Over 21 years ago multipartism came to to Zambia it laid the corner stone of our young democracy . We now find it necessary to further sharpen it,
Now, it is very necessary that we should not flinch from seeing what is vile and debasing. There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up not with a broom but with the metal rake; and there are times and places where this service is the most needed of all the services that can be performed. But the man who never does anything else, who never thinks or speaks or writes,and doesn’t even try to rake the dirty, speedily becomes, not a help but one of the most potent forces for evil.
There are in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and there is urgent necessity for the sternest war upon them.In Zambia today There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil man, whether politician or business man, every evil practice, whether in politics, business, or social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform or in a book, magazine, or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.
I believe that liars like Fred Mmembe are no better than the thief, and if his mendacity takes the form of slander he may be worse than most thieves ,needless to mention that it’s a known fact that Fred mmembe is a thief. People like fred Mmembe should know that It puts a premium upon knavery untruthfully to attack an honest man, or even with hysterical exaggeration to assail a bad man with untruth.
Fred Mmembe and Winter Kabimba should know that an epidemic of indiscriminate assault upon character does no good, but very great harm. The soul of every scoundrel is gladdened whenever an honest man is assailed, or even when a scoundrel is untruthfully assailed.
Now, it is easy to twist out of shape what I have just said, easy to affect to misunderstand it, and if it is slurred over in post newspaper not difficult really to misunderstand it. Some persons are sincerely incapable of understanding that to denounce mudslinging does not mean the endorsement of whitewashing; and both the interested individuals who need whitewashing and those others who practice mudslinging like to encourage such confusion of ideas.
People like Fred Mmembe should know that One of the chief counts against those who make indiscriminate assault upon men in business or men in public life is that they invite a reaction which is sure to tell powerfully in favor of the unscrupulous scoundrel who really ought to be attacked, who ought to be exposed, who ought, if possible, to be put in the Maximum prison. If lies are praised overmuch as just, people get tired of hearing it; and over censure of the unjust finally and from similar reasons results in their favor.
Any mudslinging is almost sure to invite a reaction; and, unfortunately, the reactions instead of taking the form of punishment of those guilty of the excess, is apt to take the form either of punishment of the unoffending or of giving immunity, and even strength, to offenders. This Man called Fred Mmembe should realize that the effort to make financial or political profit out of the destruction of character can only result in public calamity. Gross and reckless assaults on character, whether on the stump or in newspaper, magazine, or book, create a morbid and vicious public sentiment, and at the same time act as a profound deterrent to able men of normal sensitiveness and tend to prevent them from entering the public service at any price.
Let Fred Mmembe and PF know that my plea is not for immunity to, but for the most unsparing exposure of, the politician who betrays his trust, of the big business man who makes(e.g the 14 Billion Kwachacha stolen by Fred mmembe) or spends his fortune in illegitimate or corrupt ways.
There should be a resolute effort to hunt every such man out of the position he has disgraced. Expose the crime, and hunt down the criminal; but remember that even in the case of crime, if it is attacked in sensational, lurid, and untruthful fashion, the attack may do more damage to the public mind than the crime itself.
It is because as a Zambian I feel that there should be no rest in the endless war against the forces of evil that I ask the war be conducted with sanity as well as with resolution.
The Zambian men who clean with rakes are often indispensable to the well being of society; and if they gradually grow to feel that the whole country is nothing but dirt, their power of usefulness is gone.Because in this country we have beautiful people too people who are being made look dirty by mud slingers like the likes of Fred Mmembe,winter Kabimba ,Silvia masebo to name but a few scoundrels!
What Fred Mmembe and his fellow minions are trying to do is to paint whole picture black,and so there remains no way whereby to single out the rascals for distinction from their fellows.The Danger with Such painting finally induces a kind of moral color blindness; and people affected by it come to the conclusion that no man is really black, and no man is really white, but they are all grey (MMD,PF,UPND).
In other words, they neither believe in the truth of the attack, nor in the honesty of the man who is attacked; they grow as suspicious of the accusation as of the offense; it becomes very hopeless to stir them either to wrath against wrongdoing or to enthusiasm for what is right; and such a mental attitude in the public gives hope to people like fred mmembe , and is the despair of honest men. To assail the great and admitted evils of our political and industrial life with such crude and sweeping generalizations as to include decent men in the general condemnation means the searing of the public conscience. There results a general attitude either of cynical belief in and indifference to public corruption or else of a distrustful inability to discriminate between the good and the bad(MMD,PF,UPND)or (NEVERS,SATA,HH). Either attitude is fraught with untold damage to the country as a whole.
The fool who has no sense to discriminate between what is good and what is bad is just as well as dangerous as the man who does discriminate and yet chooses the bad ,a good example is our MR FRED MMEMBE. There is nothing more distressing to every good patriot, to every good Zambian , than the hard, scoffing spirit which treats the allegation of dishonesty in a public man as a cause for laughter. Such laughter is worse than the crackling of thorns under a pot, for it denotes not merely the vacant mind, but the heart in which high emotions have been choked before they could grow to fruition. There is an amount of good in the OPOSITION LEADERS, and there never was a time when loftier and more disinterested work for the betterment of Zambian citizen was being done by opposition than now.
The forces that tend for evil(sata and Fred mmembe) are great and terrible, but the forces of truth and love and courage and honesty and generosity and sympathy are also stronger than ever before in Zambia. It is a foolish and timid, no less than a wicked thing, to blink the fact that the forces of evil are strong, but it is even worse to fail to take into account the strength of the forces that tell for good.
People like Fred Mmembe should know that Hysterical sensationalism is the poorest weapon wherewith to fight for lasting righteousness. The men who with stern sobriety and truth assail the many evils of our time, whether in the public press, or in magazines, or in books, are the leaders and allies of all engaged in the work for social and political betterment. But if they give good reason for distrust of what they say, if they chill the ardor of those who demand truth as a primary virtue, they thereby betray the good cause and play into the hands of the very men against whom they are nominally at war.
This truth should be kept constantly in mind by every free Zambian Citizen desiring to preserve the sanity and poise indispensable to the permanent success of self-government. Yet, on the other hand, it is vital not to permit this spirit of sanity and self-command to degenerate into mere mental stagnation. Bad though a state of hysterical excitement is, and evil though the results are which come from the violent oscillations such excitement invariably produces, yet a sodden acquiescence in evil is even worse.
At this moment we the Zambians are passing through a period of great unrest—social, political, and industrial unrest. It is of the utmost importance for our future that this should prove to be not the unrest of mere rebelliousness against life, of mere dissatisfaction with the inevitable inequality of conditions, but the unrest of a resolute and eager ambition to secure the betterment of the individual and the nation.
So far as this movement of Freedom of speech throughout the country takes the form of a fierce discontent with evil, of a determination to punish the authors of evil, whether in industry or politics, the feeling is to be heartily welcomed as a sign of healthy life.
If, on the other hand,if the Zambian movements turns into a mere crusade of appetite against appetite, of a contest between the brutal greed of the “have nots” and the brutal greed of the “haves,” then it has no significance for good, but only for evil. If it seeks to establish a line of cleavage, not along the line which divides good men from bad, but along that other line, running at right angles thereto, which divides those who are well off from those who are less well off, then it will be fraught with immeasurable harm to the body politic.
Spiritually and ethically we Zambians must strive to bring about clean living and right thinking. We appreciate that the things of the body are important; but we appreciate also that the things of the soul are immeasurably more important
It is a prime necessity for Mr SATA that if the present political unrest is to result in permanent good the emotion shall be translated into action, and that the action shall be marked by honesty, sanity, and self-restraint.The president and his Confused followers should REFORM, There is mighty little good in a mere spasm of reform. The reform that counts is that which comes through steady, continuous growth; violent emotionalism leads to exhaustion,and exhaustion can kill.
I know that it is important for president SATA to grapple with the problems connected with the amassing of enormous fortunes, and the use of those fortunes, both corporate and individual, in business. But Mr Sata should discriminate in the sharpest way between fortunes well won and fortunes ill won; between those gained as an incident to performing great services to the community(e.g HH) as a whole and those gained in evil fashion(e.g those of fred mmembe’s 14 billion kwacha) by keeping just within the limits of mere law honesty. Of course, no amount of charity in spending such fortunes in any way compensates for misconduct in making them.
But in addition to honesty, we need sanity. No honesty will make a public man like Mr Sata useful if that man is timid or foolish, if he is a hot-headed zealot or an impracticable visionary . As Mr sata considers to reform he will find that it is not at all merely the case of a long uphill pull. On the contrary, there is almost as much of breeching work as of collar work. To depend only on traces means that there will soon be a runaway and an upset.
On the other hand, the PF and POST NEWSPAPER wild preachers of unrest and discontent, the wild agitators against the entire Zambian Citizenary order ,Winter kabimba and fred Mmembe who act crookedly, whether because of sinister design or from mere puzzle headedness, these are men who preach destruction without proposing any substitute for what they intend to destroy, or who propose a substitute which would be far worse than the existing evils—Mr sata should know that all these men are the most dangerous opponents of a better Zambia. If they get their way they will lead the people into a deeper pit than any into which they could fall under the former system. If they fail to get their way they will still do incalculable harm by provoking the kind of reaction which in its revolt against the senseless evil of their teaching would enthrone more securely than ever the evils which their misguided followers believe they are attacking.
Our honest Zambian battles will be won and our democracy will be be spared and it will grow!