MMD Masaiti MP Hon Katambo
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The decision by the Patriotic Front (PF) Party to adopt former Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) Member of Parliament Michael Katambo in the April 14 Masaiti Parliamentary by-election whose seat was nullified by the Supreme Court recently because of electoral corruption, is not only hypocritical and contemptuous, but also demonstrates utter lack of consistency, morality and integrity on the part of the ruling party. It also goes to show their lack of regard and respect for the rule of law, the Judiciary and the people.

The immorality and lack of integrity in the PF Government has transcended dangerous levels of total disregard for the Judiciary and the critical concerns raised by the people of Zambia on governance mechanisms and if the intransigence by those in power goes on unchecked, the country with its well-founded democratic institutions is headed for doomsday. Sooner than the later Zambia, under the PF Government, will become a fully-fledged failed state.

It is preposterous that the PF have exhibited inconsistency on their adoption process for a parliamentary candidate in Masaiti constituency by choosing to eat their own vomit without shame and showing no remorse for the immoral and repulsive action.

The PF, through their losing parliamentary candidate Stardy Mwale petitioned the election of Michael Katambo as MMD Member of Parliament in the Courts of Law because of the electoral corruption and both the High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia found him guilty of graft.

It is inconceivable that the same PF, which blocked, through the Courts of Law, the re-contesting of Dora Siliya and others in nullified seats because of electoral corruption found it morally correct and acceptable to entice Katambo to join their Party and adopt him to stand on its ticket

It is therefore inconceivable that the same PF, which not long ago blocked, through the Courts of Law, the re-contesting of Dora Siliya and others in nullified seats because of electoral corruption found it morally correct and acceptable to entice Katambo to join their Party and adopt him to stand on its ticket at the expense of a long standing and loyal member.

We are dismayed by the overt display of double standards and wish to strongly condemn this behaviour as an act of insincerity and political immorality detrimental to our democracy, which is still in its infancy.

We are further saddened and disturbed to observe that Stardy Mwale, the losing candidate in the 2011 elections who had fought the legal battles to have the Masaiti constituency parliamentary seat nullified has been sidelined by his own party the PF.

The question begs: who really is the beneficiary of these by-elections?

Mwale dragged Katambo to Court accusing him of electoral malpractices. The High Court found Katambo guilty and nullified the seat. Katambo later appealed to the Supreme Court, which upheld the lower Court’s judgement. It therefore goes without doubt that Katambo won the seat corruptly and corruption is a criminal offense in Zambia.

Why Should the PF adopt such a corrupt man, leaving their man who won the Court case in the cold?

It should be pointed out that since the PF came into power in 2011, they have provoked three by-elections in the Copperbelt rural namely Mpongwe, Kafulafuta, with the latest being Masaiti, at great cost to the nation while the area has been starved and denied of development despite the PF making so many promises during the campaigns which have remained unfulfilled to date. Is this not taking the people for a ride and for fools?

While a lot of money is being wasted on meaningless by-elections in Copperbelt Rural, projects initiated by the MMD during the reign of President Levy Mwanawasa remain uncompleted. Among the projects are the Mpongwe-Machiya Road, the district hospital at Chankute in Masaiti constituency and the high schools in Kafulafuta and Mpongwe constituencies respectively.

The question begs: who really is the beneficiary of these by-elections? It is certainly not the people and the nation, but the PF agents. We found this greedy and self-seeking conduct of the PF leadership to be irresponsible and unacceptable. The PF leadership should appreciate that they were elected to selflessly and without discrimination serve the people of Zambia and not for the PF’s self-aggrandisement and glory.

We therefore appeal to the voters in Copperbelt rural, Masaiti constituency in particular, to out-rightly reject Katambo and the PF by not voting for them in the April 14 parliamentary by-election.

We further urge the people of Copperbelt Rural to show greater solidarity by joining hands in de-campaigning Katambo and the PF in the run-up to the elections.

Jack Nkonde Kalala

(FORMER SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT)

SPOKESMAN – CONCERNED PEOPLE OF COPPERBELT

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Poor people really know how to waste money!!! Why was his seat nullified by PF thru the courts only to adopt him later? Money wastage needs to stop.The portion of the constitution thats calls for by elections need to be changed as a matter of urgency!

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    • BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!
      JUDAS ISCARIOT “NEVERS MUMBA” ACCEPTS AMBASSADOR JOB IN RETURN TO GIVE ALL THE POWERS TO RB TO CONTROL MMD AND GIVE A STRONG HOLD ON PF .
      BRINGING ALL THE MMD STRUCTURES TO PF KWENA BANE SATA THINK NANAKA UKUPILIBUKA .SAD VERY SAD THATS WHY I SALUTE WYNTER KABIMBA AND ALL RAINBOW PARTY MEMBERS .
      SAD DEVELOPMENT TO SEE THE PARTY SATA FOUNDED BEING HIJACKED BY AN ENEMY OF THE PARTY AND CONTROLLING IT.
      LUNGU YOU ARE A DISGRACE AND CHIEF MPEZENI .
      NEVERS MUMBA YOU ARE A JUDAS WHO WITH RIGHT OFFERS YOU CAN EXCHANGE YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN WITH MONEY .
      YOU ARE A CON MAN .SCUM BAG .
      PF IYEE UBULANDA KU BENA LUAPULA AND NORTHERNERS NAMUMONA EFYO GAME ICINJISHE JUST WITHIN A MONTH .
      RUPIAH AT THE HELM WAIT AND C MUKALILA BANE .MUKOSE NA NYAMA SOYA .LOOK ,ASSESS…

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    • Is the current constitution good, maybe it is the people in power abusing it? There is a trend of bad decisions on part of leaders not abiding by the Law. The DPP issue, Former Chief Justice…….Why have a new constitution, only for it to get raped by the leaders after its adopted and put into Law?

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    • The late Sata ridiculed the constitution “animal constitution”. He knew no one would abide to any new laws. He went on to install the DPP after a lot of opposition on the decision, he went ahead even when opposed. Now Lungu has to clean up that mess.

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  2. Ba PF nimbwa sana. Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi bye elections are still pending because the same PF blocked Dora, Mwale and Henry Sililo from recontesting their seats arguing that the three cant recontest seats nullified on grounds of corruption. What will the PF do if Dora and the others stand up to say they are also going to recontest their seats? Or even worse, if the opposing sues to block this Katambo from recontesting?

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  3. Under the current pf , zambians have become poorer. Pf won the 20/1 elections crookedly, no wonder the anxieties to merge with mmd. Upnd /Rainbow should come together to whack pf with a biiiig marging in 2016. Upnd will win Masaiti.

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  4. What do you expect from a criminal? I mean a criminal because of the way he ascended to power!! To date cards are still killing people!! No blessing at all!! Even the Son of God one time got annoyed but bet people!! So please upnd also fight back on this criminals! Lungu has allowed it!! Barotse is coming hard or soft!! There is no law now in Zambia since leaders are allowing lawlessness!! I don’t care whatever you ‘all say!

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  5. Where is President Edgar Lungu? How has he allowed this? How has chosen to ddcampain himself for the 2016 general ellection? If it is the Lungu we put in power on 20-2-2015, let him nullify the adoption , if he cant find a replacement other than Stardy Mwale, then let pf give the seat to either upd mmd. The truth is that this will cost Lungu his presidency. If the 2015 -20- january by ellectection were held today Lungu would have lost. WHERE ARE THE REST OF THE TOP PF. SHAME, CURSED IS MY VOTE.

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  6. LET THEM EAT THEIR OWN VOMIT PROJECTILE FOR THAT MATTER ,
    TO START EATING THE VOMIT SHOULD BE THIS SAME MP
    WONDER Y SO PF U DONT HAVE YOUR OWN MEMBERS TO USE KWENA PARTY IYI NO WANDER RB SAW SOME WEAKENESS AND JUMPED ONTO THE IDEA COZ HE KNEW THAT BA LUNGU MASUSHI YEKAYEKA AYA BWALWA

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  7. PF sure,
    you made your friend kiki his son out coz he was a bad boy 2day you go to the street & adopt some ‘CHILD’ “now he is no longer a bad boy”. What a country called Zambia where they is ‘RULE OF LAW’.
    Anywere it happened again under the leadership of late Micheal (KP by election).

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  8. This can`t be happening. Is this real! Someone should quickly move in and save Lungu`s face. This is really BAD. A ruling party that has no regards for the courts. DPP please advise the president on this one.It is very wrong presidency being set here. yangu umusebanya ba Chama. Ubu ebupuba.

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  9. This same Michael Katambo was a darling to all UPND cadres when he campaigned for tribal HH before 20/01/2015!!!but today since he has gone to PF,Kalala and your UPND team’re calling him names,shocking!!!am pretty sure that if PF never adopted him,HH would’ve taken him up and all you making noise now would’ve been praising that decision!!!WE ALL KNOW HOW DESPERATE HH’S TEAM IS!!!SO NOW YOU’RE TOO SCARED BCOZ KATAMBO IS MORE LIKELY TO WIN AND MASAITI GOING TO PF,HENCE THE PANIC!!!YOU ONLY SUPPORT WHAT SUITS YOUR TRIBAL UPND,SHAME!!!PF congrats for adopting a famous man.your chances of winning in Masaiti are 90% now!!!HOPE YOU’LL ADOPT KAPEMBWA SIMBAO IN SENGA HILL,DORA SILIYA IN PETAUKE TOO!!!politics is about numbers!!!its these same MMD MPs who gave tribal HH those votes on…

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    • Think with yo brains and not yo belly don’t u understand the rule of law that once u are found guilty u become uneligeble to contest any election in zambia.is not the same pf that took Dora to court over the same matter and u want us to pretend that we do not know come on grown up and stop your stupid tribal remarks sounding so primitive

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  10. We once had mushumfwa, then there was kafupi, then along came muwelewele, before nyamasoya, then there was cycle mata the shumbu mushololwa, now I forget who was next? Pliz help.

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  11. Nonsense Mr. Kalala – first you have to understand that the Zambian Law as it is does not stop Mr. Katambo from re-contesting – that is where you should direct your energy. With regard to Mr. Katambo’s adoption, it’s called strategy. Who gives the best winning chance? Mr. Katambo may have infringed on the law, the law does not bar him – so he can re-contest, he is the best candidate to win you the seat – is there any rocket science here? The Dora, and others’ cases have not been disposed of. Mr. Kalala should be an experienced man who should read situations like these properly!! By the way, is there an organization called “CONCERNED PEOPLE OF COPPERBELT” for which Mr. Kalala is spokesperson?

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    • @Adviser: It is said that pa mushi tapabula chipuba. This is in reference to you. The country with so much resources is among the poorest because of people like you who think with their belly instead of using their brains. Think before you talk instead of just yapping like a rabid puppy.

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    • Mano Mambulwa – You have said nothing in countering my argument other than venting your stupidity. Who is the fooool here?

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  12. Truly Zambia will forever be poor. Instead of causing
    this by election, PF could just have bribed Katambo with a Deputy Minister position back in 2011. The opposition should block Katambo from contesting because of his corrupt electoral practices that PF have proved all the way to the Supreme Court.

    As for Mr Kalala, I’m sorry to say this but your people are a bunch of fools who flow with the wind. PF takes Lambas for Bemba sidekicks to be used and abused in their quest to rule Zambia for a long time. None of Mwanawasa’s development initiatives will be completed by PF because Cbelt Rural is not critical to PF. Just get used to that fact and start voting wisely.

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