LETTERS

Why HH is against Bill of Rights

Dear Editor,

Now I understand why HH of UPND is against the Bill of Rights (Referendum).

He is a totalitarian and wanted to rule Zambia by diktat. No doubt about that

He was scared the people’s rights were just too much for him to enjoy absolute power.

HH read the entire contents of the referendum and knew why he had to do something about it in case he was inexplicably voted into power.

But why HH, just why HH? You have taken away our rights.

HH wants to be famous but I have this message for him: “Fame is food that dead men eat”

Josiah Soko, Salima Road, Matero

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UPND leader treading a thin line

Dear Editor,

I wish to comment on United Nations (UN) country coordinator Janet Rogan’s reaction to the referendum’s failure immediately after the ECZ’s declaration that holding another referendum on the Bill of Rights would not be easy because it would be very costly.

It is a shame that the much-vouched for referendum failed and all the public funds poured into the process was a waste of national resources.

A careful reading of the Bill of Rights contents suggested that the referendum’s success was going to enhance and entrench fundamental rights of citizens into law to protect ordinary Zambians from the politicians’ whims and propensity for abuse of power and office.

It was a major piece of legislation that was going to transform people’s lives and elevate Zambia to be among the UN’s advanced and civilised nations in governance.

Its failure is not only a great disappointment but an albatross around the conscience of the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and all those Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and individuals like Macdonald Chipenzi who campaigned against this national endeavour that had nothing to do with the presidential race to State House.

It is obvious that the UPND president was playing the usual Hichilema-to-fix-it mind game when he campaigned against the Bill of Rights referendum that was held alongside the August 11 general elections, by using ignorance and poverty as a weapon against the fundamental rights of the Zambian people ( “ECZ explains referendum flop”, Daily Nation, August 20, 2016 issue).

In a mind boggling turn of events, on one hand, he condemned the referendum, but on the other, he promised to deliver the same proposed rights contained in the Bill of Rights referendum once he got voted into office.

But Hichilema should know that the line between his mind games and playing with the fundamental rights and lives of his fellow citizens is as thin as paper, and the game would soon be over, come 2021.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Muvi TV unprofessional conduct

Dear Editor,

Kindly allow me space in your widely read newspaper.

I totally agree with Mr Enock Chulu of Lusaka, whose letter appeared in the Friday edition, 19th August, 2016.

Mr Chulu’s views were straight to the point. Mr Coaster Mwansa, who is a corporate manager of the media station, can go to such extremes of airing every advertisement only to embarrass the Government during the 2016 election campaign period.

I humbly ask the directors of Muvi TV to take measures against individuals who are bent on destroying the nation.

It is annoying to watch Muvi TV news these days for its news content is as if the viewers don’t pay for their services.

Let them know that the promotion of their preferred candidate cannot influence the nation’s populace.

I humbly ask directors of Muvi TV to take a post-mortem over their broadcasting to the nation.

Nkunika Abraham

Kafue

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Tribalism cancer in Zambian politics

Dear Editor,

Shortly after the last announcement of the Presidential results, I listened to an interview on Muvi TV where two people were being interviewed about the results.

One of them said that the difference in votes between Mr Lungu and Mr. Hichilema was an indicator that people are getting fed up of PF.

I was surprised because that was a lie. On the contrary, PF is very much alive and that is why even in the cosmopolitan districts like Copperbelt and Lusaka where there are mixed tribes, PF had a landslide victory.

The difference in the results is quite big. A win is a win whether by one or two votes.

In fact, where Mr Lungu was not voted for is only in Southern, Western and North-Western provinces where people are so tribal that they cannot dare to vote for anyone not in their tribal grouping.

How can you explain a situation where despite the development that PF has taken to Western Province, even putting someone from there as Vice President, they still could not vote for him?

The few votes that Mr. Lungu got from there must have come from people of other tribes who stay there. Lastly, UPND always cries foul.

Why? All the time they never accept the results. They cried foul when PF came into power; they cried foul even when MMD was in power. With them, there has never been free and fair elections.

For as long as the UPND party still has the tribalism tag, winning in national elections shall always elude them.

Also, don’t campaign with wrong motives, hatred, issuing threats, insulting, looking down on others and all that. God cannot favour you.

These things, God hates. Walk in love and be humble, giving honour where it is due. Embrace what can bring peace and unity and you will find favour in the eyes of God especially now that we are a Christian nation.

It is not about money but finding favour in the eyes of God that is important. Dr. Nevers Mumba(pastor), Nalumango, GBM, Mushipe and others, bweleniko panshi, The word of God says,” do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to. “You didn’t give Mr. Lungu votes.

This is a clear issue of tribalism. When people are tribal, no matter what you do for them, they cannot appreciate you.

Mama Inonge, we appreciate you for being our Vice President. Actually, this should have helped us to see that it is possible for us to work together as people of one nation.

President Chiluba paved way for Mwanawasa to become the president of Zambia. Mr. Hichilema managed to have reasonable votes from other provinces because they are not as tribal as our friends in the South.

When UPND brought into their party people from other provinces, they welcomed it and gave him votes but look at our friends where the republican Vice President comes from, they cannot give a vote to a foreigner “munyukunyuku” as they say.

Please, our dear friends, you need to change. God cannot entrust you with a high office with such hearts.

The voting pattern of the UPND having many votes in their provinces has been a trend for years.

Check the records, it is not something new. Even in the time of Mazoka, it was like that. It has nothing to do with popularity or manifesto, it is a tribal issue.

Put somebody who is not a Tonga as president of UPND and the the voting pattern will change.

There is someone up there who rules the heavens and the earth and whom no one can bribe.

His eyes look upon all the ways of men and weigh them. It is Him who dethrones and enthrones people into leadership. He raises one and brings down another.

Those who think they are a mighty force on their own, he proves them wrong. It is neither by might nor power but God being on your side.

In future, behave differently; put your confidence in God, not in your money or whatever you think. These things are nothing before God.

Get this, President Lungu was chosen by God. Though you gather and plan against him and petition, it will not work.

Fighting him is fighting against the plan of God. God’s hand is upon him.

Do not heap coals of fire on your heads by continuing to fight him. Leave him alone!

DLM, Lusaka

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