Hichilema Tastes The Bitter Taste Of His Own Hate Speech Medicine As Chiefs Shun His Visits.
Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people has said that he refused to meet United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema because his political partners in the opposition alliance referred to him as a misplaced and wrong person on the throne.
The Chitimukulu said that there was no way he could have met individuals that demeaned him saying Mr. Hichilema refused to distance himself from the statement issued by the opposition alliance, while the NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili saw the reason to apologize.
The Traditional leader said Chiefs are supposed to be impartial but work with the government of the day, further stating that this is why he has been welcoming opposition leaders to his Palace. The Mwine Lubemba wondered what truly prompted Mr. Hichilema to seek audience with him.
Our view on the subject is that Mr. Hichilema’s games of politics of deception are slowly catching up with him. Today, only a few faithfuls marshalled under the blind loyalty philosophy can shovel up their faces to defend his “chikala” remarks on a public rally that included mostly the youth. Is it coincidence that the late President, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, saw a crook in the UPND supremo?
“The problem Mr. Hichilema has is the fact that he wants to cheat, to mislead, to show that he is what he is not. His understanding of politics is that it doesn’t matter; you can cheat, provided you get your goals!” pages 211-212 of ‘Levy Patrick Mwanawasa: An incentive for posterity’ written by Amos Malupenga and edited by Professor Fackson Banda.
Mr. Hichilema will wake up to a rude shock sooner than later when it dawns upon him that what Zambians need today is mature leadership that must push us in the direction of President Kenneth Kaunda, not those who wish to be puppets of the West whose agenda is nothing but to continue looting from where they left. What we need is not regime change but a new governance system that must prioritize development. Party politics have systematically taken power away from the people and installed it in the political elite, the Bally Ones, to the extent that if Bally One tells the people’s representatives not to attend Parliamentary debates, they all willingly obey like cattle being taken to a slaughter house.
That is not the democracy we need. We want to move in a new direction where, once again, one can be a poor child in rural Zambia and still get quality education. That dream must reside in some strong institutional framework and not in one individual promising to fix it all. This misplaced ideology of worshipping individuals must come to an end. Does it even make sense to have individuals being owners of political parties instead of the general public guided by the principles and ideologies of the party?
We want leadership that will once again put money in the hands of Zambians and not foreigners. For this reason, we expect Mr. Hichilema and his advisors to push government to operationalise the newly created ZCCM Gold Company or the Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes programme, not peddling social media falsehoods. Today, his failure to meet chiefs on his campaign trail, must have left a terrible bitter taste in his mouth. But he remains the only one to blame!
Mpandashalo Evans Mwewa
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