UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema

The UPND says it will announce the presidential running mate by Friday this week.

Party Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the presidential running mate will be unveiled in time for the filing in of presidential nominations on Friday.

Mr. Kakoma explained that the UPND constitution stipulates that selection of the running mate is the discretion of the Party President and not the Party Members.

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has remained mute on the issue surrounding his running mate triggering speculation.

Meanwhile, The Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ -has maintained that Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company of Dubai will print the ballot papers for the August 11, 2016 General Election.

The ECZ says there has never been any material presented before it to warrant the cancellation of the contract awarded to Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company.

ECZ Chairperson Esau Chuulu says the Dubai Printing Firm best fulfilled the technical specifications of the tender dossier and best responded to the pre-established evaluation criteria.

Justice Chuulu says the Zambia Public Procurement Authority -ZPPA- did not find anything wrong with the procurement process for printing of ballot papers.

He was speaking during the Electoral stakeholders’ meeting in Lusaka.

And Justice Chuulu said the commission will sponsor political parties’ agents to Dubai to witness the printing, packaging and dispatching of ballot papers.

He said the political parties’ agents will also witness the landing of ballot papers in Zambia and verify them prior to distribution to district and polling stations country wide.

Meanwhile Justice Chuulu said the 2011 Register and 2015/2016 Provisional Register will be used to ascertain registered voters and candidates during nomination.

On the other hand no Presidential candidate has filed nomination after the opening of nominations yesterday.

ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna said on Monday that, Thursday and Friday are the only confirmed dates when some Presidential candidates will file nominations.

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48 COMMENTS

  1. This should be interesting. I am sure GBM will be announced with the Education Council of Zambia Chairperson waiting to verify his “certificate”. That said, look at the reality, GBM has now got no cards to play. He has invested and marketed UPND for two years and is solely relying on HH’s generosity. If he is discarded now, UPND will still improve its showing in Kasama Central and in areas like the Copperbelt (am not saying they will win there- that is a long shot).

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    • Ok….But can someone tell me whan Frank Bwalya is getting shot…The !diot has made PF irritating each time he speaks….I have now put money on the table…anyone interested to conduct a clean deletion of Frank Bwalya, inbox me if genuinely interested at the following: [email protected], and copy [email protected]…No later than Friday

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    • The running mate is Mutale Nalumango; it would have been GBM if it was not for the grade 12 certificate issue. GBM, on the other hand, will be rewarded tenderprenuashiply.

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    • Chulu uzavutika pamene ka brown envelope kaza sila – tuzakuoona!!
      Dubai dubai – yashupa!!

      Vote Wisely 11/8/2016!! Vote Zambia FORWARD!! Vote UPND!! Abantu baya!!

      Everyone should come out on 11/8/2016!! NOT JUST TO VOTE, BUT TO DEFEND OUR VOTES!!
      Make a HUMAN SHIELD/CHAIN around polling Stations – FORCE THEM TO COUNT & ANNOUNCE THE RESULT BEFORE BALLOT BOXES ARE REMOVED!!

      #chagwamustfall!! pamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • The mafia of Membe, Scott, Nchito, Kabimba, Sylvia Masebo who used Late Sata’s name and swindled billions out of the Chinese, Indians and Europeans are now betting on HH-Kaseba Combination to win them Presidency. Who will have sympathy for Kaseba who left the mourning to be used by the Mafia to stand as PF President and make PF a mockery of the Zambian public. I am really disappointed with Mulenga Sata though, how can he fall in trap of the mafia and tow the line of Kaseba, a husband snatcher, sleeping with known diplomat based in USA while her husband was dying? Mulenga shall repent and leave this unholy alliance.

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    • @1.4 WKMSMS. Please!! Who believes in this non-existant “cartel”! PF is still running away from addressing real issues by apportioning blame to “the cartel”! Fix the economy! Fix the Load-shedding! Fix the dollar! Reduce the cost of doing business!
      Was it the “cartel” who went to Mulungushi Rock with Pangas? Was it the “cartel” who stole a client’s money? Was it the “cartel” who chartered a plane with Mampi & JK for $300,000?
      If the so called “cartel” has “stolen billions with Chinese..”, then it is incompetence for the PF Govt to fail to arrest and prosecute them! PF are the ones who have been stealing thru over-priced roads & building government contracts! PF has ‘manufactured’ an acquital for RB!!! We are not fools!

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  2. ati ‘by friday’ as if he had a choice! Everybody knows that the law requires him to do so otherwise he won’t file his papers. Tell us something new ba kakoma

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    • The mafia of Membe, Scott, Nchito, Kabimba, Sylvia Masebo who used Late Sata’s name and swindled billions out of the Chinese, Indians and Europeans are now betting on HH-Kaseba Combination to win them Presidency. Who will have sympathy for Kaseba who left the mourning to be used by the Mafia to stand as PF President and make PF a mockery of the Zambian public. I am really disappointed with Mulenga Sata though, how can he fall in trap of the mafia and tow the line of Kaseba, a husband snatcher, sleeping with known diplomat based in USA while her husband was dying? Mulenga shall repent and leave this unholy alliance.

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  3. The Zambian opposition leaders are naive and not up to the task. The signs of a rigged election are clearly written on the wall, including the printing of ballot papers by a company which is linked to criminal conduct in the Ugandan election, registering of foreigners to vote, involvement of Timor Consulting, etc! The outcome is already predetermined! Watch this space, the seed for a disputed election has been sown.

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    • Really? The mafia of Membe, Scott, Nchito, Kabimba, Sylvia Masebo who used Late Sata’s name and swindled billions out of the Chinese, Indians and Europeans are now betting on HH-Kaseba Combination to win them Presidency. Who will have sympathy for Kaseba who left the mourning to be used by the Mafia to stand as PF President and make PF a mockery of the Zambian public. I am really disappointed with Mulenga Sata though, how can he fall in trap of the mafia and tow the line of Kaseba, a husband snatcher, sleeping with known diplomat based in USA while her husband was dying? Mulenga shall repent and leave this unholy alliance.

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    • So tiru. The mafia of Membe, Scott, Nchito, Kabimba, Sylvia Masebo who used Late Sata’s name and swindled billions out of the Chinese, Indians and Europeans are now betting on HH-Kaseba Combination to win them Presidency. Who will have sympathy for Kaseba who left the mourning to be used by the Mafia to stand as PF President and make PF a mockery of the Zambian public. I am really disappointed with Mulenga Sata though, how can he fall in trap of the mafia and tow the line of Kaseba, a husband snatcher, sleeping with known diplomat based in USA while her husband was dying? Mulenga shall repent and leave this unholy alliance.

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  4. I Cannot believe educated people could be talking about rigging when ECZ has invited representative from all stake holders to go to dubai and witness the printing of ballot papers.
    very simple and transparent excercise.
    if NAWAKWI, KABIMBA, HH, wish to go on themselves they are free to witness from serial number one up to the last one
    and they are free to hire an expert, in from USA, or UK to check on the materials which will be used if at all they are magical.
    the truth is these materials are just hundred percent normal

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    • Yep, it is tiru. The mafia of Membe, Scott, Nchito, Kabimba, Sylvia Masebo who used Late Sata’s name and swindled billions out of the Chinese, Indians and Europeans are now betting on HH-Kaseba Combination to win them Presidency. Who will have sympathy for Kaseba who left the mourning to be used by the Mafia to stand as PF President and make PF a mockery of the Zambian public. I am really disappointed with Mulenga Sata though, how can he fall in trap of the mafia and tow the line of Kaseba, a husband snatcher, sleeping with known diplomat based in USA while her husband was dying? Mulenga shall repent and leave this unholy alliance.

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    • @5,i can’t believe that you are showing total ill logic and yet your flag depicts usa,please put a true zambia flag,its an embarrassment to true zambians residing here.most of the printing companies do other printing too,does it mean the zambian team will monitor all printings done by this company,NO,there is also subcontructing,what can stop the dubai printco from doing this and deliver pre marked ballots,at night and claim they were raw printing materials.try to brainstorm.

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    • The BIG QUESTION is why go for a 3 million dollar tender THOUSANDS OF MILES away when there is a cheaper company very close by?This decision smells of corruption through and through.

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  5. So Chris Kasebanya dokota has declined? That wretched woman has really embarrassed the Sata family- lying in bed with the free maison! The PF projects are doing the campaign and the slogan of Sonta is full of meaning- upnd screwed up in 2011 when they declined a pact with PF- that was a big chance for hh to get to state house in 2016 or 2021- as it is, he can forget ever been in statehouse- Nawakwi should read between the lines and play a smart game- planning ahead! Meanwhile, Ifintu NiLungu!

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  6. Ichilema is confused on to choose on RM as result he has disappeared from the public in order to seek the secret society interventions & guidance
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  7. @WKMSMS your wishes are not M.Sata’s wishes, so please don’t kill yourself by thinking like that, your may develop life threatening conditions. Just relax and allow these fresh guys to kontolola our economy.

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  8. It’s a fallacy how up end dweebs and goons fantasies that hh can manage our economy- such idiocy! Don’t they know that any President has a team of technocrats to manage a country? Enshrining all the work of ‘think tanks’ into one being undermines the various institutions’ autonomy and departs from the norm of democracy- with his looks- i’ve no doubt that these Kalusaz are nurturing a brute dictator- God forbid!!!

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  9. The Freemason High Priests must first accept and initiate the UPND Running Mate into their high command before Hell H can announcr. Serious Rituals involved

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  10. I forsee issue with HH choosing the running mate…GBM is holding HH by his balls..HH can not move until GBM says so..only a man can understand the pain hh feels

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  11. DEAR ZAMBIANS
    I WRITE THIS LETTER WITH A HEAVY HEART. JUST UNDER ONE YEAR, I HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY
    1. MY WIFE , BANA GERALD – KRISTINE
    2. MY SON, MULENGA
    3. MY NEPHEW, MILES
    4. MY LITTLE BIG BOY, GEOFFERY
    5. MY FRIENDS, THE SCOTTS
    6. THE SICHINGAS- BOB
    I FEEL SAD THAT THEY ARE NOW CONSPIRING TO KILL THE VERY SPIRIT AND VISION WE WORKED TIRELESS TO KEEP BURNING FOR 10 YEARS. SO ALL WHAT I HEARD FOR MY MORE THAN 70 YEARS ON EARTH THAT ONCE YOU DIE EVEN YOUR WIFE CAN TAKE TO BED YOUR GARDENER IS TRUE.
    KRISTINE AND MULENGA SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST PEOPLE TO DITCH ME. MY SPIRIT WILL NOT REST. KRISTINE MY WIFE, AM CRYING FROM THE GRAVE STOP THIS NONSENSE. YOU ARE HAVE KILLED ME AGAIN
    AS FOR YOU MULENGA WHATS THIS I ONCE WARNED AGAINST WINTER NOW HH…YOU HAVE KILLED ME FOR SECOND…

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    • Just rest in piece. People have to fix the mess you left behind of leaving Edgar Beer Boy in office and now the nose diving economy.

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    • Mr Cobla,
      You were the most incompetent president of this land.
      Your nepotism spawned corruption and inefficiency.
      You were an accomplice to the whoresale plundering of this country’s resources.
      Please remain in your dormant state, deep under

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  12. Ba Kakoma ati UPND constitution ? Can you help with the clause which talks about the running mate ?

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  13. Dear Zambians
    I write this letter with a heavy heart. Just under one year, I have been betrayed by My wife , Bana Gerald – Kristine, My son, Mulenga, My nephew, Miles, My little big boy, Geoffrey, My friends, the Scots and the Sichingas- Bob. I feel sad that they are now conspiring to kill the very spirit and vision we worked tireless to keep burning for 10 years. so all what I heard for my more than 70 years on earth that once you die even your wife can take to bed your gardener is true. Kristine and Mulenga should have been the last people to ditch me. My spirit will not rest. Kristine my wife, am crying from the grave stop this nonsense. You are have killed me again. As for you Mulenga, whats this i once warned against winter now HH…you have killed me for second time. Ba Scott – I…

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  14. why should it be so difficult? it creates the impression the upnd leader is suffering from indecision. it also shows this party has still got problems building a national image to whose end may not be in sight so soon

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    • I couldn’t have put it any better myself. Can you imagine failing to choose a running mate a relatively easier decision than what the office Mr. HH is seeking will demand of him. It looks to me that Mr. HH can not even manage his followers, its a shame.

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  15. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, UNDERSTANDING POLITICS SOMETIMES IS A MATTER OF COMMON SENSE AND INTELLIGENCE. I DO NOT SEE GBM GET SO CONCERNED ABOUT A RUNNING MATE WHEN ITS CLEAR THAT HE HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID BY UPND BY ADOPTING HIS DAUGHTER FOR KASAMA. MEANING ISSUES OF G12 AND ALL THAT COULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN LOOKED IN TO.

    THE ONLY THING IS THAT GBM WILL BE MORE COMFORTABLE IF MRS SATA IS ADOPTED AND NOT DR CANICIUS BANDA. LETS LEARN TO USE COMMON SENSE. GBM IS A BUSINESS MAN AND WOULD ‘NT MIND ANY POSITION THAT WILL HELP HIM DO BUSINESS AND A POSITION THAT WILL HELP HIM PUNISH HIS ENEMIES E.G SERVING AS MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS.

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  16. HH can play a fools game when dealing with fools,and dont take it that he himself is a fool too-No!This guy is very and highly intelligent.Economists are some of the most intelligent people in the world.This guy has got so much background info and every decision he makes is calculated and the risks involved ve been solved already.I dont think he is delaying just for the sake.This guy calculates every move he makes.He is playing fool because he is competing with a fool(Edgar Lungu).I foresee his running mate to be like PF- a woman and even more,a far sober woman than Inonge Wina.Thereafter,he will let you,the people judge for yourselves which party will govern Zambia properly.I ve seen thru his game,PF cant beat this guy.

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  17. HH can play a mediocre game when dealing with a mediocre,and dont take it that he himself is a mediocre too-No!This guy is very and highly intelligent.Economists are some of the most intelligent people in the world.This guy has got so much background info and every decision he makes is calculated and the risks involved ve been solved already.I dont think he is delaying just for the sake.This guy calculates every move he makes.He is playing fool because he is competing with a mediocre(Edgar Lungu).I foresee his running mate to be like PF- a woman and even more,a far sober woman than Inonge Wina.Thereafter,he will let you,the people judge for yourselves which party will govern Zambia properly.I ve seen thru his game,PF cant beat this guy.

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  18. HH can plays layman when dealing with a layman,and dont take it that he himself is a layman too-No!This guy is very and highly intelligent.Economists are some of the most intelligent people in the world.This guy has got so much background info and every decision he makes is calculated and the risks involved ve been solved already.I dont think he is delaying just for the sake.This guy calculates every move he makes.He is playing fool because he is competing with a mediocre(Edgar Lungu).I foresee his running mate to be like PF- a woman and even more,a far sober woman than Inonge Wina.Thereafter,he will let you,the people judge for yourselves which party will govern Zambia properly.I ve seen thru his game,PF cant beat this guy.

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  19. HH can plays layman when dealing with a layman,and dont take it that he himself is a layman too-No!This guy is very and highly intelligent.Economists are some of the most intelligent people in the world.This guy has got so much background info and every decision he makes is calculated and the risks involved ve been solved already.I dont think he is delaying just for the sake.This guy calculates every move he makes.He is playing fool because he is competing with a low class(Edgar Lungu).I foresee his running mate to be like PF- a woman and even more,a far sober woman than Inonge Wina.Thereafter,he will let you,the people judge for yourselves which party will govern Zambia properly.I ve seen thru his game,PF cant beat this guy.

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  20. You don’t use common sense to think a ‘BUSINESS MAN’ lives off Government and Public Funds and we say we using common sense….common sense is not that common…

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  21. Hh at cros-roads. He thot just accepting thugs into the party made it easy. Uko lelo. Chose gbm (a fellow criminal) u sink, chose Kaseba (laugheable sure) and still sink. Gbm, no minimum qualification. Kaseba, mukamfwilwa! Yo, ask Maureen. They wil finish u & ha together. Mukamfwilwa whoz husband u wished death! Whoz husband u celebrated when he lost his voice. The 1 u said was a tribalist who developed only the north. The 1 u pointed at a family tree, from Govt departments to foreign service. Bring it on!!!!!!

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  22. Dr Vernon Mwaanga was once quoted that it’s impossible to rig an election. So how possible is it to rig this election?

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  23. All of you empty vessels who underestimate HH will get the shock of your lives. By this Friday, you will know that he is a force to reckon with..just wait for da bomb!

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  24. WALAPAPUSHA ZAMBIA IWE WE MWANAKASHI APEPENE UMULUME AFWILE TAULAPWA NO KULOSHA
    WA CHITA TEAM UP NA BA CARTEL, FREE MANSON, WAYA NA MUMA POLITICS, ULINECHIWA IWE WEMWANAKASHI, WASEBANYA INTAMBI SHA IFWE FWE BENA ZAMBIA,
    PLEASE TA ULALOSHE PANTU TWALA CONCLUDA ATI YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEMISE. PLEASE LEKA BALALE MU CHIBOTE TWAPAPATA. YES WE KNOW YOUR APPETITE FOR LUXURY AND FAME, BUT LOSHENI FIRST THEN TIME WILL COME. RUNNING MATE NOT NOW. TWAPAPATA FWE BA BEMBA BA KU MUCHINGA NO LUBEMBA LONSE. DONT BE USED BY POWER THIRSTY GARTEL. GUY SCOTT TAKWATA INTAMBI. DAVIES MWILA DID THE BEST THING WHE HE DECLINED TO BE APPOINTED BY GUY TO BE PF SG, BECAUSE HE FOLOWED TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS. PLEASE WE ARE ZAMBIANS

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  25. Now i can agree with Guy Scott when he said that they wud cause diarrhea for the PF.It is true bane.Mulenga Sata wasnt the only bomb shell,the real bomb is coming when HH announces his running mate.Edgar Lungu achepa sana.Cos him,his is not planning but only relying on rigging and gvnmnt tenders for corruption.Whilst chi HH is day and night plotting moves and buying people from the PF.For HH,no price is price too high-i think so.He is a good negotiator.Whilst Edgar is telling people to leave Zambia,HH is saying “we can still build a better Zambia,together”.So who,here,takes the woman home at the end of the day?

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  26. ba upnd kuti waseka.they are the types of people who would say political science.is a cooking subjects,that is because they no not what they are into.

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  27. My guy you don’t need a copy of the UPND Constitution for you to know that HH has a right to norminate a running mate.Obviously u cant find that in the UPND’s Constitution but by implication the vice president in the ammended constitution was an appointee of the presido.It follows therefore that a running mate is to be appointed by him too.In the US also running mate is a preserve of presido of a party. Its not everything that must be written at times logic tells u what to do

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