Edward Mumbi resigns from his UPND Presidential Spokesperson position

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UPND special assistant to the president for special duties Edward Mumbi (L) with William Banda
UPND special assistant to the president for special duties Edward Mumbi (L) with William Banda

Hakainde Hichilema’s Presidential Spokesperson Edward Mumbi has with immediate effect resigned from his position.

Mr Mumbi becomes the second senior UPND official to have resigned from the UPND after Edwin Lifwekelo who was the deputy spokesperson of the opposition political party.

Mr Hichilema, the leader of the UPND, on Sunday suspended his vice-president Canisius Banda over what he termed conduct likely to bring the name of the party into disrepute.

Yesterday, Mr Mumbi tendered his resignation from the UPND on grounds that it had become extremely difficult for him to continue discharging his duties as presidential spokesperson because of family responsibilities.

In a letter addressed to Mr Hichilema, Mr Mumbi said he had served the UPND and its presidency loyally and diligently but that it had become difficult for him to continue with his responsibilities with his current family responsibilities.

“Due to pressure of family responsibilities, it may be difficult to efficiently and effectively carry out my responsibilities as presidential spokesperson. I have, therefore, decided to resign from my position as Presidential Spokesperson and I have also ceased to be a member of the UPND with immediate effect for personal reasons. I wish the presidency and the party God’s blessings,” Mr Mumbi said.

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    • I did not know that UPND had a spokesperson. All this time he has been quiet and comes up now to resign. HH, be strong and move on. Many will resign but they shall come back.

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    • Don’t worry, we all know Mumbi. He will come when food is almost served. He always comes around the same time.

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    • Ala nafuti….Yaba on our watch we are seeing UPND receding to its default status of a classic sectarian party. Where too with this regionalism? Who sanitizes? The laundering of unsuspecting detergents to earn a national character has just crashed again. UPND is back to its old self……a party for tribalists with tribalist and by die-hard tribalists. Replace him with Daniel Munkombwe.

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    • Why does LT give coverage to non-entities. Did you see this clown Mumbi perform any function in the UPND. He just believes in tobela chabe. You saw how he ran away from PF turned against Sata when MMD was in power. He is just a chancer.

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    • Mumbi is a politician.
      He has used political language.

      If HH is also a politician he will carry out an intra-party research to find out what the said ‘personal reasons’ and ‘family reslinsibilities’ are.

      If HH is not a politician he will just say, yaba our friend has left because he is committed with family responsibilities.

      But which of the UPND members has no family responsibilities? And come on all along Mumbi has had no family responsibilities?

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    • “…his current family responsibilities…”

      Either Mumbi has just recently got married or they have received their first bundle of joy (new baby) in their new marriage…

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    • Let Mumbi go, even Banda is going just like Sampa went. Wait for Mutale, Sakala, Phiri, Musonda or Zimba to vanish as well, no loyalty and integrity.
      Mumbi is back to backwardness of Dununa. When is Musonda and Mwansa joining when Ndhlovu with Mwamba Chitalu is waiting for Chishimba and Daka to be reversed.
      Respect the constitution PF!

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    • “Mr Hichilema, the leader of the UPND, on Sunday suspended his vice-president Canisius Banda over what he termed conduct likely to bring the name of the party into disrepute.”

      UPND HAS EVER BEEN IN DISREPUTE. WHICH DISREPUTE WAS HH TALKING ABOUT? OR WAS HE TALKING ABOUT THE NEW (HIGHER) LEVELOF DISREPUTE?

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    • @dontcare: Mweetwa and Mutuka (I think I got his name right) are the Spokespersons for UPND. Edward Mumbi was Spokesperson for HH. Now, if you haven’t even heard of Mweetwa and this other guy, then you have a big problem with how things are done in UPND!

      Ya, how can you hear of people like Edward Mumbi when your ‘small god’ (HH) has PERSONALIZED the functions of nearly every position in the Party? He is ever at his favorite watering hole, Chainama hotel, holding useless press conferences and issuing his usual press releases. Functions a spokesperson should be doing—like what Sunday Chanda does for his “BOSS” President Lungu. But not with your Kalusa. He thinks nobody else in UPND, including his own spokesperson, is SMART ENOUGH, WORTHY ENOUGH, or GOOD ENOUGH to speak for him…

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  1. Didn’t Mumbi resign from some UPND position when Sata was still President? Didn’t know that he had actually bounced back

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  2. I bet the family responsibilities won’t stop him from rejoining PF and seeking active participation there. Let’s wait and see.

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    • Today upnd people are disowning Mumbi! Wow it’s a thankless world they have there. Until he resigned he was a senior member of upnd except that, like Canicius, he was overshadowed by last minute chancers like GBM and Nevers, who believed time had come for upnd to form government! Thank God it was not to be! Mr Mumbi, like Dr Banda, you are welcome to PF!

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    • U always think in terms of herding cattle! Yaba! Why not use “heard”. Its all about ng’ombe ba UPND. Thats why you have challenges in thinking.

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  3. None existent Spokesperson, no loss to UPND, therefore not a factor.

    We will see who was the true UPND.

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  4. Boooooom, internal self implosion! See….HE President Lungu is the chosen one. The others will fall by the wayside. You can God Almighty’s hand when you don’t have to lift a finger to dispatch your enemy!

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    • “Berry”, new and funny Zambian twist to the old-age form of politics practiced on the continent…

      This is exactly how language evolves.

      Bravo brother, and encore..!!!

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  5. Thats how God works now many Job seekers will leave,but we are not shaken the UPND loyalist will remain.UPND has a strong foundation only those that join it for monetary gain will leave.Iam not shaken for i have the
    prev-allege to know that HH will one be president of zambia the faint hearted are giving up.Our Agenda is far from being fulfilled only then will i rest.

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  6. Chinua Achebe is missing out. This is what he meant when he wrote about ‘Things Fall Apart’.
    UPND is in tatters.

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  7. In Zambian politics some people have no shame.This man is a complete meaning of a coward and a person who just joins the party without reading its constitution or beliving in its principles and values.Other than family responsibility excuse he should have come out clean and direct so that HH and UPND members learn from his resgnation.I can speculate that he is going to contest “MR MY BELLY FIRST 2016” with the likes of Miles Sampa.

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  8. FOLLOWING HIS DEFEAT , HH PURGED THE PARTY OF SUSPECTED DISIDENTS

    That’s the legacy of HH. He is penning his own story. He is very difficult to please. In management studies they will tell you that the biggest reason why employees resign is because of bad bosses. People will generally tolerate problems that permeate the organizations because they are a shared difficult. But again ,If you need to understand or have a snapshot of his character ask his servants. I mean the low level guys that cook, wash and sweep in the house now and before. The people that tender to his small things. We have heard volumes and volumes of tales that will send chills down your spine of how he reacts to issues.

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  9. Never too late to realise the HH is Tribalist and He will never change..

    Well done and well said Mumbi. We need pipo like you with ballls to admit the UPND project is still born..non starter and failied Tonga project..thank God..

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  10. NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. KALUSA WILL SOON REMAIN ALONG WITH HIS PERSONALIZED PARTY WHICH HE INTENDS TO HAND OVER TO HIS FIRST BORN CHILD WHEN HE ATTAINS THE AGE OF 35.THIS IS WHAT A FULL STOP DOES WHEN YOU HAVE IT IN YOUR BRAINS.

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  11. Never heard of him and where has he been all this time and good that he has going to a party where abnormal is normal.

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    • Ya, how can you hear of people like Edward Mumbi when your ‘small god’ (HH) has PERSONALIZED the functions of nearly every position in the Party? He is ever at his favorite watering hole, Chainama hotel, holding useless press conferences and issuing his usual press releases. Functions a spokesperson should be doing—like what Sunday Chanda does for his “BOSS” President Lungu. But not with your Kalusa, he thinks nobody else in UPND, including his own spokesperson, is SMART ENOUGH, WORTHY ENOUGH, or GOOD ENOUGH to speak for him but himself—characteristics of a DELUSIONAL and DICTATORIAL maniac. Not even Mweetwa or Tekere Banda, despite their appetite for running their motor mouths, have succeeded to standout. They all have been overshadowed by the “little god” from the South!

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  12. “Due to pressure of family responsibilities”- resigned as presidential spokesperson.
    “Personal reasons”- ceased to be a member of the UPND
    Which one came first bwana Mumbi?

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  13. Hehehehehehe…watch the video of mumbi and sata on polls day then u wil knw who mumbi is… Simple real upnd members wl never leave at ths time

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  14. Mumbi is just like any typical Zambian politician, an opportunistic vulture whose hopes for a job was dashed to pieces when Lungu stole the election. He reckoned sticking around for another shot in 2021 is far too long to wait. Family responsibilities!

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  15. Mumbi is an intelligent and civilized politician who does not talk nonsense and therefore does not deserve to be insulted by anyone. The man is a true nationalist and son of the soil. If we had a few more people of Mumbi’s character the country would have made tremendous progress. Good luck and God bless brother.

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  16. WHAT I KNEW WAS EDWARD MUMBI WAS AN MMD AND NOT UPND. I KNEW EDAWRD MUMBI DURING THE ELECTIONS OF 2011 WHO WAS INSULTED BY SATA SAYING, ” IWE MUMBI TAWAKWATA AMANO, KUTI NAKUPONONA’, WHEN DID EDWARD MUMBI BECAME SPOKES PERSON FOR UPND? WE HAVE KATUKA, WE HAVE KAKOMA AND WE HAD KAPITA WHO LEFT SOMETIME BACK AND NOT MUMBI.

    HE AT NO TIME DID WE HEAR HIM SPEAK FOR UPND. ULABEJA, WABEPA, WUNATWAMBI, NI BOZA, BUBELA, MAKULI OBE, KIBUHATA. CHEATED.

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  17. So Edward Mumbi is alive! I never thought so. Uko baya ncinci ekobabwela nyanya. Mumbi you just lost opportunity like Mulenga Sata! UPND is not for people like yourself, next to resign is HH

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  18. UPND is finished . Just wait for 2021 when you will not rig in your strong hold as you did 2016. in 2021 we will make sure that southern province is monitored thoroughly so that UPND does not rig the elections. We know what UPND and its cartel did.

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  19. the composition of parliament now is as follows:-
    PF 85
    UNDER FIVE 55
    PF independents 8
    MMD/PF 7
    FDD/PF 1
    PF/NOMINATED 8
    PF can therefore pass any law including changes to the constitution without the participation of under five party. I rest my case on who is in the majority between under five and ECL

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  20. This means that should ECL decide to declare a state of emergency because of this silly talk about rising up and rebellion, the bill so brought to parliament will go through with more than 2/3 majority. Such majority used to occur in the 1970’s during KK’s one party state era. the ball is in the court of the under five cow heards boy, fat albert, nervious fake preacher mumbwe, and the silly bloggers on this site, to tone down and be civil in their talk/comments.

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  21. We all have the right to choose what’s best for our lives and family. Leave Mumbi alone. HH & GBM Company Ltd is being deflated on daily basis, I wonder how many people will remain with them. Headless chickens.

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  22. When GBM resigns, UPND will be back to calling bembas as monkeys. I mean the leaders like Sejani and HH, the grassroots in the special region of Zambia have continued to call bembas as monkeys. At the moment both the leaders and the grassroots are agreed that easterners are mice eaters. Next week GBM and Mulenga Sata will abandon UPND leaving UPND a regional grouping again not party.

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  23. Where was HH getting these monkeys? Now they are showing their true colours.
    HH had a batch of hyenas privy to PARTY STRATEGIES.
    They are HUNGRY OPPORTUNITIES and would not SURVIVE FIVE YEARS.
    ECL learnt his lesson quickly and you can tell from his Cabinet choice. He has discarded the Hyenas though he still has some f**king suckers around him on a win-win bases.
    Zambia ikali! WARNING TO ALL FELLOW ZAMBIANS: Zambia is a christian nation just by stupid law; we have hyenas, monkeys and mbeba that will eat you alive. Especially preists, pastors and those prophets:- NEVER TRUST THEM WITH YOUR LIFE, DAUGHTER OR FUTURE.

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  24. So today some UPND cadres can tell us that Edward Mumbi was never a spokesman for Herr Hitler Hichilema. Kwena by UPND bupuba fye, where were you all this time?

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  25. I thought Nevers was that spokesperson Mumbi is claiming to have been. The ex-Man of God has been making all the noise under the guise of UPND, or as they say: has been crying more than the bereaved. And please don’t tell me UPND has had so many Bemba vuvuzelas in its ranks – Nevers, Miles (gone), Bob Sichinga, Katuka (name sounds bembarish), Scott (bembarised by Sata), and this Mumbi. Explains why the UPND lost its channel of communication … and innocence … mid-stream when the cartel invaded. Zikomo.

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  26. Ifishala kuli bankalamo bacimbwi ebatola. Nevers Mumba take up that position that has been left by Mumbi I know you are good at that!

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  27. WACHITA BWINO MUMBI, UPND IS HEADED FOR DOOM, ITS FOR CROOKS. BUT GIVE REAL REASON WHY YOU HAVE RESIGNED, AND NOT FAMILY ISSUES! FAMILY NEEDS BREAD AND BUTTER, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GET IT FROM NOW!

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  28. I miss ZAMBIAN-WATCHDOG. LT nowadays sounds like DeadNBC & DAILY FAIL, SOMETIMES OF ZAMBIA & those who celebrate at quashing of the Rule of law, serious injustices & abuse of human rights by PF. It’s not about UPND Vs PF. It’s about what is right & what is wrong.

    Why is PF so scared of ZWD? It reminds me of scenes from the Movie 12 YEARS A SLAVE where the Plantation owner didnt want the Slaves to know how to read bcoz they would find out that he twisted the Word of God to justifying Slavery.

    I miss ZAMBIAN-WATCHDOG.
    I miss ZAMBIAN-WATCHDOG.
    I miss ZAMBIAN-WATCHDOG.

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  29. Self-cleanising and good riddance, now we know who the parasites are. In all honesty of what value has Edward Mumbi ever been to anyone?. Always a failure, now he says he has family problems something we have always known. Good luck bwana, here is a free tip – move on and try the next woman, i expect same result and outcome.

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