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Merry Christmas and happy 2022

Merry Christmas and happy 2022

It’s hard to think of a Christmas season when all of us across Zambia have needed the break more acutely.

The truth is that 2021 has been a hard year for our country. This has been a difficult year for many of us. We didn’t succeed in delivering the real change, revolutionary change that so many people so desperately need. But Christmas is a chance to listen, reflect and remember all the things that bind us together: our compassion, our determination to tackle injustice, inequality, lack of honesty, humility and solidarity and our hope for a more just, fair and humane world.

Christmas is a time of year when the scale of injustice and inequality is in very plain sight.With our political system in gridlock, and public discourse too often descending into rancour and abuse, it’s felt like we’ve been living permanently under a dark cloud.All of us across Zambia have too often focused on the differences between us, rather than on what ties us together.

So I hope the magic of Christmas casts its spell for people this year, helping families and friends remember what it is that unites them, not divides them. I hope it reminds us that, despite the sound and fury of our national debate, the bonds of family, community and country are still deep and lasting.

Yes, it’s a cliché that Christmas is the season of goodwill. But its important for all of us that we demonstrate that goodwill to each other this year and that, for a week or so, hopefully the shouting match of social media can fall silent. It’s also a time to thank health workers who will be keeping going over the Christmas holiday should we need them, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been raking havoc. I hope they get a break with their families in due course.

It’s also right to mention those people who will this year be supporting the destitute, those living on the streets, the homeless during the Christmas season, our religious leaders for whom this is such a busy time, and all those who are looking out for a neighbour or a friend who needs support at this time of year.

And I also want to ask people to think about their neighbours. While we celebrate being together, we are reminded of the many who will be alone and sadly lonely at Christmas. But our communities are built on generosity and the solidarity that comes from that. So we do not walk by on the other side. Loneliness can be a terrible thing at Christmas. So we should look out for each other. And let’s make sure we have peace in our country and on our entire planet.May I wish all of you a merry Christmas and happy 2022.

Fred M’membe

Christmas greetings and New Year message from Socialist Party

Christmas greetings and New Year message from Socialist Party

It’s very difficult to separate Christmas from the new year festivities because of their closeness to each other, the joy and the hope of a better and redeemed life they both bring.

We are coming to the end of a very difficult year for our country and our people, especially the poor.

The challenges, happenings and experiences of this year have taught us that we can try to evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.

The consequences of our over borrowing, unbridled corruption, irrationality and wastefulness in public expenditure can no longer be concealed or denied.

The economic and financial decisions of the current rulers of our country were clearly not motivated by the desire to achieve, but by the desire to enrich themselves, to beat the opposition and keep themselves in power forever and ever.

The events of the year we are about to close have also taught us that reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it and we shouldn’t count on them; we should just leave them alone. They have refused to accept reality and to be moved by it. The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evidence which everybody had decided not to see.

But as we open the new year, 2020, we the citizens of this beautiful country must accept and take responsibility for all that has happened or not happened – good and bad.

As the late Josef Brodsky, Russian-born poet and Nobel Prize winner, wrote, “A free man, when he fails, blames nobody.” It is true as well for us as citizens of this country who, finally, must take responsibility for the fate of the country in which we ourselves have chosen to live.

We must learn to value ourselves, which means: to fight for our happiness.

The wrong or bad things that have gone on in our country were made possible by nothing but the sanction we give them. Such wrong or bad things require the sanction of the victims.

We have been aptly warned by Ayn Rand who wrote: “Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.”

In the coming year we will need to make a very big change in our approach and mindset if we are to see a reversal of fortunes in this country and in our lives.

Our problems cannot be solved by the same level of consciousness that created them. As Thomas Sankara said, “You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.”

Confucius wrote, “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

We can’t wait when immoral and selfish elements are turning their corruption into policy and rolling back the rights that generations of Zambians fought for and heroes died for.

Let’s make 2020 a happy and year of revolutionary change!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!

Issued by Fred M’membe on behalf of the Central Committee of Socialist Party

Garden Compound, Lusaka

December 22, 2019