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A few good men

Columns A few good men

By Nkonkomalimba Kafunda

While it is undoubtedly healthy, right and proper for citizens to take keen interest in affairs of governance, to treat government with suspicion, misgiving and apprehension, seeing criminality in almost all transactions and initiatives undertaken, tends to defeat the whole purpose of upholding checks and balances.

Understandably, endemic scepticism after a seven-year kleptocracy is to be expected even, to some extent, accepted. However, not all leaders go into government with nefarious intentions. There are exceptions to what Africans have come to accept as the rule.

Listening to radio call-in programs, a habit I should have embraced much earlier, I hear callers, uninformedly and without basis, accuse the government and by implication, the President of awarding contracts to friends, associates and acquaintances as reward for bankrolling last years election campaign, among other things. The people’s ignorance is exacerbated by an orchestrated, concerted malicious social media misinformation campaign whose core objective is to paint the president black. An unfortunate outcome was gullible youths blatantly, impertinently insulting the head of state and getting their just deserts. Well done Zambia Army. Human rights, freedom of expression notwithstanding, our values, norms and cultures remain paramount. Privately, most of those calling for action against the Army officers seen disciplining the errant youths, would prefer they be given medals.

Devoid of facts, callers talk of fertilizer supply contracts tendered and awarded opaquely, major road projects being given to friends of the president, KCM being handed over to Vandetta and so on.

While the Sowers of these seeds of hatred, ridicule and contempt rub their hands in collective, malicious glee, matching malevolent grins in tow, the Zambian people are denied an opportunity to buy into the bigger picture, a picture painted on a canvass of hope, rejuvenation, vitality, prosperity and good will.

Granted, the Patriotic Front reign of illicit jollification has left more than just a nasty hangover in our people’s collective psyche, it has left Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but that does not mean the country lacks good, honest, upright leaders with pure intentions.

Let these few good men lead you, fellow Zambians, to a place you deserve to be: progressive, prosperous and peaceful.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t be f00Iish. You never wrote such articles when pf were in power and being criticised everyday and insulted. Fuseke carcala kobe

  2. This is a disappointing article from Nkonkomalimba. Firstly, it is not well written with too many run-on sentences. Please use proper punctuation marks.
    Secondly, I disagreed very strongly when the author thanks the Zambia army for having ‘disciplined’ the youths.
    Author goes on to state that those calling for action on the officers are secretly proud. This presumption is founded on the author’s own personal feelings and he should not extend it to others.
    He claims people are criticizing the government based on misinformation but shows his own ignorance of the law as it concerns criminal suspects. No sane person supports the youth, but objective people want to see the rule of law respected.
    It is against our tradition to fornicate, if suspected to have done so, is the author of…

  3. If suspected to have so, is the author of the opinion that is is okay for army officers to beat the suspects? I would like to challenge the author and anyone holding similar views that there should be a line. Let rule of law prevail always, irrespective of how hurt you may personally feel.

  4. We need more people like you sir, posting articles on LT………..

    The tribal supremacist theives are still in denial at a tonga being president………….

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