‘Let us stand up and stop these dictators’

“Let us stand up and stop these dictators that have emerged. They start by silencing and arresting citizens,” says All Nations Church overseer Bishop Timothy Chisala.

He says “our people have endured enough. A leadership that does not care for the people is bad and evil”.

“As a Church, we should not let these political leaders take advantage of our poor people, those suffering. This leadership should take responsibility of the people. This arrogance we are seeing of pretending that all is well is very evil. People are suffering and these are facts. When we speak, we don’t just wake up and start making noise. We are speaking for the poor. We want this government to listen and address the sufferings of the poor. It is so unfortunate that today people can steal with impunity at the expense of the poor. Accepting that things are not well in our country helps to find a solution. Now arrogance has taken up leadership,” says Bishop Chisala. “Look at the levels of poverty, this is what keeps dictators going. Violence is what keeps dictators going. Intimidation is what keeps them going. And we are seeing all this. Let us stand up and stop these dictators that have emerged. They start by silencing and arresting citizen.”

Edgar Lungu’s dictatorship and tyranny can only be ended by the Zambian people totally turning against it.

And no matter how much foreign support is given to end it, it won’t go.

Dictatorships cannot reliably be stopped by external powers. Even if foreigners can topple a regime, the very problems contributing to the continuity of the regime will most likely lead to yet more dictatorship.

In order to truly put an end to Edgar’s dictatorship, the Zambian people need to care about their liberty. They need a united vision.

If we don’t care about our liberty, there will never be a strong enough force of opposition against Edgar’s dictatorship.

If we have the first but not the second, we will see what we have seen recently in Libya and in various parts of the Middle East. That is, once the dictator is removed from power, the people immediately start fighting among themselves, and they may actually end up in a situation worse than before.

If a country has both of these things, no dictator can remain in power anywhere, no matter what his resources may be.

Stopping the process of Edgar entrenching his dictatorship requires that a decent number of good citizens put their lives at risk by opposing him. Evil is easily defeated when good people – and not necessarily a lot of them – do something to stop it but unbeatable otherwise.

First we have to stop the illusion that some special elite has the right to control us. Once that illusion is shattered there is no weapon, no tool for the would be dictator to use to control us.

Second, we should work together voluntarily to achieve mutually beneficial ends. In this way we show basic respect for each other and keep away the last vestiges of the outdated way of thinking that tells us that we need pastors, reverends, priests, bishops or masters dictating how we may peacefully live.

Edgar should be warned, though: his tyranny, manipulation of state institutions will eventually be rumbled, so it will work only in the short term.
Edgar can’t continue in power without instigating a monopoly on the use of force to curb public protest. Dictators cannot survive for long without disarming the people and buttering up the police and even the military.

For Edgar to survive politically, he has resorted to getting rid of his political enemies.

Edgar has been trying to accumulate power by manipulating the hearts and minds of the Zambian people. One of the first actions of any aspiring dictator is to control the free flow of information, because it plugs a potential channel of criticism. Turn the media into a propaganda machine for his regime like Hitler did.

Edgar even shut down news media outlets like The Post completely. Democratic leaders are somewhat more restrained, but if they have enough powers they can rig an election or do away with meddlesome journalists or, if money is no object, build their own media empire.

Edgar has been using religion to justify his exalted position – it’s God who made him President.

Throughout history, leaders have used or, in some cases, invented a religion to legitimise their power. In the original chiefdoms like Hawaii the chiefs were both political leaders and priests, who claimed to be communicating with the gods in order to bring about a generous harvest. Conveniently, this often passed as an explanation of why the chief should occupy the role for life, and why the post should pass to the chief’s descendants. Accordingly, these chiefdoms spent much time and effort building temples and other
religious institutions, to give a formal structure to the chief’s power. Henry VIII of England started his own religion when the Pope refused to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. He created the Church of England, appointed himself Supreme Head and granted his own

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