Dear Mr President,
As your ardent unwavering supporter, and believing and trusting that the Good Lord, who is your professed and confessed Saviour of both your life in Heaven and on earth, for whom you are building a National House of Prayer in His Honour, I am more than confident and positive that you can revisit and reflect on the issues I table below. I have no doubt in my mind, today, being a new day, you certainly have new renewed strength and approach to what me, as your ardent supporter and citizen, is presenting to you.
Mr President, whilst we were campaigning for you in Kabwe in 2015, at a campaign rally, you pledged to listen to our concerns when you get a vote. You said any issue that would aggrieve us, you would be a listening President. It is on this promise that I have strength, basis and courage to write you what concerns me, my community and nearly HALF of the country (remember we only beat HH by 100,530 votes or so), your Excellency.
My beloved President, as your staunch personal cadre for your Presidency, an advocate of your continued leadership, I would be last person to see or enjoy you being loathed at or laughed at in the future. Your Excellency, my concern is on your LEGACY. Society has a way of having short memories, your Excellency.
Let me get into the meat of my appeal, to you Your Excellency.
Mr President, I am now very convinced that you have enemies, whom you mingle with, sit with, eat with, chat with and walk with – serious foes to your Presidency because they don’t feel for you, they don’t envisage a day when you no longer is President. They know they will settle in Dubai, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, UK, Russia, France, USA where their treasures are sitting. I do not know if you have any genuine adviser, true advisers for that matter, with whom you cross check in your situational boardroom, who is guiding you on political State-craft.
However, being a Christian and given the fact that your Presidency has innovated the building of the House of Prayer, whose principles, among others is the promotion of co-existence, love and tolerance, I appeal to your humble heart, Sir, to have a reflection on what is happening and cast that to a time when you will no longer be President.
It is unarguable that incarcerated opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema provoked the State, provoked you, demeaned you and wanted to be a law unto himself. That is a fact. I don’t deny that. That is the error that HH did. That is his misjudgment of error. i know how they have been burning markets, schools, public places to provoke the State, “Umwaiche balamubala nokumuma,” you warned HH and his cadres, way before elections.
However, you have your own portion in this episode, as our national father. You are a President for all Zambians, including truant, silly disobedient troublesome children, and Hakainde can be one such child, Your Excellency. You as Father, have a different role to play. Just because we your children are wrong is no certificate for you as our Father to be perceived to be wrong.
What worries me, Mr President, is what your legacy – under reasonable judgement and perceptions by the people who love you, could be, after your time to leave that seat comes.
Mr President, even at personal level, not all your children are obedient to your guidance or desires.
You have found a way of dealing with them – with love and care. I am requesting that the same love you exercise on your own nuclear children, Your Excellency, be applied on your now weakened brother, son and citizen, Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr President, as I write this solemn letter to you, am filled with tears, I have just read the anguish of Mrs Mutinta Hichilema, who went to Chimbokaila prison to take food to her hubby only to bounce as her husband has been moved to a Mukobeko Maximum prison in Kabwe, Central Province – if that is true.
Now Mutinta fears such a move is meant to kill her hubby. Which is not a fact. But, life being what it is, HH may just meet his natural death there. Your Excellency, it would be hard for your accusers to say you were not involved in HH’s death. All fingers will come pointing towards your throne. Whatever explanation can be rendered, would be hard to be fathomed as true. That is the complexity of this matter.
Mr. President, I have attended Church services with you in Chilenje during campaigns. I have moved with you in your troubled Presidency and I have the comfort to say, I know you have a very parental, caring and loving heart.
Your Excellency, am appealing to you to exercise that soft heart that you have for we your disobedient children, you are our father.
Historical legacy, Mr President is important. It requires we who support you, to bring it to your attention.
Your Excellency, our democratic reign in Zambia is endangered by two sectors – the Constitution and the Police. Both these two perpetrate injustice, often, without regard to human rights, Christian values or reasonableness.
Dr Chiluba started out as a democratic messiah from the trade union ranks. He was the darling of the “Hour has Come” sing song. Alas, he became a Nazist fearful terror agent against the norms of liberties and freedoms of the people. Arrogance of power went to his head. He thought he would reign forever.
He sponsored to doctor the constitution in 1996 that changed the parentage Clause to stop Dr Kaunda from bouncing back to power. It was during FTJ’s time that KK was declared a foreigner, a Stateless citizen. Bullets missed KK whilst in Kabwe, the police were said to be ready to kill him, to preserve FTJ’s reign.
And the events that followed were very debilitating, degrading and embarrassing for our First Republican President.
Mr President, in the early hours of 26th December, 1997, President, Dr Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba’s government arrested Dr Kenneth Kaunda on Christmas day. The former President, was arrested by paramilitary policemen as part of a Government crackdown on opposition leaders after an attempted coup in October.
The arrest of Dr. Kaunda, then 73-year-old statesman, who led us to independence in 1964, heightened political tensions in Zambia, where we lived for two months under what amounted to a police state and where a siege brutal mentality seemed to have infected the ruling party, MMD.
In grandstanding despotic style, more than 90 soldiers and several opposition politicians were jailed since FTJ declared a state of emergency in late October after loyal troops crushed a rebellion by a handful of mutinous soldiers. Under the emergency declaration, the police had wide powers to detain people for 28 days without charges.
Mr President, UNIP cried foul. ”They are determined to make sure that they use this coup as an opportunity to detain Dr. Kaunda, to humiliate him, and endanger him, may be even kill him,” KK’s then press secretary, Muhabi Lungu, said. ”All of this is aimed at squashing the opposition. They want to use this opportunity to crack down on anyone who has a voice in this country.”
Your Excellency, even then, FTJ’s government placed Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the treason suspect, under House arrest in Kalundu area. I went there and visited him. Myself and the late Steward Mwila even did the unthinkable – we beat the System to let the BBC broadcast KK’s detention so the world could know. Ask KK, he knows how a camera was smuggled in and KK became the self-broadcasting journalist whilst in detention.
Mr President, citizens always sympathize with the incarcerated, if they perceive that the State action is overzealous or unjust – how does one arrest KK on Christmas day, for God’s sake.
Like always, South Africa now is our brother’s keeper. She always checks on how big brother Zambia is doing on issues of democracy and human rights. In FTJ’s time, then SA President did an overbearing on FTJ to halt his 3rd Term bid.
For now, your Excellency, current SA President is embattled in more than a thousand legal issues, votes of no confidence and all, so Jacob Zuma is occupied for personal survival in the throne. Otherwise, he could have come through to chat with you in person.
Because of that void in SA, it has given room to truant Mmusi Maimane, leader of opposition and racist DA party to attempt to do the job that his President, Zuma, is failing to perform. Lesson is, where the Presidency seems to falter, other concerned citizens take up the role to help.
Your Excellency, FTJ’s hateful injustice legacy against KK, using police and the Constitutional clauses, did not end there.
FTJ confessed, “I didn’t know power was so sweet”, three months of being in power in his first term. Indeed, he pushed his zealots to campaign for a Third Term in 2001.
They went all over. Some sections of civil society were in fore front. Realisng the rot and docility of intoxicated paid pro-3rd Term campaigners, the OASIS Forum of various church bodies, civil society, individuals were formed to stop FTJ’s bid.
Pressure, became too much. Parliament shot down the 3rd Term Constitutional amendment bid. Before this, more than 20 top leaders, dubbing themselves as the “Young Turks”, with prolific incorruptible democrats like late Dean Namulya Mungomba, walked away from FTJ’s camp.
So the way out for now lone FTJ was to look for a city mate, a Church mate, lawyer Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, who had earlier resigned from his government as Vice President, citing corruption. FTJ thought putting Levy in charge of Plot 1 would keep himself.
In the middle of the night, FTJ went to wake Levy up to take up a heated meeting of National Executive Committee.
Alas, when Levy took office as President, the first person he prosecuted was the appointing authority himself. FTJ was in hot soup. Levy went to parliament, elaborated on the Plunder Matrix and The Post newspaper were the information carrier of Levy’s crusade to persecute his former boss, one who gave him the office as President when he was nowhere near the echelons of power or party consideration.
Chiluba got shocked. He never anticipated such a thing could happen, at the hands of a person he woke up from sleep. And as fate would have it. FTJ was undressed and inevitably, his court battles caused him heart problems.
He never lived long. FTJ died. I am sure that whilst FTJ was going through all that persecution at the hands of his own appointee, Levy, he must have recalled what he made KK go through. Am sure at that time, KK thought FTJ got his pay-back-time. And, Levy brought KK closer to his Presidency, amazing politics of justice against injustice.
Your Excellency. Rupiah Bwezani Banda did the same against then opposition leader Michael Chilufya Sata who was arrested and detained on several occasions on very suspicious unbailable charges which police slapped on him and as it were, the courts later dismissed and RB became a free man. However, RB’s health deteriorated and todate, RB is still suffering from ill health.
Your Excellency, I have taken time to elaborate the issues that Your Office, which your predecessors held, does and go through – whilst in Office and what happens when they leave.
Sadly, my beloved President, none of their so-called Advisors or Ministers or OP, or Police bosses who render such advice and guidance for Presidential executive decision ever share in the agony of life of persecution after a President leaves Office.
Mr President, they continue in their jobs like before and continue to do the same mess they did under and with the previous regime into the new regime in charge of State.
With that said, my beloved President, I would be the last person to see you persecuted because of your Executive positions on State matters involving opposition or former leaders or any other important citizen of this great country.
Mr President, I know some would misunderstand this.
Trust me, Your Excellency, I am just your cadre, you and I now don’t meet because I have no access to you so my little knowledge can’t be brought to your attention in person as both your State House and the phone numbers I had are no longer in use. Thankfully, through this media, this might reach you – hoping that someone who truly loves you, and wishes you to settle undisturbed when your time to vacate office comes, will avail you a copy of this write up since you are very busy person.
One thing I know is that those who hate you will not even let you know what I am saying, and yet the Country pays them to give you information of what we the citizens are saying, for you rule in our behalf.
Your Excellency, please reconsider. Your brother HH is your son too. Have mercy on him. He has learnt a hard lesson. I know that what he did was unacceptable. But, like you are experiencing Your Excellency, he too doesn’t have wise good advisors. It’s a national crisis of lack of wisdom and knowledge, its deeper poverty of the mind we are engulfed in.
You know who advises HH – William Banda, Martha Mushipe, Katuka, Nkombo, GBM etc. What can one expect from such brains, anyway? You have noticed how people have run away from embattled HH, whom they used to say they don’t fear prison and if police wanted, they could arrest them. Where are they. They have become John Cenas – you can’t see them. I don’t want such to happen to you, Mr. President. Count on me, in your good or bad times, am yours but won’t be a cadre that just tells you what you want to hear.
HH is not alone on this score. Mr President, I am surely not confident of your Advisors or current bunch of State Counsels, that is if ever they do avail you independent advice. From where I sit, I think you are all alone. The Presidency is devoid of State Craft.
Unfortunately, the onus, Your Excellency, rests on your shoulders, not on advisors. I know you didn’t arrest HH. But its your government agencies and machinery which did. So, ultimately, it is said that Lungu arrested HH, it’s a thin line Mr President.
Therefore, for me, my focus is on YOU as my President, as one who makes decisions, as the one that I voted for. I didn’t vote for Kaizer Zulu or any of your Ministers. I voted for you and Kabwe Central MP, Tutwa Ngulube and the PF COuncillors in my Constituency, Broadway, in Kabwe Central.
When any of the people I voted for take ANY decision, it is my PRIMARY concern.
I think through. I weigh. And I ensure I communicate my thoughts to them. Why? If it were not for my vote, they wouldn’t perhaps have not been there as National leaders. So my role does not just end at casting my vote, I have to help my leader work to perform justly and better than yesterday.
My quest for this write up, Your Excellency is to appeal to your conscience to do a Fatherly Act on your brother and son HH. Mr President, I can’t teach you how you can do it without breaking the law.
You have the DPP, your legal agent. He knows what he can do it court. He knows the instruments to use to enter discontinuation of the torturous process.
Mr. President, I am crying to you. I have reflected on this whole episode. Help me as your voter. It could be the only payment I would want from you for my vote – favour to get HH out of this mess, you will have done it for me.
Even when an adulterous woman was caught in the Act, Jesus asked who amongst the accusers had never sinned. They all walked away. Ask any of your Advisors if they have never sinned under your Presidency and if prison doesn’t deserve their presence as we speak.
When Jesus was brought to the President, Pontius Pilate, they cried loudly to be hanged. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but he had to perform his Presidential duties to slap punishment on Jesus.
Pilate thought – to keep his conscience, either please the Jesus accusers or abdicate his throne if he failed. Pilate drew a compromise. He asked them for an exchange, between Jesus and the real criminals on stand. They cried all the more to have Jesus nailed on the cross.
Pilate, as President, had a tough choice to make. He felt sad. He personally did not believe the loud “crucify him! crucify him!” calls were justified. His conscience to do right troubled him.
He had no choice. He WASHED off his hands and walked away.
Your Excellency, Mukobeko Prison, where am told HH has been taken to brings me sad memories that makes me cry. That is where my cherished mother, Princess Nakatindi Wina was incarcerated by FTJ’s government. She never lived long thereafter. The State declared a State funeral. She was buried honourably.
Now that HH has gone to Mukobeko, so I hear, supposing he dies there, shall we be in order to give him a State funeral as leader of opposition with State House issuing a message of condolences to his party, his wife Mutinta and all? How will Heaven look at us on that score? My heart is bleeding, my soul is anguished, Your Excellency, feel pity on Mutinta, HH’s wife, please I plead for reconsideration.
Your Excellency, if your conscience is clear that handling your brother and son, HH is alright, in the manner it is being done, the Lord God your Supervisor above, is watching. What you do is a matter of Heavenly records.
As your supporter, I know for sure, that FORGIVENESS of your son’s sins will make Heaven happy, the people you rule happy and the nation will begin to be reconciled so that you just concentrate on giving us much needed development, which is the primary task as to why my vote was placed on your head on the ballot paper at my polling station at Broadway School in Kabwe.
Mr President, am using the power of my ONE VOTE for you to appeal to you to reconsider, have mercy on my appeal Your Excellency, that is all the payment I would want from you Sir.
May the Almighty God, who doesn’t fail, who makes a way in people’s hearts, who talks to you in privacy, help you to reconsider and think – “WHAT ELSE CAN I DO AS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA TO HELP?”
By Emmanuel Chilekwa