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PF condemns Post Newspaper headline

Headlines PF condemns Post Newspaper headline

The Patriotic Front has described the Post Newspaper Headline as shameful and immoral.In a statement issued on behalf of the PF media and publicity committee Sunday Chanda said the unashamed celebration of President Lungu’s illness going by mocking headlines in the Post Newspaper and derogatory reports on social media by members of certain political parties must be condemned with utmost disgust by all well-meaning patriotic Zambians.

Post Newpaper front page
Post Newpaper front page

The Post Newspaper published pictures of the president after he collapsed on the saluting dais as various organisations marched past him during the International Women’s Day commemoration at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.According to the Post Newspapers moments before collapsing, President Lungu was seen fidgeting about and at one point drunk some water before he fell.The President’s aide-de-camp, Chanda, managed to catch him before his head could hit the ground. Other police officers and some government officials then rushed to the podium and helped lift President Lungu up.

The Post Newspaper then reported that almost immediately, Zambia Army soldiers took over the scene and surrounded all the journalists who witnessed the incident. President Lungu was carried back to the holding room. Post photojournalist Tenson Mkhala took pictures of the Head of State, but as he was about to leave the stadium, four military police soldiers chased after him and confiscated his camera. The soldiers searched Mkhala and took away the memory card that had the pictures of the incident before handing him back the empty camera. When Mkhala tried to challenge the soldiers, one of them threatened that he would be killed if he went ahead to publish any pictures of President Lungu collapsing.“You! Bring the camera, let’s see your pockets,” one solider said as he took the card away, “we will kill you if you publish anything.”

Mr.Sunday Chanda said only sadists full of hatred will rejoice in someone else’s sickness or misfortune. The callous hatred displayed by these news media and cadres of certain political parties is immoral especially in a Christian Nation like Zambia. Therefore, the hatred the Post Newspaper harbors for Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu remains the epitome of immorality going by today’s headline. There is need for Zambians of good conscience to frown upon such sadist reporting.

Mr.Chanda further stated that President Lungu does not become the first sitting President in Zambia and beyond to fall ill while in office. In August 2010, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, aged 59 years at that point, collapsed at the official launch of his re-election campaign. The normal reaction from citizens is that of fear and panic. In this regard, State House and Government have done a commendable job in informing the nation to avoid unnecessary speculation. For the first time in the history of Zambia, President Lungu has allowed transparency regarding his health, which ordinarily must remain a private matter. Zambians of good conscience have yearned for such openness and it is gratifying that President Lungu has granted the same.

Mr.Chanda said the President is human like anyone of us and can fall ill. The Bible calls on everyone to honour and respect authorities (1 Cor 12) and that we should be full of love, not hatred. As the medical team continue do their work in addressing President Lungu’s condition, we call upon all Zambians to pray for the President’s quick recovery.

57 COMMENTS

    • I don’t care if lives or dies. He is useless to me!! Zambia is a useless country full of dull people. You are going nowhere. Enjoy your poverty.

    • Please remember to quote “thou shall steal” when quoting from the Bible.

      And by the way it was reported before elections that he was sick so why the fuss now?

      It is common knowledge the same Post newspapers reported about the EL being sick and he himself had said it. Please spare us the sermon.

    • Zambians lets be real.As much as I dislike Mmembe he gave an accurate account.Not too long ago there was a picture of Mugabe falling that went viral. No one was killed , threatened or accused of being a sadist.Infact a lot of Zambians posted the picture on facebook as they made fun of him-Mugabe.Today its our president and we have suddenly become holier than thou? We are understandably sensitive to this because we just buried a president who also collapsed while officiating an event. (sorry 2 presidents)We are worried about President Lungu but lets not become gullible and deny the obvious.

    • The headline was straight to the point…. Zambians are not honest people, they hate the truth.

      Lungu is a patient and he will die.

    • Ati.. Ifintu Ni PACHIFENTELO ! Even lungu said he didnt want to be president. We all know the story. He said he was not fit. So, I don´t see any evil from the Post here… they are just reporting. Thanks for the Picture ba Post. Remember a picture tells a thounsand words. No more lies now. We have seen the picture. Get well soon Mr Prez.

    • if meembe is wrong …. sue him… you… truth hates….we need you tell the Zambians how wrong what the post published is….how else his he suppose to report…. i think in this time and era…. this is they type of reporting people would like to hear……

    • IN SHORT LUSAKA TIMES IS REPORTING THE FACTS AS WELL .
      THANKS LUSAKA TIMES
      TELL THE PF GUYS TO SORT OUT RB AND HIS BAGGAGE LUNGU CAME WITH .
      LESA ALALYOTOLA .
      SATA ALIFULWA ATI NKAKUSEBANYE IWE LUNGU
      AUCTIONING THE PARTY TO AN ENEMY

      BREAKAWAY PARTY CHASE WINA AS WELL AND RB
      WINA IS TWO FACED COW .
      RB AND HIS BAGGAGE ARE THE ONES CELEBRATING LEAVE HHHHHH ALONE .HES NOT PART AND PARCEL OF YOUR KAFWAFWA IN PF.
      EMMANUEL MWAMBA HAS A SILENT POISON SLOWLY BEING PUNCTURED

    • HAHAHAHAHAA

      LESA IN MALYOTOLA ALA LYOTOLA KA BEMBA SAYING SAME AS WHAT GOES ROUND COMES ROUND.
      “I will crush you like bricks”
      “Am the only President in Zambia ,if you don’t like me ,leave Zambia”
      GO WHERE TO MARS BA BWANA .

      ATI SEBANA WIKUTE LESA PALYA PENE PACINTU BWINGI AND MILLIONS WATCHING EPO ASEBANYINA ATI LEKA BAKUMONE .
      APA RB NATEMWA ATI JOB DONE
      PF INSUKENI AMA MEDULLAOBLANGATAZ ,THE MAN RB IS UP TO NO GOOD WITH LUNGU ,PLANNED MOVE.WATCH THE SPACE .RB YOUR SUPREME RULER,
      SATA WARNING YOU ,HE LOVED HIS PARTY SATA DONT THINK SHILA INYIMBO ATEMENWE SATA
      mutemwane mwe ba chibusa bandi mukonke fyebo fyandi naine nkamusenda mukayamona tata mubumi bwpe .
      BA CHIKWANDA ,KALABA,MWILA AND THE LUAPULA AND NORTHERN BLOCK SATA IS FURIOUS WARNING YOU TO DITCH EDGAR…

    • Ba Ex-moma – Mugabe tumbled, he did not fall due to illness. Therefore, that is funny. ECL collapsed due to feeling unwell – that is not funny. Those that think that HH stands a higher chance should ECL come out of the equation, think again. Any chance that exists, if any, will just evaporate.

    • THIS IS A VERY BAD HEADLINE OF THE CENTURY!! YOU CANNOT CELEBRATE ANOTHER PERSON’S MISFORTUNE SO PUBLICLY, EVEN IF HE WERE YOUR ENEMY. IT’S UNETHICAL AND IMMORAL

    • Chanda, learn to leave certain things alone. Your comments are misplaced. Just allow time and report by The Post would have died a natural death as a number of us stopped buying that paper years ago. Now you have made us see what they reported because of your childish reaction to another child called Mumembe.

    • 68 year old Nigerian politician marries a 14 year old girl
      Poor little girl marrying an old goat old enough to be her grandfather -what chance do these young girls have ?what future?one good thing with luck he won’t live long and she will still be young-hopefully.

    • My brother the report was accurate..he fell and in local language it was accurate maybe the problem was the name chagwa his name.

  1. Every dog has his day and therefore Fred Mmembe’s day will surely come.Zambians should not worry about such people who are sadistic from de core.

  2. I hate the Post Newspaper for that one reason. They are dogs in form of human beings and can advance any kind of evil. May God judge Mmembe together with whoever supports what he stands for. I hate the name post.

  3. People stop being in denial. Start preparing for another funeral and bye election before 2016. Leave the post alone. You were told that you are flogging a dead horse you did listen. The post is there to inform you some of you who dont belive in the truth. Deal with it. Remember Sata who busy working in state house how he ended up going for medical check ups and died from complications of medical check ups?

  4. For Heaven sake, the media have a right to report events. What the hell? What is worng with you people? You are totally ruining the nation and you expect everyone to sing halelluya? You are really disgusting! The amy too need sorting out, what the? What the? What the, what the, what the, what the? I am really furious, you all fvcked up moda fvckres messing up our country! Fvck you all, Fvck off!

  5. @MUSHOTA,
    We should not MOCK others just because they are in unfortunate situations. Dont ever think that you are special before GOD. Though you may argue that the statement or headline had an element of truth, its intention was to laugh and mock LUNGU. Already your wish is to see him dead according to your earlier comments you posted. Remember my good sister that one day you will be history as well. It doesnt matter where you are, in England, Germany or Glasgow……death can find you and it will find you one day.

    • As sensible as this comment seems to be its not. Since mocking or not mocking someone doesnt change the fact that you will die, I dont see how your comment will motivate anyone to behave better. It’s as cowardly as statements come.

  6. even if the headline was accurate, the idea behind the headline was to mock the president, me member one day you just be found dead. the best media in zambia is lusaka times.

  7. Lets learn to accept reality. Edgar is unwell and no mediapropaganda will make him better. Take him to the hospital that’s it.
    As for the post newspaper they are within the law, they haven’t lied in there reporting. So please leave them alone.

  8. another one bits the dust..so ninshi ifwe bakateka besu bakulakwatafye ama throat problems .sad for ba chagwa.poleni bwangu mutwalilile ukutungulula ichalo…

  9. I find no mockery in this headlines just merely a translation. Would the PF prefer the headlines “LUNGU HAS FALLEN”? Either way now we know the condition is more serious than was first reported. On the issue of transparency there was no other way of handling it. It all happened in full giew of the public. Now instead of worrying about M’membe and the post these officials should be worrying about running the country and getting the president the best possible care. No one cares what M’membe thinks. PF you have bigger issues right now the economy is ONE.

  10. Primitive opposition. Appalling and inhuman conduct. Why would anyone keep a heart so full of hate?

    God Bless His Excellency. A return to good health is our wish for him.

  11. On Sunday 8th March was International Women’s Day. The Govt’s attention is supposed to be focused on plans and drumming support on what will improve the well being of our mothers, our sisters, our wives etc.. For example:- What do we need to do to so that our women do NOT have to give birth on the floor like animals do? A very serious debate is supposed to ignite and compel us to improve our Country.
    But instead, all the attention is now diverted to one citizen. One Edgar Lungu.
    Experience has taught us Zambians at great cost, not once but twice, that it is NOT productive to the entire Country to knowingly let a person with proven poor health assume the position of Head of State.
    Now we are paying the price for not learning from past experience. Hundreds of our women will continue..

    • Cont’d … continue to give birth on the floor like animals, and some will die along with their babies due to avoidable complications, while this one citizen will use most of the available resources to be flown out for better treatment.

  12. BA PF MULI FISUSHI SANA NO WONDER RB IS CELEBRATING THE GOLD THAT HE HAS TAKEN OVER YOU,
    WHATS WRONG WITH THE HEADLINE .WE ALL TRIP AND FALL.
    OUR CLOSE FAMILIES COLLAPSE SOME HAVE EVEN DIED WHATS SO SPECIAL ABOUT EDGAR WHY CANT YOU ACCEPT THAT
    LESA NI MALYOTOLA ALA LYOTOLA.
    THE MAN IS SICK PERIOD. YOU THINK CI RB IS DULL TO START CONTROLLING YOU,CALLING SHOTS IN THE GOVT .
    LEAVE MEEMBE ALONE EDGAR COLLAPSED PERIOD.
    START FIGHTING YOUR PRESIDENT RB AND THE WAY IS RESTRUCTURING YOU AND BRINGING IN HIS OWN PIPO THAN ATTACKING MEEMBE BA MUMBWE IMWE

  13. SATA TURNING IN HIS GRAVES ,HE TURNED 11TH TIME AND ECL COULD SEE SATA WHEN HE STOOD ON THE PODIUM SATA WAS LIKE EHE IWE KA EDGAR YOU THINK U ARE A CLEVER GUY Y ON EARTH HAVE YOU SOLD MY PARTY ,GIVEN RB MY PARTY ,BRING KAINGU WHO HAD NO KIND WORDS TO ME ,KA MWALE AND THE CONCUBINE MWANAKATWE,MULUSA,MVUNGA LEAVE HIM ALONE HES A MAN OF THE MOMENT .
    WHERE ARE MY PIPO?
    WHY ARE YOU TREATING HHHH LIKE THIS
    ?HES AN OPPOSITION LEADER .WHY DO YOU WANT PIPO TO UPRISE AGAINST THE TONGA ARE THEY NOT ZAMBIANS ?
    LUNGU DID I ANNOIT YOU?
    LUNGU AM PISSED OFF WITH YOU NOMBA LEKA IKUSEBANYE .

    AM LOVING THIS WE VE LEARNT THE WORD ACHALASIA IN MEDICINE AND IN LAW DPP ISSUE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.
    NEXT WE WANT TO LEARN TERM USED TO CHASE RB,LUNGU AND NEVERS AND HE ENTIRE KATUNDU BAISA NAO

  14. Satanists are those who want to tell lies about the Presidents illness but i thank the President for allowing transparance for he has,in short, told the nation to pray for him.

    • It is not transparency. He collapsed in public. If this had happened in a hotel room in New York (or wherever else) the Zambia public would never have heard of it. Transparency means revealing all these existing medical issues prior to the elections (not after), so that voters can make an informed decision to vote or not to vote for him.

  15. I am not a well-meaning Zambian. I just want the truth to come out that Zambians voted for another deadman walking. Lungu fell off the dais. Lungu is sick. Now you have evidence in public. Don’t blame HH or the opposition. Lungu did this to himself by overindulgence in alcohol. Just prepare for another presidential by-election. Just prepare to vote for another of your tribesmen. This is your nightmare that you choose to relive over and over.

  16. Ba post naimwe learn to have respect ala,jus bkoz u differ in opinions doesnt giv u tha right to rejoice sumone’s illness

  17. Membe could not resist this one….
    Every face tells a story. Membe is a narcisitic, self serving, egotistic character. The sneer on his face and his posture and swagger all testifies to what comes out of his mouth..

  18. is it a lie? Didn’t he falls. It doesn’t matter what the post reported but the problem is us zambians. We are so naive. Trying to hide from the truth no matter what we do, it will always find a way to haunt us.. That man is sick and he will cost us millions for another state funeral.

  19. Anyway, what type of parents would give their son a name like Chagwa?? And the son even falls down in honour of his own name?! Only in Zambia….

  20. I think it’s good to report the truth which the post actually was trying to do. But the headline was kinda mocking which should not be entertained. Democracy has really brought and created enemies in Zambia. Isn’t it possible to just differ on policies and opinions and still not be enemies. It really sad when people celebrate someone else’s illness or misfortunes.

  21. I hope Edgar told his insurance company about his pre-existing medical health. If he didn’t am afraid his spouse wont get the life insurance benefits when he dies because the insurance company will argue that it was not informed about the pre existing medical health.

  22. In as much as I do not support PF and the mediocrity it stands for I think we need to respect the Presidency. The way we treat our peesidents in Zambia is the same way outsiders will perceive and regard them. It started with the way PF and Post treated Mwanawasa and RB. This has got to end.

  23. I think the presidency has a lot of work to do this time around. They are not off to a good start. That office is very stressful and who ever is managing the president must really work hard and do a good job. The whole world is watching. For me if the man has ill health but brings good reforms aimed at bettering the lives of Zambians, I am happy to have him even for a few months than some health bubbly fellow who is a do no good to preside over that office. One thing is that us Zambians we need to be humble and be truthful both in words and deeds. If the president feels his health will affect how executes his functions he must just come clean and say, ” hey look guys, I like to be part of this team but I feel I am not putting in to the best of my ability, I need to take a break.”

  24. Mmembe’s farts will soon be no more. Mutembo wont be able to cover his farting . Very soon we will have a new DPP in place , and Mmembe’s day of Reckoning will come. The late Sata could have been President in 2006 if it had not been for Mmembe. Mmembe thinks he is untouchable, but looking at the current situation his days are numbered. His influence has dwindled , and very soon the people he has destroyed will be on him- And so will be the Law.
    The UPND as usual lives in a different Time Zone. They cannot read the signs. In their blind opportunism they are failing to see the writing on the wall and can support the venom Mmembe has for ECL.
    Mmembe is finished. And he knows it .Even Wynter Kabimba knows that no amount of spinning by Mmembe will make the Rainbow Party popular.

  25. The Problem is NOT Mmembe but Presidents who have allowed Mmembe to continue writing as he pleases. Mmembe has literally insulted all Presidents except his uncles Arther and Sikota Wina. Arthur Wina was a serial drunkered and died of alcoholism. He cannot write about this instead he refers us to Milton Obote. This is not press freedom but hatred and destruction of innocent Zambians perceived to have stood and seen as standing in his way to usurp power. Mmembe’s sole aim is to get power by all means. RB was warned. He went to sleep in the name of nursing democracy. He knows better what he is going through. EL cannot pretend that he was not warned but equally has gone to sleep while Mmembe is getting stronger. For me its presidents who are STUPID. This paper needs to be shut. Finish.

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