The Panel on Zed comments on the latest scandal to hit the Government, the purchase of 100 hearses, which the Minister of Local Government has apparently blamed on President Mwanawasa :
Local government minister Benny Tetamashimba said the hearses were meant to help poor people in the country's rural districts who are always exploited when burying their dead. I think this is madness. Why is government worried about transporting the dead when there is no transport for the sick? One can say a better approach would be to first of all do everything possible to stop people getting sick by providing clean water, sanitation and nutrition. If this can not be achieved, the next step surely is to ensure that people have access to excellent and affordable health facilities when they fall sick. The last thing we should be thinking about is how we transport the dead.
Lusaka Gossip turns the attention to the Ministry of Health corruption scandal, in particular the President's new "war against corruption", reminding us of the monster in the room :
One of Zambia's veteran politician and lawyer, Dr. Ludwig Sondashi, has revealed that President RB's two sons have been implicated in the GMO and Dora Siliya-RP-Zamtel Scandal. Recalling that the President stated that there would be sacred cows in the fight against corruption, the first step against corruption must start with his own sons. This is important to ensure he can clears his own name in order not to be seem to be shielding his sons. Because the scandal involving Dora Siliya and RP Capital is of national significance, the President's rhetoric against corruption will be meaningful if deeds and not words become practical realities.
Tranforming Zambian Politics focuses on the corruption scandals arguing that the problem is leadership, but also to make the penalties stiffer :
The biggest problem in my view is leadership. Our current political leaders MUST retire. They have run their course and should accept the fact that they cannot lead Zambia to a better future because they do not know how to lead in this new political and global economic climate. They continue to seek political office because of the benefits they reap through corrupt practices. Corrupt leaders should be pursued and prosecuted and pay a steep price for their corruption. Long prison sentences would help to this end because if someone faced the possibility of a 2o year prison sentence they would think twice about stealing from the Zambian people.