LETTERS

Fred M’membe’s arrogance a sign of instability

Dear Editor,

Nobody in his right mind would insult the Head of State, “minions”, judicial officers and tax authorities in the manner that Fred M’membe of The Post Newspaper is doing.

He feels that ZRA has targeted him to close down The Post but does not explain why he has not been paying taxes.

He has used every possible avenue and excuse including the courts of law to avoid paying his debt.

I had the fortune of reading your editorial and the one written by Fred M’membe yesterday and I came to understand the character of your colleague.

In essence, he considers himself above the law and above scrutiny by any institution in Zambia.

This is a very dangerous psychological position to take because it displays instability. It cannot be that judicial authorities are wrong, tax authorities are wrong and those commenting are also wrong and he is the only correct person.

What is most telling is the type of messianic language being used. It elevates the individual beyond the norm to virtual martyrdom- it is not quite shocking.

Time has come for specialist officers to offer their prayers and intercessions because this matter is spinning out of control.

KM.

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UPND president playing with people’s lives

Dear Editor,

The ruling party have not minced their words.

The UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, they say, is trying to turn the country into a bloodbath by refusing to sign the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) prepared peace treaty.

Given that diplomats were shocked when he went ballistic before arrogantly refusing to sign the peace treaty prepared by the ECZ on account among other demands that Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) must re-open The Post Newspaper it had closed which owes the State K53 million in tax debts – a media house not heralded around the country for its tax compliance practices – the accusation has deep resonance on the country’s political landscape (“HH shocks diplomats” – Daily Nation, July 18, 2016). Whichever way you look at it, the UPND leader’s actions in going ballistic before arrogantly refusing to sign the ECZ-prepared peace treaty were pretty brazen.

Even though, the UPND president is permitted to do so but the fact that he exercised that right in the presence of foreign dignitaries including United Nations Regional Coordinator Janet Rogan, Commonwealth Special Advisor on Political Dialogue Professor Ibrahim Gambari, President Edgar Lungu and the ECZ chairperson Justice Esau Chulu is telling and extremely disrespectful.

Prior to this, his bid to have The Post Newspaper re-opened by ZRA through a week’s ultimatum was rejected.

Ordinarily that would have been the end of it, and Hichilema should have begun thinking about bailing out his bosom buddy, Fred M’membe by paying the ZRA tax debt himself from his stashed billions of Kwacha on M’membe’s behalf. Looks like his tax debt bail-out plans for The Post Newspaper are off for now.

So what exactly are his plans? Analysts say that it is obvious that he is trying to force the ZRA to write-off the Post Newspaper’s tax debt by intimidating the ECZ, instigating and perpetrating political violence.

But it is doubtful whether he will have enough support from EU, US and UK diplomats to actually achieve his objectives of playing with Zambian people’s lives.  Besides, say some, he has shown himself willing to ignore the ECZ’s efforts to hold peaceful elections next month – why should he start abiding by the rule of law and due process now and in future?

What Hichilema perhaps overlooked is the United Nations (UN) which seems to be changing gears.

At roughly the same time as he was locking horns with ECZ and ZRA over The Post Newspaper’s tax debt, the UN was playing uncharacteristically tough with South Sudan, threatening to go to the UN Security Council looking for sanctions against the Salva Kiir government for allegedly fuelling a re-insurgency in Juba, South Sudan.

Hichilema could be next on the International Criminal Court (ICC) hit list should Zambia topple over into the abyss of post-election violence next month.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Catholics right on violence, arrogant leaders

Dear Editor,

I totally agree with the Catholic Church in Zambia for urging Zambians not to vote for arrogant leaders who are also hell-bent to bring about violence in the nation.

The advice is opportune because we are seeing such makings especially in the opposition UPND whose leaders appear to have completely lost respect for the law of the land.

When I saw the clip of Mr Hakainde Hichilema at Mulungushi International Conference Centre where ECZ invited political leaders to sign a peace treaty, I was totally shocked to say the least.

The man entered the hall seething with mind-boggling rage from whatever annoyed him at that hour of the day which I suspect must be something big.

The language he used at police officers conducting security checks at the entrance, which was also for his own good, was not of a person wishing to be in State House. It was simply disgusting!

I mean it was like the man was starring in an action movie not the person who wants to become the republican president of this beautiful country.

Is it possible that HH knows for sure that he has already lost the elections, so he wants to prove a situation which might put the elections in jeopardy?

The message from the church, therefore, could not have come at a better time than now and I quote thus from the pastoral letter which was read by Kasama Archbishop Ignatius Chama on behalf of the Catholic bishops during the mass at St Annes Parish in Chipata:-

“Christians should not vote for candidates who are arrogant with propensity to use violence, people with questionable moral standing, those with proven record of corruption and abuse of power and public resources and those who put narrow sectarian or ethnic interest before national interest and the common good.”

This message is loud and clear and Zambians have been forewarned of the consequences should they vote for wrong people into government next month.

Josiah Soko

Salima Road, Matero

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Silence violence

Dear Editor,

A few days ago, we had a brawl and blood in Chibolya; some broken bones and smashed car glasses!

Machetes making sparks in daylight on the tarmac, marred faces! Is it really worth it?

I leave evil politicians to God’s punishment and truth; but I care for us. Thus, let me talk to you my fellow youth!

Please, let no one serve any kind of violence on your plate. Maybe we are fooled with the money or bread?

Election campaigns come and go, so this too will go! And there is nothing wrong with being a good cadre. But if I’m paid to voice violence and cook disorder, then something is wrong, so let’s all have a real talk!

What if you lose a hand in such a serious hubbub, an eye, finger, or a leg and become lame? You only give your family a big problem! And neither UPND nor PF can use a spoiled bulb!

What if you break your backbone in this political jargon? Drink that with these tripling food and prices of mealie! Who will put food on the table for your priceless family? Life is more than political idiocy and dough dear. Why die soon?

What if you lose your teeth in the insurrection? Do you suppose PF or UPND will help you grow new ones as old as you are? Or foot your bills in the hospital?

Or if your party wins, with one leg will you enjoy the dance? Wake up! You’re living in a fatal fantasy mental mansion.

The money or whatever drew you into politics will pass!

As your sore sours and tears salt it, sad cells dose it with pus! Is it really worth it? Forget me, but let all your loved ones know. In this raging political storm, as a mere youth and citizen

When you whoop-droop-drop you will fall alone. And if more melt, in jail you will meet truth next to pain!

Therefore, thwart thoughts of hate or thunder in your thinking. Whenever you can, walk away from violence.

And never say you were never warned –violence vomits suffering!!

Andrea B Matambo

 

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