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Reflections on Kelvin Mukuka’s lone protest at State House

Reflections on Kelvin Mukuka’s lone protest at State House

Last week Kelvin Mukuka staged a lone protest at State House and was arrested by the police. Kelvin was questioning why it was only members and supporters of the Patriotic Front who are allowed to hold rallies and protests.

“There is no freedom of expression… a lot of people are being intimidated. If it’s to go to jail, I’ll go. If it’s to sleep in the cells, I’ll sleep. I don’t mind! What I want is good governance,” cried out Kelvin.

Truly, everything can be tolerated, except injustice. The saying that “it is sin to commit injustice, but it is a greater sin to tolerate injustice” holds true because if one continues to tolerate the injustice being done now, then it gives the offenders the courage to continue with their sins and there shall be no end to it.

Unless one raise their voices for honesty, truth and compassion against the injustice, greed and lies, the situation will not change on its own. We need to speak the truth even if our voice shakes.

People don’t bother if injustice is being done to some one but it makes a huge difference when the same situation is being faced by them or their loved ones. If you see an injustice it’s better to voice your opinion be it for yourself or others.

It takes a lot of courage, efforts to stand up for what you believe in and it may involve a lot of risks as well. What you allow is what you continue. Never ever be bullied in to silence, for you will allow yourself to be made into a victim.

Do not let some one get comfortable by disrespecting you. One needs to stand up for what one believes in even if it means standing alone. It does take a lot to stand alone.

One should refuse to be disrespected at all no matter what. You cannot always be nice, people will take advantage of you – you have to set boundaries.

Every person needs to set boundaries beyond which they should not let any one do any damage to them. Allowing some one to disrespect or mistreat you should never be acceptable no matter what. At times one has to stand up alone to face the injustice.

Fred M’membe

Garden Compound, Lusaka
October 12, 2020