President Lungu sends Harry Kalaba for an urgent meeting on Zimbabwe situation

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President Lungu speaks with Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba
President Lungu speaks with Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba

President Lungu has dispatched Foreign Minister, Harry Kalaba, to Botswana, for an urgent consultative meeting of the SADC Organ in order to contribute to the efforts being made by the SADC Leadership to address the situation in Zimbabwe.

In a statement released to the media by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Docus Chileshe, the ministry said that, as a Troika member of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Zambia is engaged with the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe, through diplomatic channels.

The Ministry further advised Zambian nationals based in Zimbabwe to exercise caution and ensure that they maintain contact with the Zambian Embassy in Harare.

Meanwhile, Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has this morning written to SADC Chairman President Jacob Zuma to seek clarifications on the grave situation political situation in Zimbabwe.

In the letter addressed Dr Bongani Nggulunga, a Presidential Aide the Presidency, Sinkamba is seeking an explanation on whether SADC, through the Security Organ had taken immediate and effective preventive steps aimed at averting the military coup, considering that a threat had earlier been made by the Zimbabwe Army Commander earlier in the week.

“In light of the grave situation in Zimbabwe, and the fact the Army Commander had threatened to intervene militarily earlier in the week, we seek an explanation from the SADC Chair whether, in line with SADC Protocol, the Security Organ did take immediate and effective preventative action aimed at averting a military coup or an act of aggression in that country,” Sinkamba stated.

Sinkamba would also like to know whether the Chairperson has initiated an action to compel the soldiers to return to the barracks before any negotiations for the transition to a legitimate and representative government are initiated.

“Second, we would like to know whether the Chairperson has since initiated an action to compel the soldiers to immediately withdrawal to the Barracks. We believe that no negotiations to secure a transition to a legitimate and representative government should be initiated in Zimbabwe before the soldiers withdrawal to the barracks,” he said in the letter.

He also wants to know whether appropriate military intervention, as a last resort, is on the table, to prevent military coups or such acts of aggression in SADC Member States.

“We believe that SADC should emulate ECOWAS in this regard, otherwise, the era of coups will creep in our region. What would stop the DRC Army to emulate the Zimbabwean Army? What would stop the Army in Mozambique to emulate the same?” he concluded.

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127 COMMENTS

    • Ala ichigumura chileisa from west Africa through central africa and now just next door! This is what happens to arrogant leaders. Africans never learn.

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    • Lets do something as Zambia. I like President bob though i think he has overstayed but that shouldn’t bring a coup more especially that it will affect a common man.

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    • Zimbabweans love Mugabe they can’t do anything to him. What they don’t like is the idea of living his Wife as leader. They’d rather a freedom fighter succeeds him.

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    • SADC is a useless block. They need to emulate ECOWAS. Honestly can you trust Zuma, Lungu and Mugabe…these are the stars for SADC

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    • The Zimbabwe military officers must be congratulated for the job well done. In Zambia the tin pot dictator has the same visions of eternal ruler-ship and is busy trotting out a third term for himself. What’s happened next door must act as a check on his budding megalomaniac tendencies. If lungu were performing like Magufuli Zambians, with their docile attributes, wouldn’t mind him going for a third or even fifth term. But all he does is stealing, touring, drinking, womanizing, threatening opposition and Kambwili.

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    • @Indigo since ours are only specialists in peace keeping missions and patrolling smuggling routes yes we can. As for our police don’t even go there their speciality is UPND demonstraters and UNZA students

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    • Kalaba must be arrested and sent back, lungu must shut up, let KK do his job and show some fatherhood by mediating Mugabe’s exit

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    • I am in support of KK to intervene in this matter not a young inexperienced boy Kalaba. If support my idea press green.

      Mugabe can only listen to KK.

      Remember even the soldiers are afraid of Mugabe because he has support within the army and the police.

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    • Please leave Old Man KK out of it …you have never asked him to intervene in local politics why should he intervene in international politics….let people retire peacefully only when they embarrass themselves in public will you shut up!!

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    • Mamamamma Jonathan yazanda from the judges now he will be warning the army not to adventurous and imitate those from Zimbabwe

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    • After Angola, Zimbabwe has the most powerful army in Southern Africa. What Ecowas did in Gambia and Mali it cannot do in Zim. Shonas baba work like machines- I’ve trained with these guys and I can tell you they are bad news! Those lazy and poorly trained South Africans if they went to war with Zimbabwe would be overrun in 2 weeks! Only Zambian soldiers who IMO are the best in Africa but sadly now properly equipped can be force to neutralise them.

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    • @WHO

      Mwaiche even me given just 200 hundred armed with AK47 ,explosives and motor bikes can take on Zim forces and dis organise them left and centre.

      A war is not about weaponry but tact.

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    • Kill ka Kalaba.we don’t want him back. he is full of shiiiiiiiiiiiti just like his drunken master chakolwa chagwa lungu….

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  1. Be careful, Zimbabwe Defence Force is one of the best in Africa. Have you heard the tone of Zuma? Its time Robert Mugabe stepped aside. Lungu you are next, watch the space.

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    • @Mumbi Phiri

      You must be deluded my friend. Zim forces were scattered and killed in numbers in Zaire when trying to protect Kabila. I have some of my friends here who abandoned the mission to seek asylum in the UK. There is only one super power in Africa, and its South Africa a nuclear power. Zuma can do something but because he also dreams of overstaying and so he is very careful not to intervene.

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    • @ wanzelu, I think I would deserve your silence, you are an empty dunderhead, South Africa is not even in top five, having sophisticated weapons doesn’t mean they to fight, go back to school dude…..

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    • Then you must not know about the Zambian defense forces. While all these other nations were hungry and under colonial rule, who do you think protected Zambia and helped liberate even Zimbabwe? Zambian armed forces are the best.

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    • @WHO

      Think,Zim depends on SA for fuel for a start. So how capable is Zim to fight a war?

      My friend let me tell you ,I am an expert in war machinery and many things .

      Even the renamo in Mozambique respect Zambian forces under Major Muna moonga who silenced them once for all at the time Zim forces were in moz for years before then . My friend if you were born yesterday just keep quiet .

      I for once can not compare SA force with Zambia. But if it did a job that Zim could not accomplish for years then what?

      Talk from a point of knowledge not ignorance. Which war has Zim won?

      Mwebaiche stop being deluded. Zim forces even this moment dont know what they are doing.

      Did zim forces protect kabila? Tell us.

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  2. Good questions from the Green Party President. SADC should learn to be proactive and not reactive. The writing was on the wall, immediately the Vice President was sacked and he went in exile. Lets wait and hear what Zuma will say. Otherwise a military intervention to stop the coup nonsense is the only way out

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    • Ups for Green Party President. From the bloggers here – it is clear that our biggest opposition supporters are wishing the Zimbabwe case should have happened in Zambia.

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  3. Zambia is a toothless interventionist and so is SADC , you might stir the Zimbabwe pot and we get flooded by refugees.The DRC refugees are already flooding our land.

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  4. Zambia need be on top of all this Zimbabwe drama. From day Sata died to Inonge’s appointment of Lungu, Mugabe was running 2 countries.
    Mugabe gave a 43 minutes speech during Sata funeral, where he said the two countries are twins. And I agree.

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  5. let the people of Zimbabwe know what it is to be free and happy for once..please don’t interfere..

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  6. uhm let the bodies put in place do their duties AU Security Council on alert as well, not sure about comesa

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  7. There is no coup in Zimbabwe. The military is justified to step in when there is too much nonsense among politicians. Every one in Zimbabwe is very happy at the unfolding events. Please listen to the military’s clear message. We do not want dynasties in Africa. Mrs Mugabe is the problem and I think she and her G40 have been acting in the name of the president. Mugabe is almost incapacitated and so those around him are mis-advising him…. Be careful all African advisors to heads of states.

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  8. We once threw stones at Ian Smith, who, by all accounts, and now in retrospect, would have been a hundred times better than Robert Mugabe. And yet, all we are seen doing is send flowers and congratulatory messages to this deplorable old man. We relentlessly fought against Ian Smith thinking that, with deliverance, our brothers and sisters across would be better off. They are now far worse off, millions of them having had to live their beautiful country in search for survival elsewhere around the world. Shouldn’t we now have the guts to tell Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe that his time is up? He needs to go, and going he must. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. ZIMBABWE MUST BE FREE!

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    • It was Zambia that did it then. It was Zambia, not Botswana, neither was it Namibia or South Africa, let alone Malawi. It was Zambia that took the exception against Ian Smith. We closed the border at Victoria Falls, built Tazara and the Oil Pine Line from Dar es Salaam. Being landlocked, we had to airlift much of our cargo. That was expensive. And yet we did it. That is how strongly we felt then about the country south of our border, which we now refer to as Zimbabwe. Zambia did it then. Why can’t Zambia do it today?
      Why can’t we take the exception against Robert Mugabe? Is it because he is black like me?

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  9. These are good questions from the Green’s President. Does it mean the SADC member states with diplomatic representation to Harare did not read the campus of the impending military coup? SA as a major military power in SADC had no prior knowledge of the impending coup and how it allowed the former Veep to seek temporary refuge in Pretoria? The whole thing smells of a rat. A big lesson to be learnt from Zimbabwe situation. Its very important not to temper with any of the three (3) organs of good governance in any given country. The military in Zimbabwe was part of ZANU – PF with time over a fertile ground for a powerful faction to take over power by the men in uniform was created by greedy ZANU-PF leaders and their few chosen die hard cadres who thought the country was their personal…

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  10. President Lungu has dispatched Foreign Minister, Harry Kalaba, to Botswana, for an urgent consultative meeting of the SADC .

    Lungu has zero credibility to do anything at international stage. He did not win the election and has failed to allow the petition to be heard. What moral voice does he have? He should just continue chewing the cash with Harry Kalaba because this is the main objective why he has stuck to power when he has lamentably failed like his mentor Mugabe.

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  11. @#10.No military that takes over announces that it is a coup. Nowhere in the world. They all say the same sweet things to win support on their side. But once they consolidate power, then the true colours come out? Remember the celebrations when Mobutu took over? Remember the celebrations when Idi Amin took over? Remember the celebrations when Sadaam Hussein took over? The list is endless. The bottom line is that no coups should be entertained in Africa. If a leader imposes himself against the people’s will, let the regional groupings remove such leaders, not national armies, like was the case in The Gambia

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    • That is like moving from one woe to another, and the other following shortly thereafter. It was Ian Smith, then Robert Mugabe, now he army!

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  12. How are you Zambian fools on here, it has indeed been a long time and I see the same nonsense (useless comments) I left when I took a vacation is still going on

    Love you all

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  13. Ka Green Party is useless. Our own HH was arrested and tortured and this chap was quiet. He never asked SADC or AU to intervene. Bravo to Zimbabwe military. Lungu’s days will catch up with him. People can’t be oppressed forever.

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    • Chibwantu: If you don’t know, the Green Party President Ba Sinkamba is of the leaders who negotiated the release of HH. That’s why HH Ba Sinkamba was one of the persons that thanked on the day he was released from prison…muletashya bane

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  14. What is so urgent about Zimbabwe? Let it Zimbabwe sort out its own problems. Times of Zambia workers have not been paid for 9 months!!That is what is urgent. Employees of a newspaper that always sings praises for government have not been paid their salaries for almost a year and yet some people fly almost everyday at great taxpayers’ expense. We ‘ve got to be ashamed of ourselves.

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  15. How are you Zambian [email protected]@ls on here, it has indeed been a long time and I see the same nonsense (useless comments) I left when I took a vacation is still going on

    Love you all

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  16. Let Kalaba just come back home and stop wasting our money. Mugabe is history now. There is time for everything in life. Time has finally come for Zimbabweans to test new leadership. This is what happens to stubborn leaders who overstay in power. The next thing you hear is the state has grabbed all his property.

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  17. Jay, Mugabe would be very disappointed, his buddy sending a junior instead of himself, Lungu is also a scared cat, and these are issues he would definitely not rush to as there is no fun happening there to enjoy. Lungu is a thrill seeker not a problem sover

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  18. The Zimbabwe Armed Forces have not taken over, they are just stepping in to correct the detoriarating situation in that country. Surely something needed to be done. Zimbabweans deserve better than what has been going! They should facilitate free and fair elections!

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  19. Yaba! But ma up.ndonkeys na under5 wao, ni ncito mwe! Always exposing their ignorance and the shame is that they don’t even realise it!!

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  20. What has Robert Mugabe got to lose from this deal? Nothing. As a matter of fact, he is the biggest winner. He is getting the best of both worlds. It’s possible it was him who may have initiated and negotiated this deal with these army generals. Hence forth, he is a free man. His family can seek refuge in a foreign country, should that be a preferred option. Since Zimbabwe’s independence, he has had the best share of the country’s cake. He departs a hero. It won’t be long, they will start worshiping him at some of their shrines. Already, the international airport has been named after him. I hear, an airline, also in his name, is in the offing. Did I hear there is even a university, for god’s sake, a university – Robert Mugabe University, or something to that effect! That too is on the…

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  21. Zim Army must now target Lungu. He supports Mugs and Museveni, two most cruel thugs in Africa. Lungu has zero credentials on anything. He is aan accomplished elections thief and a plunderer of our economy. He steal from anything – from firetenders, to ambulances to land to hotels, to trucks. The man is a runaway crook disguised as a politician, and yet a cruel murderer too. Long Live Zim Army, Long Live Mnangagwa, Pansi Lungu and his dimwit PF

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  22. Dictator lungu trying to protect his fellow dictator Mugabe with the help of the other fraud convict zuma……..no other democratically elected president can protect Mugabe.. ..only lungu and zuma…
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    • Zuma is too smart to intervene in such matters as this is a hot potato…he works behind the scene he will send the former Nigerian President to talk Bob to step down quietly!!

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    • He is thinking of bribing the Generals with RDA contracts. Tell the bastard that his boss’s mentor is now history.

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  23. @Spaka like lilo:
    Get me correctly;many of us in PF do not support dictators such as Mugabe,Kabila and HH who over stay on top of their political parties.H.E.Edgar Lungu has only been PF and Zambian President for only two years (i.e ,since 2015).if upnd cadres minds are not sick and polluted,am sure they cant compare ECL to Mugabe.HH became upnd leader in 2006 (in 2021 HH will have spent 15 yrs as upnd leader minus any convention) while Edgar Lungu became PF leader in 2015!!!SO BETWEEN HH AND ECL,WHO HAS OVER STAYED ON TOP OF A PARTY?dont fear ECL but just face him in 2021.our soldiers will never help HH to become a president of Zambia but only voters can!!!HENCE CONTROL YOUR SICK MINDS BA UPND!!
    Robert Mugabe deserves what he has got has he turned Zimbambwe into his farm,the way HH has…

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    • “…Robert Mugabe deserves what he has got has he turned Zimbambwe into his farm..”

      That is what lungu wants to do in Zambia.. .Lungu is a student of Mugabe and MU7….

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    • @ Njimbu

      It took Endemically Corrupt Leader of Plunderers Federation just two years to “achieve” (LOL) same result which took Mugabe 37 years.

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  24. Chagrin is chagrin, and chagrin it will always remain. Zimbabwe must not be allowed to fall into the hands of a military junta. Africa has already seen more than enough of military rulers. This era is for democracy, not military coups.

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  25. Sending Kalaba on another holiday? Too little too late, we have watched Zimbabwe fall to pieces for far too long. Let’s just hope this ends well.

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  26. I hope Lungu who warned our Judiciary after Kenya now wont go on to warn his army against doing whats happening in Zimbabwe

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  27. Bob Marley (MHSRIP) sung “You can fool some people sometimes but you can’t fool all the people all the time” Praise God for creating time. No one has ever outlived time. None of us will escape this TIME!! I hope people are learning from this situation. But let’s pray and work together so that the situation does not escalate into chaos!

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  28. U.pndonkeys, under5 will never be president of this country, not on the basis of that regional vote topped up with “social media constituency…kikikikiki

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    • Mu chembele….the thread is about lungus teacher Mugabe.. ….advise lungu accordingly. Stealing elections always ends badly…..

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    • Which South Africa is a nuclear power, under White or dull Black rule?

      I thought South African nuclear weapons were destroyed before handing over to Mandela as one of conditions for ending apartheid!

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  29. Spaka muchembele, please advise your under5 that he is an illegitimate president of u.pndonkeys “party”. The constitution of u.pndonkeys framed by Mazoka and other founder members required him to go for a convention at least twice since he was appointed to take over from the big man Mazoka. On the other hand in a democratic party a presidential candidate who loses the party two or three elections would seek to legitimise himself by seeking re-confirmation at a convention. Now this under5 is not re-endorsed not even by his National Management Committee. On these scores even Mugabe would be five star on a scale of Mugabe to under5, 5 – 1. But u.pndonkeys are like the naked emperor, they think we don’t see their lack of democracy when we know and avtually laugh at their nakedness. What u…

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    • Not surprised. Despised Mazoka in his life but posthumously he is now big man! So HH shall equally be big man in death. We know u!

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  30. ……What u.pndonkeys probably don’t know is the motive for under5 clinging to a non-existent petition. To start with, tell me which Court in Zambia is handling the petition, tell me the Cause No.? Under5 was overconfident as usual and promised his u.pndonkeys that he would win the 2016 elections. That if “if I lose for 5th time then I will resign and I will support one of you to try”. As everyone knows, Under5 lost a record five times. But as Stephen Sackur said, under5 is self centred and wants the presidency desperately. So he fears that if he accepted that he has lost 5 times and he has not resigned and handed over to someone else, then he will be seen to be dishonest and broken his promise. So he has a strategy, claim that the vote was stolen from him and he did not lose 5 times…

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    • Mu chembele badala Mr terrible , when you take your drugs we can tell , you go off harrangooing HH even if the topic is completely different…BTW muchemble we know who you are….

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  31. …..So he has a strategy, i.e. to claim that the vote was stolen from him and therefore he did not lose 5 times. The strategy is to hold on to the theory of “petition is still in Court”. But tell me the Cause Number of that “petition”. NIL, which means it does not exist, but remember that he leads u.pndonkeys who are so daft that they will buy anything from under5. Another way out for under5 is dialogue sponsored by Patricia Scotland. Under this scenario, he can still claim that he did not lose 5 times but he has to compromise in national interest!! However he has destroyed his chances for dialogue out of she.er arrogance bordering on extreme stu.pidit.y. I hope everyone now understands why under5 has to cling to the straw valled “petition” otherwise he will drown.

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    • Ba chembele badala Mr terrible , stop dreaming of HH, he will rule over you very soon seeing as the fraud convict lungu can not win any elections without violence but now the world is watching lungu the wannabe dictator….

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  32. Can Botswana surely help to save Bob?Are they in good terms? No. The Zim army were used like toys but today has awaken to reality. Good move. Who would respect constitution when the president is removed for not respecting the constitution? These are consequences of not respecting the constitutions during elections. This may happen in another country soon or later. Watch the space. The one who claimed suppression of the opponents a bedroom issue is now calling outsiders for the same to help him.

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    • Only lungu , MU7 and the other fraud convict zuma are worried. Every other democratically elected leader is happy at the demise of Mugabe..

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  33. Mugabe should have been advised long ago by the very politicians falling over themselves now to send ‘peace envoys’, that clinging to power, persecuting the opposition and shutting all avenues of free expression would potentially create what obtains now. Instead they were busy fraternising together and possibly sharing ‘strategies’ in rigging, dealing with dissent and prolonging one’s rule. Original heroism and legitimacy never justifies ‘rewarding’ oneself with the grandeur of rule, opulence at the expense of the people and self-delusion that one owns the nation. Unconstitutional means of forcing out regimes that have hitherto become illegitimate, are justified, and if successful, legitimise the new political dispensation. He did once upon a time endeavour to ‘redistribute’…

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  34. The UPND cadres want to sound like they understand international politics when in fact they are very hopeless.
    Zim is a sovereign nation.Why are people talking about intervening in an internal matter.Let Zim solve its own problems.
    SADC protocols are very clear.The TROIKA organ is simply meeting to be briefed .They have no power to meddle in Zim affair.

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    • SADC is a tool for dictators and fraudsters used to prolong their stay in office……the west African version does not mess around like this SADC that was lead by Mugabe and directed by dosantos…..

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    • Only mwanawase and Ian Khan had the guts to stand up to Mugabe when millions of zimbos were fleeing his tyrannical rule with some being burned alive in South Africa, the rest of SADC are mostly fraudsters, wannabe dictators and beggars.

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  35. UPND have no manners. They are Under Fives. They want Zambia to be ungovernable. Mr. President the rantings of Wanzelu (Alibe Nzelu) and his cronies wishing Zambia had experienced this must be taken seriously. These guys, reading between the lines on this forum and many others show that they are desperate for power. Please send them Mukobeko via Chainama.

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    • Yaa Take note with your lungu, just like how zimbos are tired of mugabe also zambians are tired of your stealing and looting in zambia. Zambians are being taxed mercilessly while lungu and his PF thugs are living in splendid luxury on the backs of poor Zambians.. .

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    • Your stealing and looting has condemned Zambia to the top 10 mulnorished countries in Africa despite borrowing 17 billion.. ..

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  36. HaSpaka, like all UPND cadres very immature they don’t even understand what is at play in Zimbabwe and as Under Fives they comment without wisdom, knowledge and understanding. What a shame! What a baby party and ba members and leaders.

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    • You Sharon the so call African consultant on African affairs what can you tell us , apart from your looting and stealing ????

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  37. I don’t know why some of you Zambians why you are insulting kalaba,this a serious issue we need to support Zimbabwe don’t put your personal issues in this.

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    • And what can ka kalaba do ? Zimbos are tired of mugabe and have started celebrating indipendence….

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  38. @wanzelu as usual you grow biased and delusional by the day! Zim soldiers especially the 53rd heavy infantry and mechanised regiments that served in Oriental and Kasai provinces in 2001 to 2003 were hard men that kept Ugandan and anti Kabila militia at bay. Had it not been for the defence line that stretched 700 kms and Angola and Namibia air support the Ugandan and Rwandans would have reached Kinshasa in 1 month.

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  39. Zimbos have started celebrating indipendence.. ….good luck to them , least we forget history and it repeats itself , 25 years ago Mugabe was behaving exactly how lungu is behaving now…..using state sponsored violence and brutality with his thugs to silence the opposition …..

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  40. Violent PF has no moral right to go and help in negotitions of Zimbabwe; i respect Mugabe but he has outlived his usefulness; i don’t respect Grace; i salute the army and the veterans; i celebrate with Zimbabweans;i have said before that Zimbabwe will rise again powerfully; this is the beginning; Lungu should go if Zambia is to rise up and compete;

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  41. FYI; one of Lungu and PF’s $42m fire truck has been damaged in a bad accident; wasted money; this why : Lungu should not be allowed to stay on beyond 2021;

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  42. Who said we are having a coup in Zimbabwe? I would advise Lungu to expend his energies sorting out the mess he has visited on Zambians than poking his nose into our business. He has no business discussing the Zimbabwean standoff. Mugabe has just got to go yesterday and this is not an issue for discussion by anybody SADC, AU or whoever? Please stay out of this. Where were you when Zimbabweans were crying for help. Please stay out and stay away from this. Our military is seized with it they will take good care of it.

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