Amnesty International working with UPND to tarnish Zambia’s image

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Sunday Chanda (L) with Frank Bwalya
Sunday Chanda (L) with Frank Bwalya

The ruling PF has astonishingly accused respected human rights organisation Amnesty International of receiving money from the opposition UPND to tarnish Zambia’s image internationally.

The PF alleges that Amnesty International is working together with the UPND and a South African-based political foundation to sponsor a smear media campaign against Zambia using musician Pilato who has since fled the country.

PF Media Director Sunday Chanda claimed that the UPND, working with a known Foundation in South Africa is sponsoring media space for Pilato with an agenda to project Zambia as a country that does not respect freedom of expression.

Mr. Chanda dismissed the allegations by Pilato that his life is in danger describing him as an economic refugee, trying to earn a living in South Africa and England.

“There are no conditions in Zambia to warrant Pilato to go into self-imposed exile unless he seeks to exaggerate his importance. We have private media hostile to the PF but none of their editors have ever contemplated running away from the country. Pilato has been seeking an appointment with President Lungu for eight (8) months and that has not been granted. That cannot amount to political hostility as the Presidency reserves the right on who to meet, when and of where,” Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said named South African based Foundation in collusion with the UPND has secured media space for Pilato in the Mail and Guardian, BBC Africa, Financial Times London and ENCA SA among the international media organisations contracted by Amnesty to create a false brand about Zambia.

“Amnesty International should not be used to do International media placements by working with known Zambians who may be on their sponsor’s payroll,” said Mr Chanda

“His masters have placed space in the Mail and Guardian, Financial times London, ENCA SA with an agenda of showing there is no freedom of expression in Zambia. He is not a political refugee. He is a political project”

And Mr Chanda has stated that Pilato’s song has not been banned in the country.

He disclosed that Amnesty International never attempted to help any other person in the country apart from Pilato and Zambians must ask if they have been strategizing with his pay masters.

“Amnesty International is using Pilato’s falsified version in South Africa to raise alarm. He has featured on BBC Africa, ENCA and sponsored an article for him in the Mail and Guardian and there is another article underway to be published in the Financial Times in London and another one earmarked for SABC. This has all been planned by the UPND and a known Foundation in South Africa. He has been hired to champion their mission of giving Zambia a bad name in the international community ,” he revealed

Meanwhile, the PF media Director has explained that the reason Zambians have lost confidence in Amnesty is a result of false alarms the organisation created and have not be proven to date.

“Amnesty once came to Zambia and lied that 15 extra-judicial killings happened after elections and never named them until now. They haven’t named or identified the prisons holding the alleged 100 political detainees they claimed. That is why the Zambian authorities have very low level of confidence in Amnesty international.”

“Zambians must look at amnesty international as a political organization and will take their advice with a pinch of salt,” said Mr. Chanda.

Mr Chanda said the PF will no longer take Amnesty International seriously because they clearly compromised.
He described Amnesty International as a PR wing of the UPND under an agreement that allows them to receive cash donation from a know South African Foundation established by a powerful mining dynasty.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Sunday Chanda the truth is you are busy closing every avenue of a different voice in this country. you can spin doctor your speeches but that doesn’t change reality on the ground. we are daily looking over our shoulders even typing such sentiments without insulting anyone has become a crime. awe bane muchinje twamipapata. apakomaila nondo ninshi pali ubulema.

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  2. Chanda are you a honest citizen, or you are the worst compromised mouth peace for Lungu ? Upnd carders have been short at , the lady was short in chawama during UPND rally , a lady was undressed buy your pf thugs , mourners were injured at the grave yard by your thugs ,HH and family were attacked by PF Police HH locked up , Mwaliteta , matambo and others imprisoned ,GBM locked up several times , silvia Masebo locked up, Markets burned by you people ,thugs put in stations to beat suspected opposition leaders boarding busses , Jereboys planted every where on the copper belt threatening and beating up people , Media Houses closed . there are a lot of things that have happened in every short time since lungu has been in office . God lord the Almighty Knows every thing you do, worse, for the…

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  3. IF everything is fine in Zambia, ask your kaponyas why they treated Kambwili and his supporters in that manner, at the POLICE STATION? Kambwili is not a saint either, he is party to the creation of the “PF mafia state”. With all his ‘influence’ and resources, he is not safe in Zambia. What more poor Pilato?

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  4. Chanda are you a honest citizen, or you are the worst compromised mouth peace for Lungu ? Upnd carders have been shot at , the lady was shot in chawama during UPND rally , a lady was undressed buy your pf thugs , mourners were injured at the grave yard by your thugs ,HH and family were attacked by PF Police HH locked up , Mwaliteta , matambo and others imprisoned ,GBM locked up several times , silvia Masebo locked up, Markets burned by you people ,thugs put in stations to beat suspected opposition leaders boarding busses , Jereboys planted every where on the copper belt threatening and beating up people , Media Houses closed . there are a lot of things that have happened in every short time since lungu has been in office . God lord the Almighty Knows every thing you do, worse, for the…

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  5. Sunday Chanda should also tell us why Kambwili’s prime TV program was cancelled a few hrs ago. He should also tell us why the government failed to protect Kambwili’s supporters at police headquarters last week who were brutalized by PF thugs.

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    • Why has Chishimba Kambwili, a known corrupt mafia not fled.
      He knows it’s better his BP, diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction kill him here in Zambia.

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  6. What image of the PF is there to tarnish, honestly! It’s like saying Kambwili is a chidumbo Maliketi or that Lungu has HIV-AIDS, its the truth. Niti ya cocota kwa kwa pilu ona wa kayuwe kwa machende!

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  7. This is how the party that overstays in the opposition behaves, it loses strategic focus before it goes into political oblivion. UPND is doing everything at their disposal to try to sustain their fast dwindling political fortunes, knowing for sure that if they don’t win an election in 2021 (which is most likely) they will be dead politically like UNIP, FDD. With the coming of NDC UPND is at high risk of losing its popularity. This tonga party is up to no good but to harm the international reputation of this nation. ON the local political market we know them to be a political grouping- ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND says sejani. The earlier this party dies out the better for the unity, security and safety of this nation . ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION

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    • Ba Siambwende kwena sure ….the PF is actually the weakest party only held together by the strings of government resources they are in charge of otherwise as a party it cannot survive outside of government. Whether u like it or not it is a fact ECL does not have the capacity to run an opposition party and deep down u know it. Back to the issue Sunday Chanda is also never convinced of the statements he issue chikulu alya that is it for him these are people who don’t care at all for Zambia in the long term so long he has expensive shoes and nice car to show off to friends

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    • @8, That strategy won’t work anymore. You better check the tribal balance in UPND, pf, and NDC. The Zambian people have been denied true leadership for a long time because of the tribal hogwash. You can scream on top of your voice until s.hitnole raptures that UPND is a tribal party.No one will pay attention because people ‘s eyes have been opened

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  8. Yes we too the private citizens are playing a part…..this weekend we fired of an email with images of citizens hacked and bloodied by pf to 201 email destinations including AI , IMF among others and all countries of the world with a foringe office contact email…….

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    • If we the citizens of Zambia with a voice can lobby and Informe the world of lungu and PFs fake democracy, corruption and brutality Zambia will be better for future generations ………

      In our emails we have pointed out our concern to the recipients that lungu using the aid money they provide and borrow Zambia to brutalize citizens , fuel corruption and sponsor gangs causing deforestation by illigally indicriminatly chopping down and exporting zambias indegious hardwoods…..

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  9. Muzungus has failed us so many times . They left us and went to build in southern Zimbab….Am advising HH to stay away from this masonry Muzungus . If you open up to the British you will be under control , learn their language , break culture like kaingus daughter . Ama Chinese aba kwata umucinshi no muntu uwa sambilila noushya sambilila batu fumyako insoni .HH address Zambians and be familiar with Zambian suffering they Will vote for you .

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  10. You may ridicule Sunday Chanda as much as you want but bear in mind that Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s Regional Director, formerly a reporter for the Post Newspaper and the promoter of Pilato’s cause in South Africa is, for those of us who know her political leanings very well, a well-known UPND sympathizer.

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    • So when things are going wrong n getting out of hand no one should complain or say anything because it’ll be turnishing the image? Do an to others as you would want them to do to you.

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    • Further ati “respected human rights organization”, Amnesty International is hopeless, useless, and irrelevant in its current state with regard to human rights.

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  11. Lazy spin doctoring by Chanda …Amnesty has been around this you fooools even knew what a Political Party was!!

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  12. If what Sunday Nkonde has said is true and it will come pass, then God help us. How can a genuine Zambian who loves his country and its people be so unpatriotic as to allow himself to be used by foreign forces to malign his own country? Inu a Pilato, is this the way to earn a living? The fact is, you are just wasting your time if you think your working with UPND will take you anywhere. Get it into your thick head that UPND will never form government for as long as HH remains at the helm of its leadership. I lost respect for Amnesty International a long time ago, hence I won’t comment further.

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    • So you should only allow fellow Zambians to hack you with Matchetes ????? You say foreigners outside while your own government home is giving away nearly everything to foreigners ? So when it is inappropriate to you those that go out are being used by foreigners you are the same mangwams who were celebrating when Chinese were appointed by this your GRZ into the police…giving away of ZNBC, Twin palm military land, Ndola Lusaka RD, farming blocks in Mukushi and Ndola Rural, etc be real and objective when you talk of foreigners please lets not hoodwink people when it is not in our favour

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  13. These tribalists are taking this too far.How does upnd expect patriotic support from Zambians if they can do anything to trash their own country??? Zambia has never seen such hatred, bitterness and bloodthirstiness in its history.

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  14. Pilato has gone visiting other places and shall come back to find Zambia a better place as the country continues receiving the development lead by the PF government. His going on tour has nothing to do with the GRZ but another way to make money from the opposition. I consider this move foolish because his family is not with him. His sponsor is here in Zambia enjoying this conducive political climate while he is there languishing (if not being supported by his sponsor) only to be dumped later. There are many that have done contradicting tracks but are freely mixing with all of us. Wondering what is particular about you younger man. I can conclude by saying you are being used as a dummy.

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  15. Eat while you can, for sure the time for accounting for your ill-gotten gravy is fast approaching! The time to jump off the gravy train is now before it picks up speed. Do not say you were not fore-warned.

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  16. The association of UPND with muzungu opusa is astonishing.
    How can you tarnish the image of a country you so desperately want to lead?
    All these are signs of a failed Tonga political project.
    The UPND project will not succeed in our life time.
    We will fight tooth and nail to make sure the UPND come to power in 2075.

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