Friday, June 21, 2024

Assessing Edgar Lungu’s Influence on Zambian’s Political landscape

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By Daimone Siulapwa

In the realm of Zambian politics, the return of Edgar Lungu to the forefront has sparked discussions about his role and the potential impact on the country’s political landscape.

However, a closer examination suggests that while he may be making political noise, Lungu’s influence might be more about filling the void left by the absence of a strong opposition rather than posing a genuine political threat. The damage his regime inflicted on Zambia is too huge to be forgotten and forgiven in just a few years.

While there may be a yearning for an alternative government in the face of potential UPND total failure by 2026, the prospect of reverting to the PF regime is akin to embracing a regressive past—an analogy Zambians are understandably hesitant to entertain.

Edgar Lungu, as the former president, represents a faction eager to reclaim lost glory and political power. His return, characterized by political manoeuvring and vocal engagement, seems to be driven by a desire to capitalize on the current void in the opposition or just a sheer desire to cause political confusion and send UPND into panic. UPND must ignore Lungu at all cost and not fall for his bait, as he is a spent force who is now politically impotent to make much meaningful difference, but his political shrewdness must not be underestimated at any cost.

It is crucial to understand this dynamic not as a resurgence of a formidable political force but rather as an attempt to leverage past influence for future gain. The association between Lungu and those formerly in power raises concerns about the motivations behind this political resurgence.

it is now clear for all to see that, lungu is being influenced by many of his former appointees facing corruption charges, seeking a return to power as a means of escaping legal consequences of their past actions and as for Lungu, he is banking on the immunity granted to former president as a shield to peddle his political shenanigans at a cost of national unity and progress.

A deeper analysis unveils the potential dangers of granting the Patriotic Front (PF) another opportunity to govern Zambia. The specter of vengeance looms large, reminiscent of the Rwanda genocide, with implications that could jeopardize the peace, stability, and prosperity of the nation. The unmistakable evidence suggests that a PF return may unleash a pursuit of retribution, posing a grave threat to the well-being of Zambia.

However, the prevailing sentiment among citizens also indicates a reluctance to welcome back the PF, even in the face of discontent with the UPND.

It’s noteworthy that while there is discontent with the UPND, the sentiment toward the PF, under Lungu’s leadership, is not overwhelmingly positive. This nuance provides an opportunity for the UPND to address its inefficiencies, rectify issues causing dissatisfaction, and consolidate its position.

The year 2026, while seemingly distant, provides a critical timeframe for the UPND to implement strategic reforms. The focus should be on actively engaging with citizens, understanding their grievances, and formulating policies that resonate with their needs.

Corrections must be made to ensure that the party not only retains its current support but also attracts those disenchanted with the present political climate, including its own loyal members who are now lost, hungry, broke and suffering in the wilderness of Zambia’s current poverty.

The absence of a strong opposition doesn’t absolve the ruling party from accountability. Instead, it underscores the responsibility of the UPND to rise above the current challenges, strengthen its foundations, and emerge as a more cohesive and responsive political force.

In navigating the political terrain leading up to 2026, the UPND has an opportunity to turn the discontent into a catalyst for positive change.

By addressing internal inefficiencies, fostering transparency, and actively working to meet the expectations of the citizens, the party can not only secure its position but also fortify the democratic process in Zambia.

While Edgar Lungu’s political noise may echo in the current void, the real challenge and opportunity lie within the UPND’s ability to course-correct and address the grievances of the people.

The road to 2026 is indeed long, but with strategic corrections, the UPND can not only withstand any potential challenge but also emerge stronger and more attuned to the needs of the electorate.

The return of Edgar Lungu may be a notable presence in Zambian politics, but the real challenge and opportunity lie within the UPND’s capacity to address internal inefficiencies and respond to the concerns of the people.

*Daimone Siulapwa is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Voice Newspaper. He is also a political analyst, an advocate for tribal unity and Citizen Economic Empowerment. Send your comments to [email protected]@gmail.com*

20 COMMENTS

  1. You people stop exposing your ignorance.The biggest opposition are the people of Zambia HH lied to ,don’t forget it was a sympathy vote based on the promises he made.

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  2. Our father is causing that failure hh sleepless nights. Hh has failed. He thought running government is like running a cow kraal

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  3. The failures of UPND have eclipsed those of the PF. Voters have lived in both govts of PF and UPND and have weighed who the lesser evil is. The constitutional breaches of the ND govt cannot be ignored in 2026, PF had their own shortcomings but showed us that the 3 arms of govt could work independently of each other unlike the dossier that Cornelius gave us the other day that the executive was in agreement with what the legislature and judiciary had done in dismantling the PF. Rubbish

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    • Really no arms in government worked hand in hand back then dont kid yourself
      It was a free for all leading to a big mess

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  4. Kaiser zuku PF criminals are gone and dusted we don’t want cadrism, tribalism, police brutality, land grabbing, nepotism, favouritism, gassing and corruption in zambia.you killed the following people nsama nsama, kasongo, Kaunda, matapa, menyani, Lawrence, Mugala, vasper and mapezi chibulo maimbwe imwe

  5. The best we can do is to ignore Edgar then he’ll give up on his own. If he failed to win an election in which he was 100% in charge, do you expect him to win one supervised by his rival? What’s wrong with is Zambians?

  6. Kaizar Zulu. I have posed this question many, many times to you. Can you please ask your boss Edgar Lungu to prove that he is not a Malawian by just proving tow things. Where is his village situated in Zambia? What I know There is no native Zambian without a village. Secondly. Can your boss explain to Zambians as to why he was possesing 2 different registration cards with two different numbers? If you Kaizar Zulu and your boss Edgar Lungu would fail to answer this very, verder, vreest simple questions then welwillend never allow him to illegally rule Zambia again.

    • You have more things to be worried about than what village our father comes from. Your chi party has lost support. Zambians have had enough and yet it has not even been one term. 2026 your tonga president will cry like a bull that is being castrated.

  7. MAY SOMEONE LIST DOWN THE PROMISES MADE BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT WHILE IN OPPOSITION AND MARK THE ACHIEVED IN 2 YEARS AND LEAVE OUT THE UNDONE PROMISES PLEASE.

  8. MAY SOMEONE LIST DOWN THE PROMISES MADE BY THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT WHILE IN OPPOSITION AND MARK THE ACHIEVED IN 2 YEARS AND LEAVE OUT THE UNDONE PROMISES PLEASE. THAT WILL HELP ME WHO IS APOLITICAL TO JUDGE THEM.

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