HH gives Sata conditions for an air ticket to India

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Sata and HH

Sata and HH

By Hakainde Hichilema

It is becoming crystal clear every day that passes that President Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) have failed to effectively manage the affairs of our country.

The government has failed to address the serious pressing needs of our citizens such as food, education, health, jobs, freedoms and constitution. The majority Zambians now agree that PF in government is a failed project and that Mr. Sata, contrary to the view that he is a man of action and experience has no ability whatsoever to effectively run Zambia’s economy

Mr. Sata cuts short his Holiday

For the President to cut short his so called working holiday with ease when prodded as to what he was doing outside the country is a clear indication that he had no serious programmes to attend to there.

In other words he was idling out there, wasting public resources, when Zambians needed him to attend to the many challenges at home created by his poor leadership, including lack of prioritization in public resource usage.


President Sata in a plane

President Sata in a plane

Trip to India

For whatever reason, Mr. Sata and his handlers believe that I owe him a ticket to India. Our definitive response on this matter is that Mr. Sata’s request for an air ticket to India may only be considered if he meets the following conditions:

1) Deliver a people driven constitution to Zambians through a referendum before the end of 2014
2) Reduce the price of mealie meal since most of our people cannot afford the commodity.
3) Re -instate the fuel subsidy in order to help reduce the cost of living for the many suffering Zambians
4) Deliver jobs to the youth and many unemployed Zambians who Mr. Sata lied to during the 2011 elections campaigns
5) Re-instate all students expelled and cease court cases involving those who demonstrated over the constitution
6) Re-instate unconditionally all nurses, midwives and other health workers fired by presidential decree for reminding Mr. Sata to fulfill his campaign promise of higher pay to workers
7) In liaison with the Congolese authorities, immediately bring to an end the killing of truck drivers at the Kasumbalesa border post
8) Introduce windfall tax or its equivalent and stop the  reckless borrowing especially when most of these loans are for consumption and not investment to save Zambia from  building another debt mountain which will be difficult to dismantle
9) Repeal the draconian NGO ACT and replace it with one agreed upon by relevant stakeholders including NGOs and civil society(CSOs)
10) Remove Justice Chibesakunda from the position of acting chief justice because she failed the required Parliamentary ratification process to serve as Chief Justice. This will help restore public confidence and integrity in the judiciary. As UPND it is our well considered view that Justice Chibesakunda has over stayed acting in  that crucial position which mirrors our justice system
11) Fulfill the many other   campaign promises upon which PF and Mr. Sata were elected into office i.e. free education, clean water supply, ending electricity blackouts, media freedoms , rule of law , repeal of public order Act, restoration of Barotseland agreement, etc

Mr. Sata should know that being a public officer imposes an obligation on one to serve not only friends and relatives but the whole country. If he fails to fulfill the above conditions, he does not deserve his high salary and other subsidies he is getting from the people of Zambia, let alone an air ticket to India from me.


As a matter of clarity, to be sick is normal and is human. No one should get too sensitive and emotional about it especially when one is a public servant.

It is on record that Mr. Sata and some of his friends used to mock the late President Mwanawasa, Vice President George Kunda and Mr. Anderson Mazoka when they were unwell. Mr. Sata even called for a medical board to examine the health of the then sitting President Mwanawasa .  He called the late George Kunda red lips, to mention just a few examples. This is sad and unacceptable in a civilized society.

I and the UPND do not want to join Mr. Sata in this kind of behaviour which he is commonly known for. As a matter of record the following is a summary of what transpired at our last press briefing at the UPND secretariat .

This illness issue came via a question from a journalist as to what my comments were on the speculation that Statehouse was not being sincere to the public on whether or not Mr. Sata was unwell and his whereabouts (London or India for treatment after Addis Ababa).

In response I asked State House to clear the air on the whereabouts of the president and definitively state whether or not the President was unwell given that the President is a public asset or liability.

We also indicated that if the president was unwell, then Zambians should pray for his quick recovery and we wished him well for him to govern up to 2016. Further, we indicated that we as UPND would like to defeat him at the 2016 elections given his failure to meet many of his campaign promises and overall poor governance of the PF.

We believe that the above summary closes this subject which in our view is aimed at diverting the attention of Zambians from demanding for a people driven constitution.


Mr. Sata and his party PF have failed to run the affairs of our Country. They went into office without a plan. Their failure is clear for all to see.

In view of the above we would like to state that as a government in waiting, the UPND provides progressive economic policies and solutions for effective and efficient management of our country’s resources in order to help the children, youth, women, sick , old , those living with disabilities and other weak or disadvantaged members of our society.

I thank and may God bless Zambia


16 Responses to HH gives Sata conditions for an air ticket to India

  1. This is a responsible. and mature way of responding to situations. Now wait for one George’s response.

    Mailon Malumbe
    February 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

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  2. the type of politics HH is doing will not win him votes.

    mbololiko buluzi
    February 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    • This chap HH should also pay back all what he store from Zambians during privatization of the companies that’s when he can get votes from us. His jst pretending to be a good leader forgetting what he did to Zambians. What wrong things has mr sata done to the nation as compared to the damages you cursed to us. you heartless charp with your tongas at grant are going no were remember just agriflora had more than seven thousand workers on the payroll add ramcoz and these other companies plus there dependants. lets see because all these people will be voting against you.

      February 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  3. Mr Hichilema
    Of all the issues you have raised,only the question of the constitution and Taxation are essential.I find the rest to be parochial to the strategic repositioning our country or perhaps it is just part of your politicking.
    What I would like to find out however,is a categorical statement of UPNDs policy or stand on the Barotse/Western Province.Is UPND in support of cessation,autonomy.Other alternatives?This is a concern UPND has never has never committed itself on.

    February 9, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    • The response is based on promises made by the head of state. if he is man enough, let him deal with all these issues

      February 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

  4. upnd have to do more than just to impress their zealot cadres on zwd and lusakatimes,these fellas have more than five blog names each,so hh should find a way to get to real voters.not this childishness he is exhibiting.blogs are not votes.infact hh should be thinking of how to convince bembas and kaponyas his zealots insult everyday because they make up 70% of voters.

    mbololiko buluzi
    February 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

  5. Well, HH, all the demands are justified. At the same time the PF have good explanations for doing it that way. Let us see how your party will handle these issues if/when you come to power in 2016. As a Zambian citizen and leader of an opposition party you are free to express your views. We shall not insult you as others are fond og doing but evaluate every statement on merit just as we did Mr Sata and PF when they were in the opposition. But, never mind the insults – what wth our education system which rejects our children at a tender age – we have a large army of Kaponyas. HH and UPND should seek more effective ways to win their support.

    Let me say this ......
    February 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  6. HH is a lost politician who doest understand issues if truely HH is a real politician let provide solutions.
    Mr. Sata when he was in opposition he provided solutions to ruling party because he understood the country’s affairs.
    Mr. HH just be a businessman the way you because you can even be a chief not even the Headman because you may end up salling the country.
    Mind the way you comment on issues and make sure that youn provide solution that when people will understand you but again dont dont sugar coat because will know and we know what you up to.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:18 am

  7. The question of Sata’s illness which was over blown by his close friends (those who benefit directly) has since been attended to though others are still fooling themselves to popularise their relationship with Sata.

    HH must put all his energies on what economic changes he wants to bring and should be carefull never to give promises which can not be attained epecially that even the foundation left by the corrupt MMD government is being destroyed by the non planning PF government. Zambians need economic freedom, development which will be experienced by all citizens regardless of their status. MMD failed us , PF has worsenned the situation and now we are looking at another option is it you HH? then keep the pace and reach all Zambians convince them why you and the UPND can do better than the failed PF government.

    February 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

  8. this is timely and sharp warning..good conditions set this intellectual pygmy called george chellah with a diploma from Evelyn hone wil the space..

    February 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

  9. Well spoken MR HH.
    Zambians can no longer be cheated. Your points are valid and visible for any non joking Zambian people see and appreciate the good direction you are planning to takie our country to.
    God redeem ZAMBIA THROUGH THROUGH HH. You are the creator. LORD GUILD THIS NATION.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  10. UPND will tumble in Katuba, as some will be fainting keep cheating yourselves. You can not go to Katuba with trackloads of lies because Hakainde can’t be trusted, he sold our companies and made himself a mult billinare. In an case, let him tell us who his true father is. People of Katuba never be cheated, Never vote for UPND because this party is closer to its political grave. Work with the rulling party PF.coz Hakainde’s big head has no sanity, he is a simple tribalist, a political connman and a political desaster.

    Mr Hamiyanze
    February 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

  11. Hakainde is just one of the Mailoni brothers, has political diehioria and political poison in his talks.

    Mr Hamiyanze
    February 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

  12. Its a pitty that even on vital issues as ststed by HH some sink so low into being caders, very tipical of PF its no wonder they can’t deliver,its tipical of kabwili mentality,shame.HH go 2016 l will give u my vote u have the scope this country need in this age ,thats da way to go don’t insult back ignore distractors,the blind followers, those of us that can see n can feeel da pinch we slowly but sure see u as da alternative….bye to PF n high cost of living n doing business come elections.the writting is on the wall. Tribe will not bring me food on table.1 zambia 1nation.

    February 15, 2014 at 5:54 am

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