GBM crossed the line

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By Patrick Sikana

I’m not a sympathizer of the profligate PF, but I don’t think that using vulgar language to describe them (or anyone) in the manner GBM did in a recent recording is especially helpful. The biggest problem in Zambia today is how partisan and divisive the political narrative is. That’s precisely why loose-tongued figures like Davies Chama, Mumbi Phiri, Chishimba Kambwili, Frank Bwalya or GBM appeal to enough Zambians to make them electable, potentially. GBM’s insults, a reaction to a malicious recording with a PF origin, were wrong, both because two wrongs don’t make a right, and also because as a leader, you set the example. In that context, I think GBM crossed the line of basic decency. He has set a bad example. My advice? Chilufya is like a race horse. No matter how fast the horse gallops it will always meet the ground ahead. Learn to ignore him.

Now wait and see how a disproportionately small but noisy demographic of PF insolents who need no provocation to unleash a cocktail of unprintables – will go berserk with rage, and even chun out more scary insults.

But GBM’s insults are an epitome of a polarized and troubled context. To put it very simply, in Zambia today the opposition hate the ruling party and the ruling party hates the opposition – both with a passion from Gehenna. Neither side is willing to engage in any way with the other side. While blaming the other side entirely for the inevitable political stand-off and game of political brinkmanship that ensues. Both sides are equally likely and willing to disparage and demean each other, thinking that by making the other side “small”, that they make themselves “bigger” in comparison.

But the fact is that when you dehumanise other people (for whatever reason) – in the manner GBM did – you dehumanise yourself in the process. The only way that any of this will shift is if we (from both sides) grow the hell up, and in some way try to constructively engage with people we might not like or agree with.
But I am not baiting my breath for that to happen any time soon. Pity.


10 Responses to GBM crossed the line

  1. truth be told, the language GBM used is the normal language people use in Zambia in normal conversation among bemba speaking people and should not be politisized so much. Ever the people who are in the forefront condemning use the same language and might even be worst. Our late resident Sata used the same language. The person to condemn is the one who licked the private conversation to social media

    Ze bigge
    April 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  2. GBM has really eroded ups and dowm party. HH is so desperate to get votes through Gbm whether in unit or blood bath. Gbm is not a factor in bemba land. If was a man enough would had acceptef to face sampa in kasama central. Such a parent to unleash insults with punity.

    April 14, 2016 at 12:52 pm

  3. Mr Sikana you are 100% right. Frank Bwalya,Mumbi Phiri,Chishimba Kambwili and Davies Chama this people also use vulgar language. You know now how it feels to insult other people. I cant blame GBM because he was provoked,however he need to ignore to some of the language coming from PF. Kambwili recently insulted GBM, is this the type of politics will be hearing from this people, NO NO NO.

    We know some people are being paid to provoke oppositions.

    joseph Mwape
    April 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  4. no vote for Satanists and gbm

    April 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  5. Mr Sikana, much as the insults GBM hurled at Tayali were strong, if you consider seriously the context especially the behaviour of the people he insulted I. e. Tayali himself, emmanuel Mwamba, Frank Bwalya and Sunday Chanda , he is obviously justified. Mind you his main focus was not about someone allegedly recording him or accusing him of insulting the Satas despite it being the trigger, but his point was these are people who support the PF government that is raping the masses on a daily basis just because of personal gain despite them having the platform to speak for the massess. How many people die everyday due to what the PF government is deliberately doing? He was actually insulting those guys on behalf of the suffering masses and yet they have made it a money making venture encauraging our rulers to subject us to more suffering. Every right thinking Zambian should understand GBM’S anger. I actually commend GBM for admonishing those leaders in PF on behalf the masses. Viva GBM, viva the incoming UPND government.

    April 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  6. These upnd cadres are very foolish, how can you justify insults really? I hope they lose terribly in Aug and hh should go and continue raring cattle

    mj banda
    April 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

  7. GBM is right to call a spade a spade how else could he have said it

    April 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm

  8. Me personally l have found hard to associate the two voices to be for GBM and stubborn boy Chilufya Tayali. In any case l was advised by my Bemba friend that insults are MALUMBO in Bemba Land, so the two Bemba guys were just practising Makumbo, no wonder Chilufya Tayali was enjoying laughably.

    April 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

  9. i feel for gbm as its hurt to be in a losing team

    April 15, 2016 at 8:53 am

  10. Some people are so foolish that they can’t even read through the line, HH is using GBM to get votes from bembas, that’s the more reason why HH hasn’t said anything avoiding to upset GBM, GBM doesn’t have a G12 certificate so how does he become a running mate 2 the mighty HH, time will come wen surely GBM will be pushed aside. The way he fails to see what’s under he’s tummy that’s the same way he’s failing 2 see his real position in UPND…watch the space…..HH is selfish

    April 15, 2016 at 11:08 am

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