DEMOCRATIC Party president Harry Kalaba has stressed that by midnight on polling day in the 2021 general elections, Zambians “will be already dancing that Kalaba has already gone through.”
However, Kalaba says in the event he lost, he will concede, especially if the election is credible.
He also says it is easier to bootlick than to take the path he has taken of resigning from cabinet and heading an opposition party.
Speaking on People’s Debate programme on Pan African radio yesterday, Kalaba urged Zambians against listening to those who believed he would not win the Republican presidency just over two years from now.
“Don’t listen to the naysayers who are telling you ‘Kalaba can’t be a president now. Kalaba requires some four, five or 10 more years to become president.’ No! I’m going to be president in 2021. They said ‘no, Kalaba has come [but] just give him two months, he is going to go away.’ Have I gone away? ‘Just give him six months, twalibamonapo (we’ve seen others before), efyaishile nabantwanikane ififine (that’s how even that one came on the scene)’,” Kalaba said.
“Six months have passed [but] have I gone away? ‘Oh! Just give him one year; there is nowhere he is going.’ [But] have I gone away? I’m not going anywhere and I’m telling you that the only choice that this country has is clear. The choice in the elections of 2021 is not between the Democratic Party versus the Patriotic Front but it is about the past versus the future.”
Asked if he would accept defeat if he lost the race, the former foreign affairs minister answered: “I’m going to win!”
“By 24:00 hours, people will be already dancing that Kalaba has already gone through. But in the event that I lost, I will concede, especially if the election is credible. Why shouldn’t I?” Kalaba said.
“If I can resign on my own volition, what about conceding defeat? For me, it’s about leadership. If it was not about leadership, I would still have been a minister in the PF government today. It is easier to bootlick than to take the path I have taken, believe me.”
And Kalaba said that Zambia was in a quagmire.
“This country is in intensive care [unit]. It requires a leadership that will give itself. It requires the spirit of Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso who told his people that ‘we are going to use our own hands to produce for ourselves and keep dignity to ourselves,’” said Kalaba.