Secrets lead to corruption

Wynter must learn that a political party can not hold secrets from its members.

Senior party officials are entitled as a might of right to information about issues and schemes that will commit the party to serious financial and organizational matters.

Corruption and abuse of authority start from hiding information from members.  It does not matter how lowly the members might be they deserve to know what the party is doing.

Secretiveness is as dangerous as it is suicidal.

Being Secretary General of a Party does not give Wynter licence to commit the party to schemes that may be illegal and against the law. Any party survives and thrives on consensus.

Party matters can not be secret. A party belongs to the membership and nothing should be done in the name of the membership without their agreement and concurrence.

It  is therefore only proper and befitting that he offers President Michael Sata wholesome, sound and well researched advice that will not  put  the President against his membership, senior party officials and indeed the law  by engaging  in schemes that will lead  him into  disastrous consequences.

The Bible in Mar 4:22 states that “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.”, or better still ”everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.”

But more importantly Wynter must learn the art of civility and decency.

It is wrong to recruit cadres into schemes against fellow Ministers and senior party officials.

The Lusaka District Consultative meeting, organized by his right hand man does not count as a legitimate forum from which senior members of the party should be hounded out. It is a totally wrong forum from which to engage national leaders.

 The Central Committee is the right forum for such attacks. Indeed if a senior member errs appropriate channels exist and these do not include headlines in a newspaper

Every organization has very clear disciplinary procedures and these do not of course include public censure to colleagues who are unable to defend themselves. This is against natural justice.

His attack against Minister of Foreign Affairs Given Lubinda is as despicable as it is irregular and highly suspect.

Firstly Mr. Lubinda is out of the country; therefore the 7 day ultimatum contained in a letter distributed to the media can only be translated as a deliberate character assassination attempt from which Mr. Lubinda will not be able to respond to adequately.

Of course we are  flattered but disappointed that Wynter blamed us, as one of the beneficiaries of  information allegedly disseminated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Given Lubinda who has now been given seven days in which to exculpate  himself or face expulsion from the Patriotic Front.

We will be the first ones to admit that Mr. Lubinda has better etiquette and diplomacy. He was a breath of fresh air at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services where he promised to introduce the Freedom of Information Bill which seems to have died a natural death.

He realized the importance of communication as against secrecy which invariably leads to corruption and abuse of power.

As a newspaper we are committed to service with integrity and this means exposing vices that occur at any level of society. We are helped in the exercise by Zambians who are disgusted and totally opposed to the abuse of office and authority that are slowly creeping in our society.

 

Wynter must learn that a political party can not hold secrets from its members.

Senior party officials are entitled as a might of right to information about issues and schemes that will commit the party to serious financial and organizational matters.

Corruption and abuse of authority start from hiding information from members.  It does not matter how lowly the members might be they deserve to know what the party is doing.

Secretiveness is as dangerous as it is suicidal.

Being Secretary General of a Party does not give Wynter licence to commit the party to schemes that may be illegal and against the law. Any party survives and thrives on consensus.

Party matters can not be secret. A party belongs to the membership and nothing should be done in the name of the membership without their agreement and concurrence.

It  is therefore only proper and befitting that he offers President Michael Sata wholesome, sound and well researched advice that will not  put  the President against his membership, senior party officials and indeed the law  by engaging  in schemes that will lead  him into  disastrous consequences.

The Bible in Mar 4:22 states that “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.”, or better still ”everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.”

But more importantly Wynter must learn the art of civility and decency.

It is wrong to recruit cadres into schemes against fellow Ministers and senior party officials.

The Lusaka District Consultative meeting, organized by his right hand man does not count as a legitimate forum from which senior members of the party should be hounded out. It is a totally wrong forum from which to engage national leaders.

 The Central Committee is the right forum for such attacks. Indeed if a senior member errs appropriate channels exist and these do not include headlines in a newspaper

Every organization has very clear disciplinary procedures and these do not of course include public censure to colleagues who are unable to defend themselves. This is against natural justice.

His attack against Minister of Foreign Affairs Given Lubinda is as despicable as it is irregular and highly suspect.

Firstly Mr. Lubinda is out of the country; therefore the 7 day ultimatum contained in a letter distributed to the media can only be translated as a deliberate character assassination attempt from which Mr. Lubinda will not be able to respond to adequately.

Of course we are  flattered but disappointed that Wynter blamed us, as one of the beneficiaries of  information allegedly disseminated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Given Lubinda who has now been given seven days in which to exculpate  himself or face expulsion from the Patriotic Front.

We will be the first ones to admit that Mr. Lubinda has better etiquette and diplomacy. He was a breath of fresh air at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services where he promised to introduce the Freedom of Information Bill which seems to have died a natural death.

He realized the importance of communication as against secrecy which invariably leads to corruption and abuse of power.

As a newspaper we are committed to service with integrity and this means exposing vices that occur at any level of society. We are helped in the exercise by Zambians who are disgusted and totally opposed to the abuse of office and authority that are slowly creeping in our society.

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