Charles Mwewa

politicians and wealth creation

"Politicians don't directly create wealth, they manage available resources. But they directly influence and create policy through legislation (in democratic countries, at least) so that citizens can create wealth. You don't have to expect that Kaunda, or Chiluba or Mwanawasa or Rupiah or Sata or Lungu is going to suddenly bring wealth. However, politicians should create an "enabling environment" to empower the people to creatively manipulate resources and make wealth for themselves (businesses) and others (employment). The error we have made in Zambia, for example, is that we expect government to create jobs for us. This stagnates wealth creation and makes poverty a natural consequence. Anyone who depends on government for wealth will not be rich, unless corruption is encouraged." - Charles Mwewa

"Nations have the right to drink alcohol as long as it is not abused. But a nation that begins to consume early in the morning on work days will surely be condemned to poverty and lack of productivity. Zambia should not allow itself to encourage OVER-CONSUMPTION of alcohol. It doesn't built a nation." (Charles mwewa)

The three problems identified that Zambia faces today, in order of priority, according to the responses received at Charles Mwewa's forum are: (1) Lack of exemplary, creative and progressive leadership; (2) Rampant, uncontrolled and political corruption; and (3) Unwillingness of qualified, competent and people with new ideas to get involved in national governance in order to provide solutions to such vices as poverty, undemocratic tendencies, ignorance and etc. 

Zambia, Policy Ideas

BRIDGE-GAP LEADERSHIP

 What is the most urgent type of leadership Zambia needs? The most critical kind of political leadership Zambia needs is a BRIDGE-GAP LEADERSHIP (a short-term goal leadership to usher in a leadership with a long-term mandate). In 5 years, this leadership should enact policies and systems that are meant to first change the national mindset towards things like responsibility, diligence, care for nature and environment, investment, order, a mentality that rejects the current poverty state (policies that make poverty a crime against human rights), and etc. Then the next 5 years, set up an agenda that empowers every Zambian to gain a responsible free, basic education that is quality enough to enable them to read, write and solve basic social problems; create a competitive economic environment that enables employment creation and business incentivised support system that forces everyone to obtain gainful employment or sustainable businesses; healthcare that is relatively accessible or free for the most killer but preventable diseases like malaria, AIDS, and etc.; and a government with zero-tolerance policy on corruption, lethargy, tribalism and nepotism. 

4 WEAK POINTS OF POWER

 Power, by its design, has four major weaknesses. Any leader, whether in politics, religion, social or any other persuasion of life, will have to guard against these four pitfalls:

1. NOT LISTENING: This is the first weakness of Power. It is also the first sign that a leader has started to be corrupted by Power. They are not there yet, but they have entered the path to self-destruction, autocratic tendencies, and self-belief. When a leader stops to listen to advisers, spouse, colleagues and the people, they have begun on a road to corruption.

2. FLATTERY: This is the second stage to corruption. It is the sign that you are moving from responsible Power into absolute or autocratic Power. It begins by looking for, and sometimes, soliciting flattery. Such leaders will like to hear only what they want. The trouble begins when they can’t or don’t hear what they want to hear. Everyone else not sharing their opinions or point of view is an enemy, and must be isolated or ostracized.

3. PRIDE: Pride and flattery are related, only that Pride is deeper and more ruthless. Pride is the third stage to Power corruption. When power becomes Pride, it closes all opportunities to other points of view and only considers its own as legitimate. At this stage, it eliminates opposition, refuses to listen to reason and becomes conceited. When Power is Pride, people are nothing but things to be used to reach the leader’s ends. Power, at this stage, believes it is always right. Usually, at this stage, Power has corrupted a leader to the point of killing anyone who stands in their way.

4. CORRUPTION: The final stage of Power corruption. The regime, order, rule, church, and so on, at this stage, is ruined; it’s rotten to the core, usually irreversibly. Power, at this stage uses everything, including law, to reprise opponents (usually, at this stage, opposition is none-existent). Law becomes tyranny. Democratic or religious institutions become weapons of mass corruption. Common-sense becomes avaricious. Power doesn’t just kill, it kills at will, and sometimes, just on sheer speculation. The only way to reverse an absolute corrupt Power is to use mutiny, revolution or democratic mass protest that paralyses absolute Power.

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"Zambia: Struggles of My People" by Charles Mwewa

key topics in struggles of my people

Why Zambia - Struggles?

Bibliography to "Zambia: Struggles"

Pre-Independence Zambia 

Struggles for Independence 

Independence Theories 

The Second Republic 

Attempted Coups 

Presidential Politics 

Law Rule in Zambia 

Human Rights in Zambia

Criminal Reform in Zambia

Sexual-Orientation Debate 

Church Politics in Zambia

The Clergy and Politics in Zambia

Zambian Church History 

Christian Nation Politics 

The Third Republic 

Debt Politics 

Humanistic Economy 

Economic Future 

Upper Middle-Income Vision 

Technology Nation 

Economic Struggles 

Economic Globalization 

Welfare State  

Universality of Corruption 

Corruption in Zambia 

Good Governance 

The Chiluba Matrix 

The Politics of Culture  

The Language Debate 

Media in Zambia 

Zambian Authors 

Information and Privacy 

Internet Communication 

Emerging Zambian Leaders 

Diaspora Politics  

Rural Poverty in Zambia

Shanty Towns in Zambia

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In 2011, Charles Mwewa became the first single author to write a book covering all topics from law to economics, to culture, to politics and to the history of Zambia. The book has 1,100 pages with about 500 books and references cited. The book has over 2,500 footnotes. In 2017, Charles Mwewa began the project to re-make the book into volumes to make it easier to read and follow. Volume One is already available with its companion "Test Bank".

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