Why is Hakainde Hichilema still UPND leader?

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By Charles Mwewa

Even the idiom “Once bitten, twice shy,” does not seem to stick to the United Party for National Development (UPND) party in Zambia when it comes to their eternal leader, Hakainde Hichilema (HH). This commentary is not written in anger, or with retribution, condemnation or in bad faith. It is given as noble advice in the interest of national and democratic advancement for Zambia.

On September 28th, 2006 Hakainde Hichilema took third place with about 25% of the vote; he lost. In 2008 he came out third with 19.7% of the vote; he lost that election. He contested the 2011 election, he lost. He was one of the two main candidates in the January 2015 presidential election; he lost. He again stood in the August 2016 presidential election, and he again lost.

He was defeated by Levy Mwanawasa once, by Michael Sata twice, and by Edgar Lungu twice. He has been the singular presidential candidate for the UPND for the solid ten years, and he has not graced anything more than party president.

HH must resign and bequeath the party to a new and fresh candidate. There are obviously no excuses to why only one failed candidate should be fielded in a political party with viable intellectual muscles, leadership prowess and political experience. It goes to confirm the notion that Zambia is still reeling from the vagaries of the One Party State left by Kenneth Kaunda in which personality, and not principles, dictated the person at the top. That era of ignorance must end if Zambia is to see the bright of day and put an end to silent demagoguism.

HH’s continuance to run the UPND is inimical at three fronts. First, it is a bad precedent for the future. It ignites the feeling that the rule of men is more desirable than the rule of laws. In other words, are some men so ordained that it’s only them who should someday rule the country? HH is ill-positioned to win any presidential election in Zambia. President Lungu is likely to govern for the next five years, which will make HH the only UPND candidate for the presumptive 15 years! Why, are there no brains in the Zambian political ranks that can run?

Second, with HH continuance, the UPND brand will be a fake. Unless another person rebrands the UPND, within five years, it may end up just like another UNIP or MMD, defunct and inadequate. It matters how HH winds up; he has been a political force unseen in the history of Zambia. He has made his contribution to the democratic and political process. Now it’s time to give up the leadership and raise another person to complete the mission. If he does not, he risks reducing to zero many of his political accomplishments as UPND leader.

Third, HH’s continuance will continue to perpetuate the notion that UPND is a tribal party. How else can reasonable people conclude? My solicitation is not a construction of the idea that HH must resign the party to another tribal friend. It can be anyone from any tribe in Zambia, and preferably a non-Tonga. Then UPND will cement its legacy as a formidable party in Zambia.

I can win a Zambian presidency at the very first strike. It cannot take a second try, or I resign and hand over to another. Not only that, within five years, I can accomplish the following: (1) Bring poverty to its end, totally; (2) Improve healthcare – raise life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rates and eliminate malaria and all curable diseases; (3) Quash corruption in all its ugly forms and institute a citizens’ agenda; (4) make Zambia a garden state of Africa; and (5) improve Zambia’s image abroad by 120%.

Why is HH still UPND leader? Is it because there is a poverty of true leaders in Zambia?

 

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17 Responses to Why is Hakainde Hichilema still UPND leader?

  1. this nonsensical articles you write sir..is very unfortunate..you are misleading the masses..can you go back to your village..get lost and concentrate on your party ZDDM

    intelligence
    November 23, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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  2. He is still UPND president because every one knows that you do not change a winning team. So far he has won two elections and you have stolen his victories. He remains the UPND president whether you like it or not.

    Mphangwe
    November 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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  3. Mwansa, you should mind your own bussiness, the call for change of presidency in UPND is a concern of the party’s membership, not you, an outsider to come and cry foul, in someone else’s territory! Everyone in the country knows that the last elections were stolen, and we in UPND ask ourselves this question: Are we going to have a better leader than HH, should we advocate such a change in order to win elections? The answer is we still feel that HH is the right President for our party because his leadership potential for his country has neither been tested nor exhausted and there is know party law in UPND limiting his times of being a leader for the party. If you were a true champion of democracy, how many times did the late sata run for presidency and how many articles did you write to seek change in pf? Show us the proof your failure, will only prove you hatred for a Tonga President, as already been observed such articles comes from the same group of people who do not want a Tonga to rule Zambia.

    Life experience
    November 23, 2016 at 2:24 pm
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  4. Correction to the subject above @charles mwewa not Mwansa.

    Life experience
    November 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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  5. This piece of nonsense has been written in bad faith. How many times did Abraham Lincoln 16th of the US and Adbulai Wade of Senegal try and failed, yet when made it they left a mark in their country. Leave HH to do what he wishes, after all, he is not using your money. Just continue supporting your PF we do not need your unsolicited help.

    The Great Intellectual
    November 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm
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  6. Nice article Charles though us UPND supporters don’t like people who say anything negative on our god. We in UPND want a Tonga President and no one will stop us.

    Yuma
    November 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm
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  7. HH is the best deserving candidate for the presidency of Zambia. What is a serious drawback is the fact that rigging of elections has been a norm, from 2001 where Mazoka was robbed by Chiluba, to 2011! The truth is that Zambia has been captured by organized criminals disguised as leaders since 1991. Where on earth do you find the kind of self-imposed poverty as that we see in Zambia? Where on earth do foreigners have access to all national resources at the expense of Zambians, whose institutions have been made to be in a compromised, pro-poverty state of operational settings?

    HH must continue to be our national presidential candidate until he wins. It is in our interest to ensure that HH takes the highest office of Zambia and corrects the obvious poverty creating policies, dis-functional institutions,misplaced manpower employment and a national development bouquet of national renewal strategies and practices. We are tired of being ruled by mindless leaders dressed up with nowhere to go to make Zambia better!!

    Bowa
    November 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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  8. Charles Mwewa’s article is a flaw that vitiates syllogism.yes, a fallacy indeed.In the first two instances that HH stood and lost ,he has presented percentages that indicated the candidates diminishing popularity. He then deliberately omits to give the percentages for 2011,2015 and 2016.These would have shown progressive massive rise in HH’s popularity nationwide.The tribal path of his line of thinking betrays Mwewa’s own tribal inclination.I implore him to stick to those statistics and they will redeem him from his false intellectualism.

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    chocho mwale
    November 24, 2016 at 1:10 am
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  9. to start with identify your self for people to know who you are in UPND or if you belong to another party. no one can come in your house and tell you that why does your wife look so dirty. or why did you marry this one eyed woman. mean if UPND are comfortable with H.H let them be just concentrate on your issues what are you going to say if they go to a convention and H.H wins again. don’t be used to be writing articles which will make u look foolish by the end of the day.

    mususa mwape
    November 24, 2016 at 5:49 am
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  10. Contributions in writing focusing on the tribal background of HH are nonsense. Any smart contribution must focus on ideas that make HH’s poor. This has not been the case. I suspect that most writers running to the tribal issue have no other sense that they can deploy and are unable to come up with better ideas than HH’s! HH is thus a super candidate, hence even ECL was too scared to face him in an open debate due to his shortage of capacity to beat HH’s ideas!

    Bowa
    November 24, 2016 at 6:35 am
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  11. I WOULD LIKE THE AUTHOR TO EXPLAIN,HOW MANY YEARS IT TOOK THE LATE SATA TO WIN THE ELECTION.2.WHY WAS NORTHERN PROVINCE SPLIT INTO 3 PROVINCES OVER THE YEARS.
    MY POINT IS, UPND WON IN 4 PROVINCES AND PF WON IN 4 PROVINCES…MUCHINGA AND LUAPULA PROVINCE ARE JUST A DUPLICATION OF NORTHERN PROVINCE,MEANT TO DISCOURAGE LEADERS FROM OTHER PROVINCES FROM VYING FOR PRESIDENCY.

    MORGAN
    November 24, 2016 at 7:35 am
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  12. Mwewa in short you are an idiot. What a waste of space.ifwe ni HH fye, weather you lie it or not. He is our president , and will keep on voting him

    Chomba mwebe
    November 24, 2016 at 10:55 pm
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  13. It took 0 years for sata, to win elections, so what is this crap you are exposing yourself to, foolish, idiot.

    Chomba mwebe
    November 24, 2016 at 10:58 pm
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  14. Correction, 10 , ten years for Sata to win elections. With your load shedding , who is going to vote p fools?

    Chomba mwebe
    November 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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  15. Mwewa what you are ranting will not make us who listens to people with vision stop supporting HH. Your Lungu merely produced an Album instead of debating issues which could have made us change our minds and eventually voted for him. That’s why he resorted to using the M7 Dubai method of stealing elections because he had nothing to offer on the political scene. We know you are one of those people who are enjoying the Eurobond and yet the least of the masses are walloping in poverty

    Kapandula
    November 25, 2016 at 7:17 am
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  16. mind your business. HH is one of the best brains in the country.

    cm
    November 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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  17. IMWE BA IDIOT’S MWEPOFU IFYE NA HH NA GBM NI forever UPND TATWAKANENUKE BANE ALEINSA HH UWANSALWA NA LESA IMWE MWALETILA ATI PAMAFYOTO PAMAFYOTO AKUFYOTOLENITUMONE UKU MULEFYOTOLA UBUNGA BULEKWELA NO JOB MU CHALO AMALAITI BANSENDA ATI PAMAFYOTO ATA IFYABUPUBA

    luzangasimon
    November 26, 2016 at 9:08 am
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