Lungu makes false claims, tells lies


Edgar Lungu’s claim that the opposition UPND was behind the destruction of Zesco poles so as to impede development in Southern Province is a lie.

There are no Zesco poles, electricity in Dundumwezi. How can one destroy what is not there?

Edgar is clearly peddling lies.

Edgar has continued his proclivity for making dubious, misleading or false statements against political opponents or those he detests.

And Edgar is not ashamed to repeat the same debunked claims even though they have been fact-checked.

It’s hard to keep up with all of Edgar’’s rhetoric, false claims and outright lies.

Let’s get this out on the table right now: everyone lies. But beyond white lies, the lies of foolishness and forgetfulness, we find another kind of lie. An intentional lie that crushes credibility and leadership. Maybe you don’t have to answer to the police, Anti-Corruption Commission or the Drug Enforcement Commission. But what about answering to your conscience?

Playing to win really means playing by the rules, because winning at all costs is a price you can’t afford to pay. You can’t handle the truth!

Often a lie begins when underestimating the people around you. Or your own communication skills. As a leader, if you want to capture the hearts and minds of people, don’t underestimate what they can and can’t handle – because that’s a wall that no one wants to build. It’s your job to communicate effectively. Vulnerability is strength, when offering an honest perspective that’s based on mutual trust. Don’t make a failed effort worse by failing to face the facts. After all, isn’t that kind of honesty what you expect from others?

Sometimes people forget, sometimes people omit, but when lying is a deliberate strategy the consequences can be catastrophic. Beyond white lies lives an area of malintent – lying to serve a harmful agenda. Whose agenda do you serve?  Are you underestimating others, and what they can handle? If so, why?

Hard calls start with a commitment to the truth, in a context of mutual respect.

Edgar shouldn’t forget that leadership is service. He should always consider carefully the people that he serves, and these words in Latin: Veritas liberatit vos –  the truth shall set you free.

In Sirach 20:24-26 we are told: “Lying is an ugly blot on a person’s character, but ignorant people do it all the time. A thief is better than a habitual liar, but both are headed for ruin. A liar has no honor. He lives in constant disgrace.”

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