Opinion

U.S ‘Gives Up’ Democracy


What happened at the U.S Capitol Hill yesterday when supporters of outgoing President of the United States of America Donald Trump violently protested while Senate sat to endorse the election of Joe Biden was a shame and a complete circus. A country that has over the years portrayed itself as a strong democracy gave it up yesterday. The unruly cadres, some of whom were armed, broke into Capitol Hill, and pushed their way to where the meeting was being held to protest Trump’s electoral defeat.

All this was being done at the instigation of Trump who told them at a rally in Washington DC earlier that they should go to Capitol Hill and register their displeasure over what he calls “stolen votes”. In the process, police shot dead four protestors.

From this incident, we hope the U.S will stop schooling other countries about democracy; we must learn from each other. What we have witnessed in the USA is in fact a good reminder of why people should use their brains than emotions when voting. Frustrations and anger are no basis for changing your relationships and it shouldn’t be the most important driver for leadership change in any country. We have learnt from the United States where they thought Trump would be their ‘savior’.

Truthfully speaking, UPND president Mr Hakainde Hichilema is more similar, on so many levels, to Trump, than PF’s Edgar Lungu is.

Trump’s and Mr Hichilema’s rhetoric is very much the same, as is their self-centered egotistic belief that they individually possess special human powers and intellect and that only they can lead and hold all the answers that this country needs. Well, having money, especially that which is fraudulently earned through murky and shady business deals, does not make one a good leader. The only difference, of course, is that the USA will probably survive Trump – Zambia may well find out the hard way if it, too, can survive Mr Hichilema.

Getting back to what happened yesterday in America, Police brutality must be condemned in totality, and not in isolation. With the police’s action against the protestors, will the United States now have basis to stand and speak about democracy in African states? Will they have the guts to speak about human rights violations? We hope the US Embassy in Zambia will speak against this and condemn the killing of four people in cold blood.

The reactions towards a democratic election and Trump’s insistence that the votes were stolen speaks volumes about a country which has for many years been known to be a model of democracy. But well, yesterday, we saw the true colours coming out; we can safely say that what the United States has been preaching all these years is not what they practice. A couple of week ago when two Zambian citizens were killed during a protest by some cadres, the US embassy in Lusaka issued a strong statement on the incident, which was good. Nobody should ever support or justify the killing of another human being simply because they are protesting; simply dispersing them is the best route. Therefore, those responsible for the deaths must be made to answer for their actions and appropriate action taken in accordance with the law of the land.

We probably end by saying that these happenings are teaching us to believe in the saying that the devil you know is better than the stranger Angel.

11 Comments

  1. Frank Chombela

    Why do Zambian presidents recite the mantra ” help me God” when they’re taking office? That’s borrowed from the Americans, the first country to hv a presidential system of government. Look, American democracy is as solid as a rock. Justike here in Zambia, it’s possible even in America to lie your way to the presidency. But it’s not possible to lie to the American people twice.

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  2. MARTIN MUSHOKABANJI

    TRUMP MUST ACCEPT DEFEAT AND FOLLOW THE WAY OF OTHER FORMER PRESIDENTS.

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  3. Old Mzee

    What happened in USA is a disigrace.Trump has shown true colours of poor and weak democracy
    The USA with their democracy have messed a lot of countries.For example:
    a) Iraq- a country which was prosporous under Dictator Saddam Hussen is today un governable
    b) Libya-Under dictator Mummah Gaddafi the country was stable and rich-today it is each one for himself.
    c) Egpty-after the revolution the country is unstable.
    d)Afaganstan-you know the story
    f) Somalia,Congo DR,Nigeria,Liberia,Central African Republic,Chad,Niger, -so many rebel groups
    In conclusion some countries are better off under dictatorship

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  4. Concerned

    This incident is quite a HUGE shock wave to the world. COVID 19 era has lit up what has been in the dark.
    America has failed several times to address the racism within. No president has ever looked in to end such. Yet it’s in the forefront of being against racism. IT IS SHAMEFUL.

    Our Lord said YOU CANNOT CLEAR THE SPECK THAT IS IN YOUR FRIEND’S EYE WHILST YOU HAVE A HUGE LOG IN YOURS.

    COVID19 has shown us how racism has thrived in humanity and other injustices around the world.

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  5. BETTER MUST COME

    THE CAPITAL HILL INSURRECTION REMINDS US THAT DEMOCRACY IS WEAK BUT WHEN MANAGED BY MORAL AND STRONG WILLED LEADERS IT IS THE BEST. MMD BROUGHT DEMOCRACY BUT IT HAS BEEN ERODED BY PF GOVT. COMPARING HH TO TRUMP IS AN ACT OF DESPERATION MEANT TO PORTRAY HH IN BAD LIGHT IN ORDER TO SAVE LUNGU WHO IS AN UNSALEABLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. HE ALLOWED A LOT OF BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN IN THE NATION UNDER HIS WATCH. THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE!!

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  6. BETTER MUST COME

    ONCE YOU REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE A DEVIL FOR A LEADER, IT IS NOT TIME TO START CONSOLING YOURSELF BY STUPIDLY STATING THAT “the devil you know is better than the stranger Angel”. REALIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY ZAMBIANS WHO WANT TO BE PRESIDENT. CHOOSE THE BEST FROM THEM AND REMOVE THE DEVIL (ESPECIALLY THAT HE IS KNOWN AS YOU PUT IT).

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  7. Rhk

    I think the one who posted this is a PF cadre,why should we keep a 😈 devil as our president and thinking he is Jesus Christ.

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