GBM addressing the crowd at at Mpezeni Park
GBM addressing the crowd at at Mpezeni Park

UPND Presidential running-mate Geoffrey Mwamba says the decision to revoke the flying permit for the helicopter campaign is purely political and a violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

The opposition leaders accused Republican President Edgar Lungu of being behind the revocation of the flying permit because he has no message for the people.

He claimed that the PF President has realised that his Party has dismantled the PF’s strongholds and that PF has nothing to offer as President Lungu seeks a fresh mandate hence the interference with the flight permit.

“The decision by Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s government to revoke the flying permit of
our official helicopter campaign is purely political discrimination and violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct.

“This is because President Lungu is aware that we have dismantled the PF in all corners of their strongholds and so he is scared of losing the coming elections.

“Secondly the PF government has nothing to offer even as President Lungu seeks a fresh mandate because they have failed to govern, hence the use of unconventional and uncivilised methods to slow our campaigns,” read the statement in part.

He demanded for a the playing field be levelled as this a critical stage of campaigns and that it is not the fault of the UPND that President Lungu and his running-mate are failing to attract crowds as they try to market their party.

“If Edgar and his running-mate Inonge Wina are failing to pull crowds and market their party which has brought poverty and hunger among the people of Zambia,that cannot be the fault of UPND that he should now turn to unconventional methods to derail our campaigns,” he said.

He also said that his Party is aware of the maneuvers by the PF to silence alternative voice something he said will not happen saying people cannot be silenced.

“We are aware of all his schemes to silence the alternative voice ;
– He has revoked my flying permit
– Made my President HH and I as a campaign message and part of PF manifesto discussed during rallies
– Closed the Post Newspapers down
but the truth remains that he cannot silence the will of the people,” he said.

He vowed to continue his campaigns using whatever means possible.

“Leka Nkwebe our campaigns will continue by any means possible whether by road,by water even by air or on foot, we shall reach every corner of our beloved country,” he said.

He also bemoaned the lack of adherence to the electoral code of conduct by the ruling party.

“The Electoral Code of Conduct provides a code on how people should conduct themselves during campaigns, therefore revocation of our flying permit and grounding the helicopter is a total disregard of the electoral Code of Conduct which President Lungu as a lawyer understands.

“This act is also an assault on fundamental principles of a free and fair election and also hinges on Human Rights and good governance.

“This violation can actually go to the International Court of Justice and President Lungu can be subjected to the international tribunal,” Mr Mwamba noted.

He has since given the ECZ 48hrs to intervene in the matter or risk being taken to Court.

“However we shall start by appealing to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to intervene in this matter within 48hrs failure to which we shall take a legal route.

“I’ve used the said helicopter specifically for campaigns and according to the flying permit granted, the campaign schedule has been shared and everything has been within the law, to revoke it, is like a personal attack on me,” he said.

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50 COMMENTS

    • LUNGU SHOULDN’T CRY FOUL WHEN HE WILL ARRESTED AFTER THE ELECTIONS. HE’S CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR HIS ARREST. HE IS SCARED AND PANICKING BECAUSE OF THE MANY WRONGS, ESPECIALLY STEALING, HE HAS DONE SINCE HE BECAME PRESIDENT.

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    • LUNGU MUST BE REPORTED TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR HARASSING, INTIMIDATING, MAIMING AND KILLING THE CITIZENS THRU USING POLICE BRUTALITY AND PF CADRES AND THUGS JUST BECAUSE OF HAVING DIFFERENT POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES FROM LUNGU’S. LUNGU IS A VERY DANGEROUS ELEMENT THERE AT STATE HOUSE. LUNGU WANTS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ZAMBIA BECOMES UNGOVERNABLE DUE TO ESCALATING ANARCHY AND LAWLESSNESS. LUNGU IS FULL OF JEALOUSY FOR HH AND GBM TO AN EXTENT THAT HE WOULD RATHER SEE ZAMBIA BEING RULED BY MILITARY OTHER THAN HIM HANDING OVER POWER TO HH AND GBM. LUNGU IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. LET US ALL GET UNITED AND STAND FOR CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT BY VOTING FOR HH AND THE UPND TEAM. VIVA HH VIVA!

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    • Are we REALLY FCUKING SERIOUS????????? The whole useless ZAF that has GONE TO THE DOGS, HONESTLY DOESN’T HAVE A ZAMBIAN DESIGNATED EMAIL ADDRESS for it to be hosting off YAHOOO??????????????
      Seems CHISENSE & JERE really remain as useless as when Rhodesians, YES, RHODESIANS used to fly into Zed & carry out raids at free will by simply calling ZAF & telling them to stay on the ground – google the clips on youtube ”Green Leader’ Raid on Rebel Camps in Zambia” & see & hear for yourselves – it is something you cant erase, & FOR AS LONG AS WE HAVE BOOTLICKERS LIKE CHISENSE our Air Force will never gain respect!!

      Vote WISELY 11/8/2016!! Vote ZAMBIA FORWARD!! Vote UPND!! Abantu baya!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #pamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • Honestly this guy Lungu has no class. What kind of job was this guy doing before he joined politics? His thinking is so low for his generation. So unfortunate that in this day and age Zambia has such caliber as President.

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    • Kevin, EL is still the Republican President. GBM did what he knowing very well how the State Security works. He was Minister of Defence. The Zambia Security system will never compromise in situation like this. If the President goes on official duties, the system has to protect him. He is the republican president, GBM is only an opposition leader. If you understand how state affairs are run, you will not fall into GBM’s useless propaganda. Even it was HH was President, the state would still do the same for him. So GBM and HH are pretending that they do not know how the state is run mislead people like you at will. I would understand HH because he has never been in government before, but GBM has no excuse. So analyse issues critically before commenting.

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  1. GBM, its for the security of the president. He will be in Luapula for 3 days flying around himself thus any other choppers are all grounded. As a former defence minister you must know this, surely. Imwe everything is politics.

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    • Ba Chandwe, mulichipuba sana. Nomba nga Lungu aliku Luapula nishi only one helicopter can fly in the whole province? What if the neighbouring country attacks us by air using several helicopters or fighter jets, what would you do with your one helicopter per province policy. Kamulya kamuseka but remember that days are numbered.

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    • Marygoround, you are the one who’s useless. Think about the security of the Republican President. This GBM adelela too much

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  2. GBM just choose any of the other 9 provinces to go than to go to the same province with the rival party. This should be supported for the sake of non violence. You passed through all those places with your president without disturbance so let the same your rival party also campaign.

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  3. GBM hardly understands issues. Can someone tell him that the airspace is controlled by ZAF and can revoke the permit anytime. They priotize their Commander in Chief over chi Bonanza.

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    • Iwe koswe, the AIR-SPACE IS NOT CONTROLLED BY ZAF, it is CONTROLLED BY CIVIL AVIATION!!!
      WE ARE NOT AT WAR FOR ZAF TO BE CONTROLLING AIR-SPACE!!! In PEACE-TIME, ZAF HAVE TO ASK FOR PERMISSION FROM CIVIL AVIATION TO FLY IN CIVIL AIR-SPACE, otherwise they can ONLY FLY WITHOUT PERMISSION IN DESIGNATED MILITARISED AIR-SPACE!!!

      Vote WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!! Abantu baya!!

      #chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!!

      I thank you!!

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    • Iwe kolwe Katondo boys, the airspace in Zambia isn’t controlled by ZCAA but ZAF. Don’t comment on things you don’t understand

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    • Iwe Mumbwe MJ banda finshi ule bosa??? What do you know about Airspace??? just becoz another mumbwe who doesn’t know what is right adopts something that is wrong DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!!!

      ZCAA:
      “Mission:
      Control and regulate civil aviation, oversee the implementation of, and ensure compliance with, any national strategies and programs relating to the safety and security of civil aviation;”

      The quote above is lifted from mission statement of ZCAA – mumbwe ufwile ule sambilila noti ifya ku bosa bosa fye!! Bushe walingila mo mu grade one???? pantu ichisungu chapala chakupita – belenga “CONTROL!!”

      Vote WISELY 11/8/2016!! Vote ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!
      Abantu baya!!

      #chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • Peddler of lies, EL is still the Republican President. GBM did what he knowing very well how the State Security works. He was Minister of Defence. The Zambia Security system will never compromise in situation like this. If the President goes on official duties, the system has to protect him. He is the republican president, GBM is only an opposition leader. If you understand how state affairs are run, you will not fall into GBM’s useless propaganda. Even it was HH was President, the state would still do the same for him. So GBM and HH are pretending that they do not know how the state is run mislead people like you at will. I would understand HH because he has never been in government before, but GBM has no excuse. So analyse issues critically before commenting.

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    • U will faint during the results, we are voting and keeping him in power. You are being fed propaganda by GBM and HH, The reality is that EL is the front runner!! Do not dance before the main dance. Take it easy to avoid disappointment. You think ELm and PF are just playing? They mean real business and they are winning, and winning big. Yes, you will see him still in State House after August 11.

      THE HARDER YOU TRY, THE HARDER YOU FAIL!!!

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  4. Ka so called “humble man” is very insecure. He knows he’s days are numbered and are very few.

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  5. what does this amphibian called gbv know about the electoral code of conduct which he can’t even read even if it were written in vernacular?

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  6. “This is because President Lungu is aware that we have dismantled the PF in all corners of their strongholds and so he is scared of losing the coming elections.” If you have already done what you are saying as per quote, then why go back there. there are other 9 provinces to be visited

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  7. You cannot be in the same place with the seating president, as simple as that. GBM understand this, you were there before who restraint you? Why now coz the commander In Chief is also there.

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  8. Evil president in the history of Zambia. I used to think RB was bad but today RB is better than this evil president.

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    • Lotus, EL is still the Republican President. GBM did what he knowing very well how the State Security works. He was Minister of Defence. The Zambia Security system will never compromise in situation like this. If the President goes on official duties, the system has to protect him. He is the republican president, GBM is only an opposition leader. If you understand how state affairs are run, you will not fall into GBM’s useless propaganda. Even it was HH was President, the state would still do the same for him. So GBM and HH are pretending that they do not know how the state is run mislead people like you at will. I would understand HH because he has never been in government before, but GBM has no excuse. So analyse issues critically before commenting.

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  9. But GBM ulichikopo sana. I wonder how you operated as Minister of Defence with this ignorance. Anyway, you joined politics for business. This is simple logic. Why politicise this issue and your UPND cadres are totally blind about national security issues. The problem with us Zambians is that on many issues we are over whelmed with ignorance and very much eager to comment on matters that we do not know. Go to any country, this can not be permitted for security reasons. Who uses the road when the President is passing through. Learn to reason and be in touch with reality then you will have no complaints.

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  10. Ba Upnd muli bafyongo fye. Gbm knew that the president will be going there and then he quickly goes there. Zambia is wide why not go to other areas. You just want to cry foul napashili ukwilishaya fye. Grow up. The commander in chief is in the area!

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  11. As usual UPND are not strategic thinkers. They should have known that by giving them headway during the early days of the campaigns, ECL wanted them to be in exactly this situation but because they do not listen to anyone you went out with excitement like students about to do a VIVA. The fact is VIPs have preference where Airspace is concerned and besides you have been to these places already – fair play. Politics Teyabana Iyo!!

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  12. Ba GBM you have to understand that bamwine balimunchende,so you cannot be allowed there. Obviously you will be granted permission when bamwine leaves.

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  13. GBM HAS BECOME A LAWYER AND ECONOMIST AFTER JOINING UPND. EVERYONE IN UPND IS AN EXPERT IN LAW AND ECONOMICS! AWE SHUWA

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  14. GBM visited Copperbelt, luapula, norhern, muchinga, eastern, and central provinces with your Hakainde when campaigns just started. this time around why not visit places like southern province for the same reason? This time, His excellence, the President is in luapula where you have been. Whether you like it or not Lungu is our president and therefore respect must accorded. if you deny facts, your conscious will torment you. Being a former minister of defence you are better placed to understand these issues, nomba ubukopo bwalipitilila. grow up and discuss real issues. Zambia is not only Luapula.

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  15. GBM chipuba sana..we only have one president in Zambia. GBM can not be trusted to fly with president in the same space. Let him pick another province. ..bachimbwi why everything is political?

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  16. The cancelation of the flying permit is regrettable as Luapula Province is really too big not to accommodate more than one helicopter! How do campaigns take place in countries which are as big as some of our provinces? If Mpika District has not been curved up, this piece of land is equivalent to the land mass of our neighbours Malawi! If just one district can be as big as some countries, surely a province of Zambia is big enough to accommodate two choppers! We have really been subjected to all manner of silly behaviour since PF came to power and as Zambians we need to redeem ourselves by kicking these guys out of power.

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  17. GBM was the first in the province so why can’t president lungu wait for gbm to finish & then he can come for even a week didn’t he knew that gbm was in luapula why or maybe it Zambia is main why can’t this man for once be gentle

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  18. Okay no flying choppers anymore, anyone seen will be shot down period! Bonse bafikamba start using the road, after all you are boasting that you have made roads around the country. Watch out!

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  19. this is all stupidity in its nature,no matter what only one man will be president,leave devilish knowledge outside Zambia and accept one another at all cost.We must unite because everyone will die and we will meet either hell or heaven,full stop.Edgar and Gbm are all equal but positions chabe,God gives them life to breath,them must respect each other.

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  20. Fat Albert Humpty Dumpty alibe ulemu. I think the love bundles around his waist are confusing him. Has he looked in the mirror lately?

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  21. WAKE UP ZAMBIANS ONLY THE AGENTS OF THE ENEMY CAN SUPPORT GBM. YOU DO NOT KNOW HIM WELL.ASK.HIS WEALTH IS QUESTIONABLE.HE GOT CONTRACTS FROM DEFENSE SUPPLYING MEAT USING ZAMBEEFT TO TRANSPORT TO DEFENSE BASES COUNTRY WIDE.HE BEATS HIS WORKERS,PAYS THEM MERGER SALARIES LATE .HOW DO YOU GIVE A PLATFORM

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  22. Lets be objective. GBM was initially granted the permit to fly to Luapula. It was later cancelled on the reason that Lungu would be in the same province at the same time. Clearly, Lungu’s decision came afterwards. Cynical and disgusting, to say the least. Not to mention the cadre compromised ZAF.

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    • He is Republican President. He takes precedence over GBM. Even your HH, in the unlikely event that he became President, would be given the same privilege. GBM must learn to respect the Presidency.

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  23. What was the massage for the huge rally to make the get convinced and vote for UPND? He was suppose to tell them what UPND will do and talk about the permit afterwards.

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