WHY COR­RUP­TION TALK IS POP­U­LAR IN ZAM­BIA

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Dear Edi­tor,

The rea­son why child­ish Chishimba Kamb­wili and the car­tel harp on cor­rup­tion end­lessly is be­cause it is a sub­ject that sales.

Cor­rup­tion tugs at the heart of peo­ple. It evokes envy and jeal­ousy. It is the stuff that pol­i­tics is all about, namely ac­cess to re­sources to share with friends and kin.

The strug­gle for po­lit­i­cal power is no more than an at­tempt to reach the hon­ey­pot. Of course politi­cians will not say this out rightly, but the truth is that all politi­cians want to have ac­cess to power and the abil­ity to dis­burse na­tional re­sources.

Those as­pir­ing to power will al­ways por­tray those th­ese wield­ing it as reck­less and cor­rupt politi­cians who should be voted out of of­fice. While those in power will pro­tect their priv­i­lege.

It is up to the elec­torate to sift through the ver­biage and es­tab­lish what the truth is and not sim­ply swal­low ev­ery ac­cu­sa­tion hook, line and sinker.

Far too many Zam­bians are gullible and will ac­cept any hog­wash from peo­ple who have huge axes to grind es­pe­cially those who have been fired from lu­cra­tive min­is­te­rial po­si­tions. They will cry blue mur­der and mas­sive cor­rup­tion be­cause the Pres­i­dent is build­ing houses.

Th­ese peo­ple want to play emo­tional games with Zam­bians by sug­gest­ing rather than pro­vid­ing tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence to prover cor­rup­tion. They hope mere al­le­ga­tions will tar­nish the im­age of the tar­gets of their at­tacks. Thois is cheap pol­i­tics and should be treated with the con­tempt that it de­serves.

Those al­leg­ing cor­rup­tion must bring tan­gi­ble proof or sim­ply shut up. Nor­man Ngenda.

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