By Prince Bill M. Kaping’a Political/Social Analyst

The other day, one of our much respected and influential daily tabloids, The Mast, carried a front-page story with a screaming headline – “UPND HAS USED, DUMPED PARTNERS…’s highest mark of betrayal, insincerity – Changala.”

The article goes on to report that Brebner Changala, a middle-aged man who fashions himself as a good governance advocate, has complained that “The UPND has not taken care to ameliorate or indeed repay that critical support that they canvassed prior to the August 12 general election. They brought many political parties, individuals and organisations on board in which UPND was used as a special purpose vehicle to remove the cantankerous PF.”

Changala goes on to give a catalogue of individuals whom President Hichilema or indeed other senior government officials have neglected to pay particular attention to, as if they’re some kind of demigods, chiefly among them – Sishuwa Sishuwa, Gilbert Temba, Linda Kasonde, John Sangwa, Trevor Simumba, and Fackson Shamenda!

In the same story, the leader of a lackluster or kantemba political party dubbed, All People’s Congress Party, Nason Msoni, is quoted as warning the UPND of sidelining people who fought with them in opposition.

“It is dangerous political assertion to trivialise the working together of the Opposition political parties by the UPND party. Dismiss the opposition political parties working together at your own peril!” Msoni is quoted as having written on his Facebook page.

This is a sheer case of rumblings of a clique of bitter and desperate individuals that feel the President owes them a favour for having contributed to the removal of PF from power, in one way or another.

What do we make of this?

We find this highly immoral and absolutely hypocritical! It is our utmost understanding that patriotic citizens are motivated to stand up and say no to any injustice or corruption such as witnessed during the PF regime, not by utter greed or selfish reasons, but a resolve to leave a better legacy for their children, and children’s children. Now, what is coming from the so-called senior or prominent citizens is disappointing!

Why can’t they take a cue from much respected and admired civil rights activist Laura Miti who observes thus, “What seems to amaze is the number of people that feel they should have jobs because UPND is in government. Which trenches? The point is you cannot demand a job. None of us deserve a job. What we should all expect when we have a new government is that they should improve the conditions for the majority. Improve education, improve employment. One person cannot say ‘I should get a job so that my family should live well’. We even have the general public saying ’that one was not rewarded’. Why should they be rewarded? The President owes no one a job. The President should appoint the best of us as citizens. Some of them never did nothing and just lived their lives but they are the best.”

President Hichilema walloped Lungu by a million votes! As US President Joe Biden once observed, it’s the young people that braved the odds to change the government. As such, the President must be in a hurry to reward them immensely by providing them quality education and creating better opportunities for them to create wealth for themselves and the nation at large.

Why do the “nkotes”, who are better off enjoying their pension or slaving away at their farms, want to skip the queue and get the Lion’s share when they’ve had their time?


  1. That characterization of Changala and Msoni as “nkotes” smacks of ageism as it is intended to discriminate against people of their age by stopping them from speaking out against UPND. The language of one Kapinga is just as bad as that of Wiiliam Banda against Heritage Party President Chishala Kateka.

  2. Nkote is not a derogatory word in our cultural traditions.
    If it looks like a nkote, walks like a nkote, and talks like a nkote, then it’s a nkote.
    William Banda was merely asking the rubbish woman to clarify her position. Perhaps he could be the solution to her problem. No harm in that.

  3. @ Shapiro,
    No, I disagree with you. I cannot refer to my over 90 year old dad whilst he is hearing me ” aba bakote nabo”. That cannot sit well with him. If I refer to him using his grandson or grandaughter’s name like “bashikulu Mutale nabo”, he would be okay with it. “Nkote” or “umukote” has a negative connotation. If you are talking about two elderly people referring to each other as “uyu mukote munandi nao” that would be okay. But not a younger person referring to an older person as “Nkote”. Unless, that person is probably your grandfather or grandmother you joke with. That is our culture, as I know it. Know your culture, please!


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