HH: The most brilliant Zambian politician hated for being different

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HH with crowd

HH with crowd

By Masinga Khumalo

Looking at what the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has achieved in life, both in and outside politics, I have nothing but admiration for the man. To me it doesn’t matter whether HH wins the 8/11 presidential elections or not, he is a great man with an exemplary record.

HH with Son and wife

HH with Son and wife

This is a man who came from a poor single parent household in a village in Monze, but he overcame all barriers in his childhood to become one of the most accomplished corporate managers, very successful entrepreneur and now a firm and focused politician.

Unlike most successful people in Zambia who started with what their parents left, HH had to start from scratch, building on his gains through hard work. The man is a role model in all areas; as a family man, businessman and politician.

I also like his spirit of perseverance. In Tonga they say ‘kalya uzumanana.’ Indeed there is no substitute for hard work & there is no substitute for patience and acceptance. And I am very sure that God will grant HH his wish of wanting to lead this country and making mother Zambia a better place for all of us, our children and other generations to come.

HH might have attained the world stature of a Churchill, a Disraeli, or Obama were he born in another country.

HH is accused of not being humble because he is not poor. He is accused of being arrogant and having a know-it-all attitude because he is more knowledgeable than the average Zambian politician.

His critics, who seem to be motivated by other things other than quality leadership, have always claimed that HH is a failure because he has failed to win presidential elections on 4 occasions, but I disagree with them because I see success where they don’t see it.

In politics, only KK and Sata could be better than HH, but even these two can not beat HH in quality and ability to deliver development. I believe if HH is given an opportunity to lead this country he will leave a record as good as that of late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa or even better. This is something which scares a lot of PF members; they fear that the achievements of their people will be dwarfed by HH’s achievements if he is given an opportunity and that will completely change the political landscape in Zambia.

HH has managed to achieve what most leaders of political parties have failed to do. While Edgar Lungu took over a ruling party, HH took over an opposition party which he has still managed to hold together for 10 solid years. I shudder to think of what would have become of the Patriotic Front if they lost elections in 2015 , not even Edgar Lungu would have remained in the party. What holds PF together today are the jobs they are still able to share in government. PF leaders have no mantle to stay where there is nothing to ‘chew’ And even with incumbency on their side, we still witness government officials leaving PF to join the opposition UPND.

Many opposition political parties in Zambia have died (or are dying) but UPND has remained strong because of the man HH. Those who left UPND and formed their own parties after Mazoka died have gone into political oblivion; others have since returned and re-joined UPND. This points to one thing; HH was the right man to take over from the late Anderson Kambela Mazoka.

Of course I won’t buy into the notion held by PF cadres that Lungu is better quality than HH because the later has never been a Minister or any public officer. Why? Because even people like Davies Mwila are ministers but these cannot be said to be better than even the author of this post. Edgar Lungu had a relative, Michael Sata, who gave him a ministerial job while HH has never had such an opportunity. A political appointment made due to patronage or relations does not amount to merit.

Yes Edgar Lungu did beat HH in the 2015 presidential by-elections even when Edgar just campaigned for a short period of time; but our friends who float such shallow statements forget that , in 2008 Michael Sata lost to RB after Mwanawasa died despite Sata having been an opposition leader since 2001. Just like RB , EL benefited from the sympathy vote as well as the popularity of his predecessor.

I have nothing but praise for the man HH, and come 8/11, he is very much assured of my vote.

12 Responses to HH: The most brilliant Zambian politician hated for being different

  1. Ican’t agree with you more bro. Zambia needs to get out of politics of I belong,and seriously reflect on the merits of each cndidate. This time change is eminent. God is will see us through. Viva HH.

    kaliongele
    March 28, 2016 at 10:14 am
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  2. This is the best comment of the year from a civilized person for civilised people in a civilised manner.

    Mpombo
    March 28, 2016 at 10:46 am
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  3. I see a magnificent Zambia under his watch, one guy told me that in organization or community people will always take up the traits of their leader,it wouldn’t be bad if Zambians become new breed of business minded Africans and conquer the continent through entrepreneurship.

    Conspiracy Theory
    March 28, 2016 at 10:53 am
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  4. My Bro your description of HH the new in-coming President in a few months time is 100 o/o correct. How I wish all people could see that which is good for our mother Zambia! Let’s not burry our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and pretend all is well when things are so terrible on the ground! Blessed are those who are no longer to see what is on the offing by mother Zambia. CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY ZAMBIA!

    Stan Mambo
    March 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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  5. Wowed am I!!!!! Phew! This article should have just gone on and on, I’m sad you seem to have terminated it prematurely, however, you’ve done yourself for me and many others a praise-worth serenade. He (HH) mentors me a lot. You just hammered a prescription for an open-minded person to rise from nothing to somewhere.
    May this humble, visionary and persistent man (HH) be illumined by God’s light till victory, and beyond, is attained for mother Zambia. God and God alone will make things happen.
    TO ALL ZAMBIANS – VOTE HH 8/11.

    Memphis Shew
    March 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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  6. This comment goes straight into my archives of great comments. You have hit the nail on the head.

    Chagwaavaye, score score
    March 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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  7. May our gud Lord show us wat to do

    GH
    March 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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  8. Thanks for making me understand a bit more of who HH is especially his affinity for toiling families facing hardships in providing for their homes and why he gives support/sponsors those from single parent and poor homes with hope to better their lives. HH toiled away early in life and understands what it means for a single parent home……. my admiration is he never brags about it though people choose to call him names and assign him a character defined by haters!

    FuManchu
    March 29, 2016 at 4:58 am
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  9. In 2021 I will definitely vote for HH! But for now I want to avoid wastage of resources so I will vote for Lungu.

    Nedson Mbunga
    March 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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  10. Well written and mature article, that is HH for you but certain people will still not see sense in this. By the way something tells me HH sponsors the underprevaged because of his background, it breaks hos Heart seeing children going through what he went through. Continue my president come 11/8/2016 my vote is again yours.

    ZAMBIAN
    March 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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  11. In all fairness let those who know HH come in the open and tell the nation the truth. HH has helped many families and communities but for reasons best known to themselves they have kept quiet and allowed haters to go unchallenged.
    Accusations about arrogance come from those who cannot challenge the man intellectually. Anyone who has gone beyond Grade 12 will most often come across such comments. God has blessed HH so that he can bless others.

    Leadership is a serious matter
    March 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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  12. people will never stop complaining unless they open their eyes of reasoning. its like a child who has gone to school and gets 6 points but thinks that having a good life will make him/her not to enter heaven. so he/she decide to sit and wait for the time he dies so that he/she enters heaven. Allow potential people to solve our problems. HH can solve our problems not because he wants to enter state house but because he has released that Zambian have suffered for too long.

    mwanaabo ricky
    March 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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