GBM versus Canisius Banda
You do not need to have anything in common with UPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda in order to support him when he said that it was criminal for anybody to call for an illegal revolution as a way of protesting the outcome of the just-ended general elections.
The man is well-educated and a seasoned medical practitioner, who understands the opposition party’s constitution, policies and procedures.
But in stark contrast to the way his counterpart the UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) does and think of things – is full of post-election bitterness and threats of illegal insurgency.
Without beating about the bush, it is high time the UPND went for a national convention to elect new top leaders with fresh ideas and mandate in the party.
Previously, Zambians have had Hakainde Hichilema in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016 as the UPND presidential candidate, yet Zambians did not vote overwhelmingly for him (“GBM, Canisius differ” – Daily Nation, September 17, 2016).
I felt disappointed reading about GBM’s ranting about Hichilema being still in charge of the UPND as president. GBM’s academic shortcomings and lack of understanding of the opposition party’s constitution, policies and procedures actually came to the fore. He concentrated on the tree and missed the forest.
Yet, the post-election mistreatment of the PF and ‘non-Bantu Botatwe’ population in many districts of Southern Province was appalling.
This was a matter of much more significance than the ramblings of a confused, ill-educated and pompous UPND leader.
I was left with no option but to ask GBM in my thoughts: Which exactly are the UPND values that conflict with the Zambian values when it comes to constitutional and democratic rights?
The post-election crime against humanity that was the systematic criminalisation and persecution of ‘non-Bantu Botawe’ people and PF members in many districts of Southern Province was surely a much more worthy cause for GBM to talk about.
And by the way, since when did the US and EU constitutional and democratic rights and their values have anything to do with our people in Zambia? GBM needs to get his priorities right!
Students, pupils grossly abuse the internet with
It is a well-established fact that we are living in a world of advanced technology as evidenced by the proliferation of electronic gadgets such as computers, smart phones et cetera.
Nowadays, nearly everyone has access to internet service.
Through internet service, people are able to use applications such as Facebook, WhatsApp to mention but a few.
For good intents and purposes, they can transact business; communicate with anyone in the world regardless of the distance among other things through the internet.
This can be done within the twinkling of an eye. The sad part in view of access to the internet service is that the majority of the people particularly the students and pupils alike have in most cases abused the service by posting obscene or pornographic materials, insults, making bad comments about others.
The list is endless. Public figures such as politicians have not been spared either.
This is in bad taste and it should not be condoned by any right thinking member of society.
It is mind-boggling to find that most students and pupils spend more time on WhatsApp and Facebook than on their studies.
What these people don’t know is that accessing abominable materials on the internet is a serious offence punishable by law.
Performing such evil acts even in the confines of their bedrooms and other secluded place is not a scapegoat to elude the dragnet.
As such, I implore the law enforcers through the cybercrime unit to devise mechanism on how to track down the culprits and bring them to book.
In conclusion, let me hasten to mention here that your internet is not meant to be abused.
Elemiya Phiri, Lusaka.
PF should prepare adequately for 2021
It is not a secret that the UPND was more organised than the PF in the August, 2016 elections.
The only mistake the UPND made was not to have a strategy of convincing the youths and women of Lusaka and the Copperbelt while PF on the other hand enjoyed the good will of youths and women in the two provinces.
But PF structures from the mainstream media team to foot soldiers were in shambles.
They were lucky that they had a lot of volunteers as media campaigners although the party leadership does not seem to have appreciated their role in the just ended elections,
I am talking about people like Mubanga Luchembe, Boniface Chakwiya, Mukuka Chilufya, Wisdom Muyunda just to mention a few.
These people influenced many through their writing facts on the PF performance record without favour or fear.
Their motivation was to see to it that the malice that was put by some hired media practitioners and other weak souls too numerous to mention is corrected so that the people of Zambia made informed choices.
We had time to read and understand the PF manifesto and compared it with the UPND 10-point plan, the former made sense. Therefore, it was only fair that we wrote about the PF’s success story and its good candidate Edgar Lungu.
Unfortunately the PF leadership does not seem to know, who is genuinely with the party, because they are blinded by the good will of many Zambians.
It was shocking to learn that some of the PF officials were selling campaign materials, an act that was truly embarrassing.
To be honest, effective campaign was only done at presidential level and through personal efforts by Mr Chishimba Kambwili but when President Edgar Lungu was declared winner the same officials wildly celebrated the victory.
For the 2021 elections, the PF should prepare adequately by involving the youths and women of Lusaka and the Copperbelt in particular to whom they must attribute the last election victory and how they will incorporate the many volunteers that campaigned for the PF in newspapers, radios and TV.
The PF leadership must also train the mainstream on how to present themselves in the media as most of them don’t appear to know what PF was doing on the ground.
The only ones who represented the PF well are Frank Bwalya, Sunday Chanda and Kelvin Bwalya Fube while the rest did not make sense.
The PF information desk spent most of their time posting negative things about UPND instead of posting positive vibrations of the PF.
They don’t know that talking about UPND is tantamount to campaigning for them and at times they are caught up in the propaganda and lies of the social media.
I urge the PF leadership to work closely with all those that are helping to make known of the party’s developmental agenda.
Some of these people are not interested in material and financial rewards but may need recognition in other forms because they risked their lives in what they did for the party.
Let me take this opportunity to thank my colleagues who have continued to write in support of the PF at the great cost to their families and encourage them to keep it up.
They should know that they are doing it for mother Zambia. God bless you all.