‘Creating a society of savages’

It is said you can only value the shade after you cut down the tree. And we hope the PF can soon come to appreciate the damage they have already caused to our electoral process and democracy through their malfeasance – open fraud they are conducting. It is not late for Edgar Lungu and his minions to turn around – change their strategy before it poisons every citizen. You cannot have a leadership that takes pleasure in gambling with the country’s future!

Recently, ZED president Ernest Mwansa lamented how our leaders were creating a nation of beggars because corruption has become endemic in our nation. And true to Mwansa’s words, the situation has risen to another level where the Vice-President of our Republic has joined in. Inonge Wina was recently in Solwezi, dishing out money. They say if you can’t beat them, you join them. She has joined the bandwagon of leaders busy corrupting our people, buying off voters.

No wonder General Overseer of All Nations Church, Bishop Timothy Chisala says he feels ashamed that Inonge can now sink low to join the corrupt fishing out money in an effort to win votes.

“I never imagined this to happen. Just recently, the Vice-President in Parliament denied that there was dishing out of money. But what was she doing in Solwezi? Surely, I did not expect the Vice-President Wina to conduct herself in such a manner. Where is the PF getting the money to be dishing out? This is so serious in a country where people are in abject poverty,” complains Bishop Chisala. “It is absolutely unacceptable for the Vice-President to conduct herself in such a manner. But all this shows how desperate the PF has become. This is the desperation of President Edgar Lungu. It’s obvious that when you see such attempts, just know that time is up. This is creating a society of savages because when you look at the manner the people were fighting for the money, it is so sorry. That is creating a society of savages.”

There are levels in life – meaning that there are certain habits that should only be associated with a particular group of people. The behaviour of throwing money around is certainly not expected of a person like Vice-President Wina. First of all, she should be the oldest person in the PF to whom everyone should look up for counsel, including Edgar.

If it were bootlickers like Bowman Lusambo throwing money like that, people would not bother so much because that is his natural behaviour, that is the identity he has given himself – wrong as it is.

Now, for a person like Inonge to behave in this manner, where is this nation going? What legacy is she bequeathing the young generation in the PF and in the nation? What has happened to the principles she fought for when she was at NGOCC? Is this what it means to work with and be among the corrupt? Inonge has become one of them and she cannot even hide it. It is so sad that people expected to be sources of wisdom in society have become shameless peddlers of bad manners.

The Bible warns against bad leadership in Proverbs 16:12, thus, “It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.”

This is a country said to have been declared a Christian nation. And in Christianity we are told that leadership comes from God; that He even allows certain leadership if people have imposed it on themselves until He proves them wrong. In case Inonge does not understand the Bible, what it means is that every seat of leadership is treated as a throne in God’s eyes. That’s how much God respects leadership in His divine design of things. It is therefore a shame to have morally corrupt leaders; leaders who have also destroyed the moral fibre of the youth in our society.

Again, the Bible warns them in Jeremiah 23:1-4 that: “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!… You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the Lord…”

It is sinful to destroy people’s dignity deliberately as a leader so that you can go back to them for a vote at every election. And as Bishop Chisala has warned, we are creating a nation of savages who will one day rise against the establishment. If Inonge and her boss think they are doing a service to this country, they are wrong. In fact, their end will be very miserable.

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