LETTERS

The dilemma of Zambia police and the UPND – biased media

Dear Editor,

As the UPND-biased media and the opposition party unite against Zambia police, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo rubbished reports in Parliament that Police officers severely beat up a Muvi Television reporter at Radio Mano in Kasama as reported by Monze Central UPND member of parliament  Jack Mwiimbu.

Thanks to the Home Affairs minister who seemingly argued that the UPND-biased media has brought the police interventions upon itself as it has been out of control for too long (“Police did not beat Muvi TV journalist, says Kampyongo”, Daily Nation, November 25, 2016).

The anti-establishment media has a lot to answer for in Zambia.

The politicization of the very few media houses and regime change narrative in the country has transformed some media into the working tools of their financiers and lobbies they support, and they manipulate the TV viewers and radio listeners out there.

This pays tribute to the old saying, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”.

The anti-PF media is wedded to character assassinations so that prominent people in government get ruined.

Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu, is no stranger to such character assassination, or trial by the same media.

In the same context, it seems that the moment this media is challenged by authorities, they squeal for their freedoms.

But what about the freedoms of the individual citizen slandered?

In essence, the irresponsible media attacks democracy as it attacks the freedom of the individual, which was rightfully hard fought for by Zambia’s freedom fighters in the colonial era.

However, there is this vociferous small group with its own agenda, screaming that its rights (the right word should be wrongs) should not be taken away.

Under the so-called media freedoms, gutter journalism is consistently and unwittingly promoted in Zambia, irrespective of the rights of the individuals that are continually trampled on.

It is no coincidence that Zambia police officers are between a proverbial rock and a hard place.

Pro-UPND civil society groups and so-called media experts accuse them of brutality while the police command pleads self-defence coupled with law and order maintenance against daring UPND political elements that keep on breaking the law with impunity.

However, this blame game distracts from the actual issue of pinning down the origins of the excessive strong-arm tactics by the police.

Finally, it seems that there is an agenda promoted with the assistance of the pro-UPND media to weaken the PF through a host of revelations of graft, police brutality, including character assassinations and slanted reports.

The goal is to achieve regime change.  Needless to say, the UPND architects of these strategies will however not succeed, as the pro-PF voter base remains too large, and the ruling party too popular.

Mubanga Luchembe,

LUSAKA

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Dr Nevers Mumba in self-deceit

Dear Editor,

I almost choked to death with laughter when I read a story in the Post (sorry the Mast) that Dr Nevers Mumba and not Felix Mutati is MMD president. What the cheek and nerve!

To start with the so-called MMD spokesperson Irene Musonda is not known to the true MMD and its leadership.

As bold as brass,  the truth of the matter is that Dr Mumba is no longer  president of MMD and will probably never  be one ever again.

Ms Musonda should be told in no uncertain terms that she may be an expert at shifting terms and definitions around, but to use dishonest skill to sow confusion in the minds of people is what other people would say is personal courage rare amid din of political rancour. Ohers still call it gobbledygook.

 

Josiah Soko

Salima Road, Matero

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Rainy season is here

Dear Editor, 

If you are ready for it, like all other things and seasons, the rain season is best and beautiful.

Sweet is sleep with the rains tapping on your roof. When, however, we pray for the rains, they say we must, too, prepare for the mud.

Let us do just that. Firstly, keep yourself and surroundings very clean. Water-borne diseases like deadly Cholera can easily go viral when rain water marries a dirty environment.  Be clean both inside and out. Let, also, your home be as dry as possible. Water and electricity are not best of friends in the rainy season, more so where you have known or unknown naked wires.

Don’t be caught in the war. You will be easily electrocuted to death. Secondly, carefully follow the weather focus on the radio and television.

Information, if well updated and very correct, can save your life and businesses.  And, just in case they say it will not rain tomorrow, but the nimbus clouds still urinate long and hard on you, take those geographers or whatever they are called to court for miss-informing and misleading you.  We should be more scientific. This is the computer age and the twenty second century, for god’s sake.  Let us be weather smart.

Ensure, thirdly, that you wrap all you water sensitive items in a plastic bag whenever you are leaving home.

Wrap your papers, books, phone, and coins in a good plastic bag before putting them all away in your bag or pockets.

Why should you wear away your paper coins; why allow the rains to kiss your waterproof Chinese Phone, or let the rains sock your books or assignments to chunks of wet paper!

Put, please, all your sensitive items, before dropping them elsewhere, in a waterproof case or good plastic bag. Most of our belongings are far from being waterproof. Better to address and fix problems before they arise. That is called being proactive. Be rain smart.

Fourthly, always have an umbrella nearby. It never rains when you have one. Note that, alas, when serious rains come, not even an umbrella can save you.

Andrea B. Matanbo, Lusaka

 

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