Will GBM survive the battle of Kasama Central?


I write in response to Fr Frank Bwalya’s statement in the edition of October 8, 2015 of the Daily Nation. I guess Fr Bwalya has a point by saying that UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), was a political coward who had decided to block the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) from setting the date for the Kasama Central parliamentary by-election by going to court while at the same time claiming popularity in the area.

Will GBM survive the battle of Kasama Central? He has been crisscrossing the country to consolidate the support where it matters most.

He has the support of affluent businessmen like himself. However, things are far from certain with the common people at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the PF local agents are also allegedly hard at work on the ground to ensure he fails to get a second chance in parliament. It is déjà vu, reminiscent of Kabwata in Lusaka when a confident GBM lost the parliamentary election to PF’s Given Lubinda.

With enemies like the local PF civic leadership and a media backlash against GBM’s UPND candidacy, especially with issues around his alleged purchasing of maize from Kasama peasant farmers at prices far below FRA’s offer price, true or false, the road to Kasama Central by-election will be very rough.

GBM has shown himself to be a wily political survivor with help from friends. But with enemies like Fr Frank Bwalya and Freedom Sikazwe gathering for war, the outcome will be far from certain.

Come Kasama Central by-election, when the ECZ officially sets the date and opens the polling booths, the country will witness an electoral dogfight that will make Lubansenshi by-election look like an afternoon walk in the park.