by Mirriam Chabala on 24 May 2018by Diggers Reporter on 24 May 2018by Joseph Mwenya in Kabwe on 24 May 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 24 May 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Abraham Kalito on 17 Apr 2018by Abraham Kalito on 10 Apr 2018by Mazuba Muleya on 20 Feb 2018by Mazuba Muleya on 20 Feb 2018
by Abraham Kalito on 24 May 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 24 May 2018by Stuart Lisulo on 23 May 2018by Mirriam Chabala on 23 May 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 24 May 2018by Daniel Chansa in Ndola on 23 May 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 18 May 2018by Nevers Mumba on 26 Apr 2018by Anand Rajaram and Miljan Sladoje on 4 Apr 2018by Dr Canisius Banda on 22 Mar 2018
by Diggers Editor on 24 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 23 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 22 May 2018by Diggers Editor on 19 May 2018
by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 24 May 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 15 May 2018by Felix Kashweka on 14 May 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 7 May 2018
- Guest Diggers
by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 21 May 2018by Chibamba Kanyama on 16 May 2018by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 14 May 2018by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 7 May 2018
Muchima challenges Lungu to call for early electionsBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 15 Feb 2018
Ikeleng’i UPND member of parliament Elijah Muchima has challenged President Edgar Lungu too call for early elections to prove that the ruling party is popular.
At a media briefing yesterday, Muchima said his party had put in place tight anti-rigging mechanisms.
“I don’t know when we last got CDF. We just got 50 percent of CDF last year. But I am told through the back door, other state constituencies have been given. The method of selection we don’t know it. We need to government that is tolerant , transparent and should have a heart of a person. But this PF government has lost it, it has no value. Look at the tribalism, they always accuse HH to be tribal. I will tell you PF is more tribal. Look at how they appoint their boards. I am tell you that UPND is a non-tribal party. They are using that as a tool just to frustrate the efforts of UPND. UPND is more balanced than any other party; it’s the biggest party. Let elections come today, if they have got the capacity let them declare an election. But I am telling you we are now ready for elections and no body is going to rig these elections,” Muchima said.
“This issue of giving hope to the people that PF is still popular, I want to assure you that out of ten in this country, nine are anti-PF. Even within PF itself, they are not happy with what is happening. If there are people that are happy, they are very few within the administration of PF. Look at the GCE policy. Today many young girls and boys cant continue going to school because there is a demand that nobody should repeat. If anything they should rewrite exams through GCE arrangement which they are charging minimum of K500. Where do you expect a person in Chama, in Ikelengi, in Chavuma to find that money? So this policy is anti-free education. UPND is promising the people of Zambia that there will be real free education.”
He said PF were cheating themselves that 2021 would be in their favor.
“I want to warn PF [that] if they think 2021 is in their favor, they are cheating themselves. Not even rigging, we shall tolerate it. We know what happened, and this time we are warning them, we have also put a master plan in place, there will be no rigging. Let them just enjoy what they have today. And we want them to account for the wealth they have accumulated. Zambia has become a dumping ground. It’s a trading center for foreigners. We are happy that the judiciary now has realized that they cannot be used the way they are using ZNBC. We need a shift in thinking. We have a rotten administration. We need to change, we need to rethink, we need credible elections, we are not going to tolerate rigging, enough is enough,” Muchima added.
Meanwhile, Muchima said police were abusing the Public Order Act.
“Public order act, why should it be only favoring PF? They are busy going. Their SG is going everywhere addressing meetings but when it comes to UPND, there are restrictions. Which said this Zambia is for PF? Zambia is for everyone. We have a share. This time police are supposed just to be notified. We are not supposed to be getting permission from the police, just to be notified of the meeting. And we are telling them, once we notify them, we shall be going ahead. If they try to attack us, we shall also attack them. This time no UPND member should be attacked anyhow,” he complained.
And Muchima stressed the need for Zambia to find means and ways of dismantling the IMF debt.
“We need means and ways on how this debt will be dismantled. IMF has refused to give Zambia money because Zambia has no longer got capacity to pay back. It’s a danger now to invest in Zambia because of indisciplined PF. The policy they have put in place is to protect thieving. We need a government that fears the public but this government wants the public to fear them. And I will tell you that in north western, PF does not exist. 2021 we will give you the different picture altogether. We are unhappy because we are not yielding anything from our God given natural resources,” said Muchima.
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube is a Zambian journalist with a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- Pharmaceutical Society notes abuse of antibiotics in health facilities - 24 May 2018
- Govt seeks over $74m for DRC refugees - 24 May 2018
- Kitwe Council paid K1.2m into employees personal account - 24 May 2018
- UPND not respected enough to attend ZCID dialogue – Chipimo - 23 May 2018
- Indo-Zambia Bank employees complain of poor conditions - 23 May 2018
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
ArchivesJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend