9.5 C
Alba Iulia
Saturday, April 17, 2021

The UPND Alliance Taking a Suicidal Trajectory

Columns The UPND Alliance Taking a Suicidal Trajectory


By Peter Sinkamba Green Party President

I usually avoid commenting on internal issues concerning other political parties. However, this issue concerning the UPND Alliance is too serious to ignore.

My comment is not on their choice of the leader who will represent the Alliance in the upcoming election. Rather, it is on the proposed litigation. I understand that one NDC faction wants to go to court to stop the other faction from holding their Central Committee Meeting. I understand that they also want to stop the embattled leader Dr. Chishimba Kambwili from continuing to represent NDC as party president on account that he did not respect the outcome of the meeting where it was mutually agreed to field president Hakainde Hichilema as the UPND Alliance candidate.

If it is true that the Akafumba faction will go to court on this ground, that is likely to be suicidal because UPND or UPND Alliance may ultimately fail to field HH as a candidate. Here is why:

If CK files a counterclaim that he was unjustly denied a chance to be the Alliance presidential candidate, and in that regard applies for an injunction to stay the candidacy of HH on UPND or UPND Alliance until the determination of the court on who is the rightful person to represent the Alliance in the forthcoming elections, then that’s it for UPND unless the matter is ultimately determined by Supreme Court or Constitutional Court before the nominations day. And from my experience, it is unlikely that such a complex matter can be determined by the High Court, and the Court of Appeal and finally by the Supreme Court or Concourt in two months’ time considering that the nominations for presidential candidates are due early May.

I repeat: if the Akafumba faction makes a mistake to go to court to banish CK, and in turn, CK hits back with a counterclaim of the Alliance leadership, then it’s gonna be some interesting legal drama. Let’s watch this space.

40 COMMENTS

  1. I think Sinkamba has smoked something.
    Firstly the UPND Alliance is not a legal organization or party, hence it can not be affected by NDC wrangle.

    Secondly HH will not file nominations under the UPND Alliance but under UPND party so problem of any alliance partner and no legal effect other other partners.

    In this case the UPND Alliance can even expel NDC has a party but still retain NDC members in their individual capabilities.

    In other words the UPND Alliance is a grouping of mutual but none binding membership.

    21
    11
    • These surrogate parties of PF kwwf. They are being hit hard by smart upnd. What can this direction less guy tell us? Pf did the same before they came into power and he knows this. Just sit down and strategies how you can convince govt to legalize ibange for medicinal use.

      1
      4
  2. How can I read an article by someone who was helping a corrupt rich minister pay his illegal salary he accrued from poor taxpayers in 2016 when there are students who can not pay tuition fees at UNZA and CBU.

    19
    7
  3. Ba simkamba my brother you have a point. However, knowing what upnd wants to achieve and at all cost, they may not listen. As for atanga and akafumba, they are owing upnd and HH. Therefore they must deliver. The two left upnd at the time HH needed them most, they jumped ship because there was nothing to share and eat. Today the smell of government positions is irresistible for the two dealers. So ck is the only commodity easily disposable. As for ck, my advise is simple. It is better to a sheep a two days than a lion for a minute. You have the stamina but you are lacking discernment. You should have known the names to associate with.

    8
    5
  4. Why is Sinkamba rashing to comment on an issue which has nothing to do with his Green Party? There is nothing to force NDC CK Faction from associating with UPND Alliance if they don’t want to. All Parties in the Alliance remain seperate entities with their own legal personalities. So how can HH be prevented from standing on the basis that NDC has walked away from the UPND Alliance? Sinkamba is making Mountains out of Mole Hills. It is CK’s right to rejoin his old Party PF if he so wishes. CK has been crying to go back to PF as an “Old Green” so here is a chance to do so. The NDC Akafunda Faction can continue to associate with UPND Alliance if they so wish.

    8
    7
  5. This Peter Sinkamba was good, until started paying debts for crimes committed by PF ministers. Now regarded as drug Lord buying off law enforcement lead by his new best friend Kampyongo. Sounds like Colombia right?

    17
    7
  6. I aint no lawyer , but it is mostly likely there are provisions in the alliance documentation to expell or stop one party from disrupting , sabotaging the whole alience ???

    5
    1
  7. Instead of building the alliance to ensure,PF is booted out, he whose party has no parliamentary seat is busy sowing seeds of discontent. The UPND Alliance has no legal status. It is a loose arrangement. So am wondering when.people are saying all opposition MPs Will stand under the Alliance name. Someone please clarify for me.

    8
    5
  8. If upnd was selfish like these other opposition parties, they would have simply teamed up with RB, pf would have not won the 2011 elections .

    3
    6
  9. To listen to Peter Sinkamba is keen to mocking majority poor Zambians. This man smokes cannabis and in delusional bails out corrupt pf ministers. Not worthy listening to.

    7
    11
  10. Peter is the only sensible opposition leader. Opposition in this country is sad and depressing. When we say that pf is the only capable party, the tonga upnd diasporans like tarino go into a fit like a possessed hyena

    15
    12
  11. You forgot to note that the alliance is not a legal entity, therefore, CK cannot stop UPND from fielding HH as UPND candidate.

    9
    4
  12. I don’t think there is merit in Sinkamba’s argument. After paying for his friend the illegal salary, I think he is conflicted

    8
    5
  13. UPND see the “loose” alliance to be less important to the party. At the same time, they want to cling to it like that is the only hope they they have.
    CK can still claim presidency to the Alliance. Then, there will be no pact to talk about.
    RB in 2016 used this tactic on Mutation against Mumba and it worked. Since HH can’t offer Zambians anything new, he wants to duplicate matters. This UPND Alliance is smelling with a nastiest stench.

    8
    5
  14. Such line of thought by Peter Sinkamba can’t work, it’ll be considered as lacking merit. What’s suicidal is the proposal for all members of the alliance to contest on the UPND ticket. This means that all Alliance members must defect to the UPND. Why is the UPND always looking for others to help them win elections? How many political Parties has UPND swallowed in the name of alliance? What’s wrong with Alliance members going into election on their to maintain their identity? I agree with the position taken by CK. Given Lubinda is a member of ULP and his President is Sakwiba Sikota. He and late Henry Mutonga contested election on the PF ticket during their alliance. When they split poverty caused him to keep his seat on the PF ticket which in effect was a defection. Otherwise he should…

    5
    3
  15. Aristotle – Yes they would but at that time MMD ministers who are now PF had too much dirt on them even though the economy was sound and Sata was hitting them hard.

  16. @Alistotle, PF can not win an election in a fair and less violence political scenario and tame its intimidators. See the president alone going around Zambia campaigning and bribing voters with hand outs – bicycles, money, vehicles etc, a sign that Zambians are aware of being cheated.

    5
    3
  17. This man usually has very analytical observations but this is very shallow thinking. As others above have stated, the UPND alliance is not registered under the Societies Act as a single party. It does not have a constitution which ought to be followed. The UPND has fulfilled its constitutional requirement of having intraparty elections ( after 15 years lol). Any challengers from outside, irrespective of whether they are in the Alliance or not, does not border on their right to challenge for leadership of the Alliance.
    I must state the tendecy of the UPND to want to absorve all political parties is concerning, I understand why, but it is terrible for teamwork.

  18. IF hh was mature, the best he would have done is to go it alone. Indeed if hh is president of the so called alliance, who elected him if CK and Peter Sinkamba were absent? Who counted the VOTES? Why mire yourself in squabbles which might just exclude you from filing nomination papers.

    8
    5
  19. Ba CK limo limo sibakonda kuzipima! RB had this comment of a good friend who wanted to be given an appointment in government as a favor! However RB in taking into account that the friend did not have the barest minimum expertise for what he was asking for cleverly put them off before making the comment with his aide!

  20. You said it Peter Sinkamba! The fate of opposition alliance was sealed the moment, it was named UPND Alliance and Hakainde Hichilema was named its Presidential candidate. We knew where it was headed, you just put it down on paper. The rift created in NDC and MMD suggestively keeping away from the alliance are enough to tell the future of the alliance.

  21. The rift in NDC must have been incited by Hakainde Hichilema. He has realised that elections would be tough for him without the support of all opposition parties. HH knows that people of Zambia don’t support him. It is the dirty politics to salvage his sinking ship.

  22. The choice of leader and name of the alliance says it all. Who will believe that the alliance partners willingly approved the name and the leader? Hakainde Hichilema thinks that people are dull to turst everything he says.

  23. The litigation will not help the opposition alliance at all. It will only add to the complications and hamper the chances of UPND Alliance and Hakainde Hichilema to run for the Presidential elections. In my opinion, the litigation might be aimed at sabotaging prospects of HH as the Presidential candidate.

  24. This is the good riddance. The opposition, especially Hakainde Hichilema is exposing himself. Good for the people. They will now be able to take informed decision for voting in August.

  25. It is not taking the suicidal trajectory, it already has been doomed. Do you think Chishimba Kambwili would be sitting idle and just watch his political career being ended? He will definitely challenge Akafumba in the Court. He will fight it till the end. That means the matter would be decided only after August, when elections are already over.

  26. All said and done, the fact remains that everything is not well with UPND Alliance and it will not have the cake walk as HH and other leaders are dreaming of. The fact that HH had to forge this alliance proves that he doesn’t have the confidence of winning on his own. It means, he has already lost the election, before fighting it.

  27. Why are you so upset if he is commenting? We live in a democracy and everyone is free to comment on whatever he/she feels like. The theory you presented here will not negate the fact that UPND Alliance is indeed in deep trouble.

  28. The only outcome of the so called alliance is that Hakainde Hichilema has backstabbed CK, as he has been doing with everyone who could have been thereat to him.

  29. It won’t help. Nothing can save this UNHOLY alliance from getting doomed. First of all, we need to understand that all the parties in the alliance have no mass support. They will not make any difference to the alliance in terms of getting votes. I am sure that the alliance will fall apart on its own as the date to file nomination comes closer.

Comments are closed.

- Advertisement -
Loading...

Latest News

The value of the Zambezi: putting together the puzzle pieces for sustainable investment

By Nachilala Nkombo WWF-Zambia Country Director, Kathleen Dominique, OECD Programme Lead Financing Water, and Andre Fourie, Global Director Water Sustainability,...

More Articles In This Category

- Advertisement -