RESPONSE TO LT BLOGGERS
[Brig Gen Godfrey Miyanda – 26th May 2016]
On 22nd May 2016 the LT kindly published my article titled “OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU – MY DEMAND FOR JUSTICE” which paper had nearly 4, 000 views and about 28 comments.
I had another article ready on the Referendum issue, but I did not publish it because the night before the ZNBC television revealed that the President was to host a number of foreign Heads of State the following day, so I decided to withhold publication. Also I had not reacted to some of the comments by Bloggers as I usually do as I was engaged elsewhere. Since some of the comments on the article were misleading and unrelated to the subject matter I judged that if left unanswered, they may confirm the wild allegations in the responses, hence I have chosen to make a combined response through this statement, before releasing the Referendum article.
The purpose is NOT to stop those wishing to continue on their lost bearings, but to let them know that I will not respond nor comment on responses that are meant to distract attention from the subject at hand.
I always take the view that the internet, through this ingenious blogging method of debate, can be a powerful medium for exchange of disparate, even contentious views.
Of course this would depend on participants taking off their partisan spectacles on issues that not only required sober analysis, but also where such “combatants” are willing to revise their positions if a valid point is made against their entrenched position.
I sincerely believe that this “blogging” innovation would turn out to be a “cross pollination” assembly of restless and agile minds seeking answers to contentious national issues rather than seeking to perpetually “shut up” those they disagree with or dislike for whatever reason!
I cannot keep quiet; I have views which may not be expressed by many who are disadvantaged in one form or another. I believe that the more the people are bruised by the sheer numbers of the majority the more it becomes imperative for others to speak for the silent majority, who almost always comprise the poor who cannot afford lawyers.
Of the 28 responses, the majority supported my article. Here is a summarised list of negative comments which has provided me an opportunity to clarify and share knowledge:
“Miyanda is a loner who disappears but only resurfaces during elections; does Miyanda want an elected Present to dance to his tune? Why don’t you wait for the court to be operational? there is nothing wrong with the combined Referendum which the majority want; I support Miyanda but I am worried about some of the compromised judges on the CC (named) so he should wait for the appropriate time to raise these issues; doesn’t Miyanda get tired and stop? Has he managed to raise 1000 supporters?”
Firstly, I do not write or comment in order to make political points; I do so because if my rights are threatened I must first of all defend them before expecting others to do it for me; if I succeed others, especially the poor and weak, will benefit.
Secondly, I refuse the label of a loner.
Thirdly, it is because the President is elected that is why we must insist that he listens to citizens before he makes contentious pronouncements; dictators are not born but are created by the “We, the people” syndrome.
Fourthly, the Constitutional Court became law immediately the President signed the two Constitutional Acts; further the Learned Judges are being paid from the date of appointment, whether they hear cases or not.
Fifthly, how can I get tired of living? The Constitution is an inert thing, a piece of paper that is lifeless but comes to life when citizens breathe life into it by complaining and demonstrating and petitioning.
Zambians must claim their rights and fight for them or else they will become slaves under a dictator whom they help to create. We must NOT go down the One Party State cul-de-sac, even with Christian leaders who hate other Christians.
It is not asking too much to plead that you read and understand before you post comments that are not addressing the subject matter. As for me I will read your posts but from now on I will not comment on irrelevant or personal responses.
It is ironic that now it is the President who is frequently laughing at those who did not read what they were approving in the National Assembly.
But my paper on the Referendum issue is ready, though I expect to be laughed at again and be called names and demonised for alerting the President and the country again to be careful before leading the country down a shaky garden path.
[26TH MAY 2016]