Bishop Dr Edward Chomba Permanent Secretary Water Developent Ministry of Energy and Water Development
Bishop Dr Edward Chomba Permanent Secretary Water Development Ministry of Energy and Water Development

President Edgar Lungu has appointed Bishop Edward Chomba as Permanent Secretary in charge of water in Ministry of Energy and Water Development.

Bishop Chomba is famous for issuing a statement linking United party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema to Satanism at a PF rally in Kabwe at the height of presidential campaigns.

And Lungu has warned that he will not hesitate to dismiss civil servants that will be frustrating government programmes.

President Lungu said he has noticed with sadness that some civil servants have become partisan and unprofessional in the course of executing their duties.

He said he will not tolerate civil servants that are betraying the trust and confidence that the Zambian people have in him by electing him and the Patriotic Front (PF) into government.

He challenged public service workers to quit from the civil service if they are content with being fooled and used by opposition political parties.

Mr. Lungu wondered why some civil servants are in the forefront of frustrating the on-going issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs).

President Lungu was speaking when he swore in three permanent secretaries and a high commissioner at State House in Lusaka today.

Those sworn in are Ambassador Albert Muchanga as permanent secretary for parliamentary business in the office of the Vice President, Paul Chanda as permanent secretary for Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, and Solomon Jere as High Commissioner to the Nigeria.

The swearing in ceremony was attended by Vice President Inonge Wina, Cabinet Ministers and senior government official.

President Lungu has since urged the newly sworn in officers to work extra hard in implementing government programmes and delivering services where they are needed.

Dr Solomon Samuel Jere -high Commissioner Federal Republic Of Nigeria
Dr Solomon Samuel Jere -high Commissioner Federal Republic Of Nigeria

The Head of State further urged Ambassador Muchanga to ensure that the Office of the Vice President and ministers are well equipped to address and respond to government business in parliament.

President Lungu also urged the new mines permanent secretary to consider exploring community mining ventures in order to empower local people and make them benefit from the country’s vast mineral wealth.

Mr. Lungu, who sympathized with Mr. Chanda over the current power deficit and lower prices for minerals on the international market, urged the new permanent secretary to find ways of improving mining in the country.

The President also directed Energy and Water Development Minister Dora Siliya and her new permanent secretary to develop the water sector and ensure that clean piped water and boreholes are made readily available and accessible in rural areas.

And President Lungu has advised Zambia’s new High Commissioner to Nigeria to explore opportunities for business interaction programmes for women so as to enhance women empowerment programmes across the country.

Albert Muchanda Permanent Secretary Parliamentry business Offfice of the Vice President 6828
Albert Muchanda Permanent Secretary Parliamentary business Office of the Vice President
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83 COMMENTS

  1. Yayayayaya, elo lwanya.
    A man with absolutely no credentials.
    May be he will perform miracles so that loadshedding can be a thing of the past

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    • This is the overzealous lmbecile who accused H.H of being a member of a satanic church, he also claimed to have a register showing H.H’s name and then bolted and apologised when he was threatened with legal action. SO, just because of that lie, for which he unreservedly apologised to H.H, Edgar has seen it fit to give him a job? What a waste of tax-payers’ money!

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    • This is the overzealous lmbecile who accused H.H of being a member of a satanic church, he also claimed to have a register showing H.H’s name and then bolted and apologised when he was threatened with legal action. SO, just because of that lie, for which he unreservedly apologised to H.H, Edgar has seen it fit to give him a job? What a waste of tax-payers’ money!

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    • Maybe he will sprinkle catholic holy water on the Kariba dam and the water level will magically rise in Jesus name.

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    • the faces around the first photo says it all without words. It is indeed a sad day, when false bishop is sworn in as a PS,chief civil servant. Surely Mr President, you do not expect the Civil Servants to be reporting to a Bishop with no value to add to that ministry. This trend of appointing cadres to Civil Service ought to be stopped, PF is diluting the Civil Services’ core values.

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    • Guy Scott, Chishimba Kambwili, all said that they never knew who that Bishop Chomba is.
      And that is what Edgar Lungu offers a very important job.
      Lesa ni malyotola.

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    • When we told you that your president chipuba, you never believed us. Now you clearly see why.

      What does Chomba know about energy?

      At a time when there is an energy crisis, you appoint a person who knows nothing about energy management. That’s how foolish a mind we have in our president.

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    • When we told you your president c.h.i.p.u.b.a you never believed us. Now you clearly see why.

      What does Chomba know about energy management?

      At at time when there is an energy crisis that is crippling the economy, you appoint a person who knows nothing about energy management. That is the lack of seriousness that is in your presidents mind.

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    • Sometimes i think President Lungu thought Presidency is all about appointments and pretty much nothing else. So far all he’s done is appointing and shuffling cadres all over the place. This guy has been a waste time, the sooner we chuck him out the sooner we’ll start rebuilding our country. He can take his ‘humility’ elsewhere, Zambia is not a funeral home where pretend humility is a prerequisite.

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    • Chomba’s appointment is just a reward for his brilliant idea to propose a national day of prayer for EL’s political expediency with the church. The nation got sucked in except for CCZ that quickly saw through the ploy.

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    • @Nostradamus
      off course Guy Scot, kambwili and all real PF members didnt know Bishop Chomba,,,,,, this Bishop is know by chagwa Edgar his all seasons friend,,,, Point to note is that Bishop chomba is the one introduced to chagwa to drinking altar wine during his hard time

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    • But zo-ona this is mocking God. 3 weeks after national prayer, u go & appoint a Pedophile/Polygamous/fake/wanted-in-USA bishop as PS in the most problematic ministry.

      I’ve been scratching my head whole day trying to find the connection between pedophilia & Electricity generation. Very dull move mr. president. U must be under some spell to appoint Dora Siliya whilst her corruption cases are still in court. Now this fake bishop, awe sure!!!

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    • @ Marie-Anne what disturbs me is the deafening silence by the opposition who just watch as all this happens. Serious governments would not go this way with criminals and those before courts of law. Just tells one that the law in Zambia is secondary to the appointing authority.

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    • Mr President, I have a good friend here that also needs to be appointed as a Minister, deputy Minister or a PS.

      His name is Snowballs and he is a very loyal PF suppota. He is Christian and was praying very hard on the day of prayer as after all that fasting there were lots of hungry people that eat pork around.

      Chilkwanda recently said he is going to retire. Mr Snowballs can do his job easily as he has much more brains, and the economy is in bad shape at the moment.

      He will fit right in with the Cabinet feeding at the Eurobond trough, and I expect Mr Kwambili and him will have lots in common, and I don’t only mean physically.

      If it will help, I can inform you with confidence that him and Amos Squealer are from the same family but I will keep that quiet to avoid any…

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    • Chomba is a conman.He is a “bishop” with a criminal past; he will not contribute anything positive to the civil service.Edgar Lungu should scrutinize the past history of such people before giving them senior positions.

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  2. OK this has got to be some sick joke. Not even dull Lungu can be this dull. Lusaka Times I am positive none of this ever happened. Kindly correct the story please, thanks.

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  3. Oh no! This Zambian president lacks logic and has completely no direction.. How can you of all people pick a condemned bishop to be top civil servant? Lungu has completely run out of ideas and is now busy pleasing his friends at the expense of majority poor Zambians..

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  4. Dudelove I agree with you, this can’t be true! Since when when did men of God…..oh, no wonder that statement from Lungu about religion and politics! These are calculated moves to hoodwink us, something serious is going on bane, what with the matrix of plunder news reported by Mwebantu online media. Chili shani ilyi lyashi kanshi (matrix of plunder)?

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  5. alleged paedophile appointed PS should have been the headline. it is alledged that the said Bishop actually is a wanted man in the US? how true is this story and if its true does it mean you need to have a scandal to be appointed in this government? no wonder Miles Sampa cannot be appointed. look closely at all the appointees and you will see what i am saying.

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  6. i was just joking up there. i meant to say congrats to all the new appointees. please its your time to work

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  7. Faza walya is also still on the queue waiting for his turn to come up.The trick is to continue praising the powers that be even when there is nothing to praise for you will be rewarded in full.

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  8. Really laughable if this utterly lazy bum Edgar really felt the people’s pain as regards to loadshedding as he stated in Parley…surely he would be appointing technocrats with vast experience in this view rather than appoint and create jobs for cadres….no no no not this lazy bum in State House. Maybe the bishop will pray for loadshedding to end…what myopic shambolic leadership…Zambians lets wake up from our docility…we are letting them do this.

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    • *….would be appointing technocrats with vast experience in this sector rather than appoint and create jobs for silly cadres…

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  9. The title of Bishop is abused here, the title is for people with morals and integrity.
    The title of Bishop is earned and not simply adopted to gain status. This is more like traditional healers referring to themselves as being Doctor

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  10. Dont just criticize, The bishop has been a board Chairman of water Management Authority when president Sata appointed him. he also sit on energy regulation board. i understand he has done his home work in this boards to be elevated to the new post.

    We need to put issues so that we can be voted.. As far as I’m concerned Nawakwi is putting good issues ss an opposition leader than any other opposition leader.

    let us give the Bishop a chance, he has been living abroad over half of his life. Maybe he can bring western ideas in this country

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  11. This is a joke of the Year, whats wrong with this President of Zambia. Chomba is wanted man in America. Late Chiluba through him out and called him the worst crook.
    former President Frederick Chiluba’s press aide Emmanuel Mwamba once said that Mr Chomba is not a bishop, and bishop because he was excommunicated a long time ago by his church
    and is wanted in America over an offence he committed related to marriage, The so called Bishop Chomba is officially married to five women in South Africa, Malawi, USA and recently Nigeria. (April 5, 2011 Lusaka Times).
    This is a person that you make a PS. This dull dont care President knows all this but does not care but he is just concerned about his pocket. God Serve Zambia.

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  12. You do not need any credentials to get a job of responsibility in this PF government. Even a monkey from the gamepark cam get a job, especially if that monkey knows a church.

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  13. Last kicks of a dying horse. I don’t blame Miles for running as far away as possible from these clowns..its becoming a circus.

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  14. After doing some internet search I see that the man was mistakenly ordained with lots of controversy as Bishop by some shady character going by the name of Bishop Timothy Baymon. Bishop Baymon soon regretted the ordination and attempted to revoke it. He is surely a man of controversy and those HH accusations were calculated to earn favor from Lungu and it seems his lies are now paying off

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  15. The president is appointing some people as a pay cheque for their contribution during the run up to the presidential election. Clearly this is why civil servants end up frustrating the govt because they have no confidence in the appointed people who are totally new and may not even understand govt policies. Anyway these people will have to contribute EL reelection next year!

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  16. My brothers and sisters….This government does not care about us. We need to kick them out and put educated people in positions of authority. If God was listening to us on the National Prayer Day then let him help us get rid of these fools.

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  17. Yaba mayo twafwa uyu lungu.Does he care about the party?iwe mayo tefintu.Lungu taba sererious.U wonder who advice him pantu kuti wafeta ka.Iwe umutwe unono kuli ba president.U need technocratics to run ministry of energy not ama cadres in the name of Jesus.Iyo kwena maybe Lesa ilapenya if He wants u to be out of power.Time for chnage is now pantu Lungu is now confused.

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  18. no one is perfect than the other therefore no one should judge anyone even you tu ma upnd bloggers talking rubbish here have your own weaknesses

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    • @haluza hageni, this is a nation we discussing here. With people of your calibre in power Zambia is doomed. Hope this will haunt you for the rest f your life.

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  19. Mwe bantu mwe, that Bishop is a mad man, ECL doesn’t know that man he is completely crazy. He should have consulted widely

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  20. Its true God makes mad those he wants to destroy or get rid off. Lungu is completely mad just like Bishop” Chomba the natcase

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  21. UPND IS THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA IS A DEAD COUNTRY IF LUNGU IS LEFT TO RUN THE COUNTRY ANY LONGER. ABASH LUNGU. ABASH PF!

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  22. The dull lazy bum Edgar has yet again created another useless role for a cadre at the taxpayer’s expense; permanent secretary for parliamentary business in the office of the Vice President…really sad…his newly elected colleague in Tanzania whom he went to visit last week has banned all travel by his ministers BUT this bum in Zambia is doing opposite every time he creates a role he is adding about $80,000+ a year on gov’t payroll in terms of allowances, salary, two vehicles, drivers, housing etc.
    The lazy bum’s gov’t is likened to many Poor people who tend to buy the cheap stuff (his ministers, Deputy Ministers, DSs, PSs) but in large quantities, which eventually forms a summary of a large amount.

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  23. Comment: politicians should learn to respect civil servants by appointing them to such senior positions.civil servants have the experience and qualifications to assume such high profile positions but politicians are only interested in rewarding their praise singers.this is frustrating to civil servants.it doesn’t pay to be a civil servant it seems.

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    • This why you need a People driven Constitution and Civil Service Reform to avoid circumstances like this where an utterly dull empty clueless tin like the Lazy Bum Edgar who suddenly finds his way to State House and starts appointing his drinking mates as technocrats in influential civil servant roles….we Zambians do not critically analyse issues instead of lobbying for an independent Public Civil Service Commission like before which tasked to compile a shortlist of competent individuals to the President to choose from with; all candidates bound by the civil service code and its requirement for political impartiality….we would rather debate about useless issues which are irrelevant like having a national prayer day.

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  24. Iyo kwena, elo lwanya chacine…..at this rate, ECL will be worse than RB in 2011 and PF will be deep Blue and not true Blue. What the heck are those advisers for?? As long as zangena mu account, what ever else the President does, says does not matter?!!

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  25. Mr Mwamba said Mr Chomba should not use abusive language on radio, but respect the country because it is a Christian nation.

    “Mr Chomba should not speak as a clergy, but as Mr Chomba because he is embarrassing the church mother bodies of the country,” Mr Mwamba said.

    He said Mr Chomba is not a bishop, and does not want to accept what he is.

    Mr Mwamba said he has known Mr Chomba for a long time and knows that he is not what he claims to be.

    He told Mr Chomba to stop using the title bishop because he was excommunicated a long time ago by his church.

    He also said Mr Chomba is wanted in America over an offence he committed related to marriage.

    Mr Mwamba challenged Mr Chomba to deny that he has five wives in Zambia, Nigeria, South Africa, Malawi and the United States.

    He…

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  26. THE PF IS CURRENTLY ENJOYING MASSIVE SUPPORT FROM THE VOTERS. THE UPND SYMPATHIZERS BLOGGING ON LT WILL RECEIVE A RUDE SHOCK OF THEIR LIVES NEXT ELECTIONS (IF THEY ARE NOT YET USED TO LOSING BY NOW). YES ECL MAY HAVE HIS ERRORS, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD UNLEASH YOUR UNWARRANTED ,SCATHING ATTACKS ON HIM. THE PRESIDENT APPOINTS PEOPLE WHOM HE THINKS WILL WORK BETTER FOR HIM AND FOR THE NATION ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ASSESSMENT. SO LIKE HIM OR HATE HIM OR HIS CHOICES, YOU CANNOT CHANGE ANYTHING. DID YOU SEE THE MASSIVE SUPPORT HE ENJOYS ON THE CB? SO PLEASE TREAD VERY CAUTIOUSLY. THE VOTERS ARE NOT THE FEW BLOGGERS HERE. THE VOTERS ARE OUT THERE IN THE COMPOUNDS.

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    • Typing in all caps is a lazy way of yelling—a crutch for the angry and inarticulate
      The “caps lock” key makes it unreasonably easy for you to be rude

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    • @chisenga, that’s true mune, and if you post anything true and supports government of the day then don’t be surprised to see a lot of negative votes as HH is a winner on sites.

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    • @Chisenga: Are you sure anyone criticising Govt is UPND? Almost all literate Zambians worldwide will criticise Govt where they feel some decision made by the Leadership was wrong, this does not mean they all support UPND. The voters in the compounds are the hardest hit with the daily escalating prices of goods and services, compared to the few bloggers you are referring to. Have a heart for the majority who can’t afford a meal instead of concentrating on winning in 2016. Whether ECL wins or not, how does that put food on the table for the majority of poor Zambians?

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  27. I want PF to win so that for the next 5 years, Zambians will suffer like Zimbabweans. Then for 1000 years, they’ll learn to vote on merit not on tribal/falsehoods etc.

    Load-shedding will be for 3-4 days not just 12hrs.

    Kwacha will become defunct like the Zim-dollar

    Price of mealie-meal will reach the salary of a teacher.

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  28. Chomba must have an impeccable dossier on someone regarding satanism which would be used against that someone during the 2016 presidential elections.

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  29. From the position of Bishop to that of permanent secretary, that speaks volumes of him. A Bishop aught to be busy with the work of God.

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    • That is what Lungu thinks is doing the job of President! And travelling out of the country!

      He is simply too dull to understand that there is more to it than that.

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  30. BA UPND TWALIMIPEKO ICHIPUBA CHIGON’A CHI GBM NEMBASELA KABANDA ACCORDING TO YOU THESE ARE YO BEST WHO CAN BE VICE PRESIDENTS? DONT MISUNDERSTAND THINGS NO ONE IS TRAINED AS A PERMANENT SECRETARY. WHAT MATTERS IS CAPABILITY.THIS IS WHERE WE VE GONE WRONG YU THING FOR SOMEONE TO WORK WELL HE MUST BE A DEGREE ORDER.MOST OF THESE ARE DOING COMPLETLY NOTHING.LETS LOOK AT PERFORMANCE AND PRONOTE HARD WORKING OFFICERS. PIPO GET DEGREES & SIT WITHOUT WORKING EVER ON FACE BUKU.LETS SEE YO HANDS BEFORE WE YO PAPERS IS THE MOTTO IN OTHER NATIONS.SO GIVE THE BISHOP TIME TO SHOW US HIS HANDS BEFORE HIS PAPERS YU WLL BE AMAZED. UPND LEARN TO OBSERVE AND COMMENT LATER YU GAIN RESPOECT NOT YAPPING EVERY SEC. CONGRATS BISHOP CAREFUL & MAKE SURE YU GAD AGAINST THOSE WISHING U TO FAIL

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  31. I think we are all sleeping and having a bad dream, we will soon wake up and discover that the president didn’t actually do this. And we thought Banda was a bad president!!! Here is someone trying to do worse. Even the craziest of PF supporters must admit that this makes no sense whatsoever. How is he going to resolve the energy crisis . . . . . by praying all day and exorcising demons?

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  32. Lungu can be judged just from the appointments he has made since he took office that is is a confused chap who has no idea about leadership.

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  33. UPND TO BE THE ONLY OPTION BY FAR.2016 UPND WILL BE 3rd , dont ask me FOR 2nd, BUT PF WILL B 1st. Reason YO LEADER,TWO VICES IFYAMBA TOO MUCH. IMAGINE GBM AS VICE PRES. PIPO WILL START DISAPEARING INTO HIS BIG JACKETS.BAROTSELAND PIPO NINSHI MWAPENGA . MU UPND MWISWILE IFIPUBA IFNGI UKUCHILA MU PF

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  34. When Lungu collapsed, something happened kuli bongo-bongo! Is this Aprils’ fools day brought forward or what? Some one educate this D’ student we call our President and tell him that Permanent Secretaries are Technocrats with vast knowledge in the field of specialisation. Ubututu Lungu. Look at his other appointments. Kambwili ‘ishilu’ at Minister of information and you want us to trust this clueless person with matters of the nation? Awe mwandi lwanya!! Edward Chomba is a criminal and is not allowed to enter the US. Nama qualifications yakwe need to be scrutinised. But mu Zambia kwena!

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  35. Rather than yap your mouth and mind out you would do great going to actually look for a job. These people are busy day and night pushing looking for a job and when they get the job all you do is yap your anal smelling mouths and minds that they lack this and that. You dont even know their education level you yap your minds out. At the end of the day ECL is the president and he will appoint those who are actually willing to work. Am sure these people were looking for jobs. MEANWHILE REMAIN JOBLESS.

    PEOPLE WITH NO PAPERS ARE BUSY LOOKING FOR A JOB WHILE YOU WITH A DEGREE YOU ARE BUSY SITTING AND COMMENTING ON ARTICLES DONT BE SURPRISED IF YOU DIE WITHOUT A JOB WITH YOUR MASTERS DEGREES. LAZY *****S.

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  36. WHAT THE HELL! AM I DREAMING OR WHAT. THIS TELLS US WHY THE ECONOMY IS CRUMBLING EACH DAY. WHERE ON EARTH CAN SOMEONE DO THAT?

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  37. A fake Bishop, once or even may be now a Satanist (Self confessed). Excommunicated in one of the churches, had more than five wives allover the place. I hope he has truly repented. Other wise he carried(s) a very dangerous load. The chap can be anything anytime. And his revelation that HH was a Satanist cannot be taken lightly because this chap (Chomba) was, and may be is still a Satanist so they know their own. If he has repented he is welcome to make a meaningful contribution to our great nation.

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  38. ZAMBIANS MUST BE CAREFUL WITH THE LEADERS WHO ARE SO CALLED BISHOPS AND PROPHETS WHO SEEK HIGH POSITION TO DEGRADE OTHERS INTO SATANISM WHEN THEY DO NOT HAVE PROOF FOR THAT.

    HE WANTED A POSITION AND NOW WE SEE THE BISHOP’S AMBITION.

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  39. This Chomba guy certainly has issues. Just snooping around the internet, you ll find smoking gun. What is he doing anywhere near the corridors of power? This man belongs in jail, no doubt!

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