Of democratic centralism and sexism in politics – The case of Charmine!

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UPND’s Charmaine Musonda during filing in of nominations

Now that Charmaine Mehl Musonda has successfully filled in her nomination as UPND candidate for the Chilanga parliamentary by election, it’s necessary to put out a few facts that many comrades may not be aware and have made wrong and unfair conclusions about her, based on fake news, kokili data that borders on sexist tendencies.

Firstly, the confusion and backlash on social media(not in Chilanga) that characterized the adoption of Charmaine Musonda among UPND members, sympathizers and political competitors would not have happened if all royal and disciplined members of the party asserted and internalized the guiding principle of democratic centralism, meaning individual members and leaders must express themselves in a democratic decision making processes, without fear or favour. But once a collective decision has been made, everyone, including all those who disagreed, must go out with one voice, respect, defend and implement the collective decision. This unity in action is referred to as democratic centralism, or collective responsibility. Therefore, the decision made by the NMC was binding to all party structures and members regardless of personal views.

Secondly, another lie is that the UPND NMC leadership hand picked Charmaine. Nothing could be further from the truth. The adoptions are made by the grassroots, lower organs ie wards and Constituency. She was subjected to elections were she came out first, beating more than 10 other candidates. The UPND leadership must be commended for respecting internal democratic processes and the choice of the grassroots, despite rouble rousing on social media, they went ahead and adopted her.

Thirdly, another mudslinging, a blue lie, is that Charmaine was Keith Mukata’s concubine and a wife snatcher. The truth is that Mr Mukata’s marriage ended way before he came to know Charmaine. Mukuta’s wife first commenced divorce proceedings in 2005, again in 2010 but she discontinued the matters. The reasons she gave was that “she no longer loved him and the only reason she was still in the marriage was because she felt sorry for him because he had been pleading with her to remain in the marriage” Mr Mukata went on separation from his wife from May 1, 2010 and a year later, he sued for divorce. He only met Charmaine 6 years later and their affair was a brief one when that Rhodes Park accident happened.

Fourthly, most of the moral outbursts against Charmaine borders on sexism. She is being subjected to certain moral standards that they don’t ask men. Her sex life is being questioned because she is a woman. It is not correct on because UPND is not a party for saints, it’s not a WhatsApp group for holy virgins.

Fifthly,another mud being thrown at her by fake moral priests is that she was a murder suspect and did not say anything during the murder trial. Firstly, Its her legal right to maintain silence. Its not a must that she must talk in court. Secondly, a competent court acquitted her, the judgment is a public document for those who seek the truth. The are many UPND leaders who have been acquitted before and are serving in various leadership positions.

Sixthly, another fear and lie peddled against Charmaine is that she has a close relationship with Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo. The truth is that she and Hon. Kampyonga don’t know each other on a personal basis.

Lastly but not the least, UPND members should not hide behind the adoption of Charmaine to express their frustrations with some of the decisions the party leadership has been making. It’s not correct to use a royal and disciplined member of UPND as a canon fodder to attack the leadership of the party.

The UPND should always be united, should never allow their political enemies and competitors to take advantage of their internal processes. Let us all go out and campaign for the UPND candidate, stick to issues that matter to our people, and do everything possible to return the UPND seat without violence.

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6 Responses to Of democratic centralism and sexism in politics – The case of Charmine!

  1. To some objectivity is not discerned from emotion and being trivial. Look around and point at any one adult 100% without blemish. It wouldn’t be surprising to find that the many that put themselves on pedestals of morality are of the worst kind.

    FuManchu
    May 4, 2018 at 12:52 am
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  2. While the author has clarified ALL the matters, the article got spoiled by his/her failure in English 101. What the author meant to say is LOYAL and not ROYAL. This really killed of an otherwise well-reasoned article.

    Warlord
    May 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    • That is immaterial reasoning as no one is a Master in English. Pick the stake bwana!

      Mpombo Bob
      May 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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  3. This is a good article. Never mind the royal thing. Often the smartphone key board puts it’s own spelling rather than the one you put.
    Earlier in the week as i read the whole brouhaha about the UPND candidate for Chilanga,I felt an inexplicable sense of injustice within me. The self righteous outbursts from many made me suddenly nauseated. I sensed revulsion in me. I often feel this way whenever people act pharisaical. I fear we have too many functional illiterates who tend to run with half truths,making no effort to verify what they read or hear. It is this type of cheap politicking that stops the right leaders from emerging in our midst. We terribly need maturity in issue assessment. Well done. I hope the people of Chilanga had their smart phones off during the “social madness”!!

    Michael
    May 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm
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  4. This is a good article. Never mind the royal thing. Often the smartphone key board puts it’s own spelling rather than the one you put.
    Earlier in the week as i read the whole brouhaha about the UPND candidate for Chilanga,I felt an inexplicable sense of injustice within me. The self righteous outbursts from many made me suddenly nauseated. I sensed revulsion in me. I often feel this way whenever people act pharisaical. I fear we have too many functional illiterates who tend to run with half truths,making no effort to verify what they read or hear. It is this type of cheap politicking that stops the right leaders from emerging in our midst. We terribly need maturity in issue assessment. Well done. I hope the people of Chilanga had their smart phones off during the recent “social madness”!!

    Michael
    May 4, 2018 at 9:23 pm
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  5. Good luck to all candidates. Bottom line however is that politics is about uplifting people’s lives & 1 can only do this if they have strong (not best) moral compass. Facts can never lie. 3 families have been grieved & 1 life has already been lost in circumstances UPND candidate was involved. Another life may soon be lost if Supreme Court confirms sentence. All these were not accidents but deliberate decisions made using moral compass. What people see is selfishness and lack of care for others. Can such candidate suddenly become compassionate about other people? Only God knows!

    The Chosen One
    May 5, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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