Opinion: Zambians, Unprincipled and Docile

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By Chipego Monze

Over the years I have come to read the post newspaper with a pinch of salt. Like any other media house, they have an editorial that appears to favour certain individuals, institutions or even certain events.

Therefore its objectivity depends on which side of the ledge you standing on. However, the (10/12/14) editorial of how unprincipled our politicians are, struck a resonance with how Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili boldly claimed to have withdrawn from the Patriotic Fronts presidential election because they were flawed and unconstitutional. And yet, a few days later, Kambwili is at the forefront of endorsing Edgar Lungu as presidential candidate, a product of the same illegal and unconstitutional convention that he withdrew from on ‘principal.’ Such behaviour is almost an emblem of Zambian politics.

What the editorial however failed to elaborate is that the lack of principle in Zambian politics is borne and exacerbated by the Zambian public. We seem to lack the basic intellect to analyse simple issues and deductively make moral and principled decisions. This is a trait that politicians have picked on. They know that regardless of their immoral conduct, corruption, fraudulence and all other ills, they can still stand on a podium and have a foolish and docile multitude blindly follow them.

Over the years, we have seen the same corrupt and unprincipled politicians making numerals political comebacks and still being able to command a crowd. We have politician today that have violated their own constitutions and all other rules that govern human morality and decency vying for presidency.

How do we correct such a wrong when politicians are a product of our own Zambian communities and the community’s ways of thinking? The first step is to relinquish the badge that we Zambians are peaceful. We are not peaceful. We are simply docile with an intellect incapable of thinking beyond what we are going to eat today. Harsh as it may sound, it is the reason why we still sing praises for corrupt leaders. It is the reason why we have failed lamentably to run our own industries such as the mines. We need to learn to make long time decisions based on a critical analysis of issues. Great principals, values, and morals are a product of an informed decision.


14 Responses to Opinion: Zambians, Unprincipled and Docile

  1. Zambians are like horses, always ready to be taken for a ride!
    We can’t achieve anything as a nation when our literacy levels are below 50%!
    Too many functional illiterates!

    December 16, 2014 at 4:27 am

  2. Yes. Docile. Especially those that dont support hh. Docile to the core. As illiterate as they come.

    December 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

  3. Gutter journalism planting bitter seeds in the citizenry instead of inculcating and advocating for change in a positive manner. Heavy inclination towards certain individuals urges people to throw away their very decency> talk about Zambians, who are you, lest you shoot yourself in the foot!

    December 16, 2014 at 6:17 am

  4. Also we should stop any politician who wants to cheat us by emphasising the Christian nation thing. It’s used by politicians to put a blanket on our faces as they loot national financial resources.

    December 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

  5. No my dear LUNGU is a Moslem and because of this as a Christian I will not vote for Lungu.Zambia is Christian nation finish.

    December 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

  6. Chipego have some courtesy of saying ‘US Zambians’ at least instead of showing us how stupid and docile we are by detaching yourself from the very Zambians you are part of.

    December 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

  7. I just saw the name monze and i stopped reading the article.shameless tribalist.

    December 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    • By basing your opinion about the content of the article on the name Monze, that makes you a tribalist too. The pot calling the kettle black. Ha!

      December 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    • Regardless of where this guy comes from, tribe is not the point. What he is saying makes good reading and sense for our society. This article should make each and everyone of us reflect on how we live. The article clearly touches on alot of key areas on which most of Zambians, as Individuals, have failed. Keep it up Chipego. To be honest, tribe is not an issue here.

      December 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    • maza fcker

      December 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  8. Yes we are very docile indeed to say the least.
    We cant run our mines, businesses
    hospitals,banks etc we are only a bunch of critics and
    give praise for a loaf of bread.

    December 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

  9. When the author put his name he clearly declared his nationality as a Zambian. Therefore arguments about his nationality are misplaced because the analysis is correct. To make it worse, your supporter can’t reason with his head apart from thinking tribe. Do you PRIDE in such behaviour? In the 21st Century and you want to call that CIVILIZATION???

    FastLane (AUSILAND)
    December 16, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  10. Chipego’s bitter analysis is premised on the fact that his preferred candidate, HH, has been losing miserably over the years. His analysis is not objective and its outright biased! For him to generalize and blanket every Zambian as docile is like Tongas are stingy?He should just continue munching American junk food!

    virgin angel
    December 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

    • Maza fcker evaded by civilization.

      December 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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