UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo
UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) says it will not protect any of its members engaging in political violence.

UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has urged party supporters to refrain from using violence to express their grievances following the party’s defeat in the August 11 general elections.

Several UPND cadres in different parts of the country ran amok damaging property in protest against the re-election of President Lungu.

Mr Lifwekelo said in an interview yesterday that the opposition political party does not condone violence and those perpetrating the vice are doing so at their own peril.

“It is not right to take the law into your own hands and as a party we are against those engaging in violence to show displeasure of losing an election,” he said. “There can only be one winner after an election and that is President Lungu.”

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  1. Thank you Edwin. Congratulations for winning a clear majority in FOUR provinces of Zambia!!

    All Zambians including UPND supporters of which I am chief do not support violence.

    We endured beatings, stoning and killings by the PF especially here in Lusaka. We do not want that to happen to other people in our strongholds. The Bembas are in these areas because they appreciate the wealth that we have. They are traders and middlemen who are important for commerce. Let us respect and honour them instead of turning to the worst and base of human instincts be in Chavuma, Sikalongo or Senanga.

    UPND won clean and clearly in Central Province, North Western Province, Southern and Western Province. We made great strides on the Copperbelt and we are disputing Lusaka. Overall we are now a…

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    • The elections were national and not provincial. One had to win nationally to be president. UNDERSTAND DEMOCRACY!

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    • We have taught the so called “Intellectuals” and “Rich kids” a lesson that we the Kaponyas and Poor kids are in numbers and we don’t need their intelligent and rich leaders to lead us.. We prefer a person with a humble background to lead us.Kateka ni Lungu.. Go hug a ZESCO transformer if you are too touched.. want a fellow poor man.. Kaili we are used to suffering according to them.. So what is their problem if we continue to suffer? Did we die from last year? We shall survive even if we eat grass and they eat Nshima with beef and chicken as their vegetable.. Am just shocked with the kind of mediocrity exhibited by The Rich Kids and Intellectuals.. They want to insult us and feel pity for us as if we have asked for their sympathy.. They should take a seat or a chill pill!

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    • Salamat,that’s an excellent message from a Patriotic Zambian. We surely need people like you in Society. Keep up the good work of preaching unity and peace. Lovely.

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    • You don’t force yourself on people who have rejected you for over three times.
      2006
      2008
      2011
      2015
      2016
      All these years it was rigging?
      Don’t use your money causing violence in one province out of Ten provinces (which are now all happy) and you say you are fighting for people of Zambia. You must be a bitter joker.

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    • Violence is not condoned similarly theft is not allowed. so UPND Petition this matter because PF stole the votes.

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    • Which four provinces? Is this not the amageddon that our president promised should he lose? Why are you refusing to protect us? This is not fair.

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  2. “There can only be one winner after an election and that is President Lungu”. By that Edwin, are you accepting that Lungu has won?

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    • “It is not right to take the law into your own hands and as a party we are against those engaging in violence to show displeasure of losing an election,” he said. “There can only be one winner after an election and that is President Lungu.”

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  3. This should come from HH because he is the one who instructed the youths to be active (rise) instead of being docile. HH’s instructions are on media and he is responsible for every property loss and lives which will come out of this post election violence in southern province. Also I am beginning to agree with people who say UPND members do not support HH because they believe he will bring development but on tribal lines. How can you be destroying properties in your strong hold, where you got massive votes. It doesn’t add up. Why not demonstrate piecefully.

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    • You have hit the nail on the head! HH, a bigot as he is is responsible for the divisions in the country. From the word go in 2015 he detested Lungu and has never accepted that Lungu is the president. Because he has abused lungu’s name all his followers have become xenophobic to Lungu and the PF calling him all sorts of names together with the abusive post newspaper, Milupi, Simutanyi and all thinking that it’s only HH who is fit to be president (but up to now I don’t understand how HH can do better looking at his character.)

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  4. This statement should come from HH. After all, he’s the one who called for his supporters to rise and fight.

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  5. WISE WORDS EDWIN.THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE WINNER AND THAT WINNER IS PRESIDENT LUNGU.THIS IS THE TIME TO PREACH LOVE AND PEACE.WE ALL HAVE ONE FATHER WHO IS GOD AND WE ARE ALL CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.WHEN U LOVE GOD U CAN NEVER HATE YOUR NEBA . EVERY TIME YOU SEE YOUR NEBA YOU SEE THE IMAGE OF GOD.THEREFORE LETS LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND LEAVE PEACEFULLY.ONE ZAMBIA,ONE NATION,ONE GOD.

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  6. I wish this was coming from HH. All the same we thank Almighty God that at least one from Upnd has been courageous to say what many are afraid to say.

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    • That’s the point there Ndanje! All the other guys in United Party for National Dundumwezi are scared of saying, ”guys we lost these elections, let’s pick up the peices and focus on 2021”. This country is bigger than both ECL and HH. Am at pains to see our brothes being brutalised in Monze for being on the other side of the political divide. HH himself, should be magnanimous enough to come out in the open and condemn this violence. Jack Mwimbu was bold enough to actually PLEAD for calm in Monze, and so did Senior Chief Monze. Awe twakana ichongo mu Zambia. One Zambia, One Nationa. Lets all preach peace kwamana!

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  7. IT’S PIPO LIKE EDWIN LIFWEKELO WHO NEED TO LEAD UPND – THEIR PRESIDENT IS NOT HUMBLE ENOUGH! HE IS FULL OF BITTERNESS FOR LUNGU

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  8. Two UPND members have come out and said ECL has won. Maureen also congratulated ECL. This lady may have shortcomings like everyone of us, I remember her congratulating Madam Wina for being appointed Vice President, she said she was excited that a woman has been given such a high position, but HH come out with ECL can appoint her as VP but WP was his, HH is it all about you badala. Maureen you will have my vote in 2021

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  9. LIFWEKELO WHY CAN’T YOU BECOME UPND PRESIDENT SO THAT THIS COUNTRY COME BACK TO NORMAL (ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION. CAN WE LEAVE HH ALONE WITH HIS BUSINESS PLEASE, HE DON’T HAVE A HEART FOR HUMAN BEINGS.

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  10. Great comment and Great leadership but ECZ its to be sorted out …….cause now they will always be doubt and Pf and the rubbish Znbc and daily mail publish about other parties must be sorted out this is were we see if Lungu is a true leader

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  11. Soon Hazalusa Hagain will concede defeat and congratulate Edgar for winning! This is a normal process by normal candidates. Alas!

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  12. Edwin, you are a good man because you came from PF under sata. but you have no right to tell you youths, allow your Leader HH to tell his supporter to stop violence. he cant do it as he is a bitter man who doesn’t laugh. what a man?

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  13. Yes O ahree, now HH should come out and calm his cadres. Surely HH should be wiser than Lifwekelo?

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  14. So 1. When should we expect a conciliatory peace statement from HH?
    2. When is the UPND convention to elect a new leadership?
    3. Where is Secretary General Stephen Katuka? Or Charles Kakoma?
    4. Where is GBM and what is his next political destination? Is he being blamed for the loss of “his” party?

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  15. I dont envy GBM’s precarious position. His region rejected him as a sell out, others rejected him as a violent leader, the rioters blame him for causing the painful loss and that he failed to bring the bemba vote, in Kopala he is solely responsible for causing the loss of the majority votes that were expected to ssing to UPND. But the real culprit for the “GBM woes” is the poor political judgment of none other than HH himself for choosing GBM as his running mate – FATAL ERROR OF JUDGMENT found only in underfives! So tell the losers in siuthern province to riot against HH not those innocent bembas in Choma.

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  16. long leave mr Lifwekelo, please those are good advice to all Zambian,i wish president Hakainde can come up the way you have done.

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