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HH says he will exercise due care in choosing a running mate for 2021

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says he will not repeat the same mistakes he made before when selecting vice-presidents.

He said if the elective conference allows him to stand on behalf of the UPND, he will then announce the running mate. He pointed out that he will exercise due care in doing so.

“We won’t rush this process. Let’s look at the US example. Biden is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats in this year’s election but they are yet to announce the VP,” he said.

Hichilema said the issue of the VP is one he has deeply reflected on and admitted that in the past he made mistakes that saw him being deserted.

“I admit making mistakes before but not this time. We must learn from our past and ensure that moving forward, we should not only consult but thoroughly vet. I can safely say, you will not be disappointed,” he said.

At some point, the UPND saw a number of its vice-presidents leaving the posts and party under unclear circumstances, these include Sakwiba Sikota, Patrick Chisanga, and Bob Sichinga.

Others include Francis Simenda left on his own after being allegedly offered a position by PF as ambassador to Ethiopia. The PF is said to have cheated him and in less than six months, they dismissed him from his diplomatic job. And Richard Kapita left to campaign for the PF and Edgar Lungu. He was rewarded a position of provincial minister in the PF government.

Dr Cannisius Banda left in frustration after being left out as a running mate to HH. GBM was HH’s preferred running mate.

At one time the National Management Committee of the UPND passed a vote of no confidence in Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba a VP then and asked him to exculpate himself from allegations of gross misconduct.

However, according to the party spokesperson, the high turnover of UPND vice-presidents was not Hichilema’s fault. He claimed that in some of the cases, the ruling party had its dirty hand in it.

48 COMMENTS

  1. HH you are the problem!!! Six vice presidents and you are still saying there was a mistake in choosing them. You are not serious with what you do bwana under five.

    Your spokesperson is also mentioning PF having a hand. Shame!!! You should be ashamed of your actions guys.

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  2. I for one have seen the light… I think lets vote for HH this time because PF has betrayed the aspirations and hopes of Zambians. We are left with a huge debt that like the Coronavirus is in their window stage and once they blow up we may even become like another Zimbabwe with abnormal inflation. Our infrasructure is in a mess despite the billions our nation earns, projects under way are poorly managed and often dont last, agriculture is on auto pilot so that only few at the top can benefit.

    I was PF, I was dissapointed I left for the Green party where our leader is also a self centred person out of touch with reality of ordinary Zambians, HH today is speaking so much sense and maybe its the trials he has gone through to make him more humble as they say pressure can break but…

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  3. HH today is speaking so much sense and maybe its the trials he has gone through to make him more humble as they say pressure can break but pressure can also make diamonds.

    Lets vote HH in 2021!

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  4. It is NEVER Hichilema’s fault, right? Go figure!

    No wonder this party will never improve its political fortunes. There is just too much “worshipping” of Hakahinde….he can never do wrong. There is no way on God’s good earth that all these peopl just quit/left him and he had absolutely nothing to do with it. If you believe that, I have a miracle wand for creating money on sell for you. The entire claim just flies in the face of believability!

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  5. Zambians are suffering because of HH. Up to now we wonder whade fvck was he thinking to use GBM?
    HH will make same mistake by appointing a Lusaka based thug again.
    Talk to Catherine Namugala, to find you a woman with balls, if she can’t do it herself.
    There are female judges in rural provinces.

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  6. HH you are a mistake your self too as you have not had free elections in your own party for people to choose who to lead UPND since your were last chosen on tribal lines to replace late Kambela Mazoka. Instead you had been appointing Vice Presidents who were not elected by your party.This is what will continue costing your votes as you have not had free and fair elections in your own party but keep pointing at other parties as being un democratic. Do not even compare your scanty brains with Trump. You behave like Ayatollah in the Middle East who just appoints who to be his vice. Shame on you

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  7. HH or anyone else will definitely perform better then Chakolwa. Before HH starts talking of a Vice President, he must first subject himself to elections within his party. The kind of talk above makes assumption that HH has won the presidential position before the convention is held. My fear is that if we allow any one person to dictate power play within his party then those are the same tendencies he will carry forward when running the nation. if HH does not allow democracy within his party it’s less likely democracy will prevail in the country when he takes over power. My appeal to HH is to go for a convention and be elected just like Joe Biden will do. I’m not a supporter of Chakolwa, HH or any political leader, so UPND supporters hold your fire. This is just my honest opinion.

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  8. Pick a woman this time. One with a strong character and is politically vicious like a bulldog. One who is intelligent and can step in as President (incase of any eventuality). But please avoid those that have crossed from other parties as their loyalty is plastic.

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  9. One mistake by ECL and the PF doesn’t warranty a change of GRZ. Definitely not! Truth is hh and upnd are more incompetent than PF. Hh is so full of himself he has even broken the party’s constitution to remain as the sole candidate 14 years strong. This is a guy who has signed all sorts of covenants with unknown secret foreigners against his own country and ran a barrage of lies and fake media against his own country’s GRZ. Diasporans are sensing victory, but look at reality on the ground-w/province and n/w province are turning from upnd and moving towards PF, how is hh going to win????

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  10. It’s time for another election loss for Hingombe Hilede (HH) the sleeping cow.
    He thought he could dupe Zambians with GBM. Zambians are not stiupid.

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  11. Its not about talking sense, its more to do with character and action. In 1991 instead of seating down and think through before voting, Zambians used emotions to kick KK out of power which was the biggest mistake.. Chiluba and his friends destroyed the base of this country by privatization, Zambia as if we never use to assemble cars? Remember those tyres?
    Remember the glasses from central province? i can go on and on. This is the reason why i can never trust persons who took part in destroying is great country. 2021 is not time to be emotion but to think. In Kenya during privatization the government sold 50% of its shares, Can you imagine if the consultancy team did advise the than government correctly by selling off a 50% shares? Today we would have not been talking about…

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  12. @Dee: true, I like the PF program of setting up IDC and rounding up national assets. It is a good foundation. Secondly, the KCM grab back, the ZCCM Gold set up so that GRZ should have a bigger stake in mining so that export earnings can come back to Zambia-not the MMD system of giving everything to foreigners who then export all mineral sales: WHAT hh AND upnd WANT TO BRING BACK.

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  13. I may not like the current PF leadership but Trible HH is not the option. His disqualification is simply the way he took over the party. Remember Sejani’s words? Trible HH has refused to apologise because he fears a backlash from his support base which gave him the mission revealed by Sejani.
    The selection of GBV as running mate in 2016 was an attempt to fulfil this agenda by cheating the bembas. Over the years Trible HH has revealed more of himself confirming his unsuitability
    for state house, we would simply jump from frying pan to fire.
    My opinion is that if PF were to cleanse its leadership and remove those who have brought us where we are it would continue ruling for another fifteen years. They do have some good people. PF knows what I am talking about and I think they will not…

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  14. …They do have some good people in their ranks. PF knows what I am talking about and I think they will not let the country down again. If they do the needful, the correct thing, we are willing to forgive them their trespasses. Of course this is not a small battle in PF considering the amount of rot that the party has allowed as “normal”. But please PF do the right thing and save us from Trible HH and his agenda as there is no other party that can do that for us.

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  15. We’ve always pointed out that this man is a lone worker, he doesn’t cooperate with his VPs… In short, he sidelines them in preference to his Total cartel period!!

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  16. Spot on, Junior JJ. Look at how the same incompetent lot let down the president?? It’s not the first time. ECL and the top leadership needs to get rid of the stone throwers in important decision making positions and fill them with qualified, competent and experienced technocrats, managers and leaders. Having halfwit, uneducated, cadre provincial ministers whipping citizens will not do.

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  17. Why should it be HH to pick? He will end up picking the one person he likes or favors and not the person who can actually perform. That task of choosing the VP should be left with the electorate in his party at the convention. Let HH learn to work with people who can challenge him and have opposing opinions and ideas and not one who simply says yes. To perform well as a president One must choose he or she needs to aligned with the right people and not bootlickers, the party must choose people who are strong and able to challenge and stretch the president.

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  18. True leadership is about self introspection. If you are a leader and you cannot identify yiur mistakes then you are leading in vacuum. HH displays a strong leadership wbich Zambia lacks. I think HH can be a good leader. I will cast vote for you. God bless!

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  19. The UPND Constitution as crafted by the founders is a formidable document but Hichilema has managed to rape it with impunity. If he can just respect that document then he’ll be a better person. He has very low Democratic credentials. Although he’s spending so much on image builders, he still has a long way to go. He’ll discover that not everyone in UPND is with him when they go to that conversation

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  20. Just choose your fellow tonga because you cannot trust a bemba VP. And the longer you take to choose one, the more vulnerable you become because you can’t keep people guessing all the time. Be predictable.

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  21. @Madilu system character is key, i cant never vote for upnd is a time bomb, ba under5 have no manifesto meaning no direction.
    Who are you going to govern without a manifesto? Something is not adding up . By the way the pensioners wants what belongs to them.
    And the truth be told hh is not the better option even he,himself knows. A person who sow a lot of bad seed cant never rule or govern.
    2021 vote for Pf

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  22. SPEAKING AS A NEUTRAL PERSON (I DONT BELONG TO UPND OR PF)… ITS DIFFICULT FOR HH BEING IN THE OPPOSITION TO CHOOSE A RUNNING MATE. INSTEAD OF PEOPLE TALKING ANYHOW, LETS MAKE SUGGESTIONS. ACTUALLY I WILL MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR BOTH (PF) AND UPND…OK LETS SEE!! 2021 Note : The women am suggesting below do not belong to these parties but can be adopted…
    PF
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = BRIAN MUSHIMBA
    RUNNING MATE = MIZINGA MELU
    UPND
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = HAKAINDE HICHILEMA
    RUNNING MATE = LINDA KASONDE
    **** Lets CHAT…What do u think?? AND PLEASE esp KAIZAR do not just shoot …make counter suggestions PLEASE

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  23. I hope you have learnt your lesson, please do not select a Bemba or Nyanja just for the sake of attracting votes from the Eastern and Northern caucases because they will never vote for a Tonga man anyway. With the departure of Sakwiba Sikota, we all know it was the Tonga tribal bigotry onchestrated and led by Sejani against Sikota that destroyed UPND by sticking you with this tribal tag. Anyway, I feel you have learnt your lesson and of all candidates, you are the most experienced, level headed thus right person to dig us out of this mbeba whole Chagwa has nailed us into.

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  24. Zambians need the Leadership of HH if we are to come out of this economic mess caused by Edgar Lungu. Edgar sorrounds himself with questionalble characters. Honestly how do you have the likes of KAIZER ZULU, KAMPYONGO, BOWMAN LUSAMBO, JEAN KAPATA, CHITALU CHILUFYA AND CHITOTELA as leaders in your inner circle.
    HH, will finally bring sanity and respect to the office of the President. Edgar Lungu should never have been allowed any where near state house and when you look at him, he does not even look like he is interested in ruling. Ba Kateka we love you but the Presidency does not suit you, please retire, you are immune from Prosecution, its the likes of KAISER ZULU who who will be visited by the law next year.

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  25. @The_Real_KZ,I agree with the candidacy of Brian Mashimba as President because he is the only credible candidate PF have, his only scandal was to get treated in South Africa at Govt expense when he broke his arm after a drinking spree.

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  26. Hakainde suffers from a slavery muzungu tumukonde syndrome, how does he all of a sudden begin to compare his choice of vice to that of the USA. we remember him lying to the nation that he is in talks with trump, we are sure they communicated in Tonga at the white house, we recall Hakainde inviting himself to the American embassy during its independence celebration, we remember how he cried crocodile tears when Foote was footed out, so hagain I’m left to wonder if an enslaved mind can have the interests of Zambians at heart.

    I’m breaker I’m transcendent and I approve this message

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  27. HH shouldn’t pretend like he is not knowing the problem.
    THE PROBLEM IS TRIBALISM IN UPND ,Tonga do not respect people of other tribes where leadership is considered.

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  28. HH will have a difficult time finding a credible running mate.
    Remember he has grown UPND to the largest opposition party in Zambia. The likes of FDD , MMD and Sakwiba Sikotas party are now surrogates of PF.
    Politicians like Dipak Patel , Tilyenji Kaunda , Njekwa Anamela , Iyambo Yeta who are principled are hard to come by .These people stand by their ideologies through thick and thin .
    The average Zambian politician has no shame. Today they will be MMD, tomorrow PF, then UPND , the day after that back to PF.
    In Zambia political prostitution is glorified.

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  29. Ba KZ, you are not relevant to UPND talk about PF regime 500,000 jobs you advised your president to announce to the Zambian youths, The non exist Lewanika university you promised people in Western province. Bad political advice, bad judgement. Today, IMWE Ba KZ, so you are based in UK and writing as Kaizer Zulu in Zambia. You are a traitor, writing negative views about Zambians in diaspora, you are a betrayer like Judas Iscariot to Zambians at home mocking at their suffering under PF regime while you parade yourself (enjoying) – Shameful and disgraceful writing about high number of deaths in UK due to Covid 19, a country you reside in and find all the comfort transposing as in Zambia.
    Very shameful, small wonder you are a PF cadre despising Zambians in diaspora when they contribute so…

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  30. Bally 1 there is no need to rush over this matter, if american presidential aspirants have not yet put down names of their running mates for a 2020 election.

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  31. @junior jj: Of course they don’t. But I thought you had a better understanding of politics and our history and the vicious power struggle that happened when Sata died?? A lot of patronage ensued following that part of history as those who helped ECL to victory had to be “paid back”. No president in history has ever gone through such an episode. But the time is now to put the country first, ECL has to drop the extra baggage and appoint professionals, academics, pragmatics to steer the nation forward.

  32. HH should not look beyond himself for fault finding. He has been the biggest cock-up in Upnd. Before he picks a running mate, here is his first action: there’s a group of 3 or 4 of your tribesmen that don’t have an official position in upnd but seem to be in your ear all the the time. These are the people you seem to listen to and have a very warped and tribally inclined perception of Zambian modern politics. They are killing u. All the Vice presidents who have abandoned you have complained about this shadowy gang that seem to have a hold on you. Get rid of them!!
    Stop appointing Bemba’s with a hope that you will get the bemba vote. Bemba psychology doesn’t work like that. This is why northerners continued to give mwanawasa a vote and making him win in preference to their own son…

  33. 1.“I admit making mistakes before but not this time. We must learn from our past and ensure that moving forward, we should not only consult but thoroughly vet. I can safely say, you will not be disappointed,” h² said.

    2. However, according to the party spokesperson, the high turnover of UPND vice-presidents was not Hichilema’s fault. He claimed that in some of the cases, the ruling party had its dirty hand in it.

    Hocus Pocus; not knowing whether they are going or coming. Also h² must admit that he is a tribally imposed crook at the UPNDEAD helm. Admit that you caused the noble people leave. What you have left are like minds who can’t build you or deliver victory to you.

  34. Hocus-pocus

    A noun that means:
    meaningless talk or activity, typically designed to trick someone or conceal the truth of a situation.

  35. People, all i see are condemnations. Does it mean out of more than 18 million Zambians (With the exception of KZ), WE CAN NOT EVEN Suggest credible candidates. Then am afraid we have failed as a NATION.
    Instead of being over-critical LETS MAKE SUGGESTIONS. ECL and HH read these blogs. You never know
    PF
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = BRIAN MUSHIMBA
    RUNNING MATE = MIZINGA MELU
    UPND
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = HAKAINDE HICHILEMA
    RUNNING MATE = LINDA KASONDE
    —————-SUGGESTIONS———————->>
    SUGGESTED FEMALE VPs : LAURA MITI

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  36. I have just noticed that 9 people do not agree with my suggestions….SUGGEST KAILI….?? UNLESS YOU WANT THIS WORST CASE SCENARIO

    PF
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = STEPHEN KAMPYONGO
    RUNNING MATE = NKANDU LUO
    UPND
    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE = ACKSON SEJANI
    RUNNING MATE = CHARMAINE MUSONDA
    THEN ZAMBIA SHALL BE SAVED

  37. I am tired of hh too mwee. But I am tonga. Ni tiyetiye naye.
    14 years and going strong but aging.
    I will consider a ka hijack.
    You have tonga votes secured.
    £uck me!

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