COBRA IN THE BOAT: Michael Sata's Zambia by Chisanga Puta-ChekweCOBRA IN THE BOAT: Michael Sata's Zambia by Chisanga Puta-Chekwe

COBRA IN THE BOAT: Michael Sata's Zambia

byChisanga Puta-Chekwe

Paperback | February 13, 2017

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Cobra in the Boat is a riveting account of how one of Zambia's most controversial presidents got to power and how he governed while in office. Michael Chilufya Sata was a populist with huge ambitions for his country. Few of these ambitions were actually realized because of Sata's poor health and his premature death. The political chaos that followed the president's demise was a direct consequence of Sata's failure to pay attention to constitutional detail. The book shows how this crisis could have been averted.

Sata's penchant for dismissing theoretical detail as a waste of time had consequences in other areas of national life. The ill-conceived pay rise for already privileged public servants, the arbitrary decision to institute an unaffordable minimum wage, and the hasty creation of a new province and several districts, were examples of decisions that could have benefitted from rigorous theoretical input before implementation.

In the short time that Sata was in office, he missed many opportunities to right historic wrongs and set Zambia on a firmer path to economic prosperity. Sata's performance while in office was as complex as his own personality. As mayor of Lusaka in the early days of his political career, Sata developed a reputation for financial prudence, but as president of the republic he was profligate and often erratic. Despite this Sata did manage some successes while serving as fifth president.

Chisanga Puta-Chekwe is uniquely placed to write about Zambia. Born in the copper mining town of Chingola, Chisanga was educated at Kabulonga Boys' School in Lusaka and Sir William Borlase School in Marlow, England. He read law at the Universities of Birmingham and London before proceeding to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at ...
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Title:COBRA IN THE BOAT: Michael Sata's ZambiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:250 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.53 inShipping dimensions:9.21 × 6.14 × 0.53 inPublished:February 13, 2017Publisher:Adonis & Abbey PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909112704

ISBN - 13:9781909112704

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Table of Contents

DEDICATION..................................................................................................iv 
 FOREWARD.....................................................................................................vii 
 INTRODUCTION............................................................................................xi 
 PART ONE: It’s the Constitution! 
 CHAPTER ONE Exploiting a Bad Constitution.........................................................................17 
 CHAPTER TWO Abuse of Parliament by the Executive Branch.............................................27 
 CHAPTER THREE The Vice Presidency..........................................................................................33 
 CHAPTER FOUR Dual Citizenship................................................................................................39 
 PART TWO: Anaemic Leadership 
 CHAPTER FIVE A Foreman in Charge.......................................................................................55 
 CHAPTER SIX Bad Decisions....................................................................................................65 
 CHAPTER SEVEN Invisible Leadership.........................................................................................69 
 CHAPTER EIGHT Unforced Errors...............................................................................................79 
 CHAPTER NINE Friends and Allies.............................................................................................93 
 
  
CHAPTER TEN Not so Allergic to Corruption......................................................................121 
 CHAPTER ELEVEN The Essence of Michael Sata........................................................................157 
 Part Three: The Legacy 
 CHAPTER TWELVE Man of Action no More........................................................................................161 
 CHAPTER THIRTEEN The Economy Waiting to be created...........................................................167 
 CHAPTER FOURTEEN Sata’s Achievements.......................................................................................211 
 Index ...............................................................................................................233