Despite witnessing exceptional growth in development finance in recent years, Zambia is still faced with the arduous task of mobilizing adequate resources to fund its growth and future transformation agenda.
Given the rarity of external development assistance, and low commodity prices for our goods and services, it’s needless to say that Zambia has to awaken to the fact that it must rely on its own financial resources for sustainable development.
I have elected to throw up my hands in despair when decisions to do with debts contracted on our behalf, which are future liabilities most likely to be repaid by ourselves, appear not to be properly and prudently applied.
And I call upon my fellow young people to do the same, to rise above all manner of partisan persuading but to instead see the bigger picture.
This is a debt burden to be carried by us; therefore it’s equally our duty to advice appropriately.
Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak for others is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.
We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our leaders, but we must speak.