Katele backs Lungu

Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba
Former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba

RENOWNED politician Katele Kalumba has advised Zambians who share the passion of a united Zambia to support President Lungu and to reject political parties with elements of elitism and regionalism.
Dr Kalumba, a former MMD national secretary, who supported United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s candidature in the January 20 presidential election, said after deep reflection, consultation and reason, he has decided to render his support to President Lungu.

“I have decided to formally and publicly declare my unflinching support for the Patriotic Front party under President Edgar Lungu’s leadership.
“President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has demonstrated a sense of humility and accommodation. A lawyer by profession, he has avoided elitism.

These qualities are the ingredients that are required to unify all the regions of our country. I support him,” Dr Kalumba said.
He said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that President Lungu beat great odds and ascended to the presidency of Zambia.
Dr Kalumba appealed to PF and MMD members to construct a lasting unity and avoid mistrust if the country is to survive elitism and division.
He said the pact that MMD leaders have worked on with the PF is on the principle of necessity and not convenience.
“We know too well that the hopes of Mr Hichilema were, unfortunately, dashed away in spite of all the efforts put in by many, including myself as a sympathiser.

What went wrong? Elitism and fears of regionalism defeated the UPND. These elements offend the political sense of many Zambians,” Dr Kalumba said.
He said few people outside Luapula Province perhaps know the role he played in the popularisation of PF.
“I call upon my dear friends who share in the passion for our united Zambia to support President Lungu and the PF.

What President Lungu and the PF are fighting against may not appear visible or clearly articulated, yet it is real.


President Lungu’s anti-elitism and PF grassroots leadership sense may be the only armour we have right now against the forces of negative imitation of everything anti-One Zambia, One Nation,” Dr Kalumba said.
The veteran politician said he wants to prevent dangerous forces of division lurking in the backyard of a known political party.
“I do not support forces of division. I instead advocate rational approaches to public policy issues,” Dr Kalumba said.
He said he is one of the few remaining founder members of the MMD, a party whose weight he once carried.



  1. Whites should take over leadership of Africa because we can rule ourselves. Africa was a rich and peaceful continent b4 most Africans got independent.

    • I think whites have enough problems of their own. It’s not as rosy as it seems from afar and whites are not any better than blacks

  2. My free adviz to Mr felix mutati, Mr George mpombo and Mr nevrs Mumba to join PF. No tim to wast, its tim to develop our country.

  3. I hate nepotism,a Zambian in 2015 to be called kachema because,he comes from southern province!foolish thinking.

    • isn’t it called freedom of speech? or is it only you to say nasty things about others and call it freedom? grow up my man!

  4. katele is rich he has now realised that kachema and his innercircle are crooks who just want to use people .mutati isula amenso

  5. Njala yamunyokola mdala.by the way,hw. Renowned is he wen he lives in little known chiengi district.

    • Do you really know why he lives in Chiengi? He owns a magnesium mine and making money there.