PATRIOTIC Front (PF) youths in Lusaka have risen against former provincial chairmain Kennedy Kamba (former Cartel Youth Thug), accusing him of plundering proceeds of commuter business which President Lungu initiated for the youths.
Kamba is part of the dissolved committee ahead of the fresh provincial elections, but he has maintained close ties with party secretary general Davis Mwila whom he flanks at press conferences, to ensure his re-election.
Two days ago, Kwacha Times published a mansion which Kennedy Kamba has bought in South Africa at $2 million using a proxy concubine of his Mercy Montez-Kalunga. Kamba has two children with his South Africa based concubine outside marriage.
However, the aggrieved PF youths have thus started a movement against Kamba in a WhatsApp group called “PF Countrywide”, accusing their former leader of using them to engage in violence, while he was enjoying the empowerment resources alone with his chain of concubines.
Renowned and self-styled PF diehard, Maxwell Chongu popularly called Jnr King Cobra led the debate, and asked members of the party to be courageous and tell Kamba why they were not supporting him.
And Chongu has warned youths against supporting the candidature of a provincial chairman who would be under the control of Kamba – so far, Kamba is advocating for Benny C Mibenge for provincial chairman whom he wants to be controlling and continue plundering money meant for youth empowerment.
“Youth should stop being cowards, you are the people that are killing the party. Speak out, say the truth so that our leaders should make well informed decisions. Those who are supporting Kennedy Kamba, just a small clikc, are those he sends to go and beat people after giving them money. And then you want to be quiet and say ‘no Kalemba for youth chairman’, what will Kalemba do if Kennedy Kamba is the boss there? He wont do anything because Kennedy Kamba will be controlling him. Kennedy Kamba should just find something else to do,” Chongu said in a voice note shared in the group.
“The president gave us busess for youths, some of us don’t have degrees or master’s degress, those buses were are our hope. The youths are so many, what is it that you did for them? And you want to come on the blog saying (this should be) youth chairman, those are jokes. There is nothing you did even business opportunities you only gave your people, a small click of the people that are close to you. They have built on plots, three plots each and I can even point at them because I even know where they are. Then you want to come today as provincial chairman, for what? You were doing things to enrich yourselves. For me personally if I wanted to do things that would have benefited me, I would have supported you. But I am nit supporting you because I want people to benefit. I want every PF member that worked hard for the party to at least afford three meals in a day. You Kennedy Kamba you were supposed to be our mouth between the leadership and us on the grassroots. You failed lamentably. The only empowerment we got from you Kennedy Kamba is to be intimidated, to be beaten and threatened. You have failed to unite the grassroot.”
Maxwell Chongu said Kamba brews s confusion and disunity in the party as such, he must be sent into Foreign Service or be appointed district commissioner somewhere.
“So Kennedy Kamba should be moved from the top, he should be moved to DC level or in Foreign Service or as board chairman somewhere so that Kalembe can unite the party on the grassroot nicely without any interference. The reason why the province was dissolved was gross incompetence. So all those who genuinely love Daniel Kalembe, let us remove Kennedy Kamba, he should not even stand on that position,” Chongu said.
And another PF youth Ibrahim Mwamba popularly known as Julius Malema Dr Ibu echoed Maxwell Chongu’s sentiments.
“We have got a very hard working national youth chairman in the name of Honourable Stephen Kampyongo. This is the man who has shown his full support for the youths. I will give you an example of myself, I travelled to Rwanda with his support concerning his leadership of the welfare of the youths, he supported me full banquet to Rwanda. This is the kind of leadership we should be preaching about in the patriotic front where there is no selfishness. This is the leader who has managed and he can point at some people to say I helped this one join ZRA, Honourable Stephen Kampyongo sir, continue with that energy for the youths. Your leadership clearly is something which we cannot insult or go against,” Mwamba said.
“When it comes to our elder brother comrade Kennedy Kamba, if I remember two years ago, you were in the fore front pressuring this president for those Higer buses Majuru and we thought that you were with us the youths of Lusaka. But after you were given those buses, you went quiet as if there were no buses. We don’t know how those buses are helping the youths today. What have you done for the youths? Tell us. It’s not about insulting leaders no, we want to provide checks and balances. We need to help the president in this but you the top leaders want to pocket everything that is wrong. Some of us we still want to enjoy power in the Patriotic Front, the patriotic front is the only capital we have”
Munir Zulu added: “ The Higerr buses which were meant to benefit many youths when Kennedy Kamba was youth chairman, he never assisted anyone. And today he wants to be at the helm of Lusaka province. So as youths that are not in the party structure, we are saying let him hang his boots because he only made money for himself and his family. We prefer Chumbwe to stand as provincial chairman than Kennedy Kamba”.
And another youth called Thandiwe Kabila said Lusaka PF needed a leader with an entrepreneurial mind.
And Phil Chikuwe charged that Kennedy Kamba’s leadership was about him and his family.
“All of you holding positions you should be remembering others. When they released those buses, you enriched yourselves with the monies which were realized from them. You channeled the money to your families and relatives. You should pay back the money they are owing for those busses. You used the money for youths to build mansions while us youths are wallowing in poverty. Mr Kamba answer us. What you did was very bad.
Kennedy Kamba yesterday visited a Tanzanian witchdoctor based in Kabangwe, Mr Kantonyo to give him charms to help with votes against revolting PF youths and grassroot members who have rejected him for his greediness.