By Honourable Brown C. Kapika
Honourable Brown C. Kapika

Zambia Dark Side Of Political Leadership

By Honourable Brown C. Kapika

Many Zambian political leaders get to the top by imposing their will on others, even destroying people standing in their way. When they reach the top, they may be paranoid that others are trying to knock them off their pedestal. Sometimes they develop an impostor complex, caused by deep insecurities that they aren’t good enough and may be unmasked.

To prove they aren’t impostors, they drive so hard for perfection that they are incapable of acknowledging their failures. When confronted by them, they convince themselves and others that these problems are neither their fault nor their responsibility. Or they look for scapegoats to blame for their problems. Using their power, charisma, and communications skills, they force people to accept these distortions, causing entire organizations to lose touch with reality. Zambian political leaders are crooks, thugs and thieves.

At all costs Zambian political leaders are vulnerable of making big mistakes, such as violating the law of Zambia or putting their organizations’ existence at risk. Their distortions convince them they are doing nothing wrong, or they rationalize that their deviations are acceptable to achieve a greater good.

It’s lonely at the top, because Zambian political leaders know they are ultimately responsible for the lives, sufferings and fortunes of people. If they fail, many get deeply hurt. They often deny the burdens and loneliness, becoming incapable of facing reality. They shut down their inner voice, because it is too painful to confront or even acknowledge; it may, however, appear in their dreams as they try to resolve conflicts rustling around inside their heads full of greediness and corruption.
Meanwhile, their work lives and personal lives get out of balance. They lose touch with people who voted and gave them jobs. Eventually, they lose their capacity to think logically about important issues and difficulties facing the nation.

Leading is high stress work. There is no way to avoid the constant challenges of being responsible for people, organizations, outcomes, and uncertainties in the environment. Leaders who move up have greater freedom to control their destinies, but also experience increased pressure and seduction.

Leaders can avoid these pitfalls by devoting themselves to personal development that cultivates their inner compass, or True North. This requires reframing their leadership from being heroes to being servants of the people they lead. This process requires thought and introspection because many people get into leadership roles in response to their ego needs. It enables them to transition from seeking external gratification to finding internal satisfaction by making meaningful contributions through their leadership.

Maintaining their equilibrium amid this stress requires discipline. Some people practice meditation or yoga to relieve stress, while others find solace in prayer or taking long runs or walks. Still others find relief through laughter, music, television, sporting events, and reading. Their choices don’t matter, as long as they relieve stress and enable them to think clearly about work and personal issues.

Leaders can avoid these pitfalls by devoting themselves to personal development that cultivates their inner compass, or True North. This requires reframing their leadership from being heroes to being servants of the people they lead.

The reality is that people cannot stay grounded by themselves. Political leaders depend on people closest to them to stay centered. They should seek out people who influence them in profound ways and stay connected to them.

The corrupted political leadership of Zambian can’t carry this entire burden though. Zambia needs a non-corrupted political actors with wisdoms to overcome economic difficulties and poverty across the Nation. Reliable political leaders who can be honest and straight with us, defining reality and developing action plans with visions.

President for Adedo – Zamucano Political Party (Zambia)
President for ‘Beweging voor Burger – en Mensenrechten’ Politica Party (Netherlands)
(Partij voor de Burgerlijke-en Mensenrechten)

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Thus article should be about African leaders in General and some of those bosses in offices who never go on leave for fear of others excelling in their absence.
    The reality is that the human mind can only take so much before paranoia and reality become a blurred vision.
    As for African Despots a good constitution with clear separation of the power of autonomous independent institutions is a clear route to good leadership and reduced stress.

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    • Indeed, very crooked thuggish thieves these visionless PF Bandits & Pakabotolo Lungu.

      PF is the most TRIBALIST, CROOKED, CORRUPT, CONFUSED & VIOLENT party in the entire world of politics. Shame to PF dandyism bandits to be democratically voted OUT in 4 months says,
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • Not Zambian leaders in particular but in Africa @ large, I now realise why penny sparrow address SA black people monkeys because of their backwardness, I know truth hurts, a white man is a human being, a black man something else……..

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    • Vizya Tembo do your research on w human black people are. Black people by science are almost aliens. They are too human. So you are dull and unlearned.

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    • What “leaders” is he talking about?

      I do not see any on the Zambian political scene. What I can see is a pack of scavengers fighting over the carcase of what is left of a once proud Zambia.

      The only real leader Zambia has ever had was Mwanawasa who took his responsibilities seriously and not only spoke with wisdom and conviction, but acted with integrity and genuine love for the Nation.

      Leaders lead from the front. These ticks and parasites are just dumb hangers on with no sense of morality or justice, only a blind desire to hang on and suck as much blood as they can, while they can.

      Can we really call such scum ” LEADERS” ???

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  2. This chap should give evidence about in the about crooks, thugs and thieves in the Zambian political leadership (Both those in Government and Opposition). For you information crooks, thugs and thieves are found in all and any societies / communities to specifically point out that that Zambian political leadership is ridden without evidence is complete rubbish. You two parties have done nothing to improve this situation if at all its there. Any LT don’t entertain mad chaps like Kapika they lower your integrity.

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    • And now we have someone in State House that is an ACTUAL THIEF, convicted by a Court of Law – TWICE – for stealing his clients money !!!!!

      What were Zambians thinking when they voted for this? Or were the results of the election “fixed” !???

      Should we now be surprised the Nation is bankrupt ???

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    • FTJ and RB were acquitted by the Zambian court of law. I believe in the rule of law. Next serious issue please…. not tissues…

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    • ECL would not have stood for presidency if he was convicted of any criminal charge. The Bul!sh!t about ECL stealing clients money is an “extended” fabrication by his detractors. He was given part payment by the the former employer to the client. Then the client opted for full payment in the meantime the client (thru political maneuvers) opted to report ECL to LAZ disciplinary committee thats how as par procedure, during investigation his licence was revoked, otherwise it was returned to him, and the case is a dead matter.

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  3. I think we should STOP BLAMING THE LEADERS!!! We TOLERATE THEM – so WHY BLAME THEM???
    IF WE COULD REMOTELY BE BOTHERED, we WOULD HAVE BOOTED THEM OUT A LONG TIME AGO!
    For as long as we foolishly THINK WE SHOULD VOTE ALONG TRIBAL LINES becoz other TRIBES are “NOT FIT TO RULE US”, we should happily & gladly enjoy the CRAPP OUR LEADERS HEAP ON US!!!!!!

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  4. I think we should STOP BLAMING THE LEADERS!!! We TOLERATE THEM – so WHY BLAME THEM???
    IF WE COULD REMOTELY BE BOTHERED, we WOULD HAVE BOOTED THEM OUT A LONG TIME AGO!
    For as long as we foolishly THINK WE SHOULD VOTE ALONG TRIBAL LINES becoz other TRIBES are “NOT FIT TO RULE US”, we should happily & gladly enjoy the CRA.P OUR LEADERS HEAP ON US!!!!!!

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  5. “……..President for Adedo – Zamucano Political Party (Zambia)..”
    Running a Zambian political party from abroad; this is a new concept.

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  6. One does NOT need to be a Rocket Scientist to work this out.
    The Greed of the Zambian politician knows no bounds, & has Zero morals.
    I do actually despair unless we vote in a Strong leader with ethics like Mwanawasa, we may continue to vote different parasites in to continue the unabated plunder.
    However the fact remains the corrupt bunch leading us now NEED TO GO, if Zambia is to have a chance of redemption, & an economical turn around.

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  7. MR KAPIKA WHAT WAS THE AIM OF THIS SPEECH? WAS IT TO SHOW ECL IS A CROOK,THEIVE AND A THUG?
    IF THIS WAS IN YO MIND I M VERY SORRY LUNGU IS THE MOST LISTENING, NON EMOTIONAL,STEADY,NON TRIBAL,MATURED,SINCERE,CHRISTIAN ETC AMONGST THE PARTY PRESIDENTS THAT WE VE NOW.
    HE IS THE BEST VOTE LUNGU 2016

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  8. @jkalusa. Did the srticle mention Lungu? Then why are you running to his defence? It shows that you yourself do not believe your own nonsense. Lungu has surrounded himself with crooks, so it would be a surprise if he is not a crook himself.

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  9. Of course how else could one describe the likes of Lungu, Kabimba, Sata, Chimbwili, Chama or kawelewele ka Mumba-Phiri? Thugs is the only single word that sums them all!

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  10. Chimbwili Kashimba’s recent tribally venomous puking against Tongas was the most gutless piece of rant I have ever heard. And for Lungu to just keep quite, it tells a lot about the lunatical menace Lungu’s lethargy poses to this country. Next time Angola will invade Zambia and aLungu will be nowhere to be seen or heard. One also wonders why the likes of Chimbwili, while oozing tribal bigotry against Tongas’ Lozis, Lundaz, Kaondes and Luvales, wants us to continue being part of this failed nation, why?

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    • @ Ngombala Muhapi wa Linaha, You Id1oit, for get about Barotseland Nonsense this is 2016, we are One Zambia one nation, for me a Tonga the Barotseland Aggrement document is complete Bull1shit . This is 2016, we are now talking about dual citizenship. since when did Hon Kambwili ‘oozy tribal bigotry against Tongas’ Lozis, Lundaz, Kaondes and Luvales’ Respect youself old chap

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    • Bo Ngombala Muhapi wa Linaha, Just shut up, when did when is Hon Kambwili say ‘tribal bigotry against Tongas’ Lozis, Lundaz, Kaondes and Luvales,’ you are the one fueling the tribal nonsense in Zambia.

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  11. President for Adedo, A Complete Id1ot, take your confusion to Hell! One wanders the analysis of this man (with a outdated hair style) Are you sure crooks are only in Zambian political leadership.

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  12. Yet another warped mind in a foreign land running two political parties with single member himself.
    LT stop giving audience to deranged minds and psychopaths like kapika.

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  13. Is this the Kapika who only a few years ago could only write incomprehensible English. Suddenly there’s finesse and deft to his locution . Something must give, surely?

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  14. This author is suffering from bipolar syndrome, let him concentrate on treatment rather than alarming people. Crooks, thugs, what have you, are everywhere in society and sooner or later they are made to face the law no matter who they are.

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