“I was talking to friends in Milan and I said, ‘Guys, this corruption is just too much.’ But they said, ‘Leave that subject and just go and work with your people. In today’s world, no one steals money without the global financial community knowing….’ I’m not saying we are going to arrest anybody but what belongs to Zambians will be brought to the Zambians. Full stop!” reveals Hakainde Hichilema.
How is Hakainde going to fight corruption without arresting anyone? Is Hakainde telling us that all those who steal will no longer be arrested, prosecuted and eventually be sent to prison in Zambia?
So under Hakainde’s reign no one will be sent to prison for stealing public resources? Is he going to change all anti corruption and theft laws?
This will be a very nice country for thieves and crooks! No risk of going to jail – they just recover what you have stolen and the matter ends there.
What will stop one from stealing in a country where the consequences are just losing what you have stolen? And what is one really losing by having what was not yours taken away?
Is this really the best way to fight corruption?
Hakainde doesn’t sound intelligent, convincing and honest on this issue.
Something is not right. There’s certainly something being compromised, sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
Is their some political deal Hakainde has entered into with Edgar Lungu in their private talks?
Corruption, is the biggest reason for the downfall of most empires and civilisations. Some group of people can tolerate corruption as long as their leader champions their group or even religion, some will tolerate bribery as long as they champion their own pockets. We have lived long enough to see most of our friends that shouted anti-corruption slogans against the government have no problem voting for corrupt leaders of their choice as long as these leaders championed their own interests or that of their group.
When the leader they support was caught in a corruption scandal, our friends will say there are bigger fish to catch while ignoring the fact that their leader is corrupt. You cannot fight corruption with corruption. A forest fire starts small and eventually grows massive. If you vote for a corrupt leader because he champions your group or religion, you deserve everything you asked for – crime, robbery, violence and so on and so forth.
Nobody said this better than Ernesto Che Guevara, “Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.” If your own party’s politician is corrupt, speak up.
Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.
Our ignorance on corruption is their power.
If we elect the same corrupt politicians every time, that’s a very clear message that we don’t want a change.
And Pope Francis said, “Reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor.”
There is no more dangerous menace to the progress and stability of our country than a government of corrupt or vile politicians.
When corruption becomes a way of acquiring wealth for a group of politicians in a country, over the course of time, they create for themselves a legal system that authorises, defends it and a moral code that tolerates it.
Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption.
There should be no compromise when it comes to corruption. We have to fight it.
James Buckley said, “What people fail to appreciate is that the currency of corruption in elective office is, not money, but votes.”
And George Orwell said, “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims…but accomplices.”
Corruption must be seen as a mortal enemy for young multiparty democracy.
Leo Tolstoy said, “Since corrupt people unite among themselves to constitute a force, then honest people must do the same.”