We are not persecuting UPND president Hakainde Hichilema- PF

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PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri
PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri

PRESS STATEMENT DELIVERED BY PATRIOTIC FRONT DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL MRS MUMBI PHIRI

The Patriotic Front would like to take this opportunity to condemn those claiming that His Excellency President Edgar Lungu is persecuting Hakainde Hichilema by the on-going prosecution. Unfortunately, these are the lies and cheap propaganda coming from the UPND camp and their sponsors.

We would also like to state that there have been efforts by UPND, their lawyers and their friends outside Zambia to give a political face to a criminal matter which is before the Courts of law. This is hypocrisy of the waste order and we ask all right-thinking members of the public, in Zambia and beyond, to reject this narrative. UPND leader is a criminal suspect and he is being prosecuted according to the criminal laws of Zambia. We ask the local and international media to allow the Court system to function without undue pressure because that is in the best interest of fairness and natural justice. As a citizen of Zambia, Hichilema is entitled to a fair trial and that is what all of us should insist on.

Let me also take this opportunity to remind South Africa’s NAZI Party, the Democratic Alliance that Zambia fought against apartheid while they were benefitting from it

We would like to set the record straight by stating as follows:

1. The delays in Court have nothing to do with the Patriotic Front or indeed His Excellency President Lungu. The delays have been caused entirely by Hichilema’s lawyers who are addicted to raising preliminary issues over straight forward matters. Zambians remember that UPND’s election petition was killed by the same lawyers who failed to understand that 14 days meant 14 days. This is a UPND lawyer’s disease and not anybody else’s.

2. The adjournments were caused by Hichilema’s Lawyers. The Hichilema lawyers know very well that after making a preliminary application, the magistrate or Judge should recess to research and rule in the matter.

3. Like it was in the election petition, we wish to advice Hichilema to get more focused lawyers who will not be interested in playing long-ball. Everyone knows that it is for the good of the lawyer’s bank account when a case drags. But it becomes wrong when this is done by Hichilema’s legal team but they turn around to blame the PF Government. The last time we checked, President Lungu, who is an eminent lawyer, and has in the past successfully represented the likes of collapsed Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe and the families of the Gabon Air Disaster, is not representing Hichilema in this matter.

4. We want to place on record that the Patriotic Government is NOT holding Hichilema. The Patriotic Front Government did not arrest Hichilema. This is a matter between Hichilema and the State.

Let me also take this opportunity to remind South Africa’s NAZI Party, the Democratic Alliance that Zambia fought against apartheid while they were benefitting from it. They have no morality to comment on any governance issue anywhere in the world. It is also sad that a black South African has sold out and now being paraded as the face of a former apartheid party. This is the boy who wants to use Zambia as his play ground. This is a clear warning that he must not dare Zambians. We do not have room for sell-outs like him and his Party. Like any other Citizen of the World, he can visit Zambia but if he breaks the law, like he did when he made those remarks which border on Contempt of Court, he will book himself a bed in one of our prison cells. Zambia is a country of laws and not of men. Our legal system is not a respecter of persons at all.

Further, we received, with shock a statement by the Opposition leader’s wife that Patriotic Front cadres dressed in Police Uniforms are the ones who went to arrest her husband. She lied and she knows it.

She further went on to allege that her life was under threat as she was being followed. She lied and she knows it. If this were to be true, why has she not reported to the Police? Such alarming statements are not helping her or the husband’s. Of course, these are lies meant for the consumption of the international media who UPND have found to be so gullible as to digest all the trash they offload on them without checking facts on the ground.

On this score, let me advise my sister and fellow woman Mrs Mutinta Hichilema to stop spreading lies about her husband’s arrest especially when she sees international media. This is not what responsible spouses do. Of course, society expects her to stand with her husband but she must not do so to the extent of telling outright lies. She must be the last person to be running from one Media house to another, because in her state she will create a mistake which will be put the final nail in her husband’s political career. As a fellow woman and Sister, I sympathize with her because in Bemba we say “Uulelosha Tabamucheba Kukanwa”, meaning that you do not take seriously the words said by someone who is in mourning.

I remember when I was appearing in Court for a traffic offence. My spouse played a pivotal role in supporting me through it all but not a single day did he go to the media and start creating false impressions. That is what responsible spouses do.

Lastly, we are asking Zambians from all walks of life to ensure we promote unity and peace in the nation. Let us all respect the laws we have made for ourselves. We ask Zambians to continue supporting President Lungu and his administration in ensuring that we develop our Country. We have no time to waste on politicking. We have development to take to all the ten Provinces of Zambia.

May God Bless Zambia.

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71 COMMENTS

  1. And you didn’t open open your legs for that position you have. Do you now see how both statements are so far fetched and very unreal

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    • Did you put your member in her Mr. Fly to London to shop for Ted Baker. How influential are you?

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    • Mumbi already made statements to the effect that PF was going to make HH’s life very miserable.
      “We have the capacity to restrict him to his house”
      Only the uninformed will buy into that statement.
      Anyone who will believe Mumbi’s statements and yet does not benefit financially from these thugs is worse than an ediot

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    • Neither did Nalumango open her smelly thighs and unshaven ujeni to land that position of national fimofimo.

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    • Not persecuting but nonetheless prosecuting, and prosecuting dubiously? Isn’t that persecution by another name?

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    • How cheap is that language coming from an MP or government spokesperson?
      The language is unpalatable and childish indeed. You are not fit for purpose Mumbi Phiri. That language sounds like language used in a tavern and beerhalls.

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    • MRS MUMBI PHIRI IS RIGHT.
      “Let me also take this opportunity to remind South Africa’s NAZI Party, the Democratic Alliance that Zambia fought against apartheid while they were benefitting from it.”
      WHEN ZAMBIA WAS SACRIFICING LIVES WHEN FIGHTING APARTHEID MOST OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BLACK INDEED WERE ENJOYING FROM APARTHEID TO THE POINT OF EVEN BETRAYING THE REAL MEN AND WOMEN WHO REALLY WERE FIGHTING APARTHEID. SOME NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AND BEYOND NEVER EVEN WANTED TO BE ASSOCIATED TO THE RIGHT CAUSE OF FIGHTING APARTHEID FOR FEAR OF LOSING BUSINESSES DEALINGS WITH APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA OR THE WENELA AGREEMENT BETWEEN APARTHEID SA AND SUCH COUNTRIES. WENELA WAS AN ECONOMIC ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN APARTHEID SA AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO WORK IN APARTHEID SA AS THOSE COUNTRIES BENEFITED…

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    • …WENELA WAS AN ECONOMIC ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN APARTHEID SA AND AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO WORK IN APARTHEID SA AS THOSE COUNTRIES BENEFITED THROUGH CERTAIN PAYMENTS BY VIRTUE OF THEIR CITIZENS WORKING IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA. ZAMBIA AND TANZANIA WAS AMONG (IF ANY MORE) THE VERY FEW COUNTRIES THAT HAD LAW AGAINST ANY OF ITS CITIZENS WORKING IN APARTHEID SA. FURTHER LAWS WERE ENACTED AGAINST ANY BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH APARTHEID SA. MALAWI, BOTSWANA, ZIMBABWE WERE SOME OF THE COUNTRIES THAT ENJOYED WENELA AND OTHER TRADE WITH APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA.

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    • Lungu is an embarrassment and this demonstrates why he is an embarrassment. Why allow this uncilized woman to even represent him

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    • That Mumbi Phiri fantasise sleeping with HH, maybe he was his boy friend 20 years ago.

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  2. The Judge adjourned the case three times:

    1. Because of his non functional Laptop
    2. He was watching the zambia vs Iran U20 game
    3. He had a headache

    I don’t see any delay due to Lawyers

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    • Mumbwe Phiri said a few days ago that Simusamba was friendly to PF such that PF could have arranged for Maimane to be arrested and detained in Zambia for a very long time had he attending the HH court session. So we know how PF and Simusamba, in particular, and the judiciary, in general, are on Lungu’s dick. Stop the hypocrisy. The judiciary is compromised.

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  3. Don’t worry! He has just been persecuting himself due to lack of knowledge! Under Five Clinic.

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    • Mumbwe Phiri is just so unwashed! Imagine these PFascists are calling the DA a Nazi Party? And for goodness’ sake, only a PFool gives advice to an adversary about how to win a court case that the same PFascists have instigated. What a PFarce!

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  4. MUMBI PHIRI IS VERY RIGHT BUT HER TIMING IS VERY WRONG. HER FELLOW WOMAN MUTINTA HICHILEMA IS MARRIED TO A VERY STUBBORN, UNPRINCIPLED MAN. SO MADAM PHIRI YOU AUGHT TO UNDERSTAND THE PREDICAMENT OF YOUR FELLOW WOMAN. YOU CANNOT SAY “ULELOSHA TABAMUCHEBA KU KANWA” AND YET YOU GO AHEAD AND CONDEMN WHAT SHE SAYS IN THE PRESS FOR THAT MATTER. PLEASE MADAM PHIRI, JUST KEEP QUIET AND LET THE JUDGES DO THEIR WORK. DONT ADD SALT TO THE WOUND. DO NOT DRAG THE POOR WOMAN INTO THIS MATTER.

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    • @Chisenga, Ati Madam Phiri, is she running a brothel? Maybe she is! This woman is digging her own grave. PF is not going to be there for life. Where is MMD? I will not give her an ounce of sympathy when her time to face the law visits her.

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    • ‘President Lungu, who is an eminent lawyer’? Really? Which law? Let people who law about Edgar Lungu’s legal career comment. You have embarrassed the man by calling him an ’eminent lawyer’.

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    • THE SO CALLED POOR WOMAN IS IN FACT DRAGGING HERSELF INTO THE MATTER BY PARADING EVERYTHING SHE IN FRONT OF COMERAS. MUTINTA NEEDS TO BE HUMBLE AND JUST ACT WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF HER CRIMINAL SUSPECT HUSBAND. SUSPECTED CRIMINALS ARE DELT BY THE LAWS OF ZAMBIA IN THE SAME WAY REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH ONE HAS IN HIS/HER BANK ACCOUNT. AS MUMBI SAID, SHE MAY SAY SOMETHING TO THE NEWSPAPERS THAT MAY MAKE HER LAND AT THE WRONG STATION LIKE HER HUSBAND.

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  5. Straightforward statement that puts a lot of matters into perspective. Thank you, madam Phiri.

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  6. do not shame yourself in public. Mumbi Phiri, since when did you learn law? it is better to be quiet than to show ignorance. Let the government spokesperson, who is more learned, reasonable, analytical and more intelliegnt than you speak. The president of Zambia, if he had seen any reasonableness in you woud have given some ministrial position but because of your dullness he has not.

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  7. Have you heard that Mumbi Phiri said she’s more beautiful than Mutinta Hichilema? Joke of the year zoona!!!

    Diarrhoea of the Mouth from this rabies-infected cadre is going to finish PF.

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  8. President Lungu chewed money belonging to a widow that’s why he lost his practicing licence incase you don’t know so he is a useless lawyer.

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  9. Check archived news on LT: April 10, 2017: PF capable of permanently confining HH to his New Kasama House- Mumbi Phiri and on April 11, 2017: Full Statement on Mongu Saga- Mumbi Phiri. By the way, is it not a court contempt to continue commenting on the issue which is active in court?

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  10. Mrs. Mumbi Phiri is right. HH has hired the calibre Lawyers who milk their clients dry by engaging into preliminaries, thus delaying the judicial process. Since HH is rich, this is their (Lawyers) golden harvest time.

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  11. MUMBI FIRST AND FOREMOST. YOU HOLD A PARTY POSITION AND HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE ADDRESSING THE NATION. YPOU ARE NOT A GOVERNMENT SPOKES PERSON AT ALL. STAY OUT OF THE COUNTRY S PROBLEMS AND SORT OUT YOUR OWN PARTY WHO BELIEVE EACH AND EVERYONE IS A MOUTH FOR THE PRESIDENT. IT SHOULD BE HIM AND NOT YOU MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT THE GOINGS ON. ANOTHER CORRECTION HH IS NOT A CRIMINAL UNTIL THE COURT RULES OTHERWISE. ONE DAY THAT BIG MOUTH OF YOURS WILL COST YOU DEARLY. YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS BE ECL S UMBRELLA REMEMBER THAT.

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  12. Ba Mumbi phiri ichisungu… ati ” they have no morality to speak…” Its sickening to have Patriotic Fo.ls in the press everyday trying to justify that they have not played a role in HH’s incarceration. Vengeance is for God, if you did not have anything to do with the matter God will vindicate you. As it is now you people look like clueless clowns. And Mumbi Phiri , your husband did not go to the media because he is not a clown like you

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  13. The case is in court. Mumbi Phiri has no right to issue statements for or against.

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  14. Madam deputy SG of the ruling party doesn’t know the difference between “Waste” and “Worst”. Cry my beloved country.

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  15. UPND overrates itself too much and sadly so behind computer screens. By now they ought to know that Zambians dont recognise hh and UPND! Where is Kabondo GBM if he is a man to talk about?
    HH and his sponsors are in total shock to see and learn that money cant buy souls especially if its intentions are evil.

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  16. Ngriiiiii ngriiiiii ngriiiiiii
    GBM: Alo!
    Me: Is that GBM?
    GBM: Nimwe bani?
    ME: People are saying you’ve abandoned HH and run away?
    GBM: But what’s a ‘running’ mate supposed to do?
    ME: What! Sir that’s not what ‘running’ mate means!

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    • Kikiki which election did he win? It’s you ring as in the diaspora who think that way. We know otherwise. We woke up at 05:00 to go and vote . 7/10 voted for his excellency chagwa lungu. While 3/10 voted for Hmmmm. Do your math. Upnd over eating themselves. Wishful thinking. Wait 2021 we are revenging the dundumwezi fomula

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  17. Useless statement from this nursery school teacher. This a person who when she was an MP physically fought another MP Elizabeth Chitika at parliament. This persecution and violence is very normal to her. With a ka Sharp beak always talking instead working to reduce the price of mealie meal…shaa

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  18. Please show love to each other: Do not tease your friends , God is above and you are below: Read Psalms 1: 1 – 6 & 34:7::::: We are praying for every one in PF Government and also UPND. Bonse Lesa alimutemwa tafwaya nangu umo ukuyaonaika, even you soldiers God loves you (Say Amen). God loves every Zambian regardless of their tribe because HE is the creator of all things on earth but,Woo to those who harbor hatred, judgment is awaiting them. God is the final judge on earth through HIS son Jesus Christ. Once more read Psalms 1: 1- 6

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  19. This Mumbi Phiri and PF Popcorn approach to govt business is problematic. These PF Cadres should leave govt Ministries to do their work professionally. The PF Committee composed of Kaizer Zulu,Mumbi Phiri,Sunday Chanda etc formed to persecute HH knows nothing about Law,Diplomacy and IATA Guidelines on International Air Travel. Its PF Cadres who illegally directed heavily armed Policemen to storm the South African Airlink Plane with the DA Leader,Mmusi Maimane on Board. They harassed Maimane and other Passengers on Board breaking International Law. Lungu appointed govt Ministers to help him run govt. Had Civil Servants from Ministries of Foreign Affairs,Transport and Dept of Immigration been left to handle the Airport Maimane Issue GRZ would not have been embarrassed. Illiterate and…

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  20. I have followed evolution of minds of Zambians from 1991. It has come to light that people from NE Rhodesia are agressive, ruthless, heartless , inhuman , counterproductive and consummers. People from NW Rhodesia are tolerant, humane, self reliant, receptive , accommodating and productive. No wandér the migratìon of people in Zambia is towards South west. Colonialist ruled Zambia with two capitals 1. Fort Jameson now Chipata and 2. Livingstone. The devil knows why these these two peoples with divergent attributes were mixed. Two solutions: 1 People from NE Rhidesia to be humane, have human hearts, tolerant, future looking and productive. 2 live as per divisions. I am happy because now we know the difference between these people and we know how to live with another. Let HH’ s case come to…

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  21. Who said these words? ”WE ARE GOING TO CONFINE HH IN ONE PLACE LIKE A RAT” Remember Edgar may be saved from prosecution because of Immunity but Mumbi Phiri, Sanday chanda, frank Bwalya and Kamba your words are recorded and when the time comes we shall replay them.

    HH is now a ‘HERO’ take it or leave it

    CHEERS.

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  22. I still don’t understand why some African still feel self pity for themselves for the past colonial and apartheid days, if trek back into history, you will realize that not only Africans have been enslaved and colonised before, but ancient history speakes volumes of rampaging armies of gengis khan of the Mongolians, cersar of the Romans, the Vikings from the Scandinavian who used to literally obliterate other territories and colonize, i have never heard Jewish people, chinese, Indians, etc cry endlessly like some Africans about the colonial days, every time an African leader is failing to provide for his citizens, he starts crying colonialists, who left more than fifty years ago are to blame, it time for African leaders to grow balls and work hard, and not blaming Europeans for their own…

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    • That is the whole problem, they defend the indefensible, rather than scrutinising the people stealing from them and putting them to unacceptable levels of injustice and poverty they applaud them, we have some very stupid humans in Zambia.

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  23. Mumbai Phiripiri. You are really a devil. No wonder you are making sure HH is out of PF way….My foot!
    This is your day next day will be his and this us what you don’t want to see… It even haunts you when you imagine HH as President.
    Sing to day and dance later. Evil woman.

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  24. Persecution through prosecution as has recently been correctly stated. So Mumbi Phiri is allowed to continuously comment on the case? She seems to have some kind of hold on Lungu, despite clearly being a species that has stagnated somewhere in the evolution processes.

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  25. Ati eminent lawyer , a fraud convict ???

    And if Zambia is a land of laws why is Keizer Zulu still free after assulting a police woman in front of a packed stadium????

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  26. If lungu is a eminent lawyer, can you tell us why he had his licence revoked by LAZ ..?..

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  27. why is that most Bemba women get married to Men from Eastern province & vice Verser
    Men from Eastern province marry women from Northern province..is it a Rat in the monkey shadow?

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  28. Mumbi in a country where the judiciary is really free; you would have been called up by the court ; You cannot tell Mutinta that she is lying; she was there when all this took place; I am not a lawyer but you speak like you know what took place on that day like you were personally there; since when in Zambia have police gone masked and with a battalion to arrest someone; your big mouth is your downfall; how did you know that HH has cctv cameras in his house? did you not threaten to lock him in his house like a rat? have you not vowed that HH will never be released? you know too much and must give answers as to what truely took place that night; your day is coming and we hope it is soon; then those you think will protect you will turn their backs on you; we are waiting for that day and…

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  29. I have read one upnd cadre saying “HH IS NOW A HERO!!”are you sure?A HERO WHERE?kekekekeke!control your dreams brethren.African politics are dirty.ONLY THE FIT SURVIVE!!!go and ask HH or Obvious Mwaliteta if they feel like heroes in Jail!!ITS HELL THERE!!GIVEN A CHANCE,HH WOULD HAVE LOVED TO BECOME ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT MINUS PASSING THROUGH JAIL!!
    As for Mumbi Phiri,learn to keep quiet.sometimes its better to keep quiet because they say “WHEN YOU TALK,YOU’RE JUST REPEATING WHAT YOU KNOW,BUT IF YOU KEEP QUIET AND LISTEN,YOU MAY LEARN SOMETHING NEW!!”

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  30. We must start building a better future generation of Zambians who believe in diversity and the importance of positive energy! A new generation that understands the importance of diversity of opinions and importance of debate. The current genetically substandard and lost generation must die out first in order to usher in the genetically superior next generation that will transform Zambia into a paradise by directing all their energies toward things that matter!

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  31. Mumbi is not normal. She behaves like a psychotic patient. Did she drink wee in Lensshina days? Diarrhoea of the mouth all the time.

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  32. The quote ‘HH matter is between him and the state.’ Deputy you are the state no? Please allow proof reading of statements. Besides as a party you were all told to desist from making statements until the court process was done. I thought you have a spokesperson already……

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  33. This woman is a mushkon, everyone is watching. Judiciary has been abused by pf especially you mumbi. You are casing’ yourself. May God bless you sister for everything you are doing to your fellow human being.

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  34. mumbi cinyo u are a very usless woman bcoz u can not include all zambian in order to gain cheap politics we know u.and stop warn people this is not yo country alone,and we know u gave hh slow poison and u desided to resease him no peace in this country people are quiet.

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  35. Lungu is an embarrassment surronded by embarrassments. Can’t even comment on such coming from an uncilized woman

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  36. Quote by Madame PHIRI..our legal system is NOT a respecter of people at all…. this statement sums up her views perfectly.
    Doesntvthiscwoman and her party know that this type of press release damages zambia’s image. Pure folly madame

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  37. Having re read this article i just noticed thatvshe has put in capitals NAZi party of sth africa. I dont think this women realizes what she just did by bringing NAZI into the statement. My girl you maybe not aware of the worlds abhorrence about nazism. You surely have embarrassed zambia, your party and yourself. Incredible arrogance !

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  38. And the point of this pointlessness from this infuriating pointless human being called mumbi phiri?

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  39. Why do these leaders forget so easily? Is this not the same Mumbi Phiri who said a few weeks ago that they would “confine HH within the boundaries of his residence like a rat?”

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  40. Mumbi insult GBM by saying she does not like fat men because she has to kneel down to see their nakedness. She further accussed Madam Kaseba Sata and Mulenga to have killed their father. She admired The President’s slim body . She called HH Kachema when she likes Tbone.
    Madam Mumbi is simply not cultured… many times I listen to her , I get disheartened by her language. Her language is crude, evil, dastardly, and malicious.
    She dislikes men mostly . Probably this has to do with her marriage…. She needs help and Roman priest can help her with social counselling.

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  41. SG of PF but cant spell “worst”-she writes “waste?”
    she finished grade 7 …
    i think she dropped out of school at an early age with too much chi………..

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  42. Madame phiri must have been one hell of a traffic case, if found guilty were you going to be sentenced to death by hanging until pronounced dead…..but then thats how treason cases start by interaction in traffic. Good observation madame phiri. I trust the trauma of such a stressful case hasnt caused you lasting symptoms of persecution

    Madame are you aware that each embassy has a desk that monitors such reports and refers back to its government the political stability of zambia. Please think of zambia not just your party

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