First, you must believe in these ten things that define our struggle for the true liberation of our land, and the achievement of Economic Freedom...
1. EXPROPRIATION OF LAND WITHOUT COMPENSATION
Thousands of Zambian families continue to be displaced and deprived of their land which is being grabbed and sold to foreigners and foreign investors with the help a few local politicians and corrupt elites. We resolve to reclaim and repossess all such lands owned and/or controlled by beneficiaries of this criminal practice without compensating them. Zambian land is not for sale. All land belongs to, and will be given back to the people!
2. AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRIALIZATION
Millions of Zambians are unemployed, suffering and even starving today. Yet vast land resources which could remove such poverty and unemployment through agriculture development remain untapped. We must resolve to break-away from dependency on the Copper Mining Industry and diversify towards agriculture development as the mainstay of our economy via an agrarian revolution. An agricultural revolution will bolster the growth of thousands of secondary processing industries, promote full employment and guarantee food security for our people.
3. NATIONALIZATION OF STOLEN MINES AND KEY RESOURCE INDUSTRIES
Zambia continues to lose over 10 Billion Dollars annually from mineral-profit theft through tax and royalty evasion, and 100% profit externalization by these dubious foreign investors who own and control our mines - KCM, MCM, FQM, Lumwana, Sentinel, Kalumbila, Chambeshi et al. We must resolve to Nationalize and/or own a 51% or more majority controlling stake in all strategic industries such as Agriculture, Banking, Telecommunications, Transport etc.
4. QUALITY FREE EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE FOR ALL
Millions of Zambian's youthful population cannot afford the cost of primary, secondary and tertiary education; let alone the high medical fees charged by our now privatized healthcare systems where the best treatment and best medical facilities are only available for those who can afford it. We must recognize that free education and healthcare at government expense is an inalienable human right for all, not just the rich. Quality public health and education services will be guaranteed for all Zambians.
5. THE RIGHT TO EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WAGES FOR ALL
Zambia's high rate of unemployment is made much worse in that even the majority of the working class are as good as the poor unemployed because of wage exploitation. We must endeavor not only to create employment opportunities for everyone, but also to protect our workers from destitution, poverty and oppression at places of work caused by exploitative employers who take advantage of outdated labour laws. The minimum wage and conditions of employment must be constantly revised to ensure that the Zambian worker is able to meet the cost of living. Decent employment, a good wage and comfortable pension is a right for every Zambian.
6. THE RIGHT TO DECENT FOOD AND HOUSING
After 53 years of independence, more millions of Zambians still live in unsanitary filthy shanty compounds where the conditions of living are sub-human.We must ensure that the dignity and living conditions of Zambians are respected through state provision and promotion of habitable housing projects. Further, food security must be guaranteed for all, with a minimum food rations provided for the poor and homeless. Food and housing is not a luxury, it is a human right to be respected as such.
7. CANCELLATION/SUSPENSION OF IMF AND WORLD BANK LOANS
Zambia owes over 12 Billion Dollars in foreign debt, and this is a debt we can never repay! This high indebtedness has opened the way for the IMF, World Bank, China and other international lenders to dictate our economic and trade policies in their own favour, and to our detriment. If we are to survive, we must cancel/suspend unnecessary borrowing and unfavorable loan conditions which currently make it impossible for us to allocate resources to poverty reduction programs and national development. We must endeavor to make ours, and the future generations debt-free.
8. PROTECTION OF OUR MANUFACTURERS, MARKETS AND JOBS
The Zambian market has become a dumping ground for cheap and mostly inferior foreign goods. These cheap goods of low quality harm our Zambian producers who are unable to compete with older and more powerful international businesses. We must ban the importation of all products which we’re capable of producing for ourselves. Further, we must ban the exportation of all unprocessed raw materials which we can, and must endeavor to convert into finished products so as to create more job opportunities for our people and improve our value from exports of finished goods.
9. GUARANTEED SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR THE VULNERABLE
Many Zambians have become poverty stricken and destitute either because they are unable to find work despite being able bodied youths, or they have retired and reached an old age where they are unable to work. Either way, we must create a secure social welfare fund to take care of the poorest and helpless among us – the unemployed, orphaned, disabled, aged, retired and others who are unable to provide for themselves through no fault of their own.
10. DEPORTATION OF FOREIGN EXPLOITERS AND TRANSGRESSORS
The foreign capitalist exploiting class: and that includes the new generation of the old foreign colonial settlers (Whites and Indians), the latter-day foreign investors (Chines and Lebanese) now resident in Zambia, including all those who continue to abuse our hospitality by stealing our resources, oppressing and insulting indigenous Zambian workers/citizens,will be expelled from the country and banned from ever returning.
Endorsed: ELA Central Committee
September 19, 2016
QUALIFICATIONS TO BECOME A MEMBER: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
"Endeavor to be part of a cause bigger than yourself - a cause for our true freedom. Serve the common good with honesty and integrity. Above all, Love Your Country and your fellow countrymen with all you mind, all your heart and all your soul."
Mainda Simataa, General Secretary
- Any Zambian committed to the freedom of our people: economic Freedom that is, the freedom of our land, our resources, our mines, and our common heritage; and such a person being of sound body and mind, aged 16 years and above, may apply to become a member of ELA through a verbal or written expression of interest through our secretariat, or any other member who recommends such a one.
- A member who opts to join ELA has, and by so doing, endorsed and agreed to further the revolutionary aims and objectives of ELA stipulated in the 10-point plan to the best of his/her ability.
- Admission to ELA membership becomes effective upon payment of the prescribed membership/commitment fee, and thereafter, a duty to pay an annual membership renewal fee/subscription as determined by the Central Committee.
- A member thus agreeable and subscribed to the ELA objectives and principles becomes a bonafide ELA member eligible to serve and contest in the district, provincial and national executive structures if he/she so wishes.
- A member of ELA cannot be a member of any other political formation that holds simialar or contradictory aims and objectives as ELA because is an independent, revolutionary and politically oriented formation with its own future ideas of how things should be.
- A member has the duty to do all such things as are necessary, and within ones power, responsibility, ability and talents: to further the revolutionary aims and objectives laid down by ELA for and on behalf of the people of Zambia.
- To always put the people’s national cause first: and to protect, promote and defend at all times, the people’s individual, social, economic and political rights and freedoms to ensure justice, happiness and prosperity for all.
- Where possible and whenever called for; to attend and participate in meetings, seminars, conferences, campaigns, rallies, protests etc. pertaining to the agenda of economic freedom for mother Zambia and its peoples.
- To actively promote, propagate and finance the agenda of the movement by making the prescribed monthly contributions expected of executive members, as well as any amount from general members and well-wishers whenever called upon to do so.
- In all things, to consider and always put forward the interests of the majority poor Zambians first, to put the social welfare needs of the people before one's own, to put the revolutionary cause above and beyond self-interest, knowing that in the end, those who serve selflessly are always rewarded.
Issued by: General Secretary on behalf of Central Committee
Lusaka, Zambia - 2016