Fred Mmembe sells Post copies on the streets of Lusaka
Fred Mmembe sells Post copies on the streets of Lusaka

Some newspaper vendors in Lusaka have complained that they have seen a reduction in their sales since Government shut down the Post Newspapers.

The vendors interviewed on the streets of Lusaka on Friday revealed that motorists and members of the public have stopped buying the other newspapers since the Post has now limited circulation.

They revealed that the trend has always been that people will buy the other two or three papers together with the Post as a way of getting a balance in news coverage.

“What used to happen is that the first paper of choice would be the Post, after they get the Post, then you find that someone will also get the Daily Mail or Times depending on which Headline they have and the Daily Nation would only be an option but since the Post became hard to find, people are now failing to buy any of the three papers which has now badly affected our sales,” said one vendor on Independence Avenue.

And investigations have revealed that some newspaper vendors on Cairo road have resorted to hiding the paper for fear of being attacked by PF cadres.
Some vendors who operate around Church House on Cairo Road said they have been warned that they will be beaten up and their wares confiscated if they are found selling the Post.

“So we have resorted to hiding the paper and selling it only to our trusted customers because we are scared of these PF cadres. They keep checking up on us to see if we are stocking the paper. They are saying that the Post is a closed publication so it is illegal to trade in it. This has made our work very difficult,” another vendor said.

The Zambia Revenue Authority this week raided the Post and confiscated equipment and assets of the newspaper company and paralysed its operations in a protracted.

However, the Newspaper has defied all odds and have continued publishing although with limited circulation.

Fred Mmembe (in a cap) speaks to Journalists shortly after addressing workers on Thursday following the closure of the Post
Fred Mmembe (in a cap) speaks to Journalists shortly after addressing workers on Thursday following the closure of the Post
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    • This guy is supposed to be behind bars by now. If it’s true that he had been evading why is he still a free man

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    • @HH Techilema
      Foolish Zambians like you will bow down to a dictator in the name of Lungu who steals money paid to ZRA money to buy 23mln worth of assets while civil servants go months without being paid. You HH Techilema, Saulosi & Kudos are a total disgrace of human waste

      Mind you, opposition parties know every move your master is making, rigging these elections won’t be an easy pie to chew
      Remain in diaspora for your own sake because it’ll be an embarrassment when you come to Zambia & find another government which is not PF

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    • FIRST OF ALL THERE IS NO CLAIM BY GOVERNMENT NIETHER HAS THERE BEEN ANY EVIDENCE NOR REPORT THAT ACUSES MEMBE OF TAX EVASION. PEOPLE MUST NOT COMMENT ON ISSUES THEY DONT UNDERSTAND. OWING TAXES IS NOT THE SAME AS TAX EVASION. LETS GET THAT RIGHT. TAX EVASION IS A DILEBERATE ACT IN WHICH ONE TRIES TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE THIER TAX LIABILITY BY MISREPRESENTATION OR UNDER REPORTING OR STRUCTURING. WHERE AS OWING SIMPLY MEANS YOU ARE BEHIND IN REMITTING YOUR OBLIGATION TO THE TAX AUTHORITIES. ZRA DID NOT CHARGE MEMBE WITH TAX EVASION NO SO THERE NO CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS. THIS IS A CIVIL ACTION AIMED AT COLLECTING WHAT IS OWED. THIS IS NOT CRIMINAL YET!!! SO TAKE A CHILL PEOPLE! TAKE EAZEEEEY! VIVA DIG DEEPER!

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    • And there will be shortage of papers to rap salt for boiled eggs. The Green party will be sober, no papers for smoking weed.
      Worse are toilet paper. Ask anyone at state house who never used The Post newspaper to clean their …. Think before you close companies.

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    • @Nostradamus
      Come on ! Green party member don’t use newspapers, they use brown paper called ‘ cheque ‘ in our language,, am officially green party since ba mpombo left on the road

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    • Fullish zambians will even buy from a tax evader.

      Like Times of Zambia and the Daily Mail? That are owing TEN TIMES MORE TAX THAN THE POST?????

      Yes, that is exactly what Lungu wants. And it is proof that this has got nothing to do with tax! And everything to do with DICTATORSHIP!

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    • @ HH Techilema I am sure you never went to school and you do not understand what Ltd means when is put at the end of a company name. Shocking how low the thinking of all PF supporters, all of them a kaponyas who never went to school like you and if you they have been in school ther where in group 3.

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    • Those who told you that media is exempted you from paying tax or from following the law, lied to you.
      They were not telling you the truth.
      Everyone must pay tax. Otherwise, how does free education come without tax, how does free medicine come, how does government provide the required public services?

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    • Thank you foolish Zambians will also vote for a foolish president like ECL … the logic applies

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    • MJ banda – the Fo..olish Tax Office CAN’T TAX HIM FOR SOMETHING THAT IS ILLEGAL!!!! Otherwise they will COMMITING A CRIME THEMSELVES – it is just like trying to TAX a CANNABIS FARMER!!! So on this occasion, Mmembe CAN NOW EARN TAX FREE KWACHAS becoz they have no record or proof that he is PRODUCING IT!!!
      Foolish ZRA & PamaFI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Vote Zambia FORWARD!! Vote WISELY 11/8/2016!!! Vote UPND FOR PROSPEROUS & PROGRESSIVE ZAMBIA UNDER THE PARTY WITH A VISION!! Abantu baya!!

      #chagwamustfall!! #PamaFIkuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • GOOD RIDDANCE.
      MMEMBE SHOULD LONG AGO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR SUBVERSIVE PUBLISHING. HE HAS PUBLISHED SECRETE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AND CONVERSATIONS.
      HYPOCRISY IS HIS TRADEMARK.
      DOES NOT PAY TAXES BUT IS THE FIRST TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT FOR SUPPORTING THE POOR.
      HE DEALS IN HATRED AND INCITEMENT OF THE MASSES.
      GOOD RIDDANCE OF HIS GUTTER YELLOW SO-CALLED NEWSPAPER.

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    • SEE HOW LUNGU DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. LUNGU THOUGHT HE WAS PUNISHING MMEMBE ALONE, YET WE NOW SEE HUNDREDS BEING DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY POST CLOSURE SINCE THEIR PARENTS OR RELATIVES ARE EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY EMPLOYED THRU THE POST PUBLICATION. HH IS HER TO HELP US ZAMBIANS COME OUT OF THIS TROUBLE WHICH LUNGU HAS PUT US INTO. LUNGU IS A SIMPLE OPPORTUNIST WHO IS SIMPLY IN OFFICE TO SIPHOON THE COUNTRY OF ITS RESOURCES. RUPIAH BANDA AND GABRIEL MUGABE HAVE GIVEN LUNGU A VERY BAD LESSON ON LOOTING A COUNTRY AND SUPPRESSING THE CITIZENRY. LUNGU IS A CURSED PRESIDENT.

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  1. Zambian are the worst creatures they even hero worship thief’s like the post today messi is standing trial for tax . and for. US government tell us how u it your country if some one is not paying taxes the go scot free bush it *****s

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    • Has messi been banned from playing football? Frankly speak the two pf newspapers times and daily mail is bought by most readers as a by the way after buying the post newspaper, it’s when you go in shop bubble gums only come up because the shop owner has no change.

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    • @man boy:
      In you have brains of a frog or rat you mother fuc.ker! You have forgotten that you squarely fit into0 your description of the worst creatures – Lungu whom you worship is a convicted thief!! The post and Mmembe have never been convicted of theft!! Look at how stu.pid you are you little scared rat eater!!

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    • hehehehe Indeed Zambians are the worst creatures that is why they voted for Lungu … these arguments you are putting up apply for what u consider pro lungu … u Bankam !

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    • Divide & Rule don’t pause questions on issues you are 100% ignorant of. Messi’s issue is still in the courts of law in Spain just has the Post’s mater of tax evasion past through the court process and the company lost the case. Messi may even be jailed if he is proved guilt. The Post was commanded to pay immediately looking at the nature of their evasion. Deducting PAYE from employees salaries and instead of remitting Fred M’membe decides to pocket the money. He corrects 16% VAT on each Tax Invoice from his Customers who in turn claims from the Government but Fred decides to pocket all the funds being claimed from the Government instead of giving it to ZRA.

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  2. So now street vending is tangible employment…back in the day we used to buy newspapers from corners stores and the temporary morning licensed vendor by a corner. Not these guys who clog the streets and add to traffic delays at traffic lights.

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    • Are you hallucinating because you forgot to take your ARVs today!!
      For your own information, there has never been corner stores selling news papers in Zambia….we have always bought papers from the streets since Independence!

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    • @ Chilyata, please stop the cheap comments and the stigma of people living with HIV. You can still find other ways to disagree with those you don’t agree with.

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  3. The closure of The Post is nothing but political, no doubt about it. It’s a tax collection civil matter (and that’s why no one has been arrested for any criminal charges), and yet the closure of the company is itself a criminal act. In other countries where laws take precedent over politics, the closure of The Post would have been declared a criminal act by the courts of law. I’m not even sure if ZRA has powers to ground the operations of a company and close it merely for tax default. I’m not saying The Post shouldn’t meet it’s tax obligation, rather the closure is political, if not criminal.

    Now you have a domino ripple effect, where street vendors who depended on the paper are also affected. The PF are actually de-campaigning themselves by this act.

    But the main…

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    • continued…

      But the main reason the PF closed The Post, in my opinion, is for them to stop coverage of the extend of the rigging. Elections results will be delayed several days to allow manipulation and The Post won’t be there to report the real tabulated votes numbers and prematurely declare a winner similar to the same manner R. Banda was ousted by the late M. Sata. RB was pretty much removed by The Post as he never got an opportunity to rig the election results.

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    • THANK YOU MAVERICK. IT SEEMS THERE IS A LOT MISINFORMATION OUT THERE AND PEOPLE ARE JUST BEING EMOTIONAL ON THIS ISSUE. ANY DEMOCRACY NEEDS THE LIKES OF MEMBE AND THE POST TO BE VIABLE. ITS OKAY TO VELIFY THE POST IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THEM YET LUNGU SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE A god ON PEDESTAL? THE PEOPLE SUPPORTING THIS ACTION SHOULD REALIZE THAT AN ASSAULT ON THE RIGHTS OF ONE OF US IS AN ASSAULT ON ALL OF US. WHATTHER YOU AGREE WITH MEMBES POSITIONS IS NOT THE ISSUE. THE ISSUE IS THAT HE IS BEING UNJUSTLY TREATED AND AS THE OLD SAYING GOES ” THE MISFORTUNE OF YOUR NEIGHBOR TO DAY MAY BE YOURS TOMORROW”. IF OTHER MEDIA HOUSES OWE GOVERNMENT WHY IS ZRA NOT GOING AFTER THEM AS WELL? FOR ONCE FELLOW ZAMBIANS LETS LOOK PAST THE POLITICS AND STAND FOR THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT…

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    • GOVERNMENT WHY IS ZRA NOT GOING AFTER THEM AS WELL? FOR ONCE FELLOW ZAMBIANS LETS LOOK PAST THE POLITICS AND STAND FOR THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. VIVA POST, VIVA DIG DEEPER-FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.!!!!

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  4. Zambia a country with no heroes. When you become rich in zambia you’re a satanist. You rise in your profession you’re proud and arogant. When you belong to the opposition or the NGOS that offer checks and balances you’re an enemy of the government and people. When you’re a thief and a drankard you’re called humble. What moral values do we have if at all we do have any?

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  5. Loadist – I agree some chaps I don’t know if it is because they are cadres. They use words they do not even understand out of hate. One time The Post wrote – “Chiluba and his minions”. I tell you there was an outcry from MMD councillors and MPs that Mmembe had insulted the president. They probably related the word minion to a local word Panyo. It took a lot of time for these cadres to understand the word minion which they now use regularly.
    Out of ignorance someone didn’t even understand the word ” Tax evasion” I don’t even think he has understood that very clear explanation. Thanks for educating to some of these cadres.

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  6. Not paying taxes, the money which belongs to Government, is a worst form of stealing from the poor.
    So the Post must not pretend, ler them pay what belongs to the people, period!

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  7. Imagine how K68 million will help the economy of Copperbelt once M’membe pays it to Government.
    So bane bashi maini anyone supporting the Post on non payment of taxes is your greatest enemy and don’t deserve any of you vote come 11 August 2016.

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    • Lungu has used that amount many times over hiring jets to NY and hiring musicians to stadiums while miners and their families suffer.

      Now instead of keeping the post open to pay in instalments he shuts it down putting more hundreds of families who depended on the post in hungers way

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    • I won’t vote for K15 million thief Lungu…..please join me in preventing this thief from stealing another K75 million in next five years. This guy was disbarred by LAZ for stealing clients money. That’s a fact!

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  8. Excuse me! What poor sales?

    Mmembe, the newspaper director, says, there is no law that stops The Post from being published. And as such, The Post will continue to appear on the street.

    Yes, it will be difficult, things won’t be easy, but no matter the difficulties, no matter the challenges, we won’t give up on publishing The Post.

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  9. These PF cadres should also demand for the Closure of the mines which also owe huge sums in tax. Also include Zambia Railways, Nitrogen Chemicals and Times of Zambia which doesn’t pay anything even NAPSA insuring pensioners don’t get paid. Many companies have nkongole. Probably some of the companies the Kaponyas here work for are also not paying tax. That is why Africa is so poor when you have country’s run by Kaponyas and supported by Kaponyas. How do you kill the chicken laying eggs because instead of 10 eggs its giving you 4 eggs. People should learn to reason properly.

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  10. We all agree all companies and businesses should pay tax buy payment of tax should not be selective.In terms of which law did ZRA close the Post? Does the closure in itself pay tax? The Post should be allowed to operate and generate revenue with which to pay the tax liability. If an employee has not been paying tax over time does ZRA get such an employee dismissed to meet the tax due?Legally ZRA has no powers to close or liquidate a company without a court order. ZRA is allowed to garnish the Post’s Bank Accounts to recover the tax due over time. ZRA is an election rigging accomplice. The Post has been closed to conceal Lungu’s election rigging processes. People have made up their minds already. Lungu and PF have failed us so they must go without fail. U can’t stop the wind of change…

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  11. Hundreds of families that depend on the post have been left destitute by lungus actions. No amount of sontapo will feed them.

    GRZ has also been deprived of tax revenues and the vendors will now vote wisely in August.

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    • @mbulo your comment sacks. Too shallow like yo upnd tribal leader.
      Suppose Fred was bootlicking Pf and Ecl now and supreme rules against them zra what would you charlatans have said? Can one 1mbecile answer me please.

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  12. The government revenues Edgar and his friend are stealing. Edgar spend that 68 million on two trips.

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  13. These PF supporters never cease to shock me.Rupiah went to the extent of grabbing a bank!People who are not enterprising find it very easy to destroy what people have built over the years.Maybe Lungu does not care because after all he never was a prominent lawyer.Abash Dictatorship!

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  14. The post should just give equity to govt. Just like times of zambia and others have done.

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  15. So Zambians enjoy insults and unbalanced reporting ????? i doubt it.Mmembe is a criminal and deserves no mercy

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  16. The Post is not a person. Even if there was charge of tax evasion, it wont be member but the company (Post Zambia Ltd).

    Remember those BP retired holigans who wanted to camp at HHs house, where are the ignorant fools?
    Mmembe is now a street vendor who is selling an ‘ imported’ paper. Who is going to require tax from a street vendor? If anything, now Lungu should give Mmembe some of that street vendors empowerment fund.

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  17. It’s ironic that the Post which brought PF to power is being asphyxiated by its creation…..

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  18. Dont worry, vendors, business has its ups and downs, you included. This one is a passing phase. Things will normalise soon, either the Post will pay the taxes and reopen, or they will not pay tax and shut down forever. The other papers will pick up soon if it is true that they are not selling so much.
    My dear vendors, sorry Mmembe has put you in this predicament by refusing to pay his taxes, clearly showing that he does not care for you vendors, civil servants, babies in hospitals and many other Zambians who need the tax money.
    #PayYourTax

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  19. The Post of Friday, see how stupied and callous and satanic Mmembe is, proudly using his workers, human beings, as ransom as if he talking about ifinkubala, read on.
    “…There are employees of the Post who have all their benefits tied in this company. With the closure of the company, they will have difficulties getting their benefits. And there is no alternative employment for them. Even if they were to find alternative employment, no one will give them the retirement benefits they have accumulated over the last two and half decades….”.
    So if Mmembe knows these things and he has feelings for his workers as he is pretending, why doesnt he run the Post like any business should be run? Why doesnt he pay his taxes? Is it normal and empathetic to your workers if you tell your bank…

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  20. Contd…So if Mmembe knows these things and he has feelings for his workers as he is pretending, why doesnt he run the Post like any business should be run? Why doesnt he pay his taxes? Is it normal and empathetic to your workers if you tell your bank manager that you will not pay your loans because the bank has to think about your workers before the bank demands its money? And the businessman does not even think twice that the bank.money does not belong to the bank but belongs to multitudes of poor people who put their last penny in the bank as their life savings. If the bank collapses because the borrower does not pay, think what happens to those poor souls.
    Thats what Mmembe is and all his sympathisers HH, US embassy, EU etc. I spare the UK because they are too busy with Brexit to…

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  21. Thats what Mmembe is and all his sympathisers HH, US embassy, EU etc. I spare the UK because they are too busy with Brexit to bother about scum.like Mmembe and HH and UPND sleeping bag Masebo.

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    • I won’t vote for K15 million thief Lungu…..please join me in preventing this thief from stealing another K75 million in next five years. This guy was disbarred by LAZ for stealing clients money. That’s a fact!

      Lungu is a Euro bond thief.

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  22. Things have to be corrected. And if Mmembe has not saved retirement benefits for his workers or the Post does not have a pension scheme for its workers or he has not been remitting pension contributions for his workers, then he is a criminal nd should be charged for that and his house confiscated. But then also the workers how could they have allowed such a situation for two decades? Do they think? Or were they working under death threats from Mmembe?
    Companies collapse but workers pensions should be safe in the pension funds. To Mmembe’s boasting, posturing and rantings have exposed more about him than we knew? Its jusy a tip of the iceberg, How many other laws has he broken apart from this pension issue that he has admitted, and the tax issues?? He must be investigated so that we…

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  23. contd….and ket him continue talking and giving us self confessed evidence to nail him in court. After all he is being quoted from his own paper, solid evidence that he is writing himself. Mmembe you have finally been cornered your waterloo is finally here.
    ..kikikiki…I love this!

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  24. You will soon get over it. Your hero bragged that it was temporary. Well, it is high time he got serious because in Zambia temporary is synonymous with permanent. The sucker was operating illegally. Behold the blantant reporter sounds emotional too. Settle your liabilities; it is that simple.

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  25. You will soon get over it. Your hero bragged that it was temporary. Well, it is high time he got serious because in Zambia temporary is synonymous with permanent. The bedbug was operating illegally. Behold the blantant reporter sounds emotional too. Settle your liabilities; it is that simple.

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  26. Zambians must be really starved of real journalism for them to go for crap like the post. The times and daily mail are equally trash

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  27. I don’t have interest in Post Newspaper but what I see is that PF is using this as one way to stop the opposition from winning the election. The Post is not the only company owning ZRA. Reading the comments from other citizen posting comments I can see that some people don’t think. ZRA had all the time to shut down the post news paper why doing it during election period. Lungu and his team are the one behind this. Zambian don’t allow these people to continue steal from the country while you are starving. We’re did Lungu get all the money? Why get involved with RB? These people are conmen

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  28. GOOD RIDDANCE.
    MMEMBE SHOULD LONG AGO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR SUBVERSIVE PUBLISHING.
    HE DEALS IN VENOM AND HATRED.
    HE IS A DESPICABLE EGOMANIAC WHO THINKS HE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
    NO MORE.

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  29. What I find hilarious in Zambia is the brinkmanship. Nobody is asking how such a debt was left to collect just like that. Oh, I get it, he was given a tax break – but by the politician and NOT ZRA. I don’t get it. How do you lemmings allow politicians to usurp the power of statutory organizations and when they begin to work (in whichever way) you bleat to high meadows! Politicians must leave institutions to work unfettered and entities must abide by the law. Can’t we do one thing right in our fcuking lives for a change!??

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  30. WE ARE BOYCOTTING ALL THE OTHER PAPERS. MY FRIENDS AND I HAVE AGREED TO STOP BUYING THE OTHER PAPERS! THIS MOVEMENT IS GROWING. WATCH THE SPACE!

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  31. YES LET ALL ZAMBIANS BOYCOTT ALL THE GOVERNMENT PAPERS. VIVA POST VIVA DIG DEEPER!!!! AFTER WHAT THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN THROUGH IN THE LAST YEAR. ONE HAS TO BE VERY SELFISH TO TO VOTE FOR LUNGU. IF YOU CARE FOR THE WELFARE OF EVERYONE THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN SUPPORT LUNGU.

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  32. Which newspaper sales have reduced koz some of us stopped reading post years ago.maybe sales havr reduced in lusaka.mmembe z a fool and only a fool wud support him.evading tax for 5 years yet funds rainbow party and spends 2 million dollars at hz farm.

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  33. It is only in Zambia were rich people or so to speak self procraimed Tongas do not pay taxes and sale company for a song for kick backs.

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