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Thursday, October 22, 2020

HH Opts Out of ZNBC’s Sunday Interview with Grevazio Zulu

Headlines HH Opts Out of ZNBC's Sunday Interview with Grevazio Zulu

United party for National Development (UPNP) President Hakainde Hichilema has informed management at ZNBC that he is not available to be interviewed on ZNBC Sunday Interview.

In a letter dated 10th September 2020 and signed by Secretary General Stephen Katuka, the party had demanded an appearance by Mr. Hichilema to rebut allegations raised by FDD President Edith Nawakwi and others.

But on the day the interview was to be recorded on Saturday, the party changed its positions in a letter to ZNBC Management.

They said Mr. Hichilema was unable to present himself to the ZNBC Interview as the matters he intended to discuss were now in a Court of law.

The UPND team led Party Chairperson, Mutale Nalumango, Charles Kakoma, journalist Clayton Hamasaka and two lawyers, instead said the party should be given a choice of a person to represent the party.

And lawyer Mulambo Haimbe told ZNBC Management that Mr. Hichilema could not be interviewed on any matters related to his role in the privatisation process as this would be contemptuous to the court process.

64 COMMENTS

  1. And it begins- running away from his own shadows. This crook was so confident saying he is willing to respond to any questions. In fact he even claimed to want an inquiry set up. Now how can a person who claims to want an inquiry shy away from a simple interview on national television.? As I said yesterday HH is calling bluff by stating he wants an inquiry. The man thinks we might say no to it because he asked for it. He is in for a rude shock.
    Meanwhile breaking news seer 1 suffers heart attack after by election results are revealed.

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    • Oooya…. Ba Mwankole, kindly tell me who the real owner of the 48 miraculous houses is. Kikikikikikikiki… The previous by-elections will never have any impact on next year’s presidency my brother.

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  2. At one point i was told, “silence means consent”

    At another point I heard that, “silence is golden”

    How to apply it, depends on circumstances.

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  3. Man, this is disappointing! What kind of politician shuns an appearance on the national broadcaster? He knows he may be unable to answer some questions and hence his fear of showing up! Every other interview he attends he will be asked about his role on privatization. He can’t now claim that he wont discuss the matter becasue it is in court.
    Acting like Edgar, one is afraid of private media and the other of the Public media.

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  4. Well done HH for not preemptying court proceedings, and letting justice take its course.

    We need leaders like him that respect processes and the rule of Law.

    The privatisation process made a lot of foreigners very rich.

    I am happy that at least one Zambian benefitted through hard work. The wealth he made has helped employ thousands of Zambians.

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  5. HH was dreaming of a landslide victory for his contesting MPs in Mwansabombwe and Lukashya parliamentary by-elections. He underrestimated how hot the CLAYPOT was. Aliponye ciinga, calikabwisha, elo catobeka.

    Abantu tabapata UPND na Tongaland. Bapata ma mbala HH nama tribal attitude yamu UPND.

    Apapene ka Kabila kali ka dictator mu neighbourhood mu congo again tukwate nakambi ka Hech Hech.
    Teti fibombe sana.

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  6. Why’s is HH so much in demand now? He runs his own schedule. This is a corporation that has turned dwn a paid-for program before and runs one-sided news stories without seeking a comment from him.

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  7. That’s right ,

    how do you go and discuss all your evidence on tv when the defence in an upcoming court case is looking at how to try and defeat the same evidence……

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  8. Only Poor Fools are thinking that he ran away from the interview when infact the letter has given the very reason which is genuine.
    Still even if that wasn’t the reason, I wouldn’t want to see HH on Sunday Interview because all the questions being asked there would be prepared by the PF officials themselves just to embarrase him on National Television. Last time he was on Sunday Interview, he was asked if he’s a member of Free Mason. Seriously, he that question necessary or professional?

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  9. Good Judgement UPND team!
    Respect for the Rule of Law is important. It’s Pre-judicial to discuss matters before the courts! Someone who calls himself a lawyer spent One hour talking about matters that are in court. You don’t run through a Red light just because there are no cars! You must be subject to the Law. That is what we call INTEGRITY!

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  10. This man has very poor advisors. Nizanu izo. What stops you from skirting those issues but appear on the platform to strategically address your potential voters. Maweee ine amai namuyanu!!

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  11. HH is spot on.His Role in the Privatization Programme is now b4 the Courts following Edith Nawakwi’s serious allegations against HH. The matter is now sudjudice. If HH was to accept being interviewed on matters b4 the Courts he would be charged for contempt of Court. As a law abiding Citizen HH is right to decline the Interview.

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  12. TELL ZNBC TO FIRST INTERVIEW ECL OVER THE MONEY HE STOLE FROM THE WIDOW BY THE NAME OF MS KANYANTA NENSONI BA PF TABAKWATA.
    NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT BUKABOLALA BWABA LUNGU WHY?
    LAZ MUST CALL BACK TO REVIEW THIS ROBBERY.

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  13. Which media does president lungu speak to. President lungu is like a deity, he only speaks through his press aides, except during departure at the airport or during campaigns. And most stuff he promises during campaigning cannot be substantiated after campaigns because the press are not given a chance to ask the deity. His aides are like prophets who bring different msgs at different times.

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  14. Some of the comments above, one wonders whether it is chicken commenting or a, subhuman bent on hatred.

    HH has sued Jezbel Nawakwi aka husband snatcher and discussing the matter tantamount to contempt of court.

    This matter is closed for public discussion and left to courts of law.

    PF must go!

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  15. Why is the same man saying he can challenge the President for a commission of Inquiry on privatisation when the matter is in court

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  16. The PF want HH to be judged by the COURT of PUBLIC OPINION and not the court of law. Why are they upset that the issue has been taken to their courts to be presided by their own judges? They should be happy that now they can take him on in court, but NO they want him to be judged in public without evidence. SHAME>>>

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  17. @ Madilu system… i could not have put it any better… I have come to learn that most of these perpetual LT bloggers are just paid cadre LUNATEEKS…. They want HH to discuss a matter that is in a COURT of LAW. Why didnt PF-NBC invite him before the matter went to court. I dont know how DO AS I SAY has affected some people especially this KZ Chi-colour

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  18. Thanks ZNBC for according leader of the opposition UPND time to appear on Sunday interview. But this should not just be on issues to do with privatization. However the reasons advanced for his failure to appear are genuine. Does it mean you can only interview the UPND President on privatization only. There are many issues that he can be called to answer. Issues to do with the current state of the economy. The fourth coming general elections in 2021 and by the way why interview him after elections have taken place in Mwansabombwe and Lukashya. So i urge ZNBC management to accord HH another slot but to be interviewed on many other issues affecting the Country to day. ZNBC belongs to all of us and maintained by the tax payer. We all pay TV levy. So members of the opposition should be…

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  19. This was the real reason of taking Nawakwi to court. So that he can say the matter is in court. HH has realised that his political days are numbered and his financiers may have grown weary about the levels of their prefered candidate. What Hh does not realise now is that when your join the ranks of puting out fires all the time, be sure that sooner than later there will be sparks that will escape your fire hose and start burning behind you. This is precisely what is happening in UPND. By the time Hichilema realises this it will be too late. We cannot have one man representing one tribe for ever, is that not an indictment on our levels of thinking?

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  20. Why attend an interview with a PF government mouthpiece.
    A total waste of time.
    Remember over 70% of the electorate have shunned by-elections and are waiting for 2021.
    That should be HH’s focus.

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  21. ZNBC WILL ONLY INVITE YOU WHEN THEY WANT TO MAKE YOU LOOK STUPID. IN THIS CASE COULD BE WORKING WITH KAZIER ZULU, YOU CAN TELL FROM HIS RANT.

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  22. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    Well valid reason… the issue is in the court of law and all the evidence will be given there under oath.

    The fake dude masquerading as Kaizar Zulu is weird. Why is he against HH going to court when that is the best place you would want to extract formal evidence under oath.
    And Commission of enquiry are also given statutory and legal powers to extract evidence under oath… much better than Kangaroo courts made of party cadres… so you should be happy the man has gone to court.

  23. Zambians have a funny way of approaching issues. One HH is accused of having sold the mines and hotel and he denies it. However instead of having the accuser produce evidence to prove the allegations being raised against the accused instead pressure is being sustained for the accused to prove that they did not do it! If this is not championing idiocy and dullness I wonder what it is! Its alright to follow the law for a matter that is in court for had HH gone ahead he’d have given those that he wants to face in court a free pass. ZNBC should not have been begged to accord HH the same platform that hosted the “driver” of the allegations that HH wanted to respond to for had ZNBC been fair and for a public funded broadcaster that they are, its them who should have reached out to HH in…

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  24. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    @FuManchu, I agree with you 100% mate… the onus should be on the accuser to produce evidence.

    The fun thing is this is the argument the PF use when they are accused of corruption… even when it is obvious, they insist that whoever has evidence should take it to the ACC. Now they are going against their own strategy. Goes to show the whole thing is political orchestrated.

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  25. It’s not only HH who benefited from privatisation. So are we going
    To bring all other names in commission of enquiry? Better
    A Zambian benefitting then a foreigner.lastly can we start crying over milk spilt twenty years ago? Let’s sort out main economy issues.

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  26. HH is right. The issue is in the courts of law. But one thing is that ZNBC has been labeled as a station that cannot interview opposition parties. A read on comment challenging ZNBC to interview HH on Sunday interview. Saying ZNBC cannot. but there it is ZNBC was willing and free to do that. I stopped listening to complaints from opposition. In most cases opposition’s lie

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  27. Some of us are not partizan. We wait for the courts of law. But the courts won’t bring out the whole truth. It’s HH taking Nawakwi to court. The whole truth can only come out if the state (anti corruption) take HH to court. Nawakwi accused HH so did Sara. It seems there should be some element of truth. Because his wealth became a lot after privatization…and remember privatization did not take just one day.MMD started the exercise from the time they took office. 1991 to 2001. So any dealing with state companies this period was linked to privatization

  28. I have a better idea, what about the interview ECL about the money stolen from the widow. ECL himself does not do interviews locally, ECL does not attend debates and he doesnt even do Press Conferences where he explains himself to the people of Zambia

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  29. Zambia is more divided than the map of Africa … Kikikiki
    Mr HH it’s good you are now careful to watch your steps. ZNBC was laying a trap for you on behalf of PF. They wanted you to be in contempt of Court so that they can have an excuse to use PF courts to issue a bench warrant against you for contempt of Court. The only future challenge I see is they may want to use this refusal against you in future to deny you coverage. The alternative thing you should have done was to go with a Lawyer and exercise care not to comment on issues in court. You could have turned the interview the other way round where you lecture ZNBC on their role in a Democracy, where you teach Gervazio Zulu Journalism etiquette not to discuss a person who is not present in the Studio to defend themselves, etc. So,…

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  30. YOU PEOPLE WHY ARE YOU NOT BRINGING OUT ECL WHO STOLE MUKANFWILWA – A WIDOW – WIDOW ‘ WHOSE HUSBAND DIED WITH NO MERCY, NO COMPASSIONATE, BUT YOU KEEP ON TALKING ON IRRELEVANT STORIES COOKED BY A BUNCH OF CROOKS AND THIEVES?

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  31. He should have appeared for the interview but he should have just stated politely from the onset of the interview that he would not discuss matters that are before the court.

    He should have requested that they discuss other matters instead. Staying away completely will be misunderstood and used against him.

    Anyway, HH can’t be advised.

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  32. @Madilu System, I think you are wrong. Here is why, the party petitioned the station and asked that they also be given an opportunity to be heard as per professional journalism.
    Rarely, ZNBC complied with that request.
    I have no doubt that they had questions meant to trap HH. And his refusal to attend the interview says he is well aware of his inability to answer certain questions.
    His statement of claim is in High Court, therefore the public domain, of course he can repeat exactly what is there!
    Even if that wasn’t the case, he could still attend the interview and discuss other issues affecting the country without mention of privatisation.
    To shun this opportunity is just wrong and timid.

    • @Chiza Chirwa, a professional journalist as you put it wouldn’t have waited for UPND to petition audience with the national station.

      Given the magnitude of the matter, ZNBC management would have found best to interview HH immediately Jezbel Nawakwi aka husband snatcher appeared.

      That’s how journalism ethics work.

      You can tell from the beginning that Nawakwi is sponsored by these spineless mwankoles.

      Appearing over the issue in court is contempt of court it stands as that.

      Learn to understand the basic court procedures and processes and you don’t need to be a lawyer to understand this.

      PF must go!

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  33. PEOPLE PLEASE CAN SOMEONE BRAVE ENOUGH COMMENT ON ECL STEALING FROM A WIDOW MS KANYANTA?
    THIS IS A SERIOUS DEBATE FOR NOW AND NOT PRIVATISATION.

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  34. HH wanted an interview. When he was granted interview, he chickened out. The guilty are always afraid. I’m told he was even given questions in advance. But even him or his laywers could not find answers to simple questions ZNBC was asking. What a bunch of losers.

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  35. @Madilu, as it so happens, I am lawyer. It cannot be contempt to repeat your statement of claim, contempt comes in when one demeans the court and its officers or indeed fails to comply with a court order. HH repeating his statement of claim is neither!
    I am not saying ZNBC is professional, far from it. I am saying on this rare occasion, they actually complied with the request. And HH should have taken advantage of that, of course the questions will be tailored by the PF but what questions is he afraid of addressing? I feel like he is making himself look timid and has something to hide. As I said before, this is the same as how EL is afraid of private media.
    I am dissapointed.

  36. Who did not expect this. HH cries about ZNBC not covering him but when they do he becomes a chicken. Even in court he will just be playing hide and seek until everyone is fed up. He has never answered a single question in is entire political career. Interviewer: “Mr HH, what is the answer to one plus one?” HH: that is not important.

  37. IWE KABOLALA MUNANKWE WEULYA PAMONANKWE. I HAVE NOT HEARD YOU DISPUTE ECL’ S THEFT ESPECIALLY HOW HE SWINDLED A WIDOW IN 2009. ITS ON RECORD THAT YOUR MAN STOLE (UKWIBILA MUKAMFWILA) FROM A WIDOW OVER K40 PIN.
    TALIKA TUMISHININE BA MAMBALA NAMUSHILA NSALA

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  38. Well done HH. Where were they when Levy instituted a team to investigate this issue. We know you hate HH, but remember God is with him. Nawakwi has no proof. How do you bring issues after 25yrs. As Zambians we benefited in this privatization. PF are preaching politics of life and death.

  39. EN refused to apologize and pay the $3m. She said you meet in court and you think she is jocking. Just wait wait, bazamufyanta mbuzi Bally.

  40. HH was not a president nor minister, better to to arrest ministers who were at least law makers that time since the MMD president is is no longer in this world. Privatisation was done by Laws of Zambia and not of HH.

  41. It will be tough for HH. He should have just showed up for the Sunday Interview as a marketing strategy while at the same time wisely avoiding the known court issues. Couldn’t his advisors do better?
    I feel UPND with HH as leader will suffer a rude shock in next year’s elections. They better replace him with Mazabuka Central MP Garry Nkombo. Garry is highly and easily saleable.
    He identifies with the youth acriss tge nation better than the turgid HH.

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  42. Stephen Katuka can do better than this sh!t. The grammar is so hopeless and no one could that crap! This old faggot is not adding value to his party, unfortunately he is being seen as a valuable asset! What a party without a manifesto!

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