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Sean Tembo Supports Single Opposition Candidate, but it should not be HH or Kambwili

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Kambwili , Masebo and HH at the prison to offer support to Sean Tembo
Kambwili , Masebo and HH at the prison to offer support to Sean Tembo

The Patriots for Economic Progress says it has noted with keen interest recent calls by leaders of the opposition UPND and NDC about the need for the opposition to field a single presidential candidate in the upcoming general elections next year.

Party President Sean Tembo says his party fully agrees with such a view, as they have always done.

Mr. Tembo says filing a single opposition candidate is the most sure way of removing President Lungu and his Patriotic Front party from office.

He, however, said that a change of Government by itself, just for the sake of changing Government, will not result in any positive change in the lives of the Zambian people as was the case in 2011 when Zambians replaced the MMD Government with the current PF Government which has proved to be even more disastrous.

“In other words, it is possible to vote out a bad government and replace it with a worse government, if the change of government is the only objective. What would improve the lives of the Zambian people is to remove the current PF Government and replace it with a better Government”, he said.

Mr Tembo said his party was founded on the basis that the Zambian people deserve a good government which will help this nation to convert its immense potential into actual wealth.

He said this commitment to give the Zambian people a good government is so strong in his party, that they are always willing to sacrifice political ambitions to instead support a presidential candidate from another political party, provided they are confident that such a candidate has potential to give the Zambian people a better government than the current PF Government.

Mr Tembo said this was the same principle on the basis of which his Party decided to join the Opposition Alliance, about 2 years ago.

“However, over the years and through close interaction with our fellow opposition leaders, we have come to the realization that none of our opposition peers actually posses the capacity nor appetite to form a better government that would uplift the wellbeing of the Zambian people. It is our considered view that none of our current opposition peers understand how to formulate and implement government policy, hence their failure to develop any Alternative National Budget or Alternative National Development Plan for the past two decades”, he added.

Mr Tembo said t it is folly for any citizen of Zambia to believe that a person whom, only a few months ago, as Minister of Information and Broadcasting, was harassing and closing down media houses, will tomorrow protect media freedom if made President.

Equally, Mr Tembo said it is folly for any citizen of Zambia to believe that a person whose close advisor and senior party official is a well-documented violent thug such as Tekere Banda, can bring about an end to political violence if elected as President tomorrow.

He added that equally, it is folly for any Zambian to believe that a person who has consistently failed to develop a coherent Alternative National Budget, despite severally attempting to do so, can tomorrow competently preside over the social-economic development of this country, if elected as Republican President.

“Additionally, it is folly for the Zambian people to believe that a political party that has consistently failed to sustainably manage City, Municipal and District Councils in their respective strongholds, can tomorrow suddenly develop competence to sustainably manage this nation”, he said.

Mr Tembo on the basis of the above, the Patriots for Economic Progress will always stand ready to support the idea of a single opposition candidate in the upcoming 2021 general election, provided we are confident that such a candidate has a demonstrable vision and competence to form a better government which would uplift the social-economic welfare of the Zambian people.

He said currently his party does not see any such candidate among opposition peers and on that basis that they do not intend to be complicit in ushering into office an experimental government that is likely to add to the tragedy of leadership deficit that this country has been bedeviled with already.

45 COMMENTS

  1. That is the end of the beginning.
    Sean had killed the aspiration.

    HH, double up, and go as if it will be PF v UPND.

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  2. The alliance is confirming that Edgar is a threat. I can bet the alliance will not work. PF forward.

    The opposition alliance is already divided even before they field a candidate.

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  3. Who then should be the candidate, Sean Tembo himself? Who knows him Kaputa, Chavuma, Shangombo, Sinda, Mpika apart from those in Ngwerere? Shallow reasoning!

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  4. SEan Tembo, just say you are not ready to work with others or who want PF to continue……. Learn to take responsibility and accept the reality.
    What is the alternative of PF which you claim to be bad yet worse that MMD ? sometime you must be analytical in our reaction

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  5. Mr. Sean Tembo your assertions that there is currently no one in Zambia among the political parties we have to day to replace Edgar Lungu as republican president is a lie. Therefore you give PF a clean ticket and let them go through an opposed. When an alliance is formed you look at the existing strength of a particular political party by way of their current parliamentary representation. Do not make us believe that all parties are of the same magnitude in Zambia. Some parties like yours don’t even have a seat even at Councillor level and you want to equate yourselves to bigger parties. A party should have at least 2000 paid up members in each and every province of Zambia. I doubt how many members are paid up members in your party. But i agree with you that the objectives should not…

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  6. Mmm … well said Tembo. The current politicians are there just to wait for their time to loot. They are so incoherent and exhibit thuggery in their daily life. It should not be just for the sake of changing Government but for the welfare of the Zambian people. Currently the opposition does not have the quality needed.

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  7. I agree, its the end of what can never happen in zambia. Zambians by their nature never work as a team. Even teams of convenience don’t work. So this is dead

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  8. Should not just be to remove the pf government and replace it with another incompetent government. You continue telling lies that current political parties can not even draw up an alternative budget or development plan. We have well Learned people in these political parties who are capable of doing better budgets and development plans. But you don’t just do it for the sake of doing it. At least we should have seen your plans Mr. Tembo. Drawing fro m what happened in Malawi Dr. Lazarus Chakwera was picked to lead the Tonse Alliance on the basis of their performance at parliamentary level in the annulled elections which were cancelled. That’s how he became leader of the Tonse Alliance. But we the people of Zambia are ready to vote pf out even without a political alliance.

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  9. So their manifesto is based on removing PF from power. Kikikiki. So they have no plans for Zambia apart from removing PF so that they can become leaders. That is only reason they are standing and asking for your votes. Think deeply about that zambians

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  10. DM – The problems with you UPND cadres is that you pretend to be principled when its usitss HH but the moment it doesnt suit him, you will then come up with all sorts of stupid argumets to suit your stupidity. For example, HR refused to be vice president to Sata in the alliance in 2011 elections dspite Sata having had more MPs than your HH.

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  11. For sure change is need. And all politician may seem to be the same bcoz of the behavior of the voters. regional voting is killing us and it makes the politicians not to care. voters can change the game.
    1. we need to remove PF
    2. there is an alternative part as at now, thus UPND
    3. if they fail to perform, we remove them out in the next election regardless where one comes from.
    4. Put in another Party if too fails we remove them in the next elections
    5. Put in another Party in government and if too fails we remove them in the next elections,.
    then politicians will learn that Zambia pipo don’t buy rhetoric, that we mean business and that we are not divided. otherwise as it is now politicians are taking as for a ride. even if they perform or not as long the candidate is from…

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  12. Sean Tembo would just be a mole in the alliance if he is included. He is eating from Lungu. In any case what following has he got? None. He should be ignored.

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  13. HH should not fall for this alliance non-sense, its a trap, he will find himself ousted, UPND is the biggest opposition party right now and the momentum is with UPND, why should they be in an alliance with nashal neka parties. All parties should join UPND. Edgar Lungu is de-campaigning himself everyday by shileding corrupt Ministers, we also have an arrogant KAIZER ZULU also doing damage to PF which can only be good for HH

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  14. Best laugh of the day!

    Who even thought of that dumb idea? Opposition in Zambia are headed by Meglamanics, …..me me me…..Narcissistic personality disordered persons!

    Clink-a-link…….The penny has dropped! Eh…..forget about it……

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  15. Lol, this chap must sleep. I don’t know how or why he thinks he or his party is more popular than either HH or CK.
    Elections 2016, PF got 50.35 percent and UPND got 47.63 percent, a combined total of 98 percent, 2 percent was shared between the rest of the small parties, excluding Chilufya Tayali’s broke party that doesn’t have the money to even field a councillor.
    Such small parties are making noise, they ought to be ignored.
    CK knows he can’t win an election (one of the few political leaders to acknowledge that) and hence is calling for an alliance. Whether the UPND take him or not is their business, but they don’t need anyone.

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  16. @Patriotic Zambian & H. Kabwe, I totally agree with you both. UPND has experience & resources. Current economic problems are going to be a big factor next year. People are suffering & governance outlook is not helping at all. It’s clear Treasury is empty and it will be difficult to appease the aggrieved youths. Bill 10 will be the first hurdle for PF, second will be the party convention were implosion might follow. Then NDC & DP will fragment the PF strongholds, next elections will certainly be very interesting.

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  17. There is no story here…. which opposition alliance…The battle is between the dying PF and the promising UPND and MMD a distance third. Others can just dream and play spoilers…. Chishimba and Kalaba can help steal from PF. MMD has dotted supporters here and there all over the country. As at now the ground favors UPND. HH Does not need to panic…. The youth vote shall decide. Alternatively you can go for EMPEROR ECL…kikikikikikikiki… Bally is the way to go for now…..

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  18. Sean left the alliance a long time ago, an indication that he wanted to go it alone in 2021 and probably cement pf ‘s grip on power, its these tupa parte that make people believe that they are only formed to spoil the chances of big opposition parties to get in power.they are just spoilers. Na tayandi achileke, Inga talefwaya afileke, ngati safuna afisiye, if he is not interested let him hit the highway.

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  19. And everyone knows all Political Party leaders want to be President….so this issue is Dean on arrival….Sean Tembo is a PF mole…wako ni wako

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  20. Sean Tembo need to do his research well over shadow economic plans and shadow budget made available every year by UPND party.
    Sean may be excused because has not been in Zambia that long. the Checks and balances UPND is giving is not only from political rhetoric and eloquence but comes from solid and well researched sound economic policies that would address the dire social-economic development Zambians need. In that sense UPND has the technical know-how in place to fit the much needed national development than current deficit policies due incompetence of PF regime. However, to come to an alliance table a party must add tangible value of membership wich Sean appear to be a one man party. UPND is currently a mass movement of Zambians craving for change and have proved that point as the…

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  21. the entire rulay Zambia is behind UPND.
    Join the alliance with a contribution of value and other issues can be mitigated to face the common enemy of Zambian people.

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  22. For the wallopping sean tembo suffered at the hands of PF , he was paid off handsomely with clauses to not pursue the matter further and support lungu.

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  23. I like one thing that sean has mentioned Tekere Banda, tekere was the most violet cadre in mmd. He tormented people during his days. Have you people forgotten what he did to opponents? He was untouchable in MMD. Today he is a political advisor to a cetain leader. Unbelievable.

  24. Here we go…what’s wrong with the Zambian politicians? Here is the question so if it’s not HH or Kambwili who would it be? Sean Tembo? Look Mr. Unless you are Under cover PF…this is not the time to screw off we need to unite in order to get these thieves out of the government.
    PF must go.

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  25. Unity is strenth but the integrity of Political Alliance Partners matters. In Malawi recently the Tonse Alliance consisting of 9 Political Parties won the Election Re-run. The integrity of Sean Tembo is doubtful. It looks like Sean Tembo is looking to join the Alliance led by the PF rather than join the Opposition Alliance. The Opposition Parties in forging Alliances ,they should be mindful of enjoining with destructive characters who will weaken rather than strengthen the Alliance. Characters with destructive and sellout tendencies like GBM should not be accomodated in an Alliance. Selection of Political Alliance Partners is very important. The writing is on the wall.

  26. Sean Tembo I agree with you. The two leaders are useless. Don’t even bring in Nevas Mumba and Nawakwi and little Fred Mmembe

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  27. Well, this deceit on the part of Sean Tembo. Who will accept candidate who has no following. Tembo is telling us that he himself cant lead the alliance. We are wise enough to know which candidate can winter elections.
    Let the alliance goo to the conventional form an electoral college and we see who the preferred candidate will be. The leaders of the Alliance parties should then sign a commitment to remain in the alliance and accept the outcome.
    We need to learn to accept our standing and rank in society. Social and political standing does not come without any background.

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  28. Sean Tembo’s integrity is doubtful. What following does Sean Tembo have? To include a person like Sean Tembo in a Political Alliance for 2021 Elections would be disastrous. This man seems to have treacherous tendencies like GBM, the former VP for UPND. It will not be surprising if Sean Tembo is a PF mole ready to sellout the Opposition Alliance come 2021. HH and UPND must have learnt their lessons in choosing Running Mates and Political Alliances. Once bitten twice shy.

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  29. This is one truth the UPND cadres can’t accept.We should not make comparisons to what happened in Malawi because Chakwera had the support of all his alliances and he is clean but our crop of leaders in opposition can’t even explain there wealth to this date

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  30. If Mr Tembo is unable to see a potential candidate then he should omit himself from the list, coz he is also an opposition. Nonsense ba Tembo…

  31. What killed our education is the poor education Zambians are subjected to. THe MMD are the main culprits on this. Their education policies of charging fees from kids whose parents are unemployed has resulted into our having voters who lack basic analytical skills. They only vote for their tribal mates, money givers, booze dispensers, and useless candidates whose attributes are only jokes and insults. I wont be suprprised if Chagwa won again because of the huge intimidation by machine guns, snipers, wanton arrests of anyone heard speaking negatively in public, closure of electronic media, etc. Sadly the UPND as a party are so lazy at organizing against anything that people see the PF as its own oppositionaparty by its activist mentality. HH has serious weaknesses which are hard to change…

  32. Mr. Tembo if you know that you are not enough matured in politics why forming party? Because it’s showing that you are pf, please live-it to the senior politician Dr. Chishimba Kambwili Man of Action 2.

  33. Every which damn way, its
    PF 100%
    The patriots 100%
    Zambia overdrive 100%

    Oh yeah, we have been through this. Sounds like dejavu.

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  34. Sean is a very bold person. One time i doubted his intelligence because hes very frank! Sean has said the analytical truth, any alliance should not have Hichilema or Kambwili as the leader, and the reasons he has given are very varied. I cannot take that away from him, he once worked closely with Hichilema and Kambwili, he studued them and came to them better! In summary, Sean is Kambwili or Hichilema are not fut to rule Zambia! A fact which Hichilema’s supporters can not support until they are six feet down! At least i know Kambwili’s supporters already know they have a weak candidate! Problem with Hichilema and his supporters want to bank on other people’s perceived weaknesses (PFs) to win elections, things dont work like that! They have to work on their popularity in order to win…

  35. Upnd and Hichilema have to work on their popularity in order to win, otherwise they will continue to be cry-babies. For late Michael Sata to win in 2011, he gannered popularity in Lusaka, Eastern and all the Northern parts of Zambia, including North-Central! But Upnd and Hichilema want to sing to the people of Zambia that PF are thieves, and because of that the people of Zambia are expected to vote for Upnd and Hichilema! Who doesnt know Upnd and Hichilema are also thieves! As things stand right now Edgar Lungu has worked on his popularity, and hes now more popular than Hichilema in Mongu, Mazabuka and Mwinilunga! So for 2021 Hichilema has a very difficult task of trying to defeat the undefeatable! Hichilema and Upnd keeping dreaming!

  36. Upnd and Hichilema have to work on their popularity in order to win, otherwise they will continue to be cry-babies. For late Michael Sata to win in 2011, he gannered popularity in Lusaka, Eastern and all the Northern parts of Zambia, including North-Central! But Upnd and Hichilema want to sing to the people of Zambia that PF are thieves, and because of that the people of Zambia are expected to vote for Upnd and Hichilema! Who doesnt know Upnd and Hichilema are also thieves! As things stand right now Edgar Lungu has worked on his popularity, and hes now more popular than Hichilema in Mongu, Mazabuka and Mwinilunga! So for 2021 Hichilema has a very difficult task of trying to defeat the undefeatable! Hichilema and Upnd keeping dreaming!

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