Politicians should learn to use palatable language in their quest for power, especially those eyeing the State House job.
It does not augur well to damage the name of the very office one seeks to occupy one day.
It is difficult to understand why some Zambian opposition leaders want to be judged by their standards.
If they do not smile, then all Zambians should not be smiling. If they do not drink certain beverages, then all Zambians should not be partaking.
But Zambians cannot be fooled because the population of this country comprise different characters.
Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the first President, used to weep when faced with a touching situation but nobody disparaged him.
President Lungu loves his interaction with Zambians and he should be respected for that.
It does not matter whether one’s chances of going to State House are at 100 percent but to ridicule the occupant of a seat one aspires for has negative consequences in future.
It is important for political leaders to reflect on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 26:51-52 when he advised Peter, one of his disciples who drew a sword when he was about to be arrested before crucifixion that two ‘wrongs’ never make a right .
“Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword,” Jesus said.
In Luke 6:31 , the wise words for Christians pertaining to human relations also reverberate
“Do to others as you would have them do to you” reads the Bible.
We do not think any politician, if the ever became President, would be happy to be described as childish.
It is illogical to think that President Lungu has no supporters who feel hurt by negative words used against him.
The President is a family man with relatives who include brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties. He should be respected as such.
Politicians should know that it is such inflammatory political language which incites supporters of a rebuked leader to be moved to action.
Such language breeds violence and violence brings more violence.
In short, the language that a leader uses has the potential to either promote peace or fuel confusion.
With Zambia heading towards the August 11, general elections, inflammatory language should be discouraged.
Political leaders should be preaching peace instead of falling into action that promote anarchy.