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Thursday, October 22, 2020

PF cannot use these By-Elections Results as a Measure of their Popularity

Columns PF cannot use these By-Elections Results as a Measure of their Popularity

By George Sichula

I have noticed that the Luapula and Western ward bye-elections have sparked debate on social media on who is more popular than the other. Firstly, the PF cannot use these election results as a measure of their popularity. It’s a cheap way of thinking. These elections are not a good litmus paper for the PF. It is wrong for them to conclude that they are doing well and that 2021 will be a walkover.

It’s like fighting with someone when you know that you have put poison in his water to weaken him for your advantage. For instance, the PF has been spending very huge sums of money in almost every election. Just in Chienge, I saw more than ten 4 ×4 vehicles without number plates, queuing people up to give them bribes.

It’s like giving money to a girl who doesn’t love you to accept your proposal no matter how ugly you look. I am sure In their hearts the PF knows that they are using house money car principles to buy votes. Winning bye-elections by the incumbent Government is not new in Zambia, we saw it in the MMD between 2009 and 2010. That time everyone believed that MMD was popular and kept winning. It seems history is about to repeat itself.

The UPND and the PF have been in existence for more than 18 years. NDC has only been in existence for 3 years but still able to compete in an election evenly. Let me analyze these elections for someone struggling to pick something out of them. First and foremost, I want you to know that the PF is worried that their so-called strongholds are under siege by the opposition. UPND never used to gun such numbers in Luapula, but today its a totally different ball game. There is a serious drop in terms of support for the PF.

When a party in Government starts using money and material things in their perceived strongholds, then their days are numbered. In Zambia, leaders use the money to prolong their stay in power like any other African countries. Winning elections while in Government has a psychological benefit to show that they are still loved and popular when in fact not. You will notice a series of bye-elections in the western province, the reason is simple, there is hunger which the PF has taken advantage of. Things are very clear that their former strongholds have been infiltrated by the opposition especially the; Northen block, Copperbelt and Lusaka. The PF members are gripped in terrible fear of losing the 2021 elections.

I do not want to comment on the Alliance because people have judged for themselves, otherwise, our focus as a party is to grow our base everywhere. The NDC is a very strategic party with a lot of advantages for next year’s tripartite elections. Underate the NDC at your own peril.

The Author is the Opposition NDC Copperbelt provincial Chairman

30 COMMENTS

  1. PLEASE BE HONEST. EVERY POLITICAL PARTY THAT WENT INTO THESE BY ELECTIONS WENT THERE TO WIN BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE POPULAR. THE PF GOT THE BIGGER CHUNK AND LETS CONGRATULATE THEM. LETS DO BETTER NEXT TIME. PERIOD. THE DECISION WHETHER TO USE THE OUTCOME OF THOSE BY ELECTION AS A MEASURE OF THE POPULARITY OF PF SHOULD BE LEFT TO PF ALONE. THEY HAVE ENOUGH ANALYSTS TO ANALYSE THEIR PERFORMANCE ON THEIR OWN. DONT THINK THEY ARE BLIND TO THE FACT THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE TURN UP FOR BY ELECTIONS. THEY ARE FULLY AWARE THAT MMD WHICH USED TO ENJOY SUCH VICTORIES SUFFERED LOSS AT THE END. AFTER ALL THEY WERE ALSO IN THE SAME MMD. SO DONT BE CHEATED. THEY ARE STUDYING THE SITUATION AS WELL.

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  2. And upnd can use their losses since the 90s as evidence that they will win 2021? Do you see how f.u.c.k.i.ng f.o.o.l.i.sh some of you sound? When upnd win a by election we congratulate them and go back to drawing board to know whetr we went wrong. We then come back and win those same seats in their strongholds like we just did. Grow up upnd

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  3. Mr Kaizer Zulu, there is a video circulating about Zambia’s richest, & it ranks you at number 3 ahead of Mantani. Kindly confirm? Is the success you referred to on the other article!

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  4. KZ
    The truth hurts ……..

    You are celebrating like a boxer celebrating after knocking out an opponent who’s hands were tied ….

    The truth remains , PF can’t win any free and fair election.

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  5. Indeed, no matter how ugly PF looks, people are forced and intimidated to vote for them. PF takes pride in temporarily artificial victory- day of reckoning is 2021

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  6. Temporary artificial victory for PF is victory. Give Zambians freedom of expression, freedom of movement, assembly and free and fair election environment will lead to irredeemable death of PF.

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  7. CHILDISH REASONING
    1. WHAT IF PF CONTINUES TO POISON THE OPPOSITION EVEN IN GENERAL ELECTIONS?
    2. WHAT IF PF CONTINUES TO SPEND MORE THAN THE OPPOSITION EVEN IN GENERAL ELECTIONS?
    3. WHAT IF PF CONTINUES TO USE MORE 4X4 VEHICLES WITHOUT NUMBER PLATES EVEN IN GENERAL ELECTIONS?

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  8. We kalaanda kasikola! Sichula,loss of executive functions at your age!! Local or grassroot indicators are relevant in predicting trends.Of course PF can read into their local election outcomes.

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  9. That’s the problem with our opposition, instead of focusing on telling the population their alternative policies and ideas, they spend all their time talking about PF and Edgar Lungu. 2021, the electorate will choose the group who are showing them tangible things, not social media gymnastics. We have twits for opposition in Zed.

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  10. That is a good analysis however, we need to understand that when the people are capable of distinguishing genuine help we need not fear who displays more wealth. We saw a similar behavior by the MMD government and they were still overthrown. The same can happen even next year.

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  11. South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has appealed to comedian Trevor Noah to highlight the Zimbabwean human rights abuses to the global community.
    Writing on Twitter, Maimane said, “Eita @Trevornoah can we find a way to bring global attention to the human rights abuses in Africa. The attacks on black lives in our neighborhood which need global solidarity. A burning topic right now is the arrests of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.”
    The Zimbabwean human rights crisis continues unabated with more than 60 activists arrested in the run-up to the failed 31 July anti-corruption demonstration.

  12. Haha, Kaizer Zulu Zambia’s richest ranked at number 3 ahead of Mantani. Now we understand why he is so paranoid about UPND and HH in particular winning 2021. Because he will have to explain how much tax has been paying ZRA, source of his riches – what does he produce or sale (gold, land, arms, rigged elections, …). It sounds strange for such a rich man be still stuck to a civil service job. Let’s hope he is not running his business on govt expense – transport, phones, printers, time etc.
    Zambia The Real Africa!

  13. I am rich in the eyes of the lord. Richness is not material wealth. If having a loving family and serving my country is richness then I am the richest man on the planet

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  14. Ala I have just seen the purported video which claims I am worth 300 million dollars. Yaba naseka hahaha. Upnd this is 2020 where even someone in shangombo can create video content which can be transcribed by a professional sounding voice. Your desperation will kill you. 300 million dollars, I would be retired with such money and even own islands haha.

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  15. It’s like giving money to a girl who doesn’t love you to accept your proposal no matter how ugly you look. No mature analyst presents an argument like this . Love isn’t about looks

  16. Don’t worry KZ ,

    We will get professional bounty hunters on your ass to dust you down , not even Findlay will be able to hide yours and lungus ill gotten loot

  17. Spaka nothing is stopping you now from commissioning investigations. The courts and ACC are there for such things. Feel free to report with your evidence. I have nothing to hide and can evidence every single ngwee to my name. The problem with opposition in Africa is that they think to win elections they need to prove that the incumbent are corrupt. Good luck with that. How has it worked out for upnd ?

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  18. KZ

    The funny thing is , I personally believe you when you say you can account for your money , well most of it.

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  19. When you see LOW CALIBER people like KZ (Both Fake and Real) being mentioned know that you are in trouble. A low life somewhere in a UK council flat dreaming that he is KZ. Wow it really beats me. Now on a serious note, Zambians are FREE to vote for WHOEVER….Its called DEMOCRACY. If the playing field is not level, then the opposition has to fight for it to be level…If they cant do that then they lose their legitimacy as opposition. To defeat a CROOKED party like PF, you do not only need to be BRAVE but INNOVATIVE. POLITICS is a dirty game. Look at what TACTICS TRUMP is trying to employ in the USA to win elections. The Democrats are brave enough to hit back……Manje Zambian opposition = COWARDS

  20. NDC should first come up with a manifesto and Mr. Kambwili should stop running NDC from his pocket. His party has no manifesto for that very simple reason. Much as he wants to compare himself to the late Michael Sata, he comes nowhere near in terms of organisational skills. He needs to up his game or just go back to PF. I am saying so because I have worked with CK.

  21. Well spoken Mr sichula. Remember that most of you Pf members will go in exile with your prosaic coments and will not be forgiven. This was the right time for you to humble yourselves before the time comes

  22. “… The problem with opposition in Africa is that they think to win elections they need to prove that the incumbent are corrupt…”
    Spot on, KZ. This is a notion widely supported by the West and its surrogates-African opposition. That’s why Asia and China is far ahead of Africa-they respect their leaders and frown on the west. Africans especially the diasporan donkeys are so colonised they believe only a muzungu or foreigner can develop their continent. They are so exposed to high level technologies but can’t translate them to the local Africa context because they are useless mental slaves. History will remember you as a genuine African political mind, KZ. It will always remember Spaka as a white bottom cleaner!!!

  23. Ba sichula please find your relevance elsewhere. You really sound too empty that even the Upnd die hard are wondering.
    Pf is busy cheating themselves that they are popular, but why do want to stop them from their constitution right. It is my right to believe what I tell myself to believe.
    Sichula as a true Upnd, your focus should be winning elections whether pf is cheating themselves or not, just focus on what you are do to win elections. You will be disputing pfs hullucination after August 2021 and by then they would have extended their stay in power. Wake up boy and do your homework.

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