Constitution needs serious amendment
Our new constitution needs very serious amendments to rectify what is turning out to be a very flawed and dangerous Presidential transition arrangement.
The notion that the country must wait for seven days before a President is inaugurated may be well meant, but has very serious implications in the event of a petition being filed.
It means that the country will have no substantive President for the duration of the hearing by the Constitutional Court.
This is very dangerous for two reasons. Elections have a way of inciting political instability in the country as is the case now where sporadic violence is taking place in Southern and North western Province.
The Commander-in-Chief who also happens to be the President-elect is seriously incapacitated because the speaker who has no experience and knowledge of the security system is left in command. Therefore the country will be burning while the President elect or indeed serving President awaits the verdict of the constitutional court.
What is more worrying is that the President elect will be incapacitated by his losing opponent, who will be quite happy to prolong agony and national anxiety.
Our previous system served the country well because it did not leave a vacuum.
In addition, it is important that the composition of Constitutional court is looked at more seriously because of the vast powers it wields. It requires that those serving in that court must be experienced judicial officers with long years of service.
As the situation stand on the Chairperson and one other judge have practical experience on the bench, therefore very cardinal mistakes will be made creating dire consequences.
Already some of the decisions being made have raised eyebrows and undoubtedly as more serious cases arise there will be need for collective wisdom and judiciousness which only comes with time of service on the bench.
As our country stands on the cusps of major political development, we need to look at these institutions with seriousness.
President-elect Edgar Lungu crushes Guy Scott and others
The just-ended presidential election was billed a make-or-break affair. In the end, it broke Guy Scott and others as President-elect Edgar Lungu, taunted by the former for one-and-a-half years, won an emphatic victory over the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema (50.4% to 47.6%) in the presidential polls.
No one, not even the worst enemy of Guy Scott and others, could wish on them what hit them on August 15, 2016 when the final election results were being announced by the ECZ chairperson Justice Esau Chulu.
In the end, it looked like a basketball game. Fifty to forty-seven. And former PF vice president Guy Scott and his wife Charlotte, looked the worse to wear.
The humiliation was total. No wonder the couple has briskly gone into political hibernation even before president-elect
Edgar Lungu delivered his victory speech at Woodlands Stadium which ironically is situated in Lusaka Central constituency where Charlotte Scott was a UPND parliamentary candidate in the just-ended polls and was emphatically trounced by the PF parliamentary candidate Margaret Mwanakatwe.
President-elect Edgar Lungu the man whom Guy Scott and others had taunted, teased, and even denigrated through the now defunct Post Newspaper, since January 2015 when he actually took office, had proven that he was not the walkover they had thought he was.
It was the first time that a sitting president in Zambia had been challenged by an ex-member of his own party who intended to stop him from getting his own 5-year term in office.
Or better put, it was the first time a Zambian president was being deliberately prevented from going for a fresh 5-year term by the nephew of the dead founder of his own party.
It was not a done thing, and many people said so.
But Miles Sampa, like the stubborn fly that’s buried with the corpse, pressed on regardless.
He eventually left the ruling party to form his own outfit, the United Democratic Front (UDF) but he later migrated to the UPND together with Guy Scott and others.
Excess baggage was a reference to the circle of former PF stalwarts in the UPND that included Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), Miles Sampa, Guy Scott and Mulenga Sata who, many suspected, were the real financial power behind the UPND’s election campaign machine, preventing the opposition party’s old-timers and their supporters from having any influence on Hakainde Hichilema’s presidential race to State House.
The UPND leader had deliberately, if not mischievously, poached the so-called heavyweights in the PF to act as the bedrock of his nascent election campaign strategy in the dominant Bemba ethnic region.
That singular act had ensured the death of the UPND as a political force in Northern and Muchinga provinces – to the point where in the just-ended elections, the UPND did not manage to win a single parliamentary seat in the region, ironically, even in Kasama Central, GBM’s hometown.
Zambians have authority and should be respected
I write to commend Zambians for turning out in numbers to go and vote to employ their respective leaders.
This is the period when they for once every five years felt very important in society because they had the authority to choose who should lead them.
The elected should, therefore, go into their respective offices knowing that it is the Zambians that have employed them and need their utmost service and respect, not intimidation them.
Going into those offices don’t suddenly change you from being their servants to bosses and therefore, you should serve the people that have made you to be in there with dignity, humility and respect they deserve.
This should be a different type of leadership where the electorate should be engaged in whatever situation that need a resolution than just deciding against their wishes.
The same way you went round pleading for their votes to the extent of even knelling down lobbying for their votes is the same way they surely would want to be engaged in as far as service delivery in their respective places is concerned.
Finally, I congratulate the winners of this tedious but worthy while elections and also the losers for embracing their tenets of democracy.
The people of Zambia surely have authority and should, therefore, be treated with due respect from now on wards.