Fred M'membe

IT’S not Dr Fred M’membe who has made Hakainde Hichilema lose elections five times, says Copperbelt Socialist Party spokesperson Joseph Kangwa.

When Hichilema and UPND lost to PF in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016 the Socialist Party wasn’t there, Kangwa reminded UPND’s Andrew Banda who on Monday attacked Socialist Party president Dr M’membe demanding that he should respect Hichilema.

Kangwa told Andrew to respect Dr M’membe and not to drag his name into Hichilema’s electoral failures.

He said Andrew shouldn’t blame his party’s failure to win elections in 23 years on Dr M’membe and the Socialist Party.

“The Socialist Party has the right to exist and participate in Zambian politics and elections as an independent political party without any alliances with any other party. Not to belong to any political alliance is not an offence or a sin,” Kangwa said.

He said the opposition space was not a preserve of Hichilema and the UPND.

“The Socialist Party is here to compete for votes with all the political parties that are participating in these elections, including the UPND and PF. The Zambian people are not fools. They choose who they want. Let every party and candidate show why it should be them and not the others who the Zambian people should vote for. There’s no hatred in doing so. And the UPND has been doing this. They have been attacking and belittling the Socialist Party. They have actually been very vicious on us and the social media is awash with their attacks of us,” Kangwa said. “If we are a small party as they say, why should they be so troubled by our presence? Right now there’s no big or small party. No one has MPs. There’s a clean slate. Parliament has been dissolved. We will see who becomes a big party or a small party on August 12. The arrogance of being big should be reserved because no one is big right now. And for UPND if they are not careful this may be their worst election ever. Mark my words. People are tired of them losing elections six times. They have been losing elections for 23 years. They belong ku wire.”

He said no matter what lies or propaganda the UPND peddled about the Socialist Party and Dr M’membe they won’t be able to get them out of the race.

“This election is open to all of us. This is not 2016 where there were only two choices – PF or UPND. There are more than two choices this year. And SP cannot be ignored. It’s a factor in these elections whether they like it or not. Bamo baleya ku wire uno mwaka,” said Kangwa. “If UPND wants an open and protracted fight with us we are more than ready for that. Let’s see who will come out more bruised!”

10 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Kangwa, your socialist party will not gain popularity by attacking your fellow opposition party. Convince the Zambian voters as to why you want them to vote for the socialist party.
    There is no law that prohibits the number of times anyone can stand for elections, so your foolish view is a non-starter.
    What has Mmembe done to deserve the votes? Socialism has failed and will never be adopted by any sensible country. Look at what is happening in Cuba and North Korea. So you are just wasting your time.

    • Mmembe should respect himself first.he failed to save his company how can he run a country.he was failing even to pay his workers and he wants to run a country that is a joke.have you ever heard anywhere that hh has failed to pay his workers or his company has been closed?be serious aii.mmembe us just a surrogate why attack fellow opposition in the first place.if Mmembe takes over the country they will close it or he will fail to pay tax hehehehehe.

  2. How are those who won first time governing Zambia? I don’t know why Fred M’membe is even in opposition politics. The PF would gladly accept him if he defected there. It’s a matter of a phone call to Davies Mwila and a welcome ceremony would be arranged and Samuel Mukupa would be in the chair.

  3. UPND should just forget about Fred Mmembe and fix their eyes on the ball.
    Socialist party has bigger problems than UPND, they are yet get even a councillor on their ticket.
    Fred Mmembe is yet to survive his first loss and we will see how much stamina he has got to move on from there.

  4. HE WHO SEEKS EQUITY SHOULD COME WITH CLEAN HANDS. SO MEMBE HAS A LICENCE TO INSULT OTHERS AND WHEN QUESTIONED YOU TELL THEM TO RESPECT MEMBE. MEMBE HAS TOO MUCH PRIDE I HAVE NEVER SEEN. REMEMBER HOW HE USED TO INSULT CHILUBA. HE IS A LAST PERSON TO DEMAND RESPECT.

  5. The more, the merrier; isn’t it? Strugglers will be sifted out at election time…whatever size the party. What we definitely don’t want, is another strong “prospect” co-opted into a ‘so called’ big party.

  6. why embrace communism when the birth place Russia and China have embraced capitalism in their businesses and only maintained communism in their politics to hold on to their ONE party systems, for easier control of its citizens, like the plucking the chicken concept of Stalin from Russia.

    Look at Cuba and North Korea.

  7. POLITICS YA MA IDEOLOGIES LIKE SOCIALISM OR COMMUNISM YALIPWA, FYAKALE FILYA BA M’MEMBE. ZAMBIANS NO LONGER WANT POLITICS WITH A “FATHER OF THE NATION” AS PRESIDENT. FROM EXPERIENCE A “FATHER OF THE NATION” PRESIDENT IS VERY CRUEL, GREEDY AND INTOLERANT OF ANY OPPOSING VIEWS, JUST LIKE THE PRE-INDEPENDENCE REVERED FATHER OF A TYPICAL EXTENDED AFRICAN FAMILY WHO WANTED TO BE REVERED LIKE A GOD, SO IS A TYPICAL “FATHER OF THE NATION” PRESIDENT! PLEASE, LET THE SLEEPING DOGS LIE.

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