By Fulman Mukobeko
(President) Edgar Chagwa Lungu na (Former President) Rupiah Banda ‘okuvwalini’ literally translated as ‘ECL and RB do not listen’, says Former Transport and Communication Deputy Minister Alfred Ndhlovu.
Mr. Ndhlovu sayd this is why both of them have never won an election with a landslide.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka recently, Ndhlovu said President Lungu and President Banda have failed to reach late Frederick Chiluba’s popularity because they do not take advice seriously.
He said President Banda won the 2008 elections with a slender margin because the Fourth Republican President failed to mobilize credible people to sell his candidature, leading to a humiliating defeat in 2011.
“Rupiah( President Banda na a-Edgar (President Lungu) “okuvwalini,” said Mr Ndhlovu loosely translated as( both President Lungu and President Banda do not listen to advise).
He continued: ” Frederick Chiluba was winning with overwhelming majority because, FJT had a great team of campaigners. That team of campaigners ended with Zambia’s Third Republican President, late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa State Counsel (SC), who marginalized that campaign team on grounds that they were working with late Chiluba. By the time he passed away and became an ancestor, Rupiah, an outsider from United National Independence Party (UNIP) could not bring those people together. RB failed to get good campaigners, hence won the 2008 elections with a small margin and was completely kicked out in the 2011 polls, by Zambia’s 5th Republican President, the late Michael Chilufya Sata,” Ndhlovu said, “Banda was not popular. Even in Eastern Province, he was not popular because okuvwalini. Thank God he will never stand again as President of the Republic of Zambia.
Ndhlovu added :” Na Lungu okuvwalini. Choosing Ministers, he does not know, choosing Deputy Ministers he does not know and choosing a campaign team he does not know. He mistakes cadres for campaigners.
Look around people in PF whom do you think is popular as a campaigner? There is nobody,” Ndhlovu observed.
He added that President Lungu thinks he would become popular by sending police to intimidate and harass citizens which is far from reality.
” You cannot be popular by sending police to trouble people. You can’t. As a politician, I don’t need police to do politics for me. Let them just protect me period,” Ndhlovu said.
And Ndhlovu said it is not easy for United Party for National Development(UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to recognize President Lungu because both the 2015 and 2016 polls where neck -to -neck.
According to Ndhlovu, the two gentlemen have almost the equal number of supporters.
“Popularity is measured by elections. The last elections were very close. My intelligence network has told me that Lungu and Hakainde have the same number of supporters. This is why both of them cannot win an election outrightly if the elections were held today. The onus is on us to float a name of a candidate who would win the elections with majority votes,” prayed Ndhlovu.