The Scoop Editorial: October 4, 2022
THE problem we have in this country is that we take pride in peddling frivolity even on serious issues. After yesterday’s rescue of the girls who were abducted at different times (serve for Pamela Chisupa whom we know was abducted on April 13, 2022), we expected a united Zambia speaking against this alien scourge to this nation.
Those who may have information to bring to book the dissidents behind this alien scourge should have taken a leading role in ensuring that such vital information is passed on to relevant authorities. Care must be taken at this point so that using information from those abducted and those who may still have leads over this matter about those behind this heinous act can come out as this is important towards ensuring that these criminals are all rounded up brought to book.
The abduction of these girls is not a family issue. It is a national issue which begs the question of how safe the girl child in the midst of these vampires prying on their lives and ready to pounce at any time for reasons best known to themselves and therefore, the least we expected was to see cheap, petty political gibberish and accusations over such an issue.
From the onset, it is petty for anyone to play partisan politics over such a sensitive issue which border on people’s lives. We have no clue what these girls went through under these thugs and the least we can do is to at least accord them some respect and empathy and not playing partisan politics over the situation. This is not a matter of UPND versus PF or Sean Tembo.
A criminal is a criminal regardless of which part of society one belongs to and so we find it frivolous that some people like Sean Tembo can go to an extent of asserting that the abductors could have been sent by the UPND hence the needed to call for international investigative wings such as the FBI or CIA.
We have also seen other politicians weighing in on the same issue with ridiculous accusations and just when we thought we had seen enough, some Constituency Chairman from the UPND issued a statement trying to distance the party from one of the alleged abductors, saying he is not their party member.
Whether or not that person is UPND is out of question. The issue is that he is alleged to have committed the offence and the only logical thing to do is to ensure that those who know his whereabouts cooperate and surrender him to the police so that the entire gang is brought to book.
This is not time to shield criminals or distance ourselves from them in the name of saving the image of the party. There is nothing wrong with admitting someone is your member and surrendering him to relevant authorities. Even in our families, when people error, we call them out to show that we do not ascribe to their perverse behavior.
The bottom line is that both the ruling party and the opposition must not play partisan politics. This is not time to show who can play politics better than others. This is time for all of us to join hands and make it clear to these criminals that Zambia will never be a safe haven for them. We can’t continue to be petty even on serious issues. It is utter nonsense and ridiculous to try to n be sentimental over everything just for the sake of attaining cheap political mileage.
Before anyone thinks of playing partisan politics over this matter, think of the trauma these girls are in. Think of the anguish and anxiety suffered by their families over their disappearance. Let us for once sober up as a country and put politics aside.
Today, it may be them but tomorrow, it may be our relative. Will we be happy if another person played partisan politics over their misfortune? So, whether or not someone believed to be among the abductors is a member of the ruling or opposition political party, the bottom line is that they are a potential criminal and must be treated as such.
They must be arrested and let them have their day in court and if found wanting, be jailed to send a clear message to would-be offenders that we are a country of laws, a country where its citizenry stands hand-in-hand on common causes despite differences in political affiliations and not this nonsense we are seeing from some misguided, good-for-nothing charlatans calling themselves politicians, trying to make a meal out of the situation. This is plain stupidity.