FILE: UPND president Hakainde Hichilema

Incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who has now clocked three months behind bars on treason charges says he is patiently waiting for the State to bring him before court.

Mr Hichilema who is accused along with five other people said he is hoping it will be soon when he will appear in court.

He said he is hoping it will be soon because his co-accused can’t be languishing in jail when we all know that he is the target.

In a letter addressed to Zambians on the occasions observance of Unity and Heroes day, Mr Hichilema said the importance of the two days can never be over emphasised.

And Mr Hichilema who has again appealed to his supporters to remain peaceful has warned the PF that no one has the monopoly over violence.

He warned that he cannot guarantee how long UPND supports will be willing to listen to him while they get maimed every day.

Below is Mr Hichilema’s Letter posted on his Facebook page

Dear Fellow Citizens,

We wish you all a peaceful and uniting heroes and unity observance. The importance of these two days can never be over emphasised. Today marks almost three months since our incarceration. We are patiently waiting for the State to do what they need to do for us to appear in court. We are hoping it will be soon; soon because my co-accused can’t be languishing in jail when we all know that Hakainde is the target. I cannot comment on our case, we do not know what evidence the state will produce but that is not the focus of this letter.

I want to address my supporters and those that care for this country today. I have received numerous messages where I am told that our supporters want to start defending themselves against the barbarism being fomented by the Patriotic Front. I just want to tell them that I fully understand their frustrations. There is nothing new that is going to come out of our appeals to the Police. Our first rally in 2012 in Kabwata, we were ambushed and brutalized by PF cadres. This has been their modus operandi since then. We have managed to live through their brutality by taking evasive action, not that we cannot defend ourselves but for fear of collateral damage on the innocent citizens. Let me focus on the incident that happened last week when we were burying my “UPND Queen” Clance Zulu; let us imagine colleagues that we had retaliated, what would have happened in that quiet and venerated grave site which is host to many of our deceased people? Let us just think for once the level of bloodshed that we would have witnessed if our supporters and other mourners had decided enough is enough. Colleagues you might wonder why we always call for peace. We call for peace because we know that one day we will be in power; we do not want to preside over a people that have deep hatred for each other. We do not want to preside over a country with a people that cannot live in harmony because they have deep grudges. That is certainly not a country we want to lead.

We have invested in this country like all other progressive and genuine Zambians. For some of you who have become rich overnight, we know you do not know the value of hard work. There are people that have invested heavily through their sweat, we will be unfair to them if they lost their investments because Zambia has become ungovernable. Whose interests would we be serving if we said an eye for an eye?

Colleagues in UPND and fellow progressive Zambians I understand your pain, but all I am asking of us to do for now is to turn the other cheek. Let us slow to anger, because soon all this thuggery will be a thing of the past. We are all for progress and we know that peace will prevail soon.

To those in Government, I am one lone voice pushing this agenda, I will do my best to hold off our people that have been at the receiving end since 2011; what I cannot guarantee is how long they will be willing to listen to me while they get maimed every day. Always remember this, no one, I repeat, NO ONE has monopoly over violence, it can swing both ways. Let us mature and engage in progressive politics not this STONE age behaviour that has defined our culture since 2011 when PF came to power. Can someone take charge of the situation, because the silence from the Government is deafening.

God Bless Zambia and May Peace Reign.

HH

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59 COMMENTS

    • Its over 90 days of HH being in jail for a mere traffic incident & yet the courts have not found him with his UPND members guilty.
      HH is innocent until proven otherwise. So dictator of visionless Edgar & his PF bandits should release HH without delay.
      PF bandits are busy burning infrastructures & accuses UPND is rhetoric of the highest level.
      Kamba & Kapyongo’s time to account for their anarchism is near. By the way how much is mealie meal today?
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • The man’s optministism is well misplaced.

      You committed an offence unworthy of any sympathy and quiet frankly UPND have moved on, the nation have moved on and he has little to no authority to pass any statements of any kind.

      I have a PhD

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • *meanwhile* Zambians have started waving pangas at each other. I just watched a very disturbing video where Zambians running wild and behaving like Hutus and Tutsi’s during the Rwanda genocide

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    • The hate and tribalism exhibited against HH is unZambia , we should be ashamed to call ourselves a Christian nation. I a very proud Bemba who stands for justice. My family and I are praying for HH and Lungu as well. I hope Lungu and his PF will show leadership and do what is right for the country. The video of Chewa people and Ngonis fighring each other is very embarrassing and we should not take such lightly

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    • We miss HH, even Edgar miss some civilized problems, not these of fires and beating up people in graveyards.
      When HH is around Lungu get problems from ConCourt, IMF, mining stealing, privitasation, etc, not fires in Misisi market.
      We miss HH, these Komboni mobs are not interesting.

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    • Fellow Zambians, next time you hear a siren just give way. It doesn’t pay resisting to get off the road. Now we have a practical lesson before us. As sin came into the world through one man Adam, now our country is experiencing ”Armageddon” through the acts of one man. Some of these things could be avoided, I can only pray that there has been reflection enough. We reap what we sow, As a Man thinketh so he is, the Word of God is the true.

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    • I SEE EVIL WHEN I LOOK AT HH
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      Evil all over his anatomy. His supporters are also evil. Yes the DEVIL’S advocates. How honestly does an innocent marketeer trying to make his ends meet at the Market get caught up in UPND unrealistic and shallow thinking minds. I have no better things to say to you HH and your leadership. Yes the courts should rule but you are very much responsible for the evil your people are causing. God knows why you should not rule over us. But a pure message to you is that Zambians will not trade peace for your terrorist group maneuvers. SOMALIA is in shambles because of irrational people like the entire UPND leadership and supporters. Poorer traders at City Market were innocent. God will punish you HH!

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    • @Thorn in the flesh. I assure you that all you are seeing when you look at righteous HH is your own evil nothing else. Look at how you are accusing innocent people of burning a market. Have the polish finished and published their investigation on the cause of that fire. Is it the first fire in Zambia? If its not who have been found responsible for the previous fires? Are you not wicked by pointing at innocent people. My friend there is a fairer judge in heaven above and he will vindicate the innocent. As for you and the hatters, Your lot hell fire unless you change. Zambia doesn’t belong to you alone. For your own information is PF lawlessness and foolish leadership that is taking Zambia into a failed state like Somalia.

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    • DOES IT MATTER HOW SOON HE APPEARS IN COURT? HH SHOULD APPEAR WHEN TIME AND MANPOWER ARE ADEQUATELY, AVAILABLE.

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  1. On his arsonists crimes or subversive acts of attempting to road wreck nkwazi 1. Wondering how sabotaging power systems that kill babies in incubation and burning public assets will win him the hearts of Zambians.

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    • By the time he will come out there will be no upnd because it will soon be deregistered. Your tribal party has drifted from the principles it was registered for. It’s now a tribe turned political and a terror group busy sabotaging our infrastructure and value for our properties. So forget about continuing presiding over that tribe turned political party. Mutale will be president for the new party which will have a national character and people from other parts of the country will be willing to support it not just tongas.

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  2. Thanks Zambians for attending to the Kenyan drought plea. Our election is scheduled for 8th August and may take the Zambian route. Nevertheless, let justice take its due course with no undue influence.

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    • Keep the peace and tell Odinga clown to tone it down ,Africa doesn’t need more bad headlines.

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  3. Its over 90 days of HH being in jail for a mere traffic incident & yet the courts have not found him with his UPND members guilty.
    HH is innocent until proven otherwise. So dictator of visionless Edgar & his PF bandits should release HH without delay.
    PF bandits are busy burning infrastructures & accuses UPND is rhetoric of the highest level.
    Kamba & Kapyongo’s time to account for their anarchism is near.
    The Skeleton Key
    ~206~

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    • A mere traffic offence would be hh raging with mulongoti or sinkamba or any other motorist. Motor raging and failure to obey police red blue lights and siren and thereby putting the life of a president in danger is not a mere traffic offence. That’s not our problem if you don’t respect the president but have respect for the presidency. That is what even hh would want to happen. Respect the office of the president because it has laws which protects it and one of them is treasonous. The more you say a mere traffic offence the tougher it’s gonna be for your chief under5 on him. The state will make sure they prove and justify why they have determined hh for so long. At this stage acquittal for hh is not even an option because it will boomerang on them. Stop that nonses of saying traffic…

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    • It’s the Courts to declare an accused person innocent. Your terming the Mongu incident as a mere traffic offense clearly shows your ignorance which, unfortunately, you are so proud to exhibit.

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    • So when someone hits a person and kills them they should not be charged with murder but merely a traffic offence? cool-pool-sir kwako

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    • Actually you give way to ambulances, firetrucks and police cars whenever they have flashing lights and sirens on. He would been arrest even if he refused to give way to an ambulance or a firetruck. Many emergency response vehicles (especially those of the main police, fire and ambulance services) are likely to be fitted with audible and visual warning devices, which are designed to facilitate their movement through traffic to reach their destination, and to provide some protection on the scene.

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  4. Whoever will support UPND and HH takwata mano. These people have caused more harm than good in the country.

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  5. Is HH getting his recommended three course meals ,king size bed ,spa bath tub and free internet as prescribed by the constitution?
    High value detainees need proper treatment and HH qualifies VVIP detainee .If any harm comes to him mwaiche, we’ll see the repercussions .

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    • Thats my president! Lungu & his fellow thugs will not stop HH from doing what is right for Zambian people. They have humiliated him and cant break his spirit. Long live my president!

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  6. God works in misterious ways. Your incarceration can be your enemies down fall. The children of Israel were saved in a miraculous way. Who knew God was going to make a way on the Red Sea? We are praying the enemies will be exposed. No evil lasts forever.

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    • I don’t think you are being honest by dragging God into this self-emposed mess. God likes order, not anarchy.

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    • Emergency Vehicles (form wikipedia). Many emergency response vehicles (especially those of the main police, fire and ambulance services) are likely to be fitted with audible and visual warning devices, which are designed to facilitate their movement through traffic to reach their destination, and to provide some protection on the scene. Depending on local laws, vehicles on the road may be required to yield the right of way to emergency responders who are using their warning devices. For example, in Utah, when an emergency vehicle is on the road while using its warning devices, all cars are required to pull over to the side of the road, stop, and wait for the vehicle to pass before resuming normal driving, unless doing so would cause an accident or if stopped at a red light/stop sign. Even…

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    • Unfortuntaley HH is a Masonist and cannot be associated with the Israelites. He belongs to a satanic cult!!!!

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  7. Skeleton, You are saying mere traffic offence? Don’t compare yourself to the president. Let enlighten you even when the Presidential Motorcade hits a pedestrian, it wont stop until the president is put to the safest place. So read the constitution on Blocking the Presidential motorcade if you will find a mere Traffic offence.

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  8. “To those in Government, I am one lone voice pushing this agenda” oh theres a government now???

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    • He is slowly coming back to senses. His next court session will be in December am told.

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  9. The Kenyan opposition known for political hostility has rejected the ballot printing tender from Al Ghurair company Dubai that citing the Zambian opposition complaint on the same company last year. A month to the election and the matter is still pending in court. They are not ready to accept the outcome of the election short of their win. An electoral scenario similar to Zambia’s is likely to unfold.

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  10. The incarceration of HH is affecting the Economy and productivity. The sooner this issue is dealt with the better the country

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  11. HH is the main problem, he thinks he is a great guy. His wealth is a result of rooting during privatisation, thats why he can’t explain it when asked. His political support is tribal. He is a proud for nothing fellow. Calm down, zambia is much bigger than you and there are many far much better zambians to rule than him. The message above is not from HH, it doesn’t reflect him , unless he had repented. Don’t be a curse to the country.

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  12. My take is that as long as HH continues to play the angel in Zambian politics this PF-UPND row will never end. Sometimes an individual can drag the whole party, and country, into filthy mess. Recount on how Jonas Savimbi kept Angolan peace at bay; after his death the nation is now in stupor of peace and unity. I don’t believe Zambia was ever like this before HH became UPND president. UPND will always drag Zambia into its grave with HH at the pinnacle, but I might take it that if there was change in the leadership.

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  13. @Joseph Mvula,
    True, Hikainde is like late Jonas Savimbi, waging a tribal war. As long as he heads UPND, zambia won’t see peace. If people like Garry Nkombo led UPND, you will see peace in zambia, because he is flexible and an exposed person.

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  14. The gullibility if a just society. How on earth would anyone in their/his/hers right mind believe this tribal rhetoric? The labelling of tongas as tribal started ages ago and now it has manifested and established based on false allegations to gain political mileage. The chewa and ngonis’ are fighting. I guess it’s HH’s fault too. Are we too dense a society to accept the fact that Zambia under Lungu who has broken every law there is free falling? Wise and call a spade one instead of just posting vulgarities.

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  15. The gullibility of a just society. How on earth would anyone in their/his/hers right mind believe this tribal rhetoric? The labelling of tongas as tribal started ages ago and now it has manifested and established based on false allegations to gain political mileage. The chewa and ngonis’ are fighting. I guess it’s HH’s fault too. Are we too dense a society to accept the fact that Zambia under Lungu who has broken every law there is free falling? Wise and call a spade one instead of just posting vulgarities. You

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  16. Skeleton @1.1 the price of breakfast meal has gone to between 75 to 85 kwacha per 25kg. Unless you’re not in Zambia not to know this

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    • Star Beef is selling 25kg beakfast at K75 and Roller meal at K55. I honestly do not know what the price was before because for the past twelve years I Lima and gaya my own maize. I do not dependent on a politician for Unga!

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  17. @Kaz that’s why everyone is pointing at UPND you says Zambia is failing???. Inflation is at 6.5%,US$ today was at K9.05, Copper prices are rising,No loadshedding and a bag of Maize K50 compared to last year’s K120. So tell me which failed state because of one *****??

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  18. HH there is nothing good that can come out of your mouth. DPP will set December 6. May HH soul rest in chimbokaila. Which Zambians does hh represent. HH aba ama sperm aya sasa.

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  19. An opposition party has legitimacy only if it is able to provide checks and balances to a governing party. The upnd has lost the legitimacy to be called an opposition party and should be deregistered from Zambian political affairs in so far as it seeks to wrestle power from a Constitutionally establishment entity.
    Zambia badly needs opposition but not the type of opposition intent on coming to power by hook or by crook. The history of upnd fits into a description of such an opposition party. It just opposes everything the majority of Zambians have tried to do.
    For example which party vehemently refused to contribute the formulation of a new constitution? Which party mobilsed to defeat adoption of the Bill of Rights?
    Which party is tribalistic? And which refuses to go a convention to…

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  20. Renew itself? Which party organises boycotts in parliament or functions like Labour Day, Africa freedom day etc.? Which party insists the recently held elections but failed to the claim in the 14 days as prescribed by the constitution? And which party proclaimed it would make the country ungovernable? Does all this history fit into providing checks and balances?
    Let’s deregister this party so that we’ll meanin Zambians can regroup into a party with new leaders, new ideas and new organizational skills. Upnd fits into a description and pattern exihibited by saboteurs.Zambia badly needs an opposition, a serious opposition to provide the checks and balances that are currently missing. Let’s start by deregistering the Upnd.

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  21. Which party insists its leader won but failed to provide evidence in the 14 days stipulated by the constitution? And which party is now crying foul?

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