By Chilufya Tayali
Contrary to what many of the UPND cadres say, I don’t hate nor insult Double H. I respect HH if anything I am told he has a more beautiful daughter than Edgar, so we can do a One Zambia One Nation some day. But for now, I am banking on what I have seen.
My issues on HH are very clear and I can count them. They are not personal but substantive issues which a reasonable person would wish they are responded to logically than terming them tribal, hate-speech and whatever sensational terminology one can think of just to run away from the real issue. Don’t worry I will keep asking.
Yesterday the UPND were celebrating the defection of Lupando Mwape from his political sleep to UPND. Let us not waste time in saying Lupando Mwape is from MMD because the man was like a free player without a club and no price whatsoever.
But who is Lupando Mwape? Let me start by saying the man has a strong academic background with a Doctorate in Engineering (I stand to be corrected). He has lived in the UK where he studied and most probably tried to change his skin to look lighter just to conform with the Bazungu.
He won the Lukashya seat in 2001 and was appointed Minister of Transport & Communication by Levy Mwanawasa who later promoted him to VEEP in 2004 to appease the stubborn Bembas. Unfortunately Lupando could not perform in spite of being a VEEP, so he lost the Lukashya seat in 2006 elections.
It is alleged that this UPND’s secret document (quota) demands that only a Tonga should lead the party to State House. Therefore no Bemba, including BIG GBM can change the DNA of UPND. Bembas can join UPND but they are not to own the party or the Government to be formed by UPND.
Mwanawasa was kind to him, so he appointed him as Ambassador to China until he was brought back by RB. Since then he has been politically stale. He tried to dust himself up during the last January elections to support Edgar Lungu hoping to be given a ka job, but like Mike Mulongoti he got nothing because Lungu was busy employing RB people. Lupando was also not a political factor to attract Lungu’s attention.
Summing it all, from my point of view, Lupando Mwape is a failure politically but UPND can celebrate his vote and most probably the votes of some of his relatives and that counts for something at least.
My brother Larry Mweetwa was jubilating and mocking me (after we managed to pull down his fake page of another Chilufya Tayali) in his self imposed exile that UPND has one more Bemba to dilute the tribal tag on UPND. But I pity this Larry boy to invite me to such political parties (party of enjoyment) instead of where there are ladies like the ones I saw at the beach.
Larry and his friends in UPND cannot dilute the tribal Tag in UPND by how many Bembas (or any other tribe) they attract because it is part of the UPND DNA. And am not fabricating things to prove a point, I am talking about things accented by founder members of UPND.
If we go by the words of Ackson Sejani who was quoted by The Post Newspaper of Wednesday June 7, 2006, EDITION #3520, which carried a lead story as follows: Southern Province won’t be cowed into silence over UPND succession, vows Sejani…A TONGA MUST REPLACE MAZOKA-REX NATALA,”.
Ackson Sejani said, “Attempts must be made to put this whole debate into perspective. When I joined UPND in 2002, I was told by some founding gurus that you need two things to understand how UPND functions and how it is held together…you need to hold the party constitution on one hand and the entrenched convention of the quota system on the other.”
It is alleged that this UPND’s secret document (quota) demands that only a Tonga should lead the party to State House. Therefore no Bemba, including BIG GBM can change the DNA of UPND. Bemba’s can join UPND but they are not to own the party or the Government to be formed by UPND.
Don’t accuse me of tribalism; I am simply giving facts from UPND history and the quota as reported. So instead of calling me names UPND should produce the quota document and explain it.
It seems the Quota is the DNA of the UPND and all members of this UPND must try to question it instead of just defending HH, because you might be in the dark.
Had it not been for the existence of the secret document of the UPND called the Quota, Double H would not have become President of UPND.
We all know Sakiba Sikota SC was the Vice President of UPND when Mazoka died and he acted as President from the time Andy died in May 2006 to July 2006 when the Conversion was held.
To arrive at this assertion, I asked myself the following questions; where was HH during the time of Mazoka? Who knew about HH?Who was popular between Saki and HH at during that time?
We all know that Saki was a man to recon with in the political arena and he had high chances of scooping the Republican Presidency had not been for the Quota system coming into play to elect HH as President.
HH was nowhere in politics or charity, since he claims to be a philanthropist. Everything HH has done to help the public was done after failing to be come Republican President. He has been helping around just to win votes otherwise his name is only written in the Privatization of Companies and him getting a rich out of that.
The quota system must exists somewhere in the UPND and it should be published for people, especially the new members like GBM, Lupando Mwape, Canisius Banda,Nalumango, Maureen Mwanawasa, of course my wife Clance Zulu and her fellow youths, so that they know what is contained in there.
If the members of UPND ignores the Quota system, what guarantees do they have that what happened to Saki would not repeat itself.
UNPD and HH will forever regret bamboozling Saki at a the conversion in 2006. HH was not meant to be President but they used the Quota and their chosen messiah who has almost turned into a god as Chief Hamusonde addressed him in the famous phone conversation which both HH and the Chief refuted and they have not said a word after the recording came out.
This is not about hate or tribalism it is about transparency and I expect people to answer to this issue instead of being abusive.