UPND’s rise from post-election quagmire
I had rather pertinent questions upon reading the headline story “UPND will rise – GBM” (Daily Nation, November 16, 2016), in which the UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) brought up an invalid argument about the UPND to rise, in his view, from its minor setbacks and takeover the governance of the country and the PF and President Edgar Lungu would have to account for their actions when such a time comes to pass. The skepticism about the UPND ever rising from the post-election ashes is well-founded and needs to be brought into the public domain. While reading the “UPND will rise – GBM” story, I came to notice a trend in the UPND top leadership that I find to be quite problematic and perhaps a substantial hindrance to the resurrection of this opposition political party. In its heydays, the UPND was not just a political party but also a mass movement. Admittedly, the outward gaze towards a Western elite political style seems to be a common inclination in the party’s hierarchy. This obsession with hostile private media-induced ideas of a Western political style is in fact nonviable and harmful to political progress at the grassroots level. And this harm needs some unraveling. I have the feeling that GBM wouldn’t be able to pull the UPND together and move it forward because of the deep resentment towards him from a huge segment of the ‘Bantu Botatwe’ ethnicity. I strongly believe that neither GBM nor HH’s rhetoric can pull this once gigantic political machine out of this post-election quagmire, let alone takeover the governance of the country from the PF. Diehard UPND loyalists need topleaders who love the party and its general membership; not desperate politicians that can go to any length to get what they want including masquerading as Zambia’s president. With the non-financial bailout solidarity offered to Mutinta M’membe by the UPND billionaire businessman, GBM over the publication of the Mast Newspaper for which the Post Newspaper liquidator Lewis Mosho complained to the police for copyright infringement, I’m seriously concerned that this is not the type of solidarity that can bring back to life the Mast Newspaper; it might only exacerbate the situation. Besides, with so many Post Newspaper’s creditors that have already locked horns with its liquidator and a genuine possibility of its liquidation, I fear for Fred M’membe and his young wife. I pray and hope I’m proven wrong. Meanwhile, watch the media space.
Mubanga Luchembe, LUSAKA
Zambians poor reading culture
It is mind boggling that many Zambians have a poor reading culture. The majority of the people read for the sole purpose of passing the academic and professional examinations. This is not bad though. Despite someone pursuing formal education, there is need to find time to read books other than educational ones. There are many books on success, motivation, Christianity, business, marriage, political and the list is endless. Some of these books are written by both local and international renowned authors. These include T.D. Jakes, late Myles Munroe, Joyce Meyer, David Oyedepo, Creflo Dollar, John Maxwell among others. On the local scene, we have authors like Chibamba Kanyama, Dario Chongolo, Rev. Walter Mwambazi, Bishop Joseph Imakando, Apostle Cosmas Mwananshiku to mention but a few. Books in the above stated category are captivating as they contain very useful information which can help in transforming the reader’s mindset so that she or he can have a positive perspective about life, notwithstanding some challenges. It goes without saying that knowledge is power and information enriches the mind. As such, people should develop a culture of reading good books so that they can be knowledgeable on a number of issues affecting them in one way or the other. Apart from reading books, people can also read newspapers in order to keep abreast with current affairs. Reading consistently and widely will in the long run make a person become a good writer. This is because for a person to become a good writer,one ought to be a good reader. For good intents and purposes, the person should read at least three books in a week. It may seem to be difficult at first but with time, the person will get acclimatised. Some people can bring an altercation or an argument that writing is a talent and not a skill. I don’t rebut such a thought but one thing worth noting is that writing manifest from reading extensively. Ultimately, the writing skill will be perfected through practice in that writing and reading go hand in hand. In another breath, let me hasten to mention here that every person who yearns for information regardless of age should develop the culture of reading. Our political leaders should also read widely so that they are well vested with with on various issues. In conclusion, reading is very important to every person who is eager for knowledge on many issues. This will help the person make informed decision. It is never too late to develop and embrace a culture of reading.
ELEMIYA PHIRI Lusaka.
How does ZRA tax the gambling machines?
I write to find out how Zambia Revenue Authority is taxing and collecting revenue from gambling machines found all over Zambia commonly known as Bonanza. These machines have posed a danger to society because many times children are sneaking out of school to go and play Bonanza. As if that is not enough, most times these machines are found in drinking places which is no healthy for children yet the main players are actually school-going children below the age of eighteen. I think parents equally have had a challenge controlling their children from patronizing those places where the machines are installed. The owners of the machines who are mostly of foreign decent are cashing big daily but I wonder if there is a mechanism Zambia Revenue Authority and Government at large have put in place to collect taxes from them. Let there be Law of controlling where these machines are installed even as we have created an enabling environment for business. It should not be any business at the expense of sanity for our society.
Wisdom Muyunda CHINGOLA
Marijuana becomes a multimillion world revenue earner
With the election of Donald Trump as USA President, it is now evident that marijuana has surpassed other renown worldwide commodities as the worldly sought revenue earner. And with the impending legalization policy of marijuana in most USA states by USA President elect Donald Trump, I now see why President Peter Sinkamba of Green Party has been an ardent advocate for its legalization in Zambia. Marijuana can be a quick way of revenue generation for the Countries that have legalized the usage of the said commodity not for smoking but medicinal purposes, far more than the diminishing mineral resources we daily crave for. With a lot of arable land Zambia is endowed with and if Government can empower Zambia National Service to grow cannabis for that good purpose, Zambia is surely bound to become one of the richest nation in the world. Marijuana has a medicinal component found in nearly every drug that is administered daily world over and its growth is cheaper than mineral resources extraction. Trump’s surprise victory and ascendance to Presidency was more anchored on his campaign message to legalize marijuana in USA. And with that, victory just fell on his laps with easy. As we talk diversification, I think let us also explore how best we can tap into this newly found money spinner too. Wisdom Muyunda CHINGOLA