LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Beware of Orange and Bantubotatwe Alliances

Zambia goes to the polls to elect a president, parliamentarians and councillors on 11 August.

Interestingly, the race is turning out to be a battle of political alliances and wits.

Clearly new on the scene is Miles Sampa’s DF that has teamed up with Elias Chipimo’s NAREP and Eric Chanda’s 4R to form the Orange Alliance.

While this alliance has been dubbed by critics and opponents as the coalition of Bemba tribalists, owing to the Bemba ethnicity of the three leaders, it is yet the team to watch as a division in the Bemba vote basket of Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces looms, certainly to give advantage to the Bantubotatwe group which is allegedly the main aim of DF, NAREP and 4R.

It has been further alleged that some selfish Bembas have abandoned principle for the sake of being rewarded with ministerial positions should the PF lose the polls (Daily Nation, February 1, 2016).

Not known to many, a political grouping championed by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and Rainbow Party’s Wynter Kabimba dubbed Bantubotatwe – an acronym for Tonga, Ila and Lenje ethnicity – is fast gaining currency.

This is largely attributed to Rainbow Party’s hard-to-sell presidential candidate and internal disaffection, UPND’s lack of countrywide national character appeal and other smaller parties that have no chance of winning the forthcoming polls like People’s Party of Mike Mulongoti, a Lamba ethnic from the Copperbelt province.

Incidentally, UPND and Rainbow Party’s convergence of need has warmed former President Rupiah Banda’s heart, as he’s reportedly to have rubbished online media reports purporting that he would not support President Edgar Lungu in the August general elections.

He’s further branded the reports as false and malicious only meant to stop the MMD and PF from actualizing their intention to form a working alliance for the 11 August polls (Daily Nation, February 3, 2016).

Perhaps next time, Orange Alliance leaders should be wiser not to believe hook, line and sinker, the nice promises Bantubotatwe leaders will be telling them – about their ministerial portfolios’ rewards.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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UPND/cartel loose alliance

Editor,

The cartel-UPND alliance is born of jealousy, contention, envy and a vengeful spirit to remove Edgar Lungu from the presidency.

The cartel is sitting on an awful lot of rage for having lost State power and it could be manifested physically if provoked.

Mr Lungu has beaten them to the game so they want to use a desperate way to win power.

The cartel has thrown Sampa in the ring to divide Northern and Copperbelt PF votes and stop Lungu from going for the second round because he has decimated their hold on State power and holding the sitting president hostage.

It is a bitter fight that the cartel is engaged with the ruling party, using every conceivable arsenal at their disposal.

In their bitter opposition to Lungu and his political achievements which they are downplaying, UPND has sought to consort the cartel for media coverage and have become friends again.

Just look at their utterances: It is all Lungu this, Lungu that; no real issues to discuss or sell their manifesto as to what they will do to improve the battered economy.

UPND must realize that it is not the cartel or the Post Newspaper that delegates power to a political party but the people.

The desperation for power that Hichilema is manifesting will land him into further bitter disappointment because no power-hungry politician has ever ruled this country before.

In fact UPND’s political prostitution with the cartel has  reduced their chances of forming government because this party which is perceived to be regional and tribal has joined forces with people known to be rejects in society.

The Post Newspaper wants to control Lungu’s thoughts, emotions, even actions.

They want to pound on him till he crumbles. Again the question is: Who removes a sitting government – the Post or the Zambian people?

ELINATY TEMBO

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Lungu should ignore his detractors

I think those who have abhorrence and jealousy for President Lungu have said enough.

Even their mouths and brains must be bushed of saying the same things over and over that their comments have become almost predictable and mind-numbing.

It was expected that the so many little frightened men and women, especially in the opposition, cartel and its sympathisers can and will never say anything good about President Lungu and his PF government.

This is expected because such characters are full of nothing but petty jealous and envy that Mr Lungu made it to State House in less than two weeks while some of them have been marking time for decades-which is  also normal.

After all President Michael Sata (MHSRIP) was on the bench for almost 30 years before he made it. Shows again that patience pays.

I mean what can Zambians expected to come from Wynter Kabimba, Hakainde Hichilema, Charles Milupi, Edith Nawakwi and many others who peddle same revulsion for President Lungu.

Yes, we have heard it that these stylish alliances have only one purpose to remove President Lungu from office and nothing else. How cheap!

The trouble I see is that many such camps are having a feeling (may be a bad one) that PF is almost dead and it will be walkover for them. What nonsense!

Now I hear that a group known as Africa Matters is saying that President Lungu will have it rough if Zambians turn out in large number to vote in August.

I think that is an extremely shallow hypothesis because large numbers alone cannot mean doom for President Lungu because the opposite is a big possibility. It can work for Mr Lungu.

To President Lungu, I wish to tell him to completely ignore these frightened little political beetles. They will be insulting you till their end in August.

Paul Zembani

LUSAKA.

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One Response to “LETTERS TO THE EDITOR”

  1. ET says:

    We don’t want politics of hate. If Lungu has scored let us give him a credit. We want leaders who will campaign on policies . What they want Zambia to be in next 10 years. Not politics of rationalism, hate and jealous.

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