Losing Munali Constituency parliamentary candidate Antonio Mwanza has cautioned against empty calls for peace.
Mwanza, who is also FDD spokesperson, says the call for peace should go beyond just posturing but be accompanied by fairness and justice.
The country is bathed in messages of peace in the post election period with the some segments of the vanquished stirring trouble while others in the victory party have equally been guilty of mocking the losing team.
Below is Mwanza’s full posting:
PEACE! PEACE! PEACE! WHAT PEACE? Let me begin by commending all those individuals and organisations that have been calling for peace and unity in the aftermath of the elections.
However, it must be made known that peace does not happen just because we shout it loudly. Peace is a by-product of our own actions. For peace to reign we must work for it; our actions can either produce or hinder peace. Just shouting the mantra “One Zambia One Nation” is not enough to secure peace and unity in Zambia.
We must live and act as one Zambia, all of us equal before the law. You cannot expect to have peace when you treat others unfairly. You can’t expect peace when you mistreat, derogate, mock and steal from others. If we are to mathematically give a formula to peace it will look something like this: Justice + Equality = Peace Where there is no justice and equality there can never be peace. Injustice and inequality only breeds disgruntledness, rebellion, chaos and civil strife. Peter Tosh once sang that ” I don’t want peace, just give me equal rights and justice” because he fully understood that peace was a by-product of Justice and Equality.
If we sow seeds of greed, injustice, corruption, theft and misrule then we will surely reap chaos and violence. You can’t plant lemons and reap oranges. You reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: A man reaps what he sows.” As a general principle, it is definitely true that sowing leads to reaping. It’s true in agriculture, it’s true in charitable giving, and it’s true in life choices.
There are Old Testament verses that also refer to the principle that we reap what we sow. “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,” says King Solomon (Proverbs 22:8). “You have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil,” says the prophet (Hosea 10:13). “They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes,” says Wisdom in Proverbs 1:31. In each case, the law of sowing and reaping goes back to God’s justice. So let’s all be fair, honest and just to others if we want to see peace in this country.
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