Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba says the year gone by,2017, will most likely be famous and remembered for the rising tide of corruption and the seemingly falling standards of public accountability.
Kalaba says corruption is, however, a phenomenon which all well meaning Zambians should shun and endeavour to confine to the yester- year.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs is the only one in government currently who opted to abide by the Constitutional Court ruling that ministers who held office after the dissolution of Parliament prior to the 2016 election should pay back the money they accumulated while they held office.
Kalaba was in the past reported to be among the least favorite of President Lungu who has been looking for a golden opportunity to fire him as Minister.
“The year 2018 is yet another opportunity for all of us to rally behind all the honourable men and women in Government and outside Government who have been championing the crusade against corruption and add our voices to those that have resolved to come in public office with clean hands,” he says.
And Kalaba says it is possible to make Zambia great if everyone chooses the country above self because there has been the horror at play when self-interests are propagated and the collective will of the people is hashed.
“We can no longer fold our arms in silence and watch the impunity of those that make the essence of governing a mockery,” he says.
“Those of us in public office who have let our people down must self-correct and yield to the will of the Zambian people. It is an honourable thing to do and when we have embraced this new standard of service to the people, we will be proud to stand and sing of Zambia and the era of consistent excellence will dawn upon us. 2018 brings forth this opportunity and promise or we can simply look away and accept to be men less of our mandate and beneath our calling”
He says he refuses to accept a Zambia that is defined more by its failings rather than its strengths.
” I refuse to accept a Zambia that is known for its wickedness rather than its chastity. We are a chosen Nation whose God is the Lord. We can make 2018 the year we returned to our lost sanity. Systems and people might have failed us in the past but that doesn’t make Zambia a failed Nation. Zambia is endowed and blessed but to harness those endowments, our hearts and minds must be congruent in admitting that self-interest must be crucified at the altar of pure service,” Kalaba says.