President Lungu
President Lungu
President Edgar Lungu has said he is not in charge of the Zambia National Broadcasting Services (ZNBC) despite being the Head of State.

President Lungu reiterated that his role is to provide free, fair and credible elections so that people elect for themselves the leader they want.

The Head of State said this in Lusaka today when the European Union Observer Mission paid a courtesy call on him.

President Lungu said he does not control or direct the coverage of stories by ZNBC and neither does he control the content, of the public broadcaster as the institution is independent of its operations.

President Lungu said many times he has been accused that he influences the content of the National Broadcaster when in fact not.

He said ZNBC is run by the Independent Board of Directors, and execute their duties diligently without interference from government.

President Lungu said he has not stopped the opposition rallies and he has not restricted them access to the media in the country.

He said ZNBC also has its own editorial content and ethical standards which cannot be challenged by the government.

President Lungu said all the Rallies that are aired on ZNBC are fully paid for by the PF and are not aired for free as perceived by the general public and some opposition political parties.

The Head of State said the EU Observer Missions always gives one sided stories, which are not balanced and aimed at tarnishing the image of the country.

Meanwhile President Lungu has maintained that police have the discretion not to allow political parties to hold rallies, if the Head of State is in a certain area.

President Lungu said the police have always maintained that having two or more political parties in an area compromises security, which results in some rallies being postponed.

He said the opposition is complaining about postponement of their rallies because they fear that they are losing the elections.

The Head of State said he has a duty to maintain order because, peace, order and democracy need to co-exist in an election period.

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    • TRUE TO FORM!!!!! CHAGWA DENIES ALL RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!!!!!
      WITH ANYTHING GOING WRONG, the chap’s DEFENCE IS:

      “I WASN’T THERE BWANA, Bani NAMIZILA CHABE BWANA!!”

      IT SEEMS NO ONE HAS TOLD OR REMINDED HIM THAT THE BUCK STOP WITH THE PRESIDENT!!!
      OF COURSE, HOW COULD ANYONE IN HIS STATE EVERY REMEMBER SUCH A THING – WHEN HE IS 1/4 SOBER & 3/4 DRUNK!!! I think am even being a bit DISINGENUOUS HERE – he is 1/8 SOBER & 7/8 DRUNK!!

      VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!

      #chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • postponement of political rallies cannot be one sided,be head of state of not,the fact that they are one sided means that the police are siding with pf.as for znbc,lungu thinks that we a kids in daycare.if znbc coverage is 70% pf propaganda then its pf which is influencing through its cadre appointees

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    • yes, the levels of arrogance displayed by this fellow beggar belief, especially when you consider that he has only been in power for a year or so! KK reached these levels during the one party state era, but that was after coming through the storm of the battles for independence and multi-party politics. This fellow? Pomposity with no basis whatsoever apart from self-delusion. He has lost my vote.

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    • Published & Furthering ZWD Distribution!!

      Guilty as charged, on all 50 + 1 counts

      1. Job losses on the Copperbelt
      2. Excessive national debt
      3. Unprecedented load shedding
      4. Unprecedented abuse of the Public Order Act
      5. Unprecedented biased coverage of public media
      6. Closure of the Post Newspaper
      7. Under-performance of health facilities
      8. Very High cost of living
      9. High bank interest rates
      10. Very high cost of fertilizer
      11. Very high unemployment
      12. Failure to stop political violence
      13. Unexplained amassing of personal wealth
      14. political intolerance
      15. Dilution of constitution
      16. Abuse of public resources by retained ministers
      17. Bribing of chiefs before elections
      18. Lies about reopening Mulungushi Textiles
      19. Abuse of Human Rights of citizens
      20…

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      20. Failure to revamp Zambia Railways and Zambia Airways
      21. Ferrying of musicians to PF rallies in ZAF choppers
      22. Failure to give loans to marketeers countrywide
      23. Lying to ex-miners about land
      24. Peddling tribalism
      25. Failing to contain corruption by the executive
      26. Wasting public resources through unprecedented by elections
      27. u-turning too many times on introduced policies
      28. Dividing the church because of politics
      29. Failing to build the national tabernacle for prayers
      30. Pretending to be a believer in hard times
      31. Turning state house into a pub
      32. Surrounding the presidency with mediocrity
      33. Demonizing university students after provoking them
      34. Wasting public resources on unnecessary trips
      35. Failing to back orders of statutory legal…

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      35. Failing to back orders of statutory legal bodies
      36. Late payment of civil servant salaries
      37. Embracing false prophets
      38. Unfair denial of use of airspace to other candidates
      39. Failing to protect citizens from violent political cadres
      40. Giving markets and bus stops to political cadres
      41. Allowing cadres to grab land from rightful owners
      42. Trying hard to rig elections
      43. Supporting rogue regimes hated by their own people
      44. General lack of patriotism
      45. Failure to discuss national vision on live presidential debate
      46. Chickening away from international media
      47. Allowing foreigners to acquire national registration cards
      48. Helping foreigners to register as voters
      49. Curtailing freedom of assembly and movement
      50. Embarrassing first lady through…

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      50. Embarrassing first lady through bad association with females
      51. FAILURE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP.

      VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

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    • The EU must know that Zambia has been a beacon of peace because of our previous constitution and esp the POA (public Order act). Our previous Const managed to put Zambia on the world map as a peaceful nation, Thank you to President Chiluba and his Team for that Constitution. Africa is different from the US or these other developed countries because we still have alot of people who are not well educated so we need laws such as the POA. No way an opposition political party can be allowed to hold a rally in a town where the seating president is holding rallies. This should remain so even if HH become president because of security issues. This is how we have managed to be a beacon of peace in africa. Zambians let us be serious with these issues. Problem with UPND cadres is they are not…

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    • ,……………………… Problem with UPND cadres is they are not seriouse with what the oppose. Who ever thought HH can appoint GBM as his Vice after all the insults he received from Tongas. EVen HH is a fool to accept that offer. So or later he realize what kind of people they are whether they win or not.

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    • Am 100% convinced that not only is he incompetent but he is a very dull human being………….

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    • Hypocrite,murderer,liar,thief.You will pay back what you have stolen from the innocent Zambian citizen after elections…VIVA HH 2016

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    • That is a lawyer for you. He will not be liable for any wrong doing but you zombies he is commanding and you carry out orders without any written proof will be in trouble. Chiluba too avoided a lot of cases in the same way.

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  1. But he knows very well that his people such as the Minister of Information and cadres are controlling ZNBC hence the boring staff every time.

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    • SO INDIRECTLY HE IS ADMITTING THAT CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI HAS MORE POWERS THAN HIM THE HEAD OF STATE? COWARD.

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  2. The last utterances under that elusive title of president. Abene bachalo (voters) are making a dramatic statement this Thursday as HH and the UNDP team come marching in, by God’s grace.

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    • Cheating yourselves as bene bachalo when, it is only a regional party. UPND is going nowhere until it reforms. EC is remaining in office he has a notional identity.

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    • Sorry william, you are facing yet another lose. HH has failed UPND. He has failed to make it into non-regional party. Most of its supporters are from one region of the country. Even most bloggers here supporting UPND and HH are from one region, but we know they are using fake names such as Chanda, mwale etc.

      ECL aint goin nowhere, but remaining in plot 1.

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    • He wants to remain in plot 1 to continue stealing where he left off at $2.3 million in one year in office……..

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  3. ECL HAS SPOKEN ESPECIALLY ON SECURITY. THE WAY UPND FAILS TO RESTRAIN THEIR CADRES FROM VIOLENCE, IT WOULD BE F00LISHI OF OUR POLICE FORCE TO LET TWO RALLIES OF TWO OPPOSITION PARTIES TO STAGE A TWO RALLIES IN ONE TOWN OR PROVINCE. TO BE HONEST THE OPPOSITION WOULD LOVE THAT MISTAKE TO BE MADE SO THAT WHEN THEY BECOME VIOLENT THEY COULD HAVE THE GOVERNMENT OR THE POLICE FORCE TO POINT A FINGER AT. ON ZNBC- INTERFERRENCE FROM THE GOVT FINISHED WITH THE COMING OF PF. I REMEMBER AT ONE TIME IN PF GOVT, CHIBAMBA KANYAMA, “I DO NOT GET INTERFERRENCE FROM ANY GOVT OFFICIAL, I GET INTERFERRENCE FROM SOCCER FANS”. IF POLICE ARE BEING BIAS IT IS BECAUSE THAT’S HOW FOR A LONG TIME BEEN BROUGHT UP BY UNIP AND MMD. PF IS MAKING THESE THINGS RUN INDEPENDENTLY.

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  4. And we say we have had a President? This man is very deceitful! Under his leadership, ZNBC has been a total disgrace!

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    • To UPND yes but to sharp Zambians, ZNBC has been the best source of news not foolish news sources like MUVI TV or Zambian Watchdog or the Post which some of you characters read religiously like the Koran.

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  5. Lungu keeps on speaking on behalf of the opposition that they are losing the election, are you now the spokesperson?

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  6. This is why Government workers being used to brake the law should be careful with our elusive president. He will leave them in the cold when things get hot. Like Msisika at ZRA, this man one day will just deny that he does not run ZRA and Msiska will have to answer all the charges alone. Samuel Musonda fomer ZANACO MD was used and left alone when time to account came. Clever Civil servants resign to avoid trouble.

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  7. I stopped watching ZNBC in 2012 so what ever propaganda they make it has no effect on me.The only goodness is that Zambias do not like this type of behavior especially the undecided voters.Anyway Zambians will decide for themselves on Thursday.You even say opposition fear losing elections that’s why they complain.Were you not on the Copper belt last week for your dances but you still want to go back.The goodness is that you have caused a lot of harm already.The more you stop opposition from having their rallies the more people become against you.
    Country men and women the only way to recover our stolen money from these illegal Ministers is to vote them out of government on Thursday.

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    • You have denied yourself an opportunity to hear the ‘useless’ things your opponent say. Instead you have chosen to listen from praise singers for your party. So you might not know what hits you if your party loses.

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    • Walicitafye because you are single mined with closed biased thinking capacity.VIVA ECL and PF. ‘mbwili ebantu.Your icilemamubongo insulted Bangwe yesterday on ZNBC and you ZNBC boring.The disciplined young kept on acknowledging his insults, a sign of maturity. How can someone who wants to be a national leader cage his people he wants support from and leave them homeless.They spoke, amwe bantu amu votele PF if you really want liberation from your icilemamubongo.

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  8. I understand your frustration!! But be careful you may have a heart attack when your small god, the tribal master, thief HH loses on Thursday. HH and UPND are arrogant, blaming others for their own doings. No one forced to go tribal. It was your own choice. You will see on 11th Zambian no who has a heart for the country and those for their businesses. The wolves in UPND waiting to gain contracts will kiss dust. ECL and PF are winning.

    I can only imagine tha panic in HH’s camp with only 48 hours before we vote. The pressure is on your HH and ECL.

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  9. What a lie! We are not daft. And the observers arent too. Lungu doesn’t have to write the ZNBC News bulletin. He has Kambwili to make sure Richards Mwanza doesnt allow his reporters to report without bias

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  10. “….ZNBC also has its own editorial content and ethical standards which cannot be challenged by the government.” Really? Kambwili challenges and orders DeadNBC all the time

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  11. But Lungu was grilled jealous down. The state house aide had to rudely come in to shut up the EU leader. ati “let the president answer.” ha ha ha ha ha

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    • I saw that. His body language gave him away too. He tried to put up a tough face but didn’t work.

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    • Grilled by an agent of imperialist – very condescending white man, — and of course you who want to sell our country were very happy. No African representative disrespected the president the way the foolish European deed – and we know on whose side he is.

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  12. I am PF but ZNBC is a complete disgrace. In our home some of my family members are UPND but to have that complete black out on a national broadcaster funded by all tax payers is a very very sad development. And to this Chishimba Kambwili, all is very normal

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    • You are so right I remember when Kambwili was in opposition, even though I wonder if he ever came out of it, and he stormed Muvi TV studios to protest over some coverage … and I was even sympathizing with him … Boy, was I so wrong never knew the Tadpole would turn into a fully fledged Frog!!!!

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  13. What about the phone call to your demi god from bagwa. He has preached to fix the nation for the poor. Kwena icichmuntu is selfish grabing land from the poor that he is purporting to helping the poor. Shame on him it really reminds me of his dealings on the copperbelt and as usual instead of responding he resorts to insulting. Yaba lol

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    • And you believe that? Gullible Zambians. Those were planted to divert attention from the PF murder of an innocent person.

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  14. Well he doesn’t seem to be responsible for anything so kick him out on Thursday and bring in someone who will be responsible for the country.

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  15. This is like a shop manager telling a customer who went to complain about rotten products that he is not in charge of the shelves.

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  16. Displacing 60 families is not important,as compared to grazing land.why must a person worry of cadres instead of the displaced families and the little children?WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT BETWEEN A COW AND A HUMAN LIFE? vote ecl a man with a heart for all zambians

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  17. I HEAR UPND HAS INTRODUCED ONLINE VOTING, ALL OF YOU WHO BLINDLY SUPPORT AKALEMA,BE PREPARED NATU DOOM MUPEPI.

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  18. That’s how a president should be. Keep it mr president. EU go to Syria, Ethiopia or USA where pipo are being killed like mad dogs. LUNGU has 56% in his pocket. Balya Bambi 30%

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  19. totally agree that observers should investigate reports and not just read online. days of monkey business from eu seem to have found its end.

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  20. ARROGANCE OF THE HIGHEST KIND. IT IS WRITTEN ON THE WALL IN CLEAR BLACK AND WHITE THAT THE USELESS ZNBC IS BIASED TO PF. ZAMBIA IS WATCHING AND DECIDING TOMORROW.

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  21. CB, LUAPULA,WESTERN,CENTRAL,NORTHERN, MUCHINGA, EASTERN, NW,LUSAKA go go go for ECL.Remember how we were tutored on voting by SP,DO THE SAME FOR ECL.VIVA ‘MBWILI, VIVA PF

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  22. Can we bet who is going to win? I put my money on ECL K50 tolktime …. Just respond to this on Monday, and the K50 talktime will be yours, I promise!!! I’m not PF, but just looking at the voting pattern that will come this year!!!…

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  23. Don’t be swayed by these destructive bamukulu’s comments, stick to your principles and vote PF. They are busy criticizing ECL leaving HH & his vice who has done all sorts of things not forgetting insults from a small child, women even the president of this country, to them they are saints no matter what they do it is all similes. SO FELLOW ZAMBIANS VOTE ECL, VOTE PF for continuity development and a prosperous Zambia. MAY THE ALL MIGHTY BLESS YOU ALL.

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