FILE: UPND president Hakainde Hichilema confers with the then Alliance for Better Zambia leader Father Frank Bwalya
FILE: UPND president Hakainde Hichilema confers with the then Alliance for Better Zambia leader Father Frank Bwalya

The opposition UPND has been challenged to stop protesting the outcome of the just ended general election if indeed it has faith in the capacity of the Constitutional Court to handle electoral disputes.

PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya says violent protests by UPND supporters in Southern province are not necessary especially that the party has indicated that it will petition the President Edgar Lungu’s election.

He says protests and attacks on non UPND members over the outcome of last week’s elections are unfortunate.

Mr. Bwalya says this is especially that he is Tonga by tribe and that some of his Tonga family members have become victims of the violence by UPND supporters.
He states the UPND leadership has an obligation to show leadership and calm their members as the Constitutional Court hears its petition.

And the ruling Patriotic Front in Monze District has appealed to the traditional leadership to help in strengthening unity in the country.

PF Monze District Chairman Gilbert Mwila says Zambians cannot afford to live in a divided country, thus the need for the traditional leadership to come on board and provide guidance.

And Mr. Mwila says it is unfair for some UPND supporters to attack PF supporters in the district in the manner they did following the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.

He says politics should not divide the people, but rather strengthen the unity that exists among Zambians.

Mr. Mwila says nothing should come in between that which unites the Zambian people.

Meanwhile, Civil rights activist Brebner Changala has observed that the voting pattern in last Thursday’s general election has exposed the tribalism factor in the Zambian society.

In an interview with QTV news, Mr. Changala says he finds the voting pattern witnessed in the elections as an ugly outlook that needs to be reversed with issue based kind of campaigns.

Mr. Changala says if this is not done, the tribalism will pose a dangerous to the unity of the Zambian people.

He says despite the fact he is consoled that the opposition UPND managed to get votes in the PF strongholds, President Edgar Lungu and the ruling PF should not celebrate their victory.

Mr. Changala says President Lungu should instead sit down and see how the country can be united.

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  1. This father less frank is really a dull chap. What has tonga got to do with anything. To the pf everything is about tribe. This chap really deserved to be poured chibuku. All he cares about is the salary he Is getting. Very weird man .

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    • @ NEZ talk about the conduct of your cadres not attacking Father Bwalya. Your cadres are attacking non PF members and your HH keeps quite. He has just concentrated on fighting to get to plot 1.

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    • During one of the Rallies Kambwili said….A political party that is formed with a view of wanting their tribes man to rule shall never rule Zambia because God can not allow such kind of Leadership. A political Party must be created for only reason, to save the Zambian People. I agree.

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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. We 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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    • 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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    • Latest…………………..
      NAWAKWI DEMANDS FOR A RECOUNT IN SOUTHERN, WESTERN & NORTH-WESTERN PROVINCE
      “The voter-turn-out is artificial. If the recorded votes are true, people would have been on queues for days”
      Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) is expected to file a petition in the Constitutional Court.
      Her concerns are that the the reported results from Southern, Western and Northwestern Provinces are disputable.
      She holds that if the voter-turn-out was as reported, the areas would have seen up-to 3days of voting.
      She is also concerned that her votes were stolen and given to the United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema.
      She is also appealing to the Court to compel the ECZ to recount to ascertain her assertions and put her fears to rest.

      I…

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    • I totally agree with her observation. How come voting in some places with
      over 70% turn up ended at the same time with those which recorded just above 50%? It is well known that in most Poling stations PF reps were not present and hence papers where just marked at will and thrown into boxes. The PF should join Edith in this fight.

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    • There was efficiency and organisation in SP. It cant take 3 days. Those ECZ people were PF selected. Ask PF and ECZ. Otherwise there’s no pioint of giving your votes to UPND instead of PF.

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    • It is irritating to see st.upid people like this crook who claimed to be a father changed to a radical crook to talk about such. he is a shame to the society and the catholic community. Bwalya if you truly was preaching the bible?? what does it say about theft? If Lungu won clean we would all be congratulating him.. I don’t like HH but he won therefore let he be the president.. Lungu lost the election its very clear and evident.

      ZAMBIANS THINK FUTURE AND IF WE ALLOW SUCH TO HAPPEN NOW, ALL FUTURE LEADERS WILL BE RIGGING THE ELECTION. THIS SHOULD BE STOPPED NOW.

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    • Ba Prince naimwe ubupuba! Where are you getting your facts from. Check the other PVTs, your semi god lost clean ask Edwin Lifwekelo. Do you think Edwin Lifwekelo would want to go against his own party and acknowledge a loss. At least he has b*alls enough to admint that you lost unlike others who are scared of showing their mantle as men….malabsishi!

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  2. Unfortunately there is no clout of leadership to talk about in upnd- hh is too bitter a person and an emotional wreak, just like his arrogant, insulting lack of intelligence gbm, their legal adviser “Mu cheaper” lawyer is a rolling emotional freak and with such chainama leadership, nothing good can come out of them- no wonder you will continue losing until that tribal leader is retired from your rank and file!

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    • Ati mu cheaper lawyer.better that than using Zambia worst lawyer who stole clients money and has no clue about constitutional law. Theft is something lungu has always done. Now he has stolen votes that is why his party is rushing to inaugurate the failure

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  3. The country has never been as divided on tribal lines as under PF. ECL must address this issue. Kambwili openly campaigned on tribal lines and ECL said nothing because it is his clubmate doing it. ECL must be sensitive to other citizen’s interests. He tends to be dismissive and attacks only one side. This fuels the problem further. KK tried to even speak in all major Zambian languages depending on which part of the country he was and that sits well with everybody unlike now when PF want to imagine everybody should be happy to be spoken to in a certain language of their choice which isn’t even the official language. This is a mentality of a colonialist which people fought against half a century ago. It is now resurfacing under new empire builders from our own. A colonialist never accepts…

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  4. Why was ECL declared winner when he only got 49.21% of the total votes cast. Total votes cast were 3,781,505. Lungu 1,860,877 (49.21%) and HH received 1,760,347 votes (46.55%). What does the constitution say? Is the 50%+1 based on valid votes or total votes cast?

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    • Are you that dull that you can not understand a simple calculation, explained several times by ECZ. Use the TOTAL VALID votes not the Total cast votes. Simple!

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    • Total votes cast considered is the valid votes only. It does not include any spoilt votes. The constitution is very explicit on that. So the number of spoilt votes (I believe around 70,000) is subtracted from the total votes cast to attain the total valid votes cast. This is the basis on which the percentages of attained votes for both ECL and HH is calculated.

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    • Night school is still being offered. Go and attend night school then read the constitution. Don’t undress your brains here.

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    • JJ we were together at school and you passed Maths I know. It is Total VALID votes cast, I know it is an omission on your part because I know that you are smart and sharp

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    • The CONSTITUTION says the total valid votes CAST, not the total number of votes AFTER VERIFICATION!

      A VALID VOTE CAST is every vote that was legally put into the ballot box (CAST!!!) by a properly scrutinized voter, so even votes rejected as spoiled ballots later qualify to be included in the total.

      Even if a voters ballot does not count to a candidates total because he/she made a mistake on the paper, nevertheless he/she is still a properly entitled person to vote, and for the purposes of this law the fact that he/she voted has to be taken into account.

      Any other course of action will be an illegal disenfranchisement of those persons.

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  5. President Lungu contradicted himself at the thanks rally. He talked about how Mr SAta forgave those who had insulted him through and through, how he embraced Willie Nsanda and welcomed him into the Party. And President Lungu said he was going to do the same with regard to the Southerners/ Upnd etc . But when it comes to those who left the party e.g Miles SAmpa, Mulenga SAta etc. he has a different view.
    Its showinh that Lungu is a hypocrite. He is not forgiving and humble as he claims. On the contrary Lungu is unforgiving, proud and insecure. Its showing that he is the one who hounded some of them out of the Party

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    • JK I know you were not at the rally and you do not watch ZNBC of course fro obvious reasons. Davies Chama said PF will well come all who left the Part. The crowd however responded with a deafening No!! and it went on for over two minutes. Davies was shouted down. So when Lungu took to the podium he had to respond to what the crowd demanded. That is when he said all are well come but the part will look at their application. I just wanted to clarify this my brother,

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    • JK has ECL vowed not to work with Miles and Mulenga ever? Have the two asked to be readmitted into PF and ECL refused? I think it is too early for you to judge ECL in that regard

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  6. Mr Changala, you have made a god observation.

    This regional voting has been propagated by politicians , hence let them find solution to their self created problem.

    You cannot be insulting some tribes and later expect votes from them. Now those tribes have reacted and Zambia is now at risk.

    Frank Bwalya’s call for peace is okay but hiding in Tonga name is uncalled for. What have Tongas done ? When PF is brutalising citizens , no tribe is mentioned..! Why..? When you start singling out a tribe to cleanse yourself, its becomes dangerous. LEAVE THE TONGAS ALONE , FIND SOLUTION TO THIS NATIONAL PROBLEM.

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  7. When people feel cheated, that’s how they react. Don’t blame them. It is people who feel cheated and unfairly treated who go to war, form groups like ISIS, Boko Haram and so on. IF YOU CHEAT PEOPLE, THERE WILL BE MANY UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES! UNFORTUNATELY IN THE END NO ONE WILL WIN! THOSE IN POWER SHOULD FIRST STOP CHEATING PEOPLE AND ALL WILL BE WELL. IT WILL BE A BETRAYAL OF PEOPLE’S TRUST FOR THE UPND LEADERSHIP TO ACCEPT THE OUTCOME OF THIS FLAWED ELECTION! THEY SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THESE RESULTS UNTIL ALL THE ISSUES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED FULLY!

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    • @socrates you are very right: As things stand, Edgar Lungu and Esau Chuulu have cheated the people of Zambia who did not vote for Edgar. The only way this matter will be resolved is when all the issues UPND and other opposition leaders are raising have been satisfactorily resolved. It is not right to accept someone cheating you! They have done well to reject these results!

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  8. The poll results are that Bemba-East voted PF whilst the now famous Dundumwezi-Barotseland (Central, Southern, North Western and Western) voted UPND. So it is 50:50

    The Bembas are ones that need to be non-tribal. What is Mr Mwila doing in Monze if Tongas are bad tribal people?

    There was massive fraud in Lusaka. So cant comment.

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    • Even though I’m Bemba, it appears there are some Bembas that have a natural hatred for the Tongas, Lozis, Luvales and Lenjes. This being the case, Central, Southern, North Western and Western should be one country and the Bembas, the Easterners and the rest should be left as a different country. This way we will resolve these deep rooted differences for good! Besides the Bembas don’t see anything wrong with stealing!

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  9. HH LACKS THE Modularity of Mind
    1. Fodorian modules
    2. Modest modularity
    3. Massive modularity
    4. Philosophical ramifications

    HE CAN NEVER BE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA

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  10. PF got zero votes in Southern, Western and North-Western Provinces in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and now August 2016. Therefore this is not a new phenomenon. The onus is therefore on PF to find out why PF is not liked in these three provinces. The Party should do more than just development as can be seen in Western and parts of the southern province where the Mongu Kalabo and the bottom roads have been constructed but still zero votes for PF. This has everything to do with the founder of the PF himself MCS. He had little regard for people from these three provinces. He never campaigned in these three provinces until 2011 and when he did he won the presidency. ECL Sir, please reach out especially to the people of Western and North-Western provinces. Southern it cannot just work they…

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  11. Modularity of Mind in those areas is simply YOU FIRST USE THE VIOLENCE CONFLICTS STRATERGY AND INTIMIDATE PF AGENTS AND ECZ WITH VIONLENCE AND KNIVES CREATING HOSTILE NO GO AREA FOR OTHERS YOU EVEN INTIMIDATE VILLAGERS AND HEADMEN INCLUDING CHIEFS WHO VOTES FOR OPPOSSITION AND ACTUALLY INFLICT PAIN IN NAMWALA PLAINS AND DUNDUMWEZI SINASONGWE AREAS TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO EXPRESS OPPOSITION

    YOU ACT LIKE BOKO HARAM AND FOR THOSE YEARS YOU HAVE SUPRESSED PEOPLE AND HENCE NO DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE LIVE IN FEAR OF HH AND HIS CADRES LIKE A CALIFATE

    IF YOU BECOME OPEN MINDED I AM SURE HH CANNOT EVEN COME THUS FAR HE IS…

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  12. FAR HE IS NOT LIKED BY THE PEOPLE HE IS IMPOSSED ON THEM

    DO YOUR STUDY AND RESEARCH IN THOSE AREAS ITS A CHUUNDU TYPE AND THOSE PAID BENEFIT THAN THE LOCAL MOST POOREST YET IN PLENTY

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  13. YOU FIRST USE AN INTELLIGENT PROFESSOR IN CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND USE THE TACTICS ON THE OPPOSITE NEGATIVE SIDE HOPING TO FLIP THE VOTER TURNOUT AND USE HUGE MARGINS IN THOSE SOUTH WEST NORTH STRONGHOLDS TO SWALLOW PF VOTERS REGIONS

    WE OBSERVED AND SAW YOU TRY TO IMPLEMENT IT IN LUSAKA AND RECENTLY CENTRY TO HAVE A SIMILAR POSITIVE MILITARY STRATERGY IN CENTRAL PROVINCE AND CHAWAMA WITH YOU KOMBONI RADIO AS A RADIO PROPAGANDALING SOLEMN MESSAGES THINKING THAT ZAMBIANS DONOT SEE AND HAVE NO Modularity of Mind

    UPND CHANGE AND BE A LIKEABLE PARTY AND WIN IT CLEAN

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  14. RATHER CENTRAL MKUSHI AREAS TO CREATE A SITUATION OF CONFUSION AND FEAR FOR THOSE VOTERS IN THOSE MKUSHI CENTRAL VILLAGES

    SHAME ON YOU FREE CHIEFS AND SUBJECTS IN SOUTHERN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES NOT CONFINING THEM AND THREATENING THEM WITH MURDER IF VOTES AGAINST HH

    SHAME ON YOU UPND WIN IT CLEAN

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  15. PF is the cause for the regional voting. For SP, they have the right to reject PF because they have been insulted throughout the election period by PF leaders. In the East, we see a lot of regional voting because of RB’s slogan wake no wake. Lungu is the one who has dived Zambians more. Blame him

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    • Zambia comprises 72 ethnic groups with about 90% of the population belonging to the Nine major ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tonga; Tumbuka; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. But the main SIX tribes are the Lozi, the Bemba, the Ngoni, the Tonga, the Luvale, and the Kaonde.

      These nine major tribes are split politically as follows:

      PF support bases is from the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tumbuka. (Three tribal groups)
      UPND base lies with the Tonga; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi. (Six tribal groups)

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  16. Politicians, regardless, are dividing this once great nation!
    Others were told that they would always be behind like butt*cks…no apology was given!
    Others were refered to as Nyamazai’s…no apology was given!
    Others were asked to breed in numbers like cows in order to produce a President…no apologies and the sayer is dining with the very people he insulted!
    Others where cheated about the BA1964…no apologies!
    So ma Politicians niba chabe chabe period!…ma rubb1sh!

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  17. WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THE TRUTH EVEN WHEN ITS RIGHT BEFORE THEIR NOSE? TAKE A CAREFUL AND NON BIASED INTROSPECTION ON THE JUST ENDED ELECTIONS, YOU WILL SEE THE TRIBAL PATTERN IN EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY. FOR INSTANCE, HOW DID EASTERN PROVINCE VOTE? HOW DID SOUTHERN PROVINCE VOTE? WHY DID EACH OF THESE PROVINCES VOTE IN THE MANNER THEY DID? ECL POURED 16, 000 IN ONE CONSTITUENCY IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE, DID HH HAVE SUCH A VOTE IN ONE CONSTITUENCY IN THE EAST? PRESIDENT EDGER LUNGU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT SOUTHERN PROVINCE VOTE WAS MORE THAN TRIBAL. AS A LEADER, PRESIDENT LUNGU FAILED TO HEED THE CRY OF THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE WHEN CHAMA & MUMBI PHIRI INSULTED THEM. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE SHOWN LEADERSHIP BY DISCIPLINING THESE TWO OFFICIALS. COMING TO OTHER…

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    • Even before the “insults” and chuundu chaitwa PF got zero votes from southern province from 2001 to date. So the voting had nothing today with the so called insults but everything to do with the fact that the South felt Mazoka and HH were better leaders than anyone else, ask Sakwiba Sikota.

      One party state was introduced because of this tribalism. I know you were not there when ANC and UNIP fought running battles during elections. Kaunda objected to multipartism because of the same but the Zambians in 1990/91 said he was lying he just wanted to perpetuate his stay in power. Boy KK was right.

      Do you think this rift will be bridged by 2021? Tall orde

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    • Imwe northern and eastern copied the 2015 byelection style from southern province, dubbed as CNN – nega nega. So if you ask me who started this type of voting my answer would be southern province.
      This Mumbi, kambwili and chama insults are not what caused the voting parttarn.

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