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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UPND want ECZ to meet ZAF over flight permissions for campaigns

General News UPND want ECZ to meet ZAF over flight permissions for campaigns

HH being welcomed on the Copperbelt at Kalulushi Airport
HH being welcomed on the Copperbelt at Kalulushi Airport

Urgent call for Electoral Commission to meet with ZAF

We have called on the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Zambia to urgently meet with ZAF to address outstanding concerns regarding the scheduling and approval process for flight permissions during the campaign period.

We are seeking full clarity and transparency on the process of authorisation, as per our letter to the Chairman on the subject.

We have repeatedly encountered problems in securing timely approvals, unacceptably delaying our programmes. With only 87 days available to us to campaign we need to see swift action to secure approvals so that we can plan and co-ordinate events across the country, as is our right.

This is an issue we have raised well in advance during the Elections Consultative meetings, as early as December 2015 and February 2016. However, our concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears because the same problems continue to persist. The success of these stakeholder meetings depends on the ECZ and its officials taking a proactive approach to address concerns as they arise.

We therefore ask that immediate clarity is sought by the ECZ from ZAF so that the specifics of a transparent and fair process for applications and amendments to existing programmes can be published without delay.

A full version of the letter we have issues can be found here.

Stephen Katuka
UPND Secretary General

33 COMMENTS

  1. ZAF is wasting its time campaigning for PF & Lungu, even ECZ can smell the best coffee, Forward.
    Whether ZAF campaigns for PF, a none partisan institution is shielding UPND, instead of providing “protected air space” to all presidential candidates. Its elections time & all political parties, which includes oppositions e.g. FDD, UPND & PF.
    These leading contenders for presidency in the election should be given air space & security to deliver their resources promptly!
    On 11~8 Zambians’ are voting wisely for UPND & bye bye PF.
    Economy & Load Shedding should be the walk to talking. In 7 weeks off, PF is history, RB back to actual retirement mambala. Mailo mumulilo, lelo mumanzi, manzo Ni back to Kumawa.
    Vote wisely for UPND & OUT to PF failures of the economy & load shedding.
    The…

    • Mr Skeleton as your name says it your skeletal in cerebral matters.
      HH is going no where. He has been campaigning since 2006 but his message has never sunk with Zambians.
      Issues of economy and load shedding stems from external or global factors affecting the whole world. RSA, Australia etc are affected. Please spare us our arrogance or ignorance if that fits you.
      HH fails to read the political terrain. Is the best that hh can offer. GBM as running mate. sic
      Dr swine fever muzungu opusa. Kilometer miles Sampa. This is what has made HH lose this election. He was about to get it but has lost it extra time of the match.
      So come August 14 Lungu is President. Kwasila

    • @the Game, but even you should agree that we need a fair playing field. Do you agree with PF ripping UPND posters? Do you agree with ZNBC unfair coverage? Do you agree with Chimese’ stupidity? Decency and fair play is all the other camp is asking for

    • @Game: the truth is that South Africa last had load shedding in August 2015. Zimbabwe last had load shedding in December 2015. It is only Zambia’s incompetent and PFoolish govt that continues to have its citizens suffer 8 to 10 hour powercuts even at peak water levels at the end of the rain season. There’s nothing global about incompetence and ineptitude. Zambians are suffering alone in a land of plenty.
      #ChagwaMustFall
      #PFmustGo

    • POWER OBSESSION IS WHAT IS EATING UP LUNGU AND HIS PF MINIONS. GIVE UPND THEIR CAMPAIGN PLATFORM AND SPACE. ALLOW THEM TO USE WHAT EVER MEANS OF TRANSPORT THEY DEEM RIGHT AND RELIABLE. DON’T BLOCK THEM THOSE ARE ZAMBIANS WITH ARIGHT TO USE ZAMBIAN AIR SPACE. STOP THE USELESS TACTICS YOU ARE TRYING TO APPLY ON UPND TO DISADVANTAGE THEM.ZAMBI SHALL BE FREE UNDER HAAKAINDE HICHILEMA’S LEADERSHIP AS STATE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AFTER AUGUST 11. NO MATTER THE AMOUNT AND VOLUME OF EVIL YOU ARE TRYING TO INFLICT ON HH AND UPND, US THE ZAMBIAN VOTERS ARE RESOLVED TO VOTE FOR CHANGE. WE ARE VOTING FOR DEVELOPMENT THRU HH AND HIS VIBRANT UPND TEAM. 2016 VIVA HH VIVA!

    • All UPND members should come together in masses and protest at the ZAF HQ about this injustice by PF. All UPND should lead a protest match against campaighn posters pull downs and the continued illegal stay in office by ministers-take this protest to the Chief justiice
      Lets not leave this fight in the hands of the top leadership alone-enought isenough, it should now be an eye for an eye, would rather be in prison than being ruled by these matiasos called pf!

    • Eric is just in destruction mode knowing that once EL loses he’ll be out of a job. The young man is just overzealous. He could still have archived the flight embargo without going public about it. Ndiye ku nkhala dull. But now, he has lost the respect of his own officers.

  2. Iwe ka zaf commander be careful,your days are numbered.86 days to go.As your name suggests ukayalia chimense oh sorry chisense ku jele.

  3. Well done ZAF we dont want a bunch of Masonists crowding our airspace disturbing our Christian Nation’s peace with Satanic tribalist agendas ! Sonta iwe sonta

  4. UPND cannot stand by and wait for the situation to deteriorate. They should act aggressively and swiftly

  5. All well meaning Zambians must pray and petition THE ALMIGHTY FATHER IN HAVEN to help us remove PF from power in the same way he helped in delivering the Israelites from captivity in Egypt.

  6. i have told you that Lungu is not a Christian and the Lusaka Pente Bishops, prophets and Apostles who have been given brown envelopes are shouting on roof tops that Lungu is a Christian. How can a Christian behave like the way Lungu and his cadres are behaving? Zambia belongs to the opposition too and it is shameful to Zambia that UPND have to fight for their rights. it is time ECZ took a strong stance against PF. but then i am asking too much from ECZ who’re smilling all the way to the bank

  7. But one thing is coming out loudly clear=Lungu & his Cronies are Mayflies & must be caged immediately after the elections!We are tired & sick of PF’ stupidity & idiocy!I really fail to understand PF’ strategies & gimmicks in Zambia because anything they do is openly diabolical & pathetic!There’s nothing good coming from these rats & surely these guys will cry for their bad governance crimes together with their compliances in public institutions & security wing soon!Anyway,with MMD,FDD,UNIP back in the ring,its all smiles for UPND in the first round,we are doing our ground work well well amidst all these stupid & backward tactics!

  8. Nsoselo shabuwelewele, ubukopo, ubupuba mu mitwe ya finangwa ”President Edgar Lungu is humble”, where is the humbleness mwe bantu ? A Greedy and tyranny president he is with dictatorial tendencies. Mwanya, vote for him if you want more sufferings and you will SEE his true colours in the next five years. President Edgar Lungu is not different from the following dictators, Mugabe, Museveni, Kagame, and dos Santos. That’ s why he’ s very much close to the leaders I’ ve mentioned.

  9. PF ARE SCARED !! THEY ARE PULLING DOWN UPND BANNERS, CANCELLING UPND RALLIES, TRYING TO STOP FLIGHTS SO THAT UPND CAN’T CAMPAIGN, SPREADING MALICIOUS LIES….IT’S DISGUSTING !!! WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY – WE ARE RULED BY DICTATORS WHO WELCOME INVESTORS TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE WE ARE DEMOCRATIC BUT YET THEY STOP OPPOSITION PARTIES AND THEIR SUPPORTER FROM CAMPAIGNING….. THEY (PF) SEND THEIR CADRES IN WHEN THERE ARE RALLIES TO CAUSE ACTS OF VIOLENCE SO THAT THEY CAN BLAME THE OPPOSITION….I AM SCARED, VERY SCARED!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. What PF are not understanding is the fact that UPND isn’t HH or GBM & this was reflected on during the by-election on 20th January 2015.Its the poor masses yawning for a better life & PF will pay heavily this year!Its not HH &/or GBM feeling the social & economic bits in all aspects of human development-talk of civil servants;farmers;traders & the unemployed;These are the people to judge PF & all is clear,PF can not boast on anything for these despondent groupings!What message can PF offer to zambians right now=its noto-zero!I always laugh at these Morons in PF when they bribe a few Zambians & think that they are popular,its all a flea circus of a regime,a bunch of Mayflies which will scamper soon after elections!

  11. DURING CAMPAIGNS IN TANZANIA THE CCM CANDI DENT DR J MAGUFULI DID NOT USE ANY AIR TRANSPORT TO CAMPAIGN. HE TRANS VERSED THE ALL TANZANIA BY ROAD AND MANAGED TO CAPTURE THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS AND HE WON.
    MEANWHILE THE OPPOSITION WHO WERE USING AIR TRANSPORT LOST, UPND SHOULD STRATEGIES ON ROAD TRANSPORT WERE THEY WILL CAPTURE A LOT OF VOTERS WHO CAN NOT BE REACHED BY HELICOPTERS. ZAMBIA IS SMALLER THAN TANZANIA IF YOU LEAVE THE COMFORT OF PLANES AND COME TO THE ROADS YOU WILL GET MORE VOTES. STOP REASONING WITH PARTISAN ZAF.

  12. The strategy by Lungu and RB is to restrict HH &UPND campaign movements. Lungu &PF have very weak campaign messages and the idea is block HH &UPND from reaching the voters. What RB and Lungu is that Zambians have decided already that they don’t want ECL & PF rule. Their rigging strategy may fail to deliver the win. Then what? ECL and RB have decided to travel on a high risk road. Its do or die!

  13. @Game: the truth is that South Africa last had load shedding in August 2015. Zimbabwe last had load shedding in December 2015. It is only Zambia’s incompetent and PFoolish govt that continues to have its citizens suffer 8 to 10 hour powercuts even at peak water levels at the end of the rain season. There’s nothing global about incompetence and ineptitude. Zambians are suffering alone in a land of plenty.
    #ChagwaMustFall
    #PFmustGo

  14. You can see from the behaviour of ECZ and this ZAF that they are bent at all cost to rig the elections. ZAF has always been the instrument for rigging. They carry the boxes from the polling station and go to the base and swamp them with pre-printed ballot papers. These fools (ZAF & ECZ) want to destroy the country and they have become so obstinate like pigs.

  15. POWER OBSESSION IS WHAT IS EATING UP LUNGU AND HIS PF MINIONS. GIVE UPND THEIR CAMPAIGN PLATFORM AND SPACE. ALLOW THEM TO USE WHAT EVER MEANS OF TRANSPORT THEY DEEM RIGHT AND RELIABLE. DON’T BLOCK THEM THOSE ARE ZAMBIANS WITH ARIGHT TO USE ZAMBIAN AIR SPACE. STOP THE USELESS TACTICS YOU ARE TRYING TO APPLY ON UPND TO DISADVANTAGE THEM.ZAMBI SHALL BE FREE UNDER HAAKAINDE HICHILEMA’S LEADERSHIP AS STATE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AFTER AUGUST 11. NO MATTER THE AMOUNT AND VOLUME OF EVIL YOU ARE TRYING TO INFLICT ON HH AND UPND, US THE ZAMBIAN VOTERS ARE RESOLVED TO VOTE FOR CHANGE. WE ARE VOTING FOR DEVELOPMENT THRU HH AND HIS VIBRANT UPND TEAM. 2016 VIVA HH VIVA! LUNGU HAS SOLD ZAMBIA! KAMINAMINSA HAS SOLD ZAMBIA! I PLEAD WITH YOU FELLOW ZAMBIANS, PLEASE DON’T ALLOW LUNGU TO…

  16. @Zuberi-you might have a point my dear,but looking at some competiting factors at play,I’m anathemic to your observation as time isn’t with UPND though HH is already known & he’s having an edge over Lungu by far amidst all these diabolical & pathetic backward acts from PF Mayflies.Most rural places have impassable roads against PF’s boasting of some few selected Chinesed shod roads in some provinces,its against this background that helicopters are far much advantageous & Lungu knows this!Look at what GBM & his team did in Copperbelt in two days,they were having a minimum of three rays per day!What HH & his team seem not to know is that Lungu has corrupted(bought) these institutions(Service Chiefs, Some Churches,Marketeers,Tuma-NGOs,ECZ,ZNBC..)Long time ago,so its Useless to involve…

  17. But one comforting fact is that,these institutions are only constitute about less than 3% of the electoral college for August elections which is backing Team HH,God is good in all the times,we are doing our groundwork outside Lusaka & Copperbelt!

  18. This is hard to believe! ZAF which we know to be professional, even than the army, can be partisan! From today on-wards I have stopped laughing at countries with civil wars!

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