LETTERS

Edgar Lungu has a smart team

There has been drama in the political arena with some MMD and PF members of parliament defecting to UPND.

What does that signifies? Of course it is a sign that most of these members of political parties are just people who are looking for a living.

They are attracted to UPND because the party is paying all who want to defect from either MMD or PF.

PF members should not think that people who are leaving are doing so because HH and UPND are headed for victory but they are doing so because of their love for quick money.

It was embarrassing to see Obvious Mwaliteta and Gabriel Nalumambe failing to make a choice between PF and UPND.

It is clear that the two members are suffering from misjudgement. They know that the PF has an ideology and programme of action for this country.

I’m sure the two MPs will not be paid because of their failure to relinquish their membership from PF, they are just behaving like cows searching for greener pastures.

PF has a pool of new entrants with energy and new ideas among its members. The party has now attracted lawyers, economists, politicians, strategists and governance experts; no wonder, those with little education are finding it difficult to stay in the party because they can’t fit in the new management style of the party.

The PF has institutionalized its operations. Depending on names has become the thing of the past.

Because the party has a professional as its leader, it has been able to correct many mistakes the party made in the past.

If you look at the team president Lungu has constituted at aide’s level, you will notice that it will be easy for the party to mobilise youths and women to vote for it. I have in mind like Kelvin Fube Bwalya, Alexander Nkosi, Sunday Chanda, Kaiser Zulu, Amos Chanda, Lucky Mulusa and Frank Bwalya.

Can one expect mediocrity from them? not at all.

Woe to UPND which has embraced all the hooligans that the PF whom Edgar Lungu has rejected.

No wonder today, the UPND has become the mother of violence in the country because it has no idea how to beat PF of Edgar Lungu.

The arrangement by a local tabloid to impose members of the cartel in key positions is a sign of desperation.

Their motivation is to wrestle power from PF so that their cases could be dropped by HH as he has already promised.

What HH is promising the cartel is not in the interest of Zambians. Therefore, I call upon the Zambian people to reject all UPND machinations to rob them of the power the PF government has given them.

They should unite and ensure that power remains to them by voting for Edgar Lungu in great numbers.

If they allow HH to win elections this year, the first few months in office will be payback time to all organisations, interest groups and individuals that he has promised contracts and money.

I hope they will not come and cry that PF has rigged the elections because while UPND is busy cutting deals with finished politicians, PF is forming alliances with the real voters on the ground. Edgar Lungu and his team are smart. God bless and heal our land.

Enock Chulu,

Lusaka.

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Little education in Obvious Mwaliteta

When I saw Obvious Mwaliteta’s picture on the front page of the Post newspaper of March 19 with a screaming headline ‘PF must go’ hanging to his name I laughed my lungs out.

I laughed because he utterly and obviously persuaded me to believe that common sense is not that common after all, especially in people with low education levels.

Here is a man who only two weeks ago was on PF government payroll and enjoying all there was as a minister and sung songs of praise for the PF leadership of which he was part. And soon he will be filling up his pockets with millions from Parliament as his gratuity, all because of PF.

Now for his sheer lack of a Grade 12 certificate, he thinks PF is a monster which he has vowed to shoot down. Obviously he has no iota of horse sense in him to see where he has come from. Even biblically, debauched people should exist all the time because how then can virtuous people be so judged?

For me, I think Mwaliteta’s departure is an immense consecration to PF.

I wish him all the good luck in UPND which is now gathering all sorts of things.

Jay Kabemba

LUSAKA.

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What a responsible media must do

The article, “Matibini equal to the task, says Fr Chiti”, (Daily Nation, March 17, 2016) caught my attention because it is not uncommon for the Post Newspaper to publish leaked State that are repugnant. 

I was amazed at the similarity of Fr Leonard Chiti’s views with mine, more so regarding the shaming of the Post

Newspaper’s editorial comment about the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.

Incidentally, events in the country indicate that ensuring that the necessary economic and democratic dividends are distributed in a transparent, equitable and inclusive manner depend to a great extent on a professional, ethical, and balanced media.

The search for such equilibrium is not limited to Zambia; it is also a matter of concern to the world media as testified by the

parliamentary debate into the Post Newspaper’s publication of two forged letters concerning the Government’s involvement with Timor Consulting of Israel.

The sheer size of the country and its many socio-political contexts mean the media scene in Zambia is a patchwork of the good, the bad and the ugly.

This rather lopsided media landscape should not be allowed

to persist.

To a certain extent, it can be addressed through the

reorienting of journalists and the establishment of standards and codes across the media.

The objective of this endeavour would be to create a lasting framework – not merely supported by government or donor money but also embedded within journalists and the media houses they belong to.

In an era of huge technological transformation that has seen the emergence of so many news and information sources, that is the price to pay to stay relevant in a besieged profession.

It goes without saying that the government and Zambia’s professional media institutions must also play their role by genuinely creating, without further convenient delay, the conducive environment for the media reorientation needed to promote democratic governance, economic growth and transformation, as well as ethical human development.

But what has the Post Newspaper done as a media house, to respect great people like Dr Patrick Matibini who is the Speaker of the National Assembly?

They have misplaced priorities and do not seem to be ethical.

They respect themselves but not others. They have

continued to publish leaked state secrets and nauseating falsehoods.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA.

 

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