We are all winners

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By Kelvin Esiasa

There is no need for Presidential candidates that have lost elections in the 20 January, 2015 to feel bad and rejected. There is also no need for electorates that voted for their preferred candidate and their candidates have lost to feel rejected. Also there is no need to mock and insult the loser.

Instead we should embrace ourselves as winners. We are all winners. All Zambians are winners. So, we should take each other as winners and celebrate the election victory together.

There is no need for the victors to celebrate victory and mock the losers. There is also no need for the losers to fight those who have won the election. No need for losers to pick stone and beat the winners.

No one should feel rejected and cause confusion in country. No one should stand out and cause violence in the country for the sake of fighting for their victory. Instead we should seek unity and togetherness in the country. We should seek peace and comfort the people who feel injured. Loser should celebrate with the winners and the winners should mourn with the losers.

As we all know in every competition there is a loser and winners. We all go in a competition to compete; and either win or lose. To the loser, do not be demoralized by losing an election. Having a title means nothing about leadership. A title does not make one a leader, nor does being a leader necessarily gain you a title.

Strong community gains their strength not by those with titles, but by those who lead. Regardless of losing the election, do what you set out to do. Do not let anyone deter you from doing what you feel is best for the fraternity. Stepping up a being a leader is what being in a fraternity is all about.

As you spend the next few days working through the all of the thoughts and feelings that come with losing election, please keep in mind the even though you lost an election, you’re not a loser. Hold your head up. Respond positively. Don’t blame anything or anyone. Everyone who desires to be in an elected or selected position will lose out to someone else at some point.

Secondly gather yourself. You will experience a whirlwind of emotion. Take the time to regroup and find your emotional center. You entered the campaign or process with a lot of confidence. Now that confidence has taken a hit and you need to recapture it. Talk to friends. Immerse yourself in something else. Find a sense of balance through the realization that your life and your significance is more than the results of an election.

Thirdly, keep your campaign promises. I think this may be the most important thing you do. You might have originally thought you needed to be in a position of leadership in order to make a difference. But some of the best leaders I know don’t hold any type of formal position. Yet they’re very influential. Take a look back at your campaign themes and the ideas you were hoping to implement. You can still work to make those things happen. You can still influence your peers. If you were passionate enough and confident enough to run a campaign on these issues, then you are the one we still need to make these things happen. You’ll just be working at it from a different angle then you originally thought.

Fourthly, congratulate the person who won. This may be difficult but it is absolutely the right thing to do. The campaign and competition is over. Now you are on the same team. Reach out to that person with heartfelt congratulations and offer your support as you both move forward.

Lastly, begin to formulate a new plan. When you lose an election the only thing that really changes is your plans. You don’t need to change your life; you just need to change your plan. Start looking at your options. Now it’s time to start thinking about what’s next.

To the winner, it’s time to embrace those who lost election. It’s time to embrace them as your comrades and their loss as an encouragement for you to work extra hard. Take the opponents as the main supporters that made you work hard to be where you. Take your opponents as your strength for future success.

It is not the time to scourge the losers. It is not the time to scourge the election opponents and their followers. It is not time for payback. But it is time to embrace the loser. It’s also time for you to make yourself available for them. Embracing and celebrating with the loser makes you a real winner.

So let’s declare ourselves as all winners and make Zambia a better place to live in.



5 Responses to We are all winners

  1. ba fikamba edgar will only bring u down..ala

    chizzy marco chabz
    January 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  2. Yes if elections were free and fair we can celearate together if we know we are cheated then it will be hard. we are not happy we need free and fair electiotion.

    January 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  3. Results being announced while others are still voting is not just fair. It is like a pupil who writes a ‘leaked’ paper and says has passed the exam. Such a child will fail to deliver.

    January 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm

  4. I disagree.

    Bondate Mwalanjo
    January 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  5. Have you realised that no one is saying that Edgar Lungu has won the election. Even the post editorial simply says “the one who has won”. There’s hesitation every where.

    January 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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