Al Jazeera The Stream: Is Zambia’s Democracy in danger?

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  1. It has been in danger for some time now. In fact there is little or no democracy to really talk about …

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    • Ignore such articles they are profound to stir the national uncanly.

      They add nothing to zambia’s cause but takes everything.

      All is well and rosy in our motherland.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • This are the People President Lungu said that they want to bring back colonialism by trying to control us and impose there opinions on us even going as far as suggesting there puppets like HH to be leaders in our country.
      HH is fighting for what does not rightfully belong to him, he wants to steal our voices (democracy or decision) let him face the law.

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    • This AJE interview was boring the UPND rep was a clear representative of their shallow dimwitted bitter and biased followership, the pro govt sponsored NGO rep was an inarticulate person who failed to raise solid points in favour of the govt. Miti was being a hypocrite and a liar, that woman cannot with any honesty state things are worse now. Where was Miti during the Unip and FTJ days when people used to disappear, during FTJ how many political people died mysteriously? The only voice of reason was Amos Chanda who raised solid and valid points. As for the United Dunderhead twets of lies saying there is no freedom of expression then how come you have your hate speech sites such as ZWD and your lumpene bloggers such as wanka, chiyaya, bucketbrains and co???

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    • Amos explained very well what treason is.’

      The UPND guy was so dull in his comments to an extent of causing bad internet connectivity.

      The other two ladies did make lots of sense

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    • Which car was HH driving? Or was he responsible for the more than 60 vehicles’ travel arrangements? When you hear a siren coming behind, are you obliged to stop or simply give way. By the way, when you look at the camera, the convoy ultimately stopped briefly when the presidential car was passing passed the cars in front. Should HH pay for the chipantepante of the PF govt through their traffic police? Everything is chipantepante with PF. They cant manage even just the presidential motorcade.

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    • That Chanda Amos kwati chipuba, even threatening on such interview?
      Brian Moonga sounds a bit smarter.

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    • The first question that should be Al Jazeera should be asking is, “Is there democracy in Qatar (their home country)”. These guys know nothing about democracy and should shut the hell up.

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    • THE WHOLE INTERVIEW WAS STUP!D IN THAT THE INTERVIEWERS HAVE NO BACKGROUND TO ZAMBIA’SPOLITICAL SCENE. QUESTIONING ZAMBIA’S DEMOCRACY IS SOMEHOW OUTRAGIOUS. ZAMBIA’S DEMOCRACY IS UN PARALLED TO MOST OF THE COUNTRIES THE WORLD OVER. TROUBLE IS PEOPLE THINK INSULTING THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT BEING QUESTIONED BY THE LAW IS DEMOCRACY. I WOULDN’T COMMENT MUCH AS THE CASE OF HH IS IN COURT. BUT, THE WHOLE DEBATE WAS POORLY ORGANISED AND LACKED CONTROL.

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  2. The truth is if you don’t agree with PF you are a target to them. You better not say anything or else you’re crushed. Now if someone comes in the country they will see as if its peaceful. But peace is not really absence of war. We are sliding into muzzling and police frustrating anything that doesn’t support the party in power.

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    • How camoe people like Milupi, Nevers, Savior Chishimba, etc always say what they want even if it’s against PF and get away with it. Maybe you’re referring to Qatar (Al Jazeera’s home country)

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  3. This are the People President Lungu said that they want to bring back colonialism by trying to control us and impose there opinions on us even going as far as suggesting there puppets like HH to be leaders in our country.
    HH is fighting for what does not rightfully belong to him, he wants to steal our voices (democracy or decision) let him face the law.

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  4. Zambian opposition are a confused lot. When south africans were busy clobbering other nationals in there country no one ever raised a boice to condemn the scurge. Today the opposition are busy helping SA killers to start a war on their country. All the cunts are busy supporting again. HH before he was nabbed used insult anyhow and no ever said arrest him. But when he broke the law he there was no way anybody could let him go free. Inless there is no rule of law then hh can be released unconditionally but dont forget that should he become president and someone bumps into his motorcade he should be let scotch free somple. That’s what we call precedence

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    • @HHOval, ever heard of spelling, grammar checker? In any case, your logic here looks like you are high on something

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    • Sadly our Politicians are out of touch with reality…who the hell invited that young lady Daka, she is unqualified to seat there, which minister okayed to fund her organisation – what an utter disgrace. UPND rep was unprofessional, disruptive and rude…please don’t send kids to TV stations. Only Laura and Amos were articulate.

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  5. Naivety has consumed all the opposition in Zambia and south Africa. Look at how ka pawn token for the white supremacy, mmusi maimane came to embarrass his white masters when he came like a mad crook to Zambia defending a criminal crook in HH, only to spend the whole day yesterday at the court opening criminal charges that included treason for president Zuma. Who in their right flame of mind can take these sold out oppositions as confused as they all are

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  6. You are a lier Amos Chanda, HH and GBM are not allowed to travel freely in Zambia and are not allowed to meet supporters.

    They are not allowed to hold any press conference or any rally of any kind…..

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  7. Interesting conversation. Amos and Mwiinga demonstrated why the country is where it is today. Mwiinga was sounding bitter and injected at every opportunity while Amos demonstrated that he has the power. We need to have a middle ground. They will keeping pushing each other until it blows up in our faces.

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  8. My poor country. Things haven’t been alright for a long time. Things are just becoming more apparent over time.

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  9. Zambia is undoubtedly, a big laughing stock due to a drunkard President and his witch-craft-Vice President. Together they have not only degraded the value of our beloved nation, but also increased their personal wealt. But be rest assured , if and when HH is elected as the President, he will also be the same. All African leaders’ first priority is to steal for themselves and their family and then on a huge property.
    We are a doomed people, just because of our own thief mentality. Zambia is no exception. A nation full of thieves.

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    • If the only choices of the presidency is between theives, it is better to have a democratic theive. With a dictator theif like lungu you stand no chance of voting him out……

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  10. Honestly im very disappointed with the upnd representative for failing to prove to the world why HH should not have been charged with treason. Instead the dummy dwelled on what the president had said a year ago about dealing with hh and all that nonsense. Upnd, you missed an opportunity to defend yourselves. you have yourselves to blame. This guy is so shallow. please do some research before exposing your ignorance like that on live stream. The world was watching and thats what you had to say. Wow!What an *****.

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    • They are immature and predictable like their boss…its no wonder Lazy was able to trap them in Mongu!!

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  11. Panel assessment
    Laura was a face saver in the debate. She was very articulate and clear in her views. On the other hand Benadette was a big disappointment, I don’t why she was on the panel, she contributed utterly nothing worthy to show for. As for Mr Amos Chanda, a poor representative of PF in my view. Mr Mwinga tried but was very emotional

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    • Laura was lying through her teeth. Why are most Zambians such liers and hellbent on tarnishing the image of the country to gentiles? What’s so special about foreigners for us to heap them with filth of lies in order to promote one gangster in HH? Cry babies indeed.

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  12. HH went overboard clearly they still maintained being on the Road. Thats Treason. ati police were not on the road but dint u see the police car??

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    • WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS APPROACHING A TOWN OR A BUSY PLACE WE NORMALY HAVE POLICE ON ROUTE TO STOP THE CARS UNTIL THE PRESIDENT PASSES. WHY WAS THIS NOT DONE ? SECONDLY THERE WAS A ROAD BLOCK AND HH S TEAM WAS GIVEN THE GO AHEAD. DID THOSE POLICE NOT RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS ON THE WAY? WHY WAS HE DRIVING WITH HIS WINDOW OPEN ? LASTLY THEY DO NOT HAVE EYES IN THE BACKS OF THEIR HEADS TO SEE WHAT IS COMING UNTIL IT IS VISIBLE. THIS WAS A SET UP PLANNED BY SOMEONE. A DISGRACE TO CHARGE HH FOR TREASON ON THAT. THE MAN THAT SHOT KENNEDY WAS NEVER CHARGED FOR TREASON. SO LET US THINK ON THAT.

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  13. Now, I understand why the Zambian Watchdog has not yet posted this video on their site – they must be very disappointed after very high expectations. Amos simply simply out-muscled them all – was clearer and articulate. Laura missed the point when she said there is no law that says people should recognize the President (Presidency) – and Amos countered very well – You are free not to recognize the President, but you are not free to stand on an anthill and start proclaiming anarchy. That is against the law. That video clip that the lady showed on HH really hurt matters for Mwiinga.

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  14. AMOS DID NOT OUT SMART ANYONE THERE. HE BLAMED THE POLICE FOR THE TREASON CHARGE. HE COULD NOT EXPLAIN HOW THAT WAS TREASON. IF ANYTHING THE DRIVERS OF THOSE 60 OR SO VEHICLES SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION. AS FOR THAT BENADETTE SHE IS A PF CADRE AND THERE ARE PICTURES THAT EXPOSE HER. NOTHING NEUTRAL ABOUT HER WITH HER ONE BIG WORD USED OVER AND OVER. MITTI SPOKE BRAVELY AND HONESTLY.

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  15. I think Laura and Bernie just summed up what is happening in Zambia. The other two PF cadres lied through their teeth. The legal system in Zambia is in shambles and controlled by Lungu. Then we have PF cadres intimidating citizens who do not support their party. You can’t even wear any opposition Regalia for fear of being beaten by PF Cadres. This is not the Zambia we know. Six steps foward, twenty steps backwards.
    Why didnt security clear that Mongu/Limulunga road if they knew Lungu was using it? Protocol wasn’t followed and you want to put the blame on others?

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    • What do you understand by the term “Sweeper” in a presidential motorcade? Let us not pretend here, HH was swagging typical of him. As far as we PF are concerned Zambia is a beacon of peace and we will dedicate all our souls to that, thank you. We want to improve lives of people, both young and old and since these are long term events with long term effects we will protect this Will at whatever cost.

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  16. The whole world is wondering what is happening in Zambia. You mean the whole world is seeing what some Zambians are not seeing? Amos failed to answer the questions, no wonder he decided not to be live but just showed his photo

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    • Which world are you talking about iwe UPND cadre? If you think the so called world will help your HH usurp political power illegally, then you are dreaming. World or no world, Edgar Lungu is the democratically elected president of Zambia. This so called world have their own problems to sort out and I never hear them crying to Zambia for help. Come on, just sit back and enjoy the peace that is currently prevailing in our beautiful country Zambia. And above all, I encourage you to work hard instead of spending the whole day on social media reading fake stories and posting nonsense.

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  17. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT MATTERS IS, WHO ARE THE VOTERS IN ZAMBIA GOING TO VOTE FOR IN 2021? HH OR ECL? IT IS CLEAR THAT THE GREATEST LOSER, AS USUAL IS HH. HE HAS SOILED ALL BETTER OPPORTUNITIES BY BAD-MOUTHING HIS OWN COUNTRY. THIS HAS HURT US ZAMBIANS WHO CARRY VOTERS CARDS. WE WILL ENSURE THAT HH DOES NOT ENTER STATE HOUSE. WE ARE ALREADY FOUND IN 6.5 PROVINCES. HE ONLY EXISTS IN 3.5 PROVINCES WHERE HE EXHAUSTED ALL HIS VOTING POTENTIAL. BUT AS FOR US, WE ONLY RELEASED 40-50% VOTING POTENTIAL AND HE WAS CRASHED. WAIT, WAIT FOR 2021, WE SHALL SHOW YOU UZING DUNDUMWEZI STYLE HOW TO VOTE.

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  18. Can ZNBC air such debate? why do we have a foreign media to air this debate? There is a clearly a problem with our media. Even Donald Trump debated with Hilary Clinton in USA on a USA media… In Zambia HH and Lungu can not see eye to eye… Shame that Amos can only talk to opposition on foreign media… Do you think my family in Vubwi can view al Jazeera? be serious you politicians….
    Let us face each other now in our own media… Don’t we pay TV ley to ZNBC? we don’t pay TV Levy to Al Jazeera…

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    • I salute you Amanda, you are on point. It is high time our local media faced reality unlike the way they currently do things despite the many MBAs and PHDs they boast of.
      Last time HH and Lungu met somewhere in Mulungushi just before the elections HH was just pandering out of all the opposition leaders. Lungu had to diplomatically cool him down for the event to kick off. But even then HH didn’t stay long, he arrogantly took off.

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    • ZNBC as all know is controlled by PF, they would not be able to arrange such a debate unless with express permission from PF which is an anomaly in supposedly democratic country like Zambia

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    • Lungu refused to have debates in the country and Zambians voted for this PF leader. The world is laughing at the outcome. How can an elected president demand recognition from ONE person? Thousands of Zambians failed to vote or did not show up to vote – but Lungu is still demanding recognition from HH – why?
      IF HH refuses to recognise him as the president of Zambia does that make much of a difference in any case? Why is Lungu so into HH? WHAT IS THE DEAL HERE?

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    • BECAUSE ZAMBIANS LIKE LISTENING TO ANYTHING FOREIGN EVEN IF IT IS CRAP JUST LIKE THE ABOVE INTERVIEW WHERE INTERVIEWERS DO NOT EVEN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ZAMBIA. INFERIORITY COMPLEX IS WHAT IT IS CALLED. HOWEVER, HAVING SAID THE ABOVE ZNBC COULDN’T HAVE STARTED A DEBATE FOR WHICH THE ALLEGED CRIMINAL IS IN COURT. AT THE SAME TIME ZNBC COULD HAVE BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD AS A GOVERNMENT MOUTH-PIECE. THE DEBATE WAS VERYPOOR INDEED.

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  19. @Kubweka – The Police allowed HH and his entourage a go ahead 1 hour before the President was to start off but due to HH’s stupidity by the time the presidential motorcade came he was still crawling in route to the ceremony and when he was told to stop or give way for the President to pass as per routine HH ignored apart from that his cadres where even insulting, but why am I telling you this are you the only one who has not watched the video or you are just like other donkeys and their supporters who can look but cannot see.

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    • Then why didn’t the police arrest HH in his crawler lane on the spot? Why wait until the ceremony was over to arrest him? This is unfounded. If HH was in the wrong then the professional police would have exercised full power and arrested in Mongu

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  20. Amos defines functional government as people reporting for work in the morning, going for lunch at noon and knocking off at 17:00 hrs. On Aljazeera TV.

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  21. UPND LOOKING FOR SYMPATHY FROM ALJAZEERA, BUT BACK HOME THEY ARE REJECTS. A RECORD 6 TIMES….KIKIKI.

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  22. Lungu orders police to arrest HH’s media team
    May 31, 2017 08:09 0
    The brutal regime of Edgar Lungu has ordered the Zambia Police to hunt for UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s media team members and have them locked up.

    State House contacts have revealed that ailing dictator Edgar Lungu is upset that incarcerated UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s voice has continued outside the prisons.

    Lungu had wanted Mr. Hichilema to go completely mute so that he can be forgotten by the country but is now annoyed that Mr. Hichilema has continued ‘talking’ through his press team.

    Top on the list being hunted is the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s Head of Media and Publicity Clayson Hamasaka and his assistant Brian Mwiinga who demolished Amos Chanda last night during the Aljazeera…

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  23. Lungu orders police to arrest HH’s media team
    May 31, 2017 08:09

    “………….. television programme.

    Among the charges being planned against Mr. Hichilema’s media team include seditious practices but may also go beyond and charge them for treason as well which has no bail conditions in the country.
    OP and State House insiders says the police are currently planning to conduct illegal but brutal overnight raids at their residences like they did at Mr. Hichilema’s house.
    Lungu’s mouth piece newspaper the Daily Nation run by Richard Sakala has been writing stories quoting PF cadres that it’s illegal for Mr. Hichilema to be talking from prison.
    But HH is just a suspect as at now and even Richard Sakalanyongo himself was giving interviews while in detention for stealing.
    Infact…

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  24. Why are you not publishing my comment? Are you biased towards UPND? Mind you I am not a cadre but a peace loving Zambian who has the right to be heard as well.

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  25. Hehehe. Bernadette Deka. Mrs Musumaili should ban you for being a false Executive Director! How do you go to a live discussion and then start reciting a speech written for you on a different topic.

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  26. The tragedy here is that the so called world is backing HH based on lies fabricated by his followers, what a shame of a world!

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  27. The PF people were pathetic to say the least! Zambians cannot articulate their views in a logical, cogent argument without descending into base insults and ad hominem attacks. Amos Chanda is so transparent that I feel sorry for the boy. He is way in over his head! I can promise you that Amos will tell the truth of the behind the scenes shenanigans when PF loses power and a new government calls these criminals to account. Ms. Deka was such an embarrassment! Her arguments made no sense, and she is the executive director of a “think tank” that monitors government policy? Zambia is in trouble.

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    • Amos is a liar and he has shown his own stupidity by coming out and saying rubbish stuff in public…! HH is Zambian whether PF like it or not.
      They can humiliate him, dehumanise him, belittle him but the nation is watching. It happened to KK under Chiluba, but who paid the price? KK is still here. Lungu ARVs are poisoning your brain. AZT is bad stuff, very bad

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  28. I was literally pulling my hair every time Bernadette opened her mouth, what has happened to our country? I would not be surprised if someone states she is a minister’s girlfriend as she was not worthy to seat there. UPND as well how do you send a boy to debate with a Presidential aid…really laughable ..you could have sent a senior official or even Garry…jokers!!

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