Call by HH for a UPND Convention is deceptive-Edward Mumbi

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Mulenga Sata with Edward Mumbi
FILE: Mulenga Sata with Edward Mumbi
THE calls by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema for the party to go for a national congress are only motivated by concerns going round among the party membership that HH will never be Republican president, former United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson Edward Mumbi has said.

Mr Mumbi said that Mr Hichilema’s announcement was meant to solicit for endorsements from a clique of tribal UPND members.

He told the Daily Nation in an interview that the UPND had never gone for a national congress since Mr Hichilema became party president.

“The UPND has never gone for a national congress since HH became party president, what is special about 2021, It is just that people within the party are pressurising him on his eligibility to stand in 2021 after losing 5 times, and he wants to fool them by saying that he will go for a national congress to be elected democratically as party president.

“But the truth is that he is trying to get endorsements from a certain clique within the UPND,” Mr Mumbi said.

He said that Mr Hichilema’s statement was meant to dupe some UPND sympathisers and his newly acquired friends from the international community into believing that the UPND was a democratic party.

Mr Mumbi further challenged Mr Hichilema to announce that he would be at the congress but he (Mr Hichilema) was not contesting the party presidency.

He said the announcement which Mr Hakainde made, did not add value to the dispensation of democracy in the country.Mr Mumbi said that the UPND constitution required that positions in the party were elective periodically but this has not been the case since Mr Hichilema became the leader of the party.

“The UPND constitution does not give HH an opportunity to stand again, there are so many other people who can take up the leadership of the party, but UPND is a one man show,” Mr Mumbi said.

Meanwhile UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said the opposition party would adhere to its constitution in electing leaders during the national congress.

He said that the party would follow its constitution and will hold its national congress at an appropriate time to be communicated.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. This Mumbi man sound so bitter. It’s just politics bane. PK Chishala said, ” Chalo lifupa kukolokotakofye bwashya” Don’t allow bitterness to cloud your judgement.

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    • Ba LT,
      why have you not quoted HH announcing the holding of the national congress, instead of you feeding us with comment from this PF underdog?

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    • Ba Mumbi ni ba critic ba ma opposition. Remember how he mocked Sata? Who laughed last?
      Ba Mumbi is yet to find his footing.

      Ukwalolo mwela tata….

      Sata mwale tuka nomba mulenwena mu lukombo lwakwe. Nensoni nakalya!

      Limo it’s better to just stand still and watch.

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    • WHY EVEN HOLD A CONVENTION BECAUSE HH HAS WON ALREADY. AS PF IS AN INTER-TRIBE NATIONAL PARTY, CONVERSELY, UPND IS AN INTER-BOTATWE TRIBAL PARTY. BY VIRTUE OF HH BEING TONGA, HE WON ALL CONVENTIONAL ELECTIONS THE MOMENT HE TRIBALLY BECAME UPND PRESIDENT. THATS WHY THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN NOT EVEN IRREGULAR CONVENTIONS TO ELECT/RE-ELECT FRESH PARTY OFFICIALS.

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  2. …what congress?? By the high lord of dundumwezi??? Like Mugabe, it will take a bizarre event….never in our generation…

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  3. The dates of the convention will be announced at the ‘appropriate times’ that’s how they would run government

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  4. Which period did Edward Mumbi serve as the Spokesman for UPND?

    Remember during the RB reign how pro-govt media used to address Mumbi as former PF SG, much to the annoyance of Sata.

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    • The period he used to addressed as former pf sg was the one he used to upnd spokesperson. You can’t recognise that fact because he is not from chuundu. You only recognise bantustans. Even your veep is an alleign to you.

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  5. Which UPND congress?kikikikikikiki.
    A upnd convention will be full of tongas who will simply come to confirm HH (tonga god) as a upnd leader!!!in upnd HH is WAMUYAYAYA just like Dr.Kenneth Kaunda was in UNIP!!!
    I just pity promising politicians whom HH has killed politically simply by associating themselves with upnd,e.g;GBM,Dr.Guy Scott,Patrick Mucheleka,Levy Ngoma,Sylvia Masebo,Mulenga Sata,Miles Sampa,Obvious Mwaliteta,etc.these were very popular politicians whom HH has destroyed.today these guys are politically ZERO with no following!!!
    SO OUR POLITICIANS (especially those in 6.5 provinces) ASSOCIATE THEMSELVES WITH HH AT THEIR OWN PERIL!!!only those from bantustan areas must be near HH or else your political career will be over once near HH in 6.5 provinces!!
    NJIMBU BB 2017!!!

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    • @Njimbu,
      Just as UPND has now cut off your flagship argument that they will hold a national congress now, soon you will be cut off the argument for 6.5 provinces, do you know why? NDC is coming and will chope off some of that 6.5….dont underestimate. The reason for concern is the small lead of 103.000

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  6. Looks like I missed that announcement by under5 kikikikiki. So finally he has bowed to pressure. How else could under5 survive an onslaught by me Terrible? Spaka like something tried to defend him but it became obvious even to under5 that this was becoming dangeroysly shameful. Even Stephen Sackur agreed with me. So now what are going to say ba Spaka like donkeys? Do you now agree that you argue like a donkey? Empty and useless and abandined by under5.
    To me even a pretence of a convention would do. But I also know that it will never happen, U5 is just trying to deflect attention from his democratic credentials, he will never call a convention. That is why he says a convention will be held “at an appropriate time” while claiming that up.ndonkeys has “always been a democratic party…

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  7. ….. That is why he says a convention will be held “at an appropriate time” while claiming that up.ndonkeys has “always been a democratic party which respects its constitution”, how?? Terrible asks, when you have not held a single convention since 2016? You have skipped two by my count, 2011 and 2016 and you respect your constitution? Do you think that you can cheat us like the id.iots in your party? I bet now U5 is panicking how to ensure that bemba monkeys do not challenge him as it is the preserve of the “correct” tribe for up.ndonkeys.
    The up.ndonkeys are in disarray under sustained pressure by Terrible!

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  8. Let’s wait and see how the tribe will triumph over democracy. Kiki this will be interesting because should under5 be elected it will be labelled as tribal and should gbm wins presidency then the party will disintegrate.

    Don’t forget that he recently said it’s his party and mutinta. It’s a tonga thing.

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  9. Ba PF Cadres, you must be mad !!! This has been your flagship argument that UPND has never held a convention, and a bunch of you here have even raised challenges to both UPND and HH.
    Now that UPND is calling for a national congress, you start undermining that purpose.
    Well, this is a positive action which you have been calling for, so why not give him a pat on the back for opening up instead of you zooming in with your hatred comments?
    Politics is a dirty game, and you are lining up to wash your dirty in front of us, in front of your queue is Mumbi.
    Noope, twakana we who a neither PF or UPND cadres, but are here to support the good cause.

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  10. The last UPND convention was a tribal shame.
    We await to see whether the quota system will be applied.The UPND presidency has been in a certain corner of the country for about 20years.
    The two terms Mr Sammy has served are over.Will he go for a third term and confirm to Zambians what we have always known?

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    • Where did you read that two terms are the limit? Or you are referring to the Constitution of Zambia which imposes that limit on the Endemically Corrupt Leader of Plunderers Federation?

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  11. What Edward Mumbi has said is true ! I have read the UOND constitution in full and it clearly states that HH does not qualify to stand in 2021 period. So HH and Edgar Lungu shall be watching from the terraces as Harry Kalaba stands against GBM. Finish ball !

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  12. Quote the quotable but LT doesn’t seem to adhere to this journalism principle. Edward Mumbi has no direction and no one takes him serious, there are many important issues and reputable people that should be accorded an opportunity to comment on important matters. Zambians deserve better.

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  13. I invite you to site a term limit our constitution states in that party constitutions must follow.

    I invite you to join the UPND, as anyone of any tribe is welcome.

    Don’t just bark like a toothless dog.

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  14. Edward Mumbi is an example of a real bad man. I don’t know why LT finds it necessary to quote him. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. A man who wavers is not a man. He has been in almost every big party in recent times. Soon enough each party discovered what an untrustworthy chap he is. He just uses position to get something out, even to sell to the other side. These are people we called traitors in the struggle and the punishment for traitors is far from hugs and kisses. Just the mention of this name, I feel like puking. What a waste material!

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  15. We note your post filled with bitterness Mr Mumbi.
    You challenged HH to call for a convention, he does it but you are still complaining. Akusilizani nzelu? HH will still win at that convention.
    Common sense is that HH has gained momentum. Why pick a new candidate to start over again? Same with PF, it won’t make sense for them to pick a new person. Let ECL and HH go for 2021 grand finale. The one who loses retires. Chapwa.

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  16. GBM knows very well the convention would mark the end of his political career because he was accepted just for his money when he was stranded politically. As for HH, if you continue doing things the way you have always done, seeing only the bad side of party in power as if you are the perfect one, character assassination politics, holding on to power without mandate and may be also to some extent, tribal, you shall always get what you always got and that is a lose.

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  17. Hmm ladies and gentlemen, I thought calls for UPND to go for convention were genuine? If HH has announced the holding of a convention we should encourage him. Yes it has being long over due but it is never too late to be right. What we should fight for as Zambians is democracy in all political parties because if an undemocratic party won elections its us who will have problems. In my view this is a step in the right direction. Its good the leadership of UPND have heeded to the calls of many Zambians regarding this issue. If UPND decide to amend their constitution to allow HH to represent them in 2021 it should be accepted. Currently thats the man they feel he can win the elections for them, the same way PF want ECL to represent them in 2021.

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  18. Mr mumbi is a danger to himself and the society at large. The man belongs to the group who believe in tribal supremacy. Unfortunately no one has advised him of the God of all tribes. Watch and see the end of all the tribes haters.

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  19. HaHAHA, GBM is going to join Kambwili’s NDC, oops but the insults? and GBV. HH is feeling the heat. Surely with so much money from his international democrats and Copper mining moles Anglo fimofimo, & tax havens he should have held atlas one convention. Loosing five times no convention Yaba! Why is it not possible for opposition in Zambia to follow our constitution – Two terms Kwasila?? UPND is busy calling his excellency ECL who has not even completed his first term not to go for the third term. ECL has not even contested his first term which began in 2016.

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  20. BA KELVIN MUNDE ,AM NOT A POLITICIAN BUT THE COMPARISON IS MISPLACED IN THE SENCE THAT HH HAS NEVER BEEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA BEFORE.HE IS JUST THE PARTY PRESIDENT .THIS TELLS ME THEN THAT YOU DEFINATELY KNOW SOMETHING CONCERNING PRESIDENCE IN THIS NATION.

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