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Trip to South Africa by President Hichilema is a misplaced Priority-Nakacinda

Feature Politics Trip to South Africa by President Hichilema is a misplaced Priority-Nakacinda

Patriotic Front (PF)’s Information and Publicity Chairperson Raphael Nakacinda has said that while the entire country is gripped with fear over the revelation of a storm named ANA heading towards Zambia, President Hakainde Hichilema has chosen to leave the country for what he said a book launch, which many have considered as a clear show of misplaced priority on the part of State House.

In a statement released to the media, Mr. Nacinda said that when the President was in opposition, his party, the UPND used to go to the mountain tops whenever President Edgar Lungu traveled out mostly on crucial state visits.

Mr. Nakacinda said that it’s in difficult times like this, why people elect leaders and for the most part a President to stay home and provide sound leadership when people are gripped in fear and distress.

Mr. Nakacinda said that other than what he described as pointless Facebook postings meant to justify his pointless trip, the president should be on the frontline coordinating response and mobilization of contingent resources both from government and stakeholders.

Mr. Nakacinda said that, as Patriotic Front, the party sympathizes with the people and can only pray for Gods hand and favor on Zambia and the neighbouring countries so that lives and property are lost.

Meanwhile, the South African Government President released the following statement regarding the President’s visit.

PRESIDENT HICHILEMA’S VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA
Statement from the Presidency
South Africa and Zambia cement Bilateral Relations
26 January 2022 – 6:45pm

President Cyril Ramaphosa has this afternoon, Wednesday 26 January 2022, received His Excellency President Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia for a courtesy visit at the Mahlamba Ndlopfu official residence in Tshwane.

President Hichilema is visiting South Africa as an invited guest speaker at a private function.

President Hichilema’s courtesy call on President Ramaphosa provided an opportunity for bilateral discussions between South Africa and Zambia ahead of an Inaugural Bi-National Commission scheduled for later this year.

Today’s meeting also touched on regional issues, reaffirming South Africa and Zambia’s common international policy of a stable and peaceful continent.

This shared approach includes the use of multilateral bodies to advance the African Agenda and that of the global South, and the collective solidarity of the SADC community in the fight against terrorism and insurgencies.

President Ramaphosa commended Zambia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, reasserting that developing countries must have equity in developing and distributing vaccines.

The two leaders also noted progress in the establishment of facilities in Africa for the production of vaccines and other therapeutics that will reach populations around the continent.

The leaders identified the need for South Africa and Zambia to keep one another abreast of investment opportunities in each country and to actively encourage business to invest in areas of mutual benefit for regional development, such as in mineral beneficiation, local manufacturing and agriculture.

President Ramaphosa and President Hichilema cemented bilateral relations between the two countries.

South Africa and Zambia enjoy cordial bilateral relations, underpinned by strong historical and political bonds that date back to the era of the liberation struggle and apartheid colonialism

31 COMMENTS

  1. Nakachinda what can HH do to stop Ana? Whether he’s here or not Ana will do it’s work….. it’s nature baby

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  2. Nakachinda speak for many. Going for a book launch and paying a courtesy call on South African president is not presidential duty. The rubber has hit the road

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  3. The statement from the South African government says, “President Hichilema is visiting South Africa as an invited guest speaker at a private function.” What Hichilema went for is purely private. When Presidents worldwide visit their own citizens beset by calamity, it is not because they are able to stop these calamities. It is because they are expected to demonstrate humanity by being with the people they lead and offering them words of comfort alongside material support during people’s time of need. They are meant to reassure afflicted citizens of government support in helping them rebuild their lives. We see Presidents of Western countries visit victims of natural and human disasters in their countries quite a lot. Government leaders are in power largely to provide for their people…

  4. Therefore, how they conduct themselves during difficult times when citizens are best by calamity says a lot about what relationship they have with the people who vote them into office to provide for them. Alleviating the suffering of citizens affected by calamity comes about when leaders not only provide material assistance to them but also when they provide emotional support to them by being with them in their greatest times of need. Our needs as humans are not only material but also emotional.

  5. Nakachinda is an attention seeker, commenting on nearly everything about HH. Please provide credible checks and balances on real national issues.

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  6. On this one, i will not defend our president. It is not right to hide the intentions of the visit and to show case how that will benefit our country. We do not say a president cannot take private trips but that should not come in the name of government otherwise you are abusing our meagre resources.

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  7. Every man on earth answers to someone. I happen to answer only to the most high, God. it is,however very clear that hh answers to the whlte man.

    Our late father Robert mugabe must be turning in his grave. I would rather have julius malema as Zambian president that have a sellout like hh

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  8. Instead of attempting to save the PF which is drowning, even loosing a bye election in Milenge las week, this Nakachinda guy and his friends are busty with their talk shop business, appears there is nobody to advise the other in PF now, the party is just on free fall , the guy is busy attacking the President. We have not forgotten how the PF cheated us of more money in our pockets which never came in ten years. Get serious for once

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  9. Elders where Nakachinda comes from, please sit him down and advise him on discipline and etiquette,Civil society please sit him down and educate Nakachinda on tenets of democracy,Traditional councils please sit Nakachinda advise when idioms can be used, I LOVE this Nakachinda guy but unfortunately the guy is lost and appears there is nobody to assist him

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  10. PF, what is your business where the President goes or not, the beauty is that nobody in this country listens to PF, reason why PF was totally rejected in the first place

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  11. Let the views on the left (critic mourners) bring solid facts than waffling around without any iota of truth. Zambians voted for new leadership, new style of governance in a new world order. The world is ever changing so those who do not change with the new order of state affairs will be left behind. To come up with perceptions of oh, it was only a book launching trip is missing the other facts. The two leaders met and discussed more important issues ref. statement from the South African president on HH’s visit. Lets move on, the president is doing a great job making Zambia relevant in the region and the world at large.

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  12. This is a typical example of how a conman does things. Hakainde was fully aware that he had a private and personal trip to South Africa, so he had to confuse the praise singers by paying a ” courtesy” call on president Cyril Ramaphosa. The private trip all paid for by the Employers (Zambian electorate” Like many of other previous trips, the conman’s first priority are his business interest but sugar coated with the announcement of ” Zambia’s interests” laughable isn’t it? only an avaerage to below average mind would attempt to buy into such shallow schemes. So tax payers are paying for a Photograph. My word, God help us.

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  13. When Lungu was taking delegations of 100 to eSwatini’s Reed Dance Ceremony to copulate with 30 under age girls, this Nakachinda was ululating like a mad vuvuzela ati ndipo asogoleli asukeko mkhondo! And now with HH the SoB is busy raving off litaba za bwanganu inge nja ya mutanganyo.

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  14. We are still celebrating PF’s loss last year and will continue doing so till 2026. Some people can take doom if they want. And like the Diggers newspaper stated in their editorial comment yesterday these PF plunderers must not only be prosecuted but also have their ill-gotten assets grabbed and forfeited to the state

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  15. Whoever is defending HH on this should have his/her head checked…if only you know the cost of those trips and the cost of buying medication in hospitals and building sanitary toilets in public places…..HH has committed an impeachable offense…now being Zambia everything is taken as a joke

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  16. @13 Choolwe Haantub
    i agree with you 100%…praise singers are very dull…i call them cult followers..if HH tells them to drink sulphiric acid they will drink it with no hesitation

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  17. Let the President work please. You had ten years which you blew away by failing to work. MMD left a decent economy and you blew it. Now if the President goes for a private visit and infuses work in there, what is the issue?

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  18. Instead of bickering, why don’t we for once be peaceful Zambians. HH, you are wrong on this because the stop doesn’t care about politics and sadly it’s Southern province that has been mostly affected. Do I diasgree with UPND and the opposition PF, YES. But we don’t have time to play with mother nature which doesn’t care about politics or anything else.

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