Blame M’membe for the demise of Post newspaper

Dear Editor,

The paper that digs deeper is gone. It is disheartening to see such a force crumble like a house built on sand.

Yes, Fred you saw it coming, didn’t you? Initially it was a paper that was associated with justice and fair play.

It contributed so much to the vibrancy of our democracy and multi-partyism. Fred you should have been above board.

The Post newspaper was the only viable opposition we had over a long time and it provided checks and balances though sometimes in a subtle way.

In a democracy, we need that kind of media to act as a voice for dissenting views.

However, for you to have stood on such a platform you needed to ensure that you are above board.

How can you accumulate so much debt with impunity over a long period of time and expect to survive?

The first debt that came to our attention as a public was the K14 million from Development Bank of Zambia. That was an eye opener that all was not well in the financial management of the newspaper.

Some of us lost confidence in the newspaper as soon as it became clear that it was changing allegiance based on expedience.

It was clear that the pressure that the newspaper got from the Rupiah Banda administration to pay back the DBZ loan forced Fred and the publication to align themselves with the then opposition PF with expectation that once in power they would let them scot free.

Before then, for all who could remember, the paper had no kind words for Sata and the PF.

That shift was morally wrong and it was an indicator that the paper had lost direction.

The paper was so vicious on the Rupiah Banda regime that it literally hammered that government from day one up to their downfall.

Was that not the same with FTJ, though with him it may have been justified with the ZAMTROP exposures?

Shame upon you Fred! You built something which became a public good, yet you have destroyed it single handedly because you lost the original vision.

The expansions into the courier business, those massive unfinished constructions we saw in Shiwang’andu and what else we don’t know were not necessary.

You should have used those resources to build the paper and to stay above board with the law.


Alfred Mwila Mkonda- Mansa


Wait before you land your accusing finger on UTH nurses

Dear Editor,

As a country, we need to be careful before we condemn the UTH nurses for the unfortunate incidence of a lady who gave birth in the hospital lobby.

It is so easy to assume carelessness on the part of nursing staff, but things are not always the way they appear, and we should, therefore, give hospital administration chance to investigate the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incidence.

I say this very confidently based on my personal experience.

About seven years ago, I had to offer my car to help take an expecting woman to a clinic.

With her husband, we rushed her to Chaisa clinic which was the nearest, but because Chaisa clinic had no running water, the staff referred us to the UTH.

That delay was too much. When we reached UTH, it was too late ; the baby was already coming as I was parking the car in front of the maternity ward.

The husband just asked me to go and bring a nurse to the car as he helped his wife to deliver in the car.

It was going to be dangerous to the health of the baby if we tried to make the woman walk into the hospital.

When I reached the nursing staff, they were very professional and quick in their reaction.

A senior nurses came with me to the car where we found sounds of a baby, and the nurse took care of things after that.

She took the mother and baby into the ward, and later came to tell the father everything went well, and the baby and mother were doing fine.

The father and I left the mother and baby at the ospital with nothing but praise and gratitude to our nursing staff.

If we had arrived at the hospital 5-10 minutes earlier the birth could well have been in the hospital lobby, probably too late to get to the labour ward.

May be it would have been easy to blame the nursing staff, but you cannot blame them for a car park delivery; and you cannot blame the driver of the car for not driving fast enough because as driver I did my best.

With proper investigations, and analysis of the circumstances we can avoid simplistic emotional blame games and get to the fundamental challenges facing our health care system.


Concerned Observer  

Categorized | Letters

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