JOSEPH KALIMBWE, WHO IS HE?

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JOSEPH KALIMBWE, WHO IS HE?

In August 2021, Zambia went to the polls to elect a new president. In the election, incumbert President Edgar Lungu lost to opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. One of the young people instrumental in the drive for change was Joseph Kalimbwe, an Information and Publicity Secretary from Mr. Hichilema's United Party For National Development.

Last week, Kalimbwe made headlines in South Africa after he suggested South Africans stay away from commenting on the war in Ukraine because it was not an Amapiano Dance Competition following comments by International Relations Minister Naledi Pando who released a statement condemning Russia. Kalimbwe's comment was supported by South African celebrities from Robert Marawa to EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi to William Nickles of the DA.

But who is Joseph Kalimbwe? The young man thats fallen in love with many young people in SADC.

Kalimbwe was born in 1993 in rural Zambia before moving to the City of Ndola in that country's Copperbelt Province, a wealth region in central Zambia. He rose to political notice following the rise of the UPND to power last year. He is believed to be a trusted son of "Zambia's future" and is reportedly being mentored by President Hichilema into the country's future leadership. Kalimbwe studied Political Science in Namibia where he rose to become student union president at the Windhoek based campus.

Since the election of Hakainde, Kalimbwe has been a vocal voice calling for democracy across Africa. That call has however got him hated by senior officials from the main opposition party of Zimbabwe who sent a 5 man delegation consisting 2 ministers into Lusaka to ask the UPND to tame their vibrant young politician last month. Following the meetings, ZANU PF took to social media to post pictures of their officials and UPND officials with former Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu, 70, also taking to twitter to take a swipe at Kalimbwe claiming he is a small boy in politics. The meetings came after Kalimbwe had posted photos of himself and Zimbabwe's opposition CCC leader Nelson Chamisa and said he stands for democracy.

Prior to that, Kalimbwe had had a rousy relationship with the spokesperson of Zimbabwe's President who has claimed on many occasions that the vibrant Zambian politician must be banned from visiting Zimbabwe. This is after Kalimbwe had briefly visited Zimbabwe in November but flew back to Lusaka after receiving death threats in Harare from ruling party supporters on Twitter.

This week, Kalimbwe took to Twitter to claim those laughing at Zambia's decision to vote against Russia's war must in Ukraine must respect his country and will not be pushed into decisions. The tweet led to CNN's Stephanie Busari calling Kalimbwe a "needed fresh voice in African politics".

Whatever happens in the future its safe to say Joseph Kalimbwe represents the future of Zambian and African politics. He has been able to withstand threats and insults from the powerful and connected not just in his country but also in the SADC region where thousands of youths seem to have fallen in love with his honest approach to politics

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