UPND Leadership after meeting ECZ officials

The UPND has reported to the Electoral Commission of Zambia the alleged harassment of its parliamentary candidate Romeo Kang’ombe in the forthcoming Sesheke parliamentary by-elections by the Patriotic Front.

Party President Hakainde Hichilema told Journalists shortly after lodging a complaint at the Electoral Commission of Zambia Offices that the PF is using the police to harass the UPND candidate because he refused to stand on the ruling party ticket.

Mr. Hichilema said campaigns have been marred with violence and there is rampant abuse of public resources by some civil servants who are campaigning for the PF candidate.

And Mr. Hichilema has cautioned the Electoral Commission of Zambia not to cause strife in the country by making life threatening decisions and being part of disrespecting the will of the people before, during and after elections.

Mr Hichilema stated that the Electoral body must ensure transparent, free, fair and credible elections.

“We held a meeting with the Electoral Commission of Zambia officials and reminded them to be impartial and hold elections in a manner that does not subdue our country’s democracy. We also advised the Electoral body not to allow the PF’s continued intimidation on our Sesheke parliamentary candidate Romeo Kang’ombe. We told the ECZ officials that elections must be a source of pride and joy for our people to choose leaders of their choice who can deliver development as opposed to the violence and hate speech we are seeing in our country,” said Hichilema.

He says Zambians have lost confidence in the Electoral body hence the need for it to ensure that elections are not made a source of bloodshed.

Mr. Hichilema added that the ECZ must not be an accomplice to the Patriotic Front Party in destroying Zambia’s democracy.

“We only have one country and we will not allow anyone including the electoral body to destroy it through decisions aimed at enabling only them and a few others living luxurious lives when majority Zambians are suffering. Zambia deserves better and this is why we say for us it’s Zambia and Zambians first,” added Mr Hichilema.

The UPND delegation included vice president Dr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba,Secretary General Stephen Katuka,National Chairman Mutale Nalumango,Spokesman Charles Kakoma,Deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka,Deputy Elections Chairman Michael Nyambe and other NMC members.

The ECZ team was led by the deputy commission chairperson,Commissioner Ali Simwinga and other senior management officials.

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema meeting with ECZ Deputy commission chairperson,Commissioner Ali Simwinga, while GBM looks on
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema meeting with ECZ Deputy commission chairperson,Commissioner Ali Simwinga, while GBM looks on
UPND Leadership  Meeting with ECZ officials
UPND Leadership Meeting with ECZ officials
HH and GBM at the meeting with ECZ
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  1. The UPND delegation included vice president Dr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba,Secretary General Stephen Katuka,National Chairman Mutale Nalumango,Spokesman Charles Kakoma,Deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka,Deputy Elections Chairman Michael Nyambe and other NMC members

    Non of the above mcc got a position in a democratic way. The top one got his through trybolism who later appointed friends and business partners to those positions. And they call themselves a democratic party.

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    • HH behaves as if Lungu or ECZ owes him something. Lungu does NOT HH anything. Lungu won the elections. Period.

      Secondly he still behaves as if Zambia owes him a lot just because he has lost numerous elections. NO WE DONT.

      Apart from Kaunda and Chiluba, everyone who has run for president at the big political platform … has beaten HH. The problem is not ECZ but HH and UPND.

      Statistics speak volumes. Levy, RB, SATA and Lungu… all beat HH.

      I am one person who doubted Lungu. He did not look confident from go. But he has grown and more confident. His Humbleness and Calmness gives him time to listen. Zambia is loving him.

      HH should start looking at gumself seriously. Up his game and sell his vision not a 10 Point Wish List

      He must stop bringing up useless political cases in…

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    • He must stop bringing up useless political cases in courts, which stretches our civil services legal systems, when they should be spending resources serious national matters such as training new graduates to become good and experience lawyers.

      The nation has 10 thousands of cases waiting for men and women rotting in prisons. And not going round with political cases of appealing.

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    • When I tell you this man is a mental case, his sheeples think it’s out of spite. But this man does the same thing over and over again expecting different results, the very definition of insanity!

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    • Independent Observer you’ve observed this Under 5 very well. We always wonder where he gets the notion that we owe him something. The way President Lungu has grown confident makes it difficult to beat him in 2021.
      (HH) is a poor candidate who wants us to qualify him to State House just because he has some business degree.

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    • Let me also take this opportunity to remind the Zambia Correctional Services that Gladys Nyriongo former Minister of Lands has not yet served her jail term.
      She was convicted and she’s still walking freely.

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    • When HH makes a headline all PF whatsapp group members are mobilised to spew privatisation and tribalism messages. I know because I belong to one.

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    • HH is synonymous with theft/unhand practices during privatisation and come to politics through tribalism period.

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    • The idea was just to put it on record, HH knows nothing will come out of this meeting. How does a wing of PF hold PF accountable? It is electoral malpractices all the way to undeserved Victory. Surprising enough, it is this same failed Electoral body that is entrusted with formulating an online voting system for the 2021 General elections. Chavula like staff and Chinese IT Specialist will come handy for PF and the Opposition will be doing what they do best, licking there wounds. Wake up opposition parties! Prime TV is now compromised, think about establishing a media outlet that will air your views starting now. TV & Radio stations and a newspaper for the Alliance may not be a bad idea. PF is putting the pieces together.

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    • LIFE IS EXTREMELY ELECTORALLY DIFFICULT IF YOU ARE A DOUBLE H-IAN (HETCHIAN). ONE CAN’T HELP BUT JUST RAISE EYEBROWS.
      What a perpetual whiner. A cry baby.
      I wonder how double h behaves if Mutinta gives him feminine-kind sanctions in the bedroom. I can’t help but wonder what a negro we have at our hands. He can’t just lead.

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  2. ECZ officials should be completely independent and not beholden to the president or the ruling party or any president of an opposition party.

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  3. Why is this privatization thief not telling his fellow morons that the candidate he picked for sesheke is a criminal suspect in human trafficking? So the police should wait until elections are over because the suspect is contesting an election? Is GBM on diet or on hakainde official sacrifice list?

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    • Spot on!! The upnd grassroots warned the leadership not to pick this guy but they don’t listen. Instead they would rather be parading in the media like this. Just on Sunday I met a friend who is upnd and was actually in Sesheke. He complained bitterly about this leadership and told us that frankly the PF is busy campaigning and are very organised at grassroots. He dismissed all these allegations as lies which this leadership uses to hoodwink their supporters just like he did with the petition to ICC. 2021 at the current rate is not very bright for hh and upnd and he will cry rigging again!!

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    • Lungu as well sold Cold storage as mentioned by his mouth piece, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Chanda.. selective memory ba cadre

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    • @jonny, the issue is NOT involvement in privatization but STEALING during the process which your ka tribal god did. Did Lungu end up a shareholder in Cold Storage Board? Hakainde will never be president partly due to his thieving when he connived with Kafupi

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    • Bottom line he stole, the chap is dull and cant invest who do you blame for that, if you can not think!! you can not blame other people for you luck of thinking, priority for Lungu is drinking beer nothing else, he probably drunk the money somewhere in Chawama and you blame some body else for his drinking lets be real here, other people invest and get rich then you have losers who misuse money and the latter applies to your thieving debarred lawyer wanna be who stole from a widow… just a question you have a person with a criminal record and the other with out a criminal record who do you believe????

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    • @jonny, In the court of public opinion Hakainde is a convicted privatization and liquidation thief. He sold lima bank house to himself. Who does that?

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  4. Dont be seem to be fighting ECZ. HH has many battle fronts no wonder he cannot win.

    Hes against police. Hes against judiciary. He calls civil servants corrupt.

    And perhaps he doesn’t take advise. Dont go in a match against both ref and contender. Its becomes a handicap match

    Am a non partisan political consultant

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  5. HH honestly we are tired of your “more of the same” year in year out. You have single-handedly poisoned the political climate in Zambia by your rhetoric. Try doing something positive with your life for once. Build a hospital or something and don’t ask for anything in return. It will make you feel better as a human being.

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  6. HH is now against hate speech. How much have I missed lately? Let me quote what he said just a few days ago: “He said as things stand under what he has termed as “this ‘ Clueless Hyena / Chimbwi No Plan (CNP)’ PF regime” many businesses including mines are being taxed to a point of shrinking their operations to a minimum (care and maintenance) or even possible closure.”
    This man really thinks Zambians have very short memories.

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  7. (HH) uses such big words which he doesn’t even know the meaning of. PF agenda of destroying democracy?
    Give us a break Under 5.

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    • Ba Kudos, we also know you have not been detained and charged with espionage and fraud together with Serviour Chungu who is still alive. We know who and where you are masquerading as usual to remain undetected. Umulandu ta ubola. At the right time and changed regime jail will be your home.

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  8. HH should come to his senses and realize that Lungu, PF, ECZ and Zambians do not owe him anything. In fact he is the one who owes Zambians an explanation how he benefited during privatization. If he owes Agro American money the six elections they have funded that is not our problem. He even calls my vote as his vote.

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  9. He went to chilanga and picked wrong candidate

    This time he deliberately chose a wrong boy so that he can antagonize govt institutions

    He s making all decision s alone. I dont think he consulted his mps when forming 10 unted

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  10. Can HH tell the nation why Police is following their candidate. May be he had committed crime somewhere. Thieves should be followed by law enforcement officers for sure. Why do like going fore the waste candidates always IMWE BA UPND? MWANYANYA

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  11. Where was the slippery ECZ Chairperson hiding? In the closet or under the table? Hope he won’t repeat the Lundazi drama where he awarded the party of his choice astronomical votes. Shocked he never resigned after the incident.

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  12. The UPND candidate is a wrong chap. Everyone knows in Sesheke and Katima in Namibia that the boy is a dirty character. He is involved in cross border smuggling of Fish, Beer, Mukula etc. He cant explain his of source money. He bribes border officers for his nefarious activities. You should have consulted as opposed to hand picking candidates.

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  13. What HH is saying is important whether we hate him and his UPND or not. It is indeed true that most people have lost confidence in our electoral body and there is need to restore that confidence in the electorates. Hate speech being exhibited during the campiagns should be taken seriously and avoided. No matter how much we may differ on our choice of candidates, it paramount to keep law and order and allow opposing people to express their democratic rights of course within the confines of the law. These are the same issues that PF cried about when they were in the opposition and hopefully they listen and try by all means to allow ECZ to operate independently and rofessionally. This way HH and others will not complain when they lose elections.

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  14. Kainde and your group show us democracy in your party then will give you chance to speak to us.

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  15. Hh, which violent campaigns are you talking about when nominations will be on 10th Jan? Stop being a cry baby. You picked a criminal suspect for a candidate and you expect police to cheer you up? You are even lucky bcoz Pf has also imposed a candidate on the sesheke grassroots..otherwise your party was going to be wired big time..!!

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  16. THIS HH MAN IS A PROBLEM.
    DURING THE CAMPAIGNS IN 2016,HIS CADRES BEAT AND BROKE FDD PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FDD LEADER EDITH NAWAKWI COMPLAINED TO ECZ LIKE THE WAY HH IS COMPLAINING TODAY.
    DURING THAT TIME,UPND WAS QUIET TOGETHER WITH HH BUT TODAY HE IS CRYING THE LOUDEST.
    STOP DOUBLE STANDARDS AND BLAME YOUR CADRES WHEN THEY ARE WRONG AND NOT ONLY COMPLAIN ABOUT PF CADRES.
    SATA USED TO WARN PF CADRES WHILST IN OPPOSITION THEN,THAT WHO EVER BREAKS THE LAW,HE WILL NOT PROTECT HIM AND I HAVE HEARD YOU SAYING THAT.

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  17. MAY THE BEST MAN DANNY MASULE WIN IN SESHEKE THIS 2017 HE RESCUED ME IN THE SHA’NGOMBO PLAINS WITH LATE ZULU HE HAS BEEN A SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF SIOMA AND SESHEKE I PARTICULAR SIMPLY TO SAY THE ENTIRE MONGU AND WESTERN PROVINCE SUCH LEADERSHIP WILL BRING JOY AND DEVELOPMENT TO THE PEOPLE ALWAYS UNLIKE OTHERS THOSE AREAS HAVE SEEN DEVELOPMENT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICE OF PEOPLE LIKE MASULE

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  18. From 2006, all key stakeholders in the elections in Zambia are wrong except HH, how? Please HH, we understand its painful to be a reject but sorry there is nothing we can do if thats what you are. Just to remind HH and the UPND, its true President Lungu will not stand in 2026 after completing his term and developmental projects and the sad news is that the next president is certainly not from UPND or some flimsy opposition alliance.

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  19. I repat here once more. …Guy Scott wanted HH to win the 2015 by election. He was acting president. When Lungu won HH claimed that the election was rigged. How possible is that when Scott and not Lungu was in charge of government machinery? I’m tired of this undemocratic opposition leader.

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  20. The chose Charmaine Musonda in Chilanga and were hammered by the PF. These same people didn’t listen to two UPND councilors that protested the UPND pick of choosing a harlot. Now the are picking a smuggler, a suspected human smuggler at that. Zambia we need a new opposition party with true patriots.

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  21. EEC gets it in the neck again! This is a build up to protesting a loss. If you believe in the democratic process you must also accept losing as part of it. Democracy is in trouble worldwide as losers refuse losing and carry out national disturbance activities to unsettle democract rule.

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