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OPINION: You Got it All Wrong Mr HH

When campaigning for the Patriotic Front candidate in Katuba over the weekend, President Edgar Lungu told the voters there that the opposition UPND and its president Hakainde Hichilema cannot even build toilets for them there because that is the responsibility of the government.

In response, Hichilema hastily did a write up to counter what the Head of State had said in Katuba when he was campaigning for the PF candidate in the July 30 parliamentary by-election.

In the usual fashion, Mr Hichilema said: “We have taken note of the remarks attributed to Mr. Edgar Lungu, as quoted in the ‘News Diggers while campaigning in Katuba constituency parliamentary by-election. To say we should have been building toilets for the residents of Katuba and other places where we have our MPs is not only unfortunate but also immature and belittling, not only to the people of that constituency but to all Zambian citizens. For us in the UPND, politics is a noble and sacred service, which we respectfully hold, and we think this is not the kind of discourse our citizens should be subjected to from all of us in political leadership in our country.”

What Hichilema should have asked himself first is whether or not what President Lungu said was a lie. Is it not true that the provision of basic requirements in communities is the responsibility of the government? Isn’t it true that the UPND or Hichilema himself cannot provide these basic commodities as long as there is a functioning government in place? So what, then, was the issue with what the President said when it was a statement of fact?

The Patriotic Front has been in power for almost eight years, and in this period, the government under this party has been implementing a variety of projects across the country regardless of the people’s political affiliation. A good example is the Bottom Road in Southern Province, which had for many years been neglected. The area is largely opposition but the government under the Patriotic Front did not look at that aspect. It went on to allocate funds for the rehabilitation of this road much to the delight of the residents there.

Let’s get to the Kafue-Mazabuka road. We all know how bad this road had become and the danger it posed to the traveling public. The problem that this road brought to the traveling public affected the people in many ways – it became very difficult to conduct business because of the poor state of the road. The story today is totally different because the government mobilized resources to have it rehabilitated as a matter of urgency. Did they leave it to the UPND or Hichilema to undertake such a task?

So the attacks unleashed by Mr Hichilema following President Lungu’s statement in Katuba are somewhat lopsided and fail to look at things in the manner they should be.  The provision of basic facilities is the responsibility of the government and that is exactly what the Head of State’s message was conveying to the people of Katuba.

87 Comments

  1. Whiteson

    HH have you heard the Opinion? What do you say?

    • Muna Kalenga

      Are you sure of the bottom road or you are just dreaming? Can you explain where and how the crushed stones meant for taring the road disappeared during the night and who got them? We are watching

      • titla

        Finshi engalanda ma politics full of insults

    • Manex

      Keep messing up our economy and u all pay one day back one day…. Only a matter of time

  2. Thomas Njovu

    Mr. Phiri has got his facts all wrong. It is the duty of the Government in power to offer development to all parts if Zambia regardless the political affiliations of the residents of that areas. No one should be blackmailed to vote for the Party in power so that their areas are developed. HH was right in answering the way he did because the Government of the day should develop all parts of Zambia. Bye elections should not be used to cheat people that if Party ‘A’ is not voted in power; then development won’t be extended to those areas.

    • Mutenguleni

      Thanks Thomas, Chris Phiri is a PF whatever, lack of a better term to describe this Nincompoop. Imbwa ni mbwa, Naleka. Kuti natukana bankaka. Please, Chris Phiri open your eyes be realistic and real, stop this foolish wako ni wako stupidity!

    • Melvin

      On point sir,I don’t understand why we keep lowering ourselves in the name of supporting a certain political party. The author of the opinion should have first of all thought through before coming up this write up that almost sounds biased and politically inclined.
      We will be better citizens if we started analyzing what our leaders produce more especially in the public like that.

  3. joseph sakala

    TAta ba H.H 2021 yenu this is your chance

  4. Kanele box 1

    Niforward chabe 2021 HH plot 1

  5. Keegan moonga

    Forward chabe Ba HH ,,2021 naishibikwa kale ,,,,,,,,,never lose hope batata

  6. VM

    Ecl seems not to know his duty by saying this

  7. brown

    This is the waste opinion we have ever head! Look how dull is this idiot, what development is he talking about? Only roads instead of the poor performing economy!! Stupid tukalalya imisebo

  8. Kala mponkede mutande B

    Hh fwd natuwina kale

  9. BLSimpamba

    Any party which is still in the opposition can’t deliver development to the nation.Here the president missed the point H.H VIVA COME 2021.

  10. Joseph Mwenya

    Abafwa nga balabwela! Bamo kuti bakakwa especially the Head, Ba SATA M m.y.s.r.i.p. my President. Guys let’s open our Minds and our Eyes. You are busy tolking about Roads. Tolk about the COST of LIVING and the ECONOMY of our Country, were are we going? Even CORRUPTION in all Ministerial Posts, Copperbelt we have lost the Interest in this kind of Leadership. Viva CK on the Copperbelt!!!

  11. MPD

    It’s time to talk about the improvement of the ailing economy than keeping on talking and promising about roads. Because people wants to see affordable food on their tables.

  12. Joseph Mwenya

    Viva CK on Copperbelt! So that we give chance to HH come 2021.

  13. DHM

    No matter what we are behind you president HH.You are the only hope to reduce this poverty and poor economy which pf have created. And may good Lord Jesus Christ bless you in a special way.

  14. Bashikulu Em2a

    Mps are given cdf to develop their areas by govt.now,where this money goes,nobody knows,and people complain of lacking behind in development.ask those mps,whether ruling or opposition ,get answers and vote wisely!Am not educated,finito.

  15. Foster

    Esaau chulu is the coser of all these safering we are going through

  16. Fisunge

    Imwe new fipuba mwebaletalika kwena mwali fikopo kusukulu kwena did read through the opinion in short the president said even if you vote for upnd they can not build not even the toilet for you why? because it’s the duty of gvt to give you all this that’s why the gvt which is pf is asking for Katina people to give them an mp nomba mwebantu mashilu new you want to be sleeping so that the government can start looking for your food bakoswe imwe if you’re lazy instead of using the roads for developing yourselves you will start eating your own children bakabwa imwe which president is going to put food on your table mumbwa iwe ulibe Tate wako when God cursed your father that he will be sweating to put food on your table you thought it was a joke atase

    • Dude

      @Fisunge tell them. They think a person will come and put food on the table. Where on earth have you seen a president putting food on your table?

  17. northwestern

    Some provinces are full of I literate people.when people of northwestern stands to support HH without even being tribalism you can’t support them but rather wasting your votes and by not realising that economist are the people who can rule a country.

    • muzo

      Mr.NW,ECONOMICS IS NOT LEADERSHIP.MUKUPATIKISHA ATI UKATEKE KUTI WAISA LETA NENKONDO.

      • u.p.n.d cadre

        What a terrible vision yöu have dear boy, do u understand war? its a bad thing. so u mean u want a one party state?? tukafwa jun sa la already tea chu la since the cobra died My president HH is coming to save us 2021

  18. Steven

    Even the Bible says that,”a man shall not live by the bread alone but also the word of God too”.lets think about the future but not food alone.go go of.

  19. Wait and see

    Pa media mulawina mwilaibepa ati nani akesa wamya ifintu that’s what we call laziness hard working hides success kubombeshafye not ifya kulalila Kwati tunya

  20. Kings

    No matter what, edgar lungu must go, come 2021, we are tired of him and his fellow corrupt minded ministers.

  21. Chendabusiku

    Hahahahah! You heard him (HH). We have said time and again that the levels of desperation for plot 1 by HH have completely blinded him. Sometimes one feels sorry for (HH) but not to the point of giving a vote, he is just not plot one material as shown by his level of understanding among other things. If he learns to keep quite sometimes, he may be given a benefit of doubt but the leves desperation do not allow him to keep quite and think before he speaks. HH is pre-occupied with shooting down anything that seems to stand between him and state house.

    • Mapesho

      You are right Chendabushiku, sometimes I feel sorry for him especially that he has been in opposition for so long. However, his level of experience in governance denies me to give a vote. I wonder if he will ever rule Zambia. This is because the longer he stays in the opposition the more desperate he becomes and the more mistakes he makes. Poor man!

  22. Joseph

    TATA Ba Fisunge, akapunda ka KALILO you have,2021 kalapwa! When you have tabebeba abanobe ati you are lazy, just becuase belemilisha, twaba IMBWA kuli imwe. Remember iwe uli muntu naine ndi muntu. Ka Cost of living naka Economy kalishani MUDALA. Come 202. Ukaleka nokumfwika apa limbi ukachinja ne shina from FISUNGE to FILETE, oky!!

  23. puzzled

    chris phiri i think u re the worst repoter! even in southen province we do pay tax pf ddnt use party resources 2 build bottom road it used tax payer money, i dnt kno if in zambia we got a coalition gvt.we all kno that most of ur reports ar partsan but if we want 2 kick pf out of power we can do it,were is unip n mmd?

  24. Ben

    Thanks for the government of the day.But who is taking away medicines in clinics? We are tired of buying as if they aren’t free.

  25. Jay1

    HH was right. If we swapped positions that HH becomes president or mulyokela….it cant be impossible to build toilets everywhere. So it true that talk is cheap

  26. Hollywood

    Lungu for life opposition no way to plot one he ha’s even changed the symbol from forward to peace and unit uzamuzibayesu

    • Wezi

      Don’t tell me Hollywood? He must have realised that tribal voting won’t take him to plot one as he earlier thought. He needs us all, hence peace and unity…..maybe just a little bit late.

  27. James

    2021 vote wisely.
    We only have one zambia.

  28. Elephants

    Am a full time upnd member but to defend my party I’d rather comment the government has duties as well as the opposition

  29. Joshua

    Bane, we are sick & tired with chipatepate govt with ECL, 2021 kuya bayebele.

  30. Manex

    Keep messing up our economy and u all pay one day back one day…. Only a matter of time

  31. SEE MIND (MWAMPO)

    DONT WORRY HH 2021 PLOT 1. ECL WE ARE SUFFERING A LOT NO CHANCE 2021 STRAIT Jail after loose him !!!

  32. Wise man

    SUPRISING! Rats are wiser than human beings. After escaping from the trap, rats never attempt to eat anything put there or go anywhere near. Human beings are foolish. After someone stealing and selling their goats and property, they want to make him their village headman. Unbelievable!

  33. Son of the soil

    Samson versus Goliath as we move towards the ballot!

    • D. M

      Thieving leadership must be condemned this type of leadership makes Zambia useless to be people’s abode

  34. Mwankole.

    @ FISUNGE.
    Iwe FISUNGE, this is not a platform for insulting pipo waunfwa MUMBWE ayi!!
    Be mature koswe iwe,
    Inongo iyo ulelyamo ikatobeka tekanya.
    Napela

  35. Colby jeff707@gmail.com

    Please don’t just keep on politicising, we want proper roads in katuba aspecially around the school area and beyond.

  36. Tuli Bantu

    Wise man! Do you have evidence that HH sold your mother’s property? or do you have an evidence to prove that he sold anything from your country? There is a house waiting for you in woodlands, just take your evidence to state house so that he can be brought to book, osauwa monga ni galu ilibe mbuya wake.

  37. kass

    sometimes i wonder how some people can fail to buld just a toilet at there homes and expect government to go and buld them muletasha you are the same people even benefiting from releaf food as hh brought any food there

  38. Dog bite

    Hakainde only provides toilets to his cows

  39. Jms

    We need education to bring back educated people a rich man may get 1%from your payment but a poor man will tend to get even 8% those with less mind and destroyers may not know what I mean

  40. Mweene Habeenzu

    HH was right the leaders in power have to our national coffers they are the one who should provide to every secter in our economy. Do you that hh in a small way he does contribute? University he does support many who are not his children what of water and sanitation and health there are so many to mention. It doesn’t matter how many times a person falls what matters his focus to reach and win after winning he should prove the difference to current how he will run the economy.

  41. concerned citizen

    FUEL WALUNDA HAHA

  42. WANGLING

    AFTER,READING SOME OF YOUR ARTICLES LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND MEMBERS OF THIS ZAMBIA REPORTS. IT SEMS PEOPLE HAVE BITTER HEARTS. MY DEEPEST PRAYER AND CRY UNTO GOD IS THAT HH AND ECL SHOULD SEAT AND CHAT. JUST LIKE THEY WANT TO HAVE A DIALOGUE A CHURCH DRIVEN ONE.NOT DRIVEN BY ABENA SUNDAY CHANDA, KAIZER ZULE ETC. LET,US BE ALL POSITIVE AND PRAY FOR THE POSITIVITY.AND SOME OF YOU PEOPLE YOU WRITE THAT HH WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT.THAT IS WRONG CZ GOD IS THE GIVES FAVOUR.YOU CAN EVEN BE SHOCKED THAT HE EVEN WORKS BETTER FO ZAMBIA AND NOW YOURSELF IN YOUR INNER HEART YOU BECOME GUILTY. WHAT HAPPENEND TO THE LATE SATA?WE,CALLED MWANAWASA ALL SORTS OF NAMES TO BE CANDID ONLY THREE LEADERS HAVE DONE ALOT FOR MOTHER ZAMBIA-KK,FTJ AND MWANAWASA THE REST WHO TOOK OVER KUBWELANKO FWE.I END HERE

  43. Wise man

    But you zambian surprise me. A party/person does not want people from other tribes in its leadership and sideline them. Upnd is a tribal party which is going to form a tribal government. Do you people think? What more if you put them in power? Their president does not believe in the declaration of zambia as a Christian nation and day of national prayers. What does that mean to you? You don’t want to be led by people who believe in God and you want other people who are not Christians. Are you Christians or not? Let’s bring the elections forward so that your desires are met quickly and the you will see for yourselves.

  44. Simfukwe

    Wangling you are a person with mind of. Hakainde Mr sata Mr mwanawasa were not tribalists like hakainde tribalism came back in zambia shortly after takingover upnd don’t compare the former presidents to this short sighted politician who want to be saved by the church mother bodies where he has invested a lot of money capital projects is for government why should he be cheating people that he will build roads katuba constituency has been under upnd for along time ask hakainde how many schools hospitals roads has he ever built?time is now for people to support government to give them what they want through their mp

  45. Hh

    I would like to have hh in opposition for as long as 50 years, the man is outdated. For presidency we need fresh minds after Ecl. Too much tribalism by this grouping, if a vice president comes from their ethic grouping, he/ she can serve longer.

  46. Mr Peace

    Plz Zambians,is there no one apart from these guys in politics ready to form a big,strong and reliable party and lead us?This country is just as unfortunate as FAZ. Lack of leadership. We have gone completely miles away from democracy.People are just interested in presidency when they don’t understand what it takes.Poor Zambia,where are you heading with such infant politicking?

  47. Ff

    The Gvt of the day is mandated to provide social basic needs wherever people are using tax-payers’ money. So where there’s no social basic needs, the party in power is to bleme.

  48. Andrew Monde

    It’s unfortunate that politicians have continued misleading zambians who don’t understand governance matters,that’s why Zambia remains underdeveloped because the government blonks those willing to build Zambia,if an opposition wants to build a school or toilets nothing wrong in a matured democratic civilised politics.

  49. Andrew Monde

    Political parties are stakeholders were development issues are concerned they should be given chance to help government in developing the nation.

  50. Saimbwende

    Let’s not argue for the sake of it just look at all the constituencies being held by the opposition there is no development why? Opposition are not creative & resourceful all they are good at are insults and giving shallow excuses for not developing their constituents the other thing they are experts in are alliances which are always crumbling because of one egocentric lunatic who always wants to lead these alliances even when he has never been a mayor or councillor before so before you talk reason

  51. Melvin

    It is always the responsibility of the government to take development to every part of the country regardless of whether the place is under the opposition or the ruling party.
    It’s sad that the author of the opinion failed to use his conscious before coming up with this write up that sounds biased and politically inclined. It is this kind of thinking that makes people we choose to take us for granted because we choose to support even irrelevant rantings.
    We thought Edgar Lungu cause himself the Zambian president and not the president of only those areas that voted or supported him. If the author of this opinion realized that his President was a Zambian president he wouldn’t have written this,anyway am happy that this was just his opinion and everyone has their own opinion whether I’ll meant and we appreciate his opinion because he has made us understand the thinking of other minds.

  52. Cmk

    SONTA APO WABOMBA. IF YOU CAN’T, SHUT UP.

    • Nenex That Patrick

      Kwanu che why are people foolish do you what you are talking about watch your mouth wisely with 5 senses OK!!!…..shaaa

  53. Johnson chota

    Just watching

  54. Nenex That Patrick

    Surely people of our nation mwati are we all on the same track. Because this is what we call foolishness.how could someone who is in power starting pushing problems to the opposition.I have never seen or heard such things in life. Now let me make it clear for you,you know yourself.HH has got nothing to do with us because he is not in leadership.he might help but should not take an advantage of that papa.you have the authority in hands use it wise is you to continue to be ruler of z.but as far as everyone know you are no longer the ruler 2021.consider this to be the truth.God is no longer dead and He is watching over you to what you are doing to the people.HH forward!!!

  55. Anfield Nyekesha

    guys let’s do things like mature people .let us do what you would like any leader do for you .anyone knows what we want this country to be

  56. figure

    how many roads,hospitals or schools did pf construct when it was in opposition? please! understand that any area that is underdeveloped, the rulling party should be blamed because it has the responsibility to initiate projects & supervise them using tax-payers’money. Ukushili ubuyantanshi ninshi nimwe mufililwe ukutwala ubuyantanshi kuli iyo ncende not ukulabepesha abashipoka imisonko ku bantu. Kuti mwasuusha shani parte iyo mushilapeela amaka?

  57. figure

    what the president said is true, the opposition can not develop katuba because it is not their responsibility, but we don’t know why those responsible haven’t developped it for over three years now.

  58. Victor Kaluba

    MY PEOPLE PERISH FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE.

    PRESIDENT DR EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU HAS DONE ENOUGH TO WIN 2021.

    NDF RESOLUTIONS OF SIMPLE MAJORITY WIN WILL MAKE IT MUCH EASIER FOR HIM.

    THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE IS THAT DR. ECL SPENDS ENOUGH TIME THINKING DEEPLY, WHILST OTHERS WASTE THEIR TIME CONCENTRATING ON BITTERNESS, EPONSORING BLOGGERS ON INTERNET.

    IF THERE IS AN ELECTION WHICH IS A MUST WIN FOR DR. ECL, IT IS 2021. AND 2021 WILL BE EASIER FOR HIM BECAUSE, WHILST HE IS DOING PROJECTS EVERYWHERE, HE IS EQUALLY EMPOWERING CITIZENS EVERYWHERE AND NOW SHOWING THE HIGHEST QUALITIES OF TRUE LEADERSHIP BY OFFERING TO MEET ARROGANT OPPOSITION LEADERS WITHOUT CONDITIONS!
    SO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE DULL ENOUGH TO SAY: ECL WILL BE IMPRISONED UPON LOSING 2021, HOLD YOURSELVES RESPONSIBLE, YOUR THREATS HAVE BEEN THE INNOVATIVE ADVICE FOR DR LUNGU TO ENGINEER THE NDF. DR ECL CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE 2021 AND GO TO JAIL, HE IS NOT A FOOL. WISE PEOPLE SEE ADVICE EVEN IN A QUARREL, AND DR ECL IS ONE OF THE WISE. DAYS ARE TICKING AND YOU WILL PROVE THESE MY WORDS!

    MAYBE TRY 2026 TO TAKE OVER FROM DR ECL, NOT 2021, ITS NOT POSSIBLE. THOSE WHO THINK THE HUNDREDS OF DEFECTIONS FROM OPPOSITION TO PF THAT WE WATCH ON ZNBC ARE FAKE, MUST WAKE UP. DELIBERATE IGNORANCE AND A KNOW IT ALL ATTITUDE WONT HELP THE OPPOSITION.
    DR ECL IS MANY MILES AHEAD.

  59. clint

    HH will rule for 50 years when comes in office

  60. Kubeja Badaala

    Why belabour the point, this opinion was written by Sunday Chanda period! He’s the same chap who wrote that article on Vendata but under the signature of this one Chris Phiri. By the way, Does Zambia Report have only one editor? All articles including opinions on this weblog are written by the same person.

  61. Jayalljay

    HH and his UPND should stick to the agenda of development, tell the people of Zambia what you will do differently. This small talk politics will take our country nowhere, it will just be a name change from PF to UPND. With the kind of one track mindedness of UPND I don’t see anything different they offer to Zambia apart from just name change. Just a thought.

    • Nenex That Patrick

      That is your opinion Mr sir not for everyone ok

  62. Fisunge

    Joseph and mwankole look here am not in government and I don’t work anywhere am not also in politics but I call a spade a spade I don’t support rubbish mwaumfwa I repeat when you’re lazy you will eat your children or your own shit am 33 yrs and I have never been fed by any president and I don’t depend on them to feed my self so if you pipo are waiting for utupunda hunger will kill you work hard and create your own heaven you pipo what makes you think hh will win 2021 I think what we what is not food because everyone looks for their food but Peace is all what we need not Satanism to have fast and blood money so if you don’t work hard you will cry like a dog even if hh comes into power

  63. Tata

    But people you should think… Imisebo what for. Can walk in roads ne nsala ata.. and those roads they are already there just innovation. Wake up Zambia kateka ni HH

  64. kaleji mwanza

    politics politics all day . people can we just focus on the development of the nation ai ? cause it looks like you are not money finders are busy talking and talking , be like us we just sit and have tea and develop our areas and be happy

  65. KELLY

    ECL which toilet did u develop when u were in opposition

  66. twice

    Just pay the security wing you are just wasting time lwenu

  67. Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

    We cant’ve 2drivers at a goal.Building toilets znt in the hands of the opposition bt a current gvmnt.So whatever was said is contradicting coz if there isnt any dvlpmnt in Katuba then PF must take the blame & nt shift on others.PF is too proud to accept.

  68. Ngwazi yacilungamo

    Call a sped a sped,PF is losing in 2021 coz it has lamentably failed to run Zambia’s economy.What it has achieved most is corruption.If 1 says that PF is corrupt they say provide evidence,the handwriting is clear on the wall that we’rent in a safe hands

  69. Naked Weapon

    What will cause Ecl to rule us in 2021, is the issue of some Ballot papers which will be printed locally, the NDF which was held they were discussing how to rig some votes, the Zambian Chief Justice is coming from Eastern Zambia do you think she can fail to defand wako ni wako and his job.

  70. grasswell

    nothing you can do with hangle hh

  71. grasswell

    thats the problem of we zambians, you talk of riging in 2021 mwayaba kulila,yabani kuitana banthu.But you are going to clay.

  72. BTK

    Infact we ar tired of banchs of croocks:e.g Ronald chitotela & the Group.If these guys contnues with their monkey tricks,we wil bring the real prophets to highlights us the right way to go.

  73. Kelvin cathy

    2021 NI PF

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