Today’s letters to the editor

Parliament must amend constitution

Dear Editor

It must be very clear to all Zambians that in spite of all the good intentions, this constitution cannot work for a developing country still grappling with the concept of democracy.

A constitution that allows for this kind of delay in announcing the outcome of an election is counterproductive because a lot of damage can be caused, long before the results are abrogated or confirmed.

Already people in Namwala have lost property before the results are confirmed.

I will not be surprised that another “Namwala” will occur after the Concourt announces results. It is very difficult to predict because tension in the country is very high, people feel very frustrated that their will is being held to ransom.

This should not happen again in the future hence my appeal to the next Parliament to pass an amendment so that we go back to the one past the post to avoid these power vacuums and ensure that the people’s decision is given immediate effect.

At the same time the defeat of the referendum is mind boggling. The opposition have been presenting themselves as saviours of the nation with the noble intentions of providing free education and superior medical services and yet they campaigned against these goals which were imbedded in the referendum.

It is evident that the opposition did not take the referendum seriously preferring instead to hoodwink the nation with empty promises which they did not intend to implement.

This duplicity is also evident in the manner in which the entire campaign was couched with extravagant promises being made to hapless citizens who had little information to evaluate the efficacy, let alone realistic nature of the promises.  Solomon Mwewa


The Eastern Province phosphate industry

Dear Editor,

Professor Mwiine Lubemba’s article “Thinking beyond Dununa reverse” in the Sunday Nation issue of August 28, 2016 covered the Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ) – Research and Development (R&D) based production model in a very well-balanced way.

One aspect has to be added though to the setting up of a stand alone primary phosphate raw material processing plant in Eastern Province to process phosphate ores into the various starting chemical raw materials including those for use together in the compound fertilizer section at the NCZ plant.

The starting point for the manufacture of most phosphate products is phosphoric acid.

It is made by the acidulation of phosphate concentrate (phosrock) using sulphuric acid and filtering out the resulting calcium sulphate (gypsum), leaving phosphoric acid containing 25% to 40% acidity, depending on the process being employed. Thus access to low-cost sulphuric acid is also very important in the process.

Currently, over half of all sulphur dioxide emissions are captured and turned into sulphuric acid at the first acid plant, which was opened in 2006 by Mopani Copper Mine (MCM) in Mufulira.

The sulphuric acid which is a key ingredient in the production of superphosphate fertilizers can be transported to Eastern Province by rail or road.

Local farmers should be hopeful and confident that with greater local and foreign investors’ cooperation, the province can become a producer of primary raw materials for production of fertilizers and the high cost of FISP to the Government could greatly be reduced in the long term.

Diammonium phosphate (DAP), the most widely used fertilizer, is made from phosphoric acid by interaction with anhydrous ammonia.

The same reaction of the phosphoric acid and ammonia can also produce monoammonium phosphate (MAP), which is more suitable to Zambian soil conditions. The end results are the same for DAP and MAP that is supplying phosphorous to the soil for use by the crops. Certainly, this is “Thinking beyond Dununa reverse”. What’s your take? Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA


Is double jeopardy allowed under our laws

Dear Editor

The UPND have been boasting that former Ministers will be petitioned because they used Government resources as ruled by the constitutional court.

My question is, can a person be punished twice for the same mistake. In case does the matter not end after they have paid back?

Can the same matter raised in the Constitutional Court be raised in a different court? Is this not an issue of double jeopardy where a person is punished twice for the same mistake. I am not suggesting that the ministers committed a mistake considering that the constitution was very ambiguous about the matter, but I am saying that it would be very unfair for people who worked with a very clear conscience to be punished twice.

In the same manner I am not very clear whether the President could be brought to account over a matter that was done while performing his function as President of the Republic.

In this capacity he made decision some of which as the above case was interpreted for the first time by the Constitutional Court. Should he be personally be held liable and be subjected to court process, what about his immunity?

My view is that immunity should protect him from any acts he may have done as the Head of state.

I would therefore appreciate it very much is  some legal brains were able to  help me understand this situation which seems to be develoiping.

I am of course assuming that the Ministers receipt of  salaries and allowances was a mistake, which  idea I do not subscribe to. Melody Saisha


Bishop Simon Chihana should take it easy

Dear Editor,

The trouble with Zambia is that we have allowed many whizzes of dubious standing to the front of our local affairs.

To start with many NGOs in Zambia today are headed by foreigners who talk sloppily because they know they can effortlessly fly away to Malawi or South Africa after starting a civil war in Zambia.

I am not sure about where Bishop Simon Chihana comes from but his engrossment in politics has reached terrifying levels that he is now spilling his brains all over the desk for whatever reasons.

I also doubt if he is Zambian. His act or habit of making undue claims in an imperious manner is simply outrageous for a man who wants to call himself a servant of God

Instead of offering hope and inspiration Bishop Chihana has become a political star and variegated in his own style that today he can even insult lawyers representing President Lungu in the so-called pathetic petition as being shallow thinkers. Really ba Bishop? For me I think it is you who is totally insensible because the men and women appearing before that court are individuals with tribute and members of the bar who deserve more veneration.

I know Bishop Chihana probably has never seen the corridors of a university in his life and that is why he can easily sink that low to start insulting members of the court.

In fact he is indirectly insulting the Constitutional Court and should be cited for contempt. I will personally investigate this so-called Bishop and inform the nation accordingly. Please Bishop Chihana take it easy, don’t rip off your shirt for nothing.

As for the petition, Bishop Chihana risks a rush of embarrassment sweeping through him sooner or later before his face cracks into an apologetic grin. It is coming soon.

They say excessive scruple is only hidden pride.  Josiah Soko Salima Road, Matero


Watch out for new Manchester United

Dear Editor,

With just a few games played in the prestigious English Premier League so far this season, we Manchester United supporters are surely assured of once again, a happy season after three years of being in seclusion.

The team so being mentored by one Jose Morinho as the Manager, has come cracking with thunder this time around and should just expect a lot of good soccer exploits.

The flamboyant soccer days of Sir Alex Ferguson are eminent again at Old Trafford and fans are to enjoy watching their Red Devils team’s wonder exploits on the field with a smile this time around.

Opposing teams should look out for the new signings in the new look Manchester United team who have brought the much need flayer on the pitch.

The crowds will be roaring with uproar once again!  Wisdom Muyunda, ManU Soccer Fan