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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!

SOCIALIST PARTY  STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF MAMA CHIBESA KANKANSA

SOCIALIST PARTY STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF MAMA CHIBESA KANKANSA

This morning (yesterday), the 29th of October 2018, the Socialist Party received with sadness the news of the passing away of Mama Chibesa Kankasa, a great revolutionary and patriot of our people. Our deepest condolences to the family, relatives, comrades and friends.
The Socialist Party is overcome with a deep sense of sadness on the sudden passing on of the independence struggle and nation building stalwart Mama Kankasa.
Mama Kankasa epitomized the struggles of the poor, the women and the disenfranchised.
While the family has lost a mother, a grand-mother and a great grand-mother, the country has lost an irreplaceable leader, a role model and a constant reminder of dedication and selflessness. She embodied grace and humility.
In her leadership role she gave guidance to young activists and leaders of progressive organisations and many women’s organisations throughout the country. She did not only give political guidance but she was also a mother figure to all. It was a combination of these two qualities, political and parental roles that made her most admired and loved.
To us she has left huge footprints that tracks our history of suffering, and resilience under immeasurable harassment and dehumanisation under British colonialism.
As Zambians we owe it to this pedigree of revolutionaries who defined the course and tempo of our struggle to free ourselves from colonialism and neocolonialism.
Indeed we can without equivocation say that as Zambians, we today enjoy the independence
because of her selfless contribution.
We would like to convey our condolences to her family, comrades and friends.

May her Soul rest in peace.

Statement issued by Dr Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party.

A progressive wave has dawned in Africa, declares M’membe

A progressive wave has dawned in Africa, declares M’membe

Speaking at the Founder’s Day celebrations in Winneba, Ghana on Friday, September 21, 2018, Dr Fred M’membe declared that Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s socialist revolutionary ideas were on the resurgence.
Extolling Dr Nkrumah’s revolutionary leadership and ideas, Dr M’membe, who is the 2021 presidential candidate of the Socialist Party (Zambia), said the progressive socialist wave had dawned on the African continent.

Below is the full speech by Dr M’membe:

Revolutionaries never die, Nkrumah lives in us!
Those who thought Nkrumah is dead, they should realise that wherever there is a crucifixion, there is always a resurrection.

Nkrumah is with us right here today. The ideas of Nkrumah will live forever, they will live forever in us, they are here today in his homeland of Ghana. Those who thought we were totally defeated and that was the end of Nkrumah’s ideas were mistaken. The revolutionary process started by Nkrumah six decades ago is being resurrected today, right here in Ghana.

Capitalism has no answer to the problems facing humanity today. Capitalism cannot deal with the problem of inequality that is crippling the world today; capitalism cannot deal with the issue of unemployment that is crippling the world today! Every year in winter they go to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum; what do they discuss in there? They discuss growing inequality in the world, they discuss growing unemployment in the world!

But every year they come from Davos without answers to these problems, without solutions to these challenges. This is so because the answers to these problems and solutions to these challenges do not lie in capitalism. In fact, what they are trying to do is to square a circle. To find solutions to these problems and challenges they have to destroy capitalism, and they are not ready to do so. We are ready to do so; and we are starting here in Ghana to do so.

Imperialism has reached its highwater mark. Today a new revolutionary wave starts here, right here in Ghana; they will not defeat us this time, we are better equipped with Nkrumah’s ideas, Cabral’s ideas, Chavez ideas, Fidel’s ideas, Mao’s ideas, Lenin’s ideas, Karl Marx’s ideas.

We are coming for you! We are coming for you! And there’s no pulling punches.
We are more revolutionary than six decades ago; we are more experienced than six decades ago. And we are more in numbers than six decades ago. In this hall today, we have over 60 nations represented, covering all continents. Can we fail? We won’t fail!

Comrades, those who thought Nkrumah’s ideas were dead, what they didn’t realise is that these were revolutionary ideas. You can’t kill revolutionary ideas whose time has come. It was time for these revolutionary ideas 60 years ago; it is still time for these revolutionary ideas today.

Since 1945 when the PanAfrican Congress was held in Manchester, we didn’t have this type of gathering, not even the OAU assembled so many nations in one place. If imperialists are as intelligent as they claim to be, they will today realise that something is changing on this continent. Something big is happening and they will not be able to stop it. They will not be able to stop this progressive wave.

History is not always in a straight forward direction, there’re often gigantic leaps backward. We have suffered our leaps backwards, we have had our calvary. We’re now coming for you! We’re coming for you! And victory is certain! We will not do it with guns but with ideas – Nkrumah’s ideas, Cabral’s ideas, Fidel’s ideas, Chavez’s ideas! We’ll do it with all the ideas of the revolutionaries of our past and our present!

Their concerted efforts to bury Nkrumah’s ideas with his body have failed. We’re today much more aware of Nkrumah’s ideas than we were before. When they realised that they were failing to bury Nkrumah’s ideas, what did they do? They started to create a new Nkrumah for us, a Nkrumah who was not a socialist, a Nkrumah who was not a communist, a Nkrumah who they called a PanAfricanist; meaning something else.

Today we are here to reclaim, to redefine and to chart a new path for the Nkrumah we know, a Nkrumah who is socialist, a Nkrumah who is communist. There was a time when it was difficult to say ‘I am a socialist’ on this continent, when it was difficult to say ‘ I am a communist’. Comrades, today I stand before you to tell you that I’m a socialist! I’m a communist who is a son of Nkrumah, who is a grandson of Nkrumah, who is a great grandson of Nkrumah!

Comrades, this progressive socialist wave will not be stopped! We are back in Ghana to draw our inspiration, to recharge our revolutionary batteries, to re dedicate ourselves to the African struggle for socialism, which is not only the struggle for Africa, but a struggle for the whole world.
We are with the whole world in Ghana here today. Those who have got ears should listen to what we are saying; those who have got eyes should see that our actions are determined, our ideas are clear! We’re resolute with everything that we are saying and which we are doing!

We’re not here to reform capitalism; we’re here to build a socialist future for our continent and the whole world. We’re here to continue what Nkrumah struggled for and died for. We’re here again because Nkrumah lives in us!

Comrades, we cannot continue on this neoliberal capitalist path. The population of Ghana today is 24 million people and at a growth rate of more than 2 per cent, the population of Ghana is likely to double in the next 15-20 years. Where are the jobs going to come from, given Ghana’s today’s unemployment rate and capitalism’s inability to create jobs? Where will housing come from in 15 to 20 years-time when the population of Ghana doubles? How are they going to live?
Can capitalism give answers to these problems? The answer is a categorical NO!

For many years, we are given examples of how Ghana is doing very well in terms of neo-liberal capitalism. What has changed? Are the conditions of the Ghanaian people today better than they were 20 years ago? Are they going to be better in 20 years-time under capitalism? Again, the answer is a categorical NO!

We are proud to be associated with Nkrumah! We’re proud to be Nkrumah’s followers! We’re proud to be Nkrumah’s children! We’re proud to be Nkrumah’s disciples! We’re proud to be socialists! We’re proud to be communists!