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Monday, 15 April 2013

Mwanawasa's Moment

As I was digging through the archives, I can across this statement by President Mwanawasa. A truly rare moment in Zambian politics  :
"Those of you who know me, know that I am not arrogant, that I am prepared to change direction if the idea is good. And those of you who know me, know that I am difficult to change if I know what I am doing is correct....All of these people, I give them so much honour because not only are they elders, but they are statesmen. Now I am only a human being and some of these things upset me and at certain times I speak out perhaps speaking more than I should....I apologise for the hard stand I took on Dr Kaunda a few days ago although what I said was true. I should not have said them in that manner; it's only that I was angry because I have done so much for my father (Dr Kaunda). I feel sincerely sorry for what I did. I also want to say sorry to the Catholic bishops. There has been a lot of debate in the nation and I briefed the bishops when I met them in Lusaka...I will invite the Catholic bishops so that we can reconcile and they should tell me the way we should proceed."
- President Mwanawasa
(February 2005 at Nakambala grounds, Mazabuka)

I think we need to do more to look back. We are a nation lacking in proper historians. As a result we forget too quickly and miss the lessons of the past.

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