UPND president Hakainde Hichilema leaves the City Library Polling Centre in Lusaka
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Central Province and Kabwe Town in particular, holds a special place in our heart and historically political significance as even independence for this country begum from here, says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema.

Speaking when he welcomed more than 2000 new members mainly from PF structures at various levels in Kabwe yesterday, Mr. Hichilema who was accompanied by Vice-President for Administration said he was happy to continue the independence mood and independence celebrations in Kabwe City that has shaped the political history of the country.

Mr. Hichilema said it was a tragedy that despite the advantageous geographic position of Central Police and Kabwe in particular, the place was still neglected in terms of industrialization and employment opportunities.

“As we are speaking, among the once viable industries such as Mulungushi Textiles, Kabwe Industrial Fabrics (KIFCO), are defunct. Yet as a country we import a lot of cheap textiles and fabrics from outside the country. As UPND, we shall work tirelessly to revamp these industries and legislate to protect them. Every country in the world protects its industries through relevant legislations that protects them from cheap imports, and consequently create more local jobs for youths and increase government revenue. Once we increase the revenue base, we shall then reduce on borrowing, and use local resources to support the social sectors such as education and health,” Mr. Hichilema told the jubilant crowds.

The UPND leader said it was shameful that even Zambian military uniforms and other attire was being imported into the country when local industries that make these things are defunct.

“The benefits will not only be for the people of Kabwe but the whole country. Once these industries are revamped, our farmers in the cotton sector and many of our citizens with raw materials will immediately have ready market to such industries and eventually produce more and create more jobs for our people,” he said.

Mr. Hichilema said he is saddened by continued lies by the PF leadership including its leader Edgar Lungu that the current economic hardships are as a result of global issues or God’s wish for Zambians.

“God gave us wisdom to overcome challenges in life and solve our problems such as economic issues and with the right leadership, we can pull through,” he said.

And speaking at the same event, UPND Vice-President for Administration Geoffrey Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, said the current economic hardships that the Zambians are faced with are as a result of failure by Lungu and the PF to provide leadership.

Mr. Mwamba said at no time did late President Sata wish Zambians hunger and a visually impaired leader like Lungu.

He charged that President Lungu has suddenly become visually impaired that he cannot see the rise in the food prices.

Mr. Mwamba said the UPND is the only hope for Zambia and appealed to the people of Kabwe to vote for its leader Hakainde Hichilema in 2016.

Those that defected include provincial, district, constituency, ward, and branch leaders.

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    • Here are some answers I got when I asked someone to come up with a one word answer to my questions about Zambia:

      Zambia – stupidity
      Kwacha – worthless
      Zambian govt – incompetence
      Bemba – thief
      Chewa – what?
      Tonga – self-reliance
      KK – freedom fighter (I excused the two words)
      FTJ – philanderer
      Mwanawasa – intelligent
      Rupiah Banda – robbed the cradle (again, I excused the three words)
      HH – consultant
      Kambwili – animal farm (or pig)
      ZNBC – stone age
      Mmembe – bully

      and here’s the zinger,

      Edgar Chagwa Lungu – BLOVIATING IGNORAMUS

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    • What happened? 2,000 is a lot of people … politics is about numbers, you have to pay attention to the numbers, you can afford to lose people in numbers. The first rule in politics is “all the people I have are mine and not subjection to negotiations, let talk about the ones you have”.

      You protect your own tuff and go after others … PF needs to pay attention to this. Those who understand this secret win elections all the time.

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    • Meant to say …

      What happened? 2,000 is a lot of people … politics is about numbers, you have to pay attention to the numbers, you can’t afford to lose people in numbers. The first rule in politics is “all the people I have are mine and not subject to negotiations, let talk about the ones you have”.

      You protect your own tuff and go after others … PF needs to pay attention to this. Those who understand this secret win elections all the time.

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  1. Pf you made noise with kapita’s move to your sinking boat. Now look at the multitudes ditching you UPND. This should speak volumes to the wore (Mumbi and chikala Chama) make sure you steal alot of cash and go to the farm next year.

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    • Here are some answers I got when I asked someone to come up with a one word answer to my questions about Zambia:

      Zambia – stupidity
      Kwacha – worthless
      Zambian govt – incompetence
      Bemba – thief
      Chewa – what?
      Tonga – self-reliance
      KK – freedom fighter (I excused the two words)
      FTJ – philanderer
      Mwanawasa – intelligent
      Rupiah Banda – robbed the cradle (again, I excused the three words)
      HH – consultant
      Kambwili – animal farm (or pig)
      ZNBC – stone age
      Mmembe – bully

      and here’s the zinger,

      Edgar Chagwa Lungu – BLOVIATING IGNORAMUS

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  2. I just don’t like HH, I have never liked him, I don’t know why. Probably because I don’t believe in cheap economic theory. If God chose HH to rule Zambia, he shall surely rule. For now, let ECL rule.

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  3. Repent mwaiche don’t dislike people for no apparent reason, these are just politicians doing their job no need to hate. Maybe hate the game, find some peace and accept everyone.

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  4. People are fed up of PFoolish lies and non-delivery on all election promises. PF, your time is up.

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  5. @ men of peace .. People are suffering in Zambia, HH is not food . That’s why people vote . K20 for bread

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  6. Lungu rented the textile factory to a fake investor who now sells fertiliser imported from Tanzania from the premises.

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    • The fake investor is selling fertilizer and it is not for sure that the fertilizer being sold is suitable for Zambian soils. What I even do not understand is why our Nitrogen Chemicals plant in Kafue that is supposed to produce fertilizers for the country based on research by the Mt Makulu Soils Unit is not receiving the attention it should. Zambian fertilizers though encouraging can not match the NCZ capacity and instead of growing these industries we allow importation of untested fertilizers for our soils.

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  7. PF has failed. Nothing is working properly anymore in this country! Prices of all commodities are rising. Things are tougher now than during the MMD rule! PF YENA KUWAYAWAYA FYE!

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  8. It is there for all to see that the PF is facing the end. 2000 is a very large number which I believe have shocked the PF into silence. No words from Mumbi or Chama an indication that vintu valula. I think it is time that we give this man an opportunity to prove himself just the way we did to Sata. In Zambia we are so engrossed into politics that we are not aware that the world is leaving us behind. We are so buried into politics of tribalism even if we know very well that we will not eat tribalism at the end of the day but electing a capable individual with vision who will move this country forward and as a country be proud of our achievements and live a good life. We are all blinded by tribalism even coining terms like “nega nega formula”! How about where HH got a mere 20 0r 10 people…

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  9. I have have so much confidence in whatever HH says, the man is a living example of success, Zambians lets open our eyes & see. When we have a good leadership everyone benefits, HH, Dr. Banda, GBM, Nalumango, Mutati, Mucheleka, name them this team means besiness mark my word!

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  10. UPND is practising what is known as politics of mob PSychology.2000 defectors doesnt guarantee votes nd who verified that number? People go to where money and other materials re being distributed.GBM is spending big time nd expect more “defectors” nd a Severe Defeat in 2016.

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    • Chimuntunta…… my friend it’s happened before and it’s happening now. The wind of change is blowing we better get through.

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    • That is exactly the problem of armchair critics. If 2000 had defected to PF, would you still say politics of mob psychology?

      What is politics any way except that it is a game of numbers. For Is it not ECL who recently stated that if it means splashing money for him to win, he is ready to do that.

      May be let us just accept that PF has lamentably failed in the time they have been given. Four years is too big a period for the GOVT to be assessed, and I think my assessment is that this govt has failed.

      I voted for PF in the last elections, but surely this time I will give my vote to HH. We have tried these guys, they can’t just do, even if you gave them 100 yrs.

      LET US TRY HH GENTLEMEN. JUST SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE. IT IS FOR YOUR BENEFIT AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COUNTRY AND OUR…

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  11. GBM gave himself a huge contract to supply defence force materials, hh was the achitecture of zr, national wholesalers,mulungushi textiles national drug company, the mines and many more companies to close today you have the audacity to tell us that Edgar Lungu sold these companies marabishi, we won’t forget what you have done. You deliberately set on the route of destroying Zambia because of your selfish motive now you think we are so dile you can fool us again no baba enough is enough

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    • Mune…..I remember GBM was himself in PF when those allegations you label him took place. As for HH he was no politician. What or why didn’t politicians talk at the time of HH what and what?++

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  12. There is no doubt HH will rule Zambia. The LORD God has created the environment for this to happen . It just has to be a landslide so as to make it impossible for underhand crooked methods we witnessed in January. Zambians now know ECL, and even though he tries to recreate his image, the damage to the economy will drown him. Expect national country wide protests over the high cost of living. The Kwacha’s downward collapse resisting every form of monetary engineering. PF has demonstrated it lacks both intellectual disposition and policy coherence to take Zambia forward.

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  13. Sir, those were seventh day members whom he paid for showlng and denouncing pf.shame.HH TEKANYA GOD’S TIME IS THE BEST. SPEED KILLS. GBM UTULO . MUTATI WAS BUT,NOT EVEN A DE DID I HEAR UPND MPS SAY ANYTHING GOOD ABOUTTHE WORK,HAVE U EVER HEARD THEM ADDRESS DR BANDA OR GBM AS THERE VICE PRESIDEBT. I JUST NEAR ATI OUR PREDIDENT HH MEANING THEY DONT GOUNT U.

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  14. Any vote lost to another political party should be regrettable and this time is crucial to console yourselves just work hard and redeem this sinking nation. Whether paid or not, the number is just good enough to realise of their past mistakes for having voted for a wrong party.

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  15. It’s really a pity that a ruling party can lose so many people. This is an indication of worse things to come. But I sometimes feel sorry for this country because we don’t see real things. Now the president has bought some people to start making propaganda statements like this crisis is a global one. And surely Lungu will ride on that. It’s a pity.

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  16. THIS MULUNGUSHI TEXTILES- NOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS INCORPORATED IDC (INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION) ISN’T IT JUST IN ORDER THAT KABWE TEXTILES WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST COMPANY TO REVIVE AND SPONSOR YOUTH OVERSEAS FOR FABRIC DESIGNING UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS WHO WHEN QUALIFIED WOULD PERFORM WONDERS AT KABWE FACTORY AND OTHERS. NOW, WHAT ABOUT KAWAMBWA TEA AND BANANA PLANTATIONS?

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  17. he talked about kifco & zmt, what about the mines he assisted to sell? the man cant be trusted zambia is not a farm or company

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  18. hh is very desperate…
    You see, you sold companies in the MMD government, Lima bank to this day people have not received their money ! Some have dead of depression coz of few greedy people, Its the pf government that is trying to revamp companies the hh and mmd sold at give away price. So far Zamtel was repossessed by the government, Zambia railways, I am sure in december or early next year we will see the return of Zambia airways.

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    • Dream on gentlemen…………….I went round the streets of Lusaka and from he chat and conversations you could see that people are getting more and more desperate. Life is becoming increasingly difficult especially to a common man out there.

      While you defend the undefendable, the reality is different out there.

      PF HAS FAILED. FOUR YEARS IS ENOUGH FOR A PARTY IN GOVT TO BE JUDGED AND MY JUDGMENT IS THAT THEY HAVE FAILED.

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  19. That is why PF is in desperate mode with Rupiah as advisor. National day of prayer, building a huge chapel in Lusaka to appease christians, camping in Luapula and Kitwe for five days each. I guess desperate times require desperate measures but in politics once the wind swings in one direction, you cannot stop it. Now will come and camp in Kabwe. Survival is simple just deliver. Electricity problem for example, there is no road to show that things will be sorted out. Look at South Africa, they are building huge coal powered generator and some parts are being comissioned to solve the problem. That way, you show that when this is done, the problem will be sorted out. There seems to be no technocrats in PF government.

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  20. Dont blame ECL for his achievement in discovering what it is called, NATIONAL FAILURE, We nid dollars to deal with cbu mgt and vice chancellor problems and you know we need dollars to sort out political violence,

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  21. Good news but do not insult the bembas ,they are not thieves they are caring people especially when you marry them. I will personally defect from UPND if you start insulting other tribes.

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  22. Counting eggs before they hatch lol.A reminder to all keyboard warriors. Real voters have no access to ICT.Right now they are busy trying to make a living while you blog.and they are the majority lol!

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  23. When the economy of the country is bad even children come at home come to know it in this way.
    starting from> Breakfast- they used to enjoy Tea with milk and bread and butter Now they eat porridge with groundnuts or Zigolo with Buns.
    >Lunch- Nshima with Chicken or Meat with vegetables Now it’s Finkubala (caterpillars or Kapenta with vegetables and Beans which takes long hours to have there meals ready.
    > Supper – awe sure it can be what was left over at launch time. And Go to bed.

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  24. These are lies and misleading words from HH propaganda team 2000 defectors. Those insulting bembas have a complex problem and the truth is bembas are king makers, please keep on insulting its a blessing to PF and Lungu.

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  25. It’s encouraging to know that lusaka times blogers are now in suoport of UPND thanks to GOD for opening their eyes and ears perhaps money has run out of their pockets coz I see most of them asking for a beer from UPND members,the canoe is sinking ‘hahahahohohohehehe’

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  26. Pple who told you that those numbers came from PF?? They are mentioning three political parties and thse are: FDD, MMD, Rainbow and many others why singling out only PF as where the defectors came from? Shame!

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  27. These politiciams never cease to amaze me. Take Mulungushi textiles for example, it has obsolete Chinese equipment. The chinese have since moved on with technology. If you were lucky enough to find spare parts for obsolete equipment, you will not produce any quality textiles that you can manage to sell. Even salaula will be better quality and much cheaper. In short you can invest all the zillions of dollars that you want but you will never get economic returns. The PF tried to resurrect mulungushi and the above reality has faced them squarely. However, what is amazing is that the so called economic manager, the economist and successful business man, HH no less, is singing the same song. Is HH aware of the above? If the answer is no, then he is not what he claims to be. If the answer is…

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    • Terrible Terrible Terrible. Problem is you are stuck in mediocrity. Don’t think outside the box. Just remove the box altogether.

      Even your so called “latest technology” is not out of reach when you have money. What can stop the government or new investor to re-equip the plant with newer machinery. Unless you are telling me that the world no longer produce textiles at all.

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  28. Only God can be our messiah not these politician thy are just lying wat ideas can GBM bring on the table apart from getting more business from the government.

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  29. I am amazed by the naivete and ignorance of some bloggers. Who are these 2000 people who joined UPND? From which party – PF, MMD, FDD, NAREP, or ADD? Remember the PF have no membership cards. So where is the proof that these 2000 people defected from the PF?

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    • @maikalanga. You are saying pf members do not have cards hence it can not be proven that they have defected. The question still comes back to you. Are you saying pf members can’t risen bcoz they don’t have party card membership to prove their resignation or what?

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  30. Country men and women its not a propaganda as you may insinuate, l was there personally as l was one those defecters from patriotic front in particular. To be precisly three quaters at Kabwe provincial level its no longer a ‘dont kubeba’ formula but have decided to publicly show it now. ‘What is bad for the goos is bad for the ganda’. We’ve jst thought to endorse for HH cos ecl has lamentably failed us here and of cos country as a whole. Viva HH, CB, GBM and the whole party members.

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  31. LAMECK CHIBOMBAMILIMO ULI CHIPUBA.WAT HAS BEMBAS GOT TO DO WITH YO STUPID UPND PARTY.U SAYING A BEMBA IS A THIEF YET U HAVE A BEMBA VICE PRSIDENT IN YO PARTY.THATS WHY UPND WILL NEVER RULE,U INSULT BEMBAS AND U EXPEXCT THEM TO VOTE FOR U.2000 PARTY OFFICIALS IS A BIG NUMBER,WHY NOT MENTION THEIR NAMES?HH IS DESPERATE.

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  32. HYENA HICHILELEMA ( HH ) U THINK PF MEMBERS CAN THINK SO LOW TO JOIN U. IN CASE U DON’T KNOW PF MEMBERS HAVR NO IDS FOR U TO KNOW THEM. U TIMED CENTRAL PROVINCE SEVENTH DAY CONFERENCE WHERE U PROMISED THEM TRANSPORT BACK TO THERE PLACES AND YET U HAD EVIL USE OF THEM. TOO BAD U ARE DRAGGING THE CHURCH INTO POLITICS USING SOME PASTORS WHO VE EVIL LIKING OF MONEY. I WAS UPND BUT I NOW JOIN PF BCOZ OF YO UNDER FIVE POLITICS. PUBLIC NOTICE CAREFUL WITH HIS HANDS WHEN HE IS ADRESSING PUBLIC HE PULLS WITH HANDS AND USING HIS TONGUE HE SUCKS BLOOD. WHY DO U INSULT BEMBAS TO ME THEY ARE A CIVILISED TRIBE WHO DO NOT ANSWER BACK AND AS WOMEN WE KNOW THAT IF U WANT A GOOD CIVLISED HOME GET MARRIED TO A BEMBA.THEY ARE THE BEST HUSBANDS. TAKE A CHECK HOW MANY ~ FOR HYENA WAIT 2016 BUT GOD MAY…

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  33. Men in Black,

    Even a blind person can see that this is a propaganda gimmick meant to hoodwink gullible bloggers that UPND is gaining in strength.

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  34. How do they determine that its pf supporters because pf has no card holding members, if its for the party regalia even that is not evidence because with poverty people take party regalia from any party not necessarily because they support the party. Those people could be stage managed upnd supports.

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    • 2000 defectors to UPND is obviously just propaganda and a lie. If that happened it was just stage-managed by SDAs who had been counseled to do so to give the impression that everyone wants HH. Come 2016 you will be flabbergasted. SDAs fabricated a story that 18th October, a day of National prayer and fasting was 666 in order to discourage people from praying and fasting but to the contrary millions obeyed the president and prayed and fasted. I doubt if SDAs are Christians

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  35. What is 2000 people who are just bought bought using cow dung money ? 2016 i will vote for PF no matter how much propaganda these guys peddle.

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