Hakainde’s National Unity Government

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HH with ADD president Charles Milupi after a media briefing

HH with ADD president Charles Milupi after a media briefing

By Henry Kabinga

Recent political events confirm that this country is tottering on the precipice of anarchy. The ruling party is totally divided and in disarray with this deep division extending to Cabinet, the highest executive organ of Government.

Intra party violence within two major political parties is on the rise, our very existence as a peaceful nation is under threat.

It is against the above background that I welcome the statement by the Opposition Members of Parliament to support a Government of National Unity via the endorsement of Hakainde Hichilema for the presidency of Zambia in the January 2015 election. A national unity government in the two years leading to the 2016 elections is very desirable, nay, imperative under the current circumstances.

The three years of PF rule have been the most divisive and antagonistic Zambia has ever seen and the current malaise is as a result of this. These years have seen very high levels of regionalism, ethnicism, tribalism and nepotism(for the first time since independence, not a single Cabinet Minister came from North Western Province, a serious indictment on the PF). Governance in general has been very poor with mediocrity in the administration of Government institutions the norm.

A national unity Government can start the process of healing the country of the ‘violence, insecurity and mediocrity in leadership’ that the MPs in their statement alluded to.HakaindeHichilema has promised an inclusive Government. His current campaign slogan ‘Zambia United’ is very apt for the current confusion Zambia is in.

It is appropriate that the idea of an inclusive Government that Hichilema has promised to bring is being supported by Members of Parliament. Cabinet under our current constitution is appointed by the President ‘from among members of the National Assembly’. Hichilema, even by force of circumstances, will have to appoint a Cabinet made up of more than one political party meaning that all parties represented in Parliament stand a chance of being appointed. Here I would think even PF MPs can be brought on board if they are corrupt free and hardworking.

The idea being proposed above is in contrast to Elias Chipimo’s proposal of an interim ‘neutral’ or ‘non-partisan’ President. Chipimo’s novel idea though appealing is simply not supported by our current constitution and is a nullity ab initio, as our learned friends would say. Zambians should start to think of the January election as one ushering in an interim phase prior to the 2016 election when all parties can compete independently.

It is my submission that an inclusive government will start the process of healing the country, reduce the bottlenecks that a minority presidency may engender, and most importantly, will guarantee that a new, people driven constitution is ushered in before the 2016 Presidential and General election. This is Hichilema’s undertaking. We all need to support him on this.

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9 Responses to Hakainde’s National Unity Government

  1. Well said sir. Zambia need to move forward. We have dwelt too much in politics of tribalism perpetuated by the current government at the same time blaming others of practising tribalism. We dont want anyone promising to finish what Sata started because that would mean tribalism will continue.

    China
    December 4, 2014 at 8:21 am
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  2. Zambia is very thirst of good leadership which can unity the country. H H is the answer to the divided nation to enjoy peace and love for one another accross regions and tribes

    Muntu
    December 4, 2014 at 9:10 am
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  3. How do u vote 4 a drunkard someone with a campaigning slogan of PAKABOTOLO zambians EL will lead zambia backwards let us be serious with national issues HH is the answer.

    Dr.Leakey
    December 4, 2014 at 10:43 am
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  4. The political culture in Zambia is dynamic.Zambians are maturing in democracy and cannot be cheated. I have been observing the political situation obtaining in the nation since the death of President Sata. The opposition have come out strongly and hopefully to get into power. The situation has been taken as a vacuum in leadership, hence RB forced himself back to politics and HH having vigorous campaigns.

    Being a student in social sciences, I have a privilege of understanding the politics well especially of this country.

    The political scenario of Zambia has drastically changed from the 2011 one. After the loss of MMD, thousands of MMD members defected to either PF or UPND, and to be honest PF received about 90% of the defectors compared to 10% to UPND. In addition to this some opposition MPs from MMD and UPND were embraced by the ruling PF, this translates into more defectors to PF and no PF MP showed loyalty to opposition. The many by-elections that took place saw PF grabbing seats from the opposition. This killed MMD in provinces such as Southern, Western, Northwestern and resulting in making PF the second strongest party in these UPND provinces. In Lusaka, Copperbelt, Central, Northern, Luapula and Muchinga PF still maintains its heavy weight. Eastern province has changed to PF although MMD is still in the lead. PF is much stronger now than in 2011.

    WHICH PARTY HAS AN UPPERHAND TO WIN?

    The wrangles in PF have little effect on its popularity. Soon those who were used by sampa, scott, gbm will abandoned these men and turn to President Edgar Lungu’s group. Hon. Edgar Lungu has more than 70 MPs which is half of the number of constituencies and most of these constiuenccies have a big number of voters such as those from Lusaka, Copperbelt, Central, Eastern & Northern. In addition PF has more councillors than any other single party and most of them are pro-Lungu. In addition, the 2011 voters register is the one to be used which has same voters. The development that PF has initiated is the campaign tool. Farmers have been given inputs in time. Soon farmers will be paid. Wage freeze will be done away. Hon. Lungu will tell people that in 2015, a new constitution will be done because it was him who released the draft.

    UPND still suffers from regional inclination. 90% of Zambians who are non Tonga-Lozi still believe that the tribe tag is there, infact many see it even with those who work with the Tongas and Lozis. UPND has no clear manifesto except riding on purported failure of PF. What new things are you going to do? It is difficult for UPND to penetrate the PF strong hold. The chiefs have no control over their subjects in voting. In Eastern Province, HH said, he would take back Chama district to Eastern, a thing that Chama people cannot accept. The huge crowds attending rallies are just cosmetic. MMD, HP, UNIP etc no matter what little votes they will get, will give advantage to PF because of the opposition vote split. No wonder it took 10 years for PF to come to power. Will UPND ever rule?I will give an analysis after 2015 by-election. So PF will win this election even if lunatics scott, sampa, gbm, chimbwi etc are expelled.

    Ma
    December 4, 2014 at 11:06 am
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    • The 70 MPs who are supporting Lungu, most of hem don’t even go to their constituency they are job seekers. in their constituencies they have very little influence, Kapeya is one them and Davies Mwango to name a few.

      katuba old boys
      December 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm
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  5. thats your opinion baba not what is prevailing>

    that
    December 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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    • Ma that history is correct up to the time kabimba was expelled and sata died.After Sata’s death things have changed fast.HH has become a uniting factor with a promise of a government of National Unity.Northen province which has been sidelined from development by sata in preference of Muchinga is not going to give the usual vote to PF,the same scenario will replicate its self in Luapula and parts of copperbelt.I know that Lungu will perform verywell in Lusaka and Kitwe but he has a disadvantange because his cadres from Lusaka and Kitwe beat up the true delegates from Nothern,Luaula,southern,Western.norrth western and central I don’t see Lungu doing fine in the overall.Banda will reduce his chances futher by getting much of the Eastern votes.HH is likely to with not less than 40% votes.

      Sido Mark
      December 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm
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  6. in this subject you have failed ma what you are saying could have been true if the two parties didnt bring confusion in themselves go again and repeat your research you will find different answers it is hh and upnd come 20th january 2015 dont be a tribalist

    blackbull
    December 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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  7. It would take a brave whistle blower or investigative journalist to expose the corruption in all UPND. UNPD=DIRTY MONEY=CORRUPTION=NOT FIT TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.

    THE TONGA DEMEANOR IS NOT WARM BUT HATEFUL. THEY ARE TRIBALIST AND RACIST. WOULD GET AN AWARD FOR THE MOST SEPARATIST TRIBE

    Peter Impso
    December 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm
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