TODAY’S LETTERS

Can Edgar’s Government  protect its citizens?

Dear  Editor

In welcoming the establishment of a Body of Enquiry to investigate the pre and post-election violence; one wonders just what government itself did to forestall the violence. Firstly; it is common knowledge that there were fights before Election Day, some provoked by PF and others by UPND cadres.

Secondly; it is also true that the police were feeble and just outright incapable of dealing with the situation for they seemed overpowered by the PF cadres thus forcing the UPND cadres to sort of look after themselves and that made it even worse.

HH and GBM made several open threats of violence. In particular, they promised to raise ‘Armageddon’ in the event that they lost the election. What did government do about that? Government did absolutely nothing! Did government decide those were not political gimmicks and dismissed them? What about the Intelligence, were they on the ground? And if yes, how and why did they fail to predict and prevent these post-election violent attacks?

Post-election threats still continue today. Now, there’s even a not so subtle call to insurrection. GBM, Mumba and HH have now called for civil strife, they have openly stated so.

Recently, HH held a press meeting to which he had invited his EU and British friends where he advised his supporters to await instructions or direction from him on the next step to take. Come on government! The guy is simply mean! The follow up stage of Armageddon! Operation Armageddon is real! They want state power. They want it so badly they will kill to get it! But again, government has not acted to forestall it, just as before, until people had been killed, property destroyed and displaced.

GBM and HH na Mumba have all committed treasonable offences to such an extent that GBM can boast that they have people who can over run government! Such impunity!

The problem is our government! It’s too sluggish and indecisive! It has that peculiar love to dismiss real threats.

Probably, simply afraid of only four guys.

Democracy is at stake here! Lives are at stake too! Govenemrnet hasn’t learnt the saying ‘nip it in the bud’! In Bemba we say’ Limbula isansa ilyo tali lamena imishila’ or ‘chilika inshila ilyo mulamba tala tulula’. Our government is so weak and not courageous enough to prevent mayhem…… so afraid of the international community whom Uncle Mugabe has ably put in their rightful place. Paul Kagame too knows how to handle them. Can’t we learn from them? Government needs courage and an active muscle. Take your kids gloves off and handle them manfully. We won the struggle of our independence from them. They are not our masters! We do not need their approval to instill discipline in our country. This is our land! We have our own rules by which everyone should play ball. They too have their own.

There is enough evidence to chain GBM, HH na Mumba wabo.

What is government doing? Too much double talk and shuffling of feet.

Is government able to protect its citizens?

R.A.

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Good moral move by Nguleka

Dear  Editor,

I write to firstly congratulate Dr. Evelyn Nguleka on showing Zambians that she is above board regardless of what she is going through.

We, as Zambians, are alive to the fact that most Zambians of high profile who have been facing corruption charges or otherwise investigations have remained mute in their positions even when it has been paramount that they needed to resign to pave way for investigations.

Whatever the outcome of the investigations, the former Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president has set a legacy for herself that will be difficult to break.

This means that she has demonstrated morality and integrity despite the situation.

Her voluntary resignation also gives room for thorough investigations by investigative wings without fear or favour.

Concerned Citizen,

Chingola

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Hygiene in public places

Dear Editor,

On Monday 19 September, 2016 at 21.00 hours, ZNBC television aired a programme on Solid Waste Management in which a Professor who was on the panel challenged us, Zambians, on why during British rule, one white man using a local kapaso or messenger would make, a whole district comply with basic laws of hygiene and Solid Waste Management.

The same one white man would collect tax for her majesty the Queen’s Government from all villagers whether they were in formal employment or not.

But with an even bloated labour force, local government cannot measure up to the performance of just one colonial officer and his kapaso.

And true, during those days it was a jailable offence for a family to put up a property before building a toilet. The head of the family could even be sanctioned for such things as not having a food stall or crop field.

Sadly, after the white man was chased at independence in 1964, our towns and districts were all turned into open defecation areas. Freedom from colonialism brought with it serious outbreaks of enteric diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

I know of one place in Zambia where whenever a person uses a footpath which leads into the bush, pigs will follow them in the hope that the person is going to relieve himself.  Pigs in this case help with the management of solid waste.

Such a scenario makes me wonder whether there would have been enough prisons in Zambia to hold us, had our colonial masters been here to see man living without builting toilets and buying food from Chisokone and Soweto markets in Kitwe and Lusaka which are evidently open defecation areas.

I know how sensitive a subject of this nature can be to the Zambian society, but how have we found it easier to talk about use of condoms each time one has sex than talking about not using open places and markets to urinate or defecate?

Why should it be a taboo for us to boo or shout at the top of our voices each time we see someone defecating or urinating in public? Furthermore, during colonial days the school teacher was the model for health living.

School teachers would even preside over small village disputes because they were thought to be a source of wisdom and knowledge. But is this the case today?  If that were the case, why are public schools and colleges open defecation areas?

I also know of a Mine in the North-Western Province where it was a very serious offence to litter or even kill a snake.

But the policy on the environment could only survive for as long as expatriates managed the policy. The question I want to pause to our Church Leaders is this: Did God create us ‘blacks’ with this inadequacy or this has just been a Social Evolutionary Process?

And why are Churches not concerned about environmental degradation?  All we see is Church leaders pointing fingers at politicians, yet people pay more taxes to pastors than they do to government?

Let’s all start making noise about Solid Waste Management and hygiene in public places. And let’s begin with the source, who is ourselves.

Mukuka Chilufya

Chambishi Mine Township

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