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UPND now belongs to all Zambians and is now fully representative

Columns UPND now belongs to all Zambians and is now fully...

By: Col Hamwiinde Munamunungu

For many years scornful people have been all out calling or labeling the UPND as a tribal entity. This was because the Party was led by a Tonga from inception.

I recall that years in history, Nalumino Mundia had formed a political party against the Kaunda led UNIP. That party, UP, was labeled tribal just because Mundia was Lozi. The ULP of Sakwiba Sikota was never considered tribal because it was an annex of the PF and was without teeth to bite.

There are several Bemba led parties in this country than any other ethnically led parties but these are never classified as tribal.

Agreed the UPND has had no General Elective Assembly since 2006 when HH was elected as its second President replacing the late Anderson Mazoka.

This prolonged delay in holding an Assembly was not healthy for the party in its administration and organization.

Many leaders in the National Management Committee were nominees or appointees of the President. These did not enjoy the support of the members of the Party and therefore not accountable to them.

This 2021 General Elective Assembly has remedied the yawning gaps in the establishment of the Party. The party now belongs to all Zambians across the country and therefore fully representative.

Left alone the four day assembly throughout the country was extremely peaceful and orderly. This shows the maturity and discipline of the party members and therefore need to be congratulated for this.

Seventy members have been elected and thirty more are to be nominated by the President to bring the total number to 100.

It’s hoped that the President will again keep his promise to balance the Management by filling in the obvious deficiencies, through more female representation, persons of mixed race, if any or the minorities or persons from special sectors ( like the physically challenged, defense and security, religious, trade unions, civil society organizations, just to mention a few).

This done, we wait to see where tribalism label will come from. We know that tribalism doesn’t mean more Tongas in the NMC but just because the man at the hem of the Party is Tonga.

Going round the breadth and width of Zambia you will find that there’s no tribalism because the various tribes coexist in their villages, compounds, towns and cities without any tribal conflict.

It’s the top management of one Party sowing seeds of discord through allegations of tribalism which doesn’t exist.
We hope that the new management team will start working right away. There is need however to look for those who might be compromised from the word go.

48 COMMENTS

    • When time comes to replace their leader that’s when the country will really know where the party stands, waiting to see an Easterner lead the party, that will be the day. That said, the manner in which people from other regions are mistreated leaves much to be desired e.g people get beat up, houses torched (like what happened in Namwala) and the leadership keeps quiet.

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  1. Col fimofimo, in one vain you are saying UPND is now for all Zambians, intrinsically admitting it was not before that, on the other hand you go to deny it was a composition of people mainly from one region with Under 5 at the helm. Just admit your party heed the calls and did the right thing rather than shifting the blame to other entities.

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  2. The UPND was labelled to be a Tonga since it was led by a Tonga since inception what has changed are they be led by another tribe now after their recent elections or maybe HH is not Tonga shade some more light as HH is very slippery with personal issues only him can tell us which tribe he belongs to.

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  3. Unfortunately thats not what Zambians yearn to see. Zambians want to see the top most leadership shaken. It’s unfortunate that you want to overshadow the facts. The facts that you needed to prove to Zambians that every tribe in Zambia has any equal chance to lead UPND on the top most position as the Tonga.
    Sejani’s dirty statement still lingers around UPNDEAD. What a stain! This is just pure cosmetic and nothing has changed in the camp. THANKS!

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  4. Unfortunately thats not what Zambians yearn to see. Zambians want to see the top most leadership shaken. It’s unfortunate that you want to overshadow the facts. The facts that you needed to prove to Zambians that every tribe in Zambia has any equal chance to lead UPND on the top most position as the Tonga.
    Sejani’s crooked statement still lingers around UPNDEAD. What a stain! This is just pure cosmetic and nothing has changed in the camp. THANKS!

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  5. In your article, you do admit that HH picked his own lieutenants. And most those lieutenants were not loyal to the party by him. And you say now, its representative of the country! Just admit, that we were a tribal Tonga party, and those 30, that’s were we shall how Tribal HH is….

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  6. When you want something, the whole world conspires to help you achieve it.
    HH and precisely the UNDP’s relentless efforts to conquer after every electoral season will never be in vain.
    More likely than not, HH will achieve the desires of his heart this time around and time will tell.
    All the best from Kenya!

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  7. What’s important is the realisation that UPND is a Tonga Party, so efforts to make it acceptable nationwide are commendable. However that attempt seems to be insincere because the Chief Tribalist is still in charge. Even the founder was also a clever tribalist. Read the Joshua Mumpanshya Commission Report on ZR which Mazoka turned into a Tonga dynasty.

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  8. I think UPND has a strong chance to rule with another candidate , not saying HH is a bad guy but mentality wise he strikes me has Zambias first ever Dictator. He may seem all kind and nice and polite . But he is a tribalist that we all know and he also contributed to what was going on in the nation. Two lives were lost because of his immaturity and selfishness, sorry to day but Tongas are full of themselves and I feel they need to think like a zambian and not like Tribe that’s more superior then others. One Zambia One Nation.

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  9. UPND under HH has evolved into a Powerful National Political Party ready to Govern Zambia. Given the mood of the Nation HH aka Bally will win the August 12,2021 Elections if they are free, fair,credible and peaceful. This is unlikely becoz ECL and PF are desperate to retain Power at all costs. A violent and disputed Election will have grave consequences for all Zambians.

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  10. HH is now a Prince of Upnd as he has now more powers to control this tribal party . The few individuals elected from other tribes is all upnd cosmetic surgery as not to be seen as tribal, but the original theme of the party when HH was appointed as the Head of this grouping is TONGAs only party. I still think other people from other tribes are just there to be used by this grouping. We know who TONGAs are as we had worked with them in second Republic in government and parastals and the only promoted their tribes men in key areas and sending them abroad for studies. They openly showed that they don’t like people from Eastern and Northern and that’s why we still don’t trust HH to be fair to these people and take Office as president of the Republic. Our parents worked in government in…

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  11. Our parents worked in government in first and second republics and I still remember how we were badly treated in southern province at school by both teachers, fellow pupils at school in livingstone. Upnd is not the right party to rule Zambia

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  12. Ba Author, you miss the point just like most UPND supporters from its stronghold, who despise Bemba speakers but want their votes to win and rule the country! UPND was labelled tribal bcoz its members declared it so, “Only a Tonga can rule UPND and succeed another Tonga”. HH did not work hard enough to dissociate or denounce this statement through public speech and actions.Instead he cemented it!! At some of his campaign rallies, his divisive approach to national politics showed as he and his supporters talked in favour of certain regions. UPND had seats in Lusaka ,they lost them and shrunk from 2nd to 3rd position,PF took over their position. I don’t know the history of Nalumino Mundia’s party but if it failed to grow it could be partly bcoz it failed to drive a national agenda. If…

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  13. Get rid of oval head HH, then we can join the party. Let him not think we are daft and cant see through his machinations. Better another Tonga than oval head HH.

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  14. Wait for PF convention, it will be voting with fists and blows.

    PF can’t do the right thing at all but anyway the hope for Zambians is dawning now.

    PF must go!

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  15. Kikikikikikijukija
    I can only believe when the presidency goes to a North Westerner or Westerner or Northern or Centraler or Easterner or or Luapulan or Muchingan.
    Proove to us that Sejani errored in judgement and in speech.
    Zambians should never vote for the UPNDEAD grouping as long as Sejani’s remarks stand “unwithdrawn”.

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  16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!! THESE TRIBALISTS THINK WE ARE DULL. LET A NON TONGA BE PRESIDENT OF YOUR PARTY THEN WE WILL BELIEVE YOU.

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  17. Continued from 17…. I don’t know the history of Nalumino Mundia’s party but if it failed to grow it could be partly bcoz it failed to drive a national agenda. If Sakwiba’s ULP was tolerated ,not called tribal is due to Sakwiba’s character that people came to identify as being issue based and people saw him as a victim of UPND’s tribalism that birthed HH as a new President! ULP was a totally separate party,only had an election pact which infact HH condemned in a tribal way “Sakwiba has sold you Lozis to Bembas in PF,so vote for me”! WE JUST HOPE HH AND THE UPND HAVE LEARNT FROM MISTAKES OF THE PAST SO THAT WHEN THEY TAKE POWER THEY RULE IN THE INTEREST OF ALL ZAMBIANS!!

  18. So HH has reserved 30% seats for his favorites. Why didn’t UPND subject all the 100 seats to elections? What are the name of those 8s in PF strong hold. I would not be surprised if the first letter to their names is the same as the author of this article.

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  19. First of all, this convention only happened because the constitution mandates it, otherwise HH and his handpicked lieutenants would still go ahead (from 2006).
    We should not praise this, no, we shouldn’t. This is very much a rubber stamp of preexisting situation, the same people leading.
    Secondly, the author appears to acknowledge that NOW (as in yesterday) the party is not tribal.
    Thirdly, I have an issue with the fact that defenders of the UPND such as this author all appear to be Tongas.

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  20. Sata fought for 10 long years no one said change leadership on top…..this is why people are saying when its bemba its not tribal….I am PF but discriminating one another in the way we are debating maybe shows that those who call for HH head are the ones who tribalism is in their blood and are living in denial themselves. Having said that, the internal revolution happening in PF right now in terms of leadership selection at grass root level is happening at the right time. Most so called recycled politicians will died a natural death and new young and educated leadership is ushering in, hence UPND has to wait a little longer than 2021 election.

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  21. HISTORY are events events as well as the memory and interpretation of information about these events. Unfortunately modern politics captures the attention of teen votes who become electorates because of age.

    When the president of UPND, Mr Anderson Mazoka died, they shamelessly rejected him, pushed Adv Sakwiba Sikota aside who was next in line from taking over as UPND President because he was not Tonga, he was Lozi. Everything was covered in detail.

    When the late President, Michael Sata invited HH to become his deputy in a coalition to fight the MMD government, they shamelessly shouted “WHO TOLD U THAT TONGAS CANNOT BE PRESIDENTS”

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  22. someone has asked a very serious question, WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF DONATIONS BY POLITICIANS ON OUR ECONOMY, HAS ANY ONE GOT STATIS ON THE EMPOWERMENTS THAT THESE POLITICIANS GIVE TO YOUTHS AND MARKETEERS ESPECIALLY DURING CAMPAIGNS?
    This country once boosted of zambains who would set up chilimba saving groups to save and later buy an asset they wouldn’t afford using their basic salary, but today under pf zambians have been reduced to forming chilimba to save and buy groceries. WAKE UP MY FELLOW ZAMBIANS FROM YOUR SLUMBER.

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  23. The biggest mistake PF has made is allow to be the yardstick on how to follow the national constitution by holding their convention first.

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  24. THE POINT IS THAT WHEN MAZOKA DIED UPND TAINTED ITSELF BY DECLARING THAT ONLY A TONGA SHOULD LEAD UPND. THAT’S HOW hh WAS MADE UPND PRESIDENT.
    BY EXTENSION THAT DECLARATION MEANT THAT ONLY A TONGA SHOULD BE THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA PRESIDENT. THAT TRIBALISTIC SENTIMENT IS WHAT IS ABHORENT ABOUT UPND.

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  25. Ayatollah @10: the Mumpanshya commission never invited late Mazoka to testify. That alone is enough to question some of its conclusions. Secondly u need to understand the history of Zambia Railways from the time the line was laid up to independence. Tongas were the first railway workers in Northern Rhodesia having started as labourers during construction. The railway line first reached NR in Southern province. I hv read two books on the Livingstone to the Copperbelt railway line. Hv u ever asked yourself why there are so many Bembas in the mining industry on the Copperbelt? Ignorance of history can lead to petty nationalisms that can divide this country.

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  26. The author of this article is being economical with the truth. And frankly telling lies. The reason why so many have called UPND to be a party of Tonga’s is that UPND told Zambians that it’s a party of Tonga’s

    Many remember the mantra: ONLY A TONGA CAN LEAD UPND

    The above mantra or gospel was created by UPND senior members and preached or broadcasted to all Zambians to see what UPND stands for.

    So spare us the nonsense that UPND is now for all Zambians. HH has been asked this question and he has failed to openly denounce the mantra: ONLY A TONGA CAN LEAD UPND

    If HH happens became the president one day, then it’s in our best interest that he succeeds to take Zambia to the next level. However not based on using tribalistic mantras that he has failed to…

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  27. cont..

    UPND NOW BELONGS TO ALL ZAMBIANS AND IS NOW FULLY REPRESENTATIVE

    The title of the article is an admission that UPND was not/never a party for all Zambians. Put it simply, a tribalist party.

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  28. I CAN FORESEE DIPAK PATEL A ND LINDA KASONDE MAKING THE CUT IN THE NMC OF UPND. LEAVE MY FINGERS CROSSED. DIPAK IS A GOOD ORGANISER AND LEAVING HIM OUT WILL BE A BIG BLUNDER.

  29. Level of desperation shown by Tongas to cleanse their party as exhibited in the article by the Salvation Army Colonel is quite laughable. This reminds me of the ANC of Nkhumbula times. Good in opposition but will never rule Zambia.

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  30. “Only a Tonga can lead UPND”. “It’s now time for a Tonga to rule”. HH has never distanced himself from these unfortunate statements.
    Even the announced results were cooked to fool people. How can you have carders like Chipenzi and Pamela run elections? Who can believe that the 2 northerners beat everyone when they are not even ready to vote for them as running mates. Good attempt, but we are not blind to see the truth.

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  31. Good national outlook for UPND in the entire country. Let PF continue appointing Northerners and Easterners but as for UPND its One Zambia one Nation. Gayzar Zezulu and other haters just have to put up with realities of things in complex politics emerging in Zambia.

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  32. “ Agreed the UPND has had no General Elective Assembly since 2006 when HH was elected as its second President replacing the late Anderson Mazoka. “

    That is all we needed to read to know this man must not understand basic reasoning. How does a person stay in power that long and people not see it as being wrong? UPND should have had four presidents by now leading it.

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