Embattled Kabwata MP, Given Lubinda, is set to benefit from the demise of former Information Minister Kennedy Sakeni as he is likely to get back his cabinet position, especially that the party currently lacks credible people and opposition MP are refusing government appointments following a string of losses by the PF in recent by-elections.
Highly placed sources within the PF say Mr. Lubinda has so far shown his puppet behaviour to the ailing dictator Michael Sata through some media statements covered by his sworn enemy Fred Mmembe. M’membe is also currently looking for new friends following his fall from grace after his direct confrontation with defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba.
Sources said Mr. Lubinda’s beer business at Chilenje called Namakau’s house is also not doing well as it has been shunned by PF cadres with money to flush around and is now ready to further tag the tail with a view to have some salary of some sort and a few incentives that go with Sata’s extravagant ministers.
The opportunity has come at a right time for Mr. Lubinda because there are currently two cabinet vacancies that of Ministry of Lands left by Wilbur Simuusa who was appointed as Foreign Affairs Minister to replace Effron Lungu and that of Information Minister Kennedy Sakeni.
“Even worse, there are currently no capable people in PF that are credible enough to take up ministerial positions and oppositions MPs that have so far been approached, especially from UPND have all refused as they regard PF a failed project that is crumbling before or in 2016. Plus a number of their friends have been losing elections after being fired by their parties at a time MPs are about to get their hefty mid-term gratuities,” sources said.
Insiders say Lubinda will therefore be the biggest beneficiary of all these events even if the party does not really trust him.
Lubinda is well know for his treacherous behavior and leaking information to opponents yet presenting himself as innocent. He is a double dealer who wants to be seen as good to opposing teams.