It is totally heartless, unconscionable and an act of great cruelty for anybody to justify exposing President Michael Sata to the circumstances he found himself in the last few days.
The President we saw was a pale shadow and disoriented image of the firebrand politician Zambians have grown accustomed to.
Those responsible for parading him should be admonished in the strongest terms possible because they did a great disservice to him and the nation at large by showing that we do not care.
The President like everybody else has every right to occasionally feel unwell and must in such circumstances demand and expect compassion, care and love. Putting him in harms way is hardly the best way of feeling compassion. Feeling unwell comes with age and in his case the stress of office. These are exigencies that every human being must expect.
Out of sheer respect for the President we have restrained ourselves from publishing detailed articles about what transpired on Africa Freedom day and indeed what transpired in court. There are things that were said and done that do not deserve repeating.
There was nothing to be gained, just as Ham of the Old Testament received a curse for taking perpetuating an indiscretion against his inebriated father. We should not abuse elderly frailty to justify wrong doing. We must take full responsibility for our actions and not hide behind technicalities and inbuilt faults to justify wrong doing.
Our appeal therefore is for President Sata’s family to manage the situation and avoid it becoming a political game from which people within and outside the party will make points.
It is particularly futile, banal and self defeating to pretend that all was well. Millions of Zambians saw firsthand what happened on Africa freedom day and second guessing citizens is an exercise that will only serve to raise fears by diminishing confidence.
There are many Zambians who know Mr. Sata for the vibrant man he has always been. Many have worked very closely with him in time of adversity and hardship, in the days when pretenders and soothsayers took pleasure in insulting and deprecating his efforts.
As we have said before, there is no crisis and therefore no need for shrill political commentary in defence of a nonexistent threat. Those seeking to gain mileage by giving credence and in essence justifying an inexcusable dereliction of duty and abuse of the President to justify the indefensible must be told in no uncertain terms that the nation will not forgive their indiscretion.
We do not agree with the Minister of Labour Fackson Shamenda that the best way of sowing concern for the President’s health is by expressing solidarity. The Government should not have allowed what transpired in the last few days.
Those who care for the President should do so not by platitudes but by ensuring that no more “Africa Freedom” days occur.
In fact there is a growing school of thought that what happened may have been a very deliberate and cynical intention to expose the President for their own future intentions.