LETTERS

Dr. Guy Scott at it again

Dear Editor,

The directive for all losing UPND candidates to petition their loss bears all the hallmarks of Dr Guy Scott.

He is the one who shamelessly defended similar actions by the Patriotic Front (PF) justifying it as a means of raising numbers in Parliament.

I remember Dr. Scott castigating the Daily Nation which criticised the practice as being undemocratic and opportunistic.

Today in UPND, he is doing the same thing to try and make up numbers in the hope of the eventuality of forming Government.

This eventuality has grown even more remote because Zambians have seen what has happened and will be more than ready next time to ensure that they remedy the mistake they made in voting for people who they thought were nationalists at heart.

This time round they can be assured that queues will even be longer.

 

Timothy Musenge

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Cite HH, M’membe for contempt

Editor,

I fully support PF lawyer Tutwa Ngulube’s sentiments that the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema together with the Post Newspaper proprietor Fred M’membe should be arrested and cited for contempt of the Constitutional Court for commenting on matters they had petitioned and asked the court to deliberate on (“Arrest HH, Post Newspaper – PF lawyer” – Daily Nation, August 31, 2016). It is quite incomprehensible to most peace-loving Zambians why the UPND leader decided to publish a contemptuous and venomous press statement, in the hope that his supporters would proclaim him a fearless hero.

But it has backfired; not only have peace-loving Zambians seen the highest form of hypocrisy and impunity but if ever Hichilema was in power, he wouldn’t have tolerated such a press statement from any individual.

Meanwhile, the PF defence lawyers involved in the election petition imbroglio have opted to remain mute over the contemptuous and venomous press statement. By extension, the police officers also have seemingly remained comatose over the same issue.

Most peace-loving Zambians find it inconceivable that an opposition political leader would try to incite the citizens of Zambia against the just-elected government.

The UPND press statement advertisement published in the Post Newspaper was nothing but a call for a civil uprising or a citizens’ coup d’état.

Hichilema should learn to keep his continuous failed attempts at Zambia’s presidency and frustrations thereof, to himself and leave us alone.

Following the post-election events in Southern, Western and

North-Western provinces, it is clear that what happened in these UPND strongholds, determined Hichilema’s bravado and chutzpah. There is no doubt at all that the Western-backed UPND and its mouthpiece The Post Newspaper which are currently facing the worst political crisis, had turned ordinary human beings in these three provinces, masquerading as political leaders, into what can only best be described as political bandits.

Lest we forget, after the ZRA’s forfeiture of The Post Newspaper’s assets and properties due to the tax debt owed, no one can ever tell where the tabloid gets printed, unless it is in one of its supposedly friendly Western embassies in Lusaka, where it receives the so-called

freedom of the press regardless of its tax dodging tactics.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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The ballot box must rule

Editor,

I agree entirely that the Constitution must be amended to remove all the ambiguities and practical problems that have now landed us in limbo.

I have read the Constitution and all it says is that anyone can petition the election of a President within seven days of being declared the winner, meaning that even the HH and GBM team can be petitioned in the event that they succeeded in nullifying these elections.

I will be the first one to seek nullification of their elections. I have a lot of reasons. The point I want to make, however, is that the Constitution is very awkward. It should not provide a vacuum of any sort where people of mischief may exploit weaknesses to create havoc.

There are so many wrong things with our new Constitution that must be changed as soon as possible to avoid future problems.

 

Hosea Mweenda

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US envoy calls for political reconciliation in Zambia

 Editor,

I can’t help responding to US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz’s call on political leaders in Zambia to strive for reconciliation and help in maintaining the peace that the country has enjoyed over the years (“Reconcile for sake of peace, says US envoy” – Daily Nation, August 30, 2016).

What the US Ambassador seemed to be inferring was that solutions to Zambia’s problems must come from within Zambia itself.

Where this leaves the International Criminal Court (ICC) is anyone’s guess.

But some say it highlights how difficult it would be for the ICC to effect prosecution of the two UPND opposition leaders Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) in Zambia, when the US government is seemingly set against it.

Although, some suggest that the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda should take cognisance of this and acknowledge that in stark contrast, public opinion is behind her in Zambia together with the official complainant Lewis Nathan Advocates, who reported the UPND duo to the Office of The Prosecutor  (OTP) at the ICC in The Hague.

She must, therefore, be reluctant to kill the chances of a prosecution by being perceived to be riding rough-shod over Zambia’s ability to deliver on justice.

However, it is worth noting that seeking a case in The Hague against perpetrators of Zambian post-election violence would not be an act independent of the Zambian justice system, and even that Zambians themselves should not see Fatou Bensouda as a foreign prosecutor.

Following this line of thought, common sense suggests that any ICC action would not preclude further prosecutions by the Zambian government earlier or later on. Albeit, this raises questions over the ultimate authority of an

international – as opposed to national-court chasing international justice.

That the call for reconciliation for the sake of peace came from the US Ambassador himself may just give heart to those who are uncomfortable with, or downright hostile to, perceived Western interference in sovereign Zambian affairs – political leaders in both the opposition UPND and the ruling PF.

 

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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