Zambians in Diaspora

Musaba Chailunga the Chairman of Zambia Diaspora Connect (www.zambiaconnect.org) and the Zambian Economist resident expert on education, investment and diaspora policy has recently written an essay: ROMANCING THE MINING INDUSTRY: A CALL FOR INDIGENOUS OWNERSHIP. In this essay he argues that nationalization of the mines is not an answer for Zambians to benefit from the mines.  He suggests that “the ideal scenario is complete domestic ownership by the private sector or consent with the government. In this article he suggests ways in how Zambians can finance and start new mining companies.

This essay has been sent to key policy makers, parliamentarians, religious and traditional leaders, business leaders and the wider Zambian intellectual community at home and abroad. It is hoped that this essay can stimulate discussion and ensure logic and impartial critique and provide for policy change in taxation or pension contribution to enable raise such funds.

But which Zambian parliamentarian or intellectual community has the time to read this essay?  How many of our intellectuals or parliamentarians are ready to pursue the interests of their people?  Which institutions will facilitate a transparent and unbiased debate on this proposal for moving Zambia forward? Can the public media do it? Can the private media do it? Can the NGO’s do it? What about the Economic Association of Zambia and the intellectuals from the University of Zambia or Copperbelt University?

Mr. Chailunga is writing from a community (UK) which has privileged him to break out of the shackles that inhibit honest debate. Hence, many would argue that Chailunga is out of touch with the reality of Zambia’s situation. But Chailung writing is revolutionary in that he is turning contemporary wisdom that says Africa’s hope is in the hands of foreign investors. He shows us in his essay that the secrets to Zambia’s prosperity lies in our own indigenous traditions of free enterprise, free market and free trade and not in the exploitative and repressive systems that it imports from the IMF and World Bank.

The church is the hope!  Can you imagine the Christian business people taking the initiative to move this proposal forward? All they may need is a Moses kind of person who converses with God on one to one basis. In Exodus 25:1-7 God tells Moses to “take an offering for me from every person whose heart is willing.” In Exodus 35:4-9 Moses solicitation is exactly what God told him to ask for word for word. He faithfully detailed the needed gifts and the ways those gifts were to be used. The most amazing thing about this encounter is the emphasis on the lack of manipulation in Moses appeal. As you read the essay attached may God speak to you in how to encourage Christian craftsmen gifted by God to start businesses that will employ thousands of people who will give generously to God and who will glorify Him in their work.

Lawrence Temfwe