Dr Guy Scott is looking for trouble

Editor,

President Edgar Lungu and his team in Government are democrats and tolerant people.

The conduct of former Vice President Guy Scott is so provocative that if it were me in authority, he would be looking for where to settle in Scotland by now.

What else does Dr Scott need from Zambians? We have given him freedom to insult us in his own country.

We have given him large chunk of land to carry out economic activities and we have allowed him to participate in our politics.

We allowed him to act as president when we lost president Michael Sata. Should we allow him to throw this country into turmoil?

No, it will not be in the best interest of Zambia to allow Dr Scott to disturb the peace that we have enjoyed over the years.

I am sure there are laws that can be used to protect the country from the havoc that Dr Scott intends to cause after the 11 August 2016 elections.

The police should not wait until there is bloodshed for them to act, they must be proactive in prevention.

Issuing threats of violence is a crime; the intention by Dr Scott to cause havoc is a crime, the intention by HH to have  Armageddon in case he loses the forthcoming elections is a crime.

Why don’t the Police Command consult experienced servicemen and women in their midst such as Ephraim Mateyo and Peter Chingaipe.

We are a civilised people who believe in politics of ideas and solutions for economic development and social progress.

Scott is just looking for trouble.

Let me take this opportunity to advise PF aspiring candidates that those who will not be adopted should not start competing with the party by moving to the opposition.

We saw what happened to many valuable members that are out of politics because of such irrational decisions.

I appeal to those concerned to begin to take action whenever the security of our nation is threatened by bitter and frustrated politicians.

Enock chulu

Lusaka.

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ECZ’s blueprint for success

Editor,

I would like to add my voices those who have stood steadfastly against the wiles of the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, who still wants to allocate to himself the right to dictate to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) what to do with the locality and companies that will print ballot papers for the August 11 polls.

While saluting the courage of Vice President Inonge Wina who told UPND members of Parliament off, I would like to add that the UPND MPs are partly to blame for their insistence to have the August ballot papers printed in South Africa when the ECZ has not completed the tendering process. (Daily Nation, April 30, 2016).

This is exactly what gives people like the UPND leader the audacity to think that the ECZ revolves around their self-hyped political popularity, or that they are masters of all the Zambian voters. Let us begin with some basics.

Anxious UPND politicians and media commentators in the Post Newspaper and the social media may have complained about printing ballot papers in Dubai but people on the streets invariably said they were happy to wait for the ECZ to complete the tendering process.

This is the key to holding a successful election – a well-organised, independent and robust electoral commission.

The better the planning and organisation, the less likely a dispute.

Certainly without such a body, it is hard for voters and politicians to have faith in the process and, by extension, the outcome.

The job of the Electoral Commission is to make sure the electorate is informed, enthusiastic and believes in the process. Another aspect of the ECZ’s work is the need to meet regularly with all political parties to build trust.

Any outstanding or contentious issues must be settled expeditiously. This is ECZ’s blueprint for success.

We will never know what might have happened over UPND’s insistence to have the August general elections ballot papers printed in South Africa had the Vice President not spoken out in Parliament.

But her insinuation highlighted an ingredient vital to holding credible elections in August.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA.

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What is the role of CCPC in price wars?

Editor,

Greedy traders won’t lower prices of commodities – Daily Nation, April 25, 2016.

I would like the executive director for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Mr. Chilufya Sampa to shed light on the role and duty of CCPC over this matter because from where I stand, CCPC seems to be a spectator and not protector.

What is it that CCPC will be monitoring when evidence of price hiking is everywhere and consumers are the victims?

It reminds me of the story trending on social media about a security guard who watched and waited for his wife and his landlord to finish a sex encounter so that he could have good evidence in court.

And if it is not the mandate of CCPC to effect price control, then whose mandate is it?

Troy Mukupa.

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