Today’s letters to the editor

HH’s extreme Desperation

Dear Editor,

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s desperation for State House has gone to the extremes as evidenced by his calling on women in Zambia to start denying their husbands conjugal rights if they continue supporting the PF (“HH talks sex” – Daily Nation, July 14, 2016).

It is common knowledge that for some time the UPND leader has been looking for an opportunity to shift the blame onto the ruling party as having brought joblessness and poverty on the Copperbelt. This, however, has been rubbished by the PF leadership, which has wondered where Hichilema got his unexplained personal wealth after having been actively involved in the privatisation of ZCCM in the 1990s which led to massive job losses on the Copperbelt.

Strange as it may appear, the UPND leader has abandoned his original

idea of bringing back Anglo American Corporation at KCM in Chingola and opted to talk about marital sex.  In sharp contrast, PF’s core message of transformational land ownership for ex-miners has resonated with the ex-miners and working class on the Copperbelt.

UPND does not have an answer for this and seemingly have never recovered in their election campaign messages on the Copperbelt.

For now, however, it appears the main narrative from the Copperbelt is how President Edgar Lungu should continue to be in power, and how the defiant women voters would trounce the UPND desperadoes in Chingola and elsewhere in Zambia by not denying their husbands conjugal rights for supporting the PF to maintain matrimonial harmony.

Mubanga Luchembe,  LUSAKA


Upnd’s copycat campaigns

Dear Editor,

An aptitude for originality, creativity and innovation is the hallmark for the success of any enterprise – be it a business or a political party.

However, copying everything done by the Patriotic Front (PF)  from the slogan, dressing and music like what the UPND is doing as a campaign strategy is speaking volumes about the inability of this party to manage the affairs of this country any better than the PF.

Take for instance, the “Mpaka Litente” the UPND has adopted as its campaign slogan. This is an established slogan for Mighty Mufulira Wanderers FC. It was the rallying cry for the team from Division one in 2013 through to the Premier League promotion last year. Stealing this slogan has put the Club Supporters in a difficult situation as it now has diverse meanings. Using the slogan at games is now being misconstrued, and Mufulira Wanderers FC being in the heartland of the Patriotic Front, their slogan is now virtually absent at games.

It is like Finance Bank Z Ltd getting the ZANACO’s “Big, Strong and Reliable” slogan in the hope of attracting ZANACO Bank Customers! It shows a high deficiency of originality and creativity.

The “Dununa Reverse” song copying is another example which has left many voters scratching their heads.

What message is this rampant copying of everything PF does by UPND sending to the voters out there?

If Mr Edgar Lungu wears a fancy hat today, then Mr HH will also get a fancy hat. If Mr Edgar Lungu dances at a public Rally, then Mr HH will also dance.

Mr Edgar C Lungu launches the PF campaigns at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Mr Hichilema hastily arranges some 10-point plan launch on the Copperbelt, and on the same day.

When HE President of Zambia, Mr Edgar C Lungu, meets members of the Diplomatic Corps at State house, Mr Hichilema invites them to his house for a meeting.

Mr Edgar C Lungu, the smiling and laughing President of PF, Mr Hichilema also starts laughing.

When Mr Edgar C Lungu takes it easy, goes out of sight, and lies low on campaigns, the copycat panics not knowing what the president is up to so that he can copy. In desperation, he starts making wild allegations of electoral manipulation. Why is he not campaigning?

One of these fine days if Mr Edgar C Lungu decides to swim to Chilubi Island for campaigns, Mr HH will also swim on Kariba dam.

Copycats have never been known to be better than the original. What this rampant copying of everything PF is telling the people out there shows that the PF and their Presidential candidate are far much ahead of the UPND.

R.Chola – Kitwe


The smallest are the deadliest

Dear Editor,

This is directed at my fellow youths who are up and ready to be motivated and move forward with success.

Buffalos kill 7 people every year.

Lions kill 500 people every year.

Hippos kill 800 people every year.

Spiders kill 5000 people every year.

Scorpions kill 7000 people every year.

Snakes kill 10000 people every year.

And then, surprisingly, mosquitoes kill 2.7 million people every year. Yes, the smallest are the deadliest! Small ‘sins’, hardly noticed by many, are the most deadly to your spiritual life.

Avoid excuses for not praying and allotting few moments of your day to your creator. Sins of omission are just as deadly as sins of commission. Gossiping and small lies are committed more frequently and are deadly.

Mind those little compromises that you do daily. They are the ones that will bring your downfall.

Successful people have two things on their lips, “Smile and silence”. Smile can solve problems while silence can avoid problems.

Sugar and salt may be mixed together but ants reject the salt and carry away only the sugar. Select the right people in life and make your life better and sweeter.

If you failed to achieve your dreams, change your ways not your creator. Remember, trees change their leaves, not their roots.

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.

Haters will see you walking on water and say it’s because you can’t swim. Even if you dance on water, your enemies will accuse you of raising dust.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands.

Remember, don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.

To move forward in life with success, you need to:

A-Agree with God,

M-Move with God,

E-End with God and,

N-Never doubt God.

In short, just say AMEN.

BE BLESSED……STAY BLESSED….and STAY MOTIVATED as you find favour in the eyes of the LORD. Troy Mukuka