Bowman Lusambo, the Copperbelt minister, says, “I am the number one bootlicker for Edgar Chagwa Lungu.”
“I have heard a lot of people say bootlicker, bootlicker! Now I am the number one bootlicker for President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. If he tells me to dance, I will dance. If he tells me to go this way, I will go. If he tells me to jump, I do,” says Lusambo. “The only medicine in politics is loyalty. For me, I will remain loyal to President Edgar Lungu. That is what politics is about. Loyalty is politics. So we will remain loyal to the President.”
Not very long ago, Bowman used to call himself ‘MMD Die Hard’ and used to put on blue work suits carrying that mantra. Where is Bowman’s loyalty to the MMD today?
Bowman used to pledge similar loyalty to Rupiah Banda. Does Bowman talk about Rupiah today? In Luyana, the forerunner to Lozi, they say sikalamunanga sametu sawaba siliametu sayubiwa kale (a basket of fruits is only of value when it has fruits, immediately the fruits are finished in it, it’s neglected or thrown away). It was the same with KK: many pledged their loyalty to him and said they were ready to die for him. Where are they today in KK’ s life? They abandoned him immediately he lost power in 1991! Go and ask Robert Mugabe about pledges of political loyalty from sycophants like Bowman!
Bowman is a sycophant, worshipper of power. It is said that buy a gift for a dog, and you’ll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if you don’t have anything to offer to it, it won’t even recognise your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.
Pope Benedict XVI said, “Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashions. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried ‘away with him! Crucify him!’”
Don’t forget the story of Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus! “Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]) is a Latin phrase meaning “even you, Brutus?”, made famous by its occurrence in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, where it is uttered by the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of the former’s assassination. The quotation is widely used to signify the unexpected betrayal by a person who pledged loyalty. Caesar utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognised his protégé Brutus among the assassins.
Rodrigo Duterte said, “You have to support the government, not me personally; I do not want anyone cultivating loyalty to me. I don’t like that.” Dick Van Patten said, “The only honest reaction and true loyalty we get is from our animals…Once they’re your friends, you can do no wrong …The only honest reaction and true loyalty that we get is from our animals.”
Neil Kinnock once said, “Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess, it fills political graveyards.” The test of good politics does not lie in sycophants; it lies in loyalty to country and not to an individual.
Mark Twain said, “Loyalty to the Nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”
“Patriotism,” said Theodore Roosevelt, “means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country…Every man who parrots the cry of ‘stand by the President’ without adding the proviso ‘so far as he serves the Republic’ takes an attitude as essentially unmanly as that of any Stuart royalist who championed the doctrine that the King could do no wrong. No self-respecting and intelligent free man could take such an attitude.”
In May 1918, Roosevelt published an article titled “Lincoln and Free Speech” in “Metropolitan Magazine” which began with the following paragraph: “Patriotism
means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise, he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth – whether about the President or about anyone else – save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.”
The same month, Roosevelt also published an editorial titled “Sedition, a Free Press and Personal Rule” in “The Kansas City Star”: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable…Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.”
It is one’s patriotic duty to oppose a president whose policies and actions put the country in harm’s way for no defensible reason. The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude is both base and servile.
No man is worth his salt who declares himself a bootlicker. Every one of us is born and bred free, and no one is superior to others, except for his or her own worth, or inferior, except for his or her own demerit. Bowman is a shameless obsequious or servile person.