Edgar Lungu has condemned the shooting incident reported in Mpulungu in the aftermath of the council by-elections.
Edgar expressed sadness that a person was injured in the incident.
Edgar says according to reports one of the opposition members opened fire at the victorious Patriotic Front members, who were celebrating.
Edgar’s government is yet to arrest a known Patriotic Front cadre who shot dead a UPND cadre in the Kaoma council chairperson by-election.
He has not even condemned that killing in the way he is condemning the Mpulungu incident.
This is unacceptable double standards from a head of state, a president of a country – one who is supposed to protect the constitutional rights of all, including the right to life.
A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for situations that are, in principle, the same, and is often used to describe advantage that is given to one party over another.
Double standards are believed to develop in people’s minds for a multitude of possible reasons including: finding an excuse for oneself, emotions clouding judgment, twisting facts to support beliefs such as confirmation biases, cognitive biases, attraction biases, prejudices, or the desire to be right. Human beings have a tendency to evaluate the actions of the people they interact with based on who did them.
Edgar’s double standards demonstrate a very serious leadership deficiency. He is ill-equipped to be president of our Republic – a president of all citizens.
Edgar sees himself more of a Patriotic Front president than that of the Republic of Zambia. The dignity, rights and lives of citizens who are not his supporters mean very little to Edgar.