LETTERS

Constitutional Court judges serious let down

Dear Editor,

Before coming forward and offering themselves as nominees to the Constitutional Court, the judges ought to have read the Constitution and made sure that they met the requisite qualifications for appointment.

The fact that they have ignored the provisions of the Constitution, in so far they relate to qualifications for appointment to the Constitutional Court, is cause for concern.

They are not capable of upholding and defending the Constitution.

These nominees cannot be expected to uphold and defend the Constitution if their own ascensions to the Constitutional Court is in violation of the Constitution – John Sangwa, constitutional lawyer (Daily nation, September 5th, 2016).

The above prophecy came to light seconds after the emotional speech given by HH and his running mate GBM, where we hear that one or two of the judges wept to an extent that the rule of man took over the rule of law and an extension of four days was added even when the Constitution is clear in stipulating that a petition will and shall be heard over a period of 14 days.

The adding of four days by the judges and then only to come out later on to rescind its own order can only point to one thing, recklessness.

Reading through the story titled – CITIZENS DEMAND REMOVAL OF CONCOURT JUDGES (Daily Nation, September 9th, 2016) one cannot help but shout amen!

To me the demand has been long overdue. The judges were supposed to have stepped aside just when the findings by John Sangwa came to light (SANGWA QUESTIONS COMPETENCE OF CONCOURT NOMINEES, Daily Nation, September 5th, 2016).

Mr Sangwa was clear when he said that the nominees cannot be expected to uphold and defend the Constitution if their own ascensions to the Constitutional Court are in violation of the Constitution.

I mean, they extended the hearing by four days, where they got the four days can only be said to be a mystery because they again rescinded their earlier decision and said they had neither jurisdiction nor power to do so.

But when did they come to realise that the Constitutional Court had neither jurisdiction nor power whatsoever to extend the time outside the 14 days’ time frame?

The indecision, incompetence of the judges has brought aloof the million dollar question of whether future, critical and important constitutional matters can be handed by these men and women.

They are supposed to be the ones to know the Constitution better so they can give a clear understanding on the constitutional matters, and to me their incompetence on the recent petition case only points to say that they too are in the dark with what the Constitution stipulates.

Just as it is with the Holy Bible (Revelation 22:18-19) so is with the Constitution of the land. You cannot add or subtract what is stipulated just so you can accommodate some certain unforeseen situation.

How a court of noble standing in the nation can break its own law is just mind-blowing and an embarrassment to the legal system of the land and abroad.

Troy Mukupa, Lusaka

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Congratulations my President

Dear Editor,

Congratulations Mr President for having won the just ended general elections and also the time consuming legal battles you went through.

My humble appeal to you is:

-You seriously work on our ailing economy together with your Cabinet.

-Cut on unnecessary government expenditure, eg number of Cabinet ministers, vehicles per minister, minimise international travels including the first lady.

-You take a leaf from your Tanzanian colleague. Be firm with your ministers.

-Cancel unnecessary state functions

-Do not spend your time on politics. Work starts NOW!!!

George Mundia-Mazabuka

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The Church mother bodies, LAZ lack objectivity

Dear Editor,

It disappointing that the three church mother bodies in Zambia, that is, ZEC, EFZ and CCZ together with their usual partners LAZ Lack objectivity that is important in conflict resolution.

We are lucky that the PF leader Edgar Lungu respects the Church so much that even when they attack him and his party unfairly in their pastoral letters and resolutions, he just acknowledges as constructive criticism.

Imagine that it was Edgar Lungu who is insulting HH at every opportunity the way HH insults Edgar Lungu, the church mother bodies could be holding meetings every day to condemn him.

What the church and LAZ don’t realise is that HH is drawing the motivation to incite his supporters to take to the streets.

To me their call for peace is just a window dressing exercise because they are not targeting the peace messages to the potential perpetrators of violence, and coincidentally, their message is resonating well with that of British and American governments which believe that for this country to have peace, the winners of the 11 August, 2016 elections must work with the runners up in government.

Does that make sense? No. The two parties have different ideologies. Do you think pride and humility can work together?

Servant leadership and boss kind of leadership?

If Zambians wanted to be led by HH, he would have won the elections. The fact is that the majority of Zambians don’t trust him so why should he be imposed on the majority?

LAZ and the church must realise that the principles of arbitration are fairness,   truthfulness and openness.

They ought to start telling HH the truth, that bwana you lost the elections, that bwana have respect for others, that bwana majority Zambians are more educated than you are, that bwana there is no gain in violence and insults.

When they begin to do that, HH will sober up because right now he thinks he is enjoying their support so he can afford to insult knowing so well that it is actually the victim of insults Edgar Lungu and his PF who will be condemned.

It has become necessary for Zambians to team up with the security wings to correct the UPND leadership. Otherwise, if we wait for long, the UPND leadership will take advantage of the leniency of the current leadership in government and cause anarchy.

Today Nevers Mumba can dare the police, the courts, the president, the law and storm ZNBC newsroom any time he wants.

We cannot allow this to continue. We can help those who want to be in jail to be where they belong under the circumstances.

The police have an inescapable duty to ensure that perpetrators of anarchy are sorted out.

Sometimes, I wonder how difficult it is for senior police officers like the IG to step down when they fail to perform.

The current political environment which is full of political lumpens requires serious and practical police command not the paper police command that we presently have.

Let me appeal to Zambians to pray for HH to tone down. The more he talks the greater the risk of civil war in our peaceful country.

Enock Chulu

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