Fr. Cleophas Lungu
Fr. Cleophas Lungu

The Oasis Forum has noted with concern the degeneration of national identity in the face of tribal and regional politics in the country.

In a statement released to the media today , Oasis Forum Chairperson Fr Cleophas Lungu said that the country is seeing public officers such as the police, whose role is to protect every citizen from danger, refuse to discharge their functions impartially and professionally.

Fr. Lungu said that parliament is equally divided on party lines that there is no strong and effective participation in parliament by those elected to represent the Zambian people.

Below is the full statement

OASIS FORUM PRESS STATEMENT DATED 18TH APRIL 2017 ON THE NEED FOR LEADERSHIP, PATRIOTISM AND NATIONAL UNITY

The Oasis Forum has noted with concern the degeneration of our national identity in the face of tribal and regional politics. Today we see public officers such as the police, whose role it is to protect every citizen of this country from danger, refuse to discharge their functions impartially and professionally. We see a parliament so divided on party lines that we do not have strong and effective participation in parliament by those elected to represent us. We see that the fate of our country could rest on a fight over whose motorcade should go ahead first. We see our leaders who profess to be Christians following a path that only leads to darkness, destruction and despair. It is the Zambian people who are suffering. In a country where poverty, illiteracy and poor health are rife, we the Zambian people deserve much better than this.

We ask when did tribe or the political party you belong to become more important than being a citizen of this country? Almost fifty- four years ago our forebearers brought the people of Northern Rhodesia together to form a single identity under the slogan, ‘One Zambia, One Nation’. The seed of division that is being sown for political gain will not profit this country. We need unity in our country more than ever and that can only come from a sense of common identity, a sense that we share a common future and a
love for our country. The Preamble of our Constitution sets out what we as a Zambian people stand for:

WE THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA:

ACKNOWLEDGE the supremacy of God Almighty;

DECLARE the Republic of Zambia a Christian Nation while upholding a person’s right to freedom of conscience, belief or religion;

UPHOLD the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every person;

COMMIT ourselves to upholding the principles of democracy and good governance;

RESOLVE to ensure that our values relating to family, morality, patriotism and justice are maintained and all functions of the State are performed in our common interest;

CONFIRM the equal worth of women and men and their right to freely participate in, determine and build a sustainable political, legal economic and social order;

RECOGNISE AND UPHOLD the multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural character of our Nation and our right to manage our affairs and resources sustainably in a devolved system of governance;

RESOLVE that Zambia shall remain unitary, multi-party and democratic sovereign state;

RECOGNISE AND HONOUR the freedom fighters who fought for the independence of our Nation in order to achieve liberty, justice and unity for the people of Zambia;

AND DIRECT that all State organs and State institutions abide by and respect our sovereign will”.

As His Excellency President Edgar Lungu observed in his recent address to Parliament, patriotism and national unity are key to the development of this country:

“As Zambians, we must, therefore, take deliberate steps to work together to amicably solve pressing issues for the sake of national unity, stability and prosperity. We should always be ready to put aside our ethnic and political differences for the good of our nation in line with our motto of “One Zambia, One Nation.” As patriots, Zambia must always come first in our decisions and actions”.

We need our leaders to recognise that Zambia is much bigger than anyone of us, it belongs to everyone and the future generations to come. In the words of our national anthem, “One land and one Nation is our cry”. As we reflect on the message of Easter, we call on all Zambians, particularly our leaders, to make forgiveness and love principles to live by and to make sacrifices for the greater good of our country and our people. As we have stated before, a country is not Christian merely through declaration or through national days of prayer and fasting. We must endeavour to put into practice Christian virtues by fasting from a spirit of vengeance, hatred, division, violence and lack of respect for human dignity. Moreover, the key message of the Risen Christ to his disciples is, “Do not be afraid” (Mathew 28:10) and “Peace be with you” (John 20:20). Therefore, as a people renewed by the Easter message, we need to start afresh and commit ourselves to build a country where all people from every tribe, language and political affiliation can indeed live in peace and harmony – “proud and free.” As our founding father Dr. Kenneth Kaunda once said:

“We tread on a very tough road, for we are not only trying to change the course of history but we are also laying down a foundation…We must think and think and think again about how best we shall serve and not about how important we are
as leaders of our people, or how we can safeguard our own positions as leaders”.

The Oasis Forum is therefore calling on all leaders in the country, political, religious and civic to come together and transcend whatever differences we may have to once again bring all citizens of this country together, to reaffirm that, above all else, we are a united people. Let us as a people say no to partisan politics, no to the destruction of the rule of law, no to hatred and violence. Let us uphold unity, peace, love, understanding and our basic humanity. No tribe and no political agenda should be more important than that.

Fr. Cleophas Lungu
CHAIRPERSON – OASIS FORUM

Issued On 18th April, 2017 in Lusaka on behalf of Convenors:

1. Rev. Suzanne Matale – General Secretary (CCZ)
2. Ms. Linda Kasonde – President (LAZ)
3. Ms. Sarah Longwe – Board Chairperson (NGOCC)
4. Fr. Cleophas Lungu – Secretary-General (ZCCB)

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75 COMMENTS

  1. Just keep HH locked for all we care.

    Oasis or not.

    So that leave sweeps across the country as it is.

    Thanks

    BB2014,16

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    • Typical of you to say, not amused at all. We know you are Bemba and thus think nothing of other tribes especially Tonga’s.
      Thank God many Bemba’s and Northerns are wise and aware of the stink at PF and White House.
      Am a proud Northerner who chooses to use my brain to make sound judgment of other people.
      You used to make sense and now you sold your integrity for 25 pieces of silver?

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    • You need to read the statement again and realise that it is referring to sentiments such as the one you express above. You are not helping the situation but exacerbating it.

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    • You can even see from the signatories of this Statement. Which part of this country do they hail from? And add comments like Mushot’s. The Oasis Forum exactly where the problems of this country are originating from but they decide to use semantics to confuse people.

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    • I have stayed away from commenting on these online outlets because I can’t bring myself to accept that these comments are made by real people residing in countries indicated by the flags besides their names.

      This is just not possible. Consider “Mushota”, “Patriot Abroad” indicated that these creatures lives in the UK. There has to be something wrong with the flagging. Nobody who lives in Canada, USA, Britain and many countries in the West can be so mentally disjointed as the many comments here show, this isn’t possible. I suspect LT randomly allocates flags to comments from people in Zambia.

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    • The Cobra would say to this Oasis statement as being totally useless.

      You cannot beat about the bush and expect to be effective.

      I miss Mr. Sata for his brevity

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    • Er, I am a bit lost, national identity? First of all which identity are they talking about? Does Zambia have a national identity? If you are talking about the passive resistance of the KK / Mahatma Ghandi era, Vodiga Rungu and minions have firmly erased that image and placed us shoulder to shoulder with African career despots such as Museveni, Kabila and Uncle Bob across the river with a huge pot hole.

      As for Zambian tribal stereotypes, think what you like, but I am partial to Tonga bulls.

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    • I only wish Sata did not form this party, PF, Its full of people who can not think, No wonder Sata managed to lead it with easy because he was the only intelligent one and now that he is gone its like cutting the head off and letting the body live without its head, that is what is happening to PF, The head is gone and all that remains is the body.Just look at Lungu, how do you expect someone who has never done anything in his life to create wealth for you, All his classmates are rich and running their own law firms but not EL, That speaks volumes about this president.

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    • WHAT IS FR. LUNGU TALKING ABOUT? BEATING ABOUT THE BUSH AND SAYING NOTHING. THIS IS OPENING THE MOUNTH FOR THE SAKE OF BEING HEARD THAT HE SAID SOMETHING. THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE IN THE STATEMENT. IT IS A WASTE OF PAPER, TIME AND ENERGY. IF YOU ARE SCARED OF E. C. LUNGU JUST KEEP QUIET. NO ONE WILL BOTHER. IN FACT PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION. IT HAS LOST ITS TASTE.

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    • Thieves like Joshua Banda, Pukuta Mwaza, Ndlovu someone might forgive but serious churches like the catholics we won’t forgive you for standing aside while our country is buring.
      In times like this I miss one Lucy Banda Sichone.

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    • Oasis is part of this mess. I have said before that you approach has been to side with the opposition. You did it with ftj, Rb, sata and now ecl. Upnd have been praying for this tension in the country and they all love it.

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    • ANY PARTY THAT IS BASED ON TRIBALISM SHOULD BE DEEMED TO BE SUBVERSIVE AND BANNED.
      REMEMBER THAT TO BE PARTY PRESIDENT OF UPND ONE HAS TO BE TONGA. SO THIS PARTY ABROGATES THE GOOD TENETS AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE BANNED.

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    • Good thing Fr. Is you’re speaking as Oasis Forum & not on basis of priestly rob or cloth. Your predecessors were real peace makers managing to bring Kaunda & Chiluba together. Your statement already betrays who you support. People in Zambia are not as f00lish as you think. They know & been grieving why common people are easily prosecuted but rich people are defiant & insulting; you trivialise incident in Mongu while us common people would never want our children to behave like that towards authority; rule of law for you is special treatment for people with money. I’m sorry majority wont agree with you.

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    • GET TO THE POINT.
      Hh HAS BEEN DARING GOVT FOR TOO LONG AND NOW THE LAW HAS VISITED HIM.
      OASIS FORUM ARE FOREIGN SPONSORED TO ISSUE SUCH STATEMENTS FULL OF HOT AIR.

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    • I live by myself for myself and anyone trying to induct me into any norm I view as speaking with a forked tongue, Murphy’s Law is my mantra and supreme is only the Law given by God!

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    • Hatred begets hatred. It leads to murder. Murder leads to genocide and everyone gets affected. Its important to reflect that official Electoral Commission of Zambia General Election results of 2016 give HH 49% this translates into nearly half of Zambian voters, if these are aggrieved and feel persecuted its something to worry about,the number is too big not to care.I never voted for UPND and don’t always agree with their approach, but hatred achieves hatred.

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    • Kaizer has put lungu in a sh!t position, lungu is drank and doesn’t know he is laying on kaizer’s sh!t

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    • CALL A SPADE A SPADE – YOU KNOW WHATS UP.
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      OASIS wanted to say something but it all sound mumble jumble to me. The statement is like a whistle, you just get to hear a sound and you are left wondering what tune is embedded in that hollow whistle blow. Trying by all means and struggling to sound impartial. Well Rev., you are grown up enough to call a spade a spade. YOU KNOW WHATS UP. Campaign and Election times are over. Ask yourselves, why are the other opposition parties quiet? They are not stupld at all. They are not making trouble either. We do not want one chap living in denial to plunge Zambia into chaos you won’t stand yourselves. Enemies of progress! Merchants of death!

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  2. Condemnation from every angle is what pf may understand. This party is the worst nightmare Zambia has ever experienced. All they know is borrowing.

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    • Lungu is the start of the collapse of Zambia. We could end up with civil war and the need to redraw the map so that certain ethnic groups remain on their own. No tribe wants to be dominated or marginalised. Democracy is also about respecting the rights of the minority too.

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  3. Hollow statement as the Oasis Forum is timid and quite frankly fearing to make offence. Instead of demanding for the release of HH, the Oasis Forum is denouncing party politics in a multiparty democratic nation. How?

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    • The Oasis Forum is now just like another PF organ – dominated by northerners and easterners. They want to hoodwink the rest of Zambia.

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  4. The drunk at state house is a lamentable failure. He lacks wisdom, has no idea what his actual job should be, is full Vengeance, yet pretends to be a Christian.
    He calls for prayer and fasting yet he has a dark heart.
    Our democracy is now being laughed at, our police have been compromised and reduced to party dogs

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  5. Perhaps you as the Oasis Forum should seek audience with President Lungu and advise him. This tense atmosphere is not healthy at all. Who knows what people are planning?

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  6. Another Civil a Society type hoping the West will send him funding for his confusing group.

    What is the point of this communication? It’s neither left nor right, just middle of road boring, made up of all common and known ideas in Zambia. Nothing incisive or new and the advice is kindergarten devoid of proper morality.

    How do you come to this? He makes unfair comments against the gov’ts struggle to bring a cohesive nation in the face of criminal conduct by HH and UPND. You can’t group everything in one basket and make allegations that appear to be everything but actually nothing.

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    • If a democratically elected President us challenged outside of election, where is the case for his gov’t wrongs?

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  7. We have had HH, GBM , SATA , RB , FJT and many other politicians participate in our elections over many years and at no time as of now have we seen such levels of violence, tribal divisions, moral decay and corruption in our zambia.

    Yes only when lungu comes along. The fraud convict lives up to his reputation as a fraudster and corrupt president with morals from the pit latrines of chawama……

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    • Do you think Lungu is a poor man just because he walks around with his hands clasped together like he is praying?

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  8. The above statement does not contribute to unity in any divided nation. Father Lungu’s statement is divisive, because what is of essence is his unmeasured speech, is not what he utters but the implications of his utterances. His utterances are open to any interpretation, but I can only restrict my interpretation on the presumption that the ethnic group whose members have boycotted the Zambian Parliament are Tongas. Furthermore or therewith, he further adds that police officials refuse to discharge their roles within their official capacities on the basis of regionalism. Come on, we are not naive or mentally challenged, he is singled out Tongas as the architect of divisions, yet, his loose tongue reveals that he is a prime evil. He is not responsible just like those who share his…

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    • Father Lungu is like a typical easterner and his namesake at State House – SLY.

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  9. Furthermore or therewith, he further adds that police officials refuse to discharge their roles within their official capacities on the basis of regionalism. Come on, we are not naive or mentally challenged, he singled out Tongas as the architect of divisions, yet, his loose tongue reveals that he is a prime evil. He is not responsible just like those who share his unacceptable skewed visions.

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  10. @9 Spake like lilo, correct but everything starts somewhere. In this case HH could not fathom two consecutive election losses to a simple man when he is such a “rich and intelligent man” compared to Lungu. That is the source of the problem, not you. Otherwise how do you explain a situation where hh is ready to burn down the country because he hh must be the one occupying state house? The other problem was confessed by the chiefs the other day, who confirmed what we already know that HH was elected leader of UPND because one tribe wanted their own “son” to be the president of Zambia. Are those my words? NO. Is it the fault of Lungu that his five predecessors were non tonga? Big NO!

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    • HH like any Zambian has every right to stand as many times as he wants. There is no law in Zambia that says how many times somebody can stand in an election.

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  11. After the election loss of 2016, all that HH needed to do was to make a smart decision to apply more strategic thinking to ensure that he adds just another 5% to his tally in 2016 to ensure that he beats the incumbent convincingly without the loser going the petition route. If he cannot achieve that feat, well he should not tempt fate. This is the result of tempting fate to him personally and to the nation.

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  12. After Oasis Forum statement you will note that I did not use my favourite word donkey in my post above, but the meaning is exactly the same.

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  13. I WOULD LIKE TO CONDEMN LUSAKA TIMES IN THE STRONGEST TERMS FOR FAILING TO CENSOR AND BLOCK BLOGGERS LIKE MUSHOTA WHO ARE VERY DIVISIVE. LUSAKA TIMES YOU MUST LEARN TO DO YOUR JOB AND BLOCK BLOGGERS LIKE MUSHOTA WHO ARE VERY DIVISIVE AND DONT ADD ANY VALUE TO THE FLOOR. CAN LUSAKA TIMES WAKE UP FROM SLUMBER. BLOGGERS WHO ARE DIVISIVE IS THE LEAST ZAMBIA NEEDS NOW. LETS BE PROFESSIONAL AND POST THINGS THAT ARE CONSTRUCTIVE. TIME IS PRECIOUS TO WASTE ON NONSENSE. LETS VALUE TIME

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  14. Lesbians are unstable, twisted minded people, who see things in an abnormal light, they actually led by emotions and feelings, not by convictions, the case of mushota.

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  15. Zambia under PF is unfortunately going the way of Uganda ,Kenya and Ivory Coast – way of bloodshed ,division and tribalism all in the name of competetive politics.

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  16. Oasis forum, bring ECL and HH together for dialogue. Assume a mediatorial role and bring the two leaders together. Start by talking to ECL to facilitate release of HH for the two to dialogue. Both should abandon their unproductive stances and come around the table to talk for peace and progress.

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    • Without settling issue of petition the matter will not go away. Its like touching feaces without washing hands after and expect that flies will not follow you.This Isaacs and Chulu in league with Rb and ECL stole the election this is why they dont want thd petition heard. ECZ has failed to provide a constituency wide breakdown of the results todate because if this.

      THE ONLY WAY FOR THE MATTER TO GO AWAY IS HEAR PETITION WITH THE CORRECT WINNER DECLARED otherwise flies will not go away.

      HH knows he won election and ECL knows almost conceeded but his puppet master RB to protect him from the looting under Mmd said no

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  17. Let the petition be head and stop corruption. Keiza Zulu & Amos chanda please coach them. Is the only solution to this situation.

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    • Without settling issue of petition the matter will not go away. Its like touching feaces without washing hands after and expect that flies will not follow you.This Isaacs and Chulu in league with Rb and ECL stole the election this is why they dont want thd petition heard. ECZ has failed to provide a constituency wide breakdown of the results todate because if this.

      THE ONLY WAY FOR THE MATTER TO GO AWAY IS HEAR PETITION WITH THE CORRECT WINNER DECLARED otherwise flies will not go away.

      HH knows he won election and ECL knows almost conceeded but his puppet master RB told him against this to protect him from his crimes of looting from zambian treasury and its subsequent restoration of immunity and the Barotseland massacare

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  18. Those advocating anarchy and bloodletting civil strife in the country by constantly relating to the catastrophes that many African Nations have endured have short memories or lack knowledge of some of Zambias early experiences. The people are not as timid or docile as you think. When Alice Lenshina galvanised her followers in a politico-religious war waged against KK”s regime in the 60s it was no laughing matter. Makes Jonestown like sunday picnic! Then there was Lushinga who came to terrorrize the east for abandoning Nkumbula. His targets were women and children. Have you forgotten Adamson Mushala from Northwestern via MPLA Angola and his sophisticated guerrilla impi type wareare? Be careful what you wish for. Let sleeping dogs lie!

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  19. Uyu kasaka (ECL) achite withdraw case pantu diffikoti (HH) ala wina case yakumu nwina maheu. Ba Magistrate mwine mushi balalanda ati iwe Diffikoti “wash out” like in the famous TV maheu advert.
    It even makes me wonder what type of lawyer ECL was? No wonder he was not a prominent lawyer yena lyonse ku lufyanya?
    1.ministers stayed beyond their term because of his own interpretation of the constitution

    This also questions what type of advisors does this ma n have? Its a bunch of dull advisors

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  20. HH STRATERGY WAS TO CEMENT HIS FORTUNES IN WESTRN AND NORTHWESTERN PROVINCES MORE BY TRYING TO OVERSHADOW LUNGU THE REAL TARGET AND THORN REALLY POLITICALLY WAS THE GAINS INONGE WINA WAS TO ACHIEVE WITH THE SUCESS OF HER AND LUNGUS ATTENDANCE AND BEING RECEIVED AND HOSTED BY THE KUOMBOKA PEOPLE

    WHEN THIS WAS SUCCEEDING HH AND HIS TEAM NEW THAT TO DIVERT ATTENTION AND INONGE WINA ACCEPTANCE IN THE REGION AS A RESULT OF LUNGUS KUOMBOKA SUCCESSUL OUTING,THERE WAS TO BE SOME SPECTACULAR EVENT LIKE THIS ONE TO OVERSHADOW THE PROJECTS VISITATION BY INONGE WINA IN THE REGION AND THE LUNGU GUEST ATTENDANCE AT KUOMBOKA

    HARD THIS GONE WITHOUT ANY EVENT,THE POPULARITY OF…

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  21. WINA NOW IN THE REGION COULD HAVE BEEN EVEN MORE ACHIEVED THAN HH AS BEFORE

    THE REAL HH POLITICAL MOVEMENTS AND STRATERGY IN KUOBOKA WAS TO OVERSHADOW INONGE WINA CHANCES AGAIN IN HER WEAKEST REGIONS AHEAD OF 2021 SHOULD SHE WEIGH UP HER CHANCES YOU KNOW THAT WITHOUT WESTERN AND NORTHWESTERN HH IS POLITICALLY FINISHED

    BUT IT DID GO WELL AS TREASON WAS COMMITTED AND NOW ITS A ZERO SUM GAME FOR HH

    IT WAS A POLIICAL DEFENSE OF TERRITORY THAT HAS GONE WRONG AND THE TARGET WAS NOT SO PRESIDENT LUNGU BUT THE INFLUENCE AND ENROLDS OF WINA TO RECAPTURE THE KUOMBOKA AREAS WITH THE SUCESSFUL OUTING OF PRESIDENT LUNGU

    IT WAS A POLITICAL MANEUVER BY HH THAT…

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  22. WENT WRONG AGAINST INONGE WINA IN THE REGION ESPECIALLY WITH HER RECENT TOUR OF DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS THAT UNSETTED HH AND UPND

    THERE HAD TO BE SOME SPECTACULAR EVENT TO OVERSHADOW BUT ALAS ITS TREASONABLE

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  23. I will just comment on some comments. Why are Tongas concluding that they are being singled out? Even if Lungu had beaten HH by 2million votes Upnd was still going to bring trouble. They were so confident of victory that they started disrupting the process even before the ballots were printed. All veteran Tonga politicians have been siding with HH. Why didn’t Mark Chona attend trials of other politicians, but he’s always at HH ‘s trial. This what forced KK to be brutal and introduced a one party state. He knew where the problem was coming. Where I live 99% of Tongas are Upnd. At newstime they will become noisy and disruptive. A Tonga can become president if they conduct their business “naturally ” not by merely appointing one Bemba cosmetically as VP.

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    • Nkata Bay there’s a big difference on how Inonge and GBM got where they are. Inonge single handedly made Lungu president. While women like Masebo were fighting against, Inonge fought for him both at Mulungushi and courts. GBM was only picked after Edgar sidelined him and HH in his own way handpicked him. The rest is history.

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  24. Some comments are outright s.t.u.p.i.d yes 1,760,347 was 49% of total votes hh polled but does not represent 49% of the Zambian population of 15 million. Actuall its only about 16…%

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  25. Honestly, this site has to do something about @Mushota’s dangerous buffoonery, she’s lunatical and wholly gutless in her fervent intellectual snobbery! Just how could god endow one person with such a monumental wealth of foolishness! Or is she on drugs!

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  26. Lungu & PF need to listen to these voices and not to Kaizer and other PF thugs who are bent on violence and hate

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  27. I wonder why Nyanjas and Bembas blame Tongas for regionalism when in PF nearly 99 percent of all govt appointments are reserved for them excluding others. The tribal bigotry Chiluba and Sata onchestrated has destroyed Zambia, this country is headed for a clean split right in the middle.

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  28. Bembas and Nyanjas have been clever in decision making from time in memorial!!!!!!!KKKKKKKKKKKKK.

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    • Your ID document and passport must have been issued by the Zambian government. You must be a sad case indeed . Carrying Zambian documents when you are not Zambian.

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  29. I EXPECTED A COPY CIRCULATED (CC: EFZ, PUKUTA MWANZA), I GUESS THEY NOW KNOW WHERE HE STANDS. TIME DOES COME IN LIFE WHEN THOSE WHO ARE SUBJECTIVE BECOME IRRELEVANT

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  30. Only in Political arena that I find that Tongas are bad people. The reality is we dwell with Tongas in Neighborhood, schools, worshipping areas, funerals but hv never seen inferior characteristics in them. I think its just shallow mindness of all those easily deceived by politicians. Why do you allow intermarriage with Tonga’s if really there a bad tribe?

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  31. According to what I hv come to know some of these politicians, I hv seen that Bembas are provocative hatefull in their talking than Tongas . Am a bemba by tribe from Chinsali, Mulanga v/he. Plz rate the following politicians :
    Kambwili, bemba and of – aggressive
    Enonge , Tonga and pf – non- aggressive
    HH, Tonga and upnd – non-aggressive
    GBM, bemba and upnd – aggressive
    Frank Bwalya, bemba and Pf – aggressive
    Add other across party lines, you see to it.

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  32. Tonga is UPND, and UPND is Tonga. The root of all this tribalism and regionalism we are witnessing now was created by some prominent Tongas after Anderson K Mazoka died. I remember people like Ackson Sejani (former Minister of local Government and MP for Mapatizya) and Rex Natala (Late Mazoka’s first cousin) declaring that only a Tonga could take over from Mazoka. We all know what followed. The likes of Sakwiba Sikota (former UPND vice President for Administration), Bob Sichinga (former UPND vice President for Politics), Patrick Chisanga (former UPND Secretary General) and the current vice President of Zambia, Madam Inonge M Wina, who was at the time Chairperson for Gender and Women Affairs, left the UPND, because they did not agree with the stance that was taken by the Tongas in the…

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  33. …UPND. If we have to fight this tribalism and regionalism, we must not beat about the bush, but deal with the matter with utmost sincerity. The UPND will only pass the test when they choose a non-Tonga to lead the party and subsequently contest the presidency of this country. So, Fr Cleopas Lungu and your fellow members of the Oasis Forum, I strongly urge you to be forthright as you endeavour to tackle the ugly head of tribalism and regionalism which has shown its head in Zambia in the last decade or so.

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  34. If this piece of advice, balanced as it is, can’t be appreciated, then some of you guys need to check psychiatrist. The writer in this essay has attempted to verify his claim of ‘One Zambia, One Nation’ with facts from the constitution, Edgar Lungu and Kenneth Kaunda. I don’t think there is any school that can change the mind-set of some of you guys. It seems you are the people dragging Zambia backwards by trashing anything but that of your party leaders. The writer is saying that people who call themselves as Christians must walk the talk by following the virtues of Christianity. I blieve the teaching is for all parties in Zambia: MMD, UPND, PF, UNIP, etc. THe teaching is not isolating anyone; the law is above every Zambian, whether it being Edgar Lungu or beggar in the streets of…

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