Foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba has now schemed to start using youths to lobby for his nomination as President Edgar Lungu’s running mate in the 11th August general election but the move is opposed by Frank Bwalya and Chishimba Kambwili. Some of the prominent officials working with Kalaba are PF youth chairperson Steven Kampyongo and Mandevu MP Jean Kapata.
After having asked the Luapula chiefs to lobby for him and getting a backlash from PF information chairperson Bwalya who was being used by Kambwili, Kalaba has now started sponsoring youth committees to petition Lungu. Yesterday, Lusaka youths demanded that Lungu nominates a person originating from Luapula or Northern Province in order to mitigate the damage expected to be caused by UPND vice president Geoffrey Mwamba and former commerce deputy minister Miles Sampa.
But a PF insider said that Kalaba will not have it easy as former catholic Priest Bwalya and Kambwili will not allow him to freely canvass for endorsements. She said that the recent ban on all party members from carrying out country wide tours was also targeted at Kalaba.
“If you follow, just about two days ago Frank Bwalya issued a ban on all party members from travelling to different parts of the country mobilising the party. He categorically stated that only a few who include himself, Kambwili, Chama and Mumbi Phiri are allowed. So this is already a blow on Kalaba,” she said.