After August anything is possible

After August anything is possible

What we are writing today, a day after African Freedom Day, may sound prophetic yet it is a reality about a country called Zambia that might soon be plunged and ruined in ashes. And for those who may not heed our advice, you better keep this editorial and please don’t feel shy to reproduce it anytime, anywhere, especially after the August elections.
The existing atmosphere ahead of the August elections point to a country that may never be the same due to the selfish conduct of a few individuals, especially officials the Electoral Commission of Zambia being manipulated by Director Priscilla Isaacs.
Yes Priscilla Isaacs and her commissioners may have already prepared safe havens for escape in Dubai and other countries with some other senior figures in the PF Government but their conduct is likely to ruin this country forever.
If Priscilla’s conduct of being used by those in government thinks it is something they can easily brush aside despite numerous complaints from other stakeholders, then let her bare the consequences of what is ahead of this country.
Yes, Zambians can sometimes be treated like mere idiots who are docile, more so after more than 50 years of so-called peace.
But it is clear African countries don’t learn from each other as the same was being said of the once peaceful and stable nations such as Ivory Coast, Kenya and others even in the so called civilised world.
If Priscilla and her commissioners think the ongoing sporadic violence that has now resulted into tearing, defacing, and burning down of each other’s campaign materials is one of those by the way things, then they are seriously mistaken as they are clearly misjudging the anger boiling among contending parties, while they keep quite in the comforts of their air-conditioned offices.
And if there was anytime in the history of our nation that we needed strong church leadership to guide the nation with urgency, it is now.
The Catholic Church and the international community should particularly move with urgency on these matters and bring together the main contenders in this election, particularly the UPND and PF leadership and to some extent FDD and draw fair rules and assume the role of referee as opposed to the current situation where the PF are the players as well the referees in collusion with the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
There is an arrogant assumption by those in the PF Government that they have the entire control of the security wings to savagely deal with decent that may arise, but they are forgetting that there was an army and security wings in Ivory Coast and Kenya who remained helpless when hell broke out.
In any case, that is a very simplicistic approach of thinking these security wings can just be used like robots that don’t think and have no capacity to analyse what is happening in the country.
In the case of some countries, such as Ivory Coast, it was actually the same wings that got fade up with the nonsense and forcefully removed their so called Commander in Chief the then stubborn president.
Feel free to ignore this editorial but please keep a copy of it somewhere for reference after August.

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