Chishimba Kambwili has accused Edgar Lungu of being a corrupt man who is not fit to be a Head of State.
And Kambwili says instead of applauding those in the Patriotic Front government who are stealing public resources, Zambians must unite to challenge the plunderers.
“President Lungu is corrupt and there is no way we can be beating about the bush. The man is corrupt and is not fit to be a Head of State. If telling him that he is corrupt is an insult, I’m 100 per cent guilty and come and arrest me. If you are corrupt, we’ll not call you humble man [because] there is no humbleness in stealing. Mwakubelaminafye mulya ati (it’s just a hiding place) humble. Whoever says President Lungu is a humble leader is being economical with the truth! Lungu is corrupt,” says Kambwili.
These are very strong accusations against Edgar which can’t be ignored by him and the Zambian people. There’s no way Edgar can continue to govern this country and expect to be respected without truthfully and convincingly addressing these corruption accusations.
And Edgar did not come to the presidency with a clean record on issues of corruption. Edgar, as a lawyer, chewed his client’s money and had to be suspended from practicing law.
Edgar must explain the fast increase in his wealth that is far beyond his earned income. And this is from declarations he himself has publicly made.
As things stand today, there is a strong prima facie case of him being corrupt. Possessing wealth that is beyond one’s earned income is evidence of corruption in itself unless it is explained away.
When there is no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. Accountability breeds response-ability. There’s need for Edgar to walk his talk because at the end of the day, it’s his accountability to his word that matters.
If Edgar builds a culture where honest expectations are communicated and accountability is the norm, then his government will be able to address poor performance and attitudes.
Maybe you’re not perfect, but you’re willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability. That’s a change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around, but I think there’s something incredibly hopeful about that. Edgar is not beyond question on issues of corruption. He actually must look at himself and take some kind of accountability. He must ask himself what is earning him these corruption accusations.
The only way to end these accusations of corruption is self-definition, transparency and accountability. Questioning or challenging Edgar to account for his sudden wealth is not wrong, a crime. We Zambians must start being ‘obsessed citizens’ with questioning our leaders and asking them to account for their wealth. That’s the only way we can stop them from being corrupt.
Candor and accountability in a democracy is very important. Hypocrisy should have no place. For Edgar to do his job effectively, he needs to continue to earn public confidence. That involves transparency and accountability.
Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation.
Thomas Paine said, “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” Good men are bound by conscience and liberated by accountability.