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Police officers arguing with UPND officials

THE letter authored by the clandestine group calling itself ‘Tongas Under Oath’ is what police were looking for last week on Tuesday when they searched the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) offices.

And President Sata has said some UPND officials handed to the state the seditious material that police were looking for at the party’s offices.

According to highly placed sources, the seditious material that police were looking for was the letter carrying tribal sentiments to the effect that the clandestine group was targeting Bembas for assassination.
The source also said a UPND member of Parliament, who could not be named, eventually availed the letter to security personnel.

“It is the same material that police were looking for but they drew a blank until a UPND MP made it available.

It was authored in Lusaka not Mazabuka as stated in the letter,” he said.

Senior UPND officials, including party president Hakainde Hichilema, last week complained that the government was instilling fear in the opposition and turning Zambia into a police state.

But President Sata yesterday said, “The police were searching for seditious material but some of their people brought us the material.”

The President said at State House that he believes the document was drafted in Lusaka and not Southern Province.He also disclosed that some UPND members tipped the police about the reported seditious materials at the party secretariat.

“When the Zambia Police searched UPND headquarters, we (government) were accused of turning the country into a police state. It was in fact some UPND officials who alerted police that there were seditious articles at the party secretariat.

“We are grateful to the police that they were not trying to turn Zambia into a police state,” he said.

The letter, declaring war on Bembas and demanding that all Bembas should leave Southern Province, was copied to President Sata, Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu and Inspector-General of Police Stella Libongani.

The head of state said he trusts that “Tongas are innocent” in the matter, adding that some malicious individuals are trying to implicate them.

Mr Sata said government is aware of the people behind the document and they will soon be exposed as they are Lusaka-based.

“What you do in the dark will be exposed in no time,” President Sata warned. “There are no ‘Tongas on Oath’. We have already gone further and you have to go further than this.”

“I love Tongas,” President Sata said, “…we have Tongas married to people from other tribes and we have other tribes married to Tongas. They are peaceful and innocent people,” Mr. Sata said.
The President believes the malicious individuals who authored the letter are trying to smudge the image of Tonga-speaking people by accusing them of spearheading the clandestine group.
The President expressed disappointment that some malicious individuals would deliberately embark on a plan to smear a peace-loving tribe.

[Daily Mail]

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  1. Be real Mr. President. From inception the letter was addressed to you, it was in your possetion and this is when you talking? Where is the action from a man of action? When do you stop talking and get you hands dirty? Where are the jobs? How do you spearheard hatred of an entire province?

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  2. This doesnt make sense last week Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Ngosa Simbyakula said government had nothing to do with the search,now the President says the letter was given to the state- in other words it had everything to do with the search.What a circus of a government.It seems their words a not valid.Shows they don’t respect the Zambian people.

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  3. Police searching UPND premisses was done in good faith then but sata should have annouced it to the public after failure by police to find those things they were looking for.

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  4. Politics should keep far away from the invaluable peace Zambia enjoys. Ugly & extremly unprofessional political gimmicks off Zambian politicians!

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  5. Be real Mr. SATA and dont take people for granted. We all are aware that you want to silent the opposition. We the people of Zambia will not let you do that. We all know your TRIBALISM and NEPOTISM.

    VIVA UPND!!!! VIVA HH… Zambia Forward.

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  6. the same MP is the author of the same letter and must be charged. they just want to implicate HH. he is giving them sleepless nights.

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  7. Zambian politics, almost daily its attacking each other. When will our leaders both in ruling and opposition party stop this culture. We are really tired of all this. In addition, some media houses should be objective and professional in the manner they inform the public. The Post, Suprime times, Daily Mail, Times of Zambia etc.. Please may your news be factual and real based. Zambia is slowly cracking down as a result of the carelessness of our leaders. Let LOVE RAIN in our hearts as One Country. God Bless Zambia.

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  8. MR. SATA IS SOUNDING REALLY PRESIDENTIAL. THIS HOW A UNIFYING PRESIDENT SHOULD TALK. IF HE CONTINUES TO TALK IN THIS MATURE WAY, I CAN ASSURE ALL ZAMBIANS THAT PEACE WILL CONTINUE TO SMILE IN THE FACE OF ZAMBIA. NOT GBM WHO PREACHS TRIBALISM DAY & NIGHT: JUST SEE WHAT SATA SAID: I love Tongas,” President Sata said, “…we have Tongas married to people from other tribes and we have other tribes married to Tongas. They are peaceful and innocent people,” Mr. Sata said.
    The President believes the malicious individuals who authored the letter are trying to smudge the image of Tonga-speaking people by accusing them of spearheading the clandestine group.
    The President expressed disappointment that some malicious individuals would deliberately embark on a plan to smear a peace-loving t

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  9. Mr good lier president. Was the document given to you before the search or after? We know this is all from pf to implicate and silence UPND, even me who was not a supporter of HH can now see that he is the man of the moment come 2016 my vote is no longer yours as iam very disappointed with you sir.

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  10. It has to take pressure from US, SA and British ambassadors from president sata to love Tongas. Sada indeed

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  11. Given by the MP or received it through mail – later, due to inefficient Zampost, since it was addressed to senior people? So the MP was a missinformer, he wrongly tied the party to the letter – otherwise why didn’t you find it? very confusing: Lusaks letter; SP PC says she is making headway in SP – which is which? Let us hear the name of the MP, who is sowing the seed of strife in our country – who is he/she? And what was he/she really after? He is the author, because if he wasn’t he would have revealed the names by now, and the police would have caught them by now! Tulikulangilizya!

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  12. This president is a waste and shall never bring about anything good to unity and developemt of Zambia. he is operating on the basis of a government on the one party state.

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  13. I WILL NEVER TRUST THE PF GOVERNMENT, ITS JUST A GOVERNMENT OF FOOLS. LEAVE THE UPND ALONE & CONSETRATE ON DEVELOPING THE COUNTRY. PF SHOULD ADMITT THAT THEY HAVE FAILLED TO RUN THE COUNTRY & ARE DESPERATE OF STAYING IN POWER WITH ALL MEANS. ZAMBIA IS COMPOSED OF 73 TRBES & THIS PROPAGANDA WILL NOT WORK. VIVA ALL PIECE LOVING ZAMBIANS & ABASH THE PF CLUELESS MAGGOTES.

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  14. SO why not convict that same MP, since Mr President u know that the letter was not written by Tongaz then u know who wrote it. Definitely hez or theyr not Tongas meaning u know their tribe and u KNOW THEM!!!!!!!!!!!! What a way of doing Politics, bushe ifwe mu Zambia Twaba Shaniiiiiiii, awe kwena….!!!!!

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  15. SO its true as HH claimed that zambia was under POLICE STATE…the govnment was actually involved as SATA confirms…HH will also be vindicated that the govnment is its desperation will try to plant seditious materials at all UPND centres!!!! Please MR sata you have done alot of campain for HH dont you see that sir???

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  16. @ Alee-Bee, your “muleke Sata ateke” mentality has brought you this mediocrity, you knew this guy can’t be a president of a unified Zambia, he even does cheap PR to unify an already divided Zambia, even in his sense like these he still goes appoints a northerner for southern province and can’t do the opposite, by the way, This man is out of depth to run a country like Zambia.

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  17. bemba duping tongas so that tongas can turn againest their brother HH.Should HH be arrested ,that is when the tonga bulls would fold their sleeves.Bembas treating tongas like children.Atase.putting a country in tension for rubbish.Who cares who marries who.if you want you can marry a woman from any country around the world.That who married who is not pretext for duping other tribes like that.Why are you making tongas look like fools because you want votes from SP.

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  18. THE PRESIDENT SAID THE POLICE WERE IMFORMED AT FIRST BY THE UPND MP. THAT THERE WAS SUCH MATERIALS AT UPND HQ. THAT IS WHEN THEY WENT TO SEARCH. AFTER NOT FINDING IT, WHICH IS A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THEY HAD HIDDEN IT. THEN THE MP WISTLE BLOWER RETRIEVED IT SOME WERE AND GAVE IT TO THE SECURITY WINGS AND SENT IT TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO WHOEVER. BECAUSE THIS MP. MIGHT HAVE BEEN SCARED THAT IF HE DOESN`T SHOW THEM WHAT HE BLEW OFF, HE MAY BE CALLED A FALLS ALARMIST THEREFORE HE DUG OUT THE LETTER AND GAVE IT OUT. THE IMFORMATION WAS NOT SAYING THAT IT WAS POSTED FROM MAZABUKA, BUT THAT THEIR  ADDRES WAS SHOWING AS MAZABUKA CITY COUNCIL. PLEASE BLOGGERS GET THE WHOLE STORY BEFORE YOU SHOW US THAT YOU HAVE EARS BUT YOU DON`T HEAR. 

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  19. I am failing to follow the article. How can ZP look for a letter which the State (claims) had in its possession? It’s like looking for keys which are in your hands. Now I see the point! They wanted to see if any computer at UPND had a soft copy! Now that ZP did not find it, the case is closed.

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  20. This statement from HEMCS contradicts an earlier statement from a government official (Simbyakula???) released last week stating that government had nothing to do with the police search at UPND offices

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  21. THIS IS THE BEGINING THE BIGGEST POLITICAL WITCH HUNT IN ZAMBIAN HISTORY. IT MAKES THE INFAMOUS BLACK MAMBO NOTHING TO COMPARE TO. PF IS SCHEMING TO DESTROY OUR HARD FOUGHT DEMCRACY. STATEMENT MADE ON LETTER DRAFTED IN LUSAKA AT THE SAME TIME MARETIAL RELEASED TO JOURNALISTS ON HH’S WEALTH. IS THAT INFORMATION ON HH’S WEALTH NATIONAL BUSINESS? THAT IS SOMETHING PRIVATE. THE TRUTH OF MATTER IS THERE IS MORE TO IT TO CAGE HH AND DESTROY HIM AS A POLITICAL OPPONET AND AN INDIVUAL WHO HAS CREATEDE WEALTH FOR FELLOW ZAMBIANS BY PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT. IN PF WE HAVE THE LIKES OF GBM WHO HAVE MADE THEIR MONEY THROUGH HARD WORK AND THAT SHOULD NOT BOTHER US COZ ITS HIS WEALTH. LETS WATCH PF THEY MAY GET RID OF HH TO CREATE ROOM FOR PF TO CONTINUE RULING WIHOUT PROPER OPPOSITION. IT WONT WORK

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  22. fellow Zambian, let us not swim round the same place while going nowhere. anyone with an objective mind even a child in the lower grade can see that this is a political mileage, wanting to paint other tribes as bad people. GBM do not judge and u will not be judged. where u are is not heaven its earth. fight 4 a your deep relationship with God and not causing tension in the country. If you do not like the opposition, you should remember that you were once in opposition.Tongas and Bembas are nice pipo, enjoy guys. Be a fool yourself and leave tongas alone. Viva tongas, viva HH.

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  23. Bushe paZed mulebuta/kupikilila/kujikilila or what? Everyday there is a circus, character assassinations, witch hunting, name calling, planting materials, searches, assasination theories, boasting, tribalism, nepotism, shocked at other people’s riches etc- no real issues or development. We are tired and fed up with these none building issues- we want development, employment, farming inputs, markets for farm produce, medicines and personnel in hospitals, good roads, clean water and sanitation, clean cities/towns, school/college places, security, justice and people driven constitution.

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  24. – Sata says he knows the authors, live in Lusaka.
    – Sata knows which MP gave him letter, and knows government was looking for that letter
    – Police Katanga knows that president is lying, authors live in Mazabuka and she knows them
    – Today Sata is shocked that Hakainde is more richer than GBM.
    – Is this fight between GBM vs HH over money or presidency?

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  25. Ok, if they say the letter was found at the UPND offices, then why did the lie to the nation and say nothing was found, and why was there no arrests made. Wake up people, this is just PF’s way of trying to bring UPND down.

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  26. This is confusing – ine inshumfwile ( i have not understood). What is going on? UPND write a letter and hide it in their office. One of the MPs gives it to government – govt goes to search for what they have already received – Why? They could have just arrested the MP and he would have revealed the source. 

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  27. You have irresponsible leadership in Zambia. It is no wonder your country despite all the wealth, the people have remained poor and foreigners who just come to your country today reap off. As a country you need to mature and elect upright people in strategic positions and stop behaving like you are buying second hand clothes! Your country is becoming an embarasment to the African continent.

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  28. Seriously are our police and the security wings so dull? Honestly if they are serious, this guy handed them the letter, basically he got it from someone, why not get all the info from him than to try to plant a copy in people’s offices. It just shows that there is no such a letter, it is a joke or it was authored from plot 1. Disaster.

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  29. Bufubafuba bwalo ba president besu.We are not children to be lied to like this basa kaka.Let us respect each other and our origins.Tonga people have never been agressors or looters or thiefs in their history.It is the kololo,ngonis and bembas who had and still have that mentality.Tongas have always respected and accepted other tribes without any fussy but do not be cheated they will fight to the last man standing to protect their intergrity and not need anyone to protect them or exonerate them.They are a very honest ,hardworking and proud people of God.

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  30. THIS IS HOW FAR BITTERNESS CAN TAKE SOMEONE. SOME OF THESE LOSING POLITICIANS CAN EVEN KILL. IT’S ALMOST ONE YEAR NOW AND HH CONTINUES TO BE HATEFUL AND BITTER AGAINST SATA AND PF. HOW CAN ONE BE BITTER FOR SUCH A LONG PERIOD? THE MAN HAS NEVER EVEN SMILED SINCE HE LOST ELECTIONS AS IF IT WAS AN ERECTION HE LOST. NOW, THIS MAKES SENSE. QUITE RECENTLY, I WAS PERPLEXED TO READ IN ONE OF THE PAPERS THAT HH WAS COMPROMISINGLY ADVISING PF ON CERTAIN ISSUES. THIS WAS UN-HIM. SO, THE REASON FOR THIS COMPROMISE WAS BECAUSE HE NEW THAT THEY WERE GOING TO RELEASE THAT LETTER. FOR SURE GIVEN CHANCE CHITOMBWA CAN KILL.

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  31. Sata knows the author of the letter, why not arrest the culprit. We know that this is just PF propaganda to devert people’s attention from pf’s failures to deliver to the people of Zambia. During Mwanawasa & RB we need had such useless & hopeless allegations in the country. Otherwise, pf should just confess that they have failled to run the country, pf is indeed very petty & CNP government. By the time Sata realises pf is making HH more popular than over. HH is hard working & a corperate true son of africa. Go HH go, let no amount of intimidation discourages on your noble cause of the welfare of the ordinary Zambians. With lots of love & warn regards to HH & the UPND team.

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  32. This is stinking lies, which UPND officials handed to the state the seditious material that police were looking for at the party’s offices? Now, we all know that they did not find this so called seditious material of theirs at the UPND offices but obtained it from the official only known to Sata. This is the official they should charge of being in possession of the material, not the UPND. Sata is an old fool after a statment like this, just how is the govt going to be able to obtain any conviction against the UPND? Is this simply not going to be the party’s word against this none existent official only known to Sata? The plain stupidity riddling this government is truly reaching lunatic levels, zazi ni zazi kipeto puso yaterni mane inge za mangwani shuwa! Ku swabisa simucembele kaufela!

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  33. @ Peter, its so sad that we have people who reason like you during this age. The only accusation against HH you pf organic faillure have is bitterness & hatefulness & what else? Cant you for once spare us from your useless, saltless, greed, selfish & unfound allegations towards an innocent HH. For once let pf do Zambians a favor by going to work instead of wasting your time politicking & accusation. The wind has indeed changed in Zambia we need a sound & developmental arionted president. HH is now the man for the people of Zambia.

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  34. why pursue mazabuka people if letter was done in Lsk? this a closed case as ZP failed to find a soft copy at UPND. And why not arrest anyone since they have had the hard copy for a long time?

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  35. “Tongas are innocent” in the matter, adding that some malicious individuals are trying to implicate them”

    The president is serious in saying whole tribe is being implicated? what this with our dear president. When I did not see the president speak for a while I thought that may be he was now concentrating on what implementation of policies such that he did not have time for politicking and how wrong I was. Busy trying to fight the so called under five from how rich he is to accusing him of authoring a letter that government has authored. African politics. An we blame people for leaving the country to pursue opportunities elsewhere. If anyone out there has some connection please help get I job outside Zambia

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  36. Natasha you liar , HH a factor in Zambian politics….hooo my foot. HH is not known in Lusaka nor Copperbelt, so how can he be a factor in Zambian politics. Come 2016 you will faint my dear when HH shall come Number 3 as usual but with 15%. At every election thats what you rate HH highly but his loss increases, Just keep quiet man before you die of bitterness and frustration.

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  37. Just when you think the man is now acting like a leader, the father of he nation, he returns to his usual fetal position. What to make of all this gibberish?

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  38. If you believe the Tonga Under Oath is not a fabrication which is meant to get at the UPND and its leadership then you might as well take kindly to a snake you’ll encounter and not rush to grab a stick or stone but consider it as one with a change of heart for good will towards you.

    I would have said its a plot against the opposition had it not been mentioned that the source of the letter handed to the president was UPND members.

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  39. Fishy! good that the cops were searched before commencing the search otherwise that letter would have been “planted and found” by the police

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  40. Why search for a document which was already in you hands? Mizindo yenu no babwa nywe. Hikala zyenu, sakala sahao, finyo fyenu.

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  41. we want to hear national develoment programs. is this the reason you are in govt critising and persecuting the opposition? Time you got to work. Opposition be also focussed in your balance and checks. Those who resign from opposition are opportunists ( muselela kwa kaba) have no national feeling for the nation. They are only after money give them a vote of no confidence so that they learn a good lesson and not to take people for granted. A lot of money is wasted on by elections.

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  42. am not a prophet,but a deadly soldier,sata is lying..big lie! He has been threatened by gbm to twist issues! Its sad to have lying leader!

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  43. LIES OLD MAN! LIAR! YOUR STATEMENT CLASHES WITH THE FACTS ON THE GROUND. IF YOU KNOW THE AUTHOR WHY NOT ARREST HIM? IF YOU DONT KNOW THE AUTHOR WHY NOT ARREST THE MP? WATCHDOG IS ACURATE

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  44. I support no nonsense or what ever party. PF was voted into power to improve the lives of the people. Close to a year now all we are hearing is HH this and that. Tell the nation is you were elected to fight HH or improve their lives. In a multi -party democracy opposing views will always be there just like PF was in opposition but Mwanawasa delivered. Even hopeless banda delivered. What is wrong with PF. Stop this HH nonsense. Deliver. The more you talk about HH this,HH that you are wasting time to deliver and giving HH an advantage to prove you a failure. We wont judge you as to how much you fought HH but how much you fulfilled your campaign promises. FREE CONSULTANCY

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  45. This war is the not BEMBAS against the TONGAS it is this Poor Failure (PF) Mikaeli Satanic against the TONGAs and especially Hakaivotela Humwine (HH). The Tongas and the Bembas have lived peacefully all along and i do not know why these politicians should politicise the relationship between Bembas and Tongas. Do not try to make people think that is what it is… nooooo… twakaana ifweeeee fwe ba bemba. Please ba Sir tar be a man.. do not devide this country into three, Barotse land, Tonga Land and the Notherners twakaana ifwe. Just give us what you promised. We are not ready for wars and are not going to accept this nonsense. Ala na Ala Bee awamapo shuwa mwe. Every time ku bwata fye ama nonsense. W e want development, just leave HaHi alone and show us action. Ka Nervous Mumbwe kaleisa and

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  46. you will meet him. Kabwili elyo kali kaba very soon you will forget about HaHa you will now start fighting Nervous Mumbwe. It will be war between the COBRA and the WILD CAT, kali kaba mumfwa fye just wait and see. He will cut off the Cobras head and give the rest of the cobra to the Lozis to eat and the lozis will be very happy that day. We will see if you are going to speak tribal remarks when the Wild Cat Nervous Mumbwe starts to speak. The canada issue has died just like that, because Your HEMCS you lied, and you think we people of Zambia do not follow these issues closely. Stop the nonsense and get back to work before you knock off in 2016 when your shift ends. Ala atase.

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  47. God is Great! And Sata will be taught a BIG lesson by God. You can fool people but not God! No sensible person can believe such rubbish from a head of State.

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  48. And when you have issues with HH do not talk about bembas and tongas abene na baikalila mule babika mu fya bupuba. just fight HH that is all. And some of you bloggers are very dull, instead of talking something interesting you are just writing on tribal grounds making the big issue, as it were like that. What is your problem kanshi, Tell ba Sir Tar to fulfill what he promised, and make fight against each other ala imwe.

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  49. And when you have issues with HH do not talk about bembas and tongas abene na baikalila mule babika mu fya bupuba. just fight HH that is all. And some of you bloggers are very dull, instead of talking something interesting you are just writing on tribal grounds making the big issue, as if it were like that. What is your problem kanshi, Tell ba Sir Tar to fulfill what he promised, and make fight against each other ala imwe.

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  50. SATA IS A WORSE DICTATORSHIP IN HISTORY OF ZAMBIA. HE SHOULD NOT FORGET THE REVOLUTION TAKING PLACE AROUND THE WORLD. HE RISKED BEEN CHASED LIKE A DOG. 

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