If there has been any doubt on how divided Zambia is along narrow sectarian lines, Lungu’s new Government appointments have clearly shown the deep cracks of a dying unified statehood.
Much past debate was dedicated to Lungu’s strategy on retiring Zambians from a selected number of regions in the infamous ‘National Interest’, a term that many translated as ethnic cleansing of professionals and technocrats that were perceived to originate from the so called political strongholds of the opposition.
This resulted in a predictable depletion of a total sum of hundreds of years of the much needed work experience, that was conviniently replaced by people that lacked the expertise but had political, nepotistic, and ethnic loyalty through patronage.
The arguement that Lungu has to reward only those that support him in past elections, augment a widely held view of how narrow an African perception of Democracy in relation to opposition politics is. And to a large extent explains why Africa has not developed after the post colonial era.
Lungu’s gate keeper politics where politicians in positions of authority control access to resources and opportunities in order to advance their own political and economic ends, has given rise to nepotistic distribution of employment opportunities in the range of scales not seen before.
Corruption, unaccountable leadership, cronyism, patronage and rent seeking politics at the expense of social justice, has been the hallmark of the Lungu political leadership and easily qualifies him as the most divisive politician in 50 years of Zambia’s Presidential politics.