Hakainde Hichilema’s move to deliberately retire Garry Nkombo as whip is politically sharp

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Gary Nkombo in Mazabuka
Gary Nkombo in Mazabuka

As a young person who has criticised Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND over the years on a number of wrong decisions made by himself and his party. Today I would like to welcome the retirement of Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo as WHIP of the opposition UPND. It is indeed commendable effort that the UPND has adhered to advise to recreate the bad image and perception that they are a tribal party.

The straight laced move by Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND to deliberately retire Garry Nkombo from his 7 year position as their WHIP in parliament is a politically savvy and correct move.

I have on numerous occasions advised HH and his UPND that the situation in parliament where the two important and sensitive positions in parliament were hand given to Garry Nkombo and Jack Mwimbu was insensitive to the tribal diversity within their party’s parliamentary strongholds.

Yet again, I have on countless occasions condemned the tribal insensitivity with which one HH had approached the issue of appointing two southern province Members of Parliament namely the Mazabuka Central MP and the Monze Central MP as Whip of opposition UPND and head of opposition respectively.

The UPND has recently called the PF government as one that is practising tribalism in the recruitment of civil servants and officers. I believed it was hypocritical and cheap talk to talk tribalism when infact they seemingly were avoiding the topic when it came to their parliamentary heads Jack Mwimbu and Garry Nkombo.

It is one thing to condemn perceived tribalism but its another to fight tribalism. Because we strongly believe two wrongs cannot make a right.

The fight against regional and tribal politics requires SELFLESSNESS, and GARRY NKOMBO has should be unreservedly commended for letting go for purposes of the bigger picture. We may not see what this does, but it heals the broken spirits of any of those wounded MPs from Northwestern and Western provinces.

We may not be privy to what has necessitated this move, but we chose to see the bigger picture after all. We can only hope that the appointment of Situmbeko Musokotwane is not an appeasement to the westerners for the soon coming Mangango by election after the demise of Late Naluwa Mweene MHSRIP. Again, we had hoped that the appointment to replace Garry Nkombo should have been a democratic one among their parliamentarians themselves in the interest of a simple show of intra party democracy.

The above premise is the foundational reason for a UNITED ZAMBIA that is founded on unity, fairness, and justice. A new Zambia that is devoid of ethnic, tribal, and regional inequalities. A nation that would set a higher bar of accountability for her leaders other than tribe.

Undeniably, at the hilt of tribal and regional politics, it is moves as this that must be encouraged among political players then we can as always see every Zambian as either a brother or a sister regardless of region.

When we together confront these issues, then we can discover the beauty in our diversities as a people and as a nation.

We have to try to ameliorate disadvantages and celebrate pluralism through constant engagement and without such efforts nothing will certainly ever truly change.

It is not my intention in this post to canvass support for the UPND but to stir the hearts of the Zambia youths on the issues that matter most in any given leadership context.

It is our considered view that present day Zambia as a nation needs a reawakening of the goodness in our togetherness as a nation if we can manage the core of our diversities.

Finally my appeal to the youths, is that when we delve into a new political season that affords us Zambians the opportunity to vote for our political leaders, the youth must aspire to vote and support those candidates who emphasize those issues that unite us as a nation; while voting out those candidates who do the opposite. A leader who clearly understands the united front of leadership is the leader that will make Zambia great again.

Issued By;
Prince J. Ndoyi

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26 COMMENTS

  1. cheap talk…………………….. what has this to do with the economic woes in the country……Even UPND changes it team , it wont have an impact on the governance of the country……….PF are in government and needs checks and balances

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    • A political party that can have GBM as vice president…..Where do I begin? Canisius made some sense. GBM is a total disaster. UPND needs new blood. The current crop of leaders has failed miserably. Chances are that they woul be just as bad as Lungu’s PF if they came to power.

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    • @JourneyMan,
      I tend to agree with you, I doubt the caliber of current leaders. On the other hand, if you look around just going by comments on LT which to a certain extent represents the cream of Zambia intelligentsia, you will understand that even the new generation is also useless. It’s indeed a Zambian Leadership crisis.

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    • INDEED
      UPND ARE A WASTE OF SPACE
      THEY ARE PREDICATED AND LOOK ON ISSUES THROUGH SPECTACLES OF TRIBALISM

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    • Why is the tribal politics only applied to UPND and not the PF. Today the president has appointed another wakwitu person in the name of a Phiri and that is not tribal insensitive. Surely, people let us stop these bad standards, pf is a party for names from two regions only, if it is not a Chanda then it is a Banda period. Look at the entire top positions in the country and let us know you position on this situation young person so concerned with UPND which is not even running a government.

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    • UPND cannot clean the image that that they are a TRIBAL PARTY! They need all the companies which make paint to donate millions of liters of paint to paint off the image! It is so conspicuous and too big to be blotted out!

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    • UPND would be worse than PF. I don’t like Chilufya Tayali but i totally agree with him when he says its better to have ECL as president than HH and he has given very valid reasons whenever he says so….ask him, don’t ask me.

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    • Only hell that can be worse than the current situation, where money meant for the vulnerable is stolen in broad day light.

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  2. Am eagerly waiting for the opportunist to hijack the situation to hold a press briefing to incite the grandmothers to demonstrate …..ked. This man is full of BRILLIANT ideas. If that is what opposition is all about, forget about my support.

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  3. I’m not sure what you are trying to say given the rumours that ba Garry was visited by police and resigned himself. I dont follow the credit to Hakainde. UPND is a tribal party, period. Hakainde deserves no credit but discredit for the state of his party just like my president deserves the corruption tag bestowed on our government. Hakainde has put it in that place because he believed or believes its a good strategy. If he was as clever as you make him he would have neutralised the tribal tag and would speak a different language of peace, unity and love. Instead he breathes hate and vengence.

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  4. One Zambian is right, this article was written on sentiments, not facts. Gary resigned because of the manslaughter investigation/charge.

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  5. too long i only FOCUSED ON MWEENE I THOUGHT KENNEDY MWEENE IS DEAD OUR ONE AND ONLY GOAL KEEPER UNTIL I READ ITS SOME MP FROM MANGANGO

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  6. i agree with you Mr kudos Upnd is dead they need to restructure the entire leadership,they need to put their house in order before they can save others.

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  7. The young man now looking for where he can eat knowing that Lungu naDununa Reverse with Europe ganging up on his corruption and pilferage.

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  8. Comment:none can brought development in this country because both parties upnd n pf have arrogant leaders who doesn’t care for the people n public properties. Even if hh take over,the situation can be worse because he is also fighting for his benefits but pretending as if he can do or change this country for the better. how many things n resources of a country has been spoiled by people in office now n those been privatized by the same people claiming for presidency?awake Zambians please n protect our country, court cannot imprisoned entire Zambians when fighting for the public properties by removing n not replace privatization practice people like hh instead, choosing just the party to run,hh practiced privatization by then he was not a Republican President, secondly the issue of…

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  9. Just for sharing..*_Timely Warning To Zambians!_*

    *”OMAR BANGURA from Sierra Leone has this to tell Zambians;”*

    “I don’t think you guys know what you are playing with. You can call each other names and laugh about it now but when you end up inciting hate here as I read through your posts here and a real civil war starts in your country you will regret what you are doing now. Your religious and political leaders are trying to divide you between religious lines and you are helping them do that rather than standing up and say we are all Zambians never mind our tribe, region or religion. That’s the only stand that will save your blessed nation. The foreign powers pushing the government to take certain decisions will abandon you when you start killing one another and reject you from…

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  10. This is a stupid debate or analysis. Imagine how unfair these morons are, when it is UPND’s affairs and arrangements it is tribalism, yet on daily basis PF is appointing only Bembas and Nyanjas to key positions and it is not tribalism.
    Cone on PF, get real. Stop your cheap politics you corrupt thieves.

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  11. I HAVE BEEN A KEEN FOLLWER OF THIS PAGE BUT I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT SOME PEOPLES WRITINGS DO NOT SENSE.PLEASE,WRITE TO EDUCATE NOT JUST WANTING TO BE HEARD LIKE JOURNEY MAN,GENERAL KANENE ETC.SIT AND EDUCATE PEOPLE ON SENSIBLE THINGS.

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  12. YOU HAVE BEEN WRITING UPND IS TRIBAL WHAT OF PF?SHARON YOU SHOULD TONE DOWN WITH YOUR SPEECH AND CRITICS.LET US SANITY ON LUSAKA TIMES

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