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Will former minister Kalaba succeed President Lungu in 2021?

Kalaba, an MP for the governing Patriotic Front (PF), is said to be a possible candidate for the 2021 presidential election, should Lungu step aside.

Will former minister Kalaba succeed President Lungu in 2021?

Kalaba, an MP for the governing Patriotic Front (PF), is said to be a possible candidate for the 2021 presidential election, should Lungu step aside.

03 January 2018 Wednesday 20:53
Will former minister Kalaba succeed President Lungu in 2021?

By Azania Post Reporter

ZAMBIAN analysts have commented on the resignation of  country’s foreign Minister saying the move aimed at pressurizing President  Edgar Lungu to step down after his tenure ended.

Reports said the  minister identified as Henry Kalaba announced  his resignation today Wednesday Jan 3, 2018 in a scathing Facebook post, denouncing the country's "path of insatiable greed and shame".

His decision was prompted by the "swelling" levels of corruption "perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution".

Analysts suspect the move is an attempt to pressure President Edgar Lungu, who is considering seeking a third term.

There is currently a two-term limit in the Zambian constitution.

Lungu, who has been accused of being increasingly authoritarian by his critics, is arguing in the courts that he could stand for a third term, as he only served part of his first term following the death of his predecessor, Michael Sata.

Kalaba, an MP for the governing Patriotic Front (PF), is said to be a possible candidate for the 2021 presidential election, should  Lungu step aside.

"People have started realising that they will not get nominated as long as Lungu insists on standing." Lee Habasonda, an analyst from the University of Zambia, said.

However, Kalaba did not refer to his presidential ambitions in the Facebook post, instead focusing on what he says is growing corruption at the highest level, as well as his desire to serve his "country and its people" over "a position, party or person".

"We need to go back to the original agenda of our party, the PF, where the poor and not the corporates must be at the centre of all our decisions,"  Kalaba wrote, going on to blame Zambia's current financial woes on "collective carelessness and indifference".

The post, which has prompted thousands of comments, concluded: "When people begin to feel overwhelmed by fear for speaking the truth, it is time to realize that critical fundamentals have shifted. We all have a role to play in making things right. This is my little contribution - Zambia is our country, we need and must reclaim it back."

Reuters

Updated: 03.01.2018 20:57
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