United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Stephen Katuka
United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General Stephen Katuka

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has refuted allegations that the party is threatening its Members of Parliament that are in support of some provisions of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2019.

In an interview yesterday, UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said that the party leadership believes that UPND MPs are mature enough to make the independent decision of whether to support the the the bill based on the resolutions from the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) or not.

Mr. Katuka said the PArty has not punished any MP who attended the NDF and this explains why none of them that attended the NDF have faced any consequences for going against the party position.

Mr. Katuka was, however, quick to disclose that the adoption of who contests in the 2021 general elections will depend on how each individual UPND MP has performed in the last five years.

Mr. Katuka said the party leadership has always been monitoring how each one of them has been performing both in Parliament and in their constituencies, stating that the UPND adoption process for the 2021 general elections will therefore not be reliant on whether an MP attended the NDF or not.

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  1. My Swiss white wife Elisa agrees with katuka. The pf are stone cold losers such that even a baby would know not to support anything from them. Pf is like a dull Zambian woman who continues blaming others for her marital problems while upnd is like my Swiss white wife. Very mature . I love my wife. Lusaka times it’s childish to try and block.me because a few rotten peanuts here ask.you to . What rules am I breaking? Any way I unblocked myself

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    • Some small, tribal parties also can really be full of themselves. You threaten each other when your MP seats are just within your tribal location. What more if they had national character

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    • I doubt if you even have a girlfriend. Which woman in her right senses will agree to be with you. !!!

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    • When he talks about the white wife he means a toilet because thats his job wherever he is….cleaning white toilets.

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  2. Thats what we keep advising. We have the right to advsis upendi because it our opposition political party in Zambia. Unfortunately most upendi cadres take upendi as an exclusive party

    Let democracy prevail in upendi.

    Let mp critically look at what pf is doing and provide constructive checks and balances.

    Finally hate speech will never get your political support. PF and upendi cadres must learn to exchange and accept constructive views

    PF is for all zambians and so is upendi.

    AS such Chiefs must desist from participating in regional politics because thats recipe for ethics divisions

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    • Very true, all chiefs should be outlawed from participating in politics and the position of traditional chiefs abolished all together. Why do you need these “tribal leaders” in a country that aspires to urbanization in all provinces and under one democratically elected political leadership? I am Zambian and I don’t Identify with any tribe because genetically I just get 50% from my father so patrilinity as a determiner of my tribe is just a social convinience, your mother might as well determine your tribe. These tribal identities are just ancient mental models of social organization that we have allowed to persist without question. What is genetically tonga, lozi, ngoni or tonga about anyone but our common national identity as ‘ZAMBIAN?’ There is no scientific justification for…

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    • What we witness from a psychological perspective are people that have been “socialised” as tonga, bemba, chewa, or kaonde due to geographic or familial location but take them outside that particular environment, they will not identify with that group or tribe. So why should we continue putting tribe at the centre of our politics when merely it is just a sociological and psychological factor. I don’t know a word in my tribe, and I am Zambian as hell, I identify with anyone within that legalistic jurisdiction known as “Zambia.” As for how I vote, it is purely on competence nothing else.

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    • I think you have spoken wisely. Zambians are far way ahead of regional or tribal politics. We want constructive criticism with alternatives and not just hate and tribal bull crap all the time. Give us alternatives as opposition. If UPND can retain the Katuba parliamentary seat but lose all the nine ward elections across the country, what makes them think they can win the country elections. My advice, if you want to even dent a smudge against the PF, you all opposition should unite and work together. Agony is everyone of you including single party individuals all out of selfish and self serving ulterior motives, want to get to plot number one even when you know it’s impossible. By you dimwits fighting against each other, you are dividing the voters votes rather than forming a cohesive…

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  3. There can be no political progress and development, if our politics continue to be ruled by tribe and not ideology. You will have phonies passing through at the ballot solely by tribal affiliation and not administrative competence.

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  4. The UPND is a Party in disarray, they don’t know what they want. Even their leader doesn’t analyse national issues in detail nor offer articulate alternatives. Hichilema is uninspiring, he’s as illusive as the Freemasonry

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  5. UPND ceased being a political party the moment Mazoka died and Hakainde took over. It’s now officially a CULT. There is no single MP in this cult who can make “independent” decisions as Katuka wants us to believe. How many of their leaders have they pushed out for merely attending state functions?

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  6. Mr Katuka thinks Zambians are stup1d. We all know how UPND operates. Their supreme leader controls it MP with a remote control. Those that seem to act independently are threatened and will not be adopted in 2021. One other question has Mr Katuka been monitoring the performance of their supreme leader HH ever since he took over? HH has lost elections five times and how is that for performance?

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  7. This is a veiled threat to MPs who will support the NDF resolutions. The MPs’ performance will be based on how much of a nuisance they were to PF not on how productive they are to the electorate. Sham on UPND

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  8. Bitter Hakiende h and his inherited under 5 party he who,gave fake ‘infestment’ advise so that the nations silver could be sold for a song,with no vice president and chief vuvuzela is laughable. Everyone in his gathering knows there is no independent thought. His impis aka “mps” are banned from attending national events and are warned NEVER to support anything outside the beliefs of the chairman of the party. They shiver and shake at the mere sight of the man. One cadre disguised as an impi thought he was ‘popular’ in the party haa bitter heard and now he is no longer chief whip…..so please spin guru(SG) tell us another tale.

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  9. Katuta don’t lie just say the truth we know you guys you are liers,stop lying say the truth.We are fade up of your lies.

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  10. UPND has a dictator leader HH for not leaving the presidential position.how many times he lost on general elections? look at EFF leader Julius Malema in South Africa he was expelled from ANC early 2013 and form his party he lost 2 times and this year 2019 . December this year they will choose another party president to run EFF in less than 10 years.now UPND is wamuyaya HRV you will never form government until you get old like kaunda believe me.and 2021 I know and believe you are the same people who will cause innocent people die coz you won’t believe that more wise people like HH

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  11. Mr. ANCIENT APE don’t lie…..

    HH and his “political demons” thinks like robots.

    Bitterness and hatred makes them think in one line .

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  12. “Mr. Katuka said the PArty has not punished any MP who attended the NDF and this explains why none of them that attended the NDF have faced any consequences for going against the party position.

    Mr. Katuka was, however, quick to disclose that the adoption of who contests in the 2021 general elections will depend on how each individual UPND MP has performed in the last five years.”

    Snake and serpent fork tongued comment. UPND MPs represent the people of Zambia first, then they are members of the UPND. They were elected into office by the people, so let them represent the people.

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  13. I think you have spoken wisely. Zambians are far way ahead of regional or tribal politics. We want constructive criticism with alternatives and not just hate and tribal bull crap all the time. Give us alternatives as opposition. If UPND can retain the Katuba parliamentary seat but lose all the nine ward elections across the country, what makes them think they can win the country elections. My advice, if you want to even dent a smudge against the PF, you all opposition should unite and work together. Agony is everyone of you including single party individuals all out of selfish and self serving ulterior motives, want to get to plot number one even when you know it’s impossible. By you dimwits fighting against each other, you are dividing the voters votes rather than forming a cohesive…

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  14. ??Mr. Katuka was, however, quick to disclose that the adoption of who contests in the 2021 general elections will depend on how each individual UPND MP has performed in the last five years.??

    There you are, clear as daylight. UPND will not adopt any MP who went against the party position, which in UPND lingo means going against HH’s position, for those who can’t read English. But I like that, because UPND will split as those MPs will try to maintain their honourable positions by forming a splinter party or into an alliance with PF in southern province and sharing the same votes in UPND strongholds.

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