By Sakwiba Sikota ( SC)



There has been so much happening on the Zambian political scene this last fortnight that it is easy to go over the edge and become insane. It is for this reason that in this piece I will stay clear of Zambian politics or even our continent, let alone our period of time.

I will instead go miles miles away to Germany and way way back in time to the 1930s and 1940s. Instead of politics I will make this piece about psychology.

A long long time ago in a world half way across the globe from ours, Adolf Hitler, the former leader of Nazi Germany, exhibited a very interesting personality.

Hitler showcased several signs of narcissism and psychological lying. Some of the traits of narcissism that he manifested were:

The first sign of narcissism Hitler exhibited was his feelings of grandiosity.

He had an exaggerated sense of self-importance and a belief in his own superior intelligence. Adolf Hitler frequently boasted about his superior intelligence, making claims such as:

“I am the greatest genius the world has ever known.”

“My intellect is beyond your comprehension.”

“My brain is a precision instrument, capable of grasping complex problems and solving them with ease.”

“My intellect is so superior that I can outthink and outmaneuver my enemies with ease.”

Hitler engaged in endless repetitive self praise at each and any occasion that he spoke.

The second sign of narcissism Hitler exhibited was his constant need for admiration.

He craved admiration and attention from others, often using propaganda and spectacle to feed his ego. He has been quoted as saying, amongst other boasts where he claimed things were happening “for the first time in Germany’s history” as follows;

i . “The first true German Reich”: He claimed that his Third Reich was the first truly unified and powerful German empire in history.

ii “The first genuine people’s state”: He claimed that his regime was the first to truly represent the interests of the German people.

iii . “The first successful nationalist revolution”: He claimed that his Nazi revolution was the first successful nationalist movement in history.

iv. “The first time Germany is united under one leader”: He claimed that he was the first leader to unite all German-speaking people under a single rule.

v. “The first time the German people have been united in a single party”: He claimed that the Nazi Party was the first to unite all Germans under a single political banner.

vi. “The first time the German military has been truly powerful”: He claimed that his rearmament and expansion of the military made Germany more powerful than ever before.

vii. “The first time the world has seen a truly socialist state”: He claimed that his regime was the first to truly implement socialist principles, despite being opposed to communism.

These claims were part of Hitler’s propaganda efforts to legitimize his rule, promote his ideology, and convince Germans that he was leading them to a glorious future.

The third sign of narcissism Hitler exhibited was his sense of entitlement.

He believed he was destined for greatness and that others owed him loyalty and obedience. This led him to make statements like,

“I am the only one who really understands what is going on in the world.”
“My intelligence is a gift from God, and I am destined to use it to shape the world.”

There are many examples of Hitler’s narcissistic and deceptive behavior such as his extravagant and theatrical public appearances, designed to awe and intimidate. When touring the country schools and colleges would be closed so that students would be brought and lined up to show all and sundry how “loved and popular” the Fuhrer was.

The fourth sign of of narcissism Hitler exhibited was his lack of empathy.

He showed little concern for the suffering of others, even his own people, and was willing to sacrifice them for his goals.

Hitler and the Nazi regime demonstrated a profound lack of empathy for Jews and others they deemed “undesirable” through:

Dehumanizing language: Referring to Jews as “vermin,” “rats,” and “bacilli” (germs or bacteria) to create a sense of disgust and justify their persecution.

Propaganda by using false and misleading information to portray Jews as a threat to Germany, fueling hatred and fear.

Discrimination by implementing targeted laws like the Nuremberg Laws (1935) and Kristallnacht (1938), which, by way of forfeiture, stripped Jews of property and dignity.

Disregard for human life: Ignoring the suffering and deaths of millions, showing no remorse or compassion.

Hitler’s ideology and actions exemplified a complete disregard for human life, dignity, and suffering, demonstrating an extreme lack of empathy.

His insistence on being addressed as “Führer” (leader) and his demand for absolute loyalty from his followers.

Apart from narcissism Hitler was afflicted by Psychological lying.

The signs of Hitler’s psychological lying were manifested through ‘gaslighting’, ‘projection’, ‘manipulation’ and ‘denial’.

‘Gaslighting’ manifested itself by how he manipulated facts and reality to suit his purposes, making others question their own perceptions and sanity.

‘Projection’ manifested itself by how he accused others of the very things he himself was guilty of, such as deceit and aggression. He blamed the Jews for bringing disunity and accused them of discriminating against other races.

Here are some examples of Hitler’s use of projection to accuse others of his own wrongdoings:

Blaming Jews for Germany’s economic problems, while his own policies led to hyperinflation and economic crisis.

Accusing communists of being violent, abductors and murderous, while his own regime was responsible for mass killings and atrocities.

Portraying himself as a victim of conspiracy and persecution, while he himself was orchestrating campaigns of terror and repression.

Accusing the Allies of committing atrocities, while his own forces were responsible for horrific war crimes and genocide.

Hitler’s use of projection was a classic tactic of psychological manipulation, aimed at diverting attention from his own wrongdoings and mobilizing support for his ideology and policies.

‘Manipulation’ manifested itself by how he used propaganda, emotional appeals, and coercion to influence others and achieve his goals. He repeated lies about his military conquests and the strength of the German army in order to influence others.

‘Denial’ manifested itself by how he refused to accept responsibility for his actions and blamed others for his own mistakes.

His denial is clearly illustrated through his tendency to blame minorities and scapegoats for Germany’s problems. In a 1935 speech, he referred to Jews as “criminals” responsible for Germany’s economic problems. He masked his failures by blaming others rather than fixing the problems.

This narcissism and psychological lying led Hitler to often belittle others, calling them “idiots,” “fools,” or “imbeciles,” and claimed that only he possessed the vision, wisdom, and intelligence to lead Germany to greatness.

He would make statements like, “I am the only one who can see the big picture and understand the true nature of history and politics.”

These statements, fueled by his psychological lying, were part of his narcissistic personality and propaganda efforts to convince others of his superiority and legitimize his rule.

Hitler and the Nazis went further than just calling others “idiots,” “fools,” or “imbeciles,”. They started employing the term “thug” as a pejorative to portray their opponents as violent, criminal, and dangerous, thereby justifying their own violent actions against them.

This rhetoric was part of their strategy to demonize and dehumanize their enemies, paving the way for lawfare through persecution, imprisonment, and eventually, the Holocaust.

Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party frequently used the term “thug” (German: “Raufbold” or “Randalierer”) to describe their political opponents, particularly Jews, intellectuals, and other groups they deemed enemies of the state.

In Mein Kampf, for example, he described the Bolsheviks as “thugs” and “criminals”, just like he did in a 1934 speech where he called the leaders of the Social Democratic Party “thugs” and “traitors”.

By using the term “thug”, Hitler aimed to create a sense of fear and urgency among the German people, justifying his own brutal measures as necessary to maintain order and stability.

Based on historical records and accounts, Hitler’s behavior and actions do appear to exhibit many characteristics common in narcissistic and manipulative individuals who are also steeped in psychological lying. By these means, Hitler created a culture of fear, obedience, and total loyalty to himself and the Nazi regime.

Having stayed away from Zambian politics, I am already feeling better and satisfied that writing this piece has taken my mind away from what is happening in Zambia.

I stand to be corrected, but as far as I know, there have been no signs of reincarnation. Reincarnation is the concept that there is an eternal souls that persists after death and is reborn in a new body.

As I lay my head down to rest tonight, whilst being wary of the theory of reincarnation, I will be praying that we never get a Hitler in Zambia.


  1. Mr Sakwiba Sikota, you are one of the finest human being and great son of this great country. Thank you for writing up this article just to remind Zambians and the world how Zambia under this administration has heading towards Nazi Germany . First , HH has appointed his tribal men and women in all key positions in civil service, parastatals, Military, police, DEC, ACC, Judiciary, parliament,ECZ to capture state institutions with the view to hold on to Power even when people they don’t want him after 2026 as he is away he can not win but stay in power by fraud and manipulation of election results with the help of ECZ, the police , Army to fly votes the are altered to places they can think will give him a chance.
    2: cartel opposition political parties to sell the manifestos, meeting with their supporters,
    3: Abusing the public order to deny free movement, assembly, right to protest, free speech to shrink the democratic tenets that he preached to safeguard and protect in opposition
    4: Abusing state institutions to go after his perceived enemies to punish, hurt , detain at will, using his own tribal appointees in the police, DEC , ACC and allocating cases in courts to his newly appointed tribal or tribal cousins with expected rulings favourable to his wish.
    5: HH and his minions are arresting for Hate Speech for those openly protesting his tribalism, cleansing of people from the Northern and Eastern parties of Zambia from the civil service, police, ZESCO, ZNS, DEC. ACC, parastatals and judiciary, parliament and when people question this is not Zambia they know.
    HH and his minions have embarked on unnecessary fights with the Church especially the Catholic with his full blessing of those who insult, abuse, calling a priest to appear at a police station by a Tonga Copperbelt commanding officer which has never happened since independence.
    Imenda SP for UPND called Archbishop Banda. Lucifer. Inspector enters the office the bishop stop former president meeting his Grace.
    Stopping opposition parties to attend church services all are signs of Hiltler being that HH is acting and implementing with full view of Zambians and the world. Directing the police to arrest Jay Jay Banda for the same crime he was charged and convicted for just to call for by elections . MP in Malole was involved in a car accident during his official duty, UPND organised people to demand new MP but their moves were exposed.
    Zambians today the Zambezi religion can celebrate and feel the are above all religions , use the power in the modesty, and restraint way. Power corrupts and this is what has happened to HH , he has forgotten that , it’s people of good will who made him to hold the highest office in the land. It’s the same people who will remove him from power even if the government institutions have been captured by appointing his tribal men and women with his Zambezi religion tribal cousins. To fall from the grace will be a bitter blow and pill to chew

  2. This article by sakiwba is true reflection of ECL,s PF. ECL having rigged elections in 2016 had no regard for other ethnicities. He projected that he would win the 2021 presidential vote by about 500 votes and never went to campign in Southern province or UPND strongholds.
    1.When the list of recruitment came out for the defence forces it was full of people from North and Eastern province.
    2. ECLs cabinet only considered people from 2 regions but the veep.
    3. When ECLs PF ws engaged in extra Judicial killings the Catholic priests were mute and one of them b4 elections even had the audacity to advocate rigging elections in favour of ECL.
    4.They burnt Soweto market so tht they accuse HH.
    5.They abducted the Hatembo’s to find a way of barring HH from contesting.
    6. They started gassing their own people to implicate HH.
    7. When people complained about loading shading they responded by telling them to go and urinate in the kariba dam.
    8. They was no empathy for the people. They looted money from the treasury to make their successor fail to govern.
    9. They had thugs with guns chasing leaders of opposition over rooftops.
    10 . They would urinate in the mouths of Journalists and try to bring helicopters of their opposition leaders down.
    They have a sense of self entitlement and only see a wrong in others. When they commit a wrong act its fine but when another person not from their party commits the same act they lament perscution.

  3. We will vote for HH in 2026. Sakwiba sikota is a bitter man. From UPND to Lp to bil 10 now in UKWA. Jealousy and envy all over hus body!

  4. @ Truth. You have nailed it spot on
    The author Sakwiba is the very same person fighting for Hitler to rule us again. We say NO NO NO to PF and ECL

  5. If Sakwiba never did history at school, we can excuse him, otherwise the name Hitler is not a name even to talk about. Hitler did a lot evil to this world especially to the Jews. How many people has HH killed in order to be compared to such a person?

    • It’s a day-long insult to victims of Hitler’s insanity and brutality to try and make a moral equivalence between Hitler and HH. Sakwiba Sikota knows that as the truth but because the truth is not in his political interest, he wants to deny it. Don’t give politics a bad name Sakwiba Sikota SC. You’re very much capable of being better than that.

  6. Just one more comment. Is Sakwiba Sikota a lawyer who’s capable of saying to a client in criminal proceedings, “look here sir/madam. I have seen the evidence they have got against you. They have got you and it’s time to settle. I will mitigate for you so that you get a not-too-stiff sentence”?

  7. If bitterness was a person, this wud be Sakwiba Sikota. From way back in 2006 when he lost to HH. What Hitler character can any honesty person see in HH or in his govt. Only the bitter do so. And do so dishonestly. No one can say he or she sees HH and the performance of his govt as bad in any respect, but this Sakwiba and group can only see Hitler in HH and his govt. This is nothing but bitterness. Jealous also is one aspect. They failed to rule. They collapsed the economy. They commited crimes. And thru all this they finally lost power. Now when they see HH doing the cirrect things to do when in power, they become uneasy, they see him becoming darling of the people, they see him staying in power “forever”. They become jealous. When they see the good things that HH and UPND are doing, which they had chance to do but didnt or failed to do, all they try to do now is to make things look bad, to try to disturb, spoil and create an environment that makes governance difficult. Thats all they try to do. No wonder HH himself calls them noise makers. Its a descriotion that fits them. Give them power tomorrow, they will fumble in all areas of governance, social order and economic transformation. But they speak as if they will make angels while in power. Lets not be spooked by their noise. HH eyes on the ball. We gonna not give them any space.

  8. In all fairness, Adolf Hitler was no ordinary Joe. He literally had rocket scientists reporting to him.

    There is no doubt that he had extremely high social (emotional) intelligence for him to have take on the rest of the world and almost pulled off a stunning victory.

    Of course he was morally depraved and that is why he failed in his venture.

  9. Thanks God Sakwiba Hitler Sikota doesn’t even manage half a percent of votes. That is why we never had one. Lungu was close with his gestapo cadres


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