(By Oliver Chisenga in Luanshya)
THIS election is not about Chishala and the PF, it is about Chishimba Kambwili and Edgar Lungu, declares the former Roan PF member of parliament. Kambwili also says National Democratic Congress secretary general Mwenya Musenge is a joker and commodity for sale. In an interview after his door-to-door campaign in Roan’s section 22 and 9, Kambwili said there was no way the PF would beat him in his own backyard.
Kambwili bragged that the NDC’s chances of scooping the seat stood at 120 per cent.
“The campaigns are going on very well. We have not experienced any serious incidences of violence except on Sunday or is that Saturday [when] we had some people who came from Lusaka. PF cadres who blocked one of our campaign vans and started hitting it, trying to beat up the driver but that was sorted out by few people who were near…the people of Roan don’t believe in violence and I hope and trust that the PF will not bring thugs as we have been told that they are planning to bring in intercity thugs here,” he said.
Kambwili said the PF pushed for the election in Roan.
“Already we seen that Kaizar Zulu is in and when Kaizar is in, then you know that there is trouble. But I think he will be handled. This is Luanshya, this is not Lusaka or Sesheke,” he said.
Kambwili said the only way PF would win in Roan Constituency is when he decided not to participate or if they brought an anointed replacement.
“I told the PF that I don’t want a by-election in Luanshya not because I was scared of them but because I did not want to waste people’s time. I did not want to waste taxpayers’ money but they pushed for the election and now they will reap what they have sown,” he said. “Our chances are actually 120 per cent…PF cannot beat us in my backyard, it’s actually impossible no matter what they are going to do. They cannot beat me in my backyard and this election is not about Chishala. It’s about Chishimba Kambwili and Edgar Lungu. They wanted to show that they can beat me in my constituency but I can tell you that in this constituency, unless I say that I don’t want to participate and I am not bringing anybody. But as long as I have brought somebody for the people of Luanshya, PF cannot beat us. This constituency is not about PF. This constituency is about Chishimba Kambwili.”
And responding to threats and assertion that Musenge would disrupt the NDC campaigns in Roan, Kambwili said he would not retort to jokers. Kambwili said since the start of campaigns in Roan, Musenge has never stepped his foot in the battle zone.
“I don’t answer to jokers, Mwenya Musenge is just a joker and answering to a joker and wasting time on a joker…have you seen Mwenya Musenge in Roan? Since the campaign started Mwenya Musenge has never stepped his feet here. So why should I waste time to talk about jokers? This is the secretary general of the NDC as he calls himself but why hasn’t he come for the campaigns…those are just jokers, commodities for sale,” he said.
Earlier, Kambwili and his campaign team brought section 9 and 22 in Roan to a standstill following their door-to-door visitation in support of the NDC candidate Joseph Chishala.
After a road show, Kambwili stepped out of his car to walk around the two Roan townships to canvass support for Chishala. His presence-elated residents who abandoned their chores to have chance to shake hands and hear his message. Kambwili amplified the ‘Lopola’ slogan saying the ruling party needed to be whipped out of government and the starting point should be the Roan seat. Lopola (whipping) is the combination of the UPND and NDC symbols which together make up a whipping gesture.