Defending Edgar Lungu from corruption insinuations by Chishimba Kambwili, information and broadcasting services minister Kampamba Mulenga said “President Lungu is a very well educated man, he was a lawyer”. Does education, being a lawyer stop one from being dishonest, crooked or corrupt?
As a lawyer, Edgar acted in a dishonest, crooked or corrupt manner and squandered his client’s money.
And as such, it cannot be disputed that Edgar has a background, a track record of dishonesty, crookedness or corruption.
What Kampamba should know is that all intellectual tendencies are corrupted when they consort with power.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “A man who has never gone to school may steal a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”
In the absence of self-control, this primordial nature of the limbic brain often compels the mind to give in to evils of corruption. It would seem the word corruption in this country does not anymore arouse the moral revulsion that it used to. We now seem to think of it as more a nuisance than a great national evil. We can so easily elect a person with a clear record of dishonesty, crookedness or corruption to the highest public office in the land! But corruption kills nations every bit as much as murder kills an individual. Moreover, there is no hope for any nation in which corruption is endemic. No leader can police corruption in other citizens when he himself is not free from it. You cannot clean a dirty wall with dirty hands.
We need to remember that a leader who is deceptive deceives by hiding that he is deceptive. He is not going to openly validate that he is deceiving us because his aim is to deceive us.
Our country is going to turn upside down in a way that the honest citizen will live uncomfortably – while the dishonest citizen will live very comfortably. Today, Zambian thugs and hustlers of every creed are living like true kings and queens. We live in blatantly corrupt times. The failure of our public institutions to keep pace with the dramatic political, economic and social realities underway has led to severe gaps in governance. The end result of this disjuncture has been a proliferation of grand corruption – a malaise made up of a diverse array of regulatory, extractive, and political rent-seeking activities.
Pure honesty is dead in a jungle of eternal, bloody impunity, rampant corruption and dirty politics. We are told people must not take the law in their own hands, but we have given the law in the hands of people who are in power. That is why people who are in power are always corrupt, arrogant, violent, aggressive, selfish and don’t care about anyone. They get away with all the bad things they do. Corruption will never cease in a country where the so-called leaders are criminals and corrupt elements in disguise.
Zambia is a very beautiful country when you take the corrupt politicians and their minions out of the equation.
The root of corruption is lack of contentment.
Truly, weak men cannot handle power. It will either corrupt, crush them, or they will use it to enrich themselves, crush others. In these times, a leader must be extremely honest and brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.
Leaders say “no” to corruption. Anyone playing a role in governance and is not ready to do this is not a leader.
But as George Orwell wrote, “The mistake you make, don’t you see, is in thinking one can live in a corrupt society without being corrupt oneself. After all, what do you achieve by refusing to make money? You’re trying to behave as though one could stand right outside our economic system. But one can’t. One’s got to change the system, or one changes nothing. One can’t put things right in a hole-and-corner way, if you take my meaning.”
When one gets in bed with a corrupt government, one must expect the diseases it spreads.