Without an iota of exaggeration, I have been overwhelmed by numerous requests to stand as Lusaka Mayor, a position that has never been part of my dreams of life. Some, and genuinely so, are offering financial support and campaign time. My position is influenced by four factors:
First, I have taken a mental visualization of the position of Mayor; seeing myself addressing a mixed multitude of counselors, many with conflicting interests. I also visualized wearing that large ring around my neck for most of the day before heading off to the airport to welcome the Head of State. My conclusion was that as at now, It would be psychological blow.
Second, the encounter with cadres in Kanyama over the last weekend was a huge game changer, if ever I was in the game at all. After dropping off my two cousins by the Kanyama Salvation Army Cital, I met nearly 200 fearful looking men spread over 100 meters on the Los Angeles road. They aggressively cleared motorists off the road to pave way for a party chairman walking on foot. Never seen that ever, except in videos about DRC. Can I easilyI blend with what I saw? Will I change the mindset or it will change me?
Third, I left IMF to start something that will have a huge impact on the quality of leadership in our country in future. Should I behave like a man who easily dumps his wife and children for that seemingly attractive beauty? Will I have same passion and drive as mayor as I have in my current assignment? (notwithstanding, ….the Head of State calling for my services for any role, and my values aligned, I would oblige).
Fourth, I embraced a spiritual visualization. Do I have that spiritual vision for Lusaka? David waited long until he perceived the appointment in his spirit to be king, ‘And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.’ 2 Chronicles 14.2
1. What values guide you in your decision making process about career, marriage, investment?
2. Why do you want to be a leader?
3. What evidence can you show about God being at the center of everything you do? “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Thank you fellow Zambians for this confidence; I know I have a high place in your hearts! Enjoy the long weekend.