Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Politics of Lies: Climate Change Vs Energy Challenges


Hakainde Hichilema
Hakainde Hichilema

By Wamunyima Wamunyima.

For HH, to accept that the energy challenges we are facing as a country are as a result of the climate change, to him it would mean losing grounds for gaining political mileage and that is why he has religiously and deceitfully claimed that our energy challenges are due to poor leadership and mismanagement. Does he mean to tell us that the PF government has mismanaged the climate and now we have an energy problem? What a way to do politics.

For those that may not know, Climate change is a change in the statistical properties of the climate system that persists for several decades or longer—usually at least 30 years. These statistical properties include averages, variability and extremes. Climate change may be due to natural processes, such as changes in the Sun’s radiation, volcanoes or internal variability in the climate system, or due to human influences such as changes in the composition of the atmosphere or land use.

*Now, with his demonic possession to usurp power from PF, HH has in the recent past produced and propagated fake news with the sole intent of misleading the general public. His character portrays a person that is NOT a trustworthy political leader.*

A trustworthy political leader is a self actualized leader. Self actualization is the highest form of human growth, someone who is self actualized is a fully functioning human being.

As Zambians, we should scrutinize our leaders and compare them to the characteristics below as they are unwaveringly related to a good leader. It is worth to pay attention to these and take them into consideration when we’re making a choice as to whom we chose as a leader. Can HH even satisfy one of the following? Be the judge.

A good leader:

1. Is fair and objective. A good political leader does not take what is similar to his views as facts and base his decisions on that. He uses reliable and unfiltered information to make judgments and to come up with resolutions. In other words, he stands above his own believes to observe events objectively while the general public fails to do so. In addition, he does not suffer from a self serving bias.

2. Is not seeking fame and attention: A good leader should be able to move above and beyond any egoistic and primitive need for power, attention, or establishing his personal agendas and works with the intention of good-for-all and for the country.

3. Is not into hiding the truth for the sake of looking good. A good leader says it as it is even if it feels uncomfortable for many to hear it. He is not a people pleaser in a sense that he would say anything to please others even if that means manipulating or misguiding the public. It takes a lot of courage to do this and a good leader has that courage.

4. Encourages people to be accountable for their actions. A good leader helps people understand that they are accountable for their society and its outcome and teaches them to make compromises and responsible choices. He does not support a sense of self-serving entitlement that has gone too far and is counter-productive for the society as a whole.

5. Does not pay attention to being politically correct but ethically so. A good leader understands that in order for the whole society to be a functional and healthy one, some adjustments need to be made and people need to learn to give some in order to gain some.

6. Does not make idealistic promises but realistic ones. A good leader makes a sustainable promise and is a man of his words.

7. Is honest even if it does not get approval. People know where they are standing with an authentic leader. He does not hide bad news just because it is uncomfortable to the public’s ear.

8. Thinks globally and acts locally. He realizes that in order for us to live in prosperity as a blessed country, reasonable steps need to be taken to make sure others achieve the same goals. He is aware that with power comes responsibility.

9. Takes personal responsibility. A good leader is secure enough with himself to take personal responsibility when one is needed. In other words, a good political leader has an internal locus of control while he is aware of the effects of the external forces.

10. Does not make himself look good by assaulting others.  A leader that can be trusted does not take others down for himself to go up. He is more of a collaborator than a competitor. He tries to build bridges rather than destroy them. He is a natural mediator rather than one that creates conflict, tension, and separation.

That said and done, it is easy for us to conclude that HH does not even equal one of the 10 points noted above because he is blinded by his obsession for power, what a tragedy.


    • HH will jump at any fake news that benefits his aspiration to get to state house. As a genuine opposition his role is to take on all these issues to logical conclusion including prosecution where corruption has been cited. But all he does is shout from the mountain without any further action. What type of opposition is this?

    • It is not demonic to desire to lead. It is only demonic if the Person you want to overthrow is God. Let us not spiritualise politics, otherwise we should dismantle political parties, lock ourselves up in churches and just pray for 365 days while God builds hospitals, schools, roads and sends manna from heaven for us to eat and our leader should be one appointed by God at a burning bush.

    • Baba imwe it’s not the first time we are having load shedding in Zambia. Why did PF think roads were more of a priority than investigating in alternative power sources? Why couldn’t they have saved a higher reserve for emergencies like we have now so that it could be used for alternative energy now? Trust me the weight is on PF not HH. Those questions to a normal person should have been directed at PF govt not HH. Something is misnomer in your writing mbuya.

    • Yaba!
      So h² has failed all those characteristics.
      W² you mean what we have observed about h² is true to the core.
      We shall not falter.

    • Drawn by the headline and trying to make sense of it I read the first paragraph and the second partly and felt going further would be unraveling an academic exercise. Now copy and paste”……he has religiously and deceitfully claimed that our energy challenges are due to poor leadership and mismanagement. Does he mean to tell us that the PF government has mismanaged the climate and now we have an energy problem?”…..then follows the climate change knowledgeable posturing explaining or is it enlightening in loft language to the unaware …… “the climate system that persists for several decades or longer—usually at least 30 years.” If one is saying poor leadership and mismanagement in governance is contributing to the energy challenges I do not understand how a government can not…

    • cntd…… be cited for unmitigated progressive processes of climate change. For how long has climate change been making the rounds in many fora? One knows very well that decimating vegetation around natural water sources and waterways will eventually lead to challenges of water availability and a thinking government with foresight would put among other policies one that would meet the water scarcity challenge before it occurs such as protecting vegetation, constructing rainwater harvesting infrastructure, sinking boreholes and etcetera! Where is all this apart from politicking? One who is not in the driving seat of a truck steers its direction while the assistant or is it lorry boy, can only advise “Bamudala motoka yatamangisa bwezani pang’ono!” Yes the nation is facing climate change…

  1. Very accurate analysis of this debacle. As a political analyst myself, I agree with you. The problem with inexperienced politicians who have never held public office is that they lack maturity and have no idea the intricacies involved in serving a country. Managing Zambia is not like managing zam beef or avani hotels or even grant Thornton. We are dealing with peoples lives. Let hh go back to school and restart his life. I believe in the virtues of reincarnation. Maybe he will come back as a sane man. Kz

    • See why the kwasakwasa is 13 to a dollar, experienced politicians have turned zed into a kaloba land, while despising economic managers who are putting beef on your table on daily basis.

    • KZ you should go back into your mothers womb and be reborn. Maybe next time we wont get KZ the kidnapper or bus driver beater.

  2. The article is about climate change vs prudent management of our natural resources. If you had the wisdom and balanced analysis of the parameters.
    You’ve failed to bring to the fore the facts to back your case. You are blind in your defence of a failed PF Government.
    The electricity shortfall was created by grz which fitted more and bigger pipes to drain the same drum(Kariba Dam) of water. Without thinking of the cyclic drought which is predictable with current weather patterns available by simple Google search.
    Now what would you call this government?

  3. “..Does he mean to tell us that the PF government has mismanaged the climate and now we have an energy problem? What a way to do politics…..”

    No…..what he means to tell us is that having spent billions of dollars in a country with almost 7hrs/365 sunshine hours , solar energy should have been promoted

    And all your bullet points , lungu fails lamentably

  4. The biggest challenge we have is ourselves, unless we change our attitudes we shouldn’t expect anything to change. Some wrongly believe that by a mere removal of Edgar and replace him with Hichilema then our prospects will change but far from it. The strength of our nation doesn’t lie with an individual doing good but all of us doing something. If each of 17M Zambians give UNZA K1 every month it’ll be the most well-funded institution. Even the people you refer to as great were once insulted here. The UPND used to celebrate whenever Sata was reported sick but today they say he was better then Edgar.

  5. This is nonsense article. Dont hide behind climate change imwe. Had you listened to HH warnings earlier you wouldnt be singing this song of climate. ZESCO Boss spilled the beans. You caused this so we want UPND now u like or not. PAY RETIREES AT PENSIONS BOARD.

  6. Why are you trying to defend an incompetent bunch of thieves who only know how to threaten its citizen when cornered. if pf had a vision right from the time they took power, they would have realised the impending short fall of power generation and come up with solar powered stations. All they were interested is rigging election and stealing through projects which were never planned. In UNIP there were National development plans, in pf what do you have? dununa reverse and more money in the politician pockets.

  7. PF fake news or Trible UPND fake news, bottomline is that it is both fake news. Why would I trust this WW and not Trible HH? Are they not the same?

  8. Someone tell the writer that climate is a theory that hasn’t been proven yet and also why push it on people when the so called culprits are the big fish like this pf who are cutting down tree to enrich themselves also degazetting protected forests. Ain’t we supposed to be focusing on solutions than attacking others for a job, we going backwards meanwhile Rwanda is progressing and you have f$$ls saying all politicians are the same when yours is a drunk

  9. Right on Mr. Wamunyima, all the attributes fit HH, and people who think he can lead a country must have their heads examined. The chap is one of the biggest crooks in Zambia’s history. Together with Valentine Chitalu they brought our Zambia the beloved country to its knees! It hurts me when i think of how much suffering my neighbors in Ndola went through after that fake privatization! My once apamwamba neighbours were reduced to nothing all of a sudden! Marriages broke down, children could not go to school! Depression, death followed! And these managers and Directors for Contract Haulage, NIEC stores, UBZ, Zambia Railways, ROP, Zambia Steel, VITAFOAM etc and above all the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM)! All of KAUNDA’S plans and works of 27 years just went up in smoke like from…

  10. The MD zesco clarified the causes of load shedding succinctly.Every time some crap is written about HH it is evident it’s driven by a hate agenda.The fact that there is load shedding now simply means the current administration hasn’t addressed or mitigated the causes of load shedding whether climate change or not.HH is not in government at the moment and every time he is made an explanation for whatever is wrong shows that those in charge have serious capacity gaps.What we want are solutions to load shedding and other economic challenges.

  11. The current government has caused untold misery to citizens through retirements in national and public interests.This is the area where their tribalistic expression has been visibly significant.The president seems like he was cheated or he doesn’t care or he was part of that national shame.This is one area which has upset many citizens and there will be a courageous and brave response through the ballot box.The tribal crack squad led by Mr. Chimbwali is known and their time to provide explanations is fast approaching.

  12. HH is liar he is not trusted and can not trusted.The idea he is using that of Hitler and Benito Mousolin is long gone,the idea of propaganda.The assessment is hh as failed on those points above,he is acting like a beast.

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