LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

PFs bombshell leaves UPND flat on its face

Dear Editor,

As expected, President Edgar Lungus revelation that the office of minister does not fall vacant after dissolution of Parliament because Article 116(3)(e) of the Constitution of Zambia allows for continuation, has excited Zambias  voting public (Daily Nation, May 14, 2016).

As God will have it, his revelation came two days after Parliament’s dissolution.

Thus, the President’s decision could not have come at a better time for the PF and the serving Cabinet ministers because for the last few months the UPND has claimed it had water-tight evidence of would-be defectors from PF to UPND once Parliament and Cabinet were dissolved.

The President’s weighty decision is a severe blow and embarrassment to the UPND which banked on PF defections as

promised by Guy Scott, Miles Sampa and GBM.

In the last few days, the trio could have had a difficult time keeping the would-be defectors together, with dozens of them withdrawing and recanting their earlier intentions.

In Lusaka, the dissolution of Parliament and Cabinet has largely been seen as the worst political secret surrounding the impending PF defections.

The Zambian civil society caucus who are embedded in the

charade by the UPND to have their favoured man succeed President Lungu, have now been exposed as the faces behind the attempt to influence the public perception and imminent defections from PF using the cover of the amended Constitution.

The position taken by the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema that he had instructed lawyers to go to the Constitutional Court to challenge President Lungu over the ministers’ continued stay in office after the dissolution of Parliament, adding that he would pay the ministers for the next three months only if they vacated office could largely be interpreted as extreme anxiety on his part.

By coming out of the closet, Hichilema has confirmed the consistent narrative that the PF leaders have long held – that he was desperate in his quest for power, come what may.

And what is worse, President Lungu’s constitutional revelations are not only humiliating to Guy Scott, Miles Sampa, GBM and the UPND, they have also done more harm than good for the political ambitions of HH, who has to reinvent himself in readiness for the August 11 presidential race.

In the meantime, the electorate is still coming to terms with the

realization that the PF’s bombshell has left the UPND flat on its face.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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President Lungu is Joshua of the Bible

Dear Editor,

In history, we have read about many outstanding works that have been started by someone with great ability, whose life ended before the vision became a reality.

Death is the ultimate deadline for leadership, then the fulfillment of that dream becomes the responsibility of that leader’s successor.

Sadly the greatest challenge currently facing our political party presidents in Zambia is the willingness and ability to prepare others to take over their position.

It is so gratifying however to note that President Michael Chilufya Sata, like Moses of the Bible, made such an excellent decision, when he left Edgar Lungu, his Joshua, to carry his vision across the Jordan river.

The man Chagwa (whatever this means) has just turned out to be the perfect choice for this most challenging transition ever. To believers this can only be the work of God.

President Edgar Lungu played a key role during President Michael Sata’s rule.

He started as deputy minister and was later elevated to the position of Cabinet minister at defence. Because of his commitment to duty, President Sata appointed him minister of Justice after Kabimba’s exit from the PF. He was later made to combine the duties of the Constitution report with those of secretary general of the Patriotic Front.

Therefore Lungu’s basic preparation was working closely with Michael Sata, experiencing firsthand what it meant to lead a nation.

This was modeling at its best. In the words of Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda, even before Lungu became President, he was the most committed and hardest worker in the Cabinet.

Yes, Lungu is not a God, but let’s face it at the moment the man has neither size nor competitor among the current crop of presidential aspirants. He is in a class of his own.

Mukuka Chilufya

CHAMBISHI MINE TOWNSHIP

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Police should move in and arrest HH

Dear Editor,

“There will be no printing of ballot papers from Dubai…..ECZ must be reminded that if you are colluding with PF so you can conduct fraudulent elections, then you will be responsible for what will happen to the country”. – Hakainde Hichilema ( Daily Nation, May 14, 2016)

“ECZ should put the interest of the country first….not of a political grouping or there will be mayhem and chaos” – Douglas Siyakalima (Daily Nation, May 10, 2016)

“Hakainde Hichilema should be arrested” – Davis Chama (Daily Nation, May 15, 2016)

Serious, how much more of violence should HH and his people in UPND promise for our police to move in?

In case they haven’t noticed, the man has lost elections four times from four different candidates.

He’s bitter and has nothing to lose if he loses the August elections, thus resulting in chaos and destruction.

Former vice president Kavindele was right to say HH and the UPND were not ready to lead the country as they had not raised any tangible issues to influence Zambians to vote for them (Daily Nation, May 13, 2016).

Troy Mukupa, Matero,

LUSAKA

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