Is Zambia a true friend?

HARARE - For more than 20 years after independence, Zimbabwe gave Zambia with a shovel and now we are now receiving a spoonful of assistance.

In the past three decades, Zambia and Zimbabwe have rarely enjoyed economic prosperity at the same time and hence many expected that, in the spirit of neighbourliness, the two would stand by each other during times of need.

The major commodity traded by these two former British colonies since black majority rule is maize but the attitude of Zambia’s post Kenneth Kaunda presidency towards Zimbabwe has never been to share our afflictions.

From 1980, millions of tones of maize were exported to Zambia up to about 2003.

In fact, Zimbabwe over exported and ran down her Strategic Grain Reserve in early 2000s in an attempt to assist to arrest the biting food shortages prevalent in Zambia at the time.

Zimbabwe has been battling to attain above national requirement maize harvest since 2002 leaving the country with no choice but to import maize from Zambia, which was, ironically at that time, enjoying bumper harvest.

Zambia has been demanding upfront cash payment and when these payments are made and yet they still react very painfully slow in preparing the maize stocks for dispatch.

It must be noted that at all material times, Zambia bought maize from Zimbabwe, it was on various terms other than cash.

In fact, as late as May 2013, Zambia still owed Zimbabwe for the maize sold in 2002.

And now the Sata administration is demanding cash upfront?

We must know whether the maize is strictly on cash basis or open account terms, which Zimbabwe used to extend to them.

It is practically impossible to litigate against Zambia Food Reserve Agency (FRA).

Historically, Zambia has never been receptive to Zimbabwe exports opting to favour South African products.

In 2001, ZimTrade, the country’s export promotion body, opened a permanent office in Lusaka and also a trading warehouse that sought to ensure that Zimbabwean products were always available in Zambia.

This was done to countenance the emerging of South Africa hegemony which saw several shopping malls built by Old Mutual South Africa to house retail chain stores such as Shoprite, Game and many others.

The Zimbabwe Trading House, which was operated jointly with a Zambian company, Sulmach Limited, closed prematurely when Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa slapped a ban on a number of Zimbabwean products.

The media reported that “An ambitious bonded warehouse project established in Zambia about two years ago has collapsed on the back of a ban imposed on Zimbabwean products by President Levy Mwanawasa’s government.

“The ban, which was reserved on certain products, had the effect of cutting off supplies into the warehouse, Zambia Trading House (ZTH), established by ZimTrade to improve dwindling foreign exchange receipts.”

When Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, met Michael Sata on June 11, 2011, Zimbabwe was not topical in their discussion.

The Siamese twin did not make efforts to lobby for the removal of economic sanctions illegally imposed on the other twin who gives passage of goods from the sea to the other twin.

Zimbabwe is learning the hard way that it is important to retain former maize output status that saw us exporting in excess.

It is difficult to count on Zambia as our ally because she is seemingly just a neighbour who happened to be there by virtue of geography.

Many Zimbabweans have tried to open and run businesses in Zambia but found the environment harsh.

Let us till the land seriously this season and grow our own food because we are on our own.

 

Comments (26)

Our credit worthiness is in the negative, how do we expect our neighbours to turn a blind eye on that. Tambozvivhenekawo here tione kuti sei tiri kunzwarwo. Ko chibage chavo chakumbobva kupi ivo vaitambura mazuva a Kaunda

hezvoko - 4 November 2013

the rains this year are promising lets support our own farmers tisiyane nanaBanda nechibage chavo

tingz - 4 November 2013

business is business period. blame your leaders for destroying your economy. Now you are beggars of southern africa. what a shame.

antonio dinorscio - 4 November 2013

Let us seriously look at ourselves in the mirror and with all honesty, interpret what we see.

Mambo - 4 November 2013

Tauara hako antonio. After all the farmers now producing for Zambia are the same we kicked out of Zimbabwe so why cry. We wanted our soil and the soil we got. Tichidyaka mavhu edu after all inhaka yedu. Why does this sick govt want to get maize from Zambia on credit? What is happening to the Chiadzwa money? Stop telling us about how you used to help Zambia and just pay up and make food available to the people. You are used to cheating handiti. Chikwereti chii? Pay up majaira

vongai - 4 November 2013

Can Zambia still be nursing her bitter marginalization during the Federal Decade (1953-1963)? I vividly recall this News Day story in 1992......A village fool set the whole village on fire. But by dint of fortune, he was able to put it out. He then went round the village, calling himself a hero who had saved the whole village from the inferno. This simile was related to the Zim Min of Agric who had sold all the maize to Zambia. After importing yellow maize, he then boasted that he had saved Zim from the 1992 Dought. May his soul rest in peace.

Bhora Mughedhi? - 4 November 2013

Do you think selling to u the maize that has been planted by the same farmers u chased away wld do Zambia any good? I don't think so. Pay cash upfront or you face revolts from your own people.

Exiled - 4 November 2013

you never help someone hoping to be helped one day. If zimbabwe wanted that then they shld have made it clear on the onset that we are helping u so that one day you do the same.

gondo - 4 November 2013

zambia is a true ,but its hard to help idiots.

nyoka - 4 November 2013

Ndizvozvo! Self inflicted now you are looking for sympathy!

Spellbound - 4 November 2013

Hama, musaite sevanhu vasina moyo. Chokwadi apa ndechekuti, zvinorwadza zvatirikuitirwa neZambia.

Wezhira - 5 November 2013

Zambia is right, we have but ourselves to blame,ndiroka ramaiti JAMBANJA ikozvino we have influential people with multiple farms doing nothing on those farms ten years later.BULL SHIT

TERA COTTA - 5 November 2013

Business is business and in business you pay. Even brothers from the same mother and father have an extent to which they will not continue giving for free. Zimbabweans should introspect and realize that this is all of their own doing. Not Zambia's. Stop shifting blame.

21 Gun Salute - 5 November 2013

everyday lories to zambia damage our roads payinng next to nothing. if we try to squize them they will scream.

manjowe m - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

USA can trade with China and yet they are not the best of friends .Reoson why Africa is poor is becoz of countries like Zambia. Can not stand together in each others hour of need.

manjowem - 5 November 2013

@Majongwe_Lorries pay at the boarder Road access fee, they pay at toogates...so its not for free. in any case if SA, Botwana and Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi apply the same to you...what will become of your poor beggar country? Remember you are as landlocked as Zambia afterall! sei wakapusa kudaro? Kana iri nyaya yekubhadhara cash, ZANU maust act. they have been stealing diamonds money filling their bottomless pockets. they also promised during elections that we will not starve. They are always in the habit of sying this is a rich country...they must pay up NOW. We want the maize. nzara yatikuvadza! Magajaira kujuta vanhu. Vana Libya makavajuta mari dzeOil dzamasusina kuzobhadhara nazvino now you going around with tails between legs seeking for pity! hakuna iyiyo!

Gorongoza - 5 November 2013

If there is anything that Africa need to know is there is nothing for free. You only get good credit terms if you pay your debts well. Zimbabwe in particular need to learn to be responsible and not go around blaming all and syndry for their mismanagement! in any case Zambia yakazombowanepi chibage chakawanda kudai when they used to be beggars?

Gorongoza - 5 November 2013

Why should you depend on another country for anything usina mari. Without cash you are not nothing. Even life do not depend on anyone you will be let down. So it would be unfair for Zambia to feel sorry for Zim, whose leaders have made the nation a basket case. It is purely business even if you may be called friends.

Muchineripi Bakacheza - 6 November 2013

BOREHOLES and IRRIGATION engineers zim.engineers@gmail.com

qksdnvbhggfjejfejk - 7 November 2013

It is imperative and important that we understand the dynamics of African Politics which hinge on comrade ship which stems from our colonial legacy. Liberation movements which are in power will always congregate together as brothers of Old. Botswana stands on its own because it has no liberation history that is noted so it appears to have a divergent view. To understand what is going on in this time you need need to get to the core what up bringing/teaching the the movement Leaders have undergone in the process of time. Kwane Nkrumah stands out tall as the teacher, Julius Nyerere, Robert Mugabe, Kenneth Kaunda etc... the students of Kwame. Kwanes teachings are evident in the successes of these leaders in the immediate post independence period. Julius Nyerere stood the process of time and principle and passed over the baton and managed to keep Chama Chamapinduzi intact and left a legacy by not having diverged from Kwames teachings. Robert Mugabe had post independence successes which are undeniable consistent with Kwames teachings. The process of time and the changing dynamics of politics caused many students of Kwame to diverge from their teachings and depending on what path they followed the current state of the countries they lead is evident today. The African dream is really about achieving African imancipation with civil liberties by first respecting each other as Africans and promoting sustainable development. What is evident in the current dynamics is leaders agreeing with discord to gain comparative advantage over their fellow countries( in trade and business)...zim imports maize from Zambia...it used to be the other way round, question, so whose farming in Zambia.....?

I told you so - 9 November 2013

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