Fallen Zambian football icon Kalusha Bwalya who early this year was unceremoniously defeated by businessman and energy consultant Andrew Kamanga has now gone to President Edgar Lungu and his PF to withdraw government support so that Kamanga can fail in his reign.
A senior state house aide has disclosed that before endorsing Lungu for this year’s elections Bwalya was called for a meeting at state house and given some money.
“During the meeting he complained that the government failed to shield him from corruption scandals and investigations before ACC. He claimed that the corruption investigation partly caused him to lose to Kamanga and that police failed to protect his (Bwalya’s) thugs during the elective AGM at Moba hotel in Kitwe,” said the source.
Lungu admittedly accepted the blame but condemned Vincent Mwale and Ronald Chitotela, the sports minister and deputy respectively for not having briefed him adequately.
After exchange of money, Bwalya then demanded that government must ensure that Kamanga’s administration fails and disclosed that he was trying to influence some players to stop playing for the national team. Lungu then assured the ex star who was also named in the FIFA scandals which saw Sepp Blatter kicked out of State house support.
True to the deal, shortly after endorsing Lungu, Chitotela announced that government will not fund FAZ expenses for employing an expatriate coach.