Why is Lungu trying to live in denial?

Edgar Lungu says those who are not working are leaving his government on their own.

What work is going on in Edgar’s government? Stealing! Crookedness! Thieves, crooks are the ones who are seen to be working!

Why has Edgar been keeping people who are not working in his government, paying them taxpayer’s money until they resign on their own? Is this being responsible? And when is Edgar going to leave this government on his own because he hasn’t been working?

What work has Edgar himself been doing for the Zambian taxpayer? Appointing and supervising people who are not working? Gallivanting around and collecting allowances at a very high cost to the taxpayer!

If it’s true that those leaving his government on their own are those who had not been working, then Edgar himself must also leave on his own because he has not been working.

What Edgar is claiming, although we all know it’s a lie, in itself shows that there’s a very serious problem in his government – it’s a troubled government where the President can’t fire those who are not working!

Edgar is living in denial. He can’t face reality that things aren’t alright in his government. Now he thinks the best thing to say to comfort himself is that those leaving his government are not working.

At the same time, he talks about being a coach and that he decides who and when to fire his “team players”. What he shouldn’t forget is that coaches do get fired also for failing to make team members perform. The failure of Edgar’s ministers is ultimately his own because he’s the one who appoints them. In fact coaches are usually kicked out before players are made to leave. When the team is not doing well, the fans call for the dismissal of the coach.

Edgar seems to be in double thinking. And doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

They are very right when they say that “to see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle…In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act…If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them,” wrote George Orwell.

Clearly, Edgar has some great battles to fight within the silent chambers of his own soul. It’s said that the deepest rivers make least din, the silent soul doth most abound in care. They say that clouds cannot cover secret places, nor denials conceal truth. Edgar’s denial of his problems will not solve them. You can’t solve a problem you are denying exists. But denial does not make the problem go away. And denial of what everyone can see will not give Edgar peace of mind, which is what he is really seeking when he engages in it.

Edgar lives in denial of what he does, even what he thinks. He does this because he is afraid. It seems Edgar would rather deny the problems in his government arising from corruption than face them. Why? But he can’t get away from himself, his problems by denying them and moving from one place to another – gallivanting.

Edgar’s denial of his situation, problems and their consequences is to put a lie into the lips of his own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul. Now what state does Edgar live in? Denial!

Amilcar Cabral urged, “Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children…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…”

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