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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

I want a Pact with a united MMD, POA to stay-President Lungu

Headlines I want a Pact with a united MMD, POA to stay-President Lungu

President Lungu
President Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has said that he does not want to enter into a political pact with a divided MMD party.

Speaking to journalists shortly after disembarking from the Presidential Challenger Jet form the African Union Summit, President Lungu said that said he wants to enter into the Presidential race with a united MMD party.

President Lungu said he is more than willing to enter into a pact with the MMD party.

Mr Lungu disclosed that he advised the MMD leader, Never Mumba, to put his party in order before forming a pact with the PF.

He said the two parties will have a good race if the differences in the former ruling party are resolved before going to national polls.

Mr Lungu recalled that in 2015 he went into the elections with the support a rebellious party and won the elections, adding that he does not want to be involved with a divided party.

And President Lungu has said the Public Order Act will remain in place. The President explained that the Public Order Act is the only law that protects Zambians.

The Head of State said without the public order act there will be anarchy in the country.

President Lungu said government is ready to listen to opposition parties if they offer a better alternative to the Public Order Act.

Mr Lungu maintained that government will continue to respect the Public Order Act as it is the only law currently in place.

Meanwhile, President Lunga has implored opposition political parties to read the contents of draft Bill of Rights.

He complained that his opponents are fond of complaining instead of reading the contents of the bill.

President Lungu said government wants the Bill of Rights to be dealt with before the country goes for the general elections.

He disclosed that the Ministry of Justice will soon engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia over the Bill of Rights.

President Lungu said the problem with some people is that they do not want to listen.

He cited the recently amended constitution as one of the documents the opposition wanted but later after he assented to the new constitution the opposition parties are opposing the new constitution.

The Head of State appealed to his opponents to find time and read the contents of the draft Bill of Rights.
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Meanwhile President Lungu says he has been promoting peace in the country as opposed to his opponents.

He cited the UPND party as one of the political parties that have been perpetuating political violence.

He wondered why some political parties were denouncing violence when they were the ones engaging in acts of violence.

He was received by Vice President, Inonge Wina, Cabinet Ministers, service chiefs, senior government and PF party members.

The President was accompanied by Ministers Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba, Justice, Ngosa Simbyakula, and Gender, Nkandu Luo.

The just-ended 26th Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union was under the theme “The African year of human rights with particular focus on the Rights of women”

45 COMMENTS

  1. Is Lungu serious? Which MMD is he talking about? Didn`t Lungu embark on a project (with RB) to destroy the MMD, which he has, successfully done, with most MMD leaders now serving in his Government. Lungu is lucky he`s dealing with a Nevers Mumba that is desperate for livelihood, because no leader with good credentials can tolerate such rubbish. In any case, what influence will Mumba have on the voters?

    • Your Excellence, if only you had done a great job like preventing job losses on the copper belt, didn’t borrow irresponsibly, upset MMD by poaching it’s members like Dora among others, you would not be seeking a pact. The time has come for you and PF has rip what you have soared since you took office. The Don’t Kubeba will work against you in august.

    • Welcome back, Mr. President … you have my endorsement in the upcoming election just like the last time. I don’t even care if you have to win by going into an alliance with the MMD. That’s a topic for another day.

      But the notion that you can only enforce law and order among the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise with a draconian law in place such as Public Order Act (POA) is a fallacy you must not embrace.

      The fact is that “Yes You Can” enforce the law without the POA. How can other countries manage to enforce laws without the state of emergency. We are not at war with any country, neither are we at war with the opposition parties.

      I repeat, repeal this law and if you don’t believe me, wait until you sit down with Pope Francis at the Holy See. Your advisers have this…

    • Continued …

      I repeat, please repeal this law and if you don’t believe me, wait until you sit down with Pope Francis at the Holy See next week. Your advisers have this whole notion wrong and maybe you will believe me when you talk to the Pope.

      The second thing you have to understand is that the POA does not make you look strong … instead it makes you weak. People are generally attracted to strength not weakness. So, whatever you do, do it quickly with the Ministry of Justice making sure you get rid of the POA before the campaigns begin.

      Thirdly, without the POA in place you can forcefully enforce the law and empower the police to execute their duties without fear or favor and no one will hide behind POA just to make you look bad … please reconsider … thanks a trillion

    • WHY DOES PRESIDENT LUNGU ALWAYS SPEAK LIES BETWEEN HIS TEETH? WHY DOES ACCUSE UPND OF PERPETRATING VIOLENCE WHEN IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT LUNGU HIMSELF AND HIS PF MINIONS ARE THE ONES FANNING DIVISION, VIOLENCE AND TRIBALISM IN OUR COUTRY. ALL HATE SPEECHES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COMING FROM PF, WHO DOESN’T KNOW THAT? WE ALL KNOW THAT LUNGU IS DAMN SCARED OF HH AND UPND FOR THE AUGUST 11 TRIPARTITE ELECTIONS. WINA AZALILA! LUNGU AZALILA! VIVA UPND VIVA! VIVA HH VIVA!

    • POA = Public Order ACT. It is not the same as the State of Emergency and presently Zambia is not under the State of Emergency.

    • Dear Mr President, it is your party PF which is a violent party by nature and this has been nurtured by Chama and Bwalya. It is your party which blocked the landing a a plane in Ndola, something this nation has never observed. It is PF which is a threat to the peace as we know it in this country.

  2. Now this is the real news:

    “… President Lungu said government wants the Bill of Rights to be dealt with before the country goes for the general elections…”

    No more referendum?
    Democracy according to PF!!!
    Judas Nevers, you must be very happy that you have helped People Driven Constitution become PF Constitution?

  3. Continued …

    I repeat, please repeal this law and if you don’t believe me, wait until you sit down with Pope Francis at the Holy See next week. Your advisers have this whole notion wrong and maybe you will believe me when you talk to the Pope.

    The second thing you have to understand is that the POA does not make you look strong … instead it makes you weak. People are generally attracted to strength not weakness. So, whatever you do, do it quickly with the Ministry of Justice making sure you get rid of the POA before the campaigns begin.

    Thirdly, without the POA in place you can forcefully enforce the law and empower the police to execute their duties without fear or favor and no one will hide behind POA just to make you look bad … please reconsider … thanks a trillion

  4. Lungu, when are you going to realise that it is what the people of Zambia want, and not what YOU want that is important? ????

    • ECL is only interested in one thing. Staying in power at any cost.

      Even if it means the collapse of the economy and poverty for Zambians.

      He is suffering from a serious case of Mugabe syndrome.

  5. I have a genuine feeling that the political players this year have grossly misunderstood what the people of Zambia are feeling. Again I ask, do they think we forget so easily how desperately we wanted MMD out just a few years ago? Don’t forget that even our children will be voting this year so I hope they’ve really done their homework!

    • @one Zambia one tobwa: I don’t believe it is a matter of misunderstanding what we the people are feeling. As you so aptly put it, they think we forget so easily. I would actually go further to suggest that the current leadership have deliberately sabotaged the nation economically. How else would one describe what the PF did by initialising all those court cases against former leaders in the MMD govt at huge expenses to the nation. Only to turn around and not only reappoint those people as ministers but add salt to injury by entering into an alliance with their party.

    • Sadly @ The Armchair Analyst no opposition party will keep hammering to drive home your observations instead they’ll want to behave gentlemanly thinking its smear campaign if they maximize to their advantage PF slippages! PF did everything possible including throwing mud at MMD to ascend to power! All prosecutions instigated by the PF government have yielded naught as we were hoodwinked! Now the two want to bed together since they are birds of the same feather! In PF you have serving ministers with court cases, Nevers Mumba has a going case over misapplication of a “donation” while as ambassador to Canada. Cases are unnecessarily long while the plunderers are being paid from taxpayers’ collections to support them in the same cases in courts. To add insult to the injury and suffering…

    • contd…. on the Zambian peoples PF and MMD have decided to share the same bed! The question that begs reflection is why if anything did Zambians not just let MMD continue in government?

  6. THE GOVERNMENT OF BOTSWANA LAST NIGHT ANNOUNCED A REDUCTION IN THE FUEL PUMP PRICE. THIS IS WHAT WE MEAN TO HAVE A WORKING AND CARING GOVERNMENT. BUT IN ZAMBIA WE STILL PERCEIVE THIEVES AND LOOTERS IN PF GOVERNMENT TO BE WORKING WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT THEY ARE BUSY MAKING YOUR LIVES MORE MISERABLE. WHY VOTE FOR A GOVERNMENT AND A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SELF-SERVING , AND BENT TO MAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES SO MISERABLE? AUGUST 11 IS COMING. LET US EMANCIPATE OURSELVES FROM HOSTAGE BY PF. LET US VOTE FOR CHANGE AND EQUITY AND DEVELOPMENT. LET US VOTE FOR UPND AND HH. VIVA UPND VIVA! VIVA HH VIVA! IT IS ZAMBIA FORWARD.

  7. There is nothing wrong with the POA, Law and Order must be maintained in the country. The only problem is the way the POA is applied/ abused by those in Power. For those of us who are neutral, it looks like POA only applies to the opposition and not to the ruling Party. People will naturaly obey the law if it is applied equally across board and not where the law is selective. This is what leads to people taking the law into their own hands.

  8. Lungu’s downfall will be as a result of abandoning Sata’s strategies and bringing on the corrupt RB and MMD tactics . This is the time to make the party more stronger before even thinking of alliances . How do you expect a strong MMD when your appointments have seriously split the MMD . It is now very apparent that Lungu is scared to lose the coming elections and thus his unplanned but desperate late actions

    • @ Dogsbody

      At least skull f**cking pervert has courage to show his brainless part of his body and quietly accepts , that this is final act of two equal and desperate and corrupt political failures, MMD and PF. Only one thing in common, looting!

  9. Lungu did not divide MMD, it got divided when RB came back on the scene to “save MMD from being swallowed by UPND”. Remember UPND had an MOU to work together but UPND ended up “stealing” some key members Nalumango and Canicius Banda. Then after Sata’s death Nevers and HH were discussing how to work together, before they could agree HH was busy cutting deals with individual members, RB came on the scene to “reclaim” the party which was otherwise gone to UPND. Then division;Musokotwane,Chituwo,Shikapwasha,Mutati,Victoria Kalima,Muchima,Lungwangwa,Katele supported HH while others like Dora supported Lungu after RB was barred by the courts. What Lungu may be looking at is getting over some of HH supporters so that he can get more votes national wide and avoid 2nd round.

  10. POA must remain. No repeal no repeal. We have witnessed far too much violence in Zambia. There will be time to repeal it in the future. The opposition must conduct themselves on behalf of their representatives in an agreeable manner to come to the successful conclusion in all matters relating to the constitution. There is deliberate avoidance in delaying the Constitution completion in order to bring confusion in Zambia. The current government is satisfying all requirements of its citizens, the opposition have no game plan they did not know how to change the game and have resorted to violence. God bless his Excellency President Lungu. God bless Zambia and all its people, together we can build a better Zambia for our children.

  11. Why would a strong and undivided MMD, if it was possible for MMD to revert to its original form, need to enter into a pact? Nervers Mumba few days ago mentioned he had the numbers to field MPs’ in all 150 constituences. ECL should concentrate in uniting PF instead of meddling in affairs of Opposition parties.Or is it a case that he is still waving both party symbols as he was doing with RB during campaigns for January 2015 Elections.

  12. I’m really caught between a rock and a hard place as a first time voter; who do I vote for on 11 August??? A PF government which will intensify the current suffering?? Or a UPND government which could have GBM as president in 10 years time??? Tough choice mwe, maybe I should just stay home and avoid contributing to a national disaster

  13. If Mumba allows himself to be used in such a way then Zambia has no leaders he wanted to ride on a Church platform to state house selfish. Go ahead Mumba I wish you well.

  14. UPND must focus on what excuse its going to advance when it loses the 2016 elections and must stop poking its ugly nose in the affairs of PF and MMD alliance. The opposition and grand something wanted 50%+1, we have given you, so Under 5, just prepare for another standoff with ECZ at Mulungushi Conference Centre.
    The problem that UPND has is that it has no strategy and message that can make it win a general election. When PF was in opposition, it had a clear and very serious roadmap of infrastructure development with roads construction being at the centre. We are witness to the fulfilment of this great promise but what is Hakainde’s strategy, nil. HH can have the Post on its side but this wont change anything, hasn’t the Post been supporting Wynter and who even cares about this…

  15. What economic and social roadmap and strategy did PF have when the economic and social indicators are worse than before 2011. Just search your soul and give accurate information. How much is HH’s investments contributing to job creation, taxes and GDP in general, compared to the other players?. Learn to appreciate reality and the truth shall set you free. You seem to be in the bondage of poverty which is so cancerous to the extent of corrupting you psychological setup for which you’re slowly becoming a scrap of yourself.

    • True. HH is contributing taxes and generating employment.

      Lungu and Co are just eating and spending and contributing nothing except dividing the Nation with late speech.

  16. lt is very shameful that some individuals have been indoctrinated with cheap propaganda tailored to undermine well meaning citizens. lf you have to steal to be a an employer, how many jobs have been created by the MMD plunderers in Chiluba’s regime?.

  17. Who doesn’t know that HH stole from Livingstone intercontinental hotel and shared his loot with Chief Mukuni. No matter how much u try to paint him. The guy stole. He is a thief. unless he comes and apologies to Zambians like Kabimba he will never be president

  18. Just like NCC, MMD will sink completely in PF. ECL can have such a strategy, but Mumbo Jumbo & MMD have no influence in the upcoming elections. Think 2wice ECL.>><<

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