Sunday-06/10/19 – Random Thoughts and Reflections.
Fifty years after the first thirty-three (33) independent African states gathered in Addis Ababa to form the Organization of African Union (OAU), now the African Union (AU) whatever the difference it makes in dropping the word Organisation, the continent is looking ahead towards the next fifty years.
On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the OAU, Africa‘s political leadership acknowledged past
achievements and challenges and rededicated itself to the Pan African vision of ―an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” Agenda 2063, a plan for Africa‘s structural transformation, was agreed upon by the African Union Golden Jubilee of May 2013. Transformation indeed when Xenophobic Attacks In RSA, Nationalism in many Countries, Hot spots in Sudan, Congo DR, CAR, confusion in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya Rtc. Julius Malema of RSA criticized the 2063 claiming the old Folks in current leadership won’t even be there in 2063 to realise their far fetched dreams. Time is now, not 2063!
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty did not achieve that very much although Consultants, Program and Project Managers may have achieved personal aggrandizement. MDGs have been inevitably replaced by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) whose broad objectives are to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. Sounds hazy, vague and difficult to measure real and tangible results. Vague in Monitoring and Evaluation of such Projects. Looks like another Failed Project before it even takes off because of unmeasurable outcomes impossible to tabulate.
The Vision 2030, Zambia’s first ever written long-term plan, expresses the aspirations of the Zambian people to be accomplished by the year 2030. It is believed to have articulated the appropriate national and sector goals to meet people’s aspirations (presuming we all know exactly what the 17 million Zambians aspire on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis). It is argued that it is based on policy-oriented research on key national strategic issues and on a process of discussion and dialogue with the private sector, civil society and the general citizenry on the long-term goals and future of Zambia. The same Zambians failing to agree on the National Dialogue and Bill 10. The same teams responsible for pro longed Load shedding Lol.
The Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) is for the period 2017- 2021 (2 years gone, 2 more years to come most of which time will be spent on Politics and National wide Campaigns for 2021 Elections. It looks like Presidential Campaigns and Party mobilisation have started for some Political Parties. High time for Party Convention and intra-party democracy and internal elections folks). The 7NDP is aimed at attaining the long-term objectives as outlined in the Vision 2030 of becoming a “prosperous middle-income country by 2030. We seem to have heard that song before and several times! Middle income, whatever that means to our rural folks and grandparents. The goal is to create a diversified and resilient economy for sustained growth and socioeconomic transformation driven, among others, by agriculture. Flamboyant and aspirational sweet-coated words sounding like a NAREP Political Party Manifesto. The President nafileka ifima Politics! Lol! (The HOW has always been a challenge)
The 7NDP is said to have responded to the Smart Zambia transformation agenda 2064 and embeds in it the economic recovery necessary for the actualization of a Smart Zambia. This is alleged to be in support of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063. We are still waiting for his Worship, the Mayoral Promissory Note of Free Internet Wi-Fi within the Capital City Lusaka in 90 days. The Glorious Band sang one song “Ukulanda Kwalyanguka ukubomba kwalishupa”. Reality Check.
“Doing the Best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment”, Uyu umwanakashi uyu uwakwata Ulupiya ulwingi sana ukuchila muchipimo imintapendwa – uyu batila Oprah Winfrey advised that.
At a macro level, when the details of the moment confound and frustrate us (and frustrations are many, that is why Mpombo, Aka, Enock , Chipimo, Pule, and many others abandon Politics and try something else) we all need to draw inspiration from the goal, the purpose, the vision we seek to fulfill. When that vision seems hopelessly far away, we should strive to find solace in our ability to take small yet meaningful steps toward it from right where we are. Set your aim high, and set your focus on the moment. Aim for the moon, so that in the event that you don’t reach there, you will still be among the shining stars of the World. Keep yourself aligned with your most treasured dreams, and keep yourself busy with the practical, useful, effective efforts that will bring those dreams to fruition. Don’t over indulge. Hangover is officially an illness, at least in German.
If you want to be the best, you can’t take the path of least resistance. Every morning, you wake up, and your mind tells you it’s too early, and your body tells you you’re a little too sore, but you’ve got to look deep within yourself and know what you want and what you’re striving for. – Antonio Brown. Umuntu kwima nokuya mukusamba nokuya mukufwaya ifyakuchita. Not ukwikala fye Ndwii!
Keep your aim far ahead and keep your focus upon all you can do right now. Let your work benefit from and be inspired by your purpose, and enable your purpose to be fulfilled by your work. The big picture will motivate you to keep going. The small details will create the pathway for you to get there.
Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality. – Ralph Marston
Many people dream but never fulfill those dreams. Too many others stay busy but never really are headed anywhere. By aiming far and focusing near, you can be both a dreamer and a doer, someone who follows a dream and actually reaches it. Give purpose to your actions and actions to your purpose. Aim far, focus near, and work your way to exactly where you want to be. Have a Lovely Week. Stay well and be blessed. KKK888-2019