Chief Sandwe needed
In chief Sandwe’s chiefdom, naturally there are several minerals and timber trees which require genuine investors to mine and harvest timber in order to develop the area and benefit the residents and the Government of Zambia as a whole.
Traditionally, any investor wanting to explore and establish mining projects and timber harvest in the area must have an audience with the Chief before obtaining mining and timber licences. This should be a normal practice.
However, in Chief Sandwe’s Chiefdom of Petauke District of Eastern Province, the people of the area have had no CHIEF since 1997 (18 years) when Amambo Denis Mpota Zozo died.
Ever since, there have been family wrangles requiring Government intervention to settle the disputes.
As a result, some people have taken advantage of the situation to engage in illegal mining and timber harvesting in the area including illegal game ranching covering thousands of square Kilometres disadvantaging the local people and the animals therein.
No development of any kind is ever taking place in the area because some politicians have created special interest wanting to own land for illegal mining.
I am therefore appealing to the Listening Government of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu to look into the matter and help resolve this problem so that the people have a chief of their choice to take care of our resources.
For the people of
Sandwe, Musanzala Constituency.
Police brutality towards students
University of Zambia Postgraduate Students Association (UNZAPOGRASA) wishes to express great disappointment with the method used by the Zambia Police in handling demonstrations by students.
We wish to state on the onset that, as an association, we are not in any way in support of riotous behaviour by students but we always encourage dialogue.
However, when demonstrations erupt, police have a duty of ensuring that citizens and property are protected.
Our disappointment follows the way the police picked up some of our fellow students from their rooms and others who were on their way to their rooms.
Most of the students who were picked up by police on Tuesday night are clearly innocent ones. It is disappointing that some postgraduate students who did not take part in the demonstrations were also picked up and detained up to Thursday morning without charge.
Some of the students who were picked up were injured in the process. This is a serious abuse of human rights which should be strongly condemned.
The failure by police to apprehend real culprits during demonstrations is a sign of great unprofessionalism on their part. Our expectation is that whenever demonstrations erupt among students in the institutions of learning it is important for police not to invade innocent students in the rooms but follow those who are real perpetrators of riots using the skills they acquired during their training.
We further recommend that the police should just protect motorists by the Great East Road side as they are the ones who are mostly affected by student demonstrations at UNZA.
And wish to agree that the demand by students for bursary increment is justified following the increase in the prices of most commodities. As the association, we however wish to appeal to the students in higher learning institutions to exhaust all relevant channels of airing grievances before resorting into riotous behaviour.
Lungu Lackson – Secretary General
UNZAPOGRASA 0979450752, 0955518107
UPND’s balancing act
As a concerned Zambian, I am concerned about issues affecting our country.
Therefore, when I read in the Daily Nation issue of October 28, 2015 about UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s calling on the opposition political parties to unite and work together in the 2016 general elections because Zambians were ready to vote for a change of Government, I felt obliged to write.
If there was ever a time that the UPND leader needed to be all things to all opposition political leaders, that time is now.
He’s calling upon all the opposition political parties including the MMD, FDD, NAREP and other political parties to unite and work together in the 2016 general elections.
But what can the constitution in its current form add to a group of opposition leaders whose MPs are expected to debate the Constitutional Amendment Bill in parliament this year? Literally nothing.
Ironically, even Fr Leonard Chiti, the Grand Coalition chairperson who vehemently opposes the piecemeal enactment of the new constitution in parliament would not mince his words in support of the proposed opposition alliance. However, it would not make any sense under the current constitution for the UPND to be joined by other opposition parties in an alliance, unless of course it had a running mate clause enacted.
It could be. Since officially asking other opposition parties to join
the alliance, Hichilema has called for a new way of doing politics, possibly under the new constitution.
Of course the relationship must benefit all.
But, Hichilema has seemingly stressed that it must benefit him as the preferred presidential candidate of the opposition alliance.
As a consequence, it is easy to see why a new constitution for Zambia is needed in 2016. All the other political parties need access to Zambia’s critical vote baskets to keep the wheels of democracy turning in their respective strongholds.
It is perhaps telling that the UPND leader’s claims that in 2016 he was going to amass more votes at the State House polling station than the PF did in the 2011 general elections.
Hichilema’s bigger plan may be, is to make it easier for the UPND to do politics on the turf of his new-found friends in the opposition.