Brebner Changala says Zambia is being governed by a group of self-centred, insensitive gluttons and that silence among “good men” should not be the option.
Changala says the silence of good men in Zambia was counter-productive because “it props up the dictatorship and misgovernance that we are going through under the PF”.
“There is that saying that it is not good when upright men keep silent in the midst of injustice…. Silence is not good for the nation because it props up the dictatorship and misgovernance. Zambia is in wrong hands. Zambia is being governed by a group of insensitive gluttons whose interest is to serve themselves, their families and those around them,” laments Changala.
“Zambia has been reduced to being a PF colony and anybody outside the PF is not a citizen of Zambia! The injustice is too open for any normal, sensitive citizen to keep quiet. One with a good conscience cannot just keep quiet. Maybe those who feel they should be quiet have played their role enough and it is probably time to leave the stage. PF is cannibalising the freedom to expression because the media is now under siege. The freedom to assemble has been curtailed and we must keep quiet! The political space for the opposition has reduced and we must keep quiet! Zambia is now almost officially a police State. The message is that as long as we remain alive, we shall fight for what is correct through our peaceful coercion and agitations that Zambia must change for the better. The regime of PF must either be kicked out or must change for the better. That is the approach!”
Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent… Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble and corrupt government. A state without the means of some change is without the means of its own conservation.
Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear. Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings. No man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him.
There is an air of plausibility which accompanies vulgar reasoning and notions, taken from the beaten circle of ordinary experience, that is admirably suited to the narrow capacities of some, and to the laziness of others.