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Opinion: Is Kambwili Playing The Bemba Tribal Card?

When renowned lawyer, Levy P. Mwanawasa SC, may his soul rest in peace, assumed the mantle of leadership, he wasted no time in pledging to an otherwise expectant nation that one of his legacies would be deodorizing government of the endemic nauseating stench of corruption. This would immediately see the birth of the “taskforce on corruption” and a concerted hunt-down of suspected corrupt individuals would begin in earnest.

A coterie of individuals – civil servants, senior cabinet ministers including a former Republican President would be smoked out of their hiding and hauled before the courts of law to answer charges of corruption ranging from looting to plunder of state resources. By sheer coincidence, most of these suspects would hail from a certain region of the country.

Amidst the fray, a new party, aptly named Patriotic Front (PF), would be born……..albeit with the proverbial teeth in the mouth. Its founding leader the late Micheal Sata, popularly known as King Cobra, would cry blue murder and claim the President hated Bemba speaking people hence being targets for arbitrary arrests.

This would obviously endear him to people from northern parts of the country and PF would score big time in those territories when elections were called! Whether this is the trump card the veteran politician needed to win the hearts of people in those regions remains a matter of speculation.

What’s the thrust of this article?

By now, news of the expulsion of the outspoken former Information Minister and chief government spokesman Hon. Chishimba Kambwili alongside his colleague Hon. Mwenya Musenge, the immediate past Chimwemwe Member of Parliament has reached any interested party. Does this mark the end of Kambwili’s fairytale? Imagining himself relaxing in the family room at Plot 1 Independence Avenue enjoying a cup of tea and freshly baked cookies? It would be utterly naïve to assume so. We are talking about a person heavily pregnant with grandiose ambitions – someone who has never shied away from making known his Presidential ambitions!

Interesting information emerged during the Central Committee meeting that met last Saturday to decide his fate. Luapula Province Minister Hon. Nickson Chilangwa reported that in the recent past Hon. Kambwili has been to three places to distribute money and criticize the party leadership.

Further the meeting heard that Hon. Musenge went into Luapula Province allegedly carrying K110, 000 given to him by Hon Kambwili to destabilize the Party and had just returned from the Province less than 24 hours before the Central Committee meeting. Why Luapula of all the provinces?

We shudder at the thought of individuals using the tribal card in their quest to go to State House once again. If a person desires to become our President, let us endeavour to challenge them to unveil their manifestos other than the misguided belief that they belong to this tribe and therefore deserve to be President!

Are we likely to see the junior cobra as Kambwili prides himself emulating his hero, the King Cobra, playing the tribal card to advance his political ambitions? Only time will tell.

Is it not by coincidence Kambwili nd his NDC have been to more than three towns on the Copperbelt and Mansa in Luapula but nowhere near Mongu in Western Province or Dundumwezi in Southern Province?

Bill M. Kapinga
Freelance Writer

32 Comments

  1. Kabamba

    Politics are about numbers;go for the majority and U’ll win and lead in peace.How do u think Kaunda was ousted despite being a dictator or y these others have not been able 2 win despite being voted for even by their chiefs ?It’s not tribal but logical, simple and straightforward. They better realise this or someone from down the ladder will overtake them.

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  2. zedoc

    How can kambwili be the Bemba tribal tag when he is not Bemba but belongs to the Lungu tribe? As linguist Prof. Kashoki has written, language is not owned by anyone group of people and therefore Kambwili cannot be said to be Bemba just because he speaks the Bemba language.

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  3. Zednonymous

    Clearly the author doesn’t understand the art of war. When you plan an attack you MUST destabilize your opponents strengths – in this case, Bemba regions isn’t that just logic? The issue of distributing money ni nkhani ya mu kachasu. What did you expect from the Luapula province minister? By any means necessary he would want to paint Kambwili black! no pun intended.

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  4. Paul M

    Kambwili the young cobra and mwenya go ahead with yo party and fight corruption to its end.

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  5. Paul M

    Kambwili the young cobra and mwenya go ahead.

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  6. Rocky

    much of waistin tym……….

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  7. hssty

    Comment Rubbish article written buy a DH….Everytime it is on tribal lines,just as the earlier commentators said,it is not every bemba speaking person is bemba…N who told u that bembas are thieves,did they still your mothers p…c hair .Every tribe has both the morally upright and the opposite.

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  8. hssty

    Comment Rubbish article written by a DH….Everytime it is on tribal lines,just as the earlier commentators said,it is not every bemba speaking person is bemba…N who told u that bembas are thieves,did they still your mothers p…c hair .Every tribe has both the morally upright and the opposite.

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    • prince Edgar

      I think itx one zambia one nation, so let kambwili form his party also for him to enjoy his all human rights

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  9. Muchemwa

    Just like sata and Scotty formed pf at that time also let also kimbwili and his pipo freely go to any area of zambia coz he’s a free born

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  10. TJ

    Kambwili the Bongwe and no more

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  11. obama

    baby hippo u can stop politics.you are corrupt.This man has a nephew a teacher who was a certificate holder by the eddy miyombe he forced debs chipata to transfer the nephew when he was minister to town,even if the nephew is poorly qulified.

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  12. Sj

    Thank goodness that even though people get showered with compaign material The Vote Is Secret. Wish l was any where near so l could participate in chewing that compaign money then sit back and vote a Candidate of my liking, its as easy as it sounds. Comment

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  13. Matuzi

    The way we differ at faces,the way we differ in thinking.
    Zambians please be born again stop writing insults on this platform.
    hssty that’s bad dear,stop it.
    kambwili go ahead. you have freedom rights even though these pfs threataning opposition’s leaders.
    They are strengthening you guyz. be strong don’t fear them,be like Horn HH my PRESIDENT.

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  14. mulase

    I don’t believe that Hon Mwenya Musenge went with that kind of money to Luapula to disturbilise PF structures. This is a gospel lie.

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  15. Barnabas Sakwimba

    Some pipo do not mean well to such interaction forums, every forum that one features on they have to insult. Kanshi mwalengwa shani?.we are feed up of your being, Zambia is a Christian nation ni mwebo muletubwesha panshi. Mule timeline shamo better mwaleka ukulamonekela pama form s ayapalefi unlike insulting publicly.

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  16. Chamushalila

    Luapula and Northern people, never go wrong. We have naked eyes & ears, you and I we can talk hills and mountains but only God knows.

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  17. Lungusha

    For once this article has no meaning. Politics is about strategy. How do you expect Kambwili to launch a new party in Mongu when he is less known? Logic!

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  18. Abena Ng'umbo-Luapula boy

    The author extremely deficient of political dynamics. To do what in mongu, dundu whatever where your own vice president failed to deliver for pf. Kambwili should destabilize more in areas of copper belt, Luapula, muchinga, northern, Lusaka. Actually the pf political fissure can never be mended by emotional articles authored by frustrated and hunger-riddled political ticks. The author must be t.ayali.

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  19. Chiombo

    In bemba we say akacila ka mbushi kasebula apo kekala. Honestly how can ck start campaign in dundumwezi leaving his close places in the first place? Try to think critically because he should start by recognising his strong holds first. You are even saying tribalism stop this because we see how some people vote in this country, let’s jus be quit and kno how to play the ball.Anyway go ahead ck we ar behind you cili kuli uyo cikonko mwikate

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  20. Jose

    the job of, CK his to expose PF and to destroy it. since he made a pact with UPND.

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  21. James j

    No one will fight corruption and finish it,if I may ask you people, y do people fight for presidency, wise people will answer. If you want to be rich let Mr lungu gives DAT seat.

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  22. kambwili

    Zambians talk about tribalism, but have you observed Lungu’s cabinet? 9 from Luapula, six from Eastern, 1 from Muchinga, 0 from Southern. Next I will tabulate the cabinet by going into detail. PF always accuses others of being trubalists but Lungu is the worst. Open your eyes Zambians.

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  23. abena muchinga/Northern

    But am surprised with the author, can the people dundu I don’t kno and mongu vote for our ck? Y should he waist time to go there? He should first start in copala, luapula, Northern, muchinga,part of central and that is when he can come to the rest waumfwa!

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  24. CK

    Comment This time is CKs time,thumbs up for him lets vote for CK 2021, country Men & Women

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  25. Bmk

    Kambwili is not stupid he knows well where to get votes and politics are fall from your opinion because its about numbers and no one is innocent where money is concerned.

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  26. Kabondo

    I have a problem to take that CK is a Jr Cobra , Levy (mhsrp) left mmd coz of corrupt , cobra did accept Levy off he went to form PF at these men left comfort zone at the end became President but for CK after being dropped that’s when you form a party if only he did it just after EL was picked l think this time around he was going to be a leader with a good following . King cobra was sharp with his interaction with different interactuals and kaponyas and the diaspora

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  27. Rev Mwape N. Charles

    The road to successfully win the war is to have enemies exposed, mission defined and goal set. The weapons are set for the destruction of the enemies’s bankers of weapons. Kambwili is such a great political strategist. The weapons he’s using are stunning and right ones to stamp out the plundered of the country’s resources. His revelations are worthy to believe and support his desire to redeem Zambia.Only the politically blinded can refute the truth. Keep up Kambwili

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  28. Kabamba

    I’d rather support Chishimba Kambwili who is accused of corruption than someone whom the authorities aren’t questioning yet bcoz of the position they are in yet I know they’re corrupt and hypocritical . Needless 2 say “the devil u know is better than the angel u don’t know.”Bakalamba ba CK mwinenuka.Niwe ndeloleshako 2 whip them non-performing ministers and useless investors who’ve ripped and plundered our resources.
    #IfintuNimbwili.#ImbwiliYaisa.

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  29. Kabamba

    I’d rather support Chishimba Kambwili who is accused of corruption than someone whom the authorities aren’t questioning yet bcoz of the position they are in yet I know they’re corrupt and hypocritical . Needless 2 say “the devil u know is better than the angel u don’t know.”Bakalamba ba CK mwinenuka.Niwe ndeloleshako 2 whip them non-performing ministers and useless investors who’ve ripped and plundered our resources.
    #IfintuNimbwili.#ImbwiliYaisa.
    #YoungKingCobra

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  30. Copala

    If ck is not a factor why are people like jean kapata ,bowman lusambo panicking every day he is giving them sleepless nights and their thugs mwebantu tamulemona kanshi ck is a big factor and he has challenged aba BA grade 7 pakuti bashinikishe basoke mwandi ck

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