Mumbi Phiri
Mumbi Phiri


I literally shed tears yesterday when I read the verbatim of my relative and sister, Her Excellency Ambassador Mumbi Phiri, when she responded to Hon Chishimba Kambwili who apparently cast aspersions on her for being once so poor that her household was using newspapers as toilet paper and that Hon Kambwili used to buy tissue for her.

I don’t about others who were born rich, I for one am not ashamed to have gone through hardships to the extent of becoming a street vendor at a place where there is Lusaka City Market. I started with selling tea before making a makeshift shelter which I ran as a restaurant and I employed people when the business grew. In the initial days, I was using newspapers as toilet paper, but today I am grateful to God that I can afford tissue.

Ambassador Mumbi’s response was not only mature, but also a reflection of her true Christian values. Ambassador is one woman who is never ashamed to testify about the challenges that she has gone through in her life. She openly testifies to the goodness of the LORD in her life. As a relative of mine, there are so many things that I write about on the person of Mumbi Phiri. Make no mistake, Hon Mumbi Phiri is not an arrogant person as portrayed in the media – she is a very humble woman and a loving mother. She loves people and many constituents of Munali can attest to this.

The bitterness and hatred being exhibited in our “politics” must be stopped. Politics should not destroy #UBUNTU. We are one family and this must always be a guiding principle.

We may not share the same views on national issues and the politics of the land, but let us not be personal. A typical example I would give is that while I do not share core political ideals with Comrade Chishimba Kambwili, this will never stop me from stopping by his house to see his children and eat a meal because I have a very personal relationship with them. When I was a political detainee the least person I expected to come and see me was Hon Kambwili, but he came and gave my family K15, 000.

I advise all of us stop being personal. Being poor or rich is not a determinant of whether or not a person can potentially be corrupt. There many rich people today who go into government to loot.

This applies to our corruption allegations against President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. We should NEVER ever be personal. He is a father, husband and grandfather at a personal level. This does not mean that we cannot use hard language. Hard evidence must be displayed in public for all to see. UPP has led by example in this endeavour. Whether or not the ACC is compromised, let us continue to submit evidence to them and I can assure you that they (ACC) will secure every piece of evidence for action when the day of reckoning shall arrive.

God bless Zambia!

Saviour Chishimba 

#UPP: #Dignity & #Justice for #All!