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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Privatisation Petition gains momentum

General News Privatisation Petition gains momentum

Over 15,356 Zambians from within Lusaka and surrounding areas have appended their signatures to a citizens’ petition to Republican President Edgar Lungu to set up a Commission to inquire into the Privatisation of State assets which took place in the 1990s.

According to a consortium of civil society organisation which is providing leadership to the citizens’ petition, a total of 20,000 citizens are expected to sign the petition before it is handed over to President Lungu next week.

“The warm response from Zambian is an affirmation the people want to put a closure to privatisation of their assets and understand how the process could have been used to enrich a few Zambian while sending the majority of Zambians into abject poverty,” said Andrew Ntewewe who is Interim Chairperson of the Consortium.

Mr. Ntewewe said Zambians are calling for accountability and restoration of some assets sold at the lowest price due to acts of deceit and dishonest by those involved in the negotiation of the sale.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ntewewe has announced that citizens have, in compliance of the Public Order Act, applied to the Zambia Police Service for a procession to State House to hand over the petition and measures have been put in place to ensure adherence to COVID-19 health guidelines.

“Before this procession and handing over the petition next week, we shall be undertaking activities in markets around Lusaka to ensure willing citizens have an opportunity to append their signatures and this includes activities at City Market and other selected markets,” said Ntewewe.

Mr Hakainde Hichilema is one of the negotiators who unjustly profited from the sale of State assets when he negotiated and recommended the sale of Mosi O Tunya Hotel and Rainbow Lodges, which is now Royal Zambezi and Avanti Hotels to his Company without declaring interest in the

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  1. INCLUDE THE PRIVATIZATION OF THE FORMER, ZCCM POWER DIVISION NOW CEC WHICH BENEFITED A FEW MANAGERS WHO ARE NOW DOLLAR MILLIONAIRES AND ARROGANT SUPPORTERS OF hh.
    IT WAS ANOTHER SCAM OF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS WHICH WENT UNDER THE RADAR OF PUBLIC SCRUTINY

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    • Hakainde has avoided this discussion for too long when asked how he got rich. Can imagine what will happen to him when given power as President. Bally, the true privatisation mwankole.

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  2. This is gaining momentum. My office is keeping an eye on this as it develops. Once enough votes are garnered , the senior cabinet will make a decision. No need for anyone to be scared unless you know you did something wrong.

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  3. I honestly think the average Zambian is retarded! How else could one explain this whole quest of resurrecting the privatisation of the mines while millions through fake ambulances is going on now? This whole thing is a tribally bigoted charade to nail a Tongaman, nothing more.

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  4. Kwacha is now 20 to a dollar and the people who are supposed to sort out have the audacity to organize people to do petitions that don’t help anybody. There is a lot of time to waste in this country…

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    • The Kwacha could have been better if someone had acted with integrity during negotiation for sale of assets. Today, our economy is bad because of the bad decisions made in those years.

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  5. WHAT WE NEED I S AN ELECTION RIGGING PETITION, NOT THIS NOSENSE. YOU HAVE SEEN AND HEARD HOW IT’S DONE. NEVERS MUMBA HAS JUST SHAD MORE LIGHT ON HOW IT’S DONE, INDIVIDUALS, INSTITUTIONS AND PROCESSES INVOLVED.
    ALL PEACE LOVING ZAMBIAN’S SHOULD TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO FIND OUT WHO FRUSTRATING THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS TO FACILITATE THEIR GREED.
    HOW CAN A CANDIDATE WITH SIX FAMILY MEMBERS, NEIGHBORS, BELONGS TO A CHURCH GET TWO VOTES. THIS IS CLASSIC OVER RIGGING.
    WE WILL HAVE TO INVOLVE THE UN, AU, EU, ICC … THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT KEEP ON DESTIBILISING THE WORLD MORE THAN WAR.
    Watch “DR NEVERS MUMBA SPECIAL ADDRESS OVER LUKASHYA BY-ELECTION WHICH HE SAYS WERE RIGGED BY PF” on YouTube

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  6. Honestly, look at this list of people ablow, and tell me whether you need to be a sangoma to figure out that these people are mentally retarded and need not be anywhere near the corridors of power: Nkandu Luo, Mumba Phiri, Chagwa Lungu, Bowman Lusamb, Kainyokolola Zulu, the bed wetting Clidoris Slit, etc etc.

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    • Lusaka times kindly sensor bad language, insults no no please those abusive in there commentary let’s be progressive you in charge please do something

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  7. And yet a similar procession for the 42 wheelbarrows was turned down with petitioners even locked up !
    Chiwamila galu zo’ona

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  8. I hv always believed that any president who’s serious with their job knows wht to do whn they receive a petition from citizens.

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  9. If Edgar means well for this country he must ignore this useless petition. A Commission of Inquiry is just a talking shop where sponsored cadres will be accorded more space. Let DEC, ZP & ACC deal with this matter, we want criminals behind bars

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  10. FELLOW ZAMBIAN’S KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES, IT’S VERY EASY TO BE DRAWN INTO PERSONAL HATE, GREED, JERLOUSY AND ENVY WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY AND VULNERABLE. CHINESE AND OTHER FOREIGNERS HAVE COMMITTED WORST CRIMES WHAT HAS THE PF DONE ABOUT IT, PROTECT THEM. NOW YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THING THAT HAPPENED TWENTY YEARS AGO. BE SERIOUS!
    LET’S FOCUS OF PUTTING SERIOUS PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP. WE WANT OUR STANDARDS OF LIVING TO IMPROVE NOW – JOBS, MEDICINE, ELECTRICITY FOR ALL.

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  11. You want to kill somebody because you think he privatised the mines which were cost government about $1,000,000 a year.
    Change what you smoke.

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  12. Zambians and dull and stupid, you have never set up a commission of enquiry on things are matter like corruption , the recent gassing of citizens , fire engines , dictatorship, Tasila Lungu’s grabbing of land and mukula. You want to set up a commission on privatisation ?? MMD was in poor for 20 years and you never asked them as they are the ones who brought about privatisation .Zambians will remain poor and stupid forever I do not know who cursed the Nation of Zambia. You economy is at its lowest PF is dishing out 25 kg of mealie meal and rigging elections and you are quiet?

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    • We are stupid and poor because of privatisation. HH used his long hands to enrich himself. The ills we have today are because of the bad foundation when we went back to multi party politics and then u had these little criminals stealing from Zambia. Shame on him

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  13. Let the PF go ahead with their privatization petition or inquiry.It wont take them anywhere.
    Very soon, the Zambian people will have their grand corruption inquiry. Not even the corrupt Zambian judiciary will protect the PF criminals from the Zambian people. They will cry out to the heavens for help.

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  14. PF thinks it owns Zambians. One day the same people being manipulated to support PF will soon realize that it is PF that is actually the biggest thief on the land. It’s just a question of time.

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  15. THIS IS MERELY TIME AND RESOURCE WASTING WHEN THE COUNTRY SHOULD BE CAREFULLY LOOK AT MEDICINES AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS TO SAVE OUR PEOPLE.
    COMMISSIONERS WILL EARN MILLIONS OF KWACHA OF THE SCARCE MONEYS WHAT ABOUT THE MASSES WHO HAVE NO MEANS TO SURVIVE.
    LETS FORGE FORWARD WITH INNOVATIVE CREATION OF PROJECTS THAT SHALL EMPOWER OUR PEOPLE TO SURVIVE AND LIVE PROPER.
    GOD BLESS ZAMBIA

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  16. Lungu sold cold storage board of Zambia to foringners who stripped all the equipment and shipped it out of the country devastating whole communities in Lusaka that relied on that company ,

    Only , lungu drank all his monies from selling cold storage board of Zambia in bars and tarvens ……….

    If lungu invested wisely and employed hundreds of Zambians , would these pompwes like mutawewe still be jealous…?

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  17. This petition is no different from lazy people who call those doing extremely well satanists because in their mind if they are not doing well others shouldn’t as well. Waste of time

  18. Nasumina, umulandu taubola. This happened way back, 1990 and the rich man was very comfortable, ECL is a lawyer mind you and doesn’t talk. Musankwa you are in trouble.

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  19. My biggest fear in life is the power of yidyots in large numbers. They can vote and maintain crooks in power forever. Those in power in turn hold them in contempt and derision. PF nationalised Zamtel after MMD privatized it. If this is really about privatization, why not get the list of all state companies in 1990, and renationalize all of them including all council and government houses? Hypocrites are amazing.

  20. Let that petition include the 42 fire tenders, 48 houses, the mukula trees, the ambulances, the sudden jump from K2 million to K22 million networth….let also look at how mere cadres like kaizer Zulu own leather shops in Dubai or how a cadre like bowman lusambo can own a million dollar home….people let’s get serious!

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    • You start with what happened then, after which we can talk about these fire tenders. So long we don’t deal with the dishonest manner HH negotiated sale of our assets, then we have no right to talk about what is happening now

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  21. Just who does that?

    Ukusampwisha ama national assets.
    Leaving Spaka wondering what’s going down.

    This guy kleptoh² must answer to his wrongs.

  22. This case is in Court, why this drama now? Why would the Head of State allow this kind of petition when it is obvious that it is targetted at his political rival? Is HH the only person that was engaged in Privatization process? We can’t be doing this at the time when Political Parties are supposed to mobilize for their campaign. Malice is obvious here. Where were these people when elections were not near?

  23. Umulandu taubola, HH whether you like it or not, the fact is you benefited from the sale of national assets. Nthewewe tapenene he is just doing the right thing. TAWAKATEPO, you are so greed.

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  24. Waste of time and resources trying to bring one man down on the inefficiencies of a former government. This is simply lazy people who can’t reason or do something meaningful with their resources and opportunities calling those that are successful in life to be satanists and wondering why others don’t fail like they do.

  25. Hakainde duped Zambians of their wealth to enrich himself. This Privatisation was a stepping stone for him to acquire the riches which he doesn’t keep here

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  26. Hakainde can never have my vote because of his dark dealings during Privatisation. He must account as well instead of just pointing his one finger at his friends now while 4 fingers are pointing back at him

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  27. It’s time for to make people who are self centered to be accountable and they should stop claiming to rich and straight forward in there dealings……we should make all those who were entrusted with the powers to negotiate on behalf of Zambia to pay back …..

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  28. If you have failed to explain how you became rich…then it’s a problem. The first leader to insult on a rally. And the stu.pid man can’t even say sorry for insulting. Shame bad leader not fit to be a Republican President.

  29. 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

    Not sure whether to laugh or cry for this country. Few corrupt tribal numskulls holding the country at ransom for their selfish gains.

    Anyone who really thinks HH is to blame for the botched privatization program must be out of their minds. Guy was a young junior consultant, he never even held a govt job… there was an entire government of MMD and FTJ who made decisions and pocketed all the proceeds. Majority of them are either dead or retired with the stolen loot all gone. Fun thing is this commission of enquiry will just implicate your fellow tribespeople the likes of Sata, Katele Kalumba, Nawakwi and others. Trying to fix HH but you are fixing yourselves. Meanwhile Lungu and his minions continue to steal unabated.
    Low IQ and retardation are a problem!

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  30. If this exercise is so important let everyone starts with every signature written on every paper first-person to the end but if it based on hh alone the its a bad motive.remember if you prosecute hh alone you too it will follow you

  31. The commission of enquiry should be on how and where these mwankoles have taken the money they borrowed in such a short time to plunge the nation in economic disaster. Just 4 years ago they were telling us ( ATI SONTA). Now is the critical time for them to (SONTA) where they spent the money and how much. The firing of Kalyalya was also to prepare for the default strategy on the basis of COVID-19. It was not going to work, because based on his earlier interview he was not going to compromise his integret of his profession to sight Covid-19. That’s why he was fired on the spot after advancing the facts that the economy was already on a ventilator before COVID-19. Covid-19 just made it worse. Plan exposed, that statement was out and couldn’t be taken back. Zambians we are dealing with a…

  32. Hate and envy of a poor hungry person knows no boundaries! I would not be surprised that the many who have been coerced to append their signature were toddlers when the exercise was conducted with no direct impact on them. The commission investigation demanded by the petition is meant to be selective laden with prejudice! Indeed the “Zambians” demanding that they want to know what transpired are indeed dull, the demand should include release of full reports to the public that were given 20 years ago when government sealed the sales and the reports that the Mwanawasa government receiveed from the commission Levy swore!

  33. What a waste of time and resources. Young people like Andrew Ntewewe acting on hearsay, cannot think beyond Hon. Edith Nawakwi position. If Nawakwi was absolutely sure that HH had stolen, she would have reported to the police. What do these young people think what will happen? Taking the case to the president who was involved in privatization. Edith was a participant, an economist, why would she allow the hotel to be sold at the cheapest if she thought that was the position? The hotel in question is still running and employing Zambians and it was rebuilt to a higher standards. Edith cannot be trusted, at one time she said the IMF forced them to sell the mines cheaply. I understand that the mines were running at a loss or not profitably, how did they expect other people to turn those…

  34. If you are able to see and understand things spiritually…..you will understand why the murderer barnabas was released in the place of Jesus……God will surely have his hand in this……let them do what they want …what is meant to happen must happen…..look at Donald trump….they have tried everything to ruin him….but God chose him…..he has been impeached,the country is in flames…they have tried everything to get him out…..that’s what the devil is capable of doing….. thinking you are fighting HH I’m the actual sense you are fighting against God’s will…. learn to respect yourself ..I pray HH won’t revenge this ..coz….it will be depression after depression…..

  35. Let this petition be presented. I suggest that its mandate should be expanded to include how so many people in the PF government hv become so wealthy after getting into government.

  36. Honestly ????? if you believe HH sold state assets you are an ***** the mmd govt sold those assets HH was only asked to value the assets and tell the govt how much its worth he didn’t negotiate or sell anything no compitant govt would give a 27 year old multiple govt assets to sell if he committed a crim he should have been arrested long ago but he didn’t so he cannot be arrested

  37. GRZ already has privatisation report of file. Stop wasting time and money. PF government needs to be investigated regarding the following: Gasing, FIC Reports, Purchase of Presidential Jet, Fire Tenders, Ambulances. Over priced roads and bridges tenders. PF government think they are cleaver, trying to exclude HH from forming next government and locking them up for grand corruption. PF has another thing coming

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