Combined team of Defence forces at the National Heroes Stadium during the mass display of performance in preparation of Golden Jubilee
Combined team of Defence forces at the National Heroes Stadium during the mass display of performance in preparation of Golden Jubilee

Introduction

Fellow citizens, first and foremost, the United Party for National Development [UPND] recognises that the Jubilee Anniversary is an important national event that transcends political party affiliation. It is for all Zambians. This is an opportunity as citizens to spend some time and indulge in serious, deep national reflection. We shall commemorate but not celebrate this Jubilee.

Let me on behalf of UPND pay tribute to the gallant freedom fighters who sacrificed all to give birth to our independence. The late Godwin Mbikusita Lewanika, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Kapasa Makasa, Nalumino Mundia, Lawrence Katilungu, Humphrey Mulemba, Mainza Chona, Mama Julia Chikamoneka, Munukayumbwa Sipalo and Dr. Peter Matoka, Solomon Kalulu, Mungoni Liso and many other gallant sons and daughters of mother Zambia, some alive like Mr. Grey Zulu, Samuel Mbilishi and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. To these and others we owe our political freedom.

Special tribute is due to the leaders who have borne the burden of being Presidents of this great Republic. Our founding father, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, a distinguished freedom fighter, Frederick Chiluba a distinguished and fearless Trade Unionist, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, a renowned lawyer , Rupiah B. Banda, a distinguished diplomat and now President Michael Chilufya Sata. Each of these in their own way have contributed to building the foundation upon which Zambia has stood in the past fifty (50) years.

Fellow Countrymen and women, at such a time as this, it is important to note that the 50 years is not about a political party such as UPND, MMD and PF. There is only one Zambia. This is the Zambia whose fifty (50) years we are all commemorating. It is the Zambia that we hope future generations will celebrate a hundred years and beyond. No single human being can be greater than our country.

We commemorate but do not celebrate this event? Here are our Reasons in UPND

To commemorate is to remember and observe an event. To celebrate is to rejoice and have fun.
Since the PF came to power on a platform of lies and deceit the country has witnessed repression, violations of fundamental human rights, freedoms and liberties, biased media coverage, Police brutality, political violence, destruction of the rule of law by the PF thereby effectively hampering operations of opposition political parties in the country. For instance, I, Hakainde Hichilema, a citizen of Zambia, is a virtual prisoner as my freedom of movement has been curtailed by the police and PF thugs. I am in and out of Police cells and prison. I am on court bail now.

1.0 PF Repression and Police Brutality

The Police under the instruction of the PF have blocked and even arrested opposition political party leaders for attempting to hold political rallies and closed door meetings.

The application of the Public Order Act by the PF Government is the source of repression and Police brutality.

PF has undermined the Rule of Law. It has occasionally gone so far as to disregard High or Supreme Court decisions and has deported innocent persons or expropriated business interests from lawful owners to empower PF cronies. In this regard, even the judiciary has come under threat and its independence has been seriously compromised

We shall cite incidents to show that democracy is under threat by the PF. These incidents show that the police have violated the freedom of expression and right to assembly.

  1. Opposition Presidents of NAREP and FDD had their indoor meetings disrupted in Kitwe and Ndola respectively.
  2. Nevers Mumba of MMD was prevented from meeting Chief Nkana and was arrested.
  3. Father Frank Bwalya of ABZ was hounded out of radio Chengelo in Kitwe and Chibuku was poured on him by PF cadres.
  4. Bishops and other citizens at BIGOCA Church were beaten up by PF cadres whilst in church where they had gathered to discuss the state of the nation
  5. My Party Chairman Hon Mutale Nalumango and two others were humiliated at Titanic Guest House in Chinsali, Muchinga Province when they were invaded and whipped by PF thugs in June this year.
  6. In January, 2012, members of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who were organizing a rally in Kanyama sanctioned by the High Court after refusals by the Police were attacked and severely beaten by Zambia Police which dispersed the rally.
  7. In June, 2012, Zambia Police descended on a peaceful demonstration by UPND Youths in Kanyama who were against the presence in Zambia of Malawian Judge Chikopa and severely beat them up on Lagos Road in Lusaka.
  8. During the Livingstone by-election in 2013, PF Youths attacked UPND campaigners at their camp and then using the Press, framed up UPND. Police, in spite of knowing the truth moved in to beat up and incarcerate UPND members and leaders.
  9. When I was on a Party mission to the Eastern Province with written Police approval in March 2014, the Police on instruction from higher authorities cancelled this approval and acting with PF cadres began to disrupt UPND rallies in the Province, and beat up innocent people attending the meetings. In the interest of peace, I cut short this programme.
  10. In early April 2014, I again came under physical attack by PF thugs while I was at Sun Radio in Ndola, on the Copperbelt. The PF thugs who were heavily armed raided the radio station with intent to kill me. The Press carried this report.
  11. The nation was stunned in June, 2014 when Police put up a barrier across the road in Mongu to prevent me from paying a courtesy call on the Litunga of Western Province. Furthermore, police cancelled my radio programme at the Community Radio Station.

2.0 Land Grabbing

Land grabbing by PF cadres, often tolerated by the police has become common, leading to the breakdown of the rule of law in the land tenure system. The population is traumatised by frequent violent attacks of land owners by PF cadres. A few examples are as follows:-

  1. State security men shot and killed Kampasa villagers East of Lusaka in June 2013 who had lived on their land for the last 50 years in Chongwe. No one has been apprehended.
  2. A former Member of Parliament, Hon Chella was killed in Kitwe last year when persons alleged to be PF members attacked him over his farm.
  3. In Lusaka West, a life was lost at Mr. Lisulo’s farm when persons suspected to be PF members invaded the farm with intentions to subdivide and share plots among themselves in March this year.

3.0 The Plight of the People

I have gone round this country and have seen the resilience of the Zambians. I have seen our fellow citizens struggle to extricate themselves from the jaws of poverty.
I have seen families sacrificing the little they have to ensure that one of their kith and kin gets an education.
I have seen families sell their assets to get their relatives to secondary school, college or university.
I have come across people who walk long distances to get water. I have seen farmers sleep in the open struggling to get markets for their produce. When they sell their produce to state institutions, payments have not been timely to the extent that by the time they have received their payments, inflation will have eroded whatever value was inherent in the payment.
I have come face to face with people of all ages who have lost their lives needlessly due to lack of medical facilities. This state of affairs, in the words of Nelson Mandela, is not natural, it is man-made and therefore man can do something to address this sad state of affairs.

4.0 Lack of economic freedoms

We acknowledge that Zambians got political freedoms and independence. But 50 years down the line, the people are still suffering economically and battling to get economic independence and freedoms. Can a person who is hungry celebrate? Can students who have been thrown out of school due to non-payment of school fees rejoice? Can patients that have not been treated due to lack of medicines in hospitals celebrate? Can anyone wallowing in poverty and failing to afford mealie-meal rejoice and think it’s part of having fun? Can a worker whose salary has been frozen rejoice?

We think it is unreasonable to celebrate poverty. It is a waste of tax-payers money to hold big parties and enjoy ourselves in the midst of poverty. This should not be a time for merry making but serious reflection on what has happened to us in the last 50 years.

5.0 Wage Freeze

We find it difficult to celebrate this Jubilee when the workers of Zambia are, through the wage freeze being subjected to poverty and misery. The wage freeze is a violation of the workers’ rights. Lest we forget, it is the workers of this country who in the 1930s set in motion a trend of industrial actions giving rise to political aspirations which culminated in an organized political struggle for independence without which this Jubilee would not have been. Throughout the struggle, the workers through their trade unions fought side by side with their brothers and sisters on the political front.

6.0 Constitution

Let me touch on a subject that is very close to my heart and that of all Zambians — the constitution. The Constitution is the foundation upon which all pillars of good governance are founded. Our country needs a people driven Constitution. We need a constitution that will protect the rights of the people, one that will give people the power to call on leaders to account for their actions, which will ensure that the country is governed in a transparent and accountable manner. One that will ensure institutionalism and not reliance on a benevolent leadership. I as an individual and the UPND, are committed to a people driven Constitution. We demand that now.

The people are tired of being cheated over the constitution. There were so many commissions of inquiry over the constitution such as the Chona, Mvunga, Mwanakatwe and Mung’omba Commission. The views of the people were later reinforced through the Chifumu Banda led National Constitutional Conference (NCC) and the latest Annel Silungwe led Technical Committee on the constitution. PF is refusing to release the Draft Constitution. We demand that as we commemorate 50 years of independence, the Draft Constitution should be released to the public this week. We thank the church, civil society through the Grand Coalition for being good partners.

7.0 Conclusion

  1. The freedoms and rights fought for by our forefathers, and the anchor upon which the Jubilee has been founded have been violated and abused by the PF Government. That is why we have refused to celebrate. In the spirit of the Jubilee, these dictatorial acts and behaviour must come to an end and we must as a people open a new democratic chapter for our country. Failure to do so would be in violation of the Jubilee spirit, and a perpetuation of evil. Those who stand against these principles will be swept away by the Jubilee…… into the dustbin of history. We shall not wine and dine to celebrate the Jubilee. Instead, we shall commemorate the Jubilee by reflecting and observing what has happened to our country.
  2. The PF have taken us 50 years backwards to make us start fighting for political freedom. We have to start fighting for freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, the right to property, and freedom of expression. So what is there to celebrate if we have to start afresh fighting for freedoms. They are also taking us backwards in our fight to liberate ourselves from economic bondage. They have imposed a wage freeze. They have denied us our right to more money in the pocket. We are back to economic slavery. After PF is kicked out, it will be meaningful to celebrate political, economic and social freedoms and democracy. We conclude that only removal of the PF dictatorship during the next polls will be the surest way of guaranteeing restoration of order and sanity in the nation. The PF will never recant its reign of terror. May all who care please help.
  3. All suspects currently appearing in court or already convicted of politically motivated crimes should be released. For example, Journalists Clayson Hamasaka and Chanda Chimba and Hon Jonas Shakafuswa should be freed to mark Jubilee commemoration.
  4. All freedom fighters should be put on a long life pension or social security scheme.
  5. The Public Order Act should be repealed or amended to reflect modern democratic value.
  6. The Penal Code should be amended to remove sections that impend freedom of expression such as that relating to publication of false news with intent to cause alarm and fear to the public as well as criminalising the defamation of the President, and being in possession of seditious material which is currently suppressing people’s freedoms.

I thank you.

Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President

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65 COMMENTS

  1. I am not going to be part of this UPND complaints. I don’t want to loose my LT Jubilee Award.
    And where is the voting page kanshi? People are ready to vote…

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    • Thank you HH for making us think and reflect. My hope is we shall as country strive to make the next 50 years better for everyone not just for some PF nincompoops.

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    • Am I the only one who thinks there is no need to celebrate if the Preseint is not attending?

      It is like having a barbeque at the owner’s house without the owner being there!Are you INSANE?

      It beggars belief, I would suggest we postpone this until he comes back.
      This is commonsense

      Thanks

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    • HH we won`t miss you even if you won`t attend. I suggest you instead use the time to cut your hair. You look like a rug.

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    • The only difference is that the President does not own Zambia, so let the parties begin, Am in!!

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    • Note that Kaunda can spearhead the celebrations, after all he brought about the independence celebration in question. Long live KK long live Zambia!!

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    • HH, this is a well articulated article and he who has reservation towards HH should now wake up. I personally do not usually comment Lsk times articles but on this one am forced to do. Indeed there is no need to cerebrate this jubilee; the so called Zambia at 50.What is there to cerebrate when farmers who took their maize to FRA have not yet received their dues? What is there to cerebrate when prices of mile meal and other essential commodities are skyrocketing? What is there to cerebrate when our children have been denied bursaries at the high learning institution? My fellow Zambians ladies and gentlemen, the money put aside to host such a big event can be channeled to other needy areas such as payment of farmers who supplied maize to FRA. Zambia at 50 is nothing but one of the numerical…

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    • I agree with HH. There is absolutely no reason to cerebrate. Zambia is still in poverty and there is currently no plan to change this state of affairs. What we need is radical change to move Zambia forward so that it can even become comparable to countries like Botswana and Namibia. At present this is country by Bemba’s and for Bemba’s. Everyone else is suffering. They have even put a figurehead Edgar Lungu to appear less tribal, but the truth cannot be hidden. We need leaders who can think. Sata is too dull to understand the times. He is too old to develop Zambia. PF is useless and will never do anything good for Zambia. These thugs must go!!!

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    • It is true, one finds it difficult to celebrate in the presence of marked unfairness. Farmers are really suffering without their pay. Please PF do reflect on this one and pay the people. How can a young female football player celebrate when she is given K100 as mwabombeni from African Cup of Nations. Really with this level of unfairness someone still wants to dance like we saw in the media from Solwezi? Please do have a heart for fellow country men and women mwebatu ba ministers mu PF.

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    • My brother HH just did it again.. instead of grabbing the opportunity of showing true statemanship He has just given the voters another reason to think twice about Him. From the comments you can tell that PF is still popular and this so called ‘wind of change’ is just a breeze of cow dung

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  2. Just celebrate you Sunny Chitombwa and your cronies. Why all these excuses ? This nonsense you have listed here shouldn’t be reasons enough to stop your from celebrating our 50 years. Yes Zambia is not an utopia and neither are you going to make it one. High time you stopped your cheap rhetoric and attention seeking. Be realistic !!

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    • “We commemorate but do not celebrate this event? Here are our Reasons in UPND.
      To commemorate is to remember and observe an event. To celebrate is to rejoice and have fun”…..is the English to hard for you to comprehend?

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    • I feel like passing on my award to Saulosi.
      English is so blarrie difficulty to understand.
      Us who like Ba Sata will commemorate, but he won’t celebrate.

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    • In the instance where it was the case that HH had been this country’s President at this time would he have ordered a commemoration this time and not celebration?
      Logically even in a marriage or a Royal crown people celebrate the a Jubilee attainment not because of the successes only but including lessons learnt where they have fallen short and more so celebrate the fact of having achieved this milestone. Even the good book instructs this celebration to thank our creator. If the UPND leader and those who believe in him do not feel worthy to be part of these events being held its there right but let them not demean the rest rejoicing.

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    • Iwe naiwe @Kays taumfwa! That is hilarious… Zambians must begin ordering bug sweeps before they speak in their boudoirs!

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  3. Indeed, after 50 years of self rule, the people in Kitwe who practiced cha cha cha and fault running battles with the white imperialists are today still running battles with their fellow black people protesting the absence of what which the colonialists provide.

    This is sad, children are killing themselves for lack of hope because the rulling class is failing to give them hope while they send their own to Havard.

    Look at the corruption at the RDA, instead of expanding the roads they are just maintaining them at borrowed money. Check the names of persons awarded of the road contracts for the kitwe-ndola dual carriage way and the chingola roads. Look at the nepotism in the offering of jobs. Go to the ministry of home affairs and see what names are attached to missions. God where are…

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    • BR.., we are proud, yes, we should, and the article above has a lot of pride in it. At the same time, there’s a lot pain, real pain to imagine where we are and where we could be…, that hates. What disheartens more is the attitude and level of thinking and expectations of some of our people. Hospitals are death malls.., people on the floor, no medicines even when people pay taxes. We need to change something fundamentally. Another 50 yrs we should reflect that we made a fundamental change at that time to shift the trajectory of our nation. Proud we go, work we need to do remains!

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  4. from the comments…. one understand why the country has gone to the Dogs and why Sata is president.

    Common sense has left the country

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    • Yes, whether chunsu wants it or not, ‘CELEBRATION’ ili che. hh is not even a president but a failure in politics. he is anti-good. By what authority is he to write to me?

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  5. UPND leader you have scored a mark. The event is not for any particular political party, but for all Zambians. Let’s share what each one of us has for the betterment of Mother Zambia. It is not time for confrontation. The unique behaviour of Zambians is that we talk but we don’t push an agenda to divide ourselves.

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  6. Let him keep away from the limelight, what sort of politics does he practice. HH is unnecessary to Zambian politics. Let him kiss the ass of Daniel Munkhobwe a successful Tonga politician.

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    • When Sata stayed away from state functions he did not get it wrong in the eyes of PF supporters.

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  7. I commend HH for bringing out what people should reflect on. Yes it is pointless to celebrate and many valid and sound reasons are there. But is is important to comemorate.

    Thank you HH for making me reflect rather than celebrate blindly helping the PF loot more resources.

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  8. What is this CHUNSU HYENA HEYNA talking about? He should keep quiet and focus on adopting more and more babies to vote for him in 2056.

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  9. A lot that has been said by HH, unfortunately is true and we need to reflect on them. Why is it that the promise of 1991 seems more like a mirage in the Sahara? Why is it that every President we have chosen, including KK have seen it fit to use the constitution process for their selfish ends? Why is it that being rich has always been directly proportional to how close you are to the corridors of power? But at the end of it all, you only turn 50 once and I can safely bet that I will not be around when the second jubilee will be coming therefore I will celebrate whilst commemorating. Happy Jubilee everyone, One Zambia, One Nation!

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  10. Dear Editor,
    We, as ordinary soldiers/service women and men, have always wondered why service Chiefs are removed every time there is change of government.

    But after the Zambezi East by-elections and watching the 50th Anniversary Zambia Army amateur video, we think we now know why. During the Zambezi East Mihova campaigned for PF. In the amateur video being shown on ZNBC depicting shambolic and uncoordinated posse actions, he is seen lecturing on what being non partisan means to serving men and women. You call this professionalism? This is nonsense. We as serving members want our commanders to be true and professional before they demand the same from us. We demand that the appointment of service chiefs be ratified by parliament to avoid party cadres occupying these dignified offices.

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  11. So you’ve complained as usual (HH) blah blah blah. What can you do better? If Sata can’t do it, it can’t be done. Simple! Just commemorate and celebrate Zambia’s Golden Jubilee. An attention seeker without a plan, no wonder you can’t see State House.
    “President Hakainde Hichilema Flags Off Jubilee Celebrations”
    Impossible Headlines mwana, it can’t happen. Better you quit politics and return to the kraal.

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  12. Just stay away and we will have fun without your cry the baby issues, Long Live his Excellence Mr. MCS

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  13. That was then, this is now……then what? In Zimbabwe those born after independence were maligned as the born free by uncle Bob…….Am a Zambian born free, now I celebrate! 50years from now am not going to be in this physical state for all I care I may be dead.
    50years aint a joke, I will commemorate and celebrate…..tomorrow is Gods to sort,24th I celebrate.

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  14. ‘We shall commemorate but not celebrate this Jubilee.’ HH 2014

    Dear HH
    We should celebrate not commemorate only. Because:-
    1. Our forefathers fought for this freedom we enjoy today. Your article defines the ‘Quality’ of that freedom. Your article then does not take joy in the freedom of the person regardless of their incarceration in the prison of life. And that is where your article fails.
    2. Even The Jewish in the time of their trials did celebrate the God given life. They took time to starch out and say ‘Thank you Lord for my Life today.’ You identified only the freedom that Money gives a person. Money is not a kind God. It causes you to miss; the beauty of Victoria Falls, the beauty of the animals in South Luangwa and other Game Reserves. The sun and it’s…

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    • Of all you listed comments most of which I concur are unacceptable, you forgot to mention opposition actions that lead to some of the actions taken by our democratically elected gov’t. Cause and Effect. Opposition parties have carelessly chosen to create havoc in Zambia by trying, and campaigning negatively to remove our democratically elected gov’t. Time and again HH, you and your people have tirelessly insulted our President for his health. You have booed, hissed at every single thing the gov’t has done. We ALL know why we don’t have enough money for everyone, because of the infrastructure developments we have undertaken.YES VERY NECESARY. Yours and others role in opposition has been to try and ‘get in’ without elections! Terminating the current gov’t term.

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    • I WILL celebrate and PRAY for a better tomorrow!! Happy jubilee eeeeeeeeeeee everyone. I am so happy yeah!

      HH if you improve your rhetoric I MIGHT vote for you. But you need to show you understand democracy and be man obedient Zambian under the current gov’t regardless of your desire for office.

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  15. The literature in the article is self explanatory but we really have a big challenge in Zambian Politics because of the levels of thinking of our bloggers & voters!There is literally no or very little critical analysation of cardinal issues in Zambia.We have amasses of illiterate bloggers in Zambia.However,HH should start strategizing immediately on how to mobilize & engage Civil Servants who are very more than will to sensitize gullible voters country wide as civil servants are really fed up of this absentee landlord & its sycophants!It is very clear that no good advise to this PF will be considered at any given time!Please HH use us we know it better than VJ!

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    • @the civilised

      How can you hope that people will appreciate you when you call them illiterate for expressing an opinion opposite to you.? HH and his supposed superior and educated ‘elites,’ would like to tell the world that people in Zambia do not actually understand the issues at hand and that’s why they support PF! WRONG. There just isn’t the quality of opposition! We are stuck with very capable people who unfortunately need a kick up the back to ensure they consider all,people especially the poor. You are not hitting the support numbers because we can see it would be a disaster. Who are you and what mare your mandates. NOT LISTS OF ILLS IN Zambia as HH has listed.

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  16. Ba hh nabo awe kwena bwachifyalilwa. katwishi nga bakapola ubu upuba bakwata bwaliya nakuli conrnelias. nayonse upnd. uluse.

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  17. PF is a tribal party whose members by default rattle Bemba insults to anyone with an alternative view. Shame…..look at Saulosi and crew!!

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  18. Mushota doesn’t seem to age, she has been 27 for the last 5 years. These are the jerks we used to call ‘stones’ in my posh boarding school.

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  19. There is nothing to celebrate and be merry about. Zambia is a failed state. We will commemorate half a century of failure. This is normal in Zambia, to drink beer at a funeral, and especially if it’s a mbuya person who has kicked the bucket even dancing is okay. KK took a well oiled economy and went about trashing it in the mud until it’s unrecognisable. In Bemba they say “inama yamwaice tainona”. Instead of carrying on where the colonialists left, like Namibia and Botswana prudently did, KK did otherwise, he literally and single-handedly tore down a vibrant economy and replaced it with unworkable crackpot economic theories of Stalin and Mao Tse Dong. Where are we now? A laughing stock of Africa. It’s immoral and insane to celebrate colossal failure KK plunged us into.

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  20. The fact that none of the people opposed to UPND’s reflections have come up with credible point-for-point arguments to support their opposing views clearly speaks volumes. Just making noise that’s all. This gives a whole new meaning to the term’ Empty tins make a lot of noise’.

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    • Nonsense! You are no less empty yourself. The blog space only allows that much to be published. If we all wrote all those pages of angst as HH has done we would be full of hot air.

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    • @Patriot Abroad, are you seriously saying the reason you have failed so miserably to come up with any credible point to support your argument against any one of UPND’s points on their reflections is because of lack of space? This lame excuse can only come from a truly empty tin, and it confirms more than anything what I am saying. Tell me, are you dyslexic or what?

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  21. You can see for yourself that the High Order Thinking Level is really not there to some bloggers who sink so low such that they mistook blogging in Bemba to English as though every blogger understands these illiterates’ tribe for thieving!

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    • What we see is that every time we disagree with you, we are illiterates, uneducated etc. and that’s not going to earn you my vote! Forget it mate. You are a party of unpleasant people!

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  22. @Patriot-Please pause a bit & reflect( if at all you are averagedly normal & level headed) on the poor & negative social-economic policiés of your PF!So in your zambia you have taken most of the money to infrastructure-which you can see in your zambia & which money if not eurobond then where have you taken the money for 2014 budget?The infrastructure isn’t there-understand this may be you are in Muchinga province!It’s not me who called you illiterate but Winter whom I think is very correct going by the way you are ruling the poor people of Zambia.Your Ten Commandments SATA also attested to your useless irritating fat ministers which is very correct to me.How do you expect the opposition to be fully organised when your tribal state police is not applying the public order…

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    • @Civilised Sam

      Again you assume that I am not a capable thinker! Also you wrongly accuse me of being PF, I have always said I am Pro-Democracy, I am non partisan, and above ALL I am a Patriot.

      I have reflected and my conclusion is that in 2016 I will make my choice as to whom I welcome in at that time. From then on I will fight anyone who tries to bring that elected gov’t down as a Patriot.

      You can’t hide whom you and HH are. All through this blogs are just patronising allegations of ‘illiteracy, not capable of reflecting.’ Uncivilised Sam, we can’t fight and call ourselves civilised AND that is why people hate HH so much. He tries too hard. His way or the highway to illiteracy etc. You all need Charm School, because you are illiterates in Democracy.

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  23. Thanx HH for sure these guys have really taken us back. They are empty tins and they make alot of NOISE !!
    Sata’s govt has really failed us !

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  24. It is sad to note that some of the blogers in this article have chosen deliberately not to see and analyse issues HH has raised in this article. He has talked about police brutality at 50 years of independence. To me it simply means that if you dont agree with the current Govt, then you must be brutalled and forced to agree with them. That is not democracy we are talking about. Every one has a right to expression, right of assembly, right to information etc. Fellow Zambians yes at times we can emmulate some people who leaved in the past, but at times we need to understand ourselves and reflect and decide whether we need to the same or something else better ofcourse than what others did. This country is our and not for those other people we want to follow what they did. Thank you

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  25. Ba PF are a bunch of dandaheads. Guys if you want to hide information to these illitrate just write. They will not read it.

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  26. Zambians, this is the only presidential speech you will ever get and read as we celebrate the 50 year old Zambia.
    I note Zambian bloggers only talk about ordinary things of tribe, region and petty issues of every day life. Most of them are incapable of raising thought provoking issues of good governance, transparency (ie Zambians debate if Sata is sick or not), rule of law and accountability. We are still away from where we should be and printing bank notes with KK, Chiluba. PLM, RB even with Sata appearing on our currency is deemed development without unpaid farmers, without new constitution, students uncertainty and un employed youths.

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  27. PLEASE FORGIVE HH, HE DOES NOT KNOW SOME OF THESE THINGS. JUBILEE IS A VERY SPIRITUAL, BIBLICAL PHENOMENA WHICH HH DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO UNDERSTAND AND EVEN WHERE THE ISSUE IS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE..

    PLEASE READ NEVERS’ MESSAGE FOR JUBILEE AND THEN REFER TO THE SCRIPTURE WHICH HE HAS QUOTED FROM. WE CAN ALL LEARN SOMETHING.

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