KBF ponders joining presidential race

Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Bwalya Fube says he may soon hang his gloves and wigs and join the race of political leadership because some of the current caliber of politicians frightens him.

Speaking when he launched his new book titled ‘Zambia Must Prosper’ at Intercontinental Hotel, Thursday, Fube said it was time Zambia stopped being a begging nation.`

Fube said he would not be afraid to speak up or criticise where things have gone wrong.

“It is important that we provide solutions to this country and not just bringing problems. Very soon and soon, I may have to hang my gloves and my wigs and get into the race of politics because I have seen and I have heard just about enough of what our politicians can be. Frankly speaking, some of the calibre of our politicians frightens me. Frankly speaking, some of the discourse going on and discussions frightens me. We can’t be discussing the same things every day. We must aspire for change. We should stop being a begging nation. If you read the statistics at the IMF, read the statistics being reported about us in African confidential and other economic magazines, you will be frightened. Let’s give hope to the next generation,” Fube said.

“I am not going to be afraid to speak up and criticise where I think things have gone wrong. And where they have gone right, I will praise. But we must begin to walk together. If you [the media] are just going to be quoting me because I have said something, I am not interested. Let’s be productive and developmental in our agendas. We can condemn ourselves the way we like, we can talk about corruption, illicit trade, we can talk about everything the way we want but what is that doing for the common man? If you believe in the law as much as I believe in the law whoever does something wrong, the law will catch up. Let’s think about ideas that are going to move this nation, let’s think about answers for the common man and how to create employment. As we stand here, this nation is bleeding, this nation is economically sick. It requires us a nation, united, to be patriotic and say ‘we need answers in this nation’.”

He said he wants to be pragmatic as he enters politics because he has now graduated from [Michael] Sata’s mentorship.

“I am a very pragmatic person and I want to be pragmatic when I enter into my politics. I have been on the sidelines watching [but] now I am saying to the nation, this voice is going to speak for the poor. Some of us worked and were educated in the university called Sata [but] now we are ready, we have graduated. And we are going to push the agenda of development first because when you feed a person, you can talk to him. When you try to talk to the people when they are hungry, they won’t listen,” said Fube.

         

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