Monthly Archives: August 2013

GBM Vs Kabimba Punch-ups

PF OFFICIALS AND CADRES CRUSH AT NORTHMEAD MARKET LEAVING 3 WOMEN BADLY INJURED.
The fight erupted between Kabimba and GBM Camps after a group believed to be suporting GBM assembled at Northmead Market to organise a Demonstration against Post Newspaper Editor-In-Chief Fred M’membe.
City Market and Lusaka District Chairman Goodson Banda’s Office are some of the places that have attacked with damages. Police have since sealed off Banda’s Office. Northmead Market is believed to be under a PF Councillor who is in Kabimba’s Camp.The attackers are a GBM group of Thugs from Intercity. 
Meanwhile, Kabimba’s has gone to mobilize Chibolya Boys …..Now GBM camp is looking for Lusaka Province Youth and Acting Chairman Kennedy Kamba.

Now a Group of Youths with pangas are matching to State House to protest.

GBM SPEAKS OUT

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STATEMENT BY HON. GEOFFREY BWALYA MWAMBA (GBM)

MINISTER OF DEFENCE, KASAMA CENTRAL-MP

PRESIDENT MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA’S 2016 ENDORSEMENTS

A. Introduction

Committed Patriotic Front (PF) members across the country have continued to express their confidence in the leadership of His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata. President Sata is leading an ambitious and successful national economic development programme with Zambia experiencing unprecedented economic growth, infrastructure development like the Link Zambia 8000, new hospitals, schools and universities which have translated in public and private sector job creation. So, we unambiguously endorse President Sata as PF’s sole candidate for 2016. 

B. Our call for endorsements is a Call for Unity

Our calls to endorse President Sata as PF’s sole candidate for 2016 will guarantee unity in PF under his able leadership. We expected all PF members and colleagues in Government to welcome this call but sadly vicious attacks came from some in PF and Fred M’membe’s Post Newspaper, not from Opposition parties. The Post Newspaper is busy discrediting President Sata’s endorsements by maliciously targeting my personality and the business I’ve worked to build all my life through hard work, sweat and toil. Zambians must reject the Post Newspaper’s malicious plan to impose their anointed puppets to take over from President Sata. 

C. What President Sata’s 2016 Endorsement Campaign focuses on

The endorsement drive will guarantee victory for PF in 2016 since President Sata is very popular nationwide. Sadly, the Post Newspaper has waged a vicious war to paint this campaign “black” because their interests are threatened. There is only one camp in PF – the one led by President Sata who needs our daily support. PF members must therefore not be victimized for openly supporting President Sata. 

D. Substance of the Endorsement versus Politics of Personalities

Endorsements are a vote of confidence in President Sata’s visionary leadership. My appeal to PF members including those with hidden agendas sponsored by Fred M’membe’s Post Newspaper is that endorsing President Sata’s sole candidacy doesn’t warrant vilifying and victimization of the proponents. 

E. Conclusion

Let’s engage in a civil and democratic debate. President Sata is leading and we all remain inadequate for President. PF will not accept self-imposed “feeble” messiahs sponsored by their masters at the Post Newspaper. We call on all PF members and citizens from branches, wards, constituencies, districts, provinces and national structures of the party to openly endorse President Sata’s sole candidacy for 2016.

Media Statement

Johannesburg, 19 August 2013 – Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, and the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) are alarmed at attacks on the independence of the NGO sector and the media in Zambia. 

The Zambian government is starting to implement a controversial 2009 NGO law by requiring all NGOs to re-register. The NGO law creates a difficult environment for civil society as highlighted by CIVICUS in its letter to former President Rupiah Banda. This includes the requirement for NGOs to be subjected to oversight by a government dominated Board; government powers to dictate NGOs thematic and geographical areas of work; streamlining of NGOs’ work according to the objectives dictated in the National Development Plan; and increased red tape through mandatory re-registration every five years . 

“Freedom of expression and the right to criticise the government is under severe threat in Zambia at present. A number of NGOs are concerned that government’s directive calling upon all NGOs to re-register under the law will be used as a tool to subject outspoken advocacy organisations to bureaucratic harassment,” said Lewis Mwape of ZCSD.

In July 2013 alone, three journalists associated with the online news platform, Zambian Watchdog, which has exposed a number of official corruption scandals, were subjected to politically motivated arrests and harassment by law enforcement agencies. The charges have varied from “possession of military documents” to possession of “obscene material” to “sedition”, in what are widely viewed as reprisals for their independent and critical reporting. According to an independent news source, access to the Zambian Watchdog and Zambia Reports in Zambia has been blocked.  

“The situation in Zambia is fast deteriorating. The wanton targeting of activists and journalists is shocking,” said David Kode of CIVICUS. “Zambia’s neighbours, trading and development partners must engage President Sata’s government to stop the crackdown on democratic rights in the country.”  

CIVICUS and ZCSD urge the government of Zambia to (i) respect its human rights obligations by suspending the implementation of the NGO Law and amending it in consultation with civil society (ii) guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of all journalists and representatives of the media and (iii) end all forms of discrimination and harassments against journalists and all citizens with opposing views on national matters.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

CIVICUS was founded in 1993 and is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are challenged. 

Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) is an Umbrella of NGOs whose objective is to promote vibrant, independent and well coordinated civil society organisations in Zambia.  ZCSD is committed “to enhance the operation and enabling environment of civil society and promote Citizens Participation in political, economic, social, cultural and development activities  for improved accountability, transparency and service delivery to all citizens“. 

 

Calls to ascertain President Sata’s fitness to rule unfounded

Reported by Lusaka Times.

A Non Governmental Organization advocating for human rights and justice, Zambian Voice has described as uncalled for calls by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) that independent doctors carry out medical tests to ascertain whether president Michael Sata is fit to rule the country.

Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says it does not make sense to institute a group of doctors to ascertain the health of the republican president as he is not bed ridden.

Mr. Tayali notes President Sata has been already seen in public walking and therefore he clearly does not need to be subjected to such a treatment.

Mr. Tayali has advised the UPND to instead concentrate on matters that will help improve the lives of the people in the country as opposed to making unnecessary calls which may end up alarming the nation.

The Zambia Voice Executive Director was speaking in an interview with Qfm.

Hon. M. Sampa Vs GBM

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I wish to unconditionally comment on Hon. Sampa and GBM recent squabbles. Today’s (23/08/13) Post News paper head line is disheartening, bizarre and indeed to say the least lacks respect of the elders.  Hon. Sampa, comes from a well natured back ground with parents who cherish culture and tradition. Where he (Hon. Sampa) comes from they say “ KWAPA TACHILA KUBEYA”………………meaning if you are younger than your colleague by age…there is no way you would force years to match with your colleague. Hon. GBM is much older in age, and everything else except education back ground which has made Hon. Sampa brag and call GBM names. However, academic KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM should not be mixed, we need wisdom to govern NOT academic knowledge which subsequently cause us NOT to respect elders. I hope and pray that Hon. Sampa apologizes to GBM and continue working as a team.  

(From our email articles)

Election of R. Mugabe a Lesson for Zambian Opposition Parties

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Some political analysts, critics, haters, losers and others have refused to accept the 7th re-election of African eldest leader Dr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe.  So many allegations have been brought against Bob and his party to discredit the 31st July 2013 elections.  However, facts and logic dispel the theories of allegations.

The Final results show that Bob poured 2,110,434 (61.9%) while the International darling Morgan Tsvangirai got 1,172,349 (33.94%). Presidential escorts like Welshman Ncube managed to snatch 92,637 (2.68%); Dabengwa Dumiso 25,416 (0.74%) and Mukwazhe Munodei Kisinoti 9,931 (0.29%).

The head of African Union mission observers declared the election free and fair.  Olusegun Obasanjo, said his monitors noted some apparent irregularities but that they did not constitute evidence of systematic tampering. The loudest allegation is that of defranchizing about 1 million voters. But  if you apply logic of probability, it would be difficult to upset the results even if the you split the 1 million voters between Bob and Tswangarai at 50% each.

The Parliamentary results also give another evidence of the popularity of the parties in Zimbabwe.

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With the results as shown above, it’s really difficult to argue in favour of our Trade unionist. It is therefore sensible to accept that Mugabe won the election fair and square. However, this is not to endorse him as a good leader. Several factors would point to the fact that Zimbabwe could be better without Mugabe at this point in time. The question would be, can Zim be better off with Tswangirai? Why did Tswangirai fail to convince the Zimbabweans to vote for him like Zambians voted for President M. C. Sata in 2011? If Zimbabweans overwhelming voted for Tswangirai, the defranchised few would not have prevented him from getting to Plot 1. The man failed to take advantage of the many problems that Zimbabwe has been going through, by identifying himself with those problems as a messiah for the Nation. He thought it was automatic for the people of Zimbabwe to vote for him because Mugabe has brought them where they are. Yes, people had problems, but did they see solutions in Tswangirai? Definitely not, otherwise he would have had a landslide victory of FTJ Chiluba in 1991 in Zambia.

The International Community declared war against Bob and thought, whichever person gets the courage to challenge Bob would go through. They assumed that, their emotions against Mugabe would be transposed on the Zimbabweans so they would vote through them to remove him. They forgot that, their issues against Bob are totally different from the issues of the Zimbabweans who have the power to vote.

Zambian oppositions should learn from Zimbabwe. Political leadership in a democracy, does not come by default. By the fact that you see the prices of fuel, melie meal and other essential commodities going up and Sata not having a Press Conference, does not mean that since you are the leader of one of the popular opposition party, you will go to State House whenever there will be elections in Zambia. If people don’t see you as a man who understands their problems and want to change their lives, you will ever be contesting elections and always come out second or third. Going to buy Kapenta at the market does not make people identify you as one of them. You have to go down naturally not stage acts as if you are acting Kabana soup opera.

It is inevitable to court the International Community because Zambia is not an Island, but remember, they don’t vote. Instead of taking reports of how you have been beaten by cadres, take investment ideas which will make Zambia have hope that when you come in power, their economy will improve.

GBM – Frog out of the Water

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There is an idiomatic phrase which says, “When you see a Frog coming out of the Waters, then there must be danger”. The endorsement of President Sata for 2016 is not just an empty ranting of a man in the wilderness. GBM must be coming out of the waters to warn us that, something is amiss in PF. GBM is a senior member of PF who has invested a lot in the party. It is not logical for him to destabilize the organization he has worked so hard to put in power this early in its rule. The defense Minister is also a loyal and close person to the President, so his natural instinct is to protect his brother and senior man. GBM is a successful business man who cannot be insulted with the inability to count years between now and 2016. The man knows that 2016 is not coming tomorrow, so why anticipate it at this point in time. The question is, what is in the waters that this frog is warning us of?

Those that have seen PF from day-one know who have been with Sata all the way and those that joined the Party on the way when things started looking promising. Unfortunately some of these people have come in the party and started claiming a Lions share, taking the ownership in the pretext of building PF, hoodwinking Sata that they are the loyal and hardworking members of the Party.  They have manipulated Sata to the point that, the man has lost his identity and what PF stands for. Many people supported Sata as a man of the people but how come this man is nowhere among his people, instead you have this guy in dark glasses masquerading as “MR. PF”, pushing everyone around.   This is the man who broke the PF-UPND pact because he released that, with HH next to Sata he would have had no chance.

After, the elections, he has tried to sideline all the PF old members and replaced them with his minions to pave way for his grand entry to that high office. Who kicked out Mumba Kapumpa away from Sata? Why was Sebastian Zulu shown the door by Sata? GBM himself was almost thrown out through the window had it not been for his heavy weight. Where is Given Lubinda, a man that brought so many people to PF and has pledged loyalty to Sata in thick and thin? Dr. Effron Lungu thought he was a favored one not knowing that, they just wanted him to feel up the space. Dr. E. Lungu is now praying to God that, these political mischiefs get to pay within six months (what does he mean?). Why is Sata holding on to Chibesakunda as Chief Justice? Why has Sata u-turned on his promises, like on the Constitution? How much in control is Sata of the so many things happening in this Country including the issues of suffocating alternative views? Do you think Sata is threatened by any politician in this Country at his best? In a nut shell, it looks like the King Cobra has lost the venom we have known it for. Someone has neutralized the King Cobra and he is slowly pushing it back in the hole so that it can be buried in there.

GBM has seen this danger and he wants to wake up his beloved and inspirer big man, as if to say, “Get up man!! You can do it!! You can even go past 2016. Don’t let these Vultures finish you”. Mr. Mwamba being so close to Sata has seen what many of us are not privileged to, the boar is leaking the King and he is about to be swallowed him and he is alerting us to protect him in spite of   whatever you think of him because this beast seem too dangerous and lethal. HH might not be as craft to kill this beast. Nevers Mumba has issues to sort out and might be so easy to crash. Chipimo is too smart to play these dirty games. ‘Fr.’ Frank Bwalya has identity crisis to confront anyone boldly. It’s only the King Cobra, at the moment that can put down this beast but this can only happen if our King’s head is standing to strike. May the Lord Bless Mother Zambia.

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