We have always said that, there isn’t any type of detergent paste that can remove the spots from the leopard.Again, you can remove the street vendor from the street, but you can’t remove the street from the street vendor.
I thought now that Mr. Sata is the president, he will stop being petty, abusive and use of bad language, however nothing has changed from his past life.
I was very shocked to hear how he decorated his campaigns in Chama. Instead of talking about how he would bring development to Chama he went very irrelevant and started talking about Nevers Mumba hair cut. When other people start talking bad about him, his vuvuzela, Post Newspaper and some cadres cry foul. Post Newspaper even writes well articulated English to try to demonize anyone who talks bad about their Michael.
Now what development will come to Chama because of talk on Mamba’s bald head? Will people have more money in their pockets as a result of such type of politicking? What if Mumba (who is more handsome than Sata), insults back and describes his brown or rotten teeth or screwed eyes or red eyes?
Let the Post, Fred Membe advise his subordinate, Sata to become relevant to the development of this nation. Politics of insults and name calling are long gone and are not necessary.
Last time when I wrote on how Sata used to insult sitting presidents and how other politicians today might be behaving just like the way he (Sata) used to be, some PF cadres wrote on how we should avoid revenge as this will not develop Zambia. But then are Sata’s insults on Nevers Mumba bring development and at what level? Why should other people just sit to endure the insults from Sata without hitting back?
It is a known fact that Nevers Mumba is Sata’s only threat, but tone down Mr. President.
Let PostNewspaper, denounce in their editorial the campaign strategies of insults perpetrated by their Michael, just like the way they did to Rupiah Banda, otherwise Mr. Sata who has a vulnerable body-make up for serious insults, will be hit back. Doing this will irritate you, the Post, Sata’s vuvuzela and some other Pf minions.
CHECK THE EDITORIAL COMMENT ON RUPIAH BANDA
These are the same post who used to tear Rupiah Banda when he talked badly about Sata.The Post Editorial, Sunday 27th February, 2011.(Replace the name Rupiah with Sata)
The Post Newspapers Zambia
By The Post on Sunday 27 February 2011, 04:00:00 CAT (2502 Reads)
Justice begins at home and Rupiah Banda as President of the Republic must be the first to give witness.
But instead, he is the one leading in injustice, in vulgar language and insults; he is the one leading in character assassination and pettiness.
But when the same is done to him, his vuvuzela Ronnie Shikapwasha loudly cries foul as if he has never heard of the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.”
Rupiah cannot call others to virtues which he himself does not make an effort to practice.
We ask Rupiah to respect himself and be exemplary in his daily life, in his political campaigns. Rupiah cannot denounce bad language from others if he himself uses such language.
Rupiah has been calling other politicians mambala.
What will happen if they start calling him mambala? Rupiah is referring to other politicians as ugly; what will happen if they also start talking the same language against him?
Is Rupiah really that handsome to call others ugly?
Or is it just a matter of the pot calling the kettle black?
Does it really matter to the Zambian people and their welfare if their president is handsome or ugly?
What have looks got to do with one’s political leadership? Is the competition for public office a beauty contest to see who has got the best looks, or one for the service of others?
And who is one challenging by questioning the looks of another person?
Our looks, save for plastic surgery, are God-given. If one questions the shape of one’s nose, the best authority to answer for that is God.
And why should Sata’s looks be an issue for Rupiah? Is Rupiah the creator?
This language speaks volumes of Rupiah’s calibre as a leader; it says a lot about his reasoning and judgement and the things that really matter to him as a human being and as a political leader.
We are in an election year.
In a few weeks time, election campaigns will be in full swing.
Is this the language that will bring us peaceful, free and fair elections? Certainly not.
This irresponsible language, this uncultured behaviour and uncouthness cannot be the basis for peaceful, free and fair elections.
To have peaceful, free and fair elections, certain conditions have to prevail in the behaviour and in the hearts of our politicians, especially in Rupiah and those around him.
Rupiah would make a positive contribution to fair and free elections if he would restrict his campaign to addressing real issues, to the MMD’s manifesto, so that the Zambian people can judge what new ideas he and his party had on problems that really matter to them: unemployment, corruption, cost of living, poor services in education and health and so on and so forth.
Rupiah would also make a positive contribution to free and fair elections if he started to respect his political opponents.
People can differ without calling each other names, without being accused of being a fool, a mambala and so on and so forth.
Free, fair and constructive elections would become a reality when Rupiah and other politicians take their responsibilities seriously.
Political debates or discourse should concentrate on programmes to improve the life of the nation rather than on personality issues.
There is an urgent need for understanding dialogue and reconciliation. In the present atmosphere of character assassination, we remind Rupiah and all our politicians of the noble goals of political activities and indeed of elections.
We shouldn’t forget that politics aims at the promotion of the common good and the service of all the people.
And as we have stated before, if the spirit of the primacy of the common good were to animate all the parties, we would not witness or hear the language that we are today hearing from Rupiah which leaves the public dismayed and disheartened.
We need all our politicians to be guided by truth, integrity and justice in their campaigns.
These elections should not be about who insults the most, who has a big nose or who has a red tongue.
They should be about consideration of which of the conflicting issues or candidates is better for the nation; they should be about the good we think each candidate can do.
The looks of the candidate should be of no consequence to these elections.
And in casting our votes, we should never be swayed by the shape of one’s face.
Rupiah’s re-election should have nothing to do with the size of his nose or the ugliness of his face.
Rupiah ought to be evaluated against the record of what he has or has not achieved over the period he has been President of our country.
We should look at whether or not Rupiah fulfilled his promises.
We should ask ourselves: did Rupiah offer quality service to all the Zambian people and not only to those who voted him into power, his relatives, tribesmen, family and friends?
Was Rupiah available to listen to the concerns of the people?
Was he selfless in responding to the needs of all, especially the poor?
As for Rupiah’s main political opponent, Michael Sata, since he has not held the office of president, he should be carefully evaluated in terms of his competence and selfless dedication to the common good, concern for social justice, desire to work for the common good instead of self-enrichment, disposition to use power for service, especially service of the poor and underprivileged.
Election time is not time for character assassination, lies, slander, calumny.
It is an opportune time to review our past in order to prepare for better political choices for the future.
And political competitors don’t necessarily have to like each other, but they must tolerate one another and acknowledge that each has a legitimate and important role to play.
And this role should not be trivialised in any way by insults, by focusing on things that don’t really matter like one’s looks.
There is need for us to encourage tolerance and civility in the way our political campaigns are conducted.
Rupiah’s campaign and conduct as exhibited in his attacks against Sata this week seriously lack civility and should not be allowed to continue.
In the light of all this, we make a special appeal to Rupiah to realise that he has a serious responsibility as President of the Republic.
As facilitator of the elections, Rupiah should conduct himself in an exemplary manner and ensure that the concerns of all key players are adequately addressed.
The way Rupiah is going to conduct himself in the run-up to this year’s elections will show his political maturity and his sincere aspiration for peace and harmony anchored in justice.
Rupiah needs to enter into sincere dialogue with all his political opponents for us to have peaceful, fair and free elections.
Engaging in insults against political opponents will not help Rupiah create an atmosphere favourable for the holding of peaceful, free and fair elections.
So I want to ask Mwango Martin who wrote an artile, Criticism in a Democratic country like Zambia in Zambian times of 28/06/2012.Should we keep quite when such rhetoric is being puffed out just because they are in power? If Mwango finds it better to keep quite when such nonsense is taking place from those we voted in to bring development, let him be, but ourselves who are directly affected will criticize in any way directly or not, standing or sitting.