President Sata’s Visit to India: Putting Zambia First
By Kombe George
President Sata’s trip visit to India is a success because it put interests of Zambia at the center of the personal visit of the President. While in India, the President held investment promotion briefings with a number of investors including a hotel investment group and healthcare providers. If these investors come to Zambia, their investment will create millions of jobs for Zambians and revenue for the Zambia. Though a private visit, the visit to India by the Republican President is smart move because India is an enormous potential market for Zambia and source for private sector investment.
Recall, the former MMD government leadership was notoriously known for frequent Presidential trips, which included a long list of MMD cadres. All this was done at the expense of taxpayers. Do you recall those airport parades, waiting and singing for MMD President to depart or arrive from those famous trips? Despite the many trips MMD leadership team took, Zambians received nothing from presidential trips abroad. Instead, MMD government trips left Zambians with a bill worth billions of kwacha, all spent on Presidential trips. As if that is bad enough, MMD left Zambia’s economy weak, a record high unemployment and a dysfunctional public service delivery.
President Sata is setting a new standard for Presidential trips. PF position is very clear, presidential trips are no entourage of party carders. This is want the people of Zambia deserve, an accountable government. So far, PF is fulfilling its campaign promise.
President Sata’s trip promotes investments for Zambia. The number of people accompanying the President is very small as compared to MMD Presidential crowd entourage. This is the change, which the people of Zambia demanded in the 2011 elections. President Sata and PF Government are implementing smart policies, which is saving taxpayers money.
As for the opposition parties, their rhetoric on presidential trips can not be trusted by Zambians because what they are complaining about is not marching their deeds while in office. MMD ideas have been used before, it did not work. Zambians cannot go back to same failed policies. PF government is moving the country forward to a better future and is creating opportunity for all Zambians.
Welcome back home to the Republican President Michael SATA.