Friday, April 22, 2005

"Fear and Loathing" Among the MMD NEC

Let's us not overlook the underlying issue, which is graft within the ruling party. In the US lots of Republicans are in a sweat over the widening ethics investigation into the dealings of Washington rainmaker Jack Abramoff
BusinessWeek Online reports "Lawmakers' fears were stoked several weeks ago, when reports surfaced that Abramoff might have information that could -- emphasis on could -- make trouble for some Republicans."

Leadership challenges are part and parcel of any democracy. Simply standing against the current president does not constitute disloyalty.

'To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.' - Theodore Roosevelt

It is not disruptive nor is it 'biting the hand that feeds you' to challenge the incubent President through a voting system. Expelling of Dr. Mumba from the MMD NEC is simply a desperate act by a rattled leader. This approach won't cut it in the absence of a full disclosure of the facts.

Our leaders will only be truly world statesmen once they learn to face up to challenges without fear of losing. Politicians who are fearful of new challenges are dogged by shoddy old fashioned habits.

I hope Zambians mature beyond personal politics and embrace issue-driven politics instead. We have enough information before us to draw our own conclusions.

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