Kampyongo must explain firegate scandal-Kambwili

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Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili
Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili

Roan PF Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has demanded that Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo breaks his silence over his alleged involvement in the procurement of fire tenders.

Mr Kambwili said people have not forgotten about Mr. Kampyongo’s involvement in what he called broad day light robbery with regards to the fire tender.

“We are still waiting for the great national youth chairman to explain to us exactly what was going through his mind and stomach when signing tax payers money off to his friends,” Mr Kambwili said.

Mr Kambwili said Mr. Kampyongo must explain to the nation why in the world he would agree to $42 million dollars on basic second hand Scania Fire Engines.

“After explaining to the nation why in his own capacity he thought that a fire engine can cost $1million (K10 million) he must then tell the nation why he accepted 3 vehicles as a bribe,” Mr Kambwili said.

He added, “the President did say he has corrupt minister(s) which is plural, I think this is who he meant because this broad daylight robbery has exceeded the mark, it was done with a selfish heart and extreme impunity from someone entrusted with a section of governance.”

“If these allegations are untrue, can the Minister go ahead and sue me in the courts of law, but if they are true he better keep quiet, look down, hang is head in shame and resign from government because Zambians are not happy with his selfishness and it has dented the image of the president and party at large.”

Mr Kambwili said If this was in the UK or any developed country, Mr Kampyongo would either resign or the head of state would take action on behalf of the poor citizens he claims to serve.

“Instead of Kampyongo mocking people like me with diabetes, he must just explain his involvement in the fire tender that has brought absolute shame on our beloved country, Zambians are not interested in character assassination or threats of me being bruised. Just answer the question it is quite simple and straight forward.”

He said, “Patiently waiting for a proper justification and not the jibba jabba given to us in parliament as if we are small children. Can the president act on Kampyongo and all the people involved in this scam. Failure of the President to act on this obvious looting will leave much to be desired in relation to his integrity and his will to fight corruption.”

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    Ok apa pena mune CK wasosa. I agree with you for the first time. Kampyongo must explain. He is full of pride. I’m told he is elder Kampyongo…..kikikikikikiki

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      CK must now restrict himself to one statement per day to remain relevant. We appreciate his enthusiasm but we don’t want him to fizzle out like the likes of Mulongoti, Masebo, Mpombo and all those others who ‘felt hard done by’ in the past. We want to preserve CK until 2021, atleast.

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      Sour as the grapes might be to Kambwili, he is pushing in the right direction.

      He has a lot of ground to cover before we can forgive him.

      The more he reveals the inner workings of this corrupt government (which he was part of), the better for him and this country.

      We all know that this PF government is corrupt, we just want to know the extent… and Kambwili should start revealing, and start speaking for the people of Zambia.

      Kambwili, even though you will implicate yourself, spill the beans!!!!!! Ask for forgiveness for your corrupt practices while in power, and use that blood money to improve the lives of poor people.

      Everyone makes mistakes, atone for yours while you can. Jonathan will not arrest you, coz he is scared rotten…plus he is drunk and high most of the time…

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      I wonder which i.di.ots will doubt CK`s motivation here and will have the guts to blame him.
      He has raised great points that ECL need to address until now nothing much has come off ECL and yet this is a big scandal which requires his attention.
      Let ECL show leadership, that he off to eradicate corruption. Yes, we are still waiting for the “corrupt Ministers” that ECL promised to remove from his government, or was it only CK? And yet today no case has been brought forward against CK, are they waiting until 2020?

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      Uko!

      Visionless Lungu’s PF bandits are corrupt criminals & must be arrested immediately.

      Check out now at this corrupt PF expelled Kambwili for once speaking the truth about corruption in PF?
      The also corrupt PF buffoon “Kampyongo must explain to the nation why in the world he would agree to $42 million dollars on basic second hand Scania Fire Engines. And” after explaining to the nation why in his own capacity he thought that a fire engine can cost $1million (K10 million) he must then tell the nation why he accepted 3 vehicles as a bribe,” Mr Kambwili said.

      All PF corrupt bandits will one day explain to the nation about their engraved corruption in chimbokaila. PF wash your filthy linens in the limelight.

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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      I always say lungu and his PF govt is an organised criminal syndicate out to loot Zambia. But lucky for him Zambians are just beyond docile, they will wait for him to act, when he is part of the looters!!!? In a normal society, I mean where citizens know what is expected of their leadership, there would have been such an outcry against this daylight robbing of Zambia and investigations would have been instituted already, culprits apprehended and prosecuted. Not in Zambia! Evidence points to the president’s involvement in the plunder. He is a thief, isn’t he?

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      Nonsense Kampyongo has NO CASE to answer here

      He did nothing wrong

      Kambwili is desperate for attention.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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      Sour as the grapes might be to Kambwili, he is pushing in the right direction.

      He still has a fair bit of ground to cover before he can be respected. But this is not about respecting him. It is about the government respecting the people of Zambia, and the office they hold.

      The more baby Cobra reveals the inner workings of this corrupt government (of which he was part of – and was part of the same problem), the better for this country, and for his own standing as a citizen.

      We all know that the PF government smells of corruption and foul play, but we would like to know the extent….and baby Cobra should start revealing details….so that the people can see he is speaking for them.

      Kambwili, even though you will implicate yourself, just spill the beans!!!! Ask for forgiveness…

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      Sour as the grapes might be to Kambwili, he is pushing in the right direction.

      He still has a fair bit of ground to cover before he can be respected. But this is not about respecting him. It is about the government respecting the people of Zambia, and the office they hold.

      The more baby Cobra reveals the inner workings of this corrupt government (of which he was part of – and was part of the same problem), the better for this country, and for his own standing as a citizen.

      We all know that the PF government smells of corruption and foul play, but we would like to know the extent….and baby Cobra should start revealing details….so that the people can see he is speaking for them.

      Kambwili, even though you will implicate yourself, just spill the beans!!!! Ask for forgiveness…

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      Why are you blocking my comments ba LT?

      Are you under instruction from state house?

      The truth hurts, right?

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      Let’s get to the bottom of all this. If Kampyongo is indeed guilty of any illegal activity he should be fired immediately and sent to those same cells he failed to improve conditions. The man is a hypocrite if indeed he committed this act and should be delt with sternly. No man is above the law. The same should happen to Kambwili as well. Too much abuse of office in this country!

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    KAMBWILI YOU ARE AN ALAMIST WHO IS BENT ON BRINGING YOUR FRIENDS DOWN AFTER YOU WERE BROUGHT DOWN. LEARN FROM MALEMA IN SOUTH AFRICA PEOPLE LISTERN AND LAUGH AT WHATEVER HE SAYS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO VOTES, HE GETS VERY LITTLE. YOU STARTED FIGHTING SATA NOW YOU ARE
    FIGHTING LUNGU ABASH. WE WILL ALSO LISTERN TO YOU BUT NO VOTE

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    Lungu must explain the firetruck scandal and the inflated Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway contract coming under his watch.

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    In the press today: Health Minister Dr. Chilufya yesterday told parliament that he was extremely disappointed when he found SECTION 25 HOSPITAL in Mpatamau (Roan Constituency) which was being constructed using Constituency Development Funds (CDF) had stalled. Dr Chilufya expected the area mp Chishimba Kambwili to have completed the hospital using the CDF within scheduled time. He said it was very disappointing that works at Section 25 Hospital which started FIVE (5) YEARS ago had STALLED!!!

    …and this is someone to accuse others of corruption???? Reliable or just bitter???????????

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      Zambian Citicen
      Ask Dr Chilufya who should spearhead the construction? Has he been out Zambia himself to doscover stalled clinics today? What does he do in his office? Don’t blame Kambwili who doesnt run Ministry of Health.

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      …and who does CDF fall directly under??? You should get your facts right before you believe that rubbish you read in watchdog!!!

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    Rupiah Banda has done more harm to our President. We voted for him because our late great leader mhsrep Michael C. Sata, but he has brought back MMD which Sata fought. Ba ECL ngamula belenga please don’t forget the grass-root which voted for you. That why things are so difficult for you. Those people around you are cheating you that you will win in 2021 No. You don’t act. Kaunda used to cut off corrupt leaders. Even Sata is not happy where he is. There is still room for change. This type of politics of lloking around who is stronger then you chop him is long gone. Wake up.

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    Kampyongo where are you? We need answers not fake Ministerial Statement by cluless local government Minister. They are stealing in his Ministry the man doesn’t know.

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    Mr Kambwili is today saying Zambians are not interested in character assassination after himself called Minister of information ati Zambia open

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    @Matiya-Which Malema gets little votes? His first election in less one year of forming a party he had 25 mps. He is being tipped to decide who rules S.A. in 2019

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      This is the inconvenient truth.
      The Commander and the rest of the EFF has put ANC in a bed of nails and ZUPTA, ubaba waka Duduzane on the run.
      EFF is moving on up, make no mistake about it.

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    Sour as the grapes might be to Kambwili, he is pushing in the right direction.

    He still has a fair bit of ground to cover before he can be respected. But this is not about respecting him. It is about the government respecting the people of Zambia, and the office they hold.

    The more baby Cobra reveals the inner workings of this corrupt government (of which he was part of – and was part of the same problem), the better for this country, and for his own standing as a citizen.

    We all know that the PF government smells of corruption and foul play, but we would like to know the extent….and baby Cobra should start revealing details….so that the people can see he is speaking for them.

    Kambwili, even though you will implicate yourself, just spill the beans!!!! Ask for forgiveness…

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    before he started he was arrested for vandalism of rail lines which he exported to sa as scrap.

    its unbelievable u5s are so convinced this loud mouth scrap dealer can finish pf

    We need sensible opposition.

    am sure JAAZ is that party

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    Kambwili why on kampyongo without mention Masebo, Nkandu and other ministers who have been at Local Government together with permanent secretaries that were there and also our great leader who started the fire tender thing late sata including yourself, you are part to that. 2012 which ministry was Edgar heading?

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    CK has spoken. ECL and Kampyongo must explain their roles in the Fire truck scandals. If ECL fails to act then we know he was a beneficiary in the Scandal. Kampyongo cannot remain silent. Did he get the three new vehicles or not? Where is ZACC in all this? ECL must explain his role in this Scandal. The Chinese say the fish rots from the Head downwards.

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    OK I have been blocked from posting messages by Lusaka Times.

    I think my comments are hitting a nerve somewhere in state house.

    Instead of changing your ways, you are blocking your ears!!!!

    Good luck coz 2021 is just around the corner..no amount of rigging will save you this time.

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    What firegate!!!! It’s the Fire tender scandal. We had the Watergate scandal way back but it seems journalist of today are dimwits who can’t come up with their own interesting headlines, they have to copy from history. Ati Guptagate, maizegate now firegate, irritating!!!!!!! Sub editors are becoming dull.

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    I’m with Dr CK regardless of what you will term his motive. We need money for our citizens. 3 vehicles? How stupid can one be to accept such low mentality form of gift? When Mandela was offered a car by a manufacturer he told them that he didn’t need the car but that they rather build a school! AND THEY BUILT A SCHOOL. This dude gets 3 cars, what kind of crap is this. ECL if you don’t act on this don’t count on me in the future kaleza kanin’gambe… ATA vaupuba

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    LT, please stop blocking me…

    Sour as the grapes might be to Kambwili, he is pushing in the right direction.

    He still has a fair bit of ground to cover before he can be respected. But this is not about respecting him. It is about the government respecting the people of Zambia, and the office they hold.

    The more baby Cobra reveals the inner workings of this corrupt government (of which he was part of – and was part of the same problem), the better for this country, and for his own standing as a citizen.

    We all know that the PF government smells of corruption and foul play, but we would like to know the extent….and baby Cobra should start revealing details….so that the people can see he is speaking for them.

    Kambwili, even though you will implicate yourself, just spill the…

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    Zambian Citizen Kambwili I’d reliable because he dealt with these guys in same way when he was in government.

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    I very much agree with Kambwili.If it was in Europe or America,Kampyongo could have resigned. But here our leaders are afraid of being slaughtered after quitting. In Europe when mere allegations are leveled against a Minister they immediately resign. There comes a challenge to Kampyongo: If you were not purchased motor vehicles by firetrucks suppliers drag Kambwili to court. We are waiting to watch the drama

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    KAMPYONGO PLEASE SUE KAMBWILI. LET US KNOW THE TRUTH.KAMBWILI SEEMS TO BE READY FOR YOU SIR IN THE COURTS OF LAW.

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    Why lungu and PF are not arresting CK on the alleged corruption is because the corruption CK was engaged in was not stealing per say……CKs corruption involved arm twisting and sometime bordering on black mail or forcing and influencing the mines to give him contracts with the help of his loud mouth in no small measure.
    He worked to fulfill those contracts, however questionable they were aquited.

    This is not the blatant stealing we see now in PF, that is why lungu has not arrested CK.

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      I can see already that the fight against corruption is going nowhere. People getting excited with media speculations??? Stealing?? Do you think stealing is proved by ambush journalism?? Now you are defending Kambwili but when he was insulting everyone who criticised the PF, you condemned him. This fight against corruption won’t be lost because we have a bad government but because even ourselves the citizens don’t understand what it takes to win this fight. Ambush journalism, social media assurances, character assassinations, civil group biased personality attacks are a waste of time and will take us back 30 years!!! Using this method would probably (if allowed!!) only result in a upnd govt. that will vigourously persecute their PF “enemies” but will achieve meaningless or next to nil…

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      ….convictions. Then they themselves will be put through the same treatment and a noble cause would be almost lost and we would have achieved nothing and wasted a lot of resources our future generations would have better utilised!!

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      Citizen

      What do you expect to happen?? $380,000 trucks sold to Zambia for $1 million.

      Lungu will not do anything, ACC are ok with this deal but citizens are demanding explanations at a minimum , not just nodding ati it was worth it , we want a break down of costs and how a new company with no experience can be given such a large contract.
      All civil institutions are accused of being UPND when they raise issues……

      Can you tell us then what you expect citizens to do ?? Lungu does not answer any of our concerns

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      Lungu seems ok with being called a theif , he does not dispute that.

      So what do you want citizens to belive if the ambush jounslisim as you call it is the only explantions citizens have ??

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      As has been explained, PS’s are given the mandate to procure for ministries and departments, right?? But when a procurement is beyond their allowed limit, it is referred to the ZPPA. The ZPPA put out a public tender after the Fire Department put down their required specifications. After the awarding the matter was reported to ACC who okayed the process. PS’s and ministers have their duties, why should the president explain their work all the time??? You spaka have never bought a fire truck before or put out a fire with one, how are you suddenly an expert on its procurement??? I believe we need to respect relevant government departments first to fight corruption and stop relying on media speculations to drive our causes. We called Chiluba a thief but what came out of it?? $100m wastage…

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      Citizen

      Saying $100 million was waisted on a corruption fight is like saying GRZ waistes billion on Zambia police because we still have thiefs ……….just this fire tender corruption has lost Zambia $25 million, how much is zesco losing to mopani not paying current power prices for 40 years? How much is Zambia losing when lungu says he hears ruhmers that gold and cobalt are being lost as a by product of copper extraction ?

      That is all corruption. 10s of billions are lost , so what is $100 million if spent if an attempt is made to fight corruption ??

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      That $100m could have gone to modernise an investigative unit that could have by today been able to successfully investigate and convict any corrupt elements. That’s my point, Spaka. If we don’t institutionalise this process, our children will castigate us for not doing the right thing. Even the gold and cobalt being lost, do we have the necessary mechanisms and personnel to put it right?? No we don’t. Our Geological Survey and Mines department are poorly funded but you want to rush to call the government corrupt. Why not work through the opposition, civil groups to research on how best we can get our fair share from these minerals then pressure the government through parliament and other relevant departments?? For such a cause, I would skip work and support you in a protest, Spaka!!…

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      …Not calling “Lungu” a thief everyday on social media, allegations you will never even prove.

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      Lungu is being called a thief not only on social media , even in parliament he is being referred to as a theif…

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    Hon. Kampyongo don’t ague with a fool people might not notice who is who. Let him keep on barking since this issue has already been dealt with by ACC. Let see how far he will go since 2021 is very faraway.

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    The other big question apart from the cost is whether tender procedures were followed. In this case Govt should just put all the relevant information on the table and let Zambians check for themselves
    The documents to be made availed to the public should be as follows;
    a) A notice inviting bidders
    b) A list showing who the bidders were and how much they had offered for the sale of these trucks
    When this information is made available then the Govt will be clean as people will make their own judgments as to whether all was done right
    Read below;
    “For projects or procurement, most institutions have a well-defined tender process, as well as processes to govern the opening, evaluation and final selection of the vendors. This ensures that the selection process is fair and transparent. In…

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    Cont…
    In regard to tender offers related to takeover attempts, the conditions of the offer are also clearly listed, including the purchase price, number of shares requested, and a deadline for response”
    Let Govt provide this information or documents describing the tender procedures in Zambia and make them public and all will be okay. If Govt fails to do so then we have an issue

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    In order to bring this matter to rest, I suggest that the Govt contract Scotland Yard to handle the case so that the conclusion wont be disputed. ACC hands are tied, they cant investigate their boss.

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    People will have to face corruption charges for knowingly losing Zambia $25 million or people will have to be sacked if they did not try to ascertain the true costs of those trucks , that is a serious dereliction of duty.

    That $25 million would have built at least 4 fully functional fully equipped secondary schools.

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    If one were to make a comparative analysis between the personal integrity of Chishimba Kambwili and UPND’s Katuka, I would be inclined to respect Mr. Katuka more than I would to Kambwili. Furthermore, between the two politicians, I would feel more at home to dine with Mr. Katuka than with Kambwili. The people of Luanshya have a very toxic MP in the name of Kambwili. The sooner the Courts clear Kambwili from Parliament the better for the people of Luanshya. Kambwili brags to be so rich that he can fly for breakfast to London and return to pollute Luanshya which he considers as his official TOILET.

    Besides, what credible evidence will Kambwili provide as he deceives the Zambian Courts that he is a PF MP? No wonder the Chitimukulu barred him from attending the Bemba ceremony

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      If kambwili is lying let those he is accusing sue him ? If our judiciary has any credibility those CK is accusing should sue him , no ?

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      why waste time and money suing the loser??? Mwansa Kabinga is right. How does one call a govt. corrupt, you are fired from that govt. and party but you rush to court in put an injunction on the expulsion??? Useless hypocrite!!! Let him leave the PF, contest his Roan constituency and prove he is popular. Not attack the same people you are refusing to leave in the media. After leaving, he should take evidence to the courts to prove the corruption!!!

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      Citizen

      “why waste time and money suing the loser??…”

      That is the problem, lungu and his gang lack credibility, they have no integrity, they would rather be called thieves then live up to high morals and prove to Zambians that they are not thieves ….

      As a leader you can’t keep saying show evidence or report the matter when people are calling you a thief day and night……do something about it or people start to believe it….

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    To doubt whether the Minister had anything to do with this!

    The procurement process is the one responsible for this mess. If I was a public officer like a Minister, PS etc I would get concerned because I would be implicated in a matter I have no idea about.

    The ZPPA SI and Law leaves too much discretion for the evaluation committee. To mess up a procurement process and to justify any wrong doing. Please amend the Act to avoid implicating innocent public servants. US$1 million a piece is excessive!

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    Typical of UP.NDonkeys and their converts. They expect the accused to offer evidence. Remember under5’s presidential petition in the Concourt yes? Yes, UPND filed the petition wirhout any iota of evidence, foolishly expecting THE President of Zambia to provide evidence of alleged “rigging” for his lazy bunch of dunderhead Donkey lawyers. Mwali chimonapo? If yes, it was when you were a Donkey…….kikikikikikiki….

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    Typical of UP.NDonkeys and their converts. They expect the accused to offer evidence. Remember under5’s presidential petition in the Concourt yes? Yes, UP.ND filed the petition wirhout any iota of evidence, foolishly expecting THE President of Zambia to provide evidence of alleged “rigging” for his lazy bunch of dunderhead Donkey lawyers. Mwali chimonapo? If yes, it was when you were a Donkey…….kikikikikikiki….

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    Why is it that zambian journalists and their media editors are copycats of something they dont understand or are completely ignorant about. I write this because of the heading of the above article. As my memory may have it, the watergate scandal in the usa had worldwide publicity and was so called because of the location at which the crimes of the watergate scandal were committed (watergate hotel). Thenafter i have noticed with dismay that many times when a journalist wishes to sensationalise a scandal of sorts in Zambia, they will name a scandal and add the suffix gate. The reason this is done is beyond me, but it just portrays how ignorant some of our journalists can be, particularly when they wish to compare and name current affairs to major events of the past. I wish i could ask the…

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    I wish I could ask the writer of this article how he came up with “firegate” it would be very interesting to hear his response.

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