15 January 2013

Zambia: Where Is Andeleki Show Heading?

NOW Clement Andeleki, the infant terrible of Zambian politics has resigned from his Government position of Chief Registrar of Societies.

How did it come to this, and where will it end? In 2012, he quickly came into national prominence by de-registering MMD for failing to pay statutory fees in form of annual returns worth KR390,000. But MMD survived, and Andeleki thrived.

He has since been seen as a high-flying performer, and his victories have further emboldened him. He has made public pronouncements that few would dare whisper.

His ability to articulate the department's frustrations of unpaid statutory fees by many registered political parties and NGOs has won him many admirers and many enemies in equal measure.

Chief among the latter are MMD top honchos. He has been described as a loose cannon with a lot of valid points by many.

He has tried to also find a political solution by being amenable sometimes, and at other times speaking well of his adversaries. But his political enemies are determined to do him in. They know that his survival will mean their demise. And time is running out before the PF Livingstone Central by-election nominations are held.

Whatever the outcome of the PF Livingstone Central by-election nominations, Andeleki would have written his chapter in the history of Zambia.

And the opposition's fight for the parliamentary seat in the constituency would never be the same.

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