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Fiwelewele! Kawelewele!

Edgar Lungu says he will not waste time to respond to fiwelewele.

“I want to make this clear that we are just watching that fiwelewele and I will not be intimidated if I am doing my job,” says Edgar. “I am here up to Sunday, then go to Mongu and move the entire Zambia…Zambia is my territory, my constituency. Them they are going ati card renewal, party mobilization…”

Who is Edgar calling fiwelewele? The only political party that has been going around renewing membership cards is the UPND. So the people Edgar is referring to as fiwelewele are UPND leaders – Hakainde Hichilema, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and others. Are these opposition leaders fiwelewele?

How would Edgar and his minions feel if they, too, called him kawelewele? We should be careful of the insults we fling at others, lest they return and land at our feet, newly minted to apply to those who had first coined them. Is this the type of language that should characterise or define our politics? What political tone is Edgar setting? What example is he setting? Is this the political language that should be used in Zambia?

Whenever Edgar fully opens his mouth, we are reminded of what William Shakespeare wrote: “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”

The only time Edgar seems honest is when he is insulting someone – the only honest things he can say to the nation are insults.

What should be UPND’s reaction to Edgar’s insulting language? Nothing! The bottom line is, insults only hurt when they come from someone you respect. One more thing when Edgar calls UPND leaders fiwelewele, they should say thank you. Say ‘thank you, very much’.

They say no matter how valuable you are and your ideas, fools will certainly play both of you down, so exclude yourselves from the inflammatory environs of fools.

This is the language of the man they say is humble, God-fearing and God-chosen to rule Zambia! It is said that to call a man without the Holy Spirit “upright and God-fearing” is the same as calling Belial “Christ”.

To Edgar, our simple advice is: do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you. This is the single greatest, simplest, and most important moral axiom humanity has ever invented, one which reappears in the writings of almost every culture and religion throughout history, the one we know as the Golden Rule. Moral directives do not need to be complex or obscure to be worthwhile, and in fact, it is precisely this rule’s simplicity which makes it great. It is easy to come up with easy to understand, and easy to apply, and these three things are the hallmarks of a strong and healthy moral system. The idea behind it is readily graspable: before performing an action which might harm another person, try to imagine yourself in their position, and consider whether you would want to be the recipient of that action. If you would not want to be in such a position, the other person probably would not either, and so you should not do it. It is the basic and fundamental human trait of empathy, the ability to vicariously experience how another is feeling, that makes this possible, and it is the principle of empathy by which we should live our lives.

Who says that Edgar has to insult, belittle others in order to feel good about himself? The Zambian people definitely don’t want to see wedge politics and petty rhetoric used to belittle adversaries and inflame partisan divisions.

Christlike communications are expressed in tones of love rather than insults. They are intended to be helpful rather than hurtful. They tend to bind us together rather than to drive us apart. They tend to build rather than to belittle.

1 Comment

  1. igwee

    February 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Just from the language of this man one can tell that he cant be a good president

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