Easy life, good living, sudden wealth is making Edgar Lungu fail to see the suffering of the great majority of Zambians.
Edgar seems to think because his life is easy and comfortable, all are living like that.
Edgar has indeed become too blind to see the Zambian people’s sufferings because of his luxurious life.
All Nations Church Overseer Bishop Timothy Chisala says it is extremely shocking that Edgar can even find it easy to dance at political rallies asking for votes from people that are suffering.
“Look at the lecturers at CBU and UNZA. Look at the council workers. Look at the civil servants’ salary delays. What kind of governance is this?” questions Bishop Chisala. “Look at the dances, the joy and excitement on the faces of those in authority! To them all is rosy and good, but what of the common man? What of the youth seeking employment? What of that woman, mother, who needs to take care of her children? These should be the concerns of our leaders.”
Is Edgar really seeing what is going on in this country? He seems to have blind spots.
But what happens when a leader has blind spots? It affects so many more people than the leader alone. It can have a far-reaching impact — on the leader, his followers, and the entire nation.
A blind spot is an area in someone’s life in which he continually fails to see himself or his situation realistically. This unawareness often causes great damage to the person and those around him.
Larry Stephens once said, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
It’s important for leaders to take a step back in the face of a new problem, so that they search for and find the solution that best fits the situation, not just their own point of view.
Insecurity by its very nature causes some of our leaders to think only of themselves. But the very essence of leadership is being about others!
This is a difficult blind spot to recognise in yourself, and even more difficult to overcome.
We believe pride is a leader’s greatest enemy; it is at the bottom of all great mistakes. Insecurity, pride makes the leader all about himself, rather than those he leads. It is the opposite of humility. A prideful leader tends to blame others, live in denial, and be closed-minded and rigid.
How do we overcome pride? The best antidote to pride is gratitude.
When we recognise that we can’t take credit for many of our gifts and the blessings that have come our way, we can feel gratitude. This leads to humility and an ability to give credit and accept blame as needed.
It’s important to have a strong character. This is needed because people cannot climb beyond the limitations of their character.
And to develop our character, we first need to recognise its lack in our lives. Usually, all we need to do is compare what we say with what we do. Wherever they don’t match, that shows a lack of character. We need to align our values, thoughts, feelings and actions, and in doing so our character will be strengthened.
Blind spots can put a lid on one’s leadership. Open your eyes, and your leadership will go to a new level.
Good leaders have a higher vision: they find a route to cross the forest, rather than get stuck with the first tree that gets in the way.
Edgar’s worst fault is his preoccupation with the fault of others; he doesn’t seem to see his own faults.
We urge Edgar to listen and hear the cry of his people. Of course, for Edgar to be able to do so he needs compassion and sense of justice in his heart. But where is Edgar going to get that when he is so heartless?
Edgar’s heart is without compassion. And in saying this we are not in any way trying to be mean.
The word compassion combines two Latin words meaning “to suffer with”. Having compassion includes this idea of being with the hurting. Jesus was called Emmanuel (God with us) and came to live among us, into our brokenness.
Our leaders, who claim to be Christians, should try to follow Jesus in the way of compassion and live and serve alongside those in need.
Justice is God’s language for shalom, peace, things made right, equality, fullness and the world operating as he intended. Jesus’ prayer “your Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven” speaks directly of that idea.
Please Edgar, hear the cry of your people!