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President Sata’s directive to terminate GBM’s contract is abuse of power-Father Bwalya

Time Posted: December 31, 2013 6:43 am
President Sata with Wynter Kabimba

President Sata with Wynter Kabimba

President Michael Sata’s directive to terminate the business contracts that former defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s company had with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has been described as a dangerous abuse of power.

This is according to Frank Bwalya who released a statement to media in which he described the action take by the president as a form of corruption as it clearly confirmed that the president was involved the awarding of Government contracts.

Below is the full statement

STATEMENT BY ALLIANCE FOR BETTER ZAMBIA (ABZ)
DECEMBER 30, 2013.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

President Michael Sata’s directive to terminate the business contracts that former defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s company had with the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) is a dangerous abuse of power and intolerance typical of tin pot dictators and it raises serious concerns about the role Mr Sata has been playing in awarding government contracts.

Mr Sata has no power to direct the termination of a dully awarded contract because of personal or political differences. The public is aware that the differences that have emerged between Mr Sata and Mr Mwamba have nothing to do with Mr Mwamba’s businesses.

Therefore, Mr Sata’s action to order the cancellation of contracts Mr Mwamba’s company, Arizona Transport, had with FRA is a clear abuse of power by a president that wants to use government contracts to control people and promote the primitive culture of patronage.

The action of Mr Sata is also a form of corruption and confirms his involvement in the awarding of government contracts. The simple logic here is that if the president can order the cancellation of a dully awarded contract then he must also be involved in awarding contracts to those aligned to him and his party.

Furthermore, if President Sata was not involved in the awarding of FRA business to Mr Mwamba popularly known as GBM, how can he be involved in terminating such business?

Against this background, Zambians must be very worried about what is happening at Road Development Agency (RDA) which Mr Sata has grabbed and put under his armpit. Hence, we challenge Mr Sata to explain his involvement in awarding of road contracts to companies that are aligned to PF.

Moreover, one message that is very clear is that for a business person to get and maintain business with government and state enterprises they need to align themselves to the ruling party and the republican president in particular.

This is against the spirit of entrepreneurship in a civilized society. It is also against the spirit of multi-party democracy let alone intra party democracy.

In the case of GBM, he is still a member of the ruling Patriotic Front party, hence targeting his businesses in the manner Mr Sata has done shows a dangerous type of intolerance that has potential to kill intra-party democracy as well as business initiative.

What Mr Sata has done to GBM speaks volumes about what those of us in the opposition and those with dissent views go through at the hands of primitive governments such as the PF government.

This primitive behaviour is negatively affecting our economy and entrenchment of democracy. It is breeding fear and promoting the big man syndrome.

Finally, we think that such reckless behaviour of Mr Sata will cost the government a lot of money through litigation for breach of contractual obligations.

People like GBM will go to court and get favourable judgements that may make government pay them huge sums of taxpayer’s money.

At the end of the day it is the poor Zambian who can’t even afford to buy a bag of mealie meal who will pay for the primitive and irresponsible behaviour of President Sata.

Zambians should rise and condemn this costly abuse of power by Mr Sata.

Fr Frank Bwalya

ABZ PRESIDENT

110 Comments

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    flag Bwalya chiselema says: Bwalya chiselema
    December 31, 2013 at 6:49 am |

    Dictators are always corrupt. sata is not different from that. the man breaths corruption eats corruption and excretes corruption through improvised urine channels. we are in trouble.

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      flag OldRugsOUT says: OldRugsOUT
      December 31, 2013 at 8:08 am |

      Why call Sata a dictator … PLEEEASE, his far from it. Sata is just an illusioned illeterate, that doesn’t have any clue whatsoever.

      Listen Zondwa – You will not succeed intimidating the Bemba’s. Wachepa sana, and instead the one who will varnish from our History books is you..

      What a waste of my precious vote, NEVER AGAIN…..

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 9:03 am |

      Well, for those still believing that Sata is not a dictator, here is the evidence for you to digest. If you cant still accept , then just wait until you are caught up in the confusion and your katemba contract is terminated prematurely?. GBM also never believed that Sata is a dictator until this happened.

      Political slavery is the one of the worst forms of slavery still prevalent in many poor countries more especially in Africa. Political slavery is when people , educated on or not are forced to things against their wishes where refusal is not an option, in the name expressing loyalty to their master, a political leader.
      Zambia is one of the countries still practising political slavery. Sata is the master while all his followers are his slaves.

      Only UPND and HH will end this.

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 9:12 am |

      Here is a list of some of the political slaves.
      @Osmore
      @Luapula premier
      @Jo
      @Chisenga
      @Saulosi
      @ The whole PF cabinet
      @All political appointees in the civil service and foreign service
      @brenda
      @Aipelela.
      @All PF supporters

      Folks you can add some more ,because the list is long one.

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 9:17 am |

      Point of correction, even Sata is also a political slave in a supervisory role. The masters are Mmembe and his cartel.

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      flag ganja farmer says: ganja farmer
      December 31, 2013 at 10:09 am |

      @wanzelu.very very true!

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      flag cool aid says: cool aid
      December 31, 2013 at 10:29 am |

      which Zambia do you live in? are you free to express yourself without any ramifications? and is the political landscape level?

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      flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
      December 31, 2013 at 11:09 am |

      I like father Bwalya’s description of Sata – a primitive and irresponsible dictator!!! I don’t think there’s a better way to describe the man. But what’s interesting about this development is that both Sata and GBM had been involved in wrongdoing before their recent fall out, by scheming huge government contracts in their favour. If we had an independent office such as South Africa’s Public Protector (PP) we would be asking the PP to investigate both Sata and GBM in connection with these government contracts. But in Zambia who does the public run to for protection against such day light robbery and looting of national resources? Sad!

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      flag Wanu Ngwee says: Wanu Ngwee
      December 31, 2013 at 11:39 am |

      SO, WHO’s ZAMBIA’s NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR 2013? IS IT

      A. GBM
      B. WYNTER KABIMBA
      C. HENRY SOSALA
      D. “TUBULAR” President SATA
      E. ?????
      F.?????
      G. ?????

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      flag Cindy says: Cindy
      December 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm |

      GBM!

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      flag The Bricklayer says: The Bricklayer
      December 31, 2013 at 6:49 pm |

      I now have respect for Frank Bwalya. I think this guy has a good brain above his sholders.

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      flag Neo-Patriot says: Neo-Patriot
      December 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm |

      Most bloggers are inexperienced when it comes to African Politics. This is not Europe but Africa.

      In the first place Mwamba’s riches have come about through corruption with the MMD government and later on with PF. This Grade 7 has no more business acumen than any of you. This guy was just in a position to corruptly award himself those contracts. As such if he leaves government he can’t hold to those contracts, another corrupt chap will take over from where he left. Simple rule of corruption – Don’t bite the government that feed you!

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    flag HH4LIFE says: HH4LIFE
    December 31, 2013 at 6:52 am |

    We all saw this coming now GBM has to swallow the blade and by the way Sata hates rich people in opposition..so GBM is in trouble

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      flag OldRugsOUT says: OldRugsOUT
      December 31, 2013 at 8:50 am |

      Reminding Zondwa, as he exhibits extreme levels of Dementia.

      For 10 years, while broke in Opposition you used to refuel from GBM Milling. GBM bought you a brand New Toyota Landcruiser VX because you only had an old Toyota Cressida to your name that couldn’t take you anywhere.

      GBM saved your ass, else Rupiah would have taken you to Jail for receiving $100,000 from Mahtani. You will not succeed ZONDWA….

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      flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
      January 1, 2014 at 12:42 am |

      Mwine musunga ..ala talamba minue,,Sata or the government they are just right to do that if at all they have done it pantu naimwe ba LT you are just rumour mongers. On the other had if true that could be an excellent move ,the big sack no longer want to associate itself with the people in power so even what they control he must not be part of it.He must not be eating with both hands just choose either to work with the people in power or not. And my friend Frank Bwalya is just a noise maker, such people were always on top of the noise makers list in class

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    flag Petaukeke says: Petaukeke
    December 31, 2013 at 6:58 am |

    Sata is simply a typical of the many greedy,tyrannical,oppressive and primitive political leaders in Africa.

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      flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
      January 1, 2014 at 12:49 am |

      Sata does not bit about the bush just calls a spade a spade hence,people with a weak political knowledge call him names. In politics you must be like him to succeed,only us graduates from the Sata academy can understand the type of politics he plays. All those words you use to describe him are just ridiculous and disgusting,if you still doubt the man wait for 2016 ,you will see how popular the man is.

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    flag kapuli wa ng'ongo says: kapuli wa ng'ongo
    December 31, 2013 at 7:00 am |

    May we know or see the copy of the directive to FRA?

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 8:41 am |

      @kapuli wa ng’ongo
      Sata is too primitive to issue written directive on such matters before implementing them. How many things has Sata been accused of and they turned not to be true?

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    flag Enka says: Enka
    December 31, 2013 at 7:03 am |

    For all intents and purposes this is amounts to vindictiveness,retaliation and abuse of public office for Sata’s political gain.Anyone who doesn’t sing to his tune will have his civil liberties and right to unihibited private enterprise messed up.We have a true dictator.

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    flag MONENI says: MONENI
    December 31, 2013 at 7:11 am |

    I saw this coming and its sad that politicians have no respect for the people who voted them into power. Now no one will receive the draft document apart from Sata himself. I feel very weakened and see no future for our children. The only thing i can say is that whoever is creating this anarchy, chakuti chako, the chaps who baptised you to be a criminal, espanyola naeve. They will hear more of this as we get into 2014.

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    flag PATRIOTIC conFUSION says: PATRIOTIC conFUSION
    December 31, 2013 at 7:12 am |

    It’s therefore imperative to let go of RB because you can’t prosecute someone when you are also doing it. Do unto others ba Sata what you want done to you. Also Sir President don’t suffer from selective amnesia. GBM saved you from jail therefore rise above politics and treat the man with respect. Lets not forgettable where we came from.

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    flag Mumbi Mukasa says: Mumbi Mukasa
    December 31, 2013 at 7:19 am |

    SATA IS DEFINITELY GOING TO JAIL FOR THESE ATROCITIES COME 2016, WHEN HE WILL NO LONGER BE IN POWER !! I WANT TO SEE THOSE BEADY EYES, THAT HAVE BECOME MORE DRUNK WITH POWER THAN ANY PAST PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA TO ROT IN JAIL/HELL !!!!

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    flag brenda says: brenda
    December 31, 2013 at 7:22 am |

    I dont think the president can sink so low. Get facts rights mwe bantu. GBM has just brought this ugly debate due to acting before thinking. Be quick to listen and slow to speak. After all speech is silver and silence is golden

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      flag mamen says: mamen
      December 31, 2013 at 9:13 am |

      I wish your President could know this principal. Mr. Sata believes that rough speech is golden and silence is charcoal. The President has in the past sunk so low hence there is nothing from your advise that will ever convince us. What about him shouting at his Ministers in public in front of cameras? Is that Golden? No sir whatever is happening to GBM clearly and truly represents the actual behaviour of our president. I will forgive you if are in your twenties and leaving in the diaspora because you dont understand the man you are defending. Anyone in his forties and above should understand the man they are dealing with very well. He is power hungry and cruel. He is fit to rule North Korea as a great leader or Zimbabwe as a life President. That is Sata for you.

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      flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
      January 1, 2014 at 1:02 am |

      Before throwing mud at people make proper analysis of the information at hand or else it will just all end up into an academic exercise. By the way,Sata is president of Zambia and very much in control of the national busyness. The man is a discipline man and so far he has been doing well…

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    flag Rotten Teeth says: Rotten Teeth
    December 31, 2013 at 7:22 am |

    Very well put ba Father. FRA should be vety careful. They should not terminate those contracts since Sata has no authority , and there are no grounds for terminating the contracts. If FRA terminate those contracts, the FRA CEO should personally bear the consequences. Otherwise FRA will be complicit in the promotion of the ‘big man’ syndrome and dictatorship in this country. All these matters will be investigated once the PF leaves power , not long from now.
    Guardians of the Nation.

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      flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
      January 1, 2014 at 1:13 am |

      Ukupwantaila….who told you that the republican president has only limited powers and anyone can question his moves. There is one thing I have come to learn about Zambians today its like we now have a” School of Condemnation” whatever the president does is condemned. Could that be the new bad culture in Zambia? If the FRA wants to terminate some contracts it must just do that freely without any questions after all we did not even know or we don’t know who is contracted,when was, for it is none of our business…skin of our nose. Buwelewele fye.

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    flag ganja farmer says: ganja farmer
    December 31, 2013 at 7:34 am |

    even pf stony supporters who used to defend the indefensible have lost hope in sata or is it because they have not be paid?eg saulos,jo,luapula premier,mushota etc

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      flag xoxoxo says: xoxoxo
      December 31, 2013 at 9:35 am |

      No they are just tribalists out to support their own (GBM); if GBM was a non-bemba, they would all be rejoicing at his persecution. Terrible tribalists all of them!

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      flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
      January 1, 2014 at 1:24 am |

      Who told you that we have lost faith in Sata??? Only those fake followers of Sata,who still see the big man at a distance….Sata ni wasu…..some of you the way you blog full of malice and hatred more especially when it comes to the president. Your judgements are too vague and it clearly shows me that politically bane mukalibe kupya..You still debate like high school pupils and yet you keep on talking about degrees etc that’s why Sata calls them to be papers only for people still behave the same just as before attaining such qualifications.

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    flag pelsi says: pelsi
    December 31, 2013 at 7:39 am |

    We know how much MCS was worth before becoming the repulican president. “7 Guns”, he will be audited accordingly when that time comes

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    flag Trigo says: Trigo
    December 31, 2013 at 7:41 am |

    So we can confidently say Mr.Sata is corrupt. There is no much difference between Sata and RB, RB was condemned for having his family being given contracts. Sata has done the same given contracts to friends it also means he has also given contracts to family as well. Therefore we can say Sata is not allergic to corruption as he mentioned earlier to the nation. He has broken the 10 commandment of the bible which he swore to run the country by, its clear.

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    flag Chalo Nkhanza says: Chalo Nkhanza
    December 31, 2013 at 7:42 am |

    Don’t say dictator unless they have the following attributes:
    # Like wearing safari suits
    # worship women, e.g. promoting women inspite of everything
    # fond of erecting statutes of themselves
    # are given to naming public places after themselves
    # …and are plain ****** and dummies,

    etc

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    flag Trigo says: Trigo
    December 31, 2013 at 7:42 am |

    Spot on Fr. Bwalya

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    flag The Sword says: The Sword
    December 31, 2013 at 7:44 am |

    MCS is sinking

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    flag free spirit says: free spirit
    December 31, 2013 at 7:50 am |

    President Sata has here exhibited his pettiness, vengefulness and ruthlessness. But again we were warned but did not heed the prophet Chanda Chimba III. The old latins used to say, monstrous fonte, monstrous anima.

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      flag Sibwimpi says: Sibwimpi
      December 31, 2013 at 9:23 am |

      In the South (Fred’s bantustan) we say, ‘konahuna silumba, sinzala utunda tubi/chibi.’ Never help a hungry man rather a warrior for when the hungry man is satiated with the food you have offered him, he will do evil/wrong on you!! And so it is with GBM and Sata. The poor are now rich and powerful and will oppress if needs be to death their erstwhile saviour. So the march of life and greed goes on. Who remembers Emmanuel Kasonde (late Kasama MP), Maina and others when they resigned from Chiluba’s government to form was it National Party? My advice to GBM is to work with the private sector to sustain his business. FRA is not the only one with transport contracts. What of the mines, coal, etc .

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      flag Sibwimpi says: Sibwimpi
      December 31, 2013 at 9:25 am |

      ……konahuna silumamba……..

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    flag Ba Kolwe says: Ba Kolwe
    December 31, 2013 at 7:51 am |

    Father Bwalya this the best i have heard from you ,am glad you know this thug by the name of Sata..na very well .People of Zambia arise and get rid of this chief thief before it is too late.

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    flag spartan says: spartan
    December 31, 2013 at 7:57 am |

    Most big business in Zambia is government dependant. That is why I am advising all big business guys to try as much as possible to stay away from politics until our economy is big. I know this is not easy.

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    flag Aipelela says: Aipelela
    December 31, 2013 at 7:57 am |

    One function of the president is to cancel contracts of perceived enemies.Sata way to go sir,i love your stamina and stance on many issues including this one,yama Nurses now kwashala ma Teachers to be fired…Father of the Nation..Hallucinator will remain while our president will keep driving the Nation forward.Osabauza kuti Constitution is a none issue…ask Ba Scot!

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    flag ati PF says: ati PF
    December 31, 2013 at 7:57 am |

    GBM has verbal diarrhea let him expose the gvt deals and contracts
    Tiuze GBM

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    flag Mei Matungu says: Mei Matungu
    December 31, 2013 at 8:02 am |

    The contract was corruptly awarded and corruptly terminated. It’s corruption in and out, and corruption through and through!

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      flag Enka says: Enka
      December 31, 2013 at 8:43 am |

      Influence peddling of one’s high office in return for political & financial dividends.The use of public resources for private gain.Conflict of interests is an alein concept to PF.

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      flag peter says: peter
      December 31, 2013 at 9:57 am |

      The ‘contracts’ where not duly awarded…FRA was forced to taken on GBM transport and Membe Post transport…this is matrix all over again…corruption will not stop in Zambia unless we are willing as a people to choose leaders who can be selfless….This was a case of I will finance your race If when you win give me contracts…only GBM was being paid then followed by Post Membe…the rest are in a long long queue

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    flag MOSCOW(op) says: MOSCOW(op)
    December 31, 2013 at 8:09 am |

    But Ba Sata Sure bushe balikwata amano or confused of something.I can’t believe that the bigman is destroying the party like that.The party we suffered for.U can cry really for our Party.U’ve given now chance for HH to rule Zambia.People are not happy with these by elections,persecution of bemba people and lack of leadership.Chiluba was right that Sata can’t be a president.Ubukopo bwachila saana.Dr Kaseba please help the big man before tatulasebana saana.Constitution nabafilwa iwe mwandi ninshi kanshi umuntu twatemenwe?

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    flag Musonda says: Musonda
    December 31, 2013 at 8:10 am |

    IWE KA BRENDA KAPUTI KOBE, TAWACHISHIBA ICIBANDA MWABIKA MU STATE HOUSE? @ ‘The Sword’.SATA IS STINKING NOT SINKING.

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    flag Musonda says: Musonda
    December 31, 2013 at 8:15 am |

    @ Moscow. People are not Appy with these by ‘eRections’, persecution of bemba people and Rack of ‘Readership’.Chiluba was ‘Light’ that SataNA can’t be a pLesident. SPOT ON!

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      flag ManB says: ManB
      December 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm |

      You are light musonda, people are not appy!!!!

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    flag Dr doom says: Dr doom
    December 31, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    Zambia is faced with serious leadership crisis. From Rupiah to Sata..who’s next?..what went very wrong??They seemed an inseparable pair of Mbala Mafias you know like a house mouse and cheese. Maybe GBM suggested to be next President and ended up opening the gates of hell. But whatever is going on, there is need for a system to be put in place allowing scrutiny and barring some people from contesting for Presidency and hopefully we can have people with integrity in office.

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      flag mamen says: mamen
      December 31, 2013 at 9:46 am |

      It is the UNIP style of leadership. The sooner we do away with UNIPists the better. All these people who have been in the Central Committee of UNIP should should never be allowed to lead this nation again. Is it by chance that only PF has a central committee like UNIP and any other Communist Party? PF is a communist party which ascribes to the ideal of a great leader. That is why PF’s best friends are Sudan, North Korea, China, Cuba, Venezuela etc. Unless we reject this kind of leadership, we will forever remain in a crisis. Unfortunately most youths believe in these old Guards. they have no confidence in themselves hence their desire to listen to lies even when these are so clear. Zambia is at the cross roads at the moment because youths are averse to good and young leadership.

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    flag Lekeni Shilu Liteke says: Lekeni Shilu Liteke
    December 31, 2013 at 8:47 am |

    Zambians, you deserve this mediocrity because that is what you wanted. And there are just too many f.o.o.l.i.s.h Zambians regardless of their academic/ professional backgrounds who cannot rise to the occasion to redeem the country from this mess.

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    flag farmer says: farmer
    December 31, 2013 at 8:47 am |

    When people from N-western,Western,& Southern Province said this man is a cruel dictator with a sweet tongue ,u accused them of tribalism. See now he is punishing u his tribesmen. Let us unite as nation and fight this ailing dictator.

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    flag Zealand says: Zealand
    December 31, 2013 at 8:50 am |

    Now that Bembas feel persecuted, Sata has finally becomebthe horrible leader the rest ofnus have known him to be? Mwapya 2016 we shall not allow you punks to impose another ***** Bemba on the nation

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    flag Chalo Nkhanza says: Chalo Nkhanza
    December 31, 2013 at 8:51 am |

    A proper draft constitution must provide as follows: “To qualify for plot 1, a candidate must own atleast 7 hactares of productive farmland, as opposed to owning 7 firearms.” Among other things, this provision will ensure food security is assured and we gonna put a break to having pretenders somewhere in independence avenue.

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    flag Zed@crossroad says: Zed@crossroad
    December 31, 2013 at 9:01 am |

    PF governance style is a laughable matter. One day all is well the next day, contracts are being terminated from the highest office of the land.

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    flag Nyati says: Nyati
    December 31, 2013 at 9:03 am |

    HH is the best way forward for a better Zambia, My appeal to all Zambians is that let us give HH chance come 2016 or whenever they will general election. The man is visionary & hardworking, has a heart for Zambia & a true son of our Zambian soils. Now all noble Zambians should respect HH for leaving the pact bcoz no normal personal can work under Sata unless those working for their bellies.

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      flag chikubabeniso says: chikubabeniso
      December 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

      Does hh ‘s party have elective officers or its same like pf through appointments.

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      flag Mumbwe says: Mumbwe
      December 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

      I totally agree with you, we need someone young and energetic. The only person who fits this description is HH. I know there is a perception that HH’s party is tribal, but what we have witnessed with PF I guess people will start changing their opinions. And this tribal issue should not even arise in these modern times due to the intermarriages that are happening between tribes.

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm |

      @Nyati

      Tiye nayo lets keep the fire burning for UPND for it the only option we have got at the moment.

      Ba PF bativuta maningi. They are busy cooking lies while stealing big time.

      Half of what KK borrowed in 20 years Sata has borrowed it in less than 2 years. By 2016 Sata will have borrowed almost $12 billion while people ‘s standard of living are falling dismally and the cost of living crisis is growing ever bigger.

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    flag Tulyemo Ba Ndola says: Tulyemo Ba Ndola
    December 31, 2013 at 9:10 am |

    What corruption and dictatorship? When you were appointed ZESCO board Chairman was that not corruption and dictatorship? What qualities do you possess to head the board of a company like ZESCO?

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    flag Chalo Nkhanza says: Chalo Nkhanza
    December 31, 2013 at 9:12 am |

    Talking about pacts, is HH keen for another pact. If so, are u cadres around him brave enough to see him take second fiddle if the pact vote so decides? Remember: the spirit of give and take underlies the principle of a pact.

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    flag danny mwaba says: danny mwaba
    December 31, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    BA KAMBWILI KUNO LUUNSHYA EBENE BAMA CONTRACTS MU MINE,TWACHULA NGAIFWE TWALALOLA KWI INCITO SHONSE BALITUPOKA,CORRUPTION YEKAYEKA

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    flag keleni tasa akete mu 2011 says: keleni tasa akete mu 2011
    December 31, 2013 at 9:16 am |

    DICTATORSHIP FULL STOP.
    As we start the New Year, Zambians spiral downwards continues.

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    flag From a distance says: From a distance
    December 31, 2013 at 9:37 am |

    Truly animal farm! one day a revolution take place and I look forward to that with much anticipation. One day we will have a great leader who will be a slave of all his people, a leader who will serve and not not be served, one who will fight for his people and not fight them, one with conceptual skills and not myopic, one with design skills and not destruction skills, one with technical skills and not treacerous skills, one with human skills and able to collective action towards goal setting and achievement….Let us not lose heart one day God will answer our prayers.CRY my beloved nation.

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    flag Zyabwata says: Zyabwata
    December 31, 2013 at 9:42 am |

    Just say,don’t nsult.brenda is okay.which vote?ths is why inkondo continues to progress in africa sana sana.u v bn to school yoself and he managed to misled u into voting 4 hm,what more of our poor section who wud quickly exchange a vote 4 a kg of sugar?efyo chaba and sembe is barbaric and shows that ure just incorrigible!happy new year brenda

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    flag Electri-village says: Electri-village
    December 31, 2013 at 9:47 am |

    These are the checks and balances we need in the nation to point out ills and condemn them and to promote good governance. Well said Fr Bwalya.

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    flag masautso mwale says: masautso mwale
    December 31, 2013 at 9:49 am |

    The story confirms the massive amount of corruption going on in the PF GRZ. It is also clear that Sata is the most corrupt president this country has ever had. How does a president involve himself in awarding and termination of contracts when there are organs of government responsible for the task? Ati “am allergic to corruption” bulali fulu iwe chi once toilet cleaner.

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    flag Nyati says: Nyati
    December 31, 2013 at 9:55 am |

    So president is busy awarding his ministers contracts! What more himself? & Isnt this amount to corruption? Zambians wake up & start seeing what Chief HH has been saying about Ukwa.

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    flag kamokamo2 says: kamokamo2
    December 31, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    What a nation and what a crop of leaders we have, no integrity, no self respect and no discipline only greedness. God help Zambia. My heart breeds to see Zambia that has so much potential to be the bread basket of Africa sink so low just because of poor stewards or leaders who cant rise above their greedness. When I start ruling Zambia soon, all this rubbish will end. Vote for me in 2021

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    flag Chisengas says: Chisengas
    December 31, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    IT REMINDS ME OF HOW I GOT DISILLUSIONED WITH RB. IT CAME IN SMALL DOSES. INITIALLY I SUPPORTED HIM BECAUSE HE PREACHED CONTINUATION OF LEVY’S LEGACY. THEN THE MAN STARTED CHANGING. FROM GOOD TO BAD THEN WORSE. I HAD ENOUGH SO I STOPPED SYMPATHISING WITH HIM. SATA IS ALSO GIVING ME SMALL DOSES OF BITTER HERBS.

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    flag Nthungu Wengo says: Nthungu Wengo
    December 31, 2013 at 10:04 am |

    What has really gone wrong all of a sudden between the Powers that be and GBM? Politics ya pa Zed full of drama.

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    flag Charlie says: Charlie
    December 31, 2013 at 10:30 am |

    This is barely a couple of weeks since we have been celebrating a great leader in the name of Nelson Mandela, our president can’t learn something. That power lies in meekness, humility, forgiveness, weakness, Lord have mercy!

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    flag LUAPULA PREMIER says: LUAPULA PREMIER
    December 31, 2013 at 10:33 am |

    LT, ZE, ZWD AND THE NATION SEEM TO BE HAVING A FIELD DAY REPORTING ON HEARSAY WITHOUT ENGAGING IN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM JUST BECAUSE OF THE CHEAP READERSHIP AND BLOGGERS. THEY ARE ALWAYS COMPETING FOR BREAKING NEWS WITHOUT CARRYING OUT THOROUGH INVESTIGATIONS!

    THE FATHER SHOULD GET THE FACTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY OR CABINET. REMEMBER THE OTHER DAYS’ RADIO MANO BLOCKADE/SAGA! THE NEXT DAY THE FELLOW WAS ON AIR.

    WHY SHOULD GBM OR ANYONE (WITH GOOD EDUCATION) WORRY IF EXISTING OR ALREADY SIGNED CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN INTERFERED WITH? THE COURTS CAN ALWAYS AWARD MASSIVE REMEDIES FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT. GBM IS SIMPLY A PANIC STRICKEN FELLOW NOW THAT HE REALIZES THAT HE HAS NO FRIENDS.

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      flag chikubabeniso says: chikubabeniso
      December 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm |

      No the father should get his facts from FRA,not from his opponents who are pf,but Gbm has managers,employees who are on the ground,so the report by these media houses Might be very convincing.the description of sata by father bwalya is very alarming,I hope he is not like that.

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm |

      GBM was on air because Sata realised the stupid mistake he made.

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    flag Rosco says: Rosco
    December 31, 2013 at 10:40 am |

    the crroks and looters have to be fired !!

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    flag CHANDA BEU says: CHANDA BEU
    December 31, 2013 at 10:43 am |

    Everyone who wants to get into politics are looking for the instruments of power.Politics is about Power and Power is money. You are only a **** if you allow your opponents to get contracts to make money and use that money to campaign and marginalise you as if you are not the one in power.

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    flag zedi says: zedi
    December 31, 2013 at 10:52 am |

    I feel bad with the happenings in this country, anyway I wish things to be normal for the poor mother, widow, orphan out there

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    flag Fr33dom says: Fr33dom
    December 31, 2013 at 11:03 am |

    Impeach the tyrant. Why do we have to wait until 2016 when the man is in violation of the presidential oath and alegence to the Zambian people? It takes years to build and develop a country but only minutes to go up in flames. When does enough become enough? What more does he need to do to convince the people of Zambia that he has failed them or have we been enchanted by his sorcery?

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    flag M M says: M M
    December 31, 2013 at 11:06 am |

    CHANDA CHIMBA DOCUMENTARY VERY TRUE. DON’T BE SURPRISED LUK AT THE WAY RATSA AND POLICE MISTREATING BUS AND TAX DRIVERS WHO SUPPORTED PF USING THEIR OWN FUEL.WITH THE RATSA FITNESS MACHINE EXPECT MORE JOBS TO BE LOST. ON THIS ONE I TOTALLY AGREE WITH FR FB. CHANDA CHIMBA YOU WARNED US THRU YOUR DOCUMENTARY. KK,FTJ CHILUBA SAID THIS MAN IS NOT A PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. PIPO DYING EVERY DAY ON THE ROAD.

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    flag LUAPULA PREMIER says: LUAPULA PREMIER
    December 31, 2013 at 11:13 am |

    @Wanzelu

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND US IS THE LEVEL OF EXPOSURE AND EDUCATION.

    IF I WERE YOU I WOULD RATHER WAIT FOR A VERIFIED STATEMENT FROM MY POLITICAL LEADER OR A RELIABLE SOURCE OF SOME CREDIBILITY LIKE LAZ.

    YOUR FATHER BWALYA LIKE YOU AND GBM, IS A MERE GRADE 10 FELLOW WITH LIMITED KNOWLEDGE OF CONTRACT LAW.
    IF THE STORY IS REALLY TRUE, WHY CANNT HE ADVISE GBM TO SEEK REMEDY IN THE COURTS OF LAW? ZAMBIAN OR INTERNATIONAL COURTS!

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

      @Luapula

      You political slave just keep verbal diarrhea to your self and your fellow minions. I even doubt the kind of eduction you got which does not give you the ability to stand on own and avoid being Sata’s political slave.I am not surprised at all because you have just confirmed that most of you are just grade 2 s , grade 9s and form 3s with very little understanding of how socio -economic dynamics can change the political fortunes of any political organisations if they implement nasty policies on the hoof.

      I honestly would like to appeal to all well meaning Zambians to open their eyes and see how PF is making their lives worse off each day. The only way to correct this economic plunder and social injustice is to rally behind UPND and HH. Its only team with tangible solutions

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      flag Fititi says: Fititi
      January 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm |

      Priests are very educated my friend! ( Not that I am in favour of any priest becoming a political leader) jesuit fathers for instance are mandated an education in their tine of priesthood, not through the Zambian government if you know what I mean. And no Catholic either, but like today’s young Zambians the wits to want to understand what’s stale or fresh, have respect for knowledge and freedom, because people worked hard for this democracy and rule and law we are enjoying and unless you stand up to this trial and error appointments. We are damned for ever if for another term!

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    flag Amuna Onzuna says: Amuna Onzuna
    December 31, 2013 at 11:33 am |

    All Leaders are the same, they will use the most lethal method to silence opponents and sometimes quietly. Can someone tell us which past President hasn’t done such a thing to an opponent?. Although what has happened to GBM is bad , people should never forget that not long ago , he was busy wanting to succeed Sata through the back door of wanting to hound Kabimba by painting him ‘Black’ and using money to rise against a friend. ‘Do unto others as you would love them do unto you, love your friend as yourself’, KK still teaches. In as much as it is wrong for Sata to deny Bembas of the coronation of their Mfumu , its equally wrong for GBM to hide behind Chitimkulu whilst knowing full well what he wants is political power.

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    flag The Observer says: The Observer
    December 31, 2013 at 11:45 am |

    Sata just dug another grave for himself, the people are watching and he will not get away with his pronouncements after he loses power whenever that is. Issuing such directives are really a source of concern and the president is just exposing himself, it is a pity the entire cabinet can watch the president behave in this manner. Such statements should be far from the highest office. It is really a pity that nobody can differ with Sata on principle and policy, if you object him you are in trouble, what a messy we are in. Sata will have more court cases than any other previous presidents!

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    flag Cindy says: Cindy
    December 31, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    GBM,
    SUE THEM!

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    flag LUAPULUPULA PREMIER says: LUAPULUPULA PREMIER
    December 31, 2013 at 11:57 am |

    WHY SHOULD GBM SHED TEARS IF ANYONE HAS TAMPERED WITH HIS EXISTING CONTRACTS BECAUSE HE WILL STAND TO EARN 10 FOLD IN LEGAL REMEDIES, FOR THE LOSS OF BUSINESS?
    HAVE HIS BUSINESSES BEEN BLACKLISTED? THAT COULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY!

    SURELY WHY SHOULD PEOPLE OF QUESTIONABLE CHARACTER LIKE WANZELU BE SOLE NEWS CONTRIBUTORS TO LT?

    BYE, WISHING YOU A NEW SEASON AS THE NATION EAGERLY WAIT FOR A SECOND TERM!

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm |

      @Luapula.

      In the new year prepare your selves for a massive wave of attacks. Mobilise all your fellow political slaves and tell Sata to increase your brown envelop allowances because we are just about to make you work 4 times harder this time around.

      My colleagues and I will keep you and your minions on your toes day and night.

      Are you so f.o.o.lish that you can’t realise that all we are trying to do is to emancipate you and your cohort from political slavery?

      I have even established a contact within the intelligence service in Zambia to update me on any dodgy business Sata is planning.

      So watch out!

      UPND and HH the only hope for Zambia.

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      flag dudelove says: dudelove
      December 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

      Luapula, and when he is awarded these damages, who is going to pay for them? Sata or the Zambian people? Why do you refuse to think most times Mr. 60 year old man? I would expect a mature person to first comment on the wrongness of terminating a binding contract when no clause has been abrogated. Why I waste my breath with you, I do not know but maybe I have a hope that one day, you will break these chains of political slavery as wanzelu stated but that would mean giving up your livelihood, wouldnt it? The only way to explain your radical support for PF is if you are a direct beneficiary which you admitted to in a way when you said you were on the ground campaigning. I can only feel sorry for you old man.

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    flag elias banda says: elias banda
    December 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    Sata stinks corruption

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    flag Amayama says: Amayama
    December 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

    I can see a rush to insult the president but can someone tell me they have seen a contract cancellation yesterday as this could not have happenned yesterday or at Christmas. Contract cancellation require a legal procedure and is usually when the contractor is underperforming or has violated the rules of the contract. In this case GBM should not worry and leave the president alone. Why such hype on one resignation?

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    flag sunkutu Hichilema says: sunkutu Hichilema
    December 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm |

    There are too many ignoramus dunderheads debating a non issue. Who has seen the actually contract that you are wasting time debating? Let GBM publish the contract he signed. A verbal contract can be terminated without notice. GBM signed no paper.

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      flag Mukame says: Mukame
      December 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

      A verbal contract can be binding. Intent to enter into a contract can be inferred. However, the issue is not how the contract was awarded. It is whether the president can use political patronage to award and terminate public contracts.

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    flag Mukame says: Mukame
    December 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

    Sata is such an illiterate so and so. He cannot even disguise his corruption. I hope he has found a country which will accept his family when the game is up. He and all those involved in RDA and FRA will be made to dance. He is a deluded tin pot dictator. Like all dictators, he is also a coward. Look at how Gaddafy ended up – hiding in a drain pipe! Saddam was also found hiding in a hole! Of course I am not comparing our sad excuse of a leader to these two dictators. But all dictators in Zambia seem to repeat the same mistakes – Kaunda, Kafupi and now Sata.

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    flag DON'T KUBEBA IN ACTION says: DON'T KUBEBA IN ACTION
    December 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

    THIS TRULY EXPOSES THE SHAM OF THE CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION.
    ONLY THE STUPID BELIEVED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
    PF IN OPPOSITION SPOKE AGAINST “RB’s CORRUPTION” BECAUSE THEY WERE JEALOUS OF THE DEALS. NOTHING ELSE.
    MMD CORRUPTION IS CHILD’S PLAY COMPARED TO WHAT IS NOW HAPPENNING.

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    flag gelo says: gelo
    December 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

    Advice to FRA CEO, do not act on verbal instructions, you will suffer when this regime goes down in 2016, ask Chibanda she will tell you her experience while your boss will be taking his tea you will be grilled by the courts of Law. Take this advice seriously.

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      flag Fititi says: Fititi
      December 31, 2013 at 2:48 pm |

      Gelo,

      This can be stopped, the courts can stop that! Come on Zambians, there are structures already in place to redress this. There are a lot of judges and jury ( meaning the Zambian people like father Bwalya in this case ) with a clearcut sense of wrong.

      Zambia is capable of bringing down injustice, we have demonstrated that before…they will not let this go on. GBM resigning is for example a visible and tangible demonstration.

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    flag Fititi says: Fititi
    December 31, 2013 at 1:56 pm |

    Can we not collect signatures over this? Father Bwalya, can somebody quote the laws which have been broken, and if one cannot sue the presidency, why not sue in individual capacity?

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      flag Wanzelu says: Wanzelu
      December 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm |

      @Fititi

      Your idea has tickled my brain. I think it is the best way forward. We can advance any argument for the good of all well meaning Zambians starting from blogs like this one.

      Seriously I am contemplating on trying it and see if it can work. Fortunately all PF information stooges read these on line papers on a daily basis.

      Brilliant idea!

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      flag Jay Jay says: Jay Jay
      December 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm |

      The docility is overwhelming in Zambia for that to happen! !

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    flag Operation Change 2016 says: Operation Change 2016
    December 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm |

    I once heard that one politician was “more corrupt than the word corruption itself” and we brushed this aside in naivety. If some people think that they have seen the worst in this Govt that Fr Bwalya meanly describes as primitive then they need to brace themselves for a rude awakening. We have not yet hit rock bottom we are still in a free fall mode. SAD and SAD indeed.

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    flag Mwansabemba says: Mwansabemba
    December 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm |

    A disgrace to have to have sata as president he’d destroyed Zambia.

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    flag kamimbya says: kamimbya
    December 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm |

    Mwanya 2016 2yrs from now!

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    flag Ba Wiso na Ba Noko says: Ba Wiso na Ba Noko
    December 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

    These two always make me want to puke!

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    flag Rio says: Rio
    December 31, 2013 at 6:46 pm |

    No honor among thieves (thugs)!

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    flag Chikubabe says: Chikubabe
    January 1, 2014 at 1:37 am |

    Zambia under the able leadership of Sata is doing very well in all angles, the issues such as relating to the cowardly resignation of the big sack and many others ,those are some of the things but a few that happen in a government. The issue of the big sack must not become a big thing.His uncle or whatever ,Sosala is a political cadre who must be met with force in this political arena. This is not a secret Sosala is an MMD cadre and must be treated just like that period.

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      flag Fititi says: Fititi
      January 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm |

      He has the right to if association, we the generation don’t give a **** what sides or political affiliation one belongs to. Sosala was chosen by a group of respected adults who command our respect, and who have a right to their political freedoms! If you want to compete with chiefs, get the feel of their hierarchy and Presidency and politics are below the ladder. Your parents are parents chosen for you through inheritance and wisdom.

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    flag Sata Action Man says: Sata Action Man
    January 1, 2014 at 7:17 am |

    Sata and PF have demonstrated poor leadership through out. GBM learn a lesson.

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