By BENNIE MUNDANDO
CHISHIMBA Kambwili was warned that his newly found “marriage of convenience” with the United Party for National Development (UPND) would not work but signs are now visible that they are not going anywhere, Lusaka Province Patriotic Front (PF) secretary Kennedy Kamba has said.
Mr Kamba was commenting on the differences between the NDC and the UPND over the fielding of candidates in the forthcoming elections.
He attributed the failure by the opposition alliance to Mr Kambwili and UPND president Hakainde Hichilema’s egos and insatiable appetite for leadership. Mr Kamba said while Mr Kambwili was bragging about his association with the UPND, the writing was visibly on the wall and that the reality had finally dawned on the two political parties that they were not going anywhere.
“Mr Kambwili and Mr Hichilema are birds of the same feather. They are both preoccupied with removing President Edgar Lungu from power so that they can lead this country. Therefore, neither of them is willing to be led by the other and we saw it coming,” Mr Kamba said.
“When the PF said it was not spending sleepless nights over the so-called Opposition Alliance, we meant just that because we knew they would soon start fighting over whose decisions must be superior in the alliance,
And opposition political parties regrouping with the sole purpose of ousting President Lungu in 2021 would crumble like the biblical Tower of Babel because it was made up of power-hungry and selfish individuals, ZRP president Wright Musoma has said.
Mr Musoma said it was just a matter of time before the “UDA ghost” came back to haunt the UPND and other members of the selfish opposition political alliance.
He said the confusion manifesting itself in the UPND and NDC pact was a blessing in disguise as it would have been suicidal to vote such a breed of politicians into power as they would put the country into disarray by fighting for supremacy.
“If two of them are fighting over which candidate to field in an area, what more if they formed government? This should be an eye-opener to the Zambians that voting for these people would be a very big mistake that would put the country on fire,” Mr Musoma said.
“We remember the hype over the UDA, but how far did that alliance go? Mr. Hichilema himself wanted an alliance with the PF prior to the 2011 elections, but because he is obsessed with being republican president, he wanted to bulldoze Michael Sata into floating him as an alliance candidate and we all know what happened,” he said.