Minister of Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela with Home Affairs Minister Kampyongo during a campaign Rally in Luanshya
Minister of Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela with Home Affairs Minister Kampyongo during a campaign Rally in Luanshya

As the fallout from the Roan by election defeat continues, Minister of Infrastructure Ronald Chitotela has been accused by some senior PF members of having celebrating the party’s recent defeat to the NDC in the Roan by election.

And outspoken PF Member Racheal Chileshe has called on the party leadership to reconnect with the grassroots if the party is to retain power in 2021.

In an interview over the weekend, some senior party members who preferred to have their identities withheld said Mr Chitotela is happy that the Roan seat has gone to the opposition.

They said Mr Chitotela had been going round telling party members in Lusaka and the Copperbelt before the elections that the party should lose so that it can be taught a lesson.

“We know he was unhappy that he was left out of the campaign team for Roan. He carries grudges against some people because of his ongoing court cases and he has been paying some boys from Northmead to start insulting the leadership of the party in the aftermath of the Roan loss,” the members said.

The members said they intercepted some voice recordings in which Mr Chitotela heaped the blame for the Roan defeat on party Secretary General Davies Mwila and Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo.

“Chitotela’s right hand man called Chanoda Ngwira has been going on social media portraying a picture that had the party incorporated Chitotela in the campaign structure, the outcome would have been different, all those are paid for posts by Chitotela to destabilize the party. He wants to sponsor some revolt against the S.G so that all those seen to be in good books with the S.G suffer as casualties in case of changes at the Secretariat.”

The members have since appealed to President Edgar Lungu to take interest in the way Mr Chitotela is conducting himself.

“How can he say that Bowman (Lusambo) contributed to the loss when it is clear that he was the best campaigner in that team? Everyone who is familiar with Zambian politics knows that Bowman is a good grassroots campaigner and for us we believe he helped even salvage the votes we got, if it weren’t for him, the situation would have been worse,” the members said.

Meanwhile, Racheal Chileshe, an outspoken PF founding member has called on the party leadership to reconnect with the grassroots if the party is to retain power in 2021.

Ms. Chileshe who rejoined the PF last year after a brief engagement with the UPND in the run up to the 2016 general elections said the PF is losing popularity on the ground.
She said President Lungu should seriously consider replacing some his aides at State House whom she accused of contributing to the loss in popularity due the way in which they manage the presidency.

The PF’s Joel Chibuye lost to NDC’s Joseph Chisala by a wide margin the just ended Roan by election a development which many political observers have said may signal a change in the political temperature on the Copperbelt, widely seen as PF traditional stronghold.

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  1. The economy is in intensive care.

    Fix the economy and stop your dictatorship tendencies and you will rule….

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    • We seriously dont care about infighting by these foooools because there is no leadership…even a filthy rat like Tayali who eats from all of them is giving them advice

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    • I told you that this is now the end of PF….starting silly fights so that they jump from the sinking boat and join NDC…..
      If Kambwili is smart enough he should start rejecting these PF thieves….we want them to be arrested and sent to jail in 2021….they shouldn’t start looking for a place to hide….Chitotela is a known thief including the entire cabinet….NO PF OR MMD MEMBER IS WELCOME IN NDC….let them enjoy the Presidential Jet for the next 2 years but jail is waiting for them including Lungu

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    • I told you guys to buy a bag of popcorn and enjoy watching the Titanic sink to the bottom of the ocean….Rats now trying to scamper and look for a placd to hide……we are coming after you…Kaizer,Kampyongo,Chitotela,Vincent Mwale,Bowman….let me just say the entire PF including Lungu and Inonge Wina….Jail is waiting for you in 2021 with some of MMD Cadres

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    • It seems Chitotela as is not as dull as he looks because every sensible Zambian is celebrating the loss of PF in Roan.

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    • Politics rarely benefits the people…..and now we will end up with the same PF thieves regrouping under NDC….Its unfortunate because Chishimba Kambwili is also power hungry and he will welcome all the known PF bandits for as long as they will help him become President of Zambia….No morals…..in the USA you dont see Democrats become Republicans overnight after defeat…instead they go back to the drawing board…..but in Zambia its all about being in the government and winning tenders…..
      MY MESSAGE TO NDC CHISHIMBA KAMBWILI IS SIMPLE…whoever was in PF as of April 11,2019 should never be allowed to join NDC….they should wait for 10 years before they become eligible to join NDC….and please Honorable Kambwili add this clause to your party manifesto

      I thank you

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    • @1.5 Obatala
      Please stop saying Chitotela is not dull…that guy is a danderhead…..all he knows is stealing tax payers money and I hope Kambwili won’t entertain him

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    • So my dear brothers and sisters…start asking yourselves ‘How did we end up with PF/MMD ruling ? The answer is very simple, Someone{Lungu} wanted to be President so bad he ended up going to bed with Rupiah Banda and same thing will happen to NDC….Chishimba Kambwili wants to be President and right now he is busy courting all the PF Bandits….lets wait and see if he has morals and if he has good intentions for Zambia….but if he welcomes the entire PF bandits and MMD cadres for the sake of votes then the Zambian people will be played again like always….NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN

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  2. We cant be surprised. Some ministers are already talking of crossing the floor to NDC. Roan has turned tables. President Lungu needs to act tough in the next 2 years as opposed to the way he’s being viewed as a weak president in the last 4 years.

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    • The campaign team took a stained character to Roan called Chitotela who the people view as condemned and corrupt ever since the ACC arrested him.

      The campaign team thought it’s normal to take a CORRUPTION suspect to join the campaigns.

      That’s the calibre of IDlOTS surrounding President Lungu.

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    • @3.1 Kudos,
      I quote “That’s the calibre of IDlOTS surrounding President Lungu.” … show me your friends and i will show you who you are….
      Simply put, this makes ECL the biggest 1diot himself. How do you garner foo1s around you and pretend to be OK yourself?

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    • Look at the two women whose seats in parliament were supposed to be nullified and he defended them so much that the courts ruled in their favour. He moved Mwanakatwe to finance while the court proceedings were still going on. Now both women are complete failure in his cabinet. Luo have started a war against the very institutions she is supposed to lead. She closes CBU on the copperbelt at the height of bye elections campaign on cb and the blind president supports the move and applauds the minister. She cuts funding to students and the blind president threatens students with closures if they misbehave. On whose side is Nkandu Luo’s loyalty. We all know who campaigned for Luo in 2016 elections. Mwanakatwe is failing to pay sections of workers including the public universities. Both these…

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    • Continue…
      On whose side is Nkandu Luo’s loyalty. We all know who campaigned for Luo in 2016 elections. Mwanakatwe is failing to pay sections of workers including the public universities. Both these are subtracting big time from PF when it was so easy to get rid of them by nullifying their seats. There is a saying that it is those you give who eats you in the end.

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    • @Kabu. Prof Mr Nkandu Luo played a big role in decampaigning our party on the Copperbelt.
      Minister of Finance is already playing a big role in aggravating hungry stomachs of the unpaid workers.
      PF needs to get back to the drawing boards.

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    • Mr kudos

      What drawing board ? How ?

      It’s the economy. You are doomed if you can’t fix the economy….

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    • Really laughable…you will fix it from Gold and Mukula Tree exports like our drunk auntie stated on Bloomberg!!

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  3. Ash chibaba, uzangolila, chibaba, mmh ….
    The beginning of the end.
    Start Preparing for prison!

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  4. “Meanwhile, Racheal Chileshe, an outspoken PF founding member has called on the party leadership to reconnect with the grassroots if the party is to retain power in 2021”.

    So let it be so, ba Racheal time to pack and go. PF has reduced itself to a trib.al in my opinion.
    PF came to power in 2011, that is 10 years or two terms. That is real democracy. Ever since FJT attempted a wamuyaya (with SATA’s support), Zambians decided two terms is enough for one party (regardless of how many Presidents one, two or even five). Therefore from 2001 enter Mwanawasa, 2011 exit RB. 2011 enter Sata, 2021 exit Chagwa.
    The only thing we have to do as Zambians is to ensure that trib.als, especially upnd, do not come anywhere near the corridors of power. Trib.al upnd will be used in an alliance to…

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  5. …….. The only thing we have to do as Zambians is to ensure that trib.als, especially upnd, do not come anywhere near the corridors of power. Trib.al upnd will be used in an alliance to sufficiently weaken the PF, but not sufficiently to take power. Meanwhile we will search for an option to trib.al PF. If there is none found by end 2019, then as I have said before I will form the party that Zambians desire, and please NO thieves and trib.als allowed to join, OUT OF BOUNDS regardless of your money!

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    • That’s easy that’s why they were keen for people to register their SIM cards now they are using the selfsame machine on themselves using Chink technology.

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  6. Yes…Even me I am slowly losing faith in PF in many things just as I do not have faith in UPND. If no credible person comes on board, then I will not vote. I can not be part of failures.
    One thing which has contributed to my losing faith in PF is the manner they are promoting unqualified officers in the civil service leaving those who are qualified and long serving. And you expect us to be happy? This is one of the many evils , injustices and unfairness of PF- government. Change otherwise you will cry come 2021.

    If you have ears, hear what Truth Hates is saying.

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  7. Let Chitotela give all his money to the CDF in Roan, and then follow CK. Perhaps he could atone for his sins when CK gets back on the other side. Leave that sinking boat – its has a mortal leak.

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  8. Look at the two women whose seats in parliament were supposed to be nullified and he defended them so much that the courts ruled in their favour. He moved Mwanakatwe to finance while the court proceedings were still going on. Now both women are complete failure in his cabinet. Luo have started a war against the very institutions she is supposed to lead. She closes CBU on the copperbelt at the height of bye elections campaign on cb and the blind president supports the move and applauds the minister. She cuts funding to students and the blind president threatens students with closures if they misbehave. On whose side is Nkandu Luo’s loyalty. We all know who campaigned for Luo in 2016 elections. Mwanakatwe is failing to pay sections of workers including the public universities. Both these…

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  9. Although I’m not a fan of Chitotela and the current leadership of PF, I can say this PF is full of dull, self centred, amateurs, cry babies and shortsighted individuals who are purely driven by their lack of political maturation. Bashichilufya baSata believed in grassroots and saw the beauty in the poor, marginalised, voiceless, needy, handicapped and spoke the language that they understood. Bashichilufya won the minds and hearts of a common man. The police, soldiers intelligence and airforce were following Bashichilufya to an extent of disclosing secret information. You have worst president surrounded by advisors who are amateur, driven to fill their pockets and tummies. No bone to tell Lungu his leadership is catastrophic and not benefiting a common man. Power lies with people and…

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    • Now you see that a leader should not just be humble but have an iron fist for decision making. You can’t just let your subordinates do whatever they want in the name of humbleness. Our president is to blame for the escalated corruption due to his lack of action to eliminate the rotten groundnuts. Now the whole bunch is rotten.

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  10. Bowman Lusambo the best campaigner my foot! These are the same people who made Rupiah Banda lose power in 2011.Did you hear Bowman’s campaign message? He was just boasting that he beat up Kambwili at Parliament!

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  11. Mu kwasu Racheal Chileshe, why are u so worried?

    I bet, PF shall win Roan come 2021 because UPND shall stand alone.
    And so the Roan vote of 8000 shall split between HHs UPND and Kambwilis NDC,
    PF vote shall remain intact at 5000.

    PF is winning Roan….. Why stress?

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    • These are the same theories killing PF. You are so blinded. Have you been to the Copperbelt recently? Luanshya , Chingola and Mufulira are a disaster in waiting for PF…..People have no money and jobs in these towns. All local businesses who depended on the mines are now broke. Mines are giving businesses to white South African boers and our government is just looking. We hope they will get more votes from these boers…

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    • Not at all! Remember there was voter apathy in the just ended bye elections.Am sure people in 2021 will turn out enmass to remove PF from power.Copperbelt is for opposition now.If PF retains power in 2021 it will be the sheepish villagers such as those in Bahati who will vote for them

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  12. Hiring musicians, your kasaka president dancing, bringing Kapata, intimidating and assaulting people with Katanga supporting. Luo closing CBU, sacking 80 council workers in Kabwe, stating projects in Mpatamato during election period, Giving money out to people to buy votes reminds many with Ruphia Banda did 2011 materialised the campaigns even trees were dressed. Ruphia lost. Starting another self inflicting wound by going after Chitotela the man known as moving ATM will not help PF as this lost does not in anyway relate Chitotela but poor leadership and lack of understanding political science that says power lies with people and not politicians. Lusambo has insulted Roan constituents, how do you go to Roan and thank them? Lungu is a biggest problem for PF. PF to survive you need KFB,…

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  13. MPs in CB must be having diarrhoea because this result can extend to other towns in CB, Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, Lusaka urban, central urban. PF to survive you need men and women with good character KFB, Yaluma, Yafwa, former deputy general mrs Bridget shonga and Guy Scott at the helm failure 2021 you will kiss the dust. Mumbi Phiri what can she do apart from her loud mouth insulting, no substance, Mwila kuwayawaya fye! Bring people who will speak the language of a common man. Stop Corruption, over price projects, violence as one day someone of you will end up at the Hague.

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  14. When a reporter quotes people who don’t want to be identified just know that it’s 99% a fake story. Coming to Chitotela, just keeping him in government is already an embarrassment and including him in a campaign would have even given the opposition more cannon fodder against the PF. But knowing the gullibility of our people if today Chitotela crosses the floor, he will be welcome with open arms. ..all accusations, crimes swept under the carpet. The charade will continue until Jesus comes back to liberate the world. The hunger for power has no bounds or set standards.

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    • Pf have an uphill battle for sure.

      People who read LT comments will recall me stating that with all those new roads and buildings , people also expect a higher standard of living…..or a them and us culture is created between the rich and have nots….it is not enough for grz to say ” we have created an enabling environment ” , and
      ” if foringners can make it so can you ”

      IMHO the biggest mistake by PF was expecting the private sector and foringners to create industries.
      If GRZ showed the same eagerness to build industries that they are showing to build Zambia airways, PF would be safe.

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    • Spaka why should it worry you if PF is in trouble? I thought that’s what you want? Personally I don’t care. …I have lived in four different governments and another one wouldn’t make a difference. …except if the tribalist took over I fear there would be a lot of revenge without cause.

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    • If you have not stolen and looted the country , ndanji , you have nothing to fear…..

      The fight against corruption will be high lighted again and made very public among our citizens to show being called or labeled a corrupt theif is not good, morals befitting the office of the presidency will be high.

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    • Don’t be that dull how can I loot national money when I have not even held a ward chairman’s position? As for your allegations, I just wonder how all of a sudden Kambwili in not a looter after calling for his blood when he was in government. A principled person would have nothing to do with the likes of Kambwili and in future Chitotela. But then Zambian politics is a joke. Let’s try comrade Mulyokela maybe he’ll make a difference.

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    • Spaka you are childish and imbalanced. Your HH was among so called technocrats who said GOVERNMENT HAD NO BUSINESS RUNNING BUSINESS. KK using copper money created more than 250 companies besides the mines. When you so called elites and progressives took over government you either sold or liquidated these companies including the goose that laid the golden egg. Where do you think government will get the money to set up industries without owning the mines. And when government tries to get something from the mines you say it’s scaring of investors. Just tell us how money can be raised for the venture instead of just pointing accusing fingers. We don’t want if somehow you formed government to tell people that BECAUSE THE PF HAD RUINED THE ECONOMY WE CAN’T IMPROVE THE PEOPLE’S WELLBEING.

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    • # 17.4 ndanji

      Something wrong with your mental capacity…..it was you accusing CK of being corrupt and will be arrested soon. I told you repeatedly that the only crime of CK was bullying mines to give his companies contracts….

      # 17.5

      Where will GRZ get money for ventures ?
      The same place they are getting money for Zambia airways ……and the same eagerness to build industries they can also get from the same place they are getting the eagerness to build Zambia airways…..

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  15. #17.1 Spaka, if you knew what you were talking about, Trib.al Hacks would have been President of Zambia many times over. Trib.al upnd would not have been in opposition, and its stronghold would have been Zambia ….. but ……

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    • Cader, referring to my comment #17.1

      One can say PF has had it easy all along….they just had $17 billion at their disposal and all state machinery to shackle opposition.

      Moving forward, there is no more money to bribe voters, if there is money to bribe, civil servants won’t get paid……

      The use of state machinery and PF caders to inflict brutality on opposition has been exposed to the world by PTV , with lungu setting a precedent of PF cease fire expected by every one…….

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  16. “Honourable” Chishimba Kambwili, incoming president of NDC-upnd trib.als alliance. Can’t see the alliance work out any other way …. kikikikiki

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    • Simple and straight forward. Surprisingly on the same day PF beat Upnd by an even bigger margin somewhere else and nobody is talking about. This tells you how backwards Zambia is politically.

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    • Badala…..it’s the fact the whole GRZ was camped in roan to fight CK…as ck said, people are fed up of PF stealing then using the same stolen money to bribe voters ….

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  17. Ndanje
    Are you aware that there is purge of civil servants from one particular region in the civil service. Surely that cannot be expected to be without eventual consequence. The best is to reinstate everyone that has been unfairly treated or choose to wait for consequences. Each of those families have electorates, mind you.

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    • If someone is leaking confidential information what do you do with that person? Besides among my friends who are. ……no one has been retired from the civil service. Just give us 10 names those purged and their departments. Undermining your employer whether you’re are in the USA is a dismmissable offense. It borders on treason for a civil servant. You took oath to work for the government of the day and not some opposition president. How about smuggling official letter heads and faking notices that it’s from government. Is that OK? If I was in charge of government I would not end at sacking that person. I would ensure he reveals whoever is sending him.

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  18. “The Brutality”movie which was directed, produced and acted by one hh shown by PTV and allegedly watched by the whole world, which in turn did not react as they now know that hh is an attention seeker who will do all sorts of antics to get attention. As for pf you have a lot going on against you even if you you have a kansaka ka ndalama, you have a chinsaka chama problems. We just need a new party to vote for in 2021. Kambwili be serious not being vulgar, we don’t need that. If you play your game well, who knows what will happen in 2021.

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    • The same movie had the Zambian ambassador in the UK running around trying to explain , in vain , to UK tabloids that lungu is not a violent thug……

      It was a well executed movie and lungu took notice, ordering his thugs to cease fire, the recordings also made mwila go ballistic , suspending PTV for 30 days, only to draw more attention and fire from all diplomats accredited to Zambia……now lungu knows he is being watched …..

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  19. PF has been winning even where UPND is very popular. Thus NW province,Chilanga, Kafue etc. Compare all these with just one Roan. Can we be realistic. Your analysis is very wrong. You are just excited for nothing. Kindly check your recent past as you cerebrate.

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    • You forgot to mention PF have been wining in areas very popular with UPND , having just spent $17 billion and using all manner of PF police undemocratic tactics to shackle the opposition…….

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  20. This is actually a blessing in disguise for president Lungu. He can now get rid of Davis Mwila, His two loud mouthed political advisors and spokes people, plus kaizer Zulu. Chitotela and other ministers should still be investigated by the ACC.

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    • He can never get rid of them……incase they spile the beans like CK , calling him a corrupt theif everyday , where he can’t even deny….

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  21. My tribe, you know God knows how to punish tribalists like you who think one of his creation will never rule. Don’t expect another party or a ruler to fall from the sky, great leaders are groomed and prepared way before ascending to the throne that’s why the Middle East is thriving. The don’t make the same mistake you made crowning someone from nowhere and even calling them God sent when they’re unprepared and have no experience leading the masses. The man we have now is very unpresidential and it’s becoming hard to hide his flaws

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  22. Ndanje
    Wake up and smell the coffee. People are responding to how they are being (mis) treated. Roan, Sesheke. Its all in the public domain. There are consequences for mistreating voters. No one needs to leak information, the information is that the economy is collapsed. No money. No jobs. Many taxes. Poor corporate governance. Bad laws. No regard for the views of the electorate. Bribery and corruption. There are consequences for these things, if you dont know. Go to Roan and find out.

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    • Public domain my foot. Give us names not this waffling like mistreating of voters. How do you mistreat a voter. Come on man if you mean the ZWD, then you will always believe any fiction film.

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  23. Bunch of thieves versus bunch of trib.al morons, all calling themselves politicians, some ruling and the others opposing.
    None suitable, zwa 2021 and no entry for trib.als. We are putting in place a new boma.

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  24. Fortunately the Zambians are the ones voting not the British, Americans or South Africans where hh goes to run his mouth. Both hh ecl out, come 2021.

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  25. Too much celebrating roan, that makes me wonder what Zambia would be under Kambwili.I would take a vacation into the wilderness till time for Kambwili comes to end then come home.

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  26. I am having a nightmare in my sleep. I hope that when I wake up in the next one hour I will wake up to a pleasant surprise that Trib.al Hacks/upnd, Chimbwili, and Chagwa/PF/Sata never existed after all, that it’s just a nightmare. If not, I will go back to sleep to finish the nightmare. Hopefully another two hours will do the trick.

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  27. Ati going back to the drawing board. Which drawing board. PF has no drawing board to go back to because RB took it away with him in 2014 and the he came back for the mpasa to sit on in 2016.

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  28. In my view it is wrong to say PF lost to one DC but to a pact. Had they made the mistake of standing alone, each one was gonna loose terribly. What we ought to ask ourselves is why DC formed a party than join the already existing UPND. They know better. And that is what is gonna tear them apart as we draw near the 2012 elections. Indeed true colors shall come out vividly.

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  29. Was in some kind of hurry and wrote 2012 instead of 2021. Sorry and hopefully that didn’t change the whole message.

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  30. The goodness of pf is that when lose they accept defeat and do a post mortem and come out strong. Upnd when loses don’t accept and always tell people they have won. Making themselves weak.

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