Peaceful transition

TOMORROW Zambia puts to rest President Michael Sata, in a ceremony that will mark the start of one of the most politically charged and tumultuous episodes of our national life.

Although we are human, we believe that if great transparency had been exhibited from the very beginning, this crisis would have been averted, because apart from the political implications, the exercise will consume a colossal amount of money.

The Government still has to explain how the entire illness and subsequent demise of the President has been handled.

It will be recalled that an application by civil rights activist Brebner Changala to subject President Sata to a medical board was widely rebuffed. Pictures of the President working at State House were produced to show that any anxiety about the President’S health was misplaced.

In court, Lusaka High Court Judge  Isaac Chali actually insulted us by stating: “The applicant exhibited several extracts from the Daily Nation Newspaper as well  as a few from the Post Newspaper concerning the alleged discussions by members of the public about the President’s state of health. However I found the extracts from the Post Newspaper to have been official Government pronouncements about the President’s health without speculation, compared to the Daily Nation newspaper whose reports appeared to  me to be unguarded to the point of being reckless scandal-mongering.”

Judge Chali also called petitioner Changala,  as a “kind of busybody Lord Diplock spoken of in the IRS case I have cited. One who appears to have a misguided or trivial complaint of administrative error. Indeed I find his application to be frivolous, vexatious and hopeless to the extent of not requiring further inquiry at a substantive inquiry.”

In other words Mr. Changala’s application was not worthy of consideration because it was frivolous.

Barely two months later the people of Zambia are putting to rest the man who was supposed to be in extremely good health.

Now we know it was a lie. The question is, in whose interest was the lie peddled? This we understand is the reason why Brebner Changala is now calling for a commission of inquiry to determine the circumstances surrounding   the health and subsequent demise of the President.

From the very beginning our own position was that the President was unwell and deserved a rest. We said the President was fully entitled to sick leave. This position was not appreciated by many detractors who are now in the forefront championing the cause of the succession debate.

Again our position on succession has been very clear. President Michael Sata’s decision to leave Minister of Defence and Justice Edgar Lungu as acting President and  General Secretary of the ruling Patriotic Front was testimony of his confidence and therefore anointing.

It is our hope that for national unity and indeed for the purpose of ensuring peace within the Patriotic Front, that the President’s decision and wish in anointing Edgar will be respected.

Whatever happens within the PF will have very wide bearing on the nation. If the ruling party fails to show a unity of purpose and disintegrates, the effects will reverberate across the country, hence our hope and appeal that reason, peace and unity prevail in all parties to make the transition incident-free.

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2 Responses to “Peaceful transition”

  1. marybanda says:

    Same poison used on Mazoka is what HH gave Kabimba, Mmembe and Chella are well aware and fully involved. Issue is fear to pay the ZDB K14m and desire for power by Kabimba. They were scared that Sata had worked so much and will win the 2016 elections.

    Informer

  2. sinkamba wisdom says:

    EDGAR LUNGU WAS THE LATE PRESIDENT’S ANOINTED AND APPOINTED LEADER FOR PF.
    I AM NOT A PF MEMBER BUT SOME OF US WHO ARE OLDER THAN ZAMBIA. KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN ELDERLY PERSON IS ABOUT TO DIE. HE WILL HAVE A CHOSEN SON / PERSON WHOM HE WILL GIVE AUTHORITY TO PRIOR TO DEATH. SO EDGAR LUNGU IS THE CHOOSEN ONE FOR PF. UNLESS THEY WANT TO DISREGUARD THE LATE PRESIDENT’S CHOICE. THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THEY WILL DIGGING THEIR WAY OUT OF GOVERNMENT IN A SMART WAY.

    READ THIS ARTICLE AND KEEP IT FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.IF PF DECIDES TO GO THEIR OWN WAY.SETTING ASIDE EDGAR LUNGU’S CHOICE. MORE DIVISION ARE GOING TO EMERGE.

    ON THE OTHER HAND I SUPPORT CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI’S INSISTENCE FOR THE CONVERTION / GENERAL CONFERENCE. FOR PF TO EMERGE STRONG. I SAGELY ADVISE THEM TO GO FOR A GENERAL CONFERENCE TO ELECT THEIR NEW LEADER FOR AVOIDANCE OF THE PROBLEM REPEATING ITSELF. APPOINTMENTS ARE WHAT HAS CAUSED BEING DIVISIONS IN PF . BECAUSE WHEN THE APPOINTING AUTHORITY IS NOT IN PLACE NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEMSELVES.

    SO PF SHOULD NOT CONTINUE LIVING IN SELF DENIAL. THIS IS THE TIME THEY CAN OPEN A NEW PAGE BY ELECTING A LEADER BECAUSE APPOINTMENTS HAVE WORKED AGAINST PF. AND THIS IS THE TIME THEY DO IT AWAY.FOR ELECTED PERSONS ARE RESPECTED. ITS THEIR FORE MY PRAYER AND EVERY ZAMBIAN PEACE LOVING ZAMBIANS . WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR IS THAT PF SHOULD MAINTAIN PEACE. WE HAVE PUT TO REST OUR DEPARTED PRESIDENT IN PEACE. WE THEREFORE, ASK THE POLICE IG . TO TERM THE PF PANGA CADRES THAT SHE FAILED TO TERM / MANAGE. AS ZAMBIANS WE WANT TO GO INTO ELECTION IN PEACE AND ELECT A NEW LEADER WHO WILL GIVE US DEVELOPMENT, PEACE, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC INDEPENCE. ZAMBIA IS VERY RICH IN HUMAN RESOURCES AND MINERALS BUT WE HAVE BEEN LIVING IN POVERTY BECAUSE OF HAVING LEADERS WHO CAN NOT PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. LET US FOR EXAMPLE EMMULATE HOW BOTSWANA IS MANAGING ITS RESOURCES.

    TO DAY YOU FIND PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT COPPER. BUT NO ONE MENTIONS COBALT, PRECIOUS STONES, GOLD, URANIUM, ETC. ZAMBIANS MUST WAKE UP. WE SHOULD COMMENCE ACCOUNTING FOR ANY OUNCE, OR TONNE OF MINEARAL THAT IS SHIPPED OUT OF OUR COUNTRY JUST LIKE SOUTH AFRICA DOES.

    VIVA ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. WE URGE THE PF NOT TO BE VIOLENT THEY SHOULD BE PEACEFUL SO THAT ALL PARTIES CAN JOIN HANDS TO ENSURE PEACEFUL CAMPAIGNS.

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