Edgar Lungu says Mama Chibesa Kankasa has left a Zambia that faces “unprecedented threats on its unity”.
“But be rest assured that I will not be that foolish leader who will put asunder what your (Mama Kankasa’s) great generation of our struggle built at great personal cost,” says Edgar.
But Douglas Syakalima says Edgar is a hypocrite who preached against vices that he championed and idolised.
“He is a dangerous hypocrite who has definitely put Zambians asunder. He has made Zambians fight and he has made his police kill and maim Zambians. So, I don’t know whether he has a conscious or not because he talks against the same things that he practices. Only a dead conscience behaves the way he behaves. If he is not eaten up by what he says, then I don’t know what type of [a] human being he is. He talks about tribalism but he is a tribalist, he is a regionalist, he is a nepotist, he is corrupt to the core. So, everything that he tries to smear Zambians with is not just there. Having a hypocrite like him is very dangerous for our country. I don’t even know where this man came from! Normal Zambians don’t behave like this. We’ve had heads of the Republic [but] he is the only person who has made Zambians go against each other. So, he must be ashamed of himself, even wanting to put up a face. You can imagine [that] this is a person who, anywhere he goes, is sleeping (dozing)! When he wakes up, he ‘dreams’ [and] speaks anyhow. So, what kind of a President is this particular human being? Let him take his nonsense away from us Zambians because he really behaves like a foreigner. We will one day know where he came from. Of course, hypocrites can be there in society but this particular hypocrite is a dangerous one,” says Syakalima.
There’s no doubt Edgar is a hypocrite.
In accusing him of being a hypocrite, Syakalima means that Edgar pretends to have qualities, beliefs, or feelings that he doesn’t really have. Edgar pretends to have virtues, morals or religious beliefs, principles, and so on and so forth, that he doesn’t actually possess. Edgar’s actions belie his stated beliefs.
Edgar tries very hard to put on a false appearance of virtue or religion. But he is always acting in contradiction to his stated beliefs or feelings. Edgar says he has particular moral beliefs but he behaves in a way that shows he is not sincere.
With a hypocrite like Edgar as our President, it’s no wonder Zambia was full of chisellers and con-men, hypocrites and grifters who were either ludicrous or malevolent or both. A hypocrite preaches one thing, and does another. The word hypocrite is rooted in the Greek word hypokrites, which means “stage actor, pretender, dissembler.” So think of a hypocrite as a person who pretends to be a certain way, but really acts and believes the total opposite. Hypocrites usually talk a big talk but fail to follow their own rules — like an outspoken vegetarian who secretly eats meat.
Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham. Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behaviour or activity for which one criticizes another. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one’s own expressed moral rules and principles. American political journalist Michael Gerson says that political hypocrisy is “the conscious use of a mask to fool the public and gain political benefit”.
Jesus severely rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy ( Matthew 6:2; Matthew 6:5; Matthew 6:16 ). “The hypocrite’s hope shall perish” ( Job 8:13 ). The Hebrew word here rendered “hypocrite” rather means the “godless” or “profane,” as it is rendered in Jeremiah 23:11 , i.e., polluted with crimes.
The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin. There are two forms hypocrisy can take: that of professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief, and that of looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed.
The prophet Isaiah condemned the hypocrisy of his day: “The Lord says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men’” (Isaiah 29:13). Centuries later, Jesus quoted this verse, aiming the same condemnation at the religious leaders of His day (Matthew 15:8-9). John the Baptist refused to give hypocrites a pass, telling them to produce “fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8). Jesus took an equally staunch stand against sanctimony—He called hypocrites “wolves in sheep’s clothing”
(Matthew 7:15), “whitewashed tombs” (Matthew 23:27), “snakes,” and “brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33).
We cannot say we love God if we do not love our brothers (1 John 2:9). Love must be “without hypocrisy” (Romans 12:9). A hypocrite may look righteous on the outside, but it is a façade. True righteousness comes from the inner transformation of the Holy Spirit, not an external conformity to a set of rules (Matthew 23:5; 2 Corinthians 3:8).
Jesus addressed the other form of hypocrisy in the Sermon on the Mount: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5). Jesus is not teaching against discernment or helping others overcome sin; instead, He is telling us not to be so prideful and convinced of our own goodness that we criticize others from a position of self-righteousness. We should do some introspection first and correct our own shortcomings before we go after the “specks” in others (Romans 2:1).
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had many run-ins with the religious leaders of the day, the Pharisees. These men were well versed in the Scriptures and zealous about following every letter of the Law (Acts 26:5). However, in adhering to the letter of the Law, they actively sought loopholes that allowed them to violate the spirit of the Law. Also, they displayed a lack of compassion toward their fellow man and were often overly demonstrative of their so-called spirituality in order to garner praise (Matthew 23:5–7; Luke 18:11). Jesus denounced their behaviour in no uncertain terms, pointing out that “justice, mercy, and faithfulness” are more important than pursuing a perfection based on faulty standards (Matthew 23:23). Jesus made it clear that the problem was not with the Law but the way in which the Pharisees implemented it (Matthew 23:2-3). Today, the word pharisee has become synonymous with hypocrite.
It must be noted that hypocrisy is not the same as taking a stand against sin. For example, it is not hypocrisy to teach that drunkenness is a sin, unless the one teaching against drunkenness gets drunk every weekend—that would be hypocrisy.
As children of God, we are called to strive for holiness (1 Peter 1:16). We are to “hate what is evil” and “cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). We should never imply an acceptance of sin, especially in our own lives. All we do should be consistent with what we believe and who we are in Christ. Play-acting is meant for the stage, not for real life.