Former State House Press Aide George Chellah says it is no longer doubtful that Zambia is severely polarised.
Mr Chellah said the leadership on both ends of the crisis must not waste the opportunity for dialogue and that they must accurately read the prevailing mood and tempo in the nation.
Writing on his Facebook page, Mr Chellah said the country is now at a point where the parties responsible for this situation ought to put the country first.
Below is Mr Chellah full statement
TIME TO GIVE DIALOGUE A CHANCE
By George M. Chellah
It’s no longer doubtful that our country is severely polarized, and as a consequence the political temperature is high too. So, it would be highly clumsy and politically, economically and socially suicidal for us to linger on with pretense like its ‘business as usual’ yet the reality is that of ‘business than the usual’.
The bitter truth about our current state of affairs is that we are at a point where the parties responsible for this situation ought to put the country first and realize that we have tempted fate too far and its time we buried the hatchet, and discussed our differences flexibly.
The above concept directly feeds into Dean Pruitt’s argument in a paper entitled ‘Whither Ripeness Theory?’ Pruitt theorizes that ‘‘ripe moment’ concerns the thought process of decision-makers who turn to negotiation or mediation in severe conflicts in which the parties have been trying to defeat one another’ (Pruitt, 2005, p. 1).
The scholar’s broader definition of ‘ripe moment’ as a period when rational and enlightened decision-makers resolve that finding the middle ground is appropriate, validates both the hypothetical and feasible standpoints of the subject matter insofar as attaining a reconciliatory and progressive settlement is concerned.
In this case, the leadership on both ends of our crisis must not waste the opportunity for dialogue presented before us. They must accurately read the prevailing circumstances i.e. the mood and tempo, and how such can be exploited to the benefit of the country and its citizens before the situation escalates. Identifying the moment for dialogue is of essence, if positive results are to be scored.
Fonkem Achankeng in a paper entitled ‘Mutual Hurting Stalemates, Ripe Moments and Third- Party Interventions’, equates the concept of ‘ripeness’ to that of a fruit by illustrating that ‘once a fruit is plucked too early, it will not be ready for eating; nevertheless, if it is plucked too late, it will equally be inedible’ (Achankeng, 2012, p. 56).
Therefore, using Achankeng’s analogy I humbly submit that it’s time for Zambia to pluck its fruit and eat it before its too late.
We are all Zambians and we have a country to build, and more importantly, we must be cognizant of the fact that the dignity, growth and sovereignty we desire will only have meaning and guarantee if we split our problems into manageable portions, guided by the spirit of genuine brotherhood, patriotism and unity in diversity.