Edith Nawakwi
Edith Nawakwi

FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has ruled out any possibility of teaming up with the United Party for National Development (UPND) in this year’s general election.

Speaking when she featured on ‘The Assignment’ programme on Muvi TV on Sunday, Ms Nawakwi said the FDD has no intentions of forming a pact with UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema, because such a partnership had collapsed in the past.

She said rumours had been surfacing that the two parties were formalising talks for an alliance and that such talk was non existent.

“UPND is notorious in a number of areas, certain party officials have been going round announcing the impending alliance with FDD, but we are not going to do that because this party has been in several alliances before and they failed,” Ms Nawakwi said.

She said the FDD could not ‘escort’ another political party to win an election, because her party enjoyed massive support from the Zambians.

Meanwhile, Ms Nawakwi has urged agricultural students to consider venturing into agro-business upon completing their studies.

She said in the face of harsh economic realities, students should not depend only on formal employment, but venture into private businesses such as agriculture, which offered good retains if well tended.

She said there was need to re-focus attention from maize to crops such as sunflower and groundnuts.

“We need to be smart and discover which other crops we can invest in. Is it millet, sunflower or groundnuts? These are some of the crops that we should give enough attention so that agriculture grows alongside maize,” she said.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. Madam, please make a pact with HH as your rule of law though has extremism is needed to control HH. He cannot also sack you as people will vote for you as VP not for the president. You don’t have time to gain that popularity. but as a VP with you own mandate you will show what you are made of. Zambia is willing to take a five year risk wit anyone to better live of people. you will also be judged. please rethink

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    • She is just playing it hard to get so that HH is fooled to believe that she deserves to be his running mate. Maybe? But I know many girls who played that game when we were 20something and today they cry out loud to have us guys they thought we were not worthy of them before.

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    • Madam Nawakwi, personally, I think you are wise sometimes and you have brilliant policies. However, yours is a dead-end if you dont change course. In simpler language, your party aint’ goin’ nowhere! Even young Rainbow and baby Orange “Afcon” Alliance will beat you.

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  2. this girl is focused on solutions… but how did she fail to tick in MMD? she should say if she has reformed so that we know we are dealing with a ka new person… bushe kaliko greedy ka gelo aka?

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  3. Nawakwi….always in gaga land. FDD enjoying huge support? Statistics madam, just check past results, less than 1%. FDD is a no game changer as far as I am concerned, and you Nawakwi should be able to see that. You need to enter into a pact, but you are right, not with HH. The boy is too selfish. Rather stand as MP in your village and let FDD support EL or Nevers for president with a clause that you shall be made a top minister in the new govt. Otherwise, just continue enjoying donor money as a nonentity opposition leader.

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  4. SINKAMBA WISDOM – Nawakwi , just sober up and team up with HH and UPNd or else you miss the opportunity of being in the next government

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  5. Over the years HH has rallied behind him the whole southern province becoming the undisputed and unopposed face of UPND managing to bolster and amalgamate the party into a closely knit and unified entity, with virtually no factions, anchored by a common background.

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  6. The voting pattern for southern province in the last elections is a deafening knell of this fact. Mmembe in his post newspaper has been brazen referring to UPND’s stronghold as a “Bantustan” in previous editorials. The question is: going into elections, will UPND manage to break this negative perception? Can UPND take steps to undo the damage and reverse this tribal tag?

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  7. “FDD president Edith Nawakwi has ruled out any possibility of teaming up with the United Party for National Development (UPND) in this year’s general election”.

    Iwe Nawakwi, that is incorrect English, just say “it is impossible to team up with the United Party for National Development (UPND) in this year’s general election”.

    Everyone knows that no sane Zambian can work with HH, not even Mmembe except to sell his Post, not even Sampa. Only non-sane and one vote inconsequential people like Kabimba can think of such anathema. But then doesn’t Kabimba speak the same language?

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  8. ZAMBIANS ARE NO LONGER SEARCHING FOR A PARTY TO VOTE FOR ON AUGUST 11. ZAMBIANS KNOW BY NOW WHO THEIR NEXT PRESIDENT IS. ZAMBIANS ARE NOT CALLING FOR ANY ALLIANCE BECAUSE THE ROAD IS CLEAR ABOUT HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE THIS AUGUST. ZAMBIANS ARE RESOLVED TO VOTE FOR HH AND HIS UPND TEAM. VIVA HH VIVA! VIVA UPND VIVA!

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  9. If you form Pact with UPND make sure that you agree on one condition, if anything sign a memorandum that you will be the running mate! The guy (HH) cannot be trusted.

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  10. you foul the story of tribal is long gone wake up *****. to you nawakwi if not careful your party will move from number three to number four. because we cant see your massive popularity across the country and be informed that you are just good to give checks and balance to the gov. but not as a president just forget that dream dear.

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  11. I believe she has no chance of winning but entering into pacts at this moment is just ridiculous. You are in better bargaining position in the second round. Don’t follow the political immaturity of Nevers Mumba. Well done Edith.

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  12. Nawakwi think fdd will be the strongest after upnd victory.Dont forget that,this time around people ‘re already decided who to run this country smoothly.Even yo surpporters nawakwi,re 4 this change,because of heat on the ground,Pact or no Pact

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  13. Nawakwi is right pipo how many pacts which hh made & failed at one point in UDA pact nawakwi supported hh & what happened ?y can’t hh one day support others?so nawakwi knows what she is toking about beaten once twice sh***she knows hh better than upnd cadres besides ukumulefwaya bt muleponta

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  14. You are thinking properly madam Nawakwi …. Let upnd and its leaders first start to think as Zambians . Do not align yourselves with failures of hh and gbm ….just look at how a medical doctor banda has turned out to be…like a nincompoop.

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    • I didn’t know Banda was a medical Doctor…….. but he looks, he looks ‘tired’ for lack of a better term.

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  15. Nawakwi can hang and must have respect for others FDD not important to UPND .With or without her UPND will get it because people are tired of chipantepante type of government .

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  16. Nawakwi was once duped by HH he told her she didn’t have helicopters to go around to the remote parts of Zambia….she refused. So HH spoke with his tribal cousin Hambulo. Using tribe plus a chance to stand as MP (he lost) he convinced his Edith to allow the pact…she set a condition that in the event that HH did not win the election in the next one she would get his support…well he agreed to all this that’s how Edith aka ‘Mutinta’ went along with the pact…HH was nicely hammered but did he think of a pact in the next round? Nope he ignored Edith, he refused to have a pact…but now the tables have turned he needs her but she’s is strong on her own. Her party has gone national his has remained Bantustan(courtesy of Fred)

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  17. Comment:madam forming a pact with HH that will be the end of you. HH has entered into many paçts which has failed to work because of his selfishness and his ego to to become the president.UDA failed the with PF he claimed to be more popular than Sata of which was not true. if he wasn’t too selfish maybe this time would have been a president. this way I can not trust him he is too selfish centered all wants is power once he achieves that all will be useless he is a dictator .he can pretend to be nice now because he knows that the only way to get what he wants.madam hop you Will make a better decision.

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  18. Comment:what goes around comes around HH hope now you understand why it is important to be honest in life.now you need her the most unless she is so stupid to consider your offer .madam it will be more wise for you to work with sampa and the great man mr guyscout .in guys I see a better zambia .we need strong women with strong desire to develop our country not those with desire for power.Edith, Sampa, kaseba sata, Scott not pipo like HH, GBM….kaiñgu ..mutati ,nalumaba who have allowed them selves to be fooled by HH.l don’t hate but I hate his way of doing and saying things .

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  19. Comment:what goes around comes around HH hope now you understand why it is important to be honest in life.now you need her the most unless she is so stupid to consider your offer .madam it will be more wise for you to work with sampa and the great man mr guyscout .in guys I see a better zambia .we need strong women with strong desire teo develop our country not those with desire for power.Edith, Sampa, kaseba sata, Scott not pipo like HH, GBM….kaiñgu ..mutati ,nalumaba who have allowed them selves to be fooled by HH.l don’t hate but I hate his way of doing and saying things .

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