UPND’s empty promises

 

Dear Editor,

The disparity between wealth and poverty in UPND is evident in the opposition party’s top leadership that exude an aura of prosperity that unfortunately evaporates as one looks a few metres away from the nerve centre of the party hierarchy to reveal the house rentals predicament of UPND vice president for politics, Canisius Banda.

This sharp contrast between the haves and have-nots within the UPND top brass is something to be concerned about.

But does UPND president Hakainde Hichilema have what it takes to foster a viable economy that can bring about an equitable balance of economic power in Zambia, when he’s failed to do that in his own party?

This political rhetoric of eradicating poverty is not new in UPND and indeed in the country.

MMD leader, late Levy Mwanawasa, made the same promise to the suffering masses during his presidential campaigns, but what did he do to eradicate poverty?

Literally nothing, by the look of things.

And so will Hakainde Hichilema.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Resignations, frustrations exhibited in our political parties

Dear Editor,

Kindly allow me space in the Daily Nation, a rising star in the print media of our time.

I have observed with keen interest about the resignations and frustrations of some politicians.

When elections are about to be held, we always hear of the same people jumping from one party to another like electrons in a light bulb.  We always see Jack today praising this party, and tomorrow the same Jack resigns to join another political party.

Our country deserves politicians of political integrity to make our country into a better nation.

It is we as Zambians who have the onus to make sure that the country moves ahead for the good of Zambia.

I call upon all those that aspire for self-glory yet they are serving the nation in one way or another to rethink and make it a better nation. I’m very worried for our future generations. Just how will they remember us?

Will they remember us as a generation that was greedy and selfish or will they remember us as having made our country better?

My appeal to our politicians is that they should kindly think of the future of our grandchildren.

I am here today, tomorrow I will not be there.

Abraham Nkunika

Kafue

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Rainbow Party has a huge non-violent membership

Dear Editor,

Dr. Guy Scotts justification not to join Rainbow Party cannot pass without comment.

Miles Sampa and Dr Scott’s decision to endorse UPND in this year’s general elections should be respected because it is their democratic right to do so.

However, the latter’s statement that he could not join the Rainbow Party because it had no membership was rather glamorously overboard and a source of serious indignation on our part.

Such skeptism may rather portray some degree of political opportunism, unrealism and above all naivety, for you do not join a political party on assumption that it would soon win elections but based on its sound ideology and quality leadership.

Dr Scott would recall that PF was a much newer party than UPND yet it formed government in 2011 having had only one member of Parliament in 2001 when UPND had 49 of them under the late Anderson Mazoka.

To date UPND is still struggling to form government. It must be noteworthy that Sata emerged about 7th in his first presidential bid. It took his determination and resilience to form government in 2011 having lost in three consecutive elections and Scott should be better placed to narrate that story than anyone of us.

Ultimately I would like to warn the former Veep that our party has lots of non-violent, respectful, humble and well inducted membership which translates into a national character.

As such any insulations to the contrary are totally unfounded and misleading which should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve.

With the 50 percent + 1 threshold for a winning presidential candidate in the amended Republican Constitution, the race to Plot one is still open to all.

Over and above, based on the previous experience the electorate will this time around be focusing on individuals and not political parties especially for councillors, mayors and MPs.

Therefore how do you support a candidate you have not seen or evaluated? HH does not constitute UPND just like Kabimba and Rainbow or Lungu with PF.

McDonald Mulongoti Rainbow Party national youth chairperson

Chingola

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True, PF has taken over UPND

Dear Editor,

Remarks by Wynter Kabimba, the Rainbow Party president that if Zambians gave the UPND chance to rule this great nation in the forthcoming August 11 elections, nothing will change as both the PF and the UPND have the same policies has angered UPND.

UPND’s anger was evidenced by the reaction from Charles Kakoma the party spokesman who refuted the allegation, saying when the UPND forms government they will provide free education.

I write to disagree with Mr Kakoma that there is no nation under the sun that provides free education up to tertiary level.

He further stated that the UPND will use fresh thinkers and not recycled politicians, but alas it is the same party which is busy bragging having received Guy Scot, Obvious Mwaliteta from PF  and Dr Chituwo and others from the MMD.

Since when did these men become fresh thinkers and non-recycled?

The UPND is on record of having condemned both the MMD and PF of having old and recycled politicians in comparison to the UPND with young and fresh thinkers.

In fact by end of May the UPND will have more MMD and PF members as compared to the original party’s readiness for adoptions under UPND.

Will these men bring in new ideas? It will be pointless to vote PF out because if people will opt for UPND then it will be PF under a new skin, just like a wolf in a sheep’s skin.

Wynter was right. Nothing will change. In fact the situation will go from bad to worse. Truth pains and that is why UPND is angered by Wynter’s remarks.

Chakwiya Bornface

CHONGWE.

 

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