Kelvin Kaunda writes,


Sat, Mar 19. Lusaka.

Some parts of social media have taken it upon themselves to react on former President Lungu’s comment after a journalist paused a question to him. Here is a comment from ECl.

“All the statements have been made, of course he was not an Angel, he had his own failings just like all of us. But if we learn to dialogue honestly with one another as we have experienced during the days of mourning, we probably can get somewhere as a country,” he said.

“Dialogue between all of us, those who were in government before and those who are in now. But what we are seeing is hypocrisy where people say good things then do bad things.”

“And only if we can expunge hypocrisy from our lives and just say it as it is from now on to the future, then what’s the lesson we are learning from Rupiah Banda’s legacy?”

“People have said a lot of good things, may those good things become part of them,” he said.

I will begin with this Common scripture in the bible, Matthew 23(NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

We must note! President Lungu the sixth republican President made a general call for all of us to practice what we preach, same appeal God made to the pharisees. His statement was not in anyway targeting an individual or individuals but a general call as a statesman and Father of the Nation.

President Lungu’s comment is in public anyone can view it and give a better judgement, but two things are involved. If its viewed from a political point of view it will get a different impression. By now we should understand that ECl is no longer in active politics and finally took his rightful place as a former head of state.

It is clear that attempts by some people are meant to creat numerous versions of President Lungu’s comment before leaving embassy park but the truth and true interpretation is one.

I believe President Lungu could have said what he said any other day and any other place except he could not call for a press briefing just to make that comment but the embassy park one was the nearest opportunity available. my appeal is for us as Zambians to resist from the habit of demonizing thoughts and ideas coming from people we may not like .

The case of President Lungu is very unfair and unfortunate. As christians we should by all means practice what we preach unlike been hypocrites.

Kelvin Kaunda
PF Lusaka Province youthchair


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