Lessons from Lt. Colonel Bizwayo Nkunika

Dear Editor,

When one compares the words of former ambassador to the UK Lieutenant Colonel Bizwayo Nkunika (Wynter Kabimba drilled Daily Nation, April 25, 2016) and those of Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba interviewed in the Post Newspaper, it is not difficult to see the presumptive reasons why the late president Michael Sata fired him as the Justice minister and PF secretary general.

No wonder his deafening silence over the matter.

In his narrative, the former ambassador shares some aspects of the Defence Act through a voice of rationality – offering clarity, national security and solutions as well as military wisdom.

In sharp contrast, the Rainbow Party leader reacted irrationally to President Edgar Lungu’s invocation of his presidential order to the Zambia Army to take over patrolling of some of the Lusaka city slums following riots and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.

Just imagine Kabimba arguing that unless there was a state of emergency, the Head of State should not have ordered the deployment of military personnel to police these areas when we had before us a serious national security threat.

And Kabimba in his wisdom must ask, what is our military policy? One would say it is to wage war against security threats.

He must ask once more, what is our military aim?

One can answer in one word. It is victory.

Victory at all costs, however, long and hard the road may be.

Lt Col Nkunika is a senior military officer and diplomat from whom Mr Kabimba, though a State Counsel, he can learn something about military ideology.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Will HH boycott the August 11 elections?

Dear Editor,

The latest news on social media claims that the UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema will boycott the August 11 elections should the ECZ, the body mandated to organise elections in Zambia, go ahead to print ballot papers in Dubai because it is alleged that the printing company has a relationship with President Edgar Lungu. Hence, the elections may be rigged.

Whether true or not, I beg with HH to take a leaf from Kaunda and UNIP who boycotted the 1996 elections for reasons best known to themselves.

They boycotted the elections. Chiluba (MHSRIP) won with a clear majority and that was the last time a President won with a 50+1 votes in Zambia.

If HH boycotts, does it mean his MPs will join him?

Since Independence ballot papers have been printed out of the country and no rigging has been reported, but why the panic now?

Suppose in the unlikely event ECZ gave the tender to Government Printers to do the job, will the opposition feel comfortable?

I doubt it because the same opposition have no faith in our own ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail because they are State-owned.

So will they accept Government Printers which is State-owned?

Will ECZ bow to one man’s demands or will HH rescind his decision? Whatever the case, there will be no effect on the results because the people’s minds are already made up – either to maintain the PF government or change it.

But who will they vote for if it is to change? HH is not the only contender, so if by chance HH decides to go ahead and boycott, others will take advantage of his absence. So be wise UPND!

Chakwiya Bornface

CHONGWE

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Our foreign friends, please feel free

Dear Editor,

After the recent riots in several parts of Lusaka and attacks on some foreigners, on my way to work in town these past few days, I have seen fear on the sweet faces of our brothers and sisters from other countries.

Mob justice is not justice at all. While the call for riots may have been inspired by the right reasons, we strongly condemn all the violence, ritual killings, and all attacks on our kith and kin from other countries!

It is unacceptable! And very much unZambian! To my fellow good citizens: Please desist from the rumpus in our kombonis, and taking the law in your own hands.

We are part of the most peaceful peoples in the world. Let us not destroy such a reputation by acting irresponsibly and being cruel to our fellow human beings.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,” Mahatma Ghandi said. If you have any suspects in connection with the ritual killings, report to the police and keep calm to avoid putting innocent people in harm.

To our police, investigate painstakingly and bust this ritual killings nonsense.

Also bring to book all those who attacked our innocent foreign friends and families, and stole goods and property from their shops.

To our police, again, please learn to do your work expertly and fast enough. You were down in the streets quiet alright. Alas, some of you were harassing innocent people while the ritual killings continued. This made the people feel unsafe and unprotected. Had you stopped the killings on time, there is no way people would have taken to the streets.

May this be a lesson never to be forgotten or repeated in the pages of our history! To our journalists: Stop misinforming the citizens and the world.

Be professional and report reality not figments of your imagination.  I wish to inform our dear citizens, friends from other countries and the world at large that NO foreign national was killed during these ritual killings and riots.

Only two Zambians, sadly, died. Finally, and most importantly, to our brothers and sisters from other countries: I venture to say that we Zambians are kind and friendly people, as most of you who have stayed long with us will concur.

I believe it is just a bunch of evil people who are trying hard day and night to bring enmity between us.

Let’s hold hands and work together to address our current problems. And report without hesitation to the police all threats on your lives or property. We are all sons and daughters of Africa and the Most High God.

Let’s learn to protect, respect, care and love each other. Once more, to our dear good brothers and sisters and parents from other countries: this is your home too, please carry on with your good and productive lives, and feel free.

Grace Ganizani

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HH, GBM ‘birds of a feather’?

Dear Editor,

“We have done some research and we have got the data…..They want on the voting day to delay to bring ballot papers in Lusaka by 12:00hrs. Now, that is playing. When we talk, they say shut up! But is ECZ your mother’s company and who is Pricilla Isaacs?” – Hakainde Hichilema.

The above words are no different from the threats and insults by the UPND vice president (administration) Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM).

GBM went for Richard Sakala, Chilufya Tayali and President Lungu.

HH on the other hand has chosen to go for Pricilla Isaacs and whoever he seems to have issues with by asking if ECZ is their mother’s company.

HH has been seen by many to be an intellectual. What it means is, the mind will first find out what the reaction will be from the outside world before an action or word is given/spoken.

I wrote a letter (Daily Nation, Readers Forum, April 23,2016) to say HH should stop ACTING as a LEADER and BE one.

You don’t need a Grade 12 certificate to know that ‘‘Is this your mother’s company?’’ or ‘‘Who is Pricilla Isaacs?’’ are words used by bullies, and not leaders.

It seems HH and GBM are birds of a feather.

Troy Mukupa.

Matero

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