It’s time for HH to pause and do some introspection

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I’ll not waste time wading through the muddle of the Presidential petition brought before the constitutional court by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his faithful running mate Geoffrey B. Mwamba (I’ll leave that to legal pundits); but rather seek to explore how and where HH presumably lost this election. I know this might not go down well with some of my UPND colleagues, but as Dr. Nervous Mumba put it in his passionate plea to President-electEdgar Lungu, HH must not allow himself to be misled by “ba kandile.” He deserves to know the truth……and nothing but the truth.

Prior to elections, I churned-out a series of articles titled, “How and where HH is winning this election.” I foretold that HH was expected to win big in UPND’s traditional strongholds of Central, Western, N/western and Southern provinces. I further projected that the UPND leader was expected to put up a strong show in Lusaka and go ahead to reclaim Kafue, Chilanga, Kanyama, Katuba and Kabwata constituencies.

Given the massive job cuts in the mines coupled with incessant closures of the Copperbelt University, UPND was expected to unleash earth shattering shockwaves in the PF bedroom of the copper-rich region. It was widely held that the country’s leading opposition political party would bag all the rural seats and go on to wrestle 3 or more seats from PF.

In the other PF strongholds of Northern, Luapula and Muchinga provinces, the combined firepower of GBM, Miles Sampa, Nervous Mumba, Bob Sichinga, Elvis Nkandu, Giles Yambayamba and Major Richard Kachingwe was widely expected to deliver a knockout punch to the ruling party.

The elections eventually came and multitudes turned up to vote of course; sometimes in the scorching sunlight! While HH effortlessly romped home to victory in his party’s strongholds, and produced a good number of MPs as per prediction, he polled excruciating results in PF strongholds.

In the Copperbelt for instance, UPND was expected to claim all the four rural constituencies but instead got two, while the other half went to PF. Lusaka rural went to UPND as expected but failed to win Chongwe and a few urban seats such as Kanyama, Matero, Kabwata and Mandevu.

With the exception of perhaps Northern Province, expecting UPND to win in Luapula or Muchinga was as good as expecting a camel to pass through the eye of a needle! Unfortunately but rather not surprisingly, the party lamentably failed to record any wins in the northern region where the likes of Patrick Mucheleka, Giles Yambayamba and Sibongile Mwamba were expected to deliver.

FDD spokesman, Antonio Mourinho Mwanza, has made a monumental statement that mustn’t dare escape the attention of HH. He writes, “You cannot liberate people who don’t want to be liberated. There is nothing you can possibly do for people who think and have accepted that poverty, injustice and mediocrity is actually normal. It is a lost cause.”

Other than continuing to waste his precious time and resources in the courts where justice isn’t guaranteed, perhaps time has come for HH to do some introspection. Is he going to continue offering himself to people that have been mistakenly made to adamantly believe that he’s purely tribal, and that his is a Bantustan party? Shouldn’t this be the time to consider going for a convention to seek a new mandate from his members? Isn’t this perhaps the time to quit politics and serve the nation in another capacity – e.g. mentoring the youth in leadership and entrepreneurship? He could, for instance, set up a prestigious college of leadership and business studies that is going to produce the next cadre of leaders to move this country forward.

In the next article we discuss: How the UPND big wigs mishandled the adoption process?

Bill M. Kaping’a
Political analyst/social activist


20 Responses to It’s time for HH to pause and do some introspection

  1. All of us are entitled to our opinion. However, a legitimate war can’t be worn with faint hearts.

    Any sacrifice made in honest of heart will never be in vain. HH is not doing it for himself but he wants those people who voted for UPND to be respected and heard.

    If he gives up now, be rest assured rigging will be become the order of the order. And citizens will not find it useful to vote becoz their decision will not respected.

    Remember the story of Nehemiah who was building the walls of Jerusalem how he was being critised for doing the right but never gave up.

    We are not talking about adoption now. That is an internal matter that can be discussed internally. Let us concentrate our effort on the assault done to our constitution. The Con court has not passed judgement or determined the case. Am sure we all read the so called ruling. It was written as though it is not coming from competent and learned lawyers. A judgement of Con court magnitude on a petition should be of substance.

    No one will give you your freedom in silver plate. You have to demand it from oppressors.

    September 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    • voting has lost value in our country.i will now join jehovah’s witnesses by staying home on any election day.

      September 7, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      • Jehovas witnesses are just stupid dear

        September 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm

        • JW r not stupid, they know that even if they vote, their vote is equal to zero. Our democracy is a failed project.

          True Christian 4 LEC
          September 8, 2016 at 12:17 am

      • What HH is doing is setting a precedent that if you steal power, you are wasting your time because you will not enjoy it after all. what chagwa wants to do is set a precedent that even if you lose, you can just connive with some corrupt judges at ECZ who will declare you winner. The author supports chagwa’s move.

        September 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • Fully agree with you Muntu. Whoever wrote this article probably Frank Bwalya is an idiot. If these criminals with their chief criminal Lungu are set free and loose they damage this country

      September 7, 2016 at 10:11 pm

  2. HH should quit politics. UPND needs rebrandg from tongs party to national

    September 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm


      robert sulamoyo jr
      September 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

  3. What can the examiner mark if you miss the exam? Nothing.

    This petition lost its allowable time, so it was as good as a student who missed an exam.

    Which constitution provides for handing over power to the speaker following a petition under initial ballot?

    It appears HH is quite a good music composer. He composes a song;

    ” A eeeh, a eeeh;
    handover power, a eeeh!
    A eeeh, a eeeh,
    To the speaker, a eeeh!”

    And amazingly, within 14 days, it is a hit, and everyone of his supporters is singing it?

    Come on, there is no handing over power following a petition under the initial ballot, covered by Articles 101 and 102.

    The handing over of power comes following a petition done subsequent to second ballot, or simply put round two (2) of elections, dealt with under Articles 103 and 104.

    Please read the constitution, don’t rely on HH. He read it only in one day, no wonder most of the issues are taken out of context.

    He thinks where the constitution stipulates 14 days, using the bill of rights Article 18(9) you can sit under a mango tree and extend it to 90 days if you feel that that is what is reasonable to you.

    The bill of rights is part of the constitution. It will not break the constitutionally stipulated timeframe in order to give you more “reasonable time”.

    Still regarding the said “reasonable time” legal subjectivity may only arise where no timeframe has been stipulated by the constitution.

    Otherwise you have to obtain your “reasonable time” within the confines of the constitution. And the best scenario you can get is to reach the maximum stipulated timeframe, as being the most reasonable.

    Baba even in an exam, you can’t say I have a lot bubling in me so give me more time to offload. No, just learn to summarise your knowledge so you can offload it within 3 hours.

    Single-sighted HH keeps saying “reasonable time, reasonable time”.

    He has become very vulnerable at this time and as a result trainee lawyers who are misguiding him.

    Now, where time limit is specified or stipulated in the constitution, the meaning of “reasonable time” means allowing up to the maximum allowable time within the confines of the constitution.

    It does not mean reasonable time must imply basing on individual views, feelings, opinion, or perception but what the constitution provides.

    You do not go outside of the constitutionally stipulated timeframe to get a subjective ‘reasonable time”, No!

    And it beats me to hears losers who say in advance that if lose I will not accept. If I win I will accept.

    They lose 47% to 50.35% TTY they refuse to accept. They say the zambians want me this time around.

    They say the election had so many irregularities such as G12 forms .

    But then they ask for a recount, and say that in the same election if the recount shows that I won I will accept, despite the said G12 form issues.

    They petition, but waste theirs including the court’s time, celebrating that they have managed to petition; bringing all manner of preliminaries.

    The petition fails through a majority rule by judges, 3-2. He says no I will not accept because 2 judges have supported me, even though 3 mischievous ones have no. Those 2 who have agreed with me are noble. Those who have not gone my way are crooked and mischievous.

    Just how do you handle a person like that?

    To me, either something has terribly gone wrong with him or he is merely a trouble maker.

    Revisiting the fourteen days, I wish to comment on an extra scenario that I heard on radio some people saying the petition sitting excluded the weekends. That there were only 10 days’ sitting instead of 14 days.

    The constitution does not say there shall be 14 days of sitting.
    Look, it is not about the number of sittings; it is about the timeframe allocated. The court can even sit once or twice, etc. but hearing must be done within 14 days.

    Still other people are saying, by hearing within 14 days, the constitution implies starting the hearing within 14 days! Come on, do people think that ‘to hear’ means ‘to commence hearing’?

    What do you understand by the statement:
    “Students must write their exams within 14 days”?

    Does the above sentence imply “students must commence their exams within 14 days”? or,

    does it mean “students must finish writing their exams before or on the 14th day”?

    You see, indeoendent interpretation of law does not support the idea of taking sides in the matter, but looking at the matter from an objective point of view.

    So don’t try to twist law to support your view. So if you have no case, you have no case.

    Peace for Zambia
    September 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    • Peace for Zambia you are a man enough, I admire your articulation of issues. You have made my day my dear. let the one who have ears hear!

      September 8, 2016 at 6:55 am

    • U rite shit .hh en upnd are real en here to stay.

      robert sulamoyo jr
      September 8, 2016 at 10:05 am


    September 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

  5. But zona ubukopo bubi pa peace for zambia kuwayawayafye lol

    September 7, 2016 at 10:27 pm

  6. But zoona..mwabantu accept the you nowhere..why fight a loosing battle. Vomela tyala. Leadership is God given.woooooo!

    September 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

  7. Bill
    you’re a fool coz you can’t put things in the right perspective and context. Your so called analysis z simply a hoax!

    September 8, 2016 at 5:44 am

  8. Frank don’t miss lead people, note that even when HH reads the constitution or any other literature once, he seems to understand things and acquire knowledge better than you. Let me remind you that despite your reading of the so called constitution several times, you never came to understand that your ministers were staying in office illegally after dissolution of parliament. So where is your intelligence?

    Kabiki Mwamba
    September 8, 2016 at 6:56 am

  9. Peace for Zambia, well said.

    September 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

  10. Is it HH being President of UPND that is making the party a Tonga Party?

    So, will UPND be called after the tribe of its next President?

    I recall the manner in which President Lungu ascended to the presidency of PF following the death of Michaiel Sata. It was not democractic at all.

    But PF is not being accused of being tribal or undemocratic!!!

    UPND has the following structure:

    President – HH – Tonga, Southern province
    Chairman – Mrs Mutale Nalumango – Bemba – Northern Province
    Vice President (RM) Mr Godffrey Bwalya Mwamba – Bemba – Northern Province
    Vice President – Political – Dr Caniscious Banda – Tumbuka/Ngoni/Chewa (same to us from outside Eastern province) Easterner
    Secretary General – Mr Katuka – N/Western provinve.

    So the UPND is tribal just because the President is Tonga?
    So are you saying UPND will only cease to be tribal when a non-Tonga becomes its President? Won’nt the Tongas rethink their national identity? I think one cannot help to think this way.

    If this is the thinking among the voters in Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt, Luapula, Northern and Muchinga provinces, who continue to reject UPND despite its robust national development strategy, then the Head of State has a lot of homework to do to make the Tongas identify themselves as part of the “One Zambia, One Nation” reintroduced in 2011.

    Yes, re-introduced by PF. Why did the PF reintroduce “One Zambia, One Nation” before reading the news when we were almost 50 years post independence? KK and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula had signed the Choma Declaration way back in the early 1970’s. Tribal clashes had ceased. Intermarriages had increased, thanks to KK’s policy of “swapping” public service workers. Easterners were posted to work in Western [province, Northerners were posted to Southern province, Southerners were posted to Northern, Luapula and North Western, Westerners were posted to Eastern/Luapula provinces. It was working. The myths were being dismantled. They guys and girls just started falling for each other – marriages and new names emerged – Banda Lubinda, Bwalya Hamubotu, Kapuma Longwe etc. It was very good, until PF came on the scene.

    We had almost forgotten the “One Zambia One Nation” slogan over the years prior to 2011 because we were so united and tribe had ceased to be a yardstick for anything other than history exhibited through cultural demonstrations seen at traditional ceremonies.

    We had started enjoying each other’s cultural ceremonies. Attendance of cultural ceremonies by people from different parts of Zambia had increased.
    We proudly told people in drinking places what tribe we belonged to without fear. But not since 2011. Perhaps, 2016 even more unsafe now.

    PF has a lot of work to undo the damage to what UNIP and KK had woven together. MMD had done a wonderful job in this regard. Chiluba and Mwanawasa and even RB, had continued to build a true Zambian identity.

    Those are my observations.

    We can still restore the unity if the President is interested.

    Leadership is a serious matter
    September 8, 2016 at 10:14 am

  11. The introspection is not for HH but for Zambia. Seriously for Zambia; is this the way we want to contact elections as a country? Do we want to be like countries were elections are a total nightmare? Remember Human pain is not very far from each of us. Today you may be jumping about. Tomorrow your children may be treated the same way you are treating other people. Look all around Africa; elections bring death, suffering, oppression and what have you and then someone stands up and says leaders are ordained by GOD. Listen to the song by the catholics ‘Ubufumu bwa kutintana’ I salute and have respect for those who seek justice

    Chama Chilenga
    September 9, 2016 at 6:20 am


    james bwalya
    September 9, 2016 at 6:26 am

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