Zambia has had elections since independence and never before have we witnessed such widespread violence involving clashes between competing political players.
What really is at stake? Is it plain political competition as we know it or it has become something else?
The real reasons for the clashes cannot be rationally explained and I would hazard a view point based on my many years of monitoring elections and human rights violations. I have said before that societies tend to collapse more from within as opposed to when faced with external aggression.
There are very strange happenings in our land and the difference between people who write and speak out and those who do not is that with the first category, you know what quantities and quality you are “buying” and the latter, quite undefined and therefore, presenting serious challenges.
One of the challenges that our country faces is the many lies, innuendos and fabrications, which “quantity” adds no value whatsoever in resolving our national challenges.
It is impossible to offer to resolve Zambia’s economic challenges by engaging and proposing violence. Let’s look at very basic things and see, whether what I am writing today is making sense.
A cursory look at infrastructure development, clearly suggests a country on the move. Yet, some pundits are on rampage arguing that nothing has really happened in Zambia. You cannot eat roads, you cannot eat clinics and they argue, poverty is on the rise!
Colleagues, no matter how opposed you may be to the Patriotic Front (PF) administration, the earlier you accept that the PF administration has achieved a lot in a short space of time, the better. It cannot be challenged by any political analyst or indeed economist that this country, has been opened up for the better. In this undertaking, infrastructure is critical.
Second, on reflection, it is quite evident that the exit of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) after twenty (20) years was for the strategic good of Zambia. In this category, fresh information suggests that the MMD under FJT Chiluba, (MHSRIP) did good to halt a possible slide of the country into the dark world. If a sitting President in the name of Dr. Levy P. Mwanawasa could die in office the way he did, then you quickly appreciate that Zambia faces serious challenges such that the thirsty for blood did not spare the gallant late President Michael Chilufya Sata (MHSTIP) from being a victim by the vicious cartel, he had taken in confidence. Just see the realignment and the accidental merging of forces, who have all tried to butcher and destroy the Patriotic Front (PF). As the Bembas say, “Ichikupempula, echikulya”.
Equally the Tonga saying that “meno nchifuwa” is not to be taken lightly because it is real, as several manifestations attest. The fact that a fat man is smiling at you is nothing but a devils’ “smile”!
We are now at “peace” not by accident but by the re-statement and re-enforcement of Zambia as a Christian country. It is the Christian and traditional nature of Zambians, for instance, which has stopped the gay/lesbian onslaught. In Zambia, Gays and Lesbians are an exception rather than the norm and for the foreseeable future, I do not see our parliament enacting laws that support homosexuality.
To drive my point home, those who elected or were schooled in the controversial industry of homosexuality have either “married” or lived a life which does not support the gay agenda, but pretence. A lady I interviewed once said, she could not come out in the open because she feared for her life, when the real truth is that she was telling her story arising out of a desperate need for money ( I had known her and the family for many years!).
I only give the examples above to underline the fact that dark forces against Zambia and its President are real and all practicing Christians and others should not tire to kneel down and pray for divine intervention. Remember the debate around 18th October (the day of National Prayer)!
While many welcomed and participated in National prayers others mocked the day, mocked the participants and criticised God’s people in extremely unfortunate ways. Interestingly, as President E.C Lungu observed, God works wonders.
His very dangerous critics like Saul, as he then was, in the Bible have ‘turned round’ and are now participants in our divine exploits.
They too enjoy – the only seriously worrying part is that theirs is more from expediency than reality. But let’s keep praying, and break the strong linkages with the dark world. Our God is forever faithful. It shall be well!
Now, make no mistake, violence and senseless bloodletting is generally associated with evil machinations, such as devil worshipping. Who is to say that some of the reported incidents of violence are not stage managed? How do we explain senseless actions on the road wherein a motorist recklessly attempts to kill a police officer on duty? What about the ritual killings wherein human organs are traded?
And, what about white collar crimes such as corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering? I do not think that the creation of the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Financial Intelligence Center are accidents. They respond to Zambian challenges.
In appreciating Zambia’s problems, we should try to get hold of any good text book on the challenges of under development, neo-colonialism, imperialism as well as scholarly works available in the Special Collections of the University of Zambia Library. I make special recommendation of the book by Walter Rodney on “How Europe under developed Africa”.
If you do not want to read or you cannot find a good text book, get hold of some pieces of music by Bob Marley. Understand what he called the Babylon system and then you realise that what we think are issues are not really our issues but only appear to be our issues because some of our people are the key agents. They represent entities which are in every manner opposed to Zambia and its people.
Look at the privatisation process. How many Zambians can be said to have really benefited from it? Even the so called “trickledown theory” has, in my view, failed to provide the desired results.
What have we seen instead: Massive unemployment, creation of private militias, and disregard for the rule of law, wherein democracy is equated to anarchy!
The decision to sell certain formerly state owned entities – some very lowly priced, has now come to haunt Zambians. You may ask how? In turn I ask, do we really know how deep the privatisation process was? Who was the principal architect?
Who was and is still the gate keeper? Is it an accident that those entrusted with this key process defeated poverty permanently and were invited to join some of the extremely controversial clubs, which clubs are global and have Head Offices outside Africa?
(There are some countries of Africa with dictators whose human rights record is terrible but no word of condemnation is ever heard)
On a lighter note, I have jokingly said to some of my friends that if there is a place that I think is difficult for diplomats to work, it is Zambia. These men and women generally come for about three years and have to deal with a relatively complex society where ‘yes’ may be ‘no’ and ‘no’ may be ‘yes’.
If you want to appreciate my point, just get on a minibus and you will hear very depressing lies. One may tell the other person that “ooh we are just passing NRDC, when still at the Chelstone Tank” Or somebody passing his/her phone to the next person with firm instructions that, “Tell them I am not here” and the person just does that with a very convincing voice! When you accommodate such practices, you begin to create a fertile ground for greed to grow, and believe me, it grows!
We all probably know by now that everything is subject to change. Day becomes night and it goes on, yet no day and no night is the same as the other. Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and company threw out the colonialists. But that was several decades ago and it would be naïve to argue that the Babylon system has not devised plan B to deal with lost gains of plunder. It has.
If we think that the mining conglomerates are here to do Zambia a favor, then we are mistaken. If we again think that the international banks and other multinationals are in Zambia because they love Zambia, we are also mistaken.
If we think that the practice of appointing Africans to head some of these entities is a reflection of a true paradigm shift, we are also mistaken.
These realities in many ways represent global dynamics which have nothing to do with emotional trappings. It is not about doing or thinking to do away with international cooperation. Rather, it is to ensure that it is cooperation and only cooperation.
In this respect, those of our people who seek to undo what has been done or who knowingly or unknowingly injure society, must not be allowed to be the drivers of change because they will lead the country to destruction, since their loyalty is not to Zambia, but other forces. Let’s talk next week!
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