RETRACING FOOTSTEPS: What Kambwili’s return to PF would mean for the Zambian politics

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chisimba Kambwili seems to be contemplating retracing his footsteps back to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, in a move that would appear as betrayal to those who voted for him and his party.

Kambwili, a former member of the PF, is one of the popular opposition leaders who have been giving President Edgar Lungu and his party a good run for their money. He was sacked from the party for unclear reasons, but recently said if the ruling party needs him back, Lungu should apologise first.

This seems to confirm the rumour that has been going around that the opposition leader was toying with the idea of returning to the PF party. Meanwhile, if his sentiments are anything to go by there will be some far reaching implications should he make the move.

If he contests in the next general elections, he would split some votes for the ruling party in the Copperbelt Province and the Northern parts of the country, which are the ruling party’s strongholds. With Copperbelt being the second largest voting province, the move would benefit Hakainde Hichilema and his party.

Kambwili is a good campaigner, and Lungu would be happy having him back. In the same light, if he rejoins the PF, they would regain the lost ground in those areas. In that case the only candidate who would spoil the party for them would be Harry Kalaba, another ex-minister.

Meanwhile, at one time Kambwili, poured cold water on reports that he was thinking of rejoining the PF. This came after the ruling party’s deputy national mobilisation chairman Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba was quoted saying the party was in talks with Kambwili to negotiate his return.

“The National Democratic Congress, NDC, is concerned with the propaganda going round that Chishimba Kambwili is going back to the Patriotic Front. The party would like to urge the members that the president is committed to the party and remains president of NDC, with no intentions of rejoining the PF. 

“The whole story came as a shock to me as I have never even met Mr. Chikwanda since I left the government. The only time I spoke to him was three months ago when he was hospitalised and I called to wish him a quick recovery,” Kambwili said at that time in a statement issued by NDC spokesperson Saboi Imboela.

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6 Responses to RETRACING FOOTSTEPS: What Kambwili’s return to PF would mean for the Zambian politics

  1. Kambwili left because he wanted to be president now has he changed his mind!

    Nshilimubemba
    April 1, 2020 at 1:06 pm
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  2. I have been talking to ck though I don’t belong to NDC. It’s clear that he’s not interested in going back to pf. Lukuku is the one bringing such stories to destroy the alliance. PF is afraid of the alliance hence the need to destroy it through people like lukuku.

    Abena kafue
    April 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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  3. If you follow politicians you never come far.Politicians are hypocrates and hypocracy is a vaseline of political intercouse.

    john
    April 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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  4. Wait and see things unfolding

    Joel simbwalanga
    April 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm
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  5. Kabwili must go back and join his fellow friends(GBM,Sampa,Mulenga etc).There’s nothing wrong with him re-joining PF,the party in power and add value to Zambian people.In politics all is what you add to the people and care for them.

    Joseph Isaac Phiri
    April 2, 2020 at 11:28 am
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  6. Mybe I am about to misquote President ECL.At one time when Hon Chitotela was facing investigations ACC were conducting on him,there was a general cry from some members of the public who wanted the President to fire Hon Chitotela from his Ministerial position.But the president lamented that he prematurely fired Hon Kambwili who like Hon Chitotela was facing corruption charges by ACC.He did not want to make another hasty mistake but would wait until Hon Chitotela’s case was finalised in the courts of law. Chitotela was eventually cleared of the allegations. Hon Kambwili’s corruption case appears cold in the courts.This therefore means that had President ECL WAITED until the courts pronounced Kambwili guilty of the offence charged,CK WOULD STILL BE in PF Government.ACC should therefore take the blame in the political status of Hon.Kambwili.

    Joseph
    April 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm
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