I was gripped with FEAR and ANGER at the same time to learn of the wild fires that gutted the Lusaka City Market and another that left many of our people out of work. The perpetrators of these crimes should be brought to justice. Especially the real culprit behind these acts of terrorism and sabotage. Those attempting to find the perpetrators need our support. Therefore, I offer my ideas on finding and prosecuting these criminals. It is pertinent to establish the possible causes, then use criminal investigations theory and solve the problem once and for all.
It is not unusual for one field to borrow methods and practices of another field and apply them to resolve a persisting problem. With all due respect to the lawyers and police of Zambia I believe that the methods that accountants use to investigate financial fraud could be helpful here. The objective of any credible investigation is seeking to ESTABLISH THE TRUTH, then determine if crimes were committed, if not take corrective measures and preventative steps to avert a similar crisis from cropping up again. If there were crimes committed commit the perpetrators to justice. Then mitigate the damage caused. We accountants ask three questions to find financial fraudsters:

a) Who had the motive?

b) Who had the means to do it?

c) Who had the opportunity to commit the crime?

In answering these questions, I learned in Postgraduate Advanced Forensic Accounting Theory and Practice as well and Advanced Accounting and Fraud Examination that a good place to start the process of investigating a crime is to develop a hypothesis. A hypothesis is “a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.” Its synonyms are theory, premise, suggestion, supposition, proposition, guess, assumption, and postulate. In philosophy a hypothesis is “a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth. A crime investigations hypothesis would be twofold i.e. the null hypothesis H0 and the alternative hypothesis H1. If empirical evidence supports the null hypothesis, then we can dismiss the alternative and the vice versa. In this case:

H0 is “The Lusaka City Market fire was an accident” whereas
H1 is “The Lusaka City Market Fire was NOT an accident”

The null hypothesis requires the investigation to look at the assets involved and a thorough review of the safety mechanisms. All the people with positions of responsibility around the facilities should be questioned directly. To the extent that, it is established that the fires were indeed an accident those responsible for the safety of the assets involved who did not put in place the mechanism to safeguard them should held accountable, and new measures to eliminate the possibility of similar accidents at markets throughout the country should be instituted. Given the safety record of Zambia under this administration as a carryover from previous administrations including those obtaining in fatal road accidents, it is not unfathomable that there are systematic deficits in safety and property maintenance of facilities that could be causing these fires.

The alternative hypothesis is that the wild fires are not an accident but deliberate actions of disingenuous or disgruntled citizens. Disgruntled citizens could be those involved in the disputes within the markets who could be aggrieved with the manner in which past or current intra-market disputes were resolved. Anybody who has worked or interested with our great citizens in the markets of Zambia knows that’s it rough and tumble enterprise. It’s survival of the fittest. Then the fires would be an act of revenge or as they say in my mother’s village “Katufilile munsenga.” (meaning “if we can’t win let’s all be losers”)

The alternative place to look are wider disputes in the country over economic or indeed political outcomes particularly the defacto UNIPists i.e the Current PF/MMD cadres/supporters Vs. the UPND cadres/supporters. This matter was touted by the Bishops in April as creating an atmosphere of creating unyielding and ongoing tensions in the country. Interestingly the current administration has denied they are presiding over a nation under serious political tension.
However, in this pocket or tinder box of perceived or real tension we could look at UPND cadres/supporters as those who are aggrieved as potentially disgruntled enough to embark the same: “Katufililie munsenga” (meaning “if we can’t win let’s all be losers”). Since the main case is in court and a detailed review may be misconstrued as potentially contemptuous of our judicial process I will not get in details here.

The alternative culprits could be just crazy people taking advantage of the tension in the real or perceived tensions in the country to commit opportunistic crimes. We have people like this in the United States who start up fires or commit other grievous crimes due to craziness taking advantage of the political tensions between the Republicans and democrats. They can be mentally ill or normal people who get possessed by a destructive concept or demons. In my mother’s village we called them. “Ba chisanguka” (disguised monsters)
Then finally the disingenuous PF/MMD cadres/supporters. First there are two categories those dissatisfied with intra-party conflict resolutions could be in the “Katufililie munsenga” situation. This is plausible whereby they know their party has only one enemy that they will blame for everything bad in the country HH and the UPND. So this group would do damage knowing they can get away with it as government would be looking elsewhere for culprits.
The final and probably the most plausible are well connect and regular PF/MMD cadres/supporters. The markets burning are mostly if not entirely in the hands of PF cadres you can’t sell or work there ngatauli mubwato (if you are not in the boat). These are the people who are in charge of the administration and running of these markets. Why should these people be looked at more than any other group? It’s a concept I also learned in my mother’s village called: “Ukufwika amala yambushi mumukoshi” (literally it means putting the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around the neck of an innocent man). This group is responsible for the safety arrangements of property and people in the markets. They should have all the surveillance cameras if any, or charge over the guards if any. If someone went in to burn property, it’s either one of them or they sure know who did it.

But why would they be the ones to burn the markets. First they are PF and therefore they knew the PF government would compensate all who lose property to start afresh. Second, such wild fires create a perfect opportunity for our President to put more political opponents in Jail to clear a way to establish Mr. Lungu preferred form of government for Zambia in the 21st century, “THE DICTATORSHIP”. Does the PF government under Mr. Lungu work this way? You bet!
A few examples may be helpful:

First, a top party official had publicly declared that a citizen will be arrested for treason. A few weeks’ days later a citizen who was a passenger in a convoy of about 60 cars. Without sufficient notice the convoy was rear entered by the Presidential motorcade and a fracas ensued. A few days later. This illustrious passenger was arrested at his home bandit style and he currently sits in jail for endangering the life of a President he neither recognizes nor had a way to know the President is coming to pass near the car carrying him. Nkole yama pembwe now sits in jail for a non-bailable offense. Naowine balimufwika amala yambushi mumukoshi” (even him PF government put the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around the neck)

Second, we know a company that was the most important voice against the abuse of political power, and fostered free speech to engineer the development of strong opposition politics in our country since the third Republic. Like all human enterprise an imperfect company, nevertheless a sound company. As all companies do, it had debts in the form of taxes that due to litigation over the years had compounded into a giant debt bigger than the net assets of this company. Against wise counsel and sometimes citizens yelling, in the name of collecting taxes the Mr. Lungu’s PF government closed this company. In my profession, the language of business, we don’t close a viable company that owes more taxes than its value. Instead we conciliate it on a payment plan under the Internal Revenue tax code to remit payments until the debt is fully paid. That is a win win situation. Taxes are paid and the employees of that company can keep their jobs and feed their families. Albeit, in our PF Zambia wisdom is not important the interest was not collecting taxes. To date those taxes have not been collected because they exceeded the value of the company. And this the PF government of Mr. Lungu knew very well. The Post was closed to smooth the way for imposing a shameless dictatorship on one Zambia. A long standing disputed tax debt was turned into amala ya mbushi…NaPost ine baliifwikile amala yambushi mumukoshi. (Even The Post Newspaper, the PF government put the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around its neck).
Third, the Minister of Home affairs and the Head of Police two to three days prior to the Lusaka City market being gutted by fire they warned and publicly threatened the arrest of a certain chief who was organizing terrorism and other acts of sabotage. If they had this information and they knew the plans why didn’t they stop them before property was lost and burned? This is very similar to the warnings from Mumbi Phiri that HH would be charged with treason a few days before the fracas on the Road in Mongu. Balepanga akabepesho (creating a scapegoat). They are looking for another person or group of persons, political opponents for putting the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around their neck. Nabobene balabafwika amala yambushi mumukoshi. (Watch! even them the PF government is looking put the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around their necks).

In a nutshell, the key to finding the real culprit behind the setting of the country on fire is to look squarely at leadership. John C Maxwell has taught for the last three decades that: “Everything rises or falls on leadership.” The Bishops of the Mother church bodies observed and warned about the perils of unmitigated endless political tensions in the country. The lack of freedoms of assembly, press, and movement in any country in the 21st century is perilous and becomes an incubator for hatching dissidence and other criminal activities. In the Bible evil must be overcome with good but injustice begets injustice, violence begets violence and the cycle never ends.

A government or any group that sets these vices in motion will themselves reap the atrocities. Even those who kill by the sword die by the sword. Therefore, may I recommend that the responsibility for all these accidents, fires and tensions in the country be laid squarely at the feet of Mr. Lungu as the perpetrator in chief. They are downright to a LEADERSHIP CRISIS. It’s the Presidential incompetence, lack of clean motives or vision for leading our country. The President of Zambia Mr. Edgar Lungu whilst he was in Addis Abba and the Lusaka City Market was burning told us to be calm. Upon his arrival he was the least calm. After seeing the damage, he sought our permission to formally institute his preferred style of government for our country. Mr. Lungu thinks the solution to Zambia’s current problems is to impose a shameful form of government, A DICTATORSHIP in the 21st century. I truly think he was NOT SERIOUS but if he was it could be a case of one of three issues at play:

a) The President was under the influence of substances consumed on the plane from Addis the home of Haile Selassie.

b) The President is showing an alarming level of bankruptcy in governing ideas.

c) The President is up to no good for our country and his intentions are in the open now and we better wake up to this reality.

In which case let me reiterate my request from my last article to humbly ask Mr. Lungu to resign his positions as President of our party the PF, and our country Zambia with immediate effect. There are many things that Mr. Lungu as a citizen can do but President seems to be way above his pay grade. Mr. Lungu has no constructive governing philosophy or concept of organizing a peaceful and thriving nation in the 21st Century. Resorting to impose a dictatorship on Zambia the proud and free, the land work and joy in unity is despicable and a shameful adventure. It is a callous and heartless short cut crafted in wickedness and the bankruptcy of governing ideas. It’s a manifestation of sheer laziness to think and painstakingly work through challenging national problems. We refuse to tolerate or accept a lazy government for our country. Ba Lungu wesu ubunang’ani tabulisha kasuma (Our dear Mr. Lungu laziness doesn’t feed well). But in the unlikely story that this is Zambia, the dictatorship’s days are few and a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will arise again. Zambia shall be free from this dictatorship!

By Jones K. Kasonso, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, MBA, BSc., NATech
The author is a Zambian, An Accounting Professor in Washington DC and Dubai.

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  1. Well written.

    We keep telling these thrives that opposition parties, HH, GBM, guy scott have been present since 1991 and never have we seen such corruption, divisions, tribal assaults and thuggery in our country.

    Only when the fraud convict lungu with his advisor kaizer Zulu appears do we have this….

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    • Well written prof. Your really the true son of the Zambian soil who really cares about mother Zambia like most us do. Exactly what I have said before that PF thugs under the instruction of Mumbi Phiri Kamba and Kapyongo are behind all those fires.

      Unfortunately for id10ts in PF, the western world already knows how un-trustworth ,corrupt and useless the Zambian judiciary is under PF and Lungu. So they wont send anyone to be tortured by by Lungu ‘s thugs.

      Right now as I am talking the western world are on the verge classifying Zambia as a failed state and proof is in the US state report on human rights in Zambia 2014,2015,2016 and draft 2017.

      Watch the video that warned Zambians not vote and trust Lungu and his PF to rule Zambia because his intentions are to bring back one…

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    • Mr. Writer You started off very well, but reading between the lines it doesn’t take time for one to see your heart’s inclination and thereby rendering your seemingly good counsel basis. The other inadequacy is that your so called hypothesis ignores the larger picture (context) of what is pertaining in the country. In my view your so called hypothesis doesn’t qualify to be used as a basis for your findings, assumptions, propositions whatever you may want to call them. And by the way what makes you think you cannot be cited for contempt? Just because you don’t mention people’s names and you are abroad – you think? Let’s be careful with what we post. One thing I agree with you on is that let’s work together for the betterment of our country. Let’s be vigilant and look out for the…

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    • If President Lungu is weak then God must be working full time for him. Very few countries in Africa have recovered from commodity slump in 2016 & the drought of 2015/2016 that ravaged southern Africa. Zambia managed to have a bumper harvest & continues to grow its GDP even beating estimates. Amidst loadsheding the President won general election by more than 50+1. Under extreme provocation & cowards burning property by night he’s openly raised level of security. Despite been a leading copper producer Zambia is now gearing to lead export of grain to East Africa. Dams are being built around the country to allow all year growing of crops with focus on the poor. If that’s weakness then that’s what I want him to be. God Bless Zambia

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    • Ba Kasonso, i respect all professional disciplines but i never shy away from rebuking fellow learned colleagues where found wanting. Your prognosis is pure academic theory of accounting procedures and practicesonnected from the world of real clear politics. You started well until your Social Darwinism framework invoked some narratives of familiar political subversion against President Lungu’s rule. You have vainly belabored to shove a picture that exist only to crusaders of dispondency, anarchy and state capture. Smearing and name calling will not do. I advise you to step in your village and offer leadership there if possible. President Lungu has a mandate to protect our national interest period. Democracy is not the absence of rule of law.

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    • B O R I N G – PURE ACADEMIC RANTS (THE FOLLY OF EDUCATED SCHOLARS)
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      Go write some books. Were you not taught to keep whatever you want to write brief?
      Anyways there is nothing “opportunistic crimes” when a party promised you Armageddon. The problem with scholars is too much hypothesis and theories. They begin to question real and obvious things. They question why gravity exists, why for once the sun can’t switch and start rising from the west. They are lost in dreams of subjective academic scientific theories that are pure fantasies to the hearts of non social science demographics. Why do we labor to attain higher education? The simple answer to this question is so that we contribute positively to the well being of our communities. To make it simple to…

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    • Well written Prof. I think in addition to failing to bring about peace and prosperity. The truth about the 2016 haunts him day and night. It would’ve been in his best interest to get the petition heard and clear his name of being a suspected illegitimate president. As it stands people only respect lungu mainly because of the power he suspected got. Without the presidency no one would even bother listen to him.

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    • Cont’d
      … articulate issues, gain new knowledge and solve our problems. In Zambia, the so called educated are a showbiz of folly and confused lecture to the masses to gain social or political expediency. Poor miserable educated dull professors, kindly be useful for once. First it was Prof Ndulo, then Dr. Neo now this prof Kansonso – fake scientists. Why did I spend my precious time reading this science fiction without a specific knowledge impact.

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    • Let those with capacity to discern and dissect presented lines of thought as the ones articulated above join in logical civil debate either for or against and render enrichment to better understanding of state afflictions.

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    • Well written, the culprit is the PF government, they know exactly who is doing this, with a motive to qualify the need for State of Emergency. Only fools would not actually know what’s going on. Because the Police are so unprofessional? They will label UPND and HH. It’s a shame that PF’s greed and desperation has led to such acts. Lungu should act to unite the country than concentrating on his personal 2021 agenda. We are in 2017 yet the man and his supporters are so desperate and uncomfortable with who even criticizes them.

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  2. Dont give in to such attacks and they will soon be caught and face the law. If this is the style of attacking the government,very soon they will be exposed. we all no that UPND are the one behind this arson.

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    • Yes, I suppose it was HH himself!

      Aaaah, sorry I forgot he is in jail for a traffic offense!

      But aaaaah, sorry I forgot, he was not even driving the vehicle. So how can it be a traffic offense?

      What has happened to COMMON SENSE in our mother Zambia?

      Are the people in charge so unpatriotic and greedy that they can ignore reality and truth, and think Zambians will believe all their LIES?

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    • Am not saying pf or upnd because there are in political differences.it might be upnd has done that or pf to dent the upnd.therefore let the investigations go on and bring the truth.have said this because ever since we have never experience this and I don’t trust both parties.lets stop charging or else be quite thanks

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    • i for one dont know,the police dont know as well as the fire department but since you are so sure it is upnd then come forward with that information for it is your civic duty

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    • @Jahjah… You say we all know…. This is you and who exactly!!!! I speak for myself and I surely don’t know that it is UPND who is responsible. I wish you’d be kind enough to provide me the proof – how you found out so quickly. I’m a natural scientist and hence a person of logic. Provide me a logical argument and I’ll listen to you, not these unsubstantiated outbursts akin to a kachasu drunk.

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  3. What sabotage you you crazy nutty professor. If Zambia had such people don’t you think we would have had fires in the past. You are failing to blame pf for poor fire regulations. Please tour most public buildings in Zambia and see how pathetic the fire regulations in place are. This is happening in UK where all buildings failings tests are are been evacuated. Meanwhile here ati sabotage. It will be sabotage when lungu burns to death

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    • @NEZ
      We know you are Larry Mweetwa using the pseudonyms of NEZ and Wanzelu. You are the one who was celebrating the burning of city market and urging your fellow UPND cadres to torch even more public installations on your facebook page. One only has to follow your other posting on how you ranted that before you are caught President Lungu would have died. This came on the heels of government’s announcement of seeking the support of international security agencies and using extradition treaties signed with foreign governments to extradite extremist elements like yourself back to Zambia. The Zambian intelligence needs to study your postings well.

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  4. He started professional in explaining and ending very very unprofessional.
    BEGINNING: Therefore, I offer my ideas on finding and prosecuting these criminals. It is pertinent to establish the possible causes, then use criminal investigations theory and solve the problem once and for all. H0 is “The Lusaka City Market fire was an accident” whereas
    H1 is “The Lusaka City Market Fire was NOT an accident”

    ENDING:Mr. Lungu thinks the solution to Zambia’s current problems is to impose a shameful form of government, A DICTATORSHIP in the 21st century. I truly think he was NOT SERIOUS but if he was it could be a case of one of three issues at play:

    a) The President was under the influence of substances consumed on the plane from Addis the home of Haile Selassie.

    b) The President…

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  5. b) The President is showing an alarming level of bankruptcy in governing ideas.

    c) The President is up to no good for our country and his intentions are in the open now and we better wake up to this reality.
    In which case let me reiterate my request from my last article to humbly ask Mr. Lungu to resign his positions as President of our party the PF, and our country Zambia with immediate effect.
    You agree that debt bigger than the net assets of this company. and you say NaPost ine baliifwikile amala yambushi mumukoshi. (Even The Post Newspaper, the PF government put the tripe or “offals” of a stolen goat around its neck).
    Stop insulting the president please ba professor.

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  6. The article is purely academic. The real issue at hand is lawlessness being perpetrated by UPND supporters as a way of showing their solidarity to their incarcerated leader. They are worried that if their leader is found guilty and jailed, his record will be dented and will never contest for presidence as the constitutuion of Zambia does not provide for a current or past convict to participate. In real sense their attitude is shallow and primitive. They should wait for the due process of the law to take place, otherwise resorting to insolence will render most of them be incarcerated. Time is clicking, tick tok tick tok.

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    • Incarcerated where ???

      Let lungu dare Jail more UPND and you will see how he will be demonised by the west….

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  7. The article lost me at……

    “a) The President was under the influence of substances consumed on the plane from Addis the home of Haile Selassie.”…

    The writer is simply anti – LUNGU and not seeing things from an objective standpoint.

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    Mr. Writer You started off very well, but reading between the lines it doesn’t take time for one to see your heart’s inclination and thereby rendering your seemingly good counsel BIAS. The other inadequacy is that your so called hypothesis ignores the larger picture (context) of what is pertaining in the country. In my view your so called hypothesis doesn’t qualify to be used as a basis for your findings, assumptions, propositions whatever you may want to call them. And by the way what makes you think you cannot be cited for contempt? Just because you don’t mention people’s names and you are abroad – you think? Let’s be careful with what we post. One thing I agree with you on is that let’s work together for the betterment of our country. Let’s be vigilant and look…

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  9. this article is a true reflection of what is obtaining in Zambia. pf leaders and cadres know its true. but the problem is they will pretend otherwise. the big question is , does mr lungu know that everyone can see the motive behind his schemes? what we are waiting to see is how he uses his state of emergency. its for his use not for the police’s use. all the fires were caused by mr lungu to provide justification for his state of emergency.

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  10. one can tell from the comments to this article from pf cadres that they are in trouble indeed. they are defending their king? while he lasts so that they continue eating with him, they don’t care about his legality for sure.

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  11. PROFESSOR YOUR ANALYSIS IS POOR. YOUR MENTIONING OF NULL OR ALTERNATIVE HYPOTHESES DOES NOT MAKE YOU ANY WISER THAN THE REST OF US. IN ANY RESEARCH YOU HAVE TO MENTION:
    1) YOUR INTERESTS AND TELL YOUR READERS WHAT YOUR INTERESTS ARE AND HOW THEY CAN SKEW YOUR CONCLUSION AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO CONTROL SUCH.
    2) BIAS IS ANOTHER FACTOR THAT CAN CAUSE YOU TO SKEW YOUR CONCLUSION IN FAVOUR OF YOUR POLITICAL INTERESTS. YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US HOW YOU HAVE CONTROLLED THAT.
    3) WHAT ABOUT CONFOUNDING VARIABLES? FOR EXAMPLE YOU COME FROM NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE, A KNOWN STRONGHOLD FOR UPND. DONT YOU THINK THAT HAS SKEWED YOUR ANALYSIS? SECONDLY YOU HAVE CLAIMED THAT SOME MATTERS ARE IN COURT AND YOU CANNOT DISCUSS THEM, SURELY DONT YOU THINK THAT IS A CONFOUNDING FACTOR SHROUDING YOUR…

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    • There goes the tribalists again. Always seeing everything in the eyes of tribe or region of origin. At this rate we are indeed killing our once vibrant country. Poor Zambia, Poor Nation.

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  12. -CONTINUED- SURELY DONT YOU THINK THAT IS A CONFOUNDING FACTOR SHROUDING YOUR ANALYSIS?
    IN SHORT, PROFF, YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER UPND CADRE TRYING TO DO DAMAGE CONTROL FOR YOUR PARTY WHOSE STRATEGIES HAVE LAMENTABLY FAILED BEYOND RESCUE.

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    • @Chisenga! As a PF cadre you seem troubled. The prof has laid bare the intentions of Mr Lungu. Just eat quietly or you will succeed in exposing yourself.

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    • Chisenga, if you had read the writer’s earlier article you could have noted that he is not from Northwestern Province. He clearly introduced himself as coming from Luapula province and a strong supporter of the PF party and not connected to the UPND in any shape or form. Please just analyse and critique the article and not jump to attacking innocent people as is your usual habit. Why do you think every Zambian is happy with what is happening in Zambia and only people from UPND and the three provinces you keep belittling are unhappy? There is generally disquiet and discontent in many Zambians from all provinces and all parties, including in the PF, only that they have no means or guts to express their true feelings.

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    • @Chisenga…first of, writing your comments in all caps is considered rude and disrespectful. It only exposes you as a low information individual. Secondly, there’s nowhere in the article that the professor said he was from Northwestern province. All the vernacular sayings he was quoting are in Bemba, and he said they’re from his village, which most likely means he’s from Luapula province. Thirdly, he didn’t hide what party he belongs to. He clearly stated that he’s PF. So why are you placing him in Northwestern province and also claiming that he’s UPND? You see how biased and intellectually dishonest you’re?

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  13. Kikikikiki…..no wonder this Donkey of a “professor” has never practised in Zambia. …..kikikikiki again.
    And why is not interrogating the more plausible theory that the City market was torched by “Armageddonists”? What he say about the Kafue West incident, the burning cables in Ndola, the burning government offices etc etc? What kind of “professor” is he who cannot model a pattern in current events? Or acknowledge the fact that the City market fire is an additional incident to the long record of recent fire incidents?

    Anyway dear Donkeys, the culprits will soon be brought to book, the communities (UPND, PF, NAREP, etc etc) are now so disgusted that they will together flush the Donkeys out very soon.

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    • What can you pay him in Zambia? He is far much better than people like you who are specialized in insults, the only thing you learned in school. No wonder you fail to reason.

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    • I have yet to see a comment sent by Terrible without mentioning DONKEY. He must be in bestiality. He/she is obsessed with the name of his /her sex mate (donkey).

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  14. TUMFWEKO writes that,
    UPND Cadre Goes Into Hidding After Admitting To Be Behind The Recent Fires
    ………………………………As GBM turns his back on him. “He is in this alone.” Says GBM
    UPND Social media campaign coordinator Larry L Mweetwa has ditched his party and vanished from social media.Mweetwa, Zambian but London-based is known for his vile mouth, terroristic statements and hooligan activity coordination, wrote on his Facebook page that he no longer belonged to the UPND before shortly deactivated his account.

    “I no longer belong to any political party and the views I express here are my on,” Mweetwa wrote but a few hours later deactivated his account after possibly learning that Zambia Security services were after him for admitting to setting Kamwala market on fire as well as encouraging…

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  15. … his followers to burn more markets and public buildings and sporadic inferno’s targeted both at private and public building ensued. Mweetwa had also admitted to having released funds in order for UPND cadres to tear and burn Patriotic Front banners and poster during presidential campaigns, a criminal activity he had previously gone scotfree from before. But following the proclamation and invocation of article 31 of the Zambian constitution, President Lungu during a press briefing announced that state security personnel will bring such people and any other social media transgressors who had been involved in terrorist activities to book. Those close to Mweetwa said by denouncing UPND, Mweetwa was hoping Zambians and security wings will spare him and not bring him before the law to…

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    • “…..UPND cadres to tear and burn Patriotic Front banners and poster during presidential campaigns, a criminal activity he had previously gone scotfree from before….”

      Lungu was sponsoring and directing PF thugs to attack anyone wearing opposition regalia in public , never mind tearing down banners !.

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  16. The writer of the long and boring passage is not a professor, but one of the chaps who want government investigation wings to shift their attention to something else! Ulukakala of some opposition leaders can lead to the truth of the matter!

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  17. … to explain and exculpate himself. A ministry of Home Affairs official said that the British government who have been alerted of Mweetwa’s statements are ready to coorperate and work with the Zambian government to ensure that Mweetwa is cornered. “I am not too sure but I think they said he is soldier in the British army and am told the command there is appalled with his behaviour. So he will be made answerable both in Zambia and Britain, akose,” the source said. The vice president Inonge Wina also confirmed the development saying they are already working with foreign security wings to make sure such people are extradited. Smart Eagles attempted to contact Mweetwa as to ascertain why he had left UPND a party he had defended tooth and nail for to extent of flushing his humanity down a…

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    • Delusional PF thief…..we can stop your lies from miles away.

      No country in the west can be complicate in lungus crackdown on the freedoms of expressions of any Zambian…..

      Keep your PF thuggery for poor mourners at funarals…

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  18. … drain but the latter abruptly cut the call and has had his phones switched off since. UPND sources said the vocal cadre had also gone mute on all their interactive WhatsApp blogs that he usually participates in. However, the source revealed that Mweetwa had earlier contacted the acting UPND President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) for party backing and monetary help in case he needed to hire lawyers but the UPND leader had turned his back on him. “He is in this one alone, so am pretty sure that is why he has decided to run, look how everyone have abandoned HH, so who is Larry for people to stand with him,” the source from UPND said.
    “Standing by him is an admission that you are involved and who wants to admit to being involved? He is all alone.” During the inferno that gutted Kamwala…

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    • Delusional PF thief…..we can stop your lies from miles away.

      No country in the west can be complicite in lungus crackdown on the freedoms of expressions of any Zambian…..

      Keep your PF thuggery for poor mourners at funarals…

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  19. During the inferno that gutted Kamwala. Mweetwa was the first to post that Lusaka was on fire and a few hours later reports arrived of an inferno, blazing down the busy shopping centre.

    On a Facebook posting Mweetwa wrote before the fire ensued. “LUSAKA ON FIRE NOW AS I Speak Due TO HH ARREST. Job well done bane let’s intensify such actions and defend democracy.”

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    • Also a week before the fire in Lusaka lungu was telling every one who would listen that he had information of impending terrorist activities in Lusaka sponsored by a certain chief…..did lungu already plan the state of emergency ???? Did lungu know of fire at the market before it happened .?…

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  20. We are intolerant of the truth for personal gain. We align ourselves to political and tribal affiliations against better judgment and good conscience. Many incidents have rocked this country which to date have no official police reports. Shame on Lungu and his cronies of MPs.

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    • What is your message? Are you saying that he is not a professor? He has presented his claim and supported it with reasons. Then, what is your argument? Do you write for the sake of just writing? This is being petty.

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    • @ndanje khakis
      I am also lost here! He is fake!
      Which part of his lengthy abstract excludes him from the fact that a lot of learned Zambians are full of empty talk based on theory and less work or action?

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  21. You deserve a reservation at one of the state lodges especially ‘mukobeko’.Why do you harbour such hatred for Lungu?Ni President was nyoko!

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  22. This was worth reading and I was reading it without putting on a PF or UPND hat, I also read it as a student that might belongs to educational systems that promote objectiveness, critical thinking and how ideas are developed and defended, this article cant be faulted on substance and arguments put up to defend position taken, so whether these are the facts or not but he has defended what he considers his facts or his take on things. I find this refreshing and encouraging, it gives me solace that in a society that has become dry and arid of truth and objective critical thinking, we still have the odd Zambian with the honesty, courage and freedom of thought to analyse things in an objective manner. I just wish across our country whether within families, communities, schools, workplaces and…

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  23. Of course no pf cadre can meaningfully challenge z prof’s convincingly articulated discourse. Watch z coments! Trully a bunkrapcy of high level of pf cadre thinking. Like leakage possessed pupils who can just provide an answer, wrong or correct, not knowing how such answer came about. We ca be certain this country has never had and will never see such poverty of thinking and reasoning in a people as pf cadres!

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  24. UPND has badly de-campaigned itself. Come 2021 Zambians will just be saying, ”Remember how UPND burn’t houses and shops for Bembas in Namwala; remember how UPND burn’t the City Market and many poor marketeers suffered and died of shock; remember how HH burn’t courts in Western Province, government buildings, remember—-, remember—— and the list will be endless, but for President Lungu it will just be sontapo!

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  25. 1005 Correct, no additions or subtractions. Prof god will bless you. All Zambians with insight agree with you except the blind followers of the masquerades.

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  26. Mothers and children in Kanyama run for their lives after heavily armed State Police threw TEARGAS on them.

    This was after Police blocked the UPND planned rally in the capital city, Lusaka.

    Lungu the man behind the fires July 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Well articulated. This is the truth and nothing but the whole truth. We all know the man behind the fires. One Edgar chagwa Lungu. Lungu must resign immediately. The man is a disgrace.
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    Daniel July 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Proper analysis. The main problem in Zambia is Lungu. He is just not presidential material nor leadership material for that matter. His outbursts of late betray him. Off course an ordinary Zambian will not see that. They failed to see that Chiluba was just not presidential material for 10 solid years and paid for it…

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  27. Fires in courts and burning of schools, bridges, cutting trees to block roads from communications by cars Lorries etc. I Saw this first In 1963 when my father was one of the freedom fighters against colonialism.
    What we are witnessing now is what was practical to freedom fighters ,who wanted to frustrate the colonialists so they could give them independence .
    I wonder Weather this is how opposition can fight to win elections and finally get to statehouse.
    It is true there is always some motive to what is done and especially with these magical fires .These fires haven’t started in a vacuum but there is a source somewhere .

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  28. The Prof. has given his views and strong opinion? Why castigate him instead of just critiquing his points line by line equally if you disagree? It’s called mature arguments!!!

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    • @Kaz! surely you don’t expect objective reasoning from the kind of Terrible, Chisenga, Kudos etc… These are insane who are people just in name. Any reasonable being cannot waste time reading comments from these worthless tins making irritating noise.

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    • PF cadres are mostly empty heads just like their president. They cant argue on substance because they have none! Lungu zwaa!

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  29. Well written, a problem in Africa is, we don’t want the truth to be told. The professor touched all eagles or probabilities.

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  30. HE IS NOT EVEN A PROFESSOR! HA HA. BA UPND PROPAGANDA TEAM NABO. THEY EVEN GO AND CHOOSE A BEMBA NAME.
    POINTLESS THEORETICAL DRIVEL.

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  31. @kasonso, emo mulila nimuli baPF. You will always support the mismanaged country. Even a child is able to see how this country is being ripped off in broad daylight. Have you ever asked yourself this question “where are people getting the monies to buy Porsche cars, luxury homes, hotels etc? An average Zambian doesn’t make that kind of money to live a lavish lifestyle. Civil servants have devoted to making their own monies through dubious means instead of serving the people. MPs, ministers and many senior government officials have become stinking rich overnight when a common man is watching helplessly. Zambia is a failed state that’s for sure, wake up!

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  32. KASONSO IS A KAONDE NAME OF KASEMPA IN CHIEF KASONSO’s AREA, NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE YOU CANNOT SAY YOU ARE BWALYA FROM BAROTSELAND ETC. THERE IS NO KASONSO IN LUAPULA.

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    • Now the issue is the author’s tribe or origin and not his views? Well, ask the good Professor he might have a response. We all know Jones Kasonso in Ndola. With a father from Solwezi and the mother from Samfya. He spent 15 years of his childhood in his mother’s village in Samfya. There is a Kasonso in Luapula. In Ndola he went to Masala Secondary School and all that is public information in his books and publications.

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    • Please discuss issues, not ethnicity. Names are found everywhere. We have Banda in Malawi , Zimbabwe, etc. We have Chilongo or Chilongu Kasongo or Kasongu, Ilunga, Muteba, Mumba, etc. in N/western, Luapula, Northern Province, Eastern, etc. Kalengas, Kaumbas are found in N/western and Southern. After all, what is in a name? In fact, now people with such names are not only Zambians, but are found among other nationalities. Please let move with time instead of having such retrogressive ideas.

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  33. The length of the article is proof the writer has too much time on his hands. It’s logic travels through unreal wormholes to bring an alternative universe of thought.

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    • Don’t true Professors get 3 months paid annual leave to rest in the summer? How can he not have time to think and write about his, and his beloved father’s & mother’s country. PF cadres and their President have neither education no ability to think critically about the problems of the country. May be they also take leave from power and allow some better brains in there!

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  34. Why is it that all bafoons in diaspora who write on the blog try to undermine our true patriotism? They plagiarise other people’s work and add stup1d nonsense to try and deceive themselves. Let them come back in Zambia and get shocked of how we have have progressed under the leadership of President Lungu. So Kasonso just continue being a slave in Washington and Dubai whilst we build our great country.
    HH will never rule Zambians NEVER!

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    • Online Lizard Malinso….PF cadres have too much JEASOUSY towards Imminent professionals from Zambia in the diaspora.It’s their choice to work abroad…get over it! instead of leveraging their skills, resources and exposure for a better Zambia, PF cadres and their leaders Ostracize them, shame! Can’t you just learn from the guy quietly than start writing nonsense. Which slave in the world commants a salary higher than his country’s cabinet ministers? Our President Sata (MHSRIP) and his PhD white man vice president brought in billions and investments in infrastructure in 3 years plus in spillover years, compare that with the PEANUTS that the empty head Mr. Lungu has brought in. Then you know who the real Baf00n is. Professor Kasonso is right our country can do better!

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    • Wow, he has become a slave for using your intellect better than you do. Now, we know who a true “bafoon” is, someone who cannot argue constructively. All he knows is to use slander. Can you compare yourself to Kasonso? His services are really appreciated where he is.

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  35. HH a case of the late wealthy Abiola of Nigeria, Besigye of Uganda and Quattarra of Ivory Coast. God forbid for these atrocities against an innocent man!

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  36. I was following your line of thought but I stopped immediately when u talked about arresting HH a passenger in the convoy of 6o cars.

    Remember the convoy of 60 cars was there because of HH being the leader.

    A driver has no power if his boss commands him not to stop or give way. A driver even if he wants ukusunda he cannot stop unless the boss permits him to do so.

    HH arranged the whole Mongu drama because he thinks he is a president.

    The fire is UPND making. No doubt about that. Whoever is supporting or is going to support HH and UPND takwata mano. UPND and HH have lost it by burning city market.

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    • Ba PF Cadre ill educated mwatampa ukumponta after becoming rich with Utumpiya twa kwiba .Zambia is big we shall how far you will go.Eyes are watching if Kaunda come down after 27yrs and Chiluba after 10yrs who are you to hold us to ramson?

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  37. BUSTED! YES FAKE PROF, FAKE ARTICLE AND FAKE NEWS.
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    I knew it. Most parts of his writing is heavily plagiarized. Then his real UPNDestruction anatomy was exposed in the end.
    THE PROF IS FAKE. LEARN TO QUOTE AND APPLY REFERENCES TO YOUR WORK KASONSO
    2/100 is 20%. You have failed.

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  38. I wonder so all upnd social media writers are abroad ,if so wat are your motives behind painting our nation bad pictures ,Hh shall never rule zed am not God to judge but i have power to tell the truth going by our voting pattern it will be even more complicated 4 upnd the behavr you hav potryd to most pipo, i rest my case

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  39. This ‘professor’s’ discussion is merely stats 101… who doesn’t know about the null and alternative hypothesis.. I bet next time the nitwit will write about Type 1 and type 2 errors… very dull chap indeed, don’t even know how he became a prof… I personally can school the chap and help him raise his game…he should be more concerned about solving problems like the Kummer–Vandiver conjecture instead of talking about the null and alternative hypothesis which one can easily comprehend and apply practically. just because the fella is teaching in USA and Dubai he mustn’t think that there are no hard core maths guru’s in Zambia.. … mapolo yake

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  40. A report must be short and brief like a woman’s apron. Short enough to retain the interest, but long enough to cover the essential parts. I think you just wanted to hear yourself talk. Academic stupidity is the reason we are having problem. Wabeja.

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  41. The fire incident is similar to the Motorcade Incident in Mongu. Without any investigation the State said HH had committed Treason. The Motorcade Incident was a Set Up to charge HH of Treason,which is nonbailable,so that Lungu can keep HH in Jail for as long as it is politically expedient. The 30 days after committing HH’s Treason Case to the HC is expiring soon. With the SOE Lungu can now keep HH in Jail indefinitely. The City Market Fire was planned to justify the declaration of SOE targeted at HH,UPND and all those opposed to Lungu’s Dictatorship. That is why b4 the investigation of the cause of fire even started Lungu told the Nation that the Arson was an act of sabotage by UPND Terrorists. The State carried out the Arson to justify the SOE Declaration by Lungu. This is another…

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  42. If politics were won on these fake media postings Govts would change at every article posting from these arm chair critics. Firstly we have NO DICTATORSHIP in state house at present. secondly the author conveniently quotes yesterday’s pronouncements by politicians without referring to “Armageddon” proclaimed by his preferred candidate before the 2016 general elections where held as well as the ethnic cleansing that followed release of the elections results and subsequent swearing in of the duly elected candidate. This article should remain where it belongs in the archives. There is NO credible reason why ECL should resign. If anything the majority of the Zambians know that the one who needs to resign from the UPND party is their 5 times loser Hakainde Hichilema. The UPND party is an…

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  43. Cont’d.. The UPND party is an important political party for our democracy but it’s leader (HH) does not have what it takes to be a leader. He has nothing to lose so he is doing “Tufilile munsenga” There is no need for a Govt of national unity in a democracy. This is what these UPND leadership want but they are using the wrong channel and in the process confusing the arm chair critics. What makes it worse is the combination of a backward deputy, a well known gender based violent kaponya coupled with his humble education. We do not know where we are going. But survife to say that we just need to be steadfast in doing good be vigilant to protect our peace. Kansonso a once christian has now resolted to what apostle Paul described as “I do what I do not want to do”

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  44. Kev Munde, your contribution is useless. You have not debunked any of the good professor’s observations or arguments. It’s understandable though not many people can contend with professorial discourse. There is case also for mistaken identity here. The author’s last name is not Kansonso but the Reverend, Dr. Professor Kasonso author of one of the best selling Christian books trending right now. So the issue of once christian is a figment of your imagination.

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  45. Kev Munde, your contribution is useless. You have not debunked any of the good professor’s observations or arguments. It’s understandable though not many people can contend with professorial discourse. There is case also for mistaken identity here. The author’s last name is not Kansonso but the Reverend, Dr. Professor Kasonso author of one of the best selling Christian books trending right now. So the issue of once christian is a figment of your imagination.

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  46. All of you intelligent bloggers plus prof kasonso are speaking above our police force. Our police font have the capacity for logical conjecture
    They are people who await instructions. Instructions from the ruling party

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  47. All of you intelligent bloggers plus prof kasonso are speaking above our police force. Our police dont have the capacity for logical conjecture
    They are people who await instructions. Instructions from the ruling party

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  48. No @Nose demon is a paid up blogger for the party that specializes in negatives and is run by ‘ism!

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  49. This article is lacking in academic rigor. I would be ashamed, with all those credentials to be identified as the source of such a poorly written piece of work.

    The bias is so appalling. The poor piece of work gives justification for the absense of education in many africans who have attended tertiary educational institutions and affix their academic titles to pieces of trash.

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