President Lungu with Mumbi Phiri and Margaret Mwanakwatwe
President Lungu with Mumbi Phiri and Margaret Mwanakatwe

PRESIDENT Lungu is today expected in Chilanga to receive some senior United Party for National Development officials defecting to the Patriotic Front (PF).

PF deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri said in an interview yesterday that President Lungu is expected to receive notable UPND officials who will join the ruling party ahead of the August 11 general elections.

And President Lungu yesterday gave Kitwe soccer fans a surprise memorable weekend after paying for their entry to watch a Super Division Week 10 derby between Nkana and Power Dynamos at Nkana Stadium.

The President, who watched the match, urged Zambians to support the local league to supplement the efforts the Football Association of Zambia is making to accelerate the development of the sport.

Lungu said supporting the local league could help clubs to increase their revenue from gate takings to effectively meet their financial obligations.
He expressed happiness at the quality of football both teams displayed in an exciting match that ended 1-1.

“We need to support our local football for it to reach greater heights. I am here to support our local football and I am impressed with the standard of play,” President Lungu said

Meanwhile, President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, has dismissed reports alleging that Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Joseph Katema was yesterday attacked at Woodlands Shopping Mall by some opposition political cadres for using a Government vehicle.

The minister also said in an interview yesterday that he does not use a Government vehicle over the weekend and was not attacked.

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    • We know who is defecting… ZWD has told us that it Captain Cosmas Moono…. anyway we wish him all the best as we meet in the battle field starting tomorrow 16 May to Aug 11

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    • Where does a poor man like Lungu get the money to pay for soccer fans tickets all of a sudden?

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    • Giving people free entry to soccer matches promotes laziness and hooliganism. These same people will always wait for arms and imagine their reaction to anyone opposed to the giver.

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    • Indeed no news and an attempt to give face to misuse of resources (supporting FAZ) unless Lungu paid from his own pocket! The fans can enjoy free tickets for as long as it lasts and not expect any others sooner Edgar is back in state house

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  1. The fear of being booed and pelted with oranges led him to bribe soccer fans with match tickets. Lungu is a genius.

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    • @Purple, no one can dare do that in Wusakile…….stop believing what the POST and ZWD are writing……ECL will be president after August 11th.

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  2. Where is he getting the money to pay for soccer tickets? Even RB never used to such despite his dubious deals. Please let him explain the sources of the funds? And why is he receiving defectors when he should be working. I think there need for clarity on the function of an incumbent during the election period. He probably paid a lot of money for these defectors

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    • @obsever. Head of State means doing your job for the Zambian people not trying to portray that you are popular when in fact incompetent and unpopular. He should have been in state house working until May 16 or 17 because the Zambian people come first before the election. He really knows how to waste tax payer money. He should be doing this at his own time and his own expense not at my people’s expense. You need to respect the Zambian people by respecting there money and protecting their property and interests.

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  3. So Lungu is using his 50% kickbacks to bribe football fans. Good for him. The fans should ask themselves how often Lungu pays or will pay for them. Or maybe he realised that the fans are jobless and had no money in their pockets.

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    • True – he can bribe football fans with those cheap tickets. How about the students who are making do without meal allowances. This is a mischievous president without a vision.

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    • Yep will he paying for their season tickets or it is a one off? This is exactly what election bribery is all about. I’m hoping the soccer fans are smart enough to use his free ticket and vote wisely on election day. But knowing our electorates and their thinking capacity, they can even sell their vote for a bottle of wine… sad!

      And I hope Mr Lungu used his own personal money to pay for those tickets. Again a responsible govt that cares about accountability would have publicly stated the source of funds to avoid speculation.

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    • Lungu and his PF promised more money in the pockets for all. Why then is he paying gate fees to football for people he presumed rich at his last press conference. Is it admission that that people are now actually so poor that they can’t even pay for football during the PF 5 years rule? What else can’t they pay for after football?

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  4. The fact still remains mr.president. You are incompetent and will be voted out because you have failed the Zambian people. Please start preparing to leave

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  5. Whatever tricks ECL may use, the writing is on the wall that he is losing. ECL pretends that he is humble yet he is the worst president that has ever ruled Zambia. There is lawlesness everywhere and if he is voted again there will be total dictatorship in Zambia just like in Zim. Ecl is associated with Mugabe,Museveni, all rogue regimes. Lets give donch kubeba and kick out PF.

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  6. Kicks of the dying horse. You get them, people have decided never to give a vote to PF. The thing is no one is notable and those who cross to PF from UPND are failures. They are the ones who accepted ministerial positions and became puppets to Lungu. What defectors do you mean when you are clinging to Ministerial positions even when parliament is dissolved?

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    • @Sena, a lot of us with voters cards will vote for Lungu, don’t believe everything you read in the POST or ZWD, Lungu is going to win without rigging.

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    • @ Ba Sabenza

      WOW. It must be some special card or you will vote in different poling stations using same card?

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    • 7 reasons for Lungu’S attempt to keep ministers illegally in their positions.
      1. Lungu is a cowered who can’t remain alone without riff ruffs like Kambwili.
      2.He fears some minister will resign and join UPND after dissolution of cabinet.
      3.wants to maintain Davies Mwila to be instructing police brutality towards the opposition during campaigns.
      4. Ministers to use govt resources for campaigns.
      5.create uneven playing field.
      6.keep his ministers on the payroll.
      7.maintain his ministers access to the source funding through commissions from road contractors.

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  7. We already know that Captain Moono was bought for k2,500,000.00 plus a range rover vehicle!These rats in PF are so desperate for votes,but its all going nowhere,believe you me,PF is gone,gone gone already!The team of Sata,Miles,Mucheleka,Nalumango,Mwanawasa,Lungwangwa,Bandas,Ngoma,Katuka,Scott,Mpombo,Kachingwe,Mwaliteta,GBM,HH,Zulu,Kakoma & many more others is lethal!Wait for a show down starting this week!

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  8. Why emphasizing on UPND as opposed to just announcing that there will be a PF briefing today in Chilanga. Stop copying UPND..

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  9. Well done Mr. President. They will say whatever they want to say but God knows His children will continue to rule this country. Intelligent people work quietly and surprise everyone by the result. I am wondering why they didn’t refuse to watch the match. Job well done and we are doing it again this!

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    • What kind of God is this who only loves Lungu and Beans but hates HH? Beans, today is Sunday please give us a break!

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    • God does not love anybody. Ifhe did, he would make rain fall only on certain rooftops.

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  10. Cosmas moono, UPND is steps ahead of pf, we know who will be coming your way before you even announce,we have already gotten over his move and moved on, and that is the difference between UPND and pf, politically we have helped him has a party to become MP for chilanga twice, am afraid he can’t hold on to a victory, just like chagwa will fail come 11 August.

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  11. Upnd is a dump site.you are boasting about finished scot the crooked stupid white man,miles, gbv full of insults.the entire group joining up and down have no following, mpombo,recycled 10 times munkombwe,lupando mwape, Kelly walubita jr with party of 15 members across the country, come on guys let’s be serious.

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  12. You would be mistaken for thinking this Lazy BUM Edgar is a self-made billionaire paying and handing out for match day tickets but a Public Official with a salary paid for by the taxpayers. How does he encourage people to attend football matches when he is giving out hand outs to people who can afford it in the first place…you are also urging clubs to self reliant but handing out charity tickets to fans….really laughable.

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  13. Lungu is giving the soccer fans on the CB free tickets because he knows they have lost their jobs and have no sources of income. All this is because of his incompetent leadership! All he knows is borrowing and borrowing in the name of infrastructure development, meanwhile they (PF) are getting huge kick backs. The sad thing is, he can’t even explain how this huge debt will be repaid! As far as he is concerned he won’t be there. He has taken his share and let Zambia look after itself! That’s the thinking of this visionless man.

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  14. Comment: before you tell the nation we know every thing ecluding the money you paid him let him go, you shal loose like RB, RB did before but wat hapen to him

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  15. To become Tonga, Lozi,Lenje,Kaonde ,Luvale ,Luna and may say those in Central, Western Southern and North Western Provinces it is Curse in Zambia. What is wrong with some of guys from Eastern Northern Luapula and Much Inga or just say Bemba and Ngonis preaching in our country is this not amounting to tribal divisions. Be carefull whatever goes up has to come down one day. You will be on the receiving end one of these days

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  16. This thief does not know how to spend the stolen money. Why not donate that money to some orphaneges in the country. Whether he pays for soccer fans or not, the truth is that he is going. The money lacks priorities like a chicken.

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  17. Africa please. Politics can’t be about defections. What value do defections add to our social being. Wether you defect to UPND or PF, there is no value addition. Most defectors are liabilities. Stop parading defectors, we moved from stone age to iron age, and we are now in the computer age ,please

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    • unless they are defecting to your tribal party…we need some of the bigwigs are disagree with icilema

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  18. HH has an audit trail of his reaches whether clean or unclean it’s known but the money being lavishly distributed to those luck Zambian has no trace but can someone tell me why us retires are not being paid. Imagine what the president is distributing the wife and the ministers when are these people going to respect those who worked for this country to where it is today please help me understand.we are your parents and mistreating us is not in the interest of the nation tomorrow it will be you.

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  19. No matter what u say Mr Lungu will remain as president of Zambia and that way u will know that not everyone have this access to internet

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  20. Isnt it strange how in Western democracies you do not have these defections and crossovers. Never hear of USA Democrats crossing to Republicans or in Germany, France, UK. You wont find Hilary Clinton ever having been anything but Democrat her whole life.

    But Sata or RB or Lubinda and so many of our politicians have been from other parties. Wherever the profits look better, our politicians go. Politics of the Belly. Never the conviction to live for your party and die for your party. Opportunism.

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    • Answer is simple, Zambian Politics is based on opportunities and not political conviction like being a Democrat or Republican.
      As long as we Bloggers are not going to change how much attention we give to such topics, Politicians and as well as LTE will think they are doing what is right. For as long as this forum will be giving great attention to such headlines, then do not be surprised, LTE will think they have a market for such crap. So instead we bloggers asking these leaders the right questions we are focused on who has the most dirty words against UNPD or PF.
      Can we turn things around instead of attacking each other we focus on our leaders what they have to offer to ordinary Zambians

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  21. @Ndeloleshafye! Its not a question of people having access or no access to the internet and then exploit them because of their ignorance. Its a question of morality! You can’t subject people to so much suffering just because they are illiterate. That’s being evil! You deny people information so that you continue abusing them. If its God’s will that Lungu will continue, we l see him back in office but know that this evil scheme will be exposed! Just one day.

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  22. Former Defense Minister George Mpombo has charged both the Movement for Multi party Democracy (MMD) and United Party for National Development (UPND) have no political future.

    Speaking to JOY FM, Mpombo said most MMD members are likely to defect if the former ruling party is auctioned to UPND.

    He said there is need for MMD president Rupiah Banda to resign and allow the party to choose visionary leaders with fresh ideas.

    Mpombo claimed that both the MMD and UPND have leaders who do not understand politics, adding that Banda is nothing but a liability that will cause political impasse.

    The former Minister also advised members of the past ruling party to ensure they elect individuals of their choice to rule the MMD and not choose UPND president Hakainde Hichilema as such is just…

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  23. Your Seed Determines Your Harvest
    REAPING UNDERWAY… GOD IS WORKING ON EXPOSING THE TRUE COLORS OF HH AND HIS CHALANTANS AND TUTERMITES
    Have you ever looked at a large, old tree and wondered how long it has been there? It’s amazing to think that at one point, that gigantic tree was merely a tiny seed. In the same way, our words and actions are seeds. We will always reap a harvest on what we sow.

    Think about the types of seeds you have been sowing. Are you sowing encouragement, hope, blessing, love? Then that’s what you’ll reap in the future. But if you’ve been sowing criticism, judgment and anger, you’re probably already reaping a bad harvest. It’s time to start changing your seed.

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  24. It should be enshrined in the constitution that no one defects after an election…Or that one should be a member of a chosen party for 3 years before defecting to another…

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    • @Humphrey, defections are a sign of poor democratic practice in our country. It is proof that politicians do not hold any deep philosophical reason for being in Politics. They rarely enter politics to serve people either!

      It’s up to every voter to reject the type of people who switch sides just before an election. Politics us more than a Game of Numbers, it’s about the methodology you will use to bring about your Mandate backed by the people. How can you be HHS a Capitalist who then allows a lot of failed Socialist politicians from the peoples party PF who aim to bring equality and open up wealth to the poor? Do you see? Something wrong in how we practice Politics. There us no passion for Philosophy, that is why they switch side, it about THEM.

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  25. LATEST.KACHEMA OF SOUTHERN PROVINCE VS LUNGU FROM THE EAST. VENUE. STATE HOUSE. DATE 11AUGUST 2016. REFERE CHIEF JUSTICE. .RESULTS..KACHEMA 41% LUNGU EDGAR EASTERN POWER. 53%.IT IS A GOAL.PAKA LITENTE.M

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  26. @Yes our Kachema musuma will win come rain or sun shine.We can’t have a drunkard and a thief as president.Under lungu corruption is every were.Ni sangwapo ba fikamba na be ba impiya.While tulechule ne kumilile.This paya famer will voted out.Viva HH ViVa Amagedoni.

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  27. Comment: No one will bring food on your table. You tribal party and you will never change. At least Mazoka was great. You have a leader who doesn’t know what makes lose. I can assure you scot has done the damage.

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  28. Mono, is a traitor, so this is news chimbwi Phiri , that money was going to buy blankets in UTH , and Lungu gives mono, shame vote them out

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  29. ooh , that can not happen for captain Moono to join PF. Your evil thinking will not work at all . Captain C. Moon will remain UPND man . Let us wait and see if this will come to pass. He is not too cheap to be bought by a car and little money like that .

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  30. G12 safa separating breakfast from roller meal,christians from satanist,original from gong’a,proper from conmen,politicians from cadres.pf from upnd. Tiye kolopa lungu winning only

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  31. This is what greedy hh fails to do!!HH CANNOT GIVE ANYBODY ANY NGWEE.YOU MAY CALL EDGAR LUNGU NAMES,BUT TO POOR ZAMBIANS SUCH THINGS LIKE PAYING FOR THEM TO WATCH SUCH A HUGE GAME BETWEEN NKANA AND POWER MEANS A LOT AND MAKES THEM LOVE ECL EVEN MORE!!!”ECL IS JUST GOD SENT BECAUSE A LOT OF THINGS WHICH HE DOES ADD MANY VOTES TO PF!!!today gbm is very loved in upnd than hh because gbm gives upnd cadres some money(small or big)!!HH MUST LEARN TO GIVE HIS STOLEN MONEY!!!PF IS BY FAR THE FAVOURITE TO RETAIN POWER IN 2016!!!”

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    • Eddy, so you think buying someone is loyalty? hahahahaha careful what you pay for for, remember snakes have no loyalty even if you buy it as a pet. You may have invited and paid for a wolf amongst the lambs.LOL; if he can reveal all of HH s security secrets for a fee, what s to stop him leaking out security secrets of LUNGU? careful, you guys are desperate and your guard is down.

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  32. Mr. President, even your Intelligence people have told in black and white that you are not winning these elections so stop stop fooling yourself by burying your head in in the sand.

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  33. ZAMBIAN POLITICS, NO VALUE THATS WHY MANY EEDUCATED WOMEN WHO CAN MAKE FANTASSTIC NATIONAL LEADERS ARE STAYING AWAY

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  34. SO WHAT HARLOT MUMBI, IF THEY HAVE A DIRTY MIND LIKE YOURS THEY ARE WELCOME IN YOUR PARTY. WE WISH THEM WELL.

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