The suspension of Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba from the UPND marks the end of his visit to that party.
To every visit a day of departure comes. And that day has come for Mwamba.
We say Mwamba’s stay in the UPND was a visit because from the very beginning it was very clear he was not there to stay. Mwamba’s joining the UPND was not a product of shared principles, values, standards, beliefs or convictions. It was a happenstance association, a marriage of convenience. It was opportunism at its highest watermark.
Who are the opportunists in this association? It’s Hakainde Hichilema and Mwamba.
Hakainde knew very well who Mwamba was. But he still went for him. Why? Opportunism! There are no principles, values and standards in Hakainde’s politics. All he seems to believe in, thinks about is power and winning elections, being president of the Republic of Zambia. And in pursuit of that Hakainde seems ready to go to bed with any political prostitute whom he thinks can help get him into State House.
Hakainde believed Mwamba, being Bemba, was going to pull the Bemba speaking people’s votes for him. And, at that time, Mwamba also believed Hakainde had very, very high chances of winning elections. So, he accepted to be his vice-president and running mate. But things didn’t work out – they lost elections.
Today Mwamba, from his own utterances, doesn’t believe Hakainde can win elections. And as such, he has decided to move on. Today Mwamba is under a lot of pressure to rejoin the Patriotic Front. And we don’t think it will be easy for him to resist going back to that pit latrine – the Patriotic Front – and splashing its contents on Hakainde and the UPND.
But Hakainde doesn’t seem to learn. He is already heads over heels with Chishimba Kambwili, another Bemba, to help him win the 2021 elections. But Kambwili is more complicated than Mwamba. Hakainde has no capacity or the political skills required to handle Kambwili. He will soon be mourning again!
It’s not easy to own up to your actions, especially when they make you look foolish to others, but you can’t learn until you do.
A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again.
No one is immune to making mistakes – we are human, after all! But if we simply carry on as before, we’re in danger of repeating the same errors.
When we don’t learn from our mistakes, we inflict unnecessary stress on ourselves and on others, and we risk losing people’s confidence and trust in us.
We are told in Sirach 12:13-15, “Nobody feels sorry for snake charmers or wild animal tamers who get bitten, and nobody will feel sorry for you if you run around with sinners and get involved in their wrongdoing. An enemy will stay with you for a while, but not when trouble comes.”
What has Hakainde and UPND gained from dealing with Mwamba?