Opinion

OPINION: Is the UPND Star Fading?

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has emerged bruised from the recent round of local government elections. They have been beaten pants down in what has previously been regarded as their bedroom in Western and North Western provinces. The UPND has only managed one out of the 13 local government elections. By any standards that is a very disturbing statistic for a party that prides itself in being the government in waiting. It is an election that has been lost largely on fair grounds. No one can credibly throw around the UPND favoured rigging mantra. And they now know better that any such cry baby antics will simply set them apart from the electorates. They were simply beaten and they surely know it. In many ways their defeat is self-inflicted as they have not been taking any advice from anyone. Only the opinion of the great leader and life president Hakainde Hichilema has counted.

Neutrals have been advising the UPND to rethink having Hichilema as their only choice in elections as surely the startling statistic of five time straight losses at Presidential elections is hardly a selling point for any reasonable political party. Unless of course the UPND operates on the principles of a monarch. Ideally the UPND must have been sailing at this point having also benefitted from the mileage of their international prisoner during the treason trial but being the ill political strategists that they are, every little advantage gain is overplayed hence turning off the highly discerning Zambian public. It is a capital they were hoping to over draw on without working for it. People expect them to get down to work and not play facebook and press briefing politics. The UPND has more belief in the illusion of facebook popularity and also almost daily press briefings at their secretariat to admire and extol their great leader.

They have hardly been on the ground to connect with the masses away from the illusion of facebook. They have largely suffered from poor selection of candidates where the voice of the grassroots is ignored as they bitterly learnt in the Chilanga parliamentary seat. It was a decision that only them could understand from a political standpoint. And they were resoundingly trounced in what had been their political stronghold. We expect that after this round of defeat the party will be ready to ask the hard questions that their leaders do now want asked. They should conduct an honest self-introspection that could help them regenerate their fortunes. If they continue at this rate they could be headed for a heavier catastrophe in 2021 that could send them into political oblivion.

 

 

 

 

102 Comments

  1. Francis

    Pf temunobe alasepa

    • Topgun

      Very well said! !!

    • Andrew

      UPND is now more stronger than ever.just wait & see . These are just by-elections.

  2. bwana pf ghat wins

    Pf is a strong party pa zed mmmmm even pa chilanga constituence mr Miles Sampa winned mmm even in 2021 his excellency my 4rever and ever president mr ECL wil win!!! vivaviva pf!!!!

  3. David

    2021 in nizi

  4. Bs

    Go back to structure

  5. Tom Bruce Brown

    In my own understanding, we learn by copying or hearing what others are saying or doing. The problem, I have seen in UPND is when time comes for house seating where they discuss house issues, them they leave the house impressing their president not their people who voted for them. Due to this,that is why they could not choose a candidate wanted by the people but by their president. Failure to hear from advises,the result is to reap rotten answers. Dear brothers and sisters ,try to check yourselves and your leadership because at the end,you will be a laughing stock.

  6. ba pipo

    This is yo last enjoyment yes u have won luk at the vote turn out how many pipo didn’t vote open up yo eyes pipo are not happy with wat is happening. 2021 in change kuya bebele.

    • Chisenga

      BROTHER BE SERIOUS WITH YOUR THINKING. THE VOTE ALSO SHOWS THAT EVEN AMONG THE FEW (20%) THAT TURNED OUT TO VOTE, PF WAS THE MOST POPULAR. IT ALSO SHOWS THAT THE OPPOSITION FAILED TO IMPRESS THEIR OWN SUPPORTERS TO COME OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS. AT THIS RATE, PF WILL ONLY HAND OVER POWER TO ITSELF IN 2021 WHETHER BY LOW OR HIGH VOTER TURNOUT.

    • Jd

      I thought it was a great opportunity for upnd to win with Apathy cos they have been crying too much in every election that Pf has rigged. So, either turn out they are still getting the same results, please, seriously something is wrong party.

      • Kavisumbu

        This was an indused election, such that those with access to machinery win and pip want to test the PF government if they will live by the promises .in my opinion pipo should not be decieved by the out come.

        • Al kaida

          This is the continued crying ,how do u blame ECZ ,just put yo house in order ,so even were yo party won do u blame ECZ for the win?Before yo HH Spoke on the loss how does he account that all those who did not vote are UPND supporters ,same with Muliokela theory no difference ,he’s weakening the opposition ,that is very sad, UPND to thrive needs new leadership:

    • Kelvin

      21 will be 85% pf, ask me why?our president ECL is helping the need I.e the aged,single women, orphans, using his pocket cash,ask me where?right in opposition bedroom, hey!I forgot his initiative… Solar milling plants, kkkkkk…every one is enjoying breakfast nsima in the villages, look H.E.Is sharing the national cake equally, opposition leaders are also overspeading on our dual in NWP,am not a cadre but am simply appreciating, Viva!!! No more bedrooms here .Nwp is your new bedroom my President, 2021 is yours,..

    • Hey chelsea

      Eels guyz 2021 UPND will take over

    • Fed up

      Did low voter turnout give an advantage to upnd ?? If not , then the same will happen in 2021

  7. SHI ALIKO

    So many people say so ba pipo but it has not been scientifically proven that us ba pf we are thieves

  8. skd

    Very soon SOME ONE will be crying of RIGGING, STOLEN VOTES, POLICE BRUTALITY, UNFAIR ECZ, MULANDU TAPELEKA KU CON COURT. Stupid cow dung strategy!!!! Man go back to the grass roots.ZAMBIA deserves better politics than this. Peace Love and Harmony. When GOD says “YES…………………..”

  9. Evergreen

    If you can’t learn to accept the defeat then you are a typical useless fool like devil

  10. Kunbucha drink

    Don’t go for hh

  11. tule

    One day,our father HH will make it like it or not

    • Cornelius km

      Comment it’s the party of the rich if you have no money u can’t be there

    • Hunter Shilesa

      Yes one! When that day comes! No one knows when that day will come not even the Arch Angel nor the Son if Man

  12. SHI ALIKO

    ba upnd one person will make you not to inherit the leadership of pf through ecl and that’s hh God knows why that fool can’t be a leader trust me on this just for once just replace hh with Gary nkombo or someone else that’s when you will able to see the eclipse

  13. Kunbucha drink

    Zoona

  14. HH

    Mwat ni booza

  15. HH

    Mwati ni booza

  16. Zankalewa

    Who is hh?

  17. Lemmy cheba

    Awe bakuchitani ine ningachite step down honestly speaking, please go back to the drawing board my advise to you guys is change your leadership structure that’s all.look at you as if mwalokewa na mvula! Congrats to PF 13 out of 14 mmmmmm.

    • Al kaida

      So even were they won they blame ECZ? Foolish leader no reasoning PF 2021 & beyond

  18. Tule

    how many times did Sata lose before becoming president

    • kopala.

      Mr.data,”MHSRIEP”formed the PF in 2001,he contested that same year and lost.by the time the 2006 elections were coming, PF was already unstoppable! ofcos he lost to mwanawasa,BUT?in 2008 we all know what Mr.bwezani and that boy DAN kalale”former ECZ director” did.the rest is history. we r not going to be cry babies, to cut the long story short,THE OLD MICHAEL, as we used to call him lost three times and won at the fourth attempt. but the third one was heavily contested. but despite that!never at anytime did he refused to recognize the then President, never did we hear the burning of properties,never did we hear chi obasanjo to come and involve himself in our political affairs, never did we hear the common wealth to come and interfere in our politics, never did we hear the opposition blocking the Presidential motorcade, never did we hear the opposition leader instructing his MPs to boycott parliament. weather u like it or not these r the main reasons people r coming to know the true colours of ur HH,a real tyranny! the person who always puts himself above others. believe it or deny it,UPND under HH is headed for doom!

    • kopala.

      Mr.Sata,”MHSRIEP”formed the PF in 2001,he contested that same year and lost.by the time the 2006 elections were coming, PF was already unstoppable! ofcos he lost to mwanawasa,BUT?in 2008 we all know what Mr.bwezani and that boy DAN kalale”former ECZ director” did.the rest is history. we r not going to be cry babies, to cut the long story short,THE OLD MICHAEL, as we used to call him lost three times and won at the fourth attempt. but the third one was heavily contested. but despite that!never at anytime did he refused to recognize the then President, never did we hear the burning of properties,never did we hear chi obasanjo to come and involve himself in our political affairs, never did we hear the common wealth to come and interfere in our politics, never did we hear the opposition blocking the Presidential motorcade, never did we hear the opposition leader instructing his MPs to boycott parliament. weather u like it or not these r the main reasons people r coming to know the true colours of ur HH,a real tyranny! the person who always puts himself above others. believe it or deny it,UPND under HH is headed for doom!

    • Im just saying

      Sata, was gaining ground on every election as for UPND you are losing even in your Strong hold!
      The party must rethink twice on have hh as their leader

    • Al kaida

      Its not comparable ,this loosing is different Kkkkkkk

  19. mulenga mulenga

    U pipo are ignorant

  20. Chisenga

    UPND IS UNDER SIEGE. IT HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY HH. UPND IS STUCK WITH HH. THEY CANNOT LEAVE HIM UNLESS AT HIS WILL. THE SOONER THE PARTY REALISES THIS, THE BETTER WILL BE THEIR CHANCES TO INHERIT STATE HOUSE. HH HIMSELF IS TOO PROUD TO CONCEDE FAILURE. HE WILL NOT GO DOWN JUST LIKE THAT. HE WILL WRECK HAVOC IN THE PARTY OR THE PARTY WILL GO DOWN WITH HIM. HE MAY EVEN COMMIT SUICIDE. HE CANNOT BEAR THE SHAME OF LEAVING THE UPND PRESIDENCE WITHOUT SETTING FOOT ON STATE HOUSE. ITS A PITY.

  21. SHI ALIKO

    I will answer you zankalewa,hh he is a small thief he started stealing in mmd together with chiluba and yet he is busy accusing our current president Mr ecl in fact he also a headman in namwala in a certain village nkwankwa he is now back busy calling himself a leader of cow’s nd ather domestic animals

  22. The Es.

    we will Always Vote for Jesus. An everlasting party..
    Saith the Es.

  23. Jacksonkaminsa

    Δ°n kikaonde we say upnd yaondoka.they failed.kkkkkkkkkk dunu reverse.

  24. Milton

    well spoken, and it looks like nobody is caring ..PF is here to stay .

  25. FOX

    PF monk tricks

  26. ONLY PF SUPPORTERS VOTED MOSTLY BECAUSE MOST ZAMBIANS PERCEIVE VOTING AS A WASTE OF TIME AS LONG AS LUNGU CHAGWA IS PRESIDENT, THIS IS WHAT MAJORITY OF ZAMBIANS ARE SAYING STATISTICAL

    Leon

    • Im just saying

      Why didn’t your supporters vote for upnd ? Mwana people have no confidence in the upnd the writing is on the wall.

  27. Madalitso Banda

    Sad indeed. Even in 2021 there will be low voter turnout & rigging accusations. The opposition strategy should change for the sake of the majority of Zambians otherwise PF will rule for ever and ever

  28. Wesley

    HH&GBM don’t worry it’s a game that PF are playing by buying voters card from people ,if they were leaving why apathy? the time will come for you,where is unip,mmd even pf 2021 it is going less weight and see , let lungu handover the power you see,keep my words it’s only God who is permanent not a human being.

    • chi

      Imwe ba guy ati Wesley,don’t talk about ba unip,ba mmd ati where ar they.once u lose just swallow yo pride and accept defeat.infact I can help u and show u where they ar if first of all u tell me where the upnd ar and what z making them losing each and evry elections.check yo party my brotha.

  29. Lolo

    Hmmm???

  30. Brashe L/stone

    I wonder y pipo are still talking about this Mason so called hh,some are even calling him their father mmmm WHO is hh,he has just destroyed the image of the young man C kangwa,look at them kwati naba bekata ubuloshi,this idiot must step down and let others take over,GOD knows Y he can’t give him he will sacrifice our children and he is got a lot of credits that’s Y he doesn’t want to let go,so guys ba uited part national for desstruction my advice is this just protest for him to step down if he doesn’t leave him alone come and join the Big family and C how he will win with 1vote in 2021,am not a prophet I can him committing suicide wait.

  31. J

    If U vot 4 someone not in Govmnt devlpmt wont come to u,so UPND work for 2o21.Pipo are clever,watch out.

  32. Wenge

    Voting for poor president it has brought the country down although foolish one the can’t see that but letter on the will come in to their senses,a lots of taxes ,no money in the country,no jobs,no development,dictatorship,corruption is very high,steeling,only few people are enjoying with PF. the West of country money .

  33. chi

    If u can’t beat them,simply join them.why ar u still waistng yo tym and hindering de commencement of gud programs lyk mazabuka road.

  34. Hydon Besa

    You tried young man Kangwa Chileshe. I think you are even fit be the next President of UPND and you can make it. God bless you

    • innocent ings soko

      Congrats πŸŽ‰ PF and Mr. sampa, but ba UPND do something go back to the drawing board and check what’s going on to the party. B’coz u even start losing to your strong πŸ’ͺ holds, go Ku conversion change the horse 🐴 I think the horse 🐴 his week. We know that his rich but impiya Te majority do Luke ba SATA (MHSRIP). Mr. HH consult people ask don’t b shy awaipwishe talubile .

  35. Wesley

    You can not charge someone without putting him in the office,think first,hh have his own money before joining politics,but lungu hi had nothing before he became president now think, you think HH is suffering like you begging to lungu? this country wemen& men were not from lungu s family that we can get mocked by PF,think you pf carder’s when you’re given money it is for a few days,yet your family in the village are suffering what does it mean? Are you doing well thank twice for other people who are not benefiting from pf.

  36. JMB

    PF IS JUST STRONG .IF KANGWA STOOD ON THE PF TICKET HE WAS GOING TO WIN.SO LET US HAVE IT IN MIND THAT VOTERS ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE PERSON WHO IS STANDING BUT THE PARTY HE IS STANDING FOR .PEOPLE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR LEADERS .UPND LEADERS ARE TOO HARSH AND WITH THAT IT IS COSTING THEM .THANX BA PF FOR THE GOOD LEADERSHIP.

  37. Jms

    No matter what happens. When you are good you are good. In life every thing is good or bad it depends to your mind to determine whether good or bad we just move forward and it easy for us but many pretend to be in the boat without knowing nothing when comes on puddling. Thats why mistakes are occurring

  38. bwalya

    Hard luck never lose hope pls turn to grassroots u ill find the answer

  39. Jonny splash sakala

    Ndelolesha fwe

  40. Ak

    They say everything is fine, but things are not okay mukali kulila.

  41. WAKUMAWA

    The rule is simple if u cant beat them,join them….PF eyabako!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘

  42. truth

    Being very rich does not mean you are automatically politically smart.Ask Gates or Dangote.Serious rich people have no time for politics.

  43. Elizabeth Mphande

    Kopala has said it all, nothing more.
    PF nalesa che!!

  44. Teddy Bwalya Bwali

    Politics is about numbers of people who are interested in your massage and your promises

  45. mengmoreler

    Don’t cry upnd,u cn fail mock exam bt pas final exam all wat u to do z mobilizi yoself and hv courage!one day u’ll cros da red sea!!!!

  46. African Wisdom

    Going by what we have all witnessed in the last few parliamentary and ward elections across the country, if I were HH and not in denial, I would seriously consider calling for an immediate first ever convention in my party to elect new leadership. But as usual this insolent chap will sticky there at the helm of UPND as though nothing was happening. HH has spent time and resources trying to convince the world that ECL is a dictator when in fact he(HH) is the real dictator. The statement by a councillor who defected from UPND recently was a mouthful β€œUPND and HH in particular β€œdo not have a clue to about grassroot politics. They (UPND) dismissed the very important message from their only councillor who decided to quit. And yet their leader’s only mission is plot 1 and nothing else and perhaps only counting his wealth starched in safe havens somewhere. Much as we need opposition, those who still have hope in Hichilema need serious help.

  47. seasonal commentetor

    God will do something let them struggle and panicking they are tired of failing that is why they are not making noise and insulting.

    • Patrick BWALYA

      The signal is very green for the PF.UPND You will need to organise your party properly if you have to pull through the 2021 Elections.Failure to do so Ninshi kuwayawayafye nafuchi PF azamikwapula kuwipa.

  48. Lawrence

    I think upnd must stop cheap politics. I don’t understand they criticize everything, even the good ones. I think this is the time they should change their mindset.

  49. big

    God of upnd, God of of let hh b replaced, ninshi emalika wakulate kafye upnd. Go to convention please!

  50. Ackim

    UPND is slowly fading away due to their own poor political strategy

  51. Ray Mulowa

    you won but my worry is the low vote turn out 20% as compared in 2016 guys let us open our eyes and why is that the percentage kepts dropping.

  52. John

    At this rate and the level of corruption and that we are now a province of China, I think it would better the the British come back and rule Zambia. It’s the o of way left, all our governments have fuc*ed us good and proper and look at us now, we have gone backwards in the last 54 years.

  53. Maybin

    Pipo who are protecting UPND blindly must sit up and be sober and ask relevant questions. Was Miles Sampa a better candidate compared to Kangwa? Why is UPND losing in their so called strong holds? Is the leadership in UPND still relevant? Can UPND still emerge as a force to reckon with? What should UPND do going foward if they have to remain relevant? These are questions that are begging for answers and UPND must answer these questions without fear it favour.

  54. Stanley Laban

    Infrastructure can win voters.

  55. cha cha

    But Zambians we need change ,change to someone like Sata MHSRIP. We need things to moving forward

  56. Jack k Naulu

    Its common understanding just keep the eyes open

  57. jamujo

    PF ili na grass roots UPND ili na executive nama social media how many poor Zambian voters accessing social media ba UPND corruption mu kamba ndimwe mweka mu invela ma Zambians beve baona pama projects thats so

  58. Austen luckliner kachana

    Matuzanu ba pf boonse,hh my forever we are behind you,son of the soil,whether in cold or hot we are with you ,in hard or in happiness only hh and the upnd, Zambia forward,resign or not we are with you,tongas humble and blessed tribe in Zambia with riches,2021vote for change

    • David Castro

      fuck ur ass n ur entire generation asshole!!! PF is our one n only party… just go back to ur farm n take care of HH ai

  59. jamujo

    Ba Cha Cha are you blind you can’t see yourself ok let me buy you ma linses
    so that you can see what we are seeing

  60. Chisenga

    ADVISING HH OR UPND IS A WASTE OF TIME . THEY DONT LISTEN. LET THEM CONTINUE DRINKING THEIR OWN MEDICINE. THEY ALWAYS WIN ON FACEBOOK AND WHATSAPP.

  61. ZAMBIAN PEOPLE

    UPND.if u want to win in 2021 chose another president n’t HH.bcoz z n’t chosen by God.Our appeal is to remove HH nd look someone else,do wat people wants.Believe us.It’s our advise, an adviser z n’t a witch a witch is th one wo want to b equal to u.

  62. ZAMBIAN PEOPLE

    UPND.if u want to win in 2021 chose another president n’t HH.bcoz z n’t chosen by God.Our appeal is to remove HH nd look someone else,do wat people wants.Believe us,It’s our advise. An adviser z n’t a witch a witch is th one wo want to b equal to u.

  63. SHI ALIKO

    The reason why kangwa lost he is not a tonga

  64. mukenga

    Zambia reports has become partisan why be part of the group asking UPND to find a new leader. That’s should be the party’s problem. How can fighter in a boxing match ask a stable to change a boxer he has beaten five times if they hope to get the title from him. Does that make sense? When even referees like Zambia reports, Times of Zambia,Daily Mail,Daily Nation etc enter the fray a neutral person like me will get suspicious.

    • Al kaida

      Pipo have seen ,a new leader is required or else a new opposition will take over

  65. Jay chelsea

    Wala upnd will take over soon…….lolo

  66. ndamwumfwa maisa

    Even if pf looses today,upnd can never rule zambia as long as HH and gbm are at the helm.it cant never mwanya katekeniko ingombe nangu nashena nashimonamo ubukopo in HH as kachema no greener pasture at o. What a poor man u are ba HH even animals are against u shame upon u!!!.Advise jst resign and giveway to others waumfwa.

  67. Tembo Edward

    Hahaha Ba panga part UPND, what a shame.

  68. Jms

    No matter how you steal even children will do like wise Tasila has commenced

  69. fisunge

    Mukenga go back to school It’s the people who are contributing to this article zambia reports has made a platform for the citizens to contribute don’t forget that majority wins so if people are asking for HH to go that’s it we Will see my friend don’t accuse your friends for your failure look into your self and find out y you fail

    • mukenga

      Fisunge what school are you talking about the editorials on these papers are written by the Boards not you and me and are expected to impartial. But can you say that of Zambia Daily Mail, Times of Zambia, Daily Nation and now Zambia reports. How can the President call for UPND to replace their leader when he’s his main competitor? If you can’t see anything fishy there then I think it’s you who needs to school as you re a blind follower. UPND members have every right to ask their leader to step down not non members like you. Just like PF have right to ask the President to resign if they think he’s not performing like happened in RSA.

  70. J J K

    Upnd must change the strategy, let them think of something other than panga for panga, independent electoral commission, hh wamu ya ya ya, intimidation, lungu and pf thief theory, vote rigging, vote stealing, threats to cage ecl and group, etc. They must go to the grass roots. Use the money they have to go into villages and provide support to them show them that they care, look for weak pf spots there and don’t publicise them. Not state house politics, press statements, international politics, They won’t work. Listen to the voice of reason. Other wise they are headed for doom and pf will continue even with out ecl beyond 2090.

  71. innocent soko

    only GOD knows!

  72. GENIOUS SOGOLA WA( PF )JERE

    The rule is simple if you can’t beat them join them.

  73. Frank Mwale

    Its just time pipo don’t know the truth about ecl u research not just talking it’s a shame to the Zambian pipo cause there blinded as at now hh doesn’t need money now u should c how much money ecl made in a few years pipo PA zed bwafya

  74. Dr. Zimba Emmanuel.

    There is a reason why God took a poor man to lead Zambia. It is a grace of God. Whether money or no money, when the grace of comes on,no one can take it away from you.

  75. MANFIELD maurice

    Ba pf abengi fipuba they dnt plan 4future,they owes think of today, fipuba filekeni!win or luz ni upnd one day will cerebrate.lesa wabonse!!

  76. jose

    We are looking from distance

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