LETTERS

UPND’s blame game tactics

Dear Editor,

THE intimation by President Edgar Lungu to institute a Commission of Inquiry to probe architects of politically orchestrated post-election violence has turned out to be a blame game.

On one hand, the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema rubbished the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry as cheap politicking and accused the President for being the chief warlord while on the other hand, the UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) welcomed the idea (“Lungu Inquiry Welcome – GBM” – Sunday Nation, September 18, 2016).

Obviously, the contradictory statements issued by the two UPND top honchos on the subject matter is an attempt to defer possible International Criminal Court (ICC) cases against them that are linked to Zambia’s post-election violence in Southern, Western and North-Western provinces.

But, as common sense suggests, these blame game tactics have more to do with politics rather than justice.

Notwithstanding, the formation of the Commission of Inquiry, the ICC could investigate and arraign the two UPND big fish and other UPND officials on crimes against humanity from the same post-election violence committed in Southern, Western and North-Western provinces.

Meanwhile, the ICC business remains unfinished, with the court’s latest correspondence to Lewis Nathan Advocates suggesting that the court’s decision and action on investigations and indictments could come very soon.

Albeit, under the ICC rules, a deferral is permissible if a State

party guarantees that it has established a credible and independent judicial process to try the crimes in question locally.

The State party must also demonstrate that it is singularly committed to prosecuting those crimes.

The yet to be instituted Commission of Inquiry, has to demonstrate a commitment on either front.

If anything, attempts to create a special tribunal to try the cases locally arising from the post-election mayhem, may fail in the newly-constituted
Zambian parliament.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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ZSIC congratulated President Lungu

Editor;

We wish to register our disappointment with a letter published under your text message column (page 8) of your paper dated 16th September, 2016 under the heading “where are you ZSIC?”, as per attached copy. Sadly, you failed to reconcile the fact that you had carried our congratulatory advertisement to the President Edgar Chagwa Lungu on the 13th of September, 2016 in your paper three days earlier.

Our advertisement, which almost covered a full page in size (30 x 5 column), was very visible and therefore your decision to proceed with the publication of a letter of such vile connotations makes sad reading.

You will also note that a similar congratulatory message appeared in the Times of Zambia on 7th and 8th September 2016.

Your paper has gained wide circulation and has received our support by placing advertisements in it. The ZSIC management and its Board have operated as a national entity on non- partisan lines, and your publication has caused the management and the board’s deep embarrassment.

We request that you immediately correct the wrong perception by publicizing this letter and rendering a public apology urgently within this week.

Editors footnote; We take full responsibility for our correspondent’s sentiments and accordingly apologise to ZSIC.

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UPND has to change its character

Dear Editor,

From the look of things UPND is headed for serious divisions unless something is done now about its top leadership.

If it chooses, on the other hand, to maintain HH as its leader, then the party will be on the balconies for many years to come.

UPND has to change its character and move away from being a ‘Tonga party’ to a Zambian party. It should fight for a national appeal and recognition not the regional status it has been known for over the years.

Once it does that I am more than certain it will be on its way to State House.

For me the answer is simple. Let them elect a non-Tonga to the top leadership and everything else will just fit in.

But to bury its head in the sand like an Ostrich and pretend that all is fine, will not take the party anywhere. It will always be happy to remain in the opposition camp.

Again for me people, who use a clan or tribe to advance their plans or goals, are a total anti-climax.

Hey get it from me, ordinary Tongas on the ground are very nice people and they interact extremely well. It is the politicians, as usual, who want to ‘misuse’ them for their selfish motives.

I have a family of friends from Eastern Province who have positively settled in Mazabuka and by now are fluent speakers of the Tonga language. How nice!

 

Andrew Agabu Mumba

Garden Township,

Lusaka.

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