GARY’S BOXER SHORTS IN A PAINFUL TERRIBLE TWIST
GARY NKOMBO, the UPND Mazabuka central Member of Parliament, came at me like a raging boxer over the UPND Members of Parliament who stayed away from the National Dialogue Forum but on the side were seeking to have their thoughts on the various Bills being discussed taken into account.
Gary, who is a very good personal friend of mine, was demanding that I name the UPND MPs who during the National Dialogue Forum (which he referred to as ‘the National Drunkards Forum’) sessions wanted to sneak in their contributions. One of these MPs said he supported the NDF because of the writings of a very inspiring author and philosopher called Pratik Paudul which he introduced me. Pratik Paudul wrote, “A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other instead of talking about each other.”
I came to learn about Gary’s reaction to the statements I made on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview when one of the UPND MPs who had contacted me during the NDF contacted me. The UPND MP, (whom I shall refer to as “Deep Throat” like the Watergate whistleblower) seemed greatly agitated and in a state of extreme stress. “Deep Throat” demanded that we meet in secret. I have never seen “Deep Throat” look so troubled and frightened.
“Deep Throat”, after reading Gary’s demand that I disclose the names of the UPND MPs, was afraid that I was going to snitch on them and rat them out. With a thoroughly furrowed forehead and face distorted by being drawn out by tension, “Deep Throat” begged me not to disclose his name. He stated that his party was so extremely annoyed and disturbed by the fact that so many UPND MPs had attended the NDF, that they had sworn never to adopt them as candidates for the 2021 elections.
“Deep Throat” stated that the party has gone so far as stating that even if these MPs came back and apologized, they would not be adopted. For this reason people in the constituencies where these MPs came from had been given the go ahead to start campaigning against these MPs. “Deep Throat” stated that being from Southern Province it would be difficult for him to stand as an independent and win if he did not stand on UPND ticket. “Deep Throat” said if it was not for this he would have come out in the open. Incidentally, the other UPND MPs who approached me from behind the scenes are also from Southern Province and I assume they too have not come out in the open for the same reasons as “Deep Throat”.
I assured “Deep Throat” that even if Gary and his party members subjected me to water boarding, I would not divulge their names and I would publicly communicate that I respected that they had approached me in confidence and my integrity would not allow me to breach that confidence.
I have not given this UPND MP the name “Deep Throat” to mock him in the manner President Donal Trump mocks people because like the author and philosopher Pratik Paudul whose writings I was introduced to says, “You never look good trying to make someone else look bad.”. However, whenever Donald Trump fails to come up with a meaningful argument against someone or something he resorts to kinder-garden name calling like, “Little Rocketman ” , “Lyin’ Ted” or “Crooked Hillary”. Name calling of the National Dialogue Forum as “National Drunkards Forum” is going even lower than Donald Trump!
It is unfortunate that Gary decided to name call and label the people who attended the NDF as drunkards. In attendance were national youth organizations, national women’s organizations (like Women for Change, YWCA and NGOCC), reverends, pastors, freedom fighters, Church Mother Bodies (such as Independent Churches Association of Zambia and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia) and even their Royal Highnesses.
How will Gary and his party appeal to the womenfolk and youths in our nation after having labeled them as drunkards?
As we approach Africa Freedom Day on Saturday 25th May this weekend, is Gary and his party going to have any kind things to say about the heroes who brought us independence when it is clear that they have labeled the freedom fighters as drunkards?
Will Gary and the rest of his party members this weekend go for prayer in these churches presided over by drunkards?
In the American history we learn that some Native American Chiefs were given bottles of distilled liquor by European raiders like Bernardo de Galvez, viceroy of New Spain, who instituted a policy of pacification of the Native Americans.
The next time Gary and his party pay a courtesy call on any of our Royal Highnesses, will they in an attempt to pacify their Royal Highnesses and their people, leave as their token gift a crate of liquor since Gary has labeled them as drunkards?
My friendly advice to my good pal Gary is that he should quickly retract the “drunkard” slur and apologise to the people who attended the National Dialogue Forum for it is clear that this careless statement has put Gary’s boxer shorts in a painful terrible twist.
P.S. Just in case Gary’s motivation to demand release of the lists of names is his fear that his bosses are suspecting him to be one of the MPs who secretly approached me (more especially seeing that on the first day of NDF participants registration he was seen in the registration room) this posting serves to confirm that Honourable Gary Nkombo is not one of the UPND MPs who secretly support the NDF and its resolutions.
Sakwiba Sikota S.C
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