Firstly, allow me please to give you all my heart-felt gratitude for your tremendous support, encouragement and indeed the confidence that you have in me as President. I thank you most sincerely. You people are great!
Sons and daughters of Zambia, without blowing my own trumpet, those of you who know or have heard me speak before, are very much alive to the fact that I can make good speeches. Nonetheless, I am not going to bore you or take much of your precious time, but just go right to the point.
Today we have come to announce to you that the forbearers of this great party of ours have passed the torch to a progressive Zambian generation with progressive ideas. Zambia Republic Party ZRP is back and I, ELISHA KING MUSOMA, am the new President.
Fellow citizens, it is not a secret that our overall aim as the REPUBLICANS is to form government one day soon and help to radically change mother Zambia and her place in the world. So the question should never be whether MUSOMA and the REPUBLICANS will form government, but rather WHEN will the REPUBLICANS form government?
Please let all our people in all the corners of Zambia know that ZRP, under my leadership, will never retreat an iota from our overall aim and vision to form government, and turn Zambia into an ECONOMIC GIANT as well as the BREAD BASKET of Africa. I have a dream for Zambia! I will repeat this: I HAVE A DREAM FOR ZAMBIA
For almost 50 years of Zambia's independence this country has been ravaged by mainly the 4 devils;
1. The devil of poverty
2. The devil of disease
3. The devil of illiteracy and
4. The devil of corruption
My government is going to wage a ruthless war against the 4 specific devils that have continued to ravage mother Zambia and our wonderful people. When Zambia Republic Party ZRP is in power, we will turn mother Zambia into an economic giant as well as the bread basket of Africa by creating manufacturing industry, beginning an agriculture revolution, empower indigenous Zambians instead of foreigners, offer 3 years tax exemptions & incentives to newly formed businesses owned by indigenous Zambians, we shall give financial assistance, land and machinery in form of loans to serious indigenous Zambian businesses, offer quality education and build universities in every province, offer quality health care and facilities to all & when needed, we shall bring back decentralisation, lower taxes, lower the cost of doing business in Zambia, make all foreign investors that enter the country to partner with Zambians and encourage value added exports among other things.
Why should our people continue to wallow in abject poverty in the land of plenty? How can you have a country without billionaires after almost 50 years of independence? My government will change that and for the first time in the history of our nation, we are going to have billionaires in US dollars and more than one million Zambian millionaires in us dollars.
So our immediate task is to begin a massive and extensive marketing of ZRP and recruitment so that ZRP and ELISHA KING MUSOMA become a household name in Zambia.
Never again will ZRP die! ZRP from hence forth shall stand the test of time and live as long as Zambia lives.
To our Current Republican President, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata and your government, I have this message for you sir. The REPUBLICANS are a progressive people hence, quite different from all other opposition political parties. So we are not going to shy away or hesitate to salute you for anything that you will ever do in the interest of the nation and our people. At the same time I would like you and your government to know that anything that you do that’s not in the interest of our people, we will greatly oppose you. Please make no mistake about this.
So in the same vein, I would like you to know Sir that, as the Zambia Republic Party (ZRP), we are in total support of your government's move to divide Northern Province into two provinces and the turning of Choma town or indeed any other town into the provincial headquarters of Southern province, living Livingstone as the tourist capital: Sir that is a move in the right direction.
We are also in full support of the renaming of Lusaka International Airport, Ndola airport and Livingstone airport after our forbearers: Kenneth Kaunda, the late Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and the late Harry Mwanga Nkumbula respectively, though you didn’t follow the right procedure.
We are also in agreement with you for calling the newly constructed Ndola stadium after the late President, Dr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, but of course not the naming of the Lusaka Hospital after him as well, as that just amounts to political appeasement because he is not the only one who needs to be appreciated.
We will also strongly advise that the new stadium in Lusaka under construction be named after our late president Dr Fredrick Chiluba whose immense and selfless contribution to the well-being of mother Zambia cannot be questioned or ignored by any normal Zambian.
As ZRP, we are against the extension of retirement age in Zambia because the lifespan of our people in Zambia has reduced drastically over the years to less than 40 years.
I must also say that as ZRP we have been appalled at some of your appointments and dismissals, to which I would strongly advise Mr. President that before you cut, please make sure you measure twice.
Mr. President Sir, we are also against the awarding of the Public Guest House in Northern Province to the Catholic Church. If you want to bless any particular church or member of the clergy, by all means you should do that as long as you don't use government resources. That's not right!
Coming to the issue of the sale of Zamtel, if there's enough evidence that such a huge public asset was fraudulently sold for a song by the previous government, please do not hesitate to reverse and make the culprit account for it and face the law.
Lastly, as ZRP we also strongly oppose the move to appoint Mr. Mutembo Nchito as DPP. Sir, the fact that Mr. Nchito’s company, for which he was chief executive officer, failed to service the debt which it owed is enough ground for him not to be appointed as DPP while there are thousands of qualified Zambians in good standing who can fill the same position in our country.
Once again the torch has been passed to a generation of progressive Zambians with fresh ideas, so let the word go forth to all our people in all corners of Zambia that the party is reborn, the politician is born and the President is born. The REPUBLICANS are back! Let every well-meaning Zambian and non Zambian alike join and support the Zambia Republic Party ZRP now, for a better Zambia tomorrow. We are back!
God bless Zambia!
Elisha King Musoma