Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

Police have picked up four male persons all of Lusaka suspected to be behind a spate of fires experienced in Lusaka in the recent past.

The suspects have been identified as Remmy Mukuba, aged 35 of Kamwala South who is UPND Provincial Youth Vice Treasurer, Fabian Mwanza Lubona, aged 23, of Kanyama compound, Martin Muchindu,35 of Chilulu Garden, a UPND Youth Provincial Trustee for Lusaka Province, Kelvin Mwansa Mupulisa, 30 of Makeni Villa who is UPND Information Publicity Secretary for Ward 10, Kanyama Constituency.

The suspects were apprehended outside Lusaka Central Correctional Facility at about 03:50 Hours on Wednesday.

They were in a Toyota Nadia Registration Number ALL 3315 which was parked in front of the Camp’s main gate.

Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo said upon being challenged by alert armed officers, they attempted to drive off but the officers quickly intercepted them and after searching their vehicle, the following items were found;

One bow and three arrows, two brown plastic bottles of potassium permanganate, a small paper containing some black powder, four (4) rechargeable batteries, one (1) mega phone, three (3) empty grain bags, one (1) Chitenge material for Patriotic Front, one (1) blue 5 litre empty container smelling petrol, eight (8) small paper flags for the United Party for National Development and a bottle of Glycerine including two paper tubes and some match sticks.

Mrs Katongo said the suspects are currently detained in police custody and investigations are still underway.

“You may wish to note that a combination of some of the substances found on these suspects can cause an instant explosion or fire. We are warning all those planning to cause confusion in this country to stay away from trouble because Law enforcement officers are on high alert and will not relent to apprehend anyone found wanting. What they should know is that their days are numbered,” Mrs Katongo said.

“I wish to take this opportunity to urge all members of the public to be vigilant as well and report any suspicious person or activity to police.”

Meanwhile, police have apprehended a male person identified as Geoffrey Lumingu aged 34 of Garden House for conspiring with other persons via social media to incite violence.
In his posting, the accused person incited other persons to recruit people with military training or any other persons to begin capturing senior government officials and Patriotic Front officials.

He has been charged with seditious Practices contrary to section 51(1)(a) and section 60 (1) (i) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He is currently detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon.

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92 COMMENTS

  1. I knew it was UPND thugs behind the fires. These guys bitterness has exceeded madness now. Mushota is always right on such issues. Military training for what now … just sentence these thugs to hung!

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    • Where they were found parking sounds too true to be good. Such high ranking officials burning markets instead of paying kaponyas? Hmmmm.

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    • Put those 4 male persons on junior Treason Row with their boss. Those fires they set have destroyed people’s livelihoods and brought much pain to the affected.

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    • I told you so.

      This is may yard. Pay attention when the Queen is calling.

      Ban UPND

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

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    • Don’t burn markets. We can celebrate if the following statues of oppression saw the moto:

      ECZ Building
      Woodlands police station
      Constitutional Court
      Lilayi detention
      Eric chimese’s office’s
      Kaizers homes, etc

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    • Your friends have been arrested for inciting violence and uprisings on social media. You are next on the line. Do not argue, you in deep trouble my friend. You will hate me but you asked for it! You can never hide on social media, you are hiding in plain sight, I can see you!!

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    • “HH nga akakana ukusumina ama results akamona efyo nkamucita (If HH refuses to accept the results, he will see what I will do to him) – Lungu said on 20th June 2016

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    • BLOOD THIRSTY ANIMALS!
      Right from day one after losing the first Presidential bye election these United Dunderhead blood thirsty animals are on record of trying to start violence both using social media such as ZWD and through some of their frustrated evil incitefull ‘bloggers’ such as Nez. Bucketbrains, chiyaya, mental wanzelu etc after the August elections they tried to do the same resulting in Southern and Western province violence. This is not a tribal issue eg GBV isn’t Tonga, he is just evil as are many misguided bitter United Dunderhead cadres as a result of a bitter mindset that fails to address issues but rather resorts to insults and violence- we cannot develop as a nation with such an opposition!

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    • Nalumango must be sinking in shame after issuing empty words. That’s why HH must be hit real hard on the butt so that peace and order continue in the country. Let HH free will make him more unreasonable and inflate his ego – just keep him longer but not death sentence.

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    • HH may walk out of prison but these dudes will be forgotten about. They will never walk out of prison. That is what you get for being childish and following a self proclaimed god (HH). You are in trouble!

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    • This story is fake offcourse coming from PFpolice. I believe those who were caught are PF cadres just to dent UPND. You will hear UPND spokesperson denying that those are not our people and we dont know them.

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    • (1) blue 5 litre empty container smelling petrol. Smelling petrol? There is no case here.

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    • Nalumango needs to come and apologize for deceiving the public by denying the allegations.

      May be she is an accomplice.

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    • @rude monk and all others calling UPND bitter, sadists etc.

      you should walk in our shoes before you judge.

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    • They wanted to stage prison break for him after bombing the prison..

      Evacuate him through Angola border and blame state for fire

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  2. Esther, ba fyanteni ama b.o.lo ba suntwe abo!!! Bala zala!!! GREAT WORK, LADIES & GENTLEMEN.

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  3. UPND, you will pay for what you are doing to destroy this country for the sake of HH. The 7 provinces will not allow to be victimised for refusing HH to President. You are fingthing a lost battle. This guys who have been arrested will be made to give a full account of their actions and boma will make them ulula! More is coming out about the evil party called UPND! Watch this space! UPND, kufwa bebele!!!!

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    • Thanks for acknowledging that UPND will pay for its barbaric deeds by not providing a rebuttal to my comment, but you have opted to offer a counter comment about ECL. Well, the onus is on you to prove that allegation. So provide evidence to that effect and the rspective government will handle. Right now, HH and other evil-minded UPND members are in the cold rooms!!!!! many more will follow!!!

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    • As usual you guys refuse to accept anything that is not in your favour, starting with the Judiciary, Police, ECZ, the majorit of Zambian voters(2016), etc

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    • UPND should just dissolve as a party because these characters are too desperate for power.

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  4. Where can they hide? The whole Zambia including southern is looking out for them, ati bacilamo this is not what we were voting for when we gave them majority votes in Dundumwezi….nga imwe ba VJ Mwaanga mukosuminisha fyonse fi?..kikikikiki

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  5. Again we are not told what acts they carried out that link them to arson! Sounds like the treason charge lacking specifics! What are those substances? Hope they are not referring to paraffin and methylated spirit which are common household flammable liquids! It would have been more professional to report that two persons have been apprehended without fueling partisan suspicions. These guys are suspects and not convicts. The courts will determine the rest. What must be remembered is people have cases in courts. When uncertainty brews in a society, sociology and psychology teaches us that certain individuals will take advantage to destroy any evidence that implicates them in a particular case before the law. It is therefore not surprising that most arson cases recorded targeted court…

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  6. Remember to amend treason charges to include all these……find him guilty and sentence him to hang three times or jail for 150 years or both.

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  7. It is therefore not surprising that most arson cases recorded targeted court infrastructure. We must not be quick to make conclusions before investigations and court processes are concluded!

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  8. It’s terrible to watch Zambia turning into a joke. Do people know the difference between “glycerine” and explosives? Glycerine is for your hair ba fikala… Anyway how did they cause fires across the country, did they have flying hyena waiting inside the correctional facilities to reach all parts of Zambia with fire using the empty 5 litre petrol container? Yaba

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    • You guys are unbelievable. Use google to find out what is glycerine. Illiterate embarrassments to the nation. Nitro glycerine is a primitive explosive substance, glycerine itself is something similar to vaseline. Have you ever been to school or just drinking from the tavern after exiting your mother’s womb?

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  9. JJ, NEC and R. Monk, your ignorance really shows the caliber of UPND leadership and its followers! No wonder you even lost people like Dr. Banda. Hazaluza Hagain is an Under Five “Clinic” and normally instead of growing in maturity with “years of experience” he still exhibits gross immaturity in decision making processes and it is of no surprise this is seen in the bloggers who support this tribal party here! We all knew it was a party with a strong support from Namwala who started these fires.

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  10. Am suspicious over the list of suspects (all from one side) and items described are more of molotovs aimed at justifying the charge.

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    • Yes, they were about to give themselves up voluntarily and admit to all charges! Including causing Lungus drunkeness, the low price of copper and causing the “drought” that has made all the load-shedding!

      Why else would they be waiting right in front of the police?

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  11. Anybody who went to a proper school and did Chemistry will tell you that Potassium Permanganate (KMnO4) and Glycerin(C3H8O3) explode into a fire when mixed, in a process in which Glyceren is oxidized.

    That’s proof enough that these lunatics, mad dogs are the fools burning property in :Lusaka. They must be caged together with with their master.

    Shame.

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  12. This is why i and all my family member can never vote for HH’s upnd.this party is a terror group.if it was in western countries,upnd could have been history by now and all its top leaders jailed.ONLY A MAD PERSON CAN REJECT THE FACT THAT ALL THOSE ARSON CASES WERE COMMITED BY UPND CADRES AFTER HH WAS ARRESTED.EVEN UPND MPS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS.Zambia never experienced such kind of fires before the arrest of HH,so why having them now after HH was arrested?PLEASE ZP CAGE THOSE ID10TS AND LET THEM ROT IN JAIL.WE NEED DECENT CITIZENS AND NOT THOSE CRIMINALS WHO WANT TO DESTROY MOTHER ZAMBIA BECAUSE OF HH!!!zambia is bigger than president Edgar Lungu or HH.both politicians will die but Zambia will remain until Jesus comes back.so why burn Zambia for the sake of a politician?VERY DULL INDEED!!

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  13. Anybody who went to a proper school and did Chemistry will tell you that Potassium Permanganate (KMnO4) and Glycerin(C3H8O3) explode into a fire when mixed, in a process in which Glycerin is oxidized.

    That’s proof enough that these lunat!cs, madd do_gs are the foo!s burning property in :Lusaka. They must be caged together with with their master.

    Shame.

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    • Does evidence show the fires are all being started with these ingredients? Police must tell us

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    • Chanda Chimba the 4th – No need for suspicion beyond reasonable doubt. Glycerine and potassium permanganate are suspect items to be carrying around when there have been sporadic fires. What experiments were these “chemists” conducting with those chemicals, anyway?

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    • People who doubt the credibility of Zambia being a Christian nation should know that Jehovah God will always protect mother Zambia from powers of darkness or else how can you explain arson suspects taking themselves to the police station just to be caught. It can only be God!

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  14. Y ou have cooked the story and we all know that the police can do anything to bring the UPND into disrupt so that they find a root caourse for derejestration. How many time have we seen PF beating up people and killing them and what have you done on these thug who even wish HH to die in prison like Kampyongo, Kaizer Zulu, and Bowman Lusambo even when your president said he does not want other pf to talk about current cold wars? Do you think if HH died in prison Zambia will be free? Not at all. There are people who love HH and people who love Lungu and you can not force them to change their hearts.

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  15. Even our Catholic Bishops have been labeled UPND and threatened with deregistration of the Catholic Church! Laughable! Has PF gone mad? Does PF know who put PF in government? Is PF aware that its largest constituency is Catholic? PF sees UPND in everyone holding a view contrary to theirs! The sad thing is to see our institutions doing their work with a partisan attitude! If you look for faults in people, rest assured that you will find them! This PARANOEA is not helping our country! Can the true patriotic legal minds and elders help to guide our institutions and country please! When the wise keep quiet, f00ls multiply and justice is perverted with impunity!

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    • That is what I am telling these kaponyas like the bally mr terrible.. ..even when he heares the popes name he sees HH.

      Paranoia eats the soul…..

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    • Where were the Catholic Bishops when HH was insulting the President with impunity? Didn’t they know that what is happening now is a consequence of instigation by HH? Well, if they did not anticipate the current situation, then they should just keep quiet than expose bias and carelessness.

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  16. They acted without instructions. Mama Nalumango had distanced her party from these fires.

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  17. I see new and amended treadon charges, with abundant evidence. Looks like this case will be the shortest treason case in the history of Zambia and the world. With such overwhelming evidence I predict a record 8 weeks, could be shorter except for the preliminaries by the defence. Because they thought Lungu was sleeping, they relaxed their guard, fatally. Looks like the noose is certain, except for the option of prerogative of mercy.

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    • You mean the litunga was going to declare him president? Since when did the litunga assume those powers to declare presidents? You people are beginning to insult the litunga.

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    • Bally you are back from the projects you were looking for ?

      I told you The eurobonds have all been looyed snd IMF are not realising any money.

      Sorry bally Mr terrible. No stealing until after 2021.

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  18. Pforce knows that UPND is keeping a very close eye on what is going at chimbokaila, remember all this has happened after upnd become suspicious of the power black out at chimbokaila and had been monitoring whatever is going and they had to find a way to put fear the youth who trying to monitor every movement at night at the prison. The only way they could get rid of them was to plant those items on them.

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  19. We all remember the fake case of GBM training youth to attack Zamebia defence forces.

    Listing weapons found as exhibits included.

    1. Catapults.
    2. golf clubs.
    3. Boxing gloves
    4. A pistol
    5. PF flag.

    What happened to that case ???

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  20. We all remember the case of highly trained UPND comados attacking and kidnapping PF and GRZ journalists in bweengwa.

    The story went that the highly trained commandos only released the victims and fled after an operation by Zambia defender forces.

    The story went on to say the kidnapped journalists did not take any photographic evidence and the UPND comatose were highly trained in evading capture this no one has ever seen any evidence and no one ever talks about the case.

    Fake lies by PF.

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  21. We have a corrupt unprofessional PF cadre police; We don’t condone thuggery in Zambia but we have Pf police coming to conclusions without substance; Many PF cadres also do carry UPND material; No Zambian on social media has the means to cause any violence or recruit people for military training; bloggers are frustrated with the corrupt and violent PF and they use social media to spill of their frustrations; even others can say we will take up arms but have no means to do so; PF police have no brains.

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    • They did that to those youths because they don’t want anyone to be lurking around chimbokaila, because whatever evil plans they are doing its been exposed, like what they did on the same night, when they switched power off at chimbokaila.

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  22. BEHEAD THEM, TIE THEM UP AND FEED THEM TO THE CROCODILES IN LAKE KARIBA. WE DON’T NEED SUCH CHARACTERS IN OUR COUNTRY AND WITH THEIR god IN PRISON, ZAMBIA HAS BEEN PEACEFUL EXCEPT FOR THE FIRES.

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  23. What can I say ? Shame shame on these four….why burning innocent people’s properties? Why should I suffer for a politician while their wives and children are peacefully sleeping in their mansions? This would be a great debasement of myself. Let HH and Lungu go in a ring and fight and burn each other.

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  24. The UPND lawyers can create more and extend business opportunities by starting their usual preliminaries for at least six months.

    Mushipe mist be very good at preliminaries. I am sure she had a distinction in preliminaries at law school.

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  25. shadreck biemba, mukwesu…… Tone down , gentlemen and ladies. Take it easy, bloggers…. Tekanyeni bane…..
    PF and UPND , please take it easy…..
    Better pray than vet your anger and sin against GOD…..
    GOD loves you and you need to love each other….
    Read Matthew 18…… if you think you or your leader are the greatest men in Zambia.
    Remember the adage in law ‘you are innocent until proven guilty’.

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  26. Congratulations Zambia Police! We know that we are protected. We are blessed to have such an alert and professional Police Force. We are behind you Sirs and we will support your work as you protect innocent lives and their properties. If you need any reinforcement; we are here at your disposal. We are ready to volunteer.

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  27. Release HH and the fires will stop. He has not committed a treasonable offence to be locked up that way. His supporters are frustrated and can cause all those reactions. Police must show high levels of professionalism in dealing with such cases.

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    • You mean the country should bend down to lawlessness? And when HH becomes president, he should tolerate lawlessness? This case has to go to its logical conclusion – sad but ECL should not circumvent this prematurely because it can set a dangerous precedent.

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  28. The items that were found in that car is proof enough that those are the culprits behind a spate of fires that recently rocked the country. Too bad ,they are in for it.Their leader will soon be out of jail, back to his luxurius mansion while they will be languishing in jail for years. Those fires affected innocent people. Some of whom even voted for UPND.The least they could have done was just to go and give solidarity to their leader during court appearances.

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  29. Makani yapyopyongana ba daala ,very soon they will be saying forgive us, satan ha hakatunjila.in the mean time yo families,wives and children will be suffering in yo absence,while bo Nalumango is sleeping in comfort.YOUTHS, for how long are you going to be used by these politicians ? very sad indeed.

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  30. Again I salute the Zambia Police! We know for sure that we are well protected. Please I Appeal to all Zambians to support our Police. If there is any provision for volunteering, let’s volunteer. Report any suspicious character. Can anyone show me how I can volunteer please. I am actually more than willing. We cannot tolerate such primitive acts of burning our markets by a single party which has no regard for democracy. NO! Let HH hear that we are the silent majority which is too angry with him. It’s the first time in the history of our country that The Presidential motorcade has been blocked, houses and property have been burn’t in Namwala, markets, courts and other institutions have been burn’t by UPND. All these acts just prove that HH is a very bad man and cannot make a responsible…

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  31. Agreed Frank, well done for the wise words. Let’s practice CITIZEN’S ARREST. Tongas have always been known to be peaceful people but because a bad leader is in place that’s why you hear of houses and property have been burn’t in Namwala, markets, courts and other institutions have been burn’t by UPND, the Presidential motorcade has been blocked, etc. . All these reflect what type of leader in HH. Nkumbula, Mazoka never did all the primitive acts. It’s very clear HH neither understands nor accepts democracy. I wander what will happen after 2021 because the man is loosing again- naked truth.

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  32. I AGREE WITH YOU FRANK AS WELL.HH HAS NOTHING TO WORRY OR LOOSE EVEN IF HE SEES THE COUNTRY IN FLAMES.HE SAID THERE WILL CONFUSION IN THE COUNTRY IF HE WILL LOOSE THE ELECTIONS AND THAT HE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE RESULTS.
    WHEN PEOPLE FROM OTHER REGIONS WERE BEING BUTCHERED IN NAMWALA AND MONZE AFTER THE ELECTIONS,HE NEVER SHOWED ANY LEADERSHIP BY CONDEMNING HIS FELLOW TONGAS THAT WERE BEHIND THAT.
    WHEN SATA,MHSRIP LOST IN 2006 AND 2008,PEOPLE IN LUSAKA ALMOST STARTED THE RIOTS AND THE MAN QUICKLY APPEARED ON THE ZNBC TV TO COUNSEL ALL THE PF SUPPORTERS TO STOP RIOTS.
    THE MAN LOVED THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY AND THIS WHY GOD HAD TO GIVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO RULE THIS COUNTRY BUT WE ARE SEEING FROM THE UPND IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
    THE FOUR THAT HAVE BEEN ARRESTED WILL ROT IN PRISON WHILE…

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    • “….WHEN PEOPLE FROM OTHER REGIONS WERE BEING BUTCHERED IN NAMWALA AND MONZE AFTER THE ELECTIONS…”

      PF lies again.

      What type of people are those with no names. People we have not seen or heard from….

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  33. We all remember the fake case of GBM training youth to attack Zamebia defence forces.

    Listing weapons found as exhibits included.

    1. Catapults.
    2. golf clubs.
    3. Boxing gloves
    4. A pistol
    5. PF flag.

    What happened to that case ??j?

    Lies and more PF lies.

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    • GO AND ASK HON JEAN KAPATA AND BOWMAN LUSAMBO.
      THEY WILL TELL YOU THE NAMES.
      WHY REFUSING TO ACCEPT THINGS THAT ARE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN.

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  34. Those are criminals who should not be spared. How can they be burning things at random? Do they realize how painful it is to do that and what it cost the people affected…..

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  35. is this news. Kaizer moves with a Gun and its on record he discharges it when ever drunk even at innocent and defenseless women. PF cadres and bloggers grow up please you are becoming very irrelevant and irritating.

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  36. If PF is to be a strong Party, it needs a strong opposition. A strong opposition can only be provided by UPND. In order for UPND to be able to oppose democratic attacks by the PF, it needs to be democratically ethical by going to a Convention. Even if its rigged its ok but thats what is needed, who knows the best opposition to the PF might not necessarily be a rich man like HH/GBM or a lawyer like Nkombo but a Zambian that will represent the majority of the suffering Zambians. We all know the wealth of GBM/HH and that their main reason to get to State House is to enrich themselves, we all know that ! Its time UPND was led by an ordinary Zambian as opposed to sticking to these tycoons ! . Let UPND put up decent and mature opposition to the PF and not these kaponya-like gimmicks

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