Lungu missed 50+1%-Chanda


UPPZ leader Charles Chanda

By Dyson   Bubala

United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) leader Charles Chanda says there is political tension in the country because President Edgar Lungu won with a slender margin in the last polls.

Chanda said in an interview with Pan African Radio’s Fulman Mukobeko that Zambia has been at crossroads since the August 16, 2017.


He said it is undeniable that no Presidential Candidate garnered over 50+1 percent votes in the last elections.

“For me,political dialogue could have started just after the election results were announced. We are all aware that not any of our Presidential Candidate got 50+1 votes. Meaning, the all country is not on the side of PF because the percentage margin between President Lungu and Hichilema was too small so there is a section of society that is on the side of the opposition,” Chanda said adding, “therefore you cannot bulldoze everybody and say I don’t care, I can’t talk to anybody, it is a waste of time. It is those tendencies of our President that is making the population say he is doing what he wants.”

Chanda said in the situation where the election results were neck- to -neck, a coalition Government was supposed to be formed.

“In a normal democratic country, where elections are neck -to -neck, normally a coalition Government prevails. You can get some members from the opposition because you know there is a section of society that has confidence in them,” the UPPZ leader said.

He regretted that Mr. Lungu has changed very much since he became Head of State.

“I am shocked myself because this is not a President Lungu i knew before. Before the elections, it was humble leadership. He was even saying that I am a servant of the people. During the campaigns, he was approachable but all over a sudden, our President has changed. He is planting fear in us and this is not helping the country. You cannot say that I cannot dialogue because it is a waste of time. You see, dialogue is important,” said the opposition leader

And Chanda says President Lungu should not be living in denial that all is well and there is no crisis in the country

“The problem is that Government is behaving like an ostrich. The ostrich will hide its head in the sand while the body is left exposed so how can the President say there is no crisis then he is behaving like an Ostrich,” he stated.

He said the PF should not isolate itself from the international community because it affiliates to it.

“Those people who give money like the International Monetary Fund (IMF)  are democrats. How can they give money to the country where 48 opposition members of parliament were suspended,” Chanda said

He said the best thing the PF regime can do is to act on the concerns raised by the three church mother bodies.

7 Responses to "Lungu missed 50+1%-Chanda"

  1. davido   June 20, 2017 at 7:16 am

    there is no tension in the country the only place where there is tension is in southern province where hh ,s tribes men feel there tribe has never ruled this country how can one win the election with 48 mps whilst his friend had 102 inclusive of independent candidates who belong to pf its simple logic .

    • Charles Chanda   June 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      So Southern province is not part of the country according to you

  2. afcon phiri   June 20, 2017 at 10:58 am

    people are not able to voice out their views, i feel things are not the same in mother zambia. it is not about tribe,but the whole country is quite. people are just watching,but are saying nothing.

  3. leonard daka   June 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    is it 50% + 1 or 50 + 1%? make me understand.

  4. Vindapala Jinks   June 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    It is 50% + 1, so this Charles Chanda is misleading the nation. There is no way two people, one gets 4.6 marks out of a total of 10marks and the other one gets 5.4 marks then you say they have gotten equal marks, how? that is lack of reasoning. Mr Chanda get back to the drawing table and reason properly before you plunge the nation into chaos.

  5. KC- Kingdom Citizen   June 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    where is this chanda coming from? he seems to be out touch with the realities.Get a life man.

  6. mkamukwamba   June 30, 2017 at 11:33 am

    The tension is only with those egoistic candidates who thought once put into power they will plunder the nations wealth to recover the money they owed from their foreign supporters. It clearly stated in the media that a certain candidate solicited for money from one of the giant mines and promised to bring them back once put in power, alas things never went his way hence the frustration of trying to rue the people for his support.
    Zambia is a peaceful nation and those saying there is no peace are just sending the wrong picture to the outsiders who are willing to come and invest in Zambia. The issue of 50 + 1 % win was supported by the same outsiders who were represented by international observers. If ECL, did not attain the 50+1%, I am sure the international observers would have objected to that, but the problem is us Zambians, we are fond of treading in areas which isn’t our specialty. Let the Political analysts who qualify talk about that issues and give the statics of the same results you are perpetrating that ECL did not achieve. What about the opposition representatives who observed the elections at every polling station, have they failed to sum up the figures for their parties to base on?
    Let us move on, just work hard for the benefit of yourselves and own families rather than been addicted to the dependence syndrome.
    No wonder why I support the Jehovah witnesses who are non partisan, no wonder why they excel in their lives.