Why are they claiming credit for things they didn’t do?

Jack Kalala says it is ridiculous and disgraceful for the Patriotic Front to claim they have contributed to Copperbelt rural’s development.

Kalala says there was no project undertaken by the Patriotic Front government in Lufwanyama district or in any of the other three rural districts of the Copperbelt Province.

“This is ridiculous and disgraceful. It is also an insult to the people of Lufwanyama who have been denied development by the PF government in spite of the considerable revenue generated from the abundant natural resources from the area, namely timber, emeralds and copper,”

says Kalala, who is former special assistant to president Levy Mwanawasa for Policy and Project Implementation and Monitoring.

Kalala says Patriotic Front deputy media director Antonio Mwanza lied when he said the Lamba people of Lufwanyama expressed gratitude to the Patriotic Front government for the “numerous developmental projects” in the area. And Kalala has challenged Antonio to tell the nation the ‘numerous’ projects that the Patriotic Front government had undertaken in Lufwanyama apart from grabbing land from the people to give it to foreigners.

The Patriotic Front seems to be permanently wedded to lies. It can’t continue in existence without lies. And Antonio has joined a party of liars and has to act like them. They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If Antonio wants to remain honest, he can’t survive in the Patriotic Front. And he knows this very well. He made a conscious decision to join a dishonest political party. Antonio didn’t join the Patriotic Front to change it; he joined it to change himself into a dishonest politician.

Clearly, the Patriotic Front is desperately seeking credit, approval. And out of desperation, the Patriotic Front wants to harvest political mileage where it did not sow. It’s a fact, and as Jack has demonstrated it very well, the Patriotic Front did very little, if not nothing, in the rural areas of the Copperbelt. Their whole attempt to claim credit for whatever little has been done in this area is outright dishonesty. Antonio can claim that he didn’t tell a lie because it was the chief who gave the Patriotic Front credit. But just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. It is said that a liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.

There’s no need for the Patriotic Front to claim to have done things they didn’t do – things that were done by others. This is dishonesty. There’s need for leaders to always tell the truth or the truth will tell on them. The most important thing about political leadership is honesty, character and the political values that guide it. It’s only when a leader is honest, truthful that he or she can be trusted. And trust starts with trustworthy leadership.

For a leader to be trusted, his or her words and deeds must match.

A leader needs to say and do the right thing always. Lies can’t inspire confidence and trust. And a leader who can’t inspire confidence and trust won’t achieve much. Therefore, the first duty of a leader is to inspire trust. And conviction, commitment, credibility are said to be the three pillars of morally courageous leadership. A leadership that is concentrating so much of its energy and time trying to win approval will start to exalt itself, give undue credit to itself.

Harry Truman said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” The Patriotic Front leadership is spending most of its time boasting about what it has done, claiming credit for this and that. Benjamin Jowett said, “The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.”

And the way they are claiming credit for everything is as if there are workers in this country who do all these things and it is just themselves doing everything! But we know that everything done or constructed in this country is done or constructed by the humble workers. And these humble workers are never given credit for their work by the Patriotic Front as if they have done nothing and don’t exist. Napoleon Bonaparte was right when he said, “Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.”

Again, we remind them of a saying of Amilcar Cabral: “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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