In Mbunda they say, lela mboma; mboma ikumina, that is, if you rear a python, it will swallow you. Indeed, Given Lubinda and his colleagues in the Patriotic Front have listened to and watched their party cadres attacking, insulting, belittling, demeaning and humiliating others, especially opposition leaders. They never stopped or cautioned them. Instead, they cheered them on.
And now it’s Given on the receiving end of Patriotic Front cadres’ violence and foul mouths.
The clobbering of Given by Patriotic Front cadres in Kabwata made very sad reading. Is this where our country has reached in terms of lawlessness?
However, it is said that nobody feels sorry for snake charmers or wild animal tamers who get bitten, and nobody will feel sorry for you if you run around with sinners and get involved in their wrongdoing.
Lawlessness is really a double-edged sword.
Clearly, violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in social life, or in the conduct of its politics, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.
Edward Kennedy said, “Violence is an admission that one’s ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.”
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Hannah Arendt said, “Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power’s disappearance.”
Let us declare war on thirteen enemies we cannot see – intolerance, egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If we can master and destroy them, then we will be ready to fight the enemy we can see – violence.
But that’s always a certain way to recognise a facist, tyranny: when he’s more powerful, he kills everything that’s different from him. He uses only brute force while law breaks like glass under his boots. And then, when he loses and when he’s weak, he invokes the law and tolerance of differences. All of a sudden, he knows by heart every single human rights convention he broke so many times before.
Today it is Given’s turn; tomorrow it may be Edgar Lungu on the receiving end!