Moral authority

A leadership without moral authority is a danger to society.

That is why we agree with the opposition plan to take Government to court for the blatant and open corruption that was publicly witnessed during the Katuba elections.

It is unconscionable and act of gross corruption that Government found the means and resources to mobilize the Disater Management Unit using National Service to repair a school in Katuba as campaigns heated up in the Katuba by elections.

For the Patriotic Front (PF), which is in essence the Government, has taken more than 60 election petitions to courts of law on account of corruption. What moral right is there for such action?

Those in leadership must be exemplary not just in word but also in deed so that they inspire and give succor and encouragement to the people they lead. It is very important that those who go to equity must do so with clean hands otherwise their efforts are meaningless and in this case totally hypocritical.

The Government should not be seen to be taking advantage of the judiciary to push a party political agenda that is against the greater interest of the nation.

It has been said that moral authority is authority premised on principles, or fundamental truths, which are independent of written, or positive, laws.

Using this principle it is clearly wrong and unconscionable for the Government to utilize public resources in order to champion the cause of the ruling party, because the action gives undue advantage to one party over the others. This is corruption and the Government must be taken to task.

Government as an institution is established to serve the interests of all citizens and those who enter service swear to serve without discrimination, favour and indeed not being partisan.

Our Catholic Bishops have been very categorical about integrity in Governance. They offer this counsel from the principle, position and authority that truth is inviolable. Truth does not change and applies in all circumstances hence “the force of moral authority is applied to the conscience of each individual, who is free to act according to or against its dictates.”

We know that many of our politicians entered politics with the good intentions of serving the people of Zambia, but once elected they are confronted with issues of party politics and of course politics of power. Between toeing the party line and keeping an appointment in Government the individuals are reduced to political mercenaries who lack moral conscience and will therefore support even the vilest of propositions.

Sadly there is a minority that enters politics for opportunism. They see it as an opportunity to wield power and amass wealth. Service is a secondary or collateral activity to which they are not dedicated unless it benefits them. These are the politicians that have sullied politics the world over.

They wield power for its own sake while presenting a façade of service.

It is therefore the duty and obligation of good men and women to stand up for the truth. There is a very grave danger that evil will triumph when good men and women do nothing.

Our nation has many challenges, the most important of which is the need to empower the ordinary Zambian to live a measure of sustainable life free from the paralyzing poverty that pervades many parts of the country.

Whatever programmes the Government takes, the primary objective should be to alleviate poverty, improve labour productivity and ensure that national resources are applied for the greater good of all citizens.