TIZ opposes the appointment of Mwanakatwe as Finance Minister, she has a court case

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Finance Minister Margaret Mhango Mwanakatwe
Finance Minister Margaret Mhango Mwanakatwe

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has opposed the appointment of Margaret Mwanakatwe as Finance Minister.

TIZ Executive Director Wesley Chibamba says although Mrs. Mwanakatwe is qualified for the job, she is not qualified to serve as Minister on account of the High Court’s nullification of her election as Lusaka Central MP for allegedly engaging in electoral malpractices, a decision she has appealed against in the Constitutional Court.

He has questioned how President Lungu will fight corruption working with people whose seats have been nullified.

Mr. Chibamba says what President Lungu should have done was to fire Mrs Mwanakatwe and Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo whose seats were nullified by the High court on account of engaging in electoral malpractices.

And Governance Activist David Kapoma has expressed concern over the appointment of Margaret Mwanakatwe as Finance Minister, saying Felix Mutati was equal to the task.

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76 COMMENTS

  1. TIZ are useless.

    People are well bent on spoiling the good work presidential Lungu is doing.

    Ignore them please.

    Happy Chinese New Year

    Thanks

    BB204,2016

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    • That’s mwibala leadership of koswe thieves with no regard to the law. What a lawyer! Zambians looks what you done to your country.

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    • I am shocked why MMD2 president was fired as Finance Minister, and worse of all be insulted to go and rehabilitate government toilets as Minister of Works.

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    • I choose to disagree with TIZ folks who have never opposed Mwanakatwe’s services to the country as Commerce Minister. We are alive to the fact that the Court decision on her election has been challenged in an appeal. As such, her appointment should be legal and binding until its disposed (I’m not a legal scholar).

      Kapoma is showing self confusion with Government systems. The President has the constitutional mandate to realign his team anytime for many reasons that could include performance assessment and or strategic reasons. It does not mean that if one is equal to the task, teams cannot be re-aligned.

      This business of opposing for the sake of opposing is rendering voices of some interest Groups useless. You’re turning into straight jacket irritants.

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    • As can be evidenced from the posts only diasporians are blogging no sense. Peole who are well informed are the locals because they are not exposed to propaganda reports by zwd . Diasporians sound more of an hired gun just to spoil the atmosphere of interlect debates. We are all zambians and i see no reason why we should be taking pride in insulting

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    • Zambia may not be active on this forum because most people especially those in certain areas have no access to the internet mind you. People rely on the messages/news given to them on the radios/tv and have no chance to question. Visit home sometimes and you will notice the trend of the internet usage, it is only facebook and WhatsApp!

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    • Margaret is ill qualified, she is a drunk, borrowed money from CEEC when she did not qualify and defaulted. Her MP seat was nullified by High Court for fraud. Are there no qualified women economists in Zambia for that position?

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    • I wake up to an abrogation of the constitutions by Jonathan on a massive scale which makes Zuma’s government’s capture with the Gupta brothers a walk in the park. Jonathan is a lawyers who should be advising Mwanakatwe to real with her demons in court rather than be promoting her, like he’s giving the courts two fingers saying what are you gonna do? I am the President I control everything and I don’t care whatever comes out of all your court processes, Mwanakatwe and Luo will be ministers and I don’t care about any of your court outcomes. The Mugabe and Zuma effect needs to arrive in Zambia as soon as Lungu is taking the p!ss.

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    • @Mushota TIZ are more credible than you! For your information they operate in more than 120 countries. As for Madam Whisky as she is popularly known, she has been ousted as an elected MP. Lack of credible leadership in the PF has been a proven by this misplaced appointment.

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    • It’s a sad state of affairs when people who are supposed to contribute positively to national development only find it fashionable to object every the President does.

      Obstructionist politics at work. In fact for some it’s a way of getting their 10 minutes of fame. Here are the facts:

      1. Constitutionally, its a President prerogative to appointment anyone to a ministerial post; elected or nominated.

      2. Because of 1 above, it does not matter whether Margaret’s seat is at ConCourt or not because if for some reason it uphold the lower court decision, the president can simply nominate her to the same position.

      3. If at all TIZ we’re worried about optics, they should have opposed her current position on moral grounds but all was well until her ministerial appointment changed.

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    • Typed “were” autocorrect changed to “we’re”

      Typed “upholds” autocorrect changed to “uphold”

      Typed “a Presidential prerogative” autocorrect changed to “a President prerogative”.

      I can’t win with this autocorrect … lyonse ukufwaya uko naula ichi inkubaule candi. Kashi autocorrect nayo ya kaso …

      Heaven help us all …

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    • This woman is an illegal minister, Dora is a fraud and Lungu is forged but the net is closing in. Mugabe is go and Zuma went as well.

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    • Abena Analyser … please tell me the difference between apples and oranges. Your kind believes in propaganda and can’t back your claims.

      You think that by parroting the same things over and over again somehow some day they will stick; howbeit untrue … please explain in simple English how ECL is forged.

      And stop comparing Zambia to RSA and Zim … the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise are way too smart for that nonsense. Nothing of a similar sort is happening pa Zed.

      Continue insulting their intelligence at your own peril.

      Just get ready to lose in 2021 HAGAIN!!! You HANDASTAND???!!!

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    • Zambians are lazy unprogressive people whose solution to every problem is to compose a song about it and then dance like monkeys. Once exhausted from dancing they sit down and blame government

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    • @B R Mumba, Sr you live in dangerous times! I quote “Because of 1 above, it does not matter whether Margaret’s seat is at ConCourt or not because if for some reason it uphold the lower court decision, the president can simply nominate her to the same position.” Do you not know why Davies (SG) can not be nominated as an MP? It is this kind of unconstitutionalism that puts us where we are in Zambia- from the second richest country in the third world to one of the ten world’s poorest countries! In the UK one senior House of Lords Member resigned because he was 10 minutes late! Or the train company that apologised for a train leaving the station 2 seconds early! We need metocracy in our country! If Margaret was efficient, she would be Managing Director at UK head office (that’s for…

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    • So ni RB who has advised him to appoint Mwanakatwe (his trbesmate pakuti bebe bwino) and take Dora Sliti ku Information pakuti aletuka abantu
      Mwempelwa mano imwe Ba koswe

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    • Can we hire Obama to be our president like they do in soccer..

      Am tired of the current leadership, no inspiration whatsoever.

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    • A filthy pot is a filthy pot;
      Corrupt thief Edgar Lungu, Felix Mutati and Energy Minister David Mabumba have been rocked in a big corruption scandal at Zesco Limited.
      To let the story flow, this is a narration from our source.
      ” There is a problem at Zesco and that is why the Managing Director Victor Mundende has just reported for work. He was on forced leave for two months.
      The scandal involves Eagle 1(Edgar Lungu) on one hand Felix Mutati and David Mabumba on the other hand.
      A few months ago, Mutati and Mabumba working with Mundende single- sourced a Chinese company to do the upgrading of the Lusiwasi Hydro Power Station in Serenje.
      Apparently the three of them got US1.5 million each as Commission. The Chinese contractor was very sure that the deal was done. After a month, Ailing…

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    • “Bashi Tasi, open one for me… Thanks mnwa mnwaa!!”.
      “I can do anything for you Maggie..”
      “I want Finance, mnwa mwamwa xoxo…”
      “Anytime…Felix muwelewele…”

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    • The woman is bad news, just like her lips, Coincidentally her the ‘woman-man’ Luo are the two whose parliamentary seat have been found wanting. There must be something dark about the two women.

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  2. Madam mushota, what a Freudian slip, the expression is “hell bent” but because of your undoubted knowledge as a phd holder you have misquoted the age old expression and actually given a better meaning, well done.
    If u cannot understand just ask your ma zungu lover, oh sorry u are the ma zungu lover

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    • If I know well educated people, it wasn’t a slip up. She meant it that way and it’s good that you have appreciated it as being better.

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    • I am off to a Chinese restaurant later tonight for a buffet and I will probably be having a dog meal without knowing after all it’s a year of the DOG. Mushota do you want to come? We can then also critically analyse TIZ without interference by Nick. Otherwise good day!

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  3. President ECL is not liked by all Zambians and that is the reality of life (no human being can be liked by all), therefore, whatever he does no matter how good it is cannot be liked by all either. Even if he was given an opportunity to appoint Jesus Christ into his cabinet, some of you will still be against it because of the level of dislike you have agaist the head of state.

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  4. This president does not uphold the very constitution he swore under oath to defend. Cases abound of abrogation and flaunting with impunity of the same constitution. He sincerely believes he is above the law. If he be the head, its telling the kind of cabinet he presides over. He should sober up and know that he is not cheating the Zambian people because they are not as gullible as he thinks. He will stand alone when crunch time hits and all this ministers will flee from him. The writing has been on the wall for sometime now.

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  5. the same president who allowed ministers to occupy their offices even after dissolution of parliament is the same president you expect to fire mwanakatwe and Nkandu Luo for having their seats nullified? uum think about that for a second.

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  6. Zambians have fallen between a rock and a hard place. There is little hope of escaping. Judiciary dead, legislature dead, only the executive is thriving.

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  7. President Lungu is the only lawyer who does not understand a single word in law. How can you appoint someone who election victory has been challenged in court and the case is not yet disposed off. I love the western world politics because Margarate Mwanakatwe many more people serving in PF with questionable charecters would have resigned on moral grounds.But our president being a lawyer should be the first to avoid actions that would make us question how he managed to become a lawyer who cannot respect law.

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  8. It’s unfortunate that Shakas contested and lost thereby rendering himself ineligible for nomination. I think he has now gone through the mill and is ready for bigger challenges. He could’ve made a perfect nominee.

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  9. The appointment of Mwanakatwe is similar to having Edgar Chagwa Lungu as President because in the past he was dishonest to his client and was found wanting by a panel of LAZ officials .It is a pity that they never took him to court so that he could have a criminal record hanging over his head . Mwanakatwe’s seat was declared vacant by the High court .She is now using tax payers cash to fight her court case . Lungu set an example by removing Mutembo Nchinto from his post so the he could not temper with case which was brought by GRZ .The same GRZ under Chagwa is protecting Mwanakatwe and keeping her in government preventing the law from performing and gathering evidence without undue influence from her and state House.

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  10. The President has more knowledge in running a government than those criticizing him. Despair is characteristic of the opposition in Zambia. There is nothing they can say to someone who knows more about running a Government than themselves. The opposition is just a collection of desperate people. Even some NGOs who do not understand their roles have joined the band wagon. They now want to tell the President, with a capital P, who to appoint and who not to. The flag is up, you are offside.

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    • Did you say running Government? Lungu is the worst President Zambia has seen. Actually next to RB
      Lungu is clueless about running this Country
      This Country is just on auto pilot. All he does is travel all the time making money through subsistence allowances. He is such a big embarrassment to this Country. No character whatsoever just moving on.
      You wonder why he is even fighting to continue in 2021, for what he has nothing to offer Zambia. So apa he is thinking / planning where to go next

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    • If this dull chap Lungu who masquerades as a president knew how to run government, the country would not be dealing with huge debt and running to IMF for a bailout.

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  11. @Senior Citizen,
    I like your contribution on here, most of which are well thought out, even though I don’t agree with everything.
    But I would like to hear your honest opinion on Mwanakatwe if she is indeed the right person for the job.

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  12. The appointment of Mwanakatwe is similar to having Edgar Chagwa Lungu as President because in the past he was dishonest to his client and was found wanting by a panel of LAZ officials .It is a pity that they never took him to court so that he could have a criminal record hanging over his head . Mwanakatwe’s seat was declared vacant by the High court .She is now using tax payers cash to fight her court case . Lungu set an example by removing Mutembo Nchinto from his post so that he could not temper with case which was brought by GRZ .The same GRZ under Chagwa is protecting Mwanakatwe and keeping her in government preventing the law from performing and gathering evidence without undue influence from her and state House. Lungu has simply made his pudding and eaten it .From this Zambians…

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  13. Selfishness, abuse of power and systematic harassment of others are two of the most karmic actions. Horrific karma awaits those whose task it was to protect society but themselves willfully abused their power, indulged in willful transgressions and caused harm and injury to others.

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  14. Her appeal to the Constitutional Court means that she still reserves the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise as the case is not disposed of yet. As it is , she is innocent and in contention for any appointment. Is there any constitutional clause against such an appointment? Well, I suppose that is why the case is before a Constitutional Court. Until the final ruling, she is eligible for appointment

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  15. I am amazed at how much energy and brain matter we have looking at the contributions on the subject matter, all correct in one way or the other. If this energy could be directed at the issues of poverty and under development of mother Zambia, we would a myriad of solutions to poverty and its off-shoots. The Kavuluvulu effect looks focusing such energies on to one problem and resolving it. This does not need to wait until one is corridors of political power. Mind you when a politician is elected, it takes five years of waiting to see if they will perform to our expectation, and when they don’t, boy oh boy, what anger and frustration it leaves in us!
    We have been on this path for a long time, can’t we try something else that we can be fully responsible for.

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  16. Ms Whisky!!!hope she will budget well for the next beer outing with ka koswe not ku mayela. . .its a shame!!!!

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  17. Why are you complaining? Zambia is now a bunch of complainants. Even when you see your own shadow you want to complain. The government should reintroduce compulsory ZNS Military training for all grade 12 school leavers, this way we are going to have a disciplined society and a nation at large.

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  18. She’s not in court for a criminal offense. As Mr Kapoma, I thought he always attacked Felix that he wasn’t competent, so now he’s equal to the task? You wonder why we can’t move forward? It’s because people don’t know what they want.

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  19. She is equal to the task she is an eminent accountant she understands Global capital markets and FDIs which Zambia at this time most needs She understands the Local economy and financial markets to transmit positive fiscal and monetary policies She is well received and networked within the supranational(World bank and IMF, regions and economic power house she is well received and networked within the bank of Zambia and Ministry of Finance to provide that synergic effect She has an except approachable loveable personality

    She is not one who will undo everything mutati did good and will move on and carry the economic plans and NPDs especially…

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  20. the link between NPDs,NDPs and Financing Plans

    She is ethical and respectful and if appointed by president , She is not one who will undo everything mutati did good and will move on and carry the economic plans and NPDs especially having understood the Drivers of economic growth from her time at MINISTRY of COMMERCE

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  21. @Brother Mumba Sr . you are wrong on point 2 you stressed above.
    The president can not nominate somebody MP and subsequently mininster whose seat was nullified.
    It seems you haven’t read the new constitution properly.
    Meaning that once madam Mwanakatwe seat is nullified exhaustively she will not serve in any government office for a period.

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  22. Hon Felix stabilised and needed access to Global Capital markets and FDIs Margarita will give you that access

    Looking at it could have called for a minister who will provide the fiscal and one who will provide access but the president chose one option and I am sure margarita as King cobra would call her will be complimented by the ministry of finance and Boz with pamu in there we may need Dr musongole also somewhere, it gets interestingly exciting

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  23. TIZ you have disap0inted some of us who had a bit of respect for you as far as transparence is concerned Mwanakatwe is already in the cabinate she has just been transfered to finance from commerce where have you been to see her today that she has a court case, why have you been quety all this time you are a maniac TIZ president that we have never seen before

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  24. By access also does not imply and mean going flat out to borrow but restricting and rebalancing the existing debt in the most efficient manner as government is allowed to continue , to grow the economy ,create necessary infrastructure and create those revenues required for sustainability and reserves for the future well being The qualities of margarita to activate the Finances She will take-off from Hon mutati well sustained Zambia Plus , to ensure safe landing Access(Financing and innovative financial engineering in funding method is important at this stage of the economy )

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  25. She understands Gov operations and Financial operations more especially within the free floating currency Gov budget and operations is not like a household budget or corporate there people in positions who manage the constraints that Gov faces .They work together with the minister of Finance to avoid risks implied in the monetary or fiscal operations (involuntary default) Most importantly she understands the monetary system and challenges presented and modern monetary concepts beyond some Keynesian economics She is able to understand and relate the two as can be observed from inclination of some

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  26. HH OVAL head i noticed you said thst diasporian bloggers are posting no sense… well said from a diasporian, you just blew your credibility.

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  27. Just remembered why Margaret is in court. …she called someone ati muzungu and that person petitioned the result of the election that because she was called Muzungu that’s why she lost the election. Meanwhile Kambwili tells people to stone the Chinese in Luanshya and we all applaud him as a hero.

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    • Unpolished politicians like Kambwili keep shedding off skin like a snake. They always look for an opportunity for renewal after being fired. It’s called rebranding. They cannot be trusted.

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  28. @Ndaje Khakis good recall! that’s major reason election was nulified by High Court, and defence argued the court misdirected itself hence the appeal. Margaret’s election was nulified on flimsy ground and is likely to be reversed by ConCourt. Bragging that her ambilical cord was buried in Zambia and Mrs Scott’s elsewhere does not amount to disadvantaging your competitor.
    politics nikulimba!!!!

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    • It’s not as bad as Kambwili calling the Roan Upnd candidate a Kalubale from Angola but the court ruled in favor of Kambwili.

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  29. Imwe ba TIZ Chibamba, do you think with your head?? Right there in your article you state that Hon Mwanakatwe has appealed the High Court decision, meaning that she still remains innocent proven guilty by the ConCourt. She can only be dropped if the appointing authority has reason to feel that there is some element of truth in the claim by her electoral opponent or if she is found guilty by the ConCourt. Both of the ifs have not happened.
    Which leaves us the question: are you a upndeez sympathiser? If so, upndeez have so much hatred in their hearts that they see nothing good in anything. Because of that we the citizens cannot tell when any upndeez is speaking the truth or telling lies, just difficult to judge so we prefer to ignore any ranting from upndeez, rotten with hate. Hate hurts…

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  30. Contd…
    Which leaves us the question: are you a upndeez sympathiser? If so, upndeez have so much hatred in their hearts that they see nothing good in anything. Because of that we the citizens cannot tell when any upndeez is speaking the truth or telling lies, just difficult to judge so we prefer to ignore any ranting from upndeez, rotten with hate. Hate hurts the container in which it is stored.

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  31. Amazing how cadres think, today they are praising the selection of this woman and if she is fired tomorrow they will be praising ECL for a reverse move. Weren’t we hearing Mutati is the best, why should you be applauding when the best is removed. Cadres busy misleading ECL they will praise anything even the appointment of a frog because they lost the capacity to think objectively

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  32. Honourable mutati as he moves next door can exercise fiscal discipline even more in his spending role in Infrastructure works and supply (procurement) as margarita in finance exploits the Financing (monetary) in a two double sword

    Its not a question of title but both revenue and spending side to achieve sustainability

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  33. Upnd cadre, the appointment is questionable both morally and ethically, how do you appoint someone with a court case. What happens when she loses her case, how do you also demonstrate to the world that u fighting corruption when u appoint people with court cases, now even a convict straight from jail can get a post in dull lungu’s regime

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  34. The Tongas have really exposed themselves in this beautiful country and as a result they will always be alienated and treated as such. With the kind of dullness they exhibit through blind loyalty to failure, HH, we shall forever relegate them to their rightful position.
    Presidency of Zambia will never go to HH no matter what, he can cry, spend all his stolen backs, sponsor whoever, the fact is, as long as its HH, pa State House pena its zero.

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  35. This is sad the behaviour of Hakainde hichilema’s masonic followers theirs is hatred and sadism against other human beings
    This is how masons and satanists behaves always degrading others hating hating and hating is thier business.
    this is sad ,
    Zambians should never attempt to vote evil and sadists into state house, because this country will be on fire and terrible division will be created by these sadists, who passionately thrive on who comes from where
    zambians are one people one nation and love one another, any leader who looks at a tribe is a loser in this country. many easterners are poor like any other zambian from other region people from eastern province have no special advantage because the president is from eastern ,
    easterners do not line up at state house gate to gate…

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  36. If today TIZ praised Lungu, upndeez would condemn them. This is what has killed upndeez many times over even if they are already dead.
    Just wait for h.h to wake up from his weekly slumber on monday and listen to the nonse.nse he will spew to the press from his cholera infested mouth.
    Then he goes back to his slumber out of touch with reality.

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  37. Sometimes one would doubt and wonder Edgar Lungu’s thinking capacity as to why he does things as if he is not a learned lawyer.Anyway,its because of Immunity hence,the liberty to do anything he feels and desires but one day his deeds will backfire and regret

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  38. Mushota please “we kanyo iwe” bapapata” stop these mental dysfunction “erections” of yours, they stink like raw fish sure mukongo tuwe!

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  39. A few months ago the Zambian public woke up to some piece of news in which Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe was reported to have lost a relatively huge sum of money at Mayela night club in Kalingalinga. It is said that she had just arrived from the airport when she, and her friends, stopped by to have a good time. It may be argued that she was mingling with her constituents. But that is in Munali constituency. The bottom line is Mayela night club in Kalingalinga where according to unpublished research 80% of the people who go there have a morbid plan to have illicit sex at the end of the night. We are told she is a regular there.
    A few weeks ago, we woke up to yet some more news about the same honorable. She had beaten her (about) 25 year old boyfriend because she caught him having sex with a…

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  40. Margaret can be appointed or transferred between ministries and constitutionally the president is in order. The only sad aspect about this episode us that it clearly exposes the president that he is not principled, does not respect the judiciary, is an incompetent leader and does not understand what good corporate governance means.

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