Edgar Lungu says the dawn of a new year is “a time to show love and care for one another. A time for self-introspection, reflection, and new resolutions. Indeed, a time for renewed hope, reconciliation and a fresh start”.
“We will also continue to promote a conducive political environment through dialogue, peaceful resolution of disputes and upholding the rights and freedoms of our citizens. I, therefore, urge the church, religious groups and
traditional leaders to continue giving counsel to the state, individuals and other stakeholders. I also call upon all stakeholders to conduct their affairs in a responsible manner and within the confines of the law. Let us build a nation where everyone contributes to the best of their ability; a nation where everyone gets a fair share from their hard work; a nation abundant in compassion, love and care, especially for the weakest members of our society. Let us build a nation that works for all,” says Edgar. “…Let us all be champions of integrity, morality, patriotism and national unity. Let us be promoters of human dignity, social justice and inclusiveness.”
Edgar says many things he doesn’t mean or believe in. Of course some of the things he says are written for him by equally deceptive or manipulative speech writers who push lines on him which they think the public would like to hear from him.
Can Edgar in truth and all honesty really talk about showing “love and care for one another!” What love and care does Edgar hold for others with all his selfishness, cruelty and intolerance? The only love and care Edgar seems to have in abundance is for money and power. Edgar believes in crashing others like a tonne of bricks. Look at the way he has treated The Post and continues to connive with judge Sunday Nkonde to deny it justice with all sorts of abuses of power and the judicial process! Look at the way he has continued to treat Hakainde Hichilema after detaining him for four months on trumped up treason charges!
When Edgar talks about constitutional and legal reforms, it is not about promoting the liberties of others; it is about safeguarding his own personal interests. This Constitution was brought into effect by him. Is he telling us that he didn’t read or understand what he was signing? Edgar wants to paint a picture of things being very well in the economy when the great majority of the Zambian people are in distress! Yes, life is very easy and good for him and his minions because they are parasitic on the state. But that’s not the case for the rest of the people.
Edgar is talking about the need for dialogue when he knows very well that he is not interested in it. And today, Edgar is urging the church to give counsel to him, the state when not very long ago, he was denouncing those who were doing so! Indeed, as Edgar says, there’s need for a fresh start in the New Year.
Edgar is failing to acknowledge the unbridled corruption of his regime. He can’t even talk about it in his New Year message. Why? It’s not difficult to guess why. There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go. Edgar’s hypocrisy is frightening. Anyway, a hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could. This is probably why they say that the only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
Why tell lies? Why say things one doesn’t believe in? Why be a hypocrite and say the opposite of what you think?
Honesty is of God and dishonesty of the devil; the devil was a liar from the beginning. We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
Hypocrites get offended by the truth. They say that if you wear a mask for too long, there will come a time when you cannot remove it without removing your face. It is not the monsters we should be afraid of; it is the people that don’t recognise the same monsters inside of themselves.
When dealing with two-faced people, it is difficult to know which face is uglier, the real one or the manufactured one.
Edgar must have the courage of his responsibilities. And he must learn to “hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…”