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OPINION: Why Should Zuma’s Exit Excite Lungu Critics?

The forced resignation of South African President Jacob Zuma has excited some local political commentators that have drawn parallels with the Zambian case.

Some analysts and political commentators have let their imaginations run away with them by saying that President Edgar Lungu is next on the roster. Very self-comforting prognosis if one is a die-hard anti-Lungu critique. Perhaps the ultimate summation of wishful thinking.

Otherwise any Lungu critique should just get used to the idea that the only way they are going to have him out is through the ballot. Twice he has put himself to a test through the ballot and has beaten his opponents twice.

Even the exit of long serving Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe through the aid of the army did excite some opposition elements in Zambia that the same could be replicated in Zambia. But any rational observer would laugh at such levels of reckless thinking that only seems to massage people’s egos.

For a start Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years through which period Zambia has seen seven heads of state. Zambians have never failed to remove a President whenever they have wanted to. Did they not wind up Dr Kenneth Kaunda after 27 years? Did they not democratically stop Frederick Chiluba from going for a third term? Did they not remove Rupiah Banda in 2011? So rather than draw imagined parallels we better draw lessons from our own rich examples of Zambian democracy through electioneering.

Zuma’s problems have been a carryover from the hour he ascended to power. It may not very comforting for President Lungu’s opponents that he is still around until and 2021 with the decision beyond that still mired in litigious controversy.

Should he decide to the legal process okay his candidature beyond 2021 then his opponents may have to live with the possibility of seeing for an even longer period but that is would be a decision only the Zambians can make. So rather than get excited about adversities beyond our borders perhaps we would do better to just sell our own candidates to the Zambian public and not rely on the misfortune of others.

After all even President Lungu’s fall on Women’s Day in 2015 had sent his opponents celebrating pronouncing that he would not live beyond his first term of office. But President has looked even fitter afterwards.

50 Comments

  1. Zebron

    Let’s not copy .I from others

  2. Isaac Zgalunga

    It’s God who is going to remove ECL from that position

    • james

      through the people.

    • james

      whether it must be led by Tonga or whoever,change is inevitable.

    • Village Head man

      The issue in South Africa is far very different from Zambia. There it’s Zuma and the AND. Zambia is Opposing side and the PF or Government

  3. Wise me

    It is not just wishful thinking but a chewa adage says,I “muthu akakhala pabwino payitana.” These wishful thinkers will talk about lack of democracy when their desire is to experience unnecesary pressure from government. However, the question is whether there are suitable people to replace him given that some of his competitors have demonnst

  4. Wise me

    It is not just wishful thinking but a chewa adage says,I “muthu akakhala pabwino payitana.” These wishful thinkers will talk about lack of democracy when their desire is to experience unnecesary pressure from government. However, the question is whether there are suitable people to replace him given that some of his competitors have demonstrated mental incapacity in handling leadership.

  5. saimbwende saimwende

    ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND says Sejani.I remember when our beloved late president Sata died, UPND supporters celebrated his death when the rest of the nation was mourning. When there was load shedding UPND were celebrating, when the kwacha was depreciating UPND was again celebrating. When the miners lost jobs on the copperbelt again these people were celebrating. UPND thrives on the misfortunes happening in the country for them to go to the state house, this is how cursed they are. How do you surely wish your fellow human being bad things or how do you celebrate the misfortune of your friend for God’s sake? It is for this and other reasons that UPND is very unattractive to most of Zambians. They are so desperate to go to the state house at all costs regardless of the social consequences of their approach. I don’t see UPND winning the 2021 elections, they will definitely lose and they will not accept defeat again like they did in 2016, just mark my words, no wonder they are a danger to the national peace and security of this nation. ONE ZAMBIA ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION

    • jk

      Dont think like a mad man who is happy with paya farmer just pack yi bag soon 2021 u are going who is happy wth pf in unip we used to get free nshima on coupon,where did Kaunda go,was thrown a way from the State house who is ECL to Kaunda? When yo stomach is fool of free food u tend to dance on a stage so as to shake yo berry to avoid constipation people are suffering in this Nation wait 2021!

    • Eddy

      I can’t believe its you saying one Zambia , one nation! Check your comment and edit or delete it. Its fueling an archy

  6. mulongoti

    Saimbwende you’re right they will never rule because its the tongas thing not national thing so lets wait for 2021 to see how they cry and not ? walking on red carpet

    • Willy nacho

      U are lost come 2021 ecl out we HV suffered a lot

    • Eddy

      When do you think that you will go to state house sir! Lungu least expected to be President , Sata was told he can never rule Zambia the very year he rose to Presidency. Its the vote is not in the hands one person but in the hands of Zambians, No one knows what Zambians will choose! Watch your words shikulu…. I never knew you can teach tribalism!

    • Eddy

      When do you think that you will go to state house sir! Lungu least expected to be President , Sata was told he can never rule Zambia the very year he rose to Presidency. Its the vote is not in the hands one person but in the hands of Zambians, No one knows what Zambians will choose! Watch your words shikulu…. I never knew you can teach tribalism!

  7. real

    I think celebrating at the misfortunes of your friend is disheartening. Rather advise your friend so that u can both celebrate at one another’s success. If for sure all Zambians r one people, then the pain of one man is the pain for all Zambian just as the happiness of one man is the happiness for all Zambians. If our economy fails, we must fight for it as a team. If chorela strikes, we must fight against it as a team. If poverty knocks, we must fight against it as a team. Remember, adversity has no political face, blood or DNA. It kills people who support the opposition as well as those who support the ruling party. So as we r one, let’s work as one. And let’s decide through the ballot as always when time comes to politisize. Best wishes to my country men and women.

  8. Favour

    If God is the one that appointed him then he is the one that needs to take him out..

  9. Gift Simumba

    I think lungu is ok for me but come to nakonde and see nothing is happing

  10. Truth

    UPND will forever remain cry babies even in 2021 when they lose again. They have always been rejected by the Zambian people. PF is Zambia’s first choice political party going by the developmental projects being rolled country wide.

    • Scofield

      No man will ever satisfy other men’s needs no mater what,only God’s only chosen ruler Jesus Christ.those who ague on worldly politics,keep on,for my kingdom is no part of this world.the world and all its belongings will be washed away and replaced with new things,all politics belongs to the ruler of the under world.

  11. Mukuka j

    Africa is experiencing restless vexation of poor governance and the most victimised people from the prey of brutal democracy are the ordinary people whose hope is in the hands of the ballot for change.Politicians amasses great wealth soon after being voted into power by the poor ordinary people who expect change and development in return and they don’t see it because practic politicians embezzle government funds meant for national development into personal investment.This beacons a failed Africa groping in the dark of wrong idealogies.Africa when will you wake up from your deadly slumber? Since the colonial masters left you have proved visible symptoms of failure to govern your self and your people, Maybe the whites should just come back and establish a colonial modern regime? Because the present political tension in most African countries is worse and unworthy than the colonial rule.

  12. Paxtan

    No man will ever satisfy other men’s needs no mater what,only God’s only chosen ruler Jesus Christ.those who ague on worldly politics,keep on,for my kingdom is no part of this world.the world and all its belongings will be washed away and replaced with new things,all politics belongs to the ruler of the under world.

  13. Himuzwa Kule

    I am tonga but do not subscribe to the way UPND carry out their campaigns. Now that loadshedding is no more, the Kwacha is stable, they are given space on ZNBC, they are allowed to carry out their party renewal exercise…….what is going to be their campaign message in 2020?

  14. Gugu

    Mbeki was applauded as President and eventually ejected by the people…Zuma experienced the same. Careful Cyril.!!! You are now leading a nation that enjoys dancing and will dance to welcome you and when they are bored and need to dance again …will dance you away! Wither Azania

    • Eddy

      When do you think that you will go to state house sir! Lungu least expected to be President , Sata was told he can never rule Zambia the very year he rose to Presidency. Its the vote is not in the hands one person but in the hands of Zambians, No one knows what Zambians will choose! Watch your words shikulu…. I never knew you can teach tribalism!

  15. Lindy Wilfred

    Daniel 2:44 Jehovah will destroy all governments .and rule forever be Christian

  16. Mlanga

    The author of this opinion is a Lungu apologist. Even Mobutu had defenders as long as they enjoyed some droppings from the corrupt table. Unfortunately for them they have no insulation against social dynamics. Corruption and misrule don’t last long in the life of a society.

  17. duks

    jk my bro Saimbwende is right dis tym around u talk abt coupon bro 4gt abt unip those ar colonialism cum to koswe mumpoto is yo slogan muli kkkk now uubomba mwibala wht kind of a politician r u so tel yo so cald hh to tel de Zambian popo abt privatization b4 2031maybe say maybe pripair urself in 2021 muzakachiona chimene chinameta mparakhanga 2021+2026+2031??????

  18. Gilgisk

    If ecl is corrupt, we all shall know. Time is soon catching up. Remember”: alebomba mwibala”

  19. FGM

    The world is a global village and updates from other areas shall always shape the destiny of other areas . And Zambia shall never be an exception in what is happening in other countries.

    • Amagenge

      The system of governance in South Africa is very different from us. In South Africa the president and MP are not voted by the masses to their offices. Each Party has wish list of who would be a MP once they amass enough points. The masses vote for the party and the party choose who to represent them. As for the president he is voted by parliament. This is why it is simple to recall Zuma or Mbeki. Lungu cannot be recalled by PF. Please stop comparing oranges and onions

  20. Paulo lukamba gato

    Am a farmer & I don’t know how I can love this gorvement after stealing money from farmers here in Mpongwe they collecting money from farmers using bay port personnel on 6&7 of December & in the presence of the agriculture officers

  21. Zacharia

    So those fools don’t know why Mugabe was thrown out that way?

  22. chomila zuup

    Go LUNGU go 2021 its yours

  23. James ngosa

    Learn to remain neutral in political affairs. Respect the Govt of the day and whoever is elected as the president. Yes Jehovah’s witnesses wl always remain loyal,comply,RESPECT and willingly submit. Leaders remain placed by God tho the majority wl wrongly misinterpret the word (placed). Stop assassinating each one’s character weza in the so cod opposition or ruling party. The fact tht our leaders are imperfect we expect some degree of error. We expect world conditions getng bad to worse if not worse to worst. Stop insulting our leaders pliz. Perfect rule wl only come from Jehovah God.

  24. mulongoti

    This country is not just for farmers how abt fish farming where do they get fishing implements, poultry farmers who supports them So farmers shud support them selves kabili ubomba mwibala alya mwibala

  25. Nelson Mwansa

    Upnd will never rule this country

    • Jk

      Nelson ask Dora Siliya he was mocking the late sata that he will never be a president of Zambia where is she ? in the same Gvmnt U are not God

    • Jk

      Nelson ask Dora Siliya she was mocking the late president sata m.h.s.r.i.p that he will never be a president of Zambia where is she ? in the same Gvmnt U are not God

  26. Mazuba h hamumba

    Christians they do nt tolerate corruption, if u support corruption pipo just know that u are a denvil!sin is sin whether it is written on a black or blue fore love it will remain being sin.there is no one who cn cerebrate a misfortunes bt it should remain a warning.look at retaliates pipo who had straight minds they celebrated the Exodus of Israelites bt fools called it a misfortunes

  27. Wise me

    Munthu akakhala pabwino poipa paitana

  28. SATA

    It’s not a man to decide who should rule but the almighty God yes corruption is there but just like the bible says in Ecclesiastes that the race is not for the strong only nor for the swift but time and chance happens to them all lets put everything in the hands of God and allow him to choose leaders for us in Zambia remember we are a Christian national despite of different tribes we are one and we should speak like one people. God bless

  29. FGM

    The issue “God chooses leaders’ Somehow annoys me. Did God choose Hitler? or Idi Amin? I believe God played no part in their assuming power. We have a number of crooks who found themselves in leadership positions through dubious means and later justified their treachery by hiding in that Bible verse . As it has been seen God uses people to unceremoniously scrap their stolen victory; as was the case in Germany, Uganda, Liberia etc etc. People should critically analyze their leaderships. NOT ALL LEADERSHIPS ARE GOD GIVEN. Know them by their deeds.

  30. Chanda Mukupa

    Desperation will always make people to celebrate at anything, even things they don’t know why they are happening. It also promote shelf centeredness. Over rating one self is always bad because many will hate and disregard you and the Bible calls it as pride, crown it by saying PRIDE comes before FALL. I end.

  31. Ck

    Just surpot your part ! Do not of tribe.

  32. voices in chains

    There is a saying that goes like,”every one wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die”. If you only accept that your leadership is a three legged horse, u will be honoured like madiba.

  33. muleya lewis

    God knows everything.

  34. Eddy

    Change will certainly come . We respect the ballot. Lungu will be history just like KK .Successors will go to plot 1. A United people’s Nation Delivers and stands the test of time! Keep Watching!

  35. JC SIKAZWE*

    Ifito nipali
    HH
    and
    GBM
    Bakakontolola

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