Sunday, June 16, 2024

Former Home Affairs Minister Lameck Mangani warns Sunday Chanda

... the approach you had in MMD together with the Late Chanda Chimba could cause another catastrophic defeat for the PF if you don't adjust


Former Home Affairs Minister Lameck Mangani has responded to the allegation by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Media Director Sunday Chanda accusing him and others, including Panji Kaunda, of working to incite People in Eastern Province against President Lungu and PF.

In a statement released to the media, Mr. Mangani warned Mr. Chanda that the approach he used in MMD, together with the Late Chanda Chimba, could cause another catastrophic defeat for the PF if he didn’t adjust.

Mr Mangani said that the politics of divide and rule have no space in modern politics and that Zambians don’t enjoy, politics of character assassination and blackmail.

Below is the full statement


I would like to react to the statements which are attributed to Councillor William Phiri the PF Provincial IPS for Eastern Province and our Media Director at PF Secretariate Mr Sunday Chanda.

To begin with, let me deal with Councillor Phiri’s statement who is the IPS in Eastern province. From the historical perspective Councillor Phiri, the current Provincial Chairperson Andrew Lubusha, Jacob Sakala and several other young men and women played a pivotal role in 2011 in order to fight for the Patriotic Front in Eastern province. It was a very aggressive approach and everybody put in their very best and I do appreciate their contributions. I think it’s from that perspective that Councillor Phiri is coming from. Looking back at what happened in 2011, he is seeing whether something of that nature could be done as we go into 2021. The way I understood his statement, he is calling upon the President, the party leadership and the entire membership, that we get United and get ready to mobilise all those players who contributed to the success of the party in 2011 so that we are assured of victory in 2021. In my view, I thought that was a very progressive statement. Although I was put at the centre, I believe the appeal was meant for all those who contributed to the success of the PF, particularly in 2011.

In this respect, I am humbled by the fact that other people like Councillor Phiri can appreciate my contribution to the party. It is not a secret that in 2011, I was at the center of most of the political activities in the province. This is the angle that Councillor Phiri is coming from.

On the other hand, I was surprised and shocked by the reaction of our Media Director at our Secretariate. He came up with all sorts of accusations which include that, there are people who are plotting against the First Family in Eastern Province. Among these people, was Colonel Panji Kaunda, myself, Councilor William Phiri and another Councillor whom I don’t know from Chipangali. And then Ambassador George Zulu and others.

As one of the Senior members of the party in Eastern province, who even served as Provincial Chairman, I take great exception to this naked attempt to sow needless division between myself, the Province and the First Family. I want to make it very clear, that I have no issues with the First Family and any desperate attempt to try and malign me in this regard is extremely unfortunate. Nevertheless, as an Easterner, I totally agree with the sentiments that the political hegemony in Eastern province is glaring and requires consented effort in order to address the situation on the ground. Of course, some of the issues are beyond human making such as climate change which has resulted in some parts experiencing crop failure. It is also true that the economy of Eastern province is basically agricultural and I am not ashamed to indicate that we are facing challenges in this area.

I would like also to state that, although Comrade Panji Kaunda is a colleague from UNIP days, I have never had any contact with him for a long time, either in person or through the phone. Furthermore, in 2019, I was only in Eastern province for 4(four) times. And I can count them that one was during the Ncwala Ceremony, during the Kulamba Ceremony, and then when I lost my Nephew who died in UTH and I took the body to the village, the latest one was when there was a funeral for Chief Zumwanda. On all these occasions I have spent less than 3(three) days at each given time.

So where have I been having meetings to destabilize the party? Do they have empirical evidence, that I have been distributing money alleged to come from UPND? And who is this person that has been giving me this money? As grave as these allegations sound to be, as a senior member of the party I should have been summoned by the party leadership to explain myself. My advice to my colleagues in the leadership of the party is that, as we proceed to seek a fresh mandate from the Zambian people in 2021, let’s be level headed and work on promoting health debates to deal with issues which are prevailing on the ground. That is the only way we can grow the party and be assured of victory in 2021. These alarming statements further create more confusion on the ground than solving the problems.

Admittedly, I have been deliberately quiet on many issues, but this must not suggest that I don’t understand what is prevailing on the ground.

I also want to put it on record, that I detest, politics extended to our families. And the mention of the First Lady Madam Esther Lungu and President LUNGU’s daughter Tasila Lungu who is my daughter is extremely hurtful. There is no need to drive a wage between me and the First Family over unfounded allegations.

To my young man Sunday Chanda, I would like you to know that many people suffered for the victory of the PF into government. I personally suffered both materially and financially in this regard. I know, I have been on this road before where people accuse me of all sorts of issues in order to get political mileage. But the truth shall always prevail. Unless otherwise, I can only speculate that you may be used by other people to fight their battles. As a media director, try very hard to engage people on issues that affect the party. Secondly, I am a strong believer that younger men of your kind should be given space to perform but any leadership goes with responsibility. I would also want to remind you, that the approach you had in MMD together with the Late Chanda Chimba could cause another catastrophic defeat for the PF if you don’t adjust! The politics of divide and rule have no space in modern politics. Please also take note that Zambians don’t enjoy, politics of character assassination and blackmail.

I Thank You!!!!

Hon. Lameck Mangani
Former PF Eastern Province Chairman and Former Minister of Home Affairs


  1. Lungu has wrong people as his doctors of spin. Kaizer himself needs a lot of image building before he can build his boss’ image. He has placed him in a role that he doing more harm than good for the president. Chanda has failed to read the shift that has happened amongst the Zambian people and thinking towards PF. The popo;arity of the party has suffered a massive blow; it does not take genius to realise that fact. It will take a lot of convincing to change the waning fortunes of PF in the political arena. The thieving and inept PF administration are headed for the exit.

  2. When you lose the sense of truth and reality, you end up saying and doing crazy, incoherent and strange things convinced they make sense. Sorry PF you now don’t make sense.

  3. These are the types of people Mr president delites in Kaiser Zulu, kamponyongo, Lusambo, Sunday Chanda, Chototela, Given Lubinda, Jean Kapata,Vincent Mwale the list goes on Zambia is in trouble with these kinds of people running the country this is un emergency situation and mind you Kaiser Zulu is still in state house.

  4. Very wise and mature counsel from Hon Mangani to Sunday Chanda, unfortunately it is the natural ear bugs in the young mans ears that this message will never get to him. The tone and level headedness with which honorable Mangani has advised now confirms councilor Phiri’s call that you surely need people like Mangani in strategic positions in the party.

  5. Sunday Chanda is an I.diot who needs to be shown the door. Mangani resigned to join PF at the time Sunday where eating with MMD. Now the fOOl can talk Ru.bbish against Mangani?

  6. Lameck and co are just sore losers who envy us in the winning team. They will continue crying like baby hyenas. We can’t take them seriously these paid cadres. Kz

  7. Ba sir stop impersonating KZ. Although he has weaknesses he cant sink this low, an idi0t. He is good to lead the political temperature and he is not shallow as you want to portray him.

  8. Apparently, THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE. The PF Media Department is an Institution consisting of well placed researchers on political dynamics. In this regard, Ba Lameck Mangani’s response must be taken with a pinch of salt, particularly taking into account that the people of Chipata have, on several occasions, rejected delivering him as an MP. Time will tell to reveal clandestine political motives this year.

  9. ATLEAST I SEE MANY PEOPLE AGREEING TO THE FACT THAT ECL HAS WRONG PEOPLE SURROUNDING HIM AND MY PRESIDO IS DAY IN DAY OUT BEING FED ON LIES….and then tomorrow we will say ECL this and that yet its people like Sunday who use english language well to just turnish PF’s image.

  10. Zambians now have developed media way of communication, argue,accuse, insult and even fighting yet when you look at them, they’re working from the same building, department, ministries and neighborhood have cell line for one another, I feel sorry, this tells me that we have lost respect and love to one another that’s why there such embarrassements, leadership mindset has totally collapsed where are we heading? Learn to think of respect first, love interact, sit down and discuss before you even go to the media, this has caused some reporters being arrested charged for the mistakes made by someone else because no factual out of your saying

  11. macubet – You have had Inonge Wina for two terms why didn’t you retire her? You have nothing to say baba.

  12. Sunday Chanda cannot say what he said without the blessings of plot one. So even if mangani thinks Sunday is trying to drive a wedge between him and the first family just know that there is already a big gap there created by none other than the first family.

  13. Know what? Every time I see the name Sunday Chanda on a statement, I feel some revulsion and an urgent need to throw up. Today I actually threw up my early morning tea which went with my favourite doughnut.
    Now if I feel that way, there are many many others. The goodness is that whenever he rants or writes as PF Media Director, I count with great pleasure and satisfaction how many votes the PF has lost in 2021……that is the only pleasure that comes from that fyuul.

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