By Chilekwa M. Mumba
It was disturbingly interesting to hear that the NCC is being encouraged to enact into law, a requirement that any Presidential Candidate have a university degree. On one hand, certain sectors of society, have [rightly so] dismissed this intent to be politically motivated to bar one MC Sata from standing.
However, I do not wish to dwell on politics. I hope to provoke the mind of the person who bothers to read this, and hopefully convince the reader that very little thought has been put into this proposal. This proposal is nothing more than a sham, and for the sake of a constitution which represents all Zambians, the NCC is better off discussing more meaningful clauses.
This idea reeks of blatant discrimination, associated only with elitist regimes. I doubt this is the direction we want to go as a country. To quote George Orwell, this is a classic example of narcissist thinkers who vainly think that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others”.
In Zambia, very few people have had the opportunity to even get a secondary education, not out of their own inability, but because of our government’s own failures.Today, us who have been simply lucky enough to obtain degrees suddenly choose to put ourselves up on a pedestal- one with very shaky legs I might add! What buffoonery!
Mr. Mulongoti who chose to go on record to support this outrageous proposal found himself at pains explaining why this feather brain idea should go forward. He labeled it “positive discrimination”- God knows what type of educative political term he was trying to coin! Matter of fact, assuming Mr. Mulongoti has a university degree, I am thinking he probably did not learn any analytical thought processes. His utterances give me opportunity to state “you can pay for tuition, but you cannot buy true education”.
Further, have we forgotten that world-class successes such as Bill Gates do not have that university paper. Meaning if Zambia has any potential “Bill Gates”- he or she can forget about bringing his innovation to our country through the presidency. It is absurd and unrealistic to come to the conclusion that having a university degree results in a high likelihood of a successful president. The presidency is an institution which should not be looked at in such simplistic terms. The few self-important “graduates” who are supporting this frivolous proposal have a very uneducated view of life and need to be schooled in what attributes befit the qualification of a leader.
The answer does not lie in a university paper. (Un)fortunately Zambia has had “educated” people disappoint them more than once. Here is my version of that popular adage; fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, I probably do not learn very well from my experiences despite me being educated.