UPND stolen votes
Each time HH and GBM talk, they boast of stolen votes. Could they please be more specific and tell us where these votes were stolen?
Both the church and civil society ran very effective Parallel Voter Tabulation and none have reported any divergence from the figures that the Electoral Commission of Zambia has given. They have actually gone a step further by giving very specific voter profiles and activities in all the stations they covered.
The church body has actually produced figures which show that HH was trailing behind Lungu by 47 percent while the President got more than 50 percent. Their estimate and prediction tied in with the result that the ECZ announced.
The truth of the matter is that rigging is almost impossible in a situation where monitors, agents and observers sit in the polling station from the very beginning to the end.
Why would these churches lie? As a matter of interest, the churches include some very credible Catholic organisations such as Caritas and JCTR which are not known for flattering the Government.
The UPND will help the nation if they are more open and forthright by indicating in which areas they believe votes were stolen from them. The truth is that nothing was stolen from them in the urban areas. They lost because people did not accept them.
I can safely speak for people in Lusaka and Copperbelt, who were totally opposed to the UPND/cartel and PF B team ensemble. The UPND lost because they were made up of the wrong people with whom Zambians do not want to associate.
This was a very clear and straight forward rejection of the UPND. To prove the point, huge crowds flooded the streets when the victory announcement was made. More recently the decision of the ConCourt was met with equal jubilation. This must show HH and GBM that the main urban centers do not trust them for leadership positions.
I would like to appeal to the two not to push innocent people into temptation by making wild allegations against the State and the ECZ which have nothing to do with the loss. The ECZ has been known to run credible and reliable elections.
If UPND has any specific area where they believe votes were stolen they should have brought this matter to the attention of the various authorities who would have rectified the situation if it was found to be genuine, but in the absence of such complaints Zambians are left to wonder if the complaints are simply sour grapes. Solomon Kapilikisha
Votes are won at the ballot box
The entire leadership of the UPND must be taken to school to realise that votes are not won in courts of law but in the ballot box.
Zambians will not be forced to accept leaders who emerge from litigation. It has never happened before and will never happen. TK
Changing the constitution
The very first act of the next Parliament should be to look at the Constitution to amend all the confusing laws that have led us to this current situation.
The first amendment should be to make sure that the one who has the most votes wins the seat both at Presidential and Parliamentary level.
The second amendment should be to make sure that whoever wins the Presidential seat takes up the job within very few days to avoid creating a lame duck President who will be in office but without real powers to transact presidential business.
We must learn lessons from what has happened in the last few days when the presidency has been under severe test and questioning on account of a Constitution that not only delays inauguration but also makes it possible for any frivolous petition to delay such inauguration, thereby leaving the country vulnerable and open to mischief.
The other changes must include the service of Ministers in office. The tenure of office must not be separated from the President because this is another mistake where the President, as the case is now, serves on his own without people to help him. This means that anything that the Ministers should have done is now being referred to the President.
This also means that such simple tasks as statutory instruments and gazette notices that should facilitate day to day Government business have stopped. This puts to a standstill normal Government business.
It is true that in Europe civil servants are able to run Government with political authority. The situation is not the same here where governance is not only dynamic but highly unpredictable. The system does not have inbuilt safeguards to avoid collapse.
That is why constant supervision is necessary to remain in course and in line with government objectives.