Kampamba Mulenga says those accusing Edgar Lungu of being corrupt are just jealous of him. Ummmh! Really?
“If President Lungu is corrupt and his government and party, let me tell you, President Lungu does not want corruption. All those saying Edgar Lungu is corrupt are just telling lies and are jealous of him,” says Kampamba.
Is she okay? What’s troubling her? Kampamba says there were many frustrated people that are calling the government corrupt.
Jealous or no jealous, there are some questions that have been asked seeking honest answers which Edgar has failed to answer. By his own voluntary declaration, Edgar’s wealth, net worth more than doubled just after becoming President of the Republic. He has been asked several times to explain the source of his sudden wealth but he has consistently failed to do so. Why?
Unexplained wealth points to unearned income – bribes, cuts, kickbacks, embezzlements and so on and so forth. Unearned income is prima facie evidence of corruption. And people who were downright paupers before entering government after Edgar took over as President are now very rich. Look at Kaizar Zulu! Amos Chanda! Let them explain their sudden wealth because their unexplained sudden wealth points to unearned income – prima facie evidence of corruption.
People around Edgar, including his own family members, are accumulating wealth at a very fast rate since he entered State House. How is this possible? Why wasn’t it possible before? Let them explain their sudden wealth. And we have highly questionable government procurement contracts that have been awarded to people with known connections to Edgar – 42 fire tenders at $1 million each, 50 ambulances at $288,000 each!
Edgar, who Kampamba says doesn’t want corruption in his government, has done nothing about these clearly corrupt deals. Why?
There’s also the case of the corrupt liquidation of The Post. Judge Sunday Nkonde’s corruption in the handling of this case is there for all to see. But Edgar’s government has protected him from being made to account before the Judicial Complaints Commission through a clearly corrupt consent judgment! In addition to this, there’s a complaint against this same judge Nkonde before the Anti Corruption Commission for stealing public funds in Tedworth. But, again, Edgar’s government is protecting him from being arrested and prosecuted. Those accusing Edgar of corruption may have their own varied personal motivations for speaking out. But that really doesn’t matter. What matters is not their motivations but the substance of their accusations. And one cannot, in all honesty, say it’s jealousy or frustration to ask Edgar and those around him to account for their sudden wealth. It is also not jealousy or frustration to question some clearly corrupt government procurement deals awarded to Edgar’s friends and associates.
Moreover, you can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself. And we don’t think the people accusing Edgar of corruption feel they ought to have the unexplained wealth he has accumulated in a very short time after becoming President.
And frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of life. Life is not built on success. It’s built on frustration. It’s built on failure. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.
And indeed, there’s general frustration with Edgar’s conduct on issues of corruption. Any honest person who knows what is going on in Edgar’s government would be moved by indignation to speak out.
Herbert George Wells said, “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” People legitimately expect more than they are getting from Edgar and his government. And as Antonio Banderas correctly observed, “Expectation is the mother of all frustration.” It’s therefore not right to simply dismiss corruption charges against Edgar and his government as products of jealousy and frustration.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. Aristotle wrote, “Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.”
And on jealousy, Bob Marley sang: “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!”