Things could be worse in Zambia
In these campaign times, when there is a lot of focus on what is working in Zambia (according to government) and what is not working in Zambia (according to opposition), it is worth remembering that Zambia is a bit of a haven compared to many of our neighbours. Just look at the scale of government waste and mismanagement in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Zambia is nowhere near the same league! In the DR Congo, Moise Katumbi, President Joseph Kabila’s powerful rival in this year’s election, has been charged with undermining state security, and has been in hospital after being tear-gassed. In Mozambique, Jose Jaime Macuane, a notable critic of government, was this week kidnapped and later dumped, but told to run and then shot four times in the legs. Apparently, the kidnappers were told to leave him crippled. In Zambia, government critics are simply harassed with various charges to be discharged later though nolle prosequis. Things could be a lot worse in Zambia!
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly