Kabimba is the Man to watch – USA Foreign Affairs

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Wynter Kabimba

Wynter Kabimba

The USA Council for Foreign Affairs has reported that Wynter Kabimba the president for Rainbow Party is the Man to watch in Zambian politics.

Kabimba as Secretary General of Patriotic Front was instrumental in the party’s victory in 2011, ending the 20 year-rule of the MMD party. He served as Justice Minister before he was fired and then founded Rainbow Party. He will be one of the presidential candidates in Zambia’s General Elections next year.

The USA Council for Foreign Affairs website last week published an article that Kabimba could come out with a clear pro-poor policy and emerge as a strong contender.

President Lungu

President Lungu

In the article headlined “Zambia’s Uncertain Future, the USA Council reports that Kabimba has the potential to attract the support of prominent factions that are still with PF, but he does not have much time to build grassroots consensus.

And that many Zambians see President Edgar Lungu as weak, with few prospects of winning again in 2016.

“He does have the advantage of controlling the levers of state power, however If the Bemba faction continues to support him, he still has a fighting chance,” reads the article in parts.

The Website observes that Lungu’s main rival during the January 20, 2015 presidential by-election, Hakainde Hichilema of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), is on an upward trend and has a strong chance of winning.

Lungu beat Hichilema with only 27, 000 votes in the election.

File: HH arriving in Solwezi

File: HH arriving in Solwezi

The USA Council says although Hichilema’s party has more than doubled it’s vote share over the 2011 election, questions remain about his suitability for the presidency; his business interests may foreshadow policies that favor his own investments rather than the general public.

Hichilema is reported to have benefited from 1990s privatisation initiatives, having made $12 million in commissions and fees.

According to the analysis by the USA Coucil, Lungu and Hichilema lack a clear policy vision for the country. Kabimba, on the other hand, is supported by sectors of the Zambian intelligentsia that played a key role in the development of Micheal Sata’s pro-poor agenda. They are likely to help Kabimba develop a stronger programme. He might be the man to watch in the longer term, but a victory in 2016 is unlikely.

The full story from USA Council for Foreign Affairs can be read by clicking here.


14 Responses to Kabimba is the Man to watch – USA Foreign Affairs

  1. The privatisation thief HH should never be allowed to rule.

    March 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    • @ Kim whatever you call yourself. No need to talk about HH here. we must pray for our President for quick recovery. That’s foolishness to bring HH in the picture here. Shut up if you have nothing to say.

      March 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    • You are sooooooooooooo foolish sata nyoko

      March 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm


        Hastings Moono
        March 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

        • He will only never rule if you continue doing what you did in January!!!!

          March 25, 2015 at 7:52 am

    • You are soooooooooooooo foolish sata nyoko

      March 9, 2015 at 5:39 pm

  2. @KIM go f..k yourself. HH was paid commission n if you do not understand this go blame yo lazy dad for not educating your lazy ass.

    March 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  3. Promoting homosexuality is not the same as having clear vision for Zambia. Kabimba is a desperate man and very power hungry, he will anything to get power even if it means his own father disowns him.

    Unfortunately it will be another stte funeral for Zambia…..RED LIPS KABIMBA.

    March 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  4. @Kim, please, please talk something else we are fed up of the cheap talk about HH and privatisation. It is only peole with no analytical acumen – or shallow minds who keep bringing this issue. In case you didn’t know this issues has been going on since HH came on the polical scene i.e for almost 10 years you have been calling HH as a privitisation thief but surprising there is no evidence about it otherwise HH could have been behind bars long time ago.

    March 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

  5. Ndelolesha Fye. Well written article. No doubt HH is the man for our mother Zambia.

    musonda mwaume
    March 9, 2015 at 7:47 am

  6. Somewhere the US Council says “He (Lungu)does have the advantage of controlling the levers of state power, however If the Bemba faction continues to support him, he still has a fighting chance,”.

    In my opinion this is where strength in winning elections in Zambia lies, even strength to develop a strong opposition party. One just needs to have the support of one of the country’s big tribes and I must say from either the Bemba tribal support or the Tonga tribal support. Question is where if so will Kabimba get such a strong tribal support? Certainly not from Tongaland, where he is tribally inclined, all because Kabimba has no charisma enough to unseat HH from the hearts of the Bantu Botatwe, almost impossible. So without this tribal support Kabimba will be left with only the elite who understand words like socialism, ideology and of course English. Out there Kabimba cannot draw the Bembas to himself, neither cane he draw the Lozis, Lundas, Ngonis that is far fetched from a man known to be arogant, antagonistic and helped to create the culture of violence in PF, GOOD LUCK.

    T. Hatembo
    March 9, 2015 at 9:14 am

    • Which elite will support Kabimba? The people that you see today following him are following the million$$$ he made from Ilunda Chalo oil deals. The west likes it when Africa has rogue regimes as they then have the opportunity to syphon out money from Africa.

      Sata Turning Vigorously: RB aba PF
      March 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

  7. If it is in the USA Kabimba can become a President and not in Zambia. The man is self centered, boastful , selfish – name it and every bad traits are in him – how on earth can a sensible person support a man like Kabimba? It is inconceivable to be told that Kabimba’s father does not know him(Kabimba)better than he was known by the late President Sata. That by itself suggests that Kabimba can do any thing in pursue of his desired goals. The Rainbow party must participate in the Chawama parliamentary by-election so as to test his party prowess.

    Abraham Chanshi
    March 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm

  8. if HH is a Kawalala then why is the law not wisiting him? arrest him if he is a kawalala

    September 15, 2015 at 10:45 am

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