Opinion: UPND And Its Confrontational Politics

On the morning of September, 20 2011 at his Omelo Mumba Road residence in Rhodespark, then leading Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front struck a resigned figure when a team of his party soldiers stormed his yard … Continued

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On the morning of September, 20 2011 at his Omelo Mumba Road residence in Rhodespark, then leading Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front struck a resigned figure when a team of his party soldiers stormed his yard looking to him to give them the all clear to raise hell. Led by PF Kanyama candidate Colonel Garry Chanda, the foot soldiers had come to whine about the early violent protests in Kanyama Constituency where youth suspicious of electoral malpractices ran riot storming voting centres. Col Chanda and co were eager to impress on the understandably subdued King Cobra who was going to the ballot for the fourth time having tested defeat in 2001, 2006, 2008 before going into the 2011 poll. Chanda and his team were disappointed when Sata sent them back to Kanyama and be on watch. He crudely told them that if they spent time running around each time there was suspicion of malpractice they would end up losing everything. “Just go back there what do you think I am going to do here? If they want to steal let them just steal! With that they scampered out of his yard. What they may not have known is that by this time, once venomous cobra had leant never to always be confrontation in politics. He had learnt through defeat that the only way for him was the clean way. He was never going to force matters. Looking at how many battle fronts the UPND has opened in their pursuit of the imagined victory, they may end up losing on time to build up on their strengths and may be minimize their weaknesses. For once, the UPND is a party that is not new to election petitions having gone through perhaps the most expensive petition that dragged on for years when late Anderson Kambela Mazoka challenged the narrow victory Levy Mwanawasa. Having assembled the crème del le crème of Zambian lawyers, the UPND threw everything they had but that still ended in defeat. Sata having watched this process had toyed with the idea of taking the court route in 2008 but thought better of it and instead went to work. Three years, against heavy odds his better judgment and hard work was to pay off. Maybe that is the route the UPND should consider adopting rather than scampering all over looking for electoral victory through a technicality. Understandably election defeat is painful that is why it is supposed to motivate you to work harder. The UPND will not find a better substitute to cure election grief than with hard work. It does not help them that they have antagonized the Electoral Commission of Zambia, the judiciary and everyone else who does not hold their view. Even in football as Zambia learnt through a bitter experience with Jean Fidel Diramba that all the complaints we raised no matter how legitimate never earned us a World Cup at the US 1994 tournament. Rather than pick up fights at every turn, the UPND better get back to work and hope for better luck next time. After all they are within inches of forming the next government. They came close at the last election and this is the time to consolidate those loopholes for a finer finish in 2021. However, at the rate they are going including even a go at the Judicial Complaints Commission, they may have nowhere to run to. And hell knows who will be next to be harangued. The post Opinion: UPND And Its Confrontational Politics appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Patson Daka Heads To Austria

Chipolopolo teenage striker Patson Daka may have just got himself a Christmas present with a big money move to Austria starring for Division One outfit FC Liefering. The Kafue Celtic product on loan to Power Dynamos was named the Young … Continued

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Chipolopolo teenage striker Patson Daka may have just got himself a Christmas present with a big money move to Austria starring for Division One outfit FC Liefering. The Kafue Celtic product on loan to Power Dynamos was named the Young Player of the Year in the Zambian Super League for the second time. He was part of the all conquering Cosafa Under-20 team that lifted the trophy for a record 11th time. Daka has turned a corner in the 2016 season, duly exercising the demons of 2015 that saw him take some flak when some critics took issue with his being given a starting berth in senior Chipolopolo colours. The post Patson Daka Heads To Austria appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lubinda Bans Political Part Regalia At Court

Justice Minister Given Lubinda has announced a ban of wearing of political party regalia within court premises. The move seems to have been motivated by the recent fracas at the Lusaka High Court that saw police and UPND cadres clash. … Continued

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Justice Minister Given Lubinda has announced a ban of wearing of political party regalia within court premises. The move seems to have been motivated by the recent fracas at the Lusaka High Court that saw police and UPND cadres clash. Over 40 cadres were arrested and charged with riotous behaviour and malicious damage to property. Lubinda said the move was meant to take politics out of the justice system. He stressed that the ban will be applied across all political parties including the ruling Patriotic Front. Political observers will keep an eye on how this ban will be effected with some Members of Parliament having their cases of appeal in the Constitutional Court. Curiously also the number of cadres escorting a political figure to court will also be in focus as this verbal order is implemented. The post Lubinda Bans Political Part Regalia At Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema & GBM Report Report Judge To JSC

The opposition UPND has found another target in the judiciary having reported Judge Mwila Chitabo to the Judicial Complaints Authority for alleged gross misconduct. UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have written to the Judicial Complaints … Continued

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The opposition UPND has found another target in the judiciary having reported Judge Mwila Chitabo to the Judicial Complaints Authority for alleged gross misconduct. UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have written to the Judicial Complaints Authority over the suspending of the hearing the right to be heard matter in the Presidential petition. The duo has been pelting missiles at the judiciary when it suits them and also coming to the defence of the judiciary when others raise issue with the judiciary. Judge Chitabo has halted the hearing of the petition following chaotic scenes at the High Court last Thursday that saw UPND cadres damage property. The post Hichilema & GBM Report Report Judge To JSC appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Amos Chanda Responds To Rumours His Job Is On The Line

Amos Chanda gave the perfect response to rumours that he was in line to be fired by President Edgar Lungu by getting down to business to issue a routine Presidential statement. Chanda whose name hit the airwaves that him and … Continued

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Amos Chanda gave the perfect response to rumours that he was in line to be fired by President Edgar Lungu by getting down to business to issue a routine Presidential statement. Chanda whose name hit the airwaves that him and political advisor Kaiser Zulu had been fired but he was back at the President’s service penning notes from the cabinet meeting President Lungu held. The Head of State has been meeting his ministers in the final stretch of the year to reflect on the successes and challenges of 2016. The Head of State met cabinet ministers on Thursday to be on the same page with his lieutenants. President Lungu followed up the meetings with provincial ministers across the 10 regions to take a closer at the various demands. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT: PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU GIVES INSIGHTS INTO 2017 AS YEAR OF ACTION PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu called a special session of Cabinet on Thursday, December 22, 2016 to reflects on the review the achievements and challenges of 2016 so that he plans for a more robust approach to the administration of Government in 2017. And today, Friday, December 23, 2016, the President held another session specifically for Provincial Ministers to discuss provincial administration and other matters incidental to the wellbeing of the country’s 10 regions. During the Thursday meeting, Cabinet and Provincial Ministers reflected on Government performance in 2016 and dialogued on a broad range of strategies aimed at enhancing the delivery of quality services to the people. “In order to improve the livelihoods of our people, it is important for us to take stock of what we have done this far so that we can chart the way forward in a more structured way. My national development agenda will be guided by the wisdom of broad consultation within and outside government,†President Lungu said. “I am seeking the broadest consensus possible in my quest to develop the country. But there will no room for procrastination and lethargy in the execution of government programmes. I am pleased to learn that my ministers share my impatience at the undue delays in the execution of decisions. We have to break with the business as usual approach.†From 11:00hours in the morning until 20:00 hours in evening, Cabinet reflected on the achievements of 2016 notwithstanding the challenges of elections that consumed a lot of time away from real development challenges. “We have to move fast to recover some of this lost time. To this effect, I gave direction on how we ought to move as a team. We have to re-examine critically, all aspects of Government administration within the context of the new constitutional and legal framework following the passage of the new constitution in 2016. We have to look, not just a the cost of running government, but also the redefined relationships between and among different government departments in the light of the new constitutional order,†the Head od State said. The President guided that necessary re-alignments must quickly be made to ensure the new constitutional and administrative creations can function properly in a coordinated manner and within the country’s limited resource envelope. The President has underscored the need for Cabinet to work as coordinated team and expects all ministers to be conscious of the crosscutting nature of government if they were to succeed in delivering effectively and efficiently. The PF Government has a huge task to deliver on the promises on which we premised our campaigns in the last general elections hence the need for the ministers to work extremely hard and together. Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE The post Amos Chanda Responds To Rumours His Job Is On The Line appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Africa Bloc Vows to Send Troops If Jammeh Stays

[Al Jazeera] West African leaders will send troops into The Gambia if its longtime ruler who lost elections does not step down next month, the president of the Economic Community of West African States said on Friday.

[Al Jazeera] West African leaders will send troops into The Gambia if its longtime ruler who lost elections does not step down next month, the president of the Economic Community of West African States said on Friday.

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It’s a Dream Come True, Says Van Wyk As She Signs for U.S Club

[SAFA] Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will be lost to home soil after she signed a contract with Houston Dash that plays in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the USA, pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer…

[SAFA] Captain of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will be lost to home soil after she signed a contract with Houston Dash that plays in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the USA, pending receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.

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