Political Talk: Where did Zambia go wrong?

Lwanzi Milimo

Lwanzi Milimo

By Lwanzi Milimo 

If one doubts the fact that Zambia has lost its democracy then the same must be treated as a traitor to his/her own race and perpetrator of all these undemocratic tendencies in our country.

Where it all started

It is often said that when you pick one end of the stick you equally pick the other, meaning consequences follow actions. When president Levy Patrick Mwanawasa died (MHSRP), he died a smart person, leaving behind proposed names of people who he thought should stand on the MMD presidential ticket and continue on developing the country. But selfishness and corruption of the mind made the people who were the custodian of this information manipulate it to their advantage, and this is where we went wrong.

When Ruphia Banda emerged victorious after the presidential by election, Zambians became thirst and desperate for change of Government whether he (Banda) fulfilled his campaign promises or not, all what Zambians wanted was change such that the electorates were not considerate of factors that matters most when choosing a leader.

-The church was seen performing Dracula or what others have called rituals in public.
-NGOs spoke against Government.
-Student bodies were heard against the government.
– Private Media house spoke against the government of Rupiah Banda and opposition parties tried the unworkable pacts all in a bid to remove the MMD from power.

There is no doubt Zambians succeeded in having the change they wanted but they also succeeded in putting a tyrant in State House. Its not questionable that we face the most dangerous and oppressive regime.

Within a space of 16 months we have seen the day light corruption by government officials, we have seen the crack down of opposition leaders, they can hardly take a walk or face arresting, they have been denied right to assemble and express their freedom to associate and meet their people.

And now their private life and wealth is exposed to the world for unknown reasons. Let it be known that the waste is yet to be experienced such that even those that are still intoxicated with change will be caught unaware at a much latter time. But Zambians should learn a lesson not to put people in power with already questionable dictatorial tendencies. Signs were there but people were excited about change. People new what kind of person is Michael Sata, but they ignored and obeyed those with selfish motives who claimed that Sata had changed. Can the leopard change its spots? NO.

Perhaps the other thing we must strive to change is Our African culture of keeping quiet when things around us are going wrong, should be strongly discouraged. It is this culture of silence that allows defilement, rape, spousal and child abuse to continue unabated.

Our culture often protects pedophiles in the name of keeping the family together. I feel that the case of Opposition leaders filing a complaint with the Commonwealth Secretariat, should be seen in the light of one having to share shaming family abuses with extended family members, to seek some kind of remedy or intervention.

Even if the intervention does not come, one hopes that by sharing the shameful news, those who are able to assist would at least now be aware of the abuse and possible future abuses. The light of attention that has now been shone onto Zambia, could infact protect other Zambians from similar abuses that many of those who have found themselves on the opposite side of the PF have had to suffer. The few things that are now indicated of what PF and Sata are should be sensitized to every and encourage every citizen to stand against the rule of dictators.
Zambia will not develop with this dictatorship, shall we all rise to the occasion and condemn at once this barbarism.

To be continued as party 2.