Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Emmanuel Mwamba Condemns Threats Against Kitwe Mayor by UPND Minister: Calls for Immediate End to Intolerance

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Patriotic Front (PF) Presidential candidate and ex-diplomat Emmanuel Mwamba has condemned Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo for threatening Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa over her alleged remarks against President Hakainde Hichilema.

The governing United Party for National Development (UPND) on the Copperbelt Province is upset by a comment attributed to Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa suggesting that President Hakainde Hichilema should resign.

Mr. Matambo, the UPND Copperbelt Chairperson, on Friday morning confronted Ms. Mpasa at her office at the Kitwe Civic Centre over the remarks made in a PF what’sapp group.

The Copperbelt Province Minister told Ms. Mpasa that he won’t tolerate her if she continued issuing remarks against President Hichilema.

On the same day, UPND Copperbelt Youths staged a media briefing where they issued statements against Ms. Mpasa.

But Ambassador Mwamba said Mr. Matambo must stop the intolerance displayed at Kitwe Mayor’s Office of intimidating Ms. Mpasa.

He said the intolerance exhibited by Mr. Matambo is totally unacceptable and should immediately be condemned.

“Matambo Must Stop the Intolerance Displayed at Kitwe Mayor’s Office.Provincial Minister Elisha Matambo has issued threats against Her Worship the Mayor of Kitwe, Mwaya Mpasa. Matambo expressed anger that a report attributed to Mpasa and posted on social-media pages requesting President Hakainde Hichilema to allegedly use the Press conference held on Thursday, 18th May 2023, to step down.In Matambo’s view, President Hichilema must be supported because of the public works he has allegedly done.Masanta denied issuing such a statement but stated clearly that she is free to express her own views in private conversations, especially that she belongs to the Patriotic Front where she holds a senior position as a Member of the Central Committee. She said she has never done anything wrong that should jeopardise or compromise her work, her civic role, and her position as the Kitwe Mayor,” Mr. Mwamba said.

He said Mr. Matambo must be reminded that he cannot impose his partisan views of President Hichilema’s perceived success on people but keep such views to himself and his party.

He said feedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom to hold ideas,opinions, views and express them are part of constitutional, inviolable and fundamental human rights.

“This intolerance exhibited by Matambo is totally unacceptable and should immediately be condemned.Matambo must be reminded that he cannot impose his partisan views of President Hichilema’s perceived success on people but keep such views to himself and his party.The threats and subtle intimidation against the Mayor is uncalled for and Matambo should take concern if the her work as a civic leader was affected. He therefore cannot bully or police views held by political and civic leaders to ensure that they conform with his selfish views.And Matambo, in his thinking, Mpasa must not attack the President and is not qualified to do so, but play with him and others!In Matambo’s thinking, President Hichilema is beyond reproach or criticism! What thinking is that?Do we need to remind him that freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom to hold ideas,opinions, views and express them are part of constitutional, inviolable and fundamental human rights,” Mr. Mwamba said.

Ms. Mpasa has refuted the claims in the presence of Mr. Matambo adding that she did not mention the name of the President in her post.

Ms. Mpasa said cannot be held responsible when other people choose to mis-interprete her comment.

Meanwhile, UPND Copperbelt Youth Chairman Warren Hinyama has told Kitwe Mayor to find a husband so that she can behave well.

Mr Hinyama has also accused the mayor of frustrating the efforts of the government with the way she is running the council chamber and allegedly gathering street kids and other individuals to embarrass the head of state, each time he is in the district.

Speaking at a presser this morning, Mr Hinyama said the sentiments by the mayor that the president should resign after the press briefing held on Thursday will not be tolerated as she is clearly an enemy of the government.

Mr Hinyama said it is unacceptable that the mayor is belittling the works being done by the UPND when she is constantly commissioning CDF projects which are being funded by government.

And UPND Kitwe district Youth Chairman Bowas Kapata has directed UPND youths not to allow the mayor attend any presidential functions as she is a an enemy of the president.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Kitwe district will always face hostility from Matambo because it’s almost 100 percent composed of the opposition. Matambo should know that HH is not Upnd president but president of Zambia which includes Kitwe. In a democracy everyone should respect and accept everyone, unless the talk about democracy is just mere rhetoric.
    You can see his bitterness in his face.

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    • Congolese like you in CB think you own zambia…………

      The 2.8 million and growing don’t think so……….

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    • #Spaka… what makes you think calling me a Congolese will disturb me? You are simply showing signs of running out of ideas to defend your amateur at Community House.

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    • Spaka is a xenophobic tribalist. I meet and confront these everyday. It just shows you the depth of the gutter Zambia has fallen in. I hope politicians in Zambia dont allow their supporters to sink this low. A little History for xenophobes like Spaka: most of the tribes in Zambia came from what is now called Congo and you Spaka nor your ancestors nor mine never drew the borders that Africa is now divided into so think before you alienate others along the lines drawn by the white man. You are being a pawn of Europe!

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    • Kulenga Kulenga

      I can’t in any way have any ancestry connected with the Congolese……

      You can tell a kasi from miles away , just how they think…..short term

      Like the Congolese Dejavu

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    • So it has two dogs in England? I highly doubt that because dogs here can not survive on leftover nshima and chewed out chicken bones they need Pedigree Tin foods which cost £20 minimum per pack. I doubt a Humpty Dumpty Troll who spends 24/7 online can afford that!!

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  2. Patriotic Front (PF) Presidential candidate? How long are these guys going to candidates? 2 years given that they paid K200,000…what a joke?

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  3. Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa was very professional she showed great maturity handling this moron Matambo…he is just another empty tin Bowman Lusambo not fit for that office, Matambo is pushing above his weight the best level for him is ward official.

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  4. We all remember the unpalatable insults being hurled by PF caders with the blessings of the leaders, including mwamba , At the opposition…………
    Social media was awash with dirty insults from PF………

    They even had a senior minister, kambwili on national airwaves inciting and unleashing tribal attacks………..

    Those are the actions PF want to bring back in the name of free speech………

    Cader PF saboteurs like the kitwe mayor need to be checked………….

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    • You need to give your head a wobble..how does she need to be checked? You have started your mindless drumbeating for Hakainde again

  5. “he won’t tolerate her if she continued issuing remarks against President Hichilema.”
    Does this man know the tenets of democracy? Democracy is about TOLERATING those with opposing views. TOLERATION is important. If the mayor thinks HH should resign, freedom of speech allows her to say so. It is not an insult to ask for someone’s resignation you brainless cadres! That is exactly what politics is about. HH should Just answer her and say why he wont heed her demands period. Zambia needs to be saved from Cadres who act like Matambo and police who roughed up Lazy Lungu’s wife

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    • One time in Zambia there was a dinner at a certain hotel hosted by a republican president. One speaker cracked a joke and everyone laughed except the president. Time for the president to give the speech came, he cracked the same joke one of the first speakers gave. Everyone laughed even louder than at first with everyone trying to out laughing each other….in short a president is a god, untouchable, father of the nation.

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  6. An epidemic outbreak of UBUTUTU in UPND.Don’t worry your 4 provinces will continue praising you regardless.

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  7. Most of you are not prevy to the PF what’s app groups disparaging the president and GRZ with open suggestions of economic sabotage where this cader mayor participates……

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  8. The PF cader mayor saboteurs runs is nothing………

    Her actions and remarks run deeper that saying the president should resign…….

    If you know , you know.

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    • AWEE… I am sure you don’t know how the system works. That provincial minister cannot fire the mayor in question. The problem here is your minister has a bone to chew because the mayor is from PF. Everything she does he’s going to use against her because li fontini who doesn’t accept or understand how democracy works

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    • The resign remark was nothing……

      She is part of worse disparaging remarks on their chat groups.

      I’m sure that is normal in your DRC , but in zambia we are trying to cleanse this

  9. MISTAKEN IDENTITY. THE MAYOR OF KITWE DOESN’T REALIZE THAT SHE’S PART OF THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY, SHE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT SHE IS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE PROVINCIAL MINISTER , LCG MINISTER , AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL . ALL SHE KNOWS IS THAT SHE IS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF EMMANUEL MWAMBA ANS CHILUFYA TAYALI. THE MINISTER NEVER THREATENED THE MAYOR AS PORTRAYED BY THE CONFUSED EMMANUEL MWAMBA , , THE MINISTER WAS SIMPLY COUNSELING , ADDVISING AND DIRECTIONG HIS SUBORDINATED REGARDING MAINTAINING HARMONY IN THE SYSTEM OF WORKING TOGETHER AND DEVELOPMENT . AND IF MWAMBA WATCHED THE VIDEO HE WOULD AGREE WITH ME THAT THE SHOWED POSITIVE INDEXES OF AVOIDNG DISTRACTERS

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    • You clearly don’t know how much authority the Mayor holds and no the Provincial minister isn’t a supervisor for the Mayor.

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  10. ACCORDING TO PF GOVERNCE , EVEN A MERE CADRE HAD SPECIAL AUTHORITY GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY PRVINCIAL APPOINTED ADMINISTRATOR. NO WONDER EACH CADRE C………BUT UNDER THE NEW DAWN SANITY H AND ORDER IN ACCORDANCE WITH DECENTRALIZATION MUST BE FOLLOWED AND RESPECTED WHETHER YOU ARE ORANGE OR TARINO IN NATURE

  11. Kitwe has the unique distinction of being the only city that nearly 100 percent opposition. The so-called New Dawn have now vowed to starve the city of development as punishment for the city’s rebelliousness. Procrastination by the New Dawn to rehabilitate the busy Independence Avenue and Chibuluma Road are stark reminders of this. Some fanatical UPND UPND praise singers have boasted they will teach Kitwe a lesson and concentrate all development only in Copperbelt areas with sizable UPND presence. Ever wondered why Kitwe, despite being the second largest city and the most centrally located on the Copperbelt hjas been denied electric battery factory in preference to Ndola? In 2017, it was announced that the Cancer Disease Centre was to be in Kitwe. Now it is in Ndola!?

  12. Kaiza Zulu torn down with your language. You are not a politician. It seems you are a person who has found himself in wrong places because of your friend’s relationship with…. Be in the normal circles of democracy. All Governments have long memories. Let not all those memories become a ton of bricks and fall onto you. let us enjoy our Democracy with good words.

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