Ghanaians have a saying that
"If one is unhappy,
the cause for one's unhappiness is within oneself."
They use this proverb to encourage the
acceptance of responsibility for one's challenging circumstances instead of
blaming others for it. Terrence Findlay should learn something from this proverb
and accept responsibility for his challenging circumstances.
After revealing his
hatred for the late president Levy Mwanawasa and the Lamba people to Lusaka
lawyer Wynter Kabimba, and following the condemnation and disapproval the
revelation attracted, Findlay now wants to accuse George Mpombo of twisting his
statement for political reasons. He is also saying that people who do not want
him to bounce back as Copperbelt Province MMD chairman are fighting
This is a lot of nonsense. The best Findlay could do is to take
responsibility for his wrongs. He is now as vulnerable as a monkey that has
moved down from a tree. In expressing his hatred for Levy and the Lambas,
Findlay has allowed himself to be vulnerable. And instead of blaming others for
his behaviour, he should take full responsibility and correct the
We say this because it is clear that Wynter Kabimba did not
dream up this story against Findlay. Wynter is an honourable man who is above
such petty politics. The same can be said about George Mpombo.
position on Levy is not a secret. If he thought it is, then he should know that
it is an open one. We have not forgotten the issues that led to Findlay's
demotion in MMD a few years ago. Among other things,
Findlay was arrested and charged for the offence of defilement. And we remember that there was an uproar from both
members of the MMD and the public. They didn't want Findlay in a leadership
position within MMD because such an allegation against him undermined his
credibility as a leader.
But to justify his hatred for Levy, Findlay says
Levy and his fellow Lambas wanted to send him to prison for 15 years. However,
we have difficulties to understand how Levy or the Lambas can be linked to
Findlay's arrest for defilement.
Without doubt, Findlay is on a futile
mission, one that is so irrational that it cannot be fulfilled. And the more he
tries to justify himself, the more he will be aggravating the
The best for him is just to own up and do the most honourable
thing, apologise to the Lambas and try to normalise the relationship. However,
we doubt if Findlay will have the courage to do this. We say this because we are
aware that what Findlay said against the Lambas was not as a result of a slip of
the tongue. This is the language that is shared by many who are close to Rupiah
today. Speaking ill of Levy and what he tried to accomplish in his tenure as
president is all too common in Rupiah's circles. This is why Findlay who is
vying to bounce back as MMD Copperbelt provincial chairman has the audacity to
denounce Levy and the Lambas. He is not going against MMD party policy. In fact,
for Rupiah and his minions who have betrayed Levy, he is spot-on.
this because even Frederick Chiluba who can no longer hide his corrosive hatred
for Levy is today Rupiah's best friend. Chiluba thinks Levy attempted to
inconvenience him when he was pursued for plunder of national resources. In
fact, one will not be far from the truth if they said that Chiluba received the
news about Levy's death with a sigh of relief. It was a blessing in
No wonder he was quick to run back to the MMD, the party he
ditched for the opposition Patriotic Front, because Rupiah Banda was tipped to
But this is what is happening around Rupiah. The question is
why? Why are the likes of Chiluba and Findlay allowed to denounce Levy at
As we said before, it is clear that Findlay is angry that he was
prosecuted for allegedly defiling a minor. Why should Levy be blamed for the
prosecution of Findlay?
This same question can be asked in relation to
Chiluba. Why should Chiluba be angry that he was prosecuted on allegations of
plunder? What was Levy supposed to do as president when there were serious
allegations of criminal wrongdoing?
What is it that Levy did not do for
them that makes them so angry? By the same token, what is Rupiah doing that
makes him their darling?
We say this because it is very clear that both
Findlay and Chiluba are grateful to Rupiah for something. They appreciate his
conduct in relation to themselves, which is why they seem to be making the
comparison with Levy who they keep denouncing.
We do not think Levy did
anything wrong to these friends of ours. The only wrong he committed was to
refuse to use his office to defend allegations of criminal wrongdoing. No one in
his right mind can say that Findlay should not have been prosecuted in view of
the serious allegations that he faced. The same is true about Chiluba. No one
who lived in Zambia during the ten years that Chiluba was president can, with
any honest, claim that Chiluba ran the affairs of the state in an honest and
One of the most outstanding qualities that he exhibited
was a failure to distinguish between his private financial affairs and
government affairs. This is why one of the lasting legacies of his tenure is the
now infamous brown envelope, which came to represent a culture of pervasive
What does Rupiah's silence over the tribal sentiments by
Findlay against his predecessor say? It is very clear that Rupiah's government,
in a mistaken belief that it is consolidating its hold on power has decided to
attempt to purge the memory of Levy and his efforts out of the corridors of
power. No one can stop them doing this. It is their entitlement. But embracing
thieves like Chiluba and tolerating people like Findlay who are inflaming tribal
sentiments against our brothers and sisters in the Lambaland is grave political
This is what happens when people try to run government
devoid of principles. Rupiah, in trying to strengthen his hold on power, has
given up his moral right to it. To quote George Mpombo, the MMD are risking a major political
earthquake in Lambaland.