Socialist Party (SP) leader, Fred M’membe, has vowed that the opposition in the country would never be ‘praise singers’ of the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND).
M’membe claimed that he, together with other opposition political party leaders, had been consistently denounced for telling the truth and saying what others do not want to hear.
In a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, the SP leader said the UPND and its government had the misconception that it was all about agreement and harmony.
He alleged that the UPND administration wanted everyone to sing its praise even when there was nothing to sing about.
“Was President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND praise singers for the previous governments? Did Hichilema ever praise any previous government for anything? M’membe asked.
He questioned why the UPND government wanted to change the rules of the game for opposition now that they were in power.
The SP leader said Zambia was not a dictatorship in which everyone should think, dream and view the world in the same way.
“Our politics are about plurality and diversity. Even our Christianity is not about united voicing Bible verses like John 3:16 or speaking the Lord’s Prayer in unison,” M’membe stated.
He stressed that division, not unity, was a significant theme in the Bible where Prophet Jeremiah, from the Old Testament, was persecuted for saying what God told him to speak to the people.
M’membe recalled that as a prophet of God, Jeremiah, was opposed for saying what people did not want to hear from God.
“Lies and gossip may be more popular than the truth. Should we shut up or speak up about what is harmful to society,” the SP leader asked.
He stated that God called and appointed Jeremiah as His prophet to His people but that, however, God’s people and other religious leaders did not like what Jeremiah said from God.
M’membe said the opposition leaders would be persecuted because, “A disciple was not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
“Persecution, beatings, being placed in jail, or fed to lions will harm or kill your body, but it is God who saves your souls for heaven, not other people. We fear others and things we cannot control, but God is to be feared above all else,” he stated.
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