Dubious voting demographics of Southern Province
President Edgar Lungu’s announcement that he was appointing an inquiry to establish the cause and perpetrators of the post-election violence in Southern Province so that the nation could learn from such mistakes, rekindled the fears and suspicions of election observers during the just-ended general elections who questioned whether the majority of the first-time voters in Southern Province were mature or old enough to participate and vote in the electoral process.
But were there dubious voting demographics involved with child-voters to massively vote for the UPND?
Only an MRI scan to be carried out on suspected under-age voters can confirm or dispel these fears and suspicions.
Today, it is politically incorrect for any ‘non-Bantu Botatwe’ – acronym for non-Tonga, Ila and Lenje ethnic to touch this subject, as he would be branded a tribalist.
While many UPND leaders and supporters are quick to blame the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for the post-election violence perpetrated by their party cadres, however, a careful reading of voter turnout in Southern Province which averaged over 80% point toward the alleged UPND’s massive under-age voter mobilization exercise reminiscent and typical of warlord strategy used in child-soldier recruitment in the most conflict-prone regions of Africa.
After a post-election violent August, the situation somewhat settled down into uneasy hostility between the two major political parties, PF and UPND, with each doing their utmost to put constitutional pressure on their rival.
PF won the election petition legal battle for the inauguration of the president-elect and his running mate.
But in response, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema invited Western diplomats accredited to Zambia to a covert meeting to plot the next step following his electoral defeat and the dismissal of a petition in the Constitutional Court to nullify the re-election of President Edgar Lungu thus putting the Western diplomats in a sticky situation.
Diplomatically, President Edgar Lungu has held most of the cards and has succeeded in getting inaugurated at a ceremony witnessed by scores of foreign dignitaries as Zambia’s sixth president.
But no-one including the Western diplomats could persuade Hichilema to budge and concede defeat.
It is difficult to overestimate what a disaster the post-election crisis has been for the country: instead of unification, the southern half of the country became a distinct territory; instead of appreciating infrastructure developments delivered by the ruling party; massive opposition UPND votes prevailed; instead of an end to ethnic exclusion, the torching of houses belonging to ‘non-Bantu Botatwe’ householders and their internal displacements and physical assaults in some districts of Southern Province took place.
Though the UPND election crisis has repeatedly shown an ability to endure far longer than anyone dared imagine in the past, it is hard to see how the current situation can last for even a few more months.
The post-election violence is likely to re-emerge and intensify unless a diplomatic solution could be found and, at the time of the presidential inauguration, few hold much hope for a negotiated settlement.
Let’s not forget to thank media campaigners
I can’t begin to tell you what it means to me and to a number of your readers and contributors, for the man we supported through this platform, Edgar Chagwa Lungu to have been elected and inaugurated as sixth President of the Republic of Zambia together with his running Mate, bo ma Inonge Mutukwa Wina.
This is a significant achievement for the PF campaign team and foot soldiers and I congratulate them.
However, allow me to mention contributors to your letter page; people like Mubanga Luchembe, Enock Chulu, Wisdom Muyunda and others, who may have not been part of the accredited PF campaign team, but who put in everything they could, to put up a case for Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
These men supported the cause of the PF so loyally when it mattered most, at great and continuing cost to themselves.
They played a key role in one of Zambia’s most contested and most challenging election campaign, waged in the media, since the introduction of plural politics in 1991.
Despite their voluntary allegiance, sacrifice and contribution to the PF cause, obviously no recognition will be made of these volunteer media allies, with regards to the PF well deserved victory.
In some cases they will even be viewed as enemies of structured cadres with a hidden agenda; to reap where they did not sow.
I am not sure whether it would be right.
But allow me to thank your newspaper for your tolerance, transparency and great patience to men and women like me, whom you continued to allow, to freely express ourselves through your newspaper.
To me, your tolerance of divergent views represents much more than the title itself; it represents a strong belief in freedom of expression and press.
Chambishi Mine Township
Nevers Mumba and anger management
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly – proverbs 14:29.
The weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause – Proverbs 27:3.
The storming of the premises and harassing of the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) staff by once famous Tele-evangelist now embattled former Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba, only brings to light two words – ANGER MANAGEMENT.
The Bible clearly states that, a good reputation is better than expensive perfume. It’s such a shameful development that someone who was once seen as a shining beacon for peace (days of Zambia shall be saved) can sink so low as to reach to an extent of going after the media and make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
His plea for Zambians to go on hunger strike on his behalf, that’s just him playing sheep when in truth, is a wolf.
Credit surely goes to all peace loving Zambians who rubbished his plea to go on hunger strike on his behalf (NEVERS CALLS FOR HUNGER STRIKE – Daily Nation, September 11th, 2016). It’s clear that his plea fell on deaf ears coz he was pleading to a tough crowd.
The people he should have been pleading to are HH and his vice for administration, GBM.
But the mere fact that not even HH nor GBM came out in the open to support his plea for Zambians to go on hunger strike, should serve as a warning that Zambians are more intelligent than he estimated and that the battle he has chosen in inciting peace loving Zambians to rise against the ruling government, is a losing battle.
Seriously, who in their right mind can go on hunger strike to show sympathy for someone who seems to be enjoying the path they have chosen of law breaking?
The Bible is clear that whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble – proverbs 21:23.
His arrest should serve as a warning to all would be law breakers. Proverbs 16:5 – Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
And in Romans 13:1-5 we read: “let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not terrors to good conduct, but to bad conduct.
Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God………….therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience”.
Its high time President Lungu starts using the ‘big stick’ he talked of having because it is crystal clear that the patience and lenience shown by the Head of State to Mumba and the likes, has been taken for granted and is being seen by these law breakers as a weakness.
Just a serious thought