There’s so much hatred and tension in the nation

There’s so much hatred and tension in the nation

Levy Ngoma says there’s so much hatred and tension in the country. And he is blaming this on Edgar Lungu.

Levy also warns that Edgar will regret everything he is today doing to the Zambian people.

“There is so much tension in the country. When it explodes one day, the consequences will be too ghastly for anybody to contemplate. The PF will be unable to contain what is most likely to happen in this country. There is always a limit for a human being. You can do this and that but there is always a limit. The other dangerous thing is that in one hand, they want to hold a Bible…you butcher, you kill, you maim and then you say ‘let’s go to the altar and pray!’ You want to involve God in a very deceptive way. So sad! There is no way you can come today and want to silence the majority…So I feel that what is happening to the independent media, Dr Fred M’membe, it should stop,” says Levy.

But what else can one expect from a person who has openly declared to crush like a tonne of bricks fellow citizens who oppose him, challenge him, try to stand in his way? Can this be a recipe for harmony and love in the nation? No. It is a recipe for hatred and tension in the nation.

Edgar does not want to accept and respect the fact that ours is a multiparty political dispensation where other citizens will always oppose, question, challenge, denounce everything and anything he says or does as a matter of constitutional right. Some will do so truthfully and others untruthfully or maliciously.

But it is not untruthful or malicious criticism that seems to disturb Edgar the most; it is truthful criticism. Edgar has more than enough propaganda machinery – ZNBC television and radio, the Times of Zambia, the Zambia Daily Mail, the Daily Nation and a horde of online publications – to help him deal with lies and malice against him. What he has a serious problem with is how to deal with truthful criticism, exposés of the corruption and abuses of his league.

They say that truth hurts. But nonetheless, truth also sets one free. To admit a wrong, a lie committed is tantamount to tonnes of loads lifted from your back. It allows one to sleep well at night and guilt can lose its grip of endless agony from one’s conscience.

What Edgar wants from all of us is praise of all his utterances and deeds. He wants all of us to clap, cheer him on even when he is talking nonsense, doing wrong things.

Sadly, there are many Zambians who clap, cheer him on even when he is not making sense just to remain in good terms with him and continue to be in the flow of his favours.

Sadly, some people would rather hush hush his wrongs for fear of agitating him. They would rather have peace with him and smile superficially for him. It is better to be at peace with him than to be right, so they say. This means that they are only after peace but not the truth. They say mwikala patalala mwine apatalalika.

However, honesty is not manifested in such approaches and if we look deeper, we only see the glaring denial and hypocrisy.

Plato, a philosopher from long ago foresaw the difficulty of a situation like this when he said, “No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” The irony is, the one who tells the truth, becomes the offender on the side of the “lovers of peace”. Sometimes, when the heat becomes too much, their only choice is to oust and excommunicate the “violator of peace”.

This is happening even in many of our churches today. Those who stand up to confront the unacceptable, undesirable conduct are seen as troublemakers. Very serious transgressions by the powerful are continually ignored for the sake of peace and some take the courage of those who dare to criticise, to question or to challenge wrong utterances or doings as being offensive.

It is sad when people think that everyone should accept wrong things, that no one should attempt to change the status quo of the situation. But like what Plato said, truthfulness is not welcome.

Jesus would prefer righteousness and truth over superficial peace. Truth is better than false peace.

But let’s not be like that foolish frog which jumped in a pot of cold water, above a stove and wouldn’t notice the increasing temperature of the water. But when the heat becomes too much, it might be too late to jump out.

Our politicians who are behaving like that foolish frog might be good to be reminded that they are not paid to be too comfortable because they are not in leadership to be cuddled but to do the right things and learn to be lovers of truth, even when it hurts.

And Confucius teaches us that “it is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get ” and that “when the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary…The chase of gain is rich in hate…A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet”.