FILE: President Sata confers with Given Lubinda during the meeting with Zambians in Botswana.Courtesy State House

President Michael Sata has urged Zambians in the diaspora to come back home and explore the job opportunities available in the country and to contribute to the development of the country.

President Sata has also assured Zambians that his government’s promise of creating employment opportunities in strategic areas of the economy will be delivered.

The President was speaking last evening at a cocktail when he met Zambians living in Zimbabwe at the High Commissioners residence in Harare.

And President Sata has urged Zambians leaving in Zimbabwe to be ambassadors of the country by making meaningful contributions to the economy of the host country.

At the same function, President Sata introduced Zambia’s first Home Affairs Minister Aaron Milner who is now resident in Zimbabwe.

Mr Milner said the election of President Sata has turned a new page for Zambians and the future of the country because of his resolve to stir the country to higher levels of economic development.

He commended President Sata for his firm stance against corruption and urged Zambians to give him and the PF government the support required to fight the scourge if the country is to develop.

Meanwhile, Zambians living in Zambia have been assured of government support to help them obtain national registration identities.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Ndiyoyi Mutiti says the embassy is ready to assist Zambians that are ready and willing to go back home by helping them obtain passports and citizenship documents.

The High Commissioner was responding to questions raised by some Zambians living in Zimbabwe over the procedures to follow when acquiring passports and citizenship documents.

And in a vote of thanks, a representative of Zambians living in Zimbabwe, Yvonne Chibiya said Zambians living in Zimbabwe were proud of the stability and economic development that the country has recorded in the recent past.

Mrs Chibiya said as Zambians in the diaspora are committed to making a meaningful contribution to the discourse of development back home.

Meanwhile, President Sata and his entourage have left Harare for Bulawayo.

The President will officially open the 53rd Zimbabwe international Trade Fair later in the day before returning to Lusaka.

He is accompanied by the First lady Dr Christine Kaseba – Sata, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations George Chellah, and Zambia’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, Ndiyoyi Mutiti.

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  1. PF government should advertise positions for all Zambians and those abroad to apply. It is that simple. Nobody needs special treatment. Problem is that they are busy employing relatives and cadres in key positions without looking at experience, competence and qualifications

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    • Interesting points.And even if you decide to go back to Zambia what will be the impact on the high levels of unemployment in Zambia?

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    • Well, how about you going to create jobs then? Am sure you have a couple of ideas by now.

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  2. Is Sata a president or a village headman. How do you go around issuing contradictory i.d.i.o.t.i.c statements like that every time you open your mouth and yet you call yourself a president. Zambia right now feels like there is no president. the only people feeling Sata’s presence are his fellow PF cretins and fred mmembe. Sata is the most light-weight adult I have ever met in my life: he has the brain-age of a 5 year old. I will go to bed and wake up in 2016. Zambia will stagnate and then move backwards over the period, so I won’t miss anything. Sata goes to Zimbabwe and praises illegal murderous land grabbings from white farmers a few years ago. What he doesn’t know, as stupid as he is, is that immediately he says that the Kwacha tumbles by 5% on the international market. Bunkum.

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    • Chitapi.That is your *****ic and infantile stupidity statement.You are not my spokes person.I am a zambia. I feel the exact opposite of what you think .wabe lyobe ilya foota

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    • @3 Your comment is spot on. I wonder what kind of people do support Mr Sata’s incompetences.

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  3. Sata is still has the UNIPist mindset from 1972 and he needs to be educated by his well travelled lieutenants, not everyone in diaspora is an employment seeker…there are potential employers, investors, and entrepreneurs out there. You don’t have to be an employee climbing the greasy pole in Zambia to contribute to development. The minute he wakes up to that fact the sooner. 

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  4. Is this some kind of PF policy to urged Zambians in the diaspora to come back home?? What jobs was he talking about when majority of the people in ZED are jobless!! Maybe expatriate jobs

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  5. Why does Sata sound like he is not the same person who cause trouble in Botswana? Then it is true he respects Mungabe and what he stands for. Something is fishy with regards to this relationship. He should have been shorting the Zim situation which is far from being ideal. It could be that Botswana’s progress was not to his liking he would rather associate with uncle Bob Sr…..for Zambians based in Zim he has jobs and not for these here in Zed…mmmmm.

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  6. Dont worry Ukwa, we will arrive in numbers after you have left to repair the damage you are doing day in and day out – at least on damages you dont flip flop.

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  7. Which jobs? It takes a lot to move someone from their comfort and safety to some haphazard environment. The truth is many are already returning and you really don’t need to say it, people will return when they see an opportunity, or when they find life tough in the diaspora. Otherwise it is a matter of comparing where you are and what Zambia offers – simple. Individual choices.

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    • I don’t buy that. You moved with a duffel bag to where you are, didn’t you? Where was your comfort zone? You had no assurances where you were going. Well, if you are content with your choice, then there’s nothing to talk about. It doesn’t affect you, simple.

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  8. Last saturday, two embassy officials brutally beat an innocent zambian at the Diaspora initiative held at the embassy. He was kicked punched and thrown out of the embassy for simply expressing his displessure on officials. 

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    • The victim or whoever was around should have called the police and have those involved in the assault prosecuted. That old mentality of intimidation is far behind us.

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    • And the cops were sleeping, here in DC? Say something else. There’s a tough cop on every corner of the street, you know that. Innocent? Probably not. There was obviously an agreement to keep it on the low by both parties. Reason? Your guess is as good as mine.

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  9. I don’t understand. Do we want the diasporas to drop their current jobs out there & come here to Zambia and wait for a job to show up? Which jobs are available right now? Why are they not advertized for everyone including those in diaspora to compete.

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  10. Our president has more respect for Zambians in Zimbabwe that those in Botswana, eeh

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  11. What Jobs is he talking about??? when there are so many educated Zambians not employed!! all what PF needs to do is find a way of encouraging the many Zambians living out side to invest in Zambia. This will definitely improve our economy, a good example of a country which has done this is Swaziland a country with no natural resources or anything to talk about with most of its citizens working in SA. But they go back home and invest, thus a growing country.

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    • I agree with most of what you are saying but please dont use Swaziland as an example as the country is currently facing a financial crisis partly blamed on profligate spending by the royal family, the highest hiv/aids incidence rate in the world and the drop in revenue from the Southern Africa Customs Union. The king had to ask poor villagers to donate their animals in order to celebrate his birthday and the country’s independence anniversary earlier this month.

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  12. Only those who believe everything the big man says will die of depression! Afterall, we all know that the guy who has to do all the thinking on behalf of the big man is the press aide!

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  13. Hey dont shoot at the president. Do you know how many workers Lubwa University in Muchinga needs? Do you know how many jobs are in the mines HEMCS is openning? Let them come to Z for more money in the pocket. As heath wokers in Zambia, they have never been this happy, courtesy of PF – Ponya Fye. Moreover, the LOZIs are laving us soon. All their positions need people that are qualified. Please, let them get out soon. HEMCS has allowed them and has respected their decision. Let them gO!

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  14. But what has president Sata done to some of you to deserve so much hatred?He has shown maximum diplomacy and statemanship.What else do you want from him you seniour cretins.
    MMD is gone the sooner you come to terms with it the better.

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    • Chiingu, get this clear, its not that we hate the man. The problem is things are not going well!! that’s the problem we have as humans, someone points a wrong which you cant explain, then he/she becomes a hater coz that’s the only scapegoat. Lets move from such thinking. PF should just begin to perform in a meaningful direction, not this cheap propaganda.

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  15. Fwe bene ba chalo fwe ba Bemba dont need a call from ba tata ba Sata to come back home – nimu September twatampile kubwelelamo kumwesu kumushi. For us finding a job temilimo iyoo!

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  16. Daisporans what ever you are called, please stay where you are. You are better off there here no more money in our pockets, the dollar is trading at 6,000 (hieghtest ever) jobs are only available to bembas and relatives!

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  17. And Prof Nkandu Luo in USA said …………….

    Before that Lubinda told diasporas that …………..

    And sata told those in Bots ……………………

    Now he tells those in Zim …………………….

    And teh PF govt policy on Zambians in diaspora is ……………………………

    And they all lived happily forever!

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    • Not a jheri curl. Mixed heritage :) I’m guessing you knew that so let me slowly wipe the egg of my face, lol.

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  18. # 3 Ulichisushi, you are agoat with long beard,have respect for elders, its our african culture to respect-agree to disagree:,Sata is innocent and president period,if you don’t like the man have courtesy to refrain. Wanunka Mukanwa!!!

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  19. ili kuti duwo citizeniship kanshi pela? if you want me to come back and besides there are a lot unemployed there, take care of them first before you ask me to come there, be serious iwe chimudala

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  20. This is amazing rubbish. Zambians in the diaspora visit regularly and find that the country is in a state of despair and dis-repair. My daughter returned to Zambia nine months ago and still can’t get a job despite applying here there and everywhere. So would I be so foolish to come back and join the long lines of unemployment too? Wake up to the realities of life. Zambia has nothing to offer its general populace of educated, hardworking citizens. You need to be a cadre or a relative!!!

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  21. #20 KANGWINE  Africans respect wisdom, regardless of age.  Satan’s id!otcy is so amazing he does not deserve any respect regardless of the position that kaponyas have thrust upon him.  A good general does not need his medals and rough commands to ooze authority.  A 75 year old fool is a great tragedy.

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    • Lol, kekekeke tone down my friend no need for that. Lets use this fora to educate each other than showing disrespect for one another. you have a point but tone down!!! 

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  22. #20 U are a typical cadre,what if #3 u are insulting is the same age as Sata.What respect are u even talking about with all your insults.Just debate and not insulting,if u have nothing to say its better to keep quiet.

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  23. #24 U are a typical cadre,what if #3 u are insulting is the same age as Sata.What respect are u even talking about with all your insults.Just debate and not insulting,if u have nothing to say its better to keep quiet.

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    • shut up ba kolwe respect for elders is vital regardless of wether you are their age or not alah imwe bonse #27 and 28 mulifisushi sana.

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  24. The problem in Botswana was that they had an unrespectifull politician for their representative. I blame the Embassy staff there for having allowed the situation. they should have known what type of a guy the speaker was

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    • That was no an excuse for the father of nation o look and speak down on all his children. He should be diplomatic all the way; that politician (in bots) is not the president but a nobody to every one around. He (HEMCS) even insulted his hosts for God’s sakes. 

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  25. E.g. In US a person getting a minimum wage of $7.50/hr x 40hs x 4 wks = $1200/mth (K6,360,000), which can meet your bills. Some share apartments in order to spread the bills. You may also get a 2nd job to maximize your income. Now, this is the so called “old jobs” scenario. Notwithstanding the fact that things are not rosy, with hard work, you can pull through. Of course! Those with appropriate credentials earn more. Furthermore, employment is on merit (discrimination in any form is illegal). With low salaries,deplorable infrastructure/working conditions, inertia, corruption, high unemployment rate , free falling kwacha, backward leaning politics etc. What`s the incentive for reverse migration back to Zed? People go back  in spite of not because of a politician`s wild call.CHEAP SHOT

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  26. ‘PF is like a dog chasing a car and when the car stops, has no idea what to do” Solwezi Central MMD MP, damn that made me laugh! And now these dudes are sh!!ting bricks coz that beautiful little on-target statement stung em’. As Ving Rhames said in Pulp Fiction during his pep talk to Bruce Willis ‘You may feel a little sting…thats pride effing with u….F&*k pride’ no idea what this little example has to do with anything tho :)

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  27. Do not fall for this mere sweet talk from the president. If you are not a Bemba do not even dream of leaving your job in the diaspora because you will never get a job in Zambia. Just invest in Zambia but never ever leave your job. In Botswana Sata was mad with the Zambians there because their representative is not a Bemba. In Zimbabwe they were smart they chose a Bemba to give a vote of thanks and everything went well. What tribal bigotry!!!

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  28. @ 3 research before you comment do you how those whites got that land. Do you know how many Zimbabweans died over thier land. Just google and all the data shall be there. Pantu mupepa absungu. GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

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  29. So if one decides to go back to Zambia what will be the impact on the high levels of unemployment in Zambia?

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  30. What value is this new relationship with Mugabe going to bring to Zambia?He is an embarrassment to the world.

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  31. @ 33 and others in the first place you voted for UPND and MMD saying you cannot work with HE MCS, now you are crying for jobs, some key jobs

    IG Libongani. ACC Wandi, ZNBC Kanyama, Speaker Matibini, ZAMTEL Mwanakatwe, Lands Min. Smuusa, DPP Nchito (unless you say a Lenje is a Tonga, Ushis or Ngumbos or Bisas (Luo) are not Bemba, state house Photographer Mwanaleza, Info PS Chellah, Zim HC Ndiyoyi, BOZ Gondwe, DEC, Foreign Aff. Min. Lubinda, HA Min. Sakeni, the former LAZ chief, now at State house he is Soli, Malawi Dep. HC Nglazi, No. 3 man Kabimba, list isjust too long comapred to what one Hachi … Tongalised ZR. GOD BLESS ZA

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  32. Jobs for Zambians in Zimbabwe and not for those in Botswana? What kind of madness is this Mr. UKWA? And what about the unemployed Zambians in Zambia? What are you doing about them? Dont you think we have better jobs in the diaspora than what you would give us in Zambia? 

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  33. The Lord hate tribalism please brothers and sisters do not attack the Bembas.We are free to choose any leader but one thing I know why should I implore those who attack me day in day out.Before the general elections how many from Southen North Western and Western province voted for PF you are reaping what you sow

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  34. My understanding is that unemployment in Zambia is above 80%, so which jobs is Ukwa refering to?

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  35. My brother finished graduated two yrs ago but stil no job.iiiiiyi mayo i better stay here.

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  36. It seems zesco MD Chitundu he dosent knw wats going on . This company most of its cashiers re working on six months contracts and getting 1Million per month, wen they collect 20million every working day. Chitundu shud intervein and let the HR director Morecome Mumba shud consider these cashiers on permanent basis. chitundu shud not potray a bad picture 2 da ruling PF gvnt.

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  37. @chitapi, continue wit yr miserable tribe.I wonder if u hav attained higher education coz in my time no tonga or lozi surpast me at university coz I was owez top class unless ur referin to de 1960s then I will agree.wabe t chi colour.u must have been sired thru yr mothers asses

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  38. The dual-citizen clause has been included in the draft constitution. Every Zambian can aspire to be a British, American, Canadian, European, South African, Japanese and Chinese. Hell the world is one country for the Zambian.

    I love weed!!

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  39. Good luck for those of you going back to Zambia…. for me its another Victoria Bitter while i watch you from down under

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  40. Everything degenerates into tribe on these blogs. How were you guys brought up? Is that why you are forcing your kids to drink chibwantu in the middle of the Bronx?? Ease up on the tribal shite and have a life! We need to wisen up and look at things objectively. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ZED AND ITS JOBS STAY PUT WHERE YOU ARE!!! IF YOU CAN TAKE A CHANCE TO TRY OUT A JOB IN ZED GET BACK THERE! Stop tribalizing everything for Jelita’s SAKES!!!!!! EISH!!!!!

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  41. What is consequential and a matter of priority is to reduce unemployment among the locals back home. I am cynical as to whether diasporians are in as dire need of jobs as the people back home.“THE EMPORER HAS NO CLOTHES” 

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  42. I can bet you Guy Scott will say something totally different when he comes here (UK) next week…watch this space!  

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    • Next week :) By that point he will have met with bankers, done the Commonwealth business investment lunch and hung out with Liz. He’s keynote speaker ‘unlocking the value of the African frontier’ at Cambridge tomorrow night but it sold out quick…

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  43. I feel uneasy on behalf of the Zambian living in Botswana .. Can someone tell me why the president spoke like that. If we compare that staement with this one, The president made a good appeal compared to those who listened and read > WHAT TRANSPIRED IN BOTSWANA WHEN SATA MET THE ZAMBIANS IN DIASPORA. He trip to India has normalised him. Hard to swollow those words he told them. Spending 4hrs waiting to enter Zambia via Kazungula .. The president would like it to take 4yrs to cross into zambia. Just imagine what was cooking in his mind??

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  44. # 56 Good observation, have been wondering what the difference is or what has changed since then or is there a diference between living in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Most Zambians living in the so called Diaspora have invested back home in one way or the other forexample they support their relatives others have or are building homes still others have businesses running in Zambia using capital injected from abroad. So our president should know by now that being in power is very different from being an oposition leader.

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  45. As long as the national cake is so small and no jobs are created the problem of people employing their relatives even if they are not qualified for the jobs will continue. In Zambia, even if you have the qualification(s) you will only get a job if you know or you are known by someone who can influence the employment.” This is a “Sad reality”. Politicians appoint people single handedly and that is what these senior civil servants do and are doing. All Govt. positions from deputy director and above should be on performance contracts up to a maximum of 5 years, secondly set up professional appointing boards in each Govt department. Thirdly, all positions must be advertised so that the Govt can get the best candidate. MCS’s call to ZEDeans in Zim to come home?

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  46. So-called “diasporans” should get over themselves. If you decide to leave and find work elsewhere, fine. If you want to stay outside Zambia, fine. If you want to come back, fine. God created all of us with a free will. It’s not Sata’s job to make Zambia what you want it to be, it’s YOUR job. If you want it. Otherwise stay outside, it’s up to you

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  47. I am always puzzled how some people always appeal to bloggers to stop making reference to tribe when the topic concerns the president or his party. These appeals are never made if the subject is from the western half of the country. Just go and look at the thread about hh and you will find no such appeals from these same very concerned nationalists. Ci wamila galu!

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  48. He fired all the cooks at Plot 1 and created jobs for Mpika cooks! Next it will be all policemen manning those gates on Independence road,once they fail to salute,they are gone! more jobs created! we are coming back home Mr Pesident,but am from Chadiza,no chance!

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  49. @57 Kanjimaano

    My dear friend I was also uncomfortable when I read about it but when I listen to the actual audio recording of the presidential speech on YouTube; my views changed as the president delivered that speech with a touch of humour something the writers didn’t point out in the article. I argue you to listen to the actual audio on YouTube.On this one they were very harsh on the president.

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  50. @Rod or @mpungalume 
    You can change alias as many times as you want but the hollow sound an empty tin makes never changes.  

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    • Lol! You of the foolish face. I do not know the guy you are talking about. Please give me a break. That flag has nothing to do with my location. Dull cadre!

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  51. The era of anticipating all and sundry to be hypnotized and sing the presidents chorus at every given moment, irrespective of the substance should be relegated to the annals of history(UNIP era). This by the way should stand true for whoever aspires to be at helm of leadership. We have chartered a new course and through enlightenment or intuition, people can tell how void a leader`s pronouncements are. Tell you what” IF IT QUACKS CALL IT A DUCK”

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  52. What jobs does Sata have for Zambians?Selling fish at soweto market?What about Aaron Milner the crook.was not Zambian when he was minister and then swindled Kaunda.Was to face charges in Lusaka.Any way i grew up in Ndola liking him,Kapwepwe and Ali when i was at northrise primary.GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

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  53. Hahaha,huyu mjinga amekunywa chibuku? Kwanini turudi nchi chafu,maskini na nchi ambayo magonjwa kama cholera yapo kila mahali.Huyu Sata mjinga sana sasa ameweka hawkers kwa barabara wanaleta uchafu ili apate kura.Mimi siwezi rudi kwa nchi hii ya wakora,wezi na wenye ukabila kama Sata na Trigo.Bemba watolewe kwa serikali na kwa nchi nzima wapelekwe DRC walikotoka ili nchi iwe bora.

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  54. Sata is jealous of those living in Botswana. Zimbabwe ni chibolia Sata knows that those people have nothing to offer so he feels sorry for them

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  55. @CHIINGU,

    at your level!sthanyoko.you seem to be comfortable with this sorry man

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  56. @mzambia wa zambia

    rafiki yangu,nimesikitika sana namw wazo yako,naona pia namimi nimejifikiria siwezi rudi kwa nchi chafu kama zambia,uyu mzee ame aribu kila mahali,nchi imefika wakati ambaye mbwaa za chama zina vamia ma office ya serikali nakutowa tamko,aijawai tokea tangu enzi za kaunda.wa machinga wana shusha mavi kila sehemu.mia mitano mbele mogadishu itakuwa safi kuliko lusaka,maskini mimi

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  57. We are willing Mr President but we only ask for us to maintain our zed citizenship. It will make things easier. Thanks.

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  58. I cant come back home for vending along filthy streets of Lusaka. Now, vending is job creation?? Lack of education is really a problem in our president.

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  59. @maxwell, please do not jump to conclusions,we are two different people. What do you think you know about Zambian politics? You are in UK, so am I. I’m more informed of what is going on back home. Your uncle is messing up Zambia. Wait until you reach the level of a country I know. How can a whole Republican President go to an extent of firing cooks? Cooks! Kubuta! see you maxwell at the next UKZambia meeting!

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  60. The Zambians in Botswana were misreprented by a clique of misguided hoodlums masquarading as an Association who tried to politicise the meeting. We know them very well, what they stand for and whose interest they serve.

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  61. mpungalume

    Too bad about one of your close relations in State House Kitchen who got the chop, in my book it doesn’t matter whether you are a Phiri, Tembo or Moonga..if you cook spaghetti bolognaise like nsima you won’t last a single day in my kitchen at my house.
    Tell your brother to take his grievances to the Civil Servants Union, in the meantime let him enrol at culinary school. 

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    • So let us not personalise things. Be mature. you might be my neighbour next time I relocate and will be paying same council tax. God bless you.

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  62. Hey ,bwana Sata we just can’t help develop the country willy nilly.You have to provide us with an enabling environment and provide more informative outreach.The experience some of us go thru when back home at the hands of GRZ employees is not encouraging.

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  63. first help the people leaving inside the country to find employment..then talk about the plp out side..

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