Analysis: BENEDICT TEMBO
ZAMBIA is polarised. It is clear that there may be no single issue to which the nation is going to agree unanimously.
This is what multi-party politics, re-introduced in 1990, has done to this great country. And social media shows the true colours of this nation: divided.
There are always two sides to every debate in Zambia. From the country’s debt to its relations with China, there is no middle point.
There is a group which will always side with the opposition while the other side sticks with the ruling party in office, the Patriotic Front.
Such has been the country since the August 11, 2016 elections.
So, even after the landmark unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court sitting on Friday, December 7, 2018 in the matter relating to the eligibility of President Edgar Lungu to contest the 2021 elections, the nation is still torn apart.
This is despite the fact that the court ruled that President Lungu will have served only one term of presidential office at the end of the current tenure. It means then that this matter has reached its logical conclusion.
Ordinarily, there is no need for the prolongation of this matter.
The legal channels to pursue another challenge on this case may no longer be available. This should be closed and the nation should move on.
There is no need to brand the designs of President Lungu as third-term because the ConCourt has put paid all arguments and that he (President of Zambia) is serving his first term of office.
This means that President Lungu is now eligible to seek a second term of presidential office if he chooses to do so in 2021.
But the other side will not let matters lie.
Now, they are disparaging the ConCourt as compromised, yet they do not say so when decisions go against Government or the governing party, the PF.
There is need for the country to close ranks and begin to move as one for the sake of the peace, unity and stability enjoyed since independence.
There is need to reconcile this great country so that citizens start living as one great country.
This is possible as evidenced by events such as soccer matches where political cloaks are shed and most, if not all, Zambians rally behind the national teams.
The ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ philosophy had suffered a near-fatal blow by the advent of multi-party politics in 1990, but it was rekindled with the coming to office of the PF in 2011.
Today, this motto continues to be the foundation for keeping the country together in diversity.
Although it is politicians who take centre stage in the quest for unity, the Church has been, and still is, key to reconciling Zambia so that the unity is woven around ethos of Christianity.
The author is Zambia Daily Mail editorials editor.
Analysis: BENEDICT TEMBO