Dickson is RB’s former press aid and Chimba Chimba is the man behind the infamous stand up for Zambia documentary prio to 2011.
The two gentlemen insulted and wished Sata dead in their daily news untill their wish came true on Oct 28-10-14.
Below is what they have written:
Since Michael Sata’s death the focus has been on his Patriotic Front (PF), and who it will put forward as its candidate in Zambia’s presidential by-election that’s meant to be held in January.
But the country’s opposition parties are also in the throes of their own political game of chess. While the PF is expected to win, if the opposition can unite behind a single candidate, they could take power.
Former president Rupiah Banda is a central figure on the board. His biggest advantage is that everyone knows who he is, and that matters when there’s only about 75 days to go until people vote. But he has to get around Nevers Mumba, the leader of his party, the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy.
Then there’s the United Party for National Development’s Hakainde Hichilema, a worthy opponent. But he’s a Tonga and a tribalist and the country is majority Bemba, and to many, that matters.
We have been meeting with Banda just after Sata’s death where he was coy about his presidential ambitions.
But when we met he was more direct, and on the subject of protests that broke out last week between rival PF factions he said: “It shows you our peace is brittle. I think it is important to emphasise to Zambians that we need to work towards unity.
“We have too many problems and they can’t be overcome unless we work together. If I were to come back, this is one of the things that I would do.”
While people queuing to see Sata’s remains, constantly praise him for an ambitious infrastructure programme, bringing development to the rural areas, Banda said it was started under former president Levy Mwanawasa, continued by him and inherited by Sata.
Banda also endeavoured to trying to resolve the debate around the draft constitution and to “reopening” the country to investors. He’s clearly on the verge of open campaigning.
But things are never simple in politics. Whoever wins the by-election will only be president until 2016 when Zambians will vote again, in their regularly scheduled elections.
If Banda wins in January it would count as his second term – and therefore his last. So if he were to stage a successful comeback to the presidency now, his victory would be very short-lived.
Meanwhile, former president Banda was once again confronted by the political comeback question but said he would address the matter after the mourning period.
Banda told journalists yesterday that the time was not right to talk about elections as the country was in the middle of a national funeral.
“Can we leave that to after we have buried, it is not right for anybody to comment. It is not in order for anybody to comment they have told us what to do our churches,” President Banda said.
The fourth Republican President has been inundated with some calls for him to consider a political comeback in view of the presidential by-election.
He also said he will miss President Sata for his jokes as a traditional cousin.
“We actually met at church on Good Friday and it was actually a wonderful we joked as usual he was my cousin. It was very sad seeing him down,” he said.
He lamented the fact that the country had lost yet another sitting Head of State.
“It is not normal for a country to lose leaders in quick succession and I am very sad about,” he said.
“I hope that Zambians will realize that we continue to be united we are well known in Africa and all over the world as a nation that never had civil war.”