For Immediate Release
NEW YORK, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 – Government will not be deterred by the sustained criticism from the opposition political formations because it has an ambitious and well-structured agenda of transforming the country and improve the living standards of its citizens, Minister of Defence Honourable Davis Chama has said.
Hon Minister Chama said Zambia being a country that has entrenched multiparty party democracy, it is expected that the Patriotic Front (PF) being the governing party will face criticism from those wishing to take over the governance of the country even when the country is on a clearly progressive economic development trajectory.
Addressing diplomats at the Zambian Mission in New York, Hon Chama said it is expected that there shall be resistance from some opposition political formations but that such opposition was as a result of Government delivering according to its mandate and positively changing the lives of the people.
He stated that Zambia has had its economic progression stagnated over the years yet the country is endowed with natural resources but that the PF was determined to turn round the country’s economic fortunes.
Hon Minister Chama is in New York to attend the 2019 United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference.
“I know you are following what is happening at home. As the PF Government, we have an ambitious programme to transform the country and improve people’s lives. Our mission is to galvanize our abundant resources and economically transform the country. But what we are doing and achieving will continued to be opposed and resisted by the opposition. Zambia has entrenched her democratic credentials so it is expected that there shall resistance even when what we are doing is correct and meant to improve the lives of the people,” Hon Minister Chama said.
Hon Chama said it is the desire of Government to have citizens change their mindset and begin to exhibit patriotism toward the social and economic development of the country.
He explained that there was nothing supreme about countries that are industrially advanced except that citizens of such nations such as the United States of America, China and Japan among others have a dedicated citizenry in their economic development agenda.
Hon Minister Chama warned that there is a danger that laziness and poverty could easily be nurtured and cultured and that Zambians should never at any time sacrifice the economic progression the country is making at the expediency of political populism.
The Hon Minister said Zambia’s need for robust economic infrastructure such as roads, bridges and houses should be supported by continued hard work among well-meaning Zambians.
“We are one people and we must be patriotic. There are different nations with different languages and the UN has united us as one. At national level, we must exhibit the same spirit the UN has of unity in diversity,” Hon Minister Chama said.
And Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) His Excellency, Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe informed Hon Minister Chama that the Zambia Mission is grateful and proud with the peacekeeping record in the UN Peacekeeping Missions.
Amb Kapambwe said the United Nations has so far ranked Zambia as one of the top 20 in peacekeeping operations standing at number 19 in the world and 13 in Africa, being the largest troop contributing country in peacekeeping.
“The record we have in peacekeeping operations is extremely good and last year were ranked the highest troop contributing country. We are at 90 percent and we must thank you for your efforts in ensuring that Zambia continues participating in serving in peacekeeping missions,” Amb Kapambwe said.
WALLEN SIMWAKA (Mr.)
First Secretary (Press)
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations