I am aware that there is a scheme to remove me and give my position to the preferred losing candidate. Am also aware that there are schemes to frame fake charges against me to pave way for a vacancy so that the preferred candidate takes over. I know about all these schemes meant to destroy and scandalise me in the public eyes.
I have therefore decided to quit to make your work easy by giving you advance notice of my termination of my membership so that I help you reduce unnecessary costs of stage-managed attacks on my integrity in your government-controlled TV and newspapers. Maybe the abuse of public resources and government media can be reduced since I will no longer be a factor. And maybe you can channel the resources to needy social areas instead of paying cadres to insult me. Please advise the President against bringing innocent institutional officers in politics.
You can read the rest of Masebo's powerful resignation letter via The Post. One is hard pressed to remember the last time a Zambian female politician expressed herself so powerfully and eloquently. The days of the chitenge dancing women must surely come to an end. For all their worship of male politicians, Zambian women continue to be victimised and the alleged hatred of Masebo by the President and his friends must surely be seen in that general cultural context. The struggle against victimisation is one women must lead for themselves and with the likes of Masebo in the forefront, there's reason to hope.
The only technical correction to make is that the government papers and television are not "government controlled", they are MMD controlled. Government is made up of three branches - Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. The papers and television in question are puppets of the Executive Branch (although our thoughts of poverty of the judiciary are well established).