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The rise of UKA should be a wake- up call for UPND

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By Daimone Siulapwa

In the dynamic and unpredictable landscape of Zambian politics, where alliances form and dissolve like shifting sands, one entity has emerged as a potential game-changer, the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA).

While some who choose to bury their heads in sand may choose to ignore its significance, doing so will be at their own peril.

The groundswell and emotional support for UKA is nerve-wracking, as it resonates with the aspirations of the Zambian people.

Cleverly encapsulated in its name, which translates to *”wake up”* in many local Zambian languages, the response pn the ground is nothing short of overwhelming.

UKA’s entry onto the political stage is supported by the presence of far too many seasoned and politically hungry individuals, each bringing a wealth of experience and strategic prowess and that you cant take it away from them.

UPND, now accustomed to uncontested dominance, must now recalibrate its approach and devise new strategies to counter the formidable challenge posed by UKA.

To dismiss UKA as irrelevant is to court disaster. Its potential to galvanize disaffected segments of society into a potent force should not be underestimated.

UPND must tread carefully to prevent UKA from morphing into a revolutionary movement, leveraging the fertile ground of discontent to its advantage.

The ill-conceived attempt to destabilize PF using Miles Sampa was not only shortsighted but also strategically flawed.

In hindsight, UPND would have been better off facing a weakened PF in the 2026 elections rather than contending with the formidable UKA. UPND has unknowingly helped PF cleanse it sins, being born again as UKA.

Unlike the predictable outcome of a showdown with PF, UKA presents a multifaceted challenge that demands a nuanced response.

As ECL and other political party presidents orchestrate thier political maneuvers, the landscape will become increasingly treacherous for UPND and its supporters.

Thier shrewd tactics and calculated moves will definitely keep UPND on its toes, signaling the start of a high-stakes political game where no quarter will be given or spared.

UPND should not sit idle and watch the space, as clearly UKA is poised to capitalize on the myriad challenges facing UPND, from soaring fuel prices to escalating costs of essential commodities, from a fluctuating currency to the plight of unemployed youth.

By channeling the frustrations of the populace, UKA will aim to position itself as the voice of the disenfranchised, capitalizing on UPND’s vulnerabilities.

However, UPND is not without recourse. With cunning strategies and a proactive approach, it can mitigate the threat posed by UKA.

The battle ahead will be arduous, but not insurmountable. By addressing the concerns of the electorate head-on and offering tangible solutions, UPND can bolster its position and retain its foothold in the political landscape.

Meanwhile, Fred M’membe’s decision to play it safe and occupy the middle ground is a testament to his political acumen.

By positioning himself as a pivotal figure, he stands to wield significant influence in the upcoming elections.

Both UKA and UPND would do well to court his favor the soonest, recognizing the pivotal role the Socialist Party could play in shaping the outcome of the 2026 elections.

As some people continue to play praise singing, let everyone factor in the reality on the ground, UKA without any doubt represents a formidable challenge to UPND’s dominance.

Its emergence signals a seismic shift in Zambian politics, demanding a strategic response from the ruling party.

As the battle lines are drawn, UPND must navigate the turbulent waters of uncertainty with resilience and resolve, lest it be swept aside by the rising tide of United Kwacha Alliance’s ascendancy.

*Daimone Siulapwa is a political analyst, an advocate for tribal unity and Citizen Economic Empowerment. Send your comments to dsiulapwa@gmail.com*

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