Opinion: Edgar Lungu; Visionless and a political liability to Zambia

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…While Hakainde is a Pyrrhic Gamble; and Mumba, Uphill Battle Serve for Divine Intervention

By Charles Mwewa

Machiavelli has hinted, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is lord.” And Clarence Darrow has intimated, thus, “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become president – I’m beginning to believe it.”

The late President Sata argued vehemently against the MMD’s introduction of a degree requirement as minimum educational standard for Zambian president. He believed that anyone, regardless of educational level, should be free to vie for the presidency. Little did he know that after his demise, it would not be the educational requirement that would matter; nothing would matter at all.

Since 1973, Zambia has performed very poorly at the economic scene. The standard of living of my people is nothing more than celebrated destitution; educational standards have risen to the levels of glorified ignorance; healthcare system is a funeral waiting to happen; and vetted political heroes are those who talk big but who exhibit nothing in terms of brain power.

Patriotic Front Secretary General Edgar Lungu

Patriotic Front Secretary General Edgar Lungu

Will this scenario be altered if Edgar Lungu should emerge president? Unless, the Pf favorite is driving on some hidden charm, he, of the three front-runners (if Lungu, HH and Mumba should be considered as such) is the only one who has failed to answer a basic political question: What do you want to do for Zambia if elected? What he thinks is a glorious stake, namely, that he would be completing Sata’s vision, is, in fact, a political liability, for three reasons:

First, Michael Sata had no economic vision for Zambia (he was a good man who loved the Zambians and wanted the best for them, but that’s all he had). And there is a deeper disturbance with this stance; it is that all the three major political parties have the same manifest goals (manifestos): The Pf, UPND and the MMD all want to create more or real jobs, eradicate poverty, provide quality or free education, observe human rights and amend or enact a new constitution. Even in their mottos, the three aren’t any further from each other: for the Pf it is, “A better Zambia for all”; for the UPND it is, “For a better Zambia”; and the MMD it is, “Development by all, for all!” These have been the same goals since 1991. The Zambian electorate has just been used as pawns in the political chess game by use of words. As Gore Vidal elucidates, “As societies grow decadent [corrupt], the language grows decadent [corrupt], too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action. (You liberate a city by destroying it.) Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” And that is what has exactly been at play in Zambia; empty words, and no meaningful development.

Second, there is no authentic political leader who rules without a social contract of his own with the people. Lungu is trying to be the first to do so. Even in our own cultural permissiveness, where a man inherits his brother’s wife, he is required, of necessity, to father at least his own children with her and bring to the table food fetched through his own skills. He cannot rely upon his dead brother’s goodwill. The children will starve and the marriage will eventually collapse. Lungu cannot stake his fortunes on Sata’s death. In the Post of January 6th, 2014, acting president Scott campaigned, “This is not an election for changing a government. This election is a sad affair. It is like we are having another funeral.” The president is wrong. This election is only a sad affair in so far as the elected government brings nothing to the people – as it has been for the last ten years or so under the twin governments of the MMD and the Pf. A leader without a vision or one riding on another’s is more dangerous than a dictator; because he has no basis and anything and anyone can dictate his rule. In other words, if Lungu rules, unless he is only using this scheme as a political campaign strategy, he will be a puppet of someone else!

Rupiah Banda and Edgar Lungu arrives for a press conference

Rupiah Banda and Edgar Lungu arrives for a press conference

Third, genuine politics demands the freedom of ideas. Sata had his own ideas; he died with them. Lungu should tell the Zambians what his idea of changing Zambia is. With Rupiah Banda, another failed president on his side, Lungu may win the elections, but his rule will be a total washout. The combined six plus years of Banda and Sata rule did nothing tangible for the Zambians. The combined policies of the dead and defeated presidents did not foster economic development for Zambia, except in words. What Lungu will have are two old formulae and trying to solve a novice problem with them. Lungu is relatively young, new to the political arena and educated. He is expected to bring fresh new ideas to the political front, ideas akin to C21st dynamics, ideas that will free Zambia from the stagnant pro-nationalism policies and catapult the nation into real development. But no, he has decided to perpetuate meaningless and archaic and obsolete developmental models of the old-guards which have landed Zambian nowhere.

There is still hope for Zambia. That hope lies in critical scrutiny of the favorite presidential candidates’ vision for Zambia and how they intend to grow the Zambian economy beyond what was bequeathed by Imperial Britain. Tribe, personal predilections or which political party one represents will not be a wise way of distributing votes. On January 20th, 2015, Zambia should be the priority, and the candidate with portent ideas for developing Zambia should be given a chance.

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9 Responses to Opinion: Edgar Lungu; Visionless and a political liability to Zambia

  1. Lungu is blank! Team hh is better equiped!

    Kwati like so
    January 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm
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  2. Mr author, well said and written, those who have brains will get, and those without, remain in the dark, and continue to suffer, vote wisely, HH forward

    John kabengele
    January 11, 2015 at 1:59 am
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  3. ONLY HH IS THE ANSWER. LET US NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY THE FREEMASON ALLEGATIONS. THE FACT IS MOST AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND OTHER WORLD LEADERS ARE FREEMASONS AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY SATANISTS. FREEMASONS ARE NOT A DANGER TO SOCIETY AS COMPARED TO BOKO HARAM OF E M LUNGU. LET US NOT ALLOW BOKO HARAM TO HAVE A FOOTTAGE IN ZAMBIA THROUGH A VISIONLESS LUNGU WHO THINKS POWER IS GAINED THROUH VIOLENCE.

    Timu
    January 11, 2015 at 5:22 am
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  4. HH is the revolution we need and not the same dark politics of PF

    The Living Legend
    January 11, 2015 at 6:52 am
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  5. No time should be wasted on visionless leaders. Please choose wisely on 20th Jan

    Timweko
    January 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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  6. When rb was elected president taking over from LPM (hsrip) he said I will continue the legacy but what he do! We al know what happended in his legacy.Exist MCS (hsrip) enter ECL i will continue with the vision of Mr. Sata. Now the one who failed to continue with the legacy is now an alley of the visionless, it reminds of two blind men leading each other.

    king solomn
    January 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm
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  7. Seriously i have gotten any massage from this one LUNGU.

    mojo`
    January 11, 2015 at 2:51 pm
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  8. That’s why I cant waste my vote on him. I have asked myself, “What is Lungu bringing to the political table? What are his values and what has he been known for? What has he done for this country?” My answer is ZERO, NIL!

    Tim
    January 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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  9. That is what you called the late but see what he did ; now you calling Lungu the same the plan for upnd is to steal what the late left

    nshilimubemba
    January 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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