Will people rise up?
The main opposition UPND party has spent a lot of time this week appealing to the public to stand up for its rights, even suggesting that a hunger strike would be in place. The idea of an uprising is probably appealing to the UPND, as it is running out of legitimate options to overturn President Lungu’s re-election, but utter wishful thinking. Zambia is known for being one of the most peaceful countries in the region for some very good reasons. Zambians have such a gift for patience and forgiveness that the late President Chiluba accused everyone of being docile. Corruption and other criminal offences are continuously forgiven in Zambia in the fluid game of politicians coming and going. And the UPND is clearly forgetting that half of the population, in fact, voted for Edgar Lungu. That half is, therefore, ecstatic right now, while the other half will eventually shrug and move on, hoping for better luck in the next elections.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly