President Rupiah Banda will not
attend this weekend’s Kuomboka ceremony of the Lozi people in Mongu because he
feels hated by the citizenry in Western Province.
sources told The Post yesterday that President Banda has instead delegated
Vice-President George Kunda to attend the ceremony in Mongu this
“The one who is going to grace this year’s Kuomboka is
Vice-President George Kunda. President Banda said he can’t go to Mongu because
he feels the
people there hate him,” the source said. “Vice-President Kunda will be in
Mongu on Friday.”
Banda said he is not going to waste his money in Western Province because he
won’t gain anything from the area,” the source said.
The sources said
members of the public were expressing a very cold and unusual reaction towards
this year’s Kuomboka ceremony.
“It’s like there is no Kuomboka. The
people here seem to be very cold,” the sources said. “Those days you would see
people already wearing red berets and the traditional Lozi gear but this time
there is nothing.”
During last year’s
Kuomboka ceremony, President Banda pledged that he would attend this year’s
The sources further disclosed that during his visit to the
province for the Kuomboka, Vice-President Kunda would also hold a campaign rally
in Kaoma district, about 180 kilometres from Mongu.
Other sources said
the MMD campaign rally would be held on Monday at Nkeyema TBZ area of
“There will be no rally in Mongu,” said the source.