Former President Rupiah Banda and former MMD Petauke Member of Parliament  Dora Siliya campaign for PF Presidential Candidate  Edgar Lungu at a PF rally in Petauke
Former President Rupiah Banda and former MMD Petauke Member of Parliament Dora Siliya campaign for PF Presidential Candidate Edgar Lungu at a PF rally in Petauke

Should we trust and vote for presidential candidates whose sources of campaign funds cannot easily be determined? Should we trust and vote for candidates who have included in their campaign teams any of the individuals whose election to the National Assembly was nullified due to electoral malpractice?

And should we trust and vote for candidates who have accepted the endorsements and/or financial contributions of those amongst our fellow citizens who are alleged to have been involved in corrupt activities?

Well, if we trust and vote for such candidates, we should as well ditch our quest for a government that is truly geared to spearhead the fight against the scourge of corruption, and we should also not be surprised when our country’s development partners decide to withhold their support on account of our apparent indifference to corruption!

Why? Because, if candidates who are supported or surrounded by those who are known or alleged to have engaged in corrupt practices succeed in securing the people’s mandate to form government, they are likely to ensure that their supporters and financiers are shielded from prosecution for any corruption-related offences.

Zambians have been yearning for a system of justice that is fair, impartial, and independent in both word and deed. So, we need to elect a candidate who is not likely to undermine our country’s laws in order to protect the interests of his or her supporters and financiers.

if candidates who are supported or surrounded by those who are known or alleged to have engaged in corrupt practices succeed in securing the people’s mandate to form government, they are likely to ensure that their supporters and financiers are shielded from prosecution for any corruption-related offences

Dora Siliya campaigns for PF Presidential Candidate Hon Edgar Lungu at a PF rally in Petauke
Dora Siliya campaigns for PF Presidential Candidate Hon Edgar Lungu at a PF rally in Petauke

With respect to the assistance we periodically receive from our country’s development partners, there is no doubt that such assistance has continued to bolster our efforts to address some of the problems facing our country and its people.

We should, therefore, be grateful for their support in different fields and sectors of our country, including agriculture, decentralization, education, energy, gender, governance, health, housing, HIV/AIDS, macroeconomics, private sector development, science and technology, tourism, water, transportation infrastructure, social protection, and the fragile natural environment.

But such assistance may not continue to be rendered if we vote for a candidate who is not likely to pursue alleged perpetrators of corruption without fear or favor.

We are tired of having government officials who use the existence of the Anti-Corruption Commission as window dressing for donors and other international observers, and who use the Commission as a tool for harassing critics and political opponents!

Ultimately, we need to be mindful of the reasons why we should wage a vicious war against corruption. We should do so because corruption has continued to subvert the political process in our beloved country; it has continued to have a negative effect on our ability to meet the basic needs and expectations of the people; it has continued to undermine honest enterprise; it has continued to have a negative effect on foreign direct investment; it has continued to tarnish our country’s image; and it has continued to erode our country’s moral fiber.

But like any other cancerous problem confronting us today, corruption cannot be effectively fought without first understanding its causes. Since our country’s independence in 1964, we have continued to witness an escalation in the incidence of corruption caused by a diversity of factors.

One of such causes has been our tendency to vote for or against candidates on the basis of their political affiliations, ethnic extraction, and/or religious convictions in spite of their apparent moral turpitude.

Today, more than ever before, our country needs a presidential candidate and a political party whose goals and policies are comprehensive, radical, but realistic enough to signifi­cantly overhaul its socio-economic system so that it can adequately meet the needs and expectations of our generation, and the needs and expectations of future generations.

By Henry Kyambalesa

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  1. There is nothing for free,should Edgar Lungu win he is obviously going to protect all the thieving or corrupt financiers,its a no brainer.Too bad Zambians are too caught up in election euphoria to realise that.

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    • This is the under 5 game all players are now exhibiting. HH is indeed under 5, and he thought amassing endorsements from other parties and corrupt elements would seal the deal.
      Alas his fellow under 5 EL has copied and beat him at the game! Not so long ago HH threatened to expel any of his MP’s working with. Other parties, why then is he embracing the same?

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    • RB(MMD) &Edgar Lungu (PF) are useless parties and only HH can redeem the country from collapsing due to these Kumawa tribalists.
      11days left and PF will be kicked out straight up and square off!

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    • HH is demanding that the PF reduce price of fuel by at least 25% now that the price crude oil has come down by over 50% from $118 a barrel to $50 a barrel today.

      Thats free advice from a person who knows better.

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    • HH endorsers and supporters:

      1). Michael Mabenga convicted and nullified seat for corruption and abuse of constituency funds.

      2). VJ, convicted for drags.

      3. (. Katele Kalumba, in court for plunder then turned to wutchcraft laptop.

      4). Jazeebel Masebo, found gilty and fired for corruption

      5). Gary Nkombo, fired at ZCF for theft saved by his late uncle Ben Mwiinga.

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    • PF minions are on record saying wina azalila.

      Facts are that only two people like crying in public and these are RB and Lungu.

      Please PF cadres prepare a lot of tissues for these two people because they will cry uncontrollably on 21/01/2014 when HH wins.

      FOR SURE LUNGU AND RB BAZALILA LIKE ALWAYS.

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    • Bishop Chomba has been abandoned by the PF to face the law on his own after defaming HH.

      He is now sitting on two hot stones sweating with no one to help him out.

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    • How can leadership endorsed by RB and Dora Siliya be credible? Corrupt endorsers can only endorse corrupt leaders!

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    • Even a corrupt man has the right to vote and campaign. The only problem comes when the Corrupt whose case is in courts supports and fund the candidate in both ruling and opposition party. The danger comes when corrupt man funds the candidate, such as RB FUNDING EL. If EL wins they will be two groups, EL with RB (2).EL and Kalala,wina group. The one who funds EL will have more influence on EL. Another PF cartel will occur hance make it hard for lungu rule,, there will be more corruption. It is easy to overrule some one who just support you without funding you.

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  2. There are no angels in politics. However, I hope there’s a special message delivered at the polls by those who feel the endorsements are a betrayal of what their party stands for… because accepting endorsements from individuals and companies is one thing… actually switching direction, compromising national security and current court proceedings in order to accept an endorsement is political suicide…cough cough I mean is doing things the PF way. Apparently RB was part of Mike’s vision… or so ED would like us to believe…

    Chuckle.

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    • Dora Siliya is another political accident waiting to happen for EL; she would start undressing to ruin Lungu’s chances anytime. EL embracing her into his fold is risky. Remember when she washed her dirty linen in public during RB’s last presidential campaign? Remembered when she SAID and DID things not normally for public display out of desperation? End result in spite of RB putting in so much public funds into his campaign? RB’s FALL from grace The RB campaign has gone down as the most expensive in the history of Zambian politics. I wonder what Dora is thinking in the image above, IN DEEP TOUGHT. Good luck EL and you AIN’T the wealthiest of the Presidential candidates. How are you going to pay back these people you have on board now. I AGREE THIS IS CORRUPTION. we will monitor you.

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    • Wow Doc. I had you pegged as straight shooter, now I have to revise that and make it straight shooter with an impish streak. Chuckle. You really don’t want me speculating on what goes through Dora’s mind… You’ve made me laugh! Thanks for that.

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  3. You people, we are voting for Lungu come what may. So writing long articles will not undo anything.

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  4. The Moslem Boko haram Lungu and his mentor Banda Kani tundila kakolwe will surely do another donchi kubeba on Easterners .But HH will carry the day with a national aggregate vote.HH 56%and Lungu 37.2%.

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  5. Ba lungu and his bandits . Those elections are not even about economy or change . It’s all about tribes nothing else , all Zambian presidents since independence came from the same place . One Zambia one nation but all bandits come from the some part of the country . While let’s separate Bembas and Bandas should rule there own place . Ba lungu you bandit how will you build schools and pay the farmers on time ? Were is the money to build all those things ? Zambia government depends on donor money . Maybe from Zimbabwe , Rwanda and boko in nigeral ?

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  6. TO All ZAMBIA IF YOU VOTE FOR PF AGAIN THEN EDUCATION IN ZAMBIA IS ZERO . ALL THOSE BANDITS RIGHT NOW IN GOVERNMENT . Zambia is not a Bemba or lungu country only

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    • Neither is Zambia Tonga. By the way, I would rather have a Bemba or Nyanja than you selfish Tongas. Very selfish. You see tribalism where it isn’t. Zambia must be saved from this Tonga frenzy.

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  7. Foreigners Try to Fix Zambian Elections to Install Hichilema
    Evans Mulenga | November 19, 2014





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    A group of wealthy South African mining interests and an arms dealer have been secretly aiming to exert their influence to fix the upcoming presidential by-election in Zambia, according to an article published this week in African Confidential.
    The article, entitled “Foreign boost for opposition,” highlights an alleged conspiracy hatched by Brenthurst Foundation – an institution backed by the multi-billionaire Oppenheimer mining family dynasty to organise the installation of Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party of National Development (UPND) as the next president.
    These South African mining interests were apparently motivated to undertake this scheme to…

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  8. Never thought I would live to see Dora in a PF chitenge and at a PF rally! My, my, this election is really amazing and bringing up all sorts of alliances… But then who will save us from all this corruption and despicable tendencies? Lord have mercy on this beatiful land called Zambia!

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    • Dora is wearing an MMD chi tenge. It is PF that has been swallowed by RB , there is no more Muchinga . Pampu, pampu, pampula . Who remembers playing that game. RB a pampula PF. After failing to pampula MMD .

      There will be tears on the Muchinga escarpment who ever wins. Sata is gone, RB is back.

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  9. Our future lies in our votes. Votes are determined by political decisions we make. Do we have to decide to vote for what our friends support or we vote for has given us something or we decide what our future should be so that our children benefit? As individuals we have to think to decide what is good for us and our children in future no matter how much we have been given to sway our thinking. Goodness is that voting is secret and nobody will know what you have voted for. Choose whether to enjoy today and suffer in future? Why selling your future with a tin of chibuku or a piece of meat? Let us eat what we are given but vote wisely.

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  10. Obasanjo asked RB to back HH – African Confidential Report
    November 19, 2014
    Unlike the distorted version published elsewhere, here is the full article published by Africa Confidential on the alleged attempt by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty in South Africa and former Nigerian President Obasanjo to make RB and Nevers Mumba back HH for the presidency.
    The article clearly states that former president Rupiah Banda was being asked to be ‘godfather of HH, and that he agreed but backed out when he was told to sign.
    Note also that one of the longstanding correspondents for African confidential in Zambia is former State House spokesperson Dickson Jere.
    Dignitaries and South African businessmen are trying to unite the opposition against the Patriotic Front
    A group of influential outsiders…

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  11. Ba Henry Kyambalesa icisungu te mano. Moneni, most of you think RB became rich after being president. Tamwaishiba nangu fimo. When Mugabe was chasing white people and life in Zimbabwe became very difficulty, RB got his relatives who were living in Zimbabwe and built each family a house in chipata before he returned to politics. when levy was stranded most of you think levy just dreamt. the system told him about an old man who could change the game for him in eastern province. RB funded levy’s campaign and heavily campaigned for unpopular levy. abengi tamwaishiba. You say he is corrupt that is why you appointed the best team of DPP, AG and SG to make sure RB went to prison. Where are the cases after three years? Tamwakwata. Just lies and innuendos. HH got useless endorsements.

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    • You are lying RB was a poor man whos house in Kabulonga was grabbed by Mathani over a loan ,hence the hatred RB had for Mathani.

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  12. Out of curiosity. At independence we agreed to the deal…

    The deal was we could pretend to be a free country called Zambia. We pretended to shake hands with the kingdom of Barotseland and even signed a paper, witnessed by the Brits, to say we were going to pretend to be one delightful nation.

    The actual economic deal was that we had been gifted to a British man who used his crayons to colour in the land he wanted and he was told to exploit the territory… in 1911 the Brits took over the territory and even tried rolling out a federal program – it failed… which brought us to the deal…

    How many know how that 51% deal was struck? I worry that the first time we foolishly forgot the resources are ours we wound up with 51%. That was 1964 and we still negotiate like tools…

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  13. Basila, I 100 percent agree with you. RB was in foreign service for a very long time. When MMD had problems in Eastern Province they invited him through then provincial chairperson madam Helen Tembo.
    RB and late Michael Sata are from the same political school. The under 5 thought he got it but its hot air and ifintu in Edgar.

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  14. THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE FOR NOW IS A CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS US FROM ABUSES BY POLITICIANS. OTHERWISE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO USE US. EACH OF THEM WILL PROMISE HEAVEN ON EARTH BUT ONCE THEY GET INTO OFFICE THEY WILL FORGET ABOUT YOU. AGAIN THEY WILL CHANGE CAMPS AND CONTINUE MAKING PROMISES BUT YOU AND ME WILLHAVE NOTHING. POOR CADRES WILL FIGHT WITH PANGAS BUT THE POLITICIANS WILL BE SMILING AND CONTINUE CHANGING CAMPS TOWARDS THE PARTY THAT HAS BREAD ON THE TABLE. BUT EVEN WHEN YOU EAT THE SAME BREAD THEY WILL CHOOSE THE SIDE OF THE BREAD THAT HAS BUTTER. SO WE WILL BE USED ALL THE TIME.

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  15. The association of RB and EL is unethical and a sign of total desperation on both. If EL wins under such association he will be the most compromised President ever and his stay in State House will be more painful than that of late MCS.

    EL’s political career will be very short lived under the circumstances, destroyed by an old man who himself is a spent force seeking vengeance for having lost to late MCS in 2011. In Zambia anything goes so let EL and his supporters learn the hard way if that will be, so be it. This is real sleeping with the enemy he has to be on guard all the time.

    RB has his own Agenda and EL is a mere vehicle for that Agenda and unaccomplished mission curtailed in 2011 that is why he wept when handing over power to MCS.

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  16. What I don’t understand is why, of all endorsements, the RB’s one has frightened people so much, especially UPND’s supporters. If you think he’s such a useless one, why are you so concerned? My guess is that he means more than you’re willing to admit.

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    • RB is an immediate past President who has corruption cases before courts of law that is the main concern and who took him to court?

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  17. Ba kyambalesa stop yo noses, wat of those thiefs endos upnd,be objective Papa ,i can c the heat is unbeareble in upnd now ,more r coming ?

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  18. Corruption is the fabric of every society. That is why we have ACC. Scared mongrels are now publishing false information and statistics. Even The Post reporters are using online media because their sales have fallen. Let PF supporters also discard Muvi TV decorders like we have done with the post.VIVA PF!VIVA EDGAR LUNGU!

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  19. Have we forgotten so soon the massive celebrations characterised RB’s defeat by MCS in 2011?

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  20. Lungu is visionless and moreover, he does not carry Sata’s vision in any way. In fact he has come to vanquish Mr Sata’s vision by eradicating any footprints of Sata’s fight against corruption and abuse of office. A number of people that Sata fired are the ones Lungu has embraced.”-

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  21. the problem is the deal in the endorsement between EL and RB. UPND is endorment is out of the vision , agenda and caliber of the leader. no brainier

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  22. Immediately I saw Edgar Lungu being endorsed by Nyama Soya, I shifted my potential vote to Hakainde. RB has got a hidden agenda which EL will learn the painful way. He thinks the man (RB) can be campaigning for him for nothing? Just the mere sight of RB now makes me sick. The man is evil to say the least.

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    • Good for you. When Mangani endorsed HH most of the UpDn thought the Eastern province was in the back pocket of HH. Some of you were writing on this forum that you were just waiting for RB to endorse HH. Well RB saw sense and decided to endorse EL and all of sudden the people who were waiting for RB to endorse HH, are now claiming that RB is corrupt. RB cases were collapsing in court way before Sata died. Incidentally RB’s son Andrew who was convicted of corruption charges endorsed HH.
      HH IS A CHEAT WHO WAS SUSPENDED FROM UNZA FOR 2 YEARS FOR CHEATING DURING AN EXAM. I CHALLENGE HH TO DENY THIS.
      HH CHEATED THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA BY CONNIVING WITH CHILUBA TO UNDER VALUE PARASTATAL COMPANIES BEING PRIVATISED, WHICH THEY LATER SOLD TO THEMSELVES AT UNDER VALUED PRICES.
      HH IS ****

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  23. Where is PF, its dead before its death on 20/1/15.
    RB, Dora and Chalabesa have evolved to be PF.
    Ulimi wakale
    Vote HH for modern Zambian politics
    Viva HH viva One Zambia.

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    • PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENDORSED HH SO FAR
      VJ – SPENT TIME IN THE SLAMMERS FOR MANDRAX TRAFFICKING.
      KATELE KALUMBA – THEFT OF PUBLIC PROPERTY.
      STAN FIMO FIMO – FIRED BY CHILUBA FOR RACISM
      ANDREW BANDA – CONVICTED FOR CORRUPTION.

      UpDn SUPPORTERS DO THE ABOVE PEOPLE INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN YOU.

      ECL FOR 2015
      ECL FOR 2016 NAFUTI NAFUTI

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  24. This article is by a biased UPND Cadre with no sense of balance and a very poor understanding of the law.

    Biased because he uses the picture of Dora and Rupia prominently featured at a rally and the PF cloth. We all know many corrupt people currently backing UPND in this campaign. Most of them dubious such as that Stanley Kriswhatever, who called blacks Kaffirs. Maureen is not that clean, it has been alleged she stole lots during and after her husbands time as President.

    But the cherry on the top is HH himself, who was expelled for cheating in exams at UNZA, went on to rob us of our Mines by providing poor advice to sell off cheaply under Chiluba and continues to cheat to this day by lie after lie. We all know he wants to turn Zambia into the pockets of few foreigners.

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    • Reading through UPND Cadre postings here, it’s clear that they don’t know their head from their Arse.s when they choose which orifice to speak through.

      But the best comment you should all note is from the respected Wanzelu. There is no question of his intellect and capability to speak through the right orifice at all times.

      UPND, please note what he says @1.6 Wanzelu 9 hours ago

      He says clearly that PF has ABANDONED the support of Rev. Chomba who has been found to make unacceptable and unsupportive statements against HH and is of questionable character…..THERE YOU HAVE IT!

      PF WILL DUMP ANY PROVEN CORRUPT INDIVIDUAL IN THEIR COMPANY SHOULD IT BE PROVEN THEY ARE CORRUPT. Wanzelu testifies to that! Thank you and good night!

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  25. UPND are very strange people.when corrupt MMD MPs like Maxwell Mwale,almost all ex ministers under RB,convict Katele Kalumba,Michael Mabenga,drug dealer VJ, thug William Banda,corrupt Masebo whom Sata fired,etc endorse tribal HH,its fine BUT WHEN HEAVY WEIGHT RB ENDORSE EDGAR LUNGU,NOISE STARTS FROM THESE CRY BABIE!HEY THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL!!!!THEY ONLY PRAISE WHAT SUITS THEM-SHAME! We know u better so you cant cheat us!! REMAIN IN YOUR TRIBAL PARTY AND WE SHALL ALSO KEEP ON VOTING FOR PF! “IFINTU NI LUNGU”!!!GO PF GO!

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