PF Secretary General Davies Mwila
PF Secretary General Davies Mwila
THE problems which former Post Newspaper proprietor Fred M’membe and his wife Mutinta Mazoka are going through are non-political and they should not drag the name of President Edgar Lungu into their issues but concentrate on paying their debts, Patriotic Front (PF) chief executive officer (CEO) Davis Mwila has warned.

And Mr Mwila, who is former Home Affairs Minister and Chipili PF member of Parliament, warned Mr M’membe and his wife to immediately stop dragging the name of the Head of State into their business but deal with the liquidator of the Post Newspaper and other institutions which they owe money.

Mr Mwila was reacting to a statement which was recently issued by Mr M’membe accusing President Lungu of being after him following the arrest of his wife Mutinta.

“Fred M’membe and the wife owe DBZ and other institutions and that is the reason why a judgment was made in favour of DBZ and other institutions.

“…The liquidators have come in so that the money is recovered, so, failure to pay the money these problems will still continue,” Mr Mwila said.

He has since appealed to Mr M’membe and his wife to pay the money to the liquidator and other people whom they owed. “But as long as this issue of not paying the money is not sorted out, these problems will continue. “So, I would appeal to them that they pay the money and they should not drag the name of the President in their issues because the President Edgar Lungu is innocent,” he said.

Mr M’membe described the arrest of wife as inhuman and unacceptable done in bad faith.

“President Edgar Lungu and his agents ought to have known I was out of the country visiting the USA and Jamaica. The warrant to arrest me was, therefore, a farce. It was meant to enter, search, intimidate, harass and humiliate my family,” he said. Mr M’membe said the liquidation of The Post was supposed to be a civil issue, adding that using the police, intelligence officers and the entire state machinery, including State House, was unwarranted.

“It is me President Edgar Lungu is after.

He should have the patience to wait for a few more days,” Mr M’membe said.

Meanwhile, Government has described as “baseless and malicious” claims by former Post Newspapers Limited (in liquidation) editor-in-chief Fred M’membe that President Lungu is after him following the arrest of his wife Mutinta.

Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said President Lungu is too busy implementing his campaign promises aimed at improving the welfare of Zambians and would, therefore, not waste time on Mr M’membe.

Ms Mulenga, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, said President Lungu respects the rule of law and would never abuse his authority to victimise Mr M’membe or his family using the police.

She was reacting to Mr M’membe’s allegation reported in a private tabloid last Saturday on the arrest of his wife by police.

On Wednesday, police went to Mr M’membe’s house on Nangwenya Road in Rhodes Park near Lusaka Showgrounds to effect an arrest but only found his wife Mutinta.

Mr M’membe is wanted by the police on an arrest warrant issued by a court for disobeying lawful orders to surrender all the assets of the Post Newspapers (in liquidation).

On Tuesday, the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court issued a warrant of arrest for Mr M’membe for failing to deliver to the provisional liquidator the real and personal property, books and documents under his custody or control being the properties, books and documents belonging to the Post Newspapers Limited (in liquidation).

But when police went to issue the warrant, Mrs M’membe allegedly turned violent and tore to pieces the warrant of arrest against her husband, who is reportedly out of the country.

She has since appeared in court for allegedly obstructing police in their duty and released on a K3,000 bail.

But Mr M’membe said in the tabloid story that President Lungu is after him.

But Ms Mulenga dismissed the allegation saying it is the provisional liquidator, Mr M’membe’s former employees and taxpayers who are after their money from him.

She said President Lungu respects the separation of powers and would never use the police or the judiciary to victimise citizens.

“The President is only interested in ensuring that any person who breaks the law faces its wrath regardless of their status in society because no one is above the law,” Ms Mulenga said.

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  1. “Fred M’membe and the wife owe DBZ “ is factually flawed bwana SG, but who can question your statement in a country where illiteracy reigns high

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    • My thoughts exactly from Mwila.

      I dont like Mwila, but that is exactly where I understand.

      He has toiled with the public and somewhat as backwards as they, they claim Lungu is suppressing democracy freedom in Zambia.

      No No, that is not the bone of contention here, he pays tax I bet this story goes away and he runs his business as good.

      The victims are Zambians and the Government. Mmembe has brainwashed anyone supporting him or his wife

      Why are people 2 steps behind. He has got you by his nuts- wake up
      and I cant stand Lungu myself.

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

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    • What’s going on with people’s wives kansi?? Now lungu is after mmembe’s wife. I wonder what lungu wants from her,,,, and am still shocked RB and muka yama christine kaseba are officially best friends, doing valentines together and everything else,, awe shuwa, Tandiwe seems to be off the picture,,,,,
      @Nostradamus, am still waiting for a house warming party ya ba muka yama, is it still coming or we should expect an RB surprise ,, yet again

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    • Mmembe, settle your debts, pay your back taxes, and you will have your tabloid back to publish your garbage again. For now you have lost all credibility and morale ground to sway any opinion in Zambia—Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

      How many people are you going to accuse of coming after you? We heard similar accusations against ‘Kiluba’, RB, and now ECL. C’mon now Mmembe, sometimes have the [email protected] to face the mess you create for yourself. Your Tax issues with ZRA and all your other debt problems you have with various business entities started well before anybody even thought Edgar Lungu can be President. You owe Edgar not a cent personally. But, YES, you do owe POOR TAXPAYERS in places like Kalingalinga who don’t have high-powered politicians in positions of power to shield them…

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    • continue:

      — from the Taxman/ZRA—THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AFTER YOU THROUGH THERE ZRA. After all, you decided to take this case to Court (as far as the Supreme Court) and lost. So how can the President be after you when it is the people you own money who wants to recover at least part of their money?

      This is the kind of semantics and antics Mmembe has relaid on for far too long. Play victim, accuse the Head of State or police to be unfairly after him, gain some sympathy (especially among the uninformed foreigners,) and before long back in business doing the same shady stuff. That’s clasic Mmembe right there!

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    • With his mouth shut the foool was looking a bit sane, now he opens it awe sure. How does the Mmembes owe DBZ on behalf of the Post Newspapers Ltd? How does DBZ even come into the picture when the issue is about ZRA?
      Just goes to show that this is personal vendetta with Chagwa’s name all over it. Even them don’t know what’s going on exactly.

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    • Khikikiki, some people can be dull…They need to go in Guinness Book of Records

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    • Iwe Ka Chama and your fellow PF id10ts your days are numbered and very soon you will find yourself begging for mercy.

      Why has PF taken a strong stance against Mmembe after he ditched supporting the PF? What Mmembe is going through amounts to political persecution. Unfortunately, people like us who do not benefit anything from PF can see that.

      Let me make it very clear, that I do not support tax evasion or avoidance in any form or shape. But what I hate and can fight against with my blood is the politicisation of personal Tax affairs by the PF. PF ‘s double standards stinks of corruption and personal vendetta against powerful individuals who do not support it.

      Surely amongst all the businesses running in Zambia, is Mmembe the only one owing huge amount of taxes? The mine…

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    • Surely amongst all the businesses running in Zambia, is Mmembe the only one owing huge amount of taxes? The mine companies owe Zambian government huge amounts of taxes in billions of dollar, so why can’t the PF use the same tactics they are using on Mmembe to collect that amount?

      Every PF stooge including the President are running tutemba companies used to syphon money from government coffers. How much taxes has each one of them paid so far? Zero. This is because Lungu and fellow thieves just command the tax man to write off all tax debts these guys owe.

      Warning, PF guys you must start cooking your books now with your PF tax man now before PF is booted out of power by force, because if and when it happens, I shall personally claw back every ngwee from you guys . Mark my words, dont…

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    • Warning, to you PF guys you must start cooking your books now with your PF tax man now before PF is booted out of power by force, because if and when it happens, I shall personally claw back every ngwee from you guys . Mark my words, dont say I did not warn you f00ls.

      Only UPND can save Zambia from this mess!

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  2. Mmembe is usel.ss just like you Mr mwila how can you organised a party nation wide when you failed to organis it in your constituency and letter failed the election.

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    • Am told that he dubiously got the Post from Masautso Phiri.People should not support such behaviour.He still owes DBZ.By the way when is this case going to start by the courts.People will suport once you clear this debt with ZRA and others.If the so called harssment continues then we shall know that the state is after your blood.Remeber you and fat john using mutembo sent FTJC to grave earlier than expected.Many people were warning membe that he was going to pay dearly for what he wa doing to innocent people.Akatanshi takalishaLelo akalekesha kalalisha sana(icidunu cilalisha abaice tababako)

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  3. How can have people with this kind of thinking be leader’s in a country? They only see things one way, there way. They can’t see past their nose. With this kind of thinking, countries remain as developing countries. Leadership should inspire people, and not play divide and rule all the time.

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    • I cannot with you more. And it seems the general populous has resigned to accepting such nonsense as a norm

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    • I cannot agree with you more. And it seems the general populous has resigned to accepting such nonsense as a norm

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    • They laugh because that is the MOST NONSENSICAL THING any one even with just a half brain can say!

      Through around terms out of Context will get you laughed at—if you are not sure what a failed State looks like, just visit or read about Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, and the like. To liken Zambia to what is obtaining in such Countries is simply INTELLECTUALLY [email protected]!D.

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    • @YambaYamba
      Zambia has become a failed state under Lungu.

      There has never been a time in the History of Zambia when lawlessness became the norm. Even KK could be sued in courts and had judges rule against him and he went on and respected the rule of law.

      Lungu has no regard for the rule of law. When the laws of the nation are no longer respected, the country qualifies to be described as a failed state.

      People like you don’t care about the rule of law because you have no interest whatsoever in the progress of this nation. You are only concerned with your bread crumbs in the now and then.

      We shall continue to push for a better Zambia and I can assure you, the people always win. We are the people because we ask not for favours or the money or jobs like the lot of you crooks,…

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    • @YambaYamba

      We shall continue to push for a better Zambia and I can assure you, the people always win. We are the people because we ask not for favours or the money or jobs like the lot of you crooks, we only ask for the rule of law to prevail because the rule of law is the people.

      We the people, we shall defeat you!

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    • And “… his journalism that is full of malice and hatred toward others…” was single most important factor to bring Permanent Failures to Government!!!

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    • TOUCHE THEN HE IS THE SAME WITH THE P F LEADERSHIP BECAUSE ANYONE CAN SEE THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT Z R A IT IS PERSONAL. WHEN MEDIA IS INTERFERED WITH BY GOVERNMENT THEN KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SKELETONS HIDDEN AWAY IN CUPBOARDS. LEAVE MEEMBE ALONE AND MORE SO HIS WIFE. WE NEED A FREE PRESS NOT THE RUBBISH TIMES AND DAILY MAIL PROPAGANDA TRASH

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  4. Does Membe owe any one! Then he should pay; if he doesn’t, then he must have a problem.
    Zambians must wake up and know crooks.
    They bring confusion I wonder weather membe is a politician; indeed he has a Wright to be, however he shouldn’t use crooked means to win sympathy from non thinkers.
    Most Zambians don’t engage their minds, but just choose to flow with the current.

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    • “…Zambians must wake up and know crooks…”

      You are dreaming.
      Zambians LOVE crooks.
      They even elected CONVICTED EMBEZZLER twice!!!

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    • On point….give ceaser what belongs to himband your life will be free of problems. ..might u have what belongs to ceaser and yoi do not want to pay his dues, then you have a problem….anf usually such characters tend to be problematic 8n a democratic society.

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  5. Many companies are operating at a loss in Zambia especially govt owned. If creditors were to demand money all at one goal would close down. Even Zambia is living with borrowing. So settlement was the best option but PF govt is vindictive. Who does not own money in Zambia, very few people and govt is worse. Here we see double standards.

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  6. This is the same approach LUNGU has towards election Violence from PF00Lish cadres & Police. Becoz he stands to benefit, he always turns a blind eye thereby giving impetus to pipo who would like to horse-please him. He’s the biggest instigator of violence & police brutality. Just one word would have ended the violence & police heavy handedness.

    Why use police & State secret-service officers for Civil matters? Where are the Sheriff’s Officers? Are personal possessions of owners of Limited companies & personal items of their families now not safe? I thought that’s what “Ltd” implies. Unless my commerce teacher taught us wrong. Even if Mmembe owed DBZ billions, his personal property cannot be attached.

    Even Mr. Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy several times. But not once was his…

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    • CONT’D

      Even Mr. Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy several times. But not once was his personal items confiscated.

      This appetite for violence & Police brutality will one day boomerang & explode in your face.

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  7. As much as you upnd cadres hate PF and president Edgar Lungu,on certain matters you must be honest.surely,who in Zambia today doesnt know that Fred M’membe owes DBZ k14million he got as loan plus K56m to ZRA in unpaid taxes?if you think Fred M’membe is being mistreated by Govnt,just commit the offenses he has today and see if you will enjoy peace.its not Edgar Lungu who told M’membe to borrow money from a bank or stop paying tax.its simple-pay taxes and be free!!!THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY MANY VOTERS CANNOT VOTE FOR UPND BECAUSE YOU CANT UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS PARTY IS UP TO!!HOW CAN UPND BE SUPPORTING CRIMINALS LIKE M’MEMBE AND HOPE FOR OUR VOTES?AMAZING!!Well said Mr Davis Mwila.

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    • @Njimbu: The same M’membe who helped ba Sata and PF to form Govt in 2011 is today labelled a criminal! We all have imperfections in one way or another, but lets not demonise M’membe this way. Have empathy for those whose income to take care of their families was from employment with The Post. Liquidating The Post was definitely not the only option available to Govt. No need to politicise everything, not everyone who is against Govt stance on M’membe is UPND. Try to think outside the box and see sense in what others (those who are not staunch PF supporters) are commenting.

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    • i dont think any one is saying M’memba or the post dont owe money,its the way the government is going about getting that money.there are many companies in Zambia that owe ZRA much much more than the post owe.you dont need to be partisan but objective in these matters.the post was a very well run business that has been closed for political reasons not TAXES,only a stupid person can think the post was closed for tax reasons.

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  8. Ba UPND you are in opposition and your mission currently is to win the hearts of Zambians. When a wrong is done condem similarly if a right is done congratulate. Mmembe owes let him pay back please try and learn on how MCS defeated MMD,insults won’t win you an election. In fact with the course you have taken your are headed for another defeat.

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    • Let him ask Amos Malupenga to talk to president Lungu so that he can be forgiven, the whole post news staff was employed by Sata when he won elections using Membe’s propaganda now all these people are just eating without helping there Boss. Come on Chellar,Chansa kabwela etc help your boss he found you employment.

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  9. Have the FBI or US Police departments ever raid Donald Trump for his unpaid taxes? And these guys have alot of people who could have gone to airlift Mr. Trump and his wife for unpaid taxes. So why does ZP and all other entyies see it great to raid Membe’s house and throw his wife in jail for his unpaid taxes? Why has the same treatment not been given to ToZ and Daily mail? And How about Zambia’s unpaid debts? Are we going to be invaded for these debts by foreign armies the way Membe’s home and his wife remanded into custody by the ZP and property seized? Are the Eurobond fellows coming to raid Lungu’s homes and State House for our debts?

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    • Wesley snipes, lauren Hill, Chuck Berry, Richard Pryor,Nicolas Cage, etc ALL went to jail on tax charges…

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    • Geneva fever

      Educate your self what a Ltd company is like the post was then come back and tell us about those people you mention….

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  10. We have often said that you will know the true worth of a man by the way he treats or responds to his family needs. Cowards hide behind the skirts of their wives. They pretend to be big people when speaking in public but are deep down yellow bellies. The accounts clerk wanna be dr. has tried very hard to erase who he really is a man with an inflated ego and who has never been satisfied with his life. The ex-post became a source to attack persons he aspired to be he went to great lengths to kill the original concept behind the paper. it became his personal agenda. But when he has left a mess as he has now he abandoned his wife to face the music, this is the truth worth of this little man who hides behind a cap…

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  11. For once Mushota you have spoken the truth. Membe is just a white collar crook who needs to be caged. Imagine if it was another person with such a record, he would have had continuous headlines in his paper about that individual for years ….even quoting versus from our sacred Holy Bible.

    The time has come! Our creator is for all of us and not just for certain individuals. HE Lungu promised the Zambian people in 2014 that he was going to get back our monies from such crooks and he has done it according to the Zambian Laws. I am now convinced that Sony couldn’t have done what ECL has done. No wonder the difference between the two. VIVA ECL.

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  12. For once Mushota you have spoken the truth. Membe is just a white collar crook who needs to be caged. Imagine if it was another person with such a record, he would have had continuous headlines in his paper about that individual for years ….even quoting versus from our sacred Holy Bible.

    The time has come! Our creator is for all of us and not just for certain individuals. HE Lungu promised the Zambian people in 2014 that he was going to get back our monies from such crooks and he has done it according to the Zambian Laws. I am now convinced that Sony couldn’t have done what ECL has done. VIVA ECL.

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  13. For once Mushota you have spoken the truth. Membe is just a white collar crook who needs to be caged. Imagine if it was another person with such a record, he would have had continuous headlines in his paper about that individual for years ….even quoting versus from our sacred Holy Bible.

    The time has come! Our creator is for all of us and not just for certain individuals. HE Lungu promised the Zambian people in 2014 that he was going to get back our monies and he has done it according to the Zambian Laws. I am now convinced that Sony couldn’t have done what ECL has done. VIVA ECL.

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  14. DEBT COLLECTION – ZAMBIA POLICY, OP, STATE HOUSE, MOSHO – KIKIKIKIKIKIKI. Anyway it is not long when Lungu promised us at a public rally in Lusaka that he will make people who do not pay tax to pay. So Mr. Mwila this is his other busy schedule of what he promised and stop lying. Ask your friend Chishimba my dear when the ZNBC big mouth used to help hime speak. No matter what you will not break that guy. May be if you kill but as long as he lives ni tiye nato.

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    • Fred was given a flexible schedule on how to repay his debts but because he is a full and pompous he sued zra. Supreme court ruled against him and instructed that he pays back all his debts. Police are acting on court orders because that is the route mmembe took.

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  15. The solution can never be to liquidate a business to collect Tax Dues. This is not about tax but Politics. Lungu is closing the Media to achieve his One Party State Dream and Dictatorship. The Petitions and By-Elections are coming up and Lungu does not want the Independent Media like the Mast to cover these events. The UPND Petition, MPs Petition and Appeals, ICC and Illegitimacy are haunting Lungu and PF. Lungu is venting his anger on the Fred Mmembe Family. Without the Petition Hearing, Lungu’s Illegitimacy will intensify. ICC and ICJ beckons for the Illegitimate Lungu Regime.

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    • That is the truth.
      Lungu is silencing the media to make zambians ignorant of his corruption. Period.

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  16. Men of God how many times did the devil sin against God. The next question is how come God wants me to forgive seventy times seventy, how many times was the devil, or Lucifer forgiven.

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  17. We have Jokers on this blog. Since when has ICC and ICJ confirmed receipt of any complaint from Zambia? Keep on dreaming until 2021. Most likely, Hechi Hechi will lose again in 2021. They say Uncle Fred helped MCCS win the 2011? I doubt. MCCS won the election by himself (MHSRIP). The Man understood politics and not this amateurs we see. The great tief is the one who stole proceeds from the sale of State Assets and this will continue haunting him until one repents.

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  18. It is a well known fact that what M’membe and his wife are going through is a political witch-hunt. Who doesn’t know that Lungu is useless dictator? He doesn’t believe in freedom of speech. Days are numbered for president Lungu.

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  19. Zambia: Police Arrest, Detain M’membe – allAfrica.com
    allafrica.com/stories/200511100676.html
    Nov 10, 2005 – Mujuda was later joined by Edgar Lungu of Andrea Masiye & Company. … Chibanda then told M’membe that he would be arrested and taken to court as per … M’membe at a forum where he had no chance to defend himself.

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  20. Let chi mmembe gnash his teeth until he finds a long twine rope to hang himself. Who cares. He dared ka lungu and found his match.. He knows what a tonne of bricks feels like… Good luck until 2061 when your new god chi hh may get it… Wenyo..

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  21. We have very evil people in this country and yet this is supposed to be a christian country! Where is the national guidance from our leaders in christian ways of dealing with issues? The way they talk and act -awe sure they can’t possibly be Christ-like. What a bunch of hypocrites!

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    • Even in the bible it’s there…give unto Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser! Mr M’membe, just pay and enjoy your freedom!

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  22. M,member here is my advice borrow money from HH, or GBM to Pay your owes for you to be free and start Trading, this is your national and you know very well that Zambia is being governed by the commandments, one of the commandment is thy shall not still

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