I don’t tell the police who to arrest-President Lungu

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President Lungu waves the PF party symbol as he left the country for Madagascar
President Lungu waves the PF party symbol as he left the country for Madagascar

President Edgar Lungu says the Zambia Police Service should move in and arrest civil servants found stealing public funds.

Answering questions from Journalists regarding the misappropriation of funds as revealed in the latest Auditor General’s Office, President Lungu said the police and other law enforcement agencies are free to do their work.

He was speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before he left for Antananarivo, Madagascar for the COMESA summit for Heads of State and Government.

“If there is misappropriation and it is a crime, obviously the police must move in and arrest, if is an act of abuse of office, then the Anti-Corruption Commission should move in, is it the President really? The law is there, the framework is there, the funding is given to these institutions to act,” President Lungu said.

He added, “Gone are the days when the President would direct institutions on who to arrest because the culture of abusing the police such as who to arrest, who to release, I don’t do that and I shall not do that. I will not stop the police from arresting so if the crime has been arrested by anyone, the police should move in, the Anti-Corruption should move in, the Drug Enforcement Commission should move in.”

President Lungu also ruled out any possibilities of releasing UPND members who are being held in prison for politically linked offences.

“Why should they write to the President. I don’t tell the Police what to do? Even those that are saying release these people, I don’t release people, the courts of law releases people, I can pardon after you are convicted, yes.”
And speaking about his trip to the Madagascar for the Heads of State summit, President Lungu said he is looking forward to the event.

“I am going there for the first time, it is my maiden meeting, so I am going there to tell them our commitments to cooperation in terms of trade and we want to do much more about regional groupings COMESA has a tripartite with other regional groupings and the African Union where we can benefit in terms of trade, commerce and industry, so that is all there is to it,” President Lungu said.

Shortly before leaving the country
Shortly before leaving the country

101 COMMENTS

  1. +43
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    dont be funny iwe ka lungu. You cannot expect these guys to be impartial when they owe allegiance to you and when they know that their source of income will be cut short should they be professional and be fair. Already the IG today made a statement regarding your health and was threatening media houses. Surely is this his job? Is this not being partisan? Please first start by firing the IG as we know he is your puppet. Please learn to do as you speak. Useless chimp

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      UZAFA NACHIKONKO MAMBALA AKU CHITA CHANI ECL? ULIBE NANSONI WENYO NI ZAMBIA YA ANYOKO?

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      Then why are people cited in the auditor’s report not arrested or at least questioned,,,,,,, but HH and GBM arrested for greeting their supporters in the street???

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      Abena Eddie, have a cool trip, I don’t know what they drink in Madagascar, hoooo sorry you are fasting this week.

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      Here we go, Just after prayers lies, Why people can not see that they are being taken for a ride sickens me. Remember of how a rat eats the chicken soup from your hands at night, Take a big bite and blow some fresh air on it before taking even a bigger bite, This is what EL and PF are doing to the poor Zambians, Take a big bite and then cool it with a day of prayer before they wake up the wound from the bite will be too big and too late.

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      A PRESIDENTT WHO MAKES HIS PEOPLE LOOK LIKE THE MOST STUPID PEOPLE ON THE CONTINENT DUE TO THIER LOYALITY AND CHRISTIAN VALUES. CAN YOU TAKE THAT MONEY TO THE DYING PEOPLE IN HOSPITALS AND NOT THIS CHURCH COMEDY OF YOURS. WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER WHEEL TO BE INVENTED BY YOU.

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      Where is the daydreamer BR Mumba? Surely how this empty tin Edgar you call leader going to develop your enterprise if he has no stomach to stop the leaks…really shameful!!

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      You are a BAD CEO Lungu of this country Period! How can people be working under you and your leadership be abusing resources you swore to Guard for the Zambians and you dont seem to care instead you are very chilled and saying its upto the law enforcement agencies…ok say the dont act then WHAT?? Aren’t you the same Lungu During campaigns that was instructing the Police to arrest your opponents ? what has changed now with thieving public officers?? It Beats me that some people should even be supporting this. Then why are we removing subsidies and sacrificing if you will continue with this pathetic attitude for a President. I am extra disappointed on this one …seriously??

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      @ Saulosi,
      I would rather choke on mabisi or yogurt and beef steaks while you choke on your monkey meat and rats.

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      Comment:when r u ever going to learn manners n respect for elders especially the head of state ,or maybe u ve been a street kid through out your life.

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      When your stepmother beats u in front of your own father & your father remains quiet what does that imply? It means he tolerates it & actually encourages it. So expect more torture from your stepmom.

      LUNGU’s silence on PF Cadre violence & PF-Police brutality actually gives them impetus. HITLER never personally killed a single jew. But it’s his policies & agents that did the dirty work. He’s as guilty & liable as the concentration camp gas chamber executioner.

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      Zambians complain about the president having too much power.

      But that is what they want, when they want him to do every job and comment on everything and direct everything.

      What a crop of people!

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      Agony is calling for police to arrest audit query criminals,
      only to find you are have the highest record of unaccounted for imprest.

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    Tell them Edgar, Upnd ukubwata bwata all the time. I wish there’s a way to allow HH to be president just for one day so that he can see the difference between slaughtering cattle and running a country.

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      Lungu keeps on admitting his incompetence and people cannot even understand him. When it comes to safeguarding national resources, Lungu leaves that job to whoever cares and does not interfere! Lungu is unfit for President.

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    What he is really saying is that he is going to DO NOTHING about corruption.

    He lives in a glass house himself. Where did he suddenly get TWENTY THREE MILLION from?

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    Please Chakolwa don’t come back Zambia is a better place without and thanks we have enjoyed the day of drunkardness you have declared.

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    TYPICAL OF DICTATORS. HE HAS INTRODUCED A POLICE STATE, YET HE IS IN DENIAL THAT HE IS NOT INSTRUCTING POLICE FOR THEIR HARRASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION OF CITIZENS. CAN SUCH HIGH MAGNITUDE OF POLICE BRUTALITY OCCUR IN A COUNTRY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF HEAD OF STATE? UNLESS YOU TELL ME YOU ARE SLEEPING ON DUTY.

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    Mr President there is unequal income distribution. According to the World Bank Zambia’s economy grew at an average annual rate of 7% between 2010 and 2014. Global headwinds and domestic pressures have strained the Zambian economy. Growth in 2015 fell to an estimated 3% (compared to 4.9% in 2014) following a six-year low in copper prices, increasing power outages, and El Nino-related poor harvests. Growth is expected to remain around 3% in 2016, subject to the 2016 harvest, the mining industry’s reaction to softer copper prices, and stabilization of the power situation. THE BENEFITS OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) GROWTH HAVE ACCRUED MAINLY TO THE RICHER SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION IN URBAN AREAS. ZAMBIA HAS A VERY UNEQUAL INCOME DISTRIBUTION (GINI COEFFICIENT = 55.6). THE PEOPLE BEING…

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      Didn’t Lungu go to COMESA Summit? President Edgar Lungu is this week expected in Madagascar for the Comesa meeting which will end on Wednesday. The event has been underway since October 10.
      Foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba is already in that country representing Zambia on sideline meetings.
      PART OF KALABA’S ACTIVIES CAPTURED BELOW. RELATIONS BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND MADAGASCAR GROWING – KALABA
      Antananarivo; 16th October 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has said that Zambia was optimistic that the growing bilateral relations between Zambia and Madascar will benefit both countries.
      Speaking when he met Madagascar’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Beatrice Atallah, Hon. Kalaba also extolled the ambitious industrialisation policy that Madagascar has taken.
      He said Zambia could…

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    CONT’D. THE PEOPLE BEING REFERRED TO IN THE HUNGER REPORT ARE VILLAGERS. We have greedy individuals such as HH and GBM and greedy government officials who think nothing of paying pensioners their meagre pensions and hoodwink us into thinking our economic problems will be sorted out through prayers.

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      What about “greedy government officials” authorized by “anointed”, “wise” and “humble” to pocket millions?
      It must be HH and GBM fault?

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    Please note that HH and GBM are only an example of rich, greedy people and it has nothing to do with their party. There are equally rich greedy people in other parties and they all have no interest of the poor people at heart and ascendancy to power is just a means of getting more money in their pockets. We should all feel ashamed in having such hungry people in our midst in the midst of plenty because of unequal distribution of the GDP.

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    Madagascar is a very good economic connection. Global Investment Banking activity here. Great holidaying for Zambians! Let’s hope we pair with them economically. Good regional centre.

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      And we have just known about this? ? You make it sound like it’s some newly discovered planet

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      1MBECILE abroad, when did Madagascar become center for “Global Investment Banking Activity”???

      Does your inbreed 1mbecility and arse licking devotion prevents you from differentiating between Madagascar and Mauritius?

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      COMESA Summit has started and only Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in attendance – other countries are being represented by their Heads of State – Including Burundi and Rwanda. Where is Lungu? They want to congratulate him in person: And Atallah stated that Madagascar was keen to upscale the bilateral relations between the two countries and proposed that a Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) be set up. She also took the opportunity to congratulate President Edgar Lungu on his re-election in the August 2016 General Election and Zambians for holding a peaceful election. She also disclosed that the administration was ready to recieve Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa who enjoys extra accreditation to the country as Ambassador Plenipotentiary. And Atallah said she was waiting to inform…

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    The End of Hypocrites is always bad.

    FTJ used to pray in tongues & even kneeling at Benny Hinn’s church whilst persecuting KK & putting him under house arrest for several years. He died a disgraced man after his theft & adultery were exposed. His designer underwear was displayed in public for all to see.

    It seems LUNGU never learnt a lesson from FTJ.

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    Didn’t Lungu go to COMESA Summit? President Edgar Lungu is this week expected in Madagascar for the Comesa meeting which will end on Wednesday. The event has been underway since October 10.
    Foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba is already in that country representing Zambia on sideline meetings.
    PART OF KALABA’S ACTIVIES CAPTURED BELOW. RELATIONS BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND MADAGASCAR GROWING – KALABA
    Antananarivo; 16th October 2016 Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has said that Zambia was optimistic that the growing bilateral relations between Zambia and Madascar will benefit both countries.
    Speaking when he met Madagascar’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Beatrice Atallah, Hon. Kalaba also extolled the ambitious industrialisation policy that Madagascar has taken.
    He said Zambia could…

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    We just beat the upnd(united punks in notorious development) just go and suck a lemon you’re just sore loosers ,leave our President Ecl to work,seleni ko ba koswe tu bombeko…….

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      Yes fuel prices and every thing else is raising….try and do some real work on the economy instead of looting non stop.

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      Imwe ba spake like itoleb_ go suk hh or gbm clock..whichever is smaller or bigger

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    Shocking statement! Isn’t the President concerned that nobody has ever been made to account for the abuses and pilfering reported year after year by the AG? How do the Police act if he isn’t bothered and there’s no complaint? Is he really that daft to miss the gist of the matter or just doesn’t care? Without a President that acts at any suggestion of impropriety and corruption, we will sink even further into the poverty trap as a nation!

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      Funny enough…he said the same thing when the EU election observers asked him why ZNBC was biased towards the Ruling Party in its reporting. When he cornered with facts he starts lecturing you about the separation of powers yet he handpicks all the heads in the relevant institutions…only a f*** would take the daft tin seriously…the same ***** who take his national day of prayers seriously.

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    This is really laughable…this is the selfsame Lazy Bum who was issuing orders to the police during the election campaigns. This why I give Tanzanian President as a typical example of a leader who wants to fight corruption not this silly empty tin Edgar!!

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    I don’t tell the Police what to do? Even those that are saying release these people, I don’t release people, the courts of law releases people, I can pardon after you are convicted, yes.”
    And speaking about his trip to the Madagascar for the Heads of State summit, President Lungu said he is looking forward to the event.

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    Comment:leave ECL alone, umuntu Ku bomba what’s the problem kanshi?just accept defeat chapwa.

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      What Law?

      The law run by corrupt judges appointed by Lungu to make sure he is not prosecuted for the TWENTY THREE MILLION he himself has stolen from poor Zambians?

      Is that the “course” you think the “law” should take????

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    ECL lucks leadership qualities………. how can a head of state utter such remarks…..Give him one year non will ever say anything nice about him

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    yes Mr president on that one you are collect, let the law take its course. the president should not interfere in the operation of judicially, even when they are jailed, please Mr president don’t pardon them.this carders need to learn a lesson not to involve in violence and other criminal acts

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    BA Upnd, sorry to tell you this but before 2021 HH will have lost his mental faculties and will end up at ndola psychiatric wing.

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      can some one from mabis party(UPND) tell me it is true that HH is the son to the late MAZOKA and that he did steal the money from mazoka’s companies LOL.HH tell the nation who yo real father is?MAZOKA is yo real father,he made pregnant the his cousin who happens to be yo mother.Tell the nation you crook from MABISI PARTY.stop being bitter or elso we are going to post more infor on you as a member of IMF (FREE MANSON INTERNATIONAL

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    This chap talks as if he is talkin to kids. You tell the police what to do and here you are trying to be an angel. You are the re- incanation of the devil himself.

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    Comment:Our country Zambia we love you so much,you our mother land.To all Political parties and Opposition people I urge u to cooperate as one Zambia one nation.Let’s respect Our creator who created us.No one shud disrespect or condemn one another. Let’s Support our leaders who are in power.Cabinet minister,and all.ECL I cherish your journey with might love of God Safe trip on coming back home.

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    HAS ZWD BEEN CLOSED. THERE SEEMS TO BE A COHORT OF BLOGGERS WHO ARE NEW ON THIS SITE. THEY HAVE COME WITH INSULTS. ITS THESE INSULTS THAT KEEP VOTERS FROM THE 6 AND HALF PROVINCES AWAY FROM HH. BY NOW YOU GUYS MUST HAVE LEARNT THE LESSONS THAT INSULTING CANNOT TAKE YOU TO STATE HOUSE.

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    Useless comments from an incompetent leader. Next your excuse for hunger and poverty will be “but I don’t tell God what to do”

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    UPND supporters move on brethren. ECL and PF are in full control now. Your time will definitely come but the rate at which you are going, i am worried. You may maitain your usual stronghold that may put you into the same situation as losers for the sixth time. Emulate the late MCS may his soul rest in eternal peace..

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    ECL must be very sharp and lazor sharp to know that 2 UPND cadres were arrested in Dundumweezi, 7 in Malima, 8 at Nalipuku, 12 at Zimatumbi, 27 at pyeelule, 3 at Katondo street, 1 at Chilwifisi, 1 at Siankodobbo, 2 at Nyanje, 1 at Jack and so on. i think we expect the president to lnow more than reasonable. do we also expect the president to just say release all UPND cadres? am sure there is a procedure for that and its not like – “then he said, let there be water and trees and it was so and then he saw that it was good…”

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    The Chainama Case Tribal Party must know that when you break the law the police will get you and not the President.

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    These shameless politicians the likes of Lungu really think words don’t amount to anything and you can spit anything you want, even a lie. He has really taken the nation for a f00l. He knows that if our law enforcement agencies were professional and independent, he would have been the first one to be investigated for stealing from the public. This country will remain underdeveloped with the likes of Lungu as president.

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      We are all Zambians why is marks and that Ugandan rigger walking free,when matambo and Mwaliteta who were caught while trying to stop rigging are rotting in Jail.Lungu akafwa nabwima.

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    I hope you kept in your Diaries . Just a quick reminder whilst ECL the Duly Elected President of Republic of Zambia is attending the Summit in Madagascar,The Two Depressed, Halucinating Self Egocentric Retards are expected to honour their bailouts and answer to Criminal charges of misleading, inciting, arrogance and Stupidity of not accepting the Wishes of Countries People’s Choice of Head of State his Excellency ECL.
    The two are likely to be charged with treasonable non bailable offence and be Locked for a long period of time.

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      It’s. Ok lock the two rick fools.. Plz Zp arrest the duo for assisting mwaliteta to commit aggravated robbery fimofimo….

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      just a reminder that the summit started on the 17th. Our President was officiating the construction of the prayer house yesterday in Lusaka. The Comesa meeting ends today…..why would the President then be going to the Comesa meeting today ?

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    There wouldve been very harsh leadership the type GBV and the Hungry Hyena wanted to usher in but were defeated by the “smart people of the Zambian Enterprise” as BR Mumba says, I tell you things were going to be bad- is it not GBV and his fellow cretins who threatened to suffocate people by the throat? They insulted and made clear threats which can constitute assault- assault constitutes intent not just the physical act.

    However ba PF let’s work guys, and ministers and other civil servants that fail to perform must be sacked immediately- we don’t want resource wasters the likes of GBV when he was a Minister using Army personel as his security details and sending them to intimidate reporters- over true reports on his secret illegal dealings something never seen before in the Min…

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    It is only a fool who can believe what this fraudulent President says. He does not instruct the police to arrest anyone!!My foot! And he expects us to believe this? The former IG Stella Libongani is on record having made it very clear that the President is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and so they operate on his instructions.How was Max Chongo released in Petauke after attacking an innocent person?Mwaliteta and group are being remanded in custody for punishment. They are not going to be convicted in any way. To all the men who are remanded together with Mwaliteta please be strong. You are were fighting for a noble cause. A fight for justice is noble.

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    Zambia is a country of laws and they should be applied and obeyed by citizens. We have the security wings like Police, ACC, etc so why should the President do their jobs but time to act is now.

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      @pio: Me I am manager at Lusaka hotel. I don’t clean toilets at the hotel but I am responsible. I think even the President must take responsibility for things happening in his name. As leaders, we get praised for work done by our subordinates. If Police do good job, President will be praised. He must take blame also when there is failure in any part of the governance system.

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      Some are not necessarily members of the opposition but would just like to see justice prevail in their land. Where justice does not prevail in a country that’s the beginning of a failed state. We are slowly turning into a Somalia. By the time we will realize this it would be too late.

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      Sorry guys, I didn’t know so many of you guys miss ZWD. As for me I had difficulty getting to their site, so, I just went elsewhere. There are so many sites these days if you just surf around.

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    Lungu is a liar. PF police are getting instruction from state house including compromised Kanganja especially on opposition leaders. How has the Police service changed from a Zambian Police Service to PF Police cadres within a short period of time if they did not get instruction from him through Kaizer

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    Insults wont take you to plot one. Watch Dog is CLOSED big up to Kambwili. Now they have poluted LT. UPND is going down hill weaher you like it or not. We are forming a polotical party to be headed by a tonga so that we scater the 3 provinces vote in 2021.

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    The very people who will start talking that Edgar is a dictator when he starts ordering the police to arrest the culprits,that includes hh and gbm mind you,edgar simply said we fund these departments in order for them todo there job,whats wrong with that,trying to find a fault in water why it’s so colorless or restless,come on find positive criticism,and leall departments do their jobs…..Breaker

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      Right on brother. The president can only act after courts of law have concluded the matter such as dropping the erring official. Our friends are confused : They blame Lungu when their cases fail, but are quick to accuse him of failing to act on cases that involve non Upnd members of society.

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    Bufi, Boza, Wenye, Bubela Kubeja, Lies….. You do it through your Ministers. Then those who were involved in the Maize marketing scandal should also be arrested If indeed the corruption fight is genuine. And those who were stealing money from the Treasury for PF party campaigns.And those………

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    Lungu is proving to be the man of the people because he has Zambia at heart.Indeed ACC,DEC and the Police will now work with a free mind.All those who have stolen need to be caged.As a country we do not have the luxury of being so careless where a lot of money is stolen and culprits go scot-free.

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    people of God let’s all unite.. the elections are gone and we can see that at the end of the day, we are still the same way we were before the elections.so I say to you no one except God will remove us from this poverty. these politician’s are just here to make themselves have a better life.

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