AKASHAMBATWA Mbikusita Lewanika says the longstanding ‘I-don’t-care’ attitude among Zambians blocks ears and blindfolds eyes.
He says for many years thieves have been publicly displaying the proceeds of their crime while Zambians are silently watching.
Mbikusita-Lewanika regrets that the disempowered masses remain deaf and blind but dream of being redeemed by thieves in the circus of partisan and ethnic politics.
He, however, observes that this troubling attitude among Zambians had been there from pre-independence and early independence days.
“We have failed to raise the consciousness and organisation of a critical mass of the victim majority. We have failed to establish and provide for the vanguard servant-leadership team to attack the roots and totality of this continuing and degenerating non-African and neo-colonial system. We have failed to do so consistently without fear or favour,” he said.
Mbikusita-Lewanika told The Mast that the issue was not and has never been simply about some individual small girl or boy, some individual big man or woman, some particular political party or social community.
“We are called to concentrate on the spearheading of the liberation struggle against the fundamental issues and imposed alien political and economic system. Unfortunately, this message is too tough and not personally and immediately rewarding for enough people to be less selfish and less short-sighted enough to think and care about. Hence the long standing I-don’t-care attitude that blocks ears and blindfolds eyes,” he said.
Mbikusita-Lewanika said that attitude has not been and it is not an isolated case of Zambia in a pit of confusion and corruption.
“It is an Africa-wide challenge of raising fundamental questions and daring to put forth answers in mentality shift, attitude change and action game change toward an indigenous and authentic African liberation struggle,” he said. “Beyond the circus politics of personalities, parties, ethnicity and the concerns about next election and the madness of endless machinations over a constitution that is poisoned from the roots with personalised power and fully geared to allow for a ruling party to seize the state while the disempowered masses remain deaf and blind but dreaming of being redeemed by thieves in the circus of partisan and ethnic politics.”
Mbikusita-Lewanika said the “I don’t care” attitude could be traced back to the 1956-1958 internal politics leading to the splitting of the African National Congress. He said it raised its ugly head again in the contending rationalisation of the founding leadership of the Zambia African Congress (1958) and UNIP (1960) – events which characterised both those worshipped as heroes and those opposing them.
“Ever since, there has been no recovery but unending regression into the form of politics of personality, partisan and sectarianism. This feasted on essential non-indigenous and non-authentic paper states of neo-colonialism that was never structured to be fully understandable and genuinely accountable to African masses. This has not been a sudden lapse,” said Mbikusita-Lewanika. “It is more than an attitude – it’s a cancerous phenomenon that has been spreading through every part of the body politic. It naturally poisons and ravages all organs it reaches and adversely effects minds, thoughts – yes, attitudes – vocabularies, pronouncements, policies and action unto the future. Thus has been so as the nature of the falsified start to independence, freedom and progress. It’s in-built into fashioning, alleviation and glorification of some of the natives – house negro – slaves into the dictatorial boss attitude, roles and hilltop white houses of the slave plantations. These plantations are called post-colonial and independent but remain colonial and dependent.”