By Chris Zumani Zimba
While some citizens may undermine President Lungu going into 2021 for different reasons, the truth stands naked before us that both the PF as a party and Lungu as its leader still command amazing mass likeability and immense political popularity across Zambia. The 2018 local government, mayoral and parliamentary by elections that were held almost in all provinces speak to this traumatizing political reality as the ruling party won a lion’s share, including in the opposition political sex chamber while the opposition generally vomited electoral loss and danced political defeated.
Yes, Lusaka Lawyer and Kabwe Central lawmaker, Tutwa Ngulube it right to say “it will be easy for the PF to win the 2021 General Elections following the Constitutional Courts decision to clear President Edgar Lungu to stand as a Presidential candidate”. Speaking to ZNBC News, Mr. Ngulube justified that this is because most Zambians have come to love the Head of State due to his humility and hard work and the opposition were hoping the Constitutional court will stop President Lungu from contesting the election so that they can have it easy.
Following this ruling by the Concourt, Lungu is politically standing tall while the opposition are lost with panic and puzzles on how to defeat him out of power in 2021. As the PF and Lungu are now institutionally, politically, financially, materially and technically more powerful and sophisticated than in 2011, 2015 and 2016, a divided opposition will find it very difficult to win the presidency as they are likely to kiss another political humiliation and electoral defeat if they fail to do their political homework on time and right.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher and Consultant. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Town, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:45hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles.