The background of my brief discourse is the partial solar eclipse that happened on 1st September 2016. The silence of those who have previously abused very natural atmospheric and astronomical phenomenon to advance their selfish ends rings loudest at this time opportune time. As physical light is best appreciated in darkness, like nothing else a solar eclipse raises our appreciation of the important role that light plays in our lives. The level of intellectual illumination in the discussion below, like solar eclipses, comes but a few times in our brief lives, so please pay close attention.
The progress of evil only requires that good people remain silent and by that silence become primary accomplices to the ongoing evil. Allow me therefore to vent my spleen.
In total disregard to the rule of law and the ongoing election petition Zimbabwean dictator Robert Gabriel Mugabe has congratulated Zambia’s home grown oppressor Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Let us not even mention Uganda’s rectal itch who was reported to be trimming his moustache at Mfuwe Lodge in readiness for the eagerly awaited presidential inauguration of his counterpart oppressor.
There are those who are either deceived or deliberately blind to the real nature of the allegedly pro-poor policies of Zambia’s ruling political party the Patriotic Front (PF). Even to those lacking peripheral vision including professional con men such as T.B. Joshua, the current state of Zimbabwe’s economy (presided over the last few decades by one Bob Mugabe and his ZANU PF, sister political party to Zambia’s Patriotic Front) will quickly and accurately prophecy where Zambia will be sooner than most people realise after the epic fiscal ineptitude driven by wanton greed and selfishness that is the lasting legacy and future promise of Zambia’s current gang of clueless misleaders. Soon as in before the end of this year 2016, Zambia’s contractual obligations to the IMF to remedy the financial illiteracy of it’s bungling misleaders will despite Amos Chanda’s self deception brutally kick in. Brutal as in the stripping of all subsidies with resultant fuel prices of no less ZMK18 per litre and no less than 100 percent increase in the price of Zambia’s staple food, mealie meal. In simple vernacular, a bag of 25Kg mealie meal will cost at least ZMK150.
Sorry, did Edgar Chagwa Lungu and side kick Mama Inonge Wina conveniently forget to tell you this in their heavily state funded campaigns? Let me apologise on their behalf and in mitigation add that ECL did mention something or other about making some painful decisions. Your pain, not his or that of Davies Chama. Chishimba Kambwili will be whistling his favourite tune ‘Dununa reverse’.
The contractual obligations ECL et al signed on your behalf will engage regardless of the outcome of the presidential election petition, so keep that pointing finger ever ready. Index finger, not middle finger please. For those who have any doubts about the veracity of the gospel according to ECL as administered by yours truely the IMF, please refer to the reliable Bloomberg website. If still in doubt, please ask ECL in person to tabulate the financial pain he has lovely prepared for you. I will not be responsible for any bodily harm that may arise from this encounter.
In closing, you may dear reader be wondering what the cause of our prophesied pain is. Systems, not individuals, ECL and previous fellow Zambian presidents without exception being victims of our very poorly thought-out constitution.
Unfortunately, the revised and very newly updated Zambian constitution 2016 besides the paltry addition of an elected running mate, does not sufficiently address the overblown powers of the Office of the President. The powers that the office currently holds are a sad hangover from the days when Zambia fought for the political independence of our neighbours.
In a state of emergency, which is essentially one ‘dununa’ next to a state of war, it is necessary and indeed an obligation in the interest of national security that the head of state appoint people who are loyal to them at a very personal level. In the current (pseudo-)democratic dispensation with no physical enemies in sight, the exercise of these powers is an abuse of the office which every former Zambian president without exception has graciously embraced to further their own personal interests disregarding the interests of the people.
And until this defect in the system is fixed, no matter which presidential candidate we place in State House, no matter how well meaning they may be or how many churches they build or how many ministers of religion they appoint, no matter how humble, being only human they will inevitably and predictably fall prey to the intoxication of power and all its trappings. Given a choice between personal gain and the interests of the people, few mortals have made the wise choice. So basically we spent loads of money to produce a defective document.
This is the bed we have ourselves made. Let is now enjoy sleeping in it.
A very patriotic Zambian who did not vote.