HH wasting time on petty issues
Hakainde Hichilema reminds me of a very good friend of mine, a Manchester United die-hard fan.
Every time Man. Utd lost a game, he would have a string of excuses to give.
He would claim the game was not fair, the goal by the other team was an offside or the referee was favouring the other team.
To him the game would only be fair when Man. Utd happens to win.
HH has lost elections four times to four different presidential candidates and still maintains the elections were rigged.
What HH should know is that poor and late preparations have been the reasons he has lost four times.
Instead of HH and the UPND accusing the Electoral Commission Zambia (ECZ) of rigging elections, they should be on ground checking themselves which areas they need to improve on.
I mean, as much as we would want someone to complain on the failures of ECZ, some of the concerns raised by HH don’t hold water.
While the top leadership of the UPND is complaining, President Lungu is telling Zambians why they should give him another term come August 11.
Why UPND is wasting time on petty issues, I don’t know.
I mean, lately the image of the UPND has not been good enough. Worse still, the party has been labelled tribal ever since HH took over as president after the passing on of Mr. Mazoka (MHSRIP).
This should be the time for them to put the party together by preparing for anything and everything.
Come August 11, the best candidate will be picked not that the system is rigged as claimed by VJ Mwanga but because someone prepared and campaigned well for the elections.
Zambia police spokesperson missed the point
Allow me some space in your newspaper to respond to a letter by Zambia Police Assistant Public Relations Officer; Esther Mwaata Katongo in which she wrote to react to my earlier letter published by your paper entitled ‘Is our Police equal to the Task?
In that letter I made a few observations and specifically two pertinent issues were raised. These are: Do we have enough Policemen and women in the nation? Are our Police officers well-trained and equipped?
I wish to agree with the Public Relations Officer that our Police is working under very difficult situations, and to that effect I wrote to this paper seeking assistance for Chongwe Police to have a Genset as I experienced how our hard working officers on duty suffer due to load shedding. For the love of the job, these men opted to use torches from their cell phones.
I did not praise wrong doers as she put it but the truth on the ground still remains as I put it.
If we have enough officers why didn’t the Police Command just order Emmsadale, Chilenje, Woodlands, Kabwata or even Lusaka Central Police Stations to reinforce their colleagues in Matero during the recent riots?
Again, it is not true that the Police called upon the defence wings to give a hand as they were overstretched.
It was the Commander -In – Chief of the Armed Forces, President Lungu who ordered Zambia Army personnel to beef up the operations. Law and order immediately was restored and the residents of Matero and surrounding areas will attest to this.
What does this mean? She went on to say that a few bribed policemen did not mean that all are corrupt as the traffic section raises more revenue for the Government.
I may not dispute this, but truth be told. Bus drivers even budget what to give to the traffic officers daily.
These pay cash daily and no receipt is issued. Is this the money my dear sister is talking about?
In addition, she said that the police have ably handled elections, but I wish to bring to her attention that this election will be different from the rest in the sense that it will be the first time we shall be voting for a Presidential running-mate and 50+1 rule.
Tempers on the ground are already high. What more with four time loser HH of the UPND promising Armageddon after the August 11?
What about Miles Sampa and Guy Scot who have promised havoc against President Edgar Lungu and PF?
Unless what we read is wrong, then I am not causing unnecessary panic in the members of the public as my sister seems to put it.
Has the Assistant Public Relations Officer taken interest to find out where the Police is ranked in line with corrupt ministries?
It does not say a few corrupt officers but Zambia Police is corrupt. I challenge Esther Katongo to one day get on a private bus en-route to Kabwe, Kafue or Chongwe where I live. You shall see how many buses are parked by the police road blocks and how many are issued with receipts for contravening traffic rules.
Government money must be receipted for. If not, where does it go and how do we account for it?
In conclusion, the question still lingers. Are the Police well equipped? Do we have adequate numbers to meet the national demand?
Those who travel by public transport will agree with me that they witness police officers being bribed on a daily basis.
The answer will be” Manje ufuna tichite bwanji?” Can somebody agree or disagree with me please!
Trafficking for organ trade
I write to congratulate the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja on bringing to book 12 suspects including a qualified medical surgeon who purportedly was behind the expert removal of body parts from the victims of suspected ritual murders (Daily Nation, April 29, 2016).
Trafficking in organs is a crime that occurs in three broad categories.
Firstly, there are cases where traffickers force or deceive the victims into giving up an organ. Secondly, there are cases where victims formally or informally agree to sell an organ and are cheated because they are not paid for the organ or are paid less than the promised price.
Thirdly, vulnerable persons are treated for an ailment, which may or may not exist and thereupon organs are removed without the victim’s knowledge or worse still murdered prior to the removal of organs.
The vulnerable categories of persons include migrants, especially migrant workers, homeless persons, illiterate persons, etc. It is known that trafficking in body organs affects persons of any age.
Organs which are commonly traded are heart, kidneys, liver and the like. Any organ which can be removed and used could be the subject of such illegal trade. Trafficking in body organs seems to be an organised crime, involving a host of offenders.
It is a fact that the entire racket is rarely exposed and therefore, the dimensions are yet to be appropriately fathomed. The response to trafficking in organ trade has more or less been lacklustre. Considering the serious health, criminal implications and the severe human rights violations to the victims, it is essential that this issue gets the desired attention.
This requires several steps including the following: Appropriate laws in tandem with the UN Protocols and principles. • Stringent law enforcement against all those involved.
• Training and orientation of the law enforcement agencies as well as the medical staff who are likely to be drawn into the commission of the offence, especially for want of the dimensions of the crime.
• Awareness campaign of the vulnerable sections of our society.
• Public awareness posters and display boards, etc. to be made
mandatory at the health centres, where health care is ordinarily provided. I hope the police will continue to interrogate and update the public on the important issues raised above.
Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA