HH and GBM in Kitwe
HH and GBM in Kitwe

Opposition leaders Hakainde Hichilema and his vice for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba were on Tuesday denied access to visit over eight UPND incarcerated members currently detained at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility on aggravated robbery charges.

On Monday, Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo was allowed time to see and chat with the UPND officials when he officiated at the 2016 Africa Correctional Day celebrations at Kamfinsa Correctional Facility.

But Kamfinsa Commanding officer in Charge James Nkoloma said according to instructions received, Mr Hichilema and his vice president must not be allowed to visit the arrested members.

Mr Nkoloma maintained that Mr. Hichilema and his entourage must return to Lusaka as they were not going to be given a chance to visit the arrested members.

He however stated that the UPND President must instead write to state house through the Home Affairs ministry seeking permission to visit his party incarcerated members.

Mr. Hichilema and his entourage arrived at Kamfinsa prisons at exactly 10 hours and were made to wait for unsuccessful clearance for over 3hours.

Mr Hichilema described the situation as unfortunate.

And addressing UPND members who had accompanied him, Mr Hichilema described the move as a total sign of dictatorship and infringement of human rights.

He wonders why President Edgar Lungu can begin putting restrictions for him and his vice president from visiting party members arrested.

The UPND President however called on the country to rise against such injustices.

He says it is uncalled for not to allow him and his vice president from visiting the arrested members when is it their right.

Mr. Hichilema disclosed that earlier in the week, his entourage was granted access to visit his arrested party members by the office of the Zambia prisons commission office.

“We made prior arrangements in Lusaka through the relevant government departments such as the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Zambia Prison Service to come and visit our incarcerated colleagues in the Copperbelt. We arrived at Kamfinsa Prison Correctional facility as guided and were well received by the officers here. But to our surprise, after peaceful waiting for 3 hours, the officers told us they have been instructed not to allow us to see our colleagues, and that we needed a permit,” Mr Hichilema said.

He said this is despite the fact that there is no legal requirements anywhere in Zambia or indeed in the world that stops anyone from visiting people in prisons, hospitals, and other unfortunate situations.

“Infact Zambia being a Christian nation, even the Bible says “Matthew 25:35-36 NIV, For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, [36] I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”

Mr Hichilema said this is the sad state of affairs now in Zambia where our rights and freedoms are daily being restricted even to visit family members in prisons and other such unfortunate incidences.

“You keep detaining and maiming our people yet the friends and relatives are now not allowed to visit them,” he said.

Over eight UPND members among them, Provincial Chairman for Copperbelt Mr Elisha Matambo were arrested during elections after they intercepted a vehicle suspected to have been carrying pre marked ballot papers but were later slapped with a case of aggravated robbery.

HH visiting the home of the detained officials after his entourage was denied entry
HH visiting the home of the detained officials after his entourage was denied entry
HH visiting the home of one of the detained UPND officials
HH visiting the home of one of the detained UPND officials
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76 COMMENTS

  1. Your failure to get into prison is a testimony that you are just an internet President of frustrated tongas without any powers. How come ECL toured prisons recently unabated.

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    • It looks like upnd wanted to use criminals to hijack counting of ballot papers in Lusaka and the copperbelt but failed. Why were they intercepting ecz vehicles? HH wanted to do a coup de tar during elections! He is a dangerous man, should not be allowed freedom of access to those fellows he might be planning something, why calling citizens to rise up against the government for his sake! Very selfish individual who thinks that every thing revolves around himself.

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    • And the real dictator is creeping in shadows of corrupt church leaders. The man is wicked beyond words!! He has destroyed Zambia single-handedly.

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    • It’s should be a lesson to the supporters of UPND, next elections you should not take the law into your own hands, intercepting electoral materials is a criminal act. You end up in jail whilst your so called “His excellence the president” Mr. Under 5 remains outside enjoying his freedom

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    • It’s a slippery slope that reveals our worst characteristics and places us in the dictionary under the detestable ‘third world’ incapable of thinking beyond base instincts. There are more important matters facing the nation than playing blink between rivals. Unnecessary show of state power which is typical of ‘banana republic’ post election gimmicks. Ugh. Don’t like either term but it’s that petty in the face of more important national concerns…

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    • You have the right to be visited in jail…we should hold true to this as a people…this is 2016, when are we going to go away from disrespecting our own basic human rights?! I don’t agree with the dictatorship politics of HH (wa mu yayaya) but what the government is doing is WRONG! PERIOD.

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    • Sometimes we need to put politics aside and be more human and humane. There is nothing wrong with HH and his VP visiting their party members in prison. PF should show to the nation that they are a mature party. People in prison need our love and care.

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    • and Bemba’s, and Ngoni’s. I just fired my Nsenga maid. Enjoyed seeing her beg for her job. Just told her NO! Hired a Tonga one. She works harder and talks less! hahaha.

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  2. Please under 5 party president give the government space to work. All this drama you are subjecting the country is unnecessary. Concentrate on helping your lawyers to prepare for the petition and get back to ranching. The cows miss you. This is not the time for politics, wait for 2021.

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    • It is now absolutely clear that one Lungu is growing wings with his Chama and Kampyongo.Since they are calling for a fight they will have it.Zambia is now a full brown dictatorship. Lungu we shall use the same tacticts of stealing to steal your soul.God gave you life and you use to kill others and shall kill on behalf of Mapenzi and fatherless boys and Girls in Zambia due to your activities.

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  3. HH is a dictator, he has failed to honour what his party constitution says. He is one person who only believes in himself and not others. HH let others take over UPND otherwise forget about 2021.

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    • lazi; what do you mean by HH is a dictator? HH is not in power for you to label him a dictator; that is why we want educated people in this country, go back to school man; the real dictator is in statehouse right now denying basic human rights;

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  4. HH & GBM seem to still be in campaign mode. This strategy just shows how naive our African leaders are. You are better of reorganising your party and pressing the government to deliver on their promises but instead you decide to create your own parallel government. If you mean well to the Zambian people, start unifying this country otherwise you will end up in that same place you’re visiting. We need to move on, Zambia is not HH or GBM, let the people live their lives. You had your chance to campaign so please just move on and perhaps you will restore the little respect you have left from the Zambian people.

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    • @Future Zed,on this one you’re way off radar! Surely when is best time to show solidarity than now?Manenga and others have been incarcerated for how long?You should also be inculcating the spirit of oneness, which law prohibits prison visitation? And before u draw your guns I’m not upnd.

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  5. Prisons are not churches where one can go in and out at any time. How do u go visit a prison with a group of cadres..? U still seem to be campaigning? Most of us, your supporters have moved on. We have accepted Lungu as president. Don’t expect any support if ur arrested for misbehaving, inciting people to rise against govt and insulting govt.

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  6. Meanwhile real PF Criminals like ASSASSIN MAX CHONGO roam freely & even sip JEMASONS at HIGH COURT GARDENS TAVERN.

    We need to form an Armed Wing so that we can start to separate from this forsaken country, ZAMBIBWE.

    The sooner the better. Even the Bible 2Corinthians 6:14 says “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?”

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  7. HH & GBM are displaying good leadership to go and see their jailed supporters and show solidarity. There is certainly no law prohibiting HH and GBM to visit their supporters in jail. Lungu is again abusing his powers to violate HH & GBM’s human rights. This issue is obviously connected to the violations of Petetioners Rights to be heard in Concourt. Lungu is trying to frustrate and cow HH & GBM into submission. He is hoping that HH and GBM will abandon their Petetion and recognise the illegal and illegitimate Lungu and his govt. The Petetion and the electoral theft and fraud is now hounding Lungu big time. The solution lies in disposing off this Petetion properly,fairly and in reasonable time. This will not only vindicate Lungu but legitimatise him and his govt. Lungu has nothing to fear…

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    • I certainly agree with you Mwansa. Just let them visit their members period. They are not causing any harm. Injustices have continued even after winning fraudulent elections. Those incarcerated UPND members have been caged for simply trying to protect their votes. We are waiting to hear what charges the court will slap them with.

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    • HH and gbm should not even be talking about human rights because these two cohorts decampaigned the nil of rights. When we wanted the referendum to go thru so that our rights are properly enshrined in the constitution the two 1mbeciles said no and today they want the same rights to be applied

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  8. Kaponya (HH) there is one simple straightforward requirement.

    You have to recognise the President and party in power so that they give you permission to visit prisons.

    Right now you are just an illegal resident in Zambia. You are not a citizen until you recognise the president and authority in power.

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    • Can you force people to recognise you ? This is desperation, next we will see that the more than 50 % of the population who voted for HH will need to recognise fraudulent lungu to buy any thing from shops.

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    • Spaka, the requirement is very simple.

      If the 1.7 million UPND voters have accepted their humiliating defeat, who is (HH) to reject our democratically elected president?
      Just recognise the president and we will give you permission to visit.

      Accept the will of the people who rejected your cult organisation upnd.

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    • Who told you the more than 50 % of zambians who voted for HH have accepted the fradulant election results ??

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  9. Hh your face looks thirsty please admire that fresh blood. Let the family keep us updated on future developments on that boy, as he has landed in the hands of the freemanson

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  10. ECL will only be recognised as President once the courts prove that he won the election. Why do you want to force matters when you know that ECL is not conducting himself properly . There has to be justice on this matter. You PF supporters you want people to go along with your misconduct even when there signs indicating that ECL is blocking justice and promoting impunity.

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  11. What does lungu and PF fear from HH and UPND ? Why all the harassment and intimidation.

    Under international law all prisoners are allowed visitation rights.

    For some reason lungu and the PF seem to be having sleepless nights over HH going about his business of being party president.

    Only the guilty are afraid.

    Lungu the truth shall set you free…

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  12. LUNGU IS FEARING HIS OWN SHADOW. LUNGU IS INDEED A DICTATOR WHO HAS STOLEN AWAY ALL OUR FREEDOMS AS ZAMBIANS. THESE PRESIDENTS IN ZAMBIA ARE FULLY AWARE THAT THEY ARE FOREIGNERS HENCE ONCE IN POWER THEY INSTIL FEAR IN US SO THAT NO ONE CHALLENGES THEM THAT THEY DON’T QUALIFY TO RULE US BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT 100% ZAMBIAN. WE HAVE OUR OWN INDEGENOUS ZAMBIANS WHO QUALIFY FOR THE JOB OF STATE PRESIDENT . LUNGU IS ILLEGALLY AT STATE HOUSE. HAKAINDE HICHILEMA IS THE INDEGENOUS ZAMBIAN WHO WAS CHOSEN BY THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE TO RULE THE NATION. WE WANT HH AT STATE HOUSE.

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  13. Rubbish ba fikala ba pamafi even visting some one in prison is a crime nosense Thts why this country will remain where it is ubupuba bweka bweka

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    • PF are envious of the leadership qualities in HH and GBM look at the way they have abandoned their cadre who they deceived with a cheap dununa song,here in kitwe they have just resorted to unprecedented house break-in and other petty crime,timely warning to visitors to kitwe,when you visit any of our shopping malls don’t leave any valuables in your car.Incidences of crime are being surpressed to present a fake picture that all is well.

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    • HAMOONO. CORRECTION. THE REAL CRIMINALS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE WALKING FREE. INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE LANGUISHING IN JAIL BECAUSE THEY ARE KEY WITNESSES AS TO WHAT HAPPENED ON VOTING DAY.

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  14. When one spends $10 billion on development and uses all state machinary to oppress intimidate and brake rules one thinks he should get a landslide.

    Only to find that he still needs rigging to squeeze a 3% margin is downright embarrassing.

    How can you rule with a clear conscious? That is why we are seeing this harassment and mugabe behaviour.

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  15. Your political mileage keeps diminishing by the day, the desperation for attention in this move can be seen from afar, instead concentrate on compensating their families and taking the responsibilities of your blind followers as they are in prison for actions you may have endorsed and in the event you did not then they acted independently within your party and that in itself speaks volumes about your institution.

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    • PF are now seeing shadows chasing them every where.

      Everything UPND do will be seen as seeking political milage, even simple like going to the market.

      Only the guilty are afraid. The truth shall set you free……

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  16. We have have because so stupid that we can’t different what wrong and what’s right. Some of your comments are sickening. No wonder I can’t live in Zambia.

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  17. There are channels to follow just like hospitals have visiting hours and who should visit which patient. It’s not like entering a beer hall in Chilenje. Prisons are a very sensitive area which means there must be a legislation that regulates entering and existing.

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    • Permission was granted in lusaka for the UPND team.

      Why are you people so afraid ? What are you trying to suppress ?

      FYI the more you deny citizens their rights the more you will awaken the people to your oppression.

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    • If they got a permit in Lusaka, its not a guarantee entering in another town without following procedures. its disobvious that when you are denied what you want at a wrong moment, you complain.

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  18. I FEEL SOMETIMES WE COMMENT BLINDLY, THE ISSUE HERE IS WHETHER IT IS CORRECT FOR ANYONE TO BE DENIED PERMISSION TO VISIT A FRIEND WHO IS IN PRISON. FOR A MOMENT, REMOVE GBM & HH IN PICTURE AND ASK YOURSELF IF THIS IS RIGHT OR NOT.

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    • HH and GBM are politicians, so and there they can be treated the same as an ordinary Zambian. Besides he chaps have refused to recognize the election of the president and are on record of inciting Zambians to rise against a legitimately elected government!!! Who knows they were going there ask their already imprisoned colleagues to start misbehaving since they have nothing to loose when cause?

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  19. How are you visiting criminals and claim to have rights. Criminals do not have rights you are claiming. You are doing this because you sent them. Again you claim that you don’t recognize the gvnt of ECL who should help you out. How come? If you want help then recognize the President as duly elected then everything will work well for you.

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  20. Stop politicking. The use of children in your quest to get public sympathy is deplorable. Children have a right to privacy. You will not find children being photographed unnecessarily to be exposed in public media in the developed countries.

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  21. “High profile ” people must make a date with the prison authority before visiting. How come he NEVER allowed any member of his personal party UPND to see him without appointment. Today he is number one to cry. HIS personal to holder party is not democratic internally but he is number one crying for democracy to prevail in other areas. Please take another look at yourself. These small things are amounting to something worth considering before I can give you my vote in 2021.

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  22. If hh is still in cb go vist kambwili we se if thy will stop. U bushe ichi pempu ku poka uluse ha shaufwapo nga tawiile ati tababwino

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  23. They are campaigning no doubt, Mwaliteta, Manenga and others are just been elevated from foolish ponies to campaign radars.
    Please allow him to visit his people even when we all know that its nothing near what hes claiming to be championing.
    Come on ba Zambia , wake up. HH knows that most the Zambians are poor analysts of the situations, Whats unfortunate is that PF is taking his bet too.
    HH has been looking for an opportunity to launch his campaigns, Concourt, High court, ICC now prisons.
    If you think HH does know that he lost the election then you are a fool.

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  24. Lusaka Times, today you’ve u turned and are reporting truth based on facts. Yesterday, you misinformed the nation citizenry that there were thousands of upnd members incarcerated in police cells and prisons, today you’re reporting 10 were to visited on the Copperbelt, where are the remaining other 1000s, I would urge you to report truthfully and factually. The suspects in police cells both in Kitwe and Lusaka committed a crime armed with offensive weapons to attack innocent citizens, they therefore deserve what they’re going through. No law abiding citizen is under police custody for crime, only the offenders. Therefore, Lusaka Times report factually and you will continue to be respected. As for HH let him concentrate on making arrangements for lawyers to represent his thugs. Zambia…

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  25. There is something which the State knows which we do not know. With the recent behaviour of Herr Hichilema, I would rather put my trust and security in the hands of the State. In this particular case the stakes are so high for Herr Hichilema that he can do anything to stop the case from proceeding. By anything I mean ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. This aggravvated robbery involved stealing by force electoral.materials which were already counted and not suspected premarked ballor papers as the LT has misunderstood. Why do you think the other UPND cadres in Livingstone and Sesheke and Mkushi who stopped ECZ trucks are mot charged the same way? HH wanted evidence to disappear so that he can accuse ECZ of hiding or destroying evidence in the peyition case. Sorry Herr Hitler, the state is one step…

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  26. Contd…
    Why do you think the other UPND cadres in Livingstone and Sesheke and Mkushi who stopped ECZ trucks are mot charged the same way? HH wanted evidence to disappear so that he can accuse ECZ of hiding or destroying evidence in the peyition case. Sorry Herr Hitler, the state is one step ahead of you.

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  27. VERY SAD AND INDEED WE MUST ASK OURSELVES WHERE ARE WE HEADING TO WITH PF LEADERSHIP. WE DON’T WANT TO BE SANCTIONED BECAUSE IT US POOR PEOPLE WHO WILL FEEL THE PINCH.

    THE WAY TO GO IS TO RAISE UP AND PROTEST PEACEFULLY AND IF WE ARE FORCED WITH TEARGASSED WE ALSO FIND OTHER AVENUES TO SHOW THE PF RULE THAT WE ARE NOT FOR THEIR IDEAS. PF ARE SCORNERS SCOFFERS AND EVIL IN THEIR BEHAVIOR. I WONDER EVEN THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO SUPPORT SUCH VICE AFTER PRAYING THE LORDS PRAYER. IS LUNGU THE WISH OF GOD OR HE IS THE WISH OF THE PEOPLE. IF HE IS THE WISH OF THE PEOPLE HE WILL NOT GO FAR IN THE NAME OF OUR LIVING GOD THE CREATOR OF HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. FIVE YEARS WILL BE HIS WORST FULL OF CALAMITY AND HIS HEALTHY WILL BE OF LAPSES IF WE ALL PRAYED TO OUR GOD WHO DOES NOT TAKE FAVORITISM…

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  28. PF ARE SCORNERS SCOFFERS AND EVIL IN THEIR BEHAVIOR. I WONDER EVEN THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO SUPPORT SUCH VICE AFTER PRAYING THE LORDS PRAYER. IS LUNGU THE WISH OF GOD OR HE IS THE WISH OF THE PEOPLE. IF HE IS THE WISH OF THE PEOPLE HE WILL NOT GO FAR IN THE NAME OF OUR LIVING GOD THE CREATOR OF HEAVENS AND THE EARTH. FIVE YEARS WILL BE HIS WORST FULL OF CALAMITY AND HIS HEALTHY WILL BE OF LAPSES IF WE ALL PRAYED TO OUR GOD WHO DOES NOT TAKE FAVORITISM. PSALMS 83:1-18.
    LUNGU IS NOT FIGHTING AGAINST UPND OR THE OPPRESSED BUT GOD AND HIS FALSE PROPHETS WILL GO WITH HIM BECAUSE THEY ARE PROPHETS OF BAA

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  29. HH and your team must seek international intervetion in Zambia’s failed democracy. Zambia is now a dictatorship
    country. If Lungu disregarded the constitution, what more with little things? Load shedding is now cancer.

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  30. HH and your team must seek international intervetion in Zambia’s failed democracy. Zambia is now a dictatorship
    country. If Lungu disregarded the constitution, what more with little things? Load shedding is now a cancer.

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  31. When we told you that when your Demi-God HH picked GBM at the expense of Canisious ‘Pilgrim’ Banda, you scoffed at us and called us names. We told you HH was not a saleable material, you insulted us. See now, ths cattle herder is now seeking popularity from Prisoners whose being in prison was cause by HH’s disregard of the law. Mwamona nomba why we need a Convention in 2016 !

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  32. Dear Kampyongo, Home Affairs Minister,
    Are citizens allowed to drive around in motorcades to security installations like prisons in the company of political party carders? I s this under five chap above the law to be going around prisons compromising the security of such facilities? what about the rest of the Zambians who have their relatives incarsarated in these institutions, do they have a similar right to go round these jails? this chap is trying to run a state within a state and should be caged. enough is enough, please put a stop to this rot. otherwise, we shall all troop to the prisons to go and see our loved ones at a date and time we want with accompanied by hordes of relatives thereby compromising the security of your installations. Please act NOW!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. The campaigns are over HH lost ECL is our president for five years just go to the convention where people like Gary are already saying they are forever loyal to you

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    • God is the only hope and will knock Lungu down one of these fine days. Our prayer is this ” May God of love who does not delight in paciallity, nepotism, corruption, intimidation, segregation, tribalism, oppression of the voiceless, regionalism and all sorts of evil created by devil, slap the scorffers, scorners, tribalist, jeolusy persons, corrupt leadership, robbers, thieves, oppressors, intimidation. Our God who do not delight in corrupt leadership and corrupt hands which plans evil against the innocent. I pray for this media too that may you extend poverty for those who insult when an issue is brought on for debate that their corrupt minds of the devil will learn to respect others. Only if you God the Creator of the earth and heavens do not exist will the evil activities continue in…

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  34. chi stuuupiddd sena, the god you worship is indeed the devil incarnate, who can burn houses and displace Zambians in namwala calling them he is a god who can petrol bomb markets buring merchandise for people people, a god who organizes thugs to ambush ECZ vehicles and steal ballot papers and form 12, a god who has no respect for the 1,860,000 voters who rejected your patriarch under five demi-god, a god he does not recognize that there are 86 elected mps in parliament compared to his 50 mps, a god who believes a government should be ran by minority people and the majority. this is simply silly cheap warped thinking. you chaps are living in a fool’s paradise. you can only have that god in dundumwezi and namwala.

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  35. if you idddiottss on under five party, under five and fat albert are waiting for people to rise up, you can wait until 2021. it will never happen. no one is paying heed to this cheap rebellion talk from that desperate preacher nervous breakdown mumbwe, fat albert or under five. shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • That’s why Zambians rejected him. He does not click with the ordinary people. Anything for a photo opportunity

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  36. HH sud b allow to free visit friend s I beg to differ on that one fellow pf !its nt our business we in 21centry for Goodness saka

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