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The opposition Patriotic Front (PF) has advised journalists in the public media to abstain from covering the party to avoid their stories being trashed.

PF Chairman for local government Given Lubinda further advised the journalists not to allow themselves to be abused at the expense of other individuals.

Mr. Lubinda says the party would still survive even if the public media stopped covering its event

Speaking in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Lubinda assured Zambians that time will soon come when the media in the country will be liberated.


THE Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has revealed that the forthcoming general elections could result in a transfer of power from President Rupiah Banda to PF leader Michael Sata.

And the EIU states that Sata’s popularity has grown as public discontent with the government has increased.

This is contained in the latest EIU country report on Zambia for May 2011.
On political outlook for 2011-2012, the EIU report has stated that the first half of the forecast period would be dominated by the elections, which are likely to take place in mid- 2011.

“Political squabbling will intensify but stability will remain intact. Following months of discord, the alliance between the two largest opposition parties – the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) – has ended,” the EIU stated.

“Despite this, the elections are likely to be closely contested and could result in a transfer of power from the President, Rupiah Banda, and the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to the PF and its leader, Michael Sata.”

The EIU stated that Sata’s nationalistic rhetoric has raised some concern in the past but he is highly unlikely to depart radically from the MMD’s fairly pragmatic policy agenda.

“Following the elections the government’s focus is likely to revert to policy. A referendum is expected in 2012 on changing presidential elections from the first-past-the-post system to one in which the winning candidate would require more than 50 per cent of the vote,” reads the report in part.

“A fragmented opposition would then no longer guarantee victory for the ruling party. The population is widely expected to approve the change. Labour unrest and demands for higher wages could increase in the run-up to the elections.

Stability is likely to be maintained as the government intervenes to quell any unrest, although underlying discontent will persist.”

On election watch, the EIU maintained that the presidential and parliamentary elections were likely to be closely contested.

“The MMD will benefit from the advantages of incumbency and its formidable electoral machinery. However, the PF and Mr Sata should put up a strong challenge to the MMD,” the report stated. “Mr Sata narrowly lost the 2008 election and his popularity has grown as public discontent with the government has increased.

“A controversial reversal of his position on mining taxes – Mr Sata previously advocated higher mining taxes, but now supports a stable tax regime – has not dented his popularity.”

The report stated that the electorate is disillusioned with the MMD but is also disenchanted with the opposition’s enduring failure to offer a united front against it.

The EUI stated that the run-up to voting would be marred by bias in the state-owned media and the incumbent’s use of public resources to fund their campaigns.

“Some election-related violence could occur, especially if the government sticks by its decision to ban parallel vote tabulation whereby polling booths are monitored to ensure that the results announced at individual polling stations are consistent with the nationwide result, which would entrench the opposition’s suspicions of electoral fraud,” stated the latest EIU report in part./Postzambia


Press Release

Caritas Zambia is shocked by the recent accusations purporting that it is in an alliance with the Patriotic Front (PF) and is planning to remove the MMD government from power in this year’s elections. These accusations are false and misleading. They are only meant to discredit and embarrass not only Caritas Zambia but the entire Catholic Church. Therefore, these accusations should be dismissed with the contempt they deserve by all peace loving Zambians. This is because Caritas Zambia is a credible organization which is non partisan and we have proved this over the many years we have been in existence. Our vision as an organization is to see a Zambian society where every person, regardless of their political affiliation, is free to fully attain integral human development and live in harmony. Caritas Zambia draws its inspiration from the gospel and catholic social teachings, which motivate us to be dedicated to the promotion and protection of human dignity and sustainable development for the people of God especially the less privileged. Therefore, how can we then undermine our own vision and mission?

We want to set the record straight on the accusation that Caritas Zambia has formed an Alliance with the PF and intends to field Managers and Coordinators as parliamentary candidates on the PF ticket. This is totally untrue as Caritas Zambia cannot form alliances with political parties. We believe in a multi party democratic system where various political parties compete fairly to assume political leadership. Therefore, deliberately choosing to support one political party defeats this very principle. For example, the efforts we make in providing space for all political parties to sell themselves to the public through ‘meet your candidates’ forums go a long way in proving our non partisanship nature. Secondly, the Catholic Church is composed of members who belong to different political parties. It would therefore be unfair for Caritas Zambia to be aligned to one political party. Thirdly, our prophetic role as Caritas Zambia is to speak for the voiceless and the marginalized in society. For this reason, when we offer positive criticism which is at times shared by the opposition parties, we should not be seen as partisan.

The allegation that Caritas Zambia is abusing donor funds to campaign for PF in order to make political gains is another lie that is meant to discredit and tarnish our image in the eyes of the donors. There is no way an organization like ours can encourage youths to drink and engage in political violence when we were established to promote justice and peace in Zambia. We would therefore like to alert our Cooperating Partners that they should not be hoodwinked by these false accusations, as Caritas Zambia is a transparent organization.

It is laughable to read accusations that Caritas Zambia’s leadership has been promised positions when PF comes to power. Caritas Zambia in its ranks and file leadership is not interested in political positions but the welfare of the poor and marginalized. The Church and its organizations always put a separation between the state and itself. That is why it supplements state efforts such as in development, governance, education, health and agriculture. It does not seek to replace the state because its task is not to run the country but to promote and defend human dignity.

In conclusion, we would like to state that every individual has a right to participate in politics. However for Caritas Zambia, the policy is very clear. Whoever, chooses to take a partisan role and begins to campaign for a political party is required to immediately resign so that they can concentrate on partisan politics. This is our position and shall remain so.

Milimo Mwiba (Ms.)

Acting Director

Caritas Zambia



Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata says the recent opinion poll results will not slacken hi party’s works ahead of the general elections later this year.

Mr Sata says the PF will instead continue to work hard despite the respective opinion poll pitting him ahead of the MMD’s President Rupiah Banda.

He has however told Muvi TV news in an interview that he is grateful for the trust Zambian people have vested in him.

Mr Sata has further said the party is busy mobilizing itself in preparation for the 2011 general elections./MuviTv


London: Zambians in the UK had a rare opportunity to interact with Zambia’s main opposition Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata.  In his introduction text, Mr. Sata told a surprising small crowned that gathered in East London that:

“If we have to build Zambia we need all of you. I want you to know that as the leader of the most popular party and second biggest party in Zambia, I am quite mindful of you citizens living in the Diaspora.

“I am very grateful that you asked me to come and share with you on how we can build Zambia. We need you to be more organised, the PF government wants to know ‘who is who’ outside Zambia so that you can help build Zambia, without you we shall be going forward and backwards.

“I urge the Diaspora to turn Zambia into green pastures not run to the green pastures”.

Once in power, Mr. Sata promised the Zambians in the Diaspora that they will be allowed bring home “all your goods and the stuff in your garages tax free”

“If the Chinese and other foreigners can bring their goods in Zambia tax free, why should you Zambians denied the same right”?

Mr. Sata praised Zambians in the Diaspora for their unity.

“Here you do not look who comes from which tribe, but you consider yourself as Zambians when it suits you.

Mr. Sata disclosed that his government will forge close links to the United Kingdom its formal colonial master and start benefiting from its research and development.

He cited some of the problems facing Zambia today which include high and chronic unemployment, poor health, Zambia not benefit from its natural resources, misuse of government resources and corruption among government officials.

On corruption, Mr. Sata also questioned why the government had to buy land from a private company.

Mr. Sata condemned the public media in Zambia for being the mouth piece of the current government while praising the private media dotted around the country for filing in the gap.

On the question of whether he supports dual-nationality, Mr. Sata did not give clear black and white answer.

He said:

“When Zambia becomes a rich country, Zambians will be proud to be Zambians and not bother about the issue of dual nationality.

“Immediately you bring dual nationality, the first thing will be 15 million Chinese people to get dual nationality, because law is law, but once will bring pride, then the question of dual-nationality will be of secondary importance to you”.

Mr. Sata said that: “I am here in the UK because I have been invited to speak to students at Oxford University on how to organise and run a successful political party.”


President Banda has directed the Minister of Mines, Maxwell Mwale, to direct the board of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holding ZCCM IH to immediately write off outstanding balances which sitting tenants of 3,386 houses in the Copperbelt province owe the company.

The president has also directed ZCCM-IH to immediately stop recoveries of all outstanding balances and harassment of sitting tenants.

President Banda said he has decided to issue directives because of complaints and petitions which sitting tenants presented to him.

He said the directive refers only to residential properties.

He said it was the hope of government that houses would be sold at reasonable prices but the majority of tenants have struggled to finish paying for the houses due to exorbitant prices.

ZANIS reports that the debt write off will apply to residents in Mufulira with 1,518 houses in Butondo, Kankoyo, Kantanshi and Mupambe townships.

In Luanshya the debt write off applies to 1,011 houses, in Kitwe 732 houses in Wusakile Mindolo Nkana east and west and Chamboli while in Chililambobwe there are 31 houses.

In Kalulushi and Chambishi, the debt writes off affects 92 houses.

President Banda told sitting tenants that the house as theirs and they now have full ownership from today onwards and no parastatal company should intimidate them.

He said the MMD government is a government for all Zambians and therefore, when people complain it must listen.

He said as President, he will not stand by and watch the poor quality of life which the people have allegedly been subjected to by the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) run councils on the Copperbelt.

The President said since last year when he raised concerns over how public money was being abused by PF run councils, nothing has changed in terms of service delivery and this was why he decided to return to Kitwe and issue directives.

He said government has been left with no option but engage directly in finding partners in order to fix some of the roads in the Copperbelt province.

And president Banda has announced that he will soon go back to Kitwe to outline the plan on the road rehabilitation in the Copperbelt province.

He charged that it was not because of elections that government has decided to take up the rehabilitation of roads in the province but because local councils have failed to do so./ZANIS