics, and another in theology.

Meet Comrade Debby Mwangala Akamana

Meet Comrade Debby Mwangala Akamana Featured

Comrade Debby Mwangala Akamana is the Socialist Party’s MP candidate for the Lukulu constituency. She studied her grades 11 and 12 and sat the Cambridge Secondary School Certificate in Kalabo before attending Military Training Kamitonte in Solwezi.

She holds a primary teacher’s certificate from Mongu Secondary School and teaching diploma in education from the University of Zambia.

Comrade Akamana has taught at both primary and secondary schools in Luapula, Western and Northern provinces, and has also lectured at Lyambai Teachers’ College and Teachers’ Littlewoods Pre-School.

She said she joined the Socialist Party to further the ideals of honesty, humility, equity and solidarity and to focus on justice, equity and peace, “the three issues we need in this country to bridge the deepening gaps between the haves and have nots, to bring stability and to ensure that we build systems that work for everyone”.

“Being a part of the SP has helped me broaden a deeper understanding of my country, of how our problems have evolved overtime. The capitalist system has not uplifted workers despite their immense hard work,” she said.

“My constituency, Lukulu, is located in Western Province with one of the highest poverty levels of 82.2 percent. These are extreme poverty levels by any standards. As such, I count it a joy and blessing to be a part of the SP revolutionary team with a vision to make Zambia a better country that strives to uplift its people, particularly the poor.

”Comrade Akamana said her experience as a teacher, a leader in the community and a single mother has meant she has always worked on issues that affect the less privileged.

“I envision real change in Lukulu with better schools, healthcare facilities, enough food a booming agricultural sector, and decent houses with proper sanitation,” she said.

Meet Comrade Maximo Sinkonde

Meet Comrade Maximo Sinkonde Featured

Comrade Maximo Sinkonde is the parliamentary candidate for Senga constituency in Northern Province.

He studied at Kavumbo Primary and Mambwe Mission Secondary schools winning a place into grade 10 at Mbala High School. He is a graduate of the Pan African School in South Africa and also a trainer in ideology.

He worked as a sales executive at Istikbal in Kitwe and also in the mines with Lunga Resources Limited before being deployed by the Socialist Party to help mobilise Northern Province.

Sinkonde joined the party in 2017, partly on account of its ideology, but also because “it is the only party that will give our people real solutions to lift them out of this quagmire; the destitution, hopelessness, poverty, thuggery, unbridled competition and consumerism, greed and corruption”.

“The Socialist Party puts women and youths at the centre of its programmes and values honesty, equity, solidarity and humility. I believe in equity in teams of access to education, universal healthcare, clean and safe drinking water, sanitation and decent housing, and also in the quality of the leadership of Dr Fred M’membe, Dr Cosmas Musumali, Dr Ngenda Mwikisa, and the many other honest people running the party now,” he said.

“I want to see the country and Senga constituency become prosperous in my lifetime, to see the lives of the poor improve and the children have access to quality education.

”Comrade Sinkonde said the 2021 elections were very important for Zambia.

“If any Zambian thinks changing the faces of presidents without changing the system of governance, without uprooting capitalism, will help this country, then we are going nowhere. We are at a crossroads, but we can’t continue doing the same thing and expect different results, that’s naivety.”

There’s no future for our people under this order

There’s no future for our people under this order Featured

Since 1891 when Cecil John Rhodes and his company, the British South Africa Company, colonised this territory, we have been on the capitalist path.

We have never really veered off from capitalism. Even under the honest and relatively progressive rule of Dr Kenneth Kaunda and UNIP, we were still under capitalism – with some elements of ‘state capitalism’.

We have never experienced anything else other than capitalism. Continuing on this path will not bring a better life to our people. We have a unique opportunity this year to chart a different path and establish a new economic, social and political order. And those who fail to see this will have to answer to history for it. I hope they will accept their responsibility.

We must choose a clear, intelligent, effective solution – not head toward Calvary.

I think we have been struggling uphill long enough. We have suffered not only the torment of Calvary but also that of Sisyphus, who had to keep pushing the boulder up a hill and every time he was about to reach the top, it would roll back down and he would have to start all over again. Our situation is worse than Calvary because Calvary was climbed quickly; we have been climbing our hill for a long time, and we keep on having to start over. Calvary is preferable to Sisyphus’ torment, and we had our Calvary, we should also have a resurrection.

What we want is real change, not just any change; what we want is to find a real solution to the problem, but what will happen is that reactionary forces, those benefiting from the current order will try to deceive our people and prevent real change. They have divided people into petty political parties that brought no guidance to the nation. They will divide the ignorant and mislead people into factions supporting unscrupulous and greedy politicians. They give some little money, bicycles, mealie-meal, salt, sugar, chitenge materials, t-shirts here and there so that each will remain with his or her own Calvary – and not even a Calvary, but with the agonising torture of pushing the boulder up a never-ending hill. But one day the people are going to demand, ‘How much longer do we have to put up with these conditions.’ And they will find real solutions.

I prefer an orderly solution; internal and external unity; and a real, definitive solution for our people’s problems.

Our people are becoming truly desperate. The situation is much more terrible, more desperate and hopeless. I can see this. It’s only a matter of time, because this neoliberal capitalist path we are pursuing is creating an enormous time bomb in our country. Are we going to wait for it to explode before we start thinking about real change, real solutions to these problems?

There’s no future for our people under this order, and I think the politicians and all progressives and democrats in this country have a basic duty to pay it all the attention it requires, or we will all become slaves.

Fred M’membe