Opinion

OPINION: UPND’s Road to Calvary

When the people advise the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) they are accused of having ill intent toward the opposition political party. But by virtue of being the largest opposition political party, even in its rapidly diminishing state, the UPND bears the responsibility of being an alternative government. However, if anything is to be read into recent happenings where their fortunes have fallen flat on the political arena, it could not be too pessimistic to suggest that the end is nigh for the 20 year old political party. Yes, it is 20 years now since the politically astute Anderson Kambela Mazoka gave up the comfort of corporate life to dirty his hands with hard core politics and did come close to winning the 2001 elections.

Since then it has been a downward spiral for the UPND falling from having them towering personalities like Sakwiba Sikota, Patrick Chisanga, Benny Tetamashimba, Inonge Wina, and Bob Sichinga to the levels of political chatterboxes like Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Stephen Katuka, Willian Banda among other political rejects.

The UPND has now become a home of dodgy political characters after having ridden on a polished political image that endeared itself to the intelligentsia and the better part of the mass of the ordinary citizenry. It is not in our place to point out what may have gone wrong but the death of founding president (Mazoka) marked the beginning of the end. The year 2018 has been particularly telling on how rapidly the UPND has degenerated to the extent that even candidates can pull out on nomination day. If ever the UPND needed anything to jack up their sense of urgency, the withdrawal of Dr Faustin Banda from the Kasenengwa parliamentary race on nomination day could be that moment. Surely as embarrassing as the episode may be it could be the moment the UPND began to ask themselves the hard questions of what lies ahead. They have diminished to a facebook party that delights in the illusion of social media. Given that their weekly circuses at the secretariat passing for press conferences have not yielded them any electoral victory other than one ward victory, it could be time to change tactics or even horses otherwise they are headed for political extinction.

We leave it to posterity to judge but this could be the beginning of the end.

59 Comments

  1. Tembo Edward

    Leaders should be changed.

    • Chikala cha corruption

      I can see Zambia getting back into the hands of the whites.

  2. jah solidrock

    Yes it mayit be the end of the party so they should be careful

  3. Mr Peace

    The party lacks political diagram.Looks like HH is just a political comedian.

  4. Shibobo

    The way forward is to change the top leadership. Why continue selling a product which cannot be sold time and again?

  5. efford ngobola

    The leadership must be changed otherwise we won’t see anything gud

    • Mr. K

      Mr peace. I agree with you. H h. Is. Apolitical. Comedian. His. Thought. Was to block. Presidential motor cade.as. campaign. Strategy in to boost his. Po local image

  6. Zambian

    Too bad for big party UPND, yes indeed the party should just show Democracy and go for a convention so that people can chose there leaders of choice to prepare for 2021, otherwise……………PF will surely get it again elo bakalelanda ati nabatwibila. Ba NDC nabo kuwayawaya fye, tukamwenako.

  7. Jmb

    The major factor is that HH is power hungry.

    • David Mandona

      You say HH is power hungry, who is not? That’s why others they want to go for a third term, because of power.

  8. Bols dry no mixer na chi cigarette

    Just the way you have posted your news clearly shows that you belong to a certain party which I won’t mention, its just a withdrawn character of that man otherwise the party will still remain strong with reliable leaders, one thing for this upnd is that they do their political things like its in Europe forgetting that its Africa let them change their political strategy and pf remember Zambia is for everyone one day you will be like mmd . let peace rule God bless Africa…

  9. Leon

    BUT YOU PEOPLE HOW CAN ONE WIN ELECTIONS WHEN ECZ IS PF AND THE BUYING OF PF CANDIDATE BY PF TO ME IS EXCELLENT WHY BECAUSE UPND WAS GOING TO WAST MONEY TO A CAMPAIGN ALREADY DECIDED BY THE MAIN VOTER ECZ IN FAVOUR OF PF.FOR NOW PF GO AHEAD AND LONE PARTY CAMPAIGN FOR YOUR CANDIDATE WHO EVEN WHEN HE WINS WILL NOT CHANGE THE ECONOMY OF ZAMBIA IF NOT WORSEN IT FOR THE LITTLE MONEY MEANT FOR A SCHOOL WILL BE ENJOYED FOR A PARTY CELEBRATION AND THEN WHAT NEXT

    • Bols dry no mixer na chi cigarette

      That’s true

    • Fed up

      That’s a no no sir . You are misleading others nway only a foolish and blind person can be misled its clear Zambians have rejected the upnd because of their tribal ideologies

    • Dafrex

      Can someone educate me coz I never clearly understand how a political party can rigg an election at a polling station with all political party agents and other stakeholders counting the votes together. If u think about it, rigging will only be possible if u bribe the entire polling station starting from the opposition parties to the observers . can someone give me an insight on what am missing

  10. James Mphande

    Maybe try to change the party president

  11. Mr Does

    Power hungry by Mr hh ,please my party let’s change leadership

  12. BlackBird

    HH has kept the Party together. Sakwiba Sikota, Inonge wina and Given Lubinda Formed thier own Party called ULP and lamentably crumbled without any tangible influence on the Zambian scene. It is laughable to say ” Since then it has been a downward spiral for the UPND falling from having them towering personalities like Sakwiba Sikota, Patrick Chisanga, Benny Tetamashimba, Inonge Wina, and Bob Sichinga to the levels of political chatterboxes like Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Stephen Katuka, Willian Banda among other political rejects”. Surely Sakwiba sikota cannot be a towering figure. He is a non entity, otherwise his Party wouldnt have died. I believe UPND will redeem itself under HH. How come non members are more concerned than real members of the Party? You cant be concerned with a Party like ZDDM because it has nothing to offer. HH is not a magician to have known that Dr. F. Banda was going to run away. trueth shall come out soon that will actually embarass the charterboxes.

    • David Mandona

      You say HH is power hungry, who is not? That’s why others they want to go for a third term, because of power.

  13. mauto nkhowani

    Am not being tribal but the way i see things as long as the is a tonga man as the head of the party sorry they don’t stand a chance of winning the 2021 elections coz this thing of tongas ruling in Zambia just won’t work in Zambia sorry 4 saying this but it is what it is.

    • Wakuda ok

      You are more tribal than anyone else when you say Tonga’s will never rule in Zambia.

  14. FGM

    Running a political party in Zambia is a very expensive venture. Upnd leadership should be commended for having maintained the political party to this day. What iam foreseeing is that soon Zambia will secretly become a one party state and Zambians surely know what will be on that political table. The One party state at least tried to curb corruption even if it eventually became a dictatorship.

    • Jonas Sampa

      Sure in the midst of poverty only those who have can run the opposition party.

  15. Moonga

    Leon this habbit of making allegations out of speculations is putting UPND at a disadvatage. Why? bcoz such statements discourages the voters…do you think that someone can vote if you keep on telling them that ECZ is PF? This is also what contributes to voter apathy… If we dont change this habit lumping baseless accusations against ECZ then PF will keep on wining. By accusing ECZ we are actually discouraging UPND supporters to vote. We loose…We accuse..we loose….we accuse… we are running in circles. I will quit.

    • Lolo

      Moonga! you have spoken my mind

    • Im just saying

      Moonga, you are right! Lets just quit boi. Things are getting worse in UPND.

  16. Pa Maka Fye

    Let them change their leader may be for once Upnd can lead Zambia.

  17. Nation at large

    PF never did this when they were in opposition they tried by all means nowonder they formed government.now if UPND can’t do what their friendsddid then they will not form government.

  18. David Mandona

    Its very unfortunate, whatever transpired in Kasanengwa is not good enough for Democracy, its either that was threatened or bribed, he is a very intelligent man, he can not just disappear, the same thing happened in Kafue and its happening to most Councillors

    • Slim

      Students will hit his knuckles before its too late! doctor banda is playing “Judas” with our politics. However not all easterners are as stupid as he is…leaked exams are now producing fake doctors with no integrity!!

  19. FC

    many more to ditch a party of preaching politics of heartred. thumbs up mbuya. if you received any mbeba from updn,pls share some with me, eagerly waiting.

  20. BEN

    remove these 2 millionares on top, dats wen upnd can win an election.

  21. PHIRI.s

    Thanks good words

  22. sage

    Some people should not be given any opportunity….. Because they are not worthy to be trusted……how do you do that sure…..elo pa nominations……anyway we stil have hop

  23. CHARLES BWEUPE

    Bwafya! Zambian politics not inspiring.

  24. Himmler

    No PF should actually change leadership because Lungu is barred by the constitution. Leave the UPND to the members alone.

  25. Lee

    Do not judge the book by its cover every political party have rejects, Some came way back From unip,mmd and now they are in Pf. Do comment before you think!

  26. Lee

    Do not judge the book by its cover every political party have rejects, Some came way back From unip,mmd and now they are in Pf. Do not comment before you think!

  27. Umufyashi

    Ndeloleshyafye

  28. levison

    My first Vote pa Xed is gonna be for my hope #HH….UPND>>>>

  29. fisunge

    You people you know what hh knows he can’t make what he wants to do is to destroy the party because he won’t agreeto

  30. Slim

    UPND don’t change leadership! Am sure u not blind to the fact that PF want u to change HH for a weakling! Why bribe UPND candidates if u r convinced HH is the weakest link! It is akin to Nkana United bribing Power Dynamoes to change goalkeeper if the latter has to win!! Nonsense. PF is scared of HH period!

  31. Shaka

    The common man will continue suffering until Jesus come.I have gone into remose hence thrown away the voter’s card.

  32. Joseph.mwape

    PF has planted his people who are writing negative things about UPND becareful, don’t listen to social media. When you know that you have done something wrong you always tries to defend yourself by telling people bad things about your opponent. PF will sink.

  33. Bs

    Nkanu niku mmutu, nsomba iyamba kuwoola kumutu , so Nsombanikumutummmm fakaniko nzelu,….

  34. Kalawa

    UPND your president has got a lot of money but he can’t win,why?just change your president coz he is not going anywhere, we don’t want him anyway that’s your own problem

  35. Misheck Hachilongwe chuundu

    For your information from jan to Apr we will experience a great defection from the following provinces:Nw 6 MPS and 15 councillors, Wp 5Mps and 22councillors and Sp 8 Mps and 10.so this will if do not make changes

  36. Misheck Hachilongwe chuundu

    For your information from jan to Apr 2019 we will experience a great defection from the following provinces:Nw 6 MPS and 15 councillors, Wp 5Mps and 22councillors and Sp 8 Mps and 10.so this will happen do not make changes

  37. Chris B

    Hh fears going to the convetion and he upholds the quota agreement binding document

  38. Sebele

    PF doesn’t rig. UPND helps PF by ensuring that wrong candidates are picked at the expense of loyal members. Why? The spirit of mommon is treasured than integrity in UPND

  39. Musalu

    Ba upnd beleleni tebeshibe efyo balecita come 2021 pantu northwestern

  40. Youths For Parliament

    It is quite a very shameful ideology that each time something negative happens in the opposition UPND, we run to the conclusion of buyouts or bribes? Have we ever tried to asses what could have been the cause from just within the very same party. Veryly I say unto you brethren, not until both the leadership and political strategy for the leading opposition change will they challenge, for now the opposition is moving like a chicken heading for the slotter. What am saying is simply that the opposition should know their priorities, improve on them, and have a more realistic approach to political policy than they do now.
    Most of all, it’s high time that the leadership in the UPND realized that tribal remarks do not build them but rather destroys them. Let me take you back in a memory lane, when the upnd was led by A.Mazoka, when the party embraced every tribe, Unfortunately the Able led gave up the ghost and come a young man by then fresh from overseas, Now the party could not accommodate other tribes for it could only be led by another Tonga, So we see the opposition party split in two, the Pro Tonga led UPND and the faithful UPNDs who letter Formed ULP, which letter formed a pact with the PF led by M.C Sata.
    In Conclusion the UPND will not taste victory if they don’t give up their tribal ideology, Poor Political Strategy, Farl Cry and adoptions of political rejects to astute positions, I mean how short are you of leadership qualities, for GBM to be your vice President? Mind you money does not win elections but rather an aid to win elections.

  41. Trigga

    It is lack of wisdom by HH to go and appoint GBM because he wanted to rub off tribal signals he picked a wrong man who is even condemned by his tribe HH lacks wisdom he can’t see thing which are not close to him if he asks wisdom from God he would show him things coming ahead and then find the way out. It is unfortunate that The UPND do not even think of replacing a leader and every well meaning Zambia knows y it is becuz of his financial muscle. But to be honest Zambians do not rich political parties they just need a wise leader HH is not wise and has no people to help him. Pf will win again on expense of HH lack of wisdom whilst there are some people in UPND who can do better than HH don’t say we. Are tribal becuz almost Mazoka miyanda where once loved by all. But y not HH

  42. Andrew Monde

    I think to me its to early to conclude In such manner, the litmus paper been used to test the strength of upnd as for now may not be correct,now and 2021 the gap is still there nomater wat is on the ground now Upnd can still mend broken pieces.

  43. Dafrex

    Can someone educate me coz I never clearly understand how a political party can rigg an election at a polling station with all political party agents and other stakeholders counting the votes together. If u think about it, rigging will only be possible if u bribe the entire polling station starting from the opposition parties to the observers . can someone give me an insight on what am missing

  44. Ba independent

    there is need to change upnd President

  45. Mabobo

    Yes indeed try to try advise UPND and they play the know it all and will insult left, right and centre. Bemba’s ‘ve a saying that Munshebwa aile namafi Kubuko.Comment

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