Nothing wrong with distribution of books with portrait of President Lungu-Wina

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Exercise Book with the President's Potrait
Exercise Book with the President’s Potrait

THERE is nothing wrong with the distribution of books bearing the portrait of President Edgar Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina has told Parliament.

Responding to questions during the Vice President’s question time, Mrs Wina said President Lungu’s portrait is displayed in public offices and so there is nothing wrong with books to have his picture.

Mrs Wina said it beats her understanding why a Member of Parliament could complain about books meant for vulnerable pupils just because they have a portrait of the Head of state.

Mrs Wina said the books will continuously be distributed in Government schools bearing portraits of President Lungu and there was nothing wrong.

The Vice President was responding to a question by UPND Katuba Member of Parliament Patricia Mwashingwele who wanted to know if Central Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe was in order to distribute books bearing President Lungu’s portrait to pupils in Katuba. “President Lungu is the President of the Patriotic Front and he is also the President of the Republic of Zambia. His portrait hangs in our offices and everywhere and you don’t complain,” Ms Wina said.

Exercise books

And olitical activist Laura Miti has urged the ruling PF to stop the distribution of campaign books to children in public school bearing President Edgar Lungu’s image.

Ms Miti said failure to stop such campaign methods which Ms Miti calls desperate would result in some PF detractors also starting a smear campaign like the one bearing President Lungu’s image on toilet paper.

“The PF say the tissue with the President’s image on it is not part of their campaign material, but they do not apologise for the children’s books. I am actually glad to hear the tissue was not official party business because maweee,” she quipped.

She said the distribution of campaign books to children in public schools is beyond low and North Koreasque aimed at brainwashing the learners.

“What the children need is for class sizes to be reduced from the now regular 100, to have qualified teachers, to not be sent out of school because they have not ”contributed” a ream of paper,” she said.

Ms. Miti who is also a graduate of the UNZA School of Education said the paper used to print those campaign books would, if translated to school budgetary support, keep lots of children in school.

“So the PF has to understand that if it insists on this puzzling and desperate campaign they are on, they will encourage detractors to come up with responses like the tissue. Govern please, govern. For once, dear PF, campaign by running the country,” she said.

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78 COMMENTS

    • Well, not an issue. It’s just indoctrinating our children to remember whom to blame for the country’s high debt they will have to pay through higher taxes when they complete school.

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    • Yes nothing wrong with ECL’s face on shinda paper. So you thought you could make money and gain political mileage by producing tissues with Lungu’s face during Cholera.

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    • There is nothing wrong with campaigning now.

      Why are they scared to state they are either campaign or not.

      Terrible country zambia, I will never leave there

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Honestly nothing wrong here. As long as they are government schools… Nothing wrong with that. Opposition can also try through private schools and private etc’s… Some of the benefits of been in government I should say.

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    • North Korea tactics of BRAIN-WASHING our kids won’t work.

      This ugly face has destroyed our kids, grand-kids & great-grand-kids future by indebting them with $23-BILLION Kaloba whilst stealing from them.

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    • These batch of idi0ts are so annoying they can make you a bp patient!

      Why must Koswe pollute our children’s minds with his ugly annoying kwindi face?

      Desperation at its best, no wonder he is now befriending characters who do not want to give up power such as Kabila and the Rwandanese guy!

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    • Ba Inonge, are you hearing yourself, can that be right honestly. What you are doing is so immoral. Those kinds of cheap desperate politics won’t win you any votes.
      Play clean politics and God will bless you. Otherwise your dirty politics will be a curse to you

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    • Apart from this scheme being plain stup!d, it’s also creating a cult to worship lungu. Now who would want to idolise such a creature? He is everything you don’t want your child to aspire to:

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    • Mama Wina, Ok then no one should intimidate any citizen for selling tissues with Lungu’s face. You can’t have it all ways. Good Luck with other stuff that will bear his face.

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    • So what the hell is this about prosecuting toilet paper advert initiators? LUNGU wants to have the cake and eat it, ruining my weekend. FUSEKI, It’s too cold to argue, with the arctic cold imminent. Can’t be asked!

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    • I RESERVED COMMENTING ON ECL FACE ON TISSUES. THE FACT THAT THE ITEM IS USED FOR WASTE ALL THE TIME MAKES HIS FACE ON THE ITEM SEEM BAD. THIS HH IS CRAZY. ON THE SECOND THOUGHT THE IDEA IS GOOD; WHO DOESN’T NEED THAT SANITARY PAPER AT THE POINT OF NEED IMWE?
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      We will be damned if we did not have toilet paper near by. If you don’t have it the call of the nature kind is usually delayed until it’s sourced. HH kindly reserve some for you also. You shall need your president’s portrait at the most critical time of self respect. All kids don’t vote but all Zambian adults of UPND nature need that roll. Portrats on books and the roll are not a bad Idea but it’s bad timing. Don’t politicize the roll please.

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    • Nothing wrong with HH’s portrait too except that it is bad omen. We ASSOCIATE books with brilliance, intelligence, success and knowledge. A failure must not be on any form of books except one that can be titled ” HOW NOT TO WIN ELECTIONS THE 6TH TIME RUNNING AND NEVER PICKING UP LESSONS” Or “HOW ZAMBIAN PEOPLE REJECTED MY TRIBAL KIND’A POLITICKING” With titles like these, that book would sell. CK would like to read one. Please not on Exercise Books; our kids could be as dull.

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    • Mushota,
      “Terrible country zambia, I will never leave there” you wrote.
      But you always claim to bi living in Scotland – how is that possible if you will never leave Zambia?

      As for the issue of Lungu on Excercise books:
      Terrible -this is indoctrination of the young and dependent! Quite common in dictatorships.

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  1. And we wonder why we hardly develop as a nation?

    Instead of discussing progressive issues that are relevant for our country, here we are talking about something so insignificant.

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    • Its significant bcoz its about ethics and integrity in leadership.Stealthy/disguised campaign tactics using GRZ material should NOT be allowed.

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  2. When your time is up, it’s better you save your money than worst it through unfruitful campaigns. Shaleniko ne mbuto

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  3. Wait for people’s tempers to boil and your branded books will be the first things they burn! It would have made sense to distribute books branded with our national values (if we still have), our mission and vision statement as a country the way progressive countries like Botswana has done. You talk of introducing sex education in schools. Does the face of the head of state on those books contribute to any meaningful learning? What gogo has failed to explain is the motive behind this PF move! Therefore people are free to speculate! Sata and Guy Scot taught PF how to guarantee election victory in a very simple and straight forward way! Deliver on your election promises and people will vote you back! When you do that, you don’t get bothered by what your critics say. Up to now, the pupils…

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  4. Up to now, the pupils who received those books are still confused and haunted by that donation. Some may be thinking they don’t have to study hard thinking having the face of the great leader will bring great favour during any exam. This is how Nebuchadnezzar ate grass because of doing things that don’t make common sense! Schools, Hospitals and all public places should be free from partisan and religious influence!!!!

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  5. Up to now, the pupils who received those books are still confused and haunted by that donation. Some may be thinking they don’t have to study hard thinking having the face of the great leader will bring great favour during any exam. This is how Nebuchadnezzar ate grass because of doing things that don’t make common sense! Schools, Hospitals and all public places should be free from partisan and religious influence!

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  6. This is disruptive to the learning environment! Schools are supposed to be free from partisan politics and intolerance of any kind! Or is this a special school for the PF illiterates?

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  7. Things which belongs to government it does not portraits the face of the president unless its donated by him self should portraits the GRZ

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    • I am sure Laura has stockpiled that toilet paper so that each time she uses it she can be reminded of the saying “Kiss my azs”.

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  8. Comment: The idea is okay,free books what a gift, include pencils,pens, sharpeners even uniforms,socks and shoes from bata.

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  9. He is our president it is ok, we had kaunda on both the coin and paper money, we still have benjamin Franklin on the dollar, whats wrong having our able humble leader on a book which is not even worth a dollar, people please .

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    • That is what the “Zambian intellectual” will come up with – put the Presidential portrait on toilet paper and make a big issue out of it. There is no capacity to contribute to national development by a “Zambian intellectual”

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  10. I see nothing wrong in displaying the President’s face on books because most of the children want to who the legitimate President of Zambia is considering that some somewhere despite losing the elections cleanly does seem to accept the true fact.
    The kids will even remember exam Civic questions clearly when asked who was the Republican President in Zambia between 2016-2016? Simple! President Lungu.

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  11. Lura miti is right, instead of waisting money on showing someone who does not deny being a corrupt thief on school books, you could have paid for 100 kids to attended school with that money.

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  12. POLITICS OF POVERTY, PLUNDER, & THE THIRD WORLD!
    Go to any functioning nation, NOT failed states like Zambia, & you will NEVER find any leaders face like Jona’s Cholera infested face, plastered on & forced upon education materials for our young, leading to innocent children having nightmares at night.

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  13. Nothing wrong indeed! He is the President! The President did not order the makers but the makers took upon themselves to do so! Do you want the books to carry a photo of a person who has lost five presidential elections and still doesn’t realise he is not liked by the voters and cannot go away?

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  14. I like the idea. Just make more varieties with past presidents on them. Namwala Constituency will also put a portrait of their Paramount Chief in his palace there.

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  15. This is desperation by the corrupt thief lungu and his gang of looters…..now desperation is making him try to indoctrinate school kids….even Mugabe at his worst never sunk so low.

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  16. PF: “Yes We Can! UPND: 2-5 – “It can’t!”; 3-7 – “It can’t!” 11-19 – “It can’t!” Build a new hospital – “It can’t!” Build a new mortury for all Under Fives – “It can’t!” Party of It can’ts! Stuck in Grade One!

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  17. @HaSpaka, sorry I am married! To a man who appreciates variety as a God-given gift! He likes all people but hates tribalism! He can’t vote for HH either because HaHH is to narrow-minded just like his followers!

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    • UPND media teams to produce women’s underwear with the face of HH on them to calm some lady stalkers of HH…

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  18. The Under 5 is very quiet leading to suspicions of poisoning within the UPND camp
    He’s suspiciously quiet and his UPND rats are left without strategy uttering all sorts of incoherent bull gibberish

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  19. I like Laura Miti and she is on point. Edgar Lungu is focussed on ruining the country. Yes, ruining the country. Such images on books befits North Korea and the Soviet Union. Why Edgar Chakolwa Lungu is already campaining is mind puzzling. An incompetent, clueless and visionless person bent to ruining the country has no business plastering his face on student’s books. If Zambians want to collectively, save Zambia, then they must collectively vote to remove ECL and his PF. These are crooks who are slowly but surely destroying this country.

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  20. What a banana republic my country is becoming.

    We are more focused on appeasement of leaders than servicing and developing the lives of our people.

    Meanwhile, the rest of the world is racing ahead.

    This is really wasted years for Zambia. Dununa reverse indeed.

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    • Couldn’t agree more with you mate. It surely doesn’t make sense at all.
      What the Veep lady has failed to explain is why are they doing this… what is the purpose of having Lungu’s face on kids’ books? What happens then if the opposition started doing the same?
      This is worse than North Korea, the pariah state ruled by a dictator maniac.

      And what happens when Lungu leaves the presidency… do you replace the cover with the new guy’s face?

      Wasted years indeed… step into progressive neighbouring Botswana or Tanzania and I bet you will never find this kind of narcissistic n0nsense. This dude Lungu is really insecure you will be excused for speculating he never won the elections. What a backward stone-age period country this is! Worse than a sh**th0le country thanks to Lungu and…

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  21. Some battles are not for us, we’ve been through that before and we all can remember how it ended. Let ba koswe basamwe ngabalefwaya balye nembuto, but the Zambian people will still have a last laugh.

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  22. A friend asks, “Sharon, are Zambians so hateful? This is not the way I have known or know Zambia to be?” My answer, “No Peggy, Zambians are smart and tolerant a lot! You are right. What you read here is from one tribe which has been organizing two other tribes wanting to bring Rwanda in Zambia! But they are losers! Zambians are smarter than haters who practice tribalism!” “What about the LAZ chief?” she asks. “She is also one of them!” I answer. Peggy, “Wow! You need to pray Sharon! These people are low!” “Yes my dear very low!”

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    • Haters like you Sharon belong to a tribe but fortunately even in your tribe, you are in the minority. You’re just a loud mouth. We have had the KKK in the US believing in white supremacy. You had the Boers in apartheid South Africa. You had skinheads in UK, etc. The common denominator is people who hate others based on a superficial trait like colour of skin, geographical region, religion, political party, tribe…. have a superiority/inferiority complex. No sane human being can utter words you do about others without shame.

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  23. Nothing wrong with HH’s portrait too except that it is bad omen. We ASSOCIATE books with brilliance, intelligence, success and knowledge. A failure must not be on any form of books except one that can be titled ” HOW NOT TO WIN ELECTIONS THE 6TH TIME RUNNING AND NEVER PICKING UP LESSONS” Or “HOW ZAMBIAN PEOPLE REJECTED MY TRIBAL KIND’A POLITICKING” With titles like these, that book would sell. CK would like to read one. Please not on Exercise Books; our kids could be as dull.

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  24. He is the president of the republic of Zambia first above everything else thus no big a deal, those that start a smear campaign should be arrested for defamation of character, simple and square. When you become president too, you can print pens with your potraits too to inspire children etc. Teacher Laura Miti should sit down. She too can help the poor instead of just speaking aloud

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  25. Please someone advise the PF not to go ahead and distribute this textbook with the presidential portraits on them, and apologize to everyone already
    Receive this text book, because this has nothing to do with the education.

    Please, Please, Please let the Student Form their own way of thinking just guide them.

    Don’t dance to traditional dances, but Have the president’s portrait. ?.

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  26. Schools and other public places should and must be apolitical.

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  27. Steathy campaign tactics ,disguised self promotion using GRZ resources shouldn’t be allowed for Lungu.

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    • @Mzambia wa Zamani, thank you for spelling that out. It is our money that is being used to buy those books. If it is not, prove it and a lot of us could care less.

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  28. The opposition we have is a joke! PF must be sued for this prejudicial senseless act! There is this eligibility case before the courts and the subject for eligibility is in full campaign mode for 2021! Where is NDC and the rest? If this is not contempt of court then what is this?

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  29. NNot only do they brainwash people through ZNBC now they are brainwashing students through distributing peoples faces on school books – this should not be allowed in schools. We are a christian nation – christians believe that we should not idolise anyone – by doing this we are forcing kids to idolise someone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a great shame on our schools and a great shame on our nation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Wiyuwiyuwiyu,
    Mwine Chipata “awe sure uleke nzelu za agalu a chiwewe!”. What kind of inspiration could kids get from a fool who has no vision and thinks being in power is synonymous to “Ubomba mwibala alya mwibala?”. The damage he is doing to your kids directly is colossal. See, even on you, he has made you a zombie parroting ifyabupuba kwati uli ichinangwa! So leave Laura Miti alone, she is a gallant daughter of the land and may the lord bless her.

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