This is NOT how a Dictatorship Looks; the accused speak to the Media freely-Amos Chanda

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Amos Chanda
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PRESIDENT Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, says the state of the nation does not mirror a country that the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) and its incarcerated leader Hakainde Hichilema is painting to the international community.

The UPND have persistently been telling the international community that Zambia has slipped into dictatorship since the arrest of Mr Hichilema, who is still facing treason charges.

Mr Hichilema was yesterday quoted alleging that there is a dictatorship in Zambia, which Mr Chanda dismissed.

“The accused, including other sympathisers like Nevers Mumba, have developed a narrative which is totally at variance with what the state of the nation and state of our democracy is. The existence of democracy does not presuppose the absence of law and order,” he said.

Mr Chanda said to the contrary, Zambia’s image internationally is good.

He accused the UPND of paying some media organisations in Europe and South Africa to portray Zambia as a failed state.

“They have paid a lot of media consultants in Europe and South Africa to drive a narrative that Zambia was a failed state and that there was dictatorship and that there was no rule of law and freedom of expression,” he said.

Mr Chanda said the country is functioning normally and that the President is focussed on bringing development.

“The international profile of this country is on the high. That contradicts the paid-for media in Europe and South Africa that suggest otherwise,” he said.

“This is not how a dictatorship looks, that the accused will have the freedom to speak to the media, the media can report what they want; foreign companies are operating normally, contracts are being enforced fairly and the country is functioning. The judiciary is functioning independently and all institutions of governance,” he said.

Mr Chanda, however, said President Lungu is not worried by the narrative, but is worried rather that some “citizens can be bought; that any Zambian can be so unpatriotic as to consciously undertake to damage the country so that no investment comes; so that Zambia is isolated.”

Mr Chanda also reminded Dr Mumba of his former status and what is expected of him despite his spiralling political career.

“It’s with considerable surprise and regret that Dr Mumba, who was not only Zambia’s high commissioner to Canada but also served as republican vice-president, can fail to understand how diplomatic exchange takes place. When the President accepts an invitation, it’s an expression of full mutual respect. It is, therefore, shocking that Dr Mumba has undertaken to malign a country with express falsehood by attempting to mobilise international isolation against his motherland,” Mr Chanda said.

Dr Mumba was quoted urging foreign dignitaries not to come to Zambia.

He said the President is not worried because he knows he will be vindicated by the courts of law.

“If the accused is acquitted, the President won’t interfere, like he is not interfering now,” he said.

“As an individual, he actually wishes this did not happen. One day he told me that he actually feels sorry for these people that they run deliberately into the face of the law, create unnecessary problems and they cry “wolf” afterwards.”

He said the President is focussed on governing and he will not be distracted.

Mr Chanda said the President will ensure that the country does not come to a standstill because of one court case.

Mr Chanda said the President is overwhelmed with invitations to launch projects in various parts of the country.
“We are doing our best to govern as fairly as possible,” he said.

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44 COMMENTS

    • Amos farkin Chanda, you are not the right person to talk about this matter.

      Is called conflict of interests.

      Ever heard of it or is your head stuck stuck so far up your arse you refuse to see the obvious ????

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    • UPND IS NOT A PARTY YOU CAN SANELY VOTER FOR – Good quote Amos
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      Complaints and Lies as they live is the order of the day.
      Point on Amos and excellent saying:
      “The existence of democracy does not presuppose the absence of law and order”
      I can’t honestly put it any better.

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    • What do you expect when you vote in a drunkard president? Most orders are being made over a glass of whisky.

      lungu is NOT fit to be president. He is too evil, jealous, immature & not a political engineer.

      Everyday it’s
      – lungu has threatened so & so.
      – lungu has warned so & so.
      – lungu has arrested so & so.
      – lungu has banned so & so.
      – lungu has deported so & so.
      – lungu has blocked so & so.
      – soon it’ll be lungu has killed so & so, lungu has raped so & so.

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    • What do you expect when you vote in a drunkard president? Most orders are being made over a glass of whisky.

      lungu is NOT fit to be president. He is too evil, jealous, immature & not a political engineer.

      Everyday it’s
      – lungu has threatened so & so.
      – lungu has warned so & so.
      – lungu has arrested so & so.
      – lungu has banned so & so.
      – lungu has deported so & so.
      – lungu has blocked so & so.
      – soon it’ll be lungu has killed so & so, lungu has ra.ped so & so.

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    • The biggest challenge with pf is that they can’t argue their legitimacy legally, that’s why they feel inferior everytime UPND speaks with facts.

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    • The country is on a stand still, everyone is waiting and talking about HH and his case and only a F.ool like chanda and PF blind followers think otherwise. I wounder who is going to protect this chanda when the tables turn, EL and RB will have money and lawyers to defend them but the small man will be on his own like chanda chishimba the 3rd.

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    • Nonsense, when you can’t allow people to visit HH? what do you call that Amos? Bwana don’t get carried away by those positions. we have seen many press secretaries suffer once their tenure is over. Zambia is for all Zambians so you are not above the law.

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    • Winangu comment yanga yamugwila kumukosi, it’s fact pf is behaving like this because they feel inferior, ask any psychologist, Hitler felt inferior to jews, that’s why he was behaving that way.

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    • Another fact that inferiority complex can turn someone into a bully/dictator, how many of you kids in pf have ever heard of the khermer Rouge of Cambodia, how poh pot killed academicians and religious leaders in the country, because of their inferiority complex for anyone who was literate.

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    • LT bring back the “thumbs up” thing, that’s what people LIKE about LT. Or at least tell us why you change again. Tamumfwa imwe.
      People like Mushota will disappear if they don’t see their bad ratings.
      And Zambia is about elections, so put back the VOTING thing.

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    • Yes Chanda that is not how dictatorship looks like because no one has sh***ted on your bed and you are spending the night with your children and continue to earn a living even when you are incompetent. Keeping dividing the nation some day you will get want you want.

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  1. What goes up will one day come down,we must learn what happened to Kenneth kaunda, mamma Gaddafi and saddam Hussein, naimwe Ba Amos chanda it’s just a matter of time. How do you take a suspect to mukobeko? Mukobeko is for those convicted

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    • @boyd choongo mwanakambowe

      They thing they forget is that PF won’t be in power forever.

      Edgar lungu, amos chanda, mumbi phiri, kaizer zulu, kapyongo, etc. will one day face trial for their abuse of state institutions to fix political opponents. As easterners say, mulandu siwu ola.

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  2. …..ln a government run by under 5s, what can one expect? All the pipo who knew what and when to do what/go where and at what speed/cost etc are no more. These guys don’t even know what “lawless” governance like the ones in Somalia, Syria or even Afghanistan means. You start a WAR IN ZAMBIA then, you shall understand what’s going on in Congo DR and other troubled states. That’s when you shall realise ati kanshi ifintu ni Lungu…

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  3. I can’t understand you Mr Chanda,can you please tell us what dictatorship looks like because sir it’s looks like you also you don’t understand what you are saying sir,please can you tell your boss to free our president HH if you want people to delete this thinking of dictatorship in your government.

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  4. HH shld not be acquitted, he must serve time. Otherwise any1 & every1 will continue with the current lawlessness that we c in Zambia. He brought this on himself, he must go to jail. Otherwise Zambia will turn into a lawless country

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  5. How some people are so proud of living in this sh^thole called Zambia is beyond me. I don’t feel sorry for this scumbag Amos Chanda, but pity his children. They will suffer because of the name of their father Chanda.

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    • Edgar lungu & his PF00Ls & Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima will be the last to be politicians/officials to be prosecuted for abuse of state machinery to fix political opponents.

      Then it shall serve as a lesson to all future zambian presidents not to ever abuse powers to imprison political opponents.

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  6. Zambia has been there before your small god hh, it will still be there after his demise. Whats so special about him to be accorded special treatment in prison. He brought all this upon himself and should not blame anybody. If you are tired of living in Zambia go to Syria,Congo or Afghanstan the choices are many. Brainwashed characters are servants of the devil.

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    • PF you keep saying he brought this upon himself, when you given time to bring evidence in court on what he did, you starting fishing around for anything, bring out nolle prosecui, there is one question that no pf cadre has never answered since this case started, one lawyer asked a simple question, do you know that you can challenge the legitimacy of a government legally? Do you know that it’s constitutional to challenge the legitimacy of a government legally? This something all pf cadres don’t understand, if they did understand that there is a provision for this in the Constitution, they wouldn’t feel inferior to UPND, but would argue out their legitimacy legally too.

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  7. If this is normal running of a government to you Amos then we need to get you assessed by a psychiatrist soon. When one starts seeing the abnormal to be normal it means they have no capacity to make the right and safe decision for themselves or others.
    Mule fwaika ubwafwilisho taata.

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  8. Is Chanda’s skin fine? I hope the brain is still ok. You never know why he is speaking nonsese…

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  9. Some of the rules that’s when we have started to experience that our government can deal with it we have been having these rules for so many years with not knowing our government can react and this is an example for every one of us to stay away from presidential motor cade. and rules are there for every one poor and rich people, every time it’s poor judgement falls on. People ask yourselves if it was a poor person who did that what would happened do you think these people who are supporting HH would have supported same no so what are you saying and if it was yourself who have supported you no one because they know that’s a serious case no doubt. So don’t blame no one let’s wait the law to drive us.

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  10. What is the level of education does this Amos Chanda have a serious note? This guy will really suffer after this job too careless with his mouth?

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    • education or its absence does not matter when one is in power and able to flex his muscles. Gaddafi’s son, with a Phd from LSE, was no different. He is now a wanted man, albeit being released from prison by a rogue government.

      So Amos can rant as much as he wants but he keeps leaving a trail which is indelible and it will haunt him. Unfortunately his words and actions will haunt him.

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  11. 10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator by Stephen M. Walt Professor of international relations at Harvard University.

    1) SYSTEMATIC EFFORTS TO INTIMIDATE THE MEDIA.
    As George Orwell emphasized so powerfully in 1984, autocrats survive by controlling information.
    (ZICTA, closure of Post Newspaper, Muvi-tv, Komboni Radio etc. raiding of Radio Mano)

    2) BUILDING AN OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT MEDIA NETWORK. (DeadNBC, Daily Nation, Times, Daily Mail etc)
    3) POLITICIZING THE CIVIL SERVICE, MILITARY & THE DOMESTIC SECURITY AGENCIES. (ZAF used for rigging, police, prison, Judiciary used to fix political opponents)

    4) USING GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE AGAINST DOMESTIC POLITICAL OPPONENTS. (ZICTA)

    5) USING STATE POWER TO REWARD CORPORATE BACKERS AND PUNISH OPPONENTS. (Road tenders for…

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    • CONT’D…
      5) USING STATE POWER TO REWARD CORPORATE BACKERS AND PUNISH OPPONENTS. (Road tenders for PF cadres & cancellation of GBM’s truck contracts)

      That’s how Putin controls the “oligarchs” in Russia, and it is partly how Turkish president Erdogan kept amassing power and undermining opponents in Turkey.

      6) STACKING THE SUPREME COURT. (PF cadres like Judge Simusamba, Judge Sunday Nkonde & Irene Mambilima)

      7) ENFORCING THE LAW FOR ONLY ONE SIDE. (PF00Ls like Kaizer zulu & Max chongu are above the law)

      8) REALLY RIGGING THE SYSTEM. (who can forget the sham Aug ‘16 elections)

      9) FEARMONGERING.

      Everyday it’s – lungu has threatened so & so, lungu has warned so & so, lungu has arrested so & so, lungu has banned so & so, lungu has deported so & so, lungu has blocked so &…

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    • CONT’D…
      lungu has blocked so & so, soon it’ll be lungu has killed so & so, lungu has ra.ped so & so.

      10) Demonizing the opposition.

      HH, his cookie, his garden-boy are being prosecuted for fake treason charges. Which weapons were the garden-boy & cookie gonna use? Hose-pipe & a pan?

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    • The Devil is usually depicted in stories and pictures as one with horns, a tail and a huge fork, if he was to pitch up at your door step you would surely identify him easily, but that’s not how he shows up, he is humble and comes with a lot of party dununa songs, before you know it you are hooked. A dictator is not always a military fatigue clad lad, as Hollywood has always depicted in movies.

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  12. Every utterance from Chagwa, Chanda and the rest confirms the truth about their big arrest. It was all planned. We have not forgotten Chagwa’s words: “if HH will not accept the outcome of the 2016 elections, akamona ifyo nkamuchita (he will see what I’ll do to him)”. They were looking for ways of trapping him and they managed. With the Mongu saga in nolle, they are yet to prove what they are up to. One thing Chagwa and group must understand is should HH die at the hands of some overzealous prison officers, that will be tha spark that will start everything! Don’t think this country will be safe for anyone should you resort to political killings. Let the court process run its course without prejudicial comments or acts from state house. The good thing is PF will soon be out of office…

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    • And why was Lungu saying what you have quoted here? It is because HH said he will never accept results of the elections if he lost. He lost and the rest is history as they say … So both Lungu and HH keep to their words!

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  13. AMOS CHANDA YOU ARE A PRIZED S.O.B. WHO JUST TALKS TO PLEASE YOUR MASTER EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE SPEWING VERMON FROM YOUR MOUTH. WHEN THIS TERM COMES TO IT S END YOU WILL BE VERY AWNSERABLE TO THE THEFTS PLUNDER DICTARSHIP AND HARDSHIPS YOU HAVE IMPOSED ON US THE ZAMBIANS. MY BIGGEST WISH WOULD BE TO COME AND LOOK YOU IN THE EYE WHEN YOU ARE BEGGING FOR MERCY.

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  14. It is difficult to understand what hh was doing in Mongu with a convoy of 60motors vehicles at the kuomboka ceremony ,a convoy much longer than the Litunga’s fleet of boats in a small town at a ceremony which was not his, even after being told to be peace ful,ask the Litunga if he has ever traveled in his kingdom with a convoy like that, what was hh trying to do or prove,is really innocent, how was he expected to be received at a function which was not his but just an invited citizen, he is my ,my country man and probably a future President, but believe me he made a mistake

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    • CRIS YOU CANNOT BLAME HH FOR TRAVELLING WITH A CONVOY OF SIXTY MOTOR VEHICLES. THE MAN HAS GOT SUPPORTERS AND PLUS IT WAS A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY. THE THING THAT IS HURTING THE RULING PARTY IS HIS POPULARITY ON THAT DAY. IF THEY WERE CARRYING ARMS THEN YES THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG OR SUSPECTS. PEOPLE FLY FROM AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE KUOMBOKA CEREMONY. ARE THEY COMING TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT?

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  15. Have you ever admitted anything? You wont grow up because you are always defensive. You think the catholic bishops just woke up from deep sleep and said you were a dictatorship. Do opposition leaders appear in public media, the public media run by the opposition as well through payment of taxes. Very backward people, very uncivilised lot. I am non partisan but the nonsense in this country makes me puke

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  16. Well said Kabweka ,the Kuomboka is a traditional ceremony for the King and not a political ceremony were politicians should show their popularity, this was purely a show of defiance on the part of my brother hh,not even Lungu is allowed to show his power at such an event despite being President recognized or not, hh behaved like a boy who has been by a friend and wants to fight back he has seen his mother or father, it was a bad idea.

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  17. The international community is in Zambia and which courts can vindicate him

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  18. G we are tired of Lungu has done this HH has done that please let’s concentrate on working and developing our Nation. Stop these issues let the President do his work and wait for the next elections twanaka

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