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Monday, August 10, 2020

UPND Chairman for Labour Gabriel Namulambe Resigns over the Party’s stance on Bill 10

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UPND Chairman for Labour Gabriel Namulambe has resigned from his position and party.

Speaking at a media briefing in Luanshya, Mr Namulambe said he has no reason not to support Bill 10 which the UPND is rejecting.

He said said he could not apologise to the UPND for supporting Bill 10 as demanded by the party hence his decision to resign.

Mr Namulambe said Bill 10 has very progressive clasues that needs to be supported.

He said Members of Parliament have a constitutional mandate to put the interest of the people first than a political party.

“Since they have told me to apologise for the statement I made on Bill 10, I have opted to remain with the Zambian people who are in support of Bill 10. I have read the Bill, it is unfortunate that some MPs walk out without debating the Bill,” Mr. Namulambe said.

Mr Namulambe, who is also former Mpongwe Member of Parliament and Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, said Bill 10 is a progressive law and his support for it is in national interest.

He said he has refused to apologise to the UPND for supporting the Bill and he opts to go it alone in politics.

He said Bill 10 has many good clauses which include the recognition of Chiefs and delimitation of large constituencies.

He has praised the government for being transparent in the way it has handled Bill 10.

Mr. Namulambe has urged opposition Members of Parliament to stop walking out of Parliament when the Bill is being discussed because they need to put across their arguments.

As former Member of Parliament for Mpongwe, Mr Namulambe said he wants to see Bill 10 pass because it will ensure that the rural constituencies on the Copperbelt such as Mpongwe, Lufwanyama and Masaiti are realigned to create more constituencies.

He said when Copperbelt rural gets more constituencies, the development will be enhanced as Constituency Development Fund will be increased in areas where there was only one constituency.

And Mr. Namulambe said he does not believe in the alliances which have never worked.

“If they are copying from Malawi and think they can win here in Zambia with this selfishness we wish them well.”

36 COMMENTS

  1. Ya Mwisho!!! Why? Read the removal of article 52. Reintroduction of d/ministers. Ministers staying on after dissolution of parliament. Bill 10 is a perpetuity law than progressive. Bamishingi butter. But it’s your decision & opinion so we respect it. All the best.

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    • Proof of how Democratic UPND party is, he has not been expelled , but just resigned on his own, the 3 upnd MPs that did not walk out, they are still upnd MPs despite their differences in opinion, but have you seen any PF MP or member with a different opinion from their party on bill 10? Are you telling me their brain thinking and analytical capacities are all the same? In bemba they say munda ni mu chabwa, ninshi mu pf tapali ubwapulamo? Then this mapinda has no meaning, olo pansaka tabula chipuba, ninshi beve paliye?

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  2. Sorry Ganeriel Namulambe we know you niwe kandile you just been bought by the PF , who does not know , what is progresiive in the Bill 10 that you have not specifcially mentioned , if i can tell you that Bill 10, take aways your powers by changing the values and principles of the constitutions from the people to the Constitutional court, which to one Lungu as President is that what is progressive. Bill 10, lets the PF legalize the iligelality of the Ministers staying in office and using state resources for capmpaining as they are already doing ,is this progressive , Bill 10 , makes the PF contintue aand Lungu campiaging alone , then only give the opposition only 30days , can one capaogn the whole country in 30days , is this progressive ? , Bill 10 , makes takes away the powers of the…

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  3. YAKS , well said this Boy i was with us at School at Chiwala it is all about butter i personally know him well and lets support all the wise UPND and other opposition not supporting this useful criminal Bill 10 , thank God to COVID-19 and the Catholic Bishops for their wisdom , we pray faithfully it shall not pass it remains dead they are still looking for who to buy or rather corrupt foolish

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  4. Lesson C19 , just look at afew issues I have raised on Bill 10 and the problem is also our useless media apart from the Catholic radios

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  5. The opposition keep on saying that there is a wind of change, but why is it that pipo are leaving upnd the govt in waiting? All i see is the wind of continuation for pf in 2021.Uwafitala aka imwena says hh.

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  6. That’s the correct thing to do if u strongly disagree. All the best Namulambe in your political future.

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  7. It’s all about lack of integrity in our societ. You will see Namulambe joining the very party he has been opposing all along.

    If only we could learn a bit of self respect and respect for electorates we might actually do better.

    Very soon we shall be learning from countries we have been teaching. Malawi is praised for the right things they are doing yet Zambia is on her knees begging for nkongole because they have been mostly doing wrong

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  8. Good decision my great leader Mr. Namulambe. They wanted you to apologise for your saying bill 10 is progressive. What an a fallacy?

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  9. Yaks, I think you have not read the report of the select committee on Bill 10. Because if you have, you wouldn’t be mentioning those things like the reintroduction of d/ministers and other things that have already been dealt with.
    Go through all the 58 pages and you will understand why people are ditching the opposition. The opposition has been lying, I’m happy that the chiefs who have read it are publicly supporting the bill now.
    Yesterday some chiefs in Mwinilung’a publicly expressed their support which led to 1500 UPND members resigning. Councillors from Mpongwe, Masaiti, Western and North Western provinces are resigning because of the same.
    Wake up and read. Meanwhile, Hazaluza Hagain.

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  10. So this chap has been in UPND! As chair for labour, Who has ever heard him say anything on labour issues in Zambia, especially given what has been going on with the Chinese and other foreigners’ treatment of Zambian workers? UPND needs a convention to put in place a team geared for next elections. There are currently too many free riders.

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    • We at a stage where wheat is been separated from chuff before 2021, this is the catch 22, remember how those 22 pf MPs left and joined mmd before 2011 elections?

  11. Anyone who does not speak HH’s voice and language in UPND must either apologize to the supreme leader or resign. The cracks are just growing bigger.

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  12. This man has either been heavily bribed or doesn’t understand what Bill 10 stands for. Bill 10 is a lifejacket for ECL and PF for rigging the 2021 Elections to remain in Power. PF knows that they can’t win 2021 thru a free,fair and credible Election. Bill 10 is PF’s Passport to rigging the 2021 Elections in many ways. That is why Bill 10 is a matter for life and death for PF.In Bill 10, PF have made many amendments which are only in the interests of PF and not Zambia as a Nation. Eg PF have removed clause 52 in the Constitution to enable ECL stand for a Third Term and have barred Zambians from challenging his Eligibility.This clause give Zambians a Right to vet the integrity and eligibility of their Presidential Candidates. We can’t have a Candidate who is not upright or has a…

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  13. This Man is either lost or thoroughly bribed by PF. Bill 10 is evil and doesn’t serve National Interests. Bill 10 seeks to repeal Article 52 of the Constitution which gives Zambians a Right to vet their Presidential Candidates. We don’t want a President with a criminal record. U can’t have a Murderer as our President as we will all be killed. Its not in the interest of Zambia to remove this clause. There are so many clauses in Bill 10 which don’t serve the interests of the Nation. Anyway Bill 10 lapsed on June 4,2021 and must now be given a decent burial.Period.

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  14. @civilised. The bill at second reading cannot include those recommendations. What will be debated is the original bill 10 & voted on. Thereafter, you expect the amendments to be included by simple majority. Can you expect them to change. That’s they have told to withdraw the bill redraft it to include those recommendations.

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  15. The truth eventually becomes public knowledge. The upnd have tried unsuccessfully to paint bill 10 as an evil thing. However the only evil things here are the upnd themselves. If upnd have evidence bill 10 is bad, theh why not argue it in parliament? What are they scared of. Thanks to this man of integrity for standing up against that dictator HH

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  16. You should have stated that the brown envelope is more important to you the than what’s in Bill10.

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  17. Anyone who doesn’t support the evil tribal upnd is accused of being corrupted or bribed. The upnd have failed to accept that they are failing. The upnd have fielded thr same candidate for president over 4 times. What do you call a person who continues doing thr same thing and expecting a different outcome?

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  18. Why would this Man resign over a Bill which died on June 4, 2020? The Bill was deferred effective December 4, 2020 for 6 Months up to June 4, 2021. The Standing Rule and Practice is that Bill 10 got “killed” on that day and doesn’t exist anymore.What law or Rule will the Speaker use to resurrect and restore the dead Bill 10 on the Order Paper? In Zambia miracles still happen so we will wait and see!

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  19. So someone who was a public figure like political advisor to the president is now a lusakatime full time blogger made to insult hh and Upnd chalo ichi……. Awe sure.

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  20. He is weak he has accepted a brown envelope. Don’t allow him to come back to UPND when it forms Government in 2021.

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  21. So he’s just resigned from his position but hasn’t left the party? If that’s the case then he’s got a certain sense of morality.

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  22. This man has been given a huge “kasaka kandalama”. How does passing Bill 10 into law help him at a personal level? Let him enjoy the Bribe while it lasts.

  23. The man was sent out of mmd for the same reason. He has no principles, just his stomach.
    On the Zambian political scene, he is a lightweight. For all we know, he was a mole in UPND.
    Good riddance.

  24. KZ i support UPND and am from eastern province and dont worry we v kept a nice place for u in chambokaila

  25. @KZ, I BELEIVE YOU HAVE ENOUGH STOLEN EGGS IN THE BASKET AND YOU ARE CONFUSED WITH WORDS, THAT IS WHY YOU SAID BETTER TO EXPELLED THAN TO REMOVED FROM POWER. SOON YOU WILL REALIZE THAT YOU ARE LEFT ALONE.

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