By Sunday Chanda, PF’s Media Director
It is sad that embattled Chishimba Kambwili, the disgraced former Minister of Information stands lonely today, desperate for political affiliation, a shadow of his once big self as he digs political trenches around himself and tying a noose close his own neck.
He is a typical Shakespearian figure that accidentally rose to its highest point in life just to unfortunately undo itself in the most spectacular and public fashion. Yesterday, the motor-mouth who had an opinion on anything starting from Nintendo to the coming of Jesus Christ was regarded just as that—a worthless motor-mouth after being chased by the Bemba Royal Establishment.
His apology to both the good people of Southern Province and later to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for all he ever said about the Opposition Party should reveal the true character of the man – he speaks for expediency rather than conviction. He does not belong to the rare breed of politicians who “say what they mean and mean what they say”. He is nothing but a Table Hopper and when circumstances change, he will flip and insult Tongas and UPND again.
Clearly, every time he opens his mouth today, people take him less and less seriously because he seems to put his foot in it with undisguised relish. It is almost as if he’s foot is sugar coated. Infact many are increasingly convinced that the garrulous former politician needs to see a Doctor as be continues to bewilder the nation with one obtuse statement and action to another.
Take the cheap charade he took to Southern province recently with Gary Nkombo’s help (Nkombo an equally desperate politician clutching on straws) for instance of faking an apology to the great Tonga people.
That charade cannot impress the good Tonga speaking people he wantonly insulted in the past. As honourable people, they stood aside, “pretended” to accept his apology but the truth is they just enjoyed watching Kambwili eat his own puke. The good Tonga people he insulted are having the last laugh. The joke is on Kambwili.
The Opposition UPND rejoiced in Kambwili’s pitiful image because they (UPND) still recall how they suffered a barrage of tribal torrents and insults for embracing another equally down beat politician known as GBM. Recorded footage still exists where Kambwili called UPND collectively as retarded for embracing a man he called a wife batterer, a violent and filthy man whom he compared to a pig or Kapoli—GBM.
“GBM Chiwelewele kuti mwamona nefyo chenda ati chiwelewele. Icho mwinga sumina ukaba vice President nangu President? Nika poli nangu wamu samfya taka chinje pantu kapoli ni kapoli.” Kambwili ranted abusively before turning around to embrace the wife batterer.
The literal translation of Kambwili’s torrent of insults on GBM is that the man you are accepting as UPND vice President beats his wife for fun and insults marketeers. You cannot have such a person hold the office of the vice president and become a potential President in case a President dies. He is like a filthy wild pig. But like the saying goes, losers always gel together, attracted by the overriding need to continue losing.
UPND today have accepted a man that likened them to garbage in the name of Kambwili, after GBM and it appears they will not slowdown in accepting any garbage ejecting itself from PF in their quest for political power. The truth, however, is the garbage UPND is embracing is sinking them further into political oblivion, it is short term, systemic and malignant like cancer.
UPND will not score success politically by embracing the likes of Kambwili, he’s a self-conceited destructive character. Their association helps undo them and people see them as nothing but cheap uncalculative political tyros. A man who does not respect his own word like Kambwili is just another body flicking around our society, taking up space, breaking promises and making grand empty gestures.
After being chased by the Bemba Royal Establishment, he claimed it was at the instigation of the PF Government. This is Kambwili. He’s but a liar and a cheat, a small-time value sucker whose name isn’t worth the paper it is penned on.
But then when you are facing the colossal investigation that is probing you for grand graft, the reaction cannot be expected to be logical. We are watching and we are not sure what will bring Kambwili down first: The foul mouth he uses to speak before he thinks or the long arm of the law as Anti-Corruption Commission closes in.
Either way, we know the era of Kambwili, his alleged grand corruption, his toxic and deeply divisive tribal politics and all that goes with it will come to pass. Kambwili will go down making a lot of noise, like all empty tins do when they fall. In the end, he will go down while PF and President Edgar Lungu will remain standing.
Kambwili must be grateful to Wynter Kabimba who cautioned him about his rantings because by now he would have broken the oath of secrecy. But his mouth is not done with him yet. Kambwili will crumble like a cookie and with his mouth capable of breaking the oath of secrecy, we will not be surprised if one of these days he cries like a baby in prison as prison ‘Captains’ test his resilience in all manner possible while PF flourishes because of its evident progressive and developmental national agenda.
We will not conclude by asking Kambwili to shut his mouth. Kambwili will only shut up in jail when the jail Captains take turns taming him. He’s loud mouth will be his own downfall as he continues to fly too close to the sun.
Incarceration visions haunt him as jail beckons. He will soon be ensnared in his own words. We wait as Kambwili engages in auto felatio, his new past time.