Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo on Friday evening was heard telling a few of his cabinet colleagues that it was increasingly becoming difficult for the PF to sell President Edgar Lungu as the candidate for 2021.
Kampyongo was on Friday evening having some beers with Justice Minister Given Lubinda, Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga, Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya and three other unidentified officials at Roan and Sable in Kabulonga area.
Unknown to the group, there was someone among them who was sent by Lungu’s Special Advisor for Politics Kaizar Zulu who immediately took the recording of the conversation and made it available to Edgar Lungu.
Apparently Kaizar Zulu has put a number of Cabinet ministers under surveillance in what seems to be an ongoing internal rebellion which has been worsened by loss the parliamentary seat on the Copperbelt and the strong support base in Bahati Constituency by the opposition UPND.
Soon after losing Roan Constituency bye election, Kaizar Zulu posted on his Facebook account that “the saddest thing about betrayal is that it doesn’t come from your enemies, it comes from the people you trust most”.
Among the issues identified was how the PF would handle the youth rebellion in the country who have no jobs, the issue of empowerment for the PF cadres and miners who are being abused by Chinese and Indians on the Copperbelt, plus the farming community.
Kampyongo and team kept wondering what message they would tell the Zambian people on these issues especially with Edgar Lungu as the Presidential candidate.
At one point Lubinda chipped in and proposed that the only was to rebrand the party with a new candidate who would dissociate himself from the wrong things that were being done by Edgar Lungu, and everyone was in agreement.
But recording has angered Edgar Lungu and Kaizar Zulu who feel betrayed by the senior cabinet officials and may make reshuffles very soon where some key ministers may get fired for harbouring Presidential ambitions.
SOURCE: News24 Zambia