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The UPND would like to add their voice to calls for a Presidential press conference to be held urgently to address the people on the matter of the Kwacha’s rapid depreciation and the continued load shedding.

It is a great shame that under the PF, our Presidents have not taken the time and care to address the people and press directly and answer their questions. Such interactions are important in a healthy democracy, and help develop trust and confidence between the people and the government.

Failure to communicate naturally results in suspicion and mistrust, particularly when it looks like government either does not have a plan or is worried that should their plan be properly scrutinised they will reveal their ignorance to the Zambian people.

PF Government seems to be more intent on supporting other economies through the numerous trips abroad

If our President has time to play golf and rush off to lavish international dinners, then surely he has time to address us on these important topics and express his sympathy with those who are suffering from the tough living conditions here in Zambia while he enjoys his US$1000 dinner engagements.

Unfortunately for now the PF Government seems to be more intent on supporting other economies through the numerous trips abroad which number 16 in just 8 months. The cost of these trips to the Zambian taxpayer could provide funding for skills training for thousands of Zambians as one example.

Charles Kakoma
UPND Spokesperson
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Issued by: UPND National Campaign Centre, Lusaka

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27 COMMENTS

  1. We seriously need that press conference. KK used to hold so many of them, Chiluba too but Sata and Lungu awe sure!!!

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    • This is like having an absentee worker! He only bothers to come to the place of work once a month to collect his pay!

      We, his employers expect him to report to his bosses, us the taxpayers, with regular reports on how he is earning the enormous salary.

      Parliament should pass a law that our President gives at least one press conference a month, and whenever something important occurs.

      And if he fails to do so – NO PAY

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  2. What problems to press conferences solve apart from informing people just the same way znbc news is doing. edgar will hold a press conference one day not because because updn and others have spoken about it. Moreover the issues you want him to address can be answered by google if only you know how to browse.

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  3. WESHILU WE! YOU OPPORTUNIST. YOU THINK LOAD SHEDDING WILL BRING YOU VOTES. DON’T YOU KNOW THAT LOAD SHEDDING AND THE DEPRECIATION OF THE KWACHA ARE AS THE RESULT OF FAILURE BY PAST GOVERNMENTS TO INVEST INTO THE FUTURE (TODAY). YOUR ECONOMY WAS TAILORED TO DEPEND ON COPPER AND NO ONE EVER THOUGHT OF DIVERSIFYING AND EDITH NAWAKWI FAILED TO INVEST INTO POWER GENERATION WHEN SHE WAS ENERGY & FINANCE MINISTER? BY THE WAY YOU WERE HACKED BY PF IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD – CONSTITUENCY.

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  4. Imwe ba LT we are hearing news in Jozi that some Zambian miners are trapped underground. Give us this breaking News Please!

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  5. Comment:
    You Kakoma have no constituency in Zambia, having been trounced by the PF candidate. You therefore are not qualified to make any tangible political utterance whatsoever!

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    • Yes, our Kwacha may becoming a joke like the Zimbabwe Dollar, but the real koswe is Lungu, Sata, and Chikwanda. Put them in the trap!

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  6. ZNBC is a mere mouth piece. When the President holds a press conference, the expectation is that he will spell out the government response to the economic malaise and an ‘escape’ strategy. There should also be an opportunity for questions that are mostly going through peoples’ minds (the rightful owners of the country) to be asked and answered. Governments are answerable to the people – especially those put in place by the same people. If govt. is ‘working’, and has periodic cabinet meetings, what is the fear of addressing the nation directly on the outcomes and being ready to ‘clarify’ issues, answer questions and basically prove work that will benefit people, is going ahead.

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  7. Just by the tone of this kakoma it will be imposible for HE’LL to respond. Kakoma if you want to rule this land show respect to the one in office, start by recognising him, if you have respect for yourself then respect others. DON’T demand. Already that is a failed attempt

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    • No, HE’LL was better because that is what this STUPlD F00L has brought to Zambia!

      IT IS HIS JOB TO INFORM THE NATION.

      And like all his other failures he has failed on this one also!

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  8. But ba PF amano yanono they think every one is on internet . that is childish thinking . chanda Amos is not president who should always be telling us the way forward of the country . there are questions that this country would want to ask the Head of state through the press . now look at our press men they have even forgotten how to ask QUESTIONS . we had real press men like Charles Mando . May his soul rest in peace > there are few selected members of the press at the airport who are so biased like ZNBC that has been turned in govt vuvuseller . God is watching . any way Lungu is not a Christian

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  9. @Makandanyoko, what is wrong with demanding for something which this government should give us- a press conference? What is the fear of holding a press conference? On whose behalf is this country being governed? This Zambian way of over respecting leaders even when they are not delivering is wrong. Let them know that we are demanding, that is the only way they may react rather sounding apologetic and self sensor ship. Wake up!

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  10. UPND, besides keeping checks and balances, is subjecting the govt to unnecessary terms/conditions, decrees and ultimatums. Merely addressing the nation is no cure unless you expect him to forcefully accept failure. Your minute by minute injunctions give no room for implementation except order after order thereby giving more speculation than meets the eye. Which among the many in the endless list will he begin with? With due respect to UPND, whip the president sparingly.

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  11. Lets face the facts realistically.

    This clown in State House is not even capable of giving a simple press conference!

    And we expect him to run a whole country!!!!

    Can he even put his own shoes on in the morning ????

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  12. HH has been holding weekly Press Conference plus Press Releases sometime 2 in a day. Can someone tell me what they have yielded so far.

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  13. …. I could understand MCS failure to hold one…infact it was somehow a blessing in disguise for Zed because it could have turned out to be disastrous and very embarrassing on international scene….but I cannot just comprehend with the so called learned Lawyer failure to call for the same….is it lack of knowledge on economical issues/terminologies or what..??…I’m yet to hear ECL mention terms like GDP…stock markets…macro economics…including words like corruption….

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  14. Sata was allergic to press conferences,emukonkele na Lungu. By the way,what can he talk about? Kwacha yapona ,bla bla ,bla

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  15. Job Description for Edgar:
    1. Hold a press conference once each month
    2. Always fire one minister per month for incmptence and/or corruption

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  16. A PRESS CONFERENCE from Jamesoni Lungu?????????

    Never going to happen!

    He knows that if he tries to give a press conference what will happen is he will either –

    1. Start crying again, or
    2. Fall asleep like he did in Siavonga, or
    3. Collapse again from fright

    Not only is he an INC0MPETENT IDl0T, he is also a coward and too much of a WIMP the face the Press and the Zambian people.

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