GBM and HH in a jovial mood at the card renewal exercise in Kitwe on Sunday
GBM and HH in a jovial mood at the card renewal exercise in Kitwe on Sunday
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has said that those who have attached conditions to the dialogue process being initiated by the Commonwealth Special envoy Ibrahim Gambari are not ready for it.

The Patriotic Front-PF has been quoted in some sections of the media stating that the dialogue will only go ahead if Mr Hichilema recognises Mr Edgar Lungu as the President.But Mr Hichilema said that the process of dialogue is unavoidable with the current disregard of the rule of law and criminal justice system by the PF Government.

Meanwhile, the MMD says Zambians should be embarrassed of themselves for needing a referee to come supervise them to dialogue when they have institutions that resolve their differences.
And the former ruling party warned the Commonwealth not to fall in the trap of the UPND gimmicks of using the dialogue process to remain relevant politically.

Commenting on the just released road map for dialogue by the commonwealth MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda said the country has mechanisms that can be used to resolve conflicts without bringing outsiders.

He said there is no political will in resolving conflicts among political stakeholders as they are only talking about dialogue when the Commonwealth delegation is in the country and are mute on the issue when they leave.

“There are mechanisms among ourselves as political parties which we can encourage and foster dialogue but there is no political will. We have ZCID which has worked to achieve meaningful dialogue among political players and it has been done before in the past but how come today that platform is not utilised.

“When the commonwealth comes everyone is stampeding to go and meet Professor Gambari and try to talk about this so called dialogue but when the delegation leaves there is no talk about dialogue so it is a fallacy, its just political gimmicks that should not be entertained. Actually we the Zambians must be embarrassed that we have to be supervised by somebody for us to talk and resolve our issues,” he said.

And Mr Nakacinda says the Commonwealth should wary of the UPND’s political gimmicks as the UPND are using the intervention from them to sustain a political agenda of equating President Lungu and their leader.

He said the UPND will continue using dialogue to create an impression that their leader is the only option in the absence of President Lungu.

“We are also aware that the upnd are basically attempting to use this intervention from the commonwealth in sustainable manner to advance their narrow political agenda. Provided there is some impression that there is tension or conflict it makes the upnd relevant.

“They are pushing an agenda of equating HH and Edgar Lungu and give an impression that in the absence of President Edgar Lungu the only option is HH. That type of cheap politics must be seen for what it is, and the Commonwealth must be warned that they risk being used for very selfish and narrow political agenda. Professor Gambari and his team must be careful that they don’t end up in that trap,” he said.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Continuing to disregard the will of the people by not recognizing a sitting President whilst agitating for dialogue with the same President is a precondition.

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    • The commonwealth man must so dull to fall by the trap of an under5. What he should push for is to remind oval head that ecl is the Republican president whom he should give respect before any dialogue commences. Ecl has done better by referring this useless dialogue to zcid for deliberations. If I were him I would’ve refered him to dialogue with the lowest organ of the party.

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    • The MMD faction SG doesn’t understand what the dialogue process is all. He’s saying this because he knows that him and his illegal splinter leader can never stand or win an election. Of course this is between PF and UPND because one of them contested the election outcome.
      UPND is at the center of this dialogue because they don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2016. They want systems to be strengthened and operate independently so elections can be free and fair for everyone including the real MMD not your splinter group.

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    • I do not understand HH. he is the one who wrote a big document of conditions before dialogue, is he(HH) saying he is not ready? his he talking about himself or he is too arrogant? his he normal? his he mature? has he dropped the conditions after the president told him to withdraw if he wanted because of the conditions he attached to it? I cant understand.

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    • 🙂
      Nakacinda its because Zambians are docile and incapable of resolving their own issues that’s why Patricia is doing it for you. Politicians like you are only there and vocal when it comes to attacking other parties with empty statements. The question is what has your MMD faction done to contribute to that dialogue process? Show what you have done then criticize. My take on this, is that this dialogue circus will never advance anywhere as long as the concourt doesn’t make a ruling on ECL eligibility for 2021. And by that time, it will be too late to make any constitutional changes in readiness for 2021, hence the same chaos will prevail or at least the same rigging circus will be on the table.

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    • It doesn’t matter how long you stay in power as an illegal president as seen from scenes in Zimbabwe where old Bob thought he was untouchable but the people will always triumph in the end. Zimbabweans are more docile than Zambian we all know that and were lucky to be assisted or rather liberated by the army whilst we DID it ourselves against his counterpart and a cut from the same cloth Super Ken (KK) We DEMAND the rule of law to be instilled back in our nation. We DEMAND respect for human rights restoration in OUR democratic country, We DEMAND the right to assemble and the right of movement as well as the right to have different democratic persuasions that are different others without fear of retribution from those holding and displaying draconian ways of governing, We DEMAND…

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    • …contd We DEMAND accountability on all government public spending and discrepancies sorted and those found wanting due misappropriation of funds brought to book, We DEMAND equality and abash with any form of discrimination based on anything, We DEMAND free and fair elections.

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    • It would be utter madness to recognise Lungu as President of Zambis when evidence of massive rigging brutality is out there for all to see. PF and the President breached the consitution on many occassions with impunity.

      The refusal of Ministers to hand over power during election is of many systematic rigging PF embarked on. Other forms of rigging were in form of denying and cancelling of campaign permits including the brutality against UPND members.

      Lungu is am illegitimate president period.

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  2. PF is in power at least up to 2021, that is a given fact that only you somehow vexatiously disputes and it is not a condition. Recognize the elected President otherwise who are you having that dialogue with? Stop prolonging what is supposed to be a fairly straight forward process in any case I have no problem seeing you decampaigning yourself show some class know when to take the high road and when to complain.

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  3. The aim of any party is to push their leader as the best thing among the rest. This is a mmd guy praising lungu come election time he will be telling people to vote for mutati as mmd president, but nevers mumba will ask them to stop mascarading as mmd, nakachinda is lost in wilderness.

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  4. Once again, ECL proves he is much ahead in political thinking than badaala ba sammy. ECL has recognised the importance of building strong institutions in our democracy that future generations will benefit from. Badaala continues to display his irrationality and his lack of proficiency as a politician by trying to use international groups to discredit his opponent and his country. Raphael Nakachinda is absolutely spot on by pointing out how embarrassing it is for certain unpatriotic elements to rush to meet the commonwealth while ignoring the importance of existing institutions. It’s really sad how the quality of our opposition has deteriorated with badaala in the forefront. President Lungu and other patriots like Nakachinda have stood up for democracy and freedom by emphasising on…

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    • ….building local institutions that will outlive all of us and be of great value for the democracy of our children and their children. Quite contrary to badaala’s rhetoric of rule of law that he amplifies in speech alone but fails to follow up with appropriate actions-confirmation of how deeply involved he is with international cartels that have ulterior motives!!

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  5. So HH is asking the Commonwealth to help him become President? Some guys have guts. The man still thinks he is the Chosen One. Only when He is in power can zambia be deemed to be a democracy. And he has as rallied all the politically recycled misfits to cheer him on. This Tonga man never ceases to amaze me. The chosen one, my foot!

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  6. Nakacinda is a nicompoop, period. It is true that HH is the only relevant and genuine politician amongst the current crop of politicians we have in our country. Lungu has betrayed us the Zambian people! Lungu is a big mess in our country. PF is a party full of thugs and greedy criminals . There is currently no order in Zambia except that of suppressing the citizens for voicing out our concerns. Abash Edgar Lungu. Viva HH!

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    • Excellent…your name says it all…U are on point my dear..dats a fact and nothing but the whole truth.I LoVE it.

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  7. Under5: “This is why we have the Commonwealth here to restore our freedoms,” he said.

    Really? The Commonwealth thinks there is no freedom in Zambia?

    We demand a clarification from the Commonwealth Secretary General. What are your real intentions Baroness Patricia Scotland? You can’t just brush aside or ignore this statement which is very insulting and contemptuous of Zambians.

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  8. Nakachinda, it is you who feels irrelevant to Zambian politics. The dialogue came about because of PF and UPND. You are a less partner in this process. That is why you are bitter.
    PLEASE GIVE DIALOGUE A CHANCE. WE NEED FAIR PLAY IN 2021.

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  9. So under5, whom are you going to dialogue with if not the President of Zambia? And if you think that you are the President, so you will dialogue with yourself? And if you don’t dialogue with THE President of Zambia, who will implement the decisions that will be arrived at? Fir thus dialigue is about finding and implementing solurions to problems perceived ir real but largely perceived.
    Under5 and his u.pnDonkis never cease to amaze me. And look at his “speech” at the card renewal eeercise in Kitwe, he forgot to thank the people on behalf of Mutinta Grace Mugabe and substituted it with his running mate GBM. I am confused, who co-owns Upn.Donkis with under5, is it GBM or Grace Mutinta Mugabe? Oh sorry okay I get it, GBM pledged to be a puppy of under5 and by extension of Mrs Mutinta…

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  10. . I am confused, who co-owns Upn.Donkis with under5, is it GBM or Grace Mutinta Mugabe? Oh sorry okay I get it, GBM pledged to be a puppy of under5 and by extension of Mrs Mutinta Grace Mugabe sometimes known as Mrs Under5.

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  11. It will take a long time before under5 discovers what a leech GBM is. And leeches find the skin of Donkis ideal fir living and survival!
    GBM has presidenrial ambitions which appear hidden to under5 but not to me and others. Does under5 seriously believe that GBM is a subordinate type? He is simply waiting for the day when the Donkis are de-tribalised enough to open up to a non-chuundu, then he will strike hard to wrestle power from poor under5.

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    • You are not terrible but pathetic and that suits u with a dull way of thinking.if poverty runs in ones blood stream this what it does.shame!!!!

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  12. Numskull, you’ve been putting conditions too, but you want the other party to dialogue under your conditions. You accuse Lungu of fearing to lose power but what about you, you have failed to call for a convention for fear of losing power.

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  13. UNDER FIVE SHOULD STOP INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THOSE OF US WHO VOTED FOR ECL. THIS DESPOT BELIEVES ZAMBIA IS HIS TO DO AS HE WISHES. LET LUNGU IGNORE UNDER FIVE AS WE PATIENTLY WAIT FOR 2021 TO TEACH THIS SELF CENTERED SELF APPOINTED RULER OF THE SOUTHERN VOTERS A LESSON. AS THINGS STAND, IF UNDER FIVE FAILS TO RECOGNIZE ECL AS PRESIDENT, LET THE COMMONWEALTH GUY GO BACK AND SEE IF LUNGU WILL CEASE TO BE PRESIDENT.
    UNDER FIVE, GIVE US A BREAK!!!!!

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