TODAY’S LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Politics without principles

Dear Editor

The return of Mr. Sichinga to the UPND signifies the demise of principled politics and rise of political opportunism.

People like Mr. Sichinga are now smelling an opportunity of returning to Government, hence their desire to associate with a party which they hope will satisfy their ambitions.

This is not what politics should be. Politicians must have very clear principles which they want to serve in working for the people.

Sichinga stepped down from UPND leadership on account of tribalism. He had this to say:

“How very sad for us in this day in the UPND. So I dare ask the question, what will happen to those tribes outside the preferred ethnic grouping or those who are without the backing of senior members of the party and parliamentarians? Are we being told that we shall not aspire to higher office in our political party?

‘‘The mother of UPND has chosen ethnicity and family tree form of succession in the party over meritorious leadership. I ask myself, are we not jumping from the MMD family tree to the UPND family tree?”  He said the freedom fighters would be turning in their graves if they were to see what was happening in the country today. ‘‘Some people have asked me to withdraw because Northern Province has already ruled through President Kaunda and Luapula Province my birth place through President Chiluba.

‘‘I have been told to give way so that other tribes of Zambia can also rule. Oh, how very unfortunate this is,”

What has changed for Sichinga to go back.

Morgan Cheelo

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ECZ’s new nomination fees

Dear Editor,

The February 5, 2016 issue of the Daily Nation highlighted four opposition political parties that had protested to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) over new nomination fees for this  general elections, describing them as exorbitantly high and prohibitive.

Strange as it may appear, the UPND, a party led by Hakainde Hichilema, the man hyped as Zambia’s most affluent politician, was amongst the four protesting opposition political parties.

Ironically, this pathetic situation is common in most opposition parties where the selfish top leaders are filthily rich while the political parties they lead are pitifully poor such that they even have to protest to the ECZ over the new nomination fees. The August 11 polls, like all other Zambian general elections, never lack pretenders to the throne.

Leading this pack is National Revolution Party president Cosmo Mumba and People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti, who seem to support different alliance platforms. While the pair may traverse the entire republic seeking votes, they seemingly have no capacity of paying the ECZ’s new nomination fees to stand on their party platforms for the forthcoming polls.

Over the years, poverty-stricken citizens have been lured into politics to form a myriad of mediocre political parties in Zambia.

All of them have to be qualitatively screened and compelled to pay the ECZ’s new nomination fees in order to weed out pretenders and time-wasters.  Failure to which all political pretenders and time-wasters must quit politics altogether and leave it to serious players.

This is the cry of many ordinary Zambians who want serious and high quality political leaders rather than have a myriad of comedians masquerading as opposition politicians.

Mubanga Luchembe

LUSAKA

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The game of political prostitutes

Dear Editor

I am doubtlessly one of those of Zambians who feel gammy by low quality of politicians that are supposed to lead us to the Promised Land.

The majority of them lack morals or fail to appreciate the values for belonging to a party; it appears they do not know why they join political parties. Or if they do, then the reason must be awfully superficial.

I am talking about the political rolling stones or prostitutes who simply go by the wind each day, obviously in search of fortunes.

Today someone is PF tomorrow is UPND or FDD and the game keeps on like a used table.

So to hear that Mr Gabriel Namulambe has left PF (remember he came from MMD) and could be heading for UPND is hardly astonishing.

Who knew that even the erudite like Felix Mutati would abandon MMD to join UPND of all the parties?

But this is truly Zambia where anything is possible.

As we approach August 11 there will be a lot of such individuals ditching their political parties to join what they think will be a winning party for obvious reasons.

This perhaps explains why Zambia is full of politicians who are either specialize in blowing hot air or simply become big insultants and relish attacking government at every bend of the road.

In the end it is the ordinary Zambians who suffer from these floating pockets who never put their feet down just to chase their personal gains.

But of course we all know who is daggling the carrots, yet there are no guarantees they will get their dreams.

My earnest appeal to fellow Zambians is for to watch out for these political vagabonds because they do not mean well.

They are only looking for money to fill up their pockets because after all that’s what matters most to them.

Paul Jokoniah

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Africa’s bogus preachers

 Dear Editor,

The above headline appeared on the internet recently and I could not help thinking some of our bogus churches in my country Zambia whose only language is “sow the seed of blessing”. While in the end it is only the pastor, bishop or prophet who is getting fat.

The following is the full story:-

“Self-proclaimed prophets who say they can perform miracles are growing in popularity across Africa.

But some governments are starting to think churches should be held accountable to a being other than God.

They are particularly concerned that bogus preachers are targeting vulnerable people.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta recently called such preachers ‘thieves’ and called for regulation of churches.’’

Does this not ring a wake-up call in Zambia where pastors are driving Hummer vehicles or latest Mercedes Benz cars while their followers are living in abject poverty in compounds?

Moffat Mbewe,

LUSAKA

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