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Zambians Not Working Hard Enough Says Sylvia Masebo

By David Chikwanda.

When I saw this headline in the post newspaper, I sat down  asked by self which zambians Masebo was refering to? Is it miners working extra hours to extract more copper for foreigners? Is it the bus drivers who wake up at 3am to earn a living? Is it teachers who walk to work every morning but get peanuts at the monthend? Is she talking about about farmers who after producing a bumper harvest cannot be paid for their produce?

May be she was talking about youths working for K7000 per day in the chineese industries? Or is it the youths who were fighting to be recruited in the army? or may be she was talking about my grandmother who wakes up early in the morning to go and sell tomatoes at chisokone market to feed orphans? I thought that may be she is talking about students who have no accomodation and no study space but still graduate? Or my sister chibolya compund who have to spend sleepless nights on ques to buy a container of water any way these and many other questions crossed my mind.

Apart from Masebo GBM also called for sacrifice and hardwork, but dont these ministers realise that Zambians have sacrificed enough. We are where we are today as a nation not because Zambians are not working hard but because of poor, selfish and greedy leadership. Whilst miners are working hard to extract minerals leaders are doing nothing to improve their conditions of service or even making sure that Zambians benefit from these minerals.

When Ministers expect everyone to sacrifice they went on to increase their own salaries by 100%, does that make any logical sense? May be they want us to work hard so that they can another increment in their salaries? Zambians are working so hard only to feed politicians- there is no money for drainages in Kanyama compund but money is many readily available to hold bye-elections so that Sylvia Masebo can get back to parliament or to pay her sitting allowances for any meeting. Ministers are busy fattening themselves and asking us to sacrifice- if you look at GBM dont you think Zambians have sacrificed enough.

The only sacrifice we expect is from our leaders, if our leaders can sacrifice some of their hefty allowances and channel the resources towards improving our hydro power stations and investing in alternative energy then load shedding will end and development will come.

If Ministers can stop being greedy by putting their children on bursary loans at the expense of the poor people then more vulnerable children will access tertiary education- that is development! if the government cannot stop investing in vehicles for ministers and MP and invest in improving service delivery in the health sector- then we shall develop! Why should we have low and high cost department at the government owned hospital? Every life is precious and high cost, therefore all men must have equal opportunities for survival.

The message to these government thieves ( they are not even worthy to be called leaders because a leader put his people first) is that we are not interested in your speeches and rehtorics, we want to see action. people are dying of cholera due to lack of drainages and toilets 48years after independence and yet you have expensive cars and modern houses with 10 toilets. You wake up in the morning to a bubble bath, expensive break and free fuel to work all paid for by tax payers. And you think we are not working hard enough.

If leaders want citizens to sacrifice and work hard they must lead by example not sitting in an air conditioned office sipping on wine and then ask a women selling groundnuts at city market to sacrifice. its not too late we believe our leaders can change, I have no doubt that the current president has a heart for the people (he is still using an old phone-at least that I know) but sometimes I fear that he is also getting blinded by statehouse walls.

After all is said and done God bless the republic of Zambia and its Citizens….

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15 Responses to Zambians Not Working Hard Enough Says Sylvia Masebo

  1. kiss-keep it simple ****** Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I said it requires prayer because people have hard hearts and can afford to see a fellow human go hungry while they have enough beef to throw not only to dogs but also to crocodiles and lions, Ok?

  2. kiss-keep it simple ****** Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Thank you bwana!!

  3. Vibrosomal Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Well written article!

  4. keo Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Nice peace of work!but lets not be hash on the current regime i think at their pace they are on the right track.what masebo and GBM said was not directed to all zanbians because we do have alot of hard working men and women out their.I think the all massege was impacted on us the youths thats were a huge challenge is because alot of us are in the streets abusing alcohol and sleeping around.Yet we are shifting the blame to the government,the government is doing its role we also have to do our part and together we take our country to greater hights.Lets not wait for the government to come and provide our daily needs efforts has to come from every person,success does not come on a silver plate we have to sweat for it

  5. Diva Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

    How can we work hard when ministers are awarding themselves contracts meant for an ordinary Zambian?

  6. 2016 Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    masebo is day dreaming

  7. Genaro the Analyst Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    nice article,ministers it starts with you, most of the people in government report for work at 10hrs and you expect development like that, ques everywhere. Start working and that will be motivating

  8. cbu monk Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 11:47 am

    ba tufweko that wasn’t your thought.try to recognize the the true author of that.include his name.the author is david chikwanda former cobusu president.

  9. muyelapamenshi Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    let masebo first sacrifice,it was in levy the said let us sacrifice-we did they ended up increasing they salaries,rupiah incresed his salary,sata has increased his salary of which masebo has bn benefiting from these three regime. now its highly time she sacrifice also let them cut their salaries

  10. KD $ Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Miss masebo why have you started to realise these thing now,you had a post in government but you were not working hard.Be ashame of yourself and stop critising about that issue.

  11. Dr Phil Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    The Paya Farmer government does not care about the zambians people. they are just there to make themselves rich. the government is full of corrupt opportunists.

  12. Bush Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Honourable just mention the people you expect to work hard,is it your fellow politicians or the people without anything to do out there in the streets?it is a good thing that you have now realised that hard work is the cornerstone to every meaningfull development.This should therefore start with you,we should be able to see your hard working other than merely hoaping from one party to the other just to fill your belly.

  13. nshendi Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Well expressed

  14. martin petauke Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I think the Ministers are right,we need to work had to develop this Nations we need to own the hardwork and not just been told to do something,The problem as Zambians we want people who will Cheat us to say ,we are hard Workers and give us false hope,Our Country needs Men and Women who would put in alot for the next generation.The ministers are there to create policies its us to implement,So my Brothers and Sisters lets think through and be honest,we are still very far to be called hardworkers.This Ministers were like us one year ago and they now telling us lets work hard and Built this nation together and are making good policies for us take advantage dort just cry for nothing.

  15. Peter Reply

    October 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I AGREE WITH MASEBO. ZAMBIANS INCLUDING MINISTER AND CIVIL SERVANTS ARE LAZY. IT DOESN’T TAKE YOU A LONG JOURNEY TO SEE HOW LAZY ZAMBIANS ARE. MORE WORSE IF ONE TRAVEL TO OVERSEAS ONE STARTS APPRECIATING WHY THE WEST KEEP DEVELOPING. PEOPLE OVERSEAS WORK MAYBE 50 TIMES HARDER THAN ZAMBIANS. WHY DO YOU THINK THE CHINESE BOSSES SMACK THEM ZAMBIANS? THEY GET SO FRUSTRATED DUE TO THE FACT THAT ONE NEEDS TO BE ON THE SPOT TELLING ZAMBIANS TO WORK. IMMEDIATELY YOU GO AWAY THEY WILL ALSO STOP. THOSE ARE LABOURERS. OFFICE WORKERS JUST HANG THEIR JACKETS ON CHAIRS AND GO OUT USING GRZ FUEL AND COME BACK TO JUST LOCK THE OFFICE AND GO HOME AT 5PM. WOMEN SPEND 3 HOURS OF THE MORNING DISCUSSING KITCHEN PARTIES AND DO MAKWEBO. WORKERS GO FOR LUNCH AN HOUR EARLIER BUT COME BACK EVEN 2 HOURS LATE. OFFICE PHONES ARE USED FOR COMPANY BUSINESS BUT LITTLE FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS. SO, IT’S VERY TRUE WHAT MASEBO SAID. ESPECIALLY THAT SHE RECENTLY TRAVELED TO JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA WHERE THE MEANING OF THE WORD ‘WORK’ COMES FROM. SHE HAS COMPARED ZAMBIANS AND THOSE PEOPLE AND SHE’S LEFT WITH NO DOUBT WHY THOSE COUNTRIES ARE DEVELOPED. SHE NEVER TRAVELED IN MMD, DID SHE?

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