SATA’s Changes And Realignments ‘a bad thing can lead to good results and good things to bad results’

SATA’s Changes And Realignments ‘a bad thing can lead to good results and good things to bad results’

If we have shortcomings, we should not be afraid to have them pointed out and criticised if we are in public service. Anyone, no matter who, may point out our shortcomings. If they are right, we should correct them. If what they are proposing will benefit the people, we should act upon it.

Many things may become baggage, may become encumbrances, if we cling to them blindly and uncritically. Having made mistakes, one might feel that, come what may, they are saddled with them and so become dispirited; if you have not made mistakes, you may feel that you are free from error and so become conceited. All such things become encumbrances or baggage if there is no critical awareness.

To be aware of one’s own mistakes and yet make no attempt to correct them is wrong and dangerous. There is no need to wait until problems pile up and cause a lot of trouble before trying to solve them.

We should never pretend to know what we don’t know, we should not feel ashamed to learn from the people. We must heed the correct views and act upon them. We should rid ourselves of all impotent thinking.

Taught by mistakes and setbacks, we should become wiser and handle our affairs better. It is hard for any political party, government or person to avoid mistakes, but we should make as few as possible.

Once a mistake is made, we should correct it, and the more quickly and thoroughly, the better.

It cannot be denied that things have not worked well in the arrangement of ministries and in the appointments made to these ministries. The intention was noble to have as few ministries as possible. This was intended to reduce government expenditure – a good thing in itself.

But a combination of the structures and personnel is important in the well-functioning of these ministries. Where there is high individual capacity and experience, it is easy to consolidate ministries and have them managed by very few people. The consolidation of some of our ministries made them too big to be managed by those who were appointed as ministers and permanent secretaries to such ministries.

Our ministries are very big institutions in themselves and a lot of care needs to be taken in consolidating them. And the quality and capacity of management of these ministries is not as we would like it to be. There are a lot of deficiencies. If people can’t manage small entities, how can we expect them to manage such gigantic institutions that were created out of amalgamations of ministries and departments?

In some of these ministries, the ministers and permanent secretaries had no time to do anything else other than to attend meetings and travel. Countries with highly efficient, effective and orderly public sectors can afford such consolidations but not us. Our levels of efficiency in the public sector are still very low.

A job which in other places can be done by one person, here we may need to split it among a number of people. This is a reality we can’t overlook or ignore.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our public sector in order for the government to function properly. And as Michael Sata has correctly observed, we have many people in political leadership positions with very little or no experience at all. Some of these people occupy very high positions in government.

A critical examination of Michael’s government will reveal that some of the people occupying high public offices do not have the requisite experience required for them to perform their duties efficiently, effectively and in an orderly manner. By this, we are not in any way implying that such people shouldn’t have been appointed to those positions.

These are political positions and those who occupy them are elected representatives of the people and our Constitution, they are the right people to be there. But being elective and being competent are two different things.

And when appointing people and designing the structure of government, the quality of office bearers needs to be taken into account. Only those who are highly competent should be given highly complex tasks and big institutions to manage. Each one should be treated according to their abilities.

Some of our public officers are at sea, they can’t function efficiently and effectively in the offices they occupy. Not because they don’t want to work, but simply because they don’t have the requisites necessary for the job.

The problem is also compounded by some poor appointments that have been made to the civil service, especially at the level of permanent secretary. Some permanent secretaries are of no value to their ministers, they are not in a position to help them.

Where the politicians are of a low calibre, the civil service professionals should be of a very high calibre so that they can compensate the weaknesses of the politicians they are appointed to service.
But what is comforting in all this is that Michael is realising that some of the arrangements he thought would work well and save government a lot of money have not worked that well and is making corrections.

There is no need to hang on to something that is not working well. If mistakes are made, they should be promptly corrected. And Michael should not hesitate to undo anything that he has done that is not working well. And as we have stated before, in given conditions, a bad thing can lead to good results and good things to bad results.

The present problem is that many people consider it impossible to accomplish things which could be accomplished if they exerted themselves. Some of the arrangements Michael made could have actually worked and saved the government a lot of money if people were ready to exert themselves, to push themselves a little harder.

And what can one do in such situations? One cannot overstep the limitations imposed by the objective conditions; within these limitations, however, they can and must play a dynamic role in striving for better performance.

The stage of action must be built upon objective possibilities, but on that stage, they can direct the performance of many a drama, full of power and grandeur. Of course, no one should go off into wild flights of fancy, unwarranted by the objective situation or stretch for the impossible.
If complicated structures can’t work, one way of overcoming this is to simplify our organisations.

What Michael is doing is the right thing. If something is not working, quickly change it – nothing is cast in stone. In this way, he will overcome many difficulties and hardships. And so far, he has demonstrated immense courage, wisdom and initiative although some things have not come the way they were intended. It is part of life.

Every nation, big or small, has its strong and weak points. But we should resolutely, thoroughly, wholly and completely strive to get rid of our weaknesses. Things develop ceaselessly. Changes are a permanent part of life. Those who don’t change when conditions have changed perish.

32 Responses to "SATA’s Changes And Realignments ‘a bad thing can lead to good results and good things to bad results’"

  1. number one   July 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm


  2. mathews katebe   July 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Ba Tumfweko, publish my comment.

  3. Bushman   July 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    The title is vague…mbuli zekazeka ba tunfweko.

  4. mathews katebe   July 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    We know the author of this article, the post newspaper, sata’s BOOTLICKERS. Ba post, you can’t fool us. We’re tired of your boss, CNP type of government.

  5. CNP   July 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    This praise was written by PF ‘S praise singer fred “14bn theif mumembe” homo

  6. BELIEVER7   July 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm


  7. Tupac   July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    If he was bemba sembe tinamufakapo koz he thinks mo`than some who klaim 2 be rich.This guy needs attention I tell you.

  8. GunnerME   July 13, 2012 at 4:30 am

    @tupac, what do you mean if he was bemba? Fred is half bemba & half lozi. & who said only bembas should rule Zambia? Tribalism in its rawest form!!!

  9. zemuntu   July 13, 2012 at 6:51 am

    @Gunner ME, other tribes will rule zambia but not Tongas. start looking for a non tonga to lead your Up and Down Party (UPND)otherwise come 2016 we shall use numbers and i guess u know what i mean

  10. Hams   July 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Bembas uselles pipo

  11. am a serious PF DIE HARD.   July 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    @zemuntu….who tells you tongas give a dam on whether they rule or not..tongas are rich cow keepers and lead confortable lives even in villages….whether they rule or not the chaps are happy and do not depend on government positions to live like us bembas.

  12. YES   July 13, 2012 at 8:30 am


  13. YES   July 13, 2012 at 8:34 am


  14. mathews katebe   July 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Ten months down the line you’re still experimenting!!! What a worst of time and money. I honestly can’t buy this crap. Remember, permanent fools (pf) promised heaven on earth while in opposition. By this time, we could have been seeing something at least. But alas, they’re Chimbwis No Plan. Yes, I agree with Honourable Kabinga Pande when he said pf was better off in the opposition.

  15. MUNYELO PWETE!   July 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Micheal Sata is foolish and dull

  16. Tonga Bull   July 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

    the fact is that the majority of the people who are starving in this country are bembas, the tongas are enjoying in their farms with abundant food products. pf cadres are the ones who are starving and some of you pf bloggers i doubt if you will even be able to find a meal today.

  17. Mwanarob   July 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    PF Vuvuzela, in the name of Post Newspaper. What an article/editorial or should call a spade a spade and call this piece nonsense. My advice to The Post Newspaper is to stop this one sided reporting nonsense. You (Post) has been an inspiration to many for a long time now, but whatever made you change to what you are today will lead to your downfall. Then we will say, when we meet you in the streets, look the paper (people) that shock Zambia – How the mighty fall.

  18. Bacholar   July 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Author king fred

  19. son of Hichilema   July 13, 2012 at 10:08 am


  20. die heart!   July 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    we knw some ministers hav intrests in companies which have the guts to fire its workers,whilst some which shook wen pf came into power,u’ll neva hear them firing any worker,coz they were attached to mmd,they even increased salaries without being told to do so.nw its vice vesa.hope our president is doing something.

  21. bulasho chalwe   July 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Lets put those bad comments aside and go forward for our mother Zambia.When things happen take some mind off and get sense from them before we can comment on them.Thanx.

  22. Najuda   July 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    didnt realise the Post editor writes for Tumfweko

  23. Bokosi   July 14, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I wanna read the article but the title is not enticing ; my mind is so confused trying to make sense out of it.

  24. Zambia Yanga   July 14, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I came to Tumfweko to fact-check the Post, now my dear to Tumfweko is simply cutting and pasting from the Post!!! Too bad.

  25. heaven on earth   July 14, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I think this is absolutely right and men this is true even in its differentiated form. I love the fact that a leader can take time to analyze his standings and be willing to transform and not conform. PF what would Zambia do without you . thumbs high. even in the dungeon we are going with you!

  26. Magwazavi   July 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    When the President reduced the ministries Membe & post praised,now that the President has gone back to what he earlier critisised again u r praising,ba post mwalipwa am afraid u too ‘are missleading the President.Stop blaming MMD or attacking HH u ve the pipo’s mandate up to 2015 pls get down to work instead of fighting HH.His time is 2016.

  27. shocks   July 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Zambia will never develop bcoz our politics is based on tribal lines and not what someone can do,I regret having supported cnp in 2011

  28. GunnerME   July 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

    @zemuntu, on the contrary Im not a UPND cadre neither am I a cadre of any political party! Ive very serious things to do with my life than parading myself & singing like a fool! For your own info I voted for PF & Sata so take your wild assumptions back! I regret two things though in my entire life- 1. Voting for PF & SATA
    2. Not giving my vote to Levy Mwnanawasa (MHSRIP). The best president Zambia has ever had! In short, learn not to run your loose mouth carelessly!

  29. Ronniey   July 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    U so cod Mr plz,wat afects yo intere u evn if Tongas wl won’t b in power?leav dem alon itz non of yo business,do u knw dat,ur only Bemba wo z stupd nd fool,wake up bul nd c watz hapn idiot.

  30. MUSANKWA   July 16, 2012 at 9:21 am

    @Zemutu fuck your dirt ass

  31. unknown   July 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Who knows were Sata is? we are busy insulting each other when he is enjoying our tax payers money out of the country.Lets debate and criticise some of the movements the president is making and how many have accompanied him?

  32. unknown   July 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    The president is making secret trips, why is he doing things like that.he doesn’t want to be asked on the importance of his trips. he is the only president Zambia has ever had who is scared of the camera and telling the truth.