Dr Musokotwane speaking during a news briefing
Dr Musokotwane speaking during a news briefing

Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo has stepped down as the UPND’s Chief Whip in Parliament.

The UPND has since replaced Mr Nkombo with Liuwa Member of Parliament Hon Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane.

This was confirmed by UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka during a news briefing.

Mr Katuka said and Nkombo has voluntarily retired as Party Whip.

He said Kabompo Member of Parliament Hon Ambrose Lufuma has been re-appointed as Deputy Party Whip while Nalikwanda Member of Parliament Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa continues as UPND Parliamentary Liason Committee Chairman.

“The Party wishes to thank and commend Hon Nkombo for serving as Whip with honour, diligence and efficiency. The Party would also like to thank Dr Musokotwane for accepting to serve as Whip. We are confident that Dr Musokotwane will serve the party with honour and dignity,” Mr Katuka said.

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  1. I met my brother gary few weeks ago where we discussed his future aims and plans. Gary would like to spend more time concentrating on other personal things. He will remain upnd member and continue to play a role in our party. Gary has also done this in the spirit of giving younger generations a crack at the whip too. We thank you.

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    • Quote from Thorn in The Flesh:
      UPND has realised that the Privatization story is Under 5’s worst nightmare.

      This week they’ve gone ballistic, denting President Lungu and China with Xenophobic and racist attacks. They think they can put the label of Privatization on President Lungu.
      Little do they know that 50% + 1 Zambians are still in support of the ruling party beyond 2026.

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    • We must ask ourselves why the lad Garry Nkombo has stepped down.
      UPND must sit back and reflect. Who’s next to abandon Under 5 (HH)? GBM to forsake the Vice Presidency? Under 5 (HH) Kaponya’s territory is crumbling like a house of cards.
      Garry must have realized that Parliament allowances are better than listening to Under 5 (HH) who has never been an MP or ward Councillor.
      The entire UPND now recognizes the Presidency of His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
      and they attend the Parliament openings with their thick uncircumcized oxtails between their legs. Garry couldn’t go on defending his UPND in Parliament. Too much unnecessary pressure from the Under 5. This is a major loss of confidence in his UPND.
      On the other hand (HH) thinks he’s controlling the Government when his impotent…

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    • (HH) is being exposed for the miserable cheapskate that he is.

      When Garry finally leaves UPND, Kainde’s nephew Lloyd at Zambian Witch Doctor and his uncle Clayson will be showering Nkombo with insults while singing praises for Sontombeko Musokotwane

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    • (HH) thinks he’s leading the government when his impotent media team smears the ruling party with bungee diving Chief Mukuni’s droppings

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    • MAN! WHAT HAPPENED? I LOVED GARRY AS ONE DOUBLE H PONY. I WILL MISS NKOMBO FOR MAKING A MESS OF HIMSELF UNDER DOUBLE H.
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      But Situmbeko Musokotwane is staunch MMD. Whatever happened to Nkombo? Let me guess, he refused a parley walkout during the President’s key note parliament address. Double h is really sick and greedy.

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    • Not good for upnd and opposition when others were thinking that upnd would capitalize on the current chinese confusion in the country. wrong timing to make such announcements.

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    • Councillors and district structures and now even Chief Whips are resigning from their UPND positions.

      They’ve seen that Under 5 (HH) is chewing the party contributions alone and he’s building bunkers underground for his daughters while the members wallow in poverty

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    • UPND is a tribal party. “ONLY A TONGA CAN DO A GOOD JOB AS A PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA,” Larry Mweemba (Paraphrased)

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    • The above photo looks like a TRIBAL GATHERING. Can someone refute my statement with an aid of a diagram in his or her explanation why this inference is wrong.

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    • Is it not funny that the PF cadres are always quick to celebrate a restructure in UPND? If the UPND is not a factor as you put it, then why do u seem to hope for the worst? What are you all scared of. If, as you and dora put it, the zambian economy is doing well then why do you seem to be in panic mode? One would think that that the PF are still in opposition. The pf leadership and cadres lack the maturity needed to be a ruling party. They have failed to issue constructive and mature responses to the critical issues which are worrying its citizens. Meanwhile, Gary has resigned from a mere position and still remains UPND MP and member and yet the PF are celebrating like they have managed to repay all of zambia’s debts. kiki ubututu.

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    • Laugh, rejoice, shout, dance or do whatever in excitement as you all speculate and make guesswork of the Nkombo stepping down from whips chair its best left to him and his partys knowledge an explanation that will be shared if they so wish I care less except for the buzz making rounds about Zambia worldwide of inept leadership and excessive borrowing and debt mismanagement!

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    • Same forest! Different monkeys!

      I can’t believe these monkeys cannot be a proper opposition!!

      Can you make PF accountable or get out!!! Let’s have a proper opposition!!!

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    • Same forest! Different monkeys!

      I can’t believe these monkeys cannot be a proper opposition!!

      Can you make PF accountable or get out!!! Let’s have a proper opposition!!!

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    • New Ignorant Zambian NIZ is indeed ignorant. Gary Nkombo is younger than old Situmbeko Musokotwane but according to NIZ: “Gary has also done this in the spirit of giving younger generations a crack at the whip too.” Things are different in UPND, they are upside down.

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    • Gary promised he would quit if HH lost the last elections. He never lived up to his word. What is he planning next?

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    • NZE you are very childish and lack basic understanding of these matters. How can Carry leave the court For Situmbeko? You are always comforting yourself especially your damb God HH eish….Anyway to make the world complete we need *****s like you anyway….

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    • The problem with people who think literally is that they cannot see the bigger picture. Please note that there is a difference between someones age and someones political age or thereof political experience. Gary might be younger by birth but that does not mean that situmbeko has had the opportunity to be in such a position under upnd as long as gary. We do not discriminate based on age in upnd. When i say younger generation i mean younger in terms of experience in our party. Everyone deserves a chance to lead. Those positions are not person to holder. Thank you and do i have to spoon feed you all?

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  2. Meanwhile it is funny how this is a headline when normally upnd dont make the headline on this pathetic website. It is because they want to get your attention away from the main issues like debt and Chinese neo colonisation of zambia . Now watch the blind bootlickers like ndjanje and kudo come here to spill their cadre rubbish here

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    • You are the one that’s utterly pathetic mate, LT is just fine.

      Your comment “Meanwhile it is funny how this is a headline when normally upnd dont make the headline on this pathetic website”

      This is exactly how Under 5 smears the courts and the Electoral Commission when things don’t go his way.

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    • I have never heard HH condemn Chinese, except the sale NRDC, which he only saild $20 million was too cheap.

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    • Something big has happened this week and UPND has gone vile, violent, Xenophobic and genocidal.

      Is it because you knew Garry was going to embarrass you like this? You expected him to walk out yesterday? No ways. He needs the sitting allowances. Will (HH) feed his family when the Speaker suspends him? No

      Something big has exploded within UPND and they’re feeling a lot of pressure but 2021 is still a long way to go

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    • UPND cohorts thought pattern is “Tribe first” then issues at hand second. UPND is a COALITION OF THE WICKED.

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  3. Whoever sees nothing wrong with the current debt levels and blames this on opposition is a swine . How can opposition be blamed for borrowing money which they have no control over? For pf its everyone else’s fault rather than th3mselves. In light of this it does not surprise me that esther lungu is sleeping around with real men. Only pussles cant take responsibility for their actions. Lungu is a chlkaIA

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    • Insulting the head of state just like, we shall find you and you ‘ll in prison. Start preparing yourself to leave this earth.

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    • Opposition is vital for democracy to flourish. The upndeads have lost direction and are bent at spreading rumours and falsehood.They can’t help us with putting our GOVERNMENT under a normal barometer of the much needed checks and balances. The upndead political altercation in the recent past does not place it in the glory of the biggest opposition party in the land. Just listen to you, you’re already losing it.

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    • The wise say ” respect is a two way stream”. I do not respect people based merely on their age or position in society. Respect is earned and not demanded. Lungu has not given me any reason whatsoever to respect him. If anything, Lungu has gone on to disrespect zambians by failing to take responsbility for the shambles zambia is facing economically. How can tour debt level account for more than 50 percent of your GDP and here you are insulting tongas and HH. Is it HH who has authority to authorise borrowing in your government? Is it UPND or HH who has failed to ensure sustainable income generation to service debts? So I now throw the question back to you.. why should I respect that rat lungu? AM not scared you can find me at the UPND HQ in lusaka monday to friday..

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    • Bane tuleyesha ukubelenga other available websites for news such as Africa Confidential those of us privileged to have opportunity as our leaders to the outside world are considered inept and corrupt thus we can try to defend ourselves of the indefensible our country is a sinking nation! All politicians alike are not doing anything to help create a better economy and environment for the future of the country!

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    • Bwana hows your swiss wife ki ki ki ki trying by all means to imitate mushota yabaaa. Copy catting hoping to look smart kikiki

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  4. Gary is tired of being in opposition for too long and his boss keeps on reporting our mother Zambia negatively. Soon he will join the progressive party PF. UPND will.never rule if the man at the helm does not resign after losing several times.

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    • HH should come to the U.S. and sit down with people who have lost elections and bowed out! He might learn something from them. Sadly, as a TONGA he may not because he believes “ONLY A TONGA CAN BE A GOOD PRESIDENT.”

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    • A progressive party that has led to zambia reaching alarming debt levels whilst losing control of critical and senstive institutions to china.. come on mate.. do you see how cockeye this looks? kiki wake up mistele

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  5. when you look critically the photo above, do you see any hope in those sitted there?

    hh you will learn a hard way

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  6. Come 2021, the tribal gathering will be history. That is when GBM, the vice President will be taking the reigns of power from CHILDISH. The H-organisation will allow him to after Childish UNDER FIVER goes down Hagain for a record 0-6.

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  7. Have you noticed that ANIMO FARM is aware of its petty Tribal H-organisation and its Childish political ignorance it harbours? It knows that when it is on the news it has to go into hiding in the dungs of Namwala Farms. If this story were about our hard-working and visionary President Lungu, Animo Farm would have been all over this place. TRIBAL PARTY.

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  8. Gary you are a great man.We will miss your services,but I know you will be given a bigger position come 2021.

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  9. lusaka times are already moderating my comments. Fear has griped the PF camp. Mukose because you are in for a shock. You can continue lying to yourselves by publishing fake news of upnd defections of people we have never heard of.. but we are busy on the ground working with communities to bring about the much needed change next election.

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    • Not really . It has been reported to the public. Nothing sinister about restructuring. Every organisation needs to re strategise and make changes once in while. You cannot keep doing the same thing, like pf’s borrowing, and expecting change. What i would really pay for to see is lungu on hard talk explaining zambians situation kiki hh proved himself. Your president likes travelling but hates answering media questions abroad. Who is with me ? Lungu for hard talk!

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    • So you are not happy with my earlier comments. Ok here go…..Gary has stepped down so when is HH going to step down? Happy?

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  10. I just wonder who is older between Garry and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane . Is Garry really older than Dr Situmbeko , why do people want to say the opposite of what is at hand according to facts here on Garry was born in 1965 and Dr Musokotwane was born in 1956 check for yourself who is younger of the two.

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    • The problem with people who think literally is that they cannot see the bigger picture. Please note that there is a difference between someones age and someones political age or thereof political experience. Gary might be younger by birth but that does not mean that situmbeko has had the opportunity to be in such a position under upnd as long as gary. We do not discriminate based on age in upnd. When i say younger generation i mean younger in terms of experience in our party. Everyone deserves a chance to lead. Those positions are not person to holder. Thank you

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  11. Gary Nkombo is HH’s biggest threat for UPND president. Even we the FDD faithful know this. Reason they had to retire him from being chief whip. We are watching.

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    • Do you understand what voluntary retirement is? Look if you really want Gary and he decided to leavw upnd it is not end of world. One man does not make a party. You were happy when pilgrim left and yet now canissius banda is now where to be seen. The chaps career is over but upnd is still here to stay kiki

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  12. All those that went to Tanzania to learn about corruption they’ll leave UPND can’t you notice they’re silence? C Mweetwa loading you can rot in opposition while losing opportunities while Antonio Mwanza and Miles are now eating plus Haisha has penguin hands ka ngwe takafuma fuma looking at Martha Mushipe’s state bantu menso yaseguka who is going to sacrifice ba Yama bali tondolo ulufumo lwasrnkana from being called ichikwilili to something else after ukumwenekala African politics bwafya.

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  13. A party on the decline. Everyone has lost steam. Losing elections 6 times is not a joke when they can see the 7th time is around the corner. The signs of the end are clear. They can all see that it was a meaningless & directionless run.

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  14. I dont understand the mind of a cadre. How can you call the republican president as dull? The man is doing very well. He is so articulate as an intellectual. He is a very well learned lawyer.
    Even Hakainde(HH) is a very seasoned and qualified economist. He has been to very good schools such as unza and the UK.
    You cadres should remember that these two leaders you call dull are far more intelligent than yourselves. Some of you are only Diploma or Certificate holders.
    Before you call someone as kaponya, check yourself. What have you achieved in your life.
    ECL and HH are great men. I really admire them. They are both my inspiration. Actually all the Zambian presidents have been great men. Please check yourself before you insult people who are at very much higher level than…

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  15. Katuka’s facing appears as though he is planning to be-witch someone. Guys you have never learnt how to smile even in old age?

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  16. Good move…Dr.Musokotwane will help the country understand the on coming economic Tsunami…. This is a time for economic arguments…He fits in well….

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  17. Garry was the man for the job. No doubt about that. I just wish that another brave, lethal braincase was a replacement. But let’s see the new guy. But UPND should always remember that they need to change their style and be issue based and desist from personal attacks on lungu if they are to win pipo. Not even kaingo’s alliance can do at this time but just change the style

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    • Exactly my line of thought. How do you call yourselves intellectuals but keep doing the same wrong thing time and time again? This issue of personal attacks is costly both to the party itself and the country.

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  18. Gary had a hand in Chilanga and Kasenengwa Candidate selection.
    Not the last we have heard of Gary maneuvering.
    LET US PLAY. GAME ON.

    “Politics has no permanent enemies or friends.” Some wise guy said it.

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  19. Disculpe la molestia por favor alguien me podria desir coko guardar mis juegosMost impoprtant point is choosing words

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