Tutwa Ngulube says anyone who holds a different view in Patriotic Front is being considered “a non-factor”.
“So only those who agree with the views of the top leadership of the Patriotic Front are factors. How, then, can the Patriotic claim to be a democratic party if it is intolerant to divergent views?” asks Tutwa.
These are good and honorable observations. The truth is that the Patriotic Front ceased being a party, let alone a democratic one, when Edgar Lungu took over its supreme leadership in late 2014. It’s now nothing but a nest of privileges; a vehicle for corruption and suppression of dissent. Therefore, leaving the Patriotic Front may be a very good move to separate oneself from the confusion and propaganda of this party.
Ayn Rand said, “We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality…A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone. The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.”
As Ayn Rand correctly and aptly put it, “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force…There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Ask yourself why totalitarian dictatorships find it necessary to pour money and effort into propaganda for their own helpless, chained, gagged slaves, who have no means of protest or defense. The answer is that even the humblest peasant or the lowest savage would rise in blind rebellion, were he to realise that he is being immolated, not to some incomprehensible noble purpose, but to plain, naked human evil.”
Truly, Edgar is not governing well; he is destroying the country. But his evil rule is being made possible by our silence. There are many within and outside the Patriotic Front who see and disagree with what Edgar is doing but they can’t publicly speak out for fear of victimisation and possible loss of privileges. But it is said that the evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction we give it. They say there are better people in the world, do not let the worst do the worst to you, you deserve the best in life. And that to lose a worthless friend is worthy of a testimony.
Again, Ayn Rand warns us: ” “When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours — when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.”
When Edgar was going for people outside the Patriotic Front, the Chishimba Kambwilis and others within that party were cheering him on. Have you forgotten Kambwili’s utterances when he was at centre of the heart of Edgar’s government! We have forgiven but we’ll never forget Kambwili’s last statement as Edgar’s Minister of Information declaring this publication, The Mast, illegal! Kambwili was as ruthless on dissent and the opposition as he today is on Edgar and the Patriotic Front.
Kambwili has never sufficiently apologised for his intolerance. He seems to think that because today he is saying the right things, the things we want to hear, all that should automatically be erased from our minds, memory!