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Our Zambian Chronicle series on who should be the next president has begun. This follows our inquiries into last week and subsequent research on Who Should Be The Next Zambian President? Open Forum- Pick Your Next President- ROUND 1. INONGE MBIKUSITA LEWANIKA Vs MICHEAL SATA

The main emphasis here is to explore qualities and qualifications of those who aspire to the highest office in the land because it really matters who the captain of the ship is.

It matters not only in terms of qualities but also qualifications both academic as well as professional. For all intents and purposes, this is in no way an endorsement of any of the individuals thus to be discussed.

In fact, the Zambian Chronicle would like to encourage party pundits for all candidates to contact us should any information posted about their candidates be not fully factual in terms of content and nature.

We are more than ready to stand corrected …

So having said the above, we start the ball rolling as we launch this by looking at Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika vs. Michael Sata popularly known as King Cobra first.

It would also be fair to disclose that Dr. Lewanika has not personally declared her interest in running for office this time around even though she did run in 2001 under a different party (Agenda for Zambia).

In the same light, we are aware that Mr. Michael Sata has declared his intent to retire should his party come up with a better candidate who they think would stand a better chance at beating the incumbent party’s eventual nominee for 2,011.

Dr Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika

Born July 10th, 1943 in Senanga Dr. Lewanika is a senior politician currently serving as Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the USA. She also is aspiring for position of Chairperson of African Unity (AU).

Dr. Lewanika attended New York University, was a Lecturer and Professor of education at the University of Zambia and lectured at Evelyn Hone College and Mongu Teacher Training College between 1965 and 1972. 

After that she worked for UNICEF as a regional adviser for Africa and in 1991 was elected to Parliament for MMD. While in parliament she worked on various committees.

These included but not limited to Foreign Affairs, Experts Committee on Conditions of Service, Education, Science and Technology and also Children, Youth and Women.

Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata

Born 1937 in Mpika, Zambia; Mr. Michael C Sata was a former chief executive of the ruling party MMD and close partner of former president Fredrick Chiluba.

Mr. Sata is now a leader of Patriotic Front (PF), he is popularly known as “King Cobra”.

No academic qualifications are found nor indicated in any of his profiles but his work experience includes; police officer (as constable), railway man, and trade unionist before entering politics in 1963.

In 1985 he became a Member of Parliament for Kabwata Constituency in Lusaka before becoming Governor under United National Independence Party (UNIP).

Under the Movement for Multiple party Democracy (MMD) he served as Minister for Local government, Labor and briefly Health Minister before being appointed Minister without portfolio in 1995.

Michael Sata left MMD and set up a new party Patriotic Front (PF) after Chiluba nominated Levy Mwanawasa. He has had two failed attempts at the presidency both in 2001 and 2006.

At issue here is the sixty-four billion dollar question as to who would be most qualified between Dr. Inonge Mbikusita Lewanika and Mr. Michael Sata to lead the nation in this 21st century and why.

classy-daddy-3.gifWe hope pundits will look at a veracity of issues pertaining to both qualities as well as qualification of who we should put forward as the nation’s chief executive officer for the Zambian Enterprise in these perilous times.

That’s this week’s memo from us at the Zambian Chronicle … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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