HH vows to proceed with Copperbelt meetings with or without Police permits

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has vowed that his planned meetings on the Copperbelt will go ahead with or without Police permission.

Mr. Hichilema is on the Copperbelt for a series of political meetings.The UPND leader yesterday held an engagement with Bus and taxi drivers in Ndola who vowed to rally behind him.

The drivers told Mr.Hichilema that their decision to rally behind him is as a result of exploitation from the ruling PF through the Road Transport and Safety Agency RTSA.They complained that under the PF government, transport taxes have been highly increased while acquiring a Public Service vehicle PSV license has also been made complicated.

Speaking on behalf of other bus and taxi drivers, Donald Mutale said public service drivers on the Copperbelt are fed up with increased taxes being introduced by the RTSA from time to time.

The drivers made the petition to Mr. Hichilema and his entourage toured the market behind Mulungushi bus station in Ndola.

The UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema promised the drivers that once elected president in 2016 such issues will be among his first priorities.

Meanwhile UPND Vice president for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has questioned the caliber of people surrounding President Edgar Lungu to give him sound advice on many national matters.

He has since asked the people of Copperbelt to vote for the UPND in 2016 so that they usher in a government of intellectuals who will manage the country’s economy for the betterment of all Zambians.

Meanwhile the UPND leader said he had fruitful meetings with key stakeholders last night especially in the mining sector with a view to sharing ideas and finding some solutions to the plight of the workers facing massive job losses.

Copperbelt residents at a UPND meeting
Copperbelt residents at a UPND meeting

He said thanks to the visit on the Copperbelt the UPND have fully come to appreciate the scale and extent of the problems facing the mining industry.Of interest is that the commodity prices on the international market are not as bad as a few years ago when prices dropped to US $2000 per ton.Mr Hakainde said this means with a bit of government support like many other countries such as Chile have done, Zambia would not be in the situation where people are losing jobs like this.

He said there are so many outstanding issues and misunderstandings with the PF government that needs resolving including VAT refunds, some mining houses like KCM are owed as much as US $200 million in VAT refunds.Mr.Hakainde said it is clear to that no one in government is taking these issues seriously, but instead heaping blame on the external environment.

He said we need serious government intervention to solve outstanding issues, rather than just leaving it to the workers and their unions to solve these problems.

‘On our part we shall do our best, but we are very limited on what we can do as we do not have the mandate to fully intervene. However, we will continue to advise our colleagues in leadership which we have done repeatedly,’he said.

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69 COMMENTS

  1. Ba kopala will deal with you. Jerabos are not happy with the way dandy crazy was brutally treated in mazabuka.

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    • This is the news, not those PF things.
      PF no longer use boat as their symbol, only a fist left, what happened?

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    • We all know HH has the bite and menace of a rubber duck. He is always the first to run away when police confronts him leaving his supporters languishing! I reckon he will be a very bad leader if elected president. He has no respect for the rule of law. Just look at how he has held on to the presidency of UPND! Zambia is not your company HH. Once you are voted in, you can do what you want but for now you are just an ordinary citizen. Stop being delusional!

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    • PF governance ratings by the donors and cooperating partners Yagwa like Changwa. No freedom of movement, expression and the press. Donors will squeeze PF balls next year.

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    • The PF governance’s ratings by the donors and cooperating partners Yagwa like Changwa. No freedom of movement, expression and the press. Donors will squeeze PF balls next year.

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    • Don’t be intimidated by PF thuggery and police brutality. PF thinks campaigning is a monopoly business

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    • Zambian Watchdog carries a report of police blocking the HH entourage on the Copperbelt it makes one wonder why police are worried scared of someone who is coming out in the daylight and have all the resources to block that person yet resources lack when it comes to giving protection to the citizenry! Zambia has a useless police institution which should be disbanded and undergo retraining as the current set up is responding to the appointing authority instead of being professional! Whatever happened to the right of assembly enshrined in the Constitution or is it obsolete?

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    • PF and Violence are the two sides of the same coin. One can only wonder why they prayed and fasted only to turn out more violent than before, that is the miracle of fake prayers.

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  2. Oh Ba HH, just becoz ECL visited CB you also pay ba kopala a visit. If you know you can’t influence or fully intervene why waste your energy. And is your GBM an intellectual? If GBM is among the UPND intellectuals then I seriously doubt if HH has people who can run government or probably GBM doesn’t understand who an intellectual is.

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    • Name one intellectual in the Lungu administration and I will show you a bunch of useless people Sata regretted being associated with.

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  3. AM NOT TONGA BUT I CAN CLEARLY SEE THAT DANDY MUST HAVE BEEN BEATEN BY HIS FELLOW THUGS DURING BEAR DRINKING OR WHATEVER AND ITS SOMETHING THAT SHUD NOT BE LABELLED ON TRIBE ON REGION.

    MANY PEOPLE GET ATTACKED IN LSK, KITWE, NDOLA, NAME IT. DO THEY SAY THE SOLI OR LAMBA OR BEMBAS ARE THUGS.

    ITS CRIME, PERIOD. OPEN UP YOUR MINDS PEOPLE. ITS LOOKS LIKE YOU WASTED ALL THE YEARS IN SCHOOL BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY CAN’T THINK INDEPENDENTLY.

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  4. of what significance is dandy krazy to the zambian people?he is just a piece of shit who thrives on tribe and look up to the PF for favours.if you want to know clean artists check for diamond in TZ , chameleon in Uganda or mandoza in sasa and not that heap of scruffy flesh you call dandy.

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    • @ Brown
      HH must never ever dare the people of the Copperbelt. The people of the Copperbelt are not stup1d as he may wish to think. If indeed HH is an economic magician, let him perform those rituals and command the copper price to start rising.
      This man is a liar and deceiver and no one should ever be tricked to think he cares about them and the current situation. Remember he has already hinted to you miners that he bring back Anglo America, his fake business friends who ran away from Zambia when times became difficult.
      This Under 5 must learn to appreciate President Lungu’s effort to develop Zambia and must offer solutions if he has some at all. Cant he learn some good stuff from Jonas Shakafuswa? What makes HH think that people cant see that these problems are not the making of…

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  5. Leave HH to campagne in CB he want to give the hope to the miners who are losing jobs its painful losing job with this economy situation .

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  6. GBM TO BE AN INTELLECTUAL??? THATS WHY PEOPLE WHO ARE INTELLEGENT ARE LUAGH AT UPND ALL THE TIME. UPND IS FULL OF LOUD MOUTHED CHAPS WHO THINKS THEY ARE THE MOST INTELLEGENT CHAPS IN ZAMBIA. WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN BRINGING BACK INVESTORS TO COME AND BELITTLE OUR PEOPLE, THIS IS WHY ZAMBIA MUST DECIDE ITS DESTINY NOW BY ENSURING THAT WE GROW OUR OWN ECONOMY WITHOUT MUCH INVOLVEMENT OF FOREIGNERS TO WHICH CAPITALISTS LIKE HH SUBSCRIBE. YOU WANT REPEAT YOUR PRIVATISATION FORMULAR? CONSULTANT WHO GAVE WRONG ADVISE TO THE GOVT SO THAT HE CAN ENJOYS WITH THE FOREIGNERS LEAVING HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ABJECT POVERTY. CB PEOPLE DONT EVEN WASTE TIME OF LISTENING TO HIM.

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    • I agree – away with investors let them get out of here…we enjoy standing for hours in ques at NAIK stores trying to find bread and nshima to buy.. Bring back the good old days when we had to stand and drink our coka cola at the store becos we couldnt take the bottle home. yes bring them back we miss them.

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    • Njekwa intelligence does not always come from the class room. You may have PHD but still a beggar, GBM with his little education has used wisdom to create wealth. Lungu is educated but is playing politics instead of taking care of the economy and finding short, mid and long term solutions to problems we are facing now

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  7. HH please, those people can’t change the govt at the moment especially that you are even carrying a person who owned buses. Some of those people were beaten before by GBM when he was their boss in the transport sector, they haven’t forgotten so don’t cheat yourself that you can lure them. they will just eat your money and go. It’s too early for you bwana, bola kumakana so hold your fire. ECL is still a darling of the Zambians and if you want to prove this ask your GBM to relinguish the Kasama seat so that we go for a ka friendly.

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    • Lungu was booed in Luanshya. How is that being a darling of the people? Why do you chaps fail to accept the reality on the ground? Lungu knows his popularity is gone and that is why he so desperate to the point of making entry free ku bola. Wake the hell up man!

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    • @Dudelove, get your facts straight. It was not Chagwa who made free entry to watch Zambia play Sudan but Dangote .

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  8. ….Am amazed mwebantu. GBM claiming to be an intellectual. Kikikiki yaba. It’s true he doesn’t know what the term means. In short he is mocking himself the way they mock him. Maybe some stewpid tallnga told him that it is another smart word for upnd since upnd sounds more tongalish.

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  9. GBM an intellectual??? Please twasebana. Maybe someone told him it’s a smart word for upnd because upnd sounds trybal and tagalish

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    • WIKIPEDIA
      An intellectual is a person who engages in critical study, thought, and reflection about the reality of society, and proposes solutions for the normative problems of that society, and, by such discourse in the public sphere, he or she gains authority within the public opinion.[1][2] Coming from the world of culture, either as a creator or as a mediator, the intellectual participates in politics, either to defend a concrete proposition or to denounce an injustice, usually by producing or by extending an ideology, and by defending a system of values.[3][4]

      Public intellectual[edit]
      The term public intellectual describes the intellectual participating in the public-affairs discourse of society, in addition to an academic career.[25] Regardless of the academic field or the…

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  10. Ki,ki,ki,ki ati ka friendly. HH has never appealed to most of us. he will you any language, i for one cannot vote for the chap. Intellectuals, my foot. Please give me his so called cabinet.

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  11. The runaways hate bearers from the tribal war torn Congo are abusing our hospitality zambians are resolved to support HH the indefatigable leader in zambia the only one to unite the people of zambia.:

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  12. In this pic, I see more raised two hands than people. HH you insulted our late father President Sata til his death and killed the Copperbelt industries in your infamous privatisation programme and you think Kopala can make you a hero today?
    Again HH wants to give away Copperbelt to his tribesmate and crooked funders, we know this information already.
    President Lungu has demonstrated beyond anyone’s doubt including UPND supporters that he is a focused, dedicated and hard working President Zambia has ever had. Remember, President Lungu has just been in power for 9 months hey and see the development taking place in Zambia, wapya iwe!

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    • Chi UFO, no matter how much you bark like a dog with your false propaganda, your time is up….we don’t care whether your uncle Cha ngwa has been in State House for a month only, the truth is, he is incapable and must be shown the door…the same his mentor RB was taught a lesson!

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    • You are so very delusional, keep off the weed and come back to reality. If you believe everything you just typed then you need to be helped urgently. Things are as bad as they are in Zambia and the PF leadership has no strategy except borrowing.

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  13. Zambians will never seize to amaze me arent you suffering enough under PF or these comments are from a few disgrantles cadres like Chama and Mumbi.Those that arent suffering where do you buy your bread and cooking oil which is cheap so that we can also start buying from there or is it just an issue of dullness

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    • Shonongo will never change anything for anybody except for himself and his new madumbo friend. just work hard on your on. Atleast PF has tried to lay economic development infrastructure you are all enjoying. Your friends in other countries with similar difficulties are cutting down on beers and other unnecessary expenditures to beat the bad economic situation. even if shonongo was the president, load shedding and low copper prices would have been the same as today.

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  14. I hope the law will visit the stupid hh…if he holds meeting without police notice. Ba police pls beat the demon out of hh.

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    • You twats are so dull that you do not realise that by arresting us, you are campaigning for us. !diots. Why do you think Edith Nawakwi was so desperate to get arrested? Please send the cops over, they are welcome.

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  15. Day dreaming mr hh.will still teach u a lesson wait we are still waiting for u by the time u no it gbm will beat u up coz he will dimand for his cash back.its good to atempt coz in this youngman winter knows that ifintu ni lungu but will try…infact gbm told me that edger will be given a vote by him cos he loves seeing hh under opposition.greetings to gbm keep on suporting your president mr edger chagwa lungu

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  16. From my own view if the turn out is going to be 100% or 20% or in between, the new voters in southern province will help HH to win comfortably for central see January 2015 results I do not see anything changing

    UPND PF
    CENT 60% 30%
    CB 30% 50%
    EAST 25% 65%
    LUAP 10% 82%
    LSK 45% 50%
    MUCH 10% 80%
    NORT 20% 70%
    NW 90% 10%
    SP 90% 9%
    WP 90% 10%
    Tot 47% 46%

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  17. “He has since asked the people of Copperbelt to vote for the UPND in 2016 so that they usher in a government of intellectuals who will manage the country’s economy for the betterment of all Zambians.”

    I stopped reading there.

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  18. Comment: HH it is too early for you to start compagning.For us in PF we shall we shall three weeks before elections and win. Watch the pace.

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  19. @Peace Maker,Your statistics re flawed and non objective.To begin with,dont base your analysis on the previous election results because so many factors were at play as regards that by election.;
    (1) ECL and the PF had less time to campaign,while HH had a full 90 days.
    (2) PF even after resolving to settle for ECL were still divided and unco-ordinated while upnd were very much intact.
    (3) ECL was denied previledges of incumbency by Scott making the political playing field level or even.
    (4) The PF had issues with farmers(delayed payments).

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    • Right now the PF has more issues than farmers delayed payments my friend. This time you have the extremely crazy high cost of living including ubunga at above K100 and this affects the whole country and not just ama farmers. Why do you fail to be objective and acknowledge that the country has gone to sh!t? Things were a bit better before the elections and look at the margins with regards votes and now that things are worse you expect the status quo to hold? That is illogical thinking and in short you are branding the suffering Zambians as being dullards. Think man!

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  20. iWE NOW YOU THINK YOU DONT HAVE ISSUES WITH FARMERS?IF ANYTHING,APART FROM IRRITATING FARMERS YOU HAVE UPSET EVERYBODY AND YOU THINK YO KA VISIONLESS MAN YOU WIL WIN EASILY?

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  21. CONTINUED……
    So,to be realistic circumstances ve changed and next year will be a different election all together due to the following factors;
    (1) ECL is now president,known and trusted.
    (2) ECL has incumbency(grz machinery-police,ecz,op,soldiers etc).
    (3) PF and ECL re united and ve ample time campaign even now as we chat,they re all over the country campaigning.
    (4) The turn out is likely to be high even in PF strongholds like Eastern province.
    We can look at so many factors at play in the next election,so it wont be easy as u re putting it.But under this constitution ECL has an upper hand in the next election.ECL nafuti nafuti!!!!

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    • No chance in Zambia for Lungu-PF given singular and spectacular economic failure under his charge!

      Maslow hierarchy of needs will make voters boot him out of office. That is 100% guaranteed.

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  22. why shud i suport someone who clearly said he joined politics for his business to prosper. that person is GBM.second why must i suport a person who benefited more than the government during privatisation?

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  23. Hating HH will not help you in anyway coz when God says YES no one can say NO. Remember that HH is also God’s creation like your beloved person of yours.Time has come whether u like it or not.Prepare yourself to vomit out your heat one day.

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  24. WELL COME DEVIL MUKALAMBA BUT REMEMBER THE WAY U KILLED SATA. KOPALA WHAT PUNISHMENT SHUD WE GE THIS CHAP HE THINKS THOSE BOYS OF HIS CAN PROTECT HIM . POLICE DONT GO THERE LET HIM BE TAUGHT A LESSON TO ENABLE HIM APPRECIATY YO PRESENCE. IF CONFUSION ARISES TEARGAS & SHOOT PIPO ATTEND AT YO OWN RISK ITS AGAINST LAW. THE DRIVERS HE TALKED TO ARE SEVENTHDE MEMBERS WHOM HE ORGANISED. U ADRESS SEVENTHDE MEMBERS WHO ARE CAMPAGNING FOR U WHILST PRETENDING THEY LOVE LUNGU. PIPO HAVE TALKED TO HH CLOSE RANGE CHECK THE TONGUE IT HAS TOOTOOS.IT DRAWS BLOOD FOR HIS USE. REAL DEVIL NO MERCY THE WAY U TREATED SATA & LATER KILLED HIM KOPALA PLEASE LETS KICK THIS KILLER OUT LET HIM GO TO NWP WHERE HE FEELS~ ~SHUD NOT BE USE TO DEFEAT THESE

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    • Jkalusa stop your madness.try to touch HH and see the fire.Zambia can burn no one would want to stay in Zambia.Lets enjoy our democracy we say no to another idi amin(lungu).We are ready for anything as UPND.

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  25. I was one of those undecided voters but after seeing the conduct of the ruling party blocking others to freely mingle with their supporters. I can never give a vote to such behaviour. I was very neutral but I cant betray my conscious. There must be a fair game. Why are donors quite on this issue. Total abuse of archaic public order act

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  26. Looking at the voting pattern on this website, it is very clear that there has been massive migration of bloggers from Zambian Watchdog to Lusaka Times. How can even seemingly harmless and objective postings be given negative ratings even if they are only mildly critical of UPND and mildly supportive of PF? May I remind these bloggers that the real election will be in 2016 and not on Watchdog or Lusaka Times. These acts of self-delusion are not what will determine the outcome of the 2016 elections.

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  27. My free valuable advice to hh: you ll gain more respect and sympathy by allowing the police to come after you instead of the other way round

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  28. Free advice to my compatriot HH: Don”t dare the police, Zambian prisons or police cells are not the healthiest of places. If you are going to make your name by frequenting those cells, then you must also accept that you do not want to stay more than two years in office in the unlikely event that you are elected. Because you are used to luxury, cells will damage your health. By the time you settle in that big office, you will be a cabbage especially with pressures of trying to deliver on impossible promises. Others have been there before, remember? Some are buried near cabinet office, others in unmarked graves.
    And you have promised to tolerate those hooligan taxi and minibus drivers? You don”t know that they have killed more zambians than HIV Aids because of their dangerous and…

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  29. An economist is not a best president.GBM and HH these two business men who can not work together because they will always step on each other toes .This they know but for the sake of politics ,and hh to gain farvour in northern province they are keeping GBM . Suppose GBM looses the kasama sit in a bye election ,HH will throw out GBM from UNPD like a rat. HH has his hand soiled with dirty any who remembers the suffering caused by privatization ,and HH got rich from the suffering of the people as he pocketed money from privatization you can vote for this chap. In 1991/2 Zambia was heat hard with drought ,to live with three meals a day it was a dream. What is it that we are suffering which can make us think dull to create more problems by bring HH. Those who don’t know this party which is…

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  30. From my understanding of the Law CAP 113 of the laws of Zambia. There is freedom of association. According to this law those who wish to assemble may do so as they wish all what is required of them is to inform the police and not to get permission.

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  31. WE’LL C WHO’S BIGGER BTWN US DA JERABOS AND UPND CADRES.DEY BEAT UP OUR FRND DANDY CRAZY(DONCHI KUBEBA SINGER).DEY SHUD XPLAIN Y DEY BEAT HIM UP.

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  32. Big sancez people have power.Do you know what is called Mob psychology.If jerabos think they can stand against Zambians ba bepele fye.Lets speak about peace Jeraboz on there own can not win the fight.We many well trained people and yet they are quite who is a jerabo trained from the dump site of Kitwe at Jerabo.lol.We have many Zambians in Police ,Army and ZAF who have special training abroad but even them if all Zambians raise at the same time they can not save Lungu boss.

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  33. I was once told that our president MHSRIP (2001 -2008) did nothing for this country. In fact, the problems we are now facing are because of his failed policies. I failed to understand what this person was trying to say because even our economists have not referred to any failed policies of that era of government. My point being if an educated person could issue should a misplaced statement, should I be worried to hear a person post that HH should increase the price of copper.?
    Then what leadership can my generation offer this country when these same people pay the same price when they want essentials for their consumption at exorbitant prices yet feel that the government should not be held accountable for its actions.?

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