LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Idiots at it again

Of course Mumbi Phiri has every right to joke with her tribal cousins and hence can feel sorry for her children, want to change their names, or even decide to move the eastern province out of Zambia.

This is her entitlement and nobody least of all the story fabricators should poke their noses into it and try to make political capital of it.

If the intention is to stoke tribal hatred then they have struck a wrong chord which shows them for the idiots and perverts that they are.

This country has very healthy tribal relationships and nobody in the eastern province was offended because none of the things she said could be taken seriously by any reasonable person.

In the entire text of her speech there is no indication that she seriously was expressing her dislike or disregard for the eastern province. If those idiots have problems with their tribal cousins it should not spill over to others who live in harmony and they should rest assured that nothing and absolutely nothing will separate these cousins because the intermingling is too deep, the history too rich and the Ngoni pulverisation of the Bemba is so total that they will never rise again. May the perverts eat their hearts out.  There will be no tribal war in this country.

Gwazani Jere.

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UPND popularitydanger to Zambia

Former PF secretary general Edward Mumbi, now a staunch HH disciple was quoted in the Daily Nation of Friday October 16 as saying UPND is now a reformed party and is enjoying ever growing popularity.

The man has the right to his opinion.

However, during the last five years I have worked in Solwezi, I have come to learn that, no matter what the PF will do for the people in North Western or Southern Provinces or even if the Kwacha were to appreciate to a level of one Kwacha to a dollar, the people in these regions will always vote for HH who has promised them autonomy and independence from perceived tribal groupings.

Further, with the discovery of minerals and the massive tourism in these areas, HH supporters think Zambians from other provinces are reaping where they did not sow.

But what Mumbi and many others with his thinking should be told is that, they are only helping HH to succeed in tearing this nation apart.

And Mumbi alone will surely receive what will be due to him. But what about the many other Zambians who include his relatives? God forbid!

Let Mumbi be told that Zambia is one nation under God.

Mukuka Chilufya

CHAMBISHI MINE TOWNSHIP

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Healing wounds of Western Province

To ensure equality in Zambian politics, it is vital that President Edgar Lungu continues with the  Zambian presidency come 2016.

The president is the safest bet for calming frayed nerves in the cattle rich but poverty stricken western region and for assuring the Lozi Nkoya and Mbunda people of the area, which produces the bulk of Zambia’s beef earnings that they are not slaves to other parts of the country.

There are allegedly lots of inequalities in Western Province, such as the inhumane treatment of the Nkoya people(Daily Nation, October 15, 2015).

While a PF presidency cannot completely heal the wounds, it is a good balm to the injuries. It would be politically astute for the Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) to shelve their Barotseland statehood agitation and work towards stabilizing the nation.

The British, running an independent protectorate and a British colony in the present geographical space, were constantly rerouting surpluses sent to London from the mineral-rich Northern Rhodesia colony, to subsidize the Barotseland protectorate.

This was cumbersome and politically embarrassing as the colonial project was only popular if it was paying its way, returning resources to the United Kingdom.  And what was the solution?

Amalgamate the two entities, then the subsidy transfers could happen within the country, and only any outstanding surplus would come to London.

Meanwhile, continue to administer the two as distinct units, with different governance and education systems, until the 1960s when independence became unavoidable.

Despite the British contempt, a fragile national identity did nevertheless evolve after independence as Zambians moved around, worked, and traded in their new space.

Such national cohesion has been severely tested since then by economic setbacks and financial and political challenges.

If they are not willing to do this, then perhaps the option of amicably leaving and reconfiguring their lives within an increasingly relevant regional and pan-African framework needs also to be available.

Nevertheless, I still believe a majority of Zambians are interested in the union – some for nationalistic reasons, because they feel deeply Zambian; others for pragmatic reasons, to exploit the huge trading market of 13 million using the same currency and laws, and yet others still for idealistic reasons because the idea of an emerging regional food basket stirs their imagination.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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