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Rating President Hakainde Hichilema’s 100 Days in Office

Columns Rating President Hakainde Hichilema's 100 Days in Office

By Sean Tembo – PeP President

1. Economy: Putting Zambia on an IMF programme is bad for the country. Already, electricity and fuel prices will go up. Additionally, giving the mines a mineral royalty tax holiday when copper prices are at an all-time high and yet we go to borrow to fund our expenditure needs is not only incompetence but it is treasonous. Hichilema’s allegiance to Zambia should be subjected to a detailed investigation. Score = 0

2. Rule of Law: Hichilema only respects the Constitution when it favors him. Forcing people to take the vaccine is a breach of the constitution, removing former civil servants from payroll before their benefits are paid is a breach of the constitution. Creating new ministries and allowing them to start operating before they’re ratified by Parliament is a breach of the Constitution. Score = 0

3. Professional Civil Service: Hichilema replaced PF cadres who were DCs, with UPND cadres. He then proceeded to replace career civil servants who were PSs with his party cadres. Score = 0

4. Cost of Living: The prices of goods in shops are still very high and Hichilema has not put a single plan on the table of when or how these prices will reduce. Score = 0

5. Wastefulness: Despite claiming that the coffers are empty, Hichilema has been very wasteful with public money. He has employed the largest number of advisors than any other President, with a lot of duplication. For example, he has a Special Assistant for Economic Affairs (Jito) and also an Economic Advisor (Pamela), for the first time almost all ministries now have two Permanent Secretaries just so he can accommodate as many of his UPND members as possible. Score = 0

6. National Unity: Hichilema’s narrative that the previous administrations neglected Southern, Western and North-Western provinces has divided Zambia more than ever before. He keeps saying that he is uniting the nation and yet his actions are diving us. Score = 0

7. Arrogance: Hichilema lacks respect for the people that elected him into office. We understand that he might be facing challenges to fulfill his campaign promises, but he needs to explain that to the people in a sober manner. His statement that jobs don’t come from rocks is an insult to Zambians. Score = 0

8. Foreign Trips: We understand and appreciate the fact the a President has to travel to other countries to market Zambia, but in the case of Hichilema, it is his only preoccupation. So far, his 5 foreign trips have not yielded any tangible results in the form of a Trade Agreement or Foreign Direct Investment. Score = 0

9. Decision Making: Hichilema’s failure to decide on Government’s direction regarding the KCM liquidation and Mopani purchase agreement are causing huge uncertainty in the mining sector. Given the importance of mining to the overall welfare of our economy, we would have expected him to act quickly. But hey, even simply picking PSs and DCs took him 3 months. He is very slow for someone who came from the private sector. Score = 0.

10. Setting Priorities: We know that there are always competing needs when you are running a country, but certain things require to be prioritized. For instance, Hichilema has no excuse for failing to raise K318 million to pay farmers who sold maize to Government in Eastern Province. This is an urgent matter and any President who knows how to prioritize national matters should have addressed it. Besides, it is only one Province that is waiting to be paid. Score = 0

Overall rating of Hichilema’s 100 days in office is 0/10.

39 COMMENTS

  1. Facts are facts, cost of living has gone up. Those in diaspora won’t feel it, but the poor widow back home will.

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  2. The president has so far disappointed to some extent on his many campaign promises but giving him a rating of 0/10 is highly unfair, if not childish. He has scored well in other areas.

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  3. The ZERO disease is contagious. Thankfully for some, it does not relate to votes and they have FIVE solid years to fulfil the mandate.

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  4. The definition of ignorance. Trade agreements are not negotiated in one day. It is international trade experts at the relevant Ministries of the countries involved who sit to hammer out a deal. This may take anything from 6 months to 2 years. Presidents only engage in preliminary talks for the need of a trade deal. They don’t sit to negotiate the details. Second, Zambia is broke due to high debts. The PF government failed to settle two payments that were due. And the Kwacha went into a tailspin. Zambia needs to reschedule the debts because we are in no position to meet our obligations. $750m has to be repaid in 2022. Why don’t you share with the nation how it should be repaid?

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  5. Cost of living didn’t go up within the last 100 days. It went up before that when the Kwacha lost value to the tune $1 to K23. This was because Lungu’s PF irresponsibly forgot to pay back money that was due to the country’s creditors. If you thought your country would improve economically in a 100 years……you do not to be employed by anyone. You need to go back to school.

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  6. #6 You seem never to run out reasons. The Kwacha came down to K15.00 vs dollar before Edgar left office. Your president said he would within hours bring it to K4.00. We had hope because of the way he explained..Mulekutika? Valentine Mukuka of Radio Icengelo answered E mukwai tulekutika naba komfwa bonse balekutika. It’s not my fault that I am complaining about high cost of commodities, I am complaining because we’re cofidently assured of instant better times.

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  7. Where are those ideyyooots who were condemning the putting up of score cards , like

    HEHH 1 : 0 critics

    Now even wannabe presidents are following………..

    We Make and lead the narrative……….

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  8. Sean Tembo, when did you and Wynter Kabimba come to the realization that negotiations with the IMF are a bad thing? These Zambian govt/IMF negotiations have bean going on for over a year. No one remembers Sean Tembo and Wynter Kabimba condemning Edgar Lungu for approaching the IMF to help with Zambia’s debt restructuring. The IMF held a number of meetings in Lusaka with then Finance Minister Bwalya Ng’andu, who was always claiming that they are near an agreement. I honestly never head you screaming. Where have you’re screams suddenly come from?

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  9. Empty commentary, knee jerk reaction Tembo. These people never talked in the previous government, were scared of police visiting them after such commentaries but now they are so free with reckless commentaries.

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  10. Nothing good about HH can ever come from likes of sean tembo, fred mmembe, wyter kabimba, edith nawakwi, chishimba kabwili, sakwiba sikota, sunday chanda, bowman lusambo, stephen kapyongo because these chaps have too much hatred, jealous, bitterness for HH. I pity them they can never be mature & objective in their analysis.

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  11. Sophomoric stunt. I would have given you style points for imagination if you had found a way to include negative numbers. With your bile and spite, the only reason you are using zeros is because your limited mind doesn’t know the left side of the number line exists.

    Just who is your audience?

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  12. National Unity can never be built on lies. Any President or party that discriminates against any citizen(s) , province(s) or region(s) should be called out. We don’t want to live a life of pretense. Lungu and PF actively discriminated against the named regions and their ethnic groups in relation to government jobs and resource distribution. People from these regions were retired in the so called ‘national interest’. This is a FACTl. Lungu should be condemned and not spared. Lungu is an archangel of tribalism and regionalism. HH should also be condemned to the gates of hell if he were to carry out the same vices.

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  13. Deja Vu #2

    Indeed, facts are facts. What makes people deny facts is often attachments. You can identify, like and love someone, but the minute you have attachments to that person you compromise & surrender your aptitude and intellect.

    If I love my woman very dearly, and I have attachments to her, it means every time she has differences or arguments with her friends, work colleagues, my or her own family members, I will automatically side with her story. Instead of looking at facts and see if she was the one in the wrong.

    Attachments make people live in denial and often unconsciously sign up for blind allegiances and become suicide bombers and terrorist instead of looking and dealing with the facts and truths. We see it every day on…

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  14. How can a person who got zero become a
    Judge?All he can see is zeros he got.
    Reflect how you failed to get one ?
    Continue promoting media personality
    Shows?

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  15. Spaka

    I still stand by my past comments when I criticised your scoreboards a short while ago. I can see its still sandpapering you inside. Move on. !! Sean Tembo cannot score cards and its wrong. On what basis is Sean Tembo doing that? On same token Sean is right to have addressed facts. Dr Sichuwa Sishuwa has also addressed many failures by HH very strongly today. And they are facts too. This is the person who campaigned very hard for HH.

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  16. Sean Tembo got zero vote because he didn’t have the financial muscle. National elections not for the poor. FTJ won because the entire country funded his party the MMD…. which now has no financial backing is just history.

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  17. It’s been a 100 days of terror. On average he’s been firing 6 persons everyday. 116 DCs, more than 25 PSs, more than 200 diplomats, countless Directors, Defense & Security wings, the list is long. He’s a terrorist

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  18. Spaka
    I am content. PEACE IS MY FRAGRANCE. No amounts of insults can shake me. I passed that threshold decades ago. I ask you to try it. It will change your life. Anything you touch will work for you and at times in very miraculous way. You will find clarity in life and become the next big thing in Zambia. Ask HH he rises up every day at 4am to meditate.

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  19. Spaka

    Hatefulness, Anger, Rage… are Success Blockers in life. And I know that you are intelligent enough to know that truth. They emit negative energies. You do not want to live a life like that. The Universe is waiting to use you abundantly, but you have to avoid the above things. You are as good as any human being that has changed and impacted the world. Just find your trueness and take that first step. Why would you want to base your whole life around HH, when you as good or even better than HH in some form or another. Rise up like an eagle and show your wings, Man !!
    If one door closes in life, there will always be another door that is waiting for you. Because the best is always in the future.

    Enjoy The Evening !!!

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  20. Deja Vu #2

    ……. Attachments make people live in denial and often unconsciously sign up for blind allegiances and become suicide bombers and terrorist instead of looking and dealing with the facts and truths. We see it every day on Lusakatimes, bloggers reaching boiling points emotionally.

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  21. Deja Vu – FTJ won because people were tired of one party rule..I wonder if you ever lived in a one party state I did though I was young? MMD was a breath of fresh air and relief…members volunteered their vehicles and services!!

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  22. Laugh my bu** out!!!!
    Taking a number line as an instrument of measurement, for me ni -273 out of +100.
    Zero is even respectful and powerful.
    Worst performance for a president in office for 100days in Zambia and in the world.

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  23. Bo’ Spaka ….#8

    I post this knowing i might get insulted from you….…No one makes and leads the narrative or owns the narratives. That’s absurdity…. Please take the advice and wisdom posted by INDEPENDENT OBSERVER #22 with an open mind……. It’s the secret to life. It even gets better that its coming from a person that you folks have hated and called all sorts of names’ reasons known to yourselves, but here he is rising above wanting to see you be the eagle that rules the skies…….. I just came from Zambia 3 days ago and I met a lot of anger from UPND folks who hoped for jobs. Some are even talking about de-campaigning HH in 2026. The early you guys start letting go the better for you. Someone yesterday sadly was crying about how important their uncle was to UPND and got side…

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  24. SPAKA

    Its about time someone gave you some schooling. Take that as therapy from INDEPENDENT OBSERVER. You have been hateful and dilutional for a long time. I just wonder if 5 minutes passes in you life without contemplating HH. Free yourself & tap into your potential. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. Lets be realistic, for those who are unbiased, would you really rate HH 0/100 ? There has been some positive baby steps taken, but you cant come and rate 0/100. Why would you rate 0/100 on Rule of law, just because of vaccination? Honestly, is the country more divided than during Lungu`s Era?
    Sean has forgotten when he was clobbered by PF Thugs.
    Such evaluation, completely disqualifies Sean Tembo, he has shown that he is crook, who is incapable of distinguishing between White and Black. He sees everything in the frame of Zeros.

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  26. Sean Tembo is a better friend to HH , as he doesn’t want him to fail but most of you who are clapping for nothing are the worst of the people the president needs in his life , all you want is to take something from this President what you should know is that there is only one president at a time, so Sean is just sharpening up his friend to do more , if he improves it is him the president whom people are going to praise and not Tembo.
    I can tell you if PF and ECL where listening to the complaints from Zambians they wouldn’t have been voted out, ECL himself was deceived by those clapping for him even when they knew that things were not going in the right direction.

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  27. Sean Tembo is a better friend to HH , as he doesn’t want him to fail but most of you who are clapping for nothing are the worst of the people the president needs in his life , all you want is to take something from this President what you should know is that there is only one presidengt at a time, so Sean is just sharpening up his friend to do more , if he improves it is him the president whom people are going to praise and not Tembo.
    I can tell you if PF and ECL where listening to the complaints from Zambians they wouldn’t have been voted out, ECL himself was deceived by those clapping for him even when they knew that things were not going in the right direction.

  28. @nshilimubemba,
    No objective person is critisizing Sean Tembo for airing his views,the point is that his review is biased politically and personally, therefore it’s wrong.
    I would have raised thumbs up with an evaluation around 5/10, that would have been realistic and NOT the 0/10. If you read the justification he is putting across, it contains misleading semi-facts.

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  29. The only slight problem with the analysis of Sean is that no one can only score zero in all he has been doing , definitely he must have scored some marks in one area or two how ever the overall cannot be zero ,
    The only good thing with the office of the president is that you can improve on your performance since no one can pull you back until you finish your term, the president can do more if he can critically look at the sharpest teacher.
    we all know that no president has ever scored 100% no it has never happened and will never

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  30. Sean Tembo gets more comments than HH…Zambians don’t waste time changing their minds…HH is done…no one is listening or paying attention to whatever he’s doing…he’s proven to be a pathetic liar of a President…one term President if not less

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  31. @36 Jonny
    Get rid of the that hate in your heart…it’s not good for your health it’s one of the causes of Cancer…you have so much hate for Lungu but please forget about Lungu now focus on your small god HH

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  32. #25 Tarino Orange. People were tired of Edgar Lungu and his PF and HH won because among the contestants he was the only who could match the PF’s financial muscle.

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  33. The good news is that we shall see less smuggling of mealie meal to the DRC….. the Congolese have started to grow maize.

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