National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili cannot be divorced from the legacy of President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front in general, says the Patriots for Economic Progress Vice President Henry Muleya.
Mr. Muleya observed that at the level Kambwili is moving, he may be set become the next Daniel Munkombwe of the current generation of politicians.
“It is common knowledge Kambwili has been an active participant and defender of the legacy of late Michael Sata and the incumbent (President Lungu) until the time he was unceremoniously kicked out of the Patriotic Front,” observed the PeP Presidential Running mate.
Mr. Muleya said all policies and actions being pursued by President Lungu and the PF were first outlined during the first days of Mr Sata as Head of State and PF President.
“Kambwili was the most vocal defender of piecemeal amendment of the Constitution from 2011 up till the time the PF kicked out from their party. It was not Sata or Lungu who mismanaged the media, threatened journalists or promoted championed tribal views against Tongas. It was Kambwili who did so, proudly and arrogantly,” said Muleya.
Mr Muleya said Zambians will not be changing anything if they allowed Kambwili to bounce back in power through the backdoor of the UPND-NDC Alliance, when Mr. Kambwili failed to provide leadership amidst abuses of journalists or against the media under his direct charge.
Meanwhile, PeP has charged that the UPND has rebranded itself into a combination of rejects from MMD and PF. Mr. Muleya said ushering into office an alliance between Hichilema and Kambwili will not be different from retaining the PF into power.
“Nothing good can come out of a pact between Kambwili and Hichilema. We know what happened with the PF-UPND Pact between Mr Sata but maybe this time Kambwili is going into an Alliance for personal political survival,” said Mr. Muleya.
Mr Kambwili was quoted by one of the tabloids claiming that President Lungu’s legacy will be that of a leader who destroyed Zambia’s democracy.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Listen to this audio below to reflect on the era of Kambwili, if given power: