September 23, 2011

Hotuba ya kuaga ya Rais Rupia Banda

Rupia Banda, Zambia former President as from today. 

I HAVE CALLED THIS PRESS CONFERENCE TO SAY A FEW WORDS. THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN OF 2011 IS OVER. THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA HAVE SPOKEN AND WE MUST ALL LISTEN. SOME WILL BE HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE HEARD, OTHERS WILL NOT.

THE TIME NOW IS FOR MATURITY, FOR COMPOSURE AND FOR COMPASSION. TO THE VICTORS, I SAY THIS: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CELEBRATE BUT DO SO WITH A MAGNANIMOUS HEART. ENJOY THE HOUR BUT REMEMBER THAT A TERM OF GOVERNMENT IS FOR YEARS.

REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT ELECTION WILL JUDGE YOU ALSO.
TREAT THOSE WHO YOU HAVE VANQUISHED WITH THE RESPECT AND HUMILITY THAT YOU WOULD EXPECT IN YOUR OWN HOUR OF DEFEAT.

I KNOW THAT ALL ZAMBIANS WILL EXPECT SUCH BEHAVIOUR AND I HOPE IT WILL BE DELIVERED. SPEAKING FOR MYSELF AND MY PARTY, WE WILL ACCEPT THE RESULTS. WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND WE KNOW NO OTHER WAY.

IT IS NOT FOR US TO DENY THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. WE NEVER RIGGED, WE NEVER CHEATED, WE NEVER KNOWINGLY ABUSED STATE FUNDS. WE SIMPLY DID WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS BEST FOR ZAMBIA. I HOPE THE NEXT GOVERNMENT WILL ACT LIKEWISE IN YEARS TO COME.

ZAMBIA DESERVES A DECENT DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. INDEED, ZAMBIA MUST BUILD ON HER PAST VICTORIES. OUR INDEPENDENCE WAS HARD WON, OUR DEMOCRACY SECURED WITH BLOOD.

ZAMBIA MUST NOT GO BACKWARDS, WE MUST ALL FACE THE FUTURE AND GO FORWARD AS ONE NATION. NOT TO DO SO WOULD DISHONOUR OUR HISTORY.

TO MY PARTY, TO THE MMD CANDIDATES WHO DID NOT WIN, THE LESSON IS SIMPLE. NEXT TIME WE MUST TRY HARDER.

WE FOUGHT A GOOD CAMPAIGN. IT WAS DISCIPLINED. I STILL BELIEVE WE HAD A GOOD MESSAGE AND WE REACHED EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY.

WE TRAVELLED TO ALL NINE PROVINCES AND WE SPOKE TO ALL ZAMBIANS. TO THOSE WHO WORKED EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, I SAY ‘THANK YOU’. YOU HAVE DONE YOUR BEST. BUT, SADLY, SOMETIMES OUR BEST IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

DO NOT BE DISHEARTENED. THE MMD WILL BE BACK. WE MUST ALL FACE THE REALITY THAT SOMETIMES IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE. SINCE 1991, THE MMD HAS BEEN IN POWER. I BELIEVE WE HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB ON BEHALF OF ALL ZAMBIANS.

FREDERICK CHILUBA LED US TO A GENUINE MULTI-PARTY STATE AND INTRODUCED THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO OUR KEY INDUSTRIES. ZAMBIA WAS LIBERATED BY AN MMD IDEAL BUT MAYBE WE BECAME COMPLACENT WITH OUR IDEALS. MAYBE WE DID NOT LISTEN, MAYBE WE DID NOT HEAR.

DID WE BECOME GREY AND LACKING IN IDEAS? DID WE LOSE MOMENTUM? OUR DUTY NOW IS TO GO AWAY AND REFLECT ON ANY MISTAKES WE MAY HAVE MADE AND LEARN FROM THEM. IF WE DO NOT, WE DO NOT DESERVE TO CONTEST POWER AGAIN.

THE ZAMBIA WE KNOW TODAY WAS BUILT BY AN MMD GOVERNMENT. WE KNOW OUR PLACE IN HISTORY AND WE KNOW THAT WE CAN COME BACK TO LEAD AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. A NEW LEADERSHIP WILL BE CHOSEN, AND THAT LEADERSHIP WILL BE FROM THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

MY GENERATION… THE GENERATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE– MUST NOW GIVE WAY TO NEW IDEAS; IDEAS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. FROM THIS DEFEAT, A NEW, YOUNGER MMD WILL BE RE-BORN. IF I CAN SERVE THAT RE-BUILDING, THEN I WILL.

I MUST THANK MY CABINET FOR DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISES. WE DID A LOT OF GOOD FOR ZAMBIA. MANY OF OUR PROJECTS WILL BLOSSOM INTO BRIGHT FLOWERS. SOME OF YOU WILL BE BACK TO SERVE ZAMBIA AGAIN – I KNOW YOU WILL DO YOUR BEST FOR YOUR PARTY AND FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

TO THE CIVIL SERVANTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH YOU. WE HAVE WORKED MANY LONG HOURS TOGETHER. WE DID IT NOT FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR ZAMBIA. SERVE YOUR NEXT MASTERS AS YOU DID ME, AND ZAMBIA WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS.

I MUST THANK MY FAMILY AND MY WIFE. THEY HAVE STOOD BY ME AND I CANNOT ASK FOR MORE LOYALTY THAN THAT WHICH THEY HAVE DISPLAYED. I LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY AND I WILL ALWAYS BE IN YOUR DEBT.
BEING PRESIDENT IS HARD WORK, IT TAKES LONG HOURS OF WORK. AND BECAUSE OF IT, I HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU. YET, STILL YOU WERE THERE FOR ME.

WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE DEPTH OF MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL. ALL I ASK IS THAT MY FAMILY CONTINUES TO SERVE ZAMBIA AS I HAVE SOUGHT TO DO.

BUT MY GREATEST THANKS MUST GO TO THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. WE MAY BE A SMALL COUNTRY ON THE MIDDLE OF AFRICA BUT WE ARE A GREAT NATION. SERVING YOU HAS BEEN A PLEASURE AND AN HONOUR. I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE MORE, I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO GIVE.

OUR POTENTIAL IS GREAT. OUR RESOURCES ARE IMPRESSIVE.
I URGE YOU ALL NOW TO RALLY BEHIND YOUR NEW PRESIDENT.
YES, WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT IDEAS BUT WE BOTH WANT THE SAME THING – A BETTER ZAMBIA.

NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR VIOLENCE AND RETRIBUTION.
NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE AND BUILD TOMORROW’S ZAMBIA TOGETHER. ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER CAN WE ACHIEVE A MORE PROSPEROUS ZAMBIA.

IN MY YEARS OF RETIREMENT, I HOPE TO WATCH ZAMBIA GROW. I GENUINELY WANT ZAMBIA TO FLOURISH. WE SHOULD ALL WANT ZAMBIA TO FLOURISH. SO, I CONGRATULATE MICHAEL SATA ON HIS VICTORY.

I HAVE NO ILL FEELING IN MY HEART, THERE IS NO MALICE IN MY WORDS. I WISH HIM WELL IN HIS YEARS AS PRESIDENT.
I PRAY HIS POLICIES WILL BEAR FRUIT.

BUT NOW IT IS TIME FOR ME TO STEP ASIDE. NOW IS THE TIME FOR A NEW LEADER. MY TIME IS DONE. IT IS TIME FOR ME TO SAY ‘GOOD BYE’.
MAY GOD WATCH OVER THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE AND MAY HE BLESS OUR BEAUTIFUL NATION.
I THANK YOU.
==========END OF AN ERA===========

Source: Lusaka Times

Ni furaha tupu Zambia baada ya upinzani kushinda Urais.


Mshindi wa Kiti cha Urais Zambia, Michael Sata. 



Jubilation and dance characterised the streets of Lusaka, the country’s capital city after final results of Tuesday’s tripartite elections were announced at the national totalling centre at Mulungushi Conference Centre shortly after midnight.

Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, who is Returning Officer of the election to the office of President, declared Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Chilufya Sata duly elected President of the Republic of Zambia at exactly 00:34 hours this morning.

This is after he polled 1, 150,045 representing 43 percent against his closest rival out-going President Rupiah Banda with seven constituencies remaining to be counted.
Following the announcement of results, scores of Lusaka residents took to the streets in solidarity of the President elect chanting pro-PF slogans of “Don’t Kubeba’ and trumpeting the famous Vuvuzelas.

Some merry making youths were seen approaching Mass Media complex and upon arrival at the main gate were restrained from entering by police who were manning the gate as they were in their numbers.

However, this did not deter them from continuing with their celebrations outside the complex’s premises where they remained for a couple of hours before heading to Arcades.

A check by a ZANIS crew in Kalingalinga, Chilenje, Rhodes Park, and Kabulonga among other places in the city also found people from all walks of life celebrating.
Those talked to were happy that PF had won the elections and that their prayer had been answered.

One resident from Chilenje, Mutale Wesu congratulated Mr Sata and the entire candidates who stood on the PF ticket for convincingly winning the elections.
Mr. Wesu hoped the new PF government would build on what the former administration the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) had done.

Another resident, Jane Daka of Kalingalinga Township prodded the incoming PF government to seriously look into the plight of youths whom she said had been marginalised for a long time.

Ms Daka told ZANIS that the youths contributed immensely to the PF victory hence the need for the new government to address challenges facing the youth such as unemployment, drug abuse and diseases.

Mario Mukumbuta of Rhodes Park appealed to the President-elect not to be vengeful but forgive all those that had unjustly accused him.


Meanwhile, scores of Chawama residents have received the news of victory of the incoming President with great joy.

The residents came out of their houses onto the streets to celebrate Mr. Sata’s victory as fifth republican President of Zambia since the country’s political independence in 1964.

The residents expressed happiness that their verdict had been passed peacefully through the ballot paper.

Adamson Phiri said people’s cry of a responsive Government that would look after the welfare of ordinary Zambians had been heard.

Mr. Phiri paid tribute to outgoing President Rupiah Banda who has been Head of State since the demise of third republican President Dr Levy Mwanawasa in 2008.

In Serenje distict,hundreds of residents thronged the streets and gathered at Serenje District Commissioner’s office to celebrate the election of Mr. Sata as President-elect.
The residents also carried shoulder high newly elected PF Serenje Central Member of Parliament Phillip Kosamu.

ZANIS reports that the residents who were also in a convoy of over 30 motor vehicles honked and horned as they went round chanting the PF’s political campaign slogan “Pa Bwato and Don’t Kubeba”.

A resident Nancy Kunda described Mr. Sata’s victory as a blessing to the country and wished him well in his endeavours.

Ms. Kunda further described the outcome of the result as a true reflection of the will of the Zambian people.

The 2011 presidential polls were the second heavily contested with ten candidates after the 2006 presidential elections which attracted a record 11 presidential contestants.
The MMD has ruled Zambia for the past 20 years and it ushered in among several other developments democracy, freedom of Speech and liberalised the country’s economy.

Others who contested the tripartite elections are Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who polled 489, 944 representing 18.5 percent, Charles Milupi of the Alliance for Democracy and Development who got 13, 382 representing 0.8 percent while National Restoration Party (NAREP) leader Elias Chipimo polled 10, 190 representing 0.4 percent.





Former President Banda and his wife Thandiwe during a farewell press conference in Lusaka

Source: Lusaka Times.

Kampeni Chadema, CCM zafika pabaya

Mbunge wa Tabora Mjini Ismail Aden Rage akipanda jukwaani kumnadi mgombea wa CCM Jimbo la Igunga Dalali Peter Kafumu.  

JOTO la uchaguzi mdogo katika Jimbo la Igunga, mkoani Tabora linaendelea kupanda baina ya vyama vinavyoshiriki uchaguzi huo, huku kampeni zinazoendelea zikichukua sura ya mapambano baina ya vyama viwili vikubwa nchini, CCM na Chadema.Katika kile kinachoonekana kuwa hofu kadri siku ya uchaguzi inavyokaribia, jana CCM kupitia Katibu Mkuu wake, Wilson Mukama, kiliendeleza tuhuma dhidi ya Chadema ambacho kwa upande wake kilijibu mapigo kupitia kwa Mwenyekiti wake, Freeman Mbowe.

 Mukama akizungumza katika mkutano wa waandishi wa habari mjini Igunga, alitoa tuhuma nzito kwa Chadema, akisema chama hicho kikuu cha upinzani nchini, kimeingiza kundi la makomandoo 33 kwa lengo la kuvuruga uchaguzi.

  Katibu Mkuu huyo aliyekuwa akizungumzia tathmini ya kampeni za uchaguzi huo mdogo, alitumia muda mwingi kukizungumzia Chadema, huku akivisahau vyama vingine sita ambavyo pia vinashiriki uchaguzi huo.

 Hata hivyo, Mbowe akizungumza na Mwananchi alijibu tuhuma hizo kwa kumshangaa Mukama na kueleza kuwa kauli zake katibu mkuu huyo wa CCM ni matokeo ya “kushiriki siasa za uzeeni”."Sasa hili Mukama hawezi akajua kwa sababu yeye anafanya siasa za uzeeni. ..Yeye (Mukama) hajawahi kugombea udiwani, uenyekiti wa mtaa, ubunge au nafasi yoyote ndani ya chama chake zaidi ya huu ukatibu mkuu ambao alipewa tu.. atayajuaje hayo?" Alihoji na kuendelea:

Source: Mwnanchi

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