TODAY’S LETTERS

Politics without issues

Dear Editor,

The attempt by the opposition to make our current economic crisis as a campaign issue is really pathetic and a very poor display of political acumen.

President Lungu inherited economic circumstances that are beyond his control. He has no control over water levels which determine electricity generation and neither does he have power to determine the price of copper which is controlled by international trade.

I have heard HH speak about the problems that Zambia is facing in a very deprecating manner as if the Government was responsible for the energy crisis.

He has offered very unclear and often contradictory statements regarding the solution he would implement to solve the problems that the country is facing.

This means that our politics have no issues apart from name calling and the occasional violence that we see.  I would urge our politicians to improve their performance and ensure  that real issues are discussed so that the people are given a chance to make an informed decision when they go for the polls in August.

Francis Mweenda

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Tribalism and regionalism deepens in Zambian politics

Dear Editor,

THE defection of all MMD  MPs who hail from  areas of our country to the opposition UPND has just shown that the issue of tribalism and regionalism has come to stay.

I hear that the consideration by these MPS was how many tongas, Lenjes and ilas are in their constituencies.

Is this good for our country? Not at all because what will be happening now is that as long as you stand on UPND ticket in the Bantu Botatwe areas you are assured of winning whether they are capable of representing the people or not.

The only recourse is that in PF strongholds, whether you are Tonga, Lozi, Lenje or Ila, they will vote for you as long as they are convinced that you are capable of effectively representing the people.

This scenario we have allowed will hurt the advocates of tribalism and regionalism, what will happen is that those tribes with numbers like the Bembas and their cousins from the East will follow suit and vote in the similar fashion, and when that happens, the Bantu Botatwe will never form government. That is the reality.

Why do politicians in this country fail to engage people from other tribes apart from theirs?

If the UPND of HH could negotiate only with those from the Bantu Botatwe, what will stop him from neglecting those from other tribes?

I will watch patiently while things unfold. I have no doubt the Mps who have defected to UPND on the basis of tribe have opened a pandoras box, and will backfire.

No one will blame the other civilised tribes from forming alliances with other friendly tribes.

The results will be terrible for UPND. Those that thought UPND has scored will be shocked.

It is now evident that the UPND of HH will be defeated in the forthcoming elections for encouraging tribalism.

Edgar Lungu is assured of victory now that it is for all to see that he is the only presidential candidate who promotes unity.

I urge him to continue with his promotion of peace and unity. The benefits of doing that will be great.

However, there is need to start afresh and tackle the issue of tribalism and regionalism with the vigour it deserves, for this coming elections , we will have to bear the consequences of not rooting out tribalism and regionalism . God heal our nation.

Enock chulu

Lusaka

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Violence will permanently divide Zambia

Dear Editor,

I totally agree with Rainbow Party first deputy general secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali that violence should not be used as tool to win elections.

The recent outbursts of political violence in Zambia should be roundly condemned by all peace loving Zambians because they are ugly.

When one takes a peek into political violence today there is no best explanation for it because violence is never the answer.

Violence only manages to divide the people, political parties and the country so bitterly.

To see Zambians hacking each other at political rallies and in streets is deeply disconcerting. Surely Zambians are better than that.

The bedlam which was seen during the Youth Day celebrations in Lusaka on Saturday in particular was horrendous and brutal to say the least.

Unfortunately, there are some political leaders who have created extraordinary moments for themselves as they position themselves for August 22 general elections.

They have, as usual, turned to exposed unemployed youths to do the murky work of political bullying for them.

This they hope would help them win an election. Far from it.

My earnest appeal therefore is to Dr Musumali to condemn sturdily those political parties training militia to cause mayhem in the even they lose elections.

Jay Kabemba

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Bantu Botatwe a curse to Zambian politics

Dear Editor,

The recent resignation of 12 MPs from MMD who are also members of the Bantu Botatwe clan is hardly surprising and was perhaps expected in the current dismal leadership in for former ruling party.

Their departure is a lesson to the remaining blocks to do the same.

Let the rest of the tribes in Zambia employ the same tactic and see where it will leave UPND.

Once can easily surmise the political scenario in Zambia a recipe for civil strife if not handled properly.

To see MPs, some of them with degrees use the Bantu Botatwe tag to gain political mileage is a big shame and retrogressive.

This is not the type of Zambia anyone would want to see or leave for the future generations. What has happened is a national political scandal of the worst. It is primitive.

I remember when the Easterners felt marginalised during the Kaunda era, they came up with their own ‘Umodzi Ku M’mawa’ which joggled the nation at large. It worried President Kaunda to the marrow who said instead there should be ‘Umodzi Mu Zambia’

This could be easily revived in the face of the Bantu Botatwe grouping but at what cost?

I am sure the Bemba speaking people can also easily come up with their own branding for political purposes.

But is this what Zambia wants? I don’t think so.

So if the UPND is presently thinking it is riding the winning horse with defections, it is only deceiving itself and when the truth hits, it will be a sorry spectacle.

So if regionalism will be our way of doing politics then the nation is certainly doomed.

My heart bleeds for the so-called future generations because they will be forced to practice embryonic politics.

But if the Bantu Botatwe and Southern Province in particular can encourage this pattern of voting why should the rest of Zambian not practice the same. I mean fairness should not only be seen with certain sections of the country.

There is undeniably no assurance that UPND will win the August 11 elections in view of the defections of MMD MPs to the opposition political party.

The opposite is equally possible and this is more the reason why regional politics should not be encouraged. It is not healthy at all.

They say those who live by the sword die by it, don’t they?

Josiah Soko

Salima Road, Matero.

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