Respect State institutions and democratic principles, Katele Kalumba tells Opposition

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Former Finance Minister ,Katele Kalumba(left) confers with Mangande Mwanajiti before the presentation of 2017 budget in Lusaka.Looking on is Patrick Kalifungwa.
FILE: Former Finance Minister ,Katele Kalumba(left) confers with
Mangande Mwanajiti before the presentation of 2017 budget in
Lusaka.Looking on is Patrick Kalifungwa.
VETERAN politician Katele Kalumba has advised opposition political leaders still living in denial after losing last year’s general elections to respect State institutions and democratic principles if they are to be relevant to the country’s political landscape.

Dr Kalumba said in an interview yesterday that respect for State institutions and the country’s electoral system is essential to the success of any politician who aspires to lead the nation.

He said the politics of lawlessness and antagonism being perpetrated by some opposition leaders should not have space in the country’s political arena.

Dr Kalumba called for creative and visionary leadership from the opposition politicians who have vehemently refused to recognise President Lungu as a legitimately-elected head of State to avoid being in conflict with the law.

“I have reflected on what is happening in the political arena, and I am not impressed with the state of affairs. We are operating as if we don’t have institutional platforms to help us come to a common understanding.

“When a winner is declared by the Electoral Commission of Zambia, it is important to accord him respect to execute his mandate. President Lungu should be given respect,” Dr Kalumba said.

He said losing presidential candidates should always respect the will of the people as opposed to undermining State institutions with impunity.
Dr Kalumba said the current impasse between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) is retrogressive to the smooth implementation of government programmes and policies.

He urged the UPND leadership to put behind their electoral defeat and give President Lungu space to continue delivering the much needed development.
Dr Kalumba said elections should be won through the ballot and not through courts or other unorthodox methods that could plunge the country into chaos.

He said refusing to recognise a legitimately-elected head of State in President Lungu is a recipe for anarchy that should not be entertained if the country is to sustain the peace it has enjoyed over the years.

Dr Kalumba implored the church to be impartial when dealing with political and national matters.

He said it is wrong for the church to take a partisan stance on matters of national importance.

“I believe we are a mature democracy capable of using the institutions we have given ourselves to help during turbulent times. These are times that require creative and visionary leadership from opposition parties,” Dr Kalumba said.

He said Zambia is blessed to have a sober President in Mr Lungu, who maintains his calm even under provocation.

Dr Kalumba urged the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue to provide the required leadership of engaging political leaders to uphold tenets of democracy and provide a favourable platform for all parties to sit and resolve their issues.

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    Iwe chi katele go and eff your juju computer. Upanga chongo

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      Ati “He said Zambia is blessed to have a sober President in Mr Lungu, who maintains his calm even under provocation”

      Katele, is lungu really a sober man? A man who slaps death-penalty carrying treason charges for a traffic offence? All just because he was snubbed by HH & the crowd just before he could make his speech at Kuomboka.

      Katele is a chancer. I remember him kneeling down to mwanawasa & kissing his dirty shoes at a rally in matero so that the Govt would stop pursuing his plunder of state resources together with FTJ. All that money he stole is finished. The limousines & boats are all wrecks now.

      Respect of institutions is :
      – refrain from abuse of ECZ, ZAF to rig elections
      – refrain from abuse of police to block opposition rallies
      – refrain from abuse of police to…

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      – refrain from abuse of Justice system by bringing tramped up non-bailable charges on your political opponents
      – refrain from abuse of OP to arrest & torture your political opponents, then trail their wives, lawyers friends.
      – refrain from abuse of police to close radio & TV stations that feature opposition members
      – refrain from abuse of ConCourt to be biased
      – refrain from abuse of ZAF to block opposition campaigns in province just because lungu is in the area
      – refrain from abuse of DeadNBC to spew propaganda
      – refrain from abuse of RDA to in conjunction with corrupt chinese officials to plunder money for PF & lungu himself
      Katele, you are an old man but you have no honour, no morals. That’s why Katele is a street lingo for masterbut!on.

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      This is katele kalumba who eluded a state institution Zambia police by using chienge voodoo, now he is talking about respecting state institutions, why can’t he give the same advise to pf to respect state institutions as well, the court ordered them to pay back what they were paid as illegal ministers, just a few days ago the judge ordered them to handover whatever they stole from HH, have the adhered to that order?

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      What is this convict saying??? His own convictions show he had no respect for state institutions and the citizenry. Please don’t insult our intelligence. Chagwa has destroyed all institutions and there is nothing left worth calling credible institution. We know you have been promised an acquittal on condition you speak ill of the person causing your paymaster sleepless nights. Uyuwine you demonize day and night is the one we want now!

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      Go on Katele! Lungu will notice you and give you a job. Like he noticed Kelly Kaunda

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      KATELE KALUMBA HAS SPOKEN. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, IT IS 101% GOSPEL TRUTH THAT ELECTIONS ARE WON BY THE MOJORITY CITIZENS REQUIRING YOUR POLITICAL SERVICES. IN THIS CASE THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA REQUIRED ECL’s PRESIDENCY AND NOT UNDER 5 OR ANY OTHER FROM OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES OR INDEPENDENTS. IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THE RESULTS AND START INSULTING UBUTEKO AND BEING PERSONAL WITH THE PRESIDENT YOUR INSOLENT JOURNEYS WILL BE LANDING YOU IN CORRECTIVE INSTITUTIONS AT ALL TIMES.

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      African democracy is one where subjects live according to what their chief determines and when differences occur among them the ruling on the matter by the chief is final and daily life is restored to normal. Now you adopt a foreign ideological system which is strange to normal African life and pretend it works better as laziness would not alloy you to develop your own! Take a serious look into the so called democratic systems as made believe in Europe or America’s and convince yourself if the practice is textbook perfect!

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    Stop ranting! Is your hangover not yet over? Katele has a point not matter what you think. Attack the point he is making and not the person of Dr. Kalumba. It is recklessness on the part of the political immature UPND leadership to think they can get into government without being elected by the people and by demeaning the current Head of State. One just wonders what kind of political culture UPND is cultivating. If you want others to respect you respect them!

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    Very true, more especially the opposition has got no heart for the judiciary. They want everything to be on their side shame

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    Zambia needs to respects the Laws of the country. Let the petition be heard to determine the true winner of last elections. How you give respect to an election thief who has stolen from you

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    One good reason HH will never be president of Zambia is that he has shown and exhibited the characteristics of worst dictator the world has known. What HH and his donkeys in UPND have not realised up unti now is that this incarcerated chap cannot be trusted with the affairs of the country because he doesnt accept defeat even when the people have rejected him. He can be a brutal and dangerous president. These characterics have now revealed his true personality that he has a black heart only focused on enriching himself and his masters NOT the majority Zambians.
    Why he is bitter, only the devil knows but thank God for protecting Zambia from this vampire.

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      Imagine, Malinso, hh has never been to a convention since 2006!! That’s a frightening 11 years, and the supporters want to speak of democracy?? Dr. Canicius Banda wanted to take the party to a convention, where is he today?? THE DEEP ROOTED SPIRIT OF DENIAL AND HATE the upnd has can devastate this country if they are given power: BEWARE FELLOW COUNTRYMEN.

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      Spot on. HH will never be President not even in one hundred years. Zambians will never put a tribalist in power.In all honesty who doesn’t know that Tongas are tribalist.You Tongas always shoot yourselves in the foot.

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    KATELE MAY HAVE A POINT BUT WHAT DID HE DO WHEN HE WAS BEING SUMMONED BY THE STATE TO ANSWER TO CORRUPTION CHARGES? WASN’T THAT THE TIME HE BECOME A SMALL ANT THAT COULD EASILY DISAPPEAR IN THIN AIR? DON’T PREACH WHAT YOU CANNOT DO BWANA KALUMBA. MOST OF THESE OPPOSITION LEADERS ARE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED MASSIVELY TO THE WELL BEING OF THIS NATION. UNFORTUNATE WITH “MOST” PEOPLE WHO ARE IN SUPPORT OF HIS EXCELLENCY ECL ARE NOT GENUINE BUT AFTER BUTTER & BREAD.

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    When did he come out of hiding and when did he get accorded the veteran status? Your time has been and your antics of witchcraft were unimpressive. There’s a lot of tyranny in Africa hence the need to stop the ballot been smeared with blood each time we go the polls. A G5 country – UK will have polls on the 11th of June but you wouldn’t see people fighting or stopping others from holding party meetings in prep for the elections. Why? because they are highly civilised and use policies to sell their party manifestos to the electorate. I have been long Labour supporter but moved to the Tories a few years ago because of their policies. I do not even have to wear a shirt showing Teresa May’s portrait or dance to Dununa whatever! That my friend is what I call civilisation. In fact, I can…

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    Kalumba it is people like you supporting evil and crimes to continue in our Country because you also have a case on your shoulders. Don’t you know that vote stealing is a criminal offence? Depriving majority of Zambians their choice of leaders is an offfence. Ngati njala yakunyokola just go and eat with them quietly.

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    ….. vote electronically without breaking sweat or even you knowing I have voted. It’s my will and it shall not be altered for your own selfish gains. Greed has killed Africa. Parties here are given equal presence on national TV – BBC. People DO NOT go lining up the streets when Teresa May’s Motorcade is passing because people are at work and you will never know there is going to be a prime minsters motorcade passing any time soon.

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    This ***** is a convicted criminal whose 5 year jail sentence had been shelved up to now. How does he tell others to respect state institutions when he has failed to report himself to jail after being convicted. He claims to be educated why did he use juju to evade the police? Just shut your trap and give chance to credible leaders. By the way Lungu won’t be in state house forever.

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    Katele, wants an ambassadorial job, Njaaala ya mu nyokola kapati. He support HH and later changed, the real kamilion wa ku samfya.

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    ALLEPO, Katele Kalumba is not from samfya..he is from chiengi where there is serious witchcraft..and he is even the headman under chief puta

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      Facts about chienge, it was at one time stripped of district status by government because of too much witchcraft. Some time back Government workers were never t ready to go there for fear of been bewitched.

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    “He said Zambia is blessed to have a sober President in Mr Lungu…”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! What a joke!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha! Can’t stop laughing!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! NEVER KNEW YOU WERE A COMEDIAN KALUMBA!

    Hahahahahahahahah!

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    Nauseating! Just divide Zambia the way people voted in the last election then only shall we see even development.

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    Whether UPND like or hate Dr.Katele Kalumba,what he has said is very true.
    In Zambia only ECZ has a mandate to declare a presidential winner.many neutral Zambians and foreigners have advised HH’s UPND to respect those 1.8million Zambians majority from 6.5 provinces who voted for PF&ECL in 2016.if these voters made a mistate,its their fault.what HH can only do is prepare for 2021 elections because nobody will remove PF from power before 2021.UPND’s petition wont be heard because 14 days is over and UPND have no numbers in parliament to amend the constitution so that the 14 days time frame is removed.IS THIS VERY DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND SURE?INSULTS WONT WIN UPND ANYTHING.REASON PROPERLY GUYS AND STOP DISTURBING YOUR HEARTS OVER A DEAD ISSUE(2016 ELECTIONS)!!!

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    MALINSO ,YOU ARE NOT A VOTER SO DONT SAY WHY hh WILL NEVER BE A PRESIDENT?WHO ARE U THE SPOKESPERSON FOR.THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A pf CADRE DOES NOT MAKE YOU CONCLUDE LIKE THAT.IF I REMEBER IN CASE U HAVE FORGOTTEN PIPO USED TO SAY THE SAME ABOUT MICHEAL SATA BUT ALAS HE WAS ELECTED .I DONT LIKE PIPO WHO SAY THIS ONE WILL NEVER BE A PRESIDENT AS IF YOU OWN THE ZAMBIAN PIPO IN YOUR HAND.JUST DEBATE ISSUES AS THEY ARE NOT MAKING DREAM ASSUMPTIONS ON BEHALF OF OTHERS.IF YOU ARE A CAC\DRE PLEASE DONT DEBATE ISSUES WITH CADRELISM JUST BE OBJECTIVE .

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    Njimbu my friend repeating (telling) same things to these under five donkeys will not hold any water, ala ushufwa pafingi teti ofwe na pa tunono. The word 14 days is very simple to understand but no, they are too dull to understand.

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    respect State institutions and democratic principles? is evading arrest and living up a tree using witchcraft respecting state institutions and Democratic principles?

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    Katele is a thief who robbed us millions of Kwacha and invested it in juju, which has failed to protect him from prosecution, he now rests his hope in Chakolwa whom he claims is sober to help him go scot free like they have done to Rupiah. Ala umulandu taubola ba Katele, that is why Gorge Mpombo decided to go and serve his sentence so that no one comes after him thereafter. Not if mulelwisha ba Chilele ca Nkoko, just go to jail so that you lead by example your respect for state institutions.

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