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Monday, August 10, 2020

UPND MPs Decline invitation to Attend President Lungu Events citing COVID-19 and Heavy Police Presence

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United Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament (MPs) invited to witness the handover of 70 houses to the Zambia Correctional Service and 50 others to the Zambia Police Service will not be doing so for fear of being harmed and contracting the COVID-19.

In clarifying the reason for choosing to shy away from President Edgar Lungu’s visit to Livingstone, Monze and Mazabuka yesterday and today, Monze Central MP, Jack Mwiimbu told journalists that the heavy police presence in Monze and the prospect of contracting the novel Coronavirus made it hard for them to attend the two events.

Mwiimbu, who is the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, wondered how Mr Lungu expected the UPND MPs to attend the events when a horde of PF cadres went round Monze defacing President Hichilema’s portraits and removing UPND regalia from various places ahead of his visit to the area.

Mwiimbu stated that Lungu’s failure to condemn, late alone discipline his Cabinet Ministers and senior party officials for demonizing and branding the people of Southern Province as “tribal” and “selfish” made it impossible for the invited guests to attend the events.

Speaking at the same function, Mazabuka Central MP, Garry Nkombo stated that although Lungu was welcome to visit the Province, there were a number of fundamentals that made it difficult for the five MPs to visit.

He stated that the PF’s wanton behaviour of having meetings anywhere and whatever time without consequences in the wake of COVID-19 made it very discriminatory for the UPND to find comfort in dinning with the incumbent.

He stated that UPND would not find it prudent to take part in activities that abrogated the health guidelines by the Ministry of Health and be part of the spreading of COVID-19.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Lungu should step down. He has failed. Zambia has stagnated from 2011 to date. Lungu can be President for 50 years but he would never change Zambia for the better. He is not cut for transformational leadership which is cardinal for every developing country.

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    • UPND is league of extraordinary gentlemen and ladies , they don’t tolerate sub standard behavior, why is pf abrogating health guidelines set by the ministry of health and only applying the on the opposition meetings.

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  2. I respect UPND consistency… So hard people, this is I believe they will make a gentleman ‘s government next year.
    I am still in Heritage Party.

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    • UPND is league of extraordinary gentlemen and ladies , they don’t tolerate sub standard behavior, why is pf abrogating health guidelines set by the ministry of health and only applying the on the opposition meetings.

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  3. But why are HH’s portraits doing there in the first place? Is HH the President of Zambia? And this is not campaign period

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  4. We should de-gazette the October 18 holiday! It has Failed to heal Zambia.
    PF- UPND affair remains a Cat-and-Mouse Affair!
    How can you expect them to dine together?

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  5. Well done UPND mps, why meet tge president who doesn’t respect the constitution and breaks it with impunity?

    He is mad president.

    PF must go!

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  6. @Just Asking, unless you are bird brained, there is no law against putting up your portrait on a bill board. You do not have to be President or Minister. All you need to do is pay for space and police have no authority to remove such portraits.

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  7. These boycotts are proving so effective and are the order of the day, only that this time the reason is not political but health. From Labour Day, Women’s Day, National Prayers Day, parliament to constituencies?
    Please just don’t boycott the 2021 general elections.

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  8. Why would one attend a function where u are called names and disgraced. These MPs were right to boycott this function which disregarded Covid 19 guidelines. Lungu is campaigning for 2021 but he can forget about votes in this area. This Lungu should be kicked out of power in 2021. Lungu and PF know that they made themselves very unpopular and the only to retain Power in 2021 is rig the Election. To ensure the rigging of the Elections in 2021 PF is desperate to pass Bill 10 into Law. Bill 10 Law will give Lungu absolute powers to rig the 2021 Elections as he pleases. That is why Bill 10 is Evil and Passport to rigging Elections by ECL and PF.

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    • Mr Mundia, can you show how bill 10 will give absolute power to rig 2021 elections. It’s only fair to write the truth for all to see. What our 5 MPs have done is wrong, because it only shows that they represent themselves and not the the people.

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  9. If UPND WANTS TO HAVE A MEETING THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED. BUT THEY SHOULD GO AND LOOK AT LUNGU. WHY??

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  10. Good riddance. It is not like they were going to attend anyway. It is not a loss to zambians. The main beneficiaries where the zambian people who will benefit from this positive development. The upnd think it is always about them. We gave their places of invitation to less privileged Zambian who will enjoy a meal and the presence of our president. Their lack of attendance does not change anything or impact on our development projects. We know the only thing they are good at is shunning things like parliament. Cowards

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  11. Lungu has lamentably failed to unite Zambia because of his decisive leadership…..the man is a total failour and total disaster.

    From his brutallising the opposition right at the beginning to denying UPND the right to have their petition heard to allowing the vilest tribal attacks by senior figures in PF to GRZ redeployments based on tribe to his looting……not forgetting the burning of Zambians on our streets like culled diseased animals for the first time in our history after his gassing of our people ….

    Country men and women , Zambia will take decades to recover this ……..

    The white peace dove that refused to fly at his fake inoguration said it all…….

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  12. After 2016 elections, lungu claimed to have won fair and square, UPND were crying foul. We warned lungu , just hear their petition , what is a 14 day technicality for the sake of ruling over a united Zambia ?

    Now again he is pushing bill 10 against 3/4ers of Zambians….

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  13. I can pray that COvd 19will be there in 2021and see if the UPND will not participate in general elections. There excuse is not a genuine one .COvd 19 is here to stay

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    • Kutakinte, reasons forwarded are childish. Yes there are things which need to put right, but it is out of step on this one. Ecl has said we gave to work Covid 19 under the new normal

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  14. They could have been arrested by the same police for illegal gathering since they didn’t have a permit.

  15. It was just an invitation, which can be declined by an invitee. Besides, it is bad practice to congregate people in coronavirus era.

  16. Ignorant buffons. This was about housing to correctional service which works for all citizens.

    It’s schadenfreude! HH cannot bear to see any success by PF efforts because his manifesto is based on spreading hate and misinformation on PF success.

    Childish, this gang must be dismantled asap.

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  17. How ever is inviting these upnnd morons is doing a bad job.how surely could you invite people who boycots everything as long as its not from their region.

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  18. UPND are total failures. All councils they manage in Southern Province are failing to make a grade. Their MPs are no where to be seen. They do not want to associate with success. Alk they know i’s failing.
    For example the area MP for Kazungula has never visited the ridge project just because it is the PF government building it. They are a totAl late down. They have failed even to manage the well intended CDF funds.

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  19. @Just Asking – Go away…you don’t belong here. UPND members have morals and they stick to the program.
    PF must go

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  20. PF have no respect for their own covid-19 guidelines….they are a disgraceful lawless bunch of thugs!!

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  21. The government should now declare southern province a nation and HH republican president for southern province

  22. What I know of people from southern is that they believe in hard work, self reliance, independence and honesty. Therefore, they don’t condone boot-licking. When you insult them, they never forget but can forgive. Just don’t remind them again. They don’t worship another human being except the Almighty God.

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  23. I have said it before and I will say it again, its very difficult to reason with Tongas, they are like Arabs. The reasons given are shi.t, why not just tell the people of Zambia the true, That Mr cry K10, will not allow to attend.

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