WE ARE A VANGUARD PARTY
- We are an organic part of the working class.
- We have no interests separate and apart from those of the working masses.
- Our Cadres are the backbone of the Party.
- Our world outlook is premised on Marxism-Leninism.
- We organise ourselves on the basis of democratic centralism and on full inner party democracy.
- We emphasise quality over quantity.
- We pay meticulous attention to details.
- We prioritise decisions and action over bureaucratic procedures.
- We continuously, consistently and consciously build our Party.
- We are patriots as well as internationalists.
“I accept the aims and objectives of the Socialist Party and agree to abide by its constitution and loyally to carry out decisions of the Party. I shall strive to live up to the ideals of socialism and shall selflessly serve and fight for the working class, the toiling masses and the country, always placing the interests of the Party and people of Zambia above my personal interests.”
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The Socialist Party is guided by socialist principles whose fundamentals were laid down by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Iljich Ulyanov Lenin and enriched by great revolutionaries such as Mao Tse-tung, Fidel Castro, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Kwame Nkrumah, Franz Fanon, Ho Chi Minh and others.
Specifically, the Socialist Party is guided by the following principles:
Unwavering commitment to socialist values. These are equity, honesty, humility and (international) solidarity.
The necessity of self-emancipation. The emancipation of the working class, peasants, students, the poor and all other marginalised societal groups must be their own act. The socialist transformation of society cannot be achieved on their behalf or without their direct involvement.
The transformative power of socialist democracy. Socialist democracy is extended beyond voting to cover the full and active grassroots participation of the masses in all aspects of their economic, political, social and cultural daily life. A socialist transformation of Zambian society is only possible when and if the working masses are it’s driving force.
The importance of a revolutionary process in bringing real changes. Real changes in the miserable social, cultural, economic and political lives of the working masses cannot come only through parliament and a few reforms. It would require bringing wealth creation and the running of state affairs under the democratic control and ownership of the working masses. This implies a more profound transformation, i.e. a revolution made by the majority of working masses themselves.
The Socialist Party is building on the long history of resistance and liberation of our ancestors. Organised units that resisted slave trade were spread everywhere in what is today the Zambian territory as early as the 18th century. Similarly, the heroic resistance of Nsingu and over 10,000 men and women that sacrificed their lives as the Ngoni resisted British colonialism in 1898 offers us a revolutionary frame of reference. It also teaches us about the ruthlessness and oppressive nature of capitalism and imperialism. In addition, the spirit and commitment of our freedom fighters that made the attainment of political independence possible in 1964 nourishes our passion and zeal. We are the heirs of the revolutionary spirit of Zambia.