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Why is Lungu the Molongoti Question Pending?
Who is Edgar Chagwa Lungu? Where is his home village in Zambia? Is Lungu really a Zambian? Where does Lungu get his Authoritarian characteristics? Does Lungu’s behaviours and character fit into the Zambian norm of a behaviours?
Mike Mulongoiti has asked a pertinent question about Edgar Changwa Lungu. Surprisingly from the ever loud and clear passionate defenders of Lungu, on this one they all have been quiet, very very quiet. Sunday Chanda, Amos Chnada, Kaizer Zulu, Dora Siliya, Stephen Kampyongo, Bowman Lusambo. Their silence is irrevocably deafening. Even from the Lungu’s closest clones and the entire cabinet fraternity, why is this so? Could it be that there is some truth in the Mulongoti questions? Why is even the Public Protector so quiet and indeed even the number vuvuzela Mumbi Phiri so quiet? We shall keep asking this pertinent question? We are sure though that part of the answer comes from Alvaro Vargas Llosa, a renowned writer and author as below.
Authoritarian Fatal Attraction
With many liberal democracies experiencing leadership crises, confused about their beliefs, identities and roles in the world, and less invested in the values that made them what they are today, authoritarian models of governing attract many people. They seem to work. But do they?
Authoritarianism does not constitute a “model” because it does not rest on a set of values. It rests on a set of malignant practices whose aim is to maintain power in the hands of an anointed few.
The World Cup, I must say, was very well organised by its Russian hosts—because if there’s one thing authoritarians do well it’s organise the lives of others. But organisation and freedom are not the same.
If authoritarianism is a model it’s a flawed one. Those now under its spell need to understand the price they pay.