Hakainde Hichilema
Hakainde Hichilema

The Post Newspaper has said that United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema’s public apology to the Newspaper is not borne out of genuine contrition, but driven political expedience in the quest for power.

In an editorial published on Sunday, the newspaper however accepted the apology from the UPND President and forgave him.

“We forgive Hakainde and his friends not because we want anything from them. Of course there are all sorts of pledges from him about the need to support The Post. The Post has never survived or thrived on the back of a political party, ” read the editorial.

Below is the full Editorial

On Friday, The Post carried a story of Hakainde Hichilema, the president of opposition UPND, apologising for the insulting statements and abusive actions thrown at the newspaper.

“We have obviously misunderstood them in the past and attacked them unnecessarily and this is regrettable. We want to leave that in the past,” said Hakainde.

We have no problem with Hakainde and the UPND. They are not the first ones to insult and abuse The Post. UNIP did the same in the run-up to the 1991 elections. Successive MMD leaders and governments have done the same. Michael Sata accused The Post of having rigged the 2006 elections in favour of Levy Mwanawasa. The Post sued him for defamation. The most important thing is to try and understand why this has been the case.

Our own and only explanation is that genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum. UNIP turned against The Post because it threatened its 27-year hold on power. UNIP felt The Post was supporting the opposition MMD. It didn’t take long for the MMD in power to turn against The Post.

And here, the problem was that the MMD had started to depart from the democratic principles that in the first place made them appear to be on the same side as The Post. Corruption set in. And with corruption, everything went wrong. Corruption fights back and The Post was the target of all corrupt elements in this country.

The problems with the UPND and its current leadership revolved around the regional character of this party and its leadership. The Post has consistently pointed out the dangers of regional and tribal politics and once labelled the UPND a Bantustan party. Despite the facts being there, the leadership of the UPND, instead of addressing their deficiencies, turned their hate on The Post.

And in the run-up to the 2011 elections, the UPND got into an unholy alliance with Rupiah Banda against the Patriotic Front and Michael. And yet not very long ago before this, the UPND leadership had been accusing Rupiah of being corrupt. In that alliance, the UPND had unlimited access to state-owned media coverage and didn’t need The Post.

This got to their heads and they started denouncing The Post at every opportunity they had. And Hakainde made it very clear that he didn’t need Post coverage. But despite this declaration, The Post continued to cover him. But the more The Post continued to cover him, the more Hakainde got virulent in his attack of The Post. He called the editors of The Post all sorts of names and accused them of all sorts of things. They could have decided to take legal action against him, but they let him get away with it.

Briefly, this is where we are coming from. We have no issues with Hakainde and the UPND just as much as we do not have issues with any other politician or political party.

One doesn’t need to share our views, to agree with us or to be our friend to be covered by The Post. It was not us who decided not to cover Hakainde; it was Hakainde himself who decided not to be covered by The Post because at that time, he had the Zambia Daily Mail, Times of Zambia and ZNBC television and radio at his disposal. He doesn’t have these institutions today to cover him and he needs The Post to do so.

We have no difficulties covering Hakainde. Every view that needs to be heard must be heard. We don’t think even his apology is really something that is borne out of genuine contrition. We believe it is a product of political expedience in the quest for power. But who are we to judge and reject his apology? What right do we have to do so?

We forgive Hakainde and his friends not because we want anything from them. Of course there are all sorts of pledges from him about the need to support The Post. The Post has never survived or thrived on the back of a political party.

The Post survives because of the individual support of the Zambian people who every day buy the newspaper and advertise in it. The support from a political party is actually dangerous for The Post because politicians change with power. They are good to The Post when they want coverage from it. But when they get into power and The Post starts to question their policies, decisions and actions; The Post starts to challenge their corruption and abuses, it immediately turns into an enemy that must be undermined, humiliated and if possible annihilated. This is the situation The Post finds itself in today with the current leadership of the Patriotic Front.

It is the same situation it will find itself in with the leadership of the next government, regardless of who wins the next elections. The Post has never been a favour-seeker from politicians or anyone else for that matter. It supports causes that are in line with its principles and opposes those which it finds to be not in the interest of the common good.

There is no politician or political party in this country that can ever claim to have extended a favour to The Post and The Post has taken that favour. The Post has always remained independent, making its own decisions and choices. The mistakes The Post has made, which are many, are its own and not something dictated to it by anyone else.

Today The Post has to bear the brunt of the tyranny of this very corrupt Patriotic Front regime of Edgar Lungu. Again, The Post has not turned to anyone, other than the Zambian people, for help. The Post is there today and will be there tomorrow not because of the support of any political party but because of the Zambian people’s support. This is what matters. This is what counts. And this is what The Post bends to.

The Post covers Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front even under these circumstances where they have declared war on the newspaper. Edgar has not hidden his intentions against The Post. He has made them public. He has publicly drawn his battle lines with The Post. But The Post has never surrendered to such threats or hired itself to the powerful, sold itself out to those with deep pockets. It has confronted every difficulty; pressure; and financial, political or other kinds of attacks all by itself without ceding any of its principles.

It has never sought anyone’s protection. And this is the way things are going to continue to be. We have no doubt that regardless of who wins, the government that will emerge out of the August 11 elections will not be very different towards The Post from others before it.

Let everyone who deserves to be heard be heard. Moreover, the right to be heard does not mean the right to be taken seriously. Let the best of our politicians and political parties in the moral sense, political, civic and otherwise, win the August 11 elections.

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119 COMMENTS

  1. HH’s mission is to provide an alternative leadership because Edgar Lungu has failed. Edgar has no clue on how ran an economy. He blames everything on imaginary global issues. He denies his opponents access to public media. Inflation is at a 12 year high, load shedding, unemployment, kwacha depreciation and yet PF and Edgar are shamelessly seeking re-election. Edgar, please reduce fuel prices..SA has done it despite Rand losing value.#Lungumustgo

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    • HH has done the right thing here by apologizing. A great man realizes his mistakes and makes amends. This is very different from the likes of Kashimba Chimbwi of the PF.
      Viva UPND…Viva HH – August 2016 PF aleya!

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    • Reading through this editorial confirms what I have always said regarding The Post. You will recall, I have said, if there is one institution in Zambia that you should all be proud of, it is the Post! Their problem and troubles stems from standing on the centre of what is right, moral and proper. In a society where virtue has been lost, corruption rules the day and criminality of all sort and moral decay has become the new normal, such organisation as the post are unwelcome. They annoy a lot of common thieves and everyday plunderers, they get in the way of business as usual – African Style, they are a menace to thuggery life de jure! This is the Post’s problem, it is a monumental task if not impossible task trying to be the source of light on a continent so dark God almighty himself has…

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    • This is the Post’s problem, it is a monumental task if not impossible task trying to be the source of light on a continent so dark God almighty himself has long turned his back on it. I feel their pain, it would be so much easier for them to just join in, go along and become part of BAU, Africa Style. Sorry folks at the Post, I feel your pain. Maybe you should all just pack your bags and move to Europe?

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    • Double H is indeed a smooth criminal. he is so condescending and denigrating.

      I have said before and I am saying this again, this smooth criminal has no well meaning agenda for our country and must be fended off from the corridors of power.
      We are not dumb to let one person and his tribal cohorts to bring chaos, bedlam and put our peaceful country in jeopardy.

      The people of Zambia will do the right thing come August 11 and give smooth criminal a clear and unequivocal fifth successive defeat.

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    • A man who apologizes is one in a million. Most men don’t apologize for the reasons best known to them. I respect him for this step he has taken.

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    • THE MANAGEMENT OF THE POST NEWSPAPER SHOULD COME TO A REALIZATION THAT ZAMBIA NEEDS HH AND UPND. RIGHT NOW ZAMBIA IS UNDER SIEGE BY CRIMINAL LUNGU AND HIS MINIONS. THE LOOTERS HAVE DEMOLISHED ZAMBIA. THEY HAVE MADE ZAMBIA A LAUGHING STOCK ONCE AGAIN ON THE INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM. PF HAS INTRODUCED HATE. PF HAS INTRODUCED TRIBALISM IN OUR COUNTRY. PF STANDS FOR DIVISIONS AND DOOM. WE ALL KNOW THAT FRED MMEMBE IS TOO PROUD OF HIMSELF FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HH IS INDEED A SON OF THE SOIL WITH A PROGRESSIVE MIND, THAT IS EVEN WHY HE HAS FOUND IT PRUDENT TO EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH TO BITTER MMEMBE. AND I EVEN SEE THAT MMEMBE IS BITTER OVER NOTHING AT ALL. SO PLEASE MMEMBE DON’T REMAIN IN THE PAST, MOVE ON! VIVA HH VIVA! VIVA UPND VIVA!

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    • Mr Obatala, you know that the Post is lying just like HH. Lungu has not failed. The world economy has its growth forecast revised from 3.2% to 2.4%. Commodity prices are all time low. China copper inventory is all time high which its economy is transitioning from importation of raw commodities to internal consumption and knowledge based. All economies except USA are not doing well. Please note that Zambians are well above this hatred of Lungu and is why he will win this august election. We know that not even the unproven good economic management claim by HH is the answer to low copper prices. Diversification of economy and investment in power generation was not on plans of past governments. Lungu is addressing this. Load shedding is being sorted out and come May 2016 opposition will have…

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    • Even murderers & adulterers are forgivable what more with a mere political insult-er?

      Whether the apology was induced or came from his inner self after self introspection just forgive & forget unconditionally or better reject it out-rightly. But at at least his mind is clear he has done the needful – apologized to make peace as per biblical teachings.

      In one breadth you are accepting the apology & yet in another you are lambasting the guy over past misdeeds for which he has apologized. By self apologizing isn’t your perceived enemy already humbled & defeated? Grow up M’membe.

      You have already confused us. We don’t know whether apology is accepted or not!

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    • The post have confirmed that HH has been making attempts to buy them. This Man`s agenda is just Plot1 nothing else.

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    • The Past. Zambian journalism’s biggest sellouts. They ganged up with Sata while continuing to pretend to us that they were independent therefore neutral. Can any sane Zambian read this shiit?

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    • “Hakainde’s Apology To The Post Newspaper: What Does It Mean?”………like The Post has consistently been pointing out, HH has accepted that he leads a regional and tribal party. Truth be told, HH fears holding a convention because he knows that all the positions in UPND will be filled up by Tongas and therefore, UPND will lose the ‘national character’ he wants it to have. HH knows that he can’t lose the UPND presidency if a convention was called, he fears that UPND will be exposed for what we all know it for as being a regional and tribal party because it is in their political DNA.

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    • I respect Fred Mmembe when he finds himself in the opposition and not near the corridors of power and how he works to expose the government of the day. But at the same time I hate his hypocrisy and holier than though attitude when not long ago when he had hijacked Michael Satan the opposition; civil society and churches that were against Sata’s corrupt and brutal government were being brutalised in his eyes; yet he said nothing. The post is just a money making scheme for Mmembe and he should stop behaving like a righteous person who has the masses at his heart. His reaction to HH’S apology is nauseating to say the least since it is coming from such a corrupt and hypocritical chap like him.

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    • See how HH is now being insulted, he must be feeling fuulish!quote ‘Moreover the right to be heard does not mean the right to be taken seriously’ end of quote.

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    • LET HIM ALSO ACCEPT AND APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING LOOTED THE ZAMBIA COMPANIES WHEN THEY WERE SELLING WITH FTJ. HE SHOULDNT ONLY APOLOGIZE WHEN HE WANTS FAVOUR FROM THE PEOPLE HE WRONGED. WE KNOW HE IS DESPARATE BUT LET IT BE GENUINE. HE IS ALWAYS ON DEFENSIVE SIDE AND PORTRAY AS IF HE IS THE HOLY ONE. EVEN YOU HIS CADRES ON THIS PLATFORM YOU SPEAK HYPOCRITICAL LANGUAGE LIKE HIM. LET HIM APOLOGIZE, WE MAY CONSIDER HIM IN 2050.

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    • If only the Police can be as Independent as THE POST, Zambia would be a peaceful country. So far they have tried as the paper that digs deeper? UNIP times, to MMD now PF. wow. Though it is time they finish Edger and his Fat Kambili, we need him Out of Power.

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    • Well, well, well!! Thumbs up to HH for this apology! As for Fred, I feel sorry for your soul, I really do. I can see that you have a mega memory and you are such a smart guy, probably the best News Editor in the history of Zambia. Sometimes I even wonder how you are able to explain some hard Bible passages better than most of our so-called pastors!!

      However, I have a few things against you. Your hatred towards HH is demonic and unbelievable! You have never said one thing wrong about Sata even with all evidence that the man was a tribalist and a dictator. I won’t lie, I like your spiced up Editorials. They are the best. ZR, Daily Nation and others have tried to reach your level of writing skills but have lamentably failed. Your bias is as shrewd as a serpent, I mean, the Devil himself.

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    • contd..
      Smart people can see through you. And, please, spare us your lies that you cover/publish HH’s stories. You have been publishing the stories that suit your attack on President Lungu. In fact, you cover stories by UPND MP’s, supporters, etc., but NEVER directly HH himself. We are not dumb, Mr Mmembe. You wanted Kabimba to take over PF after Sata died. I like Winter Kabimba, though. Thats why you hate President Lungu so much. My dislike for PF is based on performance and other ills that they do to Zambians, whereas yours is on another level of demonic hatred that I fail to comprehend.

      HH is not a perfect guy just like all these other politicians. But surely, the man has other strengths that we can still celebrate about him.

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    • contd..
      To paint him (HH) black because of the one guy in 2006 who said, according to you, that only a Tonga can rule UPND is the most calculated wickedness of the highest degree.. Also, how come you never see anything good about President Lungu? Are you telling me that from the time he took over PF, though under questionable circumstances, he has never said or done anything good at all? Not even one thing? Shame on you Fred. Your own sins will drown you.

      Im still going to read the Post. Of course I know what to believe and what not to. HH, just like Kabimba, has apologized. Do you have to now write a book about it. Just say whether or not accept his apology. Proud people are those that have failed to say one single apology to anyone. Thats for another day. I hate hypocrites. We all…

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    • contd..
      Even some of my criticism about PF and President Lungu and Nevers Mumba were uncalled for. And for that, I say sorry to the President and to those who have been hurt by my unkind words. At the end of the day, we all need forgiveness from each other and from the Lord.

      You, on the other hand has mislead thousands of people with you propaganda. You are not the worst, though, we have ZR, ZWD, Daily Nation, etc.. They all have their bias.

      I do understand that this comment is a bit harsh. However, its also good to let people know who these online media guys are. Anyway, a lot can be said but lets leave it for another time. These are my opinions after observations.

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    • part one..
      Well, well, well!! Thumbs up to HH for this apology! As for Fred, I feel sorry for your soul, I really do. I can see that you have a mega memory and you are such a smart guy, probably the best News Editor in the history of Zambia. Sometimes I even wonder how you are able to explain some hard Bible passages better than most of our so-called pastors!!

      However, I have a few things against you. Your hatred towards HH is demonic and unbelievable! You have never said one thing wrong about Sata even with all evidence that the man was a tribalist and a dictator. I won’t lie, I like your spiced up Editorials.

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    • part two:
      They are the best. ZR, Daily Nation and others have tried to reach your level of writing skills but have lamentably failed. Your bias is as shrewd as a serpent, I mean, the Devil himself. Smart people can see through you. And, please, spare us your lies that you cover/publish HH’s stories. You have been publishing the stories that suit your attack on President Lungu.

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    • introduction..
      Well, well, well!! Thumbs up to HH for this apology! As for Fred, I feel sorry for your soul, I really do. I can see that you have a mega memory and you are such a smart guy, probably the best News Editor in the history of Zambia. Sometimes I even wonder how you are able to explain some hard Bible passages better than most of our so-called pastors!!

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    • Part one…
      However, I have a few things against you. Your hatred towards HH is demonic and unbelievable! You have never said one thing wrong about Sata even with all evidence that the man was a tribalist and a dictator. I won’t lie, I like your spiced up Editorials. They are the best. ZR, Daily Nation and others have tried to reach your level of writing skills but have lamentably failed. Your bias is as shrewd as a serpent, I mean, the Devil himself.

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    • Its not correct for the Post to say that they have never sought favors from any political party. The Post became very compromised under Sata, according to the Post everything was well under Sata. The Post was mute when the opposition was being harassed by the Police under Sata because they were benefiting from the regime then. The Post never saw something wrong with Chibesakaunda acting as Chief Justice under Sata but they saw something wrong Ernest Sakala being Chief Justice under) because they were not benefiting from RB. Today the post would want to project itself as a paper that has never been compromised, really?? Today the Post would want to be seen as a Paper that has stood by its Principles since inception, really?? However, the stance that you have taken on the current regime…

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    • Please ignore duplicated comments. LT, you should display our comments immediately in order to avoid duplicates.

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  2. HH’s desperation is alarming,people of Zambia need to watch out for this guy,and this is just a wrong move at the wrong time,why did he mot apologize to the post in 2014,when there was no elections?

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    • HH should not have apologised to the Past newspaper. The Post will always give positively biased coverage to Sampa and Kabimba.

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    • Membe grow up ,HH has apologized despit you injuring him and the Mazoka family personally.One one hand you accept the apology and on other you continue with your tribal remarks.HH one the 2006 party presidency from Sikota based on UPND manifesto which brought equal number of delegates from all 9 provinces that time.Membe are you telling me all those delegates from luapula ,eastern,Northen were Bemba?the ans is a big no.Did you support sikota because you are Lozi on your mother’s side?If so then you YOURSELF ARE A TRIBALIST.We need fresh air bygones should bygones.Sorry we got our daughter from you because you held her under house arrest.

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  3. Atase ba post . I expected a genuine acceptance of HHs apology and yet you go on lambasting him.Its no wander you guys are hated.

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    • How did you expect a genuine acceptance when the apology was not (and is still not) genuine in the first place? Tapali nefyakufulwa apa mwaice.
      Ka Mumembe nako has resurrected his Bantustan description of that club, he should be apologizing instead…

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    • Exactly my friend one gets to believe that these guys(Post) really have twisted minds the editorial really sucks these guys have so much dirty on their hands even compared to Double H.

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    • Double H is cleaver I know he is upto something knowing the dirty that the post has#Ndelolesyafye

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  4. BaPost, have you paid your taxes to ZRA yet?

    Or are you bootlicking Lungu now to avoid? Just like you did with Sata?

    And left Zambia in the shiit it is in today?

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  5. HH is the best alternative that Zambians need to try. If he fails to deliver he must go in 2021. Mr. Lungu and his PF have been such a terrible disappointment: the cost of everything has gone up! Without a doubt, PF has failed and must go! The Post has also done terrible things to this country. The Post has been very manipulative and deceitful and also needed to apologize to the Zambian people.

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  6. Has anyone noticed how when ever you vote negatively for pro HH comments automatically there will one or more opposing votes? Just saying. Facebook provides balanced voting (likes) and cooments

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    • Nono, we all know its an automated and doctored electronic manipulation. Put it in simple English, I ‘ve the dollar and I want my news to be perceived perfect, I then pay the editor to just do that.
      Don’t be dis-heartened just solider on!!

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  7. Mmembe nishimbi ba HH needs coverage.kikiki kwena fishinka.HH is very desparate to win but we are watching closely.

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  8. This is the problem with this hateful and abusive guy called Mmembe. Even in an apology, he will still look for an opportunity to express his hate and abusiveness. Mmembe and his Post have practiced very manipulative reporting! We hope Mmembe can also grow up and treat HH and other politicians, including Edgar Lungu fairly! There is no doubt that PF has completely failed and needs to be replaced by any competent team!

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  9. The greatest mistake you made Fred is to align yourself so openly to Sata led PF. You lost your credibility and independence. The opinions were Michael this and Michael that! Literally hero worshipping him when so of us knew he was your best enemy after he engineered Chiluba’s MMD presidency to the detriment Of Mr. Arthur Wina who happened to be your uncle! D dd

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  10. You cannot trash an apology while in the same breath say you accept and forgive that person. Only a narcissistic, hateful individual with an over-inflated ego can do it. Mmembe, just one question for you: what was your role in the misunderstanding you had with HH? It always takes two to tangle, despite you wanting us to believe otherwise. You also contributed to whatever was going on between the two of you,,, so please get off the high horse and don’t be a holier than thou!

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  11. Either out of desperation or not. HH has nothing to lose, one blogger has said it before, if you want to keep Lungu in power, you can do that but HH will still survive anywhere on the globe with his deep pockets. You’re not punishing HH.

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    • Let him survive with his money, does he feed anyone or does his money add any factor to anyone’s equation? Its useful to him but to me, it is just useless. ECL will win wina azalila fili uko tuleya.

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    • @spark jarrow you think HH WILL use his pockets to feed the nation, bufi,wenye ,ulabeja , he wants to amash more thats why is desparate to get to plot one.power is sweeter than money

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    • exactly and I don’t think he needs the post to win anyway I know he is up to something with that move(Apology) but not that he wants the post to cover him. This guy(HH) is not dumb guys #Fingerscrossed

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  12. Fred M’membe is not s t u p i d as UPND cadres that HH has blind folded with his money. Fred Membe has done his research and he fully knows that HH can’t win this election. That is why he has the nerves and audacity to even throw up on HH’s apology.

    If an Apology had come from PF and Lungu, this would have been a different editorial. Membe still thinks UPND is a a tribal and regional party and he has not even apologised for his attack on UPND and HH ,but rather justified his labeling of HH and UPND as a reginal and tribal party.

    It would be interesting to hear UPND’s official response to Mmembe

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    • @booty licking
      We have not seen your apology to PF. What have you turned into today, after all those insults against the PF? I quote” We can not condone the unruly behavior exhibited in the KAPONYAs mentality of PF cadres. Kaponyas will not be given chance to rule our beautiful nation.” These were your words now I think you are trying to booty lick in order to have a job in PF.

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    • Spot on I have not and will never. PF still remains a party of Kaponyas and I still stand by my words that it is the worst mistake Zambia has ever made. MMD will bounce back we have the resources and the structures. We just need to activate them. PF has created this perceived confusion in MMD. In fact what Lungu want is not a PACT with MMD, but a pact with the Ministers he illegally co-opted into PF. He wants MMD to accept members who have moved on to join PF. There is no division in MMD and there are no factions. What MMD is going through is just a phase where the party is weak.

      Just like a Leopard can’t change its spots, I will never change my MMD colours , sorry to let you down

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    • But surely @MMD Bootlicker, one would say that MMD haven’t the foggiest of a chance in many years to come; is it not better that they do come into an alliance with PF, if only to have a taste of power in this century!! How can you even condone an alliance with UPND,….baffling? We suppose that is your desire because you cannot have the 50%+1 as a single Party in the coming elections. Do you not agree that MMD is an albatross??

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  13. It takes a thief to know a fellow thief and to make the matters worse there are upnd cadres in zesco giving us un necessary load shading so that we blame the government of the day we know all of u doing this and we will sort u out wait if u think we dont know whats happening.

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  14. THE COMMENT FROM THE POST NEWSPAPER HAS A LOT THAN MEETS THE EYE. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO SALUTE HH FOR MAKING THAT BOLD MOVE TO SWALLOW HIS PRIDE AND EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH TO THE MANAGEMENT OF THE POST NEWS PAPER. WOUNDS CAN COME IN LIFE, BUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO HEAL THOSE WOUNDS. I CLEARLY SEE THAT FRED MMEMBE IS NOW COMING OUT INTO THE OPEN ACCEPTING HH AND UPND AS BEING THE ONLY SOLID ALTERNATIVE FOR MOTHER ZAMBIA. IF POST INDEED STANDS FOR THE COMMON GOOD, THEN LET THEM SUPPORT HH FULL THROTTLE! I AM GLAD TO KNOW THAT POST DOES REALIZE THAT LUNGU’S PF REGIME IS A TYRANT ONE,HENCE ZAMBIA NEEDS TO, AS A MATTER OF URGENY, GET RID OF THIS CRIMINAL PF GOVERNMENT THIS AUGUST. VIVA HH VIVA! VIVA UPND VIVA!

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  15. It’s incredible being human! If he didn’t apologize, the same critics would criticize him of pride… Since he has apologized, you still find reasons to condemn him…. Do we really take a serious introspection of ourselves before we point a finger at someone?

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  16. Icilema’s and bakacema’s apology has been an exercise in futility. Mmembe has thrown it in the dustbin!

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  17. HH is desparete for VOTES. He will do anything …But too late.

    HH and Kabimba apologizing…why…coz is election year..HH and Kabimba are leopards who never change their spots..they are the same crooks yestaday, today, tomoro and forever.

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  18. Imagine if Zambia had 15 newspapers that are on the standard of the POST!!!! Your politicians wud check themselves before they say or indulge in any dealings that are questionable. Long Live Media Freedom

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    • & t is just what Africa needs my brother! Unfortunately so many of these folks can’t see beyond their noses, it is a real jungle out there.

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  19. Apologies?ba truth meembe and hh is as same as trying to mix water and petrol.that editorial means a lot.why is there no official response from upnd?is it bcoz meembe has talked about upnd being trible and regional?and why apologise at this time.(last chance)he looses then he will thrown in the dustbin.

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  20. Mmembe and The Post is just trying to show you who think that they seek favours from politicians that they don’t. I would like to challenge anyone from the former ruling parties and the current ruling party in power to challenge The Post if at all they have sought favours before. If not then they are a genuine paper.

    They are trying to be clear that even if HH wins this year’s elections due their support for him they will not need his favours. That is not hate mwebantu.

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    • ..post are not being sincere…the first few months of MMD in office they got massive support in kind….they fell apart on third term issue and FTJ choice of PLM…its a known fact that the post wanted someone else(from western province)..
      …they briefly reconciled with Levy and got govt tax waiving favours….which was the case with MCS administration and later used by ECL to hammer them…how else do you think the post found themselves in trouble with a tax man…??…they enjoyed that tax waiving favour which ABC and Kambwili knew about….don’t believe everything you read…you expected the post to admit and expose the favours they enjoyed from govt…not at all…there is nothing for free…

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    • @Kambwili tell me why the post have not been paying tax since 2011?Dont you think it had something to do with Sata?If true then is it not corruption?Membe you have destroyed many people you time will come soon.With or without the post HH is winning.I thank him for apoligising the problem remains with Membe.

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  21. Zambians must learn to be analytical. Only one blogger has seen through Mmembe’s response to HH’s apology and this the blogger who posts by the name “TRUTH”. What i see is launch pad set by the post for their HH campaign. Do you woder why HH apologized and later Kabimba also apologized to Zambians?
    Learn to read between the lines. Watch what follows next from the post!!

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    • Spot on! The coverage started yesterday with Kabimba and HH shaking hands the image on front page!!

      Watch how the election campaigns of Rainbow coalition of HH n Kabimba will rock daily on front page.

      And in case you missed it, the coverage , credibility and consistency of the Post outweighs the Public media and Sakala daily corruption nation combined

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  22. Naimwe ba LT why are you reproducing this shiit editorial? Those who want to read it should go to the Past

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    • …LT always get articles from other sources apart from their editorial comments or write ups…..we do read most of their articles from the source but we are left with a burning desire to respond and that’s were LT and other online publications comes in to give us that platform to ‘cough out’ whats is in our chest as regard to the article….

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  23. A wise man would accept an apology without conditions or a lengthy statement. That editorial tells you a lot about the people behind the post newspaper. The post has done a lot of damage in Zambia including evading tax, wasting billions of tax payers money through DBZ etc, have they apologized for such misdeeds – I do not remember seeing any such apology!

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  24. Why is HH apoologising to Membe and the Post? If anything, it should be the other way round. Why should HH apologise to Membe, a man who owes millions to the Zambian public and did not pay and still has not paid his taxes due to corruption? So if HH wins the next election, Membe will not have to pay back the DBZ nkongole and will be allowed not to pay tax again?

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    • @kayaula…
      ….HH is just trying to be a ‘bigger’ person here…remember he is a renowned business man….their best quality is to see an opportunity were an ordinary the wouldn,t ….there is some thing he has seen in apologising which you and I may not see thou most of us know why….
      …the question of him HH being bought or held at ransom to pay back Post when in power is not guaranteed….politicians have no permanent enemies or friends….

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  25. satanism is not only drinking blood,its also identified in hate speech.all thoz who commented hatefully ar satanists.

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  26. …’sorry, apology not accepted..’….when someone apologises, you hag and move on ‘hand in hand’…you don’t recall the past sour issues or why you thing he has come forward to apologise…
    …I bet the man has just swallowed his pride and had to do what the post demanded from Maurine Mwanawasa when she visited the post to solicit for support….im sure the post gave a condition that not until HH apologises, they wouldn’t cover him and ofcourse UPND has seen the value to go to bed with the post tho ofcourse all is cosmetic……

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  27. I have a bit of a problem with Post’s sense of sincerity. They always want to show a holier than thou mentality when they are rotten to the core. They are claiming that they don’t need any political party or govt to survive but when they befriended Sata, they stopped paying Taxes.

    Can Fred Mmembe tell me why the Post stopped paying taxes when they befriended Sata? Is that not surviving on some one’s back?

    The Post only becomes the friends of Zambians when their own survival is threatened. They are a bunch of hypocrites

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  28. Surely Zambians are able to read between the line. Who are you trying to fool M’membe. The problem with you is that, you always think that you have the monopoly of wisdom and you are too intelligent when in-fact not. Please do a self introspection, you will actually realize that you are in-fact not intelligent but a fool in a fools’ paradise.

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  29. HH has drawn a blank just like he says he will shut down RATSA allow the street vendors to continue to trade on the streets, stop road blocks and convert the loans to marketeers into grants and even increase them…..well as Fred the accounts clerk turned wanna be lawyer and scribe with a pistol you are wasting his time…his Michael is dead and rotting just like his Levy…..he has had enough and like he told Wynter the council lawyer who never won a case…The Past doesn’t need a politician like him to survive….

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    • Imwe ba Emerson You yourself won’t die and rot like Levy and Michael? I have got news for you with 100% certainty: you will also die and rot like them. Read Ben Carson’s “Taking the Risk” and read what he says about death.

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  30. HH would have apologizd to lungu and the move would have united Zambians. Tongas risks remaining in opposition after August the situation which will be costry to them. Hope Tongas will vote lungu and and be part of the ruling class

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  31. Mmembe has read HH’s reasoning and he does not believe even a wee of every single word of that apology. He said and I quote; “We don’t think even his apology is really something that is borne out of genuine contrition. We believe it is a product of political expedience in the quest for power”.
    But of course I also don’t believe Mmembe because we all know that he supported Mwanawasa and Sata for financial expedience and Power. DBZ loan, Zambian Airweays fiasco and ZRA are still very fresh in our minds and Fred had to render support to both Mwanawas and Sata in an attempt to elude paying. So its really as they call the bottom of the kettle calling the bottom of the pot black.

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  32. Beware Zambia! Cartels regrouping. Vote pickpockets on the loose! Are there Zambians still buying the paper and buying advertising space in the post newspaper? Well wonders never cease!! Obviously that apology was fake. There is no depth that one politician can sink to that is low enough in the chase for votes. This is just another alliance between HH and the Post newspaper, beware Zambian voters!

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    • I am a Zambian. The Post is the most expensive including its advertising rates. I am a business man.

      Now hear this: I only buy the Post and ONLY advertise in the Post for EVERYDAY of the year at K45/day.

      The Post , for those who mean Business!!

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  33. After everything has been said and done HH is the bigger one. Good to appoligise. Insulted or not but its just refreashing to appologise and move on.

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  34. Two crooks trying to trap each other. Bloggers above have said it all about Fred’s hypocricy and opportunistic character. HH is also another power hungry person trying to use anyone and everyone who he can to get to plot 1. The same Post has failed to communicate fairly on the state of the economy and the fact that the Zambian economy has a vulnerable structure due to a mono-economy dependent on copper as a forex earner, while economic diversification was neglected and investment in power was secondary to political expediency by former governments.
    They have choosen to hip all blame on ECL for inconveniencing them with a tax burden which they always managed to avoid paying through political favour even as soon as 2014 by the MCS led PF government.
    Fred still believes HH & UPND are a…

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  35. They have choosen to hip all blame on ECL for inconveniencing them with a tax burden which they always managed to avoid paying through political favour even as soon as 2014 by the MCS led PF government.
    Fred still believes HH & UPND are a tribal grouping who have never changed.

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  36. There is nothing wrong in HH apologising to Post.Post should not even build castles in the air over HH apology.18 October was declared,a day of reconciliation and fasting.The prayers which were rendered on that particular day should start bearing fruits now.If HH apologises to Post,it means prayers have started bearing fruits.You are the same people who have been calling HH a satanist and alot of names.In satanic world,there is no apology.A satanist does not apology,even if he or she is wrong.A nation that does not apologise for its wrong doing,is a dead nation.We need to set a precedent in a nation of being apologetic if we are wrong.

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  37. What cheek to say the Post covers Lungu when it covers him in the negative light calling him a drunkard, about to die, etc. Ask Lungu if he appreciates your coverage. At one time you told us that Sata was incapable of ruling Zambia but for reasons only known to you “Michael” became your favourite politician.

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  38. Mr Mmembe’s editorials reek and stink to the high heavens. They entered into a lapdog coital lock with PF when Sata was at its helm. They called him “Michael” as if they were calling their puppet. They continually referred to UPND as a Bantustan party. Today they pretend to us like Sata’s demise created the PF monster yet fair-minded observers will remember just how violent and voceferous the PF has been. I strongly feel Mr Hakainde was ILL ADVISED to apologize to the POST. Those folks at the POST are responsible for creating the PF monster which has also come to haunt them-which is the only consolation in this saga. As a matter of fact they should have apologized to him for all the calumny.

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  39. Well, well, well!! Thumbs up to HH for this apology! As for Fred, I feel sorry for your soul, I really do. I can see that you have a mega memory and you are such a smart guy, probably the best News Editor in the history of Zambia. Sometimes I even wonder how you are able to explain some hard Bible passages better than most of our so-called pastors!!

    However, I have a few things against you. Your hatred towards HH is demonic and unbelievable! You have never said one thing wrong about Sata even with all evidence that the man was a tribalist and a dictator. I wont lie, I like your spiced up Editorials. They are the best. ZR, Daily Nation and others have tried to reach your level of writing skills but have lamentably failed. Your bias is as shrewd as a serpent, I mean, the Devil himself…

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  40. Hh has miscalculated again, or misfired again. If he is genuine, let him apologise to the people for taking over UPND on the back of strong tribal card and his refusal to refute the matter since 2005. It is the people that matter in such apologies than the Post.

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  41. This is the desperation of HH that i have been talking about.He said there is no need for him to be covered by the post in order to win.The perpetual loser is losing again come 11 th august.

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  42. What the Post Newspaper must understand is that all people are politically moved. Post should just start support HH than being nobody if the paper is after change of Leadership this year. I must say that everyone wants change because PF ( Poor Family, Poor Farmers, Panga Family, Power Failure, name them) have failed us in many ways.

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  43. IS HH ALSO GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR SAYING THAT M’MEMBE STOLE K 14 BILLION FROM DBZ? HE NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT ALSO.
    HE ALSO NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE FOR CALLING THE POST AS A CARTEL.

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  44. FOLKS IN ZAMBIA, LISTEN UP…[email protected] People Never Develop
    You are perfectly correct. What is shocking in all these tiresome accusations and illogical counter arguments by said Party that is lead by an Economist….is that they seem not to understand that the PRIVATE Sector is also duty bound to create jobs. Who is the Richest man in Zambia with successful Private Companies, worldwide? YEP, HH. How many jobs has he created since he must demonstrate his acumen to become Zambia’s Next a President?? Was it in substantial numbers for him to make all this noise against his mate in a bad climate period?

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  45. The victim apologizing to the local bully. Sorry sir I put my foot below yours. Who was insulting who on a daily basis? I must have been living in a parallel universe the past decade.

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  46. HH HAS TUCKED HIS TAIL BETWEEN HIS TWO LEGS, HUMBLED HIMSELF, EATEN A HUMBLE PIE, ADMITTED THAT HE CANNOT DO WITHOUT THE POST SENSED THE NOOSE OF 50%+1 AND BANTUSTAN POLITICS SQUEEZING HIN IN A VERY TIGHT CORNER.

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  47. There was no need for Mmembe to react the way he has done to HH. Mmembe claims he strives and only runs because of the support from Zambians but the truth is each time Mmembe has a section of Zambians that he hurts to the heart. He calls people names like bantustan, he has given false hope to Zambians than no other citizen. When HH apologises I believe he did not say The Post never injured him but feels it is necessary to make peace and it looks like Mmembe hates this approach may be he prefered an insult. To insinuate that HH has made pledges to support The Post it has grieved Mmembe as if HH has said he wants to corrupt the Post. Any person can pledge even to God or any other independent being. Sad Mmembe hates it. I believe HH can pledge and even buy space on ZNBC and enter in a…

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  48. Lungu all the way. Lungu is our God given leader. One year not enough for any meaningful development unless one is a Satanist like one Kachema. We will give Lungu a full 5 years come August till 2021. No need for change

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  49. We cannot allow the purported Satanist to rule Zambia never. Only in the dreams of tongas. He can sell Zambia to the devil. Noooo. Its ECL till 2021

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  50. I thought it was Memmbe who was supposed to apologize to HH for having called him a leader of a Bantustan party!

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  51. Apologies are noble. In a spirit of give and take, the Post needs to swallow its pride and accept apologies from rivals and friends. Or is The Post looking for compensation and damages? If that is the case, then it is better to determine the amount involved in the settlement by a competent authority. Apologies ear a recognized method of working with independent entities that can not find reason to do things in the same way.

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  52. only to those with short memories will consider the mmembe’s post’s claims not to have thrived on any govt favours in the past.recall when the sata chased one of there jonourlist at farmer’s house the post swered that they will not cover sata.few months down the line they started covering him till pf won the 2011 elections it’was all the way showering praises for one no other than michael this michael that..while RB was painted black bcause he never shown them any favours during his tenature..today again they hav fallen out of favour with ECL and all they write about pf is not like it was when there Michael was at the helm of Pf.

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  53. HH mwana that is crocodile tears.Our uncles are suffering because of your greed.You sold the companies with KAFUPI.Where is the money?Could you kindly apologize as well.You stepped in mud and everyone is seeing with naked eyes.You have agreed your self that you are a regional and tribal LEADER…….Yes or No

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  54. If HH did not apologise to the POST bloggers would have been saying he is full beans and can’t be seeing doing so. He goes ahead and apologises, he is called all sorts…! What do people want?

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