Misuse of the word ‘Donation’ by government
What is a donation?
It’s a gift, grant or contribution made to a person, organisation or country for charitable purposes. I have been prompted to clear the air on the misuse of this word by the people of Zambia especially the government.
People donate for various reasons, to help the less privileged, as a way of sharing with others or as a gesture to show some appreciation for a good deed. In all these circumstances the people that donate use their own resources. If one uses part of his or her own income to get what they intend to donate then that justifies the word donation. I have lived in the western world for years I have never heard of people in ministerial positions or there relations making donations publicly.
I am tired of hearing about government officials making donations publicly. This is not what one would call a donation unless I am missing something. How does one donate to the public using public funds?
These articles on donations should state clearly where the money comes from. Someone going to donate using a government vehicle, filled with fuel bought with money from the government account and the item being donated was bought using public funds, honestly can one call that a donation? The answer is NO, it is actually giving back to the people of Zambia. But the people making these fake donations are either too clever to make people see them as angels or too dumb to realise that what they are doing is wrong.
It is also taking advantage of the Zambian people who are in so much need that every time these people tell them they are donating all they want is to receive. They will praise these people and keep hoping for more fake donations. Lets live by the truth and share with Zambian people what belongs to them. I can’t wait for a government that will live as per its manifesto. A concrete one that will not derail citizens minds with its lies and fake hopes.