Vice President Inonge Wina addressing a rally at Ipusikilo Primary School ground in Lubansenshi constituency in Luwingu district to drum up support for the PF candidate for the parliamentary by-election, George Mwamba
THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) plans to cause confusion on the Copperbelt in the wake of challenges in the mines, Parliament was told yesterday.

Vice-President Inonge Wina said Government has information that the UPND wants to turn politics into confrontation.

“The UPND wants to take advantage of challenges on the Copperbelt and cause confusion,” Mrs Wina said.

She was commenting following sentiments by Choma Central member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius Mweetwa (UPND during the Vice-President’s question time.

Mr Mweetwa said police on the Copperbelt had rejected the UPND’s notification to hold political rallies earlier this month.

“We were told that we could only hold our meetings next month [December].

“Have you banned political activities in the country?” Mr Mweetwa asked.

Mrs Wina said every Zambian has the right of association, but in the case of the Copperbelt, there were security concerns.

“It appears campaigns have started in the House [Parliament]. The police assessed the situation on the Copperbelt and made a decision on security grounds. They want to safeguard life and property,” Mrs Wina said.

She said safety and security take precedence over political expediency.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says President Lungu has the liberty to travel to any part of the country because he is the head of State.

Dr Matibini said President Lungu is allowed by law to travel freely anywhere in Zambia as he undertakes his work of governing the nation.

He was responding to a point of order raised by Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, who asked if the UPND was in order to question President Lungu’s travels around the country.

“Mr Speaker, is the UPND in order to question President Lungu’s visitation of people around the country?” Ms Kapata asked.

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    • UPND is now a great threat to the PF in their so-called stronghold – shame! December is not far, UPND just need to wait for a few days and not try to cause panic in the PF ranks.

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    • This old rag is the one responsible for the economic doldrums Zambia is going through in collaboration with that former ECZ madam chairperson ,they imposed a clueless chap on this country, in return job appointments she veep, her friend chief justice.

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  1. Sad, how about FDD.MMD, RAINBOW any security concerns? The kwacha wil not pick if the madam and her boss want to rule this country like their friend in a neigbbourhood country, donnors ar watching

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  2. Bo Inonge, it is PF that has brought problems on the Copperbelt by failing to run the country. You compound that problem by refusing other Parties to organise themselves and hold rallies in your perceived strongholds. By the way, the complexion of the Copperbelt has changed from Green to Red! Munzi wapya!!!

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  3. Is the motive of the president to freely and carelessly move anywhere he wishes in the best interest of the country? A warning to PF, stop burying your head in the sand, the ground is shifting on a natural equilibrium people see most of your actions as. Failing them. Whatever you say, the opposition is gaining ground.

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  4. He who kills by sword ……. we know that most of the confusions and looming strikes are political motivated. civil servants should learn to appreciate. when the economy was good PF gave you the best salary increase ever but today you want to fight them

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  5. whisper its not always when change will be the best option. Which problem are we facing which cant be found in other countries? PF has paid farmers and distributed in puts. No one has stood to appreciate them. There are so many good things PF is doing but no one is seeing them.

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  6. @muyunda looming strlkes? lost me, civil servants unions ve agreed to collective agreements for 2016 with the latest being teachers, whats the strike all about? if anythn people want to work more, perhaps talk of our mines with challenges,

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  7. Muyunda – are you are a farmer ? What is written in the press is different to what happens. Most farmers have not been paid or got inputs.. looming strikes are nothing to do with political motivation it is caused by starvation and rising costs

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  8. Bo Inonge what’s causing confusion on the ‘belt is yo drunk boss. He says no jobs will be lost, the following day 5000 miners are put on notice.

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  9. TO DENY THE OPPOSITION TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ON THE COPPERBELT IS A DUMB AND A RISKY SECURITY DECISION MADE BY THE SCARED AND DUMB PF LEADERSHIP. ADMITTEDLY THE SITUATION ON THE COPPERBELT IS TENSE BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVE LOSSES OF JOBS AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMY IN GENERAL. THE SITUATION ON THE COPPERBELT IS POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE BUT THE ANSWER DOES NOT LIE IN BANNING THE OPPOSITION TO TALK TO THE AFFECTED PEOPLE. THE OPPOSITE IS THE TRUTH. IF THE OPPOSITION IS ALLOWED TO TALK TO PEOPLE ON THE COPPERBELT, THAT WILL PROVIDE A WINDOW OF HOPE AND WILL CONSEQUENTLY LESSEN THE TENSION. THE GOVERNMENT DECISION IS RETROGRESSIVE AND DANGEROUS AS IT WILL MOUNT THE TENSION WHICH MAY LEAD TO AN EXPLOSION. PLEASE PROVIDE A SAFTEY VALVE TO DEFUSE THE TENSION.
    THE PF SHOULD REALISE…

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  10. BWANA PF SPEAKER, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONSTITTUTION AND THE LAWS OF ZAMBIA PROVIDE FOR FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND ASSOCIATION TO ALL ZAMBIANS. YOUR PARTISAN POSITION IS NOT HELPING THE COUNTRY TO DEVELOP. YOUR ARE A DISGRACE AND A BIG LET DOWN. I DO NOT KNOW HOW YOUR FRIEND MMEEMBE WHO HELPED TO BE WHERE YOU ARE IS VIEWING YOU.

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  11. Bo Muyunda, it’s not that some people have not noticed the brilliant performance of PF, but have deliberately opted not to notice just for demonic selfish reasons. But leave them alone for time heals all wounds.

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  12. Comment: upnd your desperation is killing you. Near Lumumba road there is a floor vegetables market. To my surprise i found that they all had removed the price tag. I wanted to buy one item and was told k10. As i made my way to go,she said you can get it at k5. I bought but I told her in her face that even in shops i don’t buy where there is no price tag. she said dollar kabili, how ignorant people can get. I am not buying from a kaponya. All i want to know your price by the price tag

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    • So the woman selling veggies was UPND or what? Am not getting the relationship between our desperation as UPND to the veggies on the street. Thats were the problem lies with you PF people. No clear economic policies and no clear comments on Lusaka Times.

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    • Ba desperate

      Tell us the connection between that cunning marketeer and UPND? Probably she more enlightened than you and she understands how a free market works, do you has pf want to introduce price controls on her katundu?

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  13. There was no security concerns when chagwa was on the copperbelt for six days, i think her body is Zambia, her mind is somewhere probably Mars, how can UPND cause confusion on the copperbelt, because the last time i checked it was pf cadres brandishing guns who attacked the hotel that was hosting the UPND leader. She is forgetting so fast, is she suffering from dementia?

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  14. MADAM INONGE WHO ARE YOU TO DENIAL US MEET OTHER PEOPLE ON THE COPPER BELT TO DISCUSS NATIONAL ISSUES AND HEAR THEIR VIEWS. IF YOU GO AHEAD WE WILL CHASE YOU AND YOUR BOSS WHEN YOU COME HERE.

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  15. It is not confusion but the excitement the people on the copperbelt have for Upnd to form govt in 2016. Pf has been a let down to not only C/B but country as a whole. Majority zambians are just talking about voting pf out in 2016.

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  16. HH is a wishy-washy leader who is an agent of those trying to defraud Zambia of its natural resources. HH will never discuss in public two specific issues that can change the perception of voters of him;
    1. He says he wants to develop Zambia but he will never discuss the cost of those plans.
    2. His relationship with underworld organizations.
    As the elections draws nearer we will discuss these matters with all the intensity they deserve. HH understands development as westernization of Zambia.

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  17. I wonder what the late Arthur Wina would make of his wife…who has been reduced herself to a mere disgraceful political party empty tin and used a token for the Lozi vote.

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  18. I wish upnd could adher to govt’s stance on cb,next month december is near lets not do things in punic,we as upnd plz listen to those in authority just cancel all planed rallies, for party members sake, arresting,tear gassing innocent supporters will not help,plz cb upnd chairperson and yo officials rescind yo decision, Mr Matambo,we love upnd as our alternative govt next to correct this mess caused by pf and theur global tag

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    • I totally agree. PF are looking for an excuse to portray UPND in bad light. December is just 2 weeks away, issues on the CB will not change. Retrenchments are going on, people on the streets are hungry, taxi drivers are angry.Let UPND bid its time, the mood has changed, UPND has gained ground,it may not be 100% but it is certainly more than 40%, which is phenomenal considering that PF had more than 95% in 2011 and about 75% in 2015 anchored on the urban vote,who are now angry. Majority rural voted UPND. Let HE ECL come to the CB and embarass himself and suffer from stress again then we will move in. He can not camp on the C/Belt for ever!

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  19. Comment:farmers in choma got fertiliser under fsp its only u who just yap ask your nene i m a teacher union member i have not heard of strikes tell which union and when is the strike

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  20. Comment: @divide and rule. If you are the kind that negotiates even before knowing the price, you can go ahead because i am not the kind. As for the connection, if you have ever played Chess you will understand.

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  21. Ba desperate

    Did she finally produce a K5 price tag?
    Rule number in life never break your rules. You leaving after been told it was K10,was indirect negotiation, we all do that to marketeers, knowing she will call back ba bro ok K5.
    By i think i could have negotiated even further than that, am sure what worth K3,she hammered you, it’s just business bro, don’t take it personal accusing UPND.
    Next time, would you please mind putting my name in BLOCK LETTERS.

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  22. Ulya Palya Ni Devil (UPND) TONFWA ADVICE KANO YALILA ELYO AMBA UKUILISHSNYA. GO AHEARD DO WHAT U DO IN LUSAKA HOLDING NEETINS WITHOUT PERMIT NINGUFWA TU POWDER NATUNUNKA NAMONA HON HYENA APULILA PAMUTENGE TAKE CARE UKASHA ABAKASHI NGA NI CB WITWALAKO AMASANGE BA~ SATANISM SHUD REMAIN IN LUSAKA DONT BRING IT HERE

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  23. UPND is a failed project…..no one on the copperbelt can give them votes.Are the votes from neganega not enough ? we hear you have registered even underage applicants.Forget about C/B.It is the home of PF ! Are you jealousy of the good roads PF is doing for us ?

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  24. Comment: divide and rule, like i said i don’t buy where there is no price tag you are not getting me straight, i bought and I wanted to her tell her how i dislike it. By the way i don’t how her rate of turn over is now but I am sure its not ok. Let’s just share no need to heat up.

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  25. C/B will vote for UPND. Road works are of poor quality, same roads being rescrapped because of shoddy works due to corruption. Other regions also need development.

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  26. This old lady is the most greedy one. She and her family have amassed huge wealth, all stolen from the Zambian poors. Let her show her love for people by selling of her lands and her hotel and distribute the money among the poors.

    Act greedy mama. Dont just speak!

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  27. UPND banked on the services of CBU Academic Union Executive to ferment problems using the uninformed academics and students population to use CBU as UPND’s nucleus to cause confusion in the Copperbelt Province. But the Caretakers Committee exposed the LIES against CBU Management that Songolo and Mwango etc were championing to transform into TRUTH. The falsehoods of the Academic Union that has been sponsored by UPND (and Mahtani) has been exposed – tearing the UPND plans into disarray.

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