What is Edgar saying? – UPND

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In one breath Edgar Lungu says he will not tolerate violence and mockery of UPND members and in the same breath he says UPND should stop campaigning because it is provocative. Well we hope this man does not turn round and justify that its okey for UPND to be attacked as long as they are campaigning because this is how we read this statement from him.

Edgar is a lawyer and he of all people must know that there is no law that bars any political party from campaigning outside the campaign period running up to an election. The gatherings outside the official campaign time are only governed by the public order act. And as long as we comply with the requirements of the public order act we can hold a rally even 3 minutes after an election result is announced. There is no law that governs that aspect of democracy.

Why are we concerned? The reason is simple, as long as we engage in campaigning, Edgar Lungu’s supporters will interpret that as being provocative and therefore warranting an attack because their President said so. Can he therefore say one thing and forget about everything else. Which is which? Are we being protected by the state at all times or only when we are not campaigning.

Meanwhile, we urge all members to mobilise, HH is hitting the trail soon and we better be there to support the efforts towards 2016.

 

UPND

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  1. we are tired of politics ba UPND. Stop patronizing Edgar when he means well we will look the other way when he turns rough with you.

  2. Cries by UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema that victory in last week’s presidential election was stolen from him are a political gimmick meant to portray himself as a victim of electoral fraud. In fact, Mr. Hichilema is on record having said that he was not going to concede defeat long before Zambians went to the polls.
    Mr Hichilema has decided to cry foul in the futile hope that he can attract a sympathy vote in the tripartite elections next year. Therefore, we are happy to note that the Zambian public has decided to ignore Mr Hichilema’s cry that his votes were stolen. The truth of the matter is that Mr Hichilema was beaten clean in an election that has been described by Zambian and credible international observers as free and fair and devoid of rampant electoral violence.
    As such we urge Mr Hichilema to stop his usual bad habit of pursing innocent people at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) who he has accused of stealing his votes by manufacturing figures. Zambians are sick and tired of his unbecoming behaviour of maliciously accusing innocent people of crimes they have not committed.
    Only a few days ago he accused Defence Chiefs of treason for allegedly blackmailing Dr Guy Scott as acting republican president to reconcile with PF leader President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. His party also accused late Mr. Sata’s son Mr. Mulenga Sata of having dark corner meetings with ECZ public relations manager Mr. Chris Akufuna as part of alleged plans to rig the presidential election.
    Against this background, we commend Zambian and international stakeholders for ignoring Mr Hichilema’s crocodile tears.
    Finally, we wish to help Mr. Hichilema with insights for him to become realistic. He seemed to have done well in the just ended election because people in his traditional stronghold conspicuously turned up in large numbers to vote whereas apathy characterized voter turnout in PF strongholds. Moreover, PF went into the election bruised from internal wrangles that characterized the election of their presidential candidate. These factors, among many others, will not be at play in 2016. People in PF strongholds will vote in en masse as is the case of general elections. Besides, PF will go into the 2016 tripartite elections as a united front under the able leadership of Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu who has already won the hearts of Zambians in the few days that he has been president. Against this background, we are sure that UPND will again tumble and therefore we urge Mr. Hichilema to keep his hopes modest and avoid heart attack.

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