Poor Zambians need more than just borrowed money, says Pilato

By Staff Reporter

We will not deal with our indebtedness by borrowing more money from China or the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says satirical singer, Chama Fumba popularly known as Pilato.

Pilato posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday that for as long as Zambians kept thinking that their country did not have money, the country would continue contracting debt.

“Few years ago I watched and listened to Mr. Felix Galamukani Banda and Mr. Chibamba Kanyama on TV speak about poverty and wealth creation. I must mention that I do not listen to motivational speakers for reasons I cannot share now but these two gentlemen struck me to the ground. They said one profound truth which I think many of us missed. Talking about poverty they said, ‘POVERTY IS NOT THE LACK OF MONEY’. I think this is very true for many of us now and very true for our country today,” Pilato stated.  “For as long as we keep thinking that Zambia doesn’t have money, we will continue borrowing. For as long as we keep thinking that we a poor country because we do not have millions of dollars, we will continue running after those that have millions of dollars to give us. The problems we have as a country today maybe money related but we need more than just money for us to solve these problems.”

He advised President Edgar Lungu and his finance minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe to desist from running after those with money.

“We will not deal with our debts by borrowing more money from China or the IMF, as a matter of fact no amount of money will sort out our debt issue,” Pilato observed further. “The biggest problem today in Zambia is our inability to create wealth as a country. Money from China or from any donor will not bring dignity to our country or to our people. It will just undermine our sovereignty and relegate us to unfathomable levels of poverty. My humble advice to President Lungu and his ministers is, to stop running after millions of dollars, start running after people with ideas for a sustainable and localised development strategy. People with the mind to create wealth for the country. Selling ZESCO or any other assets is not a solution in itself for the people of Zambia.”

He pointed out that Zambians had great minds to change the course of their country.

“I have been luck in my journey through life as I have had the privilege of knowing and meeting great minds of so many Zambians. Zambians that have brilliant minds to change the course of this country are here and willing to work. We do have abundant resources, we need to organise minds that can turn these resources into the millions of dollars. How do we do this? Let’s deal with our education system as a start and the ripple effect of the education investment will benefit us in the long term. Let’s make our curriculum relevant to our situation in a bid to make the sector relevant to our cause,” Pilato suggested. “Secondly, beyond political lines you will find great minds who know how Zambia can grow. Identify these minds and bring them together and let them share their ideas with you for the growth of the nation. The belief that we need money to be wealthy has led to more corruption among the few individuals who have had the privilege to abuse such powers. For people to have more money, they have to steal more because for them to have more money is to be wealthy…. Zambia needs more than just money, the country needs minds of people to create wealth. The water, the youth, the minerals, the land, etc. These are resources that can be used to create the dollars we want and nothing else.”

Pilato early this year fled the country after the members of the ruling PF party threatened to physically harm him for allegedly singing a satirical song that they perceived as depicting President Lungu in bad light.

He was earlier arrested and charged for allegedly publicly protesting against the government’s procurement of 42 poor quality fire-tenders at a whooping cost of US$42 million.