The wise, more sober and thinking people in the Patriotic Front should start to prevail over those who think through their blood, pangas, violence.
Continuing with violence when the popularity of their party is fading will just accelerate their decline. Zambians have had enough of their violence. Similar violence did not help MMD in 2011. Ask MMD diehard Bowman Lusambo, William Banda!
Last week Patriotic Front cadres attacked newly formed opposition National Democratic Congress members who were having an indoor meeting in Mandevu Constituency. According to Mwenya Musenge, Patriotic Front cadres attacked about 40 National Democratic Congress members who were meeting in Mandevu on Wednesday evening.
“It is so disappointing that as a party that is regarded as a nonentity and where we have opted to be doing things quietly, our people are being attacked. Today, we have witnessed the first serious attack on National Democratic Congress members who were quietly having an indoor discussion and thugs from Patriotic Front forced themselves into the yard, smashed four to five vehicles, punctured tyres and later searched those who were there, stealing their personal belongings, including phones. They entered the place with pangas, and many assault weapons. We would like to appeal to our members not to retaliate. If indeed they want to kill us, we will wait for them to follow us wherever we will be meeting. These are the politics they are portraying. The National Democratic Congress wants to play mature politics of integrity, a shift from the cheap politics of the Patriotic Front.”
It certainly won’t be easy for the Patriotic Front of Edgar Lungu to move away from the politics of violence given its history. Edgar came to power on the back of political violence. Violence has become the hallmark of Edgar’s leadership of the Patriotic Front and the country. And Edgar has made it very clear that anyone who tries to stand in his way will be “crushed like a tonne of bricks “.
Mahatma Gandhi summed it up nicely:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
We become what we repeatedly do.
Samuel Smiles wrote,
“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”
Everything you are used to, once done long enough, starts to seem natural, even though it might not be. It is not possible to create the opposite of what one has always known, simply because the opposite is believed to be desired. Human beings need what they already know, even horrors. But it’s not wise to become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time.
The people they were attacking in Mandevu were their friends, fellow Patriotic Front cadres not very long ago. If they can attack their friends, people they know very well in this way, what about strangers, people they don’t know?
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent,” said Mahatma Gandhi.
And John F. Kennedy warned, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
The Patriotic Front does not have the monopoly of violence. Soon, other political parties will start taking them on and defend themselves by the same methods – violence begets violence.
Martin Luther King, Jr said, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
It is said that any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. The Patriotic Front seems to be permanently wedded to political violence!