In 1964, Zambia attained its independence under Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, who is considered as the father of the Nation. Dr. Kaunda had good intentions for Zambia and did a lot of good things for all Zambians. However, Dr. Kaunda enjoyed massive support that at some point he became complacent and made some economical mistakes. It was only after things were worse that the Zambian people rose up and brought in the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) under Fredrick Chiluba. Dr. Chiluba enjoyed similar veneration that Dr. Kaunda did in his early rule. He too, Dr. Chiluba, had good intentions for Zambia but the veneration made him feel divine which almost made him to go for a third term. In thinking that he was above everyone, so he made many wrong decisions which costed Zambians a lot of resources and time which would have changed the lives of Zambians positively. It took 20 years for the Zambian people to wake up from their utopia and vote out MMD government. Today, we have Patriotic Front (PF) in government and our current President Mr. Micheal Chilufya Sata seems to be enjoying a lot of goodwill and praise from Zambians and the International community at this early stage of his rule. With this attitude we risk going into sleep mode as citizens and only wake up when things are worse than before.
It is therefore imperative to sensitize Zambians to offer checks and balances to the government of the day. Zambians need to be sensitized to have some kind of a score sheet to mark the performance of the government of the day right from their first day in office. We should not wait for election time to debate national issues. We should be proactive on National issues other than just discussing them in bars, on the buses, in offices and other social forums like talk shows. The situation is actually worse in the rural areas where people, especially women and youths who are the majority of the electorates, have no information. Most of the times these electorates are not even decided who to vote for, so they fall prey to electro-malpractice and corruption. Zambians, especially the youth need to be sensitized on social justice, good governance and respect for human rights.
2. Background of Zambian Voice
The Zambian Voice (ZV) is a non-governmental, nonprofit making organisation that was formed in 2011 and is registered as a limited company by guarantee under the office of the registrar of companies and business names in accordance with CAP 389 of the laws of Zambia.
The organisation has attracted mostly the youth and young adult. The organisation would like to strengthen its presence especially in the rural areas.
2.1 ZV aims to prepare Zambian people for effective civic participation that sustains a democratic society and enhances the quality of life in both local rural and urban communities.
Every Zambian lives with dignity in a community entrenched with social justice, good governance and respect for human rights.
To actively and effectively promote civic engagement of citizens with government, political and non-political key actors in policy formulation, implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation that will entrench social justice, good governance and human rights for all Zambians.
2.4 Core values
Accountability: ZV will ensure that everyone, including its members, is responsible of whatever is entrusted to them for the good of all citizens.
Transparent: ZV will endeavour to remain accountable and transparent in all the work that it does. This will be to both those that entrust the organisation with resources to carry out some work ad to those that put their trust in the organisation with the hope that it will make their views heard.
Courage: ZV will take action for disadvantaged Zambians in all situations and stand for what is true and right
Commitment: ZV is committed to ensuring dignity of every citizen is upheld and protected in all times and places
Equity: ZV in its work will aim at ensuring that every person is dignified by having an equal platform to decide the on what is good for them in accordance with the fundamental human rights.
National patriotism: ZV will ensure that citizens, especially the youths, are instilled with good values for the good of the Nation other than self or personal interests which promotes corruption
Self sacrifice: ZV will ensure to change the mindset of the citizens, especially the youths, so that they can learn to work hard for before enjoyment.
2.5 Motto of ZV
“One Voice – in many languages”
- To strengthen Institutional development in order to offer holistic quality civic education to the people of Zambia
- To promote the rule of Law and respect for Human Rights
- To promote accountability and transparency in Government Institutions
- To contribute to the promotion of genuine and competitive political processes
- To contribute to facilitating the increased development of a politically and socially active civil society