Wynter Kabimba

By Wynter Kabimba SC ODS Economic Front Party President

Anyone familiar with Russian history and the end of the imperial rule of Czar Nicholas II and the triggers of the Bolshevik revolution in 1917 knows the legendary story of Rasputin, a Siberian monk and the role he played in the events leading to the Russian revolution. Romanov Russia had degenerated into a corrupt and disorderly society and it was Rasputin’s influence on the Tsarina which extended to his involvement in government decisions which inflamed the anger of the Russian people against the royal family.

This story is reminiscent of the humiliating end of Jacob Zuma’s era which was largely blamed on his association with the Gupta family in South Africa. The perceived involvement of the Guptas in government appointments and decisions of what became to be known as State capture symbolized what was wrong with the Zuma administration. When Edgar Lungu was president, the UPND were critical of his relationship with one Valden Findlay, a Zambian citizen whom they accused of exploiting his friendship with ECL to promote his business interests.

Findlay became one of the first victims of the UPND government in its corruption fight crusade when PF lost elections. At the time when the people raised questions about the ECL – Findlay cohabitation, the then State House press aide released an official statement that no one had the right to choose friends for the president. They left Edgar Lungu alone as advised, but on voting day, they told him to keep his friends away from their affairs.

Before HH became president on 12th August, 2022, no Zambian cared about his circle of friends. They least mattered to their welfare. The adage that a man is judged by the company he keeps was of no interest to them. Public interest was, however, aroused when HH travelled to South Africa soon after assuming office for what State House said was an official trip to meet President Ramaphosa of South Africa for bilateral talks.

As it has become his trade mark, this was a tailored lie. HH used taxpayers’ money to be guest of honor at the book launch of his now disclosed personal friend Greg Mills, a South African citizen who enjoys free and unfettered access to the president’s office. The role which Greg Mills is playing in the Hakainde presidency has been trending in the public arena without answers until Friday 19th August, 2022.

During his press interview at State House with the local Hot-FM channel, he came across truthfully to the Zambian people and confessed that Greg Mills is but one of his many friends and fell short of just saying, so what? Ils sont mes amis (They’re my friends). Thomas Summers’s biography of Richard Nixon titled “The Arrogance of Power’’ would perfectly fit in this anthology whose moral has not been proven wrong so far.

6 COMMENTS

  1. So are you saying that HH should have told a lie by saying he is not my friend?, what you have eulogized is not going to win you an election, concentrate on what wins you an election maybe.

  2. This thinking by Kabimba, the red-lipped PF zealot, is utter madness.
    Did he expect HH, once he became President, to end his friendships with Greg Mills and others he’d known and advised him for years?
    Kabimba should test the political temperature by contesting the upcoming by-elections instead of trying hard to win a contest of fools.

  3. @Shapiro you cracked my ribs. Contest of fools and truly Kabimba is involved in . His is a party with no organised structures and not even interested in party mobilisation save for useless press statements.

  4. Any publicity at all, even bad publicity is good publicity. You have just made this Greg mills whom very little know very famous in zambia and now people will be rushing to read his books, even possibly inviting him for book signings etc.

  5. There is a big difference between being friends with Greg Mills, an established head of a legitimate organization and a man with no criminal history that you can articulate, than being friends with Findlay – a known and wanted drug dealer. Similarly, comparing Mills with no tarnish to his reputation to the known criminals the Guptas.

    Kabimba, Mmembe, Mwamba – always trying to use deception to make stupid points. We’re not fools.

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