They can’t win at the convention, PF is my baby – Kambwili

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Chishimba Kambwili

Dismissed Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili says Patriotic Front is his baby and has charged that some people like Jean Kapata are scared of the convention because they can’t win.


Kambwili who is the PF Roan Member of Parliament has vowed that he will not leave the PF because it is his baby. He says he is a member of Central Committee and a founder of the PF.


Kambwili is quoted of having said this in an article below published by the Mast Newspaper;


By Mwape Mbwelela and Lulumbi Nakazwe


CHISHIMBA Kambwili says the Patriotic Front is his baby and he believes in calling a spade, a spade and not a pick for the sake of creating an impression.


And Kambwili, the Roan PF member of parliament, says party chairperson for elections Jean Kapata is afraid of speaking out because “she has got so many skeletons in her cupboard”.


Kapata, the Mandevu PF member of parliament and lands minister, has accused Kambwili and recently fired party deputy chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube of being rebels.


This was after Kambwili supported KBF’s call for elections from top to bottom in the ruling party, saying the method of handpicking leaders could no longer work.


Kambwili also suggested a change in the PF constitution to make all positions electable.


But Kapata moved and dismissed KBF for issuing the statement and later branded him and Kambwili as rebels while President Edgar Lungu said those calling for elections in the PF had presidential ambitions and were after his position.


However, KBF warned Kapata against calling him a rebel and demanded an immediate apology from her because he had done a lot for the party.


KBF, in response to President Lungu’s accusations, said there was nothing wrong with any member of the party having presidential ambitions.


And Kambwili, who was recently dismissed as information and broadcasting minister by President Lungu, said he believed in telling the truth on matters that were going wrong in the PF and that calling him a rebel was demeaning.


He said he could never be a rebel for merely pointing out wrongs in the party whose formation he was part of.


“I know and understand the PF constitution better that Jean Kapata because I was one of the people that crafted that constitution. So Jean cannot accuse me of destabilizing my own baby. I have said and I want to say it again, that PF is my baby and I cannot attack PF and cannot be a rebel in my own house,” Kambwili said.


“I feel so disappointed that a person like Jean Kapata can today come and call me a rebel. Jean Kapata joined PF when we had already formed it and if we were not welcoming people in the party, Jean Kapata would not have been a member of PF…And for Jean to accuse me that I don’t want new comers in the party is an insult of the worst kind. I have never been against new comers in the party because politics is about numbers but when you speak out against one wrong, that does not make you a rebel.”


He said he understood the PF constitution better because he was part of the people that crafted it.


“I know that all the elected officials in the party have got a mandate, the President has got a mandate for five years, he will be going for elections in 2020, the central committee has got a five year mandate and the lower organs have got one year, five months to go before their mandate expires,” Kambwili explained  “All I agreed with KBF was the fact that all positions in the party must be elective, that we don’t want people to be appointed in positions and I was asking that we should change the constitution of the PF so that all positions, from the section up to the President must be elected by the general membership.”


He explained that he therefore did not understand why Kapata accused him of destabilizing the partyer.


“And if that means destabilizing the party, then I don’t know what politics Jean Kapata espouses. For me, I believe in calling a spade a spade and not a pick for the sake of impression and I will never say something for the sake on making an impression,” Kambwili said.


He accused Kapata harboring skeletons in her closet.


“Jean is saying all that for the sake of impression; I will forgive Jean because she has got so many skeletons in her cupboard so she has a lot to protect because she has got skeletons in her cupboard,” Kambwili charged.


“I want to warn jean that I am equal, she is a member of the central committee and I am also a member of the central committee and she cannot warn me. When she was saying, ‘I want to warn Kambwili’ and calling me a disgruntled politician…Who is a better politician between me and Jean? I will leave it to the Zambian people to judge who is a disgruntled politician between Jean and me. The people of Zambia are able to see so Jean must not take me for granted because I know she is speaking like that because today she is in government and she has got too many skeletons in her cupboard.”


He said Kapata must have respect for other members of the PF central committee.


“Jean is not the best person to warn me, she may be chairman of elections but I think I am more senior to her…I am a founder member, I was appointed member of the central committee earlier than her and she should have respect for other people,” Kambwili said.


He questioned who Kapata was in the ruling party and accused her of sowing division and that she against the idea of holding elections because she knew that she would not win.


“Who is Jean Kapata anyway? Who is Jean Kapata by the way in PF? It is such people like Jean Kapata, if there were elections, they can’t even win. They can only be in a position if they are appointed. If we go to the general conference and all positions are elective, she can’t win,” Kambwili said.


He further wondered if Kapata was a genuine member of the PF and called for unity in the party.


“We need unity in the party but its people like Jean Kapata who are bringing division in the party because you can’t own a party where if someone tells the truth, you want to say they are rebels, you want to fire them; that is not correct,” Kambwili charged.


“People have got divergent views and people have got to accept other people’s views. This party needs unity; I want to plead with genuine members of the party that we should be united. I doubt if Jean is a genuine member of the party. We need unity in this party, witchhunting must come to an end.”


He also said he has never had any meetings with KBF as alleged by Kapata.


“First and foremost, I have never had any meetings with KBF. And as a matter of fact, I don’t even have KBF’s number,” Kambwili said.


“People can go to MTN and check the calls to KBF, they will not find anything. I just know KBF as a brother in the party. We are not close of allies. For me, all I supported was just that issue of having positions elective from the sections to the president. I was not advocating for any elections because I know people have got the mandate. I can never ever attack my own party. I can never do anything that can put the party into disrepute. I love this party. All my life, I have said, ‘loyalty defines a man’. I am loyal to President Edgar Lungu. Even at my lowest ebb like this, I still remain loyal to him because he is the President of the country and the party. He is the President and there is nothing anybody can do about it and he deserves to be respected.”


14 Responses to They can’t win at the convention, PF is my baby – Kambwili

  1. After stealing the Election Victory from HH & GBM and UPND the thieves ,like vultures, are now fighting over the carcass.With the economy in a free fall funds to finance the PF Gravy Train are dwindling. Very soon all the Election Rigging Secrets will be revealed. Kambwili is being naive to write off ECL.ECL can use Jungle law and his “Night Judges” to win the elections at Elective Convention. The biggest headache that Lungu has is that while he can rig elections he cannot rig the economy and his illegitimacy does not help matters. However the options for illegitimate Lungu are limited. If he allows the Petition to be heard he will be opening a pandora’s box and committing suicide/harakiri. If he contninues to refuse to hear the Petition he can continue to stew in illegitimacy while the Zambian economy is collapsing around.Besides the Petitioners will take the Petition to SADC,AU,UN,ICC,ICJ etc.Internationalising the Petition is an option Lungu doesnt want to hear. Lungu, without a life jacket,is between a hard Rock and the Deep Blue Sea.2017 will tell for Lungu!!

    December 31, 2016 at 5:56 am

    • @sichone, you are one of the very few analytical bloggers on this website. You have hit the nail on the head. Most bloggers are only full of insults.

      December 31, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    • Let UPND and their FIVE TIME Presidential Election loser HH continue to be delusional.HH came out of the Election with just over 50 MPs while Edgar smiled with over 80 MPs.The time he wasted in less important issues during his petition instead of going straight to the main point is being blamed on judges.When is he going to take personal blame for the poor handling of his petition?

      Kantu Ni Ako Walya
      December 31, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      • Obama remains popular even with less numbers in the Senate and Congress!
        The 2015 and 2016 losses by HH are still being questioned by many stakeholders!
        HH is a very popular opposition leader. This country would have even benefitted a lot if our system allowed the leaders of opposition to be members of parliament!
        The fact that the PF has been so scared of allowing the petition to be heard speaks volumes. Besides HH scored higher votes than all other opposition party presidential candidates in the 2016 elections shows how popular HH has become. You are the one who is delusional clinging to your misplaced notions about HH. Just wake up and smell the coffee, brother. Both ECL and HH are ours! Give both a fair chance!

        Leadership is a serious matter
        January 1, 2017 at 12:33 am

    • The so called stealing is only talked about without facts and figures. The participants in the election should have read the constitution, that the appeal shall be heard within four days. Its indeed true impossible to hear from all the witnesses in an appeal of this magnitude, but its there written whether right or wrong it is there. It is therefore suffice to say that we went into these election perhaps with defective constitution. The time factor was completely thrown over board by the by the opposition

      George Shawa
      January 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

  2. Politician are foolish individuals,see them insulting each other,truly the book Animal Farm is correct in it explanation on the behavior of politicians

    king temple man
    December 31, 2016 at 8:15 am

  3. Politician are foolish individuals,see them insulting each other,truly the book ANIMAL FARM is correct in its explanation on the behavior of politicians

    king temple man
    December 31, 2016 at 8:17 am

  4. I doubt the source of the story. the mast? Although I know that kambwili is crazy enough today such rubbish

    Yayi bambo
    December 31, 2016 at 11:37 am

  5. I doubt the source of the story. the mast? Although I know that kambwili is crazy enough to say such rubbish

    Yayi bambo
    December 31, 2016 at 11:38 am

  6. UNIP was a baby of Mainza Chona but who was the leader, Kaunda. MMD was a baby of Chitala and Akashambatwa but who was the leader, Chiluba. PF may be your baby Kambwili ( which is doubtful) but you will never lead it. So just worry about your corruption case. PF is right hands of Lungu and Mwila and others. Kambwili you disgust many people.

    The real McCoy
    December 31, 2016 at 6:38 pm

  7. The Electoral Fraud has brought turmoil to the Nation and PF itself. Lets hope Kambwili and KBF have Plan B after being expelled from PF soon. KBF and Kambwili should do the Nation a favour and reveal how ECZ and Lungu stole the Election Victory from HH & GBM during the 2016 Elections.The solution to Lungu’s illegitimacy and problems is to hear and dispose off the Petition and hold Elections in PF. Lungu is opposed to both these solutions and with a collapsing economy Lungu’s problems in 2017 will be untenable. With a deteriorating economy Lungu’s Approval Rating will be rock bottom. Lungu needs to pacify the Nation in Court that indeed he genuinely and fairly won the 2016 Presidential Elections. Without this Lungu will remain an illegitimate and lame duck President who cannot effectively govern Zambia.The writing is on the Wall!!

    January 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

  8. There was no stolen election . People voted and counted and those foreign monitoring groups PVT showed Lungu won and many other organisations too. We are now getting bored of this stealing without evidence song. You also want to be heard in the courts? . If time passes for you to present evidence, then forget and move forward.

    Amuna Onzuna
    January 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

  9. This Kambwili thing who has diarrhoea of the mouth is facing its own music. Whenever Kambwili used to speak as a Minister only smelly rubbish came out.

    These PF crooks stole an election and now they are fighting over the spoils.

    PF rigged the election with the help of criminals like Dishonorable Injustice Chulu and Ratface Priscilla Isaacs. But it is gratifying that the neckless insensitive tribalist baboon Kambwili has been hung out to dry. Kambwili deserves all the suffering it can get because it was the worst and most divisive Information Minister ever in Zambia. Information Ministers are supposed to unify but it was dividing.

    I am sure Kambwili was involved in closing the Zambian Watchdog but now that the tables have turned against him I am sure he will soon wish he never suppressed and closed independent media. He was doing “tuchawa” or “muzungu anikonde” to Chakolwa Lungu but he has been thrown out like a used condom.

    Whenever in any office of authority try to be professional and do the right thing because sooner or later you will be subjected to The oppressive procedures you put in place. This goes for everyone especially Chulu, Isaacs, Lungu etc.

    January 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  10. Those saying elections were rigid, are ignorant and they will never find peace in their families. You failed to release evidence in the ConCourt, and you are there liqing your toungues like dogs at a crashed born.

    January 2, 2017 at 1:44 am

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