LETTERS

UPND leadership questionable

Dear Editor,

What kind of leadership will UPND give to Zambians.

First their Vice-President causes a disturbance at a market and assaults traders who only want to make money for their famillies.

For two days he eludes the police and is then caught at the airport in Ndola, far from where he was allegedly to have committed the offence, trying to run away.

His party president HH then says GBM has been arrested for something he did not do, and  they do not even wait for court to rule on the matter.

What will happen when and if they come into power?  Who will not be beaten and how many laws will they break?

These people are not fit for power and leadership.

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Chisokone Market fracas turns GBM inside out

Dear Editor,

It is a known fact that Zambias next general election has been fixed for August 11.

It will elect the first presidential running mate and might unlikely see a change of guard at Government House, the home for the state vice president in terms of gender.

GBM, the man widely tipped to become the UPND presidential running mate, is having a particularly rough time.

He has been detained at Ndola Central Police Station after two days of eluding the police who have been looking for him over the Chisokone market fracas that took place last Thursday.

This incidence has added to his woes; just before he’s officially selected as Hakainde Hichilema’s running mate all hell has broken loose (Sunday Nation, May 22, 2016).

He has been detained for malicious damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and conduct likely to cause the breach of peace at Chisokone market.

The tell-all arrest and detention are clearly aimed at self-crippling GBM’s campaign even before it starts. The arrest and detention show GBM in unflattering terms.

It has left many would-be voters and GBM’s closest supporters,

especially those on the Copperbelt, in shock.

It also paints the UPND vice-president as unworthy of high state office, and is reminiscent of many examples to explain why.

No wonder the incidence has caused a political storm in Kitwe, as the gory allegations by market traders have given GBM’s opponents within UPND and beyond a field day.

His supporters, however, are furious, and have mounted a counter-offensive to turn the arrest and detention, into an item of national scorn, by claiming that the PF government had arrested GBM for a crime he did not commit.

Consequently, GBM’s campaign team is now in overdrive, trying to deflate the damage GBM’s arrest and detention have caused.

They see the arrest and detention as out to undermine the UPND vice-president’s political career, and view it as work influenced by malice and sour grapes after GBM fell out with the ruling party.

Before the Chisokone market fracas, GBM had planned to sell to the Copperbelt electorates his self-hyped vibrant career in the fight against the PF which saw him expelled from the ruling party in Kasama.

However, the trouble with him appears to be his inability to keep his violent temperament in check, in public.

Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu officially announced that he would go with his vice-president Inonge Wina as his running mate during the August 11 general elections.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Zambians are unique people

Dear Editor, 

It is clear now that Zambians are watching keenly what is going on in our country amidst propaganda and malice on the authorities.

The massive turn out at the PF manifesto launch by the PF President Edgar Lungu at National Heroes stadium is an indication of confidence that our people have in our great son of God Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Today the UPND that claimed to have taken over all PF strongholds is saying the huge turnout was because it was held in PF stronghold which is Lusaka.

Do our brothers and sisters in UPND listen to themselves when they speak? Can we conclude that they were just wishing that they could take over PF strongholds?

Zambians know that they want a leader who guarantees them peace, a leader who is humble like themselves, and a leader who believes in God.

They want improved road network, early distribution of farming inputs, markets for the farm produce, clinics and hospitals near their homes.

They want a servant not a master and if you compare all aspiring candidates in the forthcoming elections, it is only Edgar Lungu who wears that image.

It is no wonder all well-meaning Zambians are supporting him, save for a few disgruntled ones who are against him.

Edgar Lungu has brought a new dimension to politics. In the past, there was a perception that politicians lie but it seems Lungu has broken that by walking the talk.

He has done more action than talking. To avoid post election  disputes, I appeal to Zambians to begin to openly show that majority of them support PF the way they showed it at National Heroes Stadium because the opposition are relying on propaganda from some named newspapers as well as irresponsible online publications.

How great to have a leader who has suffered insults like never before in the history of our country still restraining his supporters from engaging in violence and hate speech.

He encourages his cadres to emulate him as a number one cadre to be tolerant. Imagine, if it were the UPND leadership that was being insulted daily, this country would be on fire.

We can see how they are behaving while in the opposition, beating up marketeers and insulting the authorities in violation of the Bible teaching on respecting the authority.

I urge the PF leadership to identify all those who want to genuinely help them in consolidating their support in the communities and give them the necessary tools.

They should avoid fearing to be irrelevant. Instead, they should use the available skills in communities to further the growth of the party.

 

It is exciting to note that President Edgar Lungu appreciates and knows all those who support him as indicated at his last press conference at State House.

 

I want to assure him that we will continue to support him as long as he continues to put Zambians first before self.

So, all PF members must have the attitude of their great leader Edgar Lungu. We need to increase the presence, the voice and love for the party across the country.

I concur with Nathan Nyirenda that PF is one united and great party. Let us do the best and leave the rest to God as emphasised by President Lungu always.

Enock Chulu

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Dr Guy Scott must retire from politics

Dear Editor,

Dr Guy Scott will never cease to amaze the people of Zambia.

I mean the man once acted as Republican President of Zambia after Mr Michael Sata died under the PF ticket but completely failed to see corruption which he is talking about now.

He was Veep for years under Mr Sata and there was no corruption? Ba Scott examined what you say. Don’t just open your mouth to please HH who has not apologised for calling you the most stupid white man.

I think he should just retire from politics.

Concerned citizen

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