Looking back: Lupando Katoloshi Mwape, Vice President of Zambia, from 2004 to 2006

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Lupando Mwape

Some time when everybody thinks you a failure is really when the power of nature to uplift the chosen blossoms, writes Mwaba Mutale for Zambian Eye.

Let’s dive into one such a case:

He served under President Levy Mwanawasa. Late president Sata used to make fun of him, as well as other Zambians because of his huge enormous scar on the face that looked like he had been burnt by cooking oil…

His name is Dr Lupando Augustine Festus Katoloshi Mwape, former Vice President of Zambia, from 2004 to 2006.

Katoloshi as he was fondly called (not a prank name but his real name) was born in the Northern Province. He hails from a very poor and simple back ground. Dr Mwape started his career as an engineer with EL, Dip Tech. Education, UK Airworthiness Certificate and posses an AME Certificate. He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (MEIZ). One thing you may not know about Katoloshi is that he is a an engineer pa excellence when it come to fixing aeroplanes. He is also an electronics engineer and lecturer first class…

HE Mr. Mwape started his political career in September 2000 when he was elected Member of Parliament for Lukasha. In May 2001, he was appointed Minister of Transport & Communication a well deserved appointment. He concurrently served Chairman of Africa Telecommunication Union (ATU); Member of the Zambia National Tender Board (ZNTB); Co-chair of TAZARA Council of Ministers and became Chair from 2002 – 2003;

Between June and October 2004, he was Provincial Minister of Zambia’s Northern province. At Party level, he Co-opted MMD Northern Province Vice-Chairman and became Chairman from April 2003. In October 2004, he Co-opted MMD National Trustee until July when he was elected MMD National Trustee, the position he held until November 2006.

Dr Lupando Mwape served as the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia from October 2004 to October 2006. It is rumoured that Levy wanted to keep a Bemba gang of MMD happy and so he looked and had two choices, Daniel Kapapa, that man who had holes in his head or Lupando Mwape..He opted for the later.

Apart from being the Resident Ambassador to China, One thing you don’t know about this tough village boy from the North turned aircraft engineer to career diplomat now is that he over saw the biggest number of diplomatic missions abroad. Dr Lupando Augustine Festus K. Mwape was a Non-Residential Ambassador to DPR Korea, Thailand, Kingdom of Cambodia, Mongolia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

We learn a lot of persistence, perseverance, and determination from this humble soft spoken fellow… at the time when he was elevated to vice President, nobody at all dreamt he would be veep. Not only was Mwape lacking a political base, but he was also not even a member of cabinet. He had in fact been fired by Mwanawasa just a few months earlier, only to be reinstated as a junior minister responsible for Northern Province. Mwape’s political unpopularity was proved later by his failure to retain his parliamentary seat in the 2006 elections.

A story from deep failure only to receive it only a silver plate. More like the story of whom God has blest no man can curse. That’s why even if Rich guys like GBM or HH, struggle for power, sometimes I feel fate has a way of making it’s appointment with nature’s chosen, just like simple Edgar Chagwa. From a deputy minister 3 years ago to President today while the rich are constantly struggling to win with all their millions..but anyway that’s just my opinion.

so bantu bandi, don’t give up or give in, God is not done with you, nature still has a date with you..Where you start from or how you look or what people say matters less. It is what you think of yourself and your aspirations and were you Wana end up in life that matters…
Pishamo Pen Muntu wandi….


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