Sensible Zambians

Outrage erupts in Zambia after it was revealed the Zambian government has set aside only 20 million kwacha ($4,000) to fight bird flu. Critics point out this is less than the 70 million kwacha allocated to promote the sport of wrestling.

As usual, the critics are wrong. The possibility of a bird flu pandemic is remote (if not a fabrication). The leaders of Zambia should be commended for resisting the bird flu scaremongering which so many Western governments have been taken in by.

Besides, even if a bird flu were a real menace, I don’t think the Zambian health ministry could do much to treat or prevent it - not if given all the kwachas in the world. Wrestling skills, in contrast, are often applicable to everyday life.

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