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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

Reflections on our struggle

Reflections on our struggle

We hope to live long, all of us! In the ideas that we believe and the conviction that those following in our steps will carry them forward.
The idea of the future society is the most important and most noble idea that a revolutionary can harbour. Revolutionaries have always fought for the future. But to fight for the future doesn’t mean avoiding to do everyday what must be done for the present. The future is not built in the future; it is built on the threshold of what we do today.

And in this I draw some strength and inspiration from a Jimmy Cliff song – Struggling Man sang by some young people, PS22 Chorus:

Every man has a right to live
Love is all that we have to give
Together we struggle by your will to survive
And together we fight just to stay alive

Struggling man has got to move
Struggling man, no time to lose
I’m a struggling man
And I’ve got to move on

As the sun lights the day and the moon lights the night
Struggling man keeps reaching for the higher heights
So we plan for tomorrow as we live for today
Like a flower we bloom and then later fade away

Struggling man has got to move
Struggling man, no time to lose
I’m a struggling man
And I’ve got to move on…

Fred M’membe
Mwika Royal Village, Chinsali

Who is a worker? mubeleki? mukakuzata? mukakupanga? mubelesi? Umubonfi…?

Who is a worker? mubeleki? mukakuzata? mukakupanga? mubelesi? Umubonfi…?

Eight days ago on May, 1, Zambia joined the rest of the world to commemorate Labour Day. Labour Day is a special day for all workers here, and across the globe. As such, it matters that we reflect on who the worker, mubeleki, mukakuzata, mukakupanga, mubelesi, umubonfi is!

By and large, a worker is ANYONE who earns his or her livelihood by selling his or her labour. And it doesn’t matter whether she/he is able to find a buyer or employer for his or her labour or not. This means that even an unemployed person, one who cannot find a buyer for his or her labour, is also a worker. The self-employed also fall in this category. So examples of a worker range from marketeers, cross border traders, (abamakwebo), miners, bankers, builders, farmers, house wives, house husbands, students, civil servants, doctors, nurses, lecturers, teachers, domestic workers, bus drivers, conductors, vendors, carpenters, tailors, journalists, the unemployed, artists, construction workers, small business men and women, and so on and so forth.

In his statement on Labour Day, Uwesu, Wathu Wathu, Ki Waluna, Witu, Nguwesu – Dr Fred M’membe had this to say:

“Today many workers in this country face the … long hours at … work and still barely make enough money to get by”.

“But for some of us, instead of working too much, we can’t find work at all”.

“This has to change. Change must come. We have to struggle for a better order, a better society. And all need to participate, play a role”…

“It gets dark sometimes but the morning comes. Let’s not lose hope; a better Zambia is possible if we struggle for it. And it’s our duty to struggle for it”.

“Let all the workers of this country join the struggle for a socialist Zambia”

Indeed, come 2021, the worker, mubeleki, mukakuzata, mukakupanga, mubelesi, umubonfi must, and will win big!

Remember the wise saying: what we can’t do for ourselves as workers, no one will do for us.

Cde FM for 2021!

Socialist Party Media Team.