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Sata finally settles for Alexander Chikwanda

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Alexander Chikwanda

President Michael Sata has settled for Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to take over when he resigns due to poor health, an insider has told Zambian Eye.

An Insider explained that the task for Sata to pick a successor during a transition has been a difficult one but finally he has opted for Chikwanda who is also his relation. Chikwanda is President Sata’s Uncle.

President Sata is said to have been weighing at the options to avoid going through what former president Frederick Chiluba did where he picked someone who later started pursuing him for corruption charges.

Chikwanda is seen to be loyal and that he would not betray his own relative who had brought him from retirement and give him a senior Ministerial position at Finance.

“They feel Chikwanda will take of the Sata family and later help a youthful person to take over,” says the insider.

The Insider say Chikwanda who is the only Minister currently with access to President Sata who is not well has since been informed about the decision. Chikwanda is said to have been reluctant but after he was told of what is at stake in the event that power is lost, he had to accept to carry the task.

“The issue of maturity, relation and someone who could unite cabinet was extensively looked at and explained to Ba Chikwanda. He was actually told that he could equally be inconvenienced if power is lost ” the Insider narrated.

As for the PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba, the Insider say apart from him not being liked in the party, the President is not comfortable with his associates and feels could be influenced to do anything.

The Insider say initially Kabimba who is also Justice Minister was tipped to be the Successor but there is change of mind.

“Forces that surround Kabimba has made the boss to think twice that he could not be relied on. He is alive of what happened to Ba Chiluba and is trying by all means not to fall in the same ditch,” the insider said.

The insider say, initially President Sata wanted his son, Mulenga but it seems time is running out to position him. It has been agreed that Chikwanda can carry the mantle and while Mulenga is being prepared for the future to avoid risk loosing power.

A transition process is being hatched that will see Chikwanda being appointed Acting President as Sata is now set to steep aside due to his failing health.

“You will see! You have  seen already that Chikwanda is now speaking with authority. You head him on ZNBC yesterday warning those wanting to take over from Sata,” the source said.

The plan now is to retain the power at all cost but do it smartly that in the process the party remains united not to give an opportunity to the opposition, the insider explained.

The Insider say the Kabimba camp seem to have gotten wind of this information hence a scattering attack on Chikwanda. He says Sata would not want to injure the Kabimba camp in the process to avoid some division that could weaken the party.

He explains that the system is being handled tactfully because the Kabimba camp is equally powerful.

President Sata has not been head speaking in public for close to three months now. He has been delegating his Ministers for events that are expected to be attended by a Head of State.

There are two major events in the next two months, official opening of Parliament in September 19 and 50th Independence Anniversary on October 24 both expected to be officiated by the President.

 

 

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17 Responses to Sata finally settles for Alexander Chikwanda

  1. Chikwanda is very mature and is presidential material except for his advanced age. It’s like Zambia will for now continue being governed by colonial era elders. Anyway, it’s a welcome move.

    EMMY
    August 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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    • THIS IS THE END OF PF

      maguys
      August 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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    • I agree with you Emmy. Can put it any better.

      Storm
      August 27, 2014 at 8:08 am
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  2. so PF party is only for those who are about to die?

    sir mish poz
    August 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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  3. These colonial leaders are always saying its time for the young people to take over,how’s that possible when they are self in choosing right people ment for right positions,Alexander Chikwanda might be an experienced financial man bt his definitely not a presidential material.

    jonathan Njobvu
    August 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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  4. Can Ba Chikwanda survive the onslaught from the cartel?Let him ask RB for guidance.The headlines we are seeing in some tabloids show that the battle lines have been drawn.

    CORE
    August 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm
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    • The question is not if Chikwanda can survive the onslaught of the cartel but that can cartel survive the onslaught of mighty Chikwanda. Knowing him from the days of freedom fighting, his education and how he has carried himself up to today, the cartel is shaken. And the 14 billion owing to the people will be paid.

      Zyukuwalola
      August 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm
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  5. sorry PF CAN not win with mr chikwanda thats the truth, the only person who can make PF go through is HON GIVEN LUBINDA KABWATA PRESIDENT.OR else this will be the end of pf.

    SIMUKOKO THOMAS
    August 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm
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  6. PF sould just step down and leave space for UPND to rule and bring development.

    Mainza
    August 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm
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    • If you are truly Mainza, why am I not surprised that you want a Tonga party in power…malabishi swine iwe!

      swine
      August 27, 2014 at 8:06 am
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  7. lies lies lies. Isn’t this the same online media that carried a story that Guys Scott had been fired and replaced by Chenda? But what did we notice after that! We saw Scott being assigned to handled with many responsibilities to represent the President and various for a. So why should we trust this nonsense now?

    Koswe HH
    August 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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  8. This is a nice story ba zambian eye bt its far frm de truth,Chikwanda can’t fit in Satas shoes it wud mean de end of PF and the wynter team has machinery vigour and strength,Sata knows how powerful an SG of a political party is,he can split the party whilst chikwanda has no followin wynter knows PF in and out thya is only one saviour and zats wynter

    ba joze
    August 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm
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  9. You have to be exceedingly dull not to see that this is yet another of the cartel’s continuing war to bring Chikwanda down at all costs because he is the only thing standing between them and getting away with plunder and and their long-known scheme to install their own man in state house!!!

    Law-101
    August 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm
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  10. Zambians find it difficult to learn from history. Why keep straining the old people. Don’t we have young and mature people to take over. Please think again…..

    Dexter
    August 27, 2014 at 8:16 am
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  11. THAT IS A VERY GOOD MOVE TOWARDS SAVING THE PARTY FROM COLLAPSING AND SELFISHNESS. HE IS VERY MATURE COMPARED TO THESE MINIONS. IT WILL BE TIME FOR PAYBACK AND I KNOW MR CHIKWANDA WILL GET BACK THE K14 000 PLUS DBZ LOAN. THAT’S OUR MONEY, AS THEY FIGHT CHIKWANDA OR BEING INVOLVED IN TRANSPARENT BUSINESS WITH NO THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY THEY SHOULD ALSO CONTEMPLATE ON PAYING IT BACK. TIME FOR RECKONING IS FAST APPROACHING FIRST BY THE PF LEADERSHIP THEN THE OPPOSITION. THE POST IS NO LONGER A VOICE FOR THE MASSES BUT THE SELFISH.

    Big Brother
    August 27, 2014 at 8:40 am
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  12. it is clear tha our father need a rest and zambia who love & support him need nt 2 argue bt the issue is the next president.So far in pf its Lubinda G.or Sampa M.if nt these then HH takes it 4 he ored has a vision 4 zambia.Ifya kulolesha pa mutundu tafyatwafwe iyoo.

    Marjorie Mbewe
    August 27, 2014 at 9:14 am
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  13. YES MY FELLOW COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN, THIS IS ISSUE IS REALLY SERIOUSM. IS IT TRUE WYNTER TEAM IS NOT TO BE UNDERMINED? PLIZ GIVE IT A SERIOUS THOT IF WE RE TO BETTER OUR COUNTRY.

    MC
    August 28, 2014 at 7:56 pm
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