Mr. Hichilema has observed that “When you over borrow from someone without any repayment plan, you technically become a slave to that person. The case of our people being disrespected by nationals of countries we owe is very sad.”
I wish to correct the leader of the biggest opposition political party. The two incidents are unrelated. Mr. Hichilema is very good at misleading people for their votes. In the absence of a verifiable alternative development agenda that he can share with the electorates, he has reduced himself to discussing irrelevant issues on social media.
Bally knows very well that, recently, African people were barred from hotels, shops and restaurants in Guangzhou. Racist discrimination in Guangzhou caused outrage in Africa, provoking rare official protests to China by several countries. But one may wonder why Mr. Hichilema could be trying to gain political mileage over the purported racist incident in Lusaka.
In his memoirs, the late President Levy Mwanawasa described Mr. Hichilema as a man who lacked integrity. “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.
There’s need to offer our people an opportunity to understand who Mr. Hichilema truly is by focusing on issues that matter to them in the most sincere manner possible befitting the position of Head of State. Those around him must equally advise him that the office he wishes to occupy is not meant for clowns.
We have several issues that we must be debating such as how we must slowly transfer mining rights from foreign firms to Zambians as a child in rural Zambia is not benefitting from them at all. But such topics are not palatable to his ears as his campaign funds come from international mining conglomerates.
Truth be told, expressions of anti-black sentiment by the Chinese especially in mainland China, have caught the world’s attention periodically since the end of the 1970s. Demonstrations against Africans in many cities between late 1988 and early 1989 received wide press coverage and I am sure Mr. Hichilema is very much aware.
Incidents like the recent one in Longacres, when placed next to the brutal treatment Zambians suffer at the hands of the Lebanese and Indians, have for a long time seemed evanescent but surely we have all been wrong. Let’s solve with sober minds without having to politicise them.
Mpandashalo Evans Mwewa
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