PF using details of sim registration to campaign, distributing cash

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The PF is using details of people who registered their numbers with mobile service providers to campaign in Livingstone and Mpongwe.

Every few minutes, residents of Livingstone and Mpongwe are bombwaded with message on their mobile phones to vote for PF candidates. Those in Livingstone are receiving the following unsolicited message;

‘Did you know that your vote for PF candidate Lawrence Evans on the 28th February 2013 by election is the only key to develop Livingstone central? thank you’

But this has annoyed residents.

Said one irritated resident:

‘I’m disappointed with ZICTA. I thought when we were told to register our sim cards our information would be safe guarded and be confidential. Now I am continually receiving SMSs from PF asking me to vote for Lawrence Evans in next week L/stone bye election. How does PF know my number and who gave them the permission to start sending me SMSs every 10 minutes? What guarantee do I have that the information ZICTA has about me is secure? Is this the reason why they were forcing to register us sim cards so that they could use our contacts to send us SMSs enticing us to vote for them?’

Another disappointed citizen told the Watchdog:

‘Now my worry is not the content of the message but how did PF get my phone number and what if i belong to another group. AIRTEL where is the confidentiality. Mesages are flying all over Livingstone since morning. Airtel should comment over this’.

Meanwhile,  the MMD and UPND in Livingstone have intensified their campaigns ahead of next week’s by election while the PF has also intensified on distributing mealie meal and cash handouts to the electorates.
According to reports received from the two opposition political parties participating in the by election, the PF has been distributing mealie meal and cash handouts to the electorate especially in densely populated areas like Libuyu, Zambezi ward and Simonga.
The reports have also indicated that the PF are using the disgruntled former MMD officials to distribute the mealie meal and cash handouts.
A source within the PF said that his party is using former Kazungula and Itezh-tezh district commissioner Mary Mukwiza, former provincial minister and self confessed Satanist Lukulo Katombola and former southern province permanent secretary Gladys Kristafor.
Others are former Choma DC Laiven Apuleni, Mr. I Banda and other MMD members like former MMD provincial youth chairman Bbalewa Mungala to carry out the exercise.
The PF is also believed to set up camps in all the 17 wards in Livingstone where the mealie meal is being kept before it is distributed.
The source further disclosed that the distribution exercise usually takes place during the night between 21 hours and midnight.
The recent incidence was over the weekend where Mukwiza accompanied by PF members attempted to hoodwink a former MMD member who lives in Libuyu to join the PF but her efforts did not yield any results.
Ms. Mukwiza later gave the MMD member who refused to join or vote for the PF a Kr 100 as an inducement.
On Tuesday, PF issued a statement to accusing the UPND of planning to distribute mealie meal, money and cooking oil to the electorates few days before the polls.
The PF claimed that it was aware of the UPND’s plans.
But both MMD and UPND officials have rubbished and described the statement by the PF as bogus.
A UPND official said that his party is not interested in engaging itself in petty politics like the PF.
He said that UPND is aware that PF has lost the grip and now members are running around like headless chickens.

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38 Responses to PF using details of sim registration to campaign, distributing cash

  1. ZICTA and AIRTEL are unprofessional. We need new blood in our Zambian Politics not politicians who are after their bellies. Talema Navo.

    Ackim - February 21, 2013
    13:31

  2. MMD Started it. BRAVO PF.

    TQ. - February 21, 2013
    11:18

  3. ukutumpa of the highest order,siiitiooopeti ba pf.

    Booz bay - February 21, 2013
    08:58

  4. Lack of professionalism ba airtel. Is it desperation 4 funds. Mwachilamo!

    The scholar - February 21, 2013
    07:21

  5. U shall b taught a lesson on 28th Feb in Both Constituencies,,,,,,

    Honourable phiri - February 21, 2013
    07:14

  6. ba watchdog y changeing my name to yolo ata

    eyes - February 21, 2013
    07:01

    • its the chiness at work,even my is now booz bay.they are snooping.

      Booz bay - February 21, 2013
      09:02

  7. Allegation of PF accessing phone numbers are very serious, concern fro everyone.

    Steal Jobs - February 21, 2013
    06:41

  8. Onama at work.

    zganga - February 21, 2013
    05:19

  9. it’s the mobile network providers who are broadcasting the messages. that’s who to tell to stop allowing the respective sms to your mobile, if you don’t like it?

    'e' the independent f(x) - February 21, 2013
    03:43

  10. Why induce voters with gifts? Why sending unsolicited smss to people bearing a political messages? ZICTA where is confidentiality?

    Moderator - February 20, 2013
    21:01

  11. Get ready for big problems guys,
    Where we going is dark.

    Concerned citizen - February 20, 2013
    20:03

  12. Let them eat the poison of “donchi kubeba”eat there food,take there money,came 28th dnt vote 4 them!gv the oposition yo vote!!

    Headman - February 20, 2013
    19:58

  13. RB used 2 give us money,printed his ugly face on tshirts, vitenge, rolypope even on those cups 4 bear. pf just sending sms 2 us who 2 blame?RB or man of action SATA.

    EZRON - February 20, 2013
    19:54

  14. how is that a problem bane?you can receives those mesages and yet you stil that natural right to choose your prefered candidate.i do receive texts almost on daily basis from west africa teling me that i have won this,that but iam never get angry or worried.i would worry if voting was via phone.

    STINK-ASS - February 20, 2013
    19:49

  15. Yes RB used it and pf condemned the use of sms cammpaigns. They accussed RB as wasting tax payers money which they are wasting now. My concern is the safety of our confidential information in the hands of phone providers . Soon critics of GVt will b disappearing misteriously.

    THE REPORTER - February 20, 2013
    19:49

  16. this is ICHIBELESHI in its highest order ba PF!!!!!!!!!!!!

    cleo - February 20, 2013
    19:48

  17. It is true. We have bein receiving thoz text msgs. But some pipo re not hapy with thez msgs. And im so disapointed and anoyed with the maners by airtel. How dd thez pf cam across with my number. Rubbish.

    UNIQUE MAN - February 20, 2013
    19:45

    • affected? go to respective providers and ask them to stop such adverts to be allowed through to your phone. pf, i am sure just paid respective mobile network providers to broadcast the adverts.

      'e' the independent f(x) - February 21, 2013
      03:28

  18. It is true. I am 1 of them who has bein receivng thoz text msgs. Now gues what. There is no amount of sms can change my heart, nomatter what. I ‘ve alred dicided. And im very anoyed and disapointed with the maners by airtel. Not pf naimwe.

    UNIQUE MAN - February 20, 2013
    19:26

  19. Ezron-you are misusing free oxygen by thinking rubbish.Y not keep quiet if you know nothing instead of exhibiting high levels of dullness!

    THE REPORTER - February 20, 2013
    19:20

  20. I wonder who gave RB and the MMD my number in the 2011 elections.

    THE REPORTER - February 20, 2013
    19:19

  21. Am begin to suspect that this loadsheding of the entire town is to allow puuuf to freely distribute there mealie meal and cash. We have never experienced this where power goes out from 20hrs till midnite the whole town two days in a row.

    tumba - February 20, 2013
    19:07

  22. I dont see any problem with that they are just compainig.even the oposition can do the same.

    EZRON - February 20, 2013
    19:00

    • Dull fellow.

      The Truth - February 20, 2013
      19:08

    • its true you feature a lot on our watchdog but you always present issues like someone who is drunk or frustrated. watchdog is a place where we expect intelligence to be at tandem with prevailing political issues. whether you hate the person you should not insult but drive your point. eg hh will rule zambia one day & will perform like us’s Abraham Lincoln.

      The Great Intellectual - February 20, 2013
      21:50

  23. Niba wiso

    Ps - February 20, 2013
    19:00

  24. The deportation of the Egyptian doctor was the biggest blunder PF has made! Grace has a large following and her husband has won the affection of many in livingstone with many claiming how he saved theirs or their relatives lives. Too bad PF more votes gone. Who was behind this blunder kanshi? Poor poor judgment!

    SindisoNkatya - February 20, 2013
    18:50

    • Niba wiso

      Ps - February 20, 2013
      18:59

    • Why are you complaining when its a plus for the Opposition? Beggars belief!

      Prof Langdon - February 20, 2013
      19:34

  25. If my memory is right i think this system of sending pipo sms’s started with RB in 2011.maybe am dreaming

    Mr Kiss - February 20, 2013
    18:38

    • That is why i did not Vote For Rb so are well meaningufull Zambians who love this Countr, Two Wrongs do not make a write Brother just think of it if you love the Democracy that is slowly fading away.

      THE REPORTER - February 20, 2013
      19:19

    • Why are you so obsessed with RB? Are you gay or a hule wanting to sleep with him? RB is gone so he should not be yardstick for everything that we do. So if he pooped on his dinner plate you will do the same. Live us with our RB and just concentrate on your Ukwa. He needs u on his sick bed

      zAmbiance - February 20, 2013
      19:33

    • Who started it is immaterial the point should be is it right? NO and a big NO.

      Mpongwe - February 20, 2013
      19:46

  26. The hypocrites must loose these elections. You can’t vote for people who clearly show in advance that all they are interested in in to win the seat by hook or crook. Its a warning that they are liars who will not do anything for the city just like they are not doing anything for the other areas where pf already holds the seats.

    Bob - February 20, 2013
    18:36

  27. My advice to all people in Livingstone, is get the gifts ,they are yours because its from your money the PF are stealing ,but vote for the opposition. PF is just deceiving you.

    If they were genuine,they would have given free meali mill to the people in northern and north western provinces where there is a shortage of meali mill. For you to continue getting free gifts vote for opposition so that if the MP defects PF will come and give you gifts again.

    Wanzelu - February 20, 2013
    18:26

  28. I have not registered my sim card yet but I am receiving the messages, how scarying! Just how did you get my phone number PF.Oh my phone number – how vulnerable you are!!

    John Phiri - February 20, 2013
    18:24

    • RB used to send messages even before tis exercise of sim registration started. Signs of desperation monga anacitila akulu mpuno

      siamujoompa - February 20, 2013
      18:52