“I have concluded that EL must go. I doubt we have the energy needed to redeem him. PF themselves can begin the process of our goodbye by telling him, in no uncertain terms, that he cannot have another term. The party might even survive him, if they do that. Point for me after all is that while I would prefer HH a hundred times over EL, I do not think UPND, as a party, is much different from PF. So right now, I think while we must agree to forget EL, we must think hard about what we do about getting a functional government made up not of the sycophants we see in both PF and UPND. Anyway, for now, PF, can you start the process of replacing your president. You know, like we all do, that he has failed,” writes Laura Miti.
According to Laura, the objective is to raise the country from the bottom and not to give another lot of hungry selfish stomachs a chance to feed themselves. There’s no doubt Edgar has failed. It’s very clear that he has no capacity, intellectually, morally and otherwise, to lead this highly troubled country. But failing is a normal thing. Edgar is not the first leader to fail and he will certainly not be the last. It’s normal to fail.
He has to learn to accept failure. But what should Edgar do when the rug is being pulled out from underneath him? What should he do when all hell breaks loose and he is standing alone, looking into the abyss? Edgar has no sensible alternative but to accept the situation. He needs to understand right away that some things are not in his control.
The quicker Edgar stops living in denial and pretending that all is well, the quicker he can use this as a lesson to move on and the better for him. When one has failed and wants to hang on to power, the ending is always disastrous. No matter how much one believes in what one is doing, if things are not working, there’s need to take a step back. Validating one’s assumptions before one goes down the rabbit hole of building in a vacuum is essential.
Failure is awesome. But one is a million times better off accepting it when it has come than denying it. Nobody is born perfect. The famous politicians experienced failure. But the most important thing is when to move on. In every moment of our lives, we have choices. How we react to failure is no different. It is time for Edgar to cut his losses and move on.
Edgar seems to be so afraid of leaving the presidency. Why?
In order to leave and stop seeking a hopeless third term of office, Edgar needs to acknowledge where his fear of leaving comes from. Only once he understands and accepts it can he internalise it, make peace with it, and put it to rest so he can start taking the right decisions for himself, free of any fears.
Edgar has every reason to fear leaving office. He has wealth far beyond his earned income which may need to be satisfactorily explained if he has to escape going to jail. As things stand today, Edgar will have serious difficulties escaping corruption or abuse of office charges. And he knows it. And Edgar has every reason to fear losing power because he has abused that power to brutalise, humiliate, inconvenience others. His fear is that of others using the same state power to go for him.
But Edgar is not alone in this fear. His minions are not sleeping. They can’t imagine being out of power because of the abuses and corruption they have engaged in. And because of this, they are pushing Edgar to stay on as far as possible, seek a third term of office. The fear of all of that is what is keeping Edgar at bay, paralysed at the idea of leaving office.
Leaving is scary for Edgar, but staying in the current situation can be even scarier when one thinks of all the abuses, corruption that has taken place.