These two men shared one notorious common feature, and that is to twist the plain truth to suit the ideology and egos of their masters and the zeitgeist of the time.
Goebbels managed to convince a very advanced European society of that time, that they were superior to a point where others should be annihilated and were fit only for the crematorium, because of their race.
After the war, the allies led by the US wanted to bring the horrifying truth to German society by opening the gas chambers for public view, and the moral question that has since haunted them to this day “how could the Nazis commit such heinous atrocities with so much impunity, right under the nose of a very civilised people?”
My argument here is centred on how the truth can be twisted by masters of deceit, to a point where fraudulent and evil behaviour begin to appear legitimate and correct, even to the most intelligent and advanced society.
If it weren’t for the alertness of the American press, Trump is so close to convincing the World’s most advanced Nation that all news that doesn’t reflect well on him is ‘fake news’.
The late President Michael Chilufya Sata despite his many weaknesses, was a very alert and smart man. Sata spotted Emmanuel Mwamba’s bizzare ability to be viciously economical with the virtuous truth, and publicly fired him on the spot.
Mwamba had been promoted to a civil service position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, where he wasted no time in carrying out a vengeful political campaign against his opponents, particularly on one Amos Malupande.
President Sata wasn’t amused that Emmanuel was using his civil service position to discredit Malupande and others using public media. The President fired Mwamba at a Cabinet meeting where he had specially been invited, and Sata ensured ZNBC cameras were present.
The late President told Mwamba, “don’t use my Government to fight your own political battles”. Mwamba with a permanent mournful squint he’s famous for, attempted at an exoneration, which even infuriated Sata more as he marched him out of the ‘war room’.
Once Edgar became President, Mwamba laundered his image and somehow wriggled his way back to Government and set his sights on the Ministry of Information Cabinet portfolio. It looks like Chagwa didn’t trust him either and instead offered him a diplomatic posting to Kuala lumpar, in an apparent bid to keep him far from home as much as possible. He somehow ended up in Pretoria.
In South Africa Mwamba has put aside diplomatic etiquette for propaganda, and uses his time to quarrel with South African trade unions and opposition parties in that country.
It’s difficult to draw the line and determine which side of the fence Emmanuel Mwamba is. Is he a civil servant or a politician?
At a time where institutional processes and rules count to nothing in this country, it’s little wonder that Emmanuel Mwamba can be anything and be anywhere. This is Zambia after all, isn’t it?
Where’s in the past I’ve received expressions of disappointments and anger over the raid of HH’S private property and his subsequent detention, only from UPND followers and members, I have recently noticed a huge shift or expansion that now includes a cross section of citizens across political, religious, racial,social and ethnic boundaries.
Well, I may just me be a tiny statistical grain of sand on a wide coast line, but this development is a serious indicator that frustration over harassment of a citizen, is building up and slowly taking a national character.
The Latin term ‘Parens patriae’ (Parent of the Nation), is a principle of using institutional authority to protect citizens from abuse by the State itself. This can only be possible through a genuine respect and recognition of another principle, of ‘separation of powers’.
‘Parens patriae’ is a doctrine that grants the inherent power and authority of the State to protect persons who are being abused by other wings of the State.
This seems to be a vicious cycle but that’s how civilised democracy in civilised nations work, and I am afraid to say Zambia does not fit in that category.
Yesterday’s adjournment has caused a lot of consternation, anxiety, frustration and anger among many people.
It’s important to appreciate that these delays are now being held in great suspicion by a lot of people.
How best would you describe a situation where people are made to wait for almost two hours only to be told that the judge can’t deliver judgement because he is feeling “unwell”? And then this action is traded with the continued detention of an innocent citizen who requires protection of ‘Parens patriae’ by the courts.
The Zambian courts are the last frontier in upholding the Latin principle of ‘Parens patriae’. They must be seen to be dispensing justice in a fair and timely manner. In that way they will uphold peace.