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It’s becoming very apparent that Mr. Hichilema and the UPND were not ready to govern, but petition an election

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By Bowman Lusambo

It is becoming very apparent by the day that His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND were not ready to rule this great nation.

The shambolic manner in which he has gone about his reign so far goes to confirm that Mr. Hichilema was a man who was only ready to petition what was to be another heavy electoral defeat and not a man who was ready to govern a nation.

Today marks 40 days since his inauguration but President Hichilema still does not have a functional government to help him execute his mandate.
He haphazardly fired some Permanent Secretaries and Diplomats weeks ago after stakeholder pressure but he is yet to replace the vacant positions. As we speak, several P.S and diplomatic posts remain unmanned.

Anyone who understands governance will know that government cannot function efficiently without Permament Secretaries.

As we enter week 7 of his presidency, It is becoming evident that President Hichilema does not have sufficient human capital within the UPND to pick from. He is stuck with the same men and women from the PF administration whom he constantly accused of being inept, corrupt and non performers. Only an incompetent Manager can still hold on to a team member who cannot perform for this long.

We therefore give President Hichilema until Monday, October 4th 2021 to complete and announce the list of key presidential appointments and begin the process of governing the nation.

Those three hour long speeches will do very little to convince Zambians that the Head of State indeed had a plan for the nation before August 12th.
If this ultimate is not met, a greater majority of Zambians will be right to conclude that the man we have in State House was unprepared to govern.

49 COMMENTS

  1. One things I agree, you do not recall ambassadors and not replace them promptly. A good example is the recall of the ambassador for Ethiopia who is also a permanent representative to the African Union, you cannot recall that ambassador and not replace them, as it stands, Zambia has no representative in the AU.

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  2. ***** lusambo is jealous of those whom the President has still given time to reflect on their lives after employment. Just let your friends make some money.

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  3. The president likes comparisons. He will always say ” …we shall do this unlike the previous government “. Always complaining about the previous leaders. Its like marking your own answer script. His advisors should tell him to just perform while we say ” .. unlike the previous government, they have done abc”. I have heard a lot of ‘ unlike bla bla bla”

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  4. Its difficulty to rule. Give the man time. Its true upnd was not ready ..espect done mistakes the first two years..just the same with sata. .. petition elections shows that they were not free and Fair. They know what they did

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  5. Maybe UPND wasn’t ready. The only thing PF was ready for was THIEVING and CORRUPTION. You call THAT governing??? Bad loser if ever I’ve seen one.

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  6. HH kanomo tesanaa. He’s now failing to balance between his business management and country leadership.
    Trump lost about a quarter of his wealth during his presidency. Reason the guy has put all his time to state functions. Nakaso kalya.

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  7. HH kanomo tesanaa. He’s now failing to balance between his business management and country leadership.
    Trump lost about a quarter of his wealth during his presidency. Reason the guy has not invested all his time to state functions. Nakaso kalya.

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  8. Bootlicker has a point but 40 days is not 100 days because UPND are still on honeymoon. Keep on the pressure of checks and balances because your divorce with the nation is for a period of 5 years with no guarantee of returning to the marriage.

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  9. Overall, the letter is okay from a whining opposition party, it’s within their rights. But up until the ultimatum of October 4th 2021 .

    Who cares what you will think thereafter?

    How can we rule out that you might have heard rumors that the President is planning to issue appointments by Monday, then you will use that opportunity to glorify yoursellf that HH succumbed to your ultimatum?

    We will criticize HH, if he fails to complete all the appointments within 100 days, that is for sure, he will have no excuse at all. Even the voices of his UPND will be louder, there will be no more “give me chance” or “we are doing things methodically.”

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  10. Who cares about AU Rep. Things are working, even in Lusambos Gov these Per. Sec. where absent. Joker Lusambo!!!

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  11. @ General Kanene
    Haven’t you noticed that you’re the only one left supporting baby President and chief liar HH….he thought governing was kids play….people will start eating his speeches now

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  12. Mr lusambo you and your PF were not ready
    For a loss.Zambians showed you the exit door.We understand it’s painful but accept
    And try 2026.You were kicked out because
    You made Zambians pay ten times more for
    Any project you undertook.

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  13. @Saulosi, bro.
    Nope…I am not the only one, I am just consistent with my view on HH. From day one, I said give him his 100 days, that is the standard period for a honeymoon that each president is entitled to, thereafter, we can start criticising.
    I am not a fun, of people who after 2 days, they start blaming HH that he has not implemented FREE education.I consider such allegations to be intentional, malicious and unfair to HH. I am NOT a UPND member but I express my view, where I see unfairness.
    I have hope and faith in HH, that he is a BETTER person to help ZAMBIA go through current economical hardships. The previous leadership couldn’t be better, because they are responsible for the trouble that Zambia finds itself in. Again, there is 20% good things that ECL GRZ did, but Zambia…

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  14. And who was ready to govern – PF? With hidden debt, high inflation, useless kwacha, high commodity prices, poverty & hunger, is this being ready?

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  15. All those commending above are bitter PF cadres – who practice chipantepante politics. If I was HH I would take even 3months , cos this is not jst a normal government but a messed up one. You don’t know who is a thief and not. So u need time to cipher. Zambian is gabbage right now and to move out of the sewerage u need to plan & calculate your dive.

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  16. And besides, PF cadres should be last to talk, HH is taking long because of he is tirelessly trying to clear the mess they created in the first place. And he can’t anything without blaming and trust a proper blame is coming when we ve all figures of what u pf mwankoles stole.

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  17. Question is: Is he doing what he is according to the law? No? Then STFU … if yes — which law or mandatory convention? Mulekeni muyanu asewenze a mambala.

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  18. HAVE THE TWINS REFUSED TO BE RENAMED HAKAINDE AND MUTINTA?

    OTHERWISE, I AM WITH YOU ON THIS ONE, BOW

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  19. They ‘re gona be no more cadres in those position going forward man… am sure thats whats aching your an*s right now and your observation is not appreciated because you left too many things messed up…

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  20. Mr lusambo is making a lot of sense. When I told you that it is risky to elect an under 5 who has never held any public office( not even as public toilet attendant), I was called all sorts of names. Hh thinks running a country is like running a small company like grant thornton. As for me I m just watching this govt slowly crumbling. How do you fail to have a fully operational govt months after election. He has no none to give the positions to. We warned you

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  21. Unless u, u were ready to govern? U thieves, u looted this country in the name of governing for seven years, today just a month, u can see tht he’s no ready to govern? Wait for the right moment when u’ll be thrown in prison for the loot you hv amassed.
    Today u hv the energy to condemn tht he not ready, for what? U mean not ready to loot?
    Leave HH alone, so tht he do the job the Zambian has given him

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  22. Hh is just a talkative woman. No action. Just hot-air. He is still acting like an immature opposition leader. Grow up ka hh

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  23. I agree with the Chief Bootlicker
    Lets not focus on the messenger but on the message
    23 yrs as a main opposition party HH should have had shadow candidates for all key positions, it’s clear he doesn’t. E.g. His BBC comments about the BOZ Governor exposed him badly.
    In panic he will end up reappointing most of the current bad eggs.
    100 days in office is for showing progress on key milestones not starting to govern, you are half way done

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  24. At Ambassador to Ethiopia ka PF cadres .. the man was not fit for the job/immature. Why abandoning his duties for campaigning in the just ended elections??

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  25. Let him do ka check and balance, kaili he’s now in opposition. Anyways he’s right when he says you don’t go around sacking everyone in government without a proper replacement plan. It will only weaken your establishment.

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  26. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly 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 Honeybee)

    You don’t just fill the positions with logs just for the sake of filling the positions. That is not a sign of good leadership.

    PF had all positions filled up but what’s was there to show for apart from rampant corruption and incompetence. If a govt can’t function without one individual in these offices with bloated people, then that’s a big problem.
    It takes a long time to fill roles even in private sector… you have to offer them a role; vet them; discuss and negotiate the contract and what not. Ministers are filled in; there are deputies everywhere.
    The man was in the US for 2 weeks or so… and he is only been in the office for 40 days… mate shut the funk up and sit down!

  27. All government institutions were infested with PF carders. You have to understand these are also Zambians. You simply cannot fire everyone but it’s difficult to tell who is who. If he fired everyone then you all start his victimizing people based on political affiliation suspicion. The cleaning process is ongoing. Given the president time. HH7 is far much better than having Lungu and his team who focused on damaging the country in all aspects primary legalizing corruption.

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  28. Whether they were ready or not they will find their feet but what’s disgusting is that you Bowman are part of a Kakistocracy govt of one LAZY LUNGU and proudly called yourself a bootlicker on national TV…you should never have been appointed in any ministerial office. You should have just been there in Kabushi where they tolerate your stupidity and myopia. I dont know who is the bigger fooool the people of Kabushi or Bowman.

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  29. Belgium ran without a government for more than a year. Most of these GRZ officials spend their time here and on FB.

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  30. THE SAINT – What is your definition of government? If you men the legislative arm of govt you are wrong.

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  31. Just yawn. These PF mental midgets and supporting commentators don’t have any substantive complaints, especially after 10 years of the abject failure they orchestrated.
    Since you’re not willing to be reasonable you get a STFU and NEXT.

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  32. To build a house it takes months or years but
    To demolish a house it takes few hours.To get
    Twenty billion dollar debt it took us seven years but to pay back it will take our generations to pay back.To finish a country
    It takes few years but to build it will take years.so give Bally twenty years to build.

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  33. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly 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 Honeybee)

    You don’t just fill the positions with logs just for the sake of filling the positions. That is not a sign of good leadership.

    PF had all positions filled up but what’s was there to show for apart from rampant corruption and incompetence. If a govt can’t function without one individual in these offices with bloated people, then that’s a big problem.
    It takes a long time to fill roles even in private sector… you have to offer them a role; vet them; discuss and negotiate the contract and what not. Ministers are filled in; there are deputies everywhere.
    The man was in the US for 2 weeks or so… and he is only been in the office for 40 days… mate STFU and sit down!

  34. #26 – Tarino Orange,

    ” I dont know who is the bigger fooool the people of Kabushi or Bowman.”

    Walasa mune, mu uze !!!

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  35. #9 -Saulosi, bro.
    Nope…I am not the only one remaining, I am just consistent with my view on HH. From day one, I said give him his 100days, that is the standard period for a political honeymoon that each president gets, thereafter, we can start criticising. I am not a fun, of people who after 2 days, they start bla.ming HH for not implemented FREE education.I consider such accusations, intentional, malicious and unfair to HH. I am NOT a UPND member but I express my view, where I see unfair.ness. I have hope and faith in HH, that he is a BETTER person to help ZAMBIA go through current economical hardships. The previous leadership couldn’t be better, because they are responsible for the trouble that Zambia finds itself in. Again, there are 20% good things that ECL GRZ did, but Zambia needs…

  36. #9
    Nope…I am not the only one remaining, I am just consistent with my view on HH. From day one, I said give him his 100days, that is the standard period for a political honeymoon that each president gets, thereafter, we can start criticising. I am not a fun, of people who after 2 days, they start bla.ming HH for not implemented FREE education.I consider such accusations, intentional, mal.icious and unfair to HH. I express my view, where I see unfair.ness.
    I have hope and faith in HH, that he is a BETTER person to help ZAMBIA go through current economical hardships. The previous leadership couldn’t be better, because they are responsible for the trouble that Zambia finds itself in. Again, there are 20% good things that ECLdid, but Zambia needs someone who would do 80% of good things…

  37. HH IS AN INTELLIGENT LEADER WHO CARRIES OUT HIS DUTIES DILIGENTLY. HE IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM YUO , LUSAMBO , WHO IS SATURATED WITH CADERISM IN YOUR HEAD’ AND YOU CANT UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS OF FIXING THE ECONOMY AND GORNANCE WHICH HH IS EFFECTIVELY APPLYING. HH PLANS ADEQUATELY AND HE IS AT THE MOMENT HIS HEAT FOR THUS COUNTRY IS LIKE THAT OF NEHEMIAH OVER JERICHO, EVENAFTER WINNING THE ELECTIONS HE HAS NEVER BEHAVED LIKE YOU COULD MADLY AND SHAMELESSLY FLY FROM ONE PLACE TO PLACE , INCLUDIN AMERICA .-DANCING ”DUNUNA REVERSE” AND FORGETING ABOUT PLANNING FOR POSITIVE SUSTAINABLE PLAN OF IMPACT. YOUR LEADER ENDED APPOINTING CADRES LIKE YOU……….. WHO ENDED UP BEHAVING LIKE AGENTS FOR NATION DESTRUCTION .

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  38. Lungu called his first 2 years after sata died , before the 2016 elections as job on training or induction………

    Lungus first 2 years was a mess……

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  39. I was equally baffled that it took so long for HH to even put together a cabinet. This gave me the impression that the UPND did not have a shadow cabinet when they were in opposition. What is now worrying is the wholesale removal of permanent secretaries and CEOs of some parastatals. While it is true that some of those removed were PF inclined, many others are highly qualified career civil servants who have served the government diligently long before the PF came into power. Those still serving in government have expressed worry that the sudden removal of these key civil servants is likely to adversely affect the smooth implementation of some projects. At the end of the day, it may be HH who may price for this.

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  40. Ba Lusambo just keep quiet Honorable. President HH has already brought change we were longing for. We are now having peaceful sleep. You and your PF have caused us to loose the best of our days in this short life. Lupiya Banda should have won 2011 elections to handover power to HH in 2016. Zambia would have been more United and Prosperous.

  41. I need to be enlightened on if the current running National Budget by PF did provide for immediate actions needing implementation as transportation of recalled diplomats, in short did the PF ensure in its budget for 2021 there is provision for a changed government administration needs?

  42. See who is talking? A CRY Baby Lusambo. He has no clue on how Leadership is executed. In fact this fool should be arrest for assaulting people, as he is not police to have been beating people because of Masks. Stop your bitter useless write-ups and give HH a chance. He has enough People to pick from than Yóu Dull chaps.

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