This is not policing; it’s murder.
From the very beginning, the intention of the regime and its brutal police was to maim, kill.
How can they justify the teargassing of students’ rooms in the middle of the night?
Where did they want the students to go in the darkness of night, if not in their rooms?
What happened to Vespers Shimuzhila was not an accident. It was deliberate and calculated. It was a logical consequence of the brutality of this ruthless regime of Edgar Lungu.
Vespers is a victim of the murderous activities of the cruel regime of Edgar.
But Vesper is not the first to die at the hands of this brutal police of Edgar. The question now is: how many are they going to kill before they stop or are stopped? How many more innocent lives are they going to stop before they are stopped?
Who takes the responsibility for the death of Vesper? It’s Edgar! The buck stops with him.
As Bob Marley aptly put it in a reggae rhythm:
“We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be
We are what we are
That’s the way it’s going to be, if you don’t know
You can’t educate I
For no equal opportunity (talkin’ ’bout my freedom)
Talkin’ ’bout my freedom
People freedom and liberty!
Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long
Yes, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long
Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
Me say de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yeah!
Building church and university, wooh, yeah!
Deceiving the people continually, yeah!
Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers
Look out now they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers)
This is what happens in a police state. And Edgar has turned Zambia into a police state.
This is what happens when police brutality is the order of the day and police officers are promoted on account of how brutal or cruel they are.
And police brutality is the abuse of authority by the unwarranted infliction of excessive force by personnel involved in law enforcement while performing their official duties.
Edgar is entrenching a subculture of inhumanity in the Zambia Police.
Deaths such as that of Vesper are inevitable when this aberrant psychology starts to make individuals feel they are in positions of absolute authority over others.
No amount of public relations statements will cause the common people to accept a known cruel regime and brutal police.
There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.
The challenges that young people are mobilising against are an oppressive and cruel regime and are being met with a State House-sponsored violence that is about more than police brutality.
Edgar and his minions don’t attempt to conceal their cruelty. They are everyday, together with their police command, threatening citizens.
They have transformed the Zambian state from one that once embraced a semblance of the social contract to one that no longer has a language for justice, community and solidarity to a state in which the bonds of fear and commodification have replaced the bonds of civic responsibility and democratic vision.
It’s not the duty of police officers to engage in brutality, cruelty or indeed to kill. One who does so is a criminal acting outside the law and must be made to face the temerity of his actions.
There should be no impunity in such killings. We should not forget that history teaches us that in 19th century, fascists rejected reason in the name of the people, denying objective truth in favour of a glorious myth articulated by leaders who claimed to give voice to the people. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.
Police brutality has become almost endemic in Edgar’s Zambia. It has become informally institutionalised in the police force as a means of administering extra judicial punishment on all those seen to be standing in Edgar’s way to eternal rule.