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President Lungu retains PF presidency unopposed

Headlines President Lungu retains PF presidency unopposed

President Edgar Lungu and all 54 contestants for the position of Member of the Central Committee have been elected unopposed at the Patriotic Front (PF) General Conference.

The convention has seen 18 women get elected to the PF’s Central Committee as members of the ruling party’s highest decision making organ.

President Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina, PF National Chairman Samuel Mukupa and Secretary General Davies Mwila were among the officials that went unopposed as MCCs.

Other Notables include Former Minister of Health Dr Chilufya Chitalu, former Community Development Minister Emerine Kabanshi, PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri and Geoffrey Mwamba, popularly known as GBM.

President Lungu and the 54 new MCC were endorsed by the over 2,000 delegates attending the ruling party general conference from 20 different locations in the country’s 10 provinces.

The PF is holding its general conference from 10 to 11 April from two sites per province in line with prescribed Covid 19 measures.

Opposition NDC leader Chishimba Kabwili follow the procedings during the Patriotic Front General Conference at Mulungushi Conference Center yesterday. April 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
Opposition NDC leader Chishimba Kabwili follow the procedings during the Patriotic Front General Conference at Mulungushi Conference Center yesterday. April 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

And speaking at the PF General Convention in Lusaka, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Leader Chishimba Kambwili called for the reduction of presidential candidates and support to the ruling party.

Mr Kambwili appealed to pro PF parties to stand down and give support to the PF to battle against the United Party for National Development (UPND).

He said it is a well-known fact that the August 12 general elections are between the PF and UPND and that contesting elections will only weaken the ruling party’s chances of retaining power as votes will be split.

“It’s Red versus Green. We need to reduce on the number presidential candidates to allow the PF win than give a chance to other people I wouldn’t want to mention,” said Mr Kambwili.

He pointed out that the country is divided in two regions and that politicians must put aside their personal interests and ensure that the country does not slide into problems.

Mr Kambwili praised the PF for inviting other political parties to attend its general conference stressing that such actions have the capacity to end political tension in the country.

Opposition FDD leader Edith Nawakwi and Winter Kabimba following procedings during the Patriotic Front General Conference at Mulungushi Conference Center yesterday. April 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS
Opposition FDD leader Edith Nawakwi and Winter Kabimba following procedings during the Patriotic Front General Conference at Mulungushi Conference Center yesterday. April 10, 2021. Picture by ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

Rainbow Party Leader Wynter Kabimba called for co-existence among political parties in the country.

Mr Kabimba said it is the responsibility of all Zambians to ensure that peace is maintained before, during and after the August 12 polls.

And Forum for Democracy and Development President Edith Nawakwi said there is a need to build upon the political interaction PF has initiated and take it to the national level and secure national interests.

Mrs Nawakwi said if political parties were united, Zambia would have gone to the August 12 polls under a new republican constitution.

And in a message read on his behalf African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule paid glowing tribute to Zambia for the sacrifices the country made in ensuring that countries in Southern Africa and the continent got liberated.

In a speech read for him by Lindiwe Maseko, Mr Magashule said South Africa will forever be indebted to Zambia’s sacrifices and paid glowing tribute to the selfless leadership of Dr Kaunda and other Zambian leaders for ensuring that other countries got liberated.

The ANC leader proposed the establishment of a Heroes Cemetery to honour South Africans and Zambians who died during the liberation struggle.

He praised the PF for the social economic transformation the country has undergone and wished the PF well with its convention and the August polls as it seeks a fresh mandate from Zambians to continue governing the country.

And ZANU PF Secretary General Obert Mpofu said in a speech read for him by Cyril Manerva recounted the influential role Zambia played in Zimbabwe’s liberation at the cost of several Zambian lives.

He wished the PF to emerge strong from the convention in order to address the issues affecting the country and strive to continue improving the welfare of Zambians.

Burundi’s ruling party, National Council for the Defense of Democracy – Forces for the Defense of Democracy(CNDD-FDD)’s Secretary General Reverien Ndikuriyo also said in a message read by a representative, wished the country peaceful elections and hoped for greater cooperation between the two ruling parties in enhancing development and improving the welfare of the two peoples.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Jie who represented the Chinese People’s Communist Party hailed the strong relations between the two countries and two ruling parties in their efforts to improve the welfare of their people.

Ambassador Jie said China through the Communist Party remains committed to supporting the PF’s development agenda for the country.

Russia’s Communist Party was also represented at the PF Convention, along with other local political parties such as the Christian Democratic Party, National Revolution Party and Economic and Equity Party, which were invited by the ruling party to its convention.

32 COMMENTS

  1. Bwana Lungu that was a sham event with no intra-party democracy.PF are just as bad as FDD ,NDC and Rainbow with fake democratic credentials from briefcase political parties owned by party leader.

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  2. in a serious country, this election should not be about red versus green, but it should be about the economy.

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  3. It is clear that ECL is determined to breach the Republican Constitution by seeking an illegal and unconstitutional Third Term. It’s obvious that ECL’s Eligibility will be Petitioned at Concourt. Given Concourt’s intergrity and record these Eligibility Petitions just like the 2016 Presidential Petition will be illegally dismissed on Technicalities. Concourt has no moral courage, objectivity and Professionalism to deny ECL his Third Term Wish inspite of its illegality and unconstitutionality. Clearly 2021 Elections are a Referendum on ECL’s Third Term rather a contest between him and HH. Voters on August 12 will have to decide whether or not ECL is legible for a Third Term. This is a dangerous precedent and Zambia will regress to a One Party State Dictatorship after the August 12…

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  4. “Researchers Calculate That Super-Intelligent AI Will Be Impossible To Contain” by Paul Lilly

    “The ANC leader proposed the establishment of a Heroes Cemetery to honour South Africans and Zambians who died during the liberation struggle.”-LT

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    PF time out, you are out of touch; lacking knowledge or information concerning current events and developments.

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  5. IT SHOULD NOT BE RED VS GREEN IT SHOULD BE THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA VS THE CHINESE WHO ARE ALLOWED TO DO AS THEY PLEASE

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  6. Convict Criminal CK says that August 12 Elections is a contest between PF and UPND and urges all tuntemba Opposition Parties to join PF to fight UPND which he says is a common enemy. The 2021 Elections is not a contest between HH and ECL but a contest between the People and PF. 2021 Election is a Referendum on ECL’s Third Term and Corrupt Rule. Zambia cannot afford another 5 years of ECL Corruption, mismanagement,misrule etc. If ECL is not sent “ku wire” Zambians will regret it and will suffer beyond imagination. An illegitimate ECL Govt beyond August 12 will be a disaster for Zambia. HH is hated and vilified by PF and fake Opposition Leaders becoz he is the only truly Opposition Leader who leads a genuine Opposition Party and is sincere about serving Zambians as President.

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  7. The majority of those picked as MCC either don’t have secondary School certificates or University First Degrees. The list was deliberately doctored to weed out the well educated free thinkers. Honest, individuals such as Brian Mushimba, Miles Sampa, Magaret Mwanakatwe, Christopher Kangombe would bring real issues to the table than Joe Malanji, Kampyongo, Musukwa, Erine Kabanshi, Kapata.

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  8. Sent out invitations to all pro PF parties and left out UPND, MMD and UNIP? With the exception of the ANC attending as a foreign party, the rest of the invited international parties are dictatorial and known for rigging elections.
    How can it be said that MCC members went unopposed? People didn’t vote for anyone, they simply submitted names which the President handpicks. Lusambo applied to be in the MCC.

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  9. A well organised convention. It was great working with very passionate pf members to ensure this event was successful.

    Now that it is official ECL is standing, we know this has sent shivers down the spine of upnd bab00ns. They have been praying and calling for ecl not to stand because they know they cannot win against ecl. Even my teenage son can beat hh if he stood for election. That is how unpopular that f00l hh is. Only a chic0l0ur can vote for him

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  10. They even invited their Chinese friends aka their Paymasters from the embassy forgetting that when Cuban ambassador was invited at Fred Meembe’s Socialist Party launch they deported him within 48 hours

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  11. Tin pot dictator, useless dull yellow stinky teeth teeth, worst president on earth, the id1ot who bankrupted a country…

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  12. So not a single vote was cast even for the new central committee members ? This is indeed a weird form of “democracy”……

  13. Chama I was not vying for any position . I am a civil servant so I cannot stand for any party position. I have a more important role within the office of president. Stop spreading lies.

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  14. There’s a possibility that our next President will a woman, especially when John Sangwa delivers his sucker punch. Our fingers are crossed

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  15. “Mr. Kambwili appealed to pro PF parties to stand down and give support to the PF to battle against the United Party for National Development (UPND).”
    SO he has now acknowledged that there is no NDC anymore. What is a party for when it has no ambitions to lead? What a joke. So instead of focussing on his party, his manifesto now is to attack UPND and HH, seriously?
    What a bunch of losers, unfortunately, that we Zambians are allowing to lead us. This is an indication of poverty, and a person who is hungry will do whatever it takes to fill their bellies. And PF with Chinese money, are taking advantage

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  16. Zambians we need to banish these characters like BUFFOON CK, Nawakwi, Wnyter to forced retirement …its in the national interest..this type of politics is a danger to our fragile democracy

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  17. You should try your best not to take ANYTHING trolls say seriously. NO matter how POORLY they behave, remember these people spend countless UNPRODUCTIVE hours trying to make people mad. They’re not WORTH your time of day.

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  18. last time Cuban Ambassador was kicked out of the country for just being at Meembe’s party Launch and now it’s okay for China?? ….. just asking

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  19. Our Zambia our country. This is the time differenciate the really men from boys. We want to see who is a under 5 party. And when you think you can call on outsiders to help you we organize the local to stand by our side.

  20. We are a reflection of our leaders. If we allow them to take the biscuit then they will do it with impunity. VOTE WISELY and reject selfish politicians like CK. PF are an accomplice to bad politics in Zambia. How do they selectively prosecute people and then bribe them into becoming vuvuzelas of the party? They did this with GBM and CK, both had cases to answer and should be in jail. PF will self destruct after these elections. We have a credible choice in UNIP if we want to go back to politics of substance and decency.

  21. I cannot understand one thing. Mr Lungu has already filed in as presidential candidate for PF and the gets are closed. What of if he hard lost? Where they going to remove him and make the new party president stand?
    It really pains me to see africa behave 30 years ago backwards. Even Frog politics made a lot of sense because people understood that you cant vote for a frog. But this one is worse where you think others are fools and you are the intelligent one.

  22. Insala kwenu ta ya kwata muncinshi. It is clear looking at the list of attendees from other political parties. I like UNIP, leaders had principles based on a common ideology, even if it was not the best for Zambia but they believed in it. Manje these paraded politicians, they are crawling back because of insala. God help us. The Zambia people will hold all of us accountable if we do not educate the voters how to identify good leadership. 12 Aug will be interesting. One Zambia One Nation.

  23. Sham MCC elections – it was all ordered to be that way without room for real challenge. CK also comes up with rubb.ish about reducing the number of Presidential candidates. Where does he stand himself politically – a so-called leader of an opposition? He also thinks all Parties should invite other contesting Party leaders to their conventions. There is no such obligation to invite your opponents.

    Such low of low calibre of leaders still want to stay in power and wreck the country further. Wolves, hunting as a pack to rip the country’s flesh to further shreds.

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