In recent years, Zambian 'artivist' and activist PilAto has endured threats and the risk of imprisonment for using rap to speak out against political thuggery and corruption. He refuses to shut up, inspiring Zambia's youth -- particularly with the need to remain engaged with the country's future by voting. In this article, he reflects on the people's victory in voting out former president Edgar Lungu, but warns against repeating past mistakes by putting too much trust in politicians.
Fumba Chama is executive director of the People's Action for Accountability and Good Governance in Zambia (PAAGZ). He is also the well known poet and musician known as People in Lyrical Area Taking Over, or PilAto for short.
My vote is not for sale!
Democracy is not a political party, or even activism. "Democracy is government of the people, by the people, for the people" (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the US).
In towns and villages, in the East, West, North and Southern provinces, The People of Zambia silently worked together to translate Lincoln's words into reality on 12 August 2021. This revolution was not televised. To their shock, extravagant expenditure on the 2021 election campaign did not secure victory for members...