Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Musa Mwenye SC – decoding the gist of his tweet?


By Chimwemwe Mwanza

Self-deception is defined as the act of lying to oneself or making yourself to believe something that isn’t true. There is absolutely no wrong in deceiving oneself, except it becomes problematic when individuals begin to twist facts in their pursuit to achieve a narrow agenda.

More often than not, detachment from reality – which is a culmination of self-deception does have consequences. For context, nothing reminds more of this analogy than this chant ‘Alebwelelapo’ adopted by some party zealots in the build-up to last year’s Presidential elections. As tears flowed in the aftermath of results, the biggest lesson from the polls was that it is harder to ignore the reality or collective will of a disgruntled people. Which is why it boggles the mind that most politicians still fail to grasp the exact moment when the electorate would have abandoned them until, they are voted out of office.

It is nothing but an insulation from society that makes our leaders tone deaf to reality. To the point, the timing of the tweet by Musa Mwenye SC in which he advised government to ignore its praise singers – some of whom are self-appointed, could not be more appropriate. This advice from an eminent jurist recently appointed by the President to chair the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is sobering. What prompted this tweet though is still a mystery but this coming from an individual that is enmeshed in the state’s machinery in the fight against corruption could well be construed for a tacit attack on government’s uncomfortable proximity to lies.

So why unleash such a loaded message when a simple drive to State House and deliver this to the Head of State in person could have been a better option? Mwenye after all and by virtue of his position as ACC chairperson has unfiltered access to the President. Could it be that the mighty walls of Jericho have suddenly been erected at State House barring access to the President or that the proverbial element of self-deception is now cementing its roots in this new dispensation? Is this tweet reflective of whispers emanating from those whose reality has just dawned that all politicians have feet of clay?

A political heist unfolding in broad daylight

It is a fact that the elephant in the room is the choreographed event that led to the postponement of the Kwacha and Kabushi bye-elections. That government’s nose has been bloodied by two scathing judgements that paved way for Bowman Lusambo and Joseph Malanji to re-contest their annulled seats and the second – the High Court’s postponement of the two bye-elections is a tacit rebuke to Judicial overreach by the state-controlled Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ). And the fact is that machinations to steal these two seats from the opposition are becoming all too naked to the public.

The first stage in setting the motion to steal required the state to jettison ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Kryticuos Nshindano from his position. This execution was swift with some electoral commissioners following him through the exit door. With this goal achieved, the leaderless ECZ is now being remote-controlled. By whom is anybody’s guess? What is certain though is that instructions were delivered to the electoral body to reject Lusambo and Malanji’s submissions way ahead of nomination day. To be more candid, this electoral abuse goes against the political chicanery that the youths who queued up in the wee hours of 12 August 2021 voted against.

The Constitutional Court’s judgement allowing the duo to re-contest their seats was unambiguous. There is no need for the state to gaslight its citizenry under the guise of non-existent lacunas in the Constitution. Surely, how can this Constitution work when those entrusted to uphold seem readily prepared to break it? Even more puzzling is the government’s obduracy to conceding defeat to what is otherwise a straightforward case. These machinations are nothing but a brazen attempt at a political heist – in broad day light for that matter.

The fact that Lusambo and Malanji are persons of interest in the state’s on-going fight against graft or that they belong to a political party that is tainted with corruption is no justification to robbing them of their right to justice. In the words of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, then you have chosen the side of the oppressor,’ period.

Back to Mwenye, his tweet also serves an apt reminder for sycophants to guard against blind loyalty.

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* Ba Kapinga aka as Tarino Orange, alias Chiza Chirwa, Mthunzi Khumalo, lobyolo, Ngubo, HonestJohn, among many of your other pseudonyms, your vitriol that Easterners are often slow to respond to change is offending. Is it really difficult to elevate any of your arguments without being tribal, personal or insulting? What does your inference to the docility of the Chikunda and Nsengas from Luangwa say about the likes of Reuben Mtolo and Levy Ngoma among some of the Easterners serving this government?
That you often launch into a soliloquy using different alises to give running commentary to your own works is worrying. It is acceptable to be a bitter and resentful adult but to insult a segment of people simply because they voted against your preference, ayikona man. Just a caution, not all LT bloggers are party zealots nor do they write to peddle influence in exchange for economic favours. Many are patriots who believe in plurality of views and can engage in meaningful debates if called upon. Most important, they have full time jobs to spend their entire day on LT defending themselves against your vitriol. For once, don’t you think you owe Easteners an apology?



  1. Really laughable…look at this author’s footnote below his article now he is accusing me of using pseudonyms; Ba Kapinga, Chiza Chirwa etc…he sees everywhere you seriously think I can be managing all those accounts? Stop hullinating and just write your articles …its clear its you who spends his time on LT all day.

  2. This chap Chimwemwe Mwanza instead of posting a clear and concise article he posts what is going on in his warped mind he is basicially arguing with himself about Musa Mwenye’s tweet …please leave us out of maddness.

  3. Musa Mwenye is toothless, he cannot crack the current single sourced fertilizer scandal [corruption]. In open day light UPND tried to rig Kwacha and Kabushi bye-elections. Glad, Patriots are on guard. UPND is corrupt and divisive. Chimwemwe Mwanza, kindly accept my warm greetings, ka cili lucelo.

  4. Every segment of society in Zambia deserves an apology for some slight or other. Your plea for an apology to Easterners would carry weight if you had made time and space in your numerous writings to ask for an apology for thieving Bembas, self-loving Lozis, arrogant tribal Tongasetc … I think you catch my drift.

  5. Deception started with the devil himself. He could not look beyond his self and wanted an image equal to the Almighty and in the end just destroyed himself, his character for good. This is what is happening to a lot of these leaders. Once they become a ‘Know it all’ they deceive themselves. They blindly forget that there comes a time of reckoning………..A WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE.

  6. The mother of all evil still remains PF, lest we forget, a rickety shelter called a toll gate between Ndola and Kitwe cost the Zambian tax payer 80 million Kwacha, you heard me right,

  7. President HH has done many good things since coming to office, but he made two very big mistake when he chose his lawyers to run the judiciary through the Minister of Justice and Attorney General and the Minister of Home Affairs throgh Jack Mwimbu. Let me put it this way. Ministries should never be run by people who have the same qualifications as the minister. A medical doctor minister of health will have his own views and he may not agree with the views of the technocrats and especially if he thinks less of them as doctors. This applies to the ministries of Justice and Home Affairs. The old lawyers there will override legal opinion from a junior officer and this is worse if they are personal advocates of the President. The AG should be a very independent minded lawyer who has no one…

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