GBM, Guy Scott schemes against PF bared
Reflecting on the headline story ‘‘GBM insults Sata?’’, Sunday Nation, April 10, 2016, I am puzzled at the intensity of vitriolic attacks in the telephone recording with a voice purported to be that of GBM spewing invectives against unknown PF members that has gone viral on social media.
But it is clear that Edgar Lungu’s victory had sent GBM and the Guy Scott faction in PF scurrying for cover in Lusaka, for no one had given him a dog’s chance of winning, let alone in the Bemba-dominated region of Northern and Muchinga provinces.
Is this why GBM has chosen that route to try and overturn Edgar Lungu’s popularity in the region?
Looking at all the dynamics in PF, three months before the 20 January 2015 election. There were spoiling tactics from the Guy Scott faction in the ruling party, which would have allowed the UPND candidate a free run to victory.
Apparently, that was GBM’s wish and Guy Scott’s agenda for the de-registered DF.
Incidentally, none of the factions in PF gave in to support one another to fight the UPND. They chose to rather fight each other to lose so that the PF presidential leadership struggle would open up for 2016 or 2021.
And it all started immediately after the late Michael Sata’s death in 2014.
That’s the way one would see it.
Now in 2016, by GBM’s standards, defection from PF to UPND by disgruntled and non-performing MPs appears to be in vogue and is keenly anticipated in the run-up to the August polls.
Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA
GBM threats on Daily Nation: HH should comment now
I refer to the main story in the editorial of April 11.
If the leader of UPND, Hakainde Hichilema does not say something on threats by his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) to shut down that newspaper should they form government in August, that will speak volumes of other bad things they are capable of doing not only to that newspaper but other people as well.
In a nutshell, Zambia could be headed for serious dictatorship where the Press will be a thing of the past. But is that what Zambians want? I do not think so.
If leaders begin to issue threats of the nature even before they form government what then can we expect when they are in total control of the country. Total bedlam, I presume!
Zambians should be extremely cautious who they put into power on August 11.
Some of the signs we are getting from opposition camps are not inspiring and promising of good leadership we aspire for as a peace-loving country.
So, what is HH saying over this matter?
Josiah Soko, Salima Road, M
ECZ should consider reducing high nomination fees
The unilateral decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia to abnormally hike nomination fees for all aspiring candidates is tantamount to daylight robbery which should not be tolerated.
Iam pretty sure if Sata was president today, he would not allow such overt unjustifiable exploitation.
Furthermore, the idea of candidates paying half of the nomination fees and registering on the nomination calendar between 5 to 9 May, 2016 should be abolished because it has the potential to disadvantage political parties which maybe grappling with the Grade 12 certificate issue.
Just to recap the 2011 nomination fees for the sake of those who may not remember vividly.
Presidential candidates paid K10, 000 which has been raised to K75, 000.
Parliamentary candidates were required to pay K500 but are now expected to part away with K10,000 whereas fees for local government aspiring candidates in city/municipal councils have been increased from K75 to K2,000 and from K50 to K1, 500 in district councils respectively.
The onus is entirely on President Lungu to change this gloomy status quo lest it would haunt him on August 11 when the country goes to the poll.
I reckon it is within his powers to influence ECZ to reduce the fees to acceptable standards by all stakeholders.
Political campaigns are an expensive undertaking as such it serves no purpose for the electoral body to charge high fees which impede prospective candidates especially women and the youth.
In the light of the above, I would like to suggest an increment of not more than 100 percent based on the 2011 figures considering the fact that our country largely comprises an impoverished population where more than 60 percent live below the poverty line and that leadership is never anchored on wealth but wisdom. McDonald Mulongoti, Chingola
Obstructions on public highways
Road carnages are a serious matter of concern in that many lives are always lost.
Looking at some of the accidents that have been happening on public highways, it is sad to note that some of these accidents are simply caused by obstructions that lie on the roadsfor a long time without being cleared. This in turn becomes a threat to the lives of innocent road users.
Vehicles parked along the road must not be left unattended for any reason because they are a major contributor to the loss of innocent lives through accidents such as the sad news that has just occurred where a bus was trying to avoid a stationary truck, went into another lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle.
It is so sad to always hear on the news that another life has been lost on our roads when it could be avoided if serious action is taken to curb these occurrences.
Massive and constant sensitization on road safety must continue being conducted in all parts of Zambia
So, GBM plans to shut down Daily Nation?
So, GBM plans to shut down the Daily Nation? Is that the kind leadership we are expecting from UPND?
It is my hope that GBM was speaking in his personal capacity and not on behalf of UPND though it is sending bad signals to the general public.
And suppose UPND loses the elections, what then? Moffatt Chewe