President Lungu, HH; please save ‘baby’ Zambia

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HH with Lungu

According to the Bible (1 Kings 3:16-28) one day, two women presented themselves before King Solomon. They were in dispute over a baby. One of them claimed it was her baby, while the other insisted it was hers. They argued back and forth in front of the King until he finally interjected.

“Someone, bring me a sword,” he ordered. “Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”

While the first woman professed her love for the child and pleaded for him not to be killed, the other woman consented to the decree so that neither of them will have the child.

“Don’t kill the baby,” King Solomon exclaimed. He pointed at the first woman and said, “She is his real mother. Give the baby to her.”

Everyone in Israel was impressed when they heard about the decision Solomon had made. What do we make of this decision, in particular reference to the current political logjam we find ourselves in as a nation?

Last year, the electorates trooped to the polls to elect a new leader expected to preside upon the affairs of the land, and of course steer the nation to economic prosperity for the next 5 years. Votes were laboriously compiled as frustration and pressure mounted at the rate it was taking to unveil the victor. Lungu was eventually declared winner amidst a cloud of vehement protest from UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. The later immediately jumped on his skates and dashed to court alleging vote rigging! However, due to some technicalities and legal gymnastics, the matter couldn’t be exhaustively concluded and remains pendulous……..well, according to my humble knowledge at least. To this day, Hakainde and his ardent followers refuse to recognize Lungu as President.

There’s no need to bury our heads in sand and pretend all well; the previous elections have left the nation more polarized than before! Even President Lungu himself is on record having confirmed this. Speaking in Chinsali during a church service in honour of freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe’ s wife Salome not so long ago, Lungu observed that the country was no longer one and that the one Zambia, one nation motto was only on the lips of others.

We seem to be having some dangerous tribal zealots in the nation that strongly feel that only, and only folks they share ethnic affinity with deserve to be President! Former Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa couldn’t have put it in a better context when he wrote the following on his Facebook page: “Who is actually running tribal politics in Zambia. It is very interesting in PF circles to hear some quarters advocating for a Bemba President for the Party. I find this interesting especially that some Bemba leaders went home calling UPND a tribal party for its insistence that a Tonga should run the Party as President.”

This actually presents us a vivid picture of the way our politics have degenerated to levels that constantly threaten the very fragile strands that still hold us together as a nation. What happened to the church of 1990s that brought the ruling party and opposition to the negotiating table when the nation was on the brink of civil strife? What about civil society, LAZ and students movement?

Anyway we don’t intend to reminisce about the good old days with nostalgia; rather the thrust of this article is to promote dialogue between President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and leader of the main opposition political party in the nation Hakainde Hichilema. To put it more succinctly I’ll borrow the words of one Emmanuel Chilekwa, “Both HH and Lungu shall one day not be there; Zambia shall be there. Before these two men, there were other leaders in their political parties.”

How would you want posterity to judge you? The power lies within you to save this nation from total collapse. Salute!

Bill M. Kaping’a
Freelance writer/social activist

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7 Responses to President Lungu, HH; please save ‘baby’ Zambia

  1. Bill thanks for Article. We now live in the Information Age where instead of writing and posting a letter we can use Internet and any social media platforms. Instead of cutting the child in half we can go for a DNA Test to determine the paternity of the Child. So let HH and ECL go for an Election DNA Test and both HH and ECL should accept the DNA Test Results. Simply put lets have an Independent and Impartial Court hear and determine the Petition. Both ECL and HH should accept the Verdict of that Court. This Petition Hearing Process should be facilitated by SADC and a Special Tribunal should be appointed for the purpose and ICJ can render some technical assistance to that Tribunal. After the Petition is heard,determined and the Winner of the Election is declared duly elected then Zambians can Re-unite,Reconcile and start the National Healing Process.

    Moya
    June 7, 2017 at 10:27 am
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    • @Moya, with due respect my bro, why was the 14 days clause inserted in the constitution when dealing with the electoral petitions? Don’t you foresee a situation where people will start tampering with this Sacred thing called the Constitution in the name of reconciliation and national healing? Just where is the proverbial Red Line in as far as respecting the constitution is concerned? For arguments sake, if some presidential candidate comes up after one year claiming the elections where rigged and causes all sorts of mayhem, should we entertain him/her?

      Panda
      June 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm
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      • Panda why did ECL fail to hand over power to the Speaker of the House? Was ECL conduct not tantamount to abortion of State Statute you erroneously claim to know?

        Mpombo
        June 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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        • Mpombo – ECL followed the Constitution. The fact that you do not understand it is not ECL’s fault. As for Moya – what guarantee is there that when your “Independent and Impartial Court” declares ECL as duly elected, you will accept that verdict? The problem people have with you is that verdicts will only be fair when they are in your favor.

          OneNation
          June 8, 2017 at 11:46 am
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  2. OneNation – You should call yourself two nations? How did he follow the constitution? By refusing to hand over power when there was a petition? Tell me what the constitution say about this matter. How was he elected President of the PF? Was he elected PF presidential candidate constitutionally? So many wrongs about this man.

    PRESIDENTIAL POWERS
    June 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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  3. OneNation – your analysis is justifiable, you have explained more effectively than you could have done by any other means. However, avoid shallow minded people who could just accept results/judgement when it goes their way. Be patriotic like late M C Sata who told his supporters not to resort to violence as we only one Zambia but to re-strategize for the next elections as “Election are not won in court but in the political battle field and winners of elections are not determined by the people but by those who are counting”.

    Big Tribe
    June 9, 2017 at 9:55 am
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    • Thank you so much Big Tribe – let’s strive to be objective and together build our country.

      OneNation
      June 10, 2017 at 7:44 am
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