Over the past few days, the digital space has been awash with tonnes of misinformation by a poorly read, poorly informed Patriotic Front (PF) media team; purporting that the latest country report by the Economists Intelligence Unit (EIU) has declared the PF and President Edgar Lungu likely victors in the August 12 General Election.
Let me state from the onset, that the purported election victory by the PF is CONDITIONAL on a set of diabolical set of circumstances falling into place, circumstances which in effect would constitute an assault on Zambia’s democracy by the PF and its leadership, effectively rendering the results of the August polls a mockery to our collective intelligence.
Here is a list of critical insights contained in the March 30 2021 report by the EIU, insights conveniently and foolishly overlooked by the regime to claim that election victory is guaranteed in their favour when Zambians head to the polls this August.
Under the PF regime, Zambia’s democracy index is down from 5.09 to 4.86, designated from flawed democracy to hybrid regime. This means that we are no longer a recognized democracy, but a cross between a democracy and an authoritarian regime, like Benin, Uganda, Thailand.
A further downgrade of Zambia’s democracy rating is expected should President Lungu succeed in clinging on to power.
President incumbent of the PF is designated as an authoritarian leader in the report.
I do not need to explain what this means.
The policy focus of the PF regime to hinge on short-term, populist features to endear the masses into keeping the regime in power. This is why we have seen and overflow of money in empowerment, social cash transfer and FISP.
All this careless splashing of cash will soon be back to bite all of us.
The report proposes or points to a possible Chinese takeover of state assets as part of a possible Chinese debt restructuring program – this could further escalate anti – Chinese sentiments in our country.
We have always warned about the lack of transparency around the quantum and conditions around Chinese debt. We think that it is this lack of detail and transparency from the regime that is escalating fears.
Zambians must be braced for a painful austerity ahead. This could and usually means cuts may be made to critical public services – no proper funding for healthcare, education, while salaries for civil servants may be expected to become more erratic.
Already, many council workers go for several months without being laid salaries, while the widespread degeneration in critical public services was witnessed in the dying years of the UNIP regime.
Zambia has now been cut off from external funds thanks to poor infrastructure program implementation by the PF.
We always warned that the cost of infrastructure was unsustainable, especially that this was funded by very expensive debt money.
Zambia was officially cut off from external borrowing the moment we decided we will not make Eurobond coupon payments because the PF wanted to focus on splashing money.
Decision to abolish 2005 voters’ register seen to likely lead to the registration of more voters in ruling party strongholds than opposition ones.
We all saw what happened during the exercise to issue NRCs and voters cards, and there are numbers to back up our initial fears.
Zambia’s functioning of governments score at 2.93, reflecting PF corruption and mismanagement of the economy and public finances, including weakening of independence of BOZ by abrupt changes in governors.
This killed confidence in the Central Bank’s ability to steer an objective monetary policy. Bad for business.
The EIU projects that the election will neither be free nor fair as PF will be forced to rely more on Zambia’s partisan security forces to aggressively narrow the political space for the opposition.
We have seen an increasing appetite by the police to use a heavy hand when dealing with opposition political parties- arbitrary arrests, detentions and citizens being killed by police bullets.
Now, ALL this is contained in the same EIU Report the PF are using to claim victory come August.
The report is a public document and I urge people to read it and understand full well the path to nowhere the PF have set us onto.
UPND Presidential Spokesperson.
Thursday 1 April 2021
KAOMA town came to a standstill today as United Party for National Development Secretary General Batuke Imenda passed through the Central Business District.
And UPND has called on all party members and sympathisers to go out and encourage every Zambian to be part of the wind of change that is blowing in the country.
Hundreds of people came out to have a glimpse of Mr Imenda who was appointed as the party’s Secretary General a fortnight ago.
It took about an hour for Mr Imenda’s convoy to cover a distance of about 2 kilometers as residents ran with the vehicles to the party’s constituency office.
Mr Imenda was forced to address the masses of at the party Secretariat there was no permit to sanction the meeting from the police.
Meanwhile Mr Imenda says it is the responsibility of every peace loving and democratic Zambian to mobilize neighbours, family and friends in voting the party into government.
Mr Imenda, who is in Western Province to meet with grassroots leaders, said it was time for Zambians to give President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND and opportunity to change the economy which was in the doldrums following years of mismanagement by the PF.
And Vice Chairman for Elections Brian Ndumba urged party members to verify their votes during the on-going voter registration exercise.
Mr Ndumba said party members have the responsibility to protect their vote and must therefore register, vote and wait for vote counting to be done.
And National Trustee Ms Patricia Nawa urged the youths and women to turn out in large numbers to vote for the change of government.
Ms Nawa observed that the majority of women have suffered at the hands of the current government due to the bad management of the economy adding that they should vote them out if their sufferings are to be alleviated.
National Youth Deputy Chairman Stephen Chikota called for youths to come together to ensure there was an election Tsunami come August 12th.
Mr Chikota appealed to all party members to be united if the party has to see victory in this years elections.
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Lusaka – 01/04/21
United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema says voting for him and his party is cleansing the shame of poverty and unemployment on his shoulders in the forth coming general elections.
And Mr Hichilema has assured the nation that he will file in his nominations for Presidency as the Zambian people want him as a Candidate for Change.
In receiving, the former PF Deputy Minister of Sports and Mufumbwe Member of Parliament Stephen Masumba at the Party Secretariat today, Mr Hichilema bemoaned the current social and economic challenges, under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, which continues to subject Zambians into a sea of abject dehumanizing misery.
On the political landscape, President Hichilema said it is not fair that the Zambian people are abused with their own money PF is dishing to them in a bid to buy them off.
And Stephen Masumba vowed to campaign for the UPND and President Hakainde Hichilema for change.
He says it is unfortunate that PF has been governing the country with lies and unfulfilled promises citing lack of employment and empowering the foreigners at the expense of the locals especially in the mining sector.
He further said it will be difficult for PF to penetrate North Western Province as he contributed to popular politics when he was in MMD and PF.
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Lusaka~28th March, 2021.
We have made amendments to some of the rules governing qualifications to stand as Member of Parliament, Mayor, Council Chairperson and Councillor, says UPND Spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa.
Mr Mweetwa stated that the party had earlier demanded that those who wished to contest on its ticket needed to have been members of the party for a period not less than 2 years.
Addressing the Press at the UPND secretariat , Mr Mweetwa, who is also Choma Central MP, stated that the party had waived off the two-year membership for those intending to contest on its ticket.
He said the move is aimed at allowing a wide pool of aspirants to have a chance to bring their political aspirations forward.
“In line with what the UPND Elections Chairperson, Hon. Nkombo stated (last week) that we had extended the application period. We, have since, as UPND made amendments to some of the rules and regulations to stand as MP, Mayor, Council Chairperson and Councillor. Remember, we had put a rule that for anyone to contest on the party ticket, we had put the rule of 2-year membership. The party has since waived or abolished that rule,” said Mweetwa.
Mweetwa also disclosed that UPND has an overwhelming response over the adoption as it had an average of four applicants for each constituency.
He stated that the move was an indication of the party growth and height that the largest opposition political party has attained, adding that the party had “become of age to take the reigns of governance!”
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UPND Mongu central constituency Aspiring candidate Mr Oliver Amutike today filed his nominations for the adoption ahead of August elections.
Mr Amutike said if adopted he will add value to the UPND in Mongu central constituency and make sure that UPND wins big.
Receiving the application on behalf of UPND was UPND Constituency Secretary Mr John Makai who said it was important that people have shown interest to stand on the UPND ticket which is the most saleable party in the country.
Mr Makai wished Mr Amutike all the best in the race to the adoption process.
So far only 5 candidate have shown interest to run on the UPND ticket in Mongu central constituency western province.
Mr Oliver Mumbuna Amutike is a businessman and a community worker in Mongu district of western province.
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UPND Aspiring Parliamentary candidate for Solwezi West, Naomi tetamashimba has launched her campaign tagged “Muntu pa Muntu “.
Ms Tetamashimba said she is energised and gathers her courage from President Hakainde Hichilema who has proven to the nation that he stands for the country and it’s people.
“We have the best President who today has become the people’s choice, there is nothing that anyone can do because Zambians are confident that he means well and will serve this country better.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
Speaking after touring Solwezi West in Kalumbila Constituency, Ms Tetamashimba said she was glad that she was able to interact with fellow women and youths who unfortunately have been made vulnerable by the PF leadership.
She said many Zambians today are struggling to earn their living and are now looking forward to a leadership that will take care of their issues.
“Am so proud as UPND because we have the best President HH who is giving hope to the people of Zambia that their lives will be better.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
She called on the membership across the country to get to the ground and campaign and present to the people President Hichilema who will serve them better as their servant.
“Let us all get down and campaign and tell people the truth about our leadership. HH is the only hope Zambia has today.” said Ms Tetamashimba.
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pledges to repeal the Cyber Security Bill-NAB2
UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians only have one country therefore they should all get involved and take charge of their destiny.
And Mr Hichilema says that he is committed to restoring law and order immediately he is ushered into State House after 12th August, this year.
Addressing marketeers, small scale and medium entrepreneurs and tax/bus drivers from Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, Eastern and Northern Provinces this afternoon, Mr Hichilema reiterated that once in office, the UPND will create an enabling business environment to support the various businesses in the country.
He also bemoaned the unprecedented levels of poverty in the country, saying he has never witnessed such levels of suffering in his entire life.
“This is the worst leadership since the colonial masters. At my age, I have never seen the people of Zambia suffer the way they are suffering [now]. This BOMA is worse off than the colonial regime. That is why we need change,” said Mr Hichilema.
Mr Hichilema says the PF is trying to use the ‘draconian’ Cybersecurity Bill NAB2 to gag citizens and stop them from using internet services.
He says no media house will be shut and that political interference in the operations of the media would be a thing of the past immediately he is sworn in.
“No media house will be shut down during our tenure in official. One of the laws we are going to reverse is the cyber security Bill. I don’t whether Mr Lungu is going to sign the Bill, though I know he will. They want you to stop using internet. This is the channel we are going to use to deliver health care to our people. We will use technology to deliver services to our farmers. Our duty is to use internet so that when there is an accident drivers can easily notify the insurance company to come to their aid,” said
He has since promised a week-long mobilization tour of the Copperbelt.
“I want thank our colleagues who have travelled all the way from Copperbelt, Northern, Southern and any other part of the country who have joined us this afternoon. We want to thank you for coming here. I want to assure you that I will be coming to the Copperbelt and I will be spending a week there,” he said.
Speakinng during the same event, UPND SG, Batuke Imenda said that the the party had chosen to invite marketeers and drivers from the Copperbelt was as a result of the party’s resolve to bring everyone on board as the country goes to the polls on August 12th.
He also called on members of the UPND to go out in the field and mobilize voters, adding that his office would not allow party members to be lazy.
UPND Taxis and Buses Chairperson, Mr Mutale who led the Copperbelt delegation comprising marketeers and drivers from the constituency, district, and provincial stated that
Meanwhile, Gilbert Liswaniso, who is the UPND National Youth Chairperson, has called on UPND youths across the country to be alert and defend president Hichilema in an event that the Police moved in to arrest him over the Kalomo saga involving the Hatembo family.
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UPND Secretary General Batuke Imenda has challenged party members to go out and conquer the election battle by conducting door to door campaigns.
Mr Imenda said victory will only be certain if UPND officials on the ground are courageous and stand their ground without fear of intimidation during campaigns.
The SG was speaking at the party secretariat yesterday when he met Lusaka Central & Kanyama Constituency officials on his on going familiarisation program of party structures.
“I challenge you all to follow what President Hakainde Hichilema has been communicating to all members; that we not only win this election but win big,” he said.
He urged party members to be vigilant during and after the elections to ensure that the Zambian vote is secure.
Mr Imenda appealed to leaders in all structures to support members who are ready to protect the vote.
He further stated that he will join members on the ground to ensure that President Hichilema and the UPND are in government after August 12th, 2021.
” I may be CEO of the party and expected to be in the office but I choose to be out on the campaign trail to support you members, ” he said
The SG was accompanied by Deputy Youth Chairman Trevor Mwiinde and Lusaka District Deputy Chairman Akim Moono.
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Zambians need to rise up and fight for economic independence following the devastation of the economy said UPND Secretary General Batuke Imenda.
Mr Imenda said this during his familiarisation tour of constituencies in Lusaka yesterday.
He said it is time to fight through the ballot to get back what has been stolen from the people by the PF government.
“We must organize people in our communities to win this election and usher President Hakainde Hichilema and the UPND into office to enable the country gain economic independence” he said.
Mr Imenda said it is only the people of Zambia themselves who can liberate the country from the economic woes through the ballot.
He called on the UPND supporters to have one other’s interests as the country heads towards elections, adding that this is the time to support all aspirants regardless of whether they are one’s preferred or not.
Mr Imenda took the opportunity to assure members that their candidates of choice would be chosen by the people and not imposed by top leadership.
He stated that the local membership have the mandate to select their candidates of choice because they knew who is popular in their area.
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