on 24 December 2010
Released by the Lembani Trust - African Realities : A Memoir by Robinson M Nabulyato, is edited by Dr Giacomo Macola, a lecturer at the University of Kent, UK. This incidentally is the third book I have read involving Macola. The first was the the wonderful Kingdom of Kazembe and the other One Zambia, Many Histories.
African Realities is a personal account of the life and times of Dr Robinson M Nabulyato, one of the founding fathers of modern Zambia, who stood shoulder to shoulder with the freedom fighters during the struggle against colonialism. This is a welcome publication by the Lembani Trust. Although its only 108 pages, it is packed with important reflections. The memoirs were penned around 1988. I was particularly struck by Nabulyato's fierce defence of Parliamentary independence and private enterprise. The book should appeal to any Zambian interested to understand our history. Its quick to read.
Memorable Quote :
No Parliament can claim to be living a democratic existence unless it is made independent of either the ruling party or government. When this is not obtaining, Parliament is made to serve dictatorial purposes. Once the party or government in power begins to resist the people's criticism or decisions through Parliament, then it becomes impossible to rule the country concerned except through the barrel of a gun.