This week in Zambia, you have arrest of opposition leader and also claim that another ppposition leader is in-charge of the rising prices, the inflation and the overall added expenses on the staple food: Maize.
However, we all know that is rubbish. Because, UPND Hichilema isn’t in-charge of any ministry or government portfolio. It is the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Edgar Lungu whose in charge of the mess created. It is his people whose not on guard and fixing the issues within the Republic. That is why the issues are there, because there is a need for basis and control from the state.
In addition, that the PF is attacking others and claiming their faults for their mismanagement. It is easier to point the finger at HH and UPND. Instead of acting reasonable and finding out why there is a growing inflation on staple-food and the need for price cap on Maize.
“On Sunday, the 25th of August 2019, the Agriculture Minister of Zambia, one of the most highly urbanized countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Katambo said following a meet with millers, chain stores, stockfeed manufacturers and grain traders that they all had agreed to put a cap on maize price in order to keep the nation’s staple food affordable. On top of that, the Agricultural Ministry had also added in a statement that a ton of maize could be sold at a maximum price of $198.93 or 2,600 Kwacha ($1= 13.07 Kwacha)” (Sourav D. – ‘Zambia introduces price cap on maize (corn) amid farmers’ protest’ 27.08.2019, Financial-World.Org).
“Zambia’s headline inflation accelerates for sixth consecutive month in August, jumping to new multi-year high as food price pressures weigh. Despite the reintroduction of maize price caps, surging food prices may steer inflation to breach double-digit territory by end-Q3” (NKC African Economics, 30.08.2019).
“Lusaka Province secretary Kennedy Kamba told journalists yesterday the two directors recently invited United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema to coerce him into petitioning the Commission over alleged corruption in the government. Mr Kamba said those were some of the clandestine tactics the opposition and some public servants were using to discredit President Edgar Lungu and his government because they had nothing else to talk about as the government had delivered in all sectors. At the same briefing, Lusaka Province PF chairman Paul Moonga warned millers against conniving with the opposition to create artificial mealie meal prices and commodity shortages” (Charles Musonda – ‘ACC BOSSES EXPOSED’ 30.08.2019, Daily Nation)
The PF should consider their actions, because it is their lack of actions in time. That is the reason for the inflation on the staple food. If not their inside dealings, which has told stories to HH. It is not that he gets the truth from directors of millers.
Therefore, the state and the PF needs to look into itself and its shortcomings. If they want it for the better. PF needs to act upon that, not that HH or anyone else is questioning their actions. Since, his just doing his duty as an opposition. HH is not governing, that is what the PF does, if not they are not doing it well enough. That is why HH and the opposition is the scapegoats for the lack of due diligence from the government itself.
Seriously, something is up. I don’t know what it is or the reason for it. But there is something not sorted out. Because, an inflation and a price-cap on maize doesn’t come over night. Peace.
A huge fire is started by a small spark and the people of Sesheke are heroes and pace setters in liberating this Country from the jaws of poverty and corruption. Votes have defeated machine guns and pangas. The wise leave the stage when at least a few fools are able to clap for them. Never leave the stage when it’s too late for even fools to clap for you. Do you expect farmers that you haven’t given fertilizer to clap for you? Call for early elections, KK did that in the interest of the Country.
It’s clear that when people are stretched to the limit they do not only lose respect for you but become fearless too. The just ended by election in Sesheke should be an eye opener for PF to accept that people have had enough of nonsense and no amount of intimidation will stop them from liberating themselves. Sesheke today is the most famous town in Zambia.
The way PF has been conducting itself any wise leader should have foreseen that one day the will of the people will defeat the guns. People who liberated this Country did so with only stones against the blazing guns of the colonialist. When we say that people are not happy with the way you have looted this Country you don’t listen until you met the people of Sesheke with a clear message that enough is enough. God bless the people of Sesheke.
A similar thing almost happened in Ndola when you attempted to arrest HH. And if you continue being so careless you may just start something that will be too big for you to handle. The problem is that you are cheated by people eating with you the proceeds of crime and you conclude that Zambians are happy with your corrupt leadership. I have never seen a stubborn leadership like the one in PF. Yes, you have been weaving a web of deceit and very soon you will be caught in it.
Ba PF you know too well that you cannot win an election without violence and confusion and yet you want to dare people in 2021. As you continue covering your corruption you will just be committing more and more atrocities against the Zambian people, but very soon you will be answerable for your crimes against the Zambians. NALI KWEBELE TABULAPO.
We have said it before that the ending for any dictator is disastrous, and yours is not different. The dialogue and the Church that you are despising now, you will embrace it once in prison. Stop cheating yourselves that Zambians are very docile, all what Zambians do is to give you enough rope to hang yourself. The day will come when you will be saying to yourself that you wish you listened.
UPND – Chairman for Mines and Freedom Fighter.
Certainly, the recent days haven’t been good for the Zambian President Edgar Lungu, whose on the ride for his third term in power in the Republic. As he has had issues within the Republic. Within his own party.
This being Harry Kalaba MP, who has been expelled from the Patriotic Front (PF) on the 27th January 2019. Therefore, the PF has gone nuts, as Kalaba has resigned as MP from his constituency. This was done the 29th January as he would not challenge the expulsion from the ruling regime.
We know this is hurting the PF, as all MPs who are joining the party of Kalaba are called cockroaches and lack vision in life. That is what even written about them as the news was passed in the end of January 2019.
We know that this is hurting the Chief Strategist of PF and founding member Yosi Miti wrote this on the 1st February 2019: “Harry Kalaba’ s Departure A Good Riddance And It will Help to Expose Treacherous And Political Mercenaries In PF Who have been Working with him in the dark” (…) “Kalaba is just playing to the gallery he doesn’t truly believe in what he is preaching. We dont hate Kalaba as an individual but we hate his treacherous behaviour” (…) “Infact Dean was in his own class.Kalaba is just a good orator and that , no one can subtract from him but equally Nevers Mumba is actually even better than him. So this euphoria we are witnessing now will die a natural death soon as it is just a mere political drama performed to the hungry audience scavenging from the empty bins” (Yosi Miti, 01.02.2019).
When his former party is writing that quickly about him in this way. A man who they had no trouble having in the Cabinet, who served as Foreign Minister between March 2014 until January 2018. As he gotten expelled and resigned as MP, as he plans to stand as Presidential Candidate for the DP.
The Opposition has come in defence of the former high-ranking official within the PF, on the 3rd February 2019 with this statement: “ We are well aware that the Patriotic Front has woken up some long-forgotten politicians, from their political slumber, with the aim of trying to increase the number of voices that are advocating for a ZCID led dialogue process. The main purpose of these hired political elements is to muddy the waters and bring about confusion regarding this dialogue process, on behalf of the PF, without the PF itself getting its hands dirty” (PRESS STATEMENT – OPPOSITION ALLIANCE RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS BY THE PF ALLIANCE, 03.02.2019).
Clearly, the PF and Lungu are not used to this, that the they are back-stabbing each other and not only aiming at the opposition, whose usually in the way. The PF is really ambusing Kalaba, as the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed on the 4th February 2019, that they have banned the Democratic Party. Meaning him standing as a Presidential Candidate for an illegal party by the law.
The PF is really showing their disgraceful tactics against a former ally. They cannot handle, therefore, calling him all names and attributed, while also, in the end. PF is also taking his livelihood.
The PF is really just showing merciless tactics and their despotic rule by doing this to Kalaba. If he was a nobody, a former comrade, then hey should know how to run against him. Not silence him. They are just cowards themselves who has to all legal means to stop the opportunity to have anyone of character running against Lungu in 2021, except of Hakainde Hichilema, the leader of United Party for National Development (UPND).
The PF are trying their best to divide and rule. They are using force and expecting Kalaba to just stand down, be bowing his knees and kissing the ring of forgiveness from Lungu. Because, everyone supposed to love ECL. Everyone is supposed to think like ECL and be behind him. Nothing else is to anticipate. In Zambia, everyone are his subjects and his servants. The ones questioning that, are liable for legal threat and trouble.
This sort of defence of the ruling regime and their acts is cult like, they are a self-obsessed tribe, whose seeing themselves as superior. Everyone else is foolish not to follow and trust their hearts, minds and political life in the hands of ECL. Because there is all solutions, they should not sway away from him and his ways. Surely, they are writing praises, songs and myths of ECL. As ECL are the saviour and mortal God, someone who nobody should dismiss or even go up against. He might look like a mere mortal, but he has a godly touch that you only taste if your part of the PF. So, don’t dare challenge that.
That is the game of PF: That is the game of Lungu. That is why they called it treacherous and called them cockroaches, which is really showing their ugly side. Their real side and their lack of protocol, when people differ in opinions and picks different ways in life. Peace.
PS: Kalaba shouldn’t believe if Shepard Bushiri told him, that he had a vision or whatever for him to become President in 2021. That was surely just to sell more anointing oil or get a bigger donation from the big-man. Surely, Harry should have kept his head cool and not gone out with that. As the Prophet is behind bars for fraud, which is not a good look, as the Political is happening.
PS II: The Story of Kalaba is far from over, as long as Lungu’s PF is in power. ECL might thinks this make him look wise and make him look powerful. PF and ECL looks foolish instead and uncertain about their power. When they have to play Kalaba like this. As he plans life outside the ruling regime. That is what this showing. This saga is not OVER. Kalaba will be there and as long as they play these games, his name will even hit international headlines. Just like it has done with their acts against HH. Peace Part II.
Today in Lusaka, was the day, where the gloves are off and the reality sets in. It is not that people are opening up presents to early, as the Christmas morning is upon just yet. However, there is someone who got their glee and their grove on. That is Zambia’s own head honcho, their own Wonderboy and Gods Grace, Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Whose been allowed to run for a third term by the Constitutional Court.
That is a significant step, as 106(3) of the Constitution says: “A person who has held office as President is not eligible for election as a third term”. Another person and fellow dictator who did similar trick as Lungu, is Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza, who didn’t amend the Constitution before the election in 2015 after serving already two terms. Now, Lungu is doing the same trick. He thinks he is pulling the rabbit out of the hat, but instead he is showing his true aim. To rule for life.
On the same day, as he is allowed to run for a third term. Daily Nation reports that: “This week on Tuesday during a special interview on ZNBC, Mr Chanda directed Law Enforcement to arrest people using social media to report falsehoods about President Edgar Lungu’s health” (Daily Nation – ‘POLICE TO ACT ON STATE DIRECTIVE, 07.12.2018).
So, clearly the state is in high gear and ready, as anyone questioning and spreading rumors about the President might meet the law at some point. Just like activist and opposition politicians. Because the Patriotic Front isn’t playing around.
That is what the key part of their statement today said: “The Patriotic Front (PF) is delighted with the outcome of the landmark decision of the Constitutional Court that has cleared the path for Republican and PF President His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu to contest the 2021 elections” (…) “We do not have time to waste in any meaningless debate in the aftermath of this court decision on the eligibility; but we are focused to deliver on development. That is what we were elected for. May I also take this opportunity to thank the ever increasing party membership across our nation for their zeal and spirit of brotherhood that permeates through the rank and file of the structures of the Patriotic Front” ( Hon. Davies Mwila – ‘PRESS STATEMENT ON THE LANDMARK DECISION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT REGARDING THE ELIGIBILITY OF REPUBLICAN AND PF PRESIDENT- HIS EXCELLENCY EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU TO CONTEST THE 2021 ELECTIONS’ 07.12.2018).
As seen by his own party, they were not playing games about it and gloating in the victory, as if it was a surprise that he would get another term. That was in the cards as there was no evidence of him stepping down or considering doing so. That is why they were so happy with the reasoning from the Constitutional Court which stated like this: “According to the concourt, President Edgar Lungu served for two years and not three years. “A term can only be considered for three years and not two years, President Lungu only served for two years. We therefore declare that he is eligible to contest the 2021 General election. “ stated the concourt” (Zambian Watch, 07.12.2018).
With that in mind, the first stepping stone, the first hurdle, the first giant leap towards Life Presidency has begun, as the President sealed his Third Term. The rest will be from now formalities. Now, we just have to await amendments and changes of the laws. To make him eligible again. As he cannot pull off the same trick to run again. Than, he has the whole time or the whole term.
We have seen this elsewhere and now we know, Lungu is in for the long-con, not the short-con. He is not leaving and anticipate to rule indefinitely. Nothing else seems unlikely. Especially today. Peace.
God’s time is the best and no man can change God’s calendar.A mango tree does not worry when the orange tree is producing fruits in it’s season.
We celebrate 20 years of UPND existence in our own way and God’s calendar in line with ‘People Power,Our Power,Our Land in the midst of economic and political struggle for a better Zambia.
God has been with us for these years to prevent and defend democracy from being buried by political vandals.
The party has grown and spread like fire to all parts of the country since the demise of the founding father the late Anderson Mazoka and may he rest in peace.
Had it not been for UPND to be in opposition under the wise leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema and his visionary team, there was not going to be a strong voice to speak for the voiceless and the down trodden.
Zambians could have been fearing to exercise their democratic right.
It is worthy to celebrate the party’s existence and with Mr Hichilema’s courageous and visionary leadership including members sustaining the party under difficult times.
Without UPND in opposition Zambia could have been reversed to a one party state a long time ago.
And UPND has remained strong when other political parties within a space of one year died while others just continue existing on paper.
We have planted a strong political foundation for opposition political parties to survive.
Once in government; we shall provide condusive environment for any opposition political party to freely offer checks and balances as oppose to Patriotic Front who are always oppressing the opposition.
The slow movement of a lion doesn’t show weakness or being tired but calculated steps to get it’s prey.
We never went to the streets to fight our stolen victory but sought legal intervention because we respect the rule of law and trusting God to see us through.
It is not how fast one builds a house but how firm and strong it will be when the storm comes.
Happy 20 years of experience in opposition and now it’s time to run government with a vast experience of leadership from the opposition.
People Power,Our Power,Our Land!!
UPND Deputy Spokesperson
In Zambi,a as the scheduled treason trial of the Opposition leader Hichilema goes underway, the visit of South African Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has caused lot of headache for the Patriotic Front and their President Edgar Lungu, certainly President Lungu is following tricks of others totalitarian leaders, like President Museveni. Who also has put key opposition figures on treason trials, but has not had the issue of opposition leaders from abroad visiting to argument for their release. Therefore, Lungu got pressure from South Africa and by that means expelled the DA leader. As of today the supposed visit and treason trial was about happen. The problematic visit of Maimane has clearly created a storm the Zambian regime didn’t plan. Take a look!
How Zambia Authorities perceive the expulsion:
“THE Zambia High Commission to South Africa has informed the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) that Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane was turned away from Zambia as his presence was going to undermine the sanctity, integrity and independence of the Judiciary. During the meeting between DIRCO officials and His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambia stated that the matters regarding Mr. Hichilema were in court and it was imperative that the due process of the law was respected without undue pressure or interference. Government was concerned with Mr. Maimane’s and the DA’s media statements prior to his visit to Zambia that stated that his party would pressure the Courts of the Law to release Zambia’s opposition leader, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema who is currently undergoing a treason trial. Mr. Maimane alleged that Mr. Hichilema was facing trumped up charges and therefore he would mobilize fellow regional opposition sister parties and leaders to pressure the Zambian courts to release Mr. Hichilema. The Zambian High Commission had earlier advised Mr. Maimane to reschedule his visit until this and other concerns were resolved but clearly turned down such an advise” (Mwebantu, 26.05.2017).
As explained by Open Zambia:
“LUSAKA Magistrate David Simusamba was today at 12:00 hours expected to rule on whether the treason case involving United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema (HH) and 5 other people should be referred to the High Court as per committal certificate issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to refer the treason case to the High Court” (Open Zambia, 26.05.2017).
Patriotic Front statement on Maimane:
“We wish to place on record that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is not a political prisoner but a criminal suspect. Zambia has no political detainees and that will never happen under the Patriotic Front Government of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Hichilema is a criminal suspect and not a political detainee. This is what is before the Courts. It is therefore unfortunate that South Africa’s “Nazi Party” Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane and his sponsors intend to make a political issue out of a criminal case. We shall not be lectured to by architects and beneficiaries of apartheid like Democratic Alliance. Zambia fought apartheid and even at this stage, we shall not relent in dealing with its agents like DA. Zambia is a sovereign country, with sovereign laws which must be respected by all. It is not a playground for every tom and dick, including agents of capital such as Maimane” (…) “We wish to place on record once more that if blocking a Presidential motorcade is political in South Africa, it is criminal in Zambia. Further we wish to say that it does not matter whether Zambians laws on treason are laughable to others, once someone crosses the line, they are triggered, unfortunately. If it is politics to just walk into a South Africa as an alien, it is law in Zambia that everyone is screened at the port of entry and entry can be denied without explanation” (…) “We have no apologies to make when Maimane is denied entry into Zambia. It was inevitable and he was correctly advised by the Zambian High Commission in South Africa. It must be said to Maimane that Zambia is a sovereign state and he has no right to enter Zambia as he ignorantly alleged in his interview. Entering a foreign state as an alien is the preserve of that Country’s immigration department and we think this is simple civics which a political front should grasp easily. Immigration at ports of entry do not exist for decorative purposes. They are meant to screen and send back or arrest characters with questionable agendas like Maimane” (Sunday Chanda Media Director, Patriotic Front, 26.05.2017).
DA’s own statement on the matter:
“The Zambian government clearly feels threatened by Mr Hichilema and his party, the UPND, who have been working tirelessly in their attempts to stop the decay of democracy in Zambia. As the sister party of the Democratic Alliance (DA), they too are committed to the advancement of vibrant, competitive, multiparty democracy, the rule of law and the entrenchment of human rights and free speech across Africa. Mr Hichilema is also a founding member of the Southern African Partnership for Democratic Change (SAPDC), a body of opposition parties from across Southern Africa who are committed to securing democracy across the region, and which I am the current Chairman of. It is for these reasons I decided to attend the trial of Mr Hichilema, in order to show solidarity with him and with the project of building and deepening democracy that we are engaged in across the continent. In respecting the Zambian government’s wishes, I honoured their call to refrain from visiting Mr Hichilema in prison, as the government claims there exists a court order preventing such visitation by members of the public. It should be noted that the Lungu administration even blocked Zambia’s founding father, President Kenneth Kaunda, from visiting Mr Hichilema in prison. It is a truly tragic collapse of a once stable democracy” (Democratic Alliance, 26.05.2017).
Therefore, the visit of solidarity were cut short, some say as short as an hour on the Zambian soil as the Opposition leader was not allowed to enter the Republic of Zambia. The certainty of the pressure arising of his presence must clearly been too profound for the judges and the authorities. Since they are clearly not powerful or seeing the strength of having foreigners questioning their trials and their justice system. I am sure the Zambian ruling regime and party would have wish the South African Opposition leader never planned his visit. Since they clearly has no problems with pinning Hichilema.
Certainly, people confess that South Africa has enough problems with the toll of a Zuma Administration, deep in a crisis of democratic deficit at this very moment. Still, the DA leader is obliged to visit and support fellow opposition leader. It shouldn’t be seen as vicious attempt or even trying to discredit the Zambian regime. That they have clearly been able to do on their own. As their words expressed through own party channels are vicious and blatant attempt of disrespecting the DA and Maimane. Seems like the Patriotic Front cannot get onlookers into their cases and have questions asked over their courts. If so, are they so democratic and right that the ruling regime of Zambia, cannot handle one-man travel into their country to be part of one trial?
That is how it will be perceived! That Maimane does to prove a point – sure, like no one else are trying to get political capital out of this. The only one losing right now is the Patriotic Front and their President Lungu. Who looks more like fools, than clever and sovereign? Not because they are not allowed to stop people from entering their borders and closing their gates. It is because they are already in an epic battle with forces beyond their shores. As the world is looking how they will act towards Hichilema.
Zambia has played the deck wrong and the cards are really stacking against them, as the political prisoner and opposition leader are under threat. That by the fear of losing control, as the Patriotic Front has to save their grace and attitude, as the ruling regime, clearly are losing their steps and cannot handle that a foreign leader question their courts. That is because their justice and their rule is overpowering. The Patriotic Front is ready by all means, expelling and trading shots. However, they do not win goodwill; neither does the current stalemate create possible positive leadership from the central government. Peace.
The Zambia Revenue Authority officers, under instructions from State House, arrived at Post Newspapers head office and printing press around 17:00hours in the company of armed police, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million (US$6.1 million) disputed tax arrears immediately.
Post Newspapers general manager for finance Rowena Zulu then explained that the money ZRA was demanding had already been paid almost in total. But a ZRA officer responded that they had not yet accessed the money and thus they could not withdraw the warrant of distress.
The lawyers from Nchito and Nchito then produced a court order restraining the officers from issuing a warrant of distress on PostNewspapers, but the officers disobeyed the order. Instead, the ZRA officers chased all employees who were still working at the head office, before locking up the entrance.
At the printing plant, the ZRA officers also switched off the printing press, locked up the premises, leaving the heavily armed police officers in charge.
This above is written by The Post of Zambia!
Some other statments on the matter:
MISA Zambia issued a high alert on the situation it is monitoring stating; “A media house’s economic freedom is closely linked to its editorial freedom and the situation with the Post is a classic example of what happens when economic freedom is manipulated to interfere with a media house’s editorial freedom.” (MISA 21.06.2016).
“Last week, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema said he was warned by the Intelligence Officers that President Lungu was planning to close the Post Newspaper to pave way for rigging the elections. And surely today he has closed it down using PF carders in ZRA uniforms” (Mwebantu News Media, 21.06.2016).
Enough for now. Peace.