By Francisco Mumba
There has been sustained debate on the choice of the colour red used by the Socialist Party of Zambia during the launch of the Party suggesting it was copied or usurped from other political parties.
Secondly, others have equally poured their scorn on the use of the clenched fist to mean it belonged to the PF.
Red colour, is a revolutionary colour symbolising blood shed by the workers during the Russian revolution. It is the colour of the working class which symbolises struggles. All socialists and other progressives home and abroad could adopt the use of red. Again colour cannot be said to belong to any institutions of persons. The law in Zambia does not bar colour to an institution or persons. In short it cannot be patented.
The clenched fist is leftist symbol used by all leftist formation of the world. To suggest that the use of the raised left clenched fist is stolen from other political formation is a sign of lack of ideological or political clarity. All leftists formations in the world raises the left hand as they sing the Internationale or in response during sloganeering. Ideological clarity is especially important to advance one’s political path. Some political formations raises a right hand and clenched fist during rallies which symbolises rightist thinking. Similarly, some political formations have also told the nation that they are a leftist formation but unfortunately only in their constitution and manifesto. All they represent is a capitalist formation. Greed, competitive, individualist and consumerism tendencies. Their manifesto states that they will give people decent salaries representing more money in the pockets and lower taxes. The opposite is true. The people’s pockets are empty have been taxed to death. The tendencies for profit maximisation is nothing but capitalist in implementation.
The use of a red colour by the UPND is natural in my view. However, ideologically is a contradiction because the party pursues neo liberalist thinking.
It is this lack of ideological clarity and political thinking that has subjudicated our political formation as a country to only noise making and emptiness. It is only full of ichimwela or bustele (morale driven by political songs) and yet saying nothing.
Socialist Party has an ideological clarity and we make no apology that we are a Marxists Leninist political party. We are a socialist formation with conscious decision to agree with Chohm, Osagyefo Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba and other socialist progressives.
Until we become a country with a political conscious we shall always operate as political pendulums.