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Hichilema, Kambwili union enough to defeat Lungu, the Malawian style- Sishuwa

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University of Zambia lecturer and political analyst, Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa has said an alliance between Hakainde Hichilema’s UPND and Chishimba Kambwili’s NDC would be enough to defeat the ruling Patriotic Front at next year’s general election, provided that Bill 10 is not passed in the meantime.

In a recent interview, Dr Sishuwa observed that between them, the two opposition leaders could count on enough support and resources to topple the government.

“I think a Hichilema – Kambwili ticket will be enough to defeat PF and deliver victory for the opposition if Bill 10 collapses.

“Hichilema may still win on his own, but needs a broader coalition to effectively deal with the possible rigging.

“Kambwili brings support from the Copperbelt and also useful networks in the government, crucial to effectively dealing with rigging. In contrast, politicians like Harry Kalaba, Sean Tembo, Charles Milupi or Andyford Banda bring comparatively less political value to the coalition,” he said.

Dr Sishuwa added that the government was ‘afraid’ of such an alliance and was actively working to undermine its creation.

He theorised that the government would attempt a number of tactics to prevent a UPND-NDC alliance.

The first such tactic would be to try to persuade Kambwili back to the PF fold. This, according to Sishuwa, would not work while President Lungu remains in power.

The second tactic would be to bank on the courts convicting Kambwili on one of his ongoing cases.

However, Sishuwa was quick to point out that, even if a conviction were achieved, the constitution of Zambia only bars a candidate from seeking election if they are in prison and Kambwili could simply seek appeal if convicted to ensure himself time to be elected.
The final strategy which the government might employ to undermine a UPND-NDC alliance wold be to bar either Kambwili or Hichilema from running, under the provisions outlined in Bill 10.

Sishuwa highlights that the controversial bill amends the terms of Zambia’s constitution to define ‘legally disqualified’ as ‘a disqualification by a court or a quasi-judicial body established by law’.

“If Bill 10 is passed is passed and enacted into law, this provision could be used to disqualify a citizen seeking nomination for election to ANY elective public office including President or Vice President.

“The provision gives a judge or tribunal the unfettered power to bar a prospective candidate to elective public office on ANY ground that the presiding judge or tribunal can dream of. This, too, won’t work is Bill 10 collapses, as it must,” stated Dr Sishuwa.

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6 Responses to Hichilema, Kambwili union enough to defeat Lungu, the Malawian style- Sishuwa

  1. Well tabulated and insightful.

    Abena kafue
    July 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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  2. Why are you so inclined to dreaming as if you are not learned you are a full time upnd cadre full of myopia

    Magaba
    July 8, 2020 at 7:01 am
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  3. Dr Sishuwa’s analysis lacks objectivity and credibility. It’s so subjective and pro-opposition. It clearly indicates what side is his. As a political analyst, I believe that it’s vital to be sober minded and give objective and substantial analysis without identifying with any political party. Anyway, the Zambians will determine who they want to be their President. Let us be proactive and realistic in the way we perceive the political scenario of our country. God bless our beloved Zambia.

    Lawrence Mondoka
    July 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm
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  4. I like Dr Sishuwa, he hit the nail on the head. No beating up the bush

    Rose shimpano
    July 9, 2020 at 4:08 am
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  5. Following

    State Counsel
    July 9, 2020 at 7:30 am
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  6. No this would NOT work because Kambwili is a bargaining Chip for PF. If Mr. Kambwili goes back to PF, THEN all his cases wuold be forgiven. If goes to the Opposition Alliance as running mate, THEN you have handed cool victory to PF because they bring up his charges so that the Opposition Alliance loses out.

    Johan Wind
    July 10, 2020 at 2:53 pm
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