ECZ Director Priscilla Isaac
ECZ Director Priscilla Isaac

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is to resume announcing results of the presidential by-election today, Priscilla Isaac, director of elections at the electoral commission told the voice of America.

The ECZ had earlier suspended announcing the tally, saying some qualified voters had not been able to cast ballots on Election Day due to delays blamed on inclement weather.

“We had concerns that we had over 21, 000 voters that had not been able to vote on the 20th, and were thus going to vote on the 21st and we felt that we didn’t want to put them in a position, where they might be influenced by the results that were already being announced,” said Isaac.

She called for patience as the electoral body goes through the process of ensuring the election is transparent and credible.

Ms. Isaacs also said it is unlikely that the winner of the election would be announced on Thursday.

“I think that would be rather early, because we would still have to wait for the totaling of the votes in those constituencies, where the voting did not take place in all the polling stations on the 20th,” she said.

“When we are informing each other please let’s use the official results from the electoral commission, which would have been available at the polling stations, and at the constituency centers, and there can only be one winner and that winner would be declared by the Electoral Commission of Zambia when we have all the results in,” said Isaac.

Ms. Isaac said the ECZ provides all political parties with verified results as part its transparency policies.

“They have their own copies from the field, from the polling stations in the constituencies, and are at liberty to verify what they have with what we give to them,” she said.

Isaac called on Zambia media organizations to only broadcast verified results from the electoral commission.

The ECZ is the only constitutionally mandated body to organize and declare the winner of any elections.

Any political party that disputes the outcome of the election is free to petition the Supreme Court within 14 days of the declaration of the final results of the vote, according to Isaac.

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  1. Ok. Wonder when they plan to announce the final elections results. Twanaka na ma speculations.

    Viva #peacefulnation

    Viva Zambians.

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    • We waited for 50yrs and this is the idiocy you are bringing, we cant grizzle any more.

      We are a spirit of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula AND WILL NOT REST till his dream is fulfilled by our generation.

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    • IT APPEARS SOUTHERN AND WESTERN POLLS WERE RIGGED BY UPND. VOTER TURN OUT WAS LOW YET RESULTS CAME OUT IN BIG THOUSANDS. INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS HAVE QUESTIONED THIS… WAIT FOR MORE NEWS TODAY!!

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    • Does anyone recall this song…

      “January 21, it will be announced…Edgar Lungu is leading in the elections

      January 23/24 it will be announced…Edgar Lungu has won the elections

      By the first week of February it will be announced…HH has resigned as UPND president..”

      ….YOUR WELCOME!!!!

      NOMBA NI EL2016

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    • We await the final and offical results patiently from ECZ. For now let’s all just remain calm and get back to work for our families and communities. We need to use the same energy we use in blogging at work and I am sure Zambia’s output would increase no less than 2 fold. These politicians are set for life, win or lose, and that’s the reality while you continue bickering online. There is another election in 20 months and just hope some of the tribal gimmicks and voting we have seen won’t be repeated. We need unity, peace, reconciliation and development to prevail.

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    • I read comments from people that Tongas should learn to live with others, just what do they mean? What about those married couples from different tribes, with one being Tonga? Why is it tribalism when Southerners vote for credible leadership?

      Let’s look at the Copperbelt province. Given how much that province contributes to our country’s GDP it should be a world class province by now. I just don’t understand how people can vote for the same rubbish politicians who only entered politics to make money for themselves. Zambians really need to wake up!

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    • @1.3 2020VISION I PERSONALLY LIKED THAT SONG. BECAUSE EVEN WITH A MIRACLE HH CAN NEVER WIN ELECTIONS IN ZAMBIA. HE IS TRIBAL, RACIAL AND SERIOUSLY WITH A FAULTED HEART. HE HAS SERIOUSLY NO INTEREST FOR ZAMBIANS AND HIS PAST AND PRESENT BEHAVIOUR TELLS IT ALL. UNLESS ZAMBIANS ARE ALL F00LS- THEY CANNOT DECIDE TO PLUNGE THE COUNTRY INTO TOTAL CHAOS SO CARELESSLY. VIVA ZAMBIANS.

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    • Zambian democracy, as we understand it, has matured from the look of things. This will put the incoming President under some amount of pressure not to let down the electorate (even if the % turnout was low, no one was disenfranchised). The President-elect will be under scrutiny from the outset. Without appearing to put anyone under pressure (which ‘one’ was well aware of when there was so much dust about), am sure it’s time to perform. The end of the momentous 90 days let reality dawn! Well done girls, Irene and Priscilla. The other girl has an un-indigenous sir name, am sure that has had no factor in all this process. Whatever the case the two girls are champions and bigger winners and my! They may need a holiday. The wolves are also being watched!

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  2. BREAKING NEWS: Edgar Chagwa Lungu is the new President..

    According to Kopalatimes.com and Tumfweko online medias, government security has now been deployed at EL’s residence, sealing it completely…

    Just waiting for official results from ECZ.

    Inauguration ceremony has since been slated for Saturday..

    No wonder anti-PF online medias such as ZWD, the Post, Zambian eye have been damn quiet since last night…

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  3. I am ALWAYS marvelled why there is ONLY Great East & Great North Roads but there is NO Great South Road. WHO DOESNT KNOW tht you segregate us ? The Capital was in the DEEP SOUTH but tried to take it to Fort Jameson-(Chipata) BUT ALL FAILED and you brought it back again to Tongaland-Lusaka

    We ve kept alot in our ‘hearts’ for a long time now JUST FOR the peace of Zambia but now you are stretching us TOO MUCH. We know our history and NO ONE CAN STAND ON OUR way.

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    • Uko tribe at work thinking like HH who wants to move capital to choma I love tongas very good at this proud for nothing HH is winning according to yo PVT u can name it great south tho sound horrible

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    • Tribal man,hung yourself if you just want to think that you can rule in that way ,no way, jesus will come no Tonga will rule. Learn to be together with other tribes.

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    • AND NOW WE SHALL OPENLY FIGHT THESE FOOLS WHO THINK THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SHOULD BE SUPPLYING PRESIDENTS FOR OUR COUNTRY. THEY HAVE A SYNDICATE WHICH IS NOW ATTRACTING OPEN FIGHTS(WAR)! WE HAVE BEEN PATIENT FOR SO LONG! TONGAS SACRIFICED A LOT BY SELLING THEIR CATTLE SO THAT KAUNDA AND NKUMBULA CAN GO TO LONDON TO NEGOTIATE OUR INDEPENDENCE FROM THE COLONIALISTS. IMAGINE UP TO NOW TONGAS ARE STILL DENIED CHANCE TO RULE! THIS IS RUBBISH. I CAN NOT SWALLOW THIS RUBBISH. HH IS A HUMBLE AND COOL MAN, THAT IS WHY HE IS HANDLING YOU WITH LIGHT GLOVES. BUT SOME US ARE NOW COMING INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA TO CLEAR THIS MESS! WE SHALL NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE LABELED SECOND CLASS CITIZENS, NEVER! WE SHALL FIGHT!

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    • @Muzo 3.2

      We know our HISTORY as Tongaz NO ONE WILL change it. There are alot of things ‘hidden under the Carpet’ . We have been patient for many years-(50yrs).

      We will not stop my FRIEND ! Its a WAR whch has just began.

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    • Mr fake Hachisala,

      I guess you are dull. It is democracy man to remind you, the person who gets the highest votes wins. Its not about being a Tonga, Bemba, Lozi etc. You HH-UPND are so pompous and thats why Zambians cant vote for you. You think you are the only tribe which is educated and wise and yet you are just nonentities. Humble yourselves and Zambians will vote for you.

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    • @Truth Hates

      Indeed the truth hates. Wht I am telling you is the truth. WE will not fear any evil for we know where we stand and GOD IS ALWAYS on OUR side we ve grizzled enough this is the idiocy ever to ve happened to Zambia.

      We are not as BOASTFUL as you ve put it BUT at times DEMOCRACY has to b met with a fist of war. We waited for 50yrs wht NOSENSE is this by PF machinery ???

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    • Kekekekekekekekeke

      Go and jump off the bridge lunatic. We told you , you can not insult Copperbelt kaponyas are king makers .Copperbelt and lusaka decide who to rule.

      You ought to be nice everyone not just your tribe so that we can vote for you.

      Southern province is the most developed .That Siavonga road is the best.

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  4. THESE ARE ORCHESTRATED RESULTS. SADC DECLARES ELECTIONS AS FREE AND FAIR SIMPLY BECAUSE PEOPLE DID NOT FIGHT THAT DAY, BUT THEY ARE OVERLOOKING THE MODERN SMART WAY OF RIGGING WHICH LUNGU ADOPTED IN THESE ELECTIONS BY USING ADSORBENT BALLOT PAPERS WHICH USE CHROMATOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE AND IMPREGNATED ENZYMES TO MOVE THE MARK MADE BY A VOTER TO THE INCUMBENT’S BOX, IN THIS CASE LUNGU. THIS CRIMINAL ACT IS WHAT PF USED TO WIN THE ELECTIONS. NO NORMAL PERSON CAN VOTE FOR LUNGU BECAUSE HE HAS NOTHING TO OFFER ZAMBIANS EXCEPT FOR THE USUAL CROOKEDNESS AND DECEPTION WHICH PREVAILS IN DIRTY PF.LUNGU CAN NEVER BE MY PRESIDENT! POWERS OF DARKNESS ARE RULING ZAMBIA. WE ARE CURSED IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE MANY ZAMBIANS ARE DISHONEST AND LOVE MONEY TOO MUCH. SHAME ON ZAMBIA.

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    • @TRUTH. NO ONE IS GOING TO FORCE YOU TO ACCEPT LUNGU AS YOUR PRESIDENT. UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRACY MEANS. ACCEPT THE WISH OF THE MAJORITY. YOU DID NOT DO ENOUGH TO PERSUADE YOUR FRIENDS NOT TO VOTE FOR EL. THE CHROMATOGRAPHY YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS QUITE INTERESTING. WHAT SOLVENT WAS BEING USED? AND HOW IS THIS SOLVENT MOVING? IS IT BY GRAVITY, CAPILLARY ACTION OR WHAT? AND HOW DOES IT JUST STOP AT EL LEAVING THE REST OF THE CANDIDATE? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAN EASILY BE PROVED SCIENTIFICALLY. PLEASE TAKE THE ECZ TO COURT TO PROVE YOUR ALLEGATIONS. DO NOT MAKE OPINIONS BASED ON WHAT BLOGGERS ARE SAYING HERE. MANY VOTERS DO NOT EVEN BLOG. AND PF HAS DONE A LOT OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE SEEN AND HAVE DECIDED TO VOTE FOR EL. HE IS THEIR DARLING.

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    • AS long as you continue to insult Zambians who are a majority, you will never taste power. HH has been let down by his amateurish campaign and his vulgar cadres. No reasonable economist can claim that the Zambian economy is a disaster, that copper money moves from Solwezi to Chinsali and that PF supporters are thugs, and hopes to win votes. What a messy.

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    • Truth is completely right. If all you bloggers were average people living in Zambia today, you would agree that life is tougher than ever. It does not make sense for someone to go vote for Lungu when he can’t afford a meal and take his children to school because the cost of living is extremely high.

      People on the Copperbelt are the most surprising. Even after knowing that the late MCS cheated you, you go and vote for his minion. God help these people.

      I just do not believe the votes Lungu has are a true reflection of what they should be, there should have been more counter rigging mechanisms. No way Zambians can allow such an incompetent person rule, who wants to rely on RB’s bad advise to rule

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    • @Dull commentator …its called democracy and people’s choice to choose a non tribal leader that is honest, intelligent and has a REAL HEART FOR THE PEOPLE as opposed to a bitter group of DELUSIONAL NUMBSKULLS HELL BENT ON CONFUSION and that are now threatening to start war..Really how STUPID can YOU get ba UPND???? WE TOLD YOU THAT YOU WOULD LOSE AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING…

      ****BREAKING NEWS****

      WE HAVE CONFIRMED RESULTS OF THE VOTES THAT ARE IN…. EL IS AHEAD BY 53% ONLY 160 CONSTITUENCIES REMAIN AND THESE ARE A MIXTURE FROM PF AND UPND STRONGHOLDS…NO MATTER WHAT IS COUNTED THE ODDS ARE PF HAVE COMFORTABLY WON THESE ELECTIONS AS PREDICTED BY US AND EVEN INTERNATIONAL MEDIA BODIES QUITE RIGHTLY SAID EL WOULD WIN!!!…YOUR WELCOME!!!

      NOMBA NI EL2016

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    • @2020 Visionless and vacant mind. Only empty tins like you support Lungu. Firstly, all the things Lungu was promising he could have as acting president, why did not do it? and you say he has a heart for the people. These people have cheated the Zambian people and its evident. Can you prove the HH tribal tag??? Why exactly do people even call him tribal when he has embraced so many people from other tribes.

      what you need to understand is Zambia needs an economic manager with a clear vision and road map to drive the economy for sustainable prosperity. Our economy is in a very bad state and the future generation will pay for the current incompetency and selfish and stupid people like you should be to blame. I want the best for Zambia even if it was not HH I would have gone for Elias’s…

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    • Truth ,

      Its you is cursed coz your HH-UPND has lost the elections. We told you that you will cry and mourn but Zambians will be celebrating the inauguration of Lungu. If you want go hang yourself coz you are not Zambia. Just own up and concede defeat period.

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    • @vision 2020. One more thing, explain to me how having a heart for the people when:
      1. You support the increase of a presidential salary when the majority are suffering?
      2. Support build a retirement house for a sitting president?
      3. Give government jobs to relatives and incompetent people?
      4. Induce and encourage by-elections when there are no medicines in hospitals? You would rather spend 10 billion or 10 million re-based on a by-election just to have the numbers when you could have saved lives?
      5. You release criminals to help you get votes, when people who have stolen a chicken to feed their children serve a full sentence?

      The list goes on……. Please explain? Vision and any other blogger supporting PF, please we need a better Zambian

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    • YOU SHOULD BLAME YOURSELF, DANNIEL MUNKOMBWE, CHARLES MILUPI, HH, MAUREEN MWANAWASA AND UPND CONSTITUTION. YOU CAN NOT CHANGE WHAT YOU DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE. GET REAL WITH YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR TONGA PARTY AND EVERY BODY IN IT. BE TRUTHFUL ABOUT WHAT IS NOT WORKING IN UPND, STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND START MAKING RESULTS FOR 2021 ELECTIONS.

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    • It will be over soon .Come sun shine or darkness HH will prevail.What i say does not flop.They are rigging but they have failed to win.HH is protected by GOD.

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  5. Let us not be tribal humbleness will bring your dreams to come true because leadership comes from God ba sir.

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  6. RULING Patriotic Front Presidential Candidate in Tuesday’s Presidential election Edgar Chagwa Lungu is new Republican President after beating closest rival Hakainde Hichilema of UPND in Tuesday’s Presidential election.

    An impeccable source discloses that State Security has already been sent to Edgar Lungu’s house which is now sealed. Electoral Commision of Zambia is expected to officially announce the election of Edgar Lungu as Zambia’s President elect by 12hours. ECZ ealier suspended the announcement of results due to others who were still voting earlier on Wednesday.

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    • HH is still young and I feel his time will come if he can change his strategy and embrace the so called “thugs”. He is posturing too much as an intelligent intellectual in a society where 50% of voters failed to go to grade 9. He has not made enough effort to convince people from other provinces that he can take care of them. His cadres’s language has let him down terribly. He has been deceived by fake opinion polls by Muvi TV and Millennium Radio. The truth hurts but swallow the bitter pill. Unless he can renew his mandate at the convention, 2016 may still be far fetched for him.

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    • Calling copperbelt people as kaponya ,they are the ones who decide who to rule . HH broke down in front of cameras CNN ,i knew it would end in tears .

      Badala get refunds from muvi, zambia wacth galu, maureen the moron ,

      VJ ,Gbm .banazidya ndalama ba mambala .

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  7. which war,u *****?mind u ,u cant get power by force.start war and see how u a going to die like yo denkede cows.stupid fools yo satanic president will not rule u.chinja jessy ukolewe.

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  8. CP -pf 37,638 upnd 33,350,
    CB pf 210,180 upnd 58,850,
    EP pf 67,028 upnd 28,431, LP pf 59,702 upnd 6,944, LSK pf 159,712 upnd 82,326. NP pf 83,135 upnd 17,937.
    NWP pf 7,316 upnd 47,524. SP pf 18,297 upnd 175,540.
    WP pf 8,120 upnd 34,518.

    Grand totals; pf 651,198 and upnd 485,442.
    Percentage rate; pf 57% and upnd 43%. Midnyt.

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    • PF PVT CAUSES EDGAR LUNGU PANIC: SHOWS THAT HH WINS BY 157,405 MARGIN
      The parallel voter tabulation (PVT) by the PF presidential Command center has strike fear in hearts of many PF officials which has not spared Edgar Lungu. The panic was evident when the indicative results were finally released to him after he Lungu continuously made demands to be shown the status and shouting at the officials “…you had assured me that if we spend on the PVC then I will win the elections… what happened to all those thousands of dollars I released?” a visibly drunk and upset but not letting go of his short glass in the hand.
      These are signs of a desperate loser and for fear of their PVT results coming to pass he has called on security chiefs to do whatever it takes to ensure that he WINs as he con…

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  9. Great is our God. Our God is able to hold us together as Zambians and once again the enemy has been overpowered in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Brother, sister you are a Zambian regardless of your tribe love your fellow Zambian do not kill him or her. We did not vote someone from a different nation but Zambia. Let us love and support whoever will be president either from the south or the east of our nation Zambia. God bless you

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  10. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. TUME CHINTOMFWA, TUME MWANSAKABINGA ATUCHUSHA MUNO.

    CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. TUME CHINTOMFWA, TUME MWANSAKABINGA ATUCHUSHA MUNO.

    CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. TUME CHINTOMFWA, TUME MWANSAKABINGA ATUCHUSHA MUNO.

    CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. TUME CHINTOMFWA, TUME MWANSAKABINGA ATUCHUSHA MUNO.

    CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. CHAGWA LETO BWEMBYA TUME SHILU. TUME CHINTOMFWA, TUME MWANSAKABINGA ATUCHUSHA MUNO.

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  11. PF PVT CAUSES EDGAR LUNGU PANIC: SHOWS THAT HH WINS BY 157,405 MARGIN
    The parallel voter tabulation (PVT) by the PF presidential Command center has strike fear in hearts of many PF officials which has not spared Edgar Lungu. The panic was evident when the indicative results were finally released to him after he Lungu continuously made demands to be shown the status and shouting at the officials “…you had assured me that if we spend on the PVC then I will win the elections… what happened to all those thousands of dollars I released?” a visibly drunk and upset but not letting go of his short glass in the hand.
    These are signs of a desperate loser and for fear of their PVT results coming to pass he has called on security chiefs to do whatever it takes to ensure that he WINs as he con…

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    • This is the sort of nonesense that brings confusion. Honestly, you even had the time to sit down and write this rubbish? Why can’t you wait for ECZ and stop alarming the nation with unconfirmed reports and figures? Can’t you blog about Chipolopolo instead? For goodness sake get a grip

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    • HH is a loser, he should accept that most of us are illiterates and we are the voters. the educated are very few and cannot put him in plot 1. besides, Zambia is a Christian nation and cannot be led by someone who is anti-Christ. Sorry ba HH, as long as you do not renounce your anti-Christ and tribal tags, state house patali. You thought you could bulldoze your way to state house by insulting us? Rest in pieces HH.

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  12. Let us not draw lines of division these are just elections and lets not be too emotional because Zambians are very loving people It’s one zambia one nation kwasila….

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    • Mwe Bantu we are all Zambians,Lets not create enemity among ourselves.There can only be one president in an election.Our politics must be sustainable,this is not the end.Every politician must learn to be patient and resilient.We are all ONE

      GOD bless our beloved country!

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  13. its one Zambia one nation.Democracy rule.majority wins.kwasila.stop the insult and accept whatever come.

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  14. What I said two months ago, I will repeat. HH will never win a presidential election. The weakest link in the Up and Down Party (UPND) is HH. Here are the reasons:
    1. When Mazoka died (And I voted for him even though He was from the south), Sakwiba Sikota was next in line to take over the presidency of UPND. But HH and his fellows from the South rose and blatantly and openly (through the newspapers) refused to be ruled by a Lozi and openly made their feelings known. Sakwiba was hounded out of the party.
    2. Just recently the UPN D was at it again. “We are proud to be called Bantu Botatwe party” they said. This term describes a small regional grouping in Zambia.
    3. Recent election utterances, the example of Mukombwe and company ranting that now was the time for a Tonga to rule.

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  15. As I was saying earlier all these utterances make it hard for other tribes in Zambia to entrust HH with the presidency.

    Way forward for HH is to swallow his puffed up ego and apologise and come 2016 he may just nik it to plot 1. Minus this, I am afraid He will retire in the opposition camp.

    He needs to come down to earth with his inflated ego and begin listening to the grass roots and not just the middle class who seem to appreciate his entrepreneurship skills.

    he must be humble, “God opposes the proud but lifts the humble”. The first lesson in humility which he must show us is to humbly accept the 2015 presidential bye- election.

    NOW THAT IS FREE ADVICE!!!

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  16. Keep on insulting the Tongas God only God .HH has done a cmendable job.PF should feel a shamed to be humiliated in three yrs.

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  17. Truly the song is great and I feel some tribes in some way are are not realizing that the way they cast their votes already shows how tribalistic they are and how segregative their leadership will be. This is not acceptable in this civilised world to think as stone age dwellers. Does it mean those areas where the elections from other provinces with numbers of votes in thousands for the top 2 parties are doing the same as in those areas where one party is in Ten thousands and the 2nd is in ones? really not so, so let’s be civilized people. Work as one country not what is being potrayed by some backward thinking ethinic groups

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