MEMBERS of different political parties pose for a picture to show a unity of purpose as they wait for results from the 2016 General Election at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
MEMBERS of different political parties pose for a picture to show a unity of purpose as they wait for results from the 2016 General Election at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia has appealed for calm as anxiety starts building among Zambians over delays to announce official elections results from Thursday’s crucial general election.

ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac said the Commission is not deliberately delaying the announcement of results.

Ms. Isaac said the public should realise that there is a huge volume of work that has to go through in the counting process especially that there were five ballots on voting day.

She emphasised that the Commission has to receive and verify the results from all the polling stations in each constituency before announcing them at the national totalling centre.

Ms. Isaac revealed that the nation will only start releasing officially verified totals at constituency level at the next briefing expected to be at around 12 Hours.

She however emphasised that the Commission Chairman Justice Essau Chulu who is also the returning officer of the presidential election is expected to release the first batch of official presidential results at around 14 Hours.

Ms Isaac said anything else circulating on social media is not authentic results and should be disregarded.

“You have to bear with us, we want to give you factual updates and this will only happen after we receive results from all polling stations in each constituency before announcing them,” Ms. Isaac said.

She added, “We again appeal for calm. I know we are all anxious to get the results.”

And Ms. Isaac has disclosed that voting at all polling stations across the country including those that delayed opening has now closed.

“All polling stations managed to close with the latest being Namabunga in Nalolo at 02:00 Hours and Kazungula at Kaningwa Community school. Counting of votes is still ongoing with polling stations that have finished currently transmitting to their totalling centres,” she said.

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  1. No rigging. Let the people decide. I guess you are communicating with Lungu. He could explain where he got the 23 million.

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    • PF and ECZ do the right things, that is the only thing which will calm the nerves of the people.

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    • HH has already rigged in Southern Province through the use of poling officers who are all from the same tribe…the work of VJ…but all the same he will lose like in 2015 when he used the same formula.

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    • All the haters of Lungu like @ Jay Jay and @ Buck Teeth Lungu:
      Where are you going to hide now?
      Lungu has won.
      Hh and Gbm out.
      Love wins.
      God bless you.

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    • One can hate Chakolwa, the mass murderer and treason suspect, and still be Zambian. Si Zambia ya anyoko.

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    • Sore loosers UPND. Now you will do everything not to accept defeat. How can you claim a person voted 6 times!

      Victory for the mighty PF and ECL

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    • I had a good sleep, unfortunately dreamed Edgar’s wife. I didn’t see her voting yesterday. Has she left him because of loosing elections?

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    • Mwanya celebrating more poverty coming your way for a Ka K1000 token for helping PF win which will be finished or nothing by saturday.

      The Kwacha is set fall by 50% if Lungu wins by end of August due to pressure from IMF deal he signed on behalf of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

      Fuel , meali meal and electricity are set to go up 100% by end of August. More delays in salaries even for the riggers at ECZ , they wont get their promised money for helping Lungu Rig. Lungu has pay back money borrowed from Museveni to prop the Kwacha and buy votes.

      The fun bit in all this is that, if you talk and complain that you helped Lungu win and he is neglecting you, then you will go jail straight away for tempering with the electoral process. Lungu wont be your friend after this. He will feel invincible…

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    • Lungu will now feel invincible and untouchable. You have just made lungu a full blown dictator.

      From today on wards the true dictator in Lungu will come out and no one will escape it. He will shuffle you around as he pleases unless you drink with him. Otherwise expect the worst for Zambia.

      Fools will will laugh and HH and GBM, these guys have money and take their families to live in UK ,USA or Australia on express permanent visas without a hussle. What about you the one who received K1000 to help Lungu rig? You will be stuck in Zambia eating rubbish while Lungu and close stooges will be fine dinning and whisking at your expense using your taxes. Their children will be flown out for good education.

      Zambian voting for Lungu you have chosen poverty over prosperity.

      For sure…

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    • Zambian voting for Lungu you have chosen poverty over prosperity.

      For sure Muzanya mansi mange.

      By Wanzelu.

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    • Sad indeed. I`ve never seen a country whose people are so unconcerned about the there future and future of there children like Zambia. How do you explain this support for Lungu and PF. What is it based on? Because when you dig into all the economic and development statistics on Zambia, this country is headed into a dark hole. When you statistics like Zambia being ranked 3rd hungriest nation on earth, inflation at more than 20% economy growing at 3%, $7billion in debt, unemployment at 80%—-its so scary. But to people in Zambia—–no big deal! Yes, it might not be a big deal to you —–but how about your children? There is something very, very, serious about Zambia minds.

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  2. Ba UPND again busy celebrating before the official results are out. When they finally come out we will start hearing statements such as ‘they couldn’t declare me winner because I am Tonga’.
    Bola panshi guys. Mwalalusafye bwino

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    • @Laso the country sadly is being divided.Iam not proud weather PF wins of UPND wins the presidency.The truth Zambia has been divided on ethinic lines and all see is another south south sudan.A weak economy and deaths all over.Lets pray for Zambia.

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    • Zambia is split into two halves.

      Northeast Rhodesia with economic challenges, and
      Northwest Rhodesia with solid agricultural, mineral and hydro power wealth.

      The tilt is the line of rail where poverty and corruption ravages the many and will be a challenge to whoever wins.

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  3. Ba ECZ, please note that the longer it takes for you to start announcing the results, the greater the suspicion among the general public that someone is doing something fishy/sinister behind the scene to alter the results. Patience is not unlimited. Do all you can to expedite the process without being careless so that the we’ve been enjoying since voting yesterday is not disturbed.

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    • Are you sure about that? Let’s wait for the results. It could be Chagwa who has fallen again. He collapses in front of important crowds.

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  4. One Zambia One Nation
    Whoever loses please go back to the drawing board and assess your campaign strategy and team you had put in place. Equally for the winning party. And please please get back to WORK, we have employed you. Don’t behave like our masters. Remember 5 years is a very very short time.

    God Bless Zambia

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    • I like this advice. In American there are democrats and republicans. In UK, its Labour and Conservative. The major issue here is democracy and the will of the people. We too now have the PF and UPND and of course contenders like Nawakwi and Kabimba.

      Zambia has gained in Democracy. So whoever doesn’t make it this time will have a field day keeping check on the winner.

      If Lungu who wins, he is in trouble as he has to pay all those debts for his dununa reverse campaign. There is no more money to borrow….lol.

      If HH wins, he is in trouble to fulfill all those rosy promises he gave for his dununa forward campaign. The coffers were long time ago emptied by AB Chikwanda…lol

      I can only agree with the Post headline the other day….it’s Dununa Zambia.

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  5. HH has lost. The whole theme is to ensure security branches are in place because Mmembe wants an up rise.

    One thing that I can confirm is that Kelvin Sampa has beaten GBM’s daughter in Kasama.

    GBM is not a factor in Kasama.

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  6. Still holding on to the final results as these are mare heart races……………………. all these issues that we are busy quarreling with are worthless because in the end, who ever gets the seat is our leader….. lets wait patiently….

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  7. HH HAS WON THE ELECTION HENCE THE DELAY IN ANNOUNCING. GET GEARED GUYS PARADISE IS COMING ON EARTH SPECIFICALLY ZAMBIA HH IN STATE HOUSE. CHAKOLWA ALEFWA.

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  8. Failing to eat, nerves are killing me….but ka black label is smoothing in slowly….eish please someone say something on results since ba ECZ balemeka

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  9. LET US ACCEPT WHO EVER WILL BE THE WINNER AND MOVE ON. I AND MY FAMILY DID NOT VOTE FOR ECL BUT IF HE WINS OR HH WINS LET US MOVE ON. A LOT OF THINGS ARE ON STAND STILL BECAUSE OF WAITING FOR ELECTION RESULTS.

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  10. Honest Advice for UPND

    Immediate solutions are needed in your party.

    Restructure your party from the top to the bottom. The best you can do is call for a conference and let people decide who should be who, not basing on ones originality. If Sakwiba had taken over from Mazoka, this party would won at least one election. As things are you have again gone forward beyond plot ONE.

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    • I add this to your advice. Should HH and UPND lose, it is a grand opportunity to build on the tremendous gains they will have made in this election. The test of the UPND is whether they can exist outside the financial muscle of their colossus, HH?

      I also agree that UPND will need to go for a convention soon. Party members should finance this convention and not HH. Then ALL positions should be up for grabs. Let us mature in democracy and allow new blood to come in where there has been a loss under stewardship of someone, in this case should HH fail to take the party into government. Look at the many shining examples of Europe and USA. And if this happens we shall set ourselves an indelible grand precedent of democracy. HH is already rich and so stepping aside should not be an…

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    • Additionally, consider re branding, the name UPND is a tribal entity with one region and a seasoned loser. At all costs if you want to win consider changing the name of your party and it leadership, lastly your cadres should stop worshiping the party leadership… PROFFESOR HH…… etc etc

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    • UPND will remain intact under our leader HH. Since you Bembas you have denied GBM we shall ask him to leave he has no use ,he has failed.It seems democracy can work we shall go to the drawing board , to decide weather its viable to remain in the country called Zambia.Consultations will be made with our Lozi,Kaonde,Luvale and Lunda brothers to leave Zambia and determine our course.Bembas have clearly shown that they selfish they want to have a large share of our natural resources and power.They have a secreat code since 1964.So we shall leave to form the Zambezi republic ,which develop to levels never seen before.

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    • Olo kuti nikutinka munthu, awe mwachilamo mwe! Dzikhadzikitse mtima, uzangodzidwadzika ndi katinko ako uli nako!

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  11. This is how it stands. Come and prove me wrong later. By the way, I am just an independent observer with no political affiliation whatsoever.

    Lusaka Province
    ECL = 58%
    HH = 40%
    Others = 2%
    Copperbelt Province
    ECL = 64%
    HH = 31%
    Others = 5%
    Southern Province
    ECL = 16%
    HH = 80%
    Others = 4%
    Eastern Province
    ECL = 82%
    HH = 15%
    Others = 3%
    Central Province
    ECL = 46%
    HH = 49%
    Others = 5%
    Northern Province
    ECL = 74%
    HH = 25%
    Others = 1%
    Luapula Province
    ECL = 84%
    HH = 29%
    Others = 1%
    Western Province
    ECL = 33%
    HH = 65%
    Others = 2%
    North Western Province
    ECL = 28%
    HH = 70%
    Others = 2%
    Muchinga Province
    ECL = 87%
    HH = 10%
    Others = 3%
    Grand Total
    ECL = 57.2%
    HH = 41.4%
    Others = 1.4%

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    • And ni ukutumpa anyway, because it’s not decided by percentage per province, but by total national number of votes per candidate. Different provinces have different numbers of people voting you see, so percentages can only tell part of the story (even at 114%!)

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  12. pf pvt is showing edgar with 57% overal win while upnd pvt is showing 54% hh overall win so what is ecz saying?nawakwi is really a disgrace.

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    • We gave you GBM and you have thrown him out.Since you don’t like him we no use of in UPND.

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  13. Fellow Zambians, the most important day was the voting day. I made my choice so if my candidate misses her target, too bad but at least I spoke. I respect all those who voted for ECL, HH, Peter Sinkamba etc. I respect their right to pick the candidate of their choice.

    Remember there are no winners in violence.

    One Zambia One Nation.

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    • That is the way @ 2016Moonga, totally agree with you.

      May the best candidate win based on Zambian people`s Choice.

      ECZ has learned a lesson, and communicating to the public very well, so far so good.

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  14. CONGLATULATIONS MR EDGAR C LUNGU YOU HAVE WON AS WE URGUE UPND TO RETIRE HH AND RESTRUCTURE

    AS FOR GBM HE HELPED HH BUT HE CANNOT WIN ZAMBIAN ELECTIONS RESTRUCTURE THE PARTY AND RETIRE HIM FOR CHOLWE MWEETWA OR HAMUNDUDU OR MAZOKA THERE LIES THE FAUGHT OF UPND ITS HH NOT THE PARTY AS PER SAY LOOK AT THE EFFORTS IN CAMPAIGNS BY GBM IT COULD HAVE BEEN EDGAR 90% HH 10%

    ACCEPT DEFEAT AND CONGLATULATIONS MR PRESIDENT AND WORK WELL TO GOVERN ZAMBIA!!!

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  15. 63 Parliamentary seats taken by PF so far. Note that this includes PF members who stood as independent candidates

    63. Chilubi- Rosario Fundanga
    62. Luangeni- PF Charles Zulu
    61. Luapula – PF KABANSHI Emerine
    60. Mfuwe – PF MALAMA Mwimba H.
    59. Zambezi West – PF Christabel Ngimbu
    58. Mkushi North- PF MWAPE Doreen
    57. NCHANGA – PF CHALI Chilombo
    56. Nakonde – PF SIWANZI Yizukanji
    55.Kanchibiya – PF Martin Malama
    54. Chembe – PF Kopulande Sebastian
    53. Nalolo – PF Enock Mundia
    52. Mansa Central – PF Dr Chitalu Chiluyfya
    51. KAPOCHE – PF BANDA Romel Charles
    50. Nyimba – PF PHIRI Olipa M.
    49. Vubwi – PF MITI Margaret
    48. Lubansenshi – George Mwamba
    47. KAPUTA – PF NG’ONGA Maxas J.B
    46. CHIMBAMILONGA – PF CHANSA Hastings
    45.Kamfisa – PF MUSONDA Elalio
    44…

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  16. People let’s wait for ECZ to do their job without interference like Mmembe is trying to do.If riots start none of us will be safe. Even you overseas will be affected since you have families here.

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  17. They will be no riots ECZ are doing their best under very demanding circumstances give the process a chance

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  18. Why are we not seeing who is trailing or leading? What’s happening? This is modern digital age and ECZ can withhold results till final announcement. These elections results are being manipulated. This is a concern because who will agree with the results now?

    Interesting indeed!!

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  19. Why are we not seeing who is trailing or leading? What’s happening? This is modern digital age and ECZ can withhold results till final announcement? These elections results are being manipulated. This is a concern because who will agree with the results now?

    Interesting indeed!!

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  20. In Zambia we still have a lot of work to do..a lot…surely counting of votes for Ward and Parliamentary should be swift..in this era of internet, telephony facilities, 4G networks – ECZ lcd screens at H/q should be lighting up and merely confirming results. You spent $3.5m on printing mere paper instead of investing in comms…why do we like to waste money like we are rich?

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  21. It’s amazing how people forget every time there is an election, it takes ECZ about 36-48 hours even if there is a clear winner and a low turnout. Let them count carefully

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  22. Again you choose Mediocrity!instead of prosperity..
    It’s amazing!
    it’s mind boggling!
    These same people who have been duped by the smear campaign crafted by pf hooligans and minions will shortly be perpetual beggars in our neighborhood and on our streets in search for hand outs.Please dont feel sorry for them refer them to there Chagwa and Kambwili.

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  23. Ba dolika2 – The real mediocrity is in the other camp. That is where people claim to be what they are not – confusing entrepreneurship with economic management — wrong!!!!

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  24. Ngombe tapaya Na Li thole lake!
    It’s time to Dununa tongas from our province! Compiling lists…….

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    • Baba, Iam from Eastern Province. Let us respect one another. We are one tribe – Zambian! You haven’t herad that HH has won? Do you think it would have been this silent if ECL had won? Remember how they announced Sata’s results? And why are PF complaining of rigging if they’ve won?

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  25. Sad indeed. I`ve never seen a country whose people are so unconcerned about the there future and future of there children like Zambia. How do you explain this support for Lungu and PF. What is it based on? Because when you dig into all the economic and development statistics on Zambia, this country is headed into a dark hole. When you statistics like Zambia being ranked 3rd hungriest nation on earth, inflation at more than 20% economy growing at 3%, $7billion in debt, unemployment at 80%—-its so scary. But to people in Zambia—–no big deal! Yes, it might not be a big deal to you —–but how about your children? There is something very, very, serious about Zambia minds..

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    • @Blago, naine nimpapa ECL getting over 50% in Lusaka where I thought they are more literate than CB dwellers. The future is bleak for Zambia when you have citizens that can even support such a candidate

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  26. I hope it won’t take them weeks to count the vote. In this day of modern communications there is no excuse ba ECZ for not availing the public of the results. Why is it in Zambia everything is done the hard way?

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  27. Mwe bantu
    Are we getting any numbers today from ECZ, its becoming stressful just waiting sober without kama jameson.

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  28. am told they have to wait for petitions with the Constitutional courts before they announce. Still looking for sitting allowances for judges, venue, cashier and perhaps still waiting for petitioners to lodge in complaints. am also told they have recounted in chongwe five times and the officers have come up with 5 different figures. they have resorted to consulting electorates one by one who they voted for and some voters have since traveled abroad. Finally, but not the least, am told at two polling stations in western province – electoral officers where dispatched by a drunk driver who kept on missing the route till this afternoon. they have just started mounting the first booth and its 7 strim. they may start voting midnight. expect 1st results at 14 hours tommorro. please am joking. one…

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    • @Excitement
      you made me laugh, keep us entertained its getting boring here.

      @HH Techilema and @Kudos, its either they are coming to realization that things are bad OR they are already celebrating with ECL. From how they have been supporting him, just hope things will be in their favor. But at the same time if that was going to be the case then @Kudos will be worse with his language. If ECL loses, at least we might not be seing that hate language here anymore.
      Fingers crossed

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  29. Next election ECZ must consider outsourcing vote counting to some one else more clever with numbers. This is just unbelievable incompetence. Ati 10 hrs, 14 hrs now it’s past 18 hrs!

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  30. There is only one reason for the delay in announcing……I have HH had lost the news would be splashed all over…….

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  31. Why have the kaponya bloggers gone quite like bed bugs in a boarding school realising the feast is over as school children are going home on holiday ……

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    • Blood sucking parasites sucking the life out of zambians day by day with their corruption..

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  32. Iburge Ecz to stand out strong for our beloved nation… and speak the truth as it is without fear or favour… GOD IN HEAVEN IS WATCHING ALL… MS ISAACS ANDBTHE TEAM… GO KN RECORD FOR BEING TRUTHFUL AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL THAT BELONGS TO YOU.

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  33. And ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac has revealed that a man believed to be a PF member has been detained by police after he was found to have accessed the ECZ Data centre at the Results Centre at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

    Ms. Isaac said she expressed concern over the security procedures at the data centre and called on ECZ officers to strengthen data security to protect the process.

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  34. “UPND has taken by more than 80% Central, Western, Southern and Northwestern. UPND has performed extremely well in perceived PF strongholds. Lusaka and Copperbelt are neck to neck. 45% of Eastern is UPND, 40% Muchinga and Northern and about 30% Luapula.
    Meanwhile PF is performing at about 9 -15% in UPND strongholds. Livingstone alone gave HH 66,000 with Lungu at 12,000. This wipes out most of the losses in Luapula and Northern combined. UPND’s highly effective PVT has HH leading by a wide margin across the land (about 52% HH to 47% Lungu). So UPND must stay vigilant, but ready to celebrate as the reign of terror is coming to an end…. Long live Zambia…!!”

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  35. Zambia is a peaceful Country,NO one can rule without the other.Am a Bemba by tribe ,we need one another to build Zed.Tonga’s,Lozi’s Easterners,Bemba’s,northern westerners we all need one anoth for a better Zambia.Tribe politics will never takes us anyway.At the end of the day no body winners.Ba KK made us to live together,as One Zambia One Nation.Let us go back to roots and love one another.

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  36. It is not delibarate, It is incompetence! Why does everything in Zambia have to be so frustrating!

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