Donald Trump and Hakainde Hichilema’s parallels
I feel that the US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema have a lot in common.
Both are billionaire businessmen and both will contest the presidential polls this year in their respective nations.
Trump goes to the polls in November in the United States while Hichilema participates in Zambia’s August polls. Both believe the upcoming elections could be rigged.
Trump told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard “more and more” that the contest would be unfair. He offered no immediate evidence.
Similarly, eight newly acquired trucks by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) were intercepted twice, in Katima Mulilo and Livingstone, by UPND cadres on allegation that they carried pre-marked ballot papers. It later transpired that the trucks carried nothing at all.
Both could be trying to capitalise on voters’ distrust of established electoral institutions or lay the ground work for post-election dispute should they lose the elections.
Both could also be said to have riled the disadvantaged and marginalised in society.
Trump came under fire from across the political divide for remarks he made about the parents of a US Muslim soldier killed in action.
In the same manner, angry members from the Zambia Agency for Persons With Disabilities (ZAPWD) have charged that it was insensitive and a mark of absolute cruelty for Hichilema to suggest that the blind were visionless and yet they were leading lives in difficult conditions because most of them were born in circumstances over which they had no control.
The parallels could go on and on. Nevertheless, in another development, American billionaire businessman Warren Buffet challenged Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Trump opted to remain mute.
While Hichilema has had similar challenges from the public over his acquired wealth from the 1990s privatisation of ZCCM and other State companies to which he’s vehemently resisted to disclose.
Ultimately, these two presidential wannabes – once revered, loved and venerated as symbols of hope for their respective countries – are a hard lesson for national leaders in waiting. So, will the lesson from the duo reverberate throughout their respective countries?
Besides, the similarities between America’s Donald Trump and Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema are quite astonishing.
But will each one of them become the next president in their respective countries? I wonder.
Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA
‘The weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause’
The story on page 2 of the Daily Nation of August 2nd, 2016 titled “UPND CADRES IMPOUND ECZ TRUCKS AT BORDER” – only brings to light what the Bible says in Proverbs 27:3, “the weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause”.
Despite the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) informing and calling all political parties to take part in the inspection of the trucks as they entered the country, the UPND with their desperation for power (Proverbs 24:10), ended up making headlines for all the wrong reasons, causing trouble and panic.
If all political parties were called to come and inspect the new procured trucks which were to enter the country, I see no need of what the UPND ended up doing – rioting.
The million dollar question is; what was the burning of tyres and blocking of roads all for?
I mean, despite ECZ calling them and others to inspect, they forced the authorities to open the vehicles, inspected them in full view of the police and to their shameful discovery, the said trucks were empty (Proverbs 25:21-22).
I wonder what would have happened if they were not allowed to inspect.
I guess it would have been the start of Armageddon because it’s crystal clear from what went down that chaos and distraction seems to be what they know best.
But no matter what scheme (riot, chaos, and destruction) the LORD’s will is going to stand because in Proverbs 19:21 we read, “People may plan all kinds of things but the LORD’s will is going to be done”.
As if to woo for more votes for best comedy, they did the impounding twice, at Katima Mulilo border post and in Livingstone and twice they faced what awaited them, SHAME (Proverbs 26:11).
Believe you me; the comedy of crying wolf by the UPND hasn’t ended with this shameful development. We are yet to see and hear more from them.
Watch the space because what will happen to UPND after 11th August is and shall be of their own doing (Proverbs 21:18). Just a serious thought. Troy Mukupa
ECZ has proved to be above board
I write to applaud the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for having been above board in executing its functions as mandated to them by the people of Zambia through Parliament so far.
The Commission has indeed proved those who thought it wanted to rig this 11th August 2016 elections in collaboration with the incumbent Patriotic Front Party by its choice of the printer wrong.
The transparency and professionalism exhibited so far speaks volumes and one wonders what those who talked the loudest, including some diplomats’ take is.
The fact that all the stakeholders who went to witness the printing and packaging of the ballot papers have confirmed the transparency and professionalism of the whole exercise is a commendable thing.
More importantly also is that some of those with fears of rigging had even sent their representatives who have confirmed otherwise, which is good.
Let us learn to respect our own corporate bodies which are a making of our own able men and women in Parliament and only give guidance where need be, period.
Wisdom Muyunda, CHINGOLA