The Citizens Democratic Party
P.O.Box 37277
Lusaka, Zambia.
Tel: +260-955-600674
"Putting People First"
Second Agenda

1.        Agricultural industry infrastructure is under developed amidst a chaotic farm inputs distribution and produce marketing system

2.        Under developed gemstone industry

3.        Over-dependence on the mining industry as main source of national revenue

4.        Weak fiscal capacity at Provincial and Local government to undertake developmental projects as and when needed.

5.        Poor state of physical infrastructure in terms of roads, railway roads and insufficient air transport

6.        Weak manufacturing industrial base

7.        Non existence of a national marketing and distribution system of goods and services

8.        Weak consumer buying power

9.        Under developed information and communication technology


1.        To accelerate development and service deliverly in a decentralized governance system, collected revenue such as VAT, Mineral royalties, Windfall Tax,         Excise duty etc shall
be proportionally shared among the Central government, Provincial government and Local government.        
2.        Poor physical infrastructure and weak institutional and legal framework not attractive to foreign investors

3.        Banks still practice elite lending practices

4.        Non existence or weak rural development policy

5.        The majority of the youths is under educated and lack capacity to borrow from banks

6.        Majority of women are under educated and lack capacity to borrow from banks

7.        Lack of national policy how to effectively involve Zambians abroad in the development of the country

8.        Government does not give our locals a chance to prove their innovation. Instead preferential treatment is given to foreign firms, with incentives that can also translate into
opportunity cost if first time Zambian investors are backed to undertake major projects.

9.        Foreign firms are allowed to move their profits out of the country, without them having any corporate responsibility. Zambia’s little infrastructure is depleted as foreign
“investment” grows. Foreign firms use Zambian roads and rent Zambian facilities to maximize their profits by avoiding building new infrastructure.

1.        The central government will prioritize development of infrastructure that encourages use of rural agricultural resources. Businesses involved in the manufacturing of goods in
Zambia will be given extra incentives to encourage growth of this sector.

2.        Central government will invest in farming equipment through the private sector and Zambia National Service and made available to all parts of Zambia to revamp and increase
productivity in the agricultural sector.

3.        Co-operatives shall be re-organized to buying fresh produce and distributing it nationally. Central government shall assist the private sector source funding for construction of
climate controlled storage and distribution facilities.

4.        Central government will review the profit externalization policy currently in place. Foreign companies will only be allowed to externalize 51 percent of profits, equivalent to their
share in the company.

5.        To improve the flow of money in the economy and consolidate consumer participation in the economy, government will review the national pay system from monthly pay to bi-

6.        To help accelerate the economic reform programs of our country, government will build a nationwide optical backbone to deliver high-quality high-bandwidth data, video and
multimedia services for personal and business communications.


1.        Create a Department of Reindustrialization under the Ministry of Commerce that will work with provincial governments and chambers of commerce to identify different types of
small and medium business that the private sector can embark on and supported by the government in all nine provinces.

2.        Government will require that foreign companies float 25-30% shares to the Zambian public. In the event that Zambians are unable to purchase all the shares floated,
government through the ZDA will make available affordable loans to prospective Zambian investors to purchase the remaining shares. This will be done to allow continuity of
company operation to protect workers should the foreign investor decide to leave.

3.        Central government will create Small and Medium Business Advisory Units at college and universities to help existing and emerging businesses with business management
skills. This will help entrepreneurs and afford students with hands on learning experience that could earn them academic credit.

4.        CDP does not want to discourage foreign investment.  What the CDP administration will require from any foreign firms, is that the same corporate responsibility that a
multinational firm practices in other countries, be applied in Zambia with the same measure.  CDP’s leadership knows for a fact that some of the corporations in our country are
obligated to raise their own infrastructure to operate in some countries, and also contribute to the well being of the citizens in which they are operate, through charitable
organizations.  CDP will set the exact expectations practiced in the “developed world” in order to allow a corporation to set up shop in Zambia.

5.        The Citizens Democratic Party have the following incentives, among others, for all our citizens abroad that have lived outside the country for a minimum period of two years or
more and have decided to come back to Zambia.

i.        All personal property acquired while living abroad will be allowed into the country duty free.

ii.        All machinery and equipment acquired for business use and not for resale will be allowed into the country duty free.

iii.        Application for commercial land will be processed with minimum delay possible provided proof of financial capacity and business plans to develop the land is produced.
Draft Manifesto
The CDP Solution
The Problem
Build a strong Zambian driven economy that encourages growth in the agriculture and manufacturing sector, and is socially responsible.

Put Zambian/Local Investors First to take a leading role in economic development of the country.
"Putting People First in wealth creation"

For two decades, only a handful of jobs have been created leaving a majority of our youth, fathers and mothers still
unemployed. The fight against poverty has been in vain and if anything, poverty has won. We currently have a
situation in our country, where we are told by our government, that billions of dollars are in our country, and yet the
impact is negligible as the majority of our people have seen little to no change. To further compound this problem, we
have foreign investors who are said to be “committing" billions of dollars for investment, and yet there is no coherent
plan made available to our citizenry explaining exactly how that investment directly benefits the nation. If at all there
are details on how these foreign firms benefit Zambians from the profits they make, they remain a secret known only
to the sitting government.
The Citizens Democratic Party will embark on its main program, whose ultimate goal is to transfer "Zambian wealth" to
"Zambian hands".  The CDP will achieve this by providing easier and cheaper access to loan facilities for our citizenry,
provided they show detailed and achievable plans for their would-be business. Through this same program, the CDP
intends to create employment opportunities to the numerous Zambian university graduates, who will specifically
oversee the implementation of this policy. It is the CDP's belief that Zambia will only become truly independent and
successful if the wealth of the nation lies in Zambian hands.