UPND PResident Hakainde Hichilema flanked by National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango at the Canadian High Commission

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema this morning held a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Pamela O’Donnell, in Lusaka and discussed issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Mr Hichilema said among the issues discussed was the increasing cost of living as well as the hunger situation that is affecting most parts of the country.

He also expressed gratitude to the Canadian government and other cooperating partners whose focus is ensuring food security, respecting human rights and good governance and generally a better society.

Mr Hichilema told the Canadian envoy that Zambia remains committed to fostering bilateral and multilateral relations especially on issues that places the people’s interests first.

Mr.Hichilema was accompanied by his National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango, Secretary General Stephen Katuka, Deputy Chairperson of International Relations Rose Sakala, Chairperson for Elections Gary Nkombo and Leader of the opposition in parliament Jack Mwiimbu.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. Building important networks.
    ECL has burnt all bridges and can only get financial aid from China(more kaloba)
    PF has contracted over $10 billion of Chinese debt.

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  2. Under what capacity was he speaking? The Zambian people he is trying to represent have rejected him five times and counting.

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    • Dont get this either. Hakainde Hichilema does not represent the Zambian people, so why did the Canadian lady meet him? It is not the job of a High Commissioner to hold menetings with people that are not in Government, as she represents the Canadian government and not an oppsition party in Canada

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    • @wajimona, It is not only women women. Have you seen the Katukas of this world scaring away investors with that face Nalumango.

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  3. HH is exercising his democratic right to meet with Canadian High commissioner Pamela O’Donnell to share a right moment.
    Hopefully, was asking if Canadian government can assist or work with Zambian government to support programs that would reduce hunger situations in some parts of the country.
    Concerning high cost of living and good governance are issues beyond Canadian support.
    My humble thought.

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  4. The Canadian High Commissioner is supposed to be summoned by Zambian Government because she represents the people of Canada and she is not supposed to entertain the opposition because whatever they discuss the government will think that the Commissioner is against the ruling party.
    The only problem with HH he thinks that he has already won the 2021 elections which is the opposite.

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    • @Ex-Maroon, there was a similar debate here on LT when the Cuban Ambassador was expelled after attending the launch of fred Mmembes. Unfortunately diplomats have limit in their involvement is local politics. One the other hand this whole story sounds too one sided. Among all the people mentioned it seems only one person spoke. And the meeting was held in Lusaka. Where exactly George Compound. It is like the journalist just picked up a small paper written by HH. Behaving as if one has won also dangerous if the voters decide otherwise. How is someone going to accept defeat.

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    • The HC can meet with any person she wishes, her job is to promote Cdn investment and friendship between Zambia and Canada. she met with other people while in Zambia, remember Canada closed its HC some years ago and is based in Dar covering Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia because of the corrupt usage of aid funds by Zambian agency’s

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  5. Cannot say much about the meeting as very little if not nothing has been put to us on the contents of the come-together apart from saying “issues of National interest”. If allowed to speculate, this HH and his followers must have gone to seek intervention on something that is already in Courts of law. By the way, is it UPND who knocked at the Canadians door or were invited for a working breakfast by the Canadian?

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  6. I rarely respond to people’s comments but would like to just remind those of you saying HH has been rejected by the people of Zambia, that is a subjective position. As things stand right now, HH is the most popular politician in Zambia. Fact check, H.E. ECL said, “without MMD, PF would not have worn the elections”. what does that mean? Be objective in your analysis and don’t allow hatred to be the sole factor that controls you.

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    • Mwelwa @ 11

      Getting to state house is about numbers. In other words, politics is about numbers. No doubt HH has followers and he should after all, he is pursuing to become the president of Zambia.

      That said, winning elections is about convincing voters to vote for you. It means HH has to go to PF & MMD grassroots to win voters. He cannot just depend on the areas where he is strong.

      In USA every election time, Democrats try to woo votes from Republicans. Just as well Republicans try to woo Democrats. Because at the end of the day whoever wins becomes president for all. The same applies in other Western Democracy Nations such as UK, German, France etc.

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    • cont…

      So there was nothing wrong with PF going to MMD Grassroot to help them win elections. Its about getting that big number from all Zambians. Mind you not all Zambians have Political Party Affiliations.

      +++ My advice to you is to ask or tell HH to woo PF or MMD voters who have rejected him 6 times. Otherwise, he will never get to State House by just using UPND Supporters from 3 Provinces.

      +++ I totally agree [ 100% ] that we should NOT come here to spill hate. Doing that we lose the main objectives.

      Enjoy the day

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      So there was nothing wrong with PF going to MMD Grassroot to help them win elections. Its about getting that big number from all Zambians. Mind you not all Zambians have Political Party Affiliations.

      My advice to you is to ask or tell HH to woo PF or MMD voters who have rejected him 6 times. Otherwise, he will never get to State House by just using UPND Supporters from 3 Provinces.

      +++ I totally agree [ 100% ] that we should not come here to spill hate. Doing that we lose the main objectives.

      Enjoy the day

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    • The problem we have is that the so called ECZ is nothing more than a branch of pf…the Priscilla Mulenga (Isaacs) and Esau Chuulus of this world…and that kangaroo court that calls its self then con court when all they do is rubber stamp lungu’s directives….how pf cadres can celebrate “victory” and claim ecl is popular is just mind blowing.

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    • Mwabupo 11.4

      To them the cadres Lungu is popular because he has bitten HH twice into State House. How can you assume that HH is popular when he has lost National Populous votes every 5 years for 6 times.

      The fact is – HH must stop this { ILLUSION } that only 3 provinces will take him to State House. He needs to work hard in the copperbelt and northern where big voter numbers comes

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  7. Comment: HH really wants power, The Canadian High commissioner can not invite UPND alone but all opposition political parties if it has an agenda with them… BUT in this case the guys went knocking requesting to have an audience with the Canadian High commissioner…
    Take heart, you will still rule if God has planned this for you, and the opposite may also be true..
    HH now can’t represent majority Zambians because he been rejected 5 fives in this Country.

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  8. Bitter Hakiende h with his inherited under 5 gathering with out a vice took a trip to ask the o’donie to vote for him. He sang to her of things of ‘mutual interest to both countries like hunger and increasing cost of living”. I like the bemused look on the face of the lady in green and black dress as he spewed his venom. The calculator boy in 2015 feted diplomats thinking he would get their votes. This is what Morgan next door used to do. Two of his parliamentary cadres mr. zesco 2 shots , and Jack from monze (not daniels) the other of his vuvuzelas…as for the former primary school teacher and mmd mole, her look tells it all….bitter fititi

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  9. The is fake news, the HC of Canada cannot discuss bilateral relations with the opposition..UPND danderheads in the media team don’t understand anything about what bilateral relations mean all due to group think mentality typical of UPND sycophants and zealots…

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  10. I am just waiting for tomorrow’s headline:'”Canadian High Commissioner Given 24hrs to leave the country for talking to the Opposition leader over hunger in the Country”. This is real bane. In Africa you dont talk to the opposition leaders after all African leaders in power are ever power hungry. And feel threatened whenever the opposition seem to gain some political milage. And some guy fear HH like hell! Iliko liko!!! Kikikiki!!!!!
    Disaster!

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  11. HH thinks by meeting Ambassadors and High Commissioners he has won elections. To put record straight only Tongas think hes the most popular politician when hes the most useless as Kambwili recently found out. Not to talk of the frightening experience GBM had with him! Hunger or no Hunger Hichilema is not winning in 2021. And UPND cadres please stop insulting in Bemba, use Tonga when insulting, twapapata! And this hunger you are talking about this year was not caused by Edgar, its mostly due to unfavorable climate. popularly known as CLIMATE CHANGE! In the LONG TERM one chap response for the macro economic mess we are is one HAKAINDE HICHILEMA who profited and enriched himself from the sale of parastatal companies! Oliver Saasa is one of the most brilliant economists this country has ever…

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  12. dont temper with big powers , baza miwelamo. get the sense out of this meeting and also the benefit the zambians will get. no politics but really issues.

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  13. The reason why is gay will never be president because he has already put him self as a president , you will not see our votes we need humble leaders and remember God always up lift the humble.

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  14. ” UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema this morning held a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner to Zambia Pamela O’Donnell, in Lusaka and discussed issues of mutual interest to both countries.” well well Kaya, so that HH can do what? make talk shows? That is where Hh ends talkshows nothing more,

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  15. this country is very backwards,this is not campaign time,HH is free to meet any person in the world,he is a leader of people just rep president ecl,the fear to allow hh meet with the international community leaves much to be desired.you people Zambia now is not pf or upnd but for zambians,its not only pf single handed that can better zambia i think not so but the collective effort of all zambians will make it.

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  16. The Canadian Embassy staff know very well as to whom they should interact with regard to matters of mutual interest between Canada and Zambia. The Era of engineering coups, which succeeded well in West Africa, is long gone. Assignments dished out to Nigerian Obasanjo, a product of Military coup, has not yielded fruits in East and Southern Africa. Canada must, therefore, spend time to reflect on how to nurture its trade with Trump’s led USA and the impact of Britain pulling out of Europe on grounds of hidden racial agendas. Advice to Canada: East and Southern African States are poised to re-organizing respectable and lasting trade links with Asia.

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  17. I am excercising my democratic right and calling hh for a meeting to discuss issues of mutual interest, tribalism, freemasonry, privatisation, debating motions in parliament under the influence of, forest 27, letters from zesco, retirement from politics, position of Vice President and national events.

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  18. Canadian ambassador will be told to
    Leave the country. They will say she
    Is interfering in politics.

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  19. Zambians like commenting even when they don’t have information, which ambassador is government going to chase when they is no Canadian embassy in Zambia? Limo just watch and listen

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  20. Let western states abandon trade with Africa. Note that nature hates a vacuum and Asia is available to fill up any vacuum.

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  21. Point of correction Mr hh. Hunger situation is only in southern province not country wide. And it also affects cows not just humans. And upnd got those votes becose of mmd after that split in 2015. But north Western and Western provinces have gone to of Kaya 2021.

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