Now former UPND vice president-political  Richard Kapita
Now former UPND vice president-political Richard Kapita

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Vice President for Administration Richard Kapita has ditched the party and joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Mr Kapita having made this huge step in Mwinilunga saying he has decided to join PF and work with President Edger Lungu because he is a development oriented President who has demonstrated an inclusive and selfless spirit of leadership to develop the country.

Mr. Kapita said it is only through PF and under the sound leadership of President Lungu that he can successfully achieve his desire to contribute to meaningful national development and has since appealed to other members in UPND to come on board and join the ruling party.

He was joined by Kawiku Ward Councillor Haward Sameta with other UPND members who have defected to PF when President Lungu held a public rally at freedom square in Mwinilunga district today.

And President Lungu has welcomed Mr Kapita and other defectors to the PF party urging them to acquaint themselves with the PF manifesto and work diligently with the party.

He has since directed PF members unwilling to work with new members joining the party to immediately leave the party adding that he will not entertain anyone trying to stand on the way of recruiting new members.

President Lungu said politics is a game of numbers and has instructed North-western provincial PF Executive Committee to recruit more new members to the party regardless of their tribe or political affiliation in the province.

President Lungu was in Mwinilunga today to commission the earth moving equipment the district Local authority has procured and toured the district hospital before he held a public rally at freedom square.

President Lungu Drives a Grader in Mwinilunga
President Lungu Drives a Grader in Mwinilunga
ichard Kapita  Greets President Lungu in Mwinilunga
ichard Kapita Greets President Lungu in Mwinilunga
President Lungu  with Richard Kapita In Mwinilunga
President Lungu with Richard Kapita In Mwinilunga
resident Edgar Lungu addressing rally at Mwinilunga Boma
resident Edgar Lungu addressing rally at Mwinilunga Boma
President Lungu at the Rally in Mwinilunga
President Lungu at the Rally in Mwinilunga
Mwinilunga District Hospital Nurses
Mwinilunga District Hospital Nurses
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  1. You heard it from me first right here on LT when I said that they first deny and discredit the information and then they confirm and justify.

    That is Zambian politics for you.

    However, there is one person you can bank on who will never switch his allegiance, just like a leopard which can’t change it spots. he will forever remain committed to the party he loves through good and hard times like now ..and that person is MMD Chief Bootlicker. True Blue forever and the current storm shall trully pass.

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    • You can’t have a vice president ditching the party and still say we will form govt next year that is an called for. Seriously speaking Upnd is slowly lossing out and putting their chances of winning in 2090 or more.

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    • Kapita was rejected as MP in the same area and if PF think he will change the fortunes in the area, is a joke.

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    • So how did Sata’s “nyamazai” forget all those insults and join the party of haters? Stupidity has no bounds.

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    • People forget that even Edgar Lungu was once UPND, so was Mwanawasa, in sum total UPND has produced two presidents and I can say with certainty that the next president after 2016 will come from UPND. As for Kapita, he is broke having being in opposition for that long and he needs to “eat”.

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    • The UPND Vice President dumping HH for PF is a slap in the face of HH.

      Larry Mweetwa is also on the way to PF.

      HH has put a firewall of his relatives who are his chronies. He is running UPND like a Chief Executive who founded a company.

      Mazoka left him with 42 MP’S now reduced to 27 or so.

      How can HH say that he has made progress from where Mazoka left him.

      HH has no idea how to make political calculations. Had he been patient he could have taken over from Sata. Going into 2011 we knew Sata had a serious illness that was going to take him. Greed and wanting to be the President of the PF+UPND Pact killed HH.

      In the mean time RB is dismantling UPND very smartly, while HH is fast asleep.

      HH has now resolved to desperation. And it will get worse going into 2016.

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    • All I ask from HH is to have a HAIR CUT. Is that too much to ask?

      Please! Image is very important. Also where does this dude.. HH buy his casual clothes. Aiiiish!

      He is a good looking dude..

      Mrs HH, please do something about your husband. Even Supper KK beats him in this department as old as KK is.

      Lusaka has a lot of facial cream in chemistry ‘ and Soweto Market

      Osati… Vaseline on your face. No no no….

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    • Kapita says only under the sound leadership of … Lungu can …. What happens when for one reason or the other (eg the True Blue flush him out) Lungu drops from the helm of PF?

      People must be principled and not hero worship individuals. Don’t reduce yourself to such levels!

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    • Buck Teeth Lungu, May the Almighty Allah fulfill your wish to have buck Teeth and your wife sires a Lungu. Do not you see a clear difference between Sata and Lungu? Do not you an accelerator pushing development agenda that was hijacked by the thieves grouped and hiding behind the Cartel? Sata started well but Kabimba, Nsanda, GBM etc. went on rampage, making kills from development finance, the moment Sata’s health deteriorated. The same Kabimba who was busy eulogizing PF and Sata is today spewing venom because he knows deep down his heart, the days of the jackals and hyenas are over.

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    • Kapita is Judas Iscariot at best and good for Lungu now he can get the inside information on UPND vision and plagiarize! Zambia for you, and the song by defectors has been the same through and through we will yet hear it again replayed like a broken vinyl record…….”I have decided to join………and work with President……….because he is a development oriented President who has demonstrated an inclusive and selfless spirit of leadership to develop the country…..blah!…..blah!….blah…..ad infinitum. Politics of the belly and selfishness for what the country can do for those who join politics to enrich themselves! Good luck Kapita despite your integrity now in question!

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    • Where is Ndobo,
      That Edgar of yours most of time dress like a destitute. Why was he wearing a mini top? We hope Kapita will teach him the UPND dress code… farmers shirts.

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    • Almighty,
      Wipapa auti “Osati… Vaseline on your face. No no no….”. Have you peeped his armpit?

      Eeeeiiissshhh

      “the image”

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  2. Watch this pace UPND!!!by 2016 so many senior leaders from opposition will join mighty PF!!!see how Silvia Masebo,GBM,Felix Mutati are quiet,they have seen that defeating ECL in 2016 is almost impossible!!!WELCOME TO THE WINNING TEAM HON.RICHARD KAPITA!!PF WILL 100% RETAIN POWER IN 2016 AND EASILY SO!!!

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    • Do not be irrational. People vote and you cannot project anything but your own vote.
      Remember the saying- A week is a long time in politics!

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  3. Bye bye UPND and HH. Come 2016, N/W will vote PF. I was not going to get worried if the guy was from Eastern, CB, LSK or Nothern.

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  4. Hon Kakoma emulate your bother Kapita and work with ECL.For how long are u going to be in opposition ? Yr constituency needs u if u opted to work with govt of the day to facilitate development.

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    • There is no need for everyone to defect to the ruling party. One can still work with the government from the opposition side by providing positive checks and balances. Unfortunately, zambian politicians are not principled. They are just there to fill their bellies and to entertain the masses with their senseless reasons to justify defection. I wonder why politcal comedy is not a big industry in Zambia.

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  5. Zambian politicians never cease to amaze me…they are all truly a disgraceful bunch…this is the selfsame reason I can never be a politician or a party cadre or a party member as my loyalty is to the people of Zambia.

    By the way this was reported in ZWD last week, although they are biased towards a known party you can not write off their leads…its 75% always spot on!!

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  6. We have said before and again. UPND is heading for another loss in 2016. There is growing frustration within UPND about HH continued fumbling on national matters. Many are wondering whether HH assessment of EL performance is personal to HH or is UPND position. Majority of members have agreed with Chipimo that opposition is there for constructive suggestions not always criticizing even when party in power is seeming doing well. HH is out of touch with developing opposition politics which is changing the shape of competing on governance issues. We know Masebo and GBM are sending emissaries pleading for reconciliation with EL. They have come to terms that EL is winning next year and is why VJ has urged Zambians to support EL. VJ has assessed and knows EL is winning come 2016.

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    • It is easy to make assertions without grounding them in fact. It is called “dump and run.” It is a game played by cowards.

      The internet has created a platform for people who normally can’t debate and has placed in their hand a charged mic. LT rakes in rating from their patronage; gives them a writing pad and a fountain pen. Woe to those who are seeking a nice old time exchange of ideas because the rules of rational thinking in these debate are suspended in favor of the ignoramus.

      Their jubilation about empty talk is unmistakable. Talk has become talk for talk sake. And sadly, in the meantime, nothing is being accomplished by those in whom enormous trust is vested. In here lies the seed of failure for our Zambia.

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    • GBM went with a bag of money to state house to make overtures with EL. Despite GBM apologizing, begging to be given a second chance and offering EL money, EL went down before GBM and begged him to keep the money to himself. We know the details and GBM has up until now been at a loss as to what to do. He knows he cannot win Kasama Central under UPND so he will again go back to beg EL so he can be part of PF.

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  7. Of politics and political adultery.The politicians are on heat again and time is ticking very fast to yet another political mating season.2016 will be the worst mating season where there will be a lot of political ‘pregnancies’ and ‘abortions’. Like dogs, who will finally take the bride (statehouse/parliament), only the strong will survive and time will tell.Politicians are a rare species.Like dogs, they dont mind ‘sleeping’ with their ‘enemies’ as long as it is for personal gratification yet on de ground, dull cadres are fighting one another.

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    • Lovely @ Austin2021! Of cadres fighting for crumbs and who among them might get a bone with more leftover meat left to scrape off! The poverty stricken masses will be treated to royalty as politicians kneel before them exalting them as masters who through the ballot to speak in their favor so the servant (Beggar for votes) gets to where s/he delivers the plight! People lets take stock of our individual surroundings look in the eyes of a child, woman and, neighbor and ask hard questions if we think aspirations for better are being met then take a deep assessment of each aspiring self declared servant proclaiming to move us out of bondage if theirs is a heart for the suffering to weep no more and restore a twinkle of hope in the eyes of a child, mother, father and the nation at large.

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    • Thieves will stick together. I hope PF will permit Kapita’s style. Best of luck Mwata!

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  8. Politics of hunger… no morals, no principles, no integrity. And you wondered why we are still stuck in the stone-age period in terms of development as a country.

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  9. Now watch how upnd will downplay this lose as “good riddance,” How is losing an administrator to your opponent good riddance? This guy knows how upnd operates and he will give that info to your opponent,so this is a huge blow that should leave upnd doing some deep thinking not down playing it.

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  10. Only a lunatic can believe that a working Govent like PF’s can lose elections just after 1 term in power!!so many voters are appreciating PF projects across Zambia.roads,districts are done in rural areas for the first time since 1964!!so surely what more can a voter ask for?before MMD lost in 2011,it was clear that majority voters wanted change and were tired of MMD.this is not the case now.today only tribal H’s team,Fred M’membe’s cartel members want change of Govent.thank God these’re very few than us who’re seeing PF Govent’s good works!!!SELENI TUBOMBEKO BA KABWA IWE!!!

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  11. @xFactor. Spot on! Had HH been reasonable, he would surely have taken over from Sata- he failed to read between the lines of the pact! Osankha Sanyenga, Onyenga SiAsankha!!! That’s politics!

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    • The man goes for quality. You don’t seem to understand what was on the ground. PF was apportioning offices instead of harmonising ideologies.

      HH doesn’t vie for office for personal ego. Follow his philosophy!

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  12. THANK YOU KAPITA FOR LEAVING UPND AS THIS PARTY DOES NOT ENTERTAIN THIEFS LIKE YOU .YOU JOIN YOUR THIEFS IN PF.BUT NORTH WESTERN WITH PF WE ARE AT PAR AS THIS PARTY HAS DONE NOTHING FOR THE PROVINCE.
    KAPITA AND KAFWAYA NEVER DREAM OF BEING MPS IN THE PROVINCE.
    WHAT A GOOD CLEANSINIG TIME.

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  13. POLITICS OF ANGER? YOU ARE JOKING. NO ONE CAN WAIT FOREVER AND JUST BACKING ONE HORSE WHICH IS GALLOPING NO WHERE. POLITICS OF UTUNTEMBA LONG WENT IN ZAMBIA. MINUS NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE NOW UPND IS STRICTLY RESTRICTED TO ONLY A FEW PARTS OF SOUTHERN PROVINCE. I DON’T THINK LOZIS ARE THAT STUPID TO VOT FOR HH, AGAIN. HH HAS REALLY INSULTED HIS OWN TRIBE BY HANGING ON TO PRESIDENCY EVEN IF HE IS POLITICALLY USELESS, AND HE KNOWS IT HIMSELF. MUNZAKE EL ANABWELA CHABE MAILO AWINA. EVE AKALI KUESA. HH’s CHANCE WAS WHEN PF WENT INTO DIS-ORGANISATION. BUT, HE LOST. THAT MEANS HH WILL NEVER WIN ANY ELECTIONS IN ZAMBIA- NOT EVEN THE COUNCILLORSHIP.

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  14. He can defect but he doesn’t know what will happen tomorrow. Don’t think that is the end of UPND. The same stole money for the party and the party decide to fire him

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  15. Don’t worry about Kapita’s defection from UPND to PF because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring

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  16. Very stupid and it completely a failure to be in the province to fuel tribal differences between tribes. No mention of any capital project or development in the region. How do you commission second hand earth moving equipment from CDF. North westerners can we workup from lip service and rubber stamping. Let us be united come what may. Kapita has never been a factor, he has joined for his belly.

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    • I was wondering. Whole president commissioning a caterpillar bought by a council, and people like Kapita see that as progressive for the province. Did he ask himself how many such machines were purchased for Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces. Wake up indeed my NW relatives of mine!

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    • @ M Chalibonena an idle person without an inkling of what they are supposed to be doing or aiming at will jump at every opportunity to be seen as though they are doing something! Commissioning machines and visiting the mines were to justify usage of public funds and just a detraction from the real big PF party associated thing which was to try and make the defection of Kapita et al a grand spectacle but it did not work as expected for defections in large numbers did not materialize!

      Kapita is accused of embezzling UPND campaign funds and he has not convincingly come out in self defense, He has now joined the PF team which seems is gathering and embracing all the tainted personalities at the expense of upholding uprightness. Indeed @ 13 what a country!

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  17. The 3 days president Lungu has been in NWP has really changed the mind of people critisizing him and PF at large.
    With the good morning he receives as he comes out of the Roya Solwezi Hotel, passing through mitec, guys I have no doubt 2016 is for EDGAR LUNGU.

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    • He is the president for crying out loud….as they say in the military “you respect the uniform not the man”.

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    • Zambian democracy is young and the electorate like some of the bloggers celebrating do not know the consequences of such defections do….most have never lived under the one party system hence view issues in their cadre tinted lenses.

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  18. Similar to the brow Edward Mumbi had once thrown at PF when he resigned as PF SG.

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  19. @ Kano Nibena,
    E Mumbi was not a founder member of PF, he only worked as SG for less than 5 yrs.
    Just say it not good for politics

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  20. kapita will go no where!….. HH chabe!!…. he will be used and damped like a dipper…… litebela…PF has no heart for NW… while in other provinces are commissioning real project…. in mwinilunga a grader…what a shame—– work up my people

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    • This ***** has been a liability to the party …we dont entertain thieves. The guy stole hh’s money . They have not been in good terms with th big man.he

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  21. Kapita tried his level best to serve and submit to HH. I can only compare his loyalty to HH to that of Hon. Mbulakulima to Nevers Mumba. It’s not easy to submit to an opposition party president the way these two dudes have done. Just as it would be a blow to Nevers if Mbulakulima decided to dump him today, so it is for HH now that Kapita has left him and the UPND, after being with them for 17 solid years. You can pretend and trash my observation and opinion but am just being factual and realistic.
    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. “President Lungu … has instructed North-western provincial PF Executive Committee to recruit more new members to the party regardless of their tribe”, someone tell me, what is the meaning of this part of Lungu’s instruction? Isn’t the man being tribal?

    Zambians, pay close attention to such scantly veiled tribal remarks. PF are the real and practical tribalists. Listen to their door to door campaign messages in Luapula, Northern, Eastern, Lusaka, Copperbelt.

    In fact even some high ranking UPND officials have been associated with remarks like” We are just eating their wealth with them.” So when such people are made to account for such allegations, they resign and scream tribalists, receive them with caution!

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  23. THIS IS A MAJOR SETBACK FOR HH AND UPND CADRES YOU DENY THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL!!PLUS WHAT I HAVE SEEN ON ZNBC TV IN SOLWEZI IS SHOCKING!!ECL WAS MOCKED BY THOUSANDS AS IF HE WAS IN KITWE-AMAZING!!!TRIBAL HH IS IN HOT WATER NOW!!IN 2016 ECL WILL WIN WITH A WIDE MAGINE!!!

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    • @eddy, this can’t be a set back. Kapita store from the party. All he has done is join those who will tolerate his action. He is in fact a sellout to his people in NW. What significant development did Lungu go to commission in the province that excited Kapita so much? An insult to the people of the Province!

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  24. This story was on Zambian Watchdog a few days ago. They knew he was going to defect because he had been paid by PF. So, it is not such a blow to UPND.

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  25. Just wait & see• Why do u think PF.& Edgar are not allowing HH to visit these areas? The PF are wetting their pants!

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  26. This is not news. Give us the education statistics. Where is Zambia placed on the world ranking on better education table recently released? ECL avail me with answers please. LT politics yachilamo.

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  27. ASK THE PEOPLE WHO BEFORE DEFECTED TO PF HOW THEY HAVE BEEN TREATED IN PF. ASK NAMULAMBE WHETHER HE HAS BEEN COMFORTABLE IN PF. ASK MULONGOTI, CHITALA AND KABIMBA.
    THE TRUTH IS THAT LUNGU HAS NOT BEEN FULLY ACCEPTED AS SATA’S SUCCESSOR. COME NEXT YEAR HE WILL BE FOUGHT BY THE SAME PEOPLE PRAISING HIM TODAY. HE HAS BEEN ADVISED BY RB THAT UNLESS HE BRINGS AS MANY OUTSIDERS AS POSSIBLE , HE WOULD NOT STAND A CHANCE NEXT YEAR AS HE HAS NOT BEEN FORGIVEN FOR APPOINTING WINA AS VICE-PRESIDENT. THAT IS WHY KAMBWILI IS OPPOSED TO PEOPLE LIKE SILIYA WHO WOULD SUPPORT LUNGU NEXT YEAR. THE PF AGENDA IS TO STEAL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND THE FOUNDERS WOULD NOT LIKE NEW COMERS TO SHARE IN LOOTING. IT IS SAD THAT ZAMBIANS CANNOT UNDERSTAND THIS.

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    • Plausible reasoning, thus ECL may in actual fact be building a surrogate party for himself

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  28. HH should concentrate on rebranding his falling apart party. Instead he is trying to imitate Sata being getting in minibuses. He is so self centered, he thinks only about himself and not how the party is doing. In a few months, those he visited will have forgotten he ever visited them.

    He was given a head start in the last elections and failed. When he talks about unemployment, I wonder if the remembers that he sent thousands of Zambians out of employment during the privatisation period where, he amassed wealth from kickbacks. He is partly responsible for current unemployment which PF is trying to address. What a hypocrite. He needs to repent an apologise to the Zambian people for causing them much misery.

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  29. Freedom of choice is what democracy is all about. Wish you better lucky this time

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  30. UPND is finished.HH should just concentrate on rearing his animals.Race to plot one is now a failed project.

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  31. On and on and on. There’s a deficiency in the quality of politicians in our country, hence the failure for fifty years to create a nation of laws with a constitution to define our desire to facilitate development. The same names will circulate on ballot papers, most of them with no record of achievement to justify their positions. Mr Kapita has just realised that time is running out for him to get into a position to amass wealth. He believes HH will not be president in 2016. My own assessment is that he’s right. However, the next president won’t be ECL but Kabimba. I know people will claim to know better and try to disparage this assessment. It is the reality on the ground. ECL will loose NP, CP, CP, SP, WP, LP. He will win LP and EP. Believe me it’s a wrong move Mr Kapita.

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    • 36 flag ?Mulundu,

      Many times you should try to remember even meaning of your name. “Mulundu means a hill or mountain”. That means you are mountains away from home (Zambia),and for you to state that “It is the reality on the ground. ECL will loose NP, CP, CP, SP, WP, LP.” is confession enough that you are not on the ground…not even Lsk. Kabimba alifwa palipwa, afa kudala, absent, is no factor, is the cartel, and that kabimba is not a Christian…Sorri bwana.
      You are too far to know what is on the ground of NP, CP, CP, WP & LP.

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  32. Jumping from one party to another just shows the immaturity of Zambian politics. It is a shame that we have so many unprincipled politicians who are in it for the money, not following the party principles. This guy Kapita was recently accused of misappropriation? Guess he has joined the right party if it is true. Zambia needs selfless, not greedy leaders. Till day of judgement, our children in rural areas will keep on sitting on the classroom floor or herding cattle!

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