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Youth Day reflections

Youth Day reflections Featured

Many years have passed since I stopped being a youth. But I still cherish those years of my life. They were years of heavy learning and of doing. I joined the revolutionary struggle during those years of my life.

If you are not revolutionary as a youth it is highly unlikely that you be revolutionary in your later years.

The youths are the strength of society. They are the face of the future of a nation. The youths are impulsive and are sensitive, but once they fix their target, there is no coming back.

They are humble and kind, but they believe in power and ideologies. They are progressive and have the potential to bring a revolution. With their vigour and talent, they build up society and inspire others to do the same.

Youth is a remarkable and massive gift of life. It is a lifetime experience that shapes an individual.

At this specific phase of life, the youths are always driven by freedom, liberty, and fantasy. The youngsters feel the power to speak and expressing their views without any fear.

It is appropriate and preferably the best phase of life where one must try to accomplish the dual goals of character and intelligence.

Youth is a crucial and critical age of development and is a period of uncertainty where everything seems ferment. There is a beautiful blend of a child’s attitude and an adult’s personality at this stage.

At this phase of life, a person can turn very rebellious as this age is full of curiosity, toughness, stimulation, heroism, muscle, judgemental attitude, being skeptical, and sorts. As a result, the youths develop an attitude of absolute judgment and rationale.The youths also play a very vital role in building the nation. The future of the country mostly depends on them. Every youth is equally responsible for the country’s future as they represent it at every level. They are like building blocks for the country.

As the youths are very energetic and enthusiastic, their ability to learn new skills and adapt to the environment is quite good. They have an urge to learn and act accordingly that will help them achieve their goals.

To conclude, youth is the best period in an individual’s life. One must cherish their dreams, develop a passion, and start working towards their aim of life. Youths must keep their eyes wide open and protect themselves from any harm.

The youths must always remember they are not alone, and they play a critical role in the development of society.

Fred M’membe

President of the Socialist Party

I am a revolutionary – BARBRA Chekuda Maramwidze

I am a revolutionary – BARBRA Chekuda Maramwidze Featured

BARBRA Chekuda Maramwidze says she is a revolutionary who wants to spur the necessary changes needed in Zambia.

Maramwidze is known to many as an actor in the local opera, Zuba. This time around she is in the news not as an artist; but in the political realm.

It is surprising to see Maramwidze on a political platform but on Wednesday, when the Socialist Party unveiled her as Matero Constituency parliamentary candidate, she provided context to that.

In her speech, she said politics and art were close. “Some of you may be surprised to see me here today and you are asking yourselves what I’m doing here today because you have known me as an artist and not as a political person. But the two are inseparable,” Maramwidze.

“I’m here today as a revolutionary. To help bring the necessary changes needed in our country, the real change needed to get us out of poverty and despair we are in today.

”She indicated her sincere belief that Socialist Party president Dr Fred M’membe, would emerge as the President of Zambia.

Maramwidze urged Zambians, especially women, her friends in Matero and “all of you my fans” to join the struggle.

She said that way, the Socialist party would secure an election victory August 12 this year.

“I did not stand up on my own and say I want to be a member of parliament. Members of the community in which I live, in which I was born, in which I gave birth to my own children, approached me and demanded that I represent them in Parliament this year,” Maramwidze explained.

“After some deep reflection and extensive consultations I agreed.” She said she examined the ideas, principles and outlook of the Socialist Party and its key leadership.

Maramwidze noted that she became absolutely convinced that there was no sensible alternative to what the Socialist party is pursuing.

“I was acting real life situations, the daily realities of our people. Today I join the struggle for the real life realities of our people,” noted Maramwidze.

“Today I give to this struggle all the talents the good Lord gave me and I pledge to work closely with the leadership of our party in Matero and in the whole country to help our peoples struggle – to build themselves a more just, a more peaceful Zambia full of equity.”

Some sad reflections

Some sad reflections

This evening I had a very, very, very sad message from my daughter: “The child you were pictured holding when you visited Kanyama last year has passed away. The Comrade located the place. The child died yesterday from what they are saying is a running stomach and she found the expected, completely nothing at the funeral house. She has given me some contact numbers but both are currently unreachable.”

Life is sacred. It shouldn’t be lost in this way. It really breaks my heart. I am very far away from Lusaka carrying out my revolutionary duties. We have to struggle very hard and with all the tenacity to give our children, and indeed all our people, a better and dignified life.

And let Dr Ernesto Che Guevara’s very important revolutionary words ring in our ears: “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.”

Fred M’membe
Mwika Royal Village, Chinsali
22:41 hours

The time has come for revolutionary change in Zambia – Dr Fred M’membe

Thank you for following the
launch of our party’s manifesto.

Our manifesto is a manifesto of revolutionary change.

It’s a manifesto that will bring fundamental changes to our country and to our lives.

It’s a manifesto of revolutionary democracy, of transforming our country and our lives together, of working together side by side like beavers.

It’s a manifesto of fraternal love.

It’s a manifesto about the construction of a just society – a society anchored on economic, social and political justice.

It’s a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to education by making education totally free from nursery at the age of three to university. And compulsory from nursery to grade 12.

It is a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to health services by making it totally free and fundamentally improving its quality.

It’s a manifesto that will bring about equity in terms of access to nutrition by investing heavily in, and reorganising, peasant agriculture.

It’s a manifesto about jobs. Without being able to find work in an economy one cannot truly benefit from it.

It’s a manifesto about peace, a society free from all sorts of economic, social and political violence. It’s about a society where we can all go to bed without fear of being ‘gassed’.

But they will tell you all this is not possible; we are lying, we are dreaming, it can’t be done. They will ask: where will the money for all these services come from?

We know today what is happening. They are buying motor vehicles at exorbitant prices, they are building roads at three to four times the average prices in the region; they are buying presidential jets; they are building toll gates at exorbitant prices. We can go on and on – the list is endless. They are not asking where the money is coming from because they are spending it on themselves.

Yes, money will be needed. But money is not the starting point, money isn’t everything. The first thing is to establish the principles behind these free services – why do we need free education and health services? A nation that is not well educated, that is not healthy cannot be efficient and productive, cannot be competitive in today’s highly technological world.

Our approach is that children are not only born to a mother and father. They are born in a much bigger family, community and nation. They belong to the family, community and nation. The mother and the father cannot deal with them as they wish or please because they are not theirs alone. They are ours collectively and as such we must take collective responsibility for their education, health, nutrition and other services they require to grow up as good human beings and responsible citizens.

As for money, your Socialist Party government will do what the individual households do when money is little, is short – remove unnecessary expenditure, luxuries when the going is rough. The Socialist Party government will remove unnecessary expenditure to save money for the provision of free education and health services to our children and all our people.

Those who have exploited, abused you, marginalised you for years and their supporters are going to be telling you that everything in this manifesto is impossible because they don’t want revolutionary change in your lives and your country.

And why should they? Everything is going on very well for them and their children. They have no problems with education and health services. Everything is going well for them. But it’s not going on well for you.

This manifesto is about addressing the distressing situation of our young people who have to stop school because their parents have no money to pay fees; who have passed but can’t attend college or university because of they don’t have money.

This manifesto is about creating jobs for many of our people who can’t find work and earn a living; the trained teacher, nurse, clinical officer, agriculture extension officer who can’t be employed.

This manifesto is about addressing the problems of the retiree who is not being paid his retirement benefits for years while the leaders are paying themselves midterm gratuities and are getting their benefits before even their terms of office come to an end; are selling themselves expensive government motor vehicles for near to nothing. They have no shortage of money for themselves, but for the poor and marginalised.

This manifesto is about serving the lives of our people who are ill and instead of being given medicines at our clinics or hospitals are given prescriptions to go and buy drugs from pharmacies when they have no money. In the meantime your leaders fly out for treatment at the taxpayers’ cost, at your cost.

If things continue like this, what is your future and that of your children? What hope is there for a better life for you and your children and your children’s children?

Your incomes are not increasing, jobs are being lost, your businesses are failing but the things you have to pay for are increasing everyday – mealie-meal prices are skyrocketing, water, electricity, transport, school, medicines, clothes, rentals, cost of borrowing from kaloba are all going up!

This system, this order is not working for you. It’s working for them but not for you.

And that’s why so many people today think all politicians are liars, are the same – they promise heaven but they can’t even deliver purgatory. They are there just to enrich themselves.

This is understandable. You have been cheated, betrayed by politicians, your leaders for too long to trust anyone. You are now giving up on politics and politicians.

This is where this manifesto comes in to give hope, restore confidence by showing our people that this party, this manifesto is different, it is not any other party, it is not any other politician. It is a revolutionary party, a revolutionary manifesto to bring about revolutionary change. It is not about empty, false promises. It is about revolutionary democracy – deciding together, creating together, building together and thereby increasing our people’s confidence in themselves and their future.

The Socialist Party is yours. This manifesto is yours. And that is why in the coming days, weeks, months, despite their petty differences and mock engagements, all of them will gang up against your party, your manifesto.

If they thought we represented politics as usual, that we could be compromised, bought off, that nothing was really going to change – they wouldn’t be so ferociously and virulent against us.

They know we mean business, they know we mean what we say. We are honest people.

They know our chances of winning next year’s elections are very high. And they know we will deliver on your programme and your manifesto. And they are all not sleeping over this prospect.

That’s why they are throwing all their spanners in our work – denying us space to freely mobilise.

They’re very scared of a revolutionary transformation of this country.

All sorts of unscrupulous elements are pumping in a lot of money in the leading capitalist parties of this country – they own and control them. But they don’t own and control you and your party – the Socialist Party. The humble workers, peasants and the working intellectuals own the Socialist Party.

When you’re serious about revolutionary change and your chances of winning are high those who draw gigantic benefits from the current corrupt order will mobilise against you, they will fight you to preserve their benefits, their privileges.

Clearly, this manifesto will usher in a different kind of society.

That’s what our manifesto is all about. All that remains to realise it is your vote. And your vote is more powerful than all their money.

So get your national registration card and register to vote for yourself, for your future and that of your country.

It can’t be denied that for the great majority of our people next year’s elections will be
offering a once-in-a-generation chance of revolutionary change.

We have a chance to end despair and hopelessness.

It’s gets dark sometimes, but the morning comes. Let’s not give up; let’s not lose hope.

With some effort, great effort and the watch, protection and guidance of the spirits of our ancestors, of that courageous Ngoni worrier commander Nsingu we will triumph and make Zambia what it was meant to be – our paradise here on earth!

The time has come for revolutionary change in Zambia!

Thank you very much!

True democracy can only exist in a Socialist system – Dr M’membe

True democracy can only exist in a Socialist system – Dr M’membe

Comrades, respected Comrades allow me not to thank you for electing me as president of our workers’ party – the Socialist Party.

It will not be fair for you to expect thanks from a comrade you have enslaved.

Moreover, I have never applied for a leadership position in this party. We socialists don’t apply for positions in our parties, we are simply deployed by our comrades on the basis of trust.

So I can, and I must, thank you all for the trust you have placed in me.

We take up these leadership positions in this party of the working class, the party of the humble not because of ambitions or pleasure. We take up these leadership positions only to fulfill a duty, to serve the cause of the toiling masses of our people.

Our struggle is a very serious one which some people don’t seem to take seriously.

As a society, we often overvalue unimportant things and undervalue the ideas and strategies that make a real difference.

We are aiming to build a revolutionary movement of millions, toward the goal of actually taking hold of the reins of society and radically transforming it.

The conditions under which our mothers, our fathers, our brothers and sisters, the unemployed, the students, the boys and girls are living are increasingly becoming unbearable.

I see this in the compounds where I work and talk to our people. It really breaks your heart to hear what they say about what is going on in their lives, in Kwa; what is happening to the children, the women and the unemployed; what’s happening with education; the growing number of children who are homeless and have to try to survive in the streets; and what is happening with the health situation in our country.

The lives of 16.4 million people cannot be sacrificed, ignored or exploited in that way.

Faced with this situation, Zambians are truly becoming desperate. The situation they describe is now much more terrible, more desperate and hopeless than a few years ago. I can see this.

It is only a matter of time, because the neoliberal capitalist policies and practices being pursued are creating an enormous time bomb in our country. Are we going to wait for it to explode before we start thinking about these problems?

There’s no future for our people, and I think the politicians and all progressives and democrats in this country have a duty to pay it all the attention it requires, or our people will be reduced to nothing, to destitute, to slaves.

I don’t think that will happen. Within 15 years there will be more than 30 million of us in this country, and you can’t exterminate 30 million people like flies – 30 million people cannot be killed or annihilated.

This overwhelming period is transitory, like an insolent storm cloud that blots out the light of the sun for a short time.

Comrades, under these conditions we cannot have meaningful democracy. True democracy cannot exist in the midst of social inequality, in the midst of injustice, in a nation divided between Kwa and Ku, between rich and poor. Democracy can only exist in socialism.

True democracy can exist only in a fair, just and humane social system, a socialist system.

The existence of large numbers of hungry and undernourished people in our country constitutes an affront to all of us. A stable, permanent solution must be found for this serious problem.

Health is an essential right of all human beings and a responsibility of society as a whole. The severity of the health conditions that adversely affect the vast masses of our people is there for all to see, it cannot be hidden or masked.

There’s a crying need to extend health services, train the required personnel and guarantee the essential basic medicines which such conditions demand.

As long as health fails to be considered as a fundamental right of every human being and the duty of the community; as long as the responsibility of the state and of society in regards to health care fails to be recognised; as long as inequalities in the distribution of health resources fail to disappear; as long as poverty, hunger, ignorance and squalor fail to be directly fought against, little will be achieved in improving human health in this country.

So the heart of the problem lies in the measures wish and are able to take at this moment, in the political orientation and the nature of our economic development, and thus, in the resolute attitude of our leaders to struggle for the adoption of fundamental measures to meet the interests of our people.

Comrades, these are the challenges before us!

These are the challenges for which our party was created!

These are the challenges for which the leadership of your party is being constructed!

These are the challenges I am being deployed to confront!

A better Zambia is possible, but we have to collectively struggle for it.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. 

We ourselves must strive. The leaders only point the way. 

We have no alternative. We must continue struggling, with the hope that a better Zambia will become a reality – as it will, if keep on struggling. We shouldn’t resign ourselves to hunger, unemployment, squalor, disease, ignorance, hopelessness, despair. Struggling for a better Zambia means, in part, building it.

But it won’t be easy!

And our desire to solve these problems as soon as possible should not lead us to improvise, especially since we have learned that no isolated measure, no matter how just or effective it seems, can lead to the true, radical solutions we are aiming for.

We shouldn’t deceive ourselves and our people that things are going to be easy. It won’t be easy. No body should think things are going to be easy. We must be prepared to meet difficulties. We have to cope with the objective problems of the situation we find ourselves in, the increasing number of restrictive, stifling, repressive measures our adversaries will take against us.

But whatever the difficulties our members, our party and our leaders will never hire themselves out, sell out or surrender to the forces of evil!

We will confront every difficult and pressure. We will keep on moving ahead, winning new laurels and scoring new victories.

Nothing and nobody can ever stop us!

Aluta continua!