Is it illegal to flash your breasts by mistake?
The story about a half-nude deputy mayor in Mufulira is interesting. Beatrice Kapansa made one mistake by sending a revealing picture of herself to the wrong people, but, honestly, who hasn’t sent an email, SMS or message to the wrong recipient? Often, we realise it immediately, desperately wishing for a magic recall button, but sometimes we never find out. In the best case, we are left feeling anything from amused to completely mortified. In the worst case, it can lead to lost opportunities in life. Just look at Kapansa, whose new job is on the line because of her breasts being flashed in public. Surely, the PF is not suspending her for being an IT-fumbler like the rest of us? Or, for that matter, for showing her breasts by mistake? What would have happened if Kapansa was giving a speech, and the wind had lifted her blouse? And what if her boss, who happens to a man, was giving a speech, and his trousers ripped? Is this cause for dismissal? We probably have to seek the answers in the muddled waters of “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”, eternalised by former US President Clinton. Clinton, eventually, had to admit that he did have a relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, but the furore was less about the sex than about him giving misleading information. Kapansa is yet to try and claim that she is not the easily distinguishable woman in the picture, in which case we are left with the sex – and the rumours of an affair. Surely the PF is not suspending Kapansa for having an affair, as many politicians walk through life with a string of affairs behind them? Thus, no matter how I turn this, I cannot get around the fact that we are seeing double standards in this case. The ruling party needs to be quite clear about why it is suspending Kapansa, and not just rush to crucify her in a quest to satisfy a hypocritical crowd baying for blood.
And politicians – like the rest of us – must remember to pause before pushing ‘send’.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly