I am amused and amazed in equal measure as the constitutional debate keeps raging that almost everyone from political parties, churches, NGOs and every interest group in Zambia are all purporting to speak on behalf of “the people” as they all make various demands that are often incompatible and contradictory.
The Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) must be the most organized cartel in Zambia. The latest results, showing that only 18 people out of 187 (9.6%) who sat the bar exam are worthy of holding practicing certificates proves that the powers that be at ZIALE must be some of the most selfish people in this country. I do not mean to be mean and rude, but that is exactly how I and many other Zambians see these people.
50 years after independence, we are still struggling with basic issues like water and sanitation facilities at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), the nation’s largest health facility. The situation is very sad, especially at A05, an isolation ward where children with contagious diseases such as typhoid are kept.
I have seen everything from wrong diagnosis, overdose prescriptions to deaths caused by pure negligence. How can a doctor who has spent 7 years in medical school, done a year of internship, been mentored by senior doctors with decades of experience and has worked for several years fail to know basic things like what dosage of a drug to give?
The very simple answer to load shedding is to increase prices of electricity. More precisely, to stop government price controls in the energy sector by completely removing the power of the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to approve changes in prices of electricity and leaving pricing completely and totally to market forces.