UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema with Miles Sampa

United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has said that the recent increased floor price of maize is another sign that the PF Government doesn’t know whether it is coming or going, creating uncertainty in the business community everywhere from farming to mining.

In a statement released to the media this morning, the UPND leader questioned why the PF Government didn’t not budget for the new floor price just announced before the start of the farming season in September, 2015.

Below is the full statement

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

PF’s Conflicting Maize Policy

President Edgar Lungu announced in Shibuyunji that the floor price of maize is increased from K 75.00 per 50kg bag to K 85.00, despite his Minister of Agriculture announcing just a few weeks ago that K75.00 would be the floor price.

This is another sign that the PF Government doesn’t know whether it is coming or going, creating uncertainty in the business community everywhere from farming to mining.

Why didn’t his Government budget for the new floor price just announced before the start of the farming season in September, 2015? If President Lungu cared about the welfare of the farmers, he wouldn’t be leaving such an announcement until during the election campaign period. As a matter of fact the announced price still does not make maize profitable especially with the increased cost of production under the PF government.

If President Lungu cared about the welfare of the farmers he wouldn’t have seen the continued decline in the share of the national budget invested into agriculture, which has fallen from 7.8% in 2008 to as low as 3.2% of the national budget in 2016.

What President Lungu has done here is like a bad marketer who fattens a cow on the marketing day. Will the cow gain more kilograms? The answer is a categorical no!

Agriculture is part of the UPND 10 Point Plan for Zambia. When we form government we will consult the farming community and come up with a floor price of a 50 kg of maize that makes good business sense for farmers and incentivizes them to grow more maize and other produce, reassured that they will get a good return on their labour and investment.

That is to say, we shall announce the floor price before the start of a farming season in order to stimulate more investment into the sector by both the large-scale farmers and the small-scale farmers.

Hakainde Hichilema
UPND President

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79 COMMENTS

  1. HH just shut up! If the prices were lowered you will still scream. Wanya ulechimona.

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    • President Lungu comes from the common man’s trenches of life struggles. As such, their afflictions are personal this people’s President. This is exactly what responsible servant leadership does. It listens to the cries of a common man in the trenches of life and responds responsibly. Studying all scenarios presented by experts, President Lungu has responded to the call of hardworking farmers while the opposite is true with plutocrates who live to serve their foreign board rooms masters in foreign capitals.

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    • Senior citizen uli Imbwa my friend. You are a very dull cadre who lacks objectivity . Even when pf are wrong I have never seen you criticize them. Anyway you will be out of brown envelope in august.

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    • Can you vacate and let sensible people chew on this issue? Actually HH makes more sense. Floor prices should always be announced before the start of the growing season. This way you will use the floor price as an incentive to farmers. As for Lungu, he can cancel water bills, increase chiefs’ allowances and within a week announce two floor prices but he will never win over thinking Zambians. Isn’t what Lungu is doing what has led to the crisis in the mining industry and the economy as a whole? There’s need for consistence in government policy so that both producers and consumers are able to make medium to long term plans about their investment, consumption and savings decisions. We do not need policies that a made on the hoof.

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    • GOOD OBSERVATION PRESIDENT HH. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A DRUNKARD WHO IS ALWAYS FULL OF HUNG OVERS? IN FACT WHEN HE WAS PRONOUNCING HIS OWN FLOOR PRICE, HE HAD EVEN FORGOTTEN THAT MIS MINISTER HAD ALREADY COMMUNICATED TO THE NATION OVER THE SAME ISSUE. LUNGU’S GOVERNMENT IS VERY INCONSISTENT INDEED, MAINLY BECAUSE LUNGU HAS NO VISION. GOD WITHDREW WISDOM FROM LUNGU’S HEAD. THE K85 FLOOR PRICE LUNGU ANNOUNCED IS MEANT TO APPEASE THE VERY PEOPLE HE IS DOING A LOT OF DE-SERVICE. LUNGU’S INSINCERITY IS A GREAT DANGER TO OUR NATION. CORRUPTION, THIEVING AND LOOTING IS LUNGU’S NUMBER ONE PROBLEM, AND WE CAN NOT ALLOW HIM TO STILL RUN THE AFFAIRS OF OUR LAND. ABASH KAMINAMINSA ABASH!

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    • Cheap politics at their best. This loser is trying to take advantage of people`s lack of understanding of how simple economics works. Deep down he knows that the price of maize is mainly determined by the prices of inputs and the rainfall pattern. Fertilizer,labour,fuel and seed costs money, this loser knows that, but he is ignoring those facts because he wants to win at all costs. African politicians amaze me with their knack for temporary amnesia.

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    • HH is saying that ” When we form government we will consult the farming community and come up with the floor price for a 50kg bag of maize that makes business sense”. You can read between the lines from what HH is saying that the price of maize under his rule is likely to be higher than K 85 which will make the price of mealie meal even higher. But not having been in government before and not knowing how our Zambian politics have revolved around the price of the staple food, HH is underrating how much the price of mealie meal has an effect on our politics. If HH thinks he can get into power, increase the price of maize and mealie meal and still remain in power, then he has one thing coming. Dream on HH!!!

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    • As the Greek thinker Aristotle said, “Politics is the art of the possible”. You cannot run politics on rigid rules and regulations as HH thinks. If at some point it makes sense to adjust the floor price of maize without injuring the interests of consumers, do it. If it does not, then do not do it. As Machiavelli once said in his book “The Prince” “fortuna” or “fate” is like a woman who you to learn to put within your control as the Prince.

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    • HH did not have anything to say.
      Lungu Scored here.
      HH’s 10 point plan received punches by this increase in maize price.
      What HH was trying to do here was to try and mend his 10 point plan, but I did not see his effort do much here.
      Edgar Lungu has scored

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    • Hakaivotela Humwine will make political mileage on everything – whatever way the president goes! 2016b Haluzanso Hagen

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    • @ The True General…When the brains stalls like yours, go and sleep or you can hang

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    • @Zedoc – Aristotle is not the great thinker he is made out to be. Aristotle is one of the students that come down the line of pythogoras. Pythogoras himself was educated in Ta Meri (Egypt today). Infact, the number of books written by aristotle defies human logic as they are too numerous to be written by one man in a life time. When alexander the “barbarian” went into Egypt in 322BC his friend aristotle ransacked the temples of egypt and stole the sacred writing of the ta merians and compiled them in the now famous Alexandrian library where he plagiarised the knowledge taught in the mysteries system lodges. Aristotle and greek philosophy is no more a fake than the columbian discovery of the americas. Read Stolen Legacy by George G.M James as well as Gerald Masseys’ Ancient Egypt light…

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    • of the world. We are taught in school that words like “know thyself” were coined by Socrates when it is a clear and an undisputable fact these words he plagiarised from the Ta merian grand lodges where these same words were inscribed on the entrances. To be taught in Ta Meri you had to be initiated and sworn to oath to keep secret that which is taught there as a preserve for a certain people. We african still have this way of life e.g when we are taught in initiation ceremonies as men and women about married life.You were not allowed to write anything without authorization. It is one of the reasons why it is speculated that Aristotle advised and counseled Alexander to conquer Egypt. His aim was to get this knowledge for himself. Isnt it strange that the squared law of the hypotenuses

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    • of a triangle is attributed to pythogoras yet you find this same law in practiced in Egypt when these great africans built the pyramids thousands of years before Pythogoras himself? think about it for a minute. where did pythogoras get the knowledge? Isnt it strange that you find greek philosophy and intellectualism only flourished when they came into contact with the ancient egyptians. Its an odd coincidence isnt it? All this point to one fact, stolen legacy. And now, we are taught that the African never contributed anything to development of mankind. We strive so hard to get the education from the traducers of our race and in the process become brainwashed to think less of ourselves. Old african saying goes: Man know thyself. You have not learnt anything if you dont know thyself. Real…

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    • New Educated Zambian,
      Uli imbwa sana.Their is nothing you know. Just continue being a stupid cadre

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  2. LUNGU CAN NOT BE TRUSTED WITH ANYTHING AND I CAN NOT BELIEVE WHY OTHERS FOLLOW HIM BLINDLY. THE MAN HAS FAILED. THESE ARE THE CHAPS KAUNDA USED TO FOOOOOLISH IDDDIOT

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    • If Lungu cannot be trusted by you, then you better trust a ghost or your blood sucker or better still freemasonist whose aim is to suck Zambians to the bones.

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    • But aren’t you following blindly whoever you are following yourself? As a matter of fact, the President had announced that they would buy maize at a very good price this season long before Given Lubinda announced! Some of us farmers were even surprised when the minister did announce because it was contrary to what the President had promised! HH’s statements are really empty if you care to analyse!

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    • @ kabu

      If you have bothered to understand (never mind analyze) what HH has stated, you will find out how empty and irrelevant is your contribution.
      As a mater of fact, yourself are saying that Minister and President are contradicting (yet again) each other on the Government policy.

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    • people in zambia lacks analysis thinking. if we were to continue with ECL Zambia will soon be like Zimbabwe. Lungu has failed this country and its visible to any right thinking person. The fact is whether you hate HH it wont help to continue with a failed leader. Lets put someone who will reverse the problems Zambia is facing curently. Currently things are not good in Zambia because of leadership crisis in the PF.

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    • @Zagaze

      Are you telling me Aristotle never said “Politics is the art of the possible”. You should have disputed that and not raising a whole debate that you raise and which I am very familiar with about whether Ancient Greece is indeed the cradle of human civilization, or whether there was not a borrowing of ideas between Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia? In case, you want a debate with me over the issue, I suggest you go beyond the writer you have cited and read a bit more about Cheik Anta Diop and Henry Olela. Then you would be competent enough to debate with me on the topic. By the way if you re-read my posting, there is no one where I say Aristotle was a great thinker. My reference is to Aristotle as “the Greek thinker”. “Greek” and “Great” are not…

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    • @Zagaze

      I meant to say there is nowhere where I say Aristotle was a great thinker. My reference is to Aristotle as “the Greek thinker”. “Greek” and “Great” are not synonymous as you seem to make them out to be by implication.

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    • @Zedoc – OK, i concede on the great and greek. But the goal here is not to show who knows better than the other though i would not shy away from an intellectual conversation with you of course without name calling. Before i proceed further with my evidence. I want to make clear with you. what is a thinker to you and in what context do you use the phrase greek thinker?
      We will write about the book of Cheikh Anta Diop and others further. By the way i would have appreciated you giving me the precise books of cheikh you want to reference than just writing names of authors, just like i did with the two authors i stated above. Cheikh anta diop has done a lot of work on african civilizations and thoughts.

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    • @2.2 Kabu. I do “care to analyse”. From your own logic, you state that “you were surprised” when the minister announced a floor price contrary to what the “President had promised”! That, my friend, is the inconsistency that HH is talking about! These decisions are supposed to be made in cabinet! How can they come out with two different prices for the same item? BEFORE the price is announced, all factors have to be taken into account and the affected sector consulted in order for Govt to achieve its aim. Even the K85 per bag doesn’t make sense because inputs have increased by over 100%!
      HH is right. Let us learn to acknowledge when even our so called enemy speaks sense. That is how we learn and improve as a country.

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  3. Zambia is the only country in the region with surplus food and able to feed countries like Malawi, Congo and Zimbabwe. HH ni chilande lande who failed to respond from the post Newspaper, you made fortune at our own expense by crooking government and other state agencies in all sorts of business deals, tenders or contracts and privatisation.

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    • Poor people like you will always blame their poverty on a per on who is not even in charge of tax payers money.what type of dullness is this in Zambia

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    • Chakolwa Chagwa, the eternal flip-flopper! All his decisions are made on the spur of the moment. He spins and turns on maize prices, electricity tariffs, Kwacha exchange rate, the economy, mining jobs, power shortages etc. Flip-flopping is his second addiction after Jemason.

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  4. E Bantu aba not mwayatolafye kaponya ati sobe President. Ichikwaka bachimwena kumapalanya. Thanks in coming President.

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  5. GOOD OBSERVATION PRESIDENT HH. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A DRUNKARD WHO IS ALWAYS FULL OF HUNG OVERS? IN FACT WHEN HE WAS PRONOUNCING HIS OWN FLOOR PRICE, HE HAD EVEN FORGOTTEN THAT HIS MINISTER HAD ALREADY COMMUNICATED TO THE NATION OVER THE SAME ISSUE. LUNGU’S GOVERNMENT IS VERY INCONSISTENT INDEED, MAINLY BECAUSE LUNGU HAS NO VISION. GOD WITHDREW WISDOM FROM LUNGU’S HEAD. THE K85 FLOOR PRICE LUNGU ANNOUNCED IS MEANT TO ONLY APPEASE THE VERY PEOPLE HE IS DOING A LOT OF DE-SERVICE, JUST FOR A VOTE, BUT ZAMBIANS KNOW THAT HH IS GENUINE IN WANTING TO TRANSFORM ZAMBIA. LUNGU’S INSINCERITY IS A GREAT DANGER TO OUR NATION. CORRUPTION, THIEVING AND LOOTING IS LUNGU’S NUMBER ONE PROBLEM, AND WE CAN NOT ALLOW HIM TO STILL RUN THE AFFAIRS OF OUR LAND. ABASH KAMINAMINSA ABASH! ABASH CHAKOLWA ABASH…

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  6. HH is merely confirming what his running mate and vice president GBM said 2 days ago, that instead of increasing the price of maize to ZMK85.00 they would have been happy with an offer of 50 Kwacha to the farmer.
    Friends, this is a group of people who are not happy when money goes into other people’s pockets apart from theirs.
    Uukwebele imfwa yakwa noko- mutanshi

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    • @ Kampeni

      And you are happy when our money goes to the pockets of CONVICTED EMBEZZLER to the tune of 13 million in 15 months?

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    • Its people like you who are so silly and you are just following your chakolwa blindly even when he has destroyed Zambia’s economy leaving it without hope. HH says sense you bootlickers start insulting him. Did not Sata leave the economy better but this man who has bewitched you with handouts comes and he kills everything therefore making the cost of living very high for the average Zambian to afford. Increasing the price of maize will result in hike in price of mealie meal. instead of increasing maize price what you pf should have done was to reduce the cost of production by removing your corruption from the chain of production, distribution and consumption. You are busy using devil’s money to paint Zambia green, buy over 700 new 4x4s for campaigns at over$40m. You have corrupted some…

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  7. With the TOTAL CONFUSION in this useless PF Government where one Minister contradicts another nearly every day, expect another FLIP FLOP soon!

    Tomorrow Given Lubinda will announce a different price.

    How can any business plan their investment?

    We have only had job LOSSES under PF, the 500,000 jobs they promised have not happened.

    Even a FROG can do a better job than Lungs and his clowns!

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  8. HH has no message who is he or what is he because if farmers are happy what is his problem…ZNUF are equally happy therefore Mr Supreme Leader HH of the UPND being rigged or stiff necked does not necessarily make you a better leader…

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    • Neither being permanently under influence of alcohol will make you a better leader……….

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  9. Fact that HH mises is that a good price for the farmers will make a bad price for consumers i.e, the price of Millie meal will sky rocket. Even at this price, believe me to keep the price of Millie meal down lots of subsidy goes in. where will those subsidies come from to keep the price of maize up and lower the price of Millie meal? Truth is staple food commodity is not one that you do business with…. cause you can never satisfy all the players. Even after the subsidies that are meant to keep Milli meal prices low for Zambians, millers will find ways of sneaking something out of the country to make more money at the expense of tax payers money that went into subsidies…. its a tough sector to run not so simple as HH puts it! The greatest loser is always the farmer…

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  10. Soon this under 5 party and its president will have nothing to offer to Zambians. Mr. HH this is a listening government. ECL can not ignore the cry of farmers just because its a campaign period.

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    • @ Chibs

      “… this is a listening government…”???

      More likely it should read: “this is government which is managing by trial and error”

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  11. This HH and his followers blogging on this platform will vomit any criticism that they deem will convey them to State House. He does not even understand how government operate. What should be understood by this under 5 politician is that ECL as a listening President intervened on an issue that required his attention. This is the same HH who criticised the K75 per 50kg bag price.

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  12. This man called hh will never cease to amaze me- every time the government tries to improve the living welfare of a common Zambian he suddenly becomes bitter. Does it mean he enjoys seing people suffering? Is it the reason he undervalued mines to enrich himself at the expense of Zambian common people who up to now are wallowing in poverty. He is purely a hypocrisy.

    Well done president lungu for hearing the cries of majority farmers thats the way to go.

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    • He is a Greed businessman who only thinks of exploiting the poor people for his personal agenda and he thinks he knows everything when he’s just a pretender with no clue of how a Government works…

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  13. pf2 you can’t compete with the Original PF no matter what you say and do. Just wait for GBM to take full control from the puppet he controls.

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  14. yOU ARE SO QUICK CALLING EL CHAKOLWA,WHO IS BETTER CHAKOLWA OR FREEMASON???.uKULIMA IS VERY DEMANDING AND SUCH HARD WORK SO EVERY EXTRA MONEY TO A FARMER ‘S POCKETGOES A LONG WAY.

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    • Iwe HH is a hard worker with powerful business strategies. What business does ECL do to accumulate over K15 million in 12months? He is a thief period and a looter.

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  15. Besides not planning and budgeting for such issues, EL wants to see the mealie meal being sold cheapily by GBM. Someone remind EL that the cost of maize is affecting many families and it will soon send more into abject poverty. I would like to see families and Zambian relieved from such hegemony before people perish. It is clear that our PF led gov has no visions and hence such conflicting issues coming out from them.

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  16. Its people like you who are so silly and you are just following your chakolwa blindly even when he has destroyed Zambia’s economy leaving it without hope. HH says sense you bootlickers start insulting him. Did not Sata leave the economy better but this man who has bewitched you with handouts comes and he kills everything therefore making the cost of living very high for the average Zambian to afford. Increasing the price of maize will result in hike in price of mealie meal. instead of increasing maize price what you pf should have done was to reduce the cost of production by removing your corruption from the chain of production, distribution and consumption. You are busy using devil’s money to paint Zambia green, buy over 700 new 4x4s for campaigns at over$40m. You have corrupted some…

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  17. HH is a double tongued snake, but most importantly he does not understand what he is doing or what he wants. Just look at his contradictions daily and you will understand what I am talking about. He wants much higher prices for maize while at the same time he promises low prices of mealie meal. His problem of daily contradictions arises from his propensity to attack anything and everything that Edgar does, or does not do he will still react. Even if Edgar is just setting him up, HH will gladly react and in the process contradict whatever hehimself has said before even S recent as yesterday.

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  18. Boring HH statement. If you were president (God forbido) would you have reduced the price per 50kg during election time?

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  19. Now let’s look at HH and advise him from another angle looking at what he told my cousins in chipata on saturday..
    I note that when he was campaigning in northern and muchinga last he did not mention value addition to cassava and beans. Now its too late because when his friend goes there he will just set the record straight and Sontapo and HH is buried for good. You see the problem with HH’s campaign messages is that they contain too many half truths, lies, contradictions, unoriginal ideas, copy and paste, undoables and worse still too many sweet nothings and people just say aah we have heard that one before Mr HH, try another one.
    . Since HH has never been president and he has nothing to sontapo, his messages are received with doubt, and no one believes half the stuff he says.

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  20. Wanya chi HH!!yours is complaining daily while Edgar Lungu delivers!!!WHO CAN EAT INCONSISTENT WHICH YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU EVIL MAN?FARMERS PLEASE LETS NOT VOTE FOR THIS TONGA MAN HH ON 11/08/2016!!!SO HH WAS GOING TO BE HAPPY SEEING US SELLING MAIZE TO FRA AT K75 THAN K85-WHAT A EVIL MAN?BRAVO TO EDGAR LUNGU FOR PUTTING MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS AS FARMERS!!!WE SHALL REWARD YOU ECL WITH VOTES IN 2016!!!HH CAN HUNG-WHO CARES?”UMUNTU NI LUNGU-2016!!!GO PF GO!!

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  21. Now lets come to the violence of UPND cadres and leaders even women UPND leaders surprisingly and disappointingly. Look at the brutal attack on the female FDD candidate even breaking her limbs mwe bantu, what kind of brutality is that? And a UPND says FDD provoked them and they reacted, come on UPND a small ant like FDD can provoke UPND, and in Namwala for that matter? But then it follows a pattern. Remember that GBM last week urged UPBD cadres to react when provoked? Well, that is exactly what UPND think they are doing, attack others brutally and go tell the police that they were provoked. The cadres are interpreting GBVs message exactly as it was given, and remember southern is the natural home of UPND violence although last they dared to plant the same in Lusaka’s northmead. Again…

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  22. The cadres are interpreting GBVs message exactly as it was given, and remember southern is the natural home of UPND violence although last they dared to plant the same in Lusaka’s northmead. Again they smashed innocent people and their property, because they were “provoked” by people not raising the UPND symbol. And you know how to tell that UPND have been caught napping? Just look and listen to Stephen Katuka their Secretary General, he is not a violent man and so he cannot hide the truth by telling lies. So when he says that he cannot comment because he has not received a report, you know he feels guilty that UPND is guilty. But he is a good peaceful guy from the Mazoka era who finds himself in a violent GBV party.

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  23. Lusaka Times Staff, kindly check on the voting pattern its like it is skewed towards comments for the Supreme Leader HH of the UPND…It could be that the one who designed this type of voting is a UPND Cadre because if you try to vote for favourable comments towards The Republican President Edgar Lungu and the PF, voting is not working and just check above just to confirm…

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  24. I think HH makes sense here, inconsistencies on policies is terrible but we should also understand PF takes it as a political tool when a minister says this and that only for the president to reverse. They know Zambians can’t hold them accountable on anything

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  25. One government made a plan to sale things and hired someone to advise but did not include how the monies raised were going to be re invested to achieve better usage. Am sure this money is there somewhere and can be used to create joint ventures with others and be in a position to control prices. NO government can CONTROL the price of a commodity without having a state enterprise running side by side with the cartels. Imagine the Maize situation without the involvement of the National service and the Zambia Corrective Services.
    Market economy, You do not fix a price before you know the demand pattern and availability of commodity. What shall you sell if there wont be enough to sell?

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  26. President Lungu comes across as somebody who is so unprocedural, ignorant about farming, lacks respect for laws including the Zambian Constitution. He does not consult and he is naive to think that farmers and Chiefs will vote for him in return for these bribes. Lungu is so untrustworthy that such policy changes made at rallies could be reversed after the Polling Day becoz such things have not been budgeted for. Lungu is spending money like confetti which the Treasury hasn’t got. Lungu knows nothing about Fiscal and Monetary policies discipline. He will spend and spend as if there no tumoro. Lungu is a financial and economic disaster for Zambia

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  27. kiki mulekeni HH asonte eko atwala privatization money.This guy should not be entrusted of anything otherwise Zambia will experience tribal politics.He knows nothing but ukuyufwaya kweka kweka.He is driving tribal part and tribal agenda period.The money became rich after selling the mines.He should show us what he has done.Vote ECL.We don’t need tribal politics bcoz we want also a tonga to rule.We need quality leadership.The man loves power.Please u need a good leader period.

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    • Ifyakumfwa umfwa echomubela indoshi. Get the facts straight, impiya shakwiba tashikokola. Learn to work hard in life, but I can assure you poeple will call you names. Ihave been a victim before.

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  28. The floor price protects the producer and the ceiling price protects the consumer. And the consumer are the majority in this case. Let us see how the millers will respond somewhere in December.

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  29. All those supporting this Freemason called HH can go and hung. Us farmers are very happy with this move. Well done Mr. President and rest assured that we will give you 70%+1 votes in the August Elections.

    HH is always happy when people are suffering. He celebrates Load shedding, he rejoices when prices of M/Meal go up etc. He does not have a heart for people.

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  30. Clearly Lungu has no clue to how these things work. When the Millers increase the price of mealie meal as a result of this, who is he going to blame, GBM?

    IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE to know that mealie meal prices will go up as a consequence. Who will benefit, the 1 million small scale farmers or the 14 million Zambians?

    Lungu should have instead ensured cheap farming inputs and productivity improvement and efficiency through well paid agricultural extension officers (not chiefs).

    But we know Lungu just works on short term benefits to himself and therefore bribes and corruption are very natural and easy way for him.

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  31. HH with your T0nga id10ts, please stop fooling yourselves. Wasnt is just a few days ago when your dull running mate instantly said that the maize price should have been reduced to K50 per 50kg bag? Then who between you, the perpetual loser and President Lungu is intelligent? Of cours its President Lungu because, in and business undertaking, there is what is called supplementary budget and this exactly what President Lungu has gone for.
    To make yo see the logic here, its you the same hypocrites who have been saying the fertiliser input costs were high, how then will the farmers make a return on their investments if the price of maize where to be pegged at K50? And you, the Under 5, say, “You will consult farmers on the price”, which century are you living in? Assuming the farmers…

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  32. contd
    Assuming the farmers proposed K120 per 50kg bag, would you accept it and if so, how much will the 50kg bag of mealie meal cost? PLEASE KACHEMA, THINK BEFORE YOU LOSE EVEN THE LITTLE LEFT IN YOU BEFORE YOU ARE DELETED FROM THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF ZAMBIA.
    HH IS HISTORY ON ZAMBIA’S POLITICAL SCENE, JUST ACCEPT THAT UPND IS UNDER SEIZE BY THE PF REJECTS
    THE CARTEL! THE NEXT BIGGEST OPPOSITION IN ZAMBIA TO PF WILL BE FDD UP UNTIL 2031 MARK MY WORDS.

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  33. The yields that come from rain fed farming particularly maize farming is very difficult to predict. This is because the cost of production can vary in unpredictable ways. Let me give you an example: You plant your maize with compound D basal dressing in October. It germinates quite alright but there is a drought for three weeks because the Zambia meteorological department could not predict the elnino effect properly and your little maize is scorched. In November the rain decides to come back with a bang and you replant (all over again) another cost on labour, fertilizer and seed including fighting weeds. How could you have predicted? Listen, development id not a linear equation. It is closer to a quadratic equation. Lets learn to be objective and truthful.

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  34. Ba LT,
    Why are the votes from PF bloggers not going through? Be professional. Some UPND moles are behind this at LT without doubt, be fair!

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  35. am suggesting that people should not just argue but offer solutions or suggestions. I had a teacher who would just mark answers as wrong. Ofcourse answers would be wrong but we expected him to give solutions too. it took me 12 years to discover that the man was still re – writing the same subject when I opened an evening class for maths. The man has not cleared maths up to now and has since been relocated to primary school. Be wise and read between lines. solving a quadratic equation is different from coaching a football team. you need serious flexibility in one yet you don’t need to bend rules when you are solving an equation. That’s the difference between intelligency and wisdom. some citizens are rich because they stuck to the rules of the balance sheet: no socialization, no gifts…

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  36. HH is a conman, he is on record telling farmers that they are neglected and the floor price is too low. Just yesterday in Chadiza, he was telling my mbuyas that the Government has failed by not completing the Chadiza – Chipata road, meanwhile adverts are running on radios saying bushe tukalaya imisebo. Every farmer into maize should not vote from this conman.

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  37. Hakainde should have asked why the president decided to increase the floor price for maize. If the supply of the commodity is low, and other factors call for revision, who is Hakainde to determine the fate of the farmer? That my poor uncles in Chama who rely on maize growing should give away their hard earned crops just because Hakainde will question the president’s judgement? This is about empowering the subsistence farmer, not to play politics.

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  38. I have now come to understand that HH is indeed a big liability to our country. When ECL increased the floor price of maize by K10.00, the sensible thing HH should have done is thank the President for the good gesture. I have moved in some provinces where maize is being grown and a lot of farmers have been complaining about the K75.00. Upon hearing that a K10.00 was added to the cost of the bag of maize, a lot of farmers thanked govt for the for the new price. Be happy when your friends get something than always being critical for nothing. HH has never been a Ward Councillor, MP or indeed a Minister. Being a president, is very different from running a business enterprise. Remember that privatization of the mines is not running govt. Start as a ward Councillor and experience the politics…

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  39. Iwe increase maize floor price and expect to have cheap mealie meal.in your dream chi,,,,kala.

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  40. Sampa sees no light at the end of the tunnel look at his facial expression,apa ali mumala namusunguluka na amafi nayamwikata saying in his heart (kanshi nganshafumine mu PF) after 11th august he will be broke like his counterpart nevers mumbwa. Mulemwenako don’t play with team lungu the team of geniuses.

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