State House clarifies on Maimane, Malema saga

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Amos Chanda
Amos Chanda

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has clarified that President Edgar Lungu did not summon the opposition political party leaders from South Africa, but requested to have a talk with them directly.

Amos Chanda said he does not understand why the matter has been trivialized when the opposition leaders agreed to visit the president but rescinded their decision on the last minute.

Mr. Chanda said the President wanted to meet the two opposition leaders so that he could engage in talks with them directly rather than them picketing from outside the country.

He said there should be no fuss on the matter because the DA Leader Mmusi Maimane and his EEF counterpart Julius Malema had agreed in the first instance but just their decision a few hours later.

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    Clarification after clarification, keep clarifying bawishi. Those guys said they will meet ECL if he shows commitment to respect democracy in Zambia. If he really wants to meet them, let him do that not just telling them stories.

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      Is it a prerequisite that one has to be dull and ugly to be senior member of the PF. Amos is not making sense. Malema and Maimane did the right thing. What kind of naivety is that, that the president wants to talk yo person he abused and deported. This is the same president that won’t talk to opposition leaders in Zambia.

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      Chanda, please keep quiet and concentrate on your core duties else UPND and its followers will make you curse the day you were born. Forget about them they are irrelevant and the more you respond the more they become blitzed, sha.

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      These PF at ruined state house continues to embarrass their president. Why is Emmanuel Mwamba still doing in South Africa, he should be working at state house with other miscellaneous.
      I still respect Harry Kalaba for not getting involved in that SADC sad affair.

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      Why did it take you so long to clarify? In any case, the whole article was full of Chanda`s message, and he was quoted having said, the two were summoned, so why refuting that fact now?
      Who does he want to impress?

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      Put it simple you a sitting president calls people they say they will attend and don’t show up we call it snubbing or in south Africa they say delela.
      In anycase that shows lack of respect and speaks volumes!

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      @ King David Vs Saul, “Clarification after clarification, keep clarifying bawishi.” You’ve made my day, thumbs up!

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    But how many people are you going to be “asking” to discuss with? You are ready to talk with foreigners out of the country but not with fellow Zambians even those who have support from half of the country. How can you be so civil to foreigners and brutal to Zambians? Maybe that is why the original statement of trying to summon citizens of another sovereign nation makes sense.

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    The two South African opposition leaders are immature and silly. By inviting them, the President was ideally telling them to “put up or shut up”. They failed to put up, then they should just shut up.

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      abilima; those two are not Zambians that you can dictate to. In their country freedom of speach and assembly are respected and they keep a tight reign on the president of their country; it is their right as opposition to offer counts and balances.

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      kubweka – The two are just ****** who are busy poking their silly noses into Zambia’s internal affairs but blind to the intense problems within South Africa. If the circus going on in the South African Parliament is freedom of speech and democracy to you, I do not subscribe to that nonsense in SA. Imagine if those chaotic scenes were to be in the US Congress or House of Commons/Lords – what would you be saying?

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      If they are silly then your Lungu is worse than silli. Did the opposition parties in South Africa request a meeting with him….NO they didnt. First time I have heard of a President requesting a meeting with foreign opposition political parties. Imagine Zuma coming to Zambia and requesting a meeting with HH. The PF will be barking like wild dogs they are. Did Lungu go through the right protocol in requesting for this meeting. This was a serious SADC meeting on security and not a trade show/exhibition. How can you be thinking of a side meeting with opposition parties who are not party of the meeting you travelled for. STOP THIS NOSENSE…YOU HAVE EMBARASSED US A LOT. Suppose Maimane and Malema had come with their full “cabinets” to meet Lungu? They would have skined him alive.

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      PM – Because your two fuuls are poking their dirty noses into affairs of a sovereign state and taking sides.

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    Amos akatanshi takalishya. You guys disregarded protocol when you turned Maimane awy at the airport. Did you ever imagine that the turn around would come so soon?. You are trying hard to keep your job and it is only your skin you are trying to save by your statement. You guys embarrassed the president and should be fired straight away.

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      Kubweka, exactly my thought! Why did they even bother to invite them in the first place. If they wanted to meet Maimane, they should have done that when he came to Zambia. For instance, invite him to State hse, have a discussion and then send him back to S.A minus him having to meet echi echi. And these guys in their minds thought those two majitas were going to waste time and meet bakateka? Honestly speaking these guys should be fired for gross incompetence. Even me personally if I was one of them, I wouldn’t have met with Mr. Lungu. Zero mudala!!!

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      Sipinya Samulena – The reason the two clowns were invited is because they wanted to picket outside the hotel where the President was. Therefore, they were invited to actually meet the President if they had a message to put through rather than make noise outside the hotel. Put on the spot, the two clowns did not picket and feared to meet the President. Had they not intended to make noise outside the President’s hotel, they were not going to be invited to meet the President.

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      This is South Africa..we picket, we demonstrate and call president right in his face if we dont like what he is doing, after all we put him in power. He his our servant not our master. You Zambians continue being who you are docile, timidy, supressed, oppressed, mocked, dictated to, abused, striped of your rights….by a servant you put in office..agh shameful human beings. I miss the Zambians of the liberation struggle, who were so bold and refused to be intimidated by the Afrikaner in the quest to liberate Southern Africa. And they did!! Not the current Zambians who think with their stomachs.

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    Bra, bra, bra! Oh please… from ‘summon’ to ‘invite’ (too little too late). The procedure should have been for Lungu to request to visit them at their HQs (aka ‘courteous call’) but of course we know he is a little scared dictator. That Malema big dude would shirt front him easily.

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    KIALI BA JONA NI BA POMBE’!!
    P.F, is a cabal opposed to democracy, decency, & solely rooted in thuggery, dictatorship, & plunder.
    Imagine a so called Lawyer -Jona, using a call boy (n’gwan’gwazi)- Kaizer as an advisor, , & (Chimp)yongo – the aviation terrorist of Shiwan’gandu as Home affairs Minister charged with bringing “law & order” to the Nation. As if this aint bad enough, he has Shovel mouth Mumbi, & the Fatherless Frank who was slaughtering chickens before Jona rewarded him with an advisory role “helping manage Zambia”. If anyone had any doubts in Jonas judgement, & qualities as a leader, this is it!!
    Till 2021 it will be P.F, Flipflopping, thuggery, & remorseless plunder of state resources.
    ZAMBIANS YOU ASKED FOR IT, SO JUST DUNUNA!

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    Malema said he could not meet lungu on a “summon”. These opposition leaders were ordered by lungu to appear before him so he could TELL them off! Drunk with whisky and power he lungu thought he could command them, issue edicts to them, the same way he bullies opposition parties and his minions in Lusaka. Was he rebuffed and humiliated worldwide! Serves him right! He surrounds himself with punks as his advisers. Hopefully he has learned a lesson, but I doubt it.

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    Really laughable …you clarify after one week without shame….too late damage has already been done. Only a foooool or PF cadre would believe your lies!!

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    Uturn kupimisa
    Uturn maize exports
    Uturn on veg exports
    Uturn disaster stadium
    Uturn ZESCO tariffs
    Uturn treason
    Uturn Savior chishimba
    Uturn Tayali

    Now Uturn on summoning

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    It’s funny , did anyone say they did not understand the first statement that was issued by Chanda and are now asking for clarity.

    PF is full of confused chaps. They think PF rules rules the world!

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    Then lungu needs to sack who ever issued the statement to the press that they had been summoned….simples.

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    I don’t support this decision how can the entire president reduce himself to that level? When we talk of humility we are not saying the president should now engage every Jim and jack who yaps. Let them talk you have a country to lead you. Ignore what you can ignore ….you make people feel so important and that is what you exactly did. Mugabe beats one this one.

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    Maimane is a loser who could have put his hand in the elections if the ballots had been printed there! Now you see the cartel at work! Why is this loser not talking about Congo DR, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda but he is all over Zambia? The wise knows why! But we know that Hazaluza HAgain!

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    Too late damage has been done already. Malema complained and said Lungu cannot summon him to a meeting and in his own Country for that matter. Amos just stew in embarrassment and tell ye boss to restore Democracy in Zambia.

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    What audacity, Lungu is not their president and did not request the South African president Jacob Zuma for an audience with the two opposition leaders. As usual, Emmanuel Mwamba diplomacy was disastrous, shameful and embarrassing to Lungu beyond repair in the history of Zambia.

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      MunaDekhane – There is no issue of diplomacy here. Your two clowns wanted to picket outside the President’s hotel, so they were invited to actually meet the President’s. Being cowards, they failed to picket and got scared of meeting the President. They seem to have a problem with Zambia – but not Zimbabwe, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia – what is their problem and how can we help your friends?

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    Look, ********** are not ruling and most likely will never rule, so they have nothing better to do except bark at every tree aimlessly.

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    Ka ch.ikalo nobe sure ulebako nensoni ai. By the way when are you and your boss buying dental braces to bring those scattered dental formulas into line?

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    Amos Chanda, you say best she really satiric at all. Does it not bother you that most of the time you spend ‘clarifying issues?’ Something is really seriously wrong with you and your President. Scandal is indeed the meaning of business as usual!

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    Amos Chanda, you say best when you really say nothing at all. Does it not bother you that most of the time you spend ‘clarifying issues?’ Something is really seriously wrong with you and your President. Scandal is indeed the meaning of business as usual!

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    Read recently on LT that a CHINESE government representative said that Zambian pipo MUST adopt the Chinese philoshly to work. Can all those saying that the 2 sth africans shouldn’t involve themselves in zambian internal afairs as Zambia is a sovereign nation explain why then is it alright for the chinese to tell us how our traditions and culture should change. AMOS CAN YOU CLARIFY THAT

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    I find no reason for the president to meet those two South African scatter brains. Whats the point? We are not discussing business opportunities here just cheap politics. These two scatter brains think they are bosses of the opposition in Africa when they are just i.diots who have not even once of gray matter. Just look at how they physically fight in parliament and some of you are busy supporting mad people here. This is clear disaster!

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    ECL WAS RIGHT TO WANT TO MEET THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY FOOLISH BY TALKING ABOUT ZAMBIAN POLITICS AND OUR PRESIDENT. WHICH ZAMBIAN HAVE THEY HEARD TALK ABOUT THEIR ZUMA? THEY KNEW THEY WOULD BE LAMBASTED THATS WHY THEY CHICKENED OUT. LET THEM CONCENTRATED ON REMOVING ZUMA, OUR ECL IS DOING VERY FINE HERE. THOSE WHO DONT LIKE ECL SHOULD JUST SHIFT TO SOUTH AFRICA.

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