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Sakwiba Sikota denies Joining John Sangwa’s Petition against President Edgar Lungu’s eligibility

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United Liberal Party (ULP) leader and Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota has rubbished reports that he has joined in support of the John Sangwa Petition against President Edgar Lungu’s eligibility to stand for the August 2021 Elections.

In a statement released to the media, Mr. Sikota said that reports of his joining are greatly disjointed, taking a cue from the famous quote by Mark Twain’s “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

Below is the full statement

REPORTS OF MY JOINING ARE GREATLY DISJOINTED

I now know how Mark Twain, the great American author, felt when he found himself reading his own obituary which had been mistakenly published.

There is dispute as to what Mark Twain actually said on reports of his death.

There is so much dispute about the quote that the scholar Emily Petsko stated,

“When you’re one of the most quoted authors of all time, you’re also bound to become one of the most misquoted authors of all time. Such is the case with Mark Twain, whose famous quip about his own death is frequently butchered by well-meaning admirers.”

What Mark Twain is reported as having stated is, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” I do not know if this is one of the butchered versions.

Yesterday, much like Mark Twain, I was minding my own business and quieter than a public library, when in quick succession reports on social media started bombarding me about the John Sangwa Petition on the presidential affidavit format.

I did not know that so many people were interested in bringing me to the Centre of things that I was not even close to the periphery of.

The social media reports even purport to have direct quotes from me. I did not think I would find myself in the shoes of Mark Twain being greatly misquoted.

Some people are ringing me in disbelief whilst others seem to believe anything in black and white. For that reason I thought it is appropriate for me to set the record straight and bring to an end my few moments of fame.

No doubt many have now read the reports that I am joining in support of the John Sangwa Petition.

The truth of the matter is that these reports have a distinct “Twainian” ring to them. Quite clearly reports of my joining are greatly disjointed.

19 COMMENTS

  1. If Sangwa allows these chaps from Politics to join him…his petition will be painted as a political fight against Lazy and PF.

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  2. Sir, Mark Twain is not British.
    His writing is no where close to sounding British.
    I know in Zambian media the quickest way to a booster shot of credibility in opining is to quote dead westerners. Can we at least get in the habit of doing a cursory Wikipedia or Google search of basic facts.

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  3. 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

    Sakwiba Sikota, people talk about their heroes disappointing them… this one man, I once looked up to him and always wanted to read anything he had said in a courtroom… a sharp, intelligent, witty man. Ii came to like him during his legal defense of KK; FTJ parents petition and his defence of Fred Mmembe.
    Thhen he decided to join politics; and was later unceremoniously kicked out of UPND. He was never the same person again… he went on to side with the likes of Rupiah Banda and now Lungu, selling his soul for few pieces of silver… what a huge disappointment Bo Sikota surely.

  4. Yes he was American but being of Cornish, English, and Scots-Irish descent, one could not be more British than Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens!. So please stop being a damn silly monkey.

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  5. Indeed….And before that he was of Roman descent, and before that Mesopotamian descent and before that of Olduvain descent etc… I think we have figured it. He was African.

  6. Brainwashed professionals who think quoting a colonial personality makes them intelligent. Mark Twin didnt say anything that Wole Soyinka hasnt.

  7. After Sangwa’s botched petition, Sekwiba can choose to disassociate himself because the affidavit amendment case will fall out too. Sangwa is again losing. Sekwiba is backing out by publicly disjointing himself. It’s his right to leave or join judicial cases without mentioning the misattributed Mark Twain quotes.

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  8. Yes, he was of British descend, but he was not Britis. Htaight e was born in the USA. His works are taught in Americn literature, not British literature.

  9. Yes, he was of British descend, but he was not British. He was born in the USA. His works are taught in Americn literature, not British literature.

  10. LT, when an error in an article is pointed out and subsequently corrected, please make a note to that effect at the bottom of the article. Otherwise discussions about the error become nonsensical and meaningless. But more important, creating the impression that the article was correct all along is a form of scholarly dishonesty and we could use a lot less of that in Zambia.

    • Yeah tell them they are so casual about Journalism they drag the profession to the sewers. This is a noble art and should be respected. Whatever you hand your audience should be ethical

  11. LT when an error in an article is pointed out and subsequently corrected, please make note to that effect at the bottom of the article. Otherwise discussions about the error become nonsensical and meaningless. But more important, creating the impression that the article was correct all along is a form of scholarly dishonesty and we could use a lot less of that in Zambia.

  12. Is it only me who is seeing that Sakwiba has just cancelled the UPND celebration or this is about some being British or American? This is the problem with Tongas. The first thing they do is to check someones origin. Knew Sakwiba is too intelligent to join a failing team. The same team that booted him out because he was Lozi.

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  13. Everyone is asking where I am. I am busy preparing for elections. Am on the ground you people. This is my busiest time, when I work so hard to ensure PF victory for our people. Bare with me.

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