TZ CONGRATULATES CZ
The 2021 incoming Chawama MP Mr Ntazana Musukuma popularly known as TZ has congratulated the newly appointed Presidential Adviser for Politics Mr Chris Zumani Zimba (CZ).
“Congratulations to you my childhood friend, my ally and comrade Chris Zumani Zimba on this important appointment. I know you will execute your duties with diligence. The time for the youths to take up key positions in the governance of our beloved country has come,” wrote Mr Musukuma adding, “Ni season yatu (It’s a time for the youths).”
TZ and CZ were not only intake mates at the University of Zambia (UNZA) but also shared a desk as course mates in Introduction to Political Science and Public Administration with CZ majoring in Political Science while TZ in Public Administration. Worth noting is that the dichotomy of Political Science and Public Administration is in such a way that Politics and Administration are two sides of the same coin. They are like twins just like TZ and CZ are like brothers.
Asked how he is feeling now that his close friend is serving at the top, TZ said he was filled with immense joy.
“I am happy for him and also for my country as I know he will contribute positively. Actually, I have received a great deal of calls from all over the country of people congratulating me as well on Zumani’s appointment as they see me with him, know we’re like brothers,” said Mr Muskuma.
TZ and CZ graduated on the same day at the University of Zambia to earn their respective bachelors degrees, went on to do their masters degrees and both started lecturing at UNZA. They have also worked together in areas of research, governance, development, public policy and of course politics.
Asked on Zumani’s heavy criticism of President Lungu prior to his appointment, TZ said the President has demonstrated outstanding leadership by not picking a bootlicker for his political adviser.
“What President Lungu has done is a clear indication that he is an exceptional leader. Sometimes it’s better to be advised by your critic than your praiser or worshipper. The role of an adviser is to advise and an adviser must be explicit not bootlickery. Zumani is professional, frank and courageous and I know the President will be advised accordingly in the best interest of mother Zambia. A Republican President doesn’t need to be surrounded by people who lie to him that everything is alright when in fact not. Zumani is the right man for the job,” said Musukuma.
He advised Mr Zimba to remain focused as he takes up his new role. “The President made it clear in the appointment speech yesterday and what particularly captured my attention was that he expects Zumani to act above partizan politics and advise him not just as party leader but also Republican President. That’s important and I hope Zumani heard and will act in line with the expectation of not only the President but also all of us the people of this great country,” said Mr Musukuma.
Truly TZ and CZ have a lot in common and with youths of this high calibre in strategic governance positions, Zambia has a future.
NTAZANA MUTUNGWA MUSUKUMA 4 CHAWAMA MP 2021