UPND Chairman for Mines Defects to PF
UPND Chairman for Mines Defects to PF

UNITED Party for National Development(UPND) has suffered a setback after their mines chairperson Maxwell Mwale along with 2,500 ditched the opposition political parties and joined the ruling Patriotic Front(PF).

Apart from UPND members who defected to PF others were MMD members.

The defection of Mr Mwale who is former MMD Malambo Member of Parliament (MP) has come barely few days when UPND MP for Katuba Jonas Shakafuswa defected to the ruling party.

The former cabinet minister in MMD regime said when he officially announced his defection at Chiutika primary school in Mambwe today that he was impressed with the developmental projects which the ruling party has fostered in various parts of the country.

He said he cannot continue aligning himself with opposition political party because it had no future.

“I have found it incumbent or important that i should align myself with the party in power.The PF Government has done a lot like the Chipata-Mfuwe road and many other development projects”he said.

And receiving the defectors,PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri assured the people of Mambwe that Government would deliver relief food to starving people.

She explained that it was a shame that some traditional leaders were even following politicians in court.

She said she was happy that the traditional leadership in Eastern province showed maturity by not giving solidarity to Mr Mwale.

Ms Mumbi said the traditional leadership should not flash party symbols like what happened to the wife of Chief Mukuni of Southern Province who flashed a UPND symbol.

Speaking earlier Eastern Province chairperson Andrew Lubusha said the defectors would be incorporated into various campaign committees.

UPND Chairman for Mines Defects to PF
UPND Chairman for Mines Defects to PF

Meanwhile, UPND National Management Committee trustee, Maybin Mubanga has also defected to the Patriotic Front. Mr. Mubanga said that he has decided to join the PF because President Edgar Lungu has exhibited zeal to revive the country’s economy.

Mr. Mubanga told the media at a briefing in Lusaka today that President Lungu is a humble servant who wants to uplift the livelihood of the poor. Mr. Mubanga said there is no reason to remain in the UPND because President Lungu holds the vision similar to the founder of UPND, Anderson Mazoka. He has since appealed to Zambians to support and vote for President Lungu and the PF in the August 11 elections.

And PF Secretary General, Davies Chama said more people including senior member of the UPND want to join PF. Mr. Chama said the PF is the only party with a mission and vision to transform the country. He said the decision to join the PF is the best move which should never be regrettable.

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  1. UPND is under a lot of pressure. This year the battle lines are drawn, (HH) and the Under-5 are finished!

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    • Maxwell Mwale failed to deliver victory for UPND in last year’s election in his former constituency, he is a useless man with no influence and brings no value to PF. He is following his friend RB

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    • PF don’t jump around with this defection! Maxwell Mwale is RB`s boy,,,, who doesn’t know that RB is pulling the strings after his corruption sins have been forgiven

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    • Kikikikikikikiki, yaba!………..and yet we were told that there will be mass defections from PF to UPND…….I am not surprised because we told them that no such thing will happen. Viva ECL.

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    • Are you sure it wasn’t 2.5million defections? I can see more than 2500 there! LOLOL, what a circus, how desperate can you get?
      Lelo Lelo, time to go back to real jobs, inchito shalapwa!

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    • It is Mr Mwale’s right to join whatever party he’s comfortable with but then we also know that he’s supposed to be in jail. So his reasoning is influenced by a lot of factors.
      Its also the right of chiefs to visit who ever welcomes them. Nobody visited Mr Mwale as his charges were for stealing while its a known fact that GBM is being persecuted.

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    • More are coming in the boat. My reliable sources are telling me that even Mutale Nalumango and Ba Maureen are on the way to the boat. Lekeni Lungu ateke. Nafuti nafuti nipamaka!! PF all the way!!

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    • Its not about HH, you should be thinking about the fate of the country. The economic crisis in which Zambia is in now, it will take 20 to 30 to fix it. HH`s is very comfortable and his children are well sorted out. Every sensible Zambian adult should worry about the future of the Zambian children.

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    • In a democracy, freedom of association is cardinal. Nabaye ba Mwale mucibote ku PF with our blessings.

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    • If it was in tom and jerry the eyes will be spinning round by just watching these politicians criss crossing to and fro, From one party to the other and then back. Its even making me go dizzy just watching this circus, surely we need principled politicians, why is it that these things do not happen in the west. Its so hard to be a chifita coz its like in everything our friends are always a mile ahead of us.
      Where are the morals in these over grown babies we call politicians.

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    • Pf has no respect for Zambian women, what was the purpose of displaying those young girls almost naked at chrisma hotel, is this what it means to choose a female running mate abusing them in public, just check the pic on mwebantu, disheartening, where are the women groups in this country?

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    • MAXWELL MWALE has always been MMD. Yes he supported UPND in last year’s elections but he’s NEVER been a UPND supporter. Njala yamunyokola!!!! Let him freely support Edgar Chaangwa. He was not our member

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    • IT IS INSANE (OR UKUPEPE FYAMBA) TO EVEN DREAM THAT UPND CAN WIN THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS. THEIR BIG CHANCE WAS LOST IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTIONS WHEN PF WAS IN TOTAL CONFUSION DUE TO THE DEATH OF MR SATA AND DISARRAY DUE TO THE THEN DIVIDED PF. WHEN THEY LOST THIS ELECTIONS THIS A WAKE UP CALL TO RE-THINK REPLACEMENT OF THE EVER-LOSING PARTY PRESIDENT. THIS TIME PF IS SO FORTIFIED IT WOULD EVEN WIN MORE CONSTITUENCIES FROM UPND. THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA UNDERSTAND THE CURRENT ECONOMIC PROBLEMS AND THEIR ORIGINS. IT’S A GLOBAL ISSUE AND PF MUST EXPLAIN EVEN TO RURAL DWELLERS WHO MAY NOT KNOW

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    • …BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING CHEATED BY THE OPPOSITION SIDE. HOWEVER, MOST VILLAGERS ARE EVEN MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN TOWN DWELLERS WHO ALWAYS GET USED IN VIOLENCE.

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    • @1.1 MUSENGE, THAT SHOULD TELL YOU THE FACT THAT IT IS THE ENTIRE UPND THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA (MINUS SOUTHERN PROVINCE) ARE REJECTING DUE TO THEIR TRIBAL INCLINATION. OTHER WISE ON A DIFFERENT TICKET HE MIGHT HAVE WON. IF HE APPLIES ON PF TICKET THIS TIME ROUND HE WILL DEFINITELY WIN BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA HAVE ACCEPTED THE ENTIRE PF.

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  2. Mwale is RB’s boy and RB is running PF, this is not a surprise at all… he has followed his mentor.

    He will however be regrating his move in after 11.08.16 when HH takes the presidency.

    Viva HH, Zambia forward

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    • PF have conclusively proven that Max Mwale was corrupt and a thief. This man was seeking shelter in UPND while waiting to go to jail. He is still going to jail anyway. UPND should not have had him as a spokesman.

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  3. Just like flies are attracted to fecal matter so are politicians attracted to were corruption is. The freestyle plundering in PF seems to be attracting many. Anyway, only Zambians will tell these politicians what they really want on 08/11

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  4. Its not a secret, these big wigs in UPND have realised that as Non-Tonga, one is a non entiry in that Banthustan Party ! Meetings have been held in the past week only attended by HH and Bantu Botatwe tribalists like Maureen Mwanawasa

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  5. UPND predicted massive defections from PF after Sampa left, but how come we are not seeing them defections, but continue to see top Dogs from UPND leaving. You can insult Maxwell Mwale all you want but HH and the entire UPND thought he was a big fish and that is why the gave him the position of Chairman for mines. So this is a big loss to UPND. Not event MMD is losing big fish at the rate UPND is. The other day it was Shakas. Am sure if GBM defected today you will call him names and how useless he was. UPND Learn to read the danger signs correctly

    Maybe Mumbi Phiri is just right, UPND likes fantasizing.

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  6. That guy who has defected looks like a desperate job seeker to me. He is just another riffraff trying to take chances.
    Honestly those defecting from UPND are people who think that they stand no chance of getting jobs because of the stiff competition. On the other hand PF has become a shell of itself so it is obvious PF would take them with both hand. That is politics!!!!

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    • But he was your chairman for mines guys, then there is something wrong with UPND if you can put him to be your chairman for such an important industry like the mines

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    • I personally know Mr. Maxwell Mwale. He is a geologist/mining engineer with a masters degree in the same field. He also has a lot of properties here in Lusaka and Eastern province. At the wedding of one of his nephews which I was privileged to attend, he paid in full all that his nephew was required to pay on the spot. And I am not talking of small change here. This guy is far from being being broke or desperate for a job! Ba UPND smell the the coffee. These are danger signs.

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  7. End of the day we are where we started from before October 2011! MMD is full in PF almost taking over though with a difference that UPND has also received some former PFs and a few MMDs. We seem to be failing to create the real change that can get started in doing things differently!!

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    • It is not so much the name of the party that brings about change but the vision of its leaders. UNIP was full of ex ANC members but brought about independence because the vision of its leaders was to get independence by any means necessary not the ANC which believed in “ukupokelela ichinsenda ku nkoko kunakilila” MMD was full of ex UNIP members but the vision of its leaders was to do away with socialism. PF was full of MMD members but got into government because of Sata’s vision. Donald Trump is causing ripples in the Republican party because of his vision or lack of it. The UPND of HH is not the same as the UPND of Mazoka who to this day some people believe he was robbed of the presidency. Mandela, Gandhi, Idi Amin, Hitler, Churchill, its all about leaders.

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    • @senoir engineer rtd.
      should you waste any breath on these tongas?
      whatever you say to these ‘fyumbu munshololwa’ is just in vain.
      today if a corrupt element like gbm joins them, they say “politics is about numbers”.
      when they loose a member of central committee, and 2500 cadres, they call them names.
      this just shows how immature they are politically.

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  8. Both Shakas & Mwale knew that they would no be adopted by the UNDP. They scavengers looking for adoption & the PF has promised to adopt them. Simple politics of the belly.

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  9. I think right thinking people are living UPND. Politics is all about numbers! Am sure HH has now got nothing to hold on to because his men have no confidence in him.

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  10. It is good for UPND to rid itself of fake people, PF adding more useless people while alienating their old members. Let UPND learn how to appoint genuine people than poor unprincipled people like these. Falling for a brown envelope pretty soon he is going to defect when PF boat sinks

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  11. Lungu & RB trying harder to regroup their tribes men!My really surprised that Eastern are now allover the top civil service appointments under PF.Just try to visit any government institution,you will attest to this fact.Under Sata,it was the Northerners.Surely,does it mean that the other 71 tribes have no qualified human resource?Anyway,Mumbi can brag whatever pleases her,but regime change will come on 11th August,only jokers & lunatics can tolerate these stupidities in all aspects of governance from PF!

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  12. Eastern province is a crucial province for the next govt. Whoever captures eastern province wins the presdency. The population of EP is almost twice that of southern. No wonder ECL has started courting EP now. He knows EP made KK. Made MMD and now it is about to make…….

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    • The 2000 population statistics are:Central 1,012,257 (10.3%),Copperbelt 1,581,221 (16.1%)
      Eastern 1,226,767 (12.5%),Luapula 775,353 (7.9%) Lusaka 1,391,329 (14.2%) Northern 1,258,696 (12.8%)North-Western 583,350 (5.9%)Southern 1,212,124 (12.4%) Western 765,088 (7.8%) Which country are you living in

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  13. Maxwell Mwale was Mines Minister in MMD government. UPND was already fully fleged with a shadow cabinet inluding a mines chairperson. How did Mwale become UPND Mines chair person?
    Mwale issued mining licences for cash and received thousands of bicycles to which he was prosecuted for under corruption charges. His attempt to associate himself with UPND was to escape corruption tag he continues to wear todate. Mwale’s fake defection announced underpins his corrupt character, who can trust him.

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  14. PF is attracting all the corrupt MMD thieves. RB, siliya and now this mwale. There is a saying “” birds of a feather flock together”
    They know there is no accoutability in PF, it is a looting feast. Dog eats dog. Sangwapo ruling party.

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  15. Adoption process extended by pf to specifically entice more former mmd to rb’s side to get rid of sata’s men. Mubanga, shakafuswa and mwale all mmd.

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  16. Pf extended adoption specifically to entice former mmd chaps to rb’s side, am is to get rid of sata’s men. Mubanga, mwale and shakafuswa all mmd.

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  17. I personally know Mr. Maxwell Mwale. He is a geologist/mining engineer with a masters degree in the same field. He also has a lot of properties here in Lusaka and Eastern province. At the wedding of one of his nephews which I was privileged to attend, he paid in full all that his nephew was required to pay on the spot. And I am not talking of small change here. This guy is far from being being broke or desperate for a job! Ba UPND smell the the coffee. These are danger signs.

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    • He is also a corruption convict. UPND is a party of principles, maxwell was not going to be adopted as a matter of principle. Same as RB and dora, UPND refused to talk to them. The only place corrupt pipo can go is to PF. It is after all a party of looters, fraudsters, swindlers, Smagglers and down out right theives.

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  18. These mmd chaps have really ransacked sata’s pf, shakafuswa, mubanga, and mwale, after fighting in opposition against mmd for more 10 years sata’s boys have lost the fight to mmd, ba dyompola batamba.

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  19. UPND shall keep on losing elections because they do not ask themselves why such experience politicians like Jonas Shakafusha,Maxwell Mwale can ditch them at 11th hour and add votes to their main competitor PF!!LET ME ASK UPND DREAMERS,BEFORE 2011 ELECTIONS DID U SEE SATA’S PF LOSING SENIOR MEMBERS TO MMD (RULING PARTY THEN)?this never happened as it was PF which even received SENIOR DEFECTORS FROM MMD LIKE MR MANGANI PLUS OTHERS!!you mean all these leaving upnd have no eyes to see that your upnd will lose or win?THE FACT IS THEY ARE LEAVING UPND BECAUSE THEY 100% KNOW THAT MIGHTY PF WILL WIN AND STAY IN POWER FOR NEXT 5YRS!!they cannot imagine spending another 5yrs in opposition!!POLITICS IS ABOUT NUMBERS,SO PF IS DOING VERY FINE AND MAKING TOO EASY TO WIN 2016 GENERAL ELECTIONS!!GO PF…

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    • Iwe stupid man, in PHI and many other places, there is no water and no electricity and there is general poverty among the people due to corruption and you still want PF to run Government? you are thick NO you are dense.

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  20. Mr. Mwale was convicted of abuse of authority. So he is just buying his freedom like RB and others.

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  21. God can never fail His Chosen one. His Excellency President Lungu is the Hottest Ticket in Heaven right now!

    Jesus will honour him for building Churches and ruling with Him at the heart of Zambia. The wicked cannot win in Zambia. God Bless Our President, Protect his feet where they tread. God Bless Zambia, people of faith Arise and sing bus Glory to shine throughout the Land!

    Guess this us going to be a really, really miserable weekend for HH and team! God Comfort him too. I think I’m gonna have a steak meal tonight!

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    • Building churches with one hand while you loot money meant for the poor with the other hand just does not work bbbwwwwanaaaaaaa.

      Redemption day is fast approaching
      Zambia shall be free of these looters

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  22. The $$$$$ millions of kaloba at work. people are harvesting mullions the money which should have gone to feed students. any wonder where the students money is going? I that is ifintu ni Lungu for you.

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  23. UPND is rapidly going into self- immolation. No one has attacked UPND or is there any enemy that has managed to surround and overcome the party. Not even God’s judgement is in effect here. Zambians from the north and east can vividly remember the persecution that was thrust on those not aligned to Mwanawasa between 2001 and 2008. The cartel that planned that persecution of tribes from north and east has offered HH help provided he allows persecution if he wins. Make no mistake voters, persecution and tribalism will be on the ballot paper on 11/8/2016. Together lets stop the persecution agenda.

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    • That’s what they said about Sata….
      Zambians are only intrested in providing meals for family and school frees. They need jobs. Right now things are a mess. Suffering knows no tribe. Every one is suffering under PF.
      Zambia deserves better.

      Time for change.

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  24. Looks like the people had no morale to defect. Because of hunger they are too weak to raise a fist -a symbol of violence..

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  25. Comment:more pipo will tje tribe grouping,only fulls will remain this tribe like great belly mulufumo.

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  26. MWALE SUFFERS FROM ” KANENELOUS MPOMBOLITIS”!!!! IN ANY CASE THAT IS HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS. WISH YOU WELL MR MWALE ” KANENELOUS MPOMBOLITIS” IS SPREADING LIKE FIRE.

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  27. When you read some of the stuff in Zambian politics, you ask yourself, do these people sit down even for a minute to think about the future of their children in Zambia? Its not about HH, but the FUTURE OF ZAMBIA. HH`s children are sorted out.

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  28. As we get closer to 11 August 2016, HH will only remain with foreigners believe you me. HH has no respect for his non T0ngas supporters and have you wondered why its only him who has not seen the development that President Lungu and PF have embarked on?

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  29. Plz stop this trible thing it just shows you how shallow you can think Maxwell was mmd/upnd now pf after 11/8 no one knows coz thy oparete like mahule take it or live it that’s a fact.

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    • Wako ni wako means pf for Pf. This is what he meant by wako ni wako because all the candidates in that constituency haled from there. Non tribal badala.

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  30. It is those parading !diots that have no means to survive who under pressure. What significance is a defection is Lungu and team are comfortable?? None! But because things are not well, they have to media noise so that FOOLS think, somehow the economy is on re-bound. Folks, only myopic Zambians cannot see! A sitting a leader staging defections? For what? It going to be referendum of his leadership and things are not good. Wake up Zambians and take each screaming heading of defection with a grain of salt. The folks staged there are laughing all the way to the bank, but you and I sending this posts have relatives that didn’t eat. I know some of mine didn’t have a square meal and that breaks my heart as I, an individual cannot feed them all, including the many souls in the country. Vote…

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  31. Well spoken Blago u are a true patriot in real sense and meaning of the word not the pioneer failures unfortunately that’s what many of the Zambian voters are failing to comprehend it’s not about parties even when they ve no sense of direction and ve messed up the economics and political dispensation of the country it’s been both economic political drain and total failure a continuation of the mess R.b.left behind.It has been spend spend spend with no fore sight just for political expediency.A stronger and transparent govt is driven by the opposition as in all the parties on the opposing bench

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  32. kikikikikikikikikikiki awe we are waiting to see more defections from pf to upnd but its turning the other way round….anyway we are waiting for more surprises from upnd as we also wait for the G12 from the militia leader who neva even went to skul…..#WE LOVE ECL

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  33. it seems like everyone who joins upnd is something but if one leave it, is nothing he/she has no influence to people… am sure even when hh leaves he will be nothing. lol

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  34. We and ours will remain steadfast with UPND. What matters where I come from are principles, no power for the sake of it even when you have no clue whatsoever what to do with it. Vote PF. WE WILL VOTE UPND irrespective of the outcome.

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  35. Same time u say he is UPND AND MMD so why just say he is MMD than UPND clearly it shows too much fear within the ruling PF..,….its sad that the SAMPA u said is not a factor today u have muscle him using the police shame on u Zambians are a clever people that won’t allow mediocrity to continue unchecked never ….here in Copperbelt mukacimona

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  36. Mr MMB Mwale is a brilliant mining engineer. We did our MSc(Eng) together at Imperial College in London. When he was minister of mines, he had Dr Beene as his PS. They were a formidable team. His defection could be the turning point in this election. PF is heading for victory as a result.

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  37. Remove HH put Garry Nkombo I will vote for UPND…..maintain GBM,Nalumango, Katoloshi, shi nono….forget about my vote as we’ll as others that fear to tell you

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  38. LT, why did you remove my comment. It was a one liner and it was not even defamatory. It is public knowledge that the gentleman was convicted and sentenced an effective 12 months in jail. What wrong did I do by questioning whether or not he had served that sentence????

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  39. LET HIM GO BECAUSE HE IS AT LIBERTY AND THAT CAN NOT CHANGE UPND TO FORM GOVERNMENT. KAPITA RESIGNED AND HAS HE CHANGED NORTHWESTERNERS? NO. VIVA HH, GBM VIVA UPND FORWAD. PF KUYA BEBELE. UBUNGA BWACHILAMO UMUTENGO

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  40. So these defections are big news for PF, right? If UPND was hallucinating about winning, why should the entire party be over celebrating defections of a couple of people? For us standing by the side, this is an indication of desperation. In any case. Defections to UPND never get publicized in government media.

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  41. Next is hh defefcting to pf. Unpd is a regional party for tongas and so it shall remain a tonga party. Gentlemen last elections i voted for unpd but this time ni pf chabe. Unpd is for tongas but pf is for zambians. Lungu is the man not this hh chap a bitter *****….

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  42. Unpd is now a shelf. Everyone is jumping out except tongas. Gentlemen upnd is for tongas. Bembas and easterners dont b fooled by tongas once in the unlickly event that hh wins they will not look at you they will only consider their fellow tongas not u *****s from eastern and northern.Support PF not these bitter and tribal *****s they support their tongas

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  43. Stop there please.HH is just shell of himself .NEXT will be Gary Nkombo,then Request Muntanga and Hihgvie Hamududu then we will see where HH will be positioned viva EDGAR WANZELU LUNGU CHAGWA. ANZELU AKUM”AWA

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  44. @ ZINGALUME AND IMIMBULU, RIGHT AS YOU ARE CALLED BY YOUR NAMES, HAVE YOU DONE YOUR HOMEWORK AT GROUND LEVEL? STAY WITH YOUR TRIBAL REMARKS AND NO ONE WILL BEND TO YOUR BAD LANGUAGE. WHETHER UPND IS FOR TONGAS, THEY ARE ZAMBIANS AND THEY ARE FORMING A GOVERNMENT ON 11 AUGUST AND YOU WILL BE PART OF THE RULE. YOU KNOW THE GOOD THING ABOUT UPND IS THAT IT IS GETTING MOMENTUM AND THE REJECTS LIKE KAPITA, KAFWAYA, MAXWEL MWALE, JONAS ETC. VISION-LESS PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE JOINING POOR FAMILY.
    BRILLIANT PEOPLE ARE JOINING UPND BECAUSE THEY HAVE SEEN ON THE GROUND SUFFERING LEVELS.

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  45. Fintu ni Lungu. Wako ni wako this time. Vote like tongas. Tongas cannot vote for a non tonga so non tongas shud also not vote for tongas. Vote the tonga way by supporting your local tribes. All tongas support hh because he is tonga dont be cheated. Tongas are very tribal so easteners & northerners dont support pipo who call u fools but just want your votes

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  46. Fintu ni Lungu. Wako ni wako this time. Vote like tongas. Tongas cannot vote for a non tonga so non tongas shud also not vote for tongas. Vote the tonga way by supporting your local tribes. All tongas support hh because he is tonga dont be cheated. Tongas are very tribal so easteners & northerners dont support pipo who call u fools but just want your votes. Abesu ni ba Lungu fullstop!

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  47. Mr Mwale is my brother and he told us that he will join Pf so that he case can be finished. am UPND , Mwale came to tell us to him come with him in PF so that Pf can see that Mwale he has a lot of supporters and they have arranged with RB that once he joins Pf , he court cases will be ruled out. But we said we can not follow the Party that has fail and we all refused . now what you are seeing is not the real joining into PF, you will come and count my words, Mr Mwale is die hard of UPND. even his personal vote he will not going to worst it to Pf. he told us to pretend to joining Pf just to help him with he case but we can later come back to upnd. which we said we can not do that as we are in UPND not because of him but we love our party and we are forming government next what come…

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