UK based Africa Confidential, a once credible and respected investigative publication that gained wide readership over the years, has all of a sudden ceased being one. It has actually turned itself into a cunning publication jointly working with disgruntled elements in our country whose sole purpose is to discredit the current government in whichever way possible and effectively take over power by hook or by crook.
In their minds, these known disgruntled elements think the government does not know what they are up to. Their preoccupation now is to feed the international community and publications like the Africa Confidential with all sorts of falsehoods aimed at tarnishing the image of the current government and its leader, President Edgar Lungu, to the outside world and render the democratically elected regime ‘powerless’.
It is difficult to sustain lies where there is truth. In collaboration with their Africa Confidential, which has effectively turned itself into an opposition wing of the Zambian politics, these disgruntled elements in politics and civil society came up with lies to the effect that the government used money from the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) to pay civil servants salaries for February. Their report was put in such a convincing manner as if such a thing had truly happened. But the truth is that there was no time at which the central government collected, or instructed, NAPSA to release pensions funds to pay off civil servants salaries. Taking advantage of the few delays in salaries in the civil service, these disgruntled elements, of which their leader is UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, are now on the loose giving out unsubstantiated information to their partners using unholy alliances to discredit a government elected by the people. His former vice-president, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, who recently left the opposition party to rejoin the Patriotic Front, has disclosed how they have come up with a strategy to decampaign the ruling party and its government using outside forces and to lie as much as possible at every opportunity. GBM knows a lot and he will spill a lot more about the disgruntled elements’ evil intentions of using underhand methods to come into power.
The Africa Confidential, with their informers, have been challenged to produce evidence of NAPSA’s release of funds to central government for payment of civil servants salaries. NAPSA itself has reacted to these falsehoods and clearly stated that what was published was an outright lie aimed at putting the institution’s name and government in bad light. If there was some truth in what they fed their collaborators at Africa Confidential, why aren’t they providing proof of their claims?
They are every day, without any speck of shame, abusing social media in all sorts of ways all in a quest to get to power. But this is not how it is done; this is cheap. Nobody has ever managed to usurp power using lies against a government that has been put in place through a popular vote. Let them just wait for the next elections to come and try their luck again. Victory will only come if they practice honest politics.