Cuban Ambassador to Zambia, Nelson Pages Vilas, at the launch of Fred M'membe party
Cuban Ambassador to Zambia, Nelson Pages Vilas, at the launch of Fred M’membe party

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has handed Cuban Ambassdor to Zambia Nelson Pages Vilas a notice to leave the country within seven days following the country’s withdrawal of his diplomatic recognition.

Minister of Foreign Afffairs Joseph Malanji confirmed the development during a press briefing in Kitwe stating that during a meeting with Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe this morning the Cuban envoy was remorseful and hopes his “poor judgement” does not affect relations between the two countries.

Ambassador Vilas Pages flouted diplomatic etiquette by entangling himself in partisan politics, the deviant Ambassador has since been served with a notice to leave Zambia within seven days by the ministry after President Lungu’s action to declare the envoy Persona non grata. (Unwanted).

Further Ambassador Vilas shall not be allowed to engage in any official business pending his departure.

The Permanent Secretary emphasized that the relations between two countries were sound and intact and that he understood that in diplomatic practice there were moments when one can be prone to errors of judgment but that did not entail enemity.

Hon Malanji said the diplomat was remorseful and that the former envoy hoped his actions will not affect the Cuban mission in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, Socialist Party President Dr. Fred M’membe has ssaid that the expulsion of the Cuban Ambassador to Zambia Nelson Vilas for merely attending his party’s meeting shows how scared the PF is of the Socialist Party.

Dr. M’membe said that the seemingly irrational behavior of President Lungu and his government over the launch of the Socialist Party is based on real fear.

Dr. M’membe said that the fear of informed and political conscious Zambian masses, of a genuine revolutionary political formation with a credible leadership and that of international solidarity sympathetic to the plight of the people of Zambia.

Dr. M’membe said that the Socialist Party and its leadership are bringing out all these elements and the Party is the symbol of hope and a new beginning for the suffering and disillusioned Zambia people.

The defunct Post Newspaper owner and Veteran Journalist said that there is therefore a good reason for the panic exhibited by the President and his government.

He however noted that, this panic mode is exposing serious faults and extreme levels of incompetency in the ability of the President to continue running this country.

The Socialist Party President has also apologized to the nine people who were humiliated at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) and denied entry into the country.

Dr. M’membe said that their commitment to the spirit of Pan-Africanism and the working class struggle was manifested by their humility in the face of all the injustice they had to endure on Zambian soil.

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    • Why do politicians feel that they are at liberty to break the the law. Vilas broke the diplomatic etiquette and he knows it. Those 9 who were denied entry didn’t follow the proceedures . People should realise that Zambia is not a toilet country were anything comes in and go.

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    • It was Amos Chanda who should be remoursefull for putting Foreign Affairs Minister Malaji in very dark international corner.
      Now Page will take message why PF government has bad record in last 2 years.

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    • Unprecedented free publicity for membe…..i would not have given the socialists any time…..now it will be interesting to see what they are about.

      Fred Membe , the bungling pf have given you a golden table to sell the socialists , use it wisely…..

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    • OH! STFU M’MEMBE. YOU ARE EXTREMELY NAIVE AND A DANGER TO OUR DEMOCRACY.
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      Zambia has laws. Sorry your attempt to make your ka poorly attended and mal-addressed party conference to look like internationally backed backfired on you. Your tuma friend journalists you hired to serve that purpose without accreditation and a knock at the ministry of information hit a pretty much welcome snug. You need to be put in shape as Zambia enjoys the rule of law principle. No one is above the law. Not ECL, not NSM and certainly not you. You are such a merciless blood sucker. How many people have lost their jobs because of your selfish egos, M’membe ai?

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    • OH! STFU M’MEMBE. YOU ARE EXTREMELY NA!VE AND A DANGER TO OUR DEMOCRACY.
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      Zambia has laws. Sorry your attempt to make your ka poorly attended and mal-addressed party conference to look like internationally backed backfired on you. Your tuma friend journalists you hired to serve that purpose without accreditation and a knock at the ministry of information hit a pretty much welcome snug. You need to be put in shape as Zambia enjoys the rule of law principle. No one is above the law. Not ECL, not NSM and certainly not you. You are such a merciless b!ood su(c)ker. How many people have lost their jobs because of your selfish egos, M’membe ai?

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    • US ambassador attended PF convention in 2011, when PF was still an opposition party. Pure hypocrisy by Lungu.

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    • FRED MMEMBE FAILED TO PAY HIS WORKERS AT THE DEFUNCT POST AND NOW WANTS TO RUN THE COUNTRY IN 2021 ALONG THE CUBAN MODEL WHERE THERE ARE NO BASIC FREEDOMS EXCEPT FOR THE CASTRO FAMILY.
      ZAMBIANS ARE NOT STUPID.
      AT THE POST HE AMMASSED A VAST FORTUNE BUYING TRUCKS AND DRIVING HUMMERS WHILE HIS WORKERS STARVED AND TODAY HE CLAIMS HE IS FOR THE WORKERS. B.U.L.S.H.I.T!!!
      MMEMBE GO AND JUMP IN LAKE KARIBA

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    • Surely can someone tell me why LAZY LUNGU became President Of Zambia…I can not simply put my finger on it.

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    • @ jay jay. I guess you may have been sleeping. Lungu was voted by the people of zambia because he convinced them that he had policies that made alot of sense than hh who only managed to convince the southern province because of his tribe. The truth is, hh is the president not only of upnd but hes the president of southern province as well. In African politics people vote for party not an individual. In zambia people are still in love with pf and not upnd. I hope you now understand

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    • Musonda kateule – You have just stated that in Africa people for vote for the Party not the individual…if I jog my memory I recall Lazy Lungu clearly stating that he had no vision so I still can not put a finger on why he is President; what drives him.
      He can not say he wants to better the lives of Zambians as that would a lie as he is aware that there is corruption among his Cabinet ministers but he does nothing, no minister has been fired because of it.

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    • @ jay jay. Yes Lungu may have said he has no vision but he managed to convince the people and he won the elections. That’s why am telling you that people vote the party not the individual. Lungu won the elections mostly because the people are still on love with pf. They may not necessarily love lungu but they love pf that’s he will go through again.

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  1. Another serpent, the Socialist Party, has reared its ugly head from the pit of doom, only to have its head chopped of by the Mighty PF in 2021, apart from other KNOWN casualties of course.

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    • Darn good free publicity for membe and the socialist party by incompetent insecure blundering pf , some would say……….

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    • You dumb oxes you just spew utter nonsense without thinking things through…there is only black and white with you dingbats.
      You think the chines are your gods…what do you understand about socialism!!

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    • M’membe, CK and double h are Personas non grata (Unwanted) in our political system. They are extremely dangerous to our democracy.

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    • Thorn

      Hehehe ……so who is not a threat to the insecure lungu ? A leader who purports to be popular should not be terrified of the opposition like lungu is………..eeeehhh badala….instead of hiding behind police brutality , show you are popular and let there be debates…

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    • Meembe’s last kicks. The diplomat himself has shown remorse for his actions and Meembe still thinks the diplomat is being treated unfairly. Nonsense!!

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  2. ARE WE AGAIN GOING BACKWARDS IN POLITICS? WHAT IS THIS ANIMAL SOCIALIST PARTY, AGAIN? IT APPEARS LIKE ZAMBIANS DON’T KNOW ANYTHING BEYOND POLITICS. THEY THINK THEY CAN ONLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ZAMBIA BY JOINING POLITICS. AND THIS IS DATESTAMPED BY MEMBE’S DEAD POST NEWSPAPER WHICH REALLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE RETARDATION OF ZAMBIA BY HAVING NOT BEING PAYING TAX WHILE AT THE SAME TIME THE SAME PAPER CONDEMNING ALL THE BUSINESSES THAT DID NOT PAY TAX. WHY HASN’T MEMBE GOT A LAND FOR FARMING, HENCE, CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY BY SELLING CABBAGE?

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    • Your ideals are that of a socialist that member part would be preaching..aint that funny ?…..however in the free world Mr lungu and PF say Zambia is part of , anyone can dream to do what ever they dream of , within the law.

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    • M’membe, CK and double h are Personas non grata (Unwanted) in our political system.

      They are extremely dangerous to our democracy.

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    • Hehehe ……badala….. lungu is afraid of everybody…..paranioa extreme….if only he could beafraid of the bottle as how he is afraid of any opposition…

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  3. Was he ever trained in international diplomacy? I would Love to see his credentials because this such a silly mistake. You never ever imbed yourself in the host Nations politics. Foolish Derick mbita chitala was kicked out of Libya for continually writing articles in the local papers commenting on the politics of the host nation when he was there as a diplomat.
    If such an invitation arrives at your desk as a foreign diplomat, which involves opposition politics, you submitt it to the government for clearance like the way US ambassador to Zambia, mark storella did, when mmd was in power and pf invited him to their convention as an observer of a democratic process.

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  4. Yah gud luck or hard luck to you Mr Pages. Mr Membe, you ran away to RSA yet you are back (kwanu nikwanu mthengo mdalaka Njoka baba) The gov’t or we have been fair enough not to arrest u for evading tax. You Membe with yo Post NewsPaper acting together with Radio Phoenix you are the ones who made PF a party, to be where/what it is today. You are reaping what you sow. You did the same with MMD during UNIP. I’m sure you wanted to do the same to PF and UPND. To cut the long story short, I’m sure gov’t hv been fair enough with u of which you shud appreciate. You hav formed yo own party and welcome to the world of politics. Because I don’t think I would be lying if I’m to say you mislead thousands if not millions of Zambians thru your articles in the Post day in day out. No wander pipo…

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  5. REMORSEFUL AND POOR JUDGEMENT ARE TERMS ATTRIBUTED TO THE CUBAN AMBASSADOR: ARROGANCE, SLANDER, VILE ATTITUDE, SATIRE AND MOCKERY ARE THE PRIDE OF FAILED JOURNALIST M’MEMBE IN TRYING TO ENTER THE DISCOURSE OF POLITICAL UNCHARTED TERRITORIES.
    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””
    What a dramatic, unwise and uncaring entry into politics.

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  6. Chronic sickness of laughter! Laughable at something very clear! You must be sick my man! Seek counsel and treatment! Even the diplomat is aware that what he did was a poor judgment on his party but HaTribals see it as fixing Mmembe? Member and Under Five have fixed themselves and cannot win elections! You are truly a laughable material!

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  7. @Thorn in the flesh
    Well said. They all belong to the dark world. Double H is a well known secret dark agent. CK confessed that he was under the influence of a demon when he insulted Tongas. More demons have joined the earlier demons that influence him hence the reason he is an arrogant fool to the extent of cheating collapsing.

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  8. The bitterness you carry in your heart comes from your lazy bum father who had two women and you did not receive the love from him so you project it on others! Really laughable!

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  9. I deeply regret the developments and wished the Cuban ambassador had thought through this! Zambia is a peaceful nation and obviously has good working relations with Cuba, but had to do this out of necessity. I hope the new ambassador will be well-versed with protocol. Anyway, Mmembe has joined Hazaluza Hagain Dept of Under Fives.

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  10. This kind of expression of remorseful is called diplomacy to satisfy the egos of the other. MMD-pf party failed to exercise restraint among the alternatives. Whatever the case when mental faculties are replaced with heart feelings, political stress is the resultant, consequently bad decisions. Cuba is a great friend of prominent African economies. Havana has done so much for Zambia and Africa, in turn we did a diplomatic spat on her. The president Lungu should not have blatantly expressed his fears in the public fanfare. I am sure by this time there is sobering up.

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    • Oooh! Please! Get over it. Havana will send us real clean slate of an ambassador. The erring ambassador has said he is remorseful and got wallowed in extremely bad judgement. Sorry we can’t trust him any longer.

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  11. Had this Ambassador behaved like that in US, He would be in Cuba right as we debate. Trump calls a spade a spade and why shouldn’t we? The Russians messed up and their diplomats were given matching orders. Back to severe winter.

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    • Ba Maliso follow and understand the issues on Russia-West relationship. Russia is a super power again, and that itches NATO. The West are creating trumped up allegations against Russia. UK expelled 23 Russians, inturn Russia expelled 23 plus 50 UK diplomats. Who is giving the other more matching orders? Any mistake NATO will be scotched and suffocated into submission. Poke at the Russian and surprisingly you get a reaction.

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  12. Top 10 Most Socialist Countries in the World
    By Peerform · On December 6, 2012

    The term socialist has been thrown around quite a bit in the past few years. Not since the cold war has the term garnered so much attention in the press and from politicians. But when you look at countries who actually have a socialist economic structure, you can see some similarities to the United States – but there are some really stark differences.

    Below, you will see some of the most socialistic nations in the world today:

    China
    Denmark
    Finland
    Netherlands
    Canada
    Sweden
    Norway
    Ireland
    New Zealand
    Belgium
    Despite popular myths, there is very little connection between economic performance and welfare expenditure. Many of the countries on this list are proof of that, such as Denmark and…

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    • What is meant by a socialist country?
      A Socialist country is a country where the government or the public as a whole has control over the economy. In a socialist country, the producing and dispersing of goods is owned by the government. Socialism is placed in between capitalism and communism.

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    • China-yes
      Denmark-no
      Finland-no
      Netherlands-no
      Canada no
      Sweden-no
      Norway-no
      Ireland-no
      New Zealand-no
      Belgium-no

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    • These countries you name are changing ruling i.e. the capitalists and Social Democrats. Membes is pure socialist

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    • jay jay is mentally handicapped.
      Fred’s party is socialist, it doesn’t mean that his Government will be a socialist. It may resemble.
      You contribute too much and one wonders how low your life really is, you keep exposing your shallowness time after time.
      Find a social event mune- ala uli chinangwa

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    • Miyanda Oscar – So you have read Fred’s manifesto or you just want take a swipe…the best thing to do is define what a socialist party is, as it is a lot of people seem not to understand this!!

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  13. Ambassodors are by int’l conventions strictly forbidden to take partisan political interference in their countries of accreditation. Well done GRZ for this one.

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  14. I thought in a democratic environment people are free to form parties based on any ideology – as long as what they stand for is not illegal or repugnant to the norms of civilisation. Even the UK and US have socialist parties. Let people participate on a level playing field. It is up to them to ‘sell’ themselves to the Zambian people.

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  15. Aaaah, thankfully Cuba is still our friend. The action was correct. Diplomats must stay out of Zambian politics. I hope this example will be followed up with any other misbehaviour across the board. We want peaceful relationships with all our diplomat missions in Zambia!

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  16. M’membe still lives in the first world war era with outdated ideologies which saw Russians reduced to destitute queuing up for bread and sugar. M’membe says that the PF has the fear of informed and political conscious Zambian masses, of a genuine revolutionary political formation with a credible leadership. I don’t think he’s being sincere and objective. Let M’membe get on the bus and hear what people are saying about him. What credible leadership does M’membe have by evading to pay tax from his post newspaper sales?

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  17. Wrong timing Mmembe. Had you gunned for the Presidency between 2001 and 2011 maybe you could have got it. But from 2011 your behaviour has exposed you massively, negatively.
    Because of what Zambians know about you now, your party is dead before it is even born.

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  18. I remember the Chinese ambassador standing for a picture with MMD cadres in 2006 after Mwanawasa’s win, when MMD cadres made a coffin with “SATA” written on it and were parading it from Manda Hill. This was a Communist ambassador from a Communist country, PF protested (not Lungu of course – he somehow did not appear until 2010). Nothing happened about this ambassador. Now people complaining about Cuba being socialist? Strange things happen sure

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  19. September 5th, 2006 (Financial Times)

    “…Chinese government has intervened in Zambia’s upcoming presidential election in a forceful sign of the commodity-hungry country’s growing economic and political clout in Africa. Li Baodong, China’s ambassador in Lusaka, said Beijing might cut diplomatic relations with Zambia if voters elected Michael Sata, an opposition candidate, as president, Zambian media reported on Tuesday.”

    Is that partisan behaviour by a foreign diplomat or not? This is just an example anyway… By the way China was told to remove this guy by PF some years later

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  20. Mmembe is actually ungreetable unapproachable to commoners (, maybe he will try to pretend but that is hard if it is not in you.
    What do you think Spaka? Or Jay Jay, is Mmembe your hero?

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  21. @15.1 Jay Jay, with your definition of socialism, where does that place Mmembe and his collapsed business empire which obviously he wants to revive?

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  22. Looks like Mmembe has been forced to try politics on his own after seeing that no one believes in him as king maker anymore.
    Interesting that for votes he will be trying to fish in the same pond as h.h despite obvious ideological differences. But if Mmembe survives two months from today, he will soon realise that h.h’s clan is solid and resolute and will treat him Mmembe like Sakwiba Sikota etc. Welcome tjo clan politics Fred!

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  23. My only say for mmembe as all has been too well articulated is that he has dug his own grave and too early. Just in grade one pa

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  24. Can someone tell me how a lazy bum father of HaJ begat a tribal son and has bitterness in his heart and projects it on others? Can someone confirm that the lazy bum father had two wives and the boy didn’t experience love and he spills his bitterness on wrong people?

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  25. Is international law vs diplomacy law … still applicable in the case of Cuba? scenario case…thoughts from Dr Muyangana

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  26. Sorry for you Mmembe, nothing will work for you. No serious Zambian will wabt to be associated with Kaundaisque political systems ever again.

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  27. i hate these 7 days ultimatums; PF and Lungu are losers; i pity this Malanji man; he will be used like Kanganja;via nay revolution that will remove corrupt and violent PF and put it to the dustbin of Zambian history;

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  28. In this time and era there is no socialism.Mmembe should go back to school.Capitalism is at the center stage in Zambia Marxism can not work now.

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  29. Now the big question is: Before this envoy was deployed to Zambia, was he not educated that he was not supported to involve himself in local politics? I really do not understand

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  30. Mmembe wants to run the Country the way he was running the Post. Without paying taxes and without paying workers. The politicians think Zambians are stup1d. The best Mmembe will do is share the votes with his tribal cousin HH.

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  31. Demagoguery to get power. Petty Capitalism, Tax dodging and hoodwinking the Socialist Internationals in quest to get power.

    Will Zambian people succumb to demagoguery and hand power to an atheist who quotes the bible like nursery rhymes?

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  32. It is high time universities in the SADC region seriously reviewed the criteria for granting Doctorate degrees. The proliferation of doctorate degrees in Zambia is tarnishing the status of Zambians who actually toiled hard to gain authentic PhD degrees. Some universities are granting (or selling) Doctorate degrees even to Grade 7 drop-outs and do not care the impact of fake degree to Africa. Which universities granted Mmembe, GBM, Kambwili, Nevers Mumba etc doctorates which are used to intimidate Zambians. A good PhD Thesis should generate at least three papers publishable in reputable Journals. Soon, the likes of Kambwili will claim to be a Professor at Copperstone University. This trend must be nipped in the bud now.

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  33. It will be interesting to know if China, Russia and Cuba support Mmembe’s Socialist Party .The hard challenge for Fred Mmembe is to convince global Communist States as to whether Tax evasion and offshore banking of Zambians’ money is the best criteria to link him to socialist states. This man was supported by HH for embracing capitalism to the hilt. The real fate for Mmembe’s party the limited number of Zambians who can buy his new brand of suspect ideology It is only readers of the Mast who will switch their allegiance to Mmembe. Intellectuals in South Africa know that Mmembe, Nchitos, Mark Chona, HH, Patel, Mathani formed the Zambian version of the “GUPTAS” to milk Govt resources. How will Mmembe’s Socialist Party swim out of this assertion?

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  34. In spite of its imperfections, Capitalism remains the time-tested economic arrangement ever thought by man. To a great extent, it has lifted millions out of poverty than socialism has buried. Socialism is in deep coma, perhaps in its last throes. That Dr. Membe should embrace socialism shows his absence of analytical thinking and his poverty of deep intellectual digging. Perhaps Dr. Membe is only serious in embracing socialism as a bargaining chip for his “relevance” in the future post-Lungu coalition government. For now socialist cemeteries litter the world more than the comparable funerals from Capitalism.

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