Politics

Opinion | Kicks Of A Dying Horse: The Case Of UPND

Lusaka ~ Mon, 12 Oct 2020

The toxicity of the opposition UPND has reached extremely alarming levels. This opposition political party is up to nothing but completely disturbing the proper functioning of government systems and State institutions, with a calculated goal of getting into power.

But it is clear to see through all their antics championed by their leader Hakainde Hichilema that these are kicks of a dying horse.
It is not strange for this opposition party to only see bad in whatever the government is trying to do for the people of Zambia, no matter how many people praise the efforts. It’s not difficult to see that the venom that this opposition political party is spewing on the government is simply because of its insatiable appetite for power and not because they want to use that power to the benefit of Zambians. This kind of hate is very dangerous! And, again, we say these are just kicks of a doing horse ready to be buried after 2021.

Not long ago, this opposition party sponsored an article which ran on their propaganda platform, Watchdog, where they claimed that the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the PF were going to use dead people in the voter register to rig the 2021 elections. Now that the ECZ wants to remove the dead people from the voters’ register who are in excess of a million, by coming up with a new roll, the UPND is objecting the process using the same tired claims of attempts to rig the coming elections!

What kind of opposition thinks in this manner? Is it difficult to swallow all pride and just accept that what is being done is for the benefit of all Zambians, including the opposition political parties? The UPND will lose nothing by, for once, accepting the fact that the government of the PF has been extremely proactive ahead of 2021 to ensure that the electoral process does not disadvantage any player.

It is this unreasonable behaviour that will forever make this UPND think Zambians hate their leaders. No, Zambians do not hate your leaders, UPND; what Zambians do not like is your behaviour where they can easily tell between your personal interests in this whole undertaking and not the desire to serve.

54 Comments

  1. Mpwii!!! mushindo

    Faka pressure HH until they talk about you no more, you have given the people sleepless nights including the so called reporters

  2. Love your neighbor

    Is Chris a PF media personnel or a reporter for all?

  3. Mike simbotwe

    The last kicks of a dying horse ready to be buried in 2021.
    they are just preparing for the excuse of 2021 election

  4. Ngoma Yamaano

    Chris Phiri, you are indeed a narrowminded PF political cadre reporter. The electoral law requires that through continuous voter registration and updating of the voter register, the ECZ removes from the register dead people. The ECZ has not given any update on how many dead voters they have removed from the voter register. So why do you want to blame the opposition when they claimed that ECZ would use dead people to rig the 2016 elections. A serious ECZ which abides by the law would have told the nation how many dead people they have removed from the register. There is no law which says to remove dead voters, ECZ should compile a new voter register!!

    • Bombers

      In 2016 upnd complained to the courts of law during their petition about the voters roll. Today they are saying it’s ok. Ecz wants says there’s an estimated number of about 1400 dead people on the roll, polling stations have been renamed, changed and increasd in number due to the delimitation excercise and that there are voters who have geographically moved to new places. Whats wrong with a complete overhaul if ecz is acting within the law. Upnd kuwayawaya fye. MDC has started eating into both upnd and pf and I see them going into an alliance with pf duŕng the re-run in order to get 50% +1. Apitilila again.

      • Dadley makeche

        Pf lost in 2015 & 2016 by Edgar lungu’s own confession. Pf cannot win in a clean contest. That’s why they resort to killing, rigging, incarceration, badmouthing, and use of judiciary, police, ecz, to help them go thru.

    • X4

      Actually the upnd has ored started voting out itself thru its dees,I hate the party and its lidaship

  5. Ba B

    Now I see, God come… Ooo… And deliver your people, let’s talk about something good that will benefit the stardand of living towards the people and impart knowledge in the coming generation than promoting hatred. We may be very happy to hear that people distance themselves from media political articles and concentrate on building love instead of hate, we’re one today, tomorrow and days to come, let’s be united as a nation. Some decide to drop off the car and get into another one just because it has a tyre puncture which the driver is fixing, forgetting that the worse might happen even to that one they have decided to jump into before reaching the destination and imagine that you were the one who dropped and the worse happen to the one you’ve jumped into, would you return in that other one you dropped off from?.. There’s really a question mark and the answer is always in the driver’s hands, whether to allow you or not. In this case, I emphasize.. Please… Please, let’s leave politics to the politicians and their teams, our job is just to go and vote so that we can maintain unity and love among ourselves, no need of fighting, hating, insulting and exchanging bad words.I don’t blame leaders, but it’s ourselves to blame, because we’ve have translated politics wrongly especially us the youths. Politics should not be a tool of boosting hatred especially during voting, I believe is one way of exercising our rights as zambians, let all our grievances be swallowed in the ballots during voting than using offend words against each other especially us outside the political arena. I never heard leaders with mouth insulting each other, never heard leaders using offending words against each other.. No.. Not even a day, but it’s always us especially on media platforms, please let’s use the media wisely, the media is there to keep us informed on the developmental aspects, to educate and sensitize especially in this crucial time of covid 19,but nowadays whenever I open some media platforms all I see are things which doesn’t build. Let’s be united we’re one family just like our leaders are emphasizing, people let’s emulate the characters of our leaders in ruling and opposition, because they have always been quiet, we may talk and talk, but they don’t even respond. Thumbs up to political parties in opposition and ruling especially the top ones, God bless you we depend on you for Zambia to continue enjoying peace, remember a heart that loves and forgives is always a pillar that holds the nation. Till next time, I love you all my fellow proud Zambians, God bless you and let’s continue to pray for our country, so that the good Lord may provide guidance as we are heading towards elections next year 2021. Remember all these will pass, but we will still remain as Zambians,always say NO to Violence and hate.

  6. SIMAKANDO WA SIMALOYA

    Kikikikikikikiki…. Chris PHIRI, you are shallow minded my brother. It’s better you keep that ignorance to your self that exposing it to the public! Listen, the constitution does not allow anyone to formulate the new constitution basing on the dead voters but updating it by deleting the dead. What HH wants is the constitution to be followed and not to be violated!!! THE PF WANTS TO VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION BY COMING UP WITH TOTALLY A NEW CONSTITUTION.

    • Bomber

      Simakando wa simloya, when ecz comes up with a new voters roll as a way of updating or removing the dead, they are not contravening the constitution in any way bcz the constitution did not provide the process of how to remove dead people. You have therefore misled yourself and if they were violating the constitution, upnd and Kambwili would have been the first one to rush to court. The process is a prerogative of ecz.

  7. Koswe

    Ngoma. Yaamano why do you support the. Mast news paper which always against the state and president. Lungu? There thousands of people dead and are not reported to ecz. Ecz can’t dream the only best way is to have a new one if you depend to win an election is to use deaf people then this time you are already buried as is always the case. In 2016 president. Lungu got 50,3percent 2021he is going to get 85,6percent. Upnd depends on tribal votes while. Pf depends on national votes by. Cry babies

    • MASIPA A HAO!

      Ba Koswe, but what does the constitution state? Coming up with totally a new constitution of just updating the old one by deleting the dead voters? The problem with you people, you don’t read!

  8. Ba B

    I conquer with you Mr. Ngoma, no wonder am saying some of these things should be left in the hands of the the politicians themselves if at all we don’t have any ideas or knowledge about because we may end up writing something that is misleading, hence promoting hatred to those who doesn’t analyze issues, some reports should not be entertained. Such information is destroying some media platforms and removing them out of market instead of promoting, thanks my brother at least I am also updated by your article, ukucila ukusendapo icushi.

  9. Ngoma Yamaano

    Koswe, the law didnot ask ECZ to dream about which voters are dead before removing them from the register. What efforts has ECZ done to identify and remove dead voters? How can ECZ just sit in offices and complain about not knowing how to identify and remove dead voters from the register. ECZ are paid by taxpayers to implement what is required by law. If they fail to implement what the law requires, then either ECZ is incompetent or the law was not implementable. There is no evidence that ECZ has made efforts to use available systems to identify and remove dead voters from the register before pushing for a new voter register which is not currently backed by law!!!

  10. Mwansa Christopher

    Some things should not even be debated..
    Questions.
    1.How can ECZ clean register from dead people apart from alive people going to re register or verify their being Alive?.
    2. Does ECZ know all who have died?
    3. How does ECZ deal with people who have may be moved abroad or still who registered but are no longer interested in voting?
    Surely, Childish Politics aside, Voter register, needs a complete Overhaul to come up with people who are real and ready to vote…than have 9million registered voters and only have 5 million vote…and you say it’s voter apathy..
    Let’s learn to analyse things beyond politics..

    • MWEWA MWANSA

      Ba Mwansa Christopher, constitution is constitution… No one should go against it! Where in the constitution is it written that we need to come up with the new constitution if we want to remove dead voters from the register?? What i know is that the constitution only states that dead voters must be deleted that’s all!! Deleting dead voters from the register does not mean formulating the new one. BY CREATING THE NEW REGISTER, THE PF JUST WANT TO HAVE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO VOTE NEXT YEAR SO THAT THEY CAN EASILY MANIPULATE NUMBERS… be wise!

      • Bomber

        The constitution has not provided the process of how ECZ should update the voter’s register or how to remove dead voters, it is therefore up to ecz to come up with the best way possible and the constitution does not exclude coming up with a new voters roll. Ecz is not doing anything unlawful or unconstitutional by coming up with a new one.

      • Bomber

        Ba Mwewa Mwansa your problem is that you are making an assumption about pf and believing that your assuption is a fact. The constitution does not state the process by which ecz should remove dead voters. This is a prerogative of ecz bcz circumstances affecting the voters register change with time. MDC is here and they will get the urban vote more than upnd and later merge with pf during the re-run bcz it is easier to get into bed with pf than the difficult, conceited and all-knowing upnd leader, HH

        • Dadley makeche

          Bomber, keep quiet. You are making unintelligent noise

  11. Ngoma Yamaano

    Mwansa Christopher, when the law stated that ECZ will update the voter register by removing dead people from the register, the law didnot say ECZ should establish a new register nor did the law say ECZ should re-register people to verify their being alive. So what is continuous voter registration? ECZ is required to use available records to remove dead voters. No law says ECZ should remove from voter register people who have gone abroad and no law says all registered voters shall vote!! The law however requires ECZ to make efforts to remove from the voter register dead people. There have been many feasible ways for ECZ to remove dead people from the register. Stop making lame excuses on behalf of ECZ!!

    • Chibende B

      Ngoma Yamaano dont you think continous update of the voter register byvremoving dead people can also include creating a totally new register? Its depends on which angle you are looking at it. If are look at it on neutral side the process being undertaken is correct. The question to ask how sincere or trustworthy are the people undertaking the process. Otherwise continuous update of the register can be done in several ways. Cheers.

    • Chibende B

      Ngoma Yamaano dont you think continous update of the voter register by removing dead people can also include creating a totally new register? It depends on which angle you are looking at it. If you are look at it on a neutral side the process being undertaken is correct. The question to ask how sincere or trustworthy are the people undertaking the process. Otherwise continuous update of the register can be done in several ways. Cheers

    • Bomber

      Ba ngoma ya maano can you quote which law stops ecz from doing fresh registration in order remove dead voters or updating the roll. There’s no law, do not misleaf yourself. Ecz is mandated by law to decide how to clean up the voter register within the confines of the law.

  12. Phiri Samuel

    UPND as a political part is just ok, the problem is their leader HH who only see negatives in the government of the PF. He must learn to appreciate when he see good things happening. We all know that not everything PF does are good. Even you Hakainde Hichilema if you are going to form government after election next year, you are not going to make Eden, Zambia.

    • SIMAKANDO WA SIMALOYA

      Kikikikikikikiki… But why bringing HH into the discussion when the issue to do with the new register is not only condemned by him alone but by many other opposition party leaders, civil society organisations and the Church mother body??????

  13. Rb

    Phiri, walasa, the truth pains, don’t mind those who don’t reason but only insult, they are going to cry again in 2021 after August, 12.

  14. Ngoma Yamaano

    Phiri Samuel, you must be naive to think you can lay a wedge between the current president of UPND HH and the UPND party. Stick to the subject under discussion and not personal attacks on HH. The UPND and some opposition are rejecting ECZ’s decision of coming up with a new voter register in order to remove dead voters. The law doesnt allow ECZ to do so. The current law allows ECZ through continuous voter registration to remove dead voters. Period. It is not your business to tell HH and UPND how to deal with his opponents in the ruling party. HH and UPND have capable leaders and advisors.

  15. Zed Political analyst

    The man who wrote this article needs to be investigated and reported to relevant authorities.. This man incites hatred and is bent on misleading the masses… Are u a cadre or a grade one journalist? becouse your levels of reasoning are saddening.. We wl look into it.

  16. Chris

    Stop cheating yourselves ba pf. Please answer this question for the people of zambia. Where and how did you use the loans you borrowed. More especially the euro bond and if it was used nicely why is it that you have failed to repay the loans you borrowed? Not HH this HH that when the economy is doing very bad. You are in government at the end of the day you are the one to be blamed. HH is just in the opposition and he doesn’t control anything here in zambia.

  17. kubweka

    You are the kind of reporter professor Lumumba described as helping dictators stay in power. Your reporting is very unpatriotic and pathetic . So you expect H H and other opposition partys to accept ECZ s biased work. You are a cadre for PF.

  18. JMS

    Thanks to have had views of hypocrisy, people who don’t believe in change unless change changes them.its bitter to think dead but in reality a person voting while in custody is believed to be dead,I have just outlined one dead, alive issue,but hypocrisy minds won’t think in that way, as some are saying leaving it to politicians,it may but who puts politicians in those sits,it makes a useless person think of stoiping going to toilet when his tomarch is full, nomatter what occurs its better a politician goes we electe another person rather than people leaving politicians.

  19. JMS

    If for sure you think of doing something for the benefit of Zambians, how dull are you of thinking negatively about privatisation whilst being told and seen how it benefited Zambians. To me I change the topic all bembas and their cousins are true tribalistic dwellers,stinkers, manipulaters and the most hypocrites in this situation.

  20. Maybach

    Iwe phiri if lungu is your uncle ni story yako iyo, it’s not HH poisoning the government it’s their failure to deliver to the people of Zambia that they have seen an anti dote in HH. The economic downfall is increasing Much worse carderism and tribalism among the best they have achieved. The worst administration of the generation. And you are the worst journalist I’ve ever seen.

  21. Lucky

    There are times I sympathize with upnd, but when I see the ignorance exposed by their cadres in the way they analyse issues……..awe sure ine amano yalapwa! # ECLnafutinafuti.

  22. Felix

    ECZ! You are doing the right thing. Let Her continue with what we already him for…remember “Pays Farmer” …”Muzadya ma Road.. No VISION ” all the vocabulary will finish as we reach 2021. PF!! GO,GO,Go…

  23. Kings

    I guess the article is meant to catch the eye of the reader.,so typical work of journalism. Are you even able to analyse the economic situation in the country and would you blame the opposition?.what’s your take on that. I don’t like H.H that Much but let’s face it the guy is sharp. Attentively listen to the way he articulates plans he has for the nation, you would agree that he was a clear vision. The problem is that in Zambian we don’t care about the future of the next generation, but only consider our present excitement. That’s why we can even vote for a song. Take a leaf from western politics, they talk serious issues not the useless type we witness pa zed.
    To the writer please bring stories that not only get attention of people but add value, we are tired of speaking of one individual puliz

    • Bomber

      Ba kings what issues has HH articulated about the country. For starters. What is his policy on maize and mealie meal. In eastern province he promised farmers more money for their maize and in lusaka he promised us that he will reduce the price. Is he talking to his children. He says he’ll reduce zesco tarriffs but he wants to increase zesco salaries and cut zesco losses. Is he mad? He says he will provide free education up to university but the country is in debt. What is his policy on the govt 20% subcontract. And what is he doing right now differently from pf to enact a law to promote business for the mine suppliers on the Copperbelt. The urban vote is moving to MDC now and later unite with pf during the re-run for the 50%+1. It’s easier to work with pf than the all-knowing HH

  24. Lovemore

    Why should a normal person worry about the last kicks of a dying Horse.
    Let the dying Horse make its last kicks.
    This long useless Opinion tells that someone is shivering; having sleepless nights.
    Watch out.

  25. Chitimbwapre

    I have gone through manifestos of many political parties but upnd I don’t know. Is it like a Koran for Muslims only? What I hear from people is that upnd is for. Tongas and that when they come to power upnd will be the only party in Zambia all political parties will be banned the economic situation in. Zambia is because the developmental situation going on the country so it means upnd has no agenda for Zambia no wonder their manifesto is hidden

  26. Razor

    Last kicks of a dying horse ba PF.

  27. KTvt

    Upnd supporters do abused pipo who comment on they failed leader. Lack of Tolerance upnd a cancer and its win even of social media. Online is advantage 2 upnd but pipo hav known now social media lover hate voting and they love comment,likes,follow. Upnd are take advantage on pipo with little access information and kenya used the system ecy is trying interduct 2 our electrol system

  28. JMS

    I onces went to luapula, when I saw how people are riding bikes to earn day’s meat i was shocked how people dance without meals any way let’s educate ourselves how to improve our status because all folish people commenting their stomachs are fully equipped but, think for those who are around mbangweulu and other parts especially Mr chirwa who explained how his baby mist readable him, think very much about those suffering innocent people. We in towns atleast we know how to read and write thats why we refuse to climb a boat full of crubs who don’t think that God ment anything to change any time aslong as what is needed is fulfilment of the promise that suffering can end due to the minds we have been given by the almighty ,but shame man can change without another man’s under cover due to stupidity arising among people who think can manipulate others but shame will catch them. Ask kk quietly about HH, even that folish nawakwi Will be surprised to mentioning the accumulation of wealth by most Zambians, without Chiluba,I don’t know you couldn’t have seen this pf you are langushing off. I leave some views to mangwamured people to speak bye-bye pf.

  29. JMS

    I onces went to luapula, when I saw how people are riding bikes to earn day’s meat i was shocked how people dance without meals any way let’s educate ourselves how to improve our status because all folish people commenting their stomachs are fully equipped but, think for those who are around mbangweulu and other parts especially Mr chirwa who explained how his baby must rensemble him, think very much about those suffering innocent people. We in towns atleast we know how to read and write thats why we refuse to climb a boat full of crubs who don’t think that God ment anything to change any time aslong as what is needed is fulfilment of the promise that suffering can end due to the minds we have been given by the almighty ,but shame man can change without another man’s under cover due to stupidity arising among people who think can manipulate others but shame will catch them. Ask kk quietly about HH, even that folish nawakwi Will be surprised to mentioning the accumulation of wealth by most Zambians, without Chiluba,I don’t know you couldn’t have seen this pf you are langushing off. I leave some views to mangwamured people to speak bye-bye pf.

  30. JMS

    I know those thinking they know Engilish instead of English will have their views but mind you Christianity is filled with proper democratic manners because God created you to think of your neighbor. Why do people question God why to love?

  31. JMS

    Before man was very humble, imagine if it was today you chased from a place like Eden through your wife how will you fill, some of you would have just devoiced and go alone single,buchelour after that God could just kill you because you are an decided without realizing your partner is as good as you are , selfish folish minded human marmal animal.

  32. Mampi

    I want anyone frm upnd 2 just honestly tell us how they hav changed or improved in 5 or just the period of 2 yrs pliz!pliz!!

  33. Mampi

    Ba upnd u are full of expectations nd night mares wen it cums 2 elections forgeting that u play a chimbwi type of politics going after the lion when it catches u bully it meaning that,u always wait 4 ba pf 2 make a mistake then u start decompaigning them.I hav neva heard upnd manifesto b4 which makes me wonder how they proposed their wives.Credit goes 2 pf 4 masive developmnt nd i kno some fools in upnd will say insala nd other challenges yes,they are there but what i kno is that it is normal 2 go hungry if u are building coz 2moro u will b a landlord.Lets keep on buying posch cars coz of the beautiful roads we hav witnessd 4 the first tym since independence.Bravo PF and may u live longer!!

  34. G

    I hate every article Chris phiri writes because of how biased he is. Reporter should give a neutral view of the issue. This guy is always leading the reader into a conclusion. It’s better with some dignity and poor than foolish and rich.

  35. Kayopwe mundia

    When the ecz called the meeting for the sgs and presidents of political parties the purpose was I think to find a solution to this matter you my good friends are discussing nevertheless you all heard what happened in the meeting the pf representivies never said anything, that did not mean they had anything to say, no they but to me, the pf knew that if they say that ecz was correct by coming with new voter registration when people will say they are not following the law. If they said hh and ck are right they could be fighting themselves because this issue think was started by themselves then gave it to ecz. Now my dear friend let us look it this matter without being partisin the question will be what does the law state on voter registration, if it says continous voter registration and that is what is enshrined in the Constitution then let us first repeal or amend the current Constitution to give power to the ecz to be doing the new voter registratinous at will instead of put ecz in a bad side of the law. Those people including the president are sown to protect the Constitution so as zambians let us stick to what we agreed upon, that is continous voter registration still the time we shall repeal our constitution. I submit

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