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Lessons for Lungu from al-Bashir

 

There many very valuable lessons Edgar Lungu can learn from what is today happening in Sudan where the once powerful and ruthless Omar al-Bashir has been thrown, dumped in a big size dustbin. The masses have the full power to teach every politician a lesson if he misuses power so that no one in future will dare to make misuse of power and play with the lives of the people and the future of their country.

Where the masses are conscious, vigilant and strong, the nation too will be so. We hope Edgar is seeing how easily and quickly his minions – the Kanganjas – will turn against him.

Look at how al-Bashir’s generals have turned against him!

Look at how ready they are to prosecute him!

Look at how ready they are to go for each other!

History has shown that ignominy is the fate that awaits all tyrants.

In the end, ignominy is the fate that awaits tyrants as a wave of hope and democratic fervour sweeps across a nation.

While some politicians may think toughest-talking and most uncompromising behaviour will do, arrogance often ends up doing more harm than good to them.

Honesty, humbleness, clarity and love are the foundations of authentic power.

Today Edgar feels very powerful because he has a lot of money. But al-Bashir probably has more money than Edgar. Has the money saved him?

Edgar has acquired a lot of property and may feel very secure. Al-Bashir probably has more property than Edgar but he couldn’t even hide in any of those properties!

Al-Bashir controlled the police and was in a position to manipulate the judiciary. But they couldn’t save him from wrath of the people.

The people he appointed, promoted and used and thought were very loyal to him are the ones now trying to hold him accountable! What has happened? What has gone wrong?

Again, this should teach Edgar that real power doesn’t lie with him; it lies with the masses. The power Edgar has, through the manipulation of state institutions, is fictitious power. And that is why its exercise must be a constant practice of self-limitation and modesty.

State institutions like the police, the military, the intelligence, the courts are there for him to use as he pleases. They are there for legitimate causes of the people.

Edgar may pay highly for converting the state institutions into instruments for repression, manipulation and tyranny.

“If I could I would!” is the maxim of tyrants.

Edgar shouldn’t think that is Sudan, this is Zambia and it can’t happen to him; Zambians easily forget and move on.

Judith Lewis Herman said, “In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrator’s first line of defense. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments, from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalisation. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon herself; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail.”

The highest mode of corruption is the abuse of power.

It is said that a leader without a clear vision and plans only abuses his power because visions, dreams and plans are the fulcrum along which the loads of success will spine by your own efforts. And where power is abused, there is manipulation instead of inspiration.

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