Diaspora – ‘No Special Treatment’

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THOUSANDS of Zambians working in Gaborone and beyond had a bitter-sweet taste of President Sata’s venom when they made requests ranging from access to land, water and money during a meeting for Zambians living in Botswana.

Mr Sata thought this was tantamount to seeking a ‘special’ kind of treatment Zambians back home do not get.

The event held at a Zambian property not far away from the River Walk Mall, started on a shaky note on Tuesday evening when Tobias Mweendo started complaining about what he called “by-standers” in Zambia and finally cited a non-existent walk out of Parliament recently which he said had been conducted by the Patriotic Front to press for some legislation.

Mr Mweendo’s speech, which often digressed, had to be reduced to just about half an hour, before President Sata decided that talking down to the Zambians, would not be such a good idea after all and asked the more than 2,000 Zambians to ask questions in an impromptu and unprecedented Town Hall-style meeting.

The questions from the Zambians ranged from access to land back home, access to money from the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission and the crucial usual politics of employment.

But after the barrage of questions, President Sata stood up to address the Zambians and told them to get up, pack their bags and return to Zambia and help build the nation, if they felt they were getting a raw deal in Botswana.

“You are saving the lives of Botswana children when your children in Zambia are dying,” Mr Sata said. “You are teaching Botswana children when your children back home have no teachers…you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for having obtained a good Zambian education for free, to come and benefit a country that can afford, you must be ashamed.”

“Why do you want to be given special treatment if you have something to offer? Come back home and offer it,” President Sata said. “It’s clear you have decided to work here in Botswana for an extra kwacha when your people are suffering back home.”

President Sata said it was a shame the “Zambians living abroad chose to moan and complain about doing all sorts of jobs; some good, some bad, when they were needed the most at home and they chose to complain about decisions back home.

“You are saving the lives of Botswana children when your children in Zambia are dying,” Mr Sata said. “You are teaching Botswana children when your children back home have no teachers…you ought to be ashamed of yourselves for having obtained a good Zambian education for free, to come and benefit a country that can afford, you must be ashamed.”

President Sata described as a ‘shame’ the fact that Botswana roads are being designed by Zambian engineers, hospitals run by Zambian doctors and schools taught by Zambian teachers while Zambia lacked in all sectors he mentioned.

“Don’t be surprised if you come home and find the children you left in Grade One are now ministers,” Mr Sata said. “I will make them ministers because they are available and you are not…things are tough everywhere but you have to work hard to make things work. I was in opposition for 10 years and I think you can come back home and make things work if you like, but you chose to work for an extra Kwacha and then complain.”

Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda challenged Zambians in Botswana to state for the record how many relatives they have taken to live with them in Botswana, in order to improve their lives. Responses to this question were elusive.

The Zambians, who were initially full of anticipation of promises of money and goodies, appeared disillusioned as President Sata reminded them that job creation and economic development in Zambia can only be achieved through hard work at home and not rhetoric abroad./Daily Mail

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7 Comments

  1. MWABA May 6, 2012 at 7:39 am -  Reply

    Sata has done nothing for Zambia and he wants Zambians abroad to do what? Ata se, this man is foolish. Zambians abroad live abroad because of the country is in shambles – clean up.

    Sata admits having worked in the UK as a cleaner many many years ago, what what were his contributions to Zambia then?

    Zambians only want to have an easy life, they want handouts, and money so they can buy a latest phone or television. They just want material things and not save money for their future Why do Zambians what to live on handouts? Why do they expect others to feed them until they die of old age? Why are you so lazy?

  2. MWABA May 6, 2012 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Zambians abroad have managed to keep Zambia’s economy running. Billions for dollars are sent back home to relatives, and this is what is keeping the Zambian economy PF are villagers who do not understand leadership and just want to abuse their people. Zambians abroad are settled and do not wish to go back, well I for one do not want to return to Zambia. I work in an office, and I am paying taxes here and my pension is secured. I do not wish to invest in Zambia, why would I? The Europeans would left Europe for America did not invest back home to develop their countries – there is no way a nurse working in the UK is going to build a hospital in Zambia let alone invest in pharmacetual company to enable transfer of medicines and hospital equipment to Zambia. Zambian nurses in UK only work as healthcare assistants – life in the UK is not cheap.They are lucky if they take £2,000 per month home – rent in London is £1,000 plus living expenses. PF do not expect any funds from UK

  3. shashatila munongo March 29, 2012 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    by telling people in diaspora that they dont deserve special treatment which people back home do not get ,he is acceptings that even people at home dont get what they deserve due to poor governance.Again ,how many Zambians back home have land,its only afew not everyone has access.The rich ones are the ones acquiring various plots of land at the expence of the poor,so its not just those in the diaspora its everyone who is affected which means urgent attention is needed but bit has fallen on a comedian ears

  4. Zambian Abroad March 25, 2012 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    I don’t think we are asking for special treatment. Quite the contrary. We are only asking for equality of opportunities when we get home. The trend is to mistreat us just because we have lived abroad which is wrong.

  5. Botha March 24, 2012 at 3:02 am -  Reply

    The Poor Must Stop Having Babies. We must have a law preventing the poor from breeding, this is insane!

  6. Samba March 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    I am very dissapointed with Mr Sata. If we had access to good heath care and education we would not be here. If we were rewarded for our educations we would not be here. We are sending lots of money home, sending siblings to school, paying rent for our parents, bailing out our nieces and nephews in jail. paying for funeral expenses, paying for surgeries for relatives. We are contributing a lot to our families home and we need respect not because we are special but we deserve it for the sacrifices we have made to our families.

  7. Fwaka March 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    ‘Mr Sata thought this was tantamount to seeking a ‘special’ kind of treatment Zambians back home do not get’

    So even daily mail can detect Mr Sata’s poor judgement.

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