Failure to communicate in the local language Lenje by PF candidate known by his Kaponya name of ‘Big Moze’ has thrown the campaigns in jeopardy leading to his conspicuous absence from campaign meetings which are mostly attended by young children.
The confusion has been labelled as the ‘Tower of Barbell confusion.’
Sources from the PF camp said Big Moze cannot articulate himself even in English and is using basic Nyanja which is later translated into Lenje, much to the annoyance of the people.
They said people wanted PF leaders who can speak Lenje to meet them so that they can query them on unfulfilled promises and failed policies.
“How can you speak in one Zambian language which is later translated into another local language? Even Guy Scott’s presence has not been making any impact and now the campaigns are very tough for us, we can only hope the President himself will one day come. We wonder why other leaders like Kabimba, Masebo and Atanga who speak Lenje cannot come here,” said a source who sought anonymity and added that UPND candidate Jonas Shakafuswa, ABZ’s Patricia Mwashingwele and MMD’s Cecil Holmes were faring well because they all come from the area. He further likened the confusion to the biblical ‘tower of Barbel’ when God confused the hypocrites who wanted to build a tower to heaven.
Meanwhile Shakafuswa, who suspended his morning campaign schedule to attend the funeral service of late Reggae artist Ras Willie at Lusaka theatre club and burial at Leopard’s Hill memorial park described the deceased as a humble and talented artist.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral service, prominent were National Arts Council Chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe, Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga and Northmead Assemblies of God Overseer and National Aids Council chairperson Bishop Joshua Banda.
And in a state of panic, government is sending intelligence officers to the UPND campaign centre at “Shaka’s Kraal” where they are posing as patrons but most of them are disclosing their mission after swallowing some alcohol, a sign of displeasure with government.