The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has justified the Members of Parliament’s (MPs) decision to boycott  President Edgar Lungu’s official opening of Parliament last week.

UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the UPND does not recognize President Edgar Lungu as duly elected hence the boycott of his parliamentary address by its MPs.

Mr. Kakoma noted that UPND MPs will only be attending parliamentary sittings when necessary.

All the 58 UPND MPs stayed away from the ceremonial opening of Parliament by President Lungu last week on Friday.

But the Zambia National Students Union (ZANASU) is disappointed with UPND MPs who boycotted the ceremonial opening of parliament by President Edgar Lungu.

ZANASU outgoing vice President Prince Ndoyi says time for politicking is over and that there is no need to hold the Zambians hostage.

He said it is completely unreasonable for the UPND MPs to abscond attending to their parliamentary duties when they promised to represent and serve the people in their respective constituencies.

Mr. Ndoyi explained that much as the MPs may have their own reasons for their action; there is no justification for their boycott.

He has reminded MPs that they do not represent the interests of the party, but serve the interests of the Zambians in their respective constituencies.

 

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  1. But these 58 MPs were sworn in by his honour the speaker, who was recommended, and subsquently sworn in by the so called ‘illegitimate’ President, who was also elected by over half the people that participated in voting

    So are you saying that even the speaker in illegetimate? If so, then the 58 MPs we were sworn in are also not legally in parliament as per UPND!!

    Grow up iwe nyamazai

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    • Can the minister of finance ensure that all UPND MP’s are only paid their salaries when necessary!

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    • I thought it was only HH who didn’t recognize Edgar Lungu?
      As per constitution, Matibini is still the president.

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    • This was the best political move by the biggest and only opposition party. The message was clear and audible. All you guys condemning them have absolutely no idea what democracy is.

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    • @wiseone we do, democracy is representing the people who voted you in office not those that are yet to.
      These paliamentarians owe it to their constituents and not HH.

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    • @carlos
      Also tell the Minister of Finance to stop collecting taxes from Southern,Western,North Western and Central Province.We will keep our money.The PF thug government can get their money elsewhere.

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    • “UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says the UPND does not recognize President Edgar Lungu as duly elected hence the boycott of his parliamentary address by its MPs.”
      HOW STUUPIIDY! DOES IT MEAN THAT THEY WILL NEVER BE ATTENDING PARLIAMENT? OR WHENEVER EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU OR HIS VICE IS PRESENT, THESE FUULS WILL NEVER BE ATTENDING PARLIAMENT? SO, THESE BUNCH OF !D!OTS ARE STILL BEING INSLAVED BY HYPONOTISED BY THEIR RING LEADER? CHAPS, NOBODY CARES EVEN IF YOU DON’T GO BACK.

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    • Haaaaooohhhh, we are now tired of these cry babies in wet nappies. And it looks like there is no one to help them change into dry ones. Keep crying until your eyes pop out!

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  2. NDOYI YOU ARE SHALLOW-MINDED. FIRST AND FOREMOST, EDGAR LUNGU IS AN ILLEGAL PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA BECAUSE HE IMPOSED HIMSELF ON THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. LUNGU DID NOT GET THE MAJORITY VOTE. HOW THEN DO YOU EXPECT SUCH AN ILLEGAL PERSON TO ADRESS PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO THE PARTY HE HIMSELF DISADVANTAGED AND EVIDENCE IS THERE TO PROVE THAT FACT? THE SMOOTH CRIMINAL HAS WOUND HIS WAY TO RECEIVE ACCEPTION BY THE ZAMBIANS EVEN WHEN HE KNOWS ZAMBIANS HAVE REJECTED HIM. WHY DIDN’T THE CONCOURT GIVE UPND A PLATFORM TO PROVE THEIR CLAIM IF THEY WANTED TO PROMOTE PEACE BETWEEN UPND AND PF AND AMONGST ALL ZAMBIANS? THE SELF MOTIVES OF LUNGU PUSHED CONCOURT INTO A TIGHT CORNER THAT THEY SUCCUMBED TO BRIBBERY AND CORRUPTION PRESSURE.

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    • What a swiping statement and shouting at the top of your voice. There is absolutely no truth in what you have said @TRUTH. It’s quite ironic you call yourself TRUTH. You are DELUDED more like. Continue to bark untruths see if it will get you anywhere.

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    • He on in 6 of 10 provinces, Kalusa won in 3. He has 92 MPs, Kalusa has 58. Kalusa should be ashamed to try and usurp power from the backdoor.

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    • Truth. Can you please analyse this scenario and offer your views as well: Let’s imagine that the government under the so called “illegal President” decides to stop supplying services in each of the constituencies held by UPND MPs. Secondly all UPND MPs are not given their allowances. Thirdly all UPND MPs are not accommodated at parliament hotel. What would happen in these constituencies where the so called legit UPND MPs are coming from? Okay let’s say UPND goes to ICC and their case lasts the next five years? What would be the purpose of these UPND MPs attending parliament? My suggestion to these UPND MPs is to go back to their normal routine business and leave parliament alone with the MPs who have acknowledged that we have a legitimate President in this country. Why debate a speech…

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    • Ndoyi is congolese let me remind you young man at mulungushi University we are watching your political movements.Switch on.

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    • Ctd. Why debate a speech of the same person you don’t acknowledge as the President? You are now behaving like that caller who is asking why Rooney and Zlatan are not being selected to the Chipolopolo. It’s madness and complete lunacy. You don’t listen to the address but you want to debate. Come on guys lets be serious for once. You are taking the electorate for granted you UPND guys and that’s not fair to mothers and youths who left everything to cast their votes for. Whose interest are you championing?

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    • @Truth let us not have short memory. Remember in full two weeks UPND lawyers , for whatever reason, failed to tell the courts how PF stole the votes and also failed to bring to court the much talked about evidence..The constitution which UPND cry should be obeyed also says the matter should be heard in 14 days . Any hearing outside the 14 days prescription is illegal. So If there is any body who has legitimised or confirmed the victory of ECL it is the UPND lawyers.

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    • @Truth let us remove emotions etc and be sober a bit…just how does a man with 92 MPs lose an election to some one with only 58 MPs. Is it not logical that the people who voted for an PF MP also voted for the PF president. This corelation is abundantly clear . This was the case in all areas that UPND got MPs and surely the same in all areas where PF got MPs. You do not need to be rocket scientist to see in whose favour the presidential votes went. That said UPND must be applauded for coming this near. May be now is not yet the time for HH…His time is coming. He needs to persevere.

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    • I THINK TO DEAL WITH THESE UNCIVILISED DOGS IN UPND WE NEED TO FACE IT. I THINK ITS TIME TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT DEMOCRACY IS BY NUMBERS EVEN BY ONE MORE. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. IF THEY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND F*CKN BEAT THE SH*T OUT OF THEM.

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  3. Mr. Kakoma noted that UPND MPs will only be attending parliamentary sittings when necessary. This is madness of its kind. These retards should completely stay away if their reasoning is okay with them. They can not attend parliamentary sittings when they think it is necessary, a parliament that they deem not to have opened. We do not need them and that is the reason we gave ECL just in the first round and us Zambian people gave the ruling and their allies a total of more than two thirds in parliament so that we are not held to ransom. We were more knowledgeable than the UPND. Therefore, we do not need their attendance in parliament. Let them stay away completely. Under-fives and the thinking is just like that.

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    • I am not a pf supporter. I find the position upnd leaders have taken extremely revolting. Claim for stolen votes is completely false. Rigging of elections in Zambia is impossible. Political parties sent reps to witness printing of ballots in Dubai. All reps gave positive reports. Back in Lusaka arrival of ballots was witnessed by all party reps. Distribution of ballots was closely monitored and nothing fishy was found. HH is a very clevier and intelligent man so were his lawyers. If UPND had evidence to present to the courts they would have given first priority rather than preliminaries that they favoured. Lawyer mushipe had evidence of a voter who cast their votes six times. She was asked to give that evidence to ecz. Even to day she has not done so. Perhaps as the courts begin to hear…

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  4. It was a protest against the killing of democracy, justice and peace. Responsible people should condemn the dictatorial tendencies by PF. They should condemn ECZ for presiding over rigged elections. These elections were rigged even before voting. Responsible people should condemn the selective application of the law. Why is the Police only arresting opposition supporters when PF supporters are getting away even with murder? Ala bane the world is round and sooner than later we shall leave that privileged position and then you will see why the gallant UPND MPs protested.

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  5. For as long as ECL is president, it will never be necessary for you guys to sit in parliament. What do you mean “when necessary”.. Give up the jobs to people who are willing to take the country to greater heights and not crying over spilled milk the whole time. you guys really suck

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  6. This NGO upnd should give us a break! It seems its a bunch of dimwits! God help these lunatics!

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  7. DONT BLAME THE 58 MPS OF UPND. THEIR SUPREME LEADER HH HAS DECREED THAT “THOU SHALT NOT ATTEND PARLIAMENT SITTINGS ” I HOPE THE SPEAKER SHALL ASK THEM TO SUBMIT AN OFFICIAL POSITION SO THAT THEY CAN BE TAKEN AT THEIR WORD.

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  8. don’t even waste your energy responding to this critics, when you are not happy with something in life, don’t and never do it, it shouldn’t be like yes bwana to everything, do things that you believe is right. you did well to walk out sir.

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  9. Your seats will be declared vacant. Mark my words. You are going to lose support in Western and North western province. You will just remain with southern province.

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    • Are you sure that those you claim will leave them are supporting them for who they are? To me these people are right thinking people just like anyone else and are merely exercising their rights as citizens of this country and have done nothing wrong. Let us reme0that ECZ encourages citizens to vote as it is their right and choice. Now who has the right to condemn anyone for exercising their Constitutional right? Let us be fair and look at this from 2 sides. What comes out of the majority of you here is a lack of understanding what democracy means. Let us all read please so that we can avoid displaying our ignorance. To me I would love to see Zambian people who argue on matters of trying to understand what God’s law says, what the country’s laws say as these bortow from God’s…

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  10. BAFWITA. WHEN WE WERE KIDS WE USED TO DO SUCH THINGS THINKING THAT WE WILL CAUSE A LOT OF DISTURBANCE AND COMMOTION. IT HURTS TO SEE LIFE GOING ON AS USUAL. THEN YOU COME BACK WITH YOUR TAIL BETWEEN YOUR LEGS IN SHAME. SO JUST LEAVE THEM. THEY HAVE DECLARED THEMSELVES IRRELEVANT. AND ACTUALLY KILLED THEIR PARTY.

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  11. Little did I realise that Mr Kakoma is a dunderhead…He’s forgotten that the Vice President who is the leader of Government business in Parliament was elected at the same time as the Republican President of Zambia Mr Edgar Lungu therefore what will happen to the UPND MPs regarding his statement…

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    • People without standards see everything as good,the 58mps are my heroes they are exposing the fake stolen win.Only brave people can confront and see a wrong when the sponsored group is still cheering on stage.cheer leaders are like flies on feaces.UPND should not worry the real world is just around the corner reality shall set in soon.These crooks spent close to 10billion dollars in 5yrs and have little to show for it.They are now pleading with IMF for 1.5billion to help them run the country what sense does this make.

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  12. UPND, please note that Article 105 (g) of the Constitution empowers the Speaker to declare your seat vacant if you miss 5 sittings in one year without cause.

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  13. These guys did everything to torpedo the new constitution.They didn’t even want it to be implelemented in the first place. Zambians ignored them. Then they unsuccessfully sought the same new constitution to get into power No wonder they didn’t understand what the new constitution says about the 14 days disposal of presidential petitions and the 50 + 1 clause. It’s all hate, hate, and nothing but hate. Zambia is witnessing hate destroying the perpetrator.

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    • Means: and this hate I promise you it will never go away. It will be the same even in 2021. Be alert the 6.5 provinces

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  14. STOP SAYING ZAMBIAN PEOPLE AS THOUGH EVERY ZAMBIAN IS AGAINST HE EDGER C. LUNGU JUST SAY PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN, WESTERN AND NORTHWESTERN PART OF ZAMBIA PERIOD. WE WILL UNDERSTAND YOU AND ACCEPT YOUR STANCE. WHY DO YOU WANT TO BEHAVE LIKE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WHO DOES NOT VOTE TO PUT LEADERS IN POWER TO STIR THE ECONOMY BUT WHEN THE SAME LEADER BRINGS EMPLOYMENT, EVEN RELIEF FOOD THERE THE FIRST ONES TO JOSTLE FOR THE FRUIT OF OTHER PEOPLES VOTES. STUPID!

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  15. Please stay away for good. Since you cannot debate the speech by Edgar. And after 5 misses you will be expelled from the house and those that came out no. 2 may take your seats. Do not say you were not warned.

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    • @18 Jah watch.. No one stopped UPND to be heard. I can tell you they had no case otherwise we would have seen such evidence tabled before some of the diplomatic missions whose Ambassadors used to wine and dine with HH. Even the Post Newspaper could have said a word or two! Why do you think Maureen Mwanawasa who lied that 14,000 votes had been stolen from HH in Kanyama was the first one to congratulate Lungu?UPND had tried to steal votes that is why the results in UPND strongholds beat the national average and that is why Mwaliteta and other thugs are in detention today! HH has gone to the ICC just wait till the same ICC asks him to answer issues of ethnic cleansing!

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  16. UPND is no longer a political party,it is now a
    RELIGION.They don’t articulate or analyse issues,they just believe.they all now believe that PF robbed the elections.

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  17. Opposition needs people like Julius Malema. Not ba Kandile bena Miles Sampa.
    I was one of the people that felt sorry for Miles Sampa when PF criminals invaded Ndola airport trying to attack him.

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  18. Their mentor on several occasions had said that there was no way an election can be rigged and addition Upnd did all sorts of things to prevent the perceived “rigging ” but came out with nothing. If not careful the Upnd will go into extinction before 2021.

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  19. What Upnd MPs did on Friday is constitutional. In fact ,we had a similar situation early this year and the current speaker ruled that the action was one of the ways MPs use to express displeasure.

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  20. So VJ is clueless on how an election can be won or lost? Indeed if VJ is not tribally inclined, this is the time for him to diffuse the bomb that he planted in HH ‘s brain.

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  21. We are behind you. We need sanity in our nation. There’s no way a cadre can be above the law and police. Where are we going? Things are terribly bad. We were dubbed .Ca cine ta kusani kwa.

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  22. May I be the next one to commend the 58 Upnd members of Parliament for the wise move they took.
    All the right thinking Zambians are with you.

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  23. Poor MP’s!!! They have now taken even their poor supporters for granted because they know that they will believe every action they take whether it makes sense or not. The spirit of blind following has been exposed in the last elections. Shame! Where is Bishop John Mambo and his friends? They must vomit all the food they ate at HH’s residence early this year.

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  24. I remember the prophecy of TB Joshua early this year when he explained that mishandling of elections in most African Countries will generate some problem. Hope this is not the route we are taking.
    Bo Edgar please call HH and see how you can work together. Let’s promote peace.

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  25. Tactics used under Welensky dont work these days ba kakoma no wonder u couldnt satisfy lillian you needed assistance

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  26. Ba PUND, sorry NUPD, I mean PNDU, alakabili, UNDP, mmmmmmmmmmmmm, whateva, ??? Please make peace and try ur luck in 2021, otherwise the time you wasting now, is affecting the poor guy out there. There is time for everything

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  27. Trading on insults or sarcastic words on any platform ,shows that one has some abnormalities.
    Please show that you are 100% normal by commenting without necessarily demeaning other people or political parties.

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  28. PF cadres can’t sleep over UPND. Having nightmares as can be seen on their childish comments.

    Get to work, 2021 is not far or continue ranting while upnd stills show.

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  29. The President of the Republic of Zambia for the next five years is His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu. We elected him by a majority of 50.4%. Repeat, he will be there in State House for the next five years regardless of what the small president wants, whether he pees in his pants or something more serious will not change anything.

    For comparison, the people of Colombia voted NO in their referendum on the government – FARC deal. I mention this because the margin was almost identical to our vote, they rejected by 50.35%. Can Hakachilema please travel to Colombia urgently and teach them how to reject such close votes? He may also avoid arrest on Wednesday if he sought permission from THE President to represent Zambia at the Petition in Colombia?

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  30. Where is the church? Do they only speak out when called upon? There is need for them to arise and intercede now more than ever before. Sit down with UPND to get their facts and then let this nation know the truth. The truth will always set us free.

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  31. By the way, is Nevers eating? I thought he said he will be on hunger strike till the petition is heard.

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  32. BUT NOTHING HAS CHANGED – ECL IS STILL PRSIDENT
    SO let the UPND MP’s stay away till 2021. Its utter nonsense to stay away from one seesion and attend the rest An indication of not being able to stick to your principals.

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  33. If they dont want to work for the people who voted them in then, let them stay.After all their votes came from Mr. HH’s strong holds am sure. So i believe the people from those constituencies are supporting this bad behaviour.Mr. HH. Let your MPs do their work without your interference please.. A house that is divided cannot stand, and you wonder why things are not going well in Zambia. Others want things to go well, while others want them to be really bad, so that they can say , ” we told you so” Evil wishing. Please stand and work in one accord.

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