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Secretary General Stephen Katuka
Secretary General Stephen Katuka

The opposition UPND has refuted reports that it was part of a grouping of political parties that recently met in Ghana and endorsed gay rights in its constitution.

UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said the reports that the UPND signed up to gay rights during the meeting is mere propaganda by the PF.

Mr Katuka said the UPND is not interested in engaging in unproductive undertakings with the PF.

And Peoples Alliance for Change President Andyford Banda who also attended the meeting described the reports as rubbish.

Mr Banda said nothing of that sort happened during the Ghana meeting.

He has since challenged the PF to familiarize themselves with the term liberal politics than spreading falsehoods.

In a statement, PF Media Director Sunday Chanda alleged that the UPND met in Ghana to adopt a common constitution that will support and promote gay rights in Africa and the party was represented by Chairman for international relations Mulondwe Muzungu and Party spokesperson Charles Kakoma.

He said the UPND, with its partners appended their signatures to adopt the rights of homosexuals, which includes lesbians, gay, bisexual, non-binary and intersex relations whom they classified as marginalized.

Mr Chanda alleged that the same gathering was used to discredit Zambia’s image and that of the Patriotic Front Government as covered in some sections of the media.

“We wish to advise the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) that Patriotic Front shall not be lectured to by a ‘club’ with liberal values and agendas that at variance with our core values and culture as Zambians,” Mr Chanda said.

He said democratic principles are agreed and ascribed to in the party’s membership to the highest intergovernmental and multilateral bodies and treaties.

“We refuse to entertain ‘imagined and UPND spun ‘abuses’ in their quest to tarnish the nations reputation in a blatant power grab with their ‘liberal partners’ who promote among many other affronts to our culture, rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, non-binary and intersex relations,” he said.

Earlier, there was a report that the Liberal parties meeting in Ghana has adopted a common constitution that will support and promote gay rights in Africa.

More than 30 countries were represented and Zambia was covered by the United Party for National Development (UPND) Chairman for International Relations Mulondwe Muzungu and Party Spokesperson Charles Kakoma.

In adopting the final draft, the liberal networks accepted to promote equal rights for all and defend human rights world-wide including rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual , non-binary and intersex.

Liberal political parties in Africa such as the Democratic Alliance of South Africa and UPND of Zambia are meeting in Ghana.

The resolution follows the final draft adopted in Oxford in April 2017 after other drafts were adopted in Berlin, Taipei, Newyork and Marakeshi.

The parties also expressed what they termed as serious concerns on the deteriorating political situation in Zambia and urged the government to restore democracy in the country.

Opposition liberal parties countries in about 30 countries in Africa passed a resolution on Sunday in Accra, Ghana, urging the Zambian government to depart from the path of dictatorship and allow democracy to prevail.

The resolution was passed at the General Assembly of the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) meeting in Accra.

The ALN is an organisation of 44 liberal political parties from 30 countries in Africa. It is an associated organisation of Liberal International, the political family to which liberal parties belong.

The meeting alleged that the Zambian government lacked commitment to national unity, good governance, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law as enshrined in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance .

The meeting also alleged that Zambia was sliding into one party dictatorship as press freedom, freedoms of expression, assembly, movement, privacy and association were being trampled upon every day, and opposition political parties were denied the freedom to operate due to repression, state brutality and political violence.

The meeting was concerned that the prevailing circumstances were fuelling tension in the country, threatening peace and stability in Zambia, thereby exposing the country and all its values to the dangers of civil strife, displacement and misery.

Part of the resolution said:

“Now therefore, the Zambian government which is a member of the African Union and signatory to the African Union Agenda 2063, African Charter on Human Rights, African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance is implored to uphold the ideals of Agenda 2063 by doing the following: (i) depart from the path of dictatorship and allow democracy to prevail ; (ii) call upon the Zambian government to amend the Public Order Act and free political activity in keeping with democratic principles ; (iii) prevent the escalation of tensions, political violence and state brutality and give back to the citizens their normal lives ; (iv) stop cold blooded arrests and incarcerations of citizens as the case was with the incarceration of the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema in April 2017, on trumped up treason charges ; (v) stamp out corruption as it has created unbearable conditions for the majority of the citizens; and (v) uphold liberal values to level the political playing ground in line with competitive politics. ”

The ALN General Assembly was hosted by the Progressive People’s Party of Ghana with support from the Liberal Democrats of the United Kingdom , Friedrich Naumann Foundation of Germany, The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) of the Netherlands and the Democrats 66 party of Europe.

The resolutions were released by the African Liberal Network President Steven Mokgalapa of South Africa.

The UPND was represented by Chairman for International Relations Mulondwe Muzungu and Party Spokesperson Charles Kakoma

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33 COMMENTS

    • Shinda paper with Lungu ‘s face on it is good for Gay people so they can use it to wipe the moonyellow

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    • Include them in Constitution, even goats are protected. You Sunday can’t marry a goat or impregnate it, goats are protected and have rights.
      I don’t care if it’s woman-to-woman, you call that relationship as what…. Lesbians? They are romantic if dressed in skirts.
      But not that Sunday with his..… disgusting. Ifyatumpa!.

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    • What image does zambia have under PF ?
      One ofcthe most corrupt intellectually bankrupt and crooked governments in africa. As for PF just look at lusambo,Kampyongo, mwila, sikazwe the list is endless.
      What a bunch of hypocrites who preach in tongues by the day and steal with impunity at night.
      Fuseke man tell us something else!

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    • Is this the guidance pf is getting from madam minister of shariah law, always propagating lies.

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  1. Anyone who associates himself with the 3 Os i.e. Odinga and Obasanjo and Obama is capable of signing for such abnormal rights. Remember Obama gave full support for Lesbians, gays, homosex, Transgender rights. …even allowed the Transgenders to use toilets of their preferred sex. Odinga is a staunch advocate for such in Kenya.

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  2. It seems like upnd has nothing to talk about they will die with hate coz Lungu is wining again so plz leave PF alone and hang yourselves rabbish

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  3. Viva UPND. We need Zodwa Ba Bonse. Don’t apologise for G.a.y rights. We need them. Free dancing (no underpants when dancing) freedom to chose who to Mary regardless or s.exi.al orientation. We want to have polygamysis of all sexes and ages. How about being a polygamist, being married to two men and three weemen.

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    • My foot zed is already a sodom and gomorrah, the two cities were not only about sex, but all manner of vices like just like propagating lies, vote stealing, killing each other(like what is happening in metero), giving poor people offals while you imbibing on fine wines and pledging millions for more dununa parties, etc, etc.

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  4. We saw these attacks from MMD against Michael Sata. So they back again. Is it because MMD is back in power since they are the ones associated so much with using this against others?

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  5. It’s NOT A SECRET that UPND actively promotes gay rights.
    They have been doing it for 10yrs.

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  6. ONLY A ***** MUST LEAD UPND says Sejani. What has become of UPND surely? The party already stinks of tribalism and their leader HH is dented with privatization scandal, white color theft, bitterness, power hungry and freemasonry. UPND is pro gay rights and HH is an elder in SDA church which upholds Christian dictates, my foot!!!!!

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  7. It is amazing that bloggers here do not understand that gay rights, abortion rights, and many more weird items are part of a liberal agenda. To just dismiss this without understanding the core principles of a liberal agenda is careless and utterly foolish of the UPND and an up-and-coming politician like Andyford Banda. In fact by identifying himself with these liberals, Andyford Banda may have just messed up his political career.

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  8. I doubt whether the UPND can support homosexuality because I haven’t heard of any *****bull who practices that. Bestiality maybe, wajata ng’ombe, watanta ng’ombe

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  9. Statement of the Executive Committee of the Africa Liberal Network

    Africa’s largest grouping of political parties supports without reservation the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other sexual minorities.

    The Network’s Executive Committee expresses deep regret and concern over the increase in LGBTQ refugees as a result of the hostile, violent and discriminatory acts against them in their home countries. These are too often directed by the hands of state officials and, at other times, severely discriminatory communities. The ALN remains committed to the principle of equality for all, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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  10. OUT A HERE HOMOS AND LESIES ARE NOT ALLOWED. IN THE BIBLE, THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED. IN THE USA, IN WESTERN COUNTRIES AND IN ZAMBIAN JAILS, THSES ACTS ARE COMMON PLACE. ASK DOUBLE H, HE HAS SOME LATEST FOR YOUR UPDATE.
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    Don’t get worked out UPNDEAD with this tag on your backs, you’re already defeated at the 2021 polls.

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  11. I am looking forward to GBM becoming the new President of UPND. The constitution says when the president dies, the Vice President takes over! Or does it? Maybe the convention will decide! They have not had one for a long time! O no! It doesn’t say so! Because if it did Sakwiba Sikota could be the President of UPND and maybe we could not be seeing this immaturity we see daily from AmaDonkies.

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  12. Ari African Liberal what?!? Upndeez heading nowhere again with fellow headless chickens in bed.

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  13. The biggest threat and enemy in Zambia is the Zambian Intelligence also infamously known as the Office of the President (OP).
    The OP has been and still rigging Elections in favor of its preferred candidates -It has always imposed Presidents on the Zambian People – thus Undermining Democracy; With impunity, the OP is perpetuating Gross Human Rights Violations -poisoning, torturing, Depriving people off their Rights, and killing innocent people to further its Hidden Agenda of ultimately usurping power; the OP is allowing Corruption and plundering of Wealth to thrive in Zambia -It is the biggest culprit in wasteful expenditure of Public Funds -impoverishing the people and country.
    The OP has been and is still operating outside its original Mandate. It has grown into an Ogre.
    The OP has…

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  14. It is a pity that UPND has opted to stray into political wilderness, just to be relevant to its masses of ignorant ***** voters. The reality is that opposition parties in Southern Africa (i.e. SADC) have been dazed by progressive historic and political events in South Africa and Zimbabwe. UPND and DA in particular find themselves at a loss as to what useful message they can offer to potential voters in 2021 and 2019 respectively. These facts have created frightening nightmares in the leadership of UPND.

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  15. What are we supposed to do with our children when we realize they are homosexuals? According to PF, are we allowed to kill them? The other day we had some albinos who were brutally murdered. Is this the way forward?

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  16. Am for upnd wether they win or loose and am sure hornarable hh can’t do something like that,,,Ba pf we knw u ar working BT lying z nt gud

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